Glen Burnie, MD 
North Glen DGC Share
Uploaded By: swatso Hole #8 (Taken 7/2020)
3 / 318ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #8 Tee

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Solid Fun

1    9/23/2022   9/23/2022
Review By: Crooow
Played: 242  Reviewed: 49  Exp: 35.9 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Two tee pads and two baskets on each hole. Multiple pin positions available to provide variety on subsequent visits. The short baskets are red and longs are white which reduces confusion. It has been expanded from 9 holes to 18 - most of which are wooded with mainly trunks to avoid (i.e. not many branches). Hole #14 has an extra basket in the "Pit of Despair" which is fun. Navigation was very easy - I didn't have a map and didn't get lost at all (I did have a few moments of uncertainty but very few and of very short duration, details below). Has beginner tees (couple of blocks or short white board) as well. Nice tee signs on every hole and benches at almost every hole. Two loops of nine ending back at the parking lot. Non-strenuous and pleasant.
Cons: Basket confusion. From some tees I could see 4 baskets so I just threw down the middle and figured it out after that. On a couple of holes, the red basket position was more challenging/interesting than the white. The 'design strategy' for the long tees seems to be adding 10-20 feet to hole length and to have one tree near the tee to force the line.
Other Thoughts: It's hard to say anything that wasn't covered in Monocacy's review. Did see some broken glass on #14 and #16 but nothing bad. If you don't have a map then look for next tee markers on tee signs and baskets. Many have both; others only have one or the other. Not sure where you throw from if you 'black ace' the pit of despair on #14 - maybe there is a drop zone?

Course starts with a throw down a wide-open area and then turns into the woods. Next holes wind through the woods until #5 and #6 along the edge of the elementary school's athletic field (these are the holes that you are supposed to skip if there are children out). I played at 9 AM on a Friday (school day) and no kids were out there yet. #5 flows in the opposite direction than I expected so when I looked at the tee sign and saw the double mando, I couldn't spot it. Then I realized I was facing the wrong way (tee signs are not consistently located - some behind, some near the front, and several a little ways off somewhere in the middle). #7 goes back through the woods then you cross a parking lot to play #8 (an open hole) and then #9 in the woods again before walking past the practice areas and then back towards the building and to the right of the tee #1 area for the tee area for #10. The back nine wind through the woods and they are all similar (except the unique #14). There are a couple of raised baskets. It was worthwhile but not especially challenging; I would play again if in the area (combine with either Kinder Farms or Rockburn Branch).

The older 9 hole reviews need updates.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Well-designed, neighborhood course

1    7/10/2022   7/15/2022
Review By: DumfriesLizzie
Played: 95  Reviewed: 83  Exp: 4.5 Years
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course now is 18 holes versus the original 9, and the two sections have their own, distinct flavor.

All but one tee is made of concrete or pavers. I think only hole 14 has pavers. Rest are short-height concrete, which means when you come off the front in the action of throwing that you don't kill yourself tripping off the pad. No. 4's long tee is a marking on the walking path; its short tee is concrete.

I appreciate that there's real thought in all of the holes. The design of the fairways consider the flight of the best disc to throw. If you indeed choose the right disc for the situation and throw it somewhere near accurately, you will get what you envisioned.

Two pads and 4 pin positions means there will be a lot of varied looks for this rather small, tight course. It appears (at any given time), both a short (red) and long (white) basket is up. Nos. 9 and 14 also have a third black-banded basket, said in a depression at 14.

Though mostly wooded, the variety is good. Some holes have the basket straight ahead (in some pin positions), but the fairway is full of trees you have to get around (holes 3, 4, 7, 11, 13, 16). Others have you start open and go into a cove (nos. 1, 6) or land on a steep slope (no. 8). Some have a decently clear fairway, but said is narrow (nos. 9, 12, 14) or a downright tight tunnel (nos. 2, 5). Some dog leg (nos. 10, 15, 17). No. 18 has plenty trees but also plenty gaps. I love this variety. Makes the course interesting and balanced. And no two holes of essentially the same design are in succession.

Though not a fan of elevated baskets, I don't mind these here (nos. 4A, 6A, 12A). No. 10 also adds artificial challenge with a mess of large boulders around the short basket.

I am a fan of open or partially-open holes on occasion through a tract, so I appreciate the reprieve the open holes here provided and their placement.

