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Swap-a-Course...for the better
Pros: • Creepy, abandoned feel - reminds me of the late 90's when area courses weren't as heavily used
• Gets the Coplay Creek involved on holes 1, 2, 4 & 5
• Good length on a few holes (400+ ft. on 1, 2 & 7)
• Decent mix of wooded/open/water holes
• Very manageable rough, disc loss highly improbable
• Baskets in good shape
• Easily navigated (even w/o tee signs, arrows, etc)
• For newer players, good introduction to challenging disc golf
• Favorite Hole: #5, it's the tightest wooded hole with decent length culminating at a smartly placed basket on the edge of the Coplay Creek
Cons: • Brand new course (which will certainly change over time)
• Just 9 holes (so play it twice!)
• Some holes play too close to one another (1 & 2 especially although I like both holes)
• Natural tees which are marked with white flags
• Signs are wooden stakes with the hole #
• Really limited space (but land allocated is used well)
• Seems a bit right hand biased
• A couple holes near the road (#2 but especially 7)
• Weakest hole is #3; it just feels more like a 'transition'
Other Thoughts: I was perplexed when I heard this new 9 holer was recently installed...and right up the road from Levens Rec. Park (another 9 hole course...and not at all good). Why would we need another nine hole course in that area? The Greater Lehigh Valley has plenty of excellent courses to offer...it just didn't make sense. Until I read a posting on the lvdiscgolf.org message board that this course is REPLACING the 'not good' nearby Levens Rec. Park (the baskets from there were used at this course)!
This revelation has certainly altered my initial view about this course. I could go on and on about the many improvements this course needs. But it's a brand new course and will develop. The variety, length and risk factor elevates it above your typical nine hole park pitch/putt. But of course, this is the Lehigh Valley and I wouldn't expect anything less. They know they're disc golf 'round here and will squeeze everything possible out of an allocated piece of land - even if that land (and it's subsequent disc golf yield) isn't the optimal choice.
Neff's Valley Park replaces a nearby (inferior) course and re-uses the resources (baskets) on a neglected piece of land in an efficient way. All this while offering a degree of variety and challenge not readily seen in a nine hole course. Hopefully the local players can stop by, give it a play, review it and share their perspective. I enjoyed it and will stop by every now and again when I'm close by to see how it evolves.
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Discing by the Pool!
Pros: This course surprised me. I was expecting a simple nine hole course set on the grounds of an abandoned public pool. I figured I would bring my midranges and a token driver. To my pleasant surprise I could bring my full bag as there are real holes here. The first 2 holes are long open field shots over 400 ft each with #1 starting over a healthy creek and #2 finishing over the same creek. The stream comes into play 2 more times in the next 3 wooded holes before the course finishes utilizing an open field in an uncramped manner. #7 is over 400 ft with a 20 ft elevation gain over an open field. The finisher is a solid rhbh anhyzer. For added challenge you can play the access road as OOB on holes 6&7. The park is eerily set on the grounds of an abandoned Public Pool so there is zero traffic here. With 4 stream holes, 3 woodsy holes, and 6 more open holes there is ample variety here to keep you interested. It's definetely worth playing twice. Plenty of parking. Great tee signs in place and theres dual tees on 7 of the 9 baskets making an 18 hole day possible. Alternate tees change the holes enough to make it interesting often going from lefty to righty hole etc.
Cons: Ample Parking and port-o-potty available (even in winter). The course is set on the dilapidated grounds of an old public pool and disc golf seems to be the first use the land has seen in years,however grass is mowed and fairways are clear.Nothing truly special here to draw you back. Natural Tees can get sloppy. Outside of the gradual elevation gain on 7 there is no elevation in play. Holes 1 & 2, 10 &11 utilize the same huge field as a fairway and might intersect one another if course is ever busy.(improbable)
Other Thoughts: Another worthy nine holer for the region. With Upper Macungie, Angelica, Unami, and Eurana this area has a plethora of quality 9 hole courses.When entering lot, holes #1 & #2 are to the left and #3 is straight ahead and shoots from the lot.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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