4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course to introduce friends to DG
Good diversity of holes (doglegs, uphill, wooded, open)
Usually someone else on the course to play with if you are alone
Throws aren't too challenging
Cons: Throws aren't too challenging
After it rains the tees are filled with water
During school hours parking can be hard to find
Other Thoughts: You can get through the entire course with a mid and a putter, but still it's alot of fun.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Terrain management : 4 Very well maintained and some of the hole had a circle around the pin to signify putting range.
Fun factor : 4
Beginner friendly : 5
Lost disc recovery : 5 I don't think it is possible to lose a disc on this course.
Cons: Pin and tee box quality : 2 Many of the tee areas is just dirt
Other Thoughts: Ease of finding course : 3
Layout : 3
Variety : 3
Hole info : 3
Ease of finding next hole : 3
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Course is an easy find anywhere in central jersey. This is a great spot to take someone just getting into the sport. Small course, but dense trees on holes require good placement. Grass was short and it seems relatively impossible to lose a disc, which is always a plus.
Cons: Course guide lists some holes as 3s and 4s, but predominantly is should be 2's and 3s.
Other Thoughts: I'll definitely check the course out again when I'm back in the area. Sometimes it is hard to figure out where the T's are, but a little logical exploring will help.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Old School Frisbee Golf
Pros: This course is part of the history of disc golf. In the early days when you used Frisbees to play. By today's standards most would call it a pitch-n-put course. But there is a little secret that a local has to show you. The long tee positions for every hole, but maybe 2 or 3. In some cases you are adding 50-100 feet and on others it changes the drive from the tee. The long tee position changes the line for the fairway to basket. Almost all holes are able to be easily played with mids and putters even from the long tees. We got lucky and met a local helping to set-up for the Jersey Jam. He played some of the round with us and gave us some insight how to find the long tees;
Look for green flags normally back behind the tee signs. Some are mowed over and not easy to locate.
Also look for yellow wooded pegs in the ground for the long tee.
Red dots or a spray painted line on the asphalt walkways.
On 17 use the tee for 16 and on 18 which is located around the back of the building from 17's basket. Before you get to the tee sign look to your right about 75' back from the tee sign there is like a step up near a entry way. That's the long tee it's marked but you have to look for it. After you have played the long tees once or twice through. You'll be good to go. Also compared to many courses the rough here isn't sticker bushes and 3 foot high grass fields.
Cons: We played early on a Saturday morning during summer break. Throwing from or over walkways can be a waiting game. Even in the off school periods there will be joggers and other people just walking. Look and wait.
I had expected at least the grass to be mowed in the campus area. I guess the college is saving money in tough economic times.
These are Mach I baskets with a second set of chains added in the inner ring. The basket itself is more shallow, some are wobbly and some just seem low. In a way this kind of adds to the challenge. Because you can expect blow troughs, skip and bounce outs.
Other Thoughts: Over all, if you are in the area give it a run. Would I make a special trip just to hit this course? After playing a few rounds I would have to say......no. There really isn't any other choices in this area for a better course and the locals are friendly. This is a community course and a great place to learn the game. Truth be told this is a fun course and beginner friendly.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice course nestled in a college campus. The original course, as designated by the signs, is a pitch and putt course, with holes averaging just over 200'. Play with the locals, and they can show you the alternate tees - which brings the average hole length closer to 300'. Both layouts are mostly flat (a few holes have some elevation) and moderately wooded (plenty of trees, but open lines to the pin). The course isn't particularly challenging (apart from the finicky, thin-chained mach 1 baskets), but it makes for a nice, casual round of disc golf.
Cons: The course offers enough variety not to be boring, but doesn't require a golfer to use all of the tools in their bag. Pedestrian traffic can be a bit of a nuisance on a few of the holes when classes let out.
Other Thoughts: For a seasoned disc golfer, the short course (from the tee signs) doesn't provide much of a challenge (fine for going ace-hunting). Your best bet is to find a local to show you the long tees, which offer a reasonable layout for an enjoyable round of golf. The Jersey Jam is a very well run event, which is played on a layout containing 9 of the "long" tees plus an additional 9 using the temporary or otherwise modified holes. The Jam layout is significantly more challenging than the standard layouts (in part due to OB). It has a strong local community, which has good turnout for weekly doubles (Tuesday nights) and hosts a good number of events, including it's premier event, the Jersey Jam.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
A Bag Full of Putters, A Course Full of Fun!
