Amesbury, MA 
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1    8/16/2014   8/16/2014
Review By: jnicola
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Variety and challenge.
Cons: Tee pads are often destroyed.
Many to most holes cross each other.
Confusing layout.
Ponds are disgusting. Eats many a disc.
Other Thoughts: This course would have been vastly superior with greater attention spent on 12 holes versus stuffing 18 in. Its just too much crossover.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Decent course

2-4    3/23/2014   4/2/2014
Review By: JY97
Played: 5  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good use of space, good hole distances, good obstacles. Variety of shots required, including two holes that play over ponds. Challenging but still suitable for beginners. Probably won't lose a disc, unless it goes into a pond.
Cons: Tee pads aren't the best. Many of the baskets are pretty old. Sometimes there is litter in the park. Some tees are hard to find.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Criss-Cross Will Make You Jump

1    11/5/2013   11/7/2013
Review By: Hector Chain
Played: 120  Reviewed: 118  Exp: 6.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Located in the corner of Massachusetts, Amesbury Pines is a unique city park with huge, mature pines occupying a chunk of the park.

The first ten holes play in the wooded fairways. The pines are so old that there are no low-hanging branches, so no ticky-tack deflections. There are fairly defined fairways with both right and left-turning shots required.

The later holes move into the open, duck back into the woods, and then throw over the ponds twice. Both are pretty holes, with 16 requiring a 150-foot shot to clear the pond and 18 requiring a longer shot (but having bailout options).

The holes are almost all in the 250-325 foot range.
Cons: Tee pads are among the worst I've played on: rutted out, exposed roots, and generally not safe.

Navigation is simple in some areas and confusing in others. I'm not sure I ever found the tee pad for hole 6. There are several tee signs that indicate a "winter layout" and don't seem to correspond to anything else. They show distance and a photograph of the fairway with directional arrows, but many were missing the pictures.

Baskets are a mishmash of styles and generally old.

But the worst part is the criss-crossing fairways in the woods. Not a good idea. The fairways that don't cross are almost on top of each other, so a throw that fades too much or goes a little off line is probably in another fairway. The chances of someone getting hit are really higher than necessary. You'd hate to see a course get pulled over an issue that could have been prevented by more sensible design.
Other Thoughts: I understand wanting some great wooded holes (and I do love these kind of trees for disc golf), but they tried to cram too many holes in the woods. They either should have shortened some of the holes or put a few more holes in the open, or both.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 My Everyday Course

5+    10/11/2013   10/11/2013
Review By: shanehague
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 2.3 Years
This review was updated on 7/23/2014
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I play this course just about everyday. All the holes have a decent distance anywhere from 250-390 feet. The tee-boxes have been recently fixed up, and are now cement. If you knew the course before these new boxes, you would know how much the new ones improved the course. 13/18 holes on this course are played through woods. Lots of trees, makes it a real challenge. The layout is decent, but unique. Great use of space with the amount given. Hole 17 was recently changed, the basket has moved much closer to the water which makes a real challenge. Hole 16, 17, and 18 all involve water and add a great challenge to the game.
Cons: Tons of trees, a few tee boxes still aren't great, fairways overlap others.
Other Thoughts: You will meet a ton of nice people here, everyones friendly and for begginers, there are many experienced players who are more than willing to give you a few tips.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.


1    8/18/2013   8/19/2013
Review By: Maddog30
Played: 5  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 1.5 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Enjoyable course layout. Compact play allows quicker rounds. Clear undergrowth, no chance of loosing discs, unless u drop one in the small ponds.
Cons: Erosion issues on some tees (safety issue, almost rolled an ankle). Wear boots. While course is 95% clear, there is some poison ivy. Hole layouts are confusing first time thru.
Other Thoughts: I'll play this course often, met some friendly regulars who let me jump in with them.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

I'll Be Back for the Back 9

2-4    8/3/2013   8/9/2013
Review By: weencycle
Played: 16  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 1.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I've only played the front 9, but I've played it twice. This course is challenging in the trees, and the distance from the standard tees is pretty good. They've got short alternate tees, which is great for beginners.
Cons: 1. Poison Ivy - Wear shoes and long pants. 2. Litter - There is a lot of garbage and litter here with broken glass. Not cool. Again wear shoes. 3. Signage is deteriorating - Looked like the signage was great at one point in time, but it's started to fade and disintegrate, but no bother if you know you're way around.
Other Thoughts: Looks like they've got a dedicated crew looking after this place, who run a lost and found disc. Sign said they had 300 discs! There is a pond on the back 9, which I haven't been able to play yet, but will soon.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

