Great training course for locals
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Pros: Closest course to New Haven! Good for beginners; no holes +400'. The course has beautiful landscape and a few unique shots. Baskets are in good condition. Trees keep your drives honest and there's lots of elevation change. The woods keep you out of the sun, so you probably can leave your sunblock at home. A nice quiet little course to work on your short game. I've only run into other players on this course once. Small trash bins have been added to many tee pads so keep the course clean! Discs are available for rental in the Parks and Rec office so you can get your friends hooked on the game if they've never played before. They also have maps, restrooms and water fountains in the community center.
Cons: Course feels a little cramped. It would be nice to have one or two holes on the longer side. Only one anhyzer hole (#8). Be wary of hikers and dog-walkers, as the course does intersect with hiking trails. Also, be wary of vehicles on the service road on 5 and 7. Course is mostly clean, but there is broken glass on the tee at 8, some graffiti on the trees and fallen trees in the rough make retrieving those errant drives a pain. Teeboxes are natural, undefined, and the ground on them is uneven, so your footwork needs to be very cautious when teeing off or you might eat dirt. Hole #2 has gotten ridiculous with a lot of overgrowth and fallen trees from a big hurricane a few years ago.
Other Thoughts: A nice course for working on technical shots and improving your short game. Baskets are placed in a way that allows for diverse putting practice. Probably not worth driving more than 10-20 miles to play it, but it makes a great practice course for locals.
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Fun way to spend an hour or two near New Haven
Pros: I woke up early one morning on a visit to Yale University, and walked to the bus stop next to the very same commons where, legend has it, students long ago tossed pie tins back and forth from the "Frisbee Pie Company" and then the rest is history. As I pondered this, I was obviously craving a round of disc golf, and I knew that Connecticut has the landscape to make for some really great courses, however, the course directories had very few options. Then I found out about this new course.
After a lengthy bus trip and walk to the park, I arrived at this brand new course in the suburban spread called Orange. I brought only my ESP Cyclone and a Pro Challenger in my luggage, and these discs were more than sufficient. I don't think there was any hole much longer than 300' (this is really good for beginners!).
This course is set back in semi-mature woods behind a community park, with a surprising amount of topography in the form of hills and small valleys. The brush was dense, and the fairways were tight, just the way I like them.
The holes were all very well-placed, I never once had the thought that the designers should have put them in any other locations. The hole lengths and over all balance and flow of the course was perfect for the property. There was a variety of shots off the tee, left, right, straight, up, and down. None of the holes was a gimme, since the slightest error could lead to bogey in many instances. I imagine a lot of local players will have a good time out there.
Cons: The property is somewhat small and remote, but this isn't as big a deal in a car culture. Being from California, I was also craving a bit more length and challenge.
Other Thoughts: The course was brand new, so I can't comment on lack of signage, since I know they are continuing to improve it. A fellow named Matt was very kind to give me detailed directions to and around the course, even though it was in its formative stages. He mentioned that they might be able to expand into other areas of the park in the future to make a full 18, and add a variety of other kinds of holes. This would be very cool!
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