Wish it was close enough to call my home course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great variety of hole types and layouts
-Two tee options, two basket options
-Located in a beautiful state park
-Really strong disc golf community
-Relatively close to Boston
-Each hole seems thoughtfully designed
-Enough trash cans and recycling
-Dog-friendly but also clean
-Many different creative lines that play to different players' strengths
Cons: -No water holes
-Not a lot of elevation change
Other Thoughts: Borderlands is awesome. Objectively speaking, Maple Hill is probably the best course <50 miles from Boston, but I love playing these two equally. The course is designed really thoughtfully, with many different options and unique lines to the basket. For example, my forehand drive gets an extra 50 feet of distance at the moment, and I have a friend who's the opposite, but there are many holes here where he will choose to throw forehand and I will choose backhand because we read the hole differently. I've played here more than anywhere else, and while it is a little too far for me (I live in Somerville, MA) to call it my home course, it's definitely near and dear to my heart.
The only two 'meh' holes are IMO 8 and 15 (white baskets) and the blue basket on 2 is kind of insanely long. White to white is fun, basically a par 3 course. B-W and W-B are both challenging and varied. B-B gets pretty difficult and you have to be in the mood for it. It can be confusing and slightly dangerous if there are a lot of people playing different layouts, as you might not realize it until there are others directly in your path. Being vigilant should take care of most of that, however.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Hole Variety in Beautiful Park
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Variety of holes, flat, up, down, up & down. Two tees two targets!! Trees everywhere make great challenges. Very well kept course. Hole 3 offers one of only a few wide open shots. The Blue course and the white course offer two very different looks, so it's basically like 2, even 3 or 4 courses in one.
Cons: Costly parking ($5). Park gates don't open until 7am. Not super easy to find the next tee. Plenty of poison ivy in the late spring and summer.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Multiple tee pads for all levels
- There are so many ways too play the course ( White-White;Blue-Blue;White-Blue;Blue-White-Alternate Blue/White...etc)
- Fairways are well defined and there are multiple routes on most holes.
- Easy hiking compared to most 18 hole courses I have played (very little up and down hiking)
- Blue-Blue will allow you to use multiple drivers/fairways/putters in a single round.
- The course has risk reward shots all over.
- I have played many courses and always will go to borderland for a round.
- Good disc golf community that will return discs and help if in need.
- If get out early in the morning you can have the course to yourself. (grass holes can be wet)
Cons: - It is a heavily wooded course, there are some shots that look great that will be knocked down.
- Your discs will take some damage.
- Can get packed late in the day or weekends.
- Not great elevation holes, it is fun seeing a disc fly for 15-30 seconds down hill.
Other Thoughts: If you are anywhere south of Boston I would make this course your home course. It is the best in the area. Dacy is a good little course but I would rank borderland head and shoulders above.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Borderland is a great course on a great park. It has two sets of tees (white and blue) and two sets of baskets (white and blue). They share parts of fairways but offer different lines from tees to baskets (both lefty and righty friendly). The tees and baskets can be mixed and matched (i.e. white to blue, blue to white, etc.) which provides lots of options and varied levels of difficulty. All of the tee pads are rubber mats and complete with a sign showing the fairways and distances to the white and blue baskets. The baskets are great shape as well. There is a variety of wooded and open fairways. There are some elevation changes and tight fairways that make things interesting. There is also a lost and found box to drops discs that are found. At the end of each day, the rangers collect them and bring them into the office for people to retrieve.
Cons: It gets extremely busy during the weekends and with the sharing of blue and white fairways, it can be tough to have your round go smoothly. Sometimes park goers end up meandering through the course or post up on the fields of hole 2, 17, and 18. Some people can get a little lost going from hole 4 to 5 and 17 to 18. Parts of the course can get very muddy during the spring season (although to a true disc golfer, this will not stop them from playing). Not many trash cans for trash (please carry out what you carry in)
Other Thoughts: For those allergic to poison ivy, beware throughout the warmer months. As a heads up, there is a $5 parking fee for the day. There are also lots of trails and other activities that happen at this park aside from disc golf.
For those that have an issue finding hole 5: walk the path from the hole 4 basket, walk across the hole 18 fairway until you see the dirt road/path going across the field (the mansion will be on your left and the parking lot on the right). You will then reach the entrance to the park. On your left you should see a pathway that leads to the tee pads for blue and white.
