Some Fun, Interesting Holes
Pros: -Great layout. First seven holes had moderate foilage, while the last eleven holes were all wooded.
-Solid Discraft baskets.
-Good hole length with quite a few over 300 ft.
-Tees were mostly flat.
Cons: -While the tees were mostly flat, they were still just grass/dirt.
-There were a couple places where it was really tough to figure out which direction the next tee was.
-Hole 18 doesn't end where 1 begins.
Other Thoughts: I was really happy with this course. The front 9 was good, but I was really impressed with the back 9. They guys did a great job designing it, including the creek and ravines in just the right way. With gravel or concrete tees, this would definitely be bumped up to a 4.
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Very Nice State Park Course with Great Variety
Pros: -This course is located in a very nice state park in the tip of the WV panhandle. The course has every possible amenity nearby - ample parking space, multiple bathrooms near the parking lot and throughout the course, garbage cans, and water fountains inside park office. There are also numerous activities at the park: a pool, basketball court, sand volleyball court, camping, multiple pavillions, and a putt-putt course located alongside the last few holes of the disc golf course. The park is very well maintained, there were 3 or 4 guys mowing while I was there, that is a good sign of how important park maintenance is here.
-I think the best part about this course is the great amount of variety of hole types here: 1-7 are long and open with a few trees, 8-14 basically play through paths and open spaces through the woods, and 15-18 are located in more densely wooded areas. Both hyzer and anhyzer lined holes are present here, as well as a few holes that stress tight, straight shots.
-Tee signs tell you the hole length and next tee location
-Chainstar baskets in very good condition
-A nicely paved, much needed walking path from holes 14-16 through the dense woods/rough with multiple bench along the way
-A nice stream comes into play on a few holes
-The front 7 play around the parking area, so you can easily access your car at any time between these holes
Cons: -No tee pads present
-I'm not a fan of these types of tee signs that are located in this area (Thompson Park). The wooden poles can be hard to find in the woods as they don't stick out, and the signs themselves are very small.
-Some bad course flow after the first 7. To get to 8, take the path to the left of the bridge. I walked over the little bridge, which takes you to 10's basket. Also, you can easily walk past 11's tee, look for a path to it on the left after 10's basket. After 11, you have to walk through 13 to get to 12, walking around the bathrooms to the left, alongside the stream.
-There is a far walk between 14-16, but at least there are multiple benches on a nice path. The course extends further away from the starting point as you play holes 8-18, so the walk back from 18 to your car is absurdly long
-First 7 play pretty close to the park roads, hole 4 even plays across the road on a blind shot, so be very careful here
-9 and 10 play along a very steep hill. Most likely will be able to spot your disc if it rolls down, but it will be an awful attempt to retrieve it safely.
-Not much elevation change, except for hole 11's downhill shot
Other Thoughts: This course is similar to Thompson Park, but a better version of it. Both parks start with fairly simple, open holes and then venture in the woods. The difference here is that Tomlinson's wooded holes -while not as beautiful- don't come off as gimmicky, and have more clearly defined fairways. The first 7 play around the open area of the park. While they aren't very exciting, they are all fairly long distances, giving a good warm-up to the start of the course.
-Hole 11 was very enjoyable to me, as you throw off a small cliff and keep it straight for an ace run at the basket
-12-14 are fun holes that require distance and accuracy. I appreciated the clever pin placement on each, and these holes are risk/reward with punishing rough if you venture off the fairway.
-15-18 were probably the most enjoying holes for me, a great way to end the course with holes combining open space and through the woods, and a few holes strictly through the woods. There were multiple lines to throw for each of these holes.
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A little bit of everything here!
Pros: The name of the game here is variety and the course is well balanced. Steep downhill drives, open bombs, OB's in play, guarded tunnel fairways, wooded S-curves, and water hazards are just some of the features to contend with here. I thought the designer did a nice job of utilizing the features of the park to make the throws more interesting--notably the road (holes 1-5), hillside (hole #11) and creek (holes 12,14,17,18).
Hole #15 is a wonderful 430' drive, of which 90 feet or so is just throwing over the creek. The rest of navigating mature hardwoods to a pin that is placed in the wide open!
