7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Full 18 hole course tucked into a private camp. Smooth, flat rubber pads that worked well. Hand painted signs at tees showing hole layout and distance. Baskets were all in good shape.
Plenty of next tee signs to help with navigation. Paths were well kept and easy to spot. For a private course everything was extremely well cared for, and clean.
Beautiful piece of land for a course. This course did a great job of showcasing the variety of terrain on the property. There were tee pads on hills, baskets on hills, open grass fairways, wooded fairways with tight pines, and wooded fairways with scattered large mature trees. Plus the creek or creeks that run throughout the property are used often. Instead of playing through one kind of hole or terrain repeatedly this course offers you many different looks and feels. That felt fairly unique from many of the courses I've played.
Hole length variety was decent. There are quite a few long holes that will test your arm, but some shorter Ace possibilities are mixed in often enough to keep you from getting worn out.
Basket positions seemed to be well place on almost every hole. Hillsides are used several times, and the open holes usually tuck the basket near some mature trees or back into the woods.
Cons: Tee pads were fine, but rubber mats can get slick in bad weather. Concrete would be a nice upgrade. Not a major issue, but could be if it gets wet.
By my count there were 9 shots of the tee that required a straight shot. Some were shots that were down tunnels, or between trees and gaps, but straight none the less. Not a course that requires a ton of line shaping or precision shot making. There is some here, but straight length of the tee is more helpful here.
Silver baskets were hard to spot in some places.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course. My cons definitely are probably a personal preference. There are probably enough technical shots here to keep most players honest, but the focus seems to be long and straight. Still, you do need to thread a disc through some trees at times, so you can't just play with no control.
With the creeks and woods this course is set in the best description I can give of my round here was simply pleasant. There are a few long walks between holes, and you could complain about that, but even then this seemed to be a stress-free course with lots of nicely designed holes to keep you entertained. Along with Tyler State Park I would consider this a must play if you are in the Philadelphia area. And if you like courses that offer a little bit of everything then you may even rate this course a little higher than I did. Lots of good stuff here, but to me it lacked the one WOW hole I look for in top notch courses.
7 of 7 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.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Who Would've Thought?
Pros: 18 scenic holes spread around a bible camp/retreat in Spring City. A welcome board and scorecard box greet you by hole 1. Good variety of both technical and open shots in which elevation and distance make for challenging golf. At least 5 of the holes require throwing over water- a huge plus on any course- and a walking suspension bridge spans the tee box and basket to hole 6! OB areas keep you honest without being too intrusive. Homemade baskets are of good quality and rubber tee pads are of adequate size and in good shape. Illustrated signage with the hole number, par and distance are beside each tee box.
Cons: Tee shots off holes 1 and 4 and approaches from 6 can get way too close to the next tee box. Shallow basket catches can lead to spit outs. More "next tee" arrows would be helpful, as walks between several holes are a bit lengthy. Only one permanent tee pad and basket location for each hole. Benches/bag poles would be welcomed at each tee box. Beware of fishermen and pedestrians at several holes. Course is by invitation only and is closed for the summer months.
Other Thoughts: When told a disc golf course existed at a bible camp, I was skeptical. My fears were unfounded- this is an excellent course on a magnificent piece of property. Camp Sankanac offers a unique and peaceful playing experience and a number of both memorable and enjoyable holes starting with throwing over the water to an elevated basket at hole #1. A combination of uphill, downhill and tunnel shots with both right and left dog legs create great variety and maintain player interest. Kudos to Pastor Jeff for his design and vision. Call and obtain permission to play before driving here
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Great Course if you can play it.
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.
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.
10 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!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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