Neighborhood 9-holer in HOA community
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Pros: Very nice for a subdivision to have its own disc golf course. Don't know how popular the course is with residents, but (presently) there seems no effort to deny access to nonresidents. NB: No longer true. See asterisk statement now on information tab (presumably submitted by one in the know).
For a short course, there is variety in the holes. Some rolling, some up or down. Some wooded and one distinctly so (no. 8). Others open, if you mean largely free of trees.
The creek is more of an issue when crossing it on foot than throwing over it. You probably only get your disc in trouble on no. 3: if you don't clear the creek with your long drive; if your second shot isn't long enough to get over it; or your layup is too strong.
No worries if your disc goes in the creek. The creek is not wide, and it is not deep. But stepping in it will definitely mean wet socks and feet.
The longest hole (no. 8) is definitely the most interesting: "tree" gate from pad, sloping fairway very full of trees, creek to layup to (probably for everyone) but less of an issue than at nos. 3-4 and 6. Second half of the fairway now has a large fallen tree to get over as well as all the living, standing ones not to hit.
Fences, forest borders, and signage discourage walkers from taking up residence on the disc golf course. I think also the sloping terrain from the central part of the park helps with that too.
Cons: The main problem here is the thorny, hideous rough. Unlike Giles Run (which now has a transition band of cleared floor for many holes--thank you, NOVA DGA), there is zero "first cut" here. The fairways are mowed (those with grass), but that rough comes up immediately. Consider the color of the disc you are about to throw and if it contrasts well (or not) with the colors around you. Whatever season it is at the time. Fall leaves only exacerbate the situation. You must follow your disc visually to the ground to have any hope of retrieval. Happily, the scorecard box at no. 1 also doubles as a found-disc dropbox (can hold 2-3 discs).
On UDisc, other disc golfers note the high pars for nos. 3, 7, 8. Without the thorny rough, I suspect said pars would indeed be 1 stroke lower. Maybe the designer(s) figure why add insult to injury: lost disc + single/double/triple bogey or worse.
The course definitely needs foot bridges (just rudimentary plank structures would be sufficient) at nos. 3-4 and no. 6.
Hole signs are not very accurate. You would do yourself a favor to walk up the fairway first to know where you are going and determine your conservative strategy to hopefully stay out of the rough.
Other Thoughts: Until there is a course map online or if you don't use Udisc, remember the tract runs counter-clockwise. No. 2 faces up the slope before falling down around a forested corner; I was errantly firing in the wrong direction on my first outing. The hole sign is always at the back of the tee box. This will help you too. Potential confusion is really only an issue at no. 2, as a cleared powerline grassy lane runs in the opposite direction.
You can play the course once if you are short on time or walk around twice for 18 holes. Or play two discs at once. The course seems very lightly played, so you may be able to get away with playing two discs at once.
The course is not far from Franklin Park nor Clark's Run. You could play it with one or both of those on a day trip.
Disclaimer: I have created the DGCR profile here for the course, but I have no formal attachment to the property. If there is a parks authority official or a HOA official here in DGCR-world who can add more to this listing, please do so!
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