1 Helpful / 7 Not
it is what it is
Pros: easy access, free, fast. challenging uphill holes - good beginners course - this review is getting too long
Cons: multi use park; poor marking, course map near tennis court on hole 7 - this review is getting too long
Other Thoughts: the city makes good use of its land with this course - this review is getting too long
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Course made for experienced recreational players
Pros: Nice tee signs and arrows to the next basket on many holes.
Clear tee pads
Nice use of elevation and natural features, like the boulders on hole 4.
Some risk vs. reward shots, like hole 10's risky down hill putt.
Few blind holes, and good signage on those that are blind.
Cons: The entire fairway for hole 1 was covered in broken glass. The broken glass was a safety issue. It was shattered all over the walkways and can rip your bag or cut you if you fall on the uneven terrain.
Parking Issues, we simply could not find it. To get to the parking lot you have to drive past a few NO TRESSPASSING signs.
Tee pads were often very small (6x4)
Sketchy area, lots of non disc golfers wandering the disc golf park with no disc, park has a reputation with the locals as a shady hangout.
No amenities besides over flowing garbage cans.
Other Thoughts: This may have been a Jason Southwick course at one point, but it is falling into disarray quickly.
Broken Glass and garbage all over make it hard to imagine a quality tournament here.
This is a good course for a recreational or experienced player. The wooded fairways and elevation may be too difficult for a new player while still lacking challenge for advanced players.
SPECIAL NOTE: Avoid the course August 9th - August 30th on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 due to the Newton 5K races in the park.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: good challenge with with trees and branches
basket is visible from almost every tee
markers pointing to next tee
no water hazards
for beginners trees and branches are a problem
glass on some holes
Other Thoughts: overall its a compact course that takes about 1hr and half to play.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
behind the high school
Pros: great course, very challenging.
Cons: very hilly.
Hole #3 is confusing to find..it's to the right after disc catcher under oak trees that form like a bridge..walk through it and your all set the rest of the course.
Other Thoughts: 10 minutes from maple hill and pyramids
20-25 minutes from buffeman lake
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wide fairways for a wooded course. Challenging to all levels of play.
Cons: No amenities at all for being part of a public park.
Other Thoughts: For rating a course I base my ratings on 50% design, 20% course upkeep, 10% basket, tee, tee sign, and signage, 10% amenities, and 10% that special something that defines a course.
Newton Hill is a course developed by Jason Southwick (Marshall St. Disc Golf, Pyramids) in conjunction with the community group Friends of Newton Hill. Normal entrance is via the upper parking lot of Doherty Memorial High School. Note that during school hours players have been told that they are unable to use this parking lot. Secondary access is by continuing past the high school to Pleasant St., turn left and park along the road. Hole 7 tee is at the edge of the woods between the tennis courts. This hill is lined with walking trails and it is not uncommon to see people jogging or walking their dogs, although these people do not have an effect on any fairways.
The course is a wooded course. Most of the holes are straight and more often than not the basket is within site of the tee pad. Some holes feature minor elevation drops with a few offering significant elevation change. There are very few (one or two) blind shots and even then the disc is in sight for most of its flight. Fairways are wide and well defined with multiple routes available. Even though the fairways are designed mostly straight, trees are well positioned to make a straight shot not possible or challenging at best. Undergrowth along fairways is generally light enough that there is little fear of losing a disc due to an errant throw. There are no shots where water comes into play. Target areas are mostly clear and level with only an occasional chance of a missed put rolling away down a hill. The course feels well designed and thought out.
The course appeared to be kept up fairly well. Cut logs and trimmed brush piles was observed, placed mostly out of the way of the main fairways. Course was mostly clean with just a small amount of trash observed. There were trash barrels located next to the tees on two or three holes.
Basket, tee, tee sign, and signage:
Baskets are in good condition with only one or two showing minor bending of metal. Tees are rubber mats. Tee signs are present at all tees showing direct of fairway, distance, and par. Interestingly, fairways that are slightly angled are shown as straight and those dead straight are shown slightly angled. No impact on play though. Signs are basic in design and lack any graphics of trees/rocks. Next tee arrows are painted on bricks at the base of most baskets although most of the next tees are within sight of the previous basket.