For those that have an issue finding hole 18: from the basket, walk up by the right side of the tennis court, and you will see a path. Walk through the little stone garden/fountain area and up the hill. You should then see a little hill and a stone roadway. The tee pads for 18 are just past that.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Borderlands State Park is super crazy awesome. The dual tee, and dual basket layout is the best I have seen at achieving a disc golf double helix, 18 holes that feels like 36. Instead of the white tee being on a similar line as the blue, but shorter distance, here they are frequently carved out on a separate line with a totally different look. Placement on every available tee area or pin location were skillfully chosen, this layout rocks. Tees were good, nicely done rubber mats, usually spacious and level. Very complete signage marking every tee. A pair of Chainstar baskets on every hole, white and blue. All were in good shape, as I recall. While the 4 configurations of each hole optimize versatility, the park is an ideal setting for disc golf. The course mixes in woods, with sometimes extremely rocky fairways, and grassy meadows and hills, with a few scattered trees. Elevation can be a factor, but usually in moderate amounts. Water is never a major issue. Playing the longest blue/blue layout would be epic, I chose to play a slightly less difficult white/blue layout. Did not fare too well. Finished with a 65, 1 over par. It is a short walk from the parking lot and the practice basket, past the visitor center to the first tee. From the first hole you know you're in for a treat. I can't give hole by hole breakdown, but they are all quality just about any angle. 2 is a monster par 5 on the blue pin. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, and 15, were all cool, 3 being my favorite. The blue pin is on the edge of a boulder, and if you miss right side you are putting from the bottom of it 8 feet beneath the level of the pin. I did just that, and two putted for par. The rocky outcroppings and stone walls dividing parts of some holes are a great element.
Cons: Parking toll at park entrance $2. The front nine is interrupted by a long walk between holes 4 and 5. After 4, you walk past the 18th tee, across the grass, into the woods again. There are no trash cans, guests in the park should pack out their trash. Should but don't, litter was on the ground throughout. Not a ton, but way too much for a park this nice. Dogs must remain on a leash.
Other Thoughts: One or two average holes, majority good to great. Borderlands was fun and totally worth the visit. Rating of over 4 fully valid. A course that has complex and interesting personality.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Wonderful wooded course
Pros: Set in an absolutely beautiful wooded state park.
2 rubber tee pads on each hole, with a tee sign for each. Tee signs are good, with distances to both baskets (see below), as well as accurate topography. I don't usually love rubber teepads, but these were almost all completely flat, and even a bit wet, they performed well.
2 different baskets on each hole (DGA and Discatcher). White/blue placement. I LOVE this concept. You can play this course in 4 different configurations, which offers a very high replay factor. All baskets caught well.
Navigation was pretty simple, with signs at nearly every hole pointing out the proper direction. Hole 4 to 5's transition is long, and not overly intuitive.
Heavily wooded course, but there were fair lines on every hole. Some were tight, but if you're throwing well that day, very satisfying to hit.
Brooms on nearly every hole to sweep off the tee pads was a nice touch.
Great course for all skill levels, as the white/white configuration isn't overly long.
Decent elevation changes in many spots, although no "top o' the world" shots are found here.
Cons: Not many to speak of.
Rubber tee pads aren't the greatest, but these are about as good as they get.
$2 for parking, but it's a pittance for what you're getting. If anything, it probably helps to keep the chuckers away.
No water in play here (with the exception of some marshy areas).
Other Thoughts: This is probably one of my new favorite courses. If you prefer open courses, this probably won't be your cup of tea.
Parking is ample here.
Lost disc box near the visitor center.
In my opinion, this is a must play if you're in the area. Be prepared to hike a bit, though, as the terrain is rough. Lots of rocks and boulders to be found. Wear good shoes!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Long course with two baskets and teepads per hole.
-enjoyable changes in elevation
- enjoyed being able to throw all manner of hyzer and anhyzer shots.
- Great mix of open and tightly wooded shots
- great pin placements
Cons: Poor next tee signage. Generally speaking the next hole signage is difficult if playing the blue holes. I found that the blue tees were hard to find for a first timer. Hole three is very difficult to find from the blue basket on two.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed the challenge and hope to par it next time. Loved it.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Great Course! Watch for Rocks-
Pros: Excellent course layout with different tee/basket combinations being challenging enough to replay several times in a day. I enjoyed the diverse pin locations and skill shots necessary to score well. Very upkept and the mansion is a beautiful side trip!!
Cons: Slow large groups block play but normally are courteous enough to let people play through. Course map is useless, please make larger and not so grainy!!
Other Thoughts: Overall awesome course, only pet peeve is with the players not the course...if you're experienced enough to carry 20+ discs play from the blues and stop bragging about -10 rounds from the whites! Free up the whites for inexperienced players to have some fun!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Two sets of Fly Pads on every hole with two sets of pins means a wide variety of layouts can be played. If an issue exists on the course it is taken care of immediately. The club puts all of it's money back into the course to keep up with improvements.
Cons: It gets really crowded with beginner players that play in large groups on the most difficult course. Often times that will be followed up with groups of 2 players that are playing the short course and want to play through every group.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
A must play
Pros: I enjoy the more dificult courses that force me to enhance my accuracy on my drives. the wooded areas are no joke, full of trees and large rocks. So don't count on a skip or roll at the end of your drives. If your into rock climing as well, bring your shoes and crash pad. lots of good rock to go bouldering on. a few of the baskets are on top of them too....
Cons: the park dosn't allow beer....
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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