3 Helpful / 1 Not
Good for locals, Not a destination
Pros: 9 new baskets new chains.
Hole 1: 2 lanes
hole 2: fun hole with a nice terrain use to the left
hole 3: great uphill shot to work on uphill placement
hole 4: good shot for placement drive
hole 5 uphill slopes and fun basket placement
hole 6 signature hole here uphill to tight green,
hole 7. it has a basket on a slope hill putt carefully
hole 8. fun shot go to deep you are in a road
hole 9: fun elevated shot to lower basket. can be throw to 4 or 9's basket.
close to food
Cons: Hole 1 basket is close to a large bush, summer have fun big kahuna if you are in it.
Hole 2 tee box is next to a shed, could be out more.
hole 3. no con
hole 4 knowing which basket to throw to
hole 5 cons, you can throw into a shed and disc can slide under losing your disc, or errant throws can go into the highway,
hole 6 throw to far and your in 2 separate home property backyards
hole 7. this hole is another signature, and its design should never is repeated in any course in history also you might laugh to hard as you wonder what someone was thinking.
hole 8: none I like this hole, basket is in nice spot and is a decent pitch and putt
hole 9: knowing which basket to throw to, crosses with 4
some bathrooms avail depends on time of year
Awkward poor use of land and distance on some of the holes.
Other Thoughts: This design may be suitable for a gym class which only has 30 minute or so to throw some discs out or if you need to test out a putter or a mid range, or you new speed 15 driver. As a former student of this school many years ago I can tell you there is plenty of property that could make this place a useable 18 hole if redesigned, but it would be a course, probably not suitable for your gym period, we have no way to tell what the designer had to work with.
Do not travel to play this its not a destination unless your local or you have no other options. With the 9 baskets you can use the rolling hills and sloped terrain to practice pretty much anything you want here as its almost no traffic.
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3 Helpful / 1 Not
May the Wind Be in Your Favor
Pros: Challenging at times even for experienced players, but not impossible for intermediates
Intermediate and experienced players may find this course to be a good place to practice medium distance/fairway driver shots.
Great usage of land available
Almost all open terrain, little chance of lost discs
Signage is very well done and accurate
Cons: Mostly very hilly
When it is windy, forget it
Safety an issue at times as
high school students and athletes are often present, even over the summer and holidays
Probably not good for novices/beginners
Not ideal for power players
Course probably not playable when school is in session (police will likely ask you what you are doing) After normal school hours is fine, but again, athletes and students still may be using the fields.
The pars set for some holes seem unreasonable (i.e. hole # 4, 5)
Many holes on a steep grade, appearing almost crooked. Expect disc rolling.
Structures such as sheds and a newly installed solar panel array present hazards and obstacles.
Grass tees boxes maybe slippery when damp or wet
Other Thoughts: North Warren Regional is my alma mater, so my review maybe a bit biased (probably against it more than for it!)
I was amazed that not only did the school admin allow a course to be built there, but there are legitimate DISCatchers, meaning that the student who designed it had some decent funding behind him to support his ambitious and productive senior project. He did an excellent job of using the land available, a tall order to say the least. However, as my friend commented on some of the holes when we played there last, "you can tell a teenager built this course, because he tried to make a lot of holes EXTREME, man."
The course starts off simple enough, with the first two holes being pretty straight forward and simple, with spot on signage and directions, great for warming up. In fact, the signage is some of the best, most accurate, and "visually pleasing" I have seen in NJ and PA, which is a definite plus in my book. (It puts the nearby River's Edge DGC signage to shame. Seriously, their signage is useless. Its better than Yetter's Park DGC, which is confusing at times, and I feel its even a little better than the venerable Field's of Dreams DGC signage, which is mostly spot on.)
Anyway, here comes #3, up a short hill, simple enough. Except if its windy, which it often is. Heading toward the solar panel array to tee #4, well, I hope you have a disc that flies straight as an arrow because you will soon find yourself chasing your disc down a grassy hill, then shooting back up repeatedly if you use a typical distance or fairway driver. (Even my tried and true Sidewinder didn't stand a chance, as far to the right as I could throw it) A par 3 is listed for hole # 4? For who, world class DG pros? Give me a break kid! I suppose its doable, but you have got to be on point and precise. And have no wind that day. Good luck with that.
The next hole, #5, follows suit in difficulty. You may find yourself scratching your head in disbelief. The tee sign tells it all truthfully, but its hard to believe. On the access road you will find the fifth tee. Hole #5 is down the access road on the right side, behind two sheds, then close to a tree, right by the solar panel field that is out of bounds. Oh, and if you happen to overshoot the shed and over the fence by a hair, your disc is landing in the middle of Route 94. Play it safe. Hole #6 is atop a hill, which is much easier, IMO, to get to if you cut corners and aim for the tee, then shoot up the hill. The hill is very steep and muddy when not approached as intended, but its fun to take a blind/semiblind shot off the grade, safety permitting. Tee # 7 is down the hill past the baseball diamond. Hole # 7 requires you to shoot over some brush, blindly, and to the right a bit. The hole is up a small hill, so rolling discs are a possibility. Hole #8 is pretty simple and straight forward. This one lies on the slope of a hill, so aiming right is a good strategy. Again, rolling discs at this course can easily dash your hopes of par at times. Hole # 9 is one of my favorites out of many courses for some reason. Its on a elevated hill, throwing down hill, over the access road found at tee #5, then around a tree. I usually make one under par on this hole, which helps my ego recover after the beating I get playing this course when it is windy. Its a nice way to end the round because its simple, fun, and a nice change of pace.
If its not windy out, you stand a decent chance of making par on MOST holes if you are experienced, but be prepared to be challenged at times. Challenge is good, it makes you a better player. Take in the nice fields, and rustic atmosphere of small town NJ. Enjoy yourself and have fun... But if it is windy out, be prepared for some weeping and gnashing of teeth. And maybe even cursing the name of the young designer who has created this hilly, windy hellscape. Is it worth the drive there if you aren't local? Thats for you to find out. If you are new to the game, you may want to save this one for later, some time down the road. Potential power players will not be able to fully test their arms at this course, one reason why it is not very beginner friendly. Remember, it is located on school property, so being there during normal school hours may be frowned upon, if anyone even notices you are there. Tobacco usage can get you into some serious trouble if you get caught, and don't even think about drinking/doing whatever you aren't supposed to do since you are in a Drug Free School Zone. Cheers.
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