Another notable hole is #9, which is your typical tunnel alley to the basket with many trees on both sides. What makes it unique is that an errant hyzer to the left could possibly go down a cliff about 100 feet. Definitely makes you think twice about chancing anything that fades left!
Hole #18 is a nice bookend to the course: a long bomb across a field to a basket strategically placed 25' from the water. Throw too far on your drives or putts and you're in the drink!
The course is really scenic. I played early in the morning and the fog was still lifting off the park, making for a nice atmosphere. It's as much of a photographic hike as it is a round of disc golf.
Cons: The front eight kind of play like your typical municipal/town park, except the holes are longer. In retrospect, after playing the last 10 holes, the first few were a letdown. Throw this sweeping hyzer, do this turnover shot, avoid a few trees, blah blah. It's the back nine that really shine here.
I recognize that about 40% of the holes are over 400 feet, but it'd still be nice to have one or two MONSTER throws for the big arms. You know, those 600-800 foot ones. This could have been done easily on the first few holes, given the openness of that part of the course.
I agree with the previous reviewer in that the course tends to favor right turns; in this sense, the course isn't balanced. I found myself either throwing forehand drives or turnover anhyzers on a majority of the holes.
Unless I followed the map wrong, the hike from hole 18 to hole 1 is a bear! Felt like I was walking forever. While I dislike that it doesn't wrap back, I appreciate that the designers went instead for utilizing a part of the park with better land.
Other Thoughts: Honestly, if the front 8 played like the back 10, this would be an elite course. I give the front a 2.5 and the back somewhere between a 4 and 4.5, so that's how I arrived at my total score.
This is a great supplement to the courses near Chester, WV and East Liverpool, OH. It's also not terribly far from Pittsburgh. In fact, it's about the same distance from downtown Pittsburgh as Moraine is. This wouldn't be a bad addition for Worlds in 2015, IMO.
Definitely worth a trip if you like variety in your DG experience, but certainly not for the hydrophobic!
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Located in a pretty park with a variety of things to do, including swimming and miniature golf.
The holes that play near the clear and shallow stream, meadows, and rock formations are quite picturesque.
Nice mixture, with ~1/2 the holes 350'+ and fairly open, allowing for some grip-n-rip opportunities, and the other half requiring good control, offering challenging lines to be hit-then-held. A bit right-turn oriented, ranging from subtle-to-somewhat sharp.
Safety: Access road/parking lot may come into play on front-7 - hole-4 has you throwing over the edge of a lot/road. Many baskets located near walking paths, bridges, and water access points, and some fairways double as popular meadows for non disc golfers.
Flow: A bit of a walk down the paved path from basket-14 to tee-15. A bit of a walk from basket-18 to tee-1.
Single (natural) tee / single basket position. Quite flat, except for cliff-drop #11.
The course initially (1-7) plays, in a clockwise manner, in the flat, lightly-treed open space surrounding the parking lots, which surround the swimming pool. In this section, I liked the gently-but-continuous right-turning spiral of #3. Holes 8-10 play between the entrance road and the cliff, with 20' wide throwing alleys requiring right-turns late/mid/late. Left-fades on 9-10 could prove to be a disaster, as the edge of the cliff is quite nearby. A drop-shot down this cliff is number -11, followed by Z-shape cross-meadow holes 12 and 13. Number-14 is tight early and late, with water left at the end. After a bit of a stroll, you find excellent hole-15, having you throw across the creek early, through large hardwoods on the other side, then needing a sharp-right to run along the edge of a meadow. Holes 16/17 are similar - dead flat, straight, needing to miss random trees late (16) or semi-continuously (17). Out from woods, across meadow, over picnic tables, to basket-18 beyond, finishes the course.
Holes 12/13, which I like quite a bit, epitomize both the pros and cons of several holes on this course. For the pros, both are ~400', playing across a Z-shaped meadow, needing a sharpish left at the midpoint, followed by a sweeping right. Basket-12 has the stream lurking on the left, and tee-13 offers you a rare, elevated launch point. For the cons, they share the same meadow, so potential cross-fire. There are a bunch of picnic tables stretching from the water a bit into the meadow, with the last table being in the prime throwing lane - and this section of water, and tables, are popular with non-players. Blind basket-13 is located within a few feet of where the bridge will be dumping patrons enjoying a stroll - until a disc comes whizzing at them! :-(
There are plenty of good holes here, but (potentially) plenty of opportunities to negatively interact with non-players (other players, even). You, and non-playing park patrons, will enjoy your round much more when park attendance is low. Definitely worth a visit, but come on a gloomy weekday. :-)
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Gets better the longer you play
Pros: The back 9 of this course is very good. It winds through the woods with some long narrow driving lanes. The scenery around the holes is awesome too.