If you need to build or refine your woods play, this is a great course to do it on. The holes are not tremendously long, and if you find a technique that works, there is plenty opportunity to refine it here. I found myself throwing the putter when driving and approaching in the woods until I could get to enough openness to throw something a little bigger (a floaty mid-range or a fairway driver) to shape something other than a straight line.

The straightforward hole signs are perfect. I love how the pins in play on any given day are boldly marked. The information on the signs is comprehensive without being confusing. And the visual map of the hole with flight lines and all possible pin placements is clean and easy to understand. Distance measurements are listed from all tees (junior to long) to both (or all 3) baskets. Nevertheless, you may need to walk down the fairway after your initial throw to find the pin you are playing to because of all of the trees. I also like that the hole signs are placed between short and long tee, which saves the park service and local club money and gives neither tee a preference.
Cons: Not really a con but an observation. The course may look old to you upon first visit because the park itself is old. I didn't realize it was such a new course because of this. Old building where the restrooms are, old basketball courts, old parking lots, old picnic tables, etc. Said give the entire place a certain decrepit aesthetic, but everything works (it appears) and is maintained. So one just has to get over the 1960s/1970s(?) vibe.

The rough off of the fairway is quite thick in most places and is full of that prickly, thorny stuff so common in the Mid-Atlantic. Try to throw straight!

The walk from hole 9 to hole 10 is a little confusing for the first-timer. If we had a few more directional signs to indicate which way to walk (towards the old building or towards the football/soccer field), that would be great. Of course, once you know this (after your first visit), you don't need it. I sat down at a picnic table and let the group behind me pass ahead. I followed them thereafter.
Other Thoughts: As indicated, the course and park don't look like much on first view. You may not be impressed with its aesthetics at all, but it is a very well-designed course. It's not just some second-effort neighborhood course with dinky little holes offering zero challenge. To the contrary: Every hole on this course offers a challenge for novice and recreational players if not also intermediate-level and advanced players (maybe so). I truly appreciate that.

Notice that the DGCR map and some of the older pictures are not current. It looks like what was no. 6 is now no. 5 and routed in the opposite direction. New no. 6 has mostly open fairway down a good 350 feet (?) and then tucks back into the woods to the slightly-elevated green. There are signs up to not play no. 6 during school hours (there's a grade school next door). No. 9 is now totally in the woods. Its short red basket is at the end of the wooded fairway. The long white basket is out in a small field along with a third (black-banded, narrow) basket. What used to be a no. 9 basket (in a cove of trees between the east(?) parking lot and the big field) is now the practice basket, I believe (blue-banded).

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

Suitable for a wide range of skills

2-4    3/10/2022   3/11/2022
Review By: Monocacy
Played: 348  Reviewed: 56  Exp: 22.8 Years
This review was updated on 8/29/2022
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: North Glen is a mostly-wooded course with two tees, two baskets, and multiple pin positions on every hole. This versatility makes the course suitable for players with a wide range of skills. From short tees to short baskets, this is a nice woodsy par 3 course measuring in at less than 5,000'. But even in the short configuration, accuracy and line shaping are needed to score birdies.

If you seek more difficulty, play long tees to long baskets and strap yourself in for a very challenging round. The long-long configuration measures in at more than 7,700' and tests your ability to hit lines, execute tricky approaches, and most likely scramble from off the fairway.

Fairways are challenging but generally fair, often with fairway trees that offer a choice of lines to reach the basket. Baskets are solidly mounted, level, and caught well. Every hole features a red-banded short basket and a white-banded long basket, so you are never confused about which basket (short or long) you are throwing to.

Informative tee signs at the short tees include a hole map and distances from each tee to every pin position (but see cons). Tee posts include painted washers (red short, white long) showing the current basket positions, which is a nice touch.

Generously sized newer tees are grippy concrete or well-installed pavers. Carpet tees on many holes were pretty decent, but it looks like the carpet is being upgraded to concrete or pavers.

An arrow on each basket points to the next tee, and abundant "next tee" signs have been installed where needed. First time playing I only got turned around once, going from hole 15 to hole 16.

Sturdy benches are available throughout the course, plus a few picnic tables. Lost and found box near hole 9's basket. Bathrooms near the parking lot are closed for winter but open during warm weather months. Practice baskets near the parking lot, including one Marksman.
Cons: The course has a few safety issues. From the tee on hole 11, you cannot see the busy walking path that crosses the fairway just before the long baskets. The same path shares hole 12's fairway, but at least you can see any pedestrians from the tee. Holes 5 and 6 play alongside a school athletic field; a sign advises skipping these holes when school is in session.

