Quirky Course At Jumonville Glen Christian Retreat Complex.
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Pros: The course is on the grounds of this large Christian camp. The camp is very large but the course is confined partly on the athletic field and pool area and then holes 7-17 play through the adjoining woods. The reason I write that this course is quirky is because the first 6 holes and # 18 have no signage of any kind but all the wooded holes have these great colored tee signs with all the information you'll need. And another reason is because the course is overmapped. (See more on this later).
The course begins at the back corner of the swimming pool. There is a kiosk there with (amazingly enough) a box full of course scorecards/maps. These are not your run-of-the-mill map/scorecards. These are Pebble Beach golf country club professional quality! They are a different version than DGCR on-line map. The tee pads are sometimes marked with an imbedded RR tie. Others are more difficult to find. The baskets are Liberty DN models. I was fine with them. There are both blue (longs) and whites (short) tees.
After playing the longish # 6, cross over the entry street, go over the little locked gate and you'll soon find # 7's nice tee sign. The next 9 holes are mostly, tight wooded holes playing with narrow little fairways. 16 & 17 are wooded but a little more open. And then 18 plays 316' slightly uphill to a basket just at the tree line.
Cons: No signage on first six holes. Easy to follow the course with their wonderful map. The first 6 would confusing without it.
Tee pads are substandard.
#'s 7 (185) & 8 (285) were my least favorite kind of holes. That is holes that play up a walking path or road.
The tee signs are sometimes placed a little two close to the tee pad area. On some holes, with no designated tee pad, it's easy to move left or right a step or two thereby changing the dynamic of the hole.
Other Thoughts: I hear the folks here are friendly and accommodating. I didn't see anyone other than a youth group playing some kind of strange volleyball, which looked fun by the way. It's very easy to just show up and play anytime as this part of the course seems a way from the camp offices and other buildings. There is a small dirt parking lot near # 1 and # 18. It's getting a little trashy looking. I don't know who all is parking here but if this from disc golfers, I'm a little ashamed. Pack it out, fellows!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I checked in at the camp center and found the staff very helpful by providing a camp map, course score card, and pencil. The staff also provided directions for parking and direction to the first tee box. Once oriented on the course the map was very helpful for navigating the first 6 holes which are played around the camp grounds. Holes 7 thru 17 are played in the adjacent wooded area which is very pleasant. These holes are short but require skillful shots. The wooded holes are well marked and easy to navigate without a map.
Cons: Holes 1 thru 6 are not easy to navigate without the course map. The tee boxes lack a sign post and diagram of the hole. The baskets are not numbered on this set do holes. I can see that during camp season these holes might be difficult to play due to camp activities in the area.
Other Thoughts: The camp in the recent past expanded the course to a full 18 holes. All the new holes are in the wooded area away from seasonal campers. The staff should consider running the more of the holes in the woods keeping only a few holes in the recreational area farthest from camp activities. I had a lot of fun playing the course and will visit it again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Disc Golf at Church Camp
Pros: Jumonville Glen is located on a Christian retreat/summer camp site and plays around a section of the campgrounds that includes a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a baseball field. It is listed as private on this site, but I had no trouble getting in to play it and I have heard others say that they never have had any problems either. I think it is generally easy to gain access to, but one is probably discouraged to play while there are camps/retreats going on.
The first tee is located next to the swimming pool, and a course map is there to assist you (follow the map at the course and not the one on this website, as some of the holes have been changed). The tees are natural, but there are two sets of concrete blue/white slabs that have the hole numbers on them for most holes. The different tees give different looks, and for most of the holes offer a good difference in length. DN Liberty baskets are in great shape and I believe are a recent upgrade from the course's previously homemade baskets.
I liked the mix of completely open, somewhat open, and wooded holes that the course offers. Holes 1-6 and 9 are in open fields with trees placed here and there and holes 7 and 8 offer fun shots in the woods. Holes 4 and 6 have pins strategically located within a group of pines. I also appreciated the use of elevation for holes 1 and 9.
This is a real good course for beginners, as there aren't really any chances to lose discs and there are mostly open holes with a few wooded holes for the beginner to experience.
Cons: -It was hard for me to find the first tee for a number of reasons. For one, there is not any parking near holes 1 or 9, so it made it tough to find an obvious starting point. The parking - while not really far away from the course - is not conveniently located near the course either. Also, the lack of signage and no numbers on the pins made it hard for me to determine what number the holes were, and the numbers of the designated tee areas were initially hard to spot because there are flat on the ground. Thank God for the course map, or else I would have been completely lost as to where to start.
-Not much variety from the tee, as most holes were straight shots to the basket. It gets pretty repetitive when there are 3 completely open, flat holes in a 9 hole course. There were a few anhyzer and hyzer lines, however.
-If it is out of season, no bathrooms or water fountains are available.
-The course plays very close to the pool, baseball field, and tennis courts, so you would need to be very cautious if other activities were going on.
Other Thoughts: I had trouble deciding whether this course should be a 1.5 or a 2.0. The lack of shot selection off the tee on most of the holes would make it a 1.5, but the wooded holes (7 and 8) are a lot of fun, have a great design, and are what put this course up at a 2.0. The parking situation and the difficulty of finding the first tee were a little frustrating for me. But, it is a church camp so I'm sure there are often camp counselors that show everyone where to begin. Again, it is a good course for beginners and is a relatively quick play (took 3 of us 45 min). I would only stop here for course bagging and if you are passing through the area.