Pros: Rutgers Disc Golf is not your typical course. It's a unique piece of disc golf history that any serious DGer should attempt to play one time. It was built in 1978 and shows it's age in it's wear and it's extremely short fairways. This would be seen as a negative usually, but this is exactly why it's so much fun. Every hole is a birdie waiting to happen and this is the rare course that has you making ace runs all day long. If you can't enjoy yourself here...your dead. Now don't go get all snobby and assume this course is below your skill level. The fun here is in weaving your putter amongst tall trees and difficult lines that may seem awkward to anyone who started playing in the age of the high speed driver. This is a throwback course and finesse and skill are rewarded here. You earn your birdies here. Hole #3 was my favorite...a dual fairway, heavily wooded by old thick pine trunks with several difficult routes to the basket but which one to choose? Holes 9-12 were a fun stretch as well. #9 being the infamous 57 foot skip ace hole. I emptied my entire bag (all 12 putters LOL) on this one and was miffed that I never caught metal once. I actually hyzered down the hillside and took a 3 on it! 10-12 are delightful holes that offer the only elevation on the course. This course is about refining your approach game and having fun. It's perfect for students as it whets the beginner appetite and is somewhere different skill levels can play together and everyone can enjoy the course. The expert will enjoy the nuances and the line shaping and the beginner will not be overwhelmed with length or punitive schule. (zero undergrowth despite entire course being wooded) The course is lighted at night and your allowed to play it 24 hrs a day! There are longer tees set up that stretch the course out to over 7000 ft including more open holes and utilizing the large pond nearby. (I am not sure where these tees are..contact a local or show up on tue doubles 6:00) There is much fun factor on this course and if you played it multiple times it is conceivable you could get an ace, birdie, par, or bogey on the same hole.
Cons: Tees are just dirt spots on the ground (though you don't need a run up). Signs are often misleading in distance(#1 for instance is marked as 219 ft but I google mapped it at 120 ft) and par (often displaying a par 4 or par 5...it's all 3s here) but you can scout every hole from the tee pad and the funny pars just show you how far the sport has come. You should not need a driver here (a mid-range is pushing it here) Plenty of foot traffic during peak hours I'm sure, but this is somewhere you play off hours, off season or winter. Hole 18 is a bit tough to find as it is on the far side of a building away from the rest of the course. Would have enjoyed just a few holes near/over the pond or fields nearby.
Other Thoughts: I kept hoping to run into Cubby here but it didn't happen. I would love to have a course like this near me. I'd play it every day if I could. I never realized how historic Rutgers University was. A very pretty campus and the site of the first football game ever played in 1869. This disc golf course kind of falls into the same category.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Part of Disc Golf History
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 18 hole course is one of the first on the east coast and features a straightforward layout without the bells and whistles present at other courses. Relatively easy to score well yet still attractive for all levels of play with its "unofficial" alternate tee areas. Has some neat holes- 10 and 18 come to mind- and pavement OB areas on several holes keep you honest. RU-Douglass features a good balance of moderately wooded, manageable holes and although there is really only one tee off area per hole, it can be modified to lengthen the course- as is done for the annual Jersey Jam.
Cons: Dirt tee off areas hold puddles after heavy rain, and erosion is a serious issue. Could use directional markers in some spots- it took me 15 minutes to figure out where hole 9 begins the first time I played. Holes 16 and 17 run parallel to one another, and there are always vehicles parked directly in front of the access way in front of the hole 18 tee pad. Beware of students walking to class.
Other Thoughts: One of the oldest courses in the country, Rutgers-Douglass is a very fun play, and over the years the local club has cultivated a loose, fun atmosphere here. R-D presents a challenge, yet is not physically grueling, making it a great place for the casual player. This was the site of my first ever tournament and competitive playing experience, so I will always have a soft spot for it, but judged on it own merits, R-D is not on a par with some of the other 18 hole courses within the NJ/NY/PA region. That said, the "Jam" layout adds immeasurably to the course- the over-the-water hole and 650 foot drive down the hill are outstanding holes which can stand with any two holes anywhere else. Much work is being done here by the local club- beautiful new signs will be installed any day now, "next tee' signs have been created and new tee pads are in the works- all of which will greatly enhance the playing experience. RU is a must play if in the area.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 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 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Blast from the Past
Pros: Birdies galore for the precise driver. Pleasant atmosphere, especially on a warm early spring day. It's a quick little course that won't take more than an hour or so to play, so you can get a lot of holes in if you make a day of it. The original course can be negotiated with easy-to-throw old aviars and rocs. I've always had fun here.
Cons: Short, and sometimes busy with pedestrians. If you don't go low, scorewise, you'll feel frustrated. None of the holes stand out as particularly difficult, spectacular, or scenic.
Other Thoughts: Installed for the first NON- Rose Bowl WFC in the very early 80's, Rutgers/Douglass holds a special place in my heart because it's the first place I ever won a tournament. Also it's the site where I had two identical aces exactly a year apart- skip shots on hole #9 in the first round of 2 three-round PDGA tournaments, many years ago. So I admit a bias towards the lovely little place. It's been good to me. Play here if you like non-demanding birdie golf.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
My local course
Pros: Rutgers is situated on a nicely manicured campus. The 18 holes flow well with most tees visible from the previous basket. The short course is signposted and popular with students and rec players. The longer 'B' layout is marked with orange bricks and is played mostly by local disc golfers. The 'C' layout is a championship level layout that is utilised for the annual Jersey Jam, which includes a couple of temporary baskets.
All layouts require different shots, with accuracy prized over big-arms. (Although some of the Pond/Field holes at the Jam are long) The rough is forgiving, so even if you hit an early tree you can still usually recover for a Par.
Cons: The course is showing its age, some baskets are a little unstable. Spit-throughs occasionally occur for power-putters. Some tee areas are eroded, and it can be hard to find the longer layouts if you're not playing with a local.
Other Thoughts: Rutgers is my local course and I've been playing there at least a couple of times a week for the last 18 months. From the longer tees it provides a real challenge and has helped my game develop.
Come out and join us for Tuesday Doubles at 6pm, it's the best way to see the course.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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