Bridgeport, CT 
Veteran's Memorial Park Share
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1    6/24/2014   7/2/2014
Review By: reposado
Played: 199  Reviewed: 195  Exp: 3.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very much a solid course that features the variety that I have learned to associate with southern New England. Open holes and wooded holes share the course here. It's a course of intermediate difficulty that does a lot to appeal to an array of players, even if none of them will find it to be an ideal course. Some holes are flat. Others feature a decent amount of elevation. There a little left, a little right, etc. There are holes of different distances, although there are no holes of major length. In any case, you all know what I mean by variety.
There is really not much to say here. Off for me, but it is hard to describe this course as anything but "solid." The hole design won't disappoint. The open holes allow players to watch some pretty disc flights. The wooded holes feature fairways of perfect width that allow nice lines, forcing players to use both hyzer and anhyzer tosses. My favorite hole was probably 11. It's a tight channel that is both downhill and with a right finish.
Cons:
It definitely needs some polish. I don't think the course could be considered to be under construction four years in but it looked like tees were being installed on a couple of holes. Tees are the thing that are mostly holding Veteran's back from reaching its 3.5 potential. Most of the surfaces aren't just natural. They are rooty and spotted with partially buried stones. Not great. (However, two of the tees were clearly under construction. If all of the holes will have cement tees in the near future, it will seriously bump the rating for this course.)
The navigation is also lacking. A lot of the time, the correct path is intuitive or the tee is visible. In other instances, there is an arrow pointing in the correct direction. But there are points on the course where the arrow has been obscured or the brick moved. First-time visitors will do some wandering.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination course but worth playing and so close to the highway.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Veterans

1    3/29/2014   4/20/2014
Review By: SnowSerf
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 15.5 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice course layout, the 1st 10th and 18th are right next to each other. Close to the Merritt. Challenging course with a variety of holes and elevation. Some length.
Cons: Very filthy, the course is dirty with garbage and it does take away from the experience. Clean up after yourself. Glass and empties all over. Tee boxes were also pretty beat up dirt, and navigation was a little tricky at times. Also huge groups of players roaming the course was a pain,
Other Thoughts: Put up more signage especially about littering and respect. New tee boxes and course direction would help.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Another awesome CT course!

1    4/18/2014   4/19/2014
Review By: maninthebox
Played: 48  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 27.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First off, I love the terrain of this course. Good elevation changes, and the course makes very effective use of them. A pretty good variety of holes, plenty of up, down, straight, righty and lefty holes (although maybe biased a bit towards lefties). I love the basket placement on hole 15, on a bit of a peninsula with a shallow ravine on 3 sides, very cool. And for a wooded course, the fairways all seemed to be plenty wide to allow a little margin of error with your drives, while still being tight enough to provide a challenge.
Cons: The broken glass has been mentioned plenty, and it is an eyesore, but not as bad as some reviews make it out to be. I might not have even noticed it if it hadn't been pointed out to me during the round. Another eyesore is the graffiti that's been popping up on some rocks/trees. Definitely unfortunate, but neither of these issues affect play at all. Also, some holes might have been difficult to find if I wasn't playing with a local.
Other Thoughts: I played from the long tees and most holes seemed to be in the 300-400 foot range. No gimme birdies on the course, and no real guaranteed 4's either, although many holes can be birdied with a good drive or bogeyed with a poor one. All of the elevation change helped mix it up enough so that you don't really notice the lack of variety in expected scoring from hole to hole, if that makes sense.
One other thing to be aware of, near the basket for hole 3, there are hundreds of ground bees (you'll see little holes in the ground all over). I've been told they don't sting, so they're not a hazard, but can definitely be disconcerting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    4/1/2014   4/1/2014
Review By: jmadersky
Played: 20  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.4 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great layout. The course requires a variety of shotmaking skills. Pars are manageable, birdies attainable.
Cons: Glass everywhere, bugs, I wish there were more than two cement tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Worth the drive from Southington. Quick play, fun track, I love the elevation changes.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Best course ive played!

5+    10/17/2012   10/17/2012
Review By: ThumbMan12
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: AMAZING design, Adam really pulled out his creative side when designing this course. Finishing up a quick 9 is easy since it brings you right back to the beginning of the course, 9,10,11 are right next to hole 1. Very challenging even for the most advanced players out there! This is NOT a very open course, only a few holes do you have the opportunity to really launch it out there. Mildly to densely wooded which makes it a more technical game to be on the MONEY with your drives, approaches and putts. PRECISION is key with Veterans,
Cons: Course is very new still so we must give it time but my personal opinion is a few trees here and there must be cut! Several spots are so unforgiving even with a beautiful drive, there will be one or two small nagging trees right there to take you down. 5 is especially the heart breaker, there is literally a wall of trees in front of you for your second shot. Time will tell and the future is bright.
Other Thoughts: With college back in session and the proximity to SHU (quarter mile) it is a hot spot for college students to hang. Most are respectful but it does seem to be turning into a problem with garbage. Although TONS of work has gone into cleaning this long forgotten park, some garbage is coming back. This is especially true at the picnic table where 14,16,17 meet and also hole 15s bench. Wrappers and paper of all kinds but nothing that a garbage can here or there wont fix.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Good design, spotty maintenance

