Challenging and beautiful
Pros: -great mix of open and lightly wooded areas
-lots of memorable holes
Cons: -course is currently under construction? there's no #5 or #15 (well, you can play 15 for some 800ft of rough/scattered garbage). Also, there's no sign stating that there's no hole #5.
-some holes don't have a map
-navigation is pretty straight forward, but it's very easy to get lost. i walked 15 and could not find 16 with the map on the website-- turns out it's to the left of the basket for #14
-the rough is quite thick. if you shank one, you probably won't be able to find it on most holes
-#10 is pretty dangeous. very steep hill with large rocks. not player friendly
Other Thoughts: -not for noobs. #7 and #18 have some pretty wicked water obstacles
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Pros: Has that feel of, "This is what Disc Golf is supposed to be!"
World class challenge
One of the best finishing holes in the game
Easy to navigate because of excellent "Next Tee" signage
Great tee signs
Large concrete tees
Great use of available elevation and terrain
Several "Signature Holes"
Cons: Some long walks between holes
If your disc makes a splash landing, you're probably not getting it back
Other Thoughts: Played Jordan Creek after a week of solid rain, expected it to be a muddy mess, was surprisingly not. I played this course a few times before the construction/redesign so I was excited to see all the work... With that said, we skipped the new 15 even though the new tee pad was just opened for business.
To me, Jordan is the epitome of a risk/reward course. There are wide fairways and clear lines through the woods tempting big throws... But mistakes are usually severely punished. The creek comes into play on almost half of the holes and the density and size of the crap off the fairways often makes just giving up a shot and tossing back to the fairway an adventure. There are a lot of fast greens here, going for it and missing can leave you with an even longer comebacker. Some, like the new Hole 6, have incredible roll-away potential (I 4 putted from the bottom of the hill. The first, a front rim banger, rolled back to almost exactly where I had just thrown from, the second, another clanger, stopped about 5 feet to the right of that spot). Hole 10's green is a mini rock cliff and a STEEP hillside. It's also one of those holes that you aren't going to soon forget. Holy Crap what a hill!
Hole 7 is a unique and memorable hole as well. Almost the entire fairway is a pond. This last time around was the first time I wasn't totally intimidated by this hole. There's no going in after your disc here, it's basically a steep edged bottomless pit full of water, even a retriever won't do you any good. There's no safe but longer route around the pond as far as I know. The closest I've come to losing a disc was trying to throw to the right side of the pond when I didn't think I could get all the way across and I hit a tree and my disc bounced back almost going into the water.
Hole 18 is yet another signature hole; Downhill over a creek dogleg to the right probably laying up before the real creek, then over it to the green and basket. I say downhill, but it's more like you're throwing off a 30' cliff.
I played here when I was a total noob and really enjoyed the course. I like it even more now that I've been playing a while, even though I'm still a rec/intermediate level player. The course has well thought out landing zones for players like me that need more than one throw to reach some of the longer or more technical holes. It's a pretty far drive for me, about an hour and a half each way, but totally worth it. I've played almost all of the Lehigh Valley courses and other than SoMo, Jordan is the only one I've played more than once (South Mountain is a half hour closer and is one of my absolute most favorites). Not nocking the other local courses, Jordan Creek is just on a different level. If you're traveling through the valley and only have time to play one course (On your way to Nockamixon), this is the one you should play. I will end this review the way it began, by saying that Jordan Creek is one of those special courses that you walk around with a feeling of, "Wow, this is how Disc Golf is meant to be." Whether the fairways are lush and green or the pond is a frozen block of shiny white ice, playing Jordan is its own reward.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
An original great that has stood the test of time!
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Pros: The course seemed to slightly favor RHBH, but still had plenty of holes that finished to the right. There wasn't any HUGE ups/downs with the exception of hole 10, but the course still utilized the elevation very well. You'll throw up and down, but only once will it feel daunting.
The course had a good mixture of short and medium length holes, but as you'll see in my cons, lacked a sufficient amount of par 4's/5's for my tastes. Your tee shot must land within putting distance on almost every hole to play the course well, which doesn't put an emphasis on finesse, rather power. If the fairways were narrower in some places this wouldn't be as noticeable.
