The Best Pyramids in the USA
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Pyramids course is a great course on a great piece of property off of Marshall Street in the secluded forests of Massachusetts. Lots of mature trees, shallow creeks, and disc golf baskets to be seen here.
Pulling into the parking lot, you drive down a secluded driveway, and then towards a house that holds one of the best disc golf shops on Earth, with so many amazing discs, this of course being the Marshall Street store. A great place to buy plastic to replace the ones you lost at Maple Hill, or to stock your back up collection.
However, this review is about the course, not the pro shop, which is a 5/5. However, the course does not disappoint.
Every hole has two baskets and a single tee, making a Gold and Silver layout, although there was a change in baskets and they are now White and Blue DD Veterans, so it is more of a White/Blue layout. These baskets catch really well, and are visible through the dense forest.
The holes are well designed, with a lot of wooded shots, but a few open, with the wooded holes having a great variety of left and right turning/fading shots, as well as the few tunnels. There was also a great variety of uphill and downhill elevation.
The tee signs were amazingly detailed, there were benches on mosty every hole, brooms to brush off the tees... and more. So many great amenities that aren't necessarily needed, but always a nice touch.
Cons: The Pyramids course is not as flashy as Maple Hill, or any championship course for that matter, but it is a solid course for sure. There were no water shots, no downhill bomber shots, just a lot of fun golf shots.
In the tight woods, there was a stretch of holes that got a little boring. Playing up and down the same hill. They were fun shots, but there could've been more here.
Sometimes, the two baskets were not different enough in my opinion to constitute the need for two pins. On these holes, one or the other would have actually be the better option, "less is more."
Rubber tees are not my favorite. These rubber were just fine, but concrete is better in my opinion. The broom on every tee helped though.
Some holes played close together, and fairways of other holes could sometimes come into play when they should not. Not much to do here, as the property is not humongous.
Other Thoughts: This is a relaxing, fun and solid course. A lot of fun holes, a great atmosphere, and a great area. If you had to choose between Pyramids and Maple Hill, the choice is Maple Hill every time, but this is a course to play if you have the time.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
River, hills, and trees, oh my!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
-Tee areas are great, tees are solid and level, signs are clear and helpful.
-Baskets are bright colors and easily located from the tee, Baskets are also in brand new condition and they catch exceptionally.
-Fairways and roughs are in decent condition
-Elevation is used awesomely, there is a nice big hill which 6 and 7 play up and down, with several other holes around it using the hill as well.
-Trees are well placed as obstacles, no hole has too many trees
-Water is used really well, not really danger of losing a disc but, it comes into play
-Good benches on most tees
-Really beautiful course and area
-The river, while a nice aesthetic and fun obstacle, makes for very muddy footing around it
-This course gets a 2/4 on the new Shoe Index.
Other Thoughts: There aren't many cons, because this course is really great.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Gem of a course
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is an 18 hole layout with two sets of baskets. The tees are well maintained rubber tees. Baskets are in good condition. Course is well groomed and maintained. Holes range from tight shaped shots to wide open bombs which present a challenge to all levels of the game. Holes are well marked and course navigation is pretty managable. The Pro Shop is amazing!!!! Almost overwhelming, but loved seeing so many discs in one building. Could nitpick on the pay-to-play, but when you see the work the owners have to do to maintain this course, I have no problem paying.
Cons: Can't really think of any cons. It is a fantastic layout.
Other Thoughts: Next time I visit, I am going to have to pre-plan what I need for discs. I literally walked around the pro shop and couldn't decide which disc I wanted or needed. Very overwhelming for a newbie who hasn't developed much of a game yet. But, again, I absolutely loved the pro shop. Very friendly staff.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyable and Challenging
Pyramids is a very well maintained 18 hole course that winds through the woods, along creeks and through a meadow. Each hole has one tee and two different targets. I played this course as part of a trip playing 12 states in 12 days. Pyramids and Maple Hill were the only courses I played on this trip through Massachusetts. Be sure you stop in to the Marshall Hill pro shop to pay before you play.
I used bullet points for those that don't want to read the entire review.
This course has one tee and two targets installed on each hole. Two targets on every hole is not very common in other parts of the United States. However, in New England and the East Coast, this is not so unusual. This was one of the better two target courses I played on my trip.
I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of variety here. Even though this is a fairly small plot of land, there is a great mix of holes and a surprising amount of elevation changes. There are some tight wooded holes, a few open wooded holes, holes along and over the OB creek and couple of holes with more open meadow shots. The wooded holes do require a variety of shots to score well.
Signs and Navigation
Course is easy to navigate, even if you forget to bring your map (like I did). There are two fantastic full color tee signs for the Silver and Gold locations on every tee. The massive tee signs have tons of information. They list the distances and even include photos.The signs also provide direction to the next tee.
The course has signs and well maintained and ample rubber tee pads on every hole. There are broom holders with brooms on all of the tee signs. Many of the tees have benches, tables or logs. There were really nice bridges and wooden walkways over creeks and wet areas. There is a full service pro shop on site and portable johns in the parking area.
