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.
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.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I live about a quarter of a mile from this course so it's very easy for me to get out and play here a few times a week (I'm the guy with a beard and always wears a maroon ball cap, hit me up). The pavement tee off pads are great and they have recently added additional tee off spots for each hole, now providing pro and amateur tee offs. The front 9 provides some challenge, especially the 6th hole with a wicked dogleg. Also the new tee off for the 7th hole is a challenge now as you'll need to get a decent hyzer to provide you with a good second shot.
Cons: A common gripe about the course is that the back 9 gets to be pretty boring as it's mostly (98%) open field. I spoke with one of the guys who maintains the course and they are looking to add some trees in this year which will be a huge bonus. If they get some more hazards on the back 9, this could easily become one of the best courses in central MD. UPDATE: Eric added about 30-40 baby trees to the back 9....unfortunately he placed all of these trees on a arch behind every basket...so unless you are bombing it over the basket, the trees don't ever come into play. I don't know about you guys but I approach the basket from the front, not the back. So the time and effort and trees used were a total waste. Not only were these trees put in irrelevant locations, but they were placed in the same irrelevant locations on every basket. These trees should have been planted in various locations with some hazards, not BEHIND every basket. WEAKSAUCE!!!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great holes on a decent course.
Pros: : Front 9 holes are some of the best disc golf in Maryland, intelligently designed holes that require a mixed bag of tricks for success.
Giant numbered flags on baskets to prevent shooting at the wrong basket.
The young trees give this course so much potential for the future and the land the course is on is attractive and maintained.
Nice variety in distances from 225-523.
Nice scorecards and maps available at Kiosk.
Hole 13 is up by a barn, with a drop off on the left to add some challenge if you go to far left.
Cons: 3 and 4 are blind shots that could really use tee signs.
All holes could use tee signs to give the distance and basket position.
I nailed a soccer goal on hole 1, this would not have been playable had little kids been playing soccer.
Long walk from 18 back to the car.
Other Thoughts: I liked the mound that basket 2 was on and thought that was as good as it was going to get. But hole 3 was an intimidating shot behind an army of young trees and hole 6 was nicely designed to require a high shot or nice hyzer shot. After hole 11 the course feels like the same hole over and over.
I would give the front 9 a 4-4.5 rating, but the back 9 would get a 2-2.5.
Course is vey similar to Middletown with more character.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pedestrian Walk Way
Pros: In a very nice and well maintained multi use park. Nice big yellow flag, with the hole number, identifying each hole. Very helpful and easy to see from a distance. Each hole has a good size, flush with the ground, asphalt tee pad, and a post identifying the hole.
Majority of the holes are open, with a few playing in newly planted trees, which, in a few years, will make these holes much more difficult. Slight to moderate elevation changes, with well place pin positions to add more difficulty. Course is fairly easy to follow with out a map, with a few exceptions.
The grass is cut on a regular schedule, plenty of parking, with tot lots and bathrooms on site.
Cons: Pedestrian sidewalk weaves in and out of some fairways. Some baskets are blind shots near the sidewalks, so be very careful. A lot of pedestrian traffic, especially on really nice days. On these days, the park is very crowded with joggers, dog walkers, etc. Some holes near soccer fields, with hole one having soccer goals in its fairway, makes playing these holes unpractical, if a game or practice is happening.
When other events, like football, soccer or baseball games are going on, parking can get harder to find, and a lot of people roam aimlessly on to the course.
There is some confusion on holes 6, 7 and 8. On tee 6, it is hard to see it's basket if you don't have a map. You will think basket 8 is it, so, pay attention. Some baskets on the back nine are close together, so make sure you are aiming for the correct one from the tee.
As mentioned, hole 18 doesn't end close to hole one, so there is a medium walk back to restart.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course that most players will enjoy. It offers a lot of open holes that new players can build their skill and confidence on, and some long holes pro players can show off their distance skills.
It is often very windy at this course, so even the easier, open holes can be challenging, depending on the direction of the wind. The course is also near farmland, so the wind can bring in the nearby smells of the cows.
The rest of the park is very nice. There is an old barn and gas station that are cool. On the other side of the ball fields there is a ball golf, par 3 course. Park patrons are very friendly, even though they are not quite sure what you are doing with those Frisbees.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Tough, then easy
Pros: I like how there's a tale of two courses; the first half has lots of challenging shots, where the second half is in a field with little challenge whatsoever. The beginners surely will love the second half of the course, because the chances of losing a disc there are minimal at worst. Finally, I think the course is well maintained, with well-defined fairways.
Cons: At the first half of the course, the chances of losing a disc are much higher. On the 7th hole, if you don't clear the bridge, which is about 50-100 feet, depending on which direction you take, you might as well say "so long" to your disc. Beginners will probably want to start throwing on the other side of the bridge to avoid losing a disc. There are a couple of other holes where you're pinned near the OB line, which also increases your possibility of losing a disc.
Other Thoughts: Enjoy the course by wearing shorts and sandals if you'd like, unless you think you're going to lose a disc, then perhaps you might want to think about sneakers. One thing you definitely need to consider is sunscreen, because, as I mentioned, the second half of the course has few trees, if any.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun and challenging layout for most skill levels. Not many long bomb holes, but you are required to be accurate with your shot placements. Good use of elevation and foliage that was available.
Other Thoughts: There are quite a few challenging shots.Baskets above the tee off surface, as well as below. High sweeping anhyzers (RHBH), long dropping tee shots. Probably the most memorable hole is the unofficial 19th. There is a marked tee pad down in a gulch nestled between pine trees. Some 700 ft and what seems like a few thousand trees you hole out on a previous (8th?) basket.
Very enjoyable course with a good variety of shots.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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