Amesbury, MA 
Amesbury Pines Share
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 Pine Scented

1    6/18/2011   6/26/2011
Review By: swatso
Played: 370  Reviewed: 349  Exp: 6.7 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
With over 2/3rds of the holes playing in-to, out-from, or within a flattish piece of ground containing extremely tall, scattered pines, the carpet of pine needles makes for a very refreshing play, and discs easy to find. Two tee locations per hole, the shorter marked by white in-ground boards, usually on a direct line between longer tee location and basket.
Tee locations were ridge-n-furrow, making x-steps nearly impossible. Multiple chances to negatively interact with others, both players and non-players. Mixture of old baskets, about half of which were single-chained.
Other Thoughts:
The course plays primarily within a copse of large pines, and secondarily in the open space containing two ponds, of a small, multi-purpose park. The holes, in and of themselves, were fine, with distances from the low 200's to the upper 300's, fair throwing lanes, minor elevation changes, and a variety of subtle turns needed from the tee. However, with the crossing fairways, parallel fairways and tee locations in close proximity to each other, the walking paths and gazebo in the midst of the pines, and the popularity of the open space/water with non-players (a birthday picnic was being celebrated in the middle of fairway-17 the day I played), there will be plenty of chances to yell "fore" and/or dodge discs.

Navigation: The blue posts marking the long tee positions were fairly easy to spot, and the photos of the hole atop them were quite helpful. Plenty of "next tee" signs in the wooded part of the course to aid in navigation. When playing to basket-9, note basket-11, to the right. After finishing number-11, cross the parking lot to find tee-12, with basket-12 alongside the walking path which leads to some baseball fields. Tee-13 is near the playground.

Upgrading thee tee areas and baskets, and playing at a time when the park isn't being used much by others, would be ideal.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    4/17/2011   5/17/2011
Review By: jkdisc
Played: 106  Reviewed: 105  Exp: 6.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a decent course that has some fun holes. Most of the holes are in a wooded (tall pines) area but there are open holes with water hazards.

Other Pros:
- 2 tees
- variety of turns
- alternate holes
Cons: You need the map, bring it! There are confusing spots especially with the alternate holes.

Other Cons:
- crossing fairways
- play near playground
- 16 & 16A play near the road which is bad because they are water throw overs
-some of the natural tees had ruts
Other Thoughts: The park is located right in the middle of town, it's convenient to get to where you need to go, but I prefer a quiet park away from it all.

I would have liked to see 16's tee moved to the middle of the hill and then throw over the water, that road to the right had many cars going by. Improvements can be made here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 My daily course

5+    5/1/2011   5/2/2011
Review By: dugmar
Played: 12  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 8.8 Years
This review was updated on 5/3/2011
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice mix of woods and open field shots. Two great water-crossing shots get the pucker factor up. Nice use of space and good elevation changes. Plenty of parking. Holes that stand out: Holes 4 and 15, if you overshoot your putt or approach shots on these holes you may find yourself down the very steep hill in the road, or the neighbor's yard to retrieve your disc. Some choose to lay up here instead of going for it. Holes 16 and 18 are great water-crossing shots. 16 is a bit easier to clear. On 18, do you lay-up or go for it? Holes 3 and 4 have a cool little valley you need to clear. Hole 4 tee-box, look for the bottle opener. Nice touch!
Cons: In summer the park can get quite crowded. The proximity to the high school can often be an issue with vandalism and trash. Could be a 4 star course if tee boxes and baskets were updated.
Other Thoughts: No facilities here, no bathrooms and not many trash cans. There are some great pubs in town though to visit after your round. Also, Amesbury Skate and Sport on Route 110 carry a small selection of Innova discs for sale.

I recently created and added laminated tee-box information cards to each hole, they are the same images that I uploaded to this site. Hopefully they last the summer. Enjoy and I hope they help.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    12/17/2010   12/20/2010
Review By: ratmloud
Played: 18  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 4.7 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Free
Has parking.
Fun, Close, has a bit of everthing- water, open and woods.
Cons: Tees in pretty bad shape
Little to No signage.
just needs TLC (clean up after the teenagers who like to hang out in the wooded areas)
Some baskets are in bad shape.
Other Thoughts: tee pads/signs as well a a few new baskets and you would have a GREAT course.

As it sits now you have a good course if you a local. Within an hour drive its deff. worth a try.

