I knew what to expect and was not let down
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Anytime you can find a course tucked into a city park with easy access, it is a pro. This is the closest course to my house and the first one I have played. As of late, I have been mainly just playing at Schenley, so I may be a little spoiled with very open holes. My home course used to be the course at Cal U of PA and that is a very tough course to play due to the weed growth. I would put the difficulty of this one in between those two.
Cons: Only 9 holes. Easy fix, play it twice. The last hole puts you right out to the parking lot as a nice loop so it is barely even a walk to get back to hole 1.
From what I see, most people have made this complaint: Navigation is very tough without a map. After the first three holes, we had to find a map online to figure out where to go. See "other comments" for some navigation help.
It is pretty hilly if you arent expecting it, though that isn't a bad thing. Definitely provides a nice little walk for you.
It will be rare for me to head back there to play again but I'm sure I will just for fun with friends.
If you have trouble really aiming your shot, this might not be the course for you to start on. While some of the holes are pretty easy to par or birdy, they go down some narrow pathways. I lost a disc and so did my buddy. The "rough" is VERY rough. Keep it on the fairway and you are fine.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1: Right at the edge of the parking lot by the guard rail. There is a little post there explaining the rules of disc golf.
Hole 2: Just up the hill from the first basket. You will see a similar sign with the course layout on it.
Hole 3: Not easily seen from hole 2's basket. Go up the hill and find the small path to the next walkway. There will be another post.
Hole 4: My best way to describe this is to go to the corner of the soccer field nearest the last basket. On the ground will be a very embedded 4x4 marker. There is no post for this hole.
Hole 5: You should be able to see the post from hole 4. The basket has a long flag on top of it. Shoot for that.
Hole 6: Again, you should be able to see the post for this from hole 5.
Hole 7: *NOT SEEN FROM HOLE 6* You will see a cutaway in the trees that follows up a hill. Go into there and locate the white rope. This will help you climb the hill to the tee box for 7.
Hole 8: From the basket of 7, go up the hill to the right. a new post was placed right at the edge by the advanced tee. This hole could potentially be a Par 3, 4, or 5 depending on basket placement and where you throw from. with a good throw to start, you could very easily eagle from the advanced tee.
Hole 9: Tee should be seen from hole 8 basket. The hole is not visible. We found it on accident. There will be a straightaway in front of you. If you throw it about halfway, the hole is down in the woods off the trail. There is a flag on top of it but if you do not know where to look, it does not stand out much.
From hole 9, just follow the small path down the hill and you will end up right back at the parking lot. Hope this helps some people out.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: East of Pittsburgh, there are incredibly few disc golf courses, so this courses existence is a pro. It was small 9 hole course set in a nice city park, which had multiple entrances (Go to the EAST Park entrance). The course it self offered mostly short holes with some decent technical shots, a lot of dogleg holes, and some alley shots in trees. The baskets were old, but the caught well, and a lot of the "greens" had some pretty serious elevation which made putting a bit more challenging than I expected. I was impressed that a course this size had two tee boxes, and multiple pen placements, though I have a sneaking suspicion that the baskets haven't been moved in ages (though I could be wrong.)
I went in the morning, and the park wasn't crowded, no sporting events were going on, but I could see how on a busy sports weekend, playing a round could get a little cramped.
Cons: As most every other reviewer has mentioned.. the navigation of this course is by far the most difficult. Most of the holes had 4x4 posts with small circular tee signs (I think they all had them, even if they were in odd spots, like hole #8 was facing the wrong direction past the advanced tee box.) But even with those, we had to have a cell phone out with the map up after every hole, because some of the trails that branch throughout the woods in this park don't lead to disc golf at all (looking at you hole #2). Once you find the sign posts, you then have to find the tee box, which is much harder than it needs to be. These tees are marked with buried, painted 2x4's. The problem is, they were buried deep enough to be mowed over, but now, you can hardly find them. White is "Advanced" tee position, Red is "Amateur" tee position, but the paint has worn off most of them so at best look for flecks.
I thought the basket placement was pretty good, with some interesting shots, but it was difficult to figure out which basket I was throwing to on #7, and then #9 is actually buried in the woods. The first round it was frustrating, but once I knew the layout, the second 9 was much more enjoyable.
The rough is ROUGH. Especially an issue on hole 3, but anything not in the fairway will meet with thorns and thorn bushes galore. Just FYI.
Last, there is a small hike from the basket of 6 to the tee of 7, which includes a pretty steep hill and a rope to pull yourself up with. There is a longer, but easier hill to climb if we you keep rounding the ball field. Especially worth noting if your mobility isn't great.
