Pine Grove Middle School
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: My three pros:
-This course had a wide variety of shots needed and some pretty challenging holes. Manby holes have some decent distance and most have some pretty good tree usage making almost every shot require some forethought.
-the navigation brings you out and back, ending where you start with an easy walk back to the car
-This is a course at a school, so surely at least a few middle school kids pick up the sport and have a really nice school course to play. Also the only unsketchy park in this part of baltimore.
Cons: My three cons:
-NAVIGATION- I had to refer to the map on almost every hole. No signs. very few identifable features. The baskets arent visible from almost every tee. The path from basket to next tee was not obvious for any hole. Basically, you WILL need the map to play here. I brought a family member out for their first time and found myself saying over and over "most courses arent like this" as we searched for the next tee.
-Many holes use the same basket and some lines are just ridiculous, This seems like a course that was installed by someone who never played DG before- Just baskets randomly placed in a loop.
-no concrete teepads making navigation even tougher. some holes have a wood post with a number, but some dont and then there are the old wood posts with numbers that dont correspond to anything anymore. I play alot of courses while traveling so im used to the first timer navigation woes, but this place takes the cake. Bring your route finding skills as you often line up the satelite map with what trees are around and try to find where to throw from.
Other Thoughts: A fun course with some serious navigation issues. Some really goofy holes. Bad maintenince leads to overgrown rough and lots o' leaves. This course is probably nice for locals but a beatdown for the weary traveler. With that said, the holes are fun and worth a try at leats once, just dont forget the map!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
It is alive
Pros: The course looks great there was a lot of maintenance done and beside 17 tee everything else look awesome.
Love the layout and the elevation changes.
Cons: Still no signs or mini maps near teepads need to have someone who played again there to help for the first time.
Other Thoughts: An older player told me that this course if played as it supposed to its one of the toughest dg courses around baltimore....
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good use of elevation. Holes 10 and 11 play from the school and it's always fun to throw down big hills. The return trip back around the ball fields feature some significant uphill shots which will challenge you.
Pretty good use of limited space to get in 18 holes using only 9 (or 11, depending) baskets. The return 9 feels like 9 totally new holes.
Most baskets have helpful next-tee arrows in the bottom of the basket. They are kinda small and hard to see, look for the little white tabs stuck to the underside of the basket.
The deep, ravine-like creek is a significant obstacle that will make you think. This is a good thing, it's a real hazard that will challenge your accuracy.
Cons: Course is in pretty bad shape. Trees felled by storms years ago are still there, getting in your way. The tee area for 17 is almost totally blocked.
There are no tee pads or signs really, just worn areas on the ground from where others have teed off.
It looks like virtually no tree maintenance has been done in quite some time, many of the wooded holes simply have no line to the basket really, just throw and hope. If you do manage to get through, a stray branch or sapling will be sure to knock down your disc.
Some baskets missing the inner chains.
Can be hard to navigate for a first-timer; print the map and use that.
Other Thoughts: Before choosing to play here, I had wondered why a course that's been around since 1981 had not had a new review in years. Now I know why. This course feels abandoned. It is in dire need of someone to come in and do some tree trimming or move the baskets somewhere that make sense and at least spread some gravel on the nominal tee boxes.
Speaking of trees... someone (the school?) has planted a large amount of new trees in the fairway on 9 (the whole open area at the base of the hill). When these come in, it will completely destroy holes 9, 10, and 11.
This park appears to be where the local teenagers come to get drunk, as evidenced by the massive amount of trash and cheap beer bottles/cans littering the wooded parts of the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Use of Space
Pros: - Great use of space reusing 9 baskets.
- Challenging course.
- Not crowded.
- Baskets in good shape.
- School has plenty of open area if you want to get in some field practice
Cons: - Course is overgrown in a lot of areas, very easy to lose discs simply because you would get sliced by sticker bushes/trees.
- Doesn't get a lot of attention when trees are fallen or a lot of debris as a result of storms.
- With baskets used for multiple holes, has the potential to be overlap. Have had some close calls.
- Natural tee pads are pretty worn in, and water makes them even worse.
- No signage and most of the hole tee markers are missing.
Other Thoughts: Whenever there is a bad storm this course seems to get hit HARD. So I would avoid for a few weeks after bad storms.
I went to school here, and it seemed like the course was in a little better shape back then. Wish it got some more lovin because it would be a good, tough course in the area. But because of the overgrowth and lack of TLC, it seems more of a chore to play than fun and I'd rather make the drive to Druid or one of the other courses a little further away.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Needs some work...but nice
Pros: Not too crowded
Plenty of Parking
Cons: Signage almost non-existent
Other Thoughts: I went to school where this course is located, but never played the game back then when I was in 6-8th grade. As a beginner, I found this course to be very challenging. Fairways are very narrow and there is not much margin for error. It is also a tough course to walk.
