Great Addition to Maine DG!
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Pros: -Excellent use of land
-Good variety of up/down hill and left to right shots
-Good utilization of water hazards
-High standard of maintenance and grooming
-Decent amenities for a private course
-Amateur tees available on tougher holes
-Fair (but not easy) course par
-Score cards with distance, map, and pars provided
-Rental discs provided ($1 each)
Cons: -Tee signs show only distance
-Grass tees (though they're in great shape)
-No bathroom available
-Too many open shots
-Off the fairway is VERY rough
Other Thoughts: By far the best 9 hole course I've played. Spin High Disc golf was created when the owner added baskets (single chain DGA I believe - good condition) to the already established Pin Hi Ball Golf course in his back yard. While as a ball golf course the place is forgettable at best (no greens =terrible ball golf putting), it seems the beautiful and idyllic property has found it's purpose as a disc golf course. Being 9 holes is more of a pro than a con here, as the owner has created 9 great holes as opposed to 18 forgettable ones. While a few were less than memorable, there is at least some small challenge or quirk to each hole in the form of elevation, length, or water. It's kind of like adding chocolate chips or caramel sauce to an otherwise underwhelming vanilla. Each hole uses at least a little elevation, with some using a lot to great effect. The hole lengths (originally calculated for ball golf and keeping their ball golf pars) create a lot of the challenge, but there are a few spots where some aim is needed and a wild shot that leaves the generous fairways will always be harshly punished. Also adding to the challenge on a grand scale are the water hazards on holes 1 and 7, along with a few small frog ponds located on the peripheral of a few other holes that are easy to avoid but add a little stress to an otherwise easier shot. Holes 1 and 7 are in tough contention for the title of "signature hole", one for challenge, the other for sheer beauty. Hole 1 is the beauty shot though it's a doozy in it's own right. Standing on the pro tee (there is an amateur tee that avoids most of the pond), you find yourself facing a 225ft. water carry followed by another 115ft of slightly uphill field surrounded by thick woods. Not only is this quite intimidating (especially for a par 3), you'll likely need to take a second to enjoy the picturesque hole to the fullest. Hole 7 separates the men from the boys. The pro tee involves a 250ft shot over a rolling field, proceeded by an approximately 150ft water carry. That's 400ft to cross the water on your drive on a par 3!! The pin is about 50ft further and to the right on the edge of a grove of older deciduous trees. Anyone that can't drive over 400ft will need to lay up to the left of the pond and make the approximately 200ft. approach to have a shot at par. While it may be frustrating to less powerful players, this is a hole that adds a lot of interest for more experienced golfers that may be a little underwhelmed by the open fairways and distance over placement shots that make up most of this course. There is an amateur tee on 7, but it still requires a shot over the pond. The single par 4 hole truly earns the extra shot at nearly 600ft long and with a pin about 80ft higher than the teebox. While there is a small frog pond to the right of the am tee (about 50ft in front of the pro tee), it won't come into play on any but the most terribly shanked tee shots. Navigation wise, my wife and I only had to use the rudimentary map on the scorecard once and could clearly see the paths to most of the holes. Only the transition from 5 to 6 was a little confusing (follow the cart tracks and cross the dirt road you came in on). The 9 holes loop around the property and 9's pin is right next to the barn where you drop your payment for the round (Honor system, $4 for all day play and worth every penny). Amenities wise, you'll find much more than the average park or private course. While you can't buy discs or use a toilet (plan accordingly), there are apparently 2 man golf carts available for rent for $15 per person and pull carts available to borrow for free! Your $4 also gets you a nice score card with distances, pars, and a rudimentary but accurate map on the back. There is a picnic table in the shade in the dirt parking lot, as well as nice benches at most tees for a break. I rated this a 2.0, adding points for the quality of grooming, clear thought in hole design, and use of land. The main detractor was the minimal variety in some of the holes and the overabundance of open bombs. Also taken into account was the fact that some of the amateur tees don't make a noticeable difference in difficulty. While I found the fairways easy to stay on, my friend who played with me had a hard time and once a disc leaves the fairway, it's going to be difficult to find. The fact that this is a pay to play does NOT detract from my rating as the course is maintained to a standard far above many other pay to play courses and is on private land. I also left the fact that the course is only 9 holes as a neutral factor as trying to force more holes onto the land would have detracted from the quality of the layout. Overall, this course is a very welcome addition to the area and a tribute to 9 hole courses everywhere. Make sure to check it out soon and bring your "A" game! Pictures to follow shortly!
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