Pros: Lums is a somewhat difficult play. Getting off the tee is a must here, as saving par can be tough on certain holes. Despite being a course full of trees, the lines are fair for the most part. Because it's a par 54, every shot counts if you are trying to score well, as there is little opportunity to make up strokes here. Hole 1 is a great start to the course and a bit misleading, as you get to bomb a high-speed driver across 350 ft. of wide open field, hoping to get through a phalanx of trees that stand 100 ft. between the field and basket. After that, it's woods baby. Get your birdie on hole 2, because it's one of the few easy "must-gets" on the course to band-aid that cut you didn't know you had yet. Hole 3 medium range big hyzer shot, not much to it, but plenty in your way...one of the easier birdies but not a sure bet. Hole 4 is one of the tougher holes on the course. It's relatively long, and you need something you can throw at least 325 on a straight line before it starts to fade. Depending where you land, the approach can be tricky. A lot of 4's are carded on this hole, and probably a very small number of 2's in its history. Get your par, and move on. Hole 5 is a big anhyzer shot out of the woods into a clearing, then back into the woods...lots of trees protecting basket. Hole 6 is tricky, as you have to throw through a small window (left of mando tree) right in front of the tee, but a large clump of trees lay right at the ideal landing zone, so placement is key. Hole 7 is another "must-get"...easy putter shot under 200 ft. Hole 8 is a lot like hole 5, big anhyzer or forehand in the open, ranging it just right to enter the woods again near the basket. Hole 9 is the toughest hole of the course. Another hole like 4, where trying to throw something smart up this tight S-shaped fairway to take your par is the way to go. 4 is not a bad score on this hole. I don't know that it's ever been 2'd with a putt in the circle. Hole 10 is a nice long hyzer slightly downhill back into the woods from out in the open. Hole 11 is another hyzer, but once you turn the early corner, there is a neat grid of trees that you need to stay between...really tough birdie, so get your 3 by playing it smart. Hole 12 has that 'one tree' smack in the middle of the line that you need to try to miss, but otherwise is not particularly tough. Straight mid-range shot, just miss the tree. Hole 13 is a cool late turnover or slow fading forehand shot, another tough birdie, but gotta try to atleast get your 3. If you fail to get through the main gap halfway up the fairway, you are probably taking a 4. Hole 14 is the final "must-get"....not a gimme by any stretch but if you can throw a putter 200 ft. and straight, you're fine. Hole 15 is a medium-width tunnel shot about 350 ft. It's a tough birdie simply because it's hard to throw a disc that far without turning or fading. Hole 16 is like a horshoe--big late hyzer off the tee and a long approach...a 2 is insane, 3 almost feels like a birdie, 4 is common. Hole 17 is a slight hyzer mid-range distance with a well-protected basket. The final hole, 18, is a nice left-to-right low-ceiling 200 ft. shot. The gap is small, but it's one of the more birdie-able holes here. Outside of the golf, there is a huge parking lot and bathrooms with running water. There are pavilions as well. Depending on the day, there is a huge field next to the lot that you can empty your bag and do some field practice on.
Cons: Mostly a flat course, not that anyone can do anything about that. While there is decent variety in golf lines, there are a lot of hyzer shots through lots of trees that mix SOME luck into the game, and skilled shots can sometimes go un-rewarded. In the aforementioned field next to the parking lot, there is sometimes competitive cricket matches going on, which can be entertaining to watch, but those guys are loud! The course plays around this field, so if you're easily distracted, hope they aren't there. If they are there, you don't have that field to throw field practice.
Other Thoughts: I can only speculate that a tightly wooded, shorter course like this paved the way to inspire Iron Hill, only a few miles away. Lums is like that NFL player from the 70's that was a beast, but stacking up against Iron Hill (a modern day Gronkowski of sorts), they aren't quite fair to compare. Lums is old school design, Iron Hill was one of the first of its kind that embraced a newer style of golf not offered many places. With Iron Hill, you can give away a few strokes and still shoot well. At Lums, being a par 54, you can't make mistakes if you want to compete.
A fun wooded course
Pros: - Good layout, each hole plays to the next tee pad for the most part.
- The course allows you to use all your shots. Hyzers, anhyzers and whatever over-hand shot you use.
- Two practice baskets near the first tee pad. I don't see these around many of the local courses.
- Nice park setting and tons of shade which is great in the summer
Cons: - It can get a little windy on the holes near the pond. Couple a decent breeze some days with the amount of trees and some shots can get frustrating.
- I played in the early spring but one or two of the holes do have some rough that can get a bit high and thick in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is great technical course. You get to use all your shots and the woods evens things out for players with different amounts of power. There are very few shots were you can just rip it and not worry too much about the accuracy.
The course is also really flat and not that exhausting to play a few rounds in a row.
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One of the best in Delaware
Pros: Easy to find next basket. Good signs & tee info. Three par 5 tees to make up any bad holes. One of my favorite places to play.
Cons: Holes one & two can get really muddy after some rain. I keep old shoes in my car just for this course
Other Thoughts: They charge to get in but you can get a season pass for $27.00 that's good for here White clay, Killens ,cape henlopen &Trap. So if your a big disc golfer in Delaware its worth it in my opinion.
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Rock Solid Old School Course!