The shot variety, despite lacking many placement par 4's, was very fun. The course utilized water hazards very well. I believe hole 14 was the first time I've thought about throwing a forehand roller off the tee as my first option...I think you'll find most, not just some, of the shots to be very well thought out and memorable.
Hole 18 deserves it's own paragraph. It is one one of the best finishing holes in the game. A true par 4 that is probably rarely deuced. If you play it conservatively off the tee, you'll likely end up with a very nerve-racking approach, thanks to having to cross the "creek"(really a small river) a second time. If you don't have fun approaching that final basket, you should reconsider your hobbies.
The other amenities on the course were nice. Signs were informative and the tee pads were always big enough. Concrete as should be standard with courses of this caliber. From what I remember, there was ample seating throughout the course, but I can't recall if there were benches on every hole or not.
Cons: The most obvious con for me was the construction on hole 5/6. Obviously this is something that is in the process of being improved, but unfortunately I played it before it was finished.
Another major detractor, is that despite most holes being "longer" par 3's, and certainly not gimmies, the course is still very much a deuce-or-die type of course. I would have liked to see a few more par 4's/5's to help lengthen the course and to place more emphasis on placement.
Navigation was fairly straightforward but there were a few transitions which could benefit from some signs being added. Obviously the walk between current hole #5 (future #6, I think) and #6 (future #7) could use some signs. Most people would probably figure it out, but with a course this nice, there should be no doubt about where to go. Rule of thumb should be to take a non-dg player out and have them walk the course. If they stumble up somewhere, add a sign!
The fairways on some of the "open" holes were wide enough to almost be considered truly open, but not quite. You don't have any holes where you can work a disc left to right to maximize distance. Some people will find those few holes adequate, I felt a little constrained.
There are some rather thick spots on the course, particularly holes 9 and 10. If you find yourself off the fairway there you have a good chance to lose a disc. I'd recommend trimming those trouble spots up.
The course isn't exactly "accessible" to players Intermediate and below. With only one tee pad per hole and only a few alternate pins, this course is demanding and caters to the advanced/open players. This didn't personally affect me, but I always like to see great courses be able to be played by all skill levels.
Other Thoughts: Jordan Creek will forever be one of my favorite courses. Not for its difficulty (which is ample but not extreme) but for the sheer beauty and play-ability of this course. I expected the course to be pretty crowded, but to my surprise it wasn't. I'm not surprised in the least that JC was once host to the PDGA world championships. If you haven't played JC, don't hesitate to give it a shot, it's easily one of the better courses on the east coast!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Jordan Creek is attributed to an Eagle Scout who designed and built it to earn his badge, so to speak. Good job brother. I almost did a slow clap after the 18th hole. The long tees are concrete and have nice signs. The baskets were good quality also. Most importantly there are a couple of holes here that are incredible. The ones that are not quiet at that level are still solid and fun to play. The first several holes are in a mostly flat and grassy portion of the park. Trees are present in numbers large enough to make throw around them. Water comes into play to the left of the first hole, and with the creek behind the basket on 4. Hole 5 is long, and the creek plays to the right of the fairway and green. 7 is a fun throw over the top of a pond, and I stayed dry there. 8 gets more wooded, and elevation starts to show itself. 9 is one more big open crusher with the creek bubbling behind the green, before the real fun begins. 10 is the point where elevation climbs seriously, the basket up a hill that begins half way down the fairway. Rough to the right of the hill caught my drive and cost me a shot. The utility easement that clears the path up the hill on 10 also makes room for 11, 12, and 13, but heading downhill. 11 is long, and tucked in woods to the left. 12 is similar, but shorter in distance, and yielded my only birdie on the day. 13 is one of those that you have to toss more than one. Way downhill, basket dead center with water running behind it. There is plenty of airspace if your disc stays true, and you can get all 438' with the right stuff. 14 turns left and plays uphill again. Missed my putt, went from even to over par, and almost walked away without my mini. 15, 16 and 17 get back on the woodsy side, grass is replaced by dirt, rocks and the occasional fallen tree like the one I hit on 16. 17 also has some extra elevation contour and rocky outcroppings around the basket, I took another bogey. 18 is one of the best finishers you will find anywhere. Tee is elevated, and drops rapidly toward the creek about 30 or 40 feet below. You must drive across the water, which is fairly wide in this spot, and turn right at the same time to maximize distance. My forehand attempt stayed dry, but was short of the fairway. From there you still have a lengthy, wooded approach that crosses a smaller leg of the same creek. I made double bogey and shot a +4 (64) for the round. I would have liked to finish stronger, but at least I didn't lose any plastic, and had a really good time.
