Look both ways before you throw!
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is just the type of course I was looking for. I'm very new to DG, been playing for about 3 months, and I'm so tired of searching for my disc in the poison ivy. No problem with that here, this course is wide open. There are a couple holes near some woods, but you're never actually in the woods. I'll definitely be working on my game here.
Cons: The red and blue tee pads aren't identified as which is which. Why not some red and blue spray paint on the wood post? Most of the time, it's obvious. But not always. I could see how this course would be dreadful on an afternoon summer day. I went at 630am and it was great. You also throw over or near a walking path very often, so look out for pedestrians and bikers.
Other Thoughts: Hole 20 is confusing. I asked another player, he said the 20 basket is the practice basket. The blue tee pad is #9's, and red is #8's. I think the blue pad on 12 is missing, looks like they're doing some construction where it should be.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great breeze. Easy line of baskets.
Cons: Brush built up on hole 7 and from 17-19. Lost my yellow mid-range disc in the brush of 19.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
InHerit the Wind
Pros: 20 holes with dual asphalt tees, single basket position, decent tee signage and navigation making this course excellent for beginners and intermediate level players.
Course map and scorecards at kiosk by practice basket and hole 1 tee. Good use of available elevation. Some newly planted trees will help provide some more technical challenge and shade in the future. Great course for glow golf.
Restrooms in adjacent parking lot. Pavilion and playground by parking lot. Lots of ball fields in park.
Cons: Not a whole lot of variety as the course is mostly wide open and flat, which makes the course not very entertaining or challenging for advanced or pro level players. Wind is the main challenge.
Safety/Speed of Play issues as more holes than not play along or across busy walking path/park road. Hole 19 plays to same basket as 8. Hole 20 plays to practice basket.
Restrooms closed in winter season and no woods deep enough for privacy.
Other Thoughts: Bring your sun screen and chap-stick as Heritage Farm is set on an old farm in a mostly flat and open valley between the mountain ridges where you are highly exposed to the sun and wind throughout your round.
While the course is mostly wide open, the very few wooded holes(3, 4, and 5) are either poke and hope or throw over the top. The majority of the holes have younger trees that gently shape the line of the generous fairways. My favorite holes were toward the end 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.
Overall Heritage Farm a great course for new players to start playing and learn how to throw, however not challenging enough to engage higher level players which lends to the decent/typical rating. If you are looking for a more technical challenge to test yourself and/or prefer throwing in the shade and elevation then head a few miles over to Woodsboro.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course with a good future
Pros: For a player getting back into the game this course is great. Lots of room and doesn't overlap the common use areas of the park too much. Variety of shots and lines to take, with good mix of open and wooded. Young trees planted within the last few years will be great once they grow in, the group that keeps this course placed the trees well. Overall a solid course that is easy to follow and fun to play.
Cons: Could use a little trimming in my opinion. Not a lot, but there were a few shots that felt like the designer intended a riskier play to be an option, but a vine or young branch cuts right through the flight path. I'm not talking limb removal here, just a small amount of snipping to entice the riskier shots.
A few holes do play near well used walking paths, watch your throws.
Other Thoughts: If anyone finds a deep blue opto River to the right of the basket on hole 6, in the real deep rough call me! My number is on the inside of the rim.
This is a neat opportunity for me to play a course as it grows in. It's not too far from my home, and is the second best option for me after work. I look forward to seeing how different the course plays once the trees grow in a bit more.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Terminal Poison Ivy
Pros: Lots of grip-it-and-rip-it holes with good advantage taken of vegetation and elevation changes where possible.
Cons: Very poor drainage on holes #6 - #9 and #19. Intense poison ivy growth along the fence line from #3 - #6. Thick rough near the creek leads to disc loss risk at #3 - #9 and #17 - #19. Pedestrian and other traffic along walkways which border many holes. Occasional sports team activites in this multi-use park.
Other Thoughts: Wind is often a factor here and helps bolster the course's defenses. 20 holes is unusual for a golf course and #19 and #20 feel like they were add-ons just to mitigate the long walk from basket #18 back to the start and to help keep traffic out of fairways #9 - #10. Though short in length holes #3 - #8 can be as obstreperous as any, particularly Red #5 and Blue #6, and many players have been surprised who thought they were coming to play a course often derided as being too wide open. Red #5 can be played equally poorly from the tee with a roller, a moderate right dogleg approach, an overhead, or a big right dogleg drive.
New course signage was recently put in place. Ideally a tee sign would be at each tee. If there is only one sign per hole then it should be at the first tee the player encounters when walking from the prior basket. The sign should include at minimum a map of the hole showing all tees and baskets, distances, and pars. Some even include game tips. This course can be tricky to navigate as the Red and Blue tees are often widely separated. All the tee signs were placed at the Red tees which make them nearly useless to a Blue player who is unlikely to walk up to the Red tee and back just to check a distance. In cases where the tees are widely separated or the Red tee is reached first (#3 - #9, #12, #15, #16, #19, #20 ) a map on the tee sign would be quite useful.
Hole #20 has long been a secret hole here that only locals know about because no tees are marked for it and the basket is the unmarked practice basket near the #6 Red tee. It is commonly played as Championship tee = Red #9, Blue tee = Blue #9, and Red tee = Blue #8. The large new map installed at the course start has a bad error. It shows a phantom tee exclusively for #20, it doesn't exist, don't bother searching. If you want to play #20 use the existing tees for #8 and #9 as above.
