Best course in CT
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A good mix of open holes, long holes where you need a big arm, as well as wooded shorter holes.
Best course in the central CT area. No water hazards and you can generally always find your discs when they go off course.
The park is well maintained and you don't generally find broken glass or other neglected aspects. Players do tend to leave trash at the tee pads.
Pros play here in June at the Greater Hartford Disc Golf Open.
Water fountains almost midway prior to holes 12 and 16.
Cons: To get par you need to be able to throw long. Holes 6, 7, 8, 11 and 18 can be a challenge if you can't throw long.
There are a few areas to park outside the park but I've heard stories of cars that were broken into. Park is surrounded by appartment complexes. Suggest you pay the parking fee and park inside ($5 weekdays and $7 weekends) to be safer. Don't leave valuables visible in your car.
The park closes at sunset. Right now early August you have to be out by 8pm.
The large OB grass area on hole 1 does not seem to get cut in the summer. Wear longer socks in case you have to go search for your disc.
Other Thoughts: Don't pass up the chance to play here if you are in the area. It's rated as the top course in Connecticut and 39th in the country.
If you are going to play all 22 holes, head to A right after hole 5. The basket on D leaves you back near the tee pad for hole 6.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Picturesque and family friendly
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is one of the most beautiful parks and courses I've come across. Well groomed landscapes, clear directions from hole to hole. The mix of difficulty levels can be pretty dramatic, which I list as a positive, especially for leisure play and families with children learning to play (though it is a very long course for a young child). Really great facilities - clean restrooms at multiple locations on the course, plentiful parking, benches throughout the course.
Cons: The easier holes seem a little too easy, and there are five or six that are fairly short. Allows more players to birdie, but might be a downside for more experienced players.
Other Thoughts: I was traveling from NY to NH by myself and decided to make this a half-way stop for a round. It is right off the highway, just west of Exit 60 on I-84, and was very easy to find. If this was on my commute, I could see myself spending a lot of time here. Major props to the groundskeepers!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: -Lots of variety of holes, has some great big distances as well as tight technical shots
-Extremely well maintained course
-Beautiful park with rolling green hills and great views of Hartford
Cons: -Its a public park so it can get a little busy
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Rolling hills and beautiful views
Pros: The park this course is in is great! The rolling hills, the beautiful skyline and well up-kept park make this course the great experience that it is. This is a great park to bring your wife and children, because of all of the things to do. Gardens bird sanctuaries and an ice cream stop among others.
Great signage and course flow is really easy to follow. I was surprised to find that the lettered holes were extremely easy to find and follow as well. At most courses they are a mere afterthought, but here they were well thought out. Based on past reviews, it seems like the local volunteers have put in a lot of effort to include next tee signs on every hole.
Some of the best variety around. This course incorporates huge bombers, elevation changes, left and right turns, as well as cool wooded holes and well placed ob. The elevation is great! Some if the open downhill holes really give you the feeling of throwing a mile. The uphill elevation on the other hand, found mostly throughout the adds to the challenge.
Lots of memorable holes throughout. Beautiful views, and awesome mowed fairways. Hole seven is magnificent. Long downhill 550 foot bomb. Don't be discouraged this hole can be reached. The Hartford skyline, is in the background and I can only imagine what a round at sunset would be like.
Cons: This course is top notch, so to find cons, I have to nit pick a bit.
Some of the open par threes are a bit to long for my taste. A lot in the range of 450-550. They could be lengthened 50-100 and be made solid par 4s or shortened and made par 3s. This is just my opinion, and based on the skill level this course is designed for the hole lengths are appropriate.
Other Thoughts: The course itself is a solid, 4.25, but the awesome amenities, and beautiful park is what puts it over the edge and makes it a true 4.5 star course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
The best course in CT
Pros: -Beautiful, well maintained course.
-Wickham Park has a ton of stuff to do even if you're not disc golfing, definitely fun to check out in between rounds when you need a breather.
-Actually a workout getting up and down the hills in this park. You will be legitimately tired after a round, which is great.
-Excellent hole layout. You'll need every shot in the bag to get through this monster of a course.
-Lots of very long holes, so if you have a big arm, you'll definitely have a chance to stretch it here.
-Lots of favorites on this course, but I personally just love 4. Straight shot, like 200 feet, with a gap cut through a downed log. Trees on the right and left prevent you from taking big hyzer or anhyzer lines, so it's pretty much a straight shot. Also, you can't talk about this course without mentioning 7, a 600 foot monster down a huge hill, with the skyline of Hartford looking down on you. Awesome hole.