Cons: The front nine is a little more tame than the back, and not as exhilarating. It is still good, getting the most of what is there to work with. The media shows some pics with very long grass, but everything was trimmed very nicely the morning I played there.
Other Thoughts: Jordan Creek is a fun course, I would have liked to play it more than once. The 4.5 rating may be a touch higher than deserved, but it is so well done 4 was not doing it justice in my opinion. I'm not the only one who thinks so, many other reviewers before me agree. If you haven't been I suggest you go if possible, and find out for yourself. Really a gem, recommended to all serious players.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Tha'ts a big creek
Pros: Layout - Jordan Creek is kind of like the Augusta of disc golf. It's just this gorgeous stroll through a manicured park with some lush grass fairways and really defined cleaned up wooded holes. It's not overly difficult or beat you down long. It's just a collection of really fun shots that make you go wow this place is awesome.
There's a few multi-shot holes out here but it's mostly par 3's. It's not an easy course by any means the holes have a habit of being around or just over 300' so you really need to put power on the disc and work it in most cases. Birdies are earned here but it's a really fair course that allows solid shots to be rewarded.
In the bottom area of the course it plays near a rather large creek or river that makes you think twice about how you're shaping your shot. Then there's a pond you throw over on another hole, that is a really great left to right shot where you hit a gap across the water. The holes with water are all really well done.
Then on the back 9 you all of a sudden hit this elevation on a par 4 that is just awesome. You go up it play some holes in a more wooded area then go back down on a really nice downhill bomb that requires accuracy and straightness.
The course finishes really strong with 18 being one of the best finishing holes there is. Downhill technical dog shot over the creek. Then on your second shot you're throwing back over the creek through a tight gap to the basket. It combines and beauty and great design.
Overall I like this course because it gives you a really fun round with decent variety and balance in hole types.
Equipment - Nice concrete pads, baskets in solid condition. Good tee signs.
Atmosphere - I mentioned it earlier and I'll say it again, this place is just beautiful and even though it has this park style feel I felt secluded for most of the round once you got away from the holes right near the parking lot and community garden. I wish we had a course like this in my area.
Cons: Layout - There wasn't a ton of variety in hole lengths. It seemed like most of the par 3's were right at 300' or just over. I threw a lot of mids on straighter lines that moved a bit left or right. On some holes with a lower canopy I'd go driver but overall there wasn't a huge amount of shot shaping. A few of the more open par 4's weren't all that great, basically just two easier shots and a putt, tweener holes kinda.
Some of the more wooded holes were kind of boring and not as memorable, nothing all that bad I think the design is solid but it's there.
The shule can be very thick in parts and we spent a good while looking for discs in the higher elevation area. Watch your disc when you go off fairway.
Equipment - The distances on some of the teesigns just seemed off.
Atmosphere - We played it after a solid rain but I got the impression the low parts of the course doen't drain all that well being right near the water. It was definitely muddy and sloppy on a few holes. There are several holes that play near other park activities and though it never really caused any conflict it doesn't give that secluded feeling in those areas.
Other Thoughts: If you can't tell I am fond of Jordan Creek. It was a super nice change of pace after playing some super challenging technical courses. It really fits in with the other great courses in the area to give a nice balance. If I lived in the area I'd probably play here the most from what we saw. I kinda got the feeling not a lot of chuckers go here because of the water and I love courses like that because you get them all to yourself.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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Great Longer Course
Pros: This course offers a great mixture of holes, lengths, obstacles, and difficulty.