UPDATE: The course has recently been updated with new scorecards near hole 1 plus the addition of 9 new holes with nicer tee signs. The new holes play in the woods after 6, where old 7 and 8 used to be. These new holes offer some challenging and tight lines within the woods and give the course a much more complete feel. The rough is very thick at this time, but I'm sure will get better over time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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It's a campground course
Pros: Good use of space they have available.
Other Thoughts: It's been a while since I played this course so I don't want to pile on cons. The baskets were a little rough when I was there, but it isn't a bad course for a campground.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Throwing on Historic Braddock's Road
Pros: Overall the course has made the most of the available terrain allowing for elevation changes, tight and open fairways, and protected shots.
Played several times both with campers onsite and no campers around at all and never had to worry about people in the way of any shots.
Asked for permission to play at office and was welcomed and given a scorecard/map.
Holes 6, 7, & 8 are the best on the course. 6 & 7 are tree holes that provide ace opportunities but are narrow enough to bounce your discs deep into trouble. Hole 8 is an open hole with an elevation rise to a partially protected basket.
Cons: The pars are way too generous.
The tee boxes could've used existing paths more to provide consistent footing.
Other Thoughts: The tree holes 6 & 7 are on the Historic Braddock's Road and the camp itself is close to the battlefield location of the opening battle of the French & Indian (7 Years War).
Course plays much differently in the wind by either adding distance to shots or length to holes.
Jumonville is definitely "Stroller-friendly" for playing with little ones in tow.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun Little Course
Pros: It is a fun course to play while you are attending camp there. The holes are not bad for the land that is available.
Cons: Baskets were not that bad. It was tough to find a tee pads for the holes. Only 9 holes. It would not be as fun doing a second 9 to play 18 total holes.
Other Thoughts: If you are going to a camp or weekend retreat here I would recommend playing this course once. I would not say to drive or go out of your way to come play here, it just is not good enough for that. It is kind of close to the one football field so when you are throwing on some holes you might hit someone. My friend hit a guy in the chest when we played it.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Old course New baskets!
Pros: The new baskets are great. Also the new tee pads are a great addition to the course. Blue and White tee pads are installed. Course map and score cards are available at hole 1.
Cons: #6 Tee pad placed under a tree that has limbs in the way. The more leaves that grow on it the harder it would be to drive from tee pad. Simple tree pruning is all that needs done here. #7 Blue Tee pad needs more clearance behind the tee marker. Not enough room for driving. Hole #3 blue Tee is impossible to drive thru the tree branches. The tee needs to be moved away from the tree.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course that allows you to use your entire bag. Only 9 holes now but 9 more planned for near future. Love the woods section. I hope the next 9 will be more in the woods like #7 and #8. Not a very busy course. I had the whole place to myself.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: All 9 new baskets are installed and playable..The course looks great!!!
Cons: No cons with this one, fun little course with room for expansion..
Other Thoughts: Alot of potential here for additional holes. Tee markers are coming soon.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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An opportunity to throw discs is always welcome.
Quality map (under Links) quite useful.
The baskets are quite shallow and the circumference of the ring holding the chains is smaller than normal.
No marked tee locations. Simply tee off from near the previous basket, except for holes 6, 8, and 9, where you'll need to estimate from where to tee - the map is a necessary aid.
Plays near/across tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/soccer field, road, and walking paths.
Despite the tee/basket shortcomings, the course was fun to play. While on the flat and open side, wooded holes 6-7 offered some challenge, and a few of the other holes had some trees somewhat near the basket.
The map is essential to help orient and guide you. If you park at Andrew's Lodge then cross the street, basket-2 will be to your left, and basket-3 to your right.
Learning how to putt successfully on these baskets will make putting on conventional baskets seem extremely easy!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: You will most likely never share the course with any other golfers.
The camp that this course is located on is a great place in a fantastic location. There is tennis, basketball, volleyball, a large playground and a phenomonal view.
For a small nine hole course this has some good distances with most of the holes over 300' with one that is close to 500.
The two wooded holes 6 and 7 are really nice and I wish the whole course could have been designed that way.
This course would be perfect for kids and beginners since it is somewhat short with not alot of obstructions.
Cons: Baskets are bad. These are homemade baskets that are old enough to have begun falling apart. They did not catch all that well to begin with so putting now is an iffy proposition.
There are no tee markers. You can get a map/scorecard from the camp office that will let you know where the tee's are but if you don't have one just tee off from near the previous basket except 6 and 8 where you need to cross a road first. And 9 you walk up a little concrete path first.
Some of the holes play really close to other camp activities in the summer so you really need to be careful.
Other Thoughts: I have played this 9 hole course alot and it is an older course that was designed by amateurs 15 years ago. The camp itself is very supportive of disc golf but cannot dedicate resources for it.
As I said before the camp office has a Map/Scorecard as well as loaner discs for anybody who needs them.
Jumonville is a Christian camp but does not mind outsiders or locals playing as long as the hide the drinking and behave themselves.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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