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!
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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.
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New and Improved for 2014!
Pros: ***Review totally updated due to upgrade from 9 to 18 holes in May of 2014***
The view of the Uniontown, PA valley below the grounds is very nice. If you've ever been through Uniontown and noticed the big white cross on the mountain above town, that's where the course is. There's plenty to do in Uniontown... eating, shopping, etc. and it's just a short drive away. Plus the region has lots of other outdoor activities to participate in (hiking, boating, fishing, caving, etc.).
On site there are hiking trails, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, a playground and a baseball diamond. You would need to check with management to see if it's OK to use these facilities, though.
The course has been greatly improved over the last few years with the new baskets and tee markers (2012), and especially the 9 new holes (2014). If you park by the pool-house, in the dirt parking lot off of Old Braddock Rd., you'll be close to the beginning and end of the course.
The tee markers for #1-6 and #16-18 are just concrete slabs in the ground with the hole number on them. Holes #7-15 have vertical posts with the hole number on them. Navigation is very simple, especially from #7-17. When the new map is made, it will be very helpful.
The Liberty baskets are all in very good shape. They catch pretty well. I found that they don't catch hard putts very well, as they'll hit the pole and bounce out, or off center putts, especially on the left side for a RHBH putter. The chains seem to have more spitouts than on other "'pro-grade" baskets.
The holes are an excellent mix of open, lightly wooded and very wooded. Overall, the course is pretty short. #6 is the longest open hole at 471' and #12 is the longest wooded hole. I estimated it at 350'. For reference, I can drive on a wide open hole around 350' with a good pull. With that being said, #6 is the only hole that I can't reach from the tee due to sheer distance. But I do get to throw driver from 2 other holes. The rest are mid-range and putter holes for me. There's not a lot of elevation on the property, but what there is gets used.
With the addition of the new wooded holes, the blend of left turning, right turning and straight shots is well distributed. There are some interesting right turning holes and a very nice "S" shaped hole, #10. So you do need more than just a "big stupid hyzer" in your arsenal. The wooded holes are generally pretty tight, but are definitely fair. The super short #13 doesn't appear to have a real shot at the basket, but I found a very reasonable, unexpected line. No I'm not giving away my secret. ;-)
If you don't want to deal with the thick wooded holes, #7-15, you can still play the original 9 hole course as holes #1-6 and 16-18.
Cons: If you must have nice tees, a lot of length, drastic elevation changes and/or water on your courses, then this isn't the course for you. This isn't really a con for me, but I just wanted to note it.
The new holes are still a work in progress. There are tee signs, but it's unclear in a few instances which side of the marker you're supposed to throw from. The signs interfered with my follow through on a couple so I just backed up a little extra. The tees are natural and rough in several cases.
The rough is very rough and will probably only get deeper and thicker as the Summer progresses. Hopefully they keep up with course maintenance. Plus the trees and brush from the clearing of fairways has been left very close to the holes and definitely comes into play.
On holes #7-15, the next tee is very close to the previous basket on most holes. Errant drives and approaches could easily find there way into the teebox of the next hole. Also, be careful on holes #3-4, as it is easy to go OB onto the road.
Other Thoughts: Highlights:
**Hole #1 is now a nice, blind, right turning opener.
**Hole #6 is open all of the way to the basket, with the basket tucked in-between a small grove of pine trees. It should give all but big arms an opportunity to really air out their drives at 471'.
**Hole #8 is a cool "S" shaped hole down a narrow, but reasonable path. A "two" on this hole would feel really good.
**Hole #12 will probably open up just a little pretty soon, with a dead tree currently leaning over the fairway early. In any case, this is a very cool, slightly down-hill, long and straight hole, though a couple gaps in the trees.
This course is at a church camp and I bet that it's been a lot of fun for attendees. I wonder, though, what they'll think of the new wooded holes. The tight fairways, hole configurations, and nasty rough will not prove to be very beginner friendly. And my kudos to the people at Jumonville Glen Retreat Center!!! The improvements to the course have not gone unnoticed by me.
I still wouldn't call Jumonville a destination course. But if you live within an hour or so, I would absolutely recommend that you check out the new layout. It's about 1:20 for me to get there, and I'll definitely be going back.
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