The Most Fun Farm I've Been Too
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Pros: Ditto Farms is a very well-designed park course that offers a great mix of holes. It's a diverse community park that offers chances to open up and throw long bombs as well as opportunities to thread tight lines in the woods. There are plenty of amenities here and it is a good park to take your family to with a huge parking area, multiple bathrooms and playgrounds, and soccer fields nearby. The course starts past the practice basket and playgrounds near the property fence.
It starts out feeling like your ordinary park course but then takes you through a unique setting in the woods. The open shots on 1 and 2 allow for an opportunity to warm up for the woods, with most of the rest of the course navigating through this part of the park. 4 and 18 also give you opportunities to open up, which definitely helps the course feel more complete with a nice variety of woodenness. The open holes aren't just simple par 3's either, with two of them being over 600 feet from the longs and two more approaching a protected basket.
That said, the real place where Ditto Farms shines is in the woods. This part is thoughtfully designed and offers a great variety even within its wooded setting. Playing through my round, I felt that no two holes were too similar and there are some really cool, unique greens incorporated in this part of the course. Pins are often set among a tight patch of trees and sometimes on top of a rock face.
While there aren't any extreme elevation changes, there is still good incorporation of elevation on numerous holes. 6 is a nice multi-stage, slightly uphill hole and 9, 13, and 15 are really fun downhill shots.
There is a great replayability quality here. One aspect is due to the multiple routes offered on a hole, on many of the holes. The greatest contributor to this, though, is having the two permanent baskets per hole. The different pin positions do a tremendous job of changing up the hole, with the reds always being a little shorter and usually with a slightly easier approach. However, the two locations mostly just do a great job of changing the look of the hole, giving variety to the type of drive needed and to the approach.
Navigation is pretty simple, usually offering short walks from tee to basket. The tee signs are also great in aiding navigation, giving a very detailed map of the hole and even displaying nearby baskets and tees. This really helps negate the possible confusion due to holes being packed closely together in spots. Navigation is physically aided as well with steps carved into a few of the hills.
While it is hard to hit all of your lines due to the tight nature of the course, recovering from a bad shot is fair and offers the player chances to save par. Not too many pitch outs needed here.
Cons: Probably the biggest con to the course - which isn't even that big of a deal - is the thick growth in the woods due to it being a relatively new course. None of it was black hole-level rough, just the annoyance of sometimes having taller grass in the fairways and weeds/growth right off the fairway. The open parts of the course were in pristine shape when I played, but this part seems to get overlooked in maintenance - to some extent.
While there are shorter tees, they are hard to find and seemingly nonexistent on some of the holes. Pink flags mark them but they were not always in maintained areas either. Having two permanent pins helps negate this problem a little bit, but even the red baskets are a challenge from the long tees. It wouldn't be disastrous for a beginner to play here, but this isn't the best course to take one to either.
I can definitely see the argument for some of the fairways being too thick, but I didn't feel that this was a constant problem. Most of the course was well carved out within the woods and offered challenging but fair shots.
Other Thoughts: Ditto Farms would challenge even some of the top players to hit their lines. This is very good woods golf that presents a nice variety of hole lengths and pars. The pictures - as usual for a tightly wooded course - don't do it justice. There is some very interesting design with great shot variety and cool pin locations. A lot of work has clearly gone into designing this course and clearing out a lot of trees. I think the course would appeal to a wide variety of players - a great test of accuracy without being too punishing.
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Pros: Wow. This is a nice course. Well maintained with 2 baskets per hole and pretty good tee pads. Starts open then gets into the thick stuff! Imtr resting shot variety from open to wooded, as well as into the woods from open, and visa versa. This is a challenging course for an intermediate player like myself, but rewards good shot and disc selection as well as accuracy. I played on a Friday morning with 3 other groups playing and it never felt rushed or crowded. Very secluded feeling.