HIghway Stop

1    6/8/2013   7/17/2013
Review By: reposado
Played: 206  Reviewed: 204  Exp: 3.5 Years
Pros: Decent course that is right off the highway and offers a few decent holes. It's solid for new players as it won't offer much challenge.(Well in the throws it demands, tons of challenge in figuring out which basket to throw to.)

The high point is the pond on 16. It's a very good "first" over water attempt: Not to far across and good, clean water that has a slight current. In other words, no matter where you put your floater, it's coming back.

While most of the other wholes are pretty uniform in terrain and distance. The high amount of trees make for a variety of shots with slight elevations and hooks that need to happen at different points along the path.

It's a nice, clean course that can be played quickly and faster if you already know which hole to shoot for.
Cons: However, there just isn't enough space here to create a really good course. The same space is utilized by several holes, and while there are signs, they aren't clear enough to always indicate which basket is the target. Often, several are visible from the tee. Moreover, the baskets themselves aren't labeled too clearly. More than once I walked up attempt a putt before I realized that it was the not the cage corresponding with the tee I had thrown from.

All of this makes it extremely likely that you wind up in the path of someone else's disc on greens and fairways and even tees. It's just too compact.
Other Thoughts: If you're breaking up a trip to or from Maine, it's a nice easy stop. It's not a destination.

 

5+    5/5/2012   6/7/2012
Review By: bradharris
Played: 75  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 11.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Amesbury Pines offers something for everyone. For the experience player, it offers a lot of nice ace runs and birdie opportunities on nearly every hole. For the inexperience player, the clean, brush free floor provides a forgiving setting to hone your line shaping skills without fear of lost discs or added get-out-of-trouble strokes.

The course makes use of two small ponds to create some nice (although short and unintimidating) water carries.

There is a nice balance of hole shapes, no one throwing style is favored here.
Cons: The course has one of the smallest footprints I've ever seen for an 18 hole course. Each hole feels like it's been shoe-horned into the layout. On most holes, an errant shot off the fairway puts your disc on another fairway, green, or tee.

There are a couple areas where roads or parking lots come into play creating some potential safety issues.

In addition to the roads, other park users can come into play on the later holes. Hole 13 plays along a baseball field and 17 comes in close proximity to a playground and basketball court. Although those particular attractions usually don't come into play, people tend to wander out into the grass without realizing they're on a fairway.

Many old baskets with rusted, single chains provide pretty treacherous putting targets.

Mostly natural tees provide little improvement to footing.
Other Thoughts: On a quiet day, this is a nice place to get a quick, easy round in. However, as the park gets crowded with other players and other park users, play can get really slowed down, upping the frustration level.

Plan to lose one or two strokes simply from basket spit-outs.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Fun.

5+    1/22/2012   2/17/2012
Review By: chrisq
Played: 4  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 3.5 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fun course with a nice balance of wooded and open holes, with a couple aggravating water holes thrown in there to keep you on your toes.
Cons: 16.
Overlapping holes can get rather confusing (have played this course 10+ times and still throw to the wrong basket from time to time).
inside of a pretty active park with little kids that can cause hold ups quite a bit.
Other Thoughts: something about 16 shortens my drives by like 50 ft, it's driving me mad.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Home Course

5+    10/2/2011   10/4/2011
Review By: mled
Played: 4  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has a great combination of long straight shots with a side of hyzer and anyes. A few holes over water definitely make you think about your shots.
Cons: A lot of the holes are close enough that a shenked through really overlaps over another players path. Also, the tee boxes are so all over the place that it is very difficult to do a full x-step though not completely impossible. There is no practice basket either even though as you pull up to the parking lot you see two baskets (9+11). Another con is the holes that have one chain basket are so much more heavy that a putt that would go in most baskets will bounce out costing you a stroke.
Other Thoughts: The course gives a nice change during the winter when you play across a couple of the baseball fields and those holes add much more open holes to a nearly all wooded course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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