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Pros: Camp fully deserves the 4.5 "Phenomenal" rating, and fully deserves to be in the top tier of Pennsylvania courses. With 6 holes playing over water, and 1-2 holes with water nearby the course will challenge accuracy and placement. Long drives on open field holes are needed to attempt birdie runs, shorter holes have defined fairways, and sloped greens. Overall the course par is correct to more advanced players. It is my belief based on experience that the top level courses need a certain "Wow" factor, which camp has plenty of. From island uphill greens, to tight tunnel fairways, long variable terrain open field drives, swinging bridges of water, and to the long downhill OB threated 2nd shot on 18, the course is challenging and memorable. Worth every penny.
Cons: Three words; Hours, Thorns, Baskets. Like other reviewers state the Camp is a fully functioning camp, and the keep the peace with campers, and continue the business that existed before the course was installed. Hours are from 9-4pm on weekdays and weekends. Course is closed Memorial-Labor day, and there are groups who rent the property to hunt in the fall. (ORANGE CONE ON HOLE MEANS COURSE CLOSED) Questions can be directed to the building on the left of Hole 1 as to course hours.
The sticker bushes, and thorns are brutal. Is it a true negative against the course...no. The fairways are well designed and you have open spaces to place the disc. If you are off course it is not fun. The result, throw a conservative shot if needed and save your legs. It is worth mentioning to be prepared.
The baskets are homemade, and while they are serviceable, they are not to the standard set by other elements of the of the course. I know that the pay-to-play factor is raising funds to provide new baskets.
Other Thoughts: Please support this local gem. In the Montgomery/Chester/Berks Counties this is the gold standard for other courses to beat. The negatives are worth negotiating to spend a few hours on a course that will challenge every shot in your bag.
It is worth noting that at tournaments and events held at the site that Pastor Jeff (course designer) has emphasized the camp has a full time staff of counselors willing to meet and speak to any disc golfer needing the services. The course has been crafted with a lot of time and dedication, I am confident the staff would be just as dedicated to people playing it.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Course has it all - sprawling layout, wide open holes, tight wooded holes, water and out of bounds "hazards" that are challenging yet manageable..and it is all in a beautiful area.
Cons: Wish there were clearer markings for both hole layout and next tee box. I was fortunate to have been playing with a group, otherwise I would not have known where to go on several occasions. This is significantly overshadowed by the play of the course itself.
I heard it closes all summer long.....
Other Thoughts: This became an instant favorite. There is so much good about this course it's hard to summarize. Fantastic.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Sank your Battleship
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Private 18 hole course of impeccable variety and aesthetically pleasing natural scenery. Phenomenal use of the land features, creek, and available elevation. Excellent risk vs reward on most holes and some tricky basket placements. Decent signage, single tees and baskets.
Cons: Some nit picking that shouldn't really keep anyone from playing. Poison ivy is fairly bad in some places off the fairways. A little tricky to navigate in places. Decent chance of losing a disc. The white baskets can be hard to see. Limited availability of playtime.
Other Thoughts: Camp Sank is the most varied and unique course I have played and the fun factor is off the charts! Somehow there are more downhill shots than uphill shots/walking or it just seems that way. There are ace runs, deuce runs, and some hard birdie 3s. Some tight shots through the woods, some wide open, and others meander in or out of the woods and open. Uphill, flat, downhill, and rolling elevation. Right, left, and straight shots. The suspension bridge on hole 6 was quite thrilling to walk across and I had to walk in rhythm with the bouncing of the bridge, and by the time I got off the bridge I couldn't walk right for a bit. The next hole 7 is a fun downhill bomber, then hole 8 par 4 is one of the more unique holes I've played which starts out flat and through a tight gap to a more open landing area for the next shot to the right and it goes uphill quite a bit. The following hole 9 was almost complete deja vu of Morraine hole 7, but a difficult par 4 this time around, and I was pumped to hit a 40' putt for a birdie 3. Hole 12's hallway shot is reminiscent of Blue Ribbon Pines infamous hole 4, but shorter. Hole 13 reminds me of Tyler with the wood bunkers and tight gaps. So many awesome and unique holes here, I have this as my personal #2 course in PA behind only Nocky and not by much. I highly recommend to any player and hope to make the trek back soon!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course has everything. Some holes go over a decent size river, some throw down a big decline, some through across huge fields, some throw up tight hills, some are technical, and some are roller friendly.
Cons: This is a private course and is often closed
Other Thoughts: Each year I try to make it to the KenCrest Cares Classic held each spring.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Camp Sankanac was one of the most beautiful and interesting courses I have ever played. The scenery, hole layouts, and overall appeal of the course are unbelievable. A combination scorecard/map is available at the first tee and is very useful for navigation. The course starts off with a beautiful shot over a creek and just never slows down after that. Water (nothing too deep to lose a disc on most holes), elevation up and down, open fields, woods, and interesting basket placements. This course has it all. I have only played the course once, but I can honestly remember each and every hole, even now, one week after I played. Each hole has its own unique appeal, and not one of them is vanilla. The available map and next tee signs made navigation a snap. Outhouses were available, and rubber tee pads are large and in great shape.