Update: I have played this course several more times since my initial review. The more I play it the more I find myself challenged to make good decisions. The long tees on some holes are a little easier, with more direct lines to the basket, while on others are long and technical. Smart play is the name of the game here, with a good mix of holes that will challenge every shot you have, and even make you learn a new one or two. Best course in this area of maryland.
Cons: Some holes could use a small amount of thinkng in my opinion. I like wooded courses, especially ones like this that are well thought out with lines of play considered on each hole, but some of the newer growth (last 1-3 years probably) seems out of place. At times a very young branch or sapling interferes with what seems to be an intended window of play. Hole maps show 2 pads and 2 baskets per hole but I didn't see the 2nd pad sets. The signs also have color coded "lines of play" indicated for all 4 possible tee/pin combos and is a little confusing at times as the colored lines don't match from hole to hole.
Update: I would really like the short tees to be concrete like th long ones. It looks like they may have that planned for the future as the areas where these tees are have been cleared a bit more and re flagged. Poison ivy has set in in many places, but this is pretty typical for the east coast woods. Gets a bit soggy after a hard rain, making some of the holes really slick and muddy.
Other Thoughts: Overall a really cool course. I will play it again, and again, and probably again! The more I play this course, and the more my game improves, the more I like it. Would have gotten a 4.5 if the short tees were as good as the long tees. Super diverse course with lots of fun factor.
A must play if you're a disc golfer
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Pros: first of all what a great course. the course winds around and through old farm land in Washington County Maryland. the first two holes are wide open giving you a chance to open up and loosen up your arms. the remainder of the course plays in and out of woods with wide open spaces and fairways as well as technical shots abound.
we drove almost an hour and a half to play this course. We've played most of the courses around our area and find ourselves traveling further to play new courses. I would definitely come back to this course and would recommend it to any other disc golfer
Cons: Not too many cons when it comes to this course. Maybe concrete pads for the amateur tees but other than that not too much about this course I did not like.
Other Thoughts: we found two discs there and were able to track down one of the owners. Please remember to put your name and contact information on your discs
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
def worth playing!
Pros: almost went 4.5 here. basically one tee pad per hole, but two (different color) baskets. allegedly "short" tee pads, but not really. no matter, the regular tee pads to the shorter baskets were a real treat. for those looking for more challenging pars (and more bogeys than birdies), the long baskets were all quite challenging.
overall, gorgeous course with mix of open and long shots, shorties, up hill, down hill, lefty right and plenty of tight fairways.
Cons: the growth off the path in the more rugged areas made finding discs as a solo player tricky, but not impossible.
the red baskets, which were shortER, but still challenging, were almost ALL blind once you got to the forest.
Other Thoughts: they would appear to be doing all the right things at this course :)
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Very decent local course
Pros: Course isn't too easy or too difficult. Holes vary from open to very narrow to moderately tight lines. Good for new players and more experienced alike.
Cons: Course claims to have short and long tee pads and baskets. I've never truly been able to find very many of the short tees themselves. I always just play from the same tee and depending on the day choose what baskets to go for. After the winter some of the signage isn't in the best shape and should be replaced.
Other Thoughts: The course is fun and relaxing. Difficult enough to make you try but it's not too hard that you can't go out and just throw to have a good time without being serious either.
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Pros: A good mix of holes, tight to wide open, elevations changes, and 2 baskets per hole to pick your own adventure.It will test your game especially if you play long tees to long baskets.The long tees are the concrete pads and the short tees are marked by small flags and are natural tee boxes.
Cons: It's a tight course, with holes 1, 2, 4, and 18 being wide open. The only real con I can think of is the short tee boxes could use some permament makers.
Other Thoughts: I really like some of the pin placements, and the course will make you throw every shots you have. I'll definitely play Ditto Farms again.
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Pros: I love a good wooded course. Still a few longer holes to air it out on. Tight fairways and some nice uses of elevation. Despite what the internet pros might say, I like a few tee shots that involve a little luck mixed with skill. Glad there was a map file on here to download. 2 tees and pins are hole helps mix it up. Good flow throughout the course.
Cons: A few of the signs were peeling off. The shorter tees could use a little more permanent marking for them.
