Uninspiringly boring layout
Pros: Northwestern High School's 12-hole layout was a simple and overly-crammed in 12-hole layout. If you're playing around multiple athletic fields, do you really need nearly half the course essentially overlapping itself?
- Course is a mostly simple, short to mid-range layout. If you take away #8 at 518 feet, the other 11 holes average only 173 feet. I carried two discs playing the course (putter and mid-range) and had - at worse - tap-in pars on the non-518-foot holes.
- Course offers great safari/choose-your-own target layouts. With holes #3 - 7 all crisscrossing each other (or at least within the same small clump of land), you can get some great practice going into the field and firing at one of several targets.
- Course is good for a quick round...assuming you don't get confused by the #3-7 layout. Once you figure that out, the only thing keeping this from being a 15-minute round is the long walk from the parking lot to the first tee.
- Course offers 'challenge' by having gimmicky/tricked-up tee and/or basket places. Having trees create low ceilings (#2), awkward angles (#7) or just by having multiple baskets in your line of sight, gives you a challenge. That said, the holes that looked to be most challenging and/or fun (#9 - 11) were all unavailable when I was there.
- Course is clearly aimed at students as a beginner-friendly layout. That said, Rawlinson Middle School, right next door, is a far superior layout. Being a high school (versus the better middle school course next door), the argument can be made that this course should be better. And there's enough room to create a tougher layout here, so it's something to consider.
Cons: There is no reason to have the cluster, fussed layout of holes #3 - 7. Standing on #3's tee, the baskets for #3, 4 & 6 are all potential targets. If the baskets for holes #3 -7 were on a grid, the basket for #3 is on the bottom left; baskets for #4 & 6 are upper left; #5 is botton right and #7 is upper right. Add in the tee areas, and you're going back and forth (in some capacity) in this area for 5 straight holes.
- The frustrations for these 5 holes is that there is plenty of room to remove two of the holes - and clear out the cluster - create a decent layout using holes #3, 5 & 7, and place the other two baskets somewhere else. If you look at a map of the area behind the school, there's plenty of room to create a good layout here, maybe even a fun 18-hole layout similar to York.
- Hole #2 could also go. It's a short, low ceiling layout, turning this into a lag-putt, tap-in deuce.
- The basket for #12 was missing when I played in August 2016. Not sure how long it's been gone, but I'm sensing it's been awhile and nobody has noticed.
Other Thoughts: I'm all for the York County school-Innova disc golf partnership. It only works when the courses are age appropriate. Pitch-n-putts are good for elementary schools; more challenging courses are needed if you're wanting high school students to play. Unfortunately, this course is relatively simple and, worse-off, extremely boring that students at Northwestern aren't going to be interested in learning the game. It's a major missed opportunity here.
- The course is as appetizing as the school's cafeteria food. Sure you can call that funny looking 'food' meat w/ gravy, but it's neither appealing nor filling. You can call this is a course because there are 12 baskets, but it's not a good one.
- Maybe if I were able to play all 12 holes, I'd have a slightly higher opinion of this course. Maybe if those holes were good-to-great, I could possibly bump up my rating a half point. As it is, I feel I'm being very generous in giving this course a 1.0 rating. Nothing in this course wants me to play it more. I'd happily play Rawlinson's 12-hole layout again when I'm close by. Northwestern's course? I've got a doctor's note so I need to sit this one out.
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Not the best school in town
Pros: I have played all of the other school courses in the area, so I went into this one with certain expectations. Unfortunately, this course fell a little short for me.
-On a positive note, I love that there is another course at another school to get students interested in the game. On that note alone, it is a success.
-I was very happy to discover that the baskets are double chained. Not many school courses have the more expensive double chains.
-Judging by the layout and the surrounding areas, they used the space available effectively. I think the course could be expanded into the woods behind holes 4-6, and maybe that is in the cards in the future.
-They saved the best two holes for last, so it is something to look forward to. Hole 11 has a small grove of trees around the basket that make it tough to get to without a precise shot. Hole 12 on the other hand is the only hole with real OB danger. It plays entirely on a grassy island in the parking lot. There is pavement surrounding three sides of the basket, making this invite-able ace run a risky challenge.
-The course does have a variety of hole lengths ranging from 85' (hole 2) to well over 300' (holes 1 and 8)
Cons: On the other hand, there were many flaws within this course between the layout and upkeep.
-First, I could not find a starting point! There are no numbers on the baskets so i started wandering in the wrong direction until I confirmed 12 and 11 and then turned the opposite way in search of hole #1. After 20 min of searching, I gave up and threw from a fenced concrete pad (shot put maybe?). There is no course sign, nor a tee sign for hole #1 (unless I am blind).
-There is also no tee sign for hole #4, although that didn't matter since you can easily find the blue ground markers and see the basket 80'+ ahead.
-Being a school facility, it is the school's responsibility to clean and maintain the course I imagine. This course was littered with bottles and trash, probably from students and not players.
-The course is also fairly unimaginative I think. Of course it is a beginner-friendly school course, but the entire course is RHBH friendly. There are a few holes they could have added some trickier shots simply for variation while maintaining the level of skill they were going for.
-Again, I am aware this is a school course and not aimed at pro or even intermediate players really, but there is a lack of challenge here. An ace and 10 birdies on 12 holes is fun to say, but illustrates a general lack of challenge.
-The tee pads are natural and not very worn in yet. They are marked with 2 innova blue discs on each. Not a con, just an observation. There isn't much run-up required for most of the holes.
-And obviously with a school, there are certain rules (no alcohol, tobacco, pets, and you can't play during school hours) and with the layout, you probably can't play after school hours when students are practicing sports.
Other Thoughts: Favorite hole: Hole 12. This hole is on the grass island in a drive around. The fairway is about 15' wide the whole way. The distance is only 179' and dead straight which invites an ace run. I birdied the hole during my game, but took a few more shots for fun before leaving. 4 out of 5 landed on the pavement. Even the 2 that skipped off the top of the basket landed OB.
Overall, I wasn't impressed with the course. I think Rawlinson Rd next door is a far better choice if you only have time for 12.
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