Northampton, MA 
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Uploaded By: DaKineSurfer32 Hole #17 (Taken 10/2009)
3 / 289ft.   3 / --   3 / --   3 / -- Par / Distance:
Hole #17 Tee

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 Not quite what I expected

1    11/13/2009   11/14/2009
Review By: solomon.trenton
Played: 75  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 6 Years
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is lots of elevation change throughout the course. This also makes the risk/reward pretty amazing on several holes. There is a great mix of holes: wooded, open, uphill, downhill, dogleg right, dogleg left and a mixture of all. The fairways are clearly defined which helps you in the woods immensely. The open fields have recently been mowed so it's almost impossible to lose your disc. It also makes for some nice approach shots. This course if great to work on your all around game; most notably your mid-range. Most holes have assorted sized rubber tee pads. The holes in the woods have brooms on the tee pads to clear the leaves. Porta-potties are also located in the large parking lot.
Cons: There are tee signs, but they don't show the fairways: only the hole number and distance is labeled. There are several steep holes and none of them have steps to help you descend or ascend the hills which make for some super slippery footing. There is a dog walking trail and a separate cross country trail that intersect the fairways and make it crowded at times. It also makes an errant throw that much more dangerous. All of the next tee signs are laying on top of the baskets not pointing anywhere in particular. This makes navigation complicated.
Other Thoughts: The underbrush on the course is full of vines and thorns which cut me up pretty good. So make sure to wear pants. There is four different kinds of baskets so you can practice on multiples. It looks like there was a dumping ground for scrap metal between holes 3 and 4 so be extra careful to not step on any loose metal.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful.

 Look out for the dog walkers

2-4    9/22/2009   9/28/2009
Review By: sikaranmonkey
Played: 8  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 6.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice terrain. Starts out with some very interesting gully shots on 2 and three. The first half of the course seems to be a bit more technical. The woods are beautiful. Giant grape vines. Second half of the course opens up for the arm a bit more.
Cons: Way too much brush. The shots are nice but mess up and your spending time hunting for the disc. Even on the shorter holes its really thick just outside the shot zone. Get spotters for the field shots and some dog legd, especially hole 13. A lot of dog walkers, I mean a lot. The smell is there but I haven't stepped in any there. There is almost a kennel aroma from the parking lot until hole 2, you'll smell it. The owners do a pretty good job of cleaning up after their dogs, though.
Other Thoughts: Overall I like the course. Hole 2 and 3 can be hell. The angle is steep enough that rollers seem to be common. The course seems to favor the flick but very playable for backhanders. It needs some brushing work and maintanance in some critical areas. I'll go back but far from my favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Needs a little more up keep, but good.

1    7/15/2009   7/15/2009
Review By: vtsquid
Played: 21  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 8.5 Years
This review was updated on 7/17/2009
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course has a lot to offer any player! The baskets are wide open and are well marked, pointers to the next tee box are out there and help find the next tee. The lay out is nice, open fields, tight woods and a few elevation shots.
Cons: I found the fields to be a little over grown and the woods need to be cleared a little more. Walking around there are stumps, branches and tall grass everywhere. Some times it made it hard to find a disc. But not everyone can work on these courses all the time. It is a large course and I can see how hard it is to keep it up. It would also cost a bit too.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course for the area, could use a little up keep but its good. In the fall I bet it is wonderful! I really enjoyed hole one, To start off it has great dynamics, you need to be on top of your throws to get what you want for a score. No lucky shots in this course! The maps/score cards are a great addition! This makes for a great keepsake and helps you find where you are going. I like the rubber mats at the tee's and there are brooms around too. Chairs at most of the tee boxes to sit and rest and at the end a lost disc box! I placed two that i found looking for my lost one! Again a great course in the works it looks like, I think it would just need two or three people to really up keep this course!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Second best free course

5+    12/6/2008   12/18/2008
Review By: sumner420
Played: 10  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 12.3 Years
This review was updated on 5/17/2009
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Free, Good mix of holes- Long 720 and short 150, Mostly wooded but a few wide open spaces to rip 'em in. Pretty technical overall, requires a little more finese than you might first think, Nice tee pads(black rubber), Best free course lost disc set up ever! (Its the little shed after 18)
Update- the 720 is shorter now, and the brush has recently been beaten, the dog walkers seem to be better but I still avoided a few landmines, the maps and scorecards are free and available at the bulletin board halfway along the first fairway-not the one in the parking lot.
Cons: Can be muddy or even flat out flooded when it rains, Dog poops abound on the first few holes (near the walking path), When the weather is nice can be hard to throw first tee and thirteen for the sake of not hitting a dog walker or starting a game of dog grabs disc, Tees are hard to find first time out, handwritten signs on wood fall down and such...A few holes feel a bit ghetto- #3 and the dead fridge spring to mind , found the basket on #13 "unstable"
Other Thoughts: Good free course, When dry a lot of fun, but as has been said lot of potential here. There is a leauge there too I think, info on the bulletin board
Update- much brush clearing has taken place this spring, The course is in good shape, 15 was still a little wet, but thats the woods! glad to be back!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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