Shillington, PA 
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Uploaded By: KAK3990 Hole #6 (Taken 5/2021)
4 / 300ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #6 Basket to Tee

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Shillington Park Willing To Par

1    10/23/2021   1/14/2022
Review By: Ryal
Played: 128  Reviewed: 124  Exp: 5 Years
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Some lovely elevation to be had in the beginning and ending.
+ Some nice woods in the middle portion.
+ The tee signs are basic with just hole # and distances, but they are tall and visible to compensate for...
Cons: - ...No 'next' signage of any kind.
- The tee areas are just worn down dirt if anything at all.
- Some fairways either pass very closeby one another or take up the same spot.
Other Thoughts: Hole4 looked the coolest to my mind because it takes the player into a dark portion of the woods away from everything else. Plus, walking around that yellow gate blocking the path made me feel as though I was getting away with something sneaky. Directly after that, hole5 was my favorite to play because its tunnel was just the right length and width. My least favorite hole was either 3 or 8 for the same reason. They both use the same walking path as their fairway. That presents an obvious safety risk for other park users.

As 9-hole courses go, Shillington Park has some nice features. I was stunned by the steepness of hole1's hill. Out in a wide open field, it is a brief but respectable climb. 4 and 5 had some nice foresty golf. 3 and 8, although annoying, were decent enough de facto tunnel shots with the heavy undergrowth on both sides of the wide pathway. 6 and 7 were pleasant tree-dodgers. It's just a collection of holes in the middle of a well-maintained park.

It still has some growing to do, though. I felt unsure of where to tee off because there were no established tee areas beyond the dirt patches. Then again, it is a small 9-holer that literally doubles back on itself, as seen in holes3 and 8 sharing the same exact fairway. It gives the player the sense that the course was installed as an afterthought in a small corner of the park. The designers did the best that they could with what they were given, and what is here isn't terrible. It's got way more elevation than my home 18-hole course!

So what it lacks in infrastructure it compensates for in setting. If you play here, you may very well appreciate the respectable hills and the brief stint in the woods. I could recommend it to dedicated course baggers since there are two other 9-hole and one 18-hole course nearby. I could also recommend it to new players, especially if they are local. The distances are long enough without being too demanding, and the varied landscape makes this a respectable training ground. It's nothing too special, but its existence means one more place to play with friends.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful.

 Mixture of park and wooded trails

1    2/17/2020   3/2/2020
Review By: HyooMac
Played: 278  Reviewed: 240  Exp: 4.9 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
+ For a 9 holer dropped in at the edge of a small park, this course has a surprising amount of length on some of the holes

+ For a course that starts in an open park, the middle holes really feel like playing a woods course like Greystone or parts of Tyler

+ The best holes are once you've crossed into the woods: #4 - #7. Holes #4 and #5 play along a hiking trail: #5 is a tight par 4 with a long slight left bend to it

+ Hole #6 and #7 continue in the woods, and they add some elevation change. The throwing lanes aren't quite as clear (and the #6 teeshot is blind), but they're still better than the early and late holes

- No tees, just signs on posts. The signs have good diagrams, but they mistake yards for feet (!)

- The layout starts with a steep and short uphill, and then a long, fading downhill. These would be "meh" holes in the middle of a good course, but they really stick out here because they're at the start

- Holes #3 and #8 use the same narrow valley (with a paved road through it) to connect the open and wooded parts of the course together. If there are other players on the opposite hole, you'll be throwing directly at one another

Other Thoughts:

~ Shillington is a "Nice try! Good effort!" kind of course: Four or five decent holes, and seeking to mix in open and wooded settings. But the land they're working with doesn't lend itself to a course with good holes. In the end, it's really just a set of baskets and teeposts trying to make something up, without shaping or cutting in any real disc golf holes

~ Living in the disc golf desert of Northern NJ, I hate to be critical of any town's efforts to bring disc golf to a recreation area. Shillington is a nice try, but if you're looking for a quick and fun 9 holer, you'd do much better to visit nearby Angelica Park

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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