While technically part of Elm Park (located across the street) there are no facilities located at the disc golf course itself. There are no picnic tables. There are no grills. There are no practice targets (unless you count the basket for Hole 18 right by the parking lot). There is no billboard. There are no bathrooms. There is no source of water. The high school football field is located next to the parking lot and warm up drives can be taken there.
That "special something":
Finding a wooded hill perfect for disc golf in the middle of a large city such as Worcester is truly a gem. The course just being where it is gives you the impression that you have found a hidden sanctuary. This is highlighted by a few holes who's tee pad is right on the edge of the woods offering you views of urban life before driving your tee shot back into the forest. This course offers some holes that aesthetically are on the cusp of being some very pretty holes. There is no hole I would classify as a "signature" hole, but there are many that are close.
This course is a good example of how disc golf can be added to a public park and add value to the area. It is well designed with the novice and experienced player in mind. Fairways are open enough to allow you multiple routes and reward good shots but contain enough trees to challenge a player of any level. At the end of my round I was unable to classify the course as overly challenging or overly easy, it felt very balanced. I would not hesitate to take someone here for their first experience with disc golf. If in the area, this is not a course to be missed.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Perfectly located just off of Park Ave with a vibrant green setting contrasting the grey of the city. Challenging, varied course The new work on the course is fantastic, the volunteers really put their all into fixing up a haven in Worcester with plenty of garbage cans to help keep it clean. All new baskets and signs for every hole.
Cons: Hill hazards? Every shot just eats your disc up and sends it rolling down the hill, out of line of site. Doesnt matter if your shooting up hill, down hill or across the hill - the disc rolls. With most discs getting lost playing with 3 people it was 20 mins of searching for a par 3. Hole 11 and 17 were especially bad at eating rolling discs.
Other Thoughts: Not a course for beginners. Lots of up hill and down hill and some more up the same hill, so at least double the amount of your water bottles.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: tight course and forces you to be accurate, great change of pace course, easy to find your way around the course and not very busy, a lot of elevation dont bother bringing your drivers most are short and i ended up overshooting a lot of holes that are out of sight
Cons: teepads are not so hot, UPHILL almost all the holes are striaght up or on some weird angle, if you land out of the fairway you are gonna be looking for a while and extremly woody outside of the fairways
Other Thoughts: Cool course to change up your game not a long course and a good course to practice your midrange game, Other players are extremely nice lost a teebird in the woods and a day later i had a call this is refreshing compared to playing other courses where you lose a disc you know your not getting a call i really enjoyed this course and i will be back soon
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Beware the rent-a-cop!
Pros: Love the fact that they are working on constantly improving this course. I go there and play at lunch, as it's close to where I work. Great elevation changes and a fun course to play!
Cons: Poor signage, it's easy to get turned around... I attempted to play this course at lunch time this week, and got chased off by a rent-a-cop who said that I couldn't park in the school parking lot until after 2:30? It was disappointing to say the least!
Other Thoughts: Love the constant improvements that they are doing in this course.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Tons of potential
Pros: BIG trees on a BIG hill with lots of elevation. Beautiful fairways, very aesthetically pleasing to play. Challenging for ams and will test your arm on lots of uphill shots along with accuracy to stay in the fairway. Enough long-ish holes to make you put some juice behind your throws esp cause many are uphill. The downhills are super sweet!
Cons: Still no signage but markers in ground by basket point you in the right direction. Pretty open, which maybe isn't a con, but it's not tight and technical with a few exceptions. That said, it's not "wide" open, so you can still hit plenty of trees.
Other Thoughts: Once the signs go in and the teepads are cleaned up (it was super wet when I was there after recent flooding rains) I would rate this course much higher. It was a surprise to play Maple Hill and then hit this on the way home and say to myself, wow, that was really fun. I really did find it beautiful, the big trees really make a difference for me.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fun course with a few difficult holes.
Minimal change to lose discs.
Good for newbies.
If you can hit the fairways, you'll do well. Very wooded course.
Cons: No signs. No garbage cans, but course was fairly clean.
Be sure to watch your step as there as many tiny tree stumps.
The hills may be dangerous for those who are not nimble.
Other Thoughts: I was visiting from out of town and a friend and I played the course with a local gentleman who helped design and create the course. He has several ideas for improving the course. Since the course is pretty new it appears there are those who are willing to see the development of the course continue which is great to see. A few other locals were very helpful in leading us through the course.
Found a voodoo doll on the course - uh oh.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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