Potential to be one of the best in CT
Pros: -Excellent use of elevation change. A lot of the holes are up, down, around, and you're often not just shooting up or down, but also left or right, further adding to the awesomeness of seeing your disc hit a tight gap.
-Chainstar baskets are brand new and are in great shape.
-Paths between holes are very well marked. Never a doubt where you're going.
-Located in a beautiful park in Wallingford, CT. Sleeping Giant State Park is right down the street, so the course + the park makes for an excellent day trip
- Has a very 'clean' feel. Fairways are very clear and obvious, and you can see the gaps that the course designer had in mind when making the course for almost all the holes. Brush and thorns are mostly cleared away if you happen to stray off the fairways.
-Some holes just feel epic because of the elevation change and the challenge. The course does a great job of making almost every hole feel important.
-A lot of really fun shots:
#8 is a cool short risk reward hole, with the pin perched on the edge of a cliff. Forehand line goes away from the cliff, but there are trees in the way. Backhand line hyzers toward the cliff, but is a little more open.
#12 is my personal favorite hole on the course. A HUGE downhill swooping right to left shot with a beautifully laid out green.
#13 is a great set up hole for #14. Very short, over an ENORMOUS canyon through a narrow gap. Super technical.
#14 is easily the signature hole on the course. You have to pure about a 10-15 foot gaps across a canyon, then you play through a clearing to a pin drilled straight into an enormous rock, to create a naturally elevated pin.
Cons: -Natural teepads, which are a real problem for such an up and down course. You're rarely throwing from a flat surface. Course just isn't completed yet. Also no benches or trash cans.
-TIGHT. A lot of holes are honestly just one tree away from being perfect, although taking down trees is easier said than done.
-Some of the holes feel like, 'Throw it and pray' shots, like #1 and #4. You can park these holes, but not without a bit of luck. Some of the fairways are not shaped the way that a disc can fly.
-Bathrooms are locked up.
-No open holes. There are definitely holes where you can unleash a big drive, but if you miss your gap you're gonna have a bad time. There's a big open field right next to hole #15, and every time I walk by it I wonder why it wasn't utilized.
Other Thoughts: -When this course is done, it's going to be one of the best in Connecticut. Locals seem dedicated and they're throwing tournaments left and right to raise money for tees.
-Feels a lot like Page Park, in Bristol. A lot of really fun shots and a lot of birdie shots, but any hole can ruin your round if you're not careful.
Good work in progress
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Pros: Course is shaping up very nicely. A very technical course - a lot of narrow fairways and woods that can be tough to get out of. The front 9 is the closest to finished - some holes without tee boxes, but all have signs that are clear and very helpful. The back nine has its fairways set, but no tee boxes or signs in place yet. However, they have placed ribbons to lead you from one hole to the next. There are some great holes in the back nine that would be a shame to miss - 13/14 are especially fun, especially if an errant tree jumps in the way of your disc!
Course is always quiet, even on weekends. Also makes for a great hike with plenty of hills and walking between holes.
Cons: Still a work in progress - will be even better when all the signs are in place. Some of the tee boxes are uneven, have rocks, roots, etc - hopefully this will change, but there is room to throw safely even with the obstacles.
Other Thoughts: Another good CT course - offers a real challenge to newer players.
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Fun Tough Course
Pros: Ample free parking. Some fun, challenging holes with lots of trees. Played often during the week and seldom saw others on the course.
Cons: Long walks between some of the holes. Enough brush and fallen trees to make a lost disc possible.
Other Thoughts: Have not played since the other 9 holes were added. With a full 18 this course definitely should be checked out.
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Pros: * Free to play public park course with plenty of free off street parking.
* Right off the Merritt parkway
* Large info kiosk/sign showing you where the course starts.
* Excellent use of elevation,
* There are tee signs on the original 9 and they are very nice. I'm sure the new round of tee signs will be done soon.
* Foliage is generally kept in check unless you go way off the fairway.
* Great use of space between the established walking trails.
* Good up versus down balance
* Hole 14 is an obvious signature hole.
Cons: * Natural tee areas are not flat, and some have rock/root issues.
* No benches
* Few garbage cans
* Some awkward tee shots
* A few too many blind shots
* No bomber/open shots
Other Thoughts: * Chainstars are in great shape.
* Flow is pretty good, there's a walk from 7-8 and a walk from 15-16, nothing too bad.
* Restrooms are usually locked.
* The newer back 9 holes up the challenge from the front
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Pros: Fun, challenging, tight and technical. Completely wooded. Flows nicely from hole to hole, good use of terrain with a mix of elevation and turns. Navigation simple even before signs added on all holes except the majestic 8, which speaks for itself, I guess.
Cons: Tee pads are natural and mostly in great shape, but some awkward spots. Could lose a disc here if you go off line, lots of under brush. All par 3's except for one which I think could be a 4, and wish it was. The hike between 7 and 8 is funny to me but could be absurd to some. If you plan on playing through twice, don't take the long path back. Double back through hole 7 tee pad down through 6 back to the 1st hole. Don't think I'm the only one who noticed this.
Other Thoughts: Signs are new to me as of 8/20/12 and bag hooks on the posts are a plus. Anxious for the planned back 9 expansion, and would even volunteer to assist. With a great back 9 and some TLC this could be one of my favorites in the state.
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great quick 9 for CT
Pros: challenging 9 holes with elevation and woods to conjure up all types of shots. short tight holes lead to many outcomes for a quick (dry) 9 holes of d.golf. kind of a hidden practice gem for us ct disc golfers :)
Cons: finishing hole 7 leads to a nice hike up to 8 but we all know thats part of the game!... and after 9 there is a bit of a walk back to 1, but it's just begging for 9 more. plenty of room for it too!
Other Thoughts: if you find the walk up to 8 and the walk back from 9 to be a bit of a pain, you can always play back to 5 after 7 and then return to 1 (located right next to the basket on 5) if you're looking for a longer circuit this helps too.
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