Unique but Average
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Pros: 18 hole course located a few hundred yards from the beach at a nice state park in Lewes. A kiosk with course information sits beside hole 1. All holes have working baskets. Multiple tee pads of sufficient length (red, white, blue) depending on level of difficulty you desire. Course is laid out well and distances are reasonable. Decent use of elevation, especially for a beach course. Course navigation is pretty easy with "next tee" arrows a big help. A small nature center building on site sells a limited supply of discs and provides a course map for anyone interested.
Cons: Built in 1978 and located by the beach, this course is showing heavy wear and tear. Signs are weathered and chipped, basket numbers are faded, basket chains are rusty and the salt air has taken its toll. Some of the wood planks which comprise the tee boxes are broken and need to be replaced. Many blind shots off the tee. Only a couple of benches and no bag poles, which would be a nice extra. Drinking fountains and bathrooms not in close proximity. Now 11 bucks for out-of-staters to enter the park.
Other Thoughts: The novelty of taking the Cape May ferry to Lewes and biking a mile to the course was what inspired me to play here. Cape Henlopen is not a bad course and I am a beach person, but truth be told, I wasn't real impressed with the place. Throwing thumbers every third shot off the tee and dealing with intrusive pine trees blocking paths to the basket is not my preferred day of disc golf. I know there is a group of devoted locals who play here and it is a unique experience for sure, but not one I'd want to have each week.
If ever there was a course in need of considerable TLC, this is it. Many things need to be upgraded as indicated above- including the secondary tee pads and accompanying markers- to make this a better overall course.
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The signage is fairly good. At the long tees (there appear to be unmarked short tees for holes 1-9), you'll find the distance, basket location, and next tee information. At many baskets, you'll find next tee arrows.
The main parking lot for the beach is not too far away, there are other activities at the park, and there is a Dairy Queen just a few miles away if you simply stay on the main road when you exit.
$8 to enter the park. Since most opening shots are blind, can be time-consuming for a first-time visitor if you bother to scout the basket locations before throwing. A few shots play near walking/biking paths. Sign for #11 was missing the day I played.
Two nine-hole loops playing in a counterclockwise direction, with holes 1-9 forming a loop inside of holes 10-18. Other than the mostly wide-open nearly 500' #18, and a few holes around 200', most holes fall into the 240'-335' category, and the average length is about 275'. The tee pads, maybe 5'x12', are pallets made from beach boardwalk planks.
Since you are playing amidst small sand dunes with some pines scattered about there are several non-typical things about this course:
- What shoes to wear? I played in sandals, so couldn't do very good run-ups. Players in other shoes typically comment how their's fill with sand.
- There is usually, at a minimum, a mild breeze blowing - you may want to have heavier/more stable discs.
- If you typically count on gaining some extra distance due to your disc skipping and/or rolling, that's not going to happen on this course - hit the sand, and stop
Fairly good variety - some holes are flat, some up/down a gentle slope, but several where you need to get up-n-over a dune with trees growing on it, but back down quickly, some times also needing to turn to get to the basket. Decent blend of straight, S-shape, and turning holes, with a bit of an emphasis of left-turns. A couple wooded holes, a couple open holes, but most have you throwing around and over tree/dune combinations.
Some navigation tips: when teeing for #13, you may want to make note of tee #14 to your right, as you'll soon be walking back to it. After finishing #13 and walking back towards tee #14, you should note the location of #15 to your left, as it is not at all visible from basket #14.
Favourite hole #14: About 300', left-turning about 2/3rds of the way to the hole, need to throw between trees early, but be high enough to get over other trees just past the midpoint.
Your entry fee will allow you into other Delaware state parks that day, so playing a trifecta of Henlopen, Trap , and Killens, all about an hour from each other, is certainly possible.
Don't know how many courses there are similar to this - probably fairly unique!
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Pros: It's tough to rate this course because it is so unique
Many of its pros are also its cons :)
Located in a State Park near the Ocean on the Delaware Shore, Cape Henlopen is dune golf! Teepads used to be little boardwalks set in the sand. The dunes are peppered with a weird kind of pine tree that doesn't get huge, but provides an interesting obstacle. Due to the nature of the topography, many of the holes are blind forcing you to walk up a dune, spy the basket and get a fix on a site line above the hole to use as reference from the tee.
Once you play it a few times, it actually becomes a fun little challenge, Some folks only get to play it once, and go away feeling a little off - which is what dune golf will do to you your first time.
Fortunately, it's not terribly long, so trudging through the sand is minimal
Cons: Holes are blind, gotta clean sand out of your shoes, and pay close attention to your errant shots. Throwing over stuff you cant see can yield a lost disc pretty easily.
Other Thoughts: The Cape is one of those fun to play, on the way, convenience courses. Maybe not a great tournament course, but worth a stop if you're on your way up the coast.
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