Cons: As a private course, the hours you can play are severely limited. No Saturdays, and closed pretty much all summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and for part of hunting season. On a positive note, the informational email address listed on their website was quick to respond when I inquired about operational hours. Definitely reach out to them the day before you go (at a minimum) and you should be all set. The minor hassle is definitely worth it. One minor thing I noticed is the catch area of the baskets (the chains) seemed shorter top to bottom than all others I have played on. This made for a smaller area to aim for, and I definitely dinked some off the top ring as a result. Still, not bad at all for homemade baskets (and if this was my home course, it would make me an extremely good putter at other courses). Also, the tee signs were very descriptive, but some were hard to read since they have been out in the elements for awhile. They could use some sprucing up. These are the few minor things that kept this course from being a 5 to me.
Other Thoughts: $3 to play, but a great investment. I hear the money is being used to purchase new baskets and maintain the course. So, where the money is going is evident. There are a few longer walks, but these aren't an issue at all to me because they allow the most interesting parts of the land to be used on the course. No walk is that long, and if you are out for a day of disc golf, additional walking should be the least of your complaints. I played with a buddy who also had never been here before and it took the two of us ~ 2 hours to get through 18. Some days the course is only open for 4 hours, so it's the perfect chance to get in 2 rounds, if you have the time and endurance for the walk.
My home area is the Lehigh Valley, and I drove about an hour to get to Sankanac. I would have to place this course up there with Nockamixon (and maybe Jordan) as the best I have seen. So many of the holes here are unique and interesting in so many different ways, it's fantastic. I don't want to give a hole by hole account because others have done that very well already. Don't let the hassle of the hours here dissuade you from coming. Figure out a way to get here when they allow you to play, you won't regret it.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Sanktuary is like the perfect "suburb" course, hanging in the dead middle of the scale--heavy woods on one end of the spectrum and open rolling hills on the other side, this pup having an even amount of both. I love the hybrid nature of it. There are big hills all over and plenty of water obstacles from French Creek and its tributaries snaking through the land. Tighter shots on wooded holes can beat you up, and most holes with open shots have the basket tucked away to add difficulty. Also, it seems this course could get windy in the fields, adding some difficulty, but it was calm today. Large tee pads with wooden painted signs showing you par/distance/OB/water were great. THERE WERE SCORCARDS! Courses in the area rarely seem to have these, so A+ there! I can't comment on navigation because I played with someone who'd been here before, but it seems pretty self intuitive getting hole to hole. Find 2 and 14 might get tricky. The bible camp aspect of the "campus" dotted and bordered certain holes with cool buildings, cabins, churches and other pretty scenery. The course was very easy to find. There are only par 3's and 4's and it is tough to shoot par here. Be happy with anything under 70 for this par 60 or under 65 if you're a seasoned player. There was an AMAZING bridge that bounces and has wire guides across the water on hole 6 I think. That was awesome and unique. This course is up there with Nocky and Tyler, it is that good! GET TO THIS COURSE!
Cons: There's a lot of poison ivy, a lot...wear pants and be careful off the fairways. The hours for the course are a con. I understand since it is a bible camp that the course is closed during the summer and on Saturdays through the year. Sunday 11-5 and weekdays before 3pm are the open times in fall, winter and spring. Some shots mix in a bit of luck when there's trees everywhere but most shots are fair. That's all I can criticize this course for and it didn't hurt my experience at all, just trying to be objective.
Other Thoughts: The course starts out with an immediately intriguing shot off the tee of hole 1 across a large creek, beyond which your ideal throw continues across a small road stopped by a wall of a hill with the basket 15 feet up or so. Hole 2 is bordered on the left by first tee's said creek with brush and woods on the right, leaving a narrow fairway, encouraging a long slight anny for RHBH dodging some small trees dotting the fairway. Hole 3 tightly wooded--skill shot for your initial gap but mix in some luck for later in the flight path to get it to the basket. Hole 4 is a great birdie opportunity through tree gap right in front of tee pad downhill and out into a field with basket tucked away on the right out of view. I'm LHFH/RHBH (due to a lefty baseball swing earlier in life) so this was a big anny for me, but a nice RHFH playing the fade would work well to set up a birdie. Hole 5 is a wide open 500+ ft. par 3, but it's wide open, so you should be able to park your 2nd shot under the trees that the basket lives near (if you hit these, you'll most likely still save par). Hole 6 is a tough gap over a creek through a semi-narrow tree gap. If you make it through, your second shot is slightly uphill, but easy from there. Hole 7 is similar to 4, initial tree gap, open field downhill and long for a 3. Hole 8 is a narrow tree tunnel...tough one. Hole 9 is visual art--a highlight hole. It has lots of narrow tree obstacles but they are small little guys in a grassy knoll--a unique blended open/woods feel for this 500+ par 4.
