Great design and bigger potential
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Pros: - Excellent hole variation
- Pars are spot on
- Land features used to fullest extent
- Tough but Fair
- Quality Baskets
- Free to play
- Devoted volunteer caretakers with a proven track record of excellent course upkeep (see Bellamy Park)
Cons: - Difficult navigation
- Teepads leave much to be desired
- No real signage yet
- A few spots that smack of muddiness
- Shared land means occasional course closure.
Other Thoughts: To begin, I'm rating this course as it stands now, a brand new course only 5 days old, and it still warrants a "very good". I am a local, but had no hand in the design or implementation of the course. Most of the cons are already being worked on, so the rating will only go up over time. SO on to the review. Squamanagonic is going to be a destination course once it gets seasoned in. The holes are greatly varied and make excellent use of the significant elevation available. There are several holes with streams (or one meandering stream, I couldn't confirm) that are/is perfectly placed to provide an extra challenge without being a risk of losing a disc. All five of the par 4s are honest to goodness par 4s, meaning the locals aren't going to be saying "well the card says 4 but you suck if you don't see a 3" like a few holes over at Bellamy Park. The par 3s were all interesting and difficult, with even the short "throwaway" hole 4 making up for its length (around 200ft downhill) with a very tight but manageable fairway that will separate those who can truly aim a disc from the chuckers. The par 5 is brutal, with the possibility of a 4 for quality players and a 3 for the chosen few, but a reasonable expectation to 5 for the average joe. Nothing feels gimmicky and the course never throws similar holes at you in succession.
As the course is new, the concrete teepads have yet to see the light of day. There are several "tees" that are simply flags in the loam, and this makes it very difficult to get a decent drive. There are about 9 or 10 holes with rubber mats that work very well, even if they aren't aesthetically pleasing. It's clear that several spots on the course are going to be very wet come spring, and mosquitos seem to be in the courses future as well due to the swampiness nearby. Finally, the area is used by the Rochester Police Department for target practice, so one or two days a month the course will be closed for their use. Overall the sheer potential of Squamanagonic is staggering. Bravo to the designers!
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Squamanagonic's time to shine!
Pros: Nice scenic course with a great trail system and unique natural features built into the course.To the team of guys who have done work on this course led by Jim Chambers,Rob Feeney,and William Marshall great job guys! you have helped to create a movement in the community that is sure to take hold at Squamanagonic,Great Job to all that have worked on giving this course a great start!
Cons: Are there any? Oh just stop complaining this course is gonna own!
Other Thoughts: The course should be completed and ready to crush your so called skills by spring but it has a playable 9 now that is still challenging for sure.Yeah even for you!
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