Not your father's Amesbury Pines
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Has had substantial recent improvements:
- Paver tee boxes and new baskets installed within the past year
-Good signage at each tee including direction to next tee
-Tape indicators on baskets point to next tee
- Clean, pretty, well maintained
- Excellent variety of shots.. wooded / open / over water. A little elevation.
Cons: - Park has a baseball field adjacent to hole 12 and if you make an awful throw, you could wind up in right field. There's a sprinkler park and a playground that are near tee boxes 13 and 18 (but you throw away from the playground), All of the park is open to the public (who have the right of way) who may wander onto some of the holes. In 40+ rounds, I've been delayed just a handful of times.
Other Thoughts: This course makes absolutely the most of the space available. Fairways are close to one another and 9 and 10 cross which could be a problem if it was busy (which it never seems to be.) 12 holes are completely or mostly in a tall pine grove with a floor of pine needles - so no losing discs, nicely shaded and limited wind. Fairways in the open are always well maintained. The only place you can lose a disc is in one of the ponds. The new brick paver tee boxes replaced awful, dug out gravel or natural tee boxes and are a huge improvement - though a couple of them could be a foot longer. They could have put in fewer holes, but given the low level of use, 18 was the right choice. It is a fun course and one of my favorites.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Beautiful Area to play
-Brand new patio brick tees and chainstar baskets
-Brand new signs for every tee
-The course offers a good variety in both distance and the types of throws you need to make.
-Course is very well maintained.
-Fairways are defined and there are markers the middle of the fairways that show the direction to the basket.
Cons: -Can be a little confusing to someone who has never played the course.
-Fairways criss-cross each other.
-Some poison ivy but not enough to be a major concern.
Other Thoughts: This course is a fairly short course to play through it only takes about an hour. I think that one of the best things you can say about a course is that it is fun and this course is just that, fun. Overall, I like this course and I still go back and play there all the time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
sometimes less is more
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Variety and challenge.
Cons: Tee pads are often destroyed.
Many to most holes cross each other.
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 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 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 3 people found this review helpful.
Criss-Cross Will Make You Jump
4 Helpful / 1 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 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
My Everyday Course
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.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
I'll Be Back for the Back 9
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.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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.
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