A local staple, and personal favorite.
Pros: Elevation changes and great basket placement create the difficulty
Very few "gimme" holes, you're going to work for your score.
Clear and abundant course signage (being adjusted for layout revision)
Benches and places to rest
Concrete Tee Pads
Cons: Thick rough
Higher park Traffic
DGA older mach series baskets (may not be a con for some but they are a little spit happy)
Other Thoughts: The course has undergone some recent changes/upgrades which i will highlight at the end. As of this review in Early July 2017 we have 18 brand new concrete tee pads and there has been a number of pin position changes to enhance the courses already excellent layout in a way that challenges disc golfers but keeps park goers safe. These changes in my opinion have brought the score of the course up a full disc from my original 3.5 to 4.5. The parks department kicks serious butt maintaining this course with nicely mowed fairways and with the better tee pads and revised layout this course plays as good as the best courses in the area and should be a must play if you are in the area. The long winding layout will challenge your distance game but still plays like a pennsylvania course giving you a few holes that require you hit a tight gap.
Enter the parking lot and you are greeted with a bathroom station, to the right lies the teepad for hole 1 to the left lies the area for holes 14-18.
Make sure you stretch first because this is a 500ft+ wide open bomber of a par 4 with tall grass OB on the right.
Hole two is a shorter par 3 wrapping right along the little lehigh creek, you're given 3 options including the local route spike hyzer around the tree.
Hole 3's basket position has been moved away from the walking path and now plays nestled along the treeline by the creek ending at old hole 4's tee pad. Throw your first shot for position or break out a late turning shot and run it for birdie. This is now a Par 4 as noted in the hole description.
Old hole 4 has been removed, walk all the way down the path and cross the street to get to new hole 4 (old hole 5) which plays a short dog-leg right to a basket placed at the end of a tree cluster.
New hole 5 (old hole six) is the infamous cross the creek shot but with a twist. Originally from the long pin you would have to throw a placement shot avoiding tall grass OB Now its risk reward: do you have the distance to punch the gap? Am tee/ drop zone is the rubber teepad from the short tee it is considered a par 3, long tee par is a Par 4 as shown in the hole description.
Hole 6 presents you with an early 8-10 foot wide gap but plays downhill to a basket on top of the old bridge area.
Hole 7 has been modified and is now a long bomber and plays to the end of the field at the left hand corner, right by the bridge. Some midway lower ceiling is going to make this hole a great shot and a good approach for birdie or two good shots for a slower arm. Beware: the rough is thick but not deep so it is very easy for a shot to fade hard left and right into the deep section of the creek.
Hole 8 is brand new and plays walking towards hole 9, the basket is right in front of you.... up hill, with an increasingly lower ceiling, and a pretty tight gap to punch at the end of it. From here you cross at the crosswalk and make your way to hole 9. This hole is rated a Par 3.
At this point the course layout plays the same way it used to with the exception of hole 18, which has had its basket moved to the left more to avoid errant shots hitting the bathroom, pedestrians, or cars in the parking lot. Don't forget to empty your bag from the long pin at hole 13!
A big thank you to LVDC for giving us the information on the update and thanks to Mr. Discgolf for the updated course map (see the files/links page).
5 Helpful / 2 Not
A must in the Leighigh Valley
Pros: -Gives you an opportunity to really let loose on certain holes
-Very well maintained. Best fairways I have played on in a while
-Has a good variety of elevation.
-Rubber tee pads are always nice on sunny days
-The park has some awesome architecture (stone arches, old railroad bridges), and landscaping. The basket next to willows trees is so cool.
-The walk between holes is great exercise
Cons: -While water is in play on most holes, there is only one that you throw over the water. I would have liked to throw over the water more.
