8 Helpful / 0 Not
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!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1)Beach no more than 300ft away from the course....
2)Not like any other course you will ever play...
4)Skilled shots are needed to play this as a 54 par course...
Cons: 1)Bugs are really bad in the middle of summer...
2)Expect to get sand in your shoes your basicly playing on the beach...
3)Course is kinda hard to follow first time playing....(but the locals are maintaining it nicely)
4)At one time the baskets were out dated.. making long puts were impossible to stick...
Other Thoughts: This was my first course I have ever played. Going camping at the park and being able to golf is very nice.. Including having the beach within distance makes this an amazing beach vacation experience...
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Unique course over the sand dunes. loved the Wooden decks used for T pad.
Park is clean and easy to navigate.
Cons: I cheat I have a spotter point the direction I need to throw, Also helps find errant discs. Bugs and heat are the devil from the end of July to the first of August
Other Thoughts: If you like to play unique courses. This is a must. Yeah you have to pay but you will not be bored playing this course
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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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