Many More Pros Than Cons
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course in a secluded, disc-golf-only park containing a good balance of wooded and more open holes. A porta pottie lies near the practice basket as you enter the course and a message board sits in the ground by hole #1. Every hole has a red (short) and blue (long) tee as well as two possible basket placements. Outstanding over-sized rubber tee pads surrounded by railroad ties/posts and good signage at each hole depicting basket placement, disc flight path and distance. Well-worn pathways make walking easier and huge green arrows between holes point to the next tee box. The field holes are mowed and nicely groomed. Elevation is ever-present and adds to the challenge of playing here. Decent hole variation, with hole 6 (steep drop-off behind the basket), hole 12 (long open downhill to a basket in the woods) and hole 14 (long, wooded downhill shot) particularly interesting.
Cons: More benches would be a help, as would bag poles at each tee box. Course doesn't feature many long distance holes that would appeal to the big guns. Some of the holes play relatively close together, making errant tee shots a possible concern. Rocky terrain prevents run-ups. Not a fan of the manufactured out-of-bounds- area around the basket on hole 1.
Other Thoughts: With rolling hills and much elevation throughout the course, The Scarboro Hills DG Course is aptly named. Much work has been done here- reconfiguration of several holes, improved tee boxes, grooming, etc. to improve the quality of play by the loyal local club. Scarboro has all the essentials of a good disc golfing experience plus enough variety to challenge all ability levels. Although there are only a couple of holes over 450 feet, and some pro/advanced players have bellyached over this, it didn't detract from my personal playing experience.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Getting close to perfection?
Pros: Scarboro Hills is an excellent disc golf course which is located in a very isolated park and makes good use of the lay of the land. The course is well maintained by the Parks and Rec department. The course has undergone a major overhaul since it's original installation and local club work can be seen in progress. Several weekly events take place during the week and year (tags, doubles, tournaments). The course is easy to follow as fairways are cut into the open fields. Plenty of risk and reward type shots can be found throughout the holes (multiple fairways in the wood holes and roughs in the open fields). Many of the holes have multiple tees (Blue/Red) and opportunity for other tees on holes with only single tees at the moment. While Scarboro Hills is a work in progress in some regards, it is still worth the trip as it offers so much.
+Multiple tees (on most holes)
+Good mix of open and wood holes
+Club presence is obvious and work is making this course great
+Fairly easy to navigate
Cons: Scarboro Hills as stated above is a course that is always seeing work being done to improve it. But at this time there still is some things that have not been finished (but are obviously in the plans at some point). Some of the more obvious points is that not all the tees have been boxed and framed. Also the club has noted the complaints about the hill climb between holes 16 and 17 and are in the stages of discussing options. Again when this is implemented we may see a number of major changes and may be why some of the work seems unfinished at this time. Other issues that can be found at the course is being that it is a public park it is subject to the will of the Parks and Rec department of upkeep schedule. While fairways are maintained regularly, the roughs at times can become very deep (so keep an eye on your throws!) Other oddball type problems include limited parking (especially during tournaments) and the park itself is so isolated. It does in fact seem like you are driving down someones driveway to reach the course.
-Course is in a standby of what the next major move will be
-Roughs (and other work) can be subject to the will/ability of the local Parks and Rec department (To my knowledge the local department is several men short on staff at this time)
-Can be difficult to find and is kinda out of the way unless it's a planned excursion to the course.
Other Thoughts: Scarboro Hills is a gem for sure. The work being done is making it a wish list to play for sure and you would be hard pressed not to enjoy the course if you make the trip. With so much promise in the future this course is sure to become just that much more top notch as the course is finalized after it's recreational roots.
Summary and notes:
~ Practice basket was stolen recently
~ Potential to become much better
~ Club work promises that changes and quality can be expected in not too distant future.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Can't wait to play again!!!
Pros: Creative hole layout. Hole placement made good use of the natural landscape. "B" holes are somewhat difficult, but the placement is extremely fun and created. Creative use of hyzers and anhyzer helps.
Cons: Missing one hole map, and there was a map that was drawn backwards.
Other Thoughts: Locals were friendly and informative. Hole 16 is a beast! A local called it buzz-kill hill. I would love to see someone make this hole in two.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: scarboro is a great fun course. everytime i take the hour drive to it i love it. the way the course is laid out is brilliant. i would suggest anyone go to this course
Cons: hole 16 and 17 are a lil unneccessary. its a major pain in the ass having to hike way up that damn hill. its very tiring. and then to have to go right back down with all those damn trees is ridiculous
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
One of Maryland's top 5
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Pros: NEW CHANGES IN LAYOUT=UPDATED RATING.
Course is well maintained and only occupied by disc golfers. Course looks and feels more like a PA or DE course with elevation changes and scenery.
Map available on line, but not really needed.
Multiple basket locations, many multiple tees.
Hole 1 has a novelty elevated basket and there is a practice basket.
Nice tee signs with hose clamps marking which tee position the basket is in.
good variety of shots required and enough elevation to give you a good work out.
Jrawk noticed there is a prefered layout. If you are only going to play once, play from what ever tee the signs are on instead of sticking with red or blue, those are usually the more fun tee.
even when there was a crowd for a tag tourney, there was plenty of room for all, no waiting.
Course seems like it would be great for tourneys because there are so many chances to catch up or blow a hole, you could gain or gain 2-3 strokes on your competition in one hole.
New trash bag dispenser at hole one to help keep the park clean.
The new hole added is a signature hole, great addition!
Cons: Course strongly favors right handed players.
