The grass is always mowed and there's not a huge amount of weeds/brush
it's hilly, but not enough to really beat you up
There aren't any unusually long walks between holes
It's almost entirely in the shade, yet without being in the woods. It's a park, not woods.
Every hole has an interesting challenge to it and a way to get to the basket even if it seems impossible at first. Except for maybe #14 Red?
There are two baskets on every hole which keeps things interesting (although #12 Red basket was wiped out by a falling tree a few weeks ago)
Cement pads in great shape and decent size.
Very well manicured. At first I didn't like the changes to #8, but now that they're done fixing it up, it's definitely more fun.. They changed it from a 525-foot par 5 with a 3rd shot into a very narrow opening in a grove of trees ,to about a 615 foot hole, still finishing in the same grove but you definitely have more options.
There's usually someone to play with if you don't want to go it alone.
It's very easy to skip around holes and play them out of order if you're behind a larger group. For example, if #1 is occupied, it's usually not a problem to start on #3 which is also close to the parking lot. #6, #7, #9 and #11 tees are also pretty close to the parking lot. You're not very far from your car until you get to #13.
I'm very spoiled in that I live very nearby. This was the first course I went to when I started, and I didn't realize how good it was until I started traveling a bit.
I recently played in a tournament and was paired with two pros and there were several holes where they were debating which way to curve it and which is best and on several holes there wasn't a clear advantage. That's a pretty good design.
There's not much that other people haven't already brought up, the main one being that there are some walking paths that are dangerously close and you do need to watch out for people. This would include #1, #10, #11, #12, #13, #15.
The park bench on #12 for walkers is pretty much in the direct line of flight from #12 tee. If someone is sitting there you might as well walk over to the nearby #10 tee and play #12 from that.
The walking path on #13 is blind from the tee and is 360 feet away. If you can throw it that far, and you don't walk up and check first, well, just go check. Otherwise you're throwing blind towards a busy walkway Not a good idea.
Some people don't like the last 3 holes. The first 15 holes are excellent holes, all of which require you hit some sort of gap in the trees. The gaps aren't crazy narrow, but neither are they so wide that you can throw it anywhere. But 16-18 aren't quite as interesting, it's true. Still, they're way better than the worst holes on a lot of other course. #16 is OK, it's still is sort of a tunnel shot and you can go on either side of the row of trees #17 and #18 are wide open though without a lot going on other than the yellow basket is behind a tree. Unlike the previous 16 holes, you really can throw it wherever you want and still have a shot. I have to agree, 18 is the worst hole, a sort of bland uphill shot to the parking lot.
Combining 17 and 18 into one hole would make the finish a lot more exciting through. It would add strategy to both the tee shot and approach. 17 tee to 18 red basket is 650 feet, uphill. They can add a new hole near the pond behind 5 tee. That pond is 280 feet long and 30 feet wide, it's easy to walk around and there's plenty of room to put in a hole that puts the pond a little bit into play, although one reason this course is so popular is you probably aren't going to lose a disc. They wouldn't want to have the basket too close to the pond. but maybe the hole could throw across a corner of the pond.
This is really a fun place for disc golf. There's always a shot, you almost never search for discs even though there is quite a bit of trouble at times. Great for beginners, challenging enough for intermediate people and I would imagine even long-time experts would find the place relaxing and interesting. It's just a pleasant walk! They're very busy at times though, busy enough that they could consider putting in a second course. There's plenty of room to do so, around the exterior of the current course.
The course has one tee and 2 baskets on every hole, yellow and red. Reds are the long, tough baskets, and most of the time, if you fire away at the easier yellow basket, you can then pitch up or over or through to the red basket. Both courses offer fun and strategy.
This is the closest course to where I live and I've been watching scores and stats for a while and have determined if you have the ability to shoot even par to the yellow baskets, you'll shoot about +5 to the red baskets, based on the pars on the signs. The yellow course is 16 reasonable par 3s and 2 reasonable par 4s. The red course is much longer, but the par is only 5 higher, 61 instead of 56. But really the red course is about 10 shots harder. The red course features numerous 400+foot par 3s, some of which are uphill. The even par yellow player can shoot even par on the red, but it'll take a lot of good upshots and putts to do it. What I suggest instead is to just change your scoring app to make 5 of the red par 3s into par 4s instead. Then you have a reasonable chance to shoot even par. I'd recommend converting 2, 7, 11, 17 and 18 into short par 4s. If you have 300-foot max distance, you're not getting close to any of those par 3s in one. #2 says 325 to the red basket, but it's right up a hill, through trees. 7, 11, 17 and 18 are all uphill as well. And it's not that easy to get to any of them in 2 if you're a little out of position on your tee shot. Might as well just call them pleasant par 4s and enjoy your day. For the pros though, those are 5 really challenging and fun par 3s. 17 is 450 feet, uphill to the reds, but I saw pros reach it at the PDGA event on Saturday. I really ripped one and had a 130-foot upshot, up the hill. Nice birdie? Par? Doesn't matter, 3 was very satisfying. So 61 is a reasonable "pro par" and 66 is a good "amateur par"
In every division on Saturday, the difference between the red course scores and yellow scores was about 10 shots. The pros shot around -10 (46) on the yellows, -5 (56) on the reds. The MA3 crowd did about the same. Even par on the yellows (56) and +5 on the reds (66). By the way, that's about a 900 rating on both, when it's windy. On a calm summer day it'd be around 870.
Anyway, it's not a place that will beat you up, but even par on the reds on a windy day is a challenge for sure.