Worth a drive up from the shore
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Pros: South Vineland Park is a well maintained public park with an 18 hole course that plays around a few small lakes/ponds. The Discatcher baskets are a bit old but in good condition and catch well. Most holes have tee signs and include hole distance, par, and a map. Most holes have two tees; white tees are shorter shots adding up to just under 4000 feet of fairway and most holes under 300 feet, while the yellow tees are much longer and more challenging amounting to over 6000 feet of fairway with distances ranging for 178 - 792 feet. The course navigates mostly pretty intuitively around the lakes, through woods, and into a few more open shots. The last three holes are wide open and longer and a great way to finish the round. Navigation signage is mostly present and generally makes getting around the course easy for a first time player. Fairways are generally well defined and foliage maintenance is acceptable, though with most wooded courses, there is pretty thick natural rough. Many tee areas have log benches. The course is quite challenging due to tight wooded shots, long distance, water in play on three or four holes, and basket placement that make you think twice about running long puts. Water shots are fair and losing a disc is pretty unlikely. Elevation changes, when present, are well utilized and the holes are well designed with a varied mix of shots and distances. The park has plenty of parking and walking trails.
Cons: Tee pads are acceptable but could be better; some are just mats that have clearly seen better days. Some holes are missing tee signs. No navigation signage after hole 15 had me lost for a bit. The rough can be frustrating if you land in it and hole 10 is one hole that you'd love to have a spotter for as there's a long walk around the water after your drive.
Other Thoughts: I drove the 45 minutes up to Vineland to play here while on vacation at the shore in Avalon. Most of the courses near the shore had poor reviews and driving up here was worth it. Playing here was very fun and the challenging course humbled me greatly as I shot 23 over par - in part due to strong winds that had me putting several times on a few holes. I'd recommend getting away from the shore for half a day and playing a round here. Great course that will test distance, accuracy, versatility, putting, scrambling, and every other facet of the game!
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Pros: Pretty well kept
Many holes that you can practice precision on
Popular, but not crowded
Some cool holes, uphill, overwater
Cons: Broken glass and trash can be seen often
Has many fisherman/women
Has many hikers/people on course
Many parking spots
Pros: Only 18 hole course in the area.
Unique holes with multiple tees.
Cons: Very difficult to navigate.
Park was a bit creepy.
Other Thoughts: I played this course just once while visiting the shore. I was an hour away, but this was the only 18 hole course nearby so I made the drive. It was easy to find the park, but finding hole 1, not so much. After that, finding the next tees and holes was a challenge for most of the round. 1-5 wasn't so bad, but a series of baskets from about 7 to 12 had multiple numbers on the bands. So, I was never quite sure I was throwing to the right basket. I had to walk several holes before playing them because I couldn't see the basket from the tee, and I don't think I ever found 12 and 16. I take that back. I did find 12 as I was walking around looking for the tee box for 18. There was no clear tee for basket 12, and I couldn't see where one would even throw at it.
Someone had clearly made some effort to make navigating this course easier with signs pointing to 'next tee.' But, they would only sort of put you in the right direction. In places I swear there were multiple 'next tee' signs pointing different directions.
The front 9 was pretty full of trash. I was literally using trails of trash to find the next tee. The back 9 was, however, very clean, so maybe the trash isn't from DGers but from other park users. There were a few other people in the park while I was there on a very hot Thursday morning. For example, the guy peeing by basket 12.
Overall, I'm not sure this course is worth the trip unless you are right there in Vineland.
Favorite when dry
Pros: Lots of elevation changes, good mix of open and wooded holes, beautiful park built around a large lake, great variety of holes
Cons: Need signs to show where hole one is, could use yardage signs for holes,
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course to play WHEN DRY. Lots of memorable holes make it a lot of fun to play. The biggest problem is when we get luge amounts of rain for consecutive days certain holes may flood where you cannot play them. This happened last year and I did not play it for almost a year. Right now it is in good shape. The last couple holes are a bit confusing. Not sure how you were supposed to play number 18. Teeing area and which basket you were supposed to throw to are not distinctly marked. Overall though I think this is a great place to play. I just hope it doesn't rain too much at one time.
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Needs help; but has promise
Pros: Good location, ample parking, restrooms, short technical holes, open holes, water hazards, variety.
The first 9 holes are worth playing alone. Mostly short technical holes with really tight fairways; but with a few open fairways.
Cons: Trash, flooded holes, poor signage, moved baskets, mosquitos.
This course could really use a trash cleanup day. Not so much holes 1-10; but there were a number of spots on 11-18 where trash was abundant.
The layout of the back 9 is really confusing. It appears that a number of baskets have been moved due to flooding. Its not obvious where the baskets are and you can't see them from most tees and there are no signs. You'll get a lot more out of these holes if you go with a local that knows the course.
I tried to play this course a couple months back when it had been raining a fair amount. We got chased off by massive swarms of mosquitos on holes 6-9. If its been raining avoid those holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a good location with a lot of promise and fun holes. It mainly needs signs and some cleanup.
