Great course for starters and people who just enjoy playing
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is only the third course I have played at though having played a large number of times elsewhere. My usual course to go to was in California, PA. That is a tough course mainly because of the wooded portion.
This course on the other hand, is great. The first 8 holes are pretty wide open, mainly in a field. The second hole is easily the longest of the course but it is just straight downhill. One of the only courses you are safe to "let it rip" on. Once you hit hole 9, you start falling into the wooded section. Though there are a lot of trees, you will find it easily navigable and will likely not lose any discs unless they go far out of sight.
The holes placement can be changed so it is not always the same course every time.
The hole layout maps are great. They really help you decipher what could be in the way.
Holes are very well marked and there is little difficulty moving from one hole to the next.
The park itself is beautiful. Make sure you take a good look at the skyline from hole one.
Others are very nice there. Its like a big community atmosphere. I have never had any problems with other golfers.
Alcohol is permitted if you are into that.
Dogs are also permitted.
Large amount of parking available
Cons: Not really a con of the course, but it can get a little crowded. The first two times I went there were a ton of people and some of the holes run side by side so you do need to pay a little attention to your surroundings.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a nice outing around Pittsburgh, go here. You are sure to enjoy it. And if you do happen to have some trouble finding a hole, just ask. Someone will be able to help you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I liked the course with the open fields then going into the woods! You got the best of both worlds. The opening holes are mostly open fields so bring a good driver. In the woods I would use Approach and Putting Disc to there max! I have to get back and play when all the trees in the wooded area are in full bloom that should make it harder!
Cons: There is not to much I did not like about this course!
Other Thoughts: You should go play Schen if you are in the Pittsburg area.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice view from 1 -4. Some interesting shots once you go into the woods. Great elevation/tree shots. Very easy access when you are in the 'burg. Great food and drink nearby.
Cons: The course is a little worn around the edges. Some of the improvements (t-signs) are no longer as helpful due to changes and/or alternate pin placements. No need for a massive arm save one hole.
Other Thoughts: I'm lifetime PFDS #02; there at the start. The course got better from 1988 - 2005, then has been on a slow decline. Not sure why. Still a lot of fun and the bench on 13 still serves it's purpose.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I am rating this a 3.5 because Schenley really is a very good course. The holes progressively move into the woods and several holes have varying lines to the pin. The course starts out with some great open holes and goes into the wooded area around holes 6 and 8. Great mix of different shots.
Course has a great view of the Pittsburgh skyline. One of the more beautiful areas of Schenley.
Cons: The course can be very crowded on nice days when Pitt or CMU is in session. Often people will play in large groups and it can get backed up.
The ratings on here may be because of how short the course is. There aren't many 400+ ft holes.
Other Thoughts: I've always been impressed with the layout of this course. It is a great use of land
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Decent course for the area
Pros: good for beginners to average players
can be played quickly pending crowd
good mix of open area and woods
wooded area is open enough that its hard to lose a disc
always someone else playing the course
easily identifiable tees
Cons: probably too easy for expert players
the course can get super crowded
holes 1 and 2 are usually covered with people sunbathing in the summer time which means you may have to skip over them
course can get old quickly
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Great local course!
Pros: This course was very good with the variety of holes - long and open to thread-the-needle through the trees. Also, the elevation changes were a welcome challenge.
You won't find a better course this close to Pittsburgh!
Cons: Signs to the next tee would be nice... I had to pull out the map a couple of times to make sure I was headed in the right direction.
Someone has used a Sharpie on the backs of the tee signs so that you can see which hole they're for from a distance. This helped me not have to backtrack any more than necessary.
Other Thoughts: When I played it this morning, I had the whole place to myself. I did come across a dog walker who evidently didn't know she was walking through one of the fairways. I had to stop mid-drive!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Nice for a quick round.
Pros: ~Location, location, location: The course is located 4 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and less than 1 mile from Oakland with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University less than a 5 minute drive to the park. Allows for a quick outing with friends to satisfy the disc golfing fix.
~Three tee pads and three pins: Red and white concrete tees with signage for the hole while the blue tees are natural. Allows for play for all levels.
~Great beginner course: With an average hole length of 255' from the white tees, and all but two holes visible from the tee pads, beginners can see the goal and should be able to score in the 70s here. In addition, the course is nicely beat in, so the risk of losing a disc is minimal. This is great as beginner's throws tend to go all over the place.
Cons: ~Busy: With the great location comes large numbers of people; both disc golfers and park users. The fairway for hole one is a popular spot for picnickers and sunbathers who often have to be asked to move. Throwing from the blue tees on hole 1 a Saturday or Sunday is practically impossible. Many runners throughout the park as well that one must watch out for when throwing.
~Cramped in park: Many of the holes in the woods are in close proximity to each other. Be aware of people throwing from other holes as any bounce off of a tree or even bad throws can result in discs careening in your direction.
~Navigation may be difficult: With the holes so close to each other, one may see a tee sign and go to it just assuming that it is the next hole. Be sure to check to make sure you are on the right hole. The most difficult navigation will be from hole 14 to 15 where you need to walk to the right from the hole, through the parking lot to the base of the stairs where hole 15 shoots up the hill.
~Blue tees hard to find: Be sure to bring a map if you want to play the blue tees (recommended as it completely changes the course) as they are natural tees with no signage. Some tees are a long ways back from the white tee such as hole 1's tee being back near the practice basket and hole 15's tee being a long ways down the path. Also note that there are no blue tees for holes 7, 11, and 17, so you should throw from the white tee.
Other Thoughts: ~Well attended league runs through the summer months on Wednesday nights at 6:00PM. Three baskets get moved each week which changes the course nicely from week to week.
~Bathrooms located near the track and soccer field. I assume there is water there as well, but have never noticed. There is a water fountain located at the pavilion after hole 8 and 14.
~Once of the best views of Pittsburgh from above hole 1. If you are there in the summer months, the sun sets perfectly over the city and makes for some superb pictures.
~With a good mix of wooded and open holes as well as holes to both the left and right, this course is great to work on your approach shots. Not a course to change your route for, but a nice place to stop for a quick round.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
My local standby
Pros: The location is obviously extremely accessible for anybody living within Pittsburgh's city limits, particularly the student crowd (myself included). Great to stop here if you're coming into the city to eat or see a show.
The wood's can be pretty unforgiving, but the wooded holes feature just the right mix of challenge and practicality to make a good shot that weaves through some trees feel excellent. Holes 8 and 10 stand out, while 13 would be the only one where hitting trees sees almost inevitable for at least one person in the party.
The course is well maintained, the red and white tee pads are all concrete, and three baskets are moved every week.
This is a great course for beginners, as your arm doesn't get tested nearly as much as your ability to pick a good lane and mix up your shots.
There is a great weekly league on Wednesdays at 6.
Cons: There isn't an incredible amount of variety. Hole 2 is the only hole that might test your arm, but not if the basket is in the A position. Not necessarily a true par 4, which is a shame given that it's the only such hole on the course.
Once you get acclimated to the course finding your way around is easy, and there are signs for every tee, but I can certainly see how some of the tightly packed holes in the woods could create confusion due to the perception of overlapping fairways/baskets.
Have fun throwing LHBH on a few holes, since it's nearly impossible on some of them. The course is certainly designed for accessibility (RHBH), so expert players might not be sufficiently challenged.
Other Thoughts: Play hole A! The tee is on the other side of the pavilion at hole 14, next to the playground. This isn't an ideal course for an expert, but it's hard to complain due to its sheer convenience. Don't go out of your way to play it if you're from outside the region, but if you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend it.
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