1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The only pro to this course is that it's 5 minutes down the road and I can practice putting on their 200-250ft par 3s
Cons: The course has been going downhill for years it's the only course within reasonable distance to Erie( excluding the fabulous lake shore park) and it really is a shame....not one of the 9 holes
Require anything more than a putter for their par 3s and its been slowly degrading due to lack of maintence....pass
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Absolutely a Pitch 'n Putt
Pros: Duck Run disc golf course is short, somewhat challenging course (read on) designed for families and those that aren't familiar with the game (IMO). The course is very easy to get to as it is off a major road with a large, easy-to-read sign for Pine Lane Campground.
Tee signs (8 of the 9 holes have them) were detailed and informative.
Multiple tees make the course playable as a possible 18 or allow the younger players to throw from the "short" tees.
The campground and surrounding lawns seem to be kept in decent shape. Additionally, the small creek that runs through the course adds a scenic touch in addition to a subtle water hazard.
I had a chance to talk to Dick, the new owner of the course and he was very helpful and friendly.
Cons: Where to begin? I suppose I'll start with layout. The course was disappointingly short. The small distance between tee and basket requires only mids and putters (or only putters). Even the two newer players that I was with breezed through the course. With the exception of the first hole, most of the course was laid out so that you drive in a nearly straight line through a mess of random trees. Specific to the trees, although the fairways seem to be fairly clear, the lanes from tees to baskets aren't really defined. Taking into account the flight characteristics of most discs and the path that accompanies most throws, the term "poor design" trumps "technically challenging".
Safety is a big concern. Numerous baskets are close to other tees. Of larger concern is the proximity of baskets to the adjacent roadway. In some cases, the basket is 15' from the road. A stray putt or an approach caught by the wind could easily blow a disc into oncoming traffic, making it dangerous for both the players retrieving discs and the passing cars. Additionally, one fairway crosses the road through the campground while another is right next to a dwelling, creating additional safety issues for bystanders and other campers.
The baskets were in fair condition. Several baskets had rusted chains. Most of the baskets were Discraft Chainstars, but a few were also DGA M-14 practice baskets (and weren't in the best shape).
Other Thoughts: The minuscule $1.50 fee per person (for unlimited play) is technically a donation for the local school district's sports booster club.
I recognize that the original owner and designer of the course was probably looking for a little perk for the campers at Pine Lane Campground. But it's so unbelievably disappointing that a larger metro region such as Erie, which has so much prime real estate for disc golf, only has this one tiny, afterthought of a course. If you're in the Erie area take the extra drive to Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula, OH or head down I-79 to Pymatuning State Park and skip this course all together.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Short, technical- not a pitch in put
Pros: Short holes- in the 200-250 foot range make this a great course to bring the little ones to. Because the holes are short, a lack of drive will not stand in the way of good performance on this course. The course favors technical shots over bombs. Well landscaped with solid bridges over the creek and nice tee signs. Great use of land and natural elements.
Cons: Some of the baskets were hard to find in the woods. Flags on top of the wooded baskets would be nice but not necassary.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the area, I definately suggested stopping by and seeing the course.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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