Cons: The front 9 is a little boring because it is just 7 holes around a wide open park. Even though its boring its not short or bad. It just is not too exciting.
Other Thoughts: Course could use some tee pads but it is mostly fine. This is an above average course tucked away in West Virginia. If you live within a half hour it is worth a look. Also there are a few other courses within 10 miles around.
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Seems like it has been here much longer
Pros: (1) This course is pretty new, but the lines and shapes seem like a much older course (which is a good thing).
(2) Clear lanes on each hole and the pars seem very fair, requiring the ability to throw some long and accurate shots throughout.
(3) The beauty of this course is really in the back nine, where you go down and play near a stream that runs through the park.
(4) Plenty of room for more holes.
Cons: (1) Natural tee pads. While these are some of the flattest natural tee pads I have seen, they are getting worn in and muddy and the course isn't even a year old. Some crushed gravel, or fly pads, or concrete would really help.
(2) Course appears biased to the left-handed player with a lot of right turning holes throughout.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1: Nice long uphill par 3 with a road OB on the right to watch out for.
Hole 2: Another long uphill par 3. A couple lanes present as you negotiate the trees in the middle.
Hole 3: This is a nice long open par 3 that makes a right turn and necks down into a lane. Neat layout. Pin is ticked in to the right.
Hole 4: Here you throw out of a tunnel and the road comes in from the right presenting an interesting OB penalty.
Hole 5: Here you throw down a big open lane to a pin tucked left and guarded by some older trees.
Hole 6: This is a long wider tunnel drive around some big trees. While the main line appears straight down the middle, there is also a RHBH hyzer line if you throw out towards the pavilion.
Hole 7: Is a shorter (than the previous holes) slight right turning drive.
Hole 8: Here is a shorter, wide tunnel with a basket tucked to the right.
Hole 9: This is a long, tight tunnel that bends lazy right. Keep track of your throw as a disc that creeps too far off to the left is going off of a cliff that drops about 40 feet straight down.
Hole 10: Still in the same tight tunnel track as 9. This is a sharper right turn.
Hole 11: This hole is a spectacular downhill ace race pin. Beautiful tunnel throw, nice trees, an old building, and a babbling brook in your view. Prettiest and most memorable hole on the course.
Make sure you turn left after this hole to find Hole 12.
Hole 12: This is a sweet S turn left par 4. It has a nice open front end, then tightens up as it Ss back to the right for a finish. Water very much in play to the left on your approach.
Hole 13: Another nice S turn left par 4. This is a bigger hook of a drive, then it Ss back to the right for a finish that is tucked in close to the stream. Don't go long.
Hole 14: This is a really tight right turning throw, out of a tunnel, through an open spot to a pin protected by a small creek and some saplings. Neat old electric building on the left.
There is a long walk between 14 and 15 down the paved jogging path.
Hole 15: This has a short opening run-up that present two lanes to throw into across the stream. If you can get it out of the lanes and into the open space beyond, you should have a nice approach to leave a short birdie putt.
Hole 16: This is a treed in shot where you need to navigate large old growth trees and an earthen wall on the left. Pin deep in a hollow where the earthen wall meets the stream.
Hole 17: This is a shorter tunnel right turn. Big water hazard left as the stream is close to the throw the whole way through.
Hole 18: This is a longer open field par 3. Drive out of a wide tunnel exit and into an open field.
Long walk from 18 back up the paved jogging path, then uphill to hole 1. There is plenty of space to add more holes back here, and it looks like this may be part of the design.
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Distance+Accuracy = Tomlinson Run
Pros: Baskets - newer course and the baskets are obviously newer. Nice Chainstar baskets.
Challenge - while I'm pretty new, I think experienced players will enjoy the challenge this course presents.
Scenery - beautiful park with about half the course playing along a shallow creek.