For the back 9, hole 10 is a big birdie opportunity. A lonely big tree in the center of the hole and a creek on the left are the only work-arounds. Hole 11 is tough because you must make it beyond the "wall" as everything but the drop zone pad is OB before the wooden 6" tall boards that block discs from rolling back down into the creek. Hole 12 is a neat and tidy 263 ft tree tunnel with a 10 foot wide fairway. Middy or fairway driver all the way (maybe putter for some). Hole 13 demands a big high anhyzer for RHBH, since there seems to be more empty space higher up through this obstacle rich tee shot. The basket is out of sight due to a right bootleg. Hole 14 is wide open from the tee, have fun! You can reach basket on 2nd shot tucked into a nook on the left after the shed. Hole 15 is another wide open 600 ft. par 4 with a big bush about 400' down the fairway. 2nd shot should reach the basket for a birdie opportunity here! TAKE THE TIME TO NOTICE THE PIN POSITION OF 16 ON YOUR WALK FROM 15, because it can be deceiving from the tee. A big anhyzer meant to break right after 275' should direct you near the tucked in basket on the right 330' out. Hole 17 is initially open and slightly downhill, but the tree gap protects the basket from what otherwise could be an easier birdie for this course's standards. Hole 18 is a monster 675 ft. par 4, and to boot, all the TG to the right of the tee is OB, leaving you a narrow fairway to avoid the penalty stroke. Play an over stable disc that fades hard and throw it flat and slightly over the OB to get a nice fade back in play to set up shot 2. The basket is reachable on 2nd shot since you have some elevation to play with, however, it is out of sight tucked into a nook on the left. If you avoid OB from tee, par is fair and birdie possible.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set on a religious camp/retreat with a tranquil, serene atmosphere to match. Quiet woods and hills, with a stream running through. Course is well maintained -- the baskets are in tip top shape and the bridge over the stream on hole 6 is sweet.
The hole design is great. There's a wide range of shots, with lots of decisions to be made. And the holes don't feel cookie cutter at all. Some favorites: Hole 1 plays across the stream, then into the woods on the side of a hill. Hole 4 is a steep downhill out of the woods followed by a hard right. Hole 9 starts on a hill and makes you choose between going over the trees and dropping a long way, or trying to sneak underneath. Hole 11 is short, but goes over a creek through some tight windows to a steep green. Hole 18 is a long drive along a gentle hillside, followed by a tight turn into the woods.
Cons: The biggest negative is access -- this great course is not open over the summer or on Saturdays. The rubber teepads can be slick from rain or snow. Several holes overlap, which could be a safety concern if the course was crowded (only at tournaments). The course flows pretty well, but could be confusing going from 2 to 3, 13 to 14, and 16 to 17. I would recommend a map your first time.
Other Thoughts: Because the course has stayed clean and DGers have been respectful, the camp approved adding three more holes in the fall. Please keep up the good work - pick up any trash and pursue your vices elsewhere.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great Course if you can play it.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Each hole is fun to play and designed well. It never feels like the same hole twice. This course is good for any skill level. It's built on a very nice property that's great for a disc golf because some holes go up, down, left, right, through woods, over water and out over open fields. Just navigating the course is fun.
Cons: Not open to the public all the time. Just showing up on a Sunday may result in getting back in your car and going home. So make sure to call first.
Other Thoughts: I wish they would give out public hours and just stick to them.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Best Course I've ever played
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Good combination of distance and technical shots with lots of aesthetically pleasing holes. Cool water holes, several nice tees up high shooting downhill with some obstacles.
I haven't found another course anywhere with the kind of variety and excitement you find on this course. There are good long technical courses in the area, but none of them have nearly as many exciting water shots, or steep downhill shots as this.
There are so many signature holes on this course. Hole 1 sets the stage beautifully with a long throw across water to a basket perched on a steep embankment. Hole 2 is another hole that requires good control and distance to avoid the water.
Hole 5 is a fun downhill bomb. And 6 a tough shot across the water which is protected by trees on both sides.
Hole 9 is probably my favorite. A cliff tee that shoots down into a nice sparsely wooded field. You have to keep the shot low enough to avoid the tops of the trees, but just slightly as you need big distance to get the bird here.
Hole 10 is a fantastic short water hole that destroys lots of good players. At first glance it looks like a guaranteed bird, but for RHBH players it's really tough to stay out of the water.
Hole 17 is another great hole. Throw 270 downhill, hit a gap in the trees, then fade left for 40 feet and try for the ace.
18 is a long bomb hole, but beware of your hyzer flip distance drivers because the entire right side is OB. Then on the 2nd shot, try to curve around the trees and down to the basket, but if you skip much you'll be out of bounds behind the basket.
Cons: rubber tees. limited hours.
Other Thoughts: Would rate it 5 if it had concrete tees.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great mix of shots ranging from technical to let it rip. Well maintained. Baskets are nice. The scenery is worth the trip in itself.
Cons: Course could use Cement Tee's as the fly pads were slippery on some of the shaded holes. Could use more steps on the downhill walk to hole #9 and the rebar that is there for the existing steps needs to be hammered into the ground more.
Other Thoughts: I will be coming back to play this course again. What a hidden gem this on was.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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