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We had fun
Pros: A course in Cumberland County! I like wooded courses. Some very tight and challenging holes for a semi newbie. You will need patience to play this course or you will not have much fun. Very tight heavily wooded fairways, a few gullys to throw across, a good variety of distance with a few open holes thrown in for good measure.
Cons: Not visitor friendly (It might take a few minutes to find the start point...just prior to the parking area on the left. and be prepared to circle back if you miss a hole because half of the holes do not give directions to the next. Short tees have no pads.
Other Thoughts: Not sure about trash? I have seen a review where it says it was, but it was very clean today with an occasional bottle or piece of litter but very nice. Beautiful park even outside of the disc golf area. Bring the family and spend the day. Bring bug spray, they were not a major nuisance but they were a minor headache. It was very, very, windy today and some holes are difficult for someone like myself with a weaker arm...but overall I hope to hit this course monthly when we return to visit family.
*** On a second trip July 16-17, I found myself slightly disappointed and have lowered my rating from a 3.5 to a 3. This course is still fun as has a lot of promise with a little work. I really like the work out the terrain allows....however I did encounter a lot more trash this time particularly hole 11 which looks like some druken fisherman or local tees made the pad their local party place, shirts, cans, bottle etc. Hole 12 has an arrow that directs to the next tee that does not even point in the right direction (thanks). Holes 17-18 are about waist high in weeds so even if you know where your disc went it is not fun trecking to go get it, not to mention those 10,000 little black things embedded in my shoelaces and socks...not sure what they were? Once again I have played this course 3 times and never once seen another disc golfer out here, although the park seems to get plenty of visitors daily. So maybe there are no local here anyway? Another bummer was on back to back days the beautiful park with restrooms, had their restrooms locked....a shame I had to eave mid game and run down to Sherman Ave and hit a Wawa....I wouldn't have returned at all, but was having a solid game and couldn't bring myself to quit...Oh well.....a few improvements needed but still a fun course to play
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Pros: -Two sets of tees
-Bathrooms and water fountains on premises
-This course I expected to be flat like most of NJ but it actually had some cool elevation changes. The course designers did use elevation to the best that they could.
-Water scenery is nice
-Some challenging holes due to trees in the way
Cons: -This course is about the only course in the area so I can see why some people think it's a good course. But if you compare it to PA or NY courses, it doesn't size up well.
-Many of the holes are chuck and hope holes with little fairway to throw through. I am all about woodsy courses, but a few of the holes had almost no space.
-Trash. Trash. Trash. There is lots of it all over, especially the last 7 or 8 holes.
-At one point in the course you actually have to walk past a trespassing sign so there's that....
-My biggest qualm with this course is the lack of incorporating the surrounding water. The website says there are a few water holes here, but you have to be way off line to hit the water. On many occasions the course could have had some memorable throws over the couple of lakes, but no such holes were here. They came close (30 yards) but not used to make it challenging.
-Hole 18 had no fairway so even a straight down the middle throw will cause you too look for 10 minutes in weeds with ticks and poison ivy.
-Navigation is tough on several holes even with the "next tee" signs
-No map to show how the holes lays out which takes away from the appeal for me a great deal since many baskets were not visible from tee
Other Thoughts: Overall this course wasn't horrible, it just needs a few tweaks to be a 3 or 4 out of 5. The changes wouldn't even take a great deal of money for things like signage with maps, cleaning up trash on several holes, trimming some trees in middle of fairways, mowing 18's fairway, and changing some layouts to incorporate water more.
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Pros: This is definitely a more tight, short, technical course with average hole length around 290-300ish. There was great use of narrow lanes, hills and mounds to protect baskets. Water comes into play on a few holes which I dig--keeps you on your toes. For the yellow tees, there were rubber mat tees pads on most holes and for the pro tees without them, there was usually a segment of carpet instead which worked okay. There is a very cool pond/lake that the course plays around that was busy with people in small boats fishing. The course plays around the parking lot as well so you're never far from your car. I'm big on both aesthetics and good disc golf holes. The course gives you both, as it is very pretty, unique visually, and well designed for a technical play. The baskets were all very nice. The wooden signs pointing the way to both white and yellow tees were very helpful. There were also big yellow yard signs marking each hole with its number.
Cons: Navigationally, there were only a few difficult spots for me. Hole 3 I couldn't see the basket around and tucked in to the right, and I first threw far and across the road to 5's basket which I presumed was my target since it was too far to read the number 5 on it for my eyes.. Tee signs would prevent this occurrence in the future as the course is hopefully able to raise some money. I didn't see the typical wooden arrows pointing the way from hole 11 to 12, so this took some exploring but I got it in reasonable time. Lastly, 17 basket to 18 tee pad had me a little confused and doubting myself until I found it since it is a bit far away and through retry tall grass/flowers. Lastly issue was hole 17 and 18 in general. Shots directly in the fairway can get lost easily in the stuff this course has you playing through. I don't know if the wild flower fields aren't allowed to be mowed or what, but there needs to be fairways paths mowed here badly. I spent 10 minutes looking for my second shot which was right on a nice line to the basket but short about 50 feet. Some mowing on 17/18, tee signs, and tee pads on the few lacking and this is a great course.
