Manalapan, NJ 
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Good control practice.

2-4    10/2/2016   10/3/2016
Review By: Z.Dailey
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is maintained, playable, and easy to navigate. Great for newer players as the distances are short and it's highly unlikely you'll lose any discs. Great for practicing height control and aim as there are an abundance of trees throughout the course.
Cons: Hole 7 is unplayable while games are going on which is quite often but you can play 8 or 9 twice to make it up. Hole 7 sign is wrong as the basket has been moved to the left and across the path. Just visible behind the corner of the football field. The sign is missing for 5.
Other Thoughts: Great for practicing controlled approaches and putts. The only 2 holes over 300 ft are either not playable most of the time or you can't get that distance under the trees without a roller anyway. Giving it a 2* rating because it's nothing special but it's still fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 fun course for what it is

5+    6/3/2011   6/3/2011
Review By: skier
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice short 9 hole course. It is a good place to learn to play and a fun place to stop by if you're in the area. All 9 baskets are now there, but the sign for the 7th basket is wrong. It is now over towards the 8th basket past the end of the football field.

Trees create a canopy on a couple of the holes, requiring you to keep your disc low to get through.
Cons: As others have noted, if the fields are being used for soccer/football/etc, the course would become unplayable.
Other Thoughts: If you live in the area and want to kill a little time, it can be a fun place to go. I wouldn't travel much of a distance to play the course, but who can argue with a short course 10 minutes from your house.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 First Time Here

1    8/7/2010   8/9/2010
Review By: owvanguard
Played: 49  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 9.4 Years
This review was updated on 1/31/2012
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is a short 9 hole course that is a decent introduction to disc golf. Several hole have thick trees up high but a clear shot low.
Cons: The park system does not post signs where the course is located in this large park. Pin # 7 is missing. If any sporting event was going on this course would be unplayable. A pavilion was put up that is in play on #8 and #9
Other Thoughts: Disc Golf sign on main road is needed. Put pin # 7 somewhere. I don't think I will ever go back with other courses closer and better for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Practice Facility at Best

1    1/11/2010   1/13/2010
Review By: optidiscic
Played: 156  Reviewed: 149  Exp: 15.4 Years
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A clean park and safe park. Good signage and 8 nice baskets. I enjoyed hole #1 a solid ace run and hole #2 is the perfect roller hole with several trees a bit too wide and a bit too high to reasonably throw over or around but with flat well manicured grass all the way to the basket 290 ft away. I also thought 8&9 were fun ace runs, 8 being a slight uphill hyzer and 9 being a downward hyzer with a different line than most holes to the basket. Simple but still challenging to some degree to find that perfect line. No undergrowth and very well maintained grass and shrubs. Hole #6 has a nice elevated protected pin. Before or after your round, you can practice drives on the soccer or football field.
Cons: Course simply winds around the perimeter of a soccer and football field 1-7 before ending up shooting around a pavillion for 8 and 9. Simply uncreative and hazzardous design will not appeal to seasoned DGers and is probably unplayable when any game/practice is in session. There are only 3 ace runs despite the fact that all 9 holes are extremely short in length. Holes 3,4,5, and 6 are very short but the baskets are so protected you can't reasonably have an ace chase the fun factor is diminsihed greatly. Who wants 150 footers that are impossible to ace.....very unsatisfying. Hole 7's basket was missing completely. There seemed to be plenty of woods and a bigger unused field nearby that could have been utilized to provide more fun for the players and more safety for the public. Limited to play during park hours (the gates close at sunset I think..I got locked in) and unplayable during game/practice times.
Other Thoughts: This is the kind of course I hate to see. A municipality slaps it up with little thought. It does not appeal to anyone. After a few years of nobody playing the course, the township will deem disc golf an overrated hazzardous sport and a waste of money to the taxpayers. They will then pass this foolish knowledge on to other government officials in neighboring towns and before you know have the state of New Jersey. A true Disc Golf Wasteland. If they would just ask a disc golfer to help design the course. I've played plenty of fun municipal courses that are fun little courses for the experts and beginner friendly at the same time.This is not one of those courses. Spend your time at Rutgers if your in this area of NJ.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

 Could be a nice course...