-Every hole is very distinct, and very unlike the hole before or after it. They're all super memorable.
Cons: -Lots a lots of people. Especially during XC season, there are a lot of people out here, and you'll have to watch yourself or you might hit someone.
-Very long. Shorter arms (<300) will have a hard time keeping up on this course. I throw about 300 and most of the time I'm just trying to stick around for par
-You have to pay for parking, but there are other places you can park to play for free
-Course is only open a limited time, pins come out after October.
Other Thoughts: Professional level course, and one of the most fun and challenging courses out there. I play here once a week when it's open, and it's a blast.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice open course; good for beginners. Well-maintained. Nice long tee pads. Nice mixture of long and technical holes
Cons: If you want to park in the park, you have to pay (at least one weekends).
Other Thoughts: Avoid the parking fees by parking down the street and walking to the course.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring your best to CT's best.
Pros: Baskets are in good condition. There are two pin positions on many holes. Tee pads are rubber, level and in great shape. Tee signs are present on every hole and not only show distance but also give the elevation change for each hole.
This is probably one of the most challenging courses I've ever played. Elevation is used on almost every hole. The fairways are very well defined. The grass is well cut and the rough is ROUGH. This course will test your distance and technical chops. There are a few huge bomb holes and a good mix of open vs. wooded holes, which is really nice to have in CT. The course is clean, there are benches at most holes. There is also a nice little optional 4-hole loop marked A-D that can extend your round to 22 holes.
Wickham Park is a beautiful park. Hole 7 is probably the best hole in the state: a 600 ft bomb going down hill with good breezes to carry your disc some extra distance while overlooking the Hartford Skyline. The course will require every disc in your bag (and you might wish you had more). According to the park's website, they do rent discs here, so even though the course is very challenging, it's a great place to bring newbies to. The park also has a number of other amenities (gardens, aviary, nature center, other sporting grounds and a bird sanctuary). Public restrooms are on site and there is a nice little concession stand where you can buy hot dogs, nachos, grilled cheese, drinks, ice cream and snacks. A great way to top off a very humbling round of disc golf.
Cons: THIS COURSE NEEDS NEXT TEE SIGNS. Navigation is difficult. The signage for the course upon entering the park was also slightly confusing. I ended up parking in the lot up by hole 12 thinking I was in the right spot. I ended up starting in the 4-hole A-D loop not realizing that I wasn't even at the beginning of the course until I finished. I recommend going with someone who has played the course before. Also, there were a few significant hikes between holes (e.g. between 11 and 12). You do have to pay to park here ($3 weekdays, $5 weekends) but it's worth every penny. I also would have liked to have had a practice basket.
Other Thoughts: I've played many of the courses in CT now and knowing what I've seen and what I've heard about others, it can't get much better than this. The navigation was a little frustrating the first time around, but now that I know I don't foresee it being a problem next time. Come with a full bag, a fresh arm, cause you will leave exhausted.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Players in central Connecticut love Wickham Park and it's easy to see why. The course sits on a clean, very well maintained park. The course seems to be treated with the same care and attention that the rest of the park receives.
Great signage gives you all the information you need and then some in a nice, clean way.
Wickham is a very large park and the course uses the space well. It is spread out well to avoid interference between holes. The varied terrain provides for some open bomber holes as well as shorter technical wooded holes. All making use of varying degrees of elevation change.
Limited OB is used to add a little more intrigue to otherwise boring holes.
I played here during a pretty strong rainstorm and had no issues with water on the course.
Overall, the course plays fair with reasonable punishment for bad shots and nice reward for good ones.
Cons: Being a nicely spread out course makes navigation pretty tricky. A map or guide is a must for a first-timer on the course.
Other Thoughts: Disc golf is just one of the many attractions Wickham Park has to offer. So this is a great place to bring the family, have a picnic and really spend a full day at the park.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great course, extremely well maintained and laid out. The multiple pin and tee placements offer variety to an already diverse course. There is a solid mix of distance and finesse shots, plus 4 bonus holes.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: bring plenty of drivers this course offers sum of the longest drives ive ever seen..7th hole is by far the nicest view ive ever shot nice view of downtown hartford..signs were fantastic except for 8 it was hidden in sum trees..
Cons: this is a big big park lots of people everywhere we actually had to skip 3 because of a group of 6 and 3 little kids playing and they wouldnt let us play through(it was 2 of us)
Other Thoughts: can not wait to play again it was about a hr drive and worth it..my arm still hurting from all the bombs you get to throw...i highly recommend you play this course if you are any where near the area
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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