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Pros: 1) Fantastic balance of shots, long short straight right left uphill downhill tight open. This may be the most balanced course I have ever played.
2) The people who made this course have put in a lot of man hours. Lots of old dead trees removed, small brush junk taken out, etc... Every hole looks like people really cared to put in the time to make a top notch spot.
3) Flypads that are level. I love flypads, and I especially love when folks take the time to make each and every one of them as level as possible. This included a lot of digging in some parts.
4) Great use of space. The front nine particularly travels through some great older parts of this park and really makes use of land in ways that sets up scenic throws.
Cons: The only real one I can think of is the repetition of tunneling holes on the back nine can be a bit abusive to those who aren't great at throwing it accurately. It is just a subtle thing that can beat up those newer to the sport.
Other Thoughts: This course is awesome and really a neat hidden gem in a part of the state less frequented by disc golfers. It makes for a nice day trip
Hole 1: Nice opening hole. Teepad is surrounded by mountain laurel, throw goes out straight or right to a protected pin.
Hole 2: Beautiful big right turn over the creek. Pin sits on a nice land peninsula that makes for a more challenging green.
Hole 3: Straight down hill through old growth trees with a final hook left. Both pins are along a drop off to a creek.
Hole 4: This is a neat hole. It is a long, somewhat narrow tunnel then a big opening to the left. Really hit a big accurate drive here and you are on some birdie chances.
Hole 5: This is a nice shorter shot either straight into a hill side or right turn across a small creek. Road OB on the right.
Hole 6: This is one of the craziest holes I have seen. Big uphill sharp right turn. The fairway and pin play along a steep hillside to the right. If you are RHBH and throw traditionally at this, you better peg the pin or your roll away will be 40 feet below you. Better figure out how to match the flight plate to the angle of the hill for the landing.
Hole 7: This is a monster of a par 3 especially in the B pin. Nice straight shot through the old growth trees.
Hole 8: Two lanes here, one right one left through the old growth trees. Long par 3
Hole 9: This is a long straight throw to an opening tunnel through some mountain laurels to a protected pin. We saw the arrow on the tree and took it to mean the tree was a mando. Throwing through the path cut in the mountain laurel is pretty cool.
Hole 10: You have to go back over near where hole 1 was. This is slight left tunnel. If you pass out of the tunnel to the left side you will find a challenging upshot from the thick laurels.
Hole 11: This is another tunnel shot, with a bit of an awkward tee that appears pointed at a big old (probably dead) tree. It takes some skill to drive the tunnel by passing the tree on the right and still get the disc into a birdie spot.
Hole 12: This is another tunnel shot, a touch longer though. If you can sneak the disc by the guarding tree on the left side of the tunnel, you should be in a good spot.
Hole 13: This is a neat wide open front end that necks into a tunnel toward the end. Once in the tunnel, you are looking to make a sharp right to some protected pin placements hidden amongst the trees.
Hole 14: This is a slightly wider tunnel shot that bends right. This hole is fairly long, requiring two longer control shots. By this point the tunnelling had become a bit repetitive, but this is just how the land appears to go.
Hole 15: Hey you made it out of the woods. This hole is a beast of an uphill par 5 through some old growth trees. The basket looks like it is a mile away, especially in the B pin. But there is enough space to really hammer on some drivers here, which is refreshing given all the really accurate shots you just got done throwing.
Hole 16: This is a more traditional length par 3, kind of a wide space. If the pin is in B though you are going to need to negotiate a tight corridor to get access placing more emphasis on the landing of the opening drive.
Hole 17: This is great use of land. It is a lazy left turn through the old growth trees, but the road gets closer and closer to the pin toward the end from the right, and a hillside preventing flight to the left. Neat shots the whole way.
Hole 18: This is a downhill really sharp left turn. Much sharper than it appears from the teepad. Again there was an arrow on the tree we thought was a mando. If you can stay in the fairway you should be in a nice chance to score. Venture off the beaten path and get ready for recovery time.
This was a great course is a nice little community in western PA. I will be back.
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8 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellence in the Making
Pros: Very well designed and tremendous job of using the terrain provided.
Unique placements of pins
Great mix of technical and tight with open and power.
The Gateway baskets are amazing! I love the three tier catching system.
Cons: Not too many. The course is not complete. Landscaping is a must. Especially on hole 5. Me and my partner both had drives land not 20 feet past the hole into a thicket of a bush that you would need a machete to get through.
The only other thing is that some of the pars might be off. Calling 15 a 5 in the short position is a bit of a joke in my opinion.
Other Thoughts: I love the way the course progresses.
Hole 1 starts off with a short basket, but trees covering it, so you are left with the decision of an easy straight lay up or a RHBH late turnover for an ace run at it.
Hole 2 reminds me of a ball golf par 3 hole. One that doesn't have a fairway on the ground, but rather a green that you either make it on or don't. It's a fairly easy turnover hole, but beware! If you don't make it, the brush will eat your disc.
Hole 3 is the first hole where the creek comes into play and from the box it is not the easiest to see, so beware of the hidden creek that is about 2/3's the way down the fairway.
Hole 4 is one of the most unique downhill shots i've ever thrown. It's a wonderful par 4 hole that goes straight for awhile, then fades down to the left at a rapid pace and ends at a creek and hole in the woods that opens to a very large field. At the end of the field hugging the treeline on the right, is the pin.
hole 5 when I walked up the pad, I was really excited about it. It's the perfect distance for an aceable turnover RHBH for me. I threw probably about 10 feet to the left of the hole that was an absolute laser and landed just beyond the basket in a bush. Me and my partner both lost our discs to the most extreme bush I had ever seen.
Hole 6 is an incredible uphill shot that goes off the the right and is quite steep. Loved it.
Hole 7 is the beginning of the open field shots. They were refreshing after all the thickets and woods.
Hole 8 was a bit too much like 7. open field. straight. Don't hit the big trees. About the same distance.
Hole 9 is just beyond a Huge entanglement of bushes. Leaving you to decide whether or not you can clear the top of it by going straight and over or taking the safe path way down and to the left and going around it. Very interesting decision.
Hole 10 is by hole 1 and is the start of the really technical tight par 3's punishable by the massive hillside and thick but thin trees. Very fun to just launch putters and midranges down.
Holes 13 through 17 are all a lot more open with varying trees in the way.
15 is way too short in the short position, but i'm excited about playing the long some day.
holes 16 and 17 are kind of a wind down throw for drives, but then it really picks up at 18.
18 is a short downhill throw then a long dogleg left that goes through a semi narrow corridor of trees, but don't be fooled by the length of the corridor! half way down the corridor is another left turn that goes back up the hill 50-70 feet to the basket.
All in all an amazingly well designed course that just needs some clearing out for the truly thick areas.
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