9 Helpful / 1 Not
You bleeds in the weeds!
Pros: A typically solid Delaware disc golf course. Course makes excellent use of limited terrain available. Use of trees, treelines, shrubs, pond on 18, etc. is exemplary and maximizes sites topographic potential. Doubtful that pond could be used more due to many people fishing and generally crowds are closer to those areas. Course has a mildly technical opening eight followed by a more wide open middle nine before the final semi-technical approach to 18 in front of the pond. The brick tee pads were a first for me and once I got used to them were sufficient. I found them unique not bad. Hole 1 is a fun little drive down between two banks of a ravine to a basket in front of a small stream...Probably the signature hole on the course. Holes 2 and 3 mimick one another using trees and bushes as obstacles to test your shot placement and landing skill as well as your approach. Then you cross the wide path to holes 4-8. These are all similiar holes in that they all utilize a tree line to break up two fields. So you get to test your drive accuracy by negotiating windows/doorways through trees midway trouble on the fairway. These are excellent holes. Hole 8 is particularly tight and technical with trouble early, middle and a protected basket. Then you cross the path to the ultra wide open portion of the course. Holes 9-17 are all similiar in that they utilize booming drives to protected baskets that hide between,amongst, or behind trees/shrubs. Lot's of open air followed by clever approaches make for some interesting holes. You don't just throw into a field to a basket you have to often land your disc in a strategic manner that sets up your second shot to make par. Course is isolated from the most parkgoers. Basically the course is set inside an infield of what appears to have been a horse racing track at one time and runs counter clockwise around the infield.
Cons: Rusted old single chained baskets. I had fun throwing at these antiques but some might not enjoy these relics. There is no elevation and no true woods. For this reason any serious player will probably rather play the ultra hilly Brandywine across town for a wide open but HILLY challenge and other experts will prefer the uber challenge of Iron Hill with it's massive forrest holes this is a few miles to the south. That leaves beginners and novices. Problem is it's not beginner/novice friendly due to the amount of wind and the infestation of thorns all along every fairway from tee to basket and even in some cases as an actual obstacle such as protected by thorns green of hole 14. This makes any errant throw miserable. With no shade available most will want to wear shorts which is an awful choice due to the absolutely inescapable thorns that line the fairways. If you can place 300 foot drives on a 30 foot wide mowed fairway this is for you but if not be prepared to bleed in the weeds. The wide open nature also makes your throws prone to drift far off course due to no knock down trees and all that wind. The 6 bucks to play ensures an ouch to your wallet as well as your legs.
Other Thoughts: If it wasn't for the thorns this course would be a pleasant play with a little big arm fun and some technical baby holes. Good for a relaxed round. But due to the thorns you really spend too much time prancing about in pain here and the fun factor is ruined. That big wide open track is pretty cool I would love to know if this was a race track at one time.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent beginner course. Holes are mainly wide open and holes are easy to find/navigate. Tees have been upgraded to brick and are nicer than the gravel that could be flooded.
Cons: Brush can be a nightmare if you go off the path. Thorn bushes everywhere and I've come out of there with some poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: Don't get crazy on 18 or you are going for a swim, the disc will hit and run right into a pretty deep section of the creek.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: As has been said before this is a great course for new players, focusing on your short game or a quick round. This course has a good mix of tight and open fairways. Some of the earlier reviewers mentioned the rough being very bad. I played here last summer and it was nasty but they have cleaned most of it out. I do not know if they will keep up the maintenance throughout the summer or not. Bottom line, this is a good change of pace course for those playing the longer courses in area.
There are also plenty of other distractions in the area for family, BBQ pits, playground, fishing and a walking track.
Cons: The tee pads could use a little work and the baskets could be replaced or repaired. My disc managed to hit the chains and come out the other side of the basket on a few holes.
Other Thoughts: I am not sure who manages this course but it could be so much better given the location. If one or two holes utilized the river that would vastly improve the course and give it something that no other northern DE course has, a real water obstacle.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pluses and minuses
Pros: Manicured fairways with clearly defined rough. Well placed obstacles on almost every fairway making your approach shots critical. Easy to navigate the course and find the next hole. Course designers would do well to study some of the holes and see how to use tree lines, shrubs and thorns to create obstacles. No problems with the rough or poison ivy when I played (november) - bad shots were punished but your life was never threatened.
Cons: I've heard horror stories about the poison ivy and thorns in the summer. Links layout causes some repitition. Elevation only occurs on the first hole (a beautiful little chute with a creek). Baskets rusted, and hole 1's chains are hanging down completely unattached at the bottom. Uneven brick teepads are slippery and even somewhat dangerous. Some signs missing.
Other Thoughts: I'd recommend giving this course a try in the winter when foliage is barren and you don't need to pay the $6 state park fee. Some bad approach shots landed in thorns right next to the basket, making me take two shots to get in from 10 feet... I wish more courses had that (the equivalent of greenside sand traps in ball golf). Playgrounds nearby for the family, nice restrooms and soda machines. Unfortunately the course doesn't use the river at all, a real missed opportunity.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Mostly short course, good for beginners or those looking to finesse their approach game. Though their are a few long holes. Flat, fairly open but plenty of brush, tree and rock obstacles keep you accurate. Some holes require driving through small openings in a tree line. pond comes into play a couple times. The course is fun for a relaxing round.
Cons: The rough during the summer months is vicious and deep. You may find a lot of park goers and dog walkers on the course. The brick tee pads aren't that great, sometimes uneven. One of my friends will sometimes find himself on his butt after driving on them.
Other Thoughts: Bellevue is also a bird sanctuary so keep your eyes open for hawks and such!
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Bad Rough :-(
Pros: Short and fairly simple course. Though it's in a public park, the disc golf course doesn't rerally interfere with the other patrons.
Cons: The rough can get out of hand and it's very easy to lose discs with the narrow fairways. Came home with 2 ticks on me once, so use OFF before playing.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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