Ok for beginners
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I took my 8- and 9-year old sons to play here and we had a good time. The holes are all under 200 feet, making this a true "pitch and putt." This is not a course advanced or intermediate players will find challenging, but it's great for beginners. Most players won't need more than a putter or a midrange on this course. The hanging basket was fun (especially because I almost aced it!). Lots of tight, technical holes to try out your midrange accuracy and go for aces.
Cons: Again, not a challenging course unless you're a beginner. And for beginners, it's good, but there are plenty of holes where you would need a spotter so as not to lose a disc in the underbrush. The redesign makes the course a little confusing (random signs and tee pass from the old layout). Also, many tee areas are uneven with roots, rocks, etc.
Other Thoughts: [UPDATE: Upon further reflection, I'm lowering my grade to 2.0. Again, it's a good beginner course, but it's not challenging or long enough to warrant a higher grade.]
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Pros: I actually like this course quite a bit. There are some fun quirky holes here. There are some tough shots. And a round can be played very quickly.
The first hole is an ace run unlike any I've seen. The basket is buried on a hillside so that the lip of the basket is close to even with the ground level.
12 is the best hole here for me. Over a creek to a hanging basket with a second creek just past the goal, making going for it a risky proposition.
For a short course, in which every hole can be deuced for the most part, there is a decent amount of challenge. The fairways are narrow, and force controlled straight throws. There is surprising use of elevation as well, with some interesting downhill shots.
And with the light brush and the short nature of the holes, Bethesda is a course that welcomes the quick pop in, or multiple successive rounds. A lot of fun can be had here.
Cons: That said, there are also a few dull holes, which is bound to happen when they're all so short. And they are short. Only two holes surpass two hundred and two feet. There too many holes that require merely a straight shot of 100 feet and change.
But hey, that's par for a short, quick course. The bigger problem here is one that could be rectified. That's the tees. The tees are identified by two rocks and a small sign hung on a tree. That would be fine with me if the tees were flat. A lot of them are uneven with loose materials. In autumn, fallen leaves can make them seriously slick. There are small stumps in the way. (You will trip over the stump in the middle of the two tee.) The worst is hole nine, where you tee off from the sidewalk, which is raised, and too small to talk a step.
The stumps aren't limited to the tees. Walking down some of the fairways can have you looking like Mark Orlando. With leaves on the course, the small stumps are hazardous to your shoes.
Other Thoughts: The lines are mostly too tough for beginners but more advanced players will find most of the holes much too short. Still, fix the tee situation and remove some of the stumps and this will be a solid course.
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