New But Not There Yet
11 Helpful / 0 Not
This new community course is 1/3s open to 2/3s woods holes ratio, with brush playing a role on #3/#8. A respectable amount of elevation is in play especially on #1 and #2. It's passable and definitely playable, but it could end up much better with some fundamental changes.
+Three open holes were good (#1, 2, 9).
+#6, #7 forest holes exemplified what the forest portion should have been about.
+They invested in quality baskets, doublechained DGAs, which caught really well.
+Definitely has potential, I hope this is only a start and they're willing to adjust the course as needed.
It's the least polished course in the immediate Reading area. They should have used the forest more in creating unique and varied holes rather than going along established trails for #4 and 5, which were tight for the length. I also hate throwing along well established hiking trails that curve, for fear I will will hit someone simply walking around. There is enough forest to use here, so an unneeded risk.
-No teepads, just posts. Normally this would be okay but many are situated in awfully bumpy or uneven ground. Even standstill drives were challenging.
-Tee signs only display hole# and distance in yards mislabeled as feet. Triple it. Without Udisc, I would have been lost.
-#3/8. They share the same fairway, a single lane road plus a few feet of grass, with wet muddy brushy nastiness on one side. Twice over on a 9er is too much.
Terrain Potential: XXX - Hilly, open and forest parts.
Actual Execution: Xx - Lazily conceived holes, wasted potential. Hard to tee off.
Upkeep: N/A - Brand new.
Difficulty: XXx - Intermediate. Some forest parts seems like a challenge.
Fun Factor: Xx - Passable. I almost had a good time here but not quite.
Overall: Xx - Passable. Tweaks and some reconfiguration could immensely improve this place.
Amenities: The bathrooms at Pavilion #3 were locked beginning March, as is typical around here.
Starting Point: Parking on E Broad Street Looks like the farthest walk. Branching off from there is a parking lot for the main office and going even further back is 'Ice Skating Pavilion #5' by the lake which is adorned with multiple "No Skating" signs. Yup. Undefined parking spots but close to #1 around 40.295046, -75.959161 on google maps. Also, uphill on one-way Butch Bare Lane, there's an Overflow Parking Lot 40.295658, -75.960352. That one's near Tee#2 and Pavilion Three, that's where I parked and played #1 last.
Course Layout: It loops. #1 is a short uphill, #2 is a long downhill towards where Butch Bare Lane turned left. #3 goes into the forest, using the road as fairway, tight. #4 is on the gravel path to the right, where the yellow gate is. It curves left. #5 heads back. #6 goes deeper into the forest in the same direction #3 was going, but takes a left turn. #7 heads back. #8 is the same fairway as #3. #9 connects to #1.
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