9 Helpful / 0 Not
Dunes and Pines
Pros: This is a completely unique course, most of which is laid out on or into a set of sand dunes. Each hole is different, and almost all are technically challenging.
All but one tee has a sign and if you know someone in the area who plays it is not terribly hard to follow. There is now a course layout map by the practice pin and first tee, so taking a look at it should clear up any issues.
The par is really lax, but if you play a pro par the course becomes much harder.
Also, it is right by the beach, so after you are done disc golfing, you can chill in the waves or take a nap in the sun.
Cons: First time this course is hard to follow, but now that there is a map of the course, it has become a lot easier for first timers.
Sand: I would suggest bare-footing it on cooler days, or finding a sand proof shoe of some variety, because you are playing on a dune, so there is no avoiding the sand.
Older tees and pins may annoy some, but everything is there, and a new set of tee platforms have recently been put in.
Watch out for trees. Pine trees are annoying to retrieve discs from, and several holes you have to shoot over or around a bunch of them.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course. Aged though it may be, there is still the aura of novelty about it, that I have not found in any other course.
Also: if you come in the off season, like October to late March, you do not have to pay to get into the park. Other ways to get around the $8 out-of-state fee: ride a bike in; get lots of people to go; get to know a local.
I highly recommend this course if you are looking for something a little different in your schedule, just be prepared to compensate for the setting.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Into the Dunes
Pros: If there's one thing I dig its playing a totally unique course and Cape Henlopen is just that. Course weaves up, down and around sand dunes and through a maze of scruff pines. A few holes are wooded and there's a long open one as well. Though short course can be quite challenging and 2/3 of your drives are blind. Playing in the sand gives a bit of a twist as your shots will, for the most part, stay where they land, no skips or rolls. Wooden platform tees work nicely. A number of holes force you to drive up and over a wall of pines. A totally unique playing experience.
Two and often 3 different tees on every hole! The locals have been putting in many hours and excellent work here. Tees are slowly getting truck bed liner rolled onto the front of them to increase grip on the wood. multiple basket placements are also being added. Also, dead trees being removed and baskets repaired.
Cons: Course navigation is a bit hard the first time out. As stated, many holes are blind shots, so do yourself a favor and take a moment to walk up and locate the basket your first time here. With the exception of the open hole, from which you can see the basket anyway, the holes are short so you don't have to walk that far up.
Other Thoughts: Cape Henlopen is a fantastic park overall. Close by the course is the beach, nice hikes and pier fishing. Being right next to the beach I can even get my girlfriend to come play here with me. Lots of wildlife here, during the summer tiny lizards can be seen running around the course and in the afternoons a heard of deer containing an albino can usually be seen in the field across from the nature center. (Which sells discs) Yes, there is a park entrance fee, but if you plan on playing Delaware state park courses more than 5 times a year just buy the State Park Pass and it will easily pay for itself. Nothing beats playing here in the off season, when its nice and quiet, and throwing to the sound of the waves crashing.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
will not play here again
Pros: Not much, it's a disc golf course close to my in-laws house in Long Neck DE
Cons: Course was hard to follow. Signs at tee boxes were kind of vague (preffered path was a straight line to the basket DUH). Short tee boxes were in disrepair. Most shots were blind holes, with baskets being behind foliage with no way to get around except for small walking path. Baskets were very old, and I think were original to the 1978 course. Strollers for the kids would be impossible.
Other Thoughts: Course is layed out on sand dunes, so sand in the shoes was unavoidable. Played on Thanksgiving...the park was open for free. Back 9 more open than front 9.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
sand in your shoes
Pros: Lots of elevation changes. Blinds shots that I felt you couldn't loose your disc on. The sand if you fancy that, the park it is located is fantastic spend the day on the beach.
Cons: Little hard to navigate for the first time. Walking in the sand is though.
Other Thoughts: I played this course after a long day of other DE courses and it was the highlight, i think because of the great difference the sand and mix of blind and elevation.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Near Rehoboth Beach. Tee signs and tee pads on every hole. Some elevation changes. Nice use of vegetation.
Cons: Windy, not easy to navigate for first timers. Terrain is mostly sand, so difficult to walk on. Maybe wear sandals, my regular disc golf shoes filled with sand. $8 for non Delaware residents entrance fee.
Other Thoughts: Too little course for the high price admission. If you really need your disc golf fix while on vacation, play it, otherwise save your money for a better course.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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