3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice relaxed course
Pros: *More "open" field type holes then not.
*Well groomed course/park (when I went, mid July).
*Tee signs that are there from the original 9 look like they are made to last and withstand tampering (look forward to update/installation of new signs).
*Well made benches utilizing a solid base with a chunk of tree to sit on.
*Variety of length as well as left and right turn holes.
*Tee's located close enough to the basket/"next tee" sign that they're easy to find (tee 16 from basket 15 is an exception to this rule, it's a bit of a walk), but not so close you have to worry about the group behind you hitting you while you're wait to tee off.
Cons: *More "open" field type holes then not (yes it can be a pro and a con).
*Not enough or not specific enough signs to locate the parking lot for Disc Golf. The first post of signs has a sign that says "Disc Golf", but no arrows. So you have a 50/50 chance of picking the correct direction, or ending up back on the main road. Also you won't see another sign until you go far enough along the left road to get to the correct parking lot.
*My biggest con is the loose gravel tee boxes. While they are better then teeing off at a line in the sand/ground they can cause bad drives due to slipping or running into/onto the frame if the gravel is low. I'm assuming they are a temporary solution until the course designers can afford to put down rubber/cement/paver style tee boxes, but until then it is annoying for those of us who have angled approaches to our tee shots.
Other Thoughts: Very enjoyable course, especially if you are looking for a course which won't punish you for every throw which is a little off the mark (although there are a few little water run-offs which could cost you a stroke on some holes, but they are small). The majority of open field type holes were refreshing, especially since they were all well cut, although that could be annoying to a disc golfer looking for more challenging throws. The course designers worked in some holes that include tricky tree's initially or at the end to make use of what they have available. Also there are a couple of the newly installed 18 that are 100% wood holes with a tight fairway and trees/bushes to punish you in the rough. Overall a very nice, well maintained course that has room for improvement. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone I know.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Ocean county disc
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is very well maintained with challenging holes for everyone. Two sets of tees with signs at the main tees. Both sets of tees have the same par (28) but the alternates are more difficult. This is a 9 hole course but not your standard 9 hole course with few birdie opportunities. Log benches are at all main tees. At hole 1 the scorecard and lost disc box are nice.
Cons: Holes are friendly to the RHBH player.
Course lacks technical and tight holes.
Other Thoughts: The potential for this course is unbelievable. There is so much space in this park that can be used and look forward to seeing this course expand to 18
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Finally a quality disc golf course in Ocean County! In this area even a mediocre course would be welcomed but this place has the potential to be much more. The park itself is well kept with clean amenities but most importantly is the land. There is plenty of room for long drives, tight wooded fairways and water hazards.
As it stands now the course offers a good challenge for a range of skill levels. Overall it is a fun course that is approachable to beginners with the distance to encourage development.
I especially enjoyed holes 3 and 9.
Hole 3 offers a great risk/reward shot. Long arms can reach the basket for a potential 2, however you have to hit your line perfectly. Too far right and you are in the trees, short. Too far left and you are in the murky pond directly left of the basket.
Hole 9 is another gem. Playing the cement and beyond as OB you are forced to place a drive straight but with enough distance to clear the creek. The thick woods to the right can be punishing, even the right side of the fairway leaves you little to no look at the basket. The combination of water, woods and OB make this a very fun and tough 3.
Cons: It is important to point out that I view this course as a work in progress and I only have 2 major areas for improvement.
1. It gets a bit repetitive. With the exception of holes 3 and 9 you can throw a wide open RHBH hyzer shot on every hole. Wide open fairway and fade into the woods towards the basket.
2. The tee pads. They can easily become lumpy and mess with your footing. I know that the club comes around and smoothes them out. However as the course becomes more popular (which it will) they are going to become lumpier more quickly. Please tell me that there are plans to upgrade tees in the future, when funds are there and the layout is permanent.
Other Thoughts: Please be respectful of other park users when playing here. Most people will have no idea what disc golf is and a positive first impression can go a long way. It only takes a few incidents to ruin a new course. So when in doubt please wait until it is clear, and when some little kid picks up your disc, before you yell remember: this is the only course you've got.
It is sad to say that I grew up in ocean county and did not discover disc golf until I left NJ. Thank you to the guys that put in all the work to get this course in the ground. I am looking forward to seeing what this course becomes as I come back to visit in the future.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1st course in ocean county
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New course with brand new baskets and tee pads. Park is very well maintained with all amenities. 2 ace runs and a few nice distance holes. Log pathways have been added and the course is shaping up beautifully. Tons of space for more holes, short and long tee pads and pin positions. New next tee signs and mando signs look good and help with navigation
Cons: No wooded/tight technical holes but hopefully the back 9 brings that added challenge and variety to the course. No tee signs... Yet.
Other Thoughts: The best course around thus far. Hopefully more to come. Excited for the back nine and growth of the sport in this area. This course is what the area needs to gain interest. Every time I have played people at the park are asking what we are doing and we gladly try to get them involved.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
The First Course in Ocean County
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Newly constructed course that is now 18 holes with dual tee pads at 9 of them in beautiful Ocean County Park in Lakewood, NJ. Primarily open course with a few peeks into the woods and mature trees scattered throughout. Brand new Innova Disc Catcher baskets. Good sized, 5 x 10 stone dust tee pads. Good distance and hole variety which should appeal to all skill levels. Features a hanging basket and an elevated basket. Water and pavement OB areas come into play and challenge players on several holes. Navigation is pretty easy with very visible "next tee" signs near each basket. Professional grade new tee signs exist at 9 of the 18 holes along with large log benches. Amenities like bathrooms, picnic areas and water fountains are on the premises. A "lost disc" box, plastic bag dispenser, scorecard box and welcome kiosk greet visitors at hole 1. Park grounds are impeccably maintained.
Cons: Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, the cutting of live trees was prohibited during construction, thus more wooded holes were not designed. Pedestrians and park patrons will be a factor from time to time when playing. Area high schools use part of the grounds for Cross Country. Not much elevation- welcome to the Jersey Shore. Geese droppings can a bit of a nuisance. New signs must be made to reflect the new 18 hole layout.
Other Thoughts: Ocean County Park represents years of hard work and commitment in providing a sorely needed, quality course to the Jersey Shore area for disc golfers. This is a really nice playing experience here, and the local following is tremendous. The level of care that has gone into the course is outstanding, and park officials have been easy to work with and supportive. Come to the Jersey Shore, hit the beach in Point Pleasant and drive 15 minutes inland to OCP for a couple rounds of disc golf!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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