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Off to a great start ...
Pros: Set-up in a public park, this course is FREE to play. The park is relatively small, maybe around 15-20 opn acres and the course plays primarily around the periphery. There is clever use of the natural obtacles, mostly oak trees, some mildly hilly terrain and an absolute juggernaut of a pine tree in the middle of hole 8 fairway. There are a couple grip n rip holes to haul off on, the rest are lightly wooded areas, primarily grassy. Some of the parks non-disc golf features like gazebo, gardens and large monument feature add to the ambiance of this course. The park itself is very well maintained and has ample parking. On a sunny saturday in the early fall there were at least 3 other groups of disc golfers. Gowen park is a welcome addition to the sparsely coursed York County.
Cons: For now, it's only 9 holes - Hard to say where 9 more would fit though, not sure how much of the wooded area behind the park is available. As with so many course, there is some poison ivy to contend with if you get off track a little. The course is oddly consuming of this established town park, hopefully there isn't a tea-cup poodle walking curmudgeon out there raising a stink with the town that they fear getting hit by a disc. Cautious play will help mitigate this potential. Might be a good idea to add a mando or two as well.
Other Thoughts: Still under construction - but obvious in-progress being made. 4x4 sign posts were set at each hole. Nice graphic signs are in the works it would seem by the pictures here. For now, we did have to guess a couple times and ask some regulars we came across - Hole five in particular was noted as "throw over that blow-down and you'll be fine". I'd imagine there is some clearing work planned for that fairway. Tee boxes are dirt as of yet.
Couldn't find anything posted in the park or on Sanford's web page that disallowed dogs. We brought ours on a leash with a pooper-scooper and saw a couple other park go-ers with dogs.
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