11 Helpful / 2 Not
Solid Wooded Course
Pros: Located conveniently from I-80 and other major PA roadways, it's not difficult to find or get to Yetter Park. Challenging, but not overly punishing, the course is completely wooded and requires finesse and carefully shaped lines. At an average of 300' per hole, a solid drive could lead to a birdie (or a possible ace), but an inadvertant kick off one of the abundant trees could easily cause your score to head north of par. That aside, Yetter is a solid course and makes for an enjoyable round.
The designers seem to have done the best they could to incorporate a pretty good course into a compact space. Hole layouts range from many laser-straight tunnels to fairways studded with trees. While there aren't too many hills at the park, the design does incorporate some use of elevation, which helps increase variety and add a note of interest to many holes.
The gravel fairways that run through most of the course are reminiscent of those available at many pay-to-play courses. With very little exception, the course was very clean and well maintained. Garbage cans were numerous and available on many of the holes. With the exception of throwing a disc into the adjacent creek, although there was extensive undergrowth and brush, none of it was thick enough to lose a disc.
Cons: Safety is always my primary concern when looking critically at a course. While fairly minimal, Yetter had a few safety issues. Specifically, there were a few holes that had blind baskets, others where baskets and/or tees from different holes were in close proximity to each other, and the most concerning safety issue were the two fairways that crossed each other.
While the layout isn't bad, there is some repition to several of the holes, frequently favoring straight shots or left-turning fairways. Additionally, there are a few holes > 400', but no real chances to really uncork a drive for big D as this would help add variety to the course. The other issue I had with the layout was that the bulk of the first fairway bordered someone's back yard.
Despite the lack of garbage on 17 of the holes, the first hole had litter strewn very near to the fairway and included large pieces of broken glass.
Yetter Park also had some navigation issues. Even though there were spray-painted trees with arrows, locating tees was frequently difficult and several holes required backtracking, or crossing other fairways to get to tees. In any case, there was no signage whatsoever...neither at the tees or hole numbers visible on most baskets.
Given its proximity to the adjacent creek, the course can get somewhat soggy, especially after any rain. The tees were nothing more than 4x4s hammered into the ground with uneven tee areas. Additionally, some of the baskets were rusted and beginning to show signs of wear.
Other Thoughts: Given the amount of land available, Yetter Park was laid out extremely well and was a quick, fun play. The course isn't a standout or a must-play, but the park still a solid 18 holes that can be played and enjoyed by any level of disc golfer. If you happen to be around the Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg area (especially if you're an ESU student) and you have the time, Yetter Park is worth checking out.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Just Follow the Gravel-Filled Road
Between the gravel paths leading to the tees and baskets, the blue tape on the upper spokes of the basket, paint on some trees, and the map, this course was easy for a first-time visitor to navigate. Plenty of shade. Food/petrol options nearby.
Single unnumbered/uneven gravel tees that hold water, single basket position. Many walking paths used by non-players. A bit of backtracking between some tees and baskets.
Course plays atop a small ridge, and the flat land between the ridge and a river, of a wooded, but not densely so, public park. Two broad paths parallel the ridge and river, with multiple smaller paths connecting the two, and the course plays along and across these paths. The front nine offers nice challenges - 300'+/-, trees to avoid at various points during the flight, some subtle turns, nothing too tight but certainly nothing wide open. Minimal underbrush, except some on #1, so small chance to lose a disc, even if a tree knocks your disc off course. The back nine is more "extreme" - the long holes are longer, the short holes are shorter, the tight holes are tighter, and the turns, where required, are sharper. Other than losing elevation at #1's midpoint, steeply gaining elevation at the end of #9, losing it early on #10, and #14's long downslope, the course plays quite flat. Variety of shot-shaping needed, with left-turns/straight more prevalent than right-turns/S-shape.
Favourite holes: #10, need to throw through a window early, after which you immediately lose 20' of elevation, then a long, mostly open path to a basket on the left, 370' away; #14, downward slope the first couple hunderd feet, down a broad path with some trees - one of which has a very large branch coming directly over the path, at a height typical for a disc to be flying! A few trees to dodge, elevation to regain, and a little left-tun at the end.
Enjoyable play, good way to avoid the sun on a hot day, worth a visit if in the area.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Excellent course design within a floodway of the Brodhead Creek. Wooded streamside play with elevation changes and equal amount of hyzer / anhyzyer holes. This course is well designed and is well maintained with walking trails, grass fairways, and garbage containers.
Cons: Tight, unforgiving fairways within a wooded floodway/floodplain.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course because of it's location (creekside), design (excellent use of open space), and playability.
4 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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