Just noticed that I played this as a par 3 on every hole, but DGCR has it listed much differently. I can't imagine this being anything but a par 3, and the idea that any of these holes are a par 5 is a bit of a joke.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this was a fun little 9 hole course that I am sure I will play again. I could see the potential for bugs, so I would suggest pants (I wore shorts and went into the weeds a few times, that was a mistake!) and a can of off with you if you are coming during the afternoon/evening.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nice practice course.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Short little course. Not bad. Good practice course. No hard holes. Kinda typical little course with few obstacles.
Cons: Grass tee boxes marked with painted 4x4's. Not always easy to find. #8 basket needs replaced. Dented and bent. Flow of course not always easy to follow. View map before trying this course.
Other Thoughts: This is the 1st course I scored under par, -1. Eagled #5 from 100ft :).
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 12 Not
A Great Pittsburgh Practice Course!
Pros: Easy to Find Location.
Large Parking Lot.
Community Park Facilities.
Great Use of Park Land / Layout / Elevation.
Cons: Most holes did not have a post.
Only one of the post was readable.
Most holes had only one tee placement.
All holes only had one pin placement.
There are no arrows to guide you from holes.
There is thick jungle on many of the holes so be very careful when throwing off course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great practice course for the eastern Pittsburgh region. You must review the pictures, map, and hole advise before beginning any adventure at this park or you will probably get very lost within the first few holes. Also, do not use the older photos as a guide.
0 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Lack of Course Flow and Signage
Pros: Set in a nice city park that is divided into two sections - East and West. I ignored the DGCR directions and turned into the West entrance, hoping I would find the East park on the other side. Don't do this - pass the two West entrances and turn left into the East entrance shortly after. While the West section is bigger, newer, and nicer, the East park is still well maintained and clean. There is a very large parking lot, bathroom, playground, and water fountain near the first tee. I was surprised by how pretty of a setting the course is in.
The course offers multiple (blue and red) tees on a few holes, marked by colored wooden planks in the grown, has two pin positions for each hole (not sure how often they're changed), and has solid Mach 5 baskets.
The course does give a good variety of hole types, with a few tunnel shots and a few more open holes. There is a good mix of anhyzer, hyzer, and straight shots. There were a few bright technical spots in hole 3's long tunnel shot, 5's longer anhyzer over a slope, 7's tight anhyzer shot, and 9's sharp hyzer in the woods. Holes 7-9 were my favorite, for their technicality but also for how visually striking that section of the park was. The course uses the park's elevation to it's maximum potential (holes 1, 2, and 5).
Cons: -There are tee signs, but they are worthless. I think two of them were any bit readable, but most are faded to where they don't provide any information. The baskets don't have numbers either, so it is impossible at times to know what hole you're playing without a map. Even then, it can be confusing.
-The park is well maintained, but it seems like the course was designed half-heartedly. It seemed that second tees were added randomly, as they do not provide any kind of different technical approach. There were holes that I could only find 1 tee, and I could not even find the tees for holes 4 and 7.
-Navigation is good in that it starts near the parking lot, loops completely around the park, then ends near the parking lot. Getting from 1-9, though, is not easy. There are no (much needed) next tee signs or arrows. Course flow is not great as you have to backtrack to 2's tee from 1's basket and 3's tee from 2's basket. Also, getting to hole 4 is confusing because there are multiple paths from 3's basket. This adds wasted time when taking the wrong path and can easily be fixed with a sign. There are long walks from 4-5 and 6-7. Finally, hole's 7 and 8 play through the same fairway. I wasn't sure which sign, tee, or basket is for which one.
-The rough is pretty brutal, so the multiple tight shots can be more frustrating than fun when your disc fades the slightest bit. Holes 3, 4, and 6 probably have the worst rough. It is not just thick, but filled with thorns.
Other Thoughts: I would only play this course if you are trying to bag courses. It is fortunately not too far off Rt. 22 or I-376, but you will hit awful traffic in this area if you go during rush hour. Don't go much out of your way to play here and come with a map handy. I would've given up on this course if I didn't have a map. The course's navigation and lack of appropriate signage are what especially gives it a low rating. The holes themselves can be enjoyable, but aren't anything special. Took me about 40 minutes to play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Forgotten relic on a hill top.
Pros: Ummm. There are baskets, even some elevation (course is on one of the highest elevations in town)
2 tees and 2 pin positions per hole.
Cons: Abysmal flow and navigation. I almost walked off the course after 3 holes.
Baskets are unmarked, so I played hole 2 first thinking it was one. The signs were mostly unreadable so even if you found the tee, you did not know what hole you were on at times. After hole 2 there was no navigational aid to guide you to hole 3. I walked ½ mile down a trail to nowhere looking for basket 3. On hole 3 I spent time looking for my disc in the thick brush. I wasted a lot of time looking for tee 4, when I found it there was no sign. It was a short blind anny that could leave you looking for your disc. There was a long walk to hole 5, once again no navigational aids to point your way or confirm you are going the correct way. On hole 7 the basket you see is 8, not 7. You throw right back up the hill for 8. On hole 9, I had no idea where the basket was. I took a safe shot down the fairway and realized I was 50 feet past the basket.
