A nice course in the forest on Tug Hill
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Pros: Aside from the first four holes just playing around in the meadow off the parking lot, many of the holes play through cross-country ski trails, so by default, this course rewards good shot shaping, as most of the cleared trail areas are in the range of 30-50 feet wide. I didn't feel like there was a strong bias one way or another towards holes favoring lefties or righties - as a main RHBH thrower, I felt the number of holes where the FH throw was the best option were reasonable.
The first few holes once you're in the woods just follow the trails.
Starting from hole 9 on is where this course really shines. Short par 3s with tight lines reward skill shots versus brute force. Water is in play on 9 (a small creek if you catch a bad kick off a tree) and on 14 (short carry off the tee). 18 brings you back into the meadow, but with a basket well-protected by a cluster of trees/bushes.
$5 for 36 holes that are this well cared for is a fair price, I think. The owner also has a nice little pro shop at the back of his house. He's officially only open on the weekend and Tuesdays during the week, but I came through on a weekday early evening, and he invited me in to take a look around.
Tees all have black rubber mats now. I played right after a drizzle, and I didn't have any traction problems. The mats are new in 2014, so that's an improvement versus what the 2013 reviewers pointed out.
Cons: The first 4 holes felt tacked-on to get the south course up to 18 holes.
While the route to holes is well-signed, there's a decent hike between several of the holes, and a couple of the between-holes trails can be a bit muddy/slick. Wear fairly rugged footwear. I was in regular cross-trainer type shoes, and in hindsight, I'd have worn trail shoes.
On a lot of the holes, if you're off the fairway much of the ground cover is ferns - errant shots could be hard to find. Don't throw your green/yellow discs without a spotter. On a wet day with dark ground, my sand-stone colored Vibram was very visible. Throw your reds, oranges, and pinks during the summer.
Bugs. Not so much mosquitos, but deer flies and the like. Bring your 100% DEET.
The basket on #5 and the #6 tee are a little close together.
Other Thoughts: I was en-route from Syracuse to a work site in Lewis County, so I only had a few discs I threw in my suitcase to play with. It was a fun challenge to play with one driver, 2 mids, and a putter. I came through early evening on a Monday, and I had the place to myself.
If you're a high-rated thrower, a good exercise would be to play the longer North course, then come to the south side and take only 1-2 discs with you to really work your shot shaping on the <200-foot holes.
I imagine this place is absolutely gorgeous in the fall. I need an excuse for a work trip out to NY in October.
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