Charlton, MA 
Buffumville Lake Share
Uploaded By: timg Hole #16 (Taken 5/2013)
3 / 310ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #16 Short Tee

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1    6/29/2014   7/4/2014
Review By: reposado
Played: 278  Reviewed: 276  Exp: 6.3 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lots of good here. A bunch of sweet wooded holes with nice lines and clearly defined fairways. The run from 4-6 is particularly nice, with some variety in the flight paths and even a little elevation. The best hole, though, is 10. A shot over the dam spillway, which drops off rather dramatically in front of the tee, and a left fade through the woods for the finish. Fun. The return shot on 15 isn't as aesthetically pleasing since it's a bit closer to the actual dam and areas are fenced off but it's still a nice shot. 11-14 comprise another woods loop with a few shorter holes and one of moderate distance.
Alltogether a mostly solid, if unspectacular course that is well worth a stop.
Lots of meh here as well. The first two holes are just long. Not interesting at all. Just long. The rock slope are more of a nuisance than a challenge. They are OB and people aren't supposed to walk on them but who are we kidding? Discs will end up on them and people will climb them to retrieve them. Most of the holes that play alongside the ledges are the weak parts of the course. Especially 9, which could have been a cool carry, but ends up begging players to aim for the rock OB. It might have been better to replace some holes, especially the first two, with some of the holes from the second set of twelve, which head deeper into a wooded area but could still have you finish near the start of the current 3. Anything to limit the amount of times that the rock slopes are in play.
There's also some confusion about exactly where the throw is supposed to go on the later holes, particularly 17. 16 also feels like you are throwing somewhere that you are not supposed to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 June Lovely Day

1    6/30/2012   7/2/2012
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Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course is great for exercise and long throws to set up nestled putts. Many wildflowers and rustic setting around a seriously engineered lake created behind a dam. All baskets are in good shape and the variety of shots could not be a better equalizer for those who can drive deep and often.
Cons: The course is open to the elements and so plays a bit like a midwestern course when windy (my round was relatively mild with just enough wind to cut the heat of the day). A fair amount of trash on the course as there is no obvious place to put trash on the course.
Other Thoughts: The swim was great in the smaller pond, although the official beach is on the larger lake. $4 to swim in the lake but free to swim the pond (I entered via the small beach near the fishing dock to the left of the boat ramp.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Grip and rip!

5+    9/10/2011   11/4/2011
Review By: bradharris
Played: 87  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 14.5 Years
This review was updated on 3/27/2012
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The amenities are all there. The tee pads (concrete or rubber) are all in good shape. Although a few are a bit short. The signage is great (and educational) and navigation is a breeze.

The course is well maintained and clean. The fairways are clear and grass is mowed.

It's also nice and quiet. You may encounter a couple walkers along the front half or some fishers on 9, but for the most part, you don't need to worry about bystanders impeding play.

There is a "mini nine" made up of remnants of the old course that offers a nice change of pace from the standard 18 hole layout.

There are a couple individual holes that I think are really well designed:

Hole 1: This hole requires a big drive with relatively few obstructions. The closer you end up to the OB rip-rap on the left, the better look you have at the basket. This opens up a nice risk/reward scenario.

Hole 10: Tee off over a channel to a tree line on the other side. Hit the gap in the trees and there is a nice landing zone offering a nice approach shot. Miss the gap and it will cost you a stroke.

Hole 15: This hole will mess with your head. The tee is on the dam playing over the channel. The tee is perfectly placed such that just about anyone that really goes for it and comes up short will end up in the channel. So you're forced to power down and hit a blind, tiered landing area short, or take your chances and go for it (about 400' to clear the water).
Cons: Distance is king here. The course is heavily biased to the players who can throw the farthest. This is particularly evident early on with hole 2. It is a straight shot, slight uphill approx 700 feet. The fairway is lined with OB riprap on the left and a tree line on the right. However, the fairway is wide enough to allow just about any distance line you want. As long as it finishes between those lines, you're all set. The trees and rip-rap are enough to punish bad shots, but anything inbetween will provide an equally good look for your next shot.

This tends to be the theme of the course. A large number of holes emphasize distance over placement. The holes that require a long drive leave plenty of space to use just about any disc or shot you need to get max distance. There's no real test of long range accuracy.

The OB rip-rap continues to be a factor throughout the course. Five holes (1, 2, 3, 7, and 8) are lined by OB on the left, favoring the LHBH or RHFH player. Holes 9, 15 and 17 also have OB to the left, but it doesn't come into play quite as much. Hole 14 is the only one with the OB to the right. It doesn't take long for this to get very repetative and boring.

Hole 9 is particularly frustrating if you can't clear about 325' in a usually swirling wind. This is what is required to clear the water and OB rip-rap (which has a tendency to kick discs into the water). If you don't have the range to get to the other shore, you may as well just accept the penalty and head down to the drop zone located on the opposite shore.
Other Thoughts: This course was clearly designed for advanced players. Casual players will be frustrated and possibly turned off to the sport after playing here. Having alternate tees on all but the shortest holes would be a huge help in that regard. There are a couple alternates already (on 1, 2, 9, 16 and 17), but there are many more holes that could use them.

Even the big guns that have the distance needed to play this course will find the layout repetitive and boring. There need to be more reward opportunities for good tee shots, particularly on the longer holes.

I only played the old 27-hole layout once, but I enjoyed that layout much more than the new 18.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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