Hole 7 was the only legible sign. Many baskets were old dented and greatly abused. This course seems to be a forgotten relic wasting away on a hill top.
Other Thoughts: I had to pay 2 separate tolls to get off the Expressway to play this course. This course was not worth a single toll. Move on to a different course and save yourself a lot of time and frustration. I saw another sign near hole 9 and thought there was another hole and felt disappointment, then excitement when I realized it was not another hole, it was honestly that bad.
I have played around 200 courses and this was in my bottom 5.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great for a Quick Round
Pros: There are some shorter holes and some longer ones, but on the shorter ones you need to use more tactical shots which makes them better. The longer ones you get to throw in the open except for #5 where the tee is right under this tree which adds some difficulty. Great use of the land provided around the edge of the park. Hole 1 and the end of Hole 9 are right near the parking lot which is awesome. It only took 2 of us 40 minutes to play 9 holes.
Cons: The signs are very small and worn down so it is difficult to see them sometimes for first time players. The wood front of the tee pads is hard to see unless you grab the map/scorecard at the beginning of the course and then it is easy.
Other Thoughts: The pars on the scorecard seemed a bit high because on the par 5s it was very easy to get a 3 and even have a chance at a 2. If you used all par 4s and 3s it is still not difficult but it makes it more fair.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Not a bad course
Pros: This course isn't super hard, but it does offer a few challenges with some precision turns and elevation changes early on. There is good variety with no two holes being the same. Good course design using the space they have around the park. It's also nice that the 9th hole ends right beside the parking lot. It doesn't seem like much, but i've been to a couple where you play the last hole and have to go on an epic adventure to get back to your car. The course overall is maintained fairly well.
Cons: The signs for the course aren't very good. It is pretty easy to lose track of where the next tee is if you don't grab a scorecard with a map at the beginning. With the map it is pretty easy to figure out where to go though. The tees could use a little more attention. A bit of trimming of the grass around the boards and a new coat of paint would go a long way.
Other Thoughts: I have no other thoughts...
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course located in a nice small park has two tees and two pin positions per hole. The seperate tee's do a good job of adding variety to the holes.
Although the holes are not too challenging there is at least a little variety in layout. With some right turning, left turning, a tunnel shot, and some protected baskets.
There are bathroom facilities and a nice map available. Course navigation is fairly easy and this would be a good course for beginners or intermediate players to practice on or if you really need to get your disc golf fix.
Cons: Over all the course is short and not particularly difficult.
There are some wicked thorn bushes through out the course. You really should not be getting off the fairway on this course but if you do, getting to your disc can be difficult.
Natural tees with only an inset board to mark them. The boards are a little grown over making them more difficult to spot. I am not sure where hole # 4's tee is. My friend and I did not see any tee sign or board for it so we just tee'd off from near where the map showed it should have been.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad little course but really not one that anybody should be going out of their way for. From what I can tell there is very little traffic on this course so if you lived nearby it would be easy to get in some fast practice rounds whenever you want without having to wait. This course is only about 15-20 minutes away from Deer Lakes so depending on which way you are coming from it can be used as a nice place to stop and warm up before tackling that monster.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good for Practice
Pros: If you're in the immediate area, Monroeville Park is a good place to practice your tosses. You'll have the opportunity to throw a lot of mid-range shots, including different angles and curves.
The fairways are well-maintained, and the baskets are in pretty good condition (aside from #8, which is crooked). The fairways are all pretty open and well-defined.
Hole #9 is kind of cool. And immediate dogleg right, then shooting into the woods.
For such a small park, you don't need to worry about throwing into other park-goers and picnickers. Space is pretty well-used.
It's never really crowded. I've only ever seen a couple other groups playing there at the same time I was.
Cons: The worst part of playing here is the poison ivy, especially in the summer. If you throw into the rough on most of the holes, you're going to get a rash. It does force you to learn to shoot really straight (especially on #2 and #7), but it is pretty irritating knowing you have very little wiggle room.
Some of the tees are difficult to find the first time, as they're just wooden planks in the ground. You can pick up a map at the first tee, though, and then you shouldn't have too much of a problem.
Other Thoughts: Really, it's nothing special. Like I said, it's great for practice if you're in the area. The roughs can get pretty dense, but that also means you might end up finding a couple discs.
If you go when people aren't using the baseball or soccer fields, they're decent places to work on airing out some drives.
Don't make a long trip out to Monroeville Park; but if you live nearby, the course is a nice place to get in 30-40 minutes of practice.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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