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.
Cons: rubber tees. deer ticks.
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.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Absolute hidden GEM
Pros: Very good selection of challenges including large water hazards, uphill and downhill throws, hyzer and anhyzer designed tee shots, wooded and open terrain, etc. It's got it all. Beautiful area, and a great layout. Challenging course, yet terrific fun.
Cons: Only con might be the hours of the course. And make sure you get a map. It's not hard to find the next hole like French Creek State Park can at times, but it's nice to have one in case.
Other Thoughts: I love starting off the course tossing over a 100ft+ wide creek. This course was designed very well and has some very nice touches. The layout and the scenery are pretty fantastic.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The holes are the stars of this course. It boasts an abundance of epic golf holes with a sprinkling of short technical holes here and there. The variety of shots required, the use of water hazards and elevation changes make for a fun, challanging, and fair course.
Cons: The walk to the field holes is way to long. The walk down from 9s tee is treacherous. The tees are ok but could stand to be leveled and made uniform. The baskets are probably the best homemade baskets I've ever used but they are shallow and do result in some spit outs. Not as good as real discatchers. Couldn't find a restroom.
Other Thoughts: The course is a lot of fun to play and very challenging. It has tremendous potential. With a few changes I could rate it even higher. Basically no concrete tees, non standard baskets, some hole flow issues and lack a facilities are the only things stopping it from being world class.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
get here, no excuses
Pros: amazing from start to finish, almost every hole could be considered a "signature hole"... great mix and wonderful scenery
Cons: nothing, seriously nothing... i just wish they would add more !
Other Thoughts: you have to get here and play this course... no excuses to not try this one!
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Variety is the Spice of Life
Variety is probably the course's greatest strength:
- Length: holes range from 183' to 674', with five less than 300', and an equal number over 500'.
- Tightness: The tight, wooded holes were short, the mostly-open bombers were long, and the holes that had open portions but also required certain windows to be hit were of moderate length
- Elevation: Some flat the entire length. Other flat initially, but requiring massive elevation gains late. Long, gentle slopes to throw down.
- Shot-shaping: Being able to throw straight will be sufficient on most holes, but a few lefts/rights/S-shapes will be needed, too
- Location/type of obstacle: challenging windows to hit early - or late (sometimes both). Narrow lines to fly on the duration. Scattered hardwoods to miss at random intervals.
Limited availability - closed in the summer, on Saturdays, and some other dates.
Flush-to-ground rubber teepads can be lumpy and slick.
Silver baskets can be difficult to spot.
Some portions of the course can be quite damp.
The property the course resides upon is quite scenic. A broad stream, and the wooded slope to its right, hosts holes 1-5 and tee-6. After crossing the suspension bridge to continue hole-6, the next few holes play down, up, and across the lightly-treed meadow and edge of the wooded ridge on the left side of the stream. Holes 10-13 are the shorter holes on the course, as they play into the trees on the far side of the ridge. The open, grassy space containing long holes 14-16 comes as bit of a surprise, and is a welcome change after the previous technical holes, and the finishing holes offer you some downward slopes to watch your discs fly!
I really liked the way water (clear streams) was used on this course. Present on about 1/3rd of the holes, only drives that failed early, or run-away approaches, will find water. The exception is basket-10, located near a small stream, clear, and not deep.
Between the map and the many "next tee" signs, the course was fairly easy to navigate. The most difficult parts for a first-time visitor were:
- Basket-1 is across the road and up the slope
- From basket-2, return down its fairway a bit then up into the woods to find tee-3
- Basket-8 is up the wooded slope, slightly right
- Basket-14 is, indeed, behind the pine trees near the shed
- Basket-18 is in the obvious opening, down in the far left corner
The course at Camp Sankanac is quite good, offering a variety of challenges. Plan to play it if you can, but make sure its open before you make the trek!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
I wish my camp had a course like this when I was growing up.
Pros: Beautiful use of the land at hand. Great variety of shots through out the course. Very few holes are alike. Good mix of par threes and fours. Nice elevation changes.
Cons: The baskets are home made and don't catch as well as standard baskets will. There are a couple of places were the campers could be clipped with an errant shot.
Other Thoughts: I wish I lived closer to this course so I could play it more often. It is well worth the trip.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Starting at hole 1 French Creek comes into play. Pastor Jeff did a great job utilizing all of the natural obstacles on this course. Many of the holes utilize water obstacles and they have done a very good job incorporating lots of elevation changes into the course as well. The homemade baskets are great, you don't really even notice the difference.
Cons: A few long walks between holes (which feel extra long with snow on the ground), but I think this was done to really get the best 18 holes possible on the property. Make sure you print out a map, or get one at tee 1 because the flow is a bit strange.
Other Thoughts: Course was great! I can't wait to play it again when the weather gets a little nicer. the $3.00 donation is well worth it. If you are in the Philly area definitely make the trip it is worth it!
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Course design ... great layout for both right or left handed throwing, the course does not favor one over the other in hole design. Its a long hike through the course but you will not go home disappointed. Imagine writing the best review i'll save you the time of reading about all its positive traits just go play.
Cons: Some of the par 3 holes should have a amateur par of 4 just for the distance required. Also I do not live closer.
Other Thoughts: I personally enjoy the homemade baskets seems to fit the whole camp theme making it a harder round of play as its more touch sensitive to catching discs. Pastor Jeff and crew really put some blood sweat and tears into this place and it shows. If your within a few hours drive of this place and you don't show up at least once to play you are missing a world class course.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
An awesome setting for disc golf
Pros: This course has almost all the elements you could ever desire in a course: a beautiful creek, interesting elevation changes, all types of different trees, opportunities for open bomber holes, and very well-designed Par 4s. Just about every hole is unique and qualifies as very memorable in my mind with holes 1-12 being simply an outstanding stretch of holes that raise the bar for Pennsylvania Disc Golf. There are lots of really cool disc golf shots to be thrown at Camp Sankanac. The church camp in the woods provides a neat setting, and the bouncy suspension bridge across the creek Hole 6 is almost as memorable as some of the holes. Most holes are well-designed in relation to par and make for a blue-level player's paradise that matches what I've come to expect in Western PA's elite courses.
Cons: Skill-specific par issues pop up on occasion, especially on the longer Par 3s. I can't see anyone but pros scoring birdies on the longer Par 3s, but amateur players bogies won't be that common either. The shotmaking awesomeness comes at the cost of long walks between holes in a couple instances. I played on a day after it had rained, and the rubber teepads ended up being pretty slick. Bushes of briars are abundant on the sides of fairways. A Par 5 would be nice.
Regarding the baskets, after observing several rounds, I'd guess that they might reject about 1-2% of "good" 30' putts that the more expensive baskets would catch. So, differences exist, but it's not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: Again, I'm really really impressed with how well the terrain was utilized and well-designed course that resulted. Great job! Please respect the camp's stricter-than-usual (but understandable) rules and regulations so that others may enjoy this gem.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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