3 Helpful / 0 Not
Still Holds Up Pretty Well
Pros: Located in a nice state park, Lum's is a technically challenging course that tests both your accuracy and your patience. Two practice baskets greet you by tee #1. The course is primarily wooded with a few peaks into the surrounding open fields. A nice variety of holes requiring different shot selection is offered. Most holes have dual pin placements and there are good sized concrete/paver tee pads. Course navigation is a piece of cake and tee signs give you the hole, distance and projected flight path. Baskets, though older, are in good shape. This course appeals to both amateur and more advanced players.
Cons: Some might say this course is TOO wooded in spots- and it would be a fair criticism. The course crosses the line between being technically challenging and flat out oppressive on several holes. Good drives can go completely unrewarded, and luck plays a larger role than it should. A few holes on the front 9 play perilously close to each other. The signage needs to be redone, as age and weather has taken its toll. Would be nice to have benches at ALL holes and also some 4 x 4 posts to hang your bag. Some areas (esp. hole #3) unplayable after snow thaws or heavy rains. Pay to play not cool, but in Delaware State Parks that's part of the deal.
Other Thoughts: Lum's still has appeal despite the presence of the nearby newer and more challenging monsters at Iron Hill and Carousel. Big arms need not apply here- after hole #1, it is all controlled throwing. Delaware has some excellent disc golf courses, and Lum's won't disappoint; I'd come back again anytime.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Concrete or block teepads at each tee. Tee #7 to the left of tee #1 as an alternate starting location. Great diversity in length - under 200' to over 400'.
$3/$6 for in/out of state entry 4/1-10/31. Tee pads, signs, and baskets all showing wear. A few holes, mainly near the start, have tees near other baskets/flightpaths. A few holes, mostly in the middle, have somewhat unfair "fair"ways - trees too thick and randomly scattered. A few holes, mostly near the end, retain water quite well - the land on either side of the long, left-turning #16 looked like the dark swamp from the movie "Deliverance".
Very flat. Holes playing into, out-from, and through a dense collection of small-diameter evergreen and hardwood trees. A few holes where you can let loose, but mostly technical and short, requiring left/right/S-turning shots, with the lefts a bit more prevalent.
Not a bad course - you can have fun and/or challenges here - but pales in comparison to new, nearby, up-n-coming Iron Hill and Carousel. Play White Clay and Brandywine on the same day, as your park entry fee is good for all three locations, and the three courses are quite different from each other.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: State Park Annual Fee gets you a free round any time you want. Can play 18 in just over 1 hour. Fun course for 1st timers. Not crowded even on weekend.
Cons: Was muddy -swamp on some fairways after several days of rain. Hole markers at tee boxes are beat up and need replacing-can't make out some pars/hole layout.
Other Thoughts: Not bad for a 1st timer.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight and Tasty
Pros: There was a time when Lums was considered a very difficult track. Course proliferation and advances in disc tech have softened it's rep some, but it still can get the best of even a good player. It calls for accurate drives, and opportunism- get your birdies where you can. It will make you throw every shot you have, and demand some you probably don't have. It's a great flowing course, with no long walks, and no interference among holes. Each hole stands alone, and each hole offers a different challenge. A great tournament venue.
Lums has stood the test of time well.
Cons: It can get muddy, and some of the tees are iffy. There are routes a disc just plain won't navigate without a degree of luck.
Other Thoughts: Lums has very hard holes and pretty easy ones. On the whole it's a very fun course, and one you should try to add to your "played" list.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Tight...but just Right!
Pros: This course is tight but just short enough to justify these narrow lanes...any shorter it would be too easy any longer and it would be impossible. Every hole requires a technicians skill either off the tee as in hole 6, on approach and often putting around trees. You will become a master precision player if this is your home course. A few holes utilize the open field either in the beginning, middle portion, or finishing stage of the hole. I particularly enjoyed the challenge of shooting from woods to field to woods. Hole #1 allows you to throw a screamer across the field into the woods. Fun way to start. So many interesting fairways with doglegs, S turns, and multiple pin positions that often seem to change the hole layout completely. You won't get bored here. The best hole on this course is #16, a unique long horseshoe that drives R to L and you will feel as though your going in a huge circle.....so much fun trying to negotiate that hole and it finishes on a nice green with. A spectacular hole start to finish and the reason I might come back to play here again. (sometimes one hole makes you yearn that much) This is a thinking man's course....if your a knucklehead who wants to just rip away wildly your not gonna enjoy yourself here...but for those more refined players who have the patience to deal with knockdown trees...(yes kids, often trees are used to knock your drive down and test your approach skills)....and skill to hit a tight window this place is a blast. Funny thing is I did not play well but felt the course was fair despite it's reputation. Ace run on #15 was fun and one of the few non blind holes.
Cons: $6 Out of State Pay to Enter Park...be sure to play more than one DE State Park course in a day as the pass works everywhere that day. The tees were not consistent and the huge pavers used for tees in the woods often had gaps that made me less than confident during run ups. I agree that every course needs one completely ridiculous and tight no lane type of hole. #9 will make many wonder WTF am I supposed to do here....usually these holes are tough on first timers, I took a 6. This hole favors those more familiar with the course and alternate routes/safer plays. Many will scoff at this tree laden where is the fairway hole. The lake is often nearby but never incorporated into the course which would have raised my score a bit...a little dramatic scenery and a lake as backdrop/danger lurking is a plus for me. Hole 18 is a bit wimpy to finish on....too bad the huge cricket field could not be used as a final get your frustrtations out bomb to finish the day. Course is primarily flat. I played in the fall and it still was very blind...in summer this place must be a gnarly beast.
