Ace Run Park
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Pros: Every hole you have a chance at getting an ace which is kinda fun. It is very easy to navigate since the tee pads are very close to each other. Will help you practice your putting and abilities to throw straight. The course has two different tee off areas.
Cons: No real long holes to air it out. If you are not a resident you have to pay to enter the park. If more people were playing the course it could get a little nuts with discs flying everywhere since the holes are very close together. If it rains it is like playing in a swamp. Tee pads are a little short.
Other Thoughts: Go with a county resident. Great beginner course because it is hard for your confidence to be hurt at this course.
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Pros: The course is located in a beautiful, expertly maintained regional park with all the amenities for a family vacation. One of the few courses where an admitted hacker can shoot 9 down and regain some self-esteem,hours after getting a good beat down at Seneca earlier in the day.
The concentrated layout thru large hardwoods is one of the best examples of getting 18 holes in a small area that I've seen. A great course for beginners or for playing the round with your putter.
Park office people were helpful and had a pretty good selection of discs.
Cons: This course was designed before the era of the modern disc, so it plays short by todays standards.
Other Thoughts: We camped here on two occaisons last summer while biking around DC. A quick round at the end of the day was perfect.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, repetitive, but a great place to up your ace count or work on putter uphots
Pros: The course is well shaded with lots of trees and very little underbrush. It's pretty easy to find your way through the course (I think you can see all 18 baskets from the parking lot), though sometimes it is a little confusing which basket you are throwing to, since they are all so close together. Most shots are in the 150-250' range with a few trees in the way on each shot.
This is a great place to host an Ace Race event, and the historical significance of Bull Run is really cool (yes, this park is the site of the Battle of Bull Run). Great park for all sorts of other diversions, and lots of great big fields in the park that are perfect for throwing practice shots with your drivers...
Cons: Holes get repetitive and similar. No elevation change. Single chain baskets. Long dirt tees are very, very poorly marked and seem like an afterthought.
It is a looong drive into the park before you get to the disc golf course (just keep driving, you'll get there eventually).
Other Thoughts: I visited the course as an excuse to wait out traffic one afternoon and didn't know what to expect. I took my whole bag and threw through the course the first round just launching 3-4 discs off each box to loosen up and see what the course looked like. Hit several sets of chains and several baskets (nothing stuck).
After the first survey round, I put everything back except two putters (Wizard, Magic) and two midranges (Ontario Roc and CE Classic Roc) and played a normal round (no extra shots) with one of the locals. It only took me 38 throws to complete the course (-16 par), which is undoubtedly the lowest score I've ever shot on 18 holes. And shooting a -16 down felt like I took two bogies.
For any advanced or pro player, this should basically be played as a par 2 course and is a great place to work on your putts and putter/midrange upshots. There are enough trees in the way to force you to shape your lines and practice a variety of shots and distances. It's a great practice course for that reason.
For a rec/intermediate player, this is a decent course to work on your game and enjoy a lazy afternoon with friends.
For a person with young children or a girlfriend who's never played, this is a great starter course to get their confidence up.
I originally gave this course a 2.5 rating because I think this is a pretty fun course for less-skilled players and a good putter par-2 course for more experienced players. It's relaxing. A round only takes 30-40 minutes, and it's the site of some great American history. Of course, when I went, I wasn't asked to pay anything to play.
Since learning that this course is typically a $7-$9 experience, I'm dropping a half star from the rating. This is a fun little course when it's free. But for $9, save your time and go somewhere else. The only reason I'm not dropping the rating more is because I understand the course is free in the off-season. So check with parks and rec and find out if they're going to charge you before you head over there. Fun for locals if it's free. A huge disappointment if you're paying to play.
So take the family, bring a picnic and enjoy the day. This is a great park for a day of many activities -- of which casual disc golf with friends can be one small element.
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