Felton, DE
Killens Pond State Park Share
Uploaded By: Radarx Hole #14 (Taken 10/2012)
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 one of my favorites in DE

5+    8/18/2006   2/18/2009
Review By: craigg
Played: 181  Reviewed: 37  Exp: 32.6 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I really like the layout of this course. There are several unique obstacles on this course, you just don't see very often. There are these groves of sumac trees (They aren't poison sumac - and don't get more than about an inch in diameter) that grow in groves that have been used as "up and over" type obstacles that force you to throw a tight controlled spike, or an upside down shot.
There are several low ceiling early, and low ceiling late type shots that are combined with big open areas, that force you to exhibit both power and control. And then there are the pure woods holes, that combine the tight control type shot you might expect - with some sort of sharp turn (sometimes early, sometimes late). All in all - a nice set and nice mix of skill challenges.
Cons: Being near the shore - it's flat - no elevation at all. Teepads aren't the greatest (some are a little small - or a little cramped), but overall they are ok because they are at grade.
The course is a little remote / out of the way - not a whole lot around it commercially, so stop for your supplies on the way in.
Other Thoughts: The course (like some others in DE) is a bit blind, but flows well, and is fairly intuitive. So even without next tee signs - its pretty easy to follow.
Within about 45 minutes of the ocean, Killens often plays with a constant breeze - which can sometimes add a nice dimension to the course challenge.
The park staff in this State Park is like night and day with those at Lums or Brandywine, and seem to appreciate the volunteer efforts of the local DG community. Perhaps that led to the newer Trap Pond course (which I haven't played as of this writing) - that I have heard nothing but good things about.
Killens is one of my favorites in Delaware.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Into the Pines

5+    12/3/2008   12/9/2008
Review By: Tolbert
Played: 237  Reviewed: 32  Exp: 8.9 Years
This review was updated on 10/7/2011
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun to play wooded course, with a few open holes. The wooded fairways for the most part aren't too tight, allowing for decent drives. I enjoyed that the course demanded every throw in my bag. Hole length varied nicely and each hole had 3 tees for players of different skill level. Most holes had 2 pin placements. Pine trees are abundant on the course and providing foliage year round.
Cons: Course could definitely use some signs to help with navigation for newcomers. First time there I was wandering around on a few holes and checking the numbers on baskets. Occasionally a running path comes through the course.
Other Thoughts: Wish I lived a bit closer, I really liked the challenge here.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Very well groomed

5+    10/11/2008   10/19/2008
Review By: apimarty
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a nice mix of tight wooded holes and not so tight wooded holes. The signage is excellent and all holes have Pro, Am and Jr. tees. Although there are only 18 baskets, the local pro uses the alternate pin placements to change the course on a regular basis (twice a month?) The last time I played, I noticed the fairways had been mowed and the rough had been trimmed.
Cons: There is no practice basket, so players tend to use #18. There are two holes (8 & 9) where you have to drive over bushes that are 8'+. This is not a throw that most people have. For the Pro player, the course will be a little short.
Other Thoughts: I play Killens once or twice a year. This last time, I was very impressed with how the course had changed with grooming and new pin placements. A note for you Out of Staters. The park fee is per car, not per person, so bring a friend or two and cut that cost down. If you play more than 10 rounds a year in DE, get a yearly pass good for ALL parks in DE (there are courses in every one). This is truely worth the $$ as there are great courses throughout the state.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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