While playing, we met a man and his son who were surveying the course. We spoke to them for a bit and found out that as part of the son's community service project for school they plan to redo all the signage on the course and clean it up a bit. They said by mid summer 2012 they will be completed. I'm really looking forward to playing it again.
Use the map #2 for this course.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Tough 9-basket course
Pros: This course is one of the oldest in the state, if not country. There is a great variety of shots and elevation change. Shooting a par 54 is a challenge to the most experienced golfer, as there are holes that are definite par 4s (hole 9b and 16 come to mind). The course itself is usually pretty empty too, as there are several superior courses within a 20-30 min drive. Holes 1/18 and 9/10 have 2 baskets each, so I usually play to one of the baskets for one of the holes and the other basket for it's counterpart.
Cons: 1 - layout of the course. If you do not play with someone who knows the course, chances are you will get discouraged and leave. The best way to explain the layout is that each basket is played twice, and the sum of the holes that play to that basket is always 19. Therefore, holes 1 and 18 play to the same basket, holes 2 and 17 play to the same basket, and so forth. Signage for the next hole is minimal at best, so knowing which basket to shoot for and from what tee can be tricky. Also, the course plays around some athletic fields, so if you can't keep your disc in the fairway, you may have the unluckiness to interrupt a 9-10 yr old baseball game to retrieve your wayward drive.
2 - Tees. Most of the time, the tees are dry. However, with natural tees come the potential for mud and general slipperiness. This is a course to avoid a day or 2 after heavy rains.
3- Surrounding Area. I live next door to the course, and I feel quite safe even playing a glo round. However, the riff raff in the area love to destroy baskets, so some of the are bent/dented/broken to some extent.
Other Thoughts: I think my rating of 3.5 may be a bit high, but as I said, this is a challenging course for players of all skill levels. In fact, I think this course is more challenging than Druid, Lake Montebello, and Scarboro.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Good for a quick round
Pros: Nice baskets, good open and wooded shots, 2 very elevated tees, varied shots required, plenty of parking. Fairly close to major highways. Easy if you have the map on DGCR (use the II version)
Cons: Inconsistent course maintenance, close to ball fields, area is a little tight, brush is fairly gnarly.
Other Thoughts: This is an easy course to stop in and throw some holes but it's banged up and not maintained very well. A few holes are memorable (big downhill shots on 10 & 11) and the Mach 3 baskets are nice. The rough is pretty scary on #2-3, 18, keep an eye or bring a friend with a weed whacker. I hope this course can get some attention, it's in a good spot.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Uhhh....Where are we going?"
Pros: -Challenging without being ridiculous (for inexperienced players)
-Good use of limited space
-Hole layout is decent
Cons: -Most signage is gone/missing. No indication as to where you're going for the next tee/hole
-Playing to the same pin for 2 holes can cause traffic issues
-A couple of baskets could use some repairs
Other Thoughts: This could be a decent course if the signs would just be replaced. The fact that you couldn't intuitively figure out where you were supposed to go next took away some of the fun. While a few holes had some kind of indication, most didn't. The arrows that are mentioned to be in the baskets to point the way to the next hole are gone. If there was some kind of markings, this would have gotten a much better rating.
Closest Course for me, Needs Repairs (willing to help)
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Really the only course within 15 minutes from White Marsh, Rosedale, Parkville Area. Nice Field Area by first tee pad by first tee providing a good space to throw and work on drives and various shots before a round. Some nice shortcuts for skipping some holes if pressed on time (i.e. from 8 to 12, 14 to 17 etc. )
Cons: Each basket is used for 2 tee pads, you often run into a group shooting for same basket and this stalls play. The fields around the school are used for rec leagues and can put alot of people in play around the course, often i skip some holes because i dont want to hit a person with a disc. This course is getting run down. Some baskets are crooked, missing the inner ring of chains or are 12-16" lower to the ground than standard basket heights. This course is tough to navigate at first. when retrieving your disc from the basket there is white arrow tabs pointing to next basket. 17's tee pad is jacked up.
Other Thoughts: This is the closest course to me so i have played it alot. I really go here just to practice or play a fast round. Overall the course is falling apart. I would be willing to help fix some of the areas if i had approval. I suggest to Wear long Sport Socks or pants because: Poision Ivy,Oak and Sumac run heavily along the woods and stream. There is alot of trees in play here and can really mess up your score!.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Layout is on the perimeter of a middle school's recreation fields.
- Course is 9 holes that is turned into 18 holes by playing the holes in reverse.
-Reverse layout is very good. You don't get the feeling that you have already played the holes.
- Good mix of open fairways and trees. Trees are enough to be challenging but not impenetrable.
- There is a good amount of elevation change too. Holes go up hill as well as down hill.
- Course nevers seems to be crowded.
Cons: - Recommend visiting the course's map on this site to see hole/tee locations if you are unfamiliar with the couse.
- Holes 4 and 15 share the basket. Hole 4 players at tee off do not see players on 15. Players on 15 need to be careful. Same is true for holes 3 and 16.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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