Amenities - restrooms, garbage cans present and in good condition, park offers plenty of other activities too.
Cons: Layout - There are some holes that are pretty tight to each other and some of the tee areas are really close to the previous basket. Holes 4,5, and 6 present a real possibility of hyzering into traffic (see more below). It's a bit of a long walk back to the parking lot, but at least its a nicely paved trail.
Tee Pads - there aren't any tee pads or even toe boards, I don't know if there are plans for them to be installed or not but toeboards would probably be adequate. Most of the tee areas were flat and free of roots, but on a couple holes I wasn't entirely sure which side of the tee sign was inteded as the tee area.
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice park and a very solid course. It offers about 7 long par 3's right off the bat that will require distance and accuracy to have a chance at par. Most of these holes have a few trees scattered about that will require you to hit your line to maximize the distance.
Holes 8-10 are a bit more wooded in the form of tunnel shots. 9 and 10 add a steep cliff down to the creek along the left side creating some tense moments while watching the disc flight (especially for us RHBH throwers without a solid FH). Get off the fairway on these holes and it could be a pretty rough second shot.
Hole 11 is a really sweet, short hole (shortest on the course). The tee sits atop a cliff with the basket nestled in the valley nearly tucked behind a tree. I almost skipped a shot into the basket on this one.
Holes 12-18 play through the woods and are pretty standard wood holes with just a touch of individuality to each. There is some decent distance on these holes, but you'll likely have to hit a tree gap to get into a good upshot/long birdie position off the tee. 14 is a pretty nice anhyzer shot near what looked like an old mill.
I was a bit concerned with my throws off the tee on 4-6 because they could easily have hyzered into the road. The roads aren't too busy, but cars travel fast on them so I'd recommend being mindful of this and wait for a break in traffic. I don't think the park gets too much play (we did see maybe 3 groups out) but some of the tighter holes/fairways could be hazardous to players if a disc gets away from some one.
I know distance and accuracy are key skills for a well rounded player, but this course really seemed to put a premium on the two coexisting. Some courses seem to focus on one or the other by having tightly wooded holes that are short or long holes in open fields. Tomlinson Run does a really nice job of blending the requirement of the two skills together. A lot of the holes will appear similar but they all seemed to play unique.
I really enjoyed the round I played at Tomlinson Run and look forward to heading back in the spring time. This course will present a good challenge to those lacking distance and accuracy. However, if you can consistently hit your lines and have a good arm you'll be rewarded with birdie (and even eagle) chances. I definitely recommend hitting up this course whether you're experienced or newer to the game.
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Pros: Once you get to the first hole there is a wooden box that has a nice map and scorecard that you can take. The signs are pretty good and it makes getting from hole to hole pretty easy. The back nine is a lot of fun back in the woods.
Cons: The first hole was a little tricky to find, but once you find it the signs are good to get through the rest of the course. The natural tees aren't really worn down at all, but if the course sees more traffic they will get leveled off and worn down some. The only other con was the walk from the end of 18 back to the parking lot. It isn't the worst walk I've had, but it is a bit of a hike up the road to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised this course hasn't been played more or had any reviews written.
Holes 1-7 are simple, level holes that make a circle around the pool near the parking lot. They are a bit tougher than they would seem because they are a little long(Some over 400 feet) and there are some trees in the way so you can't just fire away.
Holes 8-10 are still pretty level but they take you into the woods where you have to navigate some tight spots through the trees.
Hole 11 is a fun hole that tees off from the top of a 10-15 foot cliff. The hole takes you down into a small valley with a creek runnng through it.
Hole 12 is runs beside the creek, it opens up a little bit and you have some distance to cover to get to the hole.
Hole 13 runs you back through the same field that you had to travel across on 12. With a couple of big trees in the way, it makes for an interesting drive.
Hole 14 is another cool hole that has you shoot out of the woods across a small clearing into another patch of woods. There is an old building in the clearing that you have to shoot past.
There is another short walk to get to hole 15.
Hole 15 makes you shoot across the stream that the course plays beside. If you dont hit any trees the stream doesn't really come into play, but it is still a neat tee shot for this hole.
Holes 16-18 criss-cross through a small wooded area with another small clearing.
After 18 you finish near a mini golf course and have to take the road back up to the lot.
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