This course has top notch maintenance. Grassy areas were kept mowed and there is no real rough off the fairways. There were wood chips located throughout the course. The wood chips were not just around the baskets and tees, but also on the fairways keeping the grass down and preventing erosion. It had rained for two days before I played and there was no need to worry about mud or standing water.
Silver or Gold
Even though I am not a gold level player, I played the gold course on my visit. The gold target locations are usually longer and they are much more straightforward than the silver targets. Some of the silver targets are in dog leg locations or are located deep left or right of the main fairway (like an afterthought). While the Gold course is not a Gold Level Championship course, I would consider it a top notch Advanced level course. There is plenty of challenge for players of all skill levels. While I don't really know which came first, I would venture Gold was here first as it seems to flow better.
All 18 in Row
Once you tee on Hole 1, you do not return to the massive parking area until after Hole 18. However, it is possible to take a quick run to the car after Hole 7 and maybe again while you are playing Hole 14. I appreciate the compact design here. There is very little extra walking from tee to tee to play the course.
No problems playing solo here. While a couple of targets are "blind" from the tee, there is no risk of losing track of discs on these fairways. It was nearly impossible to play the neighboring Maple Hill as a solo player, so this easy compact and easy to navigate course was a welcome relief for me.
There are portable restrooms in the parking area. They were clean and well maintained.
Litter Free and no Graffiti
One of the benefits of a pay to play course. No litter, no butts, no beer cans and no graffiti. Continue to keep it classy people!
Kids and Strollers
I wouldn't bring kids in strollers because of the inherently rocky terrain. I suppose you could bring a disc cart, but the elevation change and rocky ground might make it tough. The Pyramids course is pretty compact so it would be easy enough for older kids to walk along. There are no restrooms on the course except the portable johns in parking area. If you come with kids that want to play disc golf, start out on the nine hole Pink course located by the Pro Shop. This is a perfect course for young ones.
Not big, bold or flashy. Just good solid disc golf.
I am having trouble thinking of any cons here. A couple of the wooded holes could have used a wider fairway. Even though there was a good variety of shots, some holes started to look and feel the same.
This course is definitely overshadowed by the more famous Maple Hill down the street. However, I found this course so much more enjoyable and far less confusing. As a solo player, Pyramids was much more relaxing and fun to play solo than MH. Pyramids was easier to navigate and there is no risk of losing a disc in the middle of the fairway because you did not have a spotter.
The course is just shy of perfect, so I will rate it a 4.5
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pyramids - The Gateway to the Heavens
Pros: Nice private course with large single rubber tees with excellent signage and benches and brooms. Course is easy to navigate especially with the nice bridge-work to cross the creek several times. Two baskets on every hole short Silver Chainstars and long Gold DisCatchers providing good difference for skill level and changing the look of each hole.
Excellent course design providing a myriad of challenges playing over a variety of terrain. The first 3 holes play through speckled woods with gentle elevation slopes and requiring some line shaping. Holes 4 and 5 add to the challenge playing next to or crossing the creek with the gold basket on 5 on a fun and dangerous approach to a peninsula green. Hole 5 was my favorite. Hole 6 through 11 play up and down a steep wooded slope and across the creek. Hole 12 is a beast multi-shot hole that starts uphill through the the woods and into a more flat open area with the baskets. Hole 13 is a long tight tunnel that plays alongside a steep ridge to the left. Hole 14 changes up the pace playing multiple shots through the more open flat Christmas tree area. Hole 15 is a short flat ace run with two distinct lines and I aced the short basket on the hyzer line with my putter. Hole 16 is a flattish right curving shot. Hole 17 and 18 play through the woods alongside the driveway, with 18 Gold back into the open by the parking lot.
Loops back to parking lot/pro shop. No underbrush, very clean and well maintained. Marshall Street pro shop onsite. Portapotties by parking lot.
Cons: Nothing major. Only one set of tees per hole and rubber. Holes 6-11 were a little repetitive playing back and forth the creek and up/down the hill side, and holes play a little close together. Hole 18 long basket could be a safety issue.
Rollaways can happen to good shots on some of the holes. I parked hole 7 short and it rolled all the way back to the creek.
Other Thoughts: After my long drive to the course, I stop in the Marshall Street pro shop to take a gander at all the shiny plastic and try to resist buying more than I need, but that didn't work out very well. So with all the plastic I bought, I got a free round to the Pink course which was a great warm up and confidence boost after acing hole 1. :-) The 18 hole course is still $6 to play unless you have a club membership. If I lived in the area I would definitely buy the membership and play here often.
I think the Pyramids complex gets a little unfairly over-shadowed by it's world renown neighboring Maple Hill complex, but IMO the Pyramids can hold it's own weight and provides a more relaxing and fun playing atmosphere. Playing both of these complexes provides for a fantastic disc golf destination experience. Highly recommend playing both if in the area.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
At least 4 stars, but not quite perfect...
Pros: - Beautiful brooks and scenery, it can rival Borderland's
- 2 colored baskets
- attached disc shop is largest in N.E. I think
- parking is spacious
- paid course means fewer players but it also means players who like to hang out and play slow...
