6 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
New baskets make a diffrence
Pros: Phillips Park is one of two courses located within the city of Pittsburgh.
The course plays almost entirely on a grassy slope and each hole is defined by the many mature hardwoods through the park. The slope will make you worry about rollaways and the trees force you to hit your lines.
Almost all of the holes incorporate elevation changes which make this short course very interesting.
There is no RH or LH bias on this course. Most holes have multiple lines available and allow for some creativity.
Brand new baskets have been installed. As the reviews below have mentioned the baskets used to be homemade and in pretty rough shape. Now they are brand new Discatchers and second pin positions have been installed on every hole to add some variety.
There are two tees on each hole but only one is concrete. There are also tee signs for each hole but with the new pin positions the distances are probably off by a bit.
Cons: Playing on the slope constantly gets a little repetitive and with the walking trail and houses nearby errant throws can be potentially dangerous.
The course is a little short and a little easy. Will not challenge an experience player.
Not in the best location. The neighborhood that the park is located in is a little rough. There is also not enough parking for the course. If you play on a weekend sometimes you will need to park on the street near the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun little course. The course fits the property perfectly using pretty much all of the available space.
Even though Phillips Park does not compare to the area's 18 hole courses (Knob, Moraine, Deer Lakes, Schenley) it is still a fun fast play that is worth your time and is pretty easily accessible from most of the Pittsburgh area.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Passable 9 holer
Pros: Good use of land to make a course.
Quick nine hole you can play in about 30 minutes.
The city is planning on replacing the baskets.
Cons: 6 of the 9 baskets were made by the high school metal shop when the course was created in the late 90's. They show their age. But they're not that bad
Course gets repetitve but if you live in the area it's better than not playing.
Other Thoughts: I live pretty close to this course so if you're ever in the area and you want to play it PM me I'm in.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
much better than it used to be
Pros: Small course, you can play it in about a half an hour. Not too many trees to contend with, there are definite lines to the baskets unlike some of the bigger courses. Brand new baskets and great new signs
Cons: The problem used to be the pars were too high (there were 2 5's and a number of 4's). Now it may be too low on the 420' par 3 hole #4.
Other Thoughts: I played this course last year and I hated it. They addressed all of the problems, and it's much better now. Fun course to play if you're in the area, or if you just want to check it off your list.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very solid layout for the size of the land. Seriously, find the course on Google maps and tell me how there are nine disc golf holes on this hillside.
Every hole was fun, something just a little different about each one. Lots of tree-dodging but you also have to worry about rollaways and factor in that all of your shots are landing on a slope.
Quiet patch of land, at least when I played.
Two tees for each hole but I played from the concrete. The other tees are like Knob's red tees from what I gather.
Good place to work with your mids and putters.
Would definitely be a fun place to come for ace runs.
Cons: I didn't really like how close some of the first few holes were right alongside fenced-in yards. It would be pretty easy to lose your disc over there and have to jump a fence or knock on someone's door, especially if you're a LHBH or RHFH thrower.
Not a great location, but I guess that's a preference thing. Why is a course in the middle of nowhere inherently better than one in the middle of a city? Part of the problem here though is the lack of parking. I played early on a Saturday morning and sort of had to fish around for a spot. I imagine it would be hard to park/play when school is in or the park or surrounding area is busy.
Some of the baskets are subpar.
Speaking of which, I remember a few pars being too high. I eagled a hole and didn't really do anything out of the ordinary.
The acorns here will kill you. It seemed like you couldn't take a step without slipping on a little acorn roller skate. Not great for a course which is made up entirely of a hillside. I imagine it can also get pretty sloppy after a rain.
Other Thoughts: They won't be holding the world championships here any time soon, but you can still have a plenty good time. It's a quick play but there weren't any amenities to speak of so bring your own water if you want it.
This the only 9 hole course I've played where 9 felt like the perfect amount. A nice, concise round. Any more of the same would probably get boring. As it is, it's a solid place to start your multi-round day. I played here, then went to Schenley, then finished off at Monroeville and had a nice little DG day.
Recommend checking this place out if you've already played Knob, Schenley, Deer Lakes, Moraine, Two Mile Run, etc. It won't change your life, but I bet you have a good time anyway.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
No High School Should be Without One!
Pros: - Course is easily accessible from the Southside and is a nice urban complement to Schenley.
- Elevation changes make for interesting shots, even if they are short in length.
- Two sets of tees (regular and rec) for people of different skill levels.
- Course has many trees and the fairways utilize these well, proving both guidance (safety mandos) as well as obstacles to the basket. Anhyzers and hyzers are evident, as well as semi-technical straight shots to the basket.
- Dropcho utilized the little land that was available and made a pretty decent glass of lemonade out of inner-city Pittsburgh lemons. As a fellow teacher, I am so jealous that he got to design a course right across the street from where he works!
Cons: - One of the hilliest courses I've ever played on. Not sure if this is really necessarily a con, seeing as how elevation changes make the game interesting. Nevertheless, there are two elevation considerations that must be noted for this course:
1.) Blind elevation drops + frequent parkgoers = hardcore spotting and attention when driving
2.) The course is lined with giant oaks, which means a slip on the million acorns will surely send you tumbling down the hill if you're not careful.
- Baskets are quite warped and seem a little larger than PDGA regulation ones. I wondered why I was sinking so many putts :D
- Majority of course (holes #3-6) play around a trail that circles the park, not to mention that a really errant throw will go into the residential neighborhood nearby. Again, watch out for stuff around you!
- Very short lengths on holes; only one hole exceeds 300 feet.
- Signage/tees show their 15-year age. Concrete is worn and the signs are heavily vandalized, although the wooden markers are still in-tact.
Other Thoughts: I've been meaning to play here sooner, but I usually opt to play Schenley, Knob Hill, or Deer Lakes when I'm in Pittsburgh instead. Strangely enough, I didn't even plan on playing here when I did and I only had a spare putter and midrange in my trunk. Needless to say, these were more than enough sufficient and I suggest playing a putter-only round if you want to make this a fun set of nine! Check this place out, but definitely go to the other Pittsburgh courses first.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
My Favorite Course
Pros: This course is gerat for a quick round or two. Nice use of a small patch of land. I love it because it's 5 minutes from my house.
Cons: Women's tee on #9 practically unplayable. City parks should service the grounds more often. NO BATHROOMS
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Nuclear Meltdown Baskets
Pros: Phillips is probably my favorite 9-hole course in the Pittsburgh area. It has some of the best hole designs for the 9-hole courses in our area. If you can find the long tees, they are fun to play, but if not, the concrete is decent. The course makes good use of some horrible land. It's just 1 big hill. From the long tees, a decent player may find it kind of hard to shoot a 27 on the 9-holes. It may be short, but the hill makes for some bad rolls and tough landings.
Cons: It's kinda in the ghetto. Nuclear Meltdown baskets....well maybe they are a Pro since it's better than no baskets.
Other Thoughts: If you are in the area and you have already played Schenley, Knob Hill and Deer Lakes, give Phillips a try. Other 9-hole courses in the area include Monroeville and Economy. Both Economy and Monroeville are in much nicer parks, but Phillips truly is unique.
And besides, it was designed by J Gary Dropcho.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Phillips is a fun course to play with just a putter, I hit metal on at least 3 drives the day I played. The baskets are well constructed for being made by a high school shop class. There are also nice concrete pads at each hole.
Other Thoughts: The day I played, it was a monthly for the local club's series. We played additional (unmarked) tees that added some length to the short layout. For the piece of land that was used, I think the designer(s) did okay, although footing on the side of the hill, which is the course, can be a bit tricky.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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