3 Helpful / 2 Not
Very Good Course
Pros: All new baskets, some very interesting holes, good workout!
Cons: After the first 4 holes or so - it's mostly up and down a steep hill. Little crowded the couple times I've gone.
Other Thoughts: Be nice to have tee signs with distance and direction to basket.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice course has arrows on almost every basket pointing to the next tee. nicely designed shot path.
Cons: it would be nice to have a sign or something giving basket facts(location, etc.) a little tough to play being steep hills covered in leaves, i did a lot of falling down hills that day. on a couple of the baskets you might wanna be a little careful due to park ave. its pretty close to the street.
Other Thoughts: very decent course look forward to playing it again.
- for future reference make sure you wear a good pair of shoes for the hills
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
A great addition to Central MA disc golf
Pros: -Great location that takes advantage of a previously underutilized park.
-Solid lay out. Each hole naturally flows in to the next, no 10 minute walk between holes but also not so close as to be dangerous.
-Lots of time on the hill. I really appreciate good elevation change and this park provides plenty of it. Holes 4 and 7 and almost the entire back 9 have significant elevation change. Plenty of opportunity for both uphill and downhill throws. Some of the elevation changes are quite significant (numbers 7, 9, and 15 stand out).
-Course doesn't favor backhand shots over forehand shots. Being backhand dominant, I appreciate the course challenging me to improve my forehand game.
-Brand new Chainstar baskets.
-Good mix of open (by New England standards) and wooded shots. No hole strikes me as being more luck over skill from the tee box.
-Nice mats at the tee box.
Cons: -A little tricky to navigate as there's no sign pointing to the first hole from the parking lot (you'll see 18 when you pull in, walk off to the right and slightly up hill to find the first tee).
-No signage for each hole but not really a problem as you can see most baskets from the tee.
-Sometimes tricky to make it between holes if the brick with the arrow is missing.
-As of Halloween, the basket for three is made of plastic chains (all others are Chainstars) but I assume this is changing.
Other Thoughts: Lots of great improvements still being made to the course. Since it is brand new, there are still a few rough edges but based on the amount of volunteers who've been putting in lots of hours, it would seem that Newton Hill will be another challenging, hilly, Central Mass DG course. I spoke with the designer who told me that he was inspired by the design at Devens and it certainly shows.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 4 Not
Great work in proress
Pros: The tee pads are pieces of rubber laid on the ground, very similar if not the same as Marshall Street and Pyramids. There are next tee signs; however they are painted bricks with arrows placed in the ground either next to or near the basket area. There is a great change in elevation. The elevation change will kick your butt. Every other hole goes up and then down. The hole variety is great and very mixed: there is no real grip and rip shots, while there is a variety of doglegs right and left and tunnels. There is also a basketball and tennis court next to hole 7 so your family can have fun while you disc! The tee boxes that are on hills are either dug out or have a nice rock formation around them so that they are all level. Probably the most beneficial is that hole 18's basket is right next to the parking lot. All of the holes nave nice tee sign and new Chainstars.
Cons: Since the parking lot is shared with a school parking could be limited during school hours. The navigation is a work in progress. There are no benches or bathrooms. There is a lot of trash and damage to the course and baskets.
Other Thoughts: The tees are marked by painted stones with the number on them. Make sure to bring extra water as you will need it. Tee one is at the very top of the parking lot to the right.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
A Work in Progress
Pros: Right smack in the middle of the 2nd-largest city in New England. Could not be more convenient. Shows the signs of being a true labor of love - little things that you can't fake. Nice mix of uphill/downhill and wooded/moderately open territory. Part of a revival of a long-neglected Worcester park.
Cons: Not all holes have baskets. Some tees can be hard to find. But the Marshall Street folks and the "Friends of Newton Hill" are working on it.
UPDATE: Most holes now have baskets, and some fantastic foundations for tees. This is now a 4 star course!
Other Thoughts: There are 10 colleges in the Worcester area. This is a fantastic asset for the college culture in the city. Just blocks from WPI and Becker and about a mile from Assumption.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Play free, 4 miles away from Marshall Street (Pyramids-Maple Hill DGC). Elevation hill and mixed wooded.
Cons: Rent-a-Cop informed me to "don't allowed parking there during school hours " or get permit for parking from school (sound silly).
Other Thoughts: Playing will leading you counterclockwise from tee # 1(uphill from parking lot) to tee # 18-(Corner of end of parking lot). 18 new DGA baskets was installed. Best time playing there after school hours (2:30 pm) or school closed
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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