Other Thoughts: Would definitely stop by if I'm ever on the area again
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Great course, could be better
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Pros: Great elevation changes. Wide variety of shots. Decent distance.
Cons: Tight. Way too tight. I like a challenge and playing lines that I need to wok for, but c'mon. I feel like 75% of the time my shot gets trough is luck. There are plenty of big trees that are great and make you think about disc selection and paths, but there are
100+ trees that are 1-2 inches wide scattered EVERYWHERE and makes it beyond difficult. It would be much more enjoyable thinned out. Id rather strategically make shots through trees than throw and pray I make it through the super dense fairways.
Other Thoughts: Gave it a 4 because it has potential to be great. Currently it's more luck off the tee pad.
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A beginners adventure
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Pros: Again, I am speaking from the voice of a beginner in this sport. The course is very well kept. It has open fields, and wooded challenges.
Cons: Poison plants in thick bush areas...Watch out for those three leaves when picking up your disc. Sometimes hard to find a few tees for the first time out.
Other Thoughts: I am very new at this sport. I am always looking for courses where I can develop my skills in throwing the disc and playing the game. This course, I do like because it is friendly and challenging from each tee.
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Pros: Layout - The course starts in an open area near other park activities but quickly weaves itself in to the woods where it remains for the most part until the end when it pops back out. There's one pad and two permanent pins on every hole.
The multiple pins are well placed and do a good job of changing the shot. The longer pin is tucked back in a few places or just longer but nicely placed so you can still make the shot in most cases; unlike some other courses I've played.
There's a really nice mix of hole and shot types throughout the course. The blend of open holes thrown in offsets some of the tight technical shots that play out over short but steeper elevation changes in the trees. A few holes play from more open areas in to tighter wooded gaps and that also adds a nice change of pace in a few areas. The more open holes are mostly straight bomber holes that let you just rip.
Nice mix of longer and shorter holes too; as the course plays now there are several higher par holes including a few that are closer to par 3 in length but due to the tight gaps play more like multi shot holes. This adds an element of not only gap hitting but placement to the course which I thought was a nice touch.
You'll need to be able to really work a disc to score well here as well as keeping it on the tight lines. There's many holes where the course forces you to throw driver due to low canopy height and length over elevation. Really pushes you to get out of your comfort zone on a few holes.
Some holes offer multiple paths which is another nice touch, the course in the woods can be tight but does allow some creativity in your shot shaping.
There's a good many really fun holes on this course especially as it closes out. Some really interesting green areas add to the mix and I found my round here extremely enjoyable and challenging at the same time.
Equipment - Nice large and level concrete teepads on the longs as well as signs. Two baskets per hole that are color coded and pretty new. Practice basket near the parking lot with scorecards/maps within.
Atmosphere - The course starts in an area right beside other park activities and finishes there but once you get past the first few holes you get in to some real seclusion which is nice. The open holes at the beginning/end have some sparse small rocks embedded in the ground and gives it almost a links feel to it.
Cons: Layout - - Some of the holes in the woods are a bit too tight at present. There's a few angles on some holes that aren't very realistic either. They looked like really solid holes that needed to just be cleared out more and we ran in to some people involved with the course which gave us the impression they're slowly ironing out how to proceed.
Beyond that there's one or two holes I found a bit less than par for the course however overall I don't really have any complaints with the design.
One of the bigger cons was how thick the shule can be in some places due to the course being pretty new. It's got some growing pains but I think with play a lot of what's wrong with it will be ironed out.
Equipment - Short pads are natural and there no signs there. Not really a con for me but if you're a newer player that affects you.
Atmosphere - - Nothing major here except the shule as I mentioned before, made for a few long disc searches. There's some brier in parts as well but that's nothing out of the ordinary.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time at this course and definitely recommend people to stop and play it if you're in the area. I think once it breaks in and the people involved iron out all the kinks it'll be a gem. It's one of those times that solid land and good design came together.
Watch out for the hole on hole 9
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