Old School Fun
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a neat fairly technical course with 18 baskets. Most of the holes have a directional arrow on the number plate pointing you to the next tee. And most tees are only 50-100ft away, so navigation is relatively easy. The holes offer some mild elevation changes and plenty of trees with completely fair fairways. The course is also open 24 hours a day and has a lot of lights throughout the course because of all the walkways and commons grounds which makes for fun nighttime play. There are also tee signs on every hole that have adequate information and plenty of next tee signs also in the ground which particularly help with the tricky to find next holes.
Cons: The baskets have seen better days, but they are certainly not unusable. Just a few bends in the cages and a couple links were taped together, but they all seemed to catch reasonably well.
The safety is definitely an issue and the course probably shouldn't be played during peak school hours because there are many many walkways that are being thrown over. HOWEVER there is a pro to this that I mentioned in the pros and other thoughts.
The teepads were all natural and most were not all that flat, but the holes are short enough that really everything can be shot from a standstill.
Other Thoughts: ***DISCLAIMER FOR PEOPLE THAT DO NOT ATTEND RUTGERS AND WANT TO PLAY THIS COURSE***
You can NOT park in the parking lots here. You CAN park on the metered street of Suydam St by Nichol Ave. and then walk down Lipman Dr. and on your left hand side you will see hole number 10 right after the parking structure.
All in all, I had fun playing here. Shoot, I even bagged half the course in the dark because there was enough light from the walkways. Really neat to play at night and the lines were fun to shoot at. The course definitely feels like a senior in college designed it (which I believe Dan Doyle was when he did) and just kinda winds through the pine forest that students walk through to get from building to building. Definitely a fun little bag.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good, even though it's old
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: - Good signage and navigation throughout the park; pretty difficult to get lost.
- Several ace run opportunities.
- The locals have done a good job of taking a course that is pretty old and improving it to make it more acceptable without removing the course.
Cons: - Teepads are so worn-in that they can fill with water when it rains and get quite muddy.
- Holes are very short. A putter or mid-range only round would be ideal for the original tees.
- Course can get very busy with both golfers and non-golfers.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Leave the drivers at home
Pros: Rutger's is a nice course on the university's Douglas Campus. The holes are short (non greater than 200') but they are also challenging because of the trees. Most holes play straight and/or with some hyzer with a few anny mixed in to change things up. I was able to find my way to all holes except 9 and 18, but fortuantely there were other dg's on the course to point us in the right direction. I played with my nephew who was playing for on the third time and we both had fun.
Cons: The baskets are OLD. We didn't experience any spit outs but I can see them happening. Also the natual tees are showing their wear and are becoming mud pits. Holes 9 and 18 are hard to find the first time you play (both are around the building after the previous basket).
Other Thoughts: As I said in the title, leave the drivers at home or in the bag. This is a putter/mid course. I played the day after Thanksgiving so we didn't have a problem with crowds.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
The old man on the block...
Pros: Rutgers is a full 18 hole course on a really nice college campus. Its one of the few full 18 hole courses in New Jersey. Rutgers is a short course, but it still has enough trees and challenges to make the course interesting. There are some really fun holes and lots of birdie opportunities to be had. The course is very well kept and there are clear fairways. There are some fun holes including hole 10 which plays along a creek.
There is a great group of local DGers who are out at Rutgers quite often. they know where the extended tees are and playing Rutgers with that makes it much more difficult and challenging. The Jersey Jam annual tournament layout is even better at over 7,000 ft.
Play with the locals if you can, its much better that way.
Cons: This course is old and doesn't show its age gracefully. Some of the natural tees are really worn out and the baskets are all rusted. You'll see lots of drop outs because of the bad condition of the baskets. The signs are pretty outdated (some are missing) and the posted par is laughable.
This course is on a college campus so it is obviously restricted to what one can do on a campus. Pedestrians are always a possible danger and there are several roads that pass very close to the holes so an overshot landing in the road is definitely possible. This is not a grip and rip course.
Other Thoughts: Rutgers has its plusses, but its not a course to travel for. Course baggers can bag Rutgers, Chimney Rock, Greenwood Meadows, and Harry Dunham all in an afternoon, although none of those course are great courses.
Also be careful when you play Rutgers, New Brunswick traffic can be terrible during peak hours.
It would be nice if there were a group of rutgers student DGers who would put some work in on the course. It wouldnt take much to get the course in good shape by fixing signs and baskets and just taking care of them.
Overall Rutgers is a course to play if you are in the area or able to play with some locals.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 15 Not
I dont get it...
Pros: *Close to my sister
*Maybe mid-range too
Cons: *Poorly marked
*Very short holes
*Adjacent to walking path
*Weaves back and forth
Other Thoughts: I used to think the 30min drive was worth it but its really not. Last time i went down and some goon in a star trek t-shirt said ther was "a tournament going on persay" haha lame.. After that i figured theres rly no reason to go back unless i end up at that park next to the dining hall and have my discs.
Also some guy whowears a UPS sweathirt and ha a UPS disc golf bag said it was his favorite course, at first i thought he was a cool guy, but it turns out he just like being nic so he could pay ahead of you and steal your discs thn leav before you could find him. Great community of discers they have down there.
0 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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