8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very nice course, with a good diversity of holes. Most are wooded, with enough open holes to mix it up. A nice mix of difficult holes with enough birdie opportunities thrown in to help boost morale. Great use of elevation, with many uphill and downhill holes. Short tees are located on many of the longer holes, which is great for novice players. Laminated tee signs appear at each tee box, both short and long, and they have all the pertinent information and then some (including elevation change). All basket areas have arrows pointing the direction to the next tee. The course itself is very picturesque and fun to walk, with a small stream that runs through numerous holes and creates a small hazard. Sure, bridges would be a plus, but the stream is small enough to easily step over or play from if your disc lands there. Not really an issue at all.
Cons: Hole 12, which is completely unplayable for most casual golfers, and the only major drawback to this course. The entire hole is over the pond and not only that, there are many large tree branches which overhang the pond directly in front of the basket. So even if you throw an accurate shot that clears the pond, there is a very good chance these tree branches will intercept your drive and dunk it 20 feet into the murky pond, never to be seen again.
Other than hole 12, there isn't too much to complain about. Many holes have long walks between them. Without the numerous arrows pointing the way, it would be nearly impossible to follow, and even with the arrows (and a printed out course map), I still had some trouble finding a few of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a very cool course, probably my 2nd favorite in the state, after Wickham Park. Some holes have very narrow fairways, but that is normal for a new course and should open up over time. Finding the first hole was a little tricky. After entering the park, go past the first (paved) parking area on the right, which is next to the Page Park sign. There will be another (gravel) parking area on the right just inside the woods line, which is where the course starts.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course, heavily wooded
Pros: There are a lot of different styles of holes, some are shots that take you uphill, some are downhill, and some are wide open in a field. The course is very clean and well maintained, giving you a great experience during play.
Cons: The only con is the lack of bridges/or crossings over the few small rivers/brooks. you have to get a little wet if you want to play this course. A few of the holes have "hidden" goals, which makes it difficult as a first time player of the course, to know where to aim... No bathrooms or water fountains at all along the course, can be very frustrating at times
Other Thoughts: I enjoy the course very much, my girlfriend & I will come back as much as we can, living only a few minutes away from page park helps.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course - good workout
Pros: Very nice, tight, technical wooded course. Seems very new and may open up a bit with more use. Open holes were challenging because of tee and pin placements. No gimme holes. Baskets are awesome.
Cons: Better tee boxes would be a huge add and would make this a top notch course. Perhaps this is in the works already?
Other Thoughts: Definitely a course I would go back and play again. Great to see more and more courses in CT.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Off to a Good Start
Pros: Taking into account how new the course is, there are a lot of quality features in place. Page Park has a mix of both wooded and open fairways incorporating elevation changes. The course that requires finesse throws over unbridled power on many holes, but also offers opportunities for bomber drives.
Water was factored into several holes and ranged from a bubbling stream to an all-or-nothing (e.g. risk vs. reward) drive from a deck across a pond.
The course is located in large park in a suburban setting and is very easy to get to. Course navigation was fairly easy as well. Additionally, the signage was very detailed and helpful and contained information about not only the distance from tee to pin, but the elevation change as well. Another helpful navigation device were the pavers with arrows pointing to the next tee. Well worn paths were good indicators of the expected flow of the course.
Numerous elevation changes came into play, forcing careful disc and shot selections. Variations include dangerously challenging up throws to laser-precise drives down long, wooded hills. Further complicating these factors on the more wooded holes were the very tight (but visible) lanes.
As would be expected from a new course, the baskets were in pristine condition and positioned very well on the vast majority of the holes.
Page Park was very clean. Not much (if any) litter was visible. It's obvious that the locals have pride in and take good care of their course.
Cons: A few safety concerns popped up at the course. Some holes played near to back yards, others were too close to roads and walking paths. Yet another hole required a drive across a basketball court and another was very close to a park building and sitting area.