1    9/15/2012   9/15/2012
Review By: aceshyze
Played: 3  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 2.1 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is superior in terms of design. The entrance is easy to locate and the eighteenth hole puts you back exactly at the parking lot. If no one is playing there, you can even practice on the eighteenth basket before you start. There is excellent signage. It can be a tad confusing at times to find the next hole, but it is in general easier to navigate than other courses I've played. The holes are varied in distance and terrain, and challenge you to use all of your discs and shots. It is the most difficult course I've played. Tee boxes and baskets are in excellent condition, except for the second tee, and some hard-to-see baskets even have tall red flags.
Cons: There are bottles and glass shards everywhere. It could be dangerous if you were to fall. The foliage can be very dense on some holes, especially to the sides, and losing discs is a possibility. Though the stream was dry when I played, I can imagine it being difficult to cross on some holes if the water were flowing.
Other Thoughts: The designers have created a very challenging course with lots to offer for players of all abilities. It could very well be the most exciting course in Connecticut, surpassing Cranbury. The trash and glass is an issue, but not one that should hinder your gameplay. The quality of this course is totally dependent on the condition the players leave it in. Also, do not let any of the stereotypes of Bridgeport prevent you from playing this course. It is in an open, safe area. If you are in the area, I wholly recommend a round at Veteran's Memorial Park, despite the at times unsatisfactory conditions. The layout and difficulty supersede it completely. I'd give it a 4 if it were a little cleaner.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Veteran's Memorial is "breaking in!"

5+    11/19/2012   9/13/2012
Review By: nnovia
Played: 3  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 36.2 Years
This review was updated on 11/24/2012
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Holes are diverse. Starting from the first hole, which is a wide open drive into confined trees, then on to the 2nd which is narrow and downhill, the course winds itself around the terrain smartly, never boring! Only with all the leaves off the trees, you can see other holes that are hidden during the summer months. It's truly a beautiful Park filled with wildlife. Narrow doglegs, steep slopes, open long fairways...everything you could want!
Cons: It's new, so not trampled down enough to eliminate dangerous and pesky brush and bramble. Poison ivy, prickers await those that venture off the fairway... Really rewards the accurate player, and frustrates the others. In the autumn, most of that is gone, and it opens up beautifully. The last three months has seen much traffic, all contributing to the "breaking in" of this new course. Lots of volunteers help to keep it clear and playable.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this course and look forward to it's maturity! Help out, grab a bag of garbage and take it out. Use the garbage cans. Carry out what you carry in. Maybe we could use some signs around to remind folks to do exactly that.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great course!

1    8/26/2012   8/27/2012
Review By: nnelson42
Played: 13  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 2.1 Years
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - well maintained
- challenging
- great mix of wide open fairways and technical approach shots
- Much of the brush has been cut back around the fairways
- long and short tee options
Cons: - very long brush around a couple of the longer holes...makes it very difficult to find a disc that has gone off target
- some broken glass on one or two greens (not as bad as i've seen on other courses)
- not all holes have a sign detailing hole layout. Left to guess sometimes
Other Thoughts: Really fun and challenging course. Long course has a good mix of par 3 and par 4 holes.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Very good

2-4    7/22/2012   7/23/2012
Review By: dishtowel
Played: 3  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 2.2 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Great variation in hole layouts
-A lot of trees make for some tricky throws
-A lot of shade for hot days
Cons: -16th hole is currently missing.
-A lot of brush makes finding stray discs a pain; could use more frequent grooming.
Other Thoughts: Some holes are unforgiving with missed putts, which makes for a very close competition many times.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Always improving, keep up the good work!

5+    11/16/2013   6/29/2012
Review By: TBabb
Played: 48  Reviewed: 41  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 11/17/2013
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is challenging with fantastic use of the terrain. Elevation changes are very well utilized, though there are more uphill than downhill shots. There are a few really creative pin placements. Baskets are usually easy to see and some have tall flags on them to make them more visible. Most tees are natural but flat and there are concrete tees on 17 and 18. Tee signs are on tall posts and easy to spot. The fairways are well defined and a lot of work has gone into designing and maintaining the grounds. It seems the course went through a recent minor redesign and a lot of brush has been cut back and tees have been flattened. The course is easy to find and navigation is well marked and fairly intuitive. Very accessible from the Merrit Parkway. The layout is good; the front 9 loops around to the beginning, so one could opt to play either only the front 9 or the back 9. There is one 'mando' which keeps players from cheating and circumventing the woods on hole 10. Two holes used O.B. well. Many holes have benches and there are trash bins at the head of the course. Hole lengths range between 190 and 475. Most holes are in the woods but a there are a few that open up and let you rip it. There are two tees on many holes.
Cons: Lately the course has been much cleaner than in the past which is great but still be warned that this place can get nasty. 'lve included the following in brackets from an earlier review:[There is trash all over the course; Broken glass and beer cans/bottles everywhere. Even found a condom wrapper! (wha?)]
Concrete tees or something more permanent would be a huge improvement especially when the weather gets damp. Some of the holes are very rough and sometimes the grass isn't mowed adequately. Keep your eyes peeled for poison ivy. Also keep your eyes peeled for your disc! It's easy to loose one here. However, the course has a lot of traffic and I've always gotten a call about discs that I've lost and they've been returned to me. Parking is a bit of a drag, it's just on the side of the main road along the park. No restrooms or running water that I could see. Path from 16 to 17 crosses the Tee pad for 14. Sometimes tee signs show two tees and the second is hard to find (e.g. hole 10). Some tee signs are missing. Hole 15 has a short tee that isn't marked on the tee sign.
Other Thoughts: As long as the maintenance here continues this course will be great. The sad reality is that there is a cast of character who come here and leave beer cans and trash everywhere. Respect the course and keep it in good shape. Whoever has been organizing the work days has been doing a stellar job. Come with your technical chops well developed and you'll have a couple opportunities for a good bomb.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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