Winter layout is in now couple extra open bombs baskets are now numbered.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 great use of space

5+    8/26/2010   8/26/2010
Review By: smalcome
Played: 37  Reviewed: 8
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -full 18 holes
-challenging fairways as the first trees to avoid are typically 50 yards away and the gaps aren't that wide
-parking lot
-holes fairly well marked
-the last three holes are fun and give you a chance to burn a few bogeys off your score with some birdies
-not too many places to lose a disc (two water shots, but just throw a floater if you're scared!)
Cons: -hole 6 and 8 are switched for some reason, but the t markers don't reflect the change
-some older home-made baskets, but i'd rather throw to them than nothing! (plus, when playing against other people it's an even playing field since you're all using the same basket)
-not PDGA worthy since there are a handful of home-made baskets
Other Thoughts: i'm in massachusetts, so i can't let myself give a course worse than a 3 star rating- there are only a handful of courses out here and you really have to be thankful to have a place to play at all! it's not the best course, but if you're local or close, it's a place to throw 18 holes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Showing its age...

5+    7/31/2010   7/31/2010
Review By: Everett Evans
Played: 64  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 21.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - All holes have baskets
- Some water holes, some wooded holes, a couple of open holes
- Free
- Easy drive from NH seacoast
- Playground for the little ones
Cons: - Baskets are in various states of disrepair, from brand-new to beat up and rusty
- Tees are pretty horrible, huge divots, missing a lot of the original sand/gravel. You think more about foot placement than your drive itself.
- The layout takes a while to get used to, since the signs are not great and baskets are unmarked.
- Some of the holes are forgettable (2, 15, 7)
- Tough to take three steps in a row without either tripping over or stepping on a broken, dead chunk of pine branch.
Other Thoughts: This course is showing its age and could use new baskets, cleaned up tees and better signage. OK if you are playing with someone who has played before, but first timers might get lost easily. Great if you like to walk each hole 75% of the way, assume the basket is the one for your hole, walk back to the tee, forget where the basket was, then poke and hope. I've played the course five or six times now and still had trouble remembering where a few of the baskets were from the tees.

My drive on #13 today was witnessed by two kids playing on a slide a few feet from the tee. If the disc had slipped out early I would probably be in prison now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 My home court

5+    7/22/2010   7/26/2010
Review By: gaumont555475
Played: 15  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course is great for mutiple play. what i mean is the more you play this course the better your average will get! Open during the winter
Cons: The water holes. you will rarely ever see that disc again. Course is kind of hard to follow. minimal signs.
Other Thoughts: I played this course everyday for 3 months straight and even ive confused myself and played from hole 5 to 8 instead of 5 to 6

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    7/6/2010   7/14/2010
Review By: solomon.trenton
Played: 75  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 6.6 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is a welcome board with a large colored map on it; the accuracy is unknown. There are two sets of tees on every hole. They offer two totally different course when played. The holes that have tee sign stands in alright condition do have bag pegs (less than half the holes). There is a pretty good range of holes: from long straight open field to tunnel finish, tunnel start to open finish, some really cool water shots, and a few ace races. The fairways are nice and clear, although the ground is littered with branches and pine cones. There is also some athletic fields and a playground for the little ones.
Cons: Most of the hole maps on the tee signs are missing. There aren't any scorecards in the box, in fact there was trash and lots of dog poop. The baskets aren't numbered and this messes you up on a few holes because you can see two or three of them.The natural tee pads are in pretty rough shape and the short ones are even worse. Most of the baskets are in poor condition and only have one set of chains. A few are new chainstars that were bought to fix broken ones. A lot of the fairways criss cross and turn over on other holes. There are no signs at the second tees just a small board. Navigation is incredibly tough even with the map printed out. Two of the holes play through a busy playground.
Other Thoughts: A map is a must here. Print one out beforehand in case there isnt one at the kiosk.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Work in Progress

5+    5/7/2010   5/9/2010
Review By: dan_b
Played: 16  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 10.8 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Free. Somewhat varied terrain: woods, open grass, over water shots. fairly easy to make par on most holes. Helps to develop a repertoire of required shots.
Cons: somewhat short, needs maintenance. first timers will get lost.
Other Thoughts: It seems the biggest complaints on here are about the course needing better marking, maintenance, and trash cleanup. I agree with most of that. There is an effort underway now to redo the mini-maps, mark the pins, add 'next-tee' signs and improve the general condition.

One issue is that the course is free and in the middle of a town park, so kids and teenagers hang in out in there and leave trash all over the place. Golfers leave beer bottles and cans everywhere. If we as a golf community would pack out what we take in, half the problem would be solved.

Overall, Amesbury is fine course that helps develop a good overall game, maybe not real bomber shots, but lots of in-and-outs. I have no problem recommending this course to everyone. If you need a guide or some 'local advice' hit me up with an email. I am always up for a round.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 It is what it is

5+    10/16/2009   2/21/2010
Review By: wannabeVT
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Free, convenient to North Shore of MA, quick to play. Makes the most of what it has. A nice place to work on your approach and putting. A good example for towns what can be done make disc golf accessible.
Cons: Tough to navigate, even after playing it a couple times; not a lot of variety; people enjoying park sometimes oblivious to golf course. Course is relatively short.
Other Thoughts: A very public place to play. Overall, it would be nice to see this type of course in more towns.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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