Some very narrow areas may make the course far too difficult for new players. New players may need 6 throws on hole 3 where advance players can get an easy 2. Some ofthe wide open holes are too easy for the advanced players with wide open sub-300ft holes. (Can't please everyone with every hole)
Some OBs seemed arbitrary or to force you to play safe, they had nothing to do with safety or course upkeep. Hole 1 has some lame OB about a meter from the 10 meter circle.
I never saw a bathroom.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the top 5 courses in Maryland. It is worth playing, unfortunatley it is so far from everything. An air bounce took my disc over the trees and dropped it 2 feet from the basket on hole 15, other than that this course and the wind kicked my butt.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Tee signs have distance, pin position, flight path, and next tee location on them. Almost impossible to get lost. Am and Pro tees for most holes. Multiple basket positions for most holes. Scorecards available. Disc golf only area. Good mix of different holes. Course kept in excellent condition. Ample parking.
Cons: Long, steep uphill walk to 17 tee. Some holes share the same tee.
Other Thoughts: Beginners may have a tough time on the wooded holes. Can get busy and backed up on a beautiful day.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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I love coming here. The Harford County Parks and Rec. crew do a great job at maintaining the course(along with some other volunteers). There are no other activities going on here except disc golf. It's a great place to get away from everything. Very quiet and peaceful. Every hole has at least two pin placements to keep things fresh. There is good variety here as well. Lots of different elevation changes, good mix between open and wooded shots. Great signage and website (http://www.scarborohills.com
) with any info you need, makes it a breeze to find your way around. The local player base is growing and running weekly events(doubles, tags, and legal winter glow).
Cons: Not too many cons here. Not every hole has two tee pads. A few holes are stuck that way from the original design. Could benefit from a few more benches. There are some, but not enough in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: (Update: Some reviews say there is no bathroom, there is now a port-a-pot on site, as of 7/21/10) The course has gone through some great changes just recently. The tees are setup as red and blues now(red being the shorts and blue being the longs) clearing up the confusion of the "alt" tees where some were shorter and some were longer. Holes 11 & 17 were completely removed and moved between what was 16(now 15) and 18. 16 is now a steep uphill battle and 17 is a long steep downhill, both through the woods. Doing this enabled the placement of at least two basket sleeves at every hole, got rid of a safety issue at 18's tee, and allowed for a few more longer tee pads, stretching the max length of the course over 6100 feet. My favorite change, 12's blue tee (old 13) was moved back 100 ft to the top of the hill making for an epic hole (509ft to the B pin).
Update 8/20/12: Course has gone through a slight reroute. Hole 13 has been moved to top of hill behind 12. So now after 13 the course plays holes 17, 16, 14, 15, 18. This eliminated the long walk up the hill from 16 to 17.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Enjoyable and Scenic Course
Pros: I'm new to disc golf and have a limited frame of reference, but this course was far nicer than the three others that I've played. All fairways were recently mowed, all holes were clearly labeled, all tees were either rubber mats or neatly kept gravel pits.
A great mix of technical wooded holes, and wide open fields. Very scenic area that would have been an enjoyable hike even without throwing discs around.
Cons: If you drive 300+, you won't find any holes where your distance gives a big advantage over newbs like myself. It's a relatively short 18 hole course. To me that's not a con at all, but I could see it being so to more experienced players.
Other Thoughts: If you find my buddy's red champion fairway driver (think it was a leopard?), hit me up!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Sweet Course Close to New Home
Pros: Course plays great for new comers and intermediate players. I've been playing DG for 18 years (seriously i'm not old), in many states, and this course is sweet. It has a great mix of open and woodsy holes. I played doubles with the group that maintains and designs the course and they have big plans for Scarboro.
The county maintains the course and I haven't played on one that was publicly maintained. There are some tricky blind shots (#3) and some hidden holes. The first time I played #8, I actually threw it to the #10 basket - LOL. I don't thinkt that's a con, they did a good job hiding #8.
Bottom line: This course is fun and close to home. I haven't really played consistently in a few years, but this course will ensure I'm throwing bees on a regular basis.
There are 2 tee and pin locations at every hole. The current pin locations are a good mix of long and short that presents a decent challenge.
Cons: As is, I think this course will get repetitive; however, the 'crew has plans to make this a great challenging course.
Lacks a pro shop or bee sellers. The area will benefit from someone selling plastic on site.
Other Thoughts: Stay tuned and come out to play @ Scarboro. I'm glad I found this course and met the 'crew. This is a really fun course. Like I mentioned, I've only played this course 4 times, but it had me hooked after the 1st time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Are You Going to Scarboro Hills?
Pros: Scarboro Hills has a bit of everything. Elevation change, nice open holes, tight wooded shots, long and short and now even an elevated basket. Most holes have multiple pin placements, some changing the feel of the hole from the start. Course is very easy to follow, nice signs pointing to the next tee are abundant. I love the rubber tee pads, very nice to throw from. The hills also has beginner tees on most holes. Course plays fairly quick so both times I've gone its been for two rounds. With the exception of hole 4 and maybe 2 there is little chance of losing a disc here, if you find yourself off the fairway the foilage on the forest floor isn't very thick and bright plastic is easy to spot. Also, I love that the land is solely for the disc golf course. No worries about hitting dog walkers, bikers etc. I think hole 13 long open shot to basket about 40 ft deep in the woods and Hole 17, a long winding downhill wooded shot are my favorites. All and all, a very rewarding experience, beauty of a course.
Cons: Only con I can really think of is a few holes seem to repeat and there's only two holes with big distance, course is mostly short a couple holes are wide open short shots with little elevation change. But its nothing that's gonna stop me from coming back.
Other Thoughts: Being the only course for miles around and such a quality one, Scarboro Hills is a gem.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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