Other Thoughts: The biggest problem this course has is that the most difficult and greatest challenge ever stuck in the ground is a mere 5 minutes up the road at Iron Hill. Comparisions are sure to be made. If this course were elesewhere it would probably be played more and given a bit more love. If you like short technical courses requiring unique shots then this is the perfect course for you. Disc Golf course is in Area 1 and this is all the way to the rear of the park...course starts to the left of the bathrooms in the wide open field.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course really tests your accuracy and creativity with different types of shots. You will find yourself in positions that require all the shots you know how to throw and some that you don't (or at least I don't yet). Most of the tee pads are still in great shape and most of the baskets are standing the test of time. This course also has dual practice baskets that allows a player to practice his approach and putting. It is nice the way that the park rotates the baskets to the alternate position every now and then. This give a casual round a new wrinkle.
Cons: I call this review beginner's luck because there are several holes on this course where it truly doesn't seem to matter whether you are experienced or not. I understand tight fairways but holes 6, 9 and 12 are ridiculous. A great throw can either just miss the trees and land in position for a birdie try or slam directly into one of the many trees in its path and set up a bogey. Most of the tee signs are old and need to be replaced due to vandalism the course changing or just age.
Other Thoughts: This is my "home" course and I have played it quite a few times. It is a great place to go if you just want to get a quick 18 holes. It takes less than an hour solo and just a little longer with a group. The park also has a couple of football fields which are great for a little field practice after a round. The park also has many other amenities (playground, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, trails, paddle boats and decent fishing) if you need to distract your family members while you play.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
not DG friendly
Pros: nice Delaware St Pk...18 DG baskets...
swimming/showers available near disc golf...alcohol is allowed in other areas of the park...park fee is higher to non-state residents...
Cons: Flat...can be very muddy...trees and lots of trees...un-level tees (unless they have improved)..almost very tee shot will hit a tree either early or late since it plays constantly in or out of the woods...park rangers galore...alcohol is not allowed in area 1 where the course is located in...
Other Thoughts: I have not played Lums in many years, with other courses now available to choose from in the area, I have more fun playing DG elsewhere.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Challenges your accuracy, nice scenery, well-kept except for some signs.
Cons: Most holes are pretty similar - relatively short and heavily wooded.
Other Thoughts: Not much to add to other reviews. It's a good course I would play again but I don't know that I'd make a special trip for it.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Decent challenge here, not so much in distance, but Lums certainly makes you work on your accuracy. Every hole involves the woods in some way- throwing down narrow fairways, into or out of small openings in the treeline (a couple/few holes both as you throw across the field.) and navigation of low hanging trees and large pines. A number of holes require, except for maybe the top pros, a smart layup to stay in the fairway and plan your second shot. At Lums an errant shot into the dense woods can easily lead to a 6 or 7 on our card. As a result the course is a great place to work on your precision and accuracy. About a third of the holes play near the pond (largest fresh water pond in Delaware, practically a lake) and due to its size these holes typically have a breeze coming off of it. Hole variety is nice, mostly wooded will test every shot in your bag. A little more than half the holes have two pin placements, some adding distance, some putting the basket into more protection and some changing the feel of the hole entirely. Due to fairway turns and thick woods many shots are 'blind' and the location of the basket on holes with 2 pin placements can be unclear. Not to worry, check the tee sign, on the pole under the hole map is a stenciled A and B. A clamp is placed around which ever letter position the pin is currently in and the course pros do a good job of keeping them updated. The hole maps always show position A so if B hasn't been drawn on the map you may have to look around a bit for the basket.
A signature hole would be 16, a 400+ ft hole with a horseshoe shaped fairway that has a small very high-risk window to cut through the middle. The perfect course to improve the accuracy of your throws.
This is also one of only two I've played that has duel practice baskets to throw back and forth at. Nice feature.
Cons: Hole maps and tee pads (cement tiles though sufficient have become a bit uneven overtime) can certainly use an update. Hole maps don't have alternate pin placements on them or if they do its hand drawn. If accuracy is not your game then you may find your drive off a tree and ten feet from the tee pad, but hey its part of the game.
Other Thoughts: Lums is one of my favorites of northern Delaware, which contains a number of high quality courses. But players beware- If you, like me, enjoy an adult beverage or two on the course, think twice about doing it here. While drinking is legal at Lums Pond SP, it is not on the disc golf course. Its a shame they felt the need to do this, but be warned, if they catch you they will fine you and big brother is watching. That goes for all other park rules, speed limit, closing times, ridiculous stop signs, etc. That said, please don't let it deter you from this quality course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: There are 18 baskets.
There are 18 teepads.
There is some modest variety, and a couple very challenging holes.
Cons: Nearly every hole is blind.
The course is 99% flat.
Areas closest to the pond can be a little swampy.
Mosquitoes can be brutal in the summer time.
When alternate pin placements were added a few years back - it made the "blind" condition worse.
Park fees are a little high - but consistent with DE State Parks.
Park Management is hostile to the DG Community.
Other Thoughts: With the "relationship" of the park staff to the DG ers in general the way it is, it's surprising they haven't abandoned this as a viable DG site.
Best time to play Lums is in the winter, when visibility is at it's best.
You're better off going to Lums to go fishing, as I've heard of really nice Crappie in the Pond. Of course you can't eat them, due to all the PCB's.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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