5+    11/22/2009   11/29/2009
Review By: RamsFan1
Played: 73  Reviewed: 73  Exp: 7.1 Years
This review was updated on 6/29/2014
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course has potential to be a solid beginners course. Hole 2 is a decent distance hole and hole 6 features an elevated basket on top of a small hill. Holes 3 & 4 aren't terribly long but one must successfully navigate trees and shrubery to get good putt position. Manalapan Rec. Center is used extensively for all sorts of activities and is thus well maintained.
Cons: Not really a course for the advanced player. Holes around the soccer fields remain very, very wet days after heavy rain. A picnic pavilion, pedestrian traffic and soccer games can all affect play on any given day and the course is basically unplayable from 8-4 on summer camp days.
Other Thoughts: The Manalapan Rec. Dept. finally got its act together (after more than a year) and reinstalled basket #7. They also fixed the sign to hole #8 and replanted the tee pole for hole #9. As with many municipal park courses, this one gets repetitive after awhile, though it is a good practice course and worthwhile for a few casual rounds.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Something To Sign Up New players

1    3/31/2009   3/31/2009
Review By: 5thElement
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very Well-Maintained field, great equipment utilized for the course and it was very clear where each tee and basket was.
Cons: Hole 7's Basket was pulled out of the ground and Hole 9 had no tee
Other Thoughts: This is definitely a course i will return to because it was small but the obstacles were reasonable for it's size. From what I understand, one of the workers told me that they were gonna move 8 and 9 around for the new pavilion, but I just used 9 at the end for some putting practice. I would say that this is a nice place to bring people that know nothing about the sport because of how short it is, but offers a glimpse into every aspect of the Disc Golf world.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.


2-4    1/13/2009   1/13/2009
Review By: valkyriefb11
Played: 23  Reviewed: 22  Exp: 11.1 Years
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Manalapan Rec DGC is in a well groomed sports complex. The course pretty much starts at one end of a soccer field and circles around several athletic fields ending near a pavilion and parking lot. Holes 1 and 2 are wide open and are pretty short, straightforward holes. Holes 3 and 4 are very short, but feature some nice tree cover making an ace run much more difficult. Holes 5-6 are more open but still have enough tree cover to add somewhat of a challenge. Hole 7 is a gradual right turning shot around a thick cluster of pine trees. Hole 8 is a short uphill run and hole 9 is a short run back down the hill.
There are restrooms in the park and plenty of areas in the park to eat.
Cons: This course is really a great course for beginners and locals who don't have any others courses to choose from. Because of how closely situated the course is to the athletic fields it would be almost unplayable during any soccer or football games. Hole 7 has been removed and there are plans to permanently move it. A pavilion was being placed in between holes 8 and 9 making them unplayable once the pavilion is finished. (The tee and sign for hole 9 have actually been removed.
The tees were clearly marked, but the 'advanced tees' were ridiculously placed 4 ft behind the regular tee. The tees are also very close to the previous pin on several of the holes making it dangerous if the course were ever crowded.
Other Thoughts: I spoke to the parks dept. about the course and they said that it is not going to be removed, but they will be moving holes 7-9 to make way for other park improvements. They also said that there are plans to add another 9 holes in the south of that park eventually, but they were unsure when these holes would be put in.
Do not travel far to play this course, as it isn't worth it. It is better than nothing, but its nothing great. During the summer the course is highly unplayable. Unfortunately this course doesn't have much going for it, the best thing for this course would be if the parks dept adds a better planned back 9.

In the condition the course is in I have to give it a 1, if and when the parks dept repairs holes 7-9 and/or adds the addition back 9 I will re-review the course and hopefully be able to raise the score a bit.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 Simple but seemingly often unplayable

1    8/14/2008   8/14/2008
Review By: Godard
Played: 53  Reviewed: 43  Exp: 10.1 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Perfectly maintained since it's in a park. Holes 3 and 4 are probably the best 150-foot holes you'll ever see, with nice tree cover. Most baskets are well hidden behind trees.
Cons: Hole 7 seemed to be missing. Holes 8 and 9 were completely unplayable as a children's tent was set up on the hill. I assume the course is usually unplayable, as I would not attempt a throw anywhere if there was a football game or soccer match in progress. Holes are ridiculously short and unchallenging.
Other Thoughts: Probably not a bad way to introduce children to the sport. But not worth the trip for anyone else, unless you just want to try out holes 3 and 4. There are tee markers for each hole, but no pads, and there seemed to be "advanced" markers exactly 4 feet behind every tee, which didn't make sense to me.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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