Pros: Built in 1987, Lum's Pond DGC is older than many of the players who play it. It's showing it's age. The design has that 80's feel just like that old leather coat in your closet. The distances are a little tame by today's standards. The baskets, although in good shape, are fairly hard to spot through the summer foliage. The old fiberglass tee signs are now badly faded and hard to decipher. The course is heavy on hyser throws. There are old school Pars listed such as a 299 foot par 4.
It's still an enjoyable throw. There's plenty of shade for those hot summer days.
The course's tight fairways really forces you to hit your lines on almost every shot.
# 16 features a big hyser bomb.
I did feel the course was ahead of it's time due to the fact that on a couple of holes you really have to shape your 1st or 2nd shot in order to be in a position to birdie or par the hole.
This is now a recreational course. Advanced/Pro players would tear this course up.
Cons: The shorter distances make this a true recreational course. Big arms will miss the chance to air it out. The old tee signs are hard to read. Some players may become frustrated with the technical nature of the course.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to local player, Jim, for showing me the course. It always helps to have a guide. Lum's Hill is a perfect little rec course for old duffer's like Jim and I. You younger, stronger studs may want to find your challenge elsewhere.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Old course, suffers from old design
Pros: Concrete tee pads. Some holes are interesting and requires a variety of shots. Course has been around for at least 20 yrs. pine woods cover most of the course
Cons: Some holes have not stood up to time, matured trees have made some approaches very difficult and almost comical.
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Pros: Well kept- the course was well maintained. Grass was mowed and no fallen trees on the course. All the it is a Delaware park so i can imagine that the grass is usually mowed here
Technical- i really enjoyed this course because it was so technical. The course really tested your accuracy and made you shape some different lines. You had to throw through small gaps and if you werent comfortable throwing a certain shots the trees really got into your head. I found myself throwing multiple shots that you normally wouldnt throw on your average 18 holer.
Practice baskets- there were two of them by hole one
They were spaced well apart to practice upshots and longer putts.
Variety- even though most of the holes were wooded there were some open holes that provided good contrast to the wooded ones.
Amenities-There is a pavillion and bathroom 30 yards from hole one.
Baskets are in good shape- considering this course and its baskets are pretty old, there is no rust and the baskets catch pretty well.
Course flow- you couldnt get lost very easily here. There are well defined paths on every hole leading to the next tee.
Cons: Safety issues- some holes are too close together and on some hole if you hit a tree you may find yourself standing on an adjacent holes teepad. You may have to wait for another group to play while you sit on the teepad waiting for them to move out of the way so that you can feel comfortable throwing.
Pointless mandos- this was a real annoyance as on some holes there were pointless mandos to make the hole longer or tighter
Fence on hole 4- there is a fenced in area right in the middle of hole fours fairway and you could loose a disc despite it being right in front of you
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course and had a good time, but for this course to get better they will need to fix some of the saftey issues
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Kiosk, concrete tees (most were 6x10 created by 15 2x2 cement blocks)
Short beginner friendly course that is tight enough to create some challenge for more experienced players.
14 was a nice short hole. Only 200 feet, but 2 clear paths; a wide right dog leg with a large protective tree or a short straight heavily wooded path.
18 is another nice hole. It is a short scenic sligh anny shot to the final basket.
Course does require some variety. Hole 16 requires an RHBH or LHFH. While their is a hole on the front 9 with a 90 degree right turn impossible to hit with out a RHFH or LHBH.
Cons: Hunters with Shotguns walking around the course was a bit off putting.
Baskets were pretty old and were very hard to see in the woods.
Signs were rusted to the point where vital information was missing.
Mando on hole 2's sole purpose is to make the hole over 150 feet, it actually forces you to play closer ho hole 5's tee.
Barb wire OB areas on hole 5 in the middle of the fairway.
6 had arrows on a tree to indicate a dumb mando that was unclear on the sign.
Signs were odd. they showed 5-7 different paths to the basket.
Very righty friendly. 16 was a horseshoe shaped hole that was just further torture to the LHBH player I was with.
Other Thoughts: If you play this course, plan on hitting up other Delaware state park courses to make the most of your $6 fee.
This is a tight, but dinky course. average hole distance is only 287 feet, but if you go off the fairway it can still give some challenge.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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great for starting out.
Pros: I played this course often in the early days and kept coming back. I really like the course. Especially the wooded areas. Several challenging holes. Easy course for the experienced player.
Cons: Short, but in a fun way. Not reallt a con then, is it?
Other Thoughts: Another course in De. You might as well play them all since the state is so small/ Close to alot of other courses.
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I kicked its A$$
Pros: it was a fun technical course. lots of trees to get in the way and lots of lefts and rights. has some long holes and some fun short holes.
Cons: a few of the wholes have ALOT of trees. you either gotta be good or get lucky to make it through them all.
Other Thoughts: i got lucky and had a good round. im not sure it will happen again the next time i go to play there.
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Pros: - Technical
- Not too long; Not too short
- Good Variety of righty/lefty/neutral shots
- Nearly impossible to lose a disc
Cons: - Can become frustrating as rough can be very unforgiving
- Some tees are made of tile and are easy to trip on
- Some holes require extreme technical ability with gaps that can only be hit by the most practiced golfers every single time
Other Thoughts: Many either love it or hate it.
Gives smaller arms and less experienced players a legitimate chance of winning as there are only three holes that require you to air out your disc.
My personal favorite thus far.
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