While finding the park itself was quite easy, finding the first tee box was a bit difficult. Signs within the park would be helpful for those that have never played or been to Page Park.
On the holes that did cross the little stream, some type of bridge or crossing would have been helpful. There were also a few holes that seemed to be waterlogged and muddy, although I'm not sure how much could be done to mitigate this.
Other Thoughts: I originally rated Page Park at 3.0 when it was a nine-hole layout. Since the change to 18-holes, this course has clearly gone the distance toward fulfilling its potential and is a testament to those that work on the course.
Like I said the first time I reviewed this course, I plan on playing Page Park again the next time I'm in the area and it gives central CT a great place to play disc golf.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Defer to objective opinions! I designed and built this course 2009.
- The cons are being diligently worked on.
- This Spring/Summer will install the other 9 DISCatchers, new signage, a new kiosk, and 18 paver stone tee pads.
Cons: On-site bathrooms are sometimes locked up and not always accessible. Working on this issue with Parks Department.
Signage, while currently lacking, is being completely redone and will include next tee signs, tee signs, and sponsor signs this Spring (2010). For now it is manageable but you may have to look around a little, having a map can't hurt! New holes are not yet marked.
Nine baskets, nine tree objects.
Other Thoughts: Please no cutting of any plant life on the course, especially the mountain laurels (CT State Flower) and the rhododendrons (very important to our park).
A walk through the holes. Check the hole info. section to see the recreational pars and competitive pars.
Hole 1 - 280' long, ~45' elevation drop. Wooded, moderately tight. Left to right flight path. Basket sits just across the small casual stream, green has a sort of false front sloped (back to front) and upshots can spill back down into the stream.
Hole 2 - 430' long, ~25' elevation rise. Wooded/partially open. Plays straight and flat along a paved out-of-service park road (road not OB) for the first 200', the turns left about 65 degrees, and starts climbing uphill. Basket on a sloped (right to left) green with some small guardian trees and a mt. laurel very close to the basket.
Hole 3 - 340' long, ~35' elevation drop. Wooded, moderately tight. Plays mostly straight, if anything gentle L to R. Drop off immediately below the tee, but rises up again 3/4 of the way down the fairway before dropping off again at the basket. Provides for a 'valley' shot. Sloped (front to back) green.
Hole 4 - 145` long, ~15' elevation rise. Wooded,tight. The most aced hole on the course plays straight up a gradual hill, with guardian trees on the right side near the basket. Sloped (back to front) green plus the hill create some roll away problems.
Hole 5 - 290', ~10' elevation drop. Wooded/partially open. Plays left to right. Have to hit the initial gap at 60' away, but it opens up after that.
Hole 6 - 500', ~20' elevation rise. Wooded, tight. Plays along an existing hiking trail, straight up a gradual hill for the first 300'. Turns about 30 degrees right, then starts to gradually go down hill for the remaining 200'. The left side rough slopes (right to left) steeply away from the fairway. Basket in a small tree grove right side of the fairway.
Hole 7 - 540', ~5' elevation rise. Open/sparse trees. The out-of-service paved (not OB) road lines the left side of this fairway. Most notable obstacle is a disc eating cedar is in the middle, adjacent a clump of mature trees. Basket is left side of the fairway in a grove of trees. Left of the cedar and next to the road half way down the fairway is a patch of briars, these get bad and should be avoided or risk losing a disc or worse...
Hole 8 - 330' long, ~60' elevation drop. Wooded/partially open. Plays straight down an old ski hill. Nothing sneaky just pure disc control. Tee set back a bit for added difficulty.
Hole 9 - 290' long, 10' elevation rise. Open/sparsely wooded. Plays right to left over a paved area (used to be a b-ball court). A fence crosses the fairway about 170' in, so low shots will be stopped. Basket left up the hill, green slopes (back to front).
