5 Helpful / 0 Not
This course will test your limits in EVERY way
Pros: A FREE course located right next to the soccer field at the Dover High School in NH. Lots of places to park, right when you pull in bear right for closer parking. This is a course with a few ace ops and will reward a skilled player.
The fairways are tighter than tight, most of the locals who have had success at the course stick to side arm and over hand shots not just for tee shots, but, putts and approaches as well; using 150 weight discs. If this is a style that you are familiar with you should have no problem navigating the fairways.
I have seen this course looking both good and bad. With the replacement of the ancient beat up practice basket at the start of the course things have seemed to improve. Although, during the course of the season and as it gets closer to fall, believe me when I say that the upkeep goes down; the signs wear fast and with the movement of the baskets its hard to tell how truthful the signs are if you don't play here religiously. However, volunteers run the course and for how much has been put into the course the fairways are kept up as well as can be expected and there are littered trash cans and benches to rest on as well.
Overall, this course will change the way you look at the game and faithfully show you what you need to be working on in your game.
Cons: Baskets change location on a relatively weekly basis which makes for an even more challenging course; they know how to keep a player on their toes.
Because of the tight fair ways and having relatively no open holes, this is a hard course for RHBH players. To add to this the par is a low even 60 not giving you much room for error. If you mess up a shot keep your composure and get to the basket in as few strokes as possible, or suffer the consequences.
The course is free as I have stated so certain amenities are not provided as they would be for a paid private course; simply put there is no club house, and nowhere locally to buy discs outside the Portsmouth mall area at the Dicks Sporting Goods. For bathrooms, there are a few port-a-potties located at the top of the parking lot closer to the soccer field.
Other Thoughts: Holes one and two are water holes. The average player should have no problem making it over the river from the tee on the first hole, but the long fairway on hole 2 sports an embankment on the right hand side that is steep and the trees are thin, discs tend to slip through.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Right off the highway (less than 1 mile). There are three pin locations on every hole. A practice basket right near the parking lot and first hole. Tee signs and bag holders on almost every hole. There are some next tee signs, although more are needed. There are cement boxes on every hole (except 1 which has stone). Scattered trash cans, recycle bins and benches make this park almost completely free of trash. Hole ten ends up near one. There is also a basketball court and swim hole on the course.
There are a couple of ace runs to go with some long par 4's. Water comes into play on a couple of holes. The mix of holes is pretty incredible considering the land. Elevation comes into play and drastically plays with you on one of the holes. The signature hole is probably 11 which has a blind elevation drop and the basket several feet from the water's edge.
Cons: A decent amount of signage either isn't available or is missing (next tee signs primarily). Hole 1's tee box is a huge hazard. The stones are all uneven and the wall is low: there is a swim hole/stream right below. A lot of the holes and fairways are close to each other or in the middle of one another. There is a lot of dead fall in the fairways and even more in the rough. There are several very narrow steep paths in between holes. There are a couple of tee pads that are in other holes fairways.
Other Thoughts: Lefty friendly course.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Challenging, good mix of shots, fun, easy disc retrieval from shallow river(except after rain), free
Cons: Lots of trees, some natural tee boxes are in very poor condition but they had added some new concrete tees
Other Thoughts: Fun and frustrating course but the best in the area (that is free). this course has made me increase my accuracy drastically. one huge minus is that when the league is playing, they play in HUGE groups. what happened to etiquette? no bigger groups that 4 and disperse the groups throughout the course. frustrating waiting on them to finally get to play through
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The pro tee boxes are well marked. The fair ways are clear, the baskets are easy to find, good mix of shots. Alot of trees makes it a good challanging course.
Cons: A lot of little sticks and branches on the ground to fall on.
Other Thoughts: Was on vaction in Maine and drove down to play this course and will go again.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: good fairways well defined
lots of technical shots with some good long shots
the mix is good
long tee boxes are mostly good
Cons: difficult almost imposible to follow the amature tees
available maps are way off amiture tees 4,5,6, are nowhare to be found on the maps
some sinage is missing
small 1 foot long sticks everywhere (maybe from recent storms) makes walking and throwing difficult
Other Thoughts: hard to find from rd passed it the first time by
came up from ct and worth makeing the trip again
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Top notch woods golf!