I appreciate the new signage was an Eagle Scout project. But the truth is folf has been taking off as a sport across the country and the bar has been raised for what is the standard. This project would have benefitted from studying the signage at more courses, particularly the newer ones and interacting with more players. Signage that may cause players new to the game and the course frustration is going to have me downrate this fun and picturesque course slightly.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cool course on an old farm that has been converted into a huge multi-use park. Being from the CT/NY area this course was much more open than I was used to, but still challenging. A lot of holes to the right so it forced you to use a variety of throws. The hole with the antique barn was extremely picturesque. The back nine was more open than the front, but with recent plantings in a few years it will be great.
Cons: Like I said before the park was huge so finding the exact location was hard. I kept seeing baskets, but couldn't figure out where the first hole was. There was signage indicating each hole, but nothing on yardage or pin location. This made it especially difficult on the back 9 where in the teens there was a multiple of tees and baskets and no indication, which went to which in a large field. Fortunately for us a kind local ran over to the tee box and gave us the run down on the next few holes.
Other Thoughts: Fun course. Don't forget your sunscreen on the sunny days because there is not a ton of shade.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Effective use of space and terrain
Nice tees - good flow to holes
Beautiful signature hole
Cons: Back nine needs time to grow in
Other Thoughts: Just played this course for the first time on a beautiful fall day and was very impressed. The course designers did a good job of using what they had in the way of vegetation and terrain to make a fun course. The signature hole with the old barn as the backdrop is one of the most scenic disc golf holes I have seen. Once the back nine grows in a bit this will be a fine course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Good Lightly Wooded Course
Pros: Great fairways that allow clear drives and shots. I live only 3 or 4 min form the course and it is in a convenient location.
Cons: There are places on the course that make me nervous, like on the front 9 the holes seem to be near a tree line that makes it very easy to loose disks
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Eighteen basket in good repair, with two reasonably-sized asphalt tees per hole. The tee locations are marked by a 4 X 4 post with the hole number and color (red for short, blue for long), the hole #s are also marked on the tees themselves. Holes are long enough to air it out a bit and with a nice variety of distances, from 230' to over 500'. The short layout averages about 280' per hole, the longs run about 350'.
Course is located in a fairly large multi-use park surrounded by farms, very pretty setting. The town of Walkersville is only a few miles away and has a couple shopping centers with a nice complement of stores and restaurants in case you need them. Park appears to be very well maintained and clean.
There a kiosk near hole #1 that has notices and a course map, but the image is pretty washed out. Recommend printing out a scorecard (with map) found in the links section here.
Cons: Most of the trees on the front nine are very young, some look like they were recently planted and may or may not make it. Unfortunately, my understanding is that most of them were planted by a local arborist group that didn't consult with the course designers. The result is that when these trees mature, holes 3 - 5 may not have much in the way of viable fairways. The big arms will go up and over, the rest of us will roll (or chop a lot of wood). Right now though these holes are pretty fun to play.
The back nine is pretty much a collection of baskets strewn across a large open field. Fun for working on your drives (from the long tees) and handling the wind but mostly flat and featureless otherwise, with exceptions of #13 and #17. The grass was too long to roll today but we've had a lot of rain recently, the previous time I was here it was mowed pretty close.
I didn't see any alternate pin settings, and the baskets appear to be permanently set so that adding additional anchors doesn't seem to be an option.
#18 ends fairly far from the parking lot near hole #1. There's a 19th hole that runs along the lowland down the hill and to your left from the #18th green, if it's rained recently it may be a swamp and unplayable. This hole shares a pin with #9 (you'll see flags with both numbers on the basket). You might consider parking in the second lot near the middle of the field that makes up the back 9. You'll have a long walk to number #1 but you can loosen up with a few drives along the way if the course isn't too crowded and you'll be closer to the 18th pin when you're finished.
Other Thoughts: Before today the last time I played here was shortly after it opened 4 or 5 years ago. It's apparent some golfers have adopted it and put in a lot of effort and care (like adding the second set of tees). The new tees do a nice job of bring the few trees that are present into play.
#6 is an odd one. When you walk to the long tee you'll see a wall of trees between you and the basket down the hill and to your right (at about 2 o'clock). This because most of the land between the tee and green is private and O.B., making a deuce very unlikely unless you have a huge anny or forehand (assuming RH). You basically have to drive along the tree line to the end of the fence, then throw your 100' approach down the hill to your right.
My favorite holes are #7, #13 and #17. #7 tees from the other side of the bridge down a fair sized hill to a pin guarded (but available through) a line of good-sized pines. The blue tee adds a nice tree near the tee that require an anhyzer to clear. The #13 pin is located next to a scenic barn and stone wall. The #17 pin is in the far back corner of the course and has a steep drop and rough just behind the basket.
The current average for this course (2.8) is pretty fair as I was torn between 2.5 and 3.0. I wouldn't consider this a destination course but it's worth stopping by if you're near the area. There's also another 9 holer (Woodsboro only 3 miles away).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: nice tees and nice baskets. nice layout and very easy to go from teebox to teebox. beautiful setting in the park
Cons: the back 9 are pretty much just a zig zag back and forth through a field. no trees nothing.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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