-The basket for 18 is not in the correct place
-Other visitors of the park think the tee pads/fairways are great places to have a picnic
Other Thoughts: If I am ever in the area again I will make another stop here. So glad I printed out a map, otherwise I would have kept second guessing where the next tee was. Also, if you happen to be playing on a hot day, I would suggest you try your best not to look at the people swimming in the creek, there are so things you cannot unsee.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
A Must Play
Pros: 5 through 18 is one of the best stretch of holes I've ever played. They require all types of throws and are both fair and challenging. You'll also see much less pedestrian traffic than you do on 1-4.
The ability to throw long bombs will be an advantage but it's not required to put up a solid score. There are enough technical shots to keep any player honest.
Cons: Holes 1-4 do not fairly represent the quality of this course. Hole 1 is often a soggy mess. There's a lot of pedestrian traffic through these holes as well. The course doesn't really start to become spectacular until the 5th hole. There is a remedy to this however, see below.
Other Thoughts: I strongly recommend teeing off the 14th tee. It is located about 100 yards North of the parking lot. 14 through 18 will take you right back to the parking lot, where you can proceed to 1. By then you're warmed up and better ready to deal with the pedestrian traffic on 1.4.
This gives you an added advantage of finishing on hole 13. Holes 11, 12 and 13 make for outstanding finishing holes. After completing hole 13 you have an incredibly long walk back to the parking lot. If you play the holes in order, you'll probably be exhausted on holes 14-18. If you play the holes in in the order I recommend, you can use the long walk back to reflect on a fantastic round of disc golf.
I heard they are making some changes to the layout before this years Sportsfest tournament, which I think is in July. So check back for updates if you intend on playing it after that.
Overall, an outstanding world class course that you should play if you have the opportunity.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Very nice layout. i enjoy the scenary alot and this course is well maintained. decent amount of elevation change and a great level of difficulty
Cons: Hobo encounters tend to be frightening, one lives under the bridge along side of hole 6. do not get too close he tends to be quite territorial.
Other Thoughts: This course is a must play for many reasons, with that being said get out and play it!
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This was a hidden gem in the rough. We have been to this park so many times over the past five years and never even noticed the baskets. They have blended this course into the landscaping perfectly. This is a family course, we have brought our parents with us and they absolutely loved it. Again, this is a walkers course that goes the distance. Throw and terrain are great.
Cons: The first three holes are a pond for 72 hours after the rain. Wear clothing that can get wet because the first three holes warrant it.
Other Thoughts: The challenge and the walk are well worth the distances. This is our second favorite course.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great course for beginners or pros. It has holes very wide open for anyone trying to let loose on their arm. There are also a few holes that require some aim. This is always great for someone trying to improve. Went out last weekend (mind you it's mid march) it is nice to have the trees bare so you can find a disc if need be. I really do like the tee's. Almost all are great and allow you to get the great footing you need to launch one, even in rainy weather. Course is very well maintained. They added new signs last year that are very detailed.
Cons: There is some distance between 4 & 5 and 13 & 14. We usually start at 14 since it is next to the parking lot and work our way around. There is some issues with the rain as little ponds form especially on 2. This sometimes leads to a skeeter farm during the summer. There is a bit of a hike after 10 that if you have some extra lbs on you like myself it sucks during August. But hey we can all use the work out. During the summer I have ran into a handful of times where there were families having a picnic in the middle of the fairway. I understand it is a park but keep in mind that it is also a golf course. Most will move out of the way (if they speak English). Watch out for tee 5. Rain has been killing it and needs repair. That is the only one I can think of though. And as Clovvndust said there is a homeless man that lives under the bridge. He is harmless just respect his territory. It was a little intimidating at first but afters years of being there he's ok. I also have to add that only since I have been playing this course for many months that I know where the holes are. There is a bit of difficulty finding 7 & 8 and 11 and beyond. Maybe as a project this summer I will set something up.
Other Thoughts: Play as early in the season and as late and as many as you can in between. You can actually see the course change week by week. Good luck to all and if you see a white disc on 12 in the woods get in touch with me.......I miss it :(
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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