Pros: - Huge variety of challenging shots
- Fun for new players and pros alike
- Beautiful new tee signs showing both pin placements
- Alternate pin placements on every hole
- Cement tees in great shape.
- Top of the line baskets
- Practice area with driving net and 2 baskets
- Great new Pro Shop on the 11th fairway with enough discs, snacks, and accessories to satisfy a touring pro
- Friendly locals (I'm a little biased =))
Cons: - Small mistakes can lead to huge punishment on some of the more tree intensive holes.
- Due to close fairways, there are instances where the "best" shot is right up another hole's fairway. Without clarification of OB on the course there are situations where players could get hit.
Other Thoughts: This is a highly technical course that will force you to become a better player. Most of the holes are very well designed with clear lines to the pin that will still be a challenge. All 18 tee boxes are now poured concrete. A lot of the small sticks that regularly litter the fairways have been swept up and previously tangled paths (between 11 and 12 for instance) have been widened. If you have not yet mastered the flex shot this course will give you plenty of opportunity to practice as there are many holes (3,4,8,14,18) that will be difficult to par without some wiggling on the part of your shot. There are multiple pin positions that are rotated every few months. Currently, the OB is clearly marked with yellow string so there is less cheating allowed than before (could be a con for some =)). Overall this is a great place for pros and newbs alike. New players will be forced to learn how to bail themselves out of trouble, and veterans of the game will enjoy the challenge, especially on the back nine which is generally more difficult. There are some small cosmetic flaws but for a free course you can't do much better than this. There are new metal signs that show both pin positions and are a massive improvement over the old signs in the pictures. There are also now 18 alternate positions instead of 14. The latest addition is a fully stocked pro shop in the old camp building that sits in the center of the course. The shop is well stocked with all the most popular classic and brand new molds, as well as snacks, baskets, clothing, and hand warmers. They even offer custom dyes on your favorite discs!! Keep an eye on Bellamy, it's only going to get better!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Bellamy Park DG
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has come a long way over the years. Kudos to all involved! Undergrowth and low limbs have been cut back drastically. Love the tee pads and diagrams.
Cons: Every hole now has two basket placements; I never figured out whether the baskets were going to be consistently in their "A" or "B" position. It seemed to be a mix of both. It would be nice to have consistency that was clearly communicated or, perhaps, some sort of marking system on the otherwise excellent hole diagrams at the tee box.
Other Thoughts: Free!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: • Nice mix of technical and simple holes
• It's a course that is all about putting it through a window, and not hitting the tree.
• Looks like some work was done on the course, the map show holes reused and baskets used more then once that was not the case there where 18 holes. I was pleasantly surprised.
• Free to play and easy to get to
Cons: • Natural tee boxes are a mess, they are boxed in like the plan was to pour slabs but they fill it with dirt, one hole was pour slab, recommend continuing.
• The front nine had trash all over it.
• There seems to be a lot of clean up left, lots 2 -3 foot twigs all over the course my guess is from the ice storm.
• I would like to see some longer holes, most where in the 250 - 350 range.
Other Thoughts: As a 1st time player on this course I got lost a few times, also had to ask myself what tee or basket do I use. The1st tee box is hard to find but if you read review before going you will know its by the parking lot
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
So much fun so close to home
Pros: Forces you to throw a variety of shots. Unique course layout.
Cons: Watch out for the river! If you play after a rainstorm, expect puddles/mud. Tee boxes are a little funky. Hard for first-timers to navigate
Other Thoughts: I love this course, its a great walk through the woods and a lot of fun to play. Lost my fair share of disks in the river, but usually go for a swim to retrieve them.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good variety, challenging wooded holes, really nice use of elevation (both teeing off from high elevation or teeing off uphill), holes added in recent years are nice and challenging.
Cons: Difficult to navigate unless you know this course (but once you know it, it's great). Discs are often lost in overgrowth or the Bellamy river (I've lost more discs on this course than any other I've ever played - though I did cut my teeth here as a beginner)
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and one of the first I played on. Not the friendliest course for beginners, but it challenges you to learn a wide variety of shots to navigate the sometimes treacherous wooded areas. Hole 5 is an extremely challenging par 4 ever since they moved the tee box back over the creek. Many of the tees have narrow wooded paths to navigate. Hole 11 along the river is downright cruel, forcing anything but the longest, most perfect drives to land in a swamp or the river. That said, I love this course and play it regularly.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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