1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well marked; pretty park; nice tees and baskets.
2 tees and 2 baskets per hole
Mostly pine cover, so pine needle floor to walk on. No poison ivy.
nice water front holes some variety and technical challenges.
I love the waterside holes, which I consider the course's signature. There's even a tee ON the small pier.
Cons: cramped on a lot of holes in the middle of the course. layout is not ideal.
a few holes seem to have no fairway at all, with trees blocking every line to the basket. Some play around/the playground and picnic tables- FORE!
only a few long holes. Most short with tight tunnel fairways (if there is a fairway)
you can play this course with only a putter or mid- only a couple open holes.
Other Thoughts: I give it 'good' rating, mainly because the tees and signs are very well done. 2 baskets and 2 tees per hole.
we rather enjoyed playing the course a few times over the weekend, but after a few rounds, we figured it out.
I would be happy playing there regularly if I lived nearby, but don't make a special trip just to play this course.
Though in nice conditions I would expect to par a course like this, with wind and the number of trees, I never did.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Always a good time on the Pond!
Pros: 2 Tees and 2 Pins
Sign on all 18
Excellent mix of 'Mandos'
Easy to navigate
Good mix of narrow & open shots
Cons: Goose poop on 3, 4, & 5
Some throws are a little too close to the road and main parking lot
Other Thoughts: Always a good time at Schumaker Pond!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: very tight technical course. the water plays part in about 6 holes. if your disc doesn't go to far in the water it is shallow enough to retrieve.
Cons: lots of trees in the way. i hate trees. also there is a lot of pedestrians. with it being in a city park it is in the middle of a city park.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Throw off the Dock!
Pros: Incredible use of limited space. There are 72 layouts crammed into a sliver of land between a huge pretty pond and a street. There are 2 baskets and 2 tees with bright gold baskets and gold tees as the longer course and brilliant red baskets and red tees as the shorts. Very easy to recognize this obvious design. (some park's first timers get confused of which tee or basket to use). Despite the efficient use of space the course offers a lot to like. Well constructed big rubber tees on all tees. A couple more longer open drives in the latter 9. Plenty of technical holes. Some fast greens with the lake serving as backdrop. The distances usually work for the land given, any longer and it would become a reckless hazzard. Any shorter, and you would be bored. Challenge is here due to the trees and a few fast greens. There are plenty of food options nearby. What makes this course a must play is hole #3, the chance to throw off a dock over an expanse of water to a basket nestled up a wooded bank on the distant shoreline. This is a once in a lifetime type of hole and makes the trip here worthwhile. Talk about intimidation......if it was just a grass field and not a deeeeep pond it would still be a fun hole but standing there and seeing water all around is just quite a treat. It's a good play if your heading to Ocean City,Md area from the Balt/DC area.
Cons: It's tight and at times it's tough to relax as there is potential for conflicts with 2 shots playing over parking lots...and a slew of others playing with the street nearby. Theres a little swing set/play area that is very close to some baskets and tees. Some park benches line the shoreline of the pond as well. While the trees are a great challenge at times it's a bit tight for the distance required to throw(16) or maybe I'm not a fan of lay up golf. Definite chance of lost disc to water on holes 2,3 and 4. I was there in mid September and the bathrooms were already locked for season...can you say God Bless Burger King! You never feel like your at a disc golf course as it is a multi-use park and there are few areas where you ever escape the street view. Mandos are here. I know some don't like mandos.(definetely needed to ensure safer play) Basket 1 is right next to bathroom building! Someone could take a lump after taking a dump!
Other Thoughts: Excellent use of a pretty sliver of land next to a great pond. Very odd to see 6 tee pads clustered so close to one another around tee 17. When you drive in the park will be on your left...you will see some baskets from the road..park near the bathroom building but park closer to street so you don't risk being in way of elevated tee that fires over lot(it's a small lot relax) at rear of bathroom building you will see basket #1, If your looking at pond the #1 tee will be to your right closer to the pond and there is a silly cowboy head on a post that serves as info and tee #1 area. Go meet the cowboy and enjoy.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Two by Two
Two (red and yellow, yellow longer) baskets, two teepads, signs on every hole. .Rubber teepads are long, wide, and flat. Easy course to follow for a first-time visitor. Practice basket. Not far from petrol and food.
Yellow basket for #8 is mere inches from a child's playground ride. Hole #10 also plays near playground. If other park visitors opt to visit the pond, hole #2, and possibly #'s 3&4, would have some interference. Not sure how often the open space that makes up #12's and #13's fairways is used by non-golfers. Throw too far left on #2/14, too far right on #3/4, too far period on #14/17, and you may find water.
Course is part of a multi-use park.. Fairly flat. While most holes are in the woods, this is not a deep-woods course, and the chance of losing a disc is relatively low, unless you find the pond. A few chances to air it out over open fairways. Nice blend of left, right, no turning holes. Fair fairways and/or throwing lanes, except 16-yellow seemed a bit over-the-top (straight, hard left a few feet, straight again). Teepads are easy to find from the basket just completed, and typically are not too far from each other. The pair of baskets on each hole are usually about 40' apart, but a couple of holes have them more like a 100' difference.
For this review, I played the course twice, both times from the shorter teepad, once to the short baskets, once to the longs. For the short-to-short, nothing was over 300', and 2/3rds of the holes were under 200'. Playing to the longer baskets pushed most holes over 200', and a few over 300'.
Solid course. The dual tee/basket combination gives you a lot of choices here. Trap Pond, about ½ hour away, is also dual tee/basket, and quite a bit longer. Lots of options for the locals.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
One of MD's Newest
Pros: Something that makes all the difference when it comes to the success of a DGC is the people attached to it. Schumaker is lucky to have Chris Roberts as its mover and shaker. The course is located on MD's Eastern peninsula a lttle north of Ocean City and occupies a fairly modest sized city park with an ~10-15 acre pond. Water comes into play on 3-4 holes on the front nine, and is comprised of two nine hole loops that start and finish near a central parking area.
The course is mostly flat, and occupies a mostly (pine) wooded area, but given the sort of plain landscape - the course has decent variety (multiple tees and pins) and flows very well. The local parks have even let the course pro set up a little pro shop using the storage room of the bath house, so if you're there on a weekend, you've got a good chance of picking up a replacement for that disc you just chunked in the pond.
Cons: The park is not exclusive to DG, so there is the inevitable potential for conflict with picnicers or walkers. And there are a couple holes that bring the parking lot and an adjacent road into play.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is an excellent novice design effort. Good use of the property given the limitations. Not too tight, or too short, or too long. An excellent place for teaching DG to the uninitiated. A nice place to stop coming or going from the beach, or as a day trip from the DC Metro area. I'd give Schumaker a hearty thumbs up, and look forward to playing there again soon.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: GREAT USE OF LAND AVAILABLE
2 TEES AND 2 BASKETS ON EVERY HOLE
NOT MUCH WALKING BETWEEN HOLES
Cons: HARD TO FIND FIRST TEE BOX AND SUBSEQUENT HOLES
SOME BASKETS HARD TO SEE
COULD NOT BRING KIDS IN STROLLER (TOO HARD TO PUSH)
Other Thoughts: PLAYED AT ABOUT 7 IN MORNING SO NOBODY IN PARK, CEPT OTHER GROUP OF PLAYERS. GLAD THEY WERE THERE OR ELSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST A COUPLE OF TIMES
VERY SHORT COURSE BUT GOOD USE OF LAND (SOME HILLS, WOODS, LAKE, OPEN FLAT SPACE)
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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