More of the Same, Please
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Two baskets (red short, yellow long) per hole.
Two tee locations (long-n-wide-flat concrete, with signs, at the longs, currently natural and signless at the shorts).
Variety - quite tight to wide open, and everything in-between; frequent elevation changes; variable lengths.
A few of the wooded throwing lanes devolve into random chaos at the midpoint.
Dangerous (somewhat) down-up-down walking / future erosion issues for the ridge which hosts tees 13 and 15, and basket 14.
The course is set at the back of a moderate-sized multi-purpose park, with food/petrol options available nearby on route 40. Starting and ending on a grassy hillside, where you may have to wait occasionally for a non-discing park user (kite flyers the last time we were there), the bulk (5-17) of the course is located in a wooded ridge, well away from most non-players. While the footprint of this wooded ridge isn't overly large, the fairways/throwing lanes don't overlap - very well designed, and easy to navigate.
In addition to the variety that two baskets/two tees offers a player, the course's greatest strength is its variety of elevation changes - roughly 1/3rd each for up/down /flat, with some elevation changes being constant the entire length of the fairway, while others happen early/middle/late in the fairway/throwing lane. While (initially) straight off the tee will serve you well on most holes, lefts or rights, typically later in the flight, will be needed on a good number of holes.
Favourite hole: too close to call between #14 and #15.
+ Number-14 gives you a choice of throwing either a left- or right-turning shot from the tee down moderate-sized fairways, with scattered trees towards the end. While the short basket sits at the bottom of a small cliff, the long basket is atop it, with a couple of large trees preventing it from being easily approached.
+ Number-15's tee sits atop the ridge, with hardwoods scattered below. Initially straight, then left, for both baskets, continuing far to the left for the short basket, but changing course to the right then straight to find the long basket.
The ~150 mile stretch of I81, from Creekside (Camp Hill, PA) to Signal View (Maurertown, VA) boasts many fine course, with Ditto Farms (Hagerstown, MD) at the approximate midpoint, and arguably the best of the strong bunch - remember this stretch of I81 (VA-WV-MD-PA) for your next road trip!
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Ditto the Black Rock
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Pros: Championship style 18 hole course with 4 playable layouts for each hole. Dual tees, concrete at the long tees, currently natural short tees, and dual Discatcher baskets on each hole, red baskets are short and yellow are long. Great variety of hole distances and fairway shapes with a couple par 4s. Nice tee signs and navigation is fairly easy. Excellent use of the rolling elevation and terrain providing some unique holes and challenges and a lot of fun. Nice mix of mostly woods and some open areas. Some of the baskets are on fast greens and protected by trees or ridges or in ground bunkers. Restrooms on site although they appear to be locked in the winter. Playground.
Cons: Just some nit picking... Poison ivy, it is not bad now, but there was a lot of eradication which has led to some extra muddy fairways during the snow melt. The course plays close to neighbors yards the first few holes. A couple of holes didn't have a legit "fairway" so to speak.
Other Thoughts: Ditto is easily one of my favorite courses in MD, right on par with Seneca Creek and Patapsco, but they are all quite different from each other. Ditto has more interesting elevation changes and unique terrain features that gives it a higher fun factor IMO. Ditto is quite suitable for beginners with the short tees and baskets and little worry about losing discs. Pros are going to love this course as well from the long tees to the long baskets with it's fast greens and technical shots as well as a couple bombs. With Whispering Falls only 20 minutes away this area is becoming a hot bed of great golf.
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This Will Be Great
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Pros: Brand new Innova Discatchers. Practice basket is yellow - most others are red which make them easier to spot. Single basket on each hole but alternate pin positions marked. Played from the long tees - nice variety of hole lengths. A few long open holes but mostly medium or short technical holes through the woods. Fairways have been cleared of large trees. Good variety of shapes - you can use all your throws here. The park is beautiful and has lots of parking and has restrooms. Alternate shorter tees are available (although I didn't find all of them). Back nine features one great hole after another - loved #10, #13, #14, #15 in particular. First hole is wide open; second is mostly open which allows you to get some warmup. Number #4 is 766 feet of wide open for those who like to show off their big arm. It had rained a little the previous evening but the only wet spot was the grass leading up to the 18th tee.
Cons: No tee pads yet. Navigation was tricky even with the map but that is a 1-time only problem. Some nasty shule off the fairways including poison ivy. Hole #1 is too close to where people hang out and play. Number #4 is 766 feet of wide open which won't be fun for smaller arms. The woods are crude and there were many insects. Some of the shule looks like it will grow up into a maze so expect to spend time searching for your disc if you go off the fairways. No benches or trash cans or next tee signs.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course and expect to bump the rating to 4 or 4.5 depending on the improvements. People have put a lot of work into it and it is a proud addition to the I-81 corridor (it will remind you of Whispering Falls and Poor House Farm but prettier than either of those). When I got to #10, I thought "This will be my favorite hole" - long and straight but narrow and slightly downhill. Then I got to #13 and thought "No, this is it" - big downhill through the woods with scattered trees (plus I deuced it). Then I played #14 - uphill with the basket perched up on a ledge that forces you to land your disc nearby for a par - awesome. Then I played #15 - throw off that same ledge and curve it along the valley with scattered trees to a basket at the edge of the thicker woods. #18 finishes uphill with a 584-foot job that actually wasn't as hard as that sounds. The course really needs pads to move up; next tee signs would be helpful but of course aren't needed after a few plays. I look forward to coming back frequently and raising my rating (so fanboys if you are upset, let me know when improvements are made).
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Designer Response by: ferretdance03
We are still in the very early stages with the course. Signage along with two concrete tees per hole will hopefully be installed by Fall 2013. A temporary signage solution is being worked on as we speak. We are expecting the second set of baskets, to give us a permanent short/long layout late 2013, early 2014. The county is doing their best to keep up with mowing/ivy eradication. Keep in mind they also are responsible for many multi-use facilities throughout the county as well as baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields. Trash cans, benches and next tee signs have been on our list since the start. Not sure we can help you with the insects though.
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