Other Thoughts: I had known about this course for a little while now, but hadn't had the chance to get in the area to check it out. I had initially written it off as an okay local course, but once I gave it a go, I was hooked by hole 3. I played yellow tees, and hole 1 proved a difficult 3 with a blind shot around a bend to the left. Don't turn it over because your border on the right is the lake! There was a fallen tree across the fairway about 50 feet from the basket making par difficult. Hole 2 is a short narrow right turning line that could prove cumbersome for RHBH that aren't comfortable with anhyzers or flipping discs. Hole 3 is another short right turning blind shot with a protected basket making it a difficult birdie. For this hole, be careful not to shoot all the way across to hole 5 or 8's baskets which are the only 2 in sight. To be honest, hole 3 pad to 5 basket would be a cool tournament hole, but I digress. Hole 4 is one of the three long holes the course offers. It would be a relatively easy par 4 if it weren't for the power lines and telephone poles that you need to navigate through. For RHBH, you can't let your throw go high and left or you'll end up in the woods and you'll need to play out and rescue par or bogey. Hole 5 plays along the edge of the woods (on your right) with the basket tucked in the woods line on top of a mound, yet another right turning line. Hole 6 plays straight through a cool little ravine, nothing too tricky but aesthetically nice. Hole 7 is tight difficult tee shot to a dog leg left, one of the hardest tee shots at this course. There isn't much to offer if you try to take a back door line and cut off the dog leg. Hole 8 is a sexy dead straight slightly uphill shot through a narrow fairway protected by trees on both sides with a basket protected by low branches. Hole 9 is a unique hole that is somewhat open but you need to stay low under some low trees about halfway up the fairway. Hole 10 is the second of the 3 long holes and plays alongside the parking lot. If you reach 300+, this hole is very birdieable. Hole 11 is an 'S' curve fairway uphill. Disc up and power down an anhyzers that fights back out and fades. Behind the basket slopes off steeply to a pond, so be careful. Hole 12 is another uphill and right turning hole with some trees that could prove difficult for a direct shot toward the basket. Hole 13 is a tight tee shot through an initial tunnel that opens up slightly downhill and turns hard left. The safe play is an RHBH hyper placement shot of about 200 feet into the open area to setup a long birdie run or a safe shot in to guarantee par. There is room up high on this hole, which otherwise seems very tight if you are itching for the basket from the tee, but you risk losing plastic. Hole 14 isn't one of the 3 long holes I've mentioned, but it is the only other par 4 besides those. This starts off through an initial tunnel which opens up into a diagonally traversing ravine containing a number of trees that can knock you down. The basket sits 40 feet back at the top of the hill bordering the ravine. If you make it through the tunnel and keep it straight even with only 250 feet, you got a good safe birdie run. Hole 15 is nifty. It is very short playing from hilltop to hilltop across a small valley. A putter or favorite mid range disc for hyzer lines will suffice to try to land you up near the basket, but watch you don't come short and roll down. If you do, you can still save par. Hole 16 is a narrow right turning hole with a VERY protected basket on a narrow tall mound with steep sides. You almost have to drop it on the little room given to setup a tap in par. Otherwise, be very confident in your putting or expect bogey or double if you miss the putt. Hole 17 is unique. It plays out of the woods into a 'field' with some trees and bushes that form a grove to protect the basket. Keep the initial tee shot right with a fade in toward the grove and you're fine. SPOT YOUR LANDING, tall grass/weeds/flowers. Hole 18 is the monster. The yellow tee is on the path right next to where the woods end at the lake, which requires a little walk from 17 basket. You have a somewhat narrow lane from the tee--tall grass and trees to the left and the lake to the right, so don't turn it over! If you can get about 300 feet net straight, you have nothing in your way to toss the remaining 200 feet slightly uphill toward the basket. Be very careful on your 2nd (or 3rd) shot. The sea of tall grass and flowers that sits in the 200 feet leading to the basket is very thick and very difficult to find a disc in now. There's the play by play. A tough but fair par 58. I'm an intermediate/advanced player and I played very well my 2nd loop through the course and shot a 55. Rain had me at 60 my first run through.
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Pros: Well laid out, has a steady mix of challenging holes. Really enjoy the feeling of the park, the scenery can be quite enjoyable.
Cons: Most tee stands need updating. hole 6 can apparently hold some water in the center making it difficult to play if it does fill up
Other Thoughts: I haven't played a bunch of different courses over my short time playing. I find this course to be one of my favorites. That may be because I've played this one more than most because of the location to my home. I've started to learn the ins and outs of this course. Your first time here may be a little confusing, but at the same time, you may enjoy some challenges.
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South Jersey Open
Pros: This is a technical tight course that utilizes many different elements forcing accuracy on some holes and distance on others.
Cons: Dirt pad tee boxes.
The over water shots can lead to lost discs
One short hole has an extremely tight tube to shoot through.
Other Thoughts: Some shorts over large water and many risk reward options.
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