Well Maintained majority of year.
A few holes to easily try new discs (9 is great to let a new disc rip)
Challenging for nearly all players but not too difficult that it isn't fun for new players
Some of the best designed holes in the Lehigh Valley, especially 18.
Cons: You can EASILY lose a disc on a good amount of holes here.
That's about all as far as cons for me.
Other Thoughts: I learned how to play on this course, probably not the best choice but I didn't know any better at the time. It does take a little longer to play as it is a pretty long course but it is a great course overall. One of my top three in the Lehigh valley easily.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: *Very technical holes
*Well thought out hole layout
*Best finishing hole I have ever played (even though I lost a disc)
*Good placement of water hazards to make it tough
*Nice tee boxes
*Well maintained park
Cons: *This course can eat up your discs
Other Thoughts: For an average player like me (700 player rating), It will be a very tough course, but it is worth playing because you need to play hard courses to get better.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Great condition. Good design.
Pros: Condition of the course is perfect. Tee pads are very nice. Navigation is exceptional nearly everywhere. Very nice park. Less crowded than expected. A number of well designed holes.
Cons: Repetitive, especially off the tee. Needs more variety from the box. Still, a super place 2 play.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
A Real Classic
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: *All concrete tee pads, mostly single pin (except 9 and 10) on a course that is an excellent combination of a park setting that is pretty heavily wooded as well.
*Great mix of woods and open fairways. Trees are often in play but there are opportunities for good lines and birdies. A real challenge for beginners and average players.
*The first few holes let you warm up before the challenge begins - holes 1-6 are mostly flat, with some trees shaping shots.
*The creek really comes into play on multiple holes, especially when the water is up. Tee shot over the pond on 7 is daunting, and 18 is just awesome - downhill tee shot and over water twice.
*The uphill 10th is a real challenge - flat tee shot to a steep uphill with pin precariously placed on for maximum roll away potential. Holes 11-13 play downhill, uphill, and downhill in a straight line, with deceptively tight fairways and punishing rough. 14-17 are back into the trees with some very tight lines.
*Some longish holes to let the big arms show off, but still mostly about control distance and placement.
Cons: *The rough is Rough in the Spring and Summer - waist high and full of spider webs. If your shot is off, you could lose discs.
*The park is heavily used, and mountain bike paths cross some fairways and tees, gangs of kids like to chill on the 7th tee, and there usually lots of people being walked by their dogs.
*Most of the course is in a flood zone for the creek, and it holds water easily. If you're planning a trip to the course, be aware there may be mud and standing water on much of the course after repeated heavy rains.
*Tee signs are very good, but are old enough to not reflect some alt. pin positions or two-pin holes.
Other Thoughts: Bring your own water, no fountains.
Bathroom on backside of building near tennis courts, only sometimes open.
Course plays much easier in the fall (except for disc-eating leaf piles) and early spring when the lines open up a little and the rough is dead.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good tee signs. Good signs for navigation. Very well maintained. Perfect tees. A very nice park, that seems remarkably secluded. Challenging, but fair. Even the long holes give you a good size landing area to balance things out.
18 is a truly great hole. The two water hazards can be avoided (usually )if you are happy with a par or flirted with if you want to go for a three. This is how a water hole should be designed. It is a fantastic finishing hole.
Cons: Very few, and even those are mostly minor. The pond hole is both good and bad. Its a fairly typical hole, but if you play a bad shot...there is no chance at all to get your disc back. I consider this a fairly substantial design flaw. In two places, the signage could be improved, but this is a very small issue.
I thought there was alot of similarity, early on, in the kind of tee shot needed. The later holes get more wooded, but like the rest of the course, there is not much in your way right out of the box. IMO, Jordan could use a few short, truly technical holes for balance.
Other Thoughts: An earlier reviewer said it was lefty friendly. I disagree, at least for backhand players. If anything it favors RHBH or LHFH, but not enough to annoy rh flickers.
Although I did not fall in love with Jordan to the degree that others have, I still consider this course, in this delightful park, to be must play
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