There is a longish walk between holes 9 and 10, but at least the walk takes you past the parking lot. There is another longish walk past the tennis courts between holes 7 and 8. Otherwise the course is pretty compact.

The land is relatively flat, but the course designers have done a nice job of incorporating mild elevation changes where available.

There are a few new-course issues such as toe-stubbing stumps on some fairways, but I expect these will be cleaned up over time. There is a surprising amount of broken glass on the fairways. No problem retrieving discs that landed off the fairway in March, and even in summer the rough off the fairway has been well cleared out.

There are a few holes that would benefit from prudent removal of fairway trees. A couple of times I found myself on the fairway with no real line to the basket.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing North Glen very much. The course has come a long way in a short period of time, and I look forward to playing here regularly and seeing the course continue to improve. There were plenty of people out playing on a weekday afternoon in March, so I assume there is an active club that will continue to upgrade the course.

Tee signs may need to be updated as course improvements progress. Several tees had "D" positions marked on the sign in Sharpie, and some of the distances on the tee signs seemed off.

Hole 10 had a paver marked "DZ" but no out of bounds area was marked on the tee sign. Looks like maybe the sidewalk surrounding the baskets can be played as an island, which would add pressure to the drive on an otherwise fairly straightforward (but fun!) hole.

Imaginative extra baskets had been installed on a couple of holes. For example, hole 14 has a basket set inside an artificial crater. No penalty to run the chains!

For traveling players, North Glen is only 15 minutes from Kinder Farms, 20 minutes from Rockburn Branch, and 11 minutes from BWI Marshall Airport.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful.

 Raw course

1    2/10/2021   2/10/2021
Review By: Craig Fisher
Played: 51  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 15.8 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Promising course. It is still in the process of getting made and it seems like they are making progress. I was impressed with some of the challenges on some of the holes, but it is going to get better. Most of the holes are wooded and it is a good course for beginners or to practice your mid game.
Cons: Like I said, it's a new course and it's getting there. Wouldn't go out of your way to go here, but if Kinder is too crowded then this is a good alternative. I tripped over several stumps that weren't spray painted, so watch out.
Other Thoughts: I always applaud when a new course is opened in my area, so I can't hate too much. It is what it is, a work in progress.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Quick 9

5+    7/16/2020   7/16/2020
Review By: FunkyDung
Played: 23  Reviewed: 12
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a brand new course and it's better than I expected. Sure, it doesn't have fancy tee boxes or signage (yet), but it's a place to play where there are no other courses. Everytime I go back, there are more improvements made. Three open holes, six safari holes. Shot shaping definitely needed on a few holes (5 and 7 come to mind). Multiple tee positions and signs of multiple basket placements. Hole 8 is a bit unusual. It's next to a ball court fence and a walking path.
Cons: It's hard for me to point out cons on a brand new course. The one thing that won't change is it's completely flat.
Other Thoughts: The tee box for 3 is not in the direction you think it is. Follow the arrow on the #2 basket, you have to backtrack a bit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 2/1 Tight/Open

1    7/1/2020   7/4/2020
Review By: swatso
Played: 727  Reviewed: 410  Exp: 14.6 Years
13 Helpful / 0 Not
A few chances to cut loose, more chances to work on your subtle-thru-sharp shot-shaping game.
Single tee (carpet fragment) / single basket.

Other than slightly-elevated baskets 8&9, dead flat.

Branch/bark/stump clutter, typical for a new course.
Other Thoughts:
Course is set in a small public park at the back of a neighbourhood.

Openish holes 1 and 8-9 with an average length of 370', offer you the opportunity to open up - just avoid being too far left (8, fence), too far right (9, woods), or both (1, fence right, woods left) when trying to crush one in these generous fairways.

Wooded holes 2-7, with an average length of 215', offer you a variety of shape challenges, including a sharp/sweeping right-turner, a questionmark-shaped left-turner, a small set of jailbars 2/3rds down a throwing lane, and a few subtle S-shapes.

Should improve as the course breaks-in, but can't do anything about the lack of elevation, and no room to grow in its current limited footprint, although there is another section of woods/open space to the side of 8&9.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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