Cons: - Some more trees need to be cut down please.
- Packed gravel road is a lil' rough on tires
- Next tee box isn't really clearly marked although there's a very useful map/pamphlet that you can get from shop. But please reference Muldoon Park's taped arrowed method.
- $6/play or $10/day
Other Thoughts: This course is quite amazing, but more trees need to go unless you enjoy playing pinball bouncing / russian roulette type of play. Just too narrow spaces between all these trees! But otherwise, I really like this course.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Marshall Street is the Best
Pros: See Buchas post for similar description
Best pro shop in the NE, if the the US. That alone is worth a visit
Scenic course with stream flowing through several holes Very wooded but not much understory. Great use of elevation on most holes - a lot of back and forth up and down the side of a hill
Multiple tees and two baskets per hole provide a lot of variety
Cons: None, really, though I didn't enjoy the holes at the top of the hill (flat) as much as the first 9.
Other Thoughts: A memorable course. I played on a rainy day, unfortunately, but enjoyed it none the less. The greatest pro shop ever. Marshall Street makes me want to take a disc golf vacation. Or go back to college somewhere in Leicester..You really need 3-4 full days to experience Pyramids and Maple Hill. It is Disney for Disc Golfers. Keep it up, people!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Kid in a candy store
Pros: This is a fun and enjoyable "home style course." With maple hill just down the road, you can plan a great vacation with these two courses. First off, the pro shop is fantastic! It adds to the experience and really helped this course earn an excellent rating. As my title describes, the pro shop gave me the feeling of being six years old and walking into a magnificent candy store.
Now on to the course. The course is well laid out, with some significant elevation changes and good variety in hole lengths. Variety in shot shapes as well. OB stream comes into play on several holes and makes for some extra challenge.
Where this course really earns its stars is the immense fun factor. With maple hill down the road, this course would provide a break from the many challenges of maple hill. Two permanent basket locations for each hole, add variety and challenge to each and every hole. The long pins will challenge even the mist seasoned of players.
The awesome elevation changes is what really drives this course home for me. There is a good mix of downhill touch shots and tougher uphill shots. The designer(s) did a good job by incorporating the hill on as many holes as possible with out it getting to cluttered.
Cons: Some of the holes in the middle of the course get somewhat repetitive. There are many holes that kind of blend in where you play down he hill and the back up, down the hill and back up.
#16s gold basket is relatively unreachable because of the angle you have to throw, over a 90 degree turn right.
#18s gold basket is right by the driving net. A well placed second shot can land next to the net a mere 15 feet away from the basket.
These are all pretty nit picky cons as there are not to many to puck out at this great course.
Other Thoughts: This is a very enjoyable and fun course to play. However it really lacks the memorable or picturesque holes needed to give it a higher rating. All in all if you can I would highly recommend planning a day road trip to play maple hill and pyramids, two great courses just down the road from eachother.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Well varied course
Pros: +Well maintained
+Good mix of woodsy and open shots
+Great intermediate course
+Also, it has the BEST pro shop around
Cons: -It can be busy on weekends and therefore it will slow down the speed of play, but that is hardly a problem
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses, it's a bit of a drive for me but it is well worth it. Plus, the pro shop is amazing and has great prices. If you live within a couple hours away, get in your car and drive here if you have yet to play it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Whereas neighboring Maple Hill feels like a vacation, Pyramids feels like home. Seems like a perfect league course, with plenty to challenge you and potentially ruin your score, but the course itself isn't going to wear you down. The terrain is what I would consider light woods with multiple paths to the basket on most holes. There is plenty of elevation and a stream runs along a few holes and comes into play on about a third of them. There isn't much here that will slow down play since the water will affect your shot but won't require difficult recovery and underbrush is non-existent.
There are two layouts. Each hole has one tee and two baskets. I played a mix of the two, depending on my interest level in the layout as shown on the tee sign. Sometime, the gold basket provides a good deal more length than the silver. Often, this was unnecessary as the silvers provided solid hole designs. But on many occasions, the gold basket has a much more interesting pin position. Especially on 13. It's a solid hole to the silver pin, but gold requires crossing another ravine to a precarious location with plenty of roll-away danger. You will regret not throwing at it. That experience, with the gold basket making the silver basket look boring is recreated on about a third of the holes.
With two basket options, it really is one of those solid courses that you can play again and again without getting tired of it. It has that kind of terrain that is well suited to a fun game. No towering peaks or massive drops but the kind of elevation change that improves every hole both aesthetically and challenge-wise.
Cons: Still, there really isn't much that will you remember here. If you play it once, you won't be recalling fond memories in your elder years. There are no epic holes. Nothing stands out. There are some moments of repetition. There's not much done wrong here. It just lacks that extra umph to boost it into the realm of the elite courses.
There are also some holes in which the two baskets are close together and not much is gained by having the second pin location. If there is one area of improvement, it would be to take those gold baskets and move them somewhere more intense.
Other Thoughts: With Maple Hill, just down the street, it is the perfect course to be in the area. Really nice contrast in styles and lots of possible playing options.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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