Hole 10 - 275' long, 13' elevation rise. Wooded, moderately tight. Plays left to right up hill into a natural opening with the basket right at the edge of a steep slope (front to back/left to right).
Hole 11 - 250' long, ~35 elevation drop. Wooded, moderately tight. A cool (if I do say so myself) downhill straight shot, over a walking path (watch for walkers!) and casual stream. Tighter near the tee and basket, a little more open in the middle.
Hole 12 - 140' long, 6' elevation drop. Plays over the corner of the OB pond. Too far right, it's gone splash. Basket in the grass area near the pond.
Hole 13 - 375' long, ~5' elevation rise. Wooded/partially open. Straight flight the whole way, or there is a left route option. Fairway slopes (left to right) toward the pond, there are plenty of trees between fairway and pond, still, getting wet is possible on this hole with an errant shot. End of the fairway opens up to a meadow with some nice flowering trees. Basket is on a small slope (back to front) at the beginning of the meadow.
Hole 14 - 350' long, 20' elevation rise. Open. Up hill right to left shot, tee from under a dogwood tree, throwing into the natural green surrounded by mountain laurels and rhododendrons. The in-service paved road right and straight is OB. All in-service roads are OB.
Hole 15 - 170' long, 5' elevation drop. Open/sparse trees. Right to left short hole, playing along the in-service OB road. Slopes steeply (right to left) the length of the fairway. Many times you are putting with a drop off behind the basket.
Hole 16 - 265' long, 30' elevation drop. Wooded, very tight. Plays straight and downhill, with a lot of trees to get in the way. A giant rhododendron guards the green from the front right. Basket set about 2' from the casual stream.
Hole 17 - 165' long, flat. Wooded, very tight. Short tricky hole with multiple options. The most direct route is the tightest, or you can toss left to right over the large rhododendron for a look. The casual stream "S"s up the middle of the fairway, with the basket about 6' from said stream.
Hole 18 - 450' long, 45' elevation up. Wooded, tight. The big finish, a relentless up hill, constantly left to right turning, tight fairway. A giant boulder sits atop the hill guarding the left side of the fairway, and also provides primo seating for spectators to watch 18. The fairway continues to pinch tighter until about the top where the boulder is. At the top it opens up a little for your upshot, but now slopes (left to right).
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and improving
Pros: Nice park with tons of non-DG stuff for family trips. Challenging terrain, lots of elevation up and down, some tough pin placements and a nice stream through the course. Very quiet and secluded, great place to take your time and concentrate. Nice balance of shots and lengths, easy to play a quick nine. Beautiful brand new baskets. Course Pro/contact who is dedicated and will only improve the course. Most importantly, it is a fun course no matter your skill level.
Cons: It's a Northeast wooded course; can be tight and unforgiving, might be discouraging for beginners or those used to open holes. A few wet areas and steep slopes, wear good shoes. Leaves are thick in the fall. No tee pads right now, but tee areas are not that bad for natural.
Other Thoughts: Must admit, I'm a bit biased as I know the designer here and helped work a little on the course, but I think it's an honest review. UPDATE: with the full 18 holes in, I can say this is one of if not my favorite course in the state of CT. With the addition of a few nice open holes and some new amazing holes (ski hill hole and pond crossing stand out), this course should be on your play list.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
cool but small course
Pros: Very nice discatcher baskets (first time I have seen them). Very beautiful park. Cool terrain, and the holes incorporate the varied elevations. A couple of short baskets could lead to aces. Fun little course close to work.
Cons: Tees are almost impossible to locate. Hole numbers, par, and distance are painted on small rocks on the ground at each tee
Other Thoughts: Played here a few times this spring and it has been amazing. the folks that keep the course up have done a huge amount of work, and the course plays very nicely! I hope to get my first ace ever on hole 4. I have buzzed it a couple of times, but not quite in. Play with locals to locate the alternate tees for 2 and 9. there may be another 9 holes coming soon!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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