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Pros: This is hard course to rate because it's not a course in the way in which this site typically defines a course. This is a layout of Eagle, in the same way in which Charlotte's Web and Renny Gold are layouts. For the majority of the holes, Falcon is present only as an am basket. Same tee, same fairways, significantly closer target. For a few, they share a fairway, but have separate tees and baskets. There are two or three holes for which Falcon provides a distinctly different hole. To me, that means the "course" should not be listed here.
That said, it's a solid, easy layout, the existence of which adds to the quality of Eagle. It presents a much easier way to experience Eagle without being forced to manage the difficulty. Where Eagle is long, Falcon is much shorter. Where Eagle throws over the pond, Falcon carves a path around it. Where the Eagle basket is on the other side of an OB creek, the Falcon basket is before said creek. The recipe is simple. Take an incredibly beautiful and magnificently appointed course that might play a bit too difficult for the newer players that Hawk is sure to attract. Then add a layout that removes most of that difficulty.
I also disagree with the notion that people on Falcon will interfere with people playing Eagle. They do so no more than people playing am pads on most courses interfere with people playing pro pads. There are no crossing fairways. They aren't coming into a shared basket from a different tee. They won't be trying to play the same hole at the same time, because they would have a tough time standing on the same tee.
Cons: It probably compares somewhat favorably to Hawk. If you stripped out the Eagle-only parts of the course and took that layout as it played, you might find the design a little worse but the challenge a little higher. I might consider such a course in better light if it stood alone. But I really have to consider this as a layout. Additionally, there can be a lot of "extra" walking from basket to tee as the players have to traverse as much land as the Eagle players. They just spend less time throwing discs.
There is certainly a segment of the population that will enjoy playing Falcon but I'd likely never play it again. Why would I want to walk the entirety of the Eagle course while playing lesser holes, with the throwing lines of the Eagle course tantalizing me.
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Pros: Course specific
-Very well kept
-Tough for beginners and fun for better players
-Adds more holes to an already fantastic complex
-A great blend of open and technical shots
-Amazing pro shop
-3.5 courses for one low price
-courses available for all skill sets
Cons: - Many of the holes simply watered down versions of the Eagle's holes.
- Said watering down lessens the quality of the Eagle in some cases (hole 12 for instance).
- New holes made for the Falcon are not very exciting or unique.
Other Thoughts: In a valiant bid to add yet another course to the Sabattus Disc Golf complex, the masterminds behind the Eagle, Hawk, and Owl courses have given birth to the Falcon, an amalgamation of new holes and fresh approaches to the Eagle. The intent was to create a course tougher than the Hawk and easier than the Eagle. In my opinion, the addition was about 75% successful and 25% detrimental to the complex. Most of the holes on the falcon use the same fairways as a hole on the Eagle, albeit with an alternate tee pad or different colored (yellow) basket. While it was nice to play some of my favorite holes from a different perspective, many of them were simply watered down versions of great holes, making the overall feeling one of disappointment. I was also disappointed to find that some holes on the Eagle were altered to make the falcon possible, most notably hole 8, the horseshoe around the pond hole. Before the falcon was installed, players on the teepad of hole 8 had a tough choice to make; do I take the long and somewhat safe route around the pond for an easy par, or do I set up to shoot through a narrow alternate path and cross the pond for a potential 3 or 4? Classic risk/reward. To make a new hole for the falcon, the designers made a new teepad right on the safe route fairway and made a mando that forces players on the Eagle to take the risky shot across the pond, and the falcon players to use the original fairway (shortened for them, of course). I did not appreciate this awesome hole being cannibalized to make two new, less awesome holes and feel it was a bad call. Of the new holes that were made for the falcon, most were in the field section of the complex and were less than exciting. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty to like about the falcon layout, even if I didn't find it ideal. This is still a well maintained, decently planned out course that fulfills it's role as an intermediate course to the Hawk and Eagle. Many of the fresh looks at the holes were quite fun and definitely added something to the complex. Beginners will be challenged and pros will still have fun, but calling the falcon a new course just seems forced. It would have have been much healthier for the complex if the designers had simply made alternate tees or baskets for the Eagle instead of watering it down, adding a few mediocre holes, and calling it something different. Sabattus Disc Golf is still one of the best complexes (if not THE best) in Maine, but that is in spite of the addition of the Falcon, not because of it. Try it out if the Eagle is too much for you and the Hawk is too easy, but if you can handle the Eagle, you're probably better off just playing that.
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