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Nice shot. Oh, its rolling.......
Pros: Baskets: Nine brand new DISCatcher baskets were installed this past winter with alternate pin positions. Gone are the old rusty homemade baskets that everyone complained about.
Elevation: If you are looking to work on your game throwing up and downhill, this 9 hole course has plenty of it. The holes run up and down of a very steep hill and require a good mix of up, down, and across hill shots. Really makes you think about running your putt if you land above the hole.
Tees: Although there are two sets of tees listed, the red tees are only slats of wood and are hard to find. However, the white tees are concrete and have brand new signs detailing the pin locations and distances.
Old Growth Trees: For the most part the course feels open, but the trees that are on the course are great looking and make for required line shaping. There is no undergrowth here, just grass that is mowed often so the chance that you lose a disc is slim to none.
Cons: Runners: A few of the holes play next to a running path. Errant throws may head toward the path and although the park is not jam-packed, runners are frequent on the path. In addition, throws over the path will end up in someone's back yard and will require fence jumping.
Rollaways: With the course being on such a steep elevation, many good shots can turn bad when discs catch an edge and start rolling. And when they start rolling, they go forever here. It adds a bit of unfairness to a round, but will put much more importance on hitting putts.
Other Thoughts: As a nine hole course, there really isn't much room to open up and let a throw rip except for one or two holes. There is quite a bit of variation in the nine holes however with left turning, right turning, and straight shots.
The park has been in really great shape every time I have played. Leaves have been raked, fallen tree branches picked up, and grass has been mowed. Some people have mentioned that it is not really in the best part of town. I usually play around the time that the nearby school gets out and never felt threatened while at the course.
I have not seen any amenities around the course, so be sure to bring your water (you will need it climbing up and down the hill). It is also very public, so don't expect that you can just hide behind a tree if you need to take a break. In addition, there are no benches around, so be ready for a hike up and down with little breaks.
Overall, a very nice nine hole course that allows for some good work with your midrange discs.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: A nice course to go work on your game at and just to clear your head. There's never any disc golfers on the course so you can really focus. If you live in Pittsburgh and its the weekend during the summer, you may grow tired of going to Schenley and dealing with the crowds and park visitors. This course offers the perfect alternative The holes are all pretty fun and the slope of the hill provides some exciting and unpredictable rolls. I throw a driver on holes 3,4,5,7,8,9 so its not that short to the casual (candy arm) player.
Cons: With the installation of new Discatchers and a 2nd pin position on each hole, the course is dramatically improved. Sometimes there is a lack of parking spaces if there is a school event going on. I'm not a huge fan of 9 hole courses, so that's the only drawback at this time.
Other Thoughts: Although by some standards, its not in a good neighborhood, there are usually people walking their dogs on the path below the course and children playing in the playground, so there's nothing to worry about. Once, I was looking for a disc and got questioned by an undercover cop, so they do have it under patrol. Also, there's a KFC near the course - you can make a day out of it ;)!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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