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 (almost all new signs are in the ground)
Benches and places to rest
Concrete Tee Pads
Cons: Thick rough can sometimes go unchecked creating some "artificial" difficulty on the fairways.
High park Traffic: this park is popular and not just for disc golfers but runners, cyclists, and families visit this spot frequently so you will need to be mindful of them.
DGA older mach series baskets will need some love as some foliage has dropped and dented a few of them up.
Other Thoughts: This course is finally getting shown the love it deserves having been featured as a stop on the 2005 PDGA Pro Worlds hosted in Allentown. The concrete pads, various hole tweakings, and rewriting of the course layout is bringing this course into the spotlight of being one of the best the Valley has to offer. The layout is challenging and rewarding and while it does cater to those with good power the par 3's on this course are obtainable and if you can keep composure on the long holes and convert on those par 3's you can still shoot a solid round here but I wouldn't bring a new comer here as it can be a little discouraging.
Most notable information on the revisions: Starting out Hole 1 is now old Hole 14 so you start playing the section to the left of the parking lot. Old Hole 18 has a mando now (to the left of the tree) and hole 4 in the old layout has been removed entirely to make a new hole 8. I strongly recommend checking the new Map on the Media Tab before playing or reaching out to a local/myself if you want a guide. I am waiting for the rest of the new tee signs to go in the ground before I go out and update all the pictures/course scorecard.
Main obstacle feature is elevation
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Pros: What's great about this park, property, and course is how elevation is used as a primary obstacle and featured on many holes. Being close to Jordan Creek, it's a nice complement. Both courses feature elevation change and water, but Little Lehigh is more of an open course, where wind can also play a factor. This is a course that has you throwing all sorts of discs, lines, and distances, so it's great to work out many parts of your game. My favorite holes include hole 1 (big open crushes to start out, par 4), hole 2 (cool change to throw a big hyzer out over the creek), hole 6 (a signature par 4 hole, you can throw safe landing zone shot, then throw uphill across the river to go for birdie, or you can smash one out there to finish across the creek for an Eagle chance, but you risk getting wet), hole 12 (nice long par 4 with a narrow-ish fairway dotted with trees, then a big right turn downhill approach, tough hole to birdie), and hole 13 (big picturesque open downhill smash, don't go deep or you're in the creek).
Cons: Holes 1 through 13 have a nice "story" to them...there's a nice fluidity. Holes 14-18 are isolated on the other side of the parking lot from the rest of the course. There is nothing special to me about this hole 14-18 section of holes. They aren't bad at all, just not as memorable as the first 13. Sometimes the grass can be really long here.
Other Thoughts: This is an underrated course as of late. I'm pretty sure it was one of the 2005 Worlds courses, but in the past 5 years or so, its reputation and relevance seem to be slipping, which I don't get. When the course is mowed, it's a cool course that reminds me a little of Brandywine Creek State Park's course in Northern DE.
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Pros: Very good open course with long and short holes,up and down hills with nice open fairways. The signage was very good and pretty accurate.
Cons: Tee box mats were a little ratty, and the one hole over water was a little to extreme due to over grown bushes/trees. It meant your second shot had to be perfectly thrown and long to boot.
Other Thoughts: Overall for my first time, I throughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.
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The once mighty, but not right now
Pros: This course is located in a city park and the Little Lehigh Creek is in play on many holes. They have mowed the rough and all the baskets are in good shape. Great layout and a good mix of long and short holes which can force you to use most of the discs in your bag.
Cons: Just getting there is currently a challenge. The entrance you would normally use to get to hole one is closed for construction, follow the detour signs, even when the road sign says 'no outlet'. You will get there. Otherwise use the alternate entrance and start playing on hole 5. The fly pads have seen better days. Many are only half remaining, literally half. They are no longer flat. Be a little careful. Hole 6 has you throw across the creek from a landing area. The opening in the brush could be a bit less unforgiving, but is a good challenge. Familiarize yourself with the course layout prior to going, because the signs to next tee are largely nonexistent. I kept directing the group in front of us to the next tee as they were wandering aimlessly after several holes.
Other Thoughts: While the course offers a good challenge, I am afraid the maintenance has been curtailed to the point of a destination course being lost.
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It's Long and fun.
Pros: Long, Challenging, Open. Great use of elevation throughout the course as well as the water.
Cons: Basket 1 was either broken or not assembled. The bucket was on the ground.
As all other post have stated the signage. Walking between the holes that have a long distance to travel, put little arrows, put something! There are ample spots to provide them. Especially the ones that cross the road 4-5 and 8-9 and 13-14. Its very frustrating having to search for the next tee. I dont mind the walk but the searching i do.
Teepads- they were not in very good condition. Some had fly pads and some did not. Use hole 1 as an example. Not there. The ones that were there were rotting away. Hole 8 doesn't have a pad and the material there with the morning dew was very slippery.
Other Thoughts: Many people say that being in the park is a con, I enjoy getting people to watch you play, it helps grow the sport. Started a few conversations with non disc golfers today.
I think the sheer distance of the course and the beauty of playing along the creek is why I gave it a 3. The disc golf parts (signage and teepads) weren't impressive enough to rate higher. As the foliage continues to grow in, it will continue to become a more challenging course.
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Long Fun Course
Pros: One of the biggest courses in the Allentown/Bethlehem area. Great, long, open, holes that allow you to see just how far you can drive.
Gorgeous park to begin with and, on a nice spring day, just a great place to be.
The course allows for many different approaches as the front nine has few trees and the back nine has fairly open lanes with trees only in play if you make an errand throw.
If you are used to playing Orefield/Wehr's Dam and South Mountain, this course is a great change of pace.
Cons: While it is a great course, it is laid out along a park so there are a few unfortunate cons which you should expect but it should not stop you from playing this course.
The course is long so be prepared to walk.
It is a public park so do be aware of the people around you, because on a nice day others will be out enjoying themselves as well.
There are a few holes which play along the water or the road. The road is a decently traveled residential road so do be wary of traffic.
Other Thoughts: This is a great, long, open course that will challenge most arms. With water hazards on the first few holes, you have to be on your game from the start and is a great course to spend a few hours on a nice day
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Pros: - Pleasurable park setting with very nice atmosphere, people and scenery (especially the variety of trees and stream).
- Great design with a variety of shots and well defined fairways and rough. Smart hole design.
- Hole 1 plays like a ball golf course with a winding S curve fairway, rough on the sides.
- Some nice downhill and uphill holes.
- Hole 6 is thrilling. Long drive where placement is key to set up for long approach shot over creek to elevated tee.
- Holes 12 and 13 are enjoyable. Hole 12 long drive, then sweeping down hill that curves around right with lots of nice scattered trees. Hole 13 is a chance to grip and rip downhill.
- Water fountains throughout park
- Good food choices and gas stations very nearby.
Cons: - Lots of people walking, jogging, walking dogs in the park. Although they do not interfere unless a throw is way off into OB.
- Most holes not set apart from park goers. Few holes offer privacy.
- Lots of insects on warm days (bring bug spray).
- On the first handful of holes, I feel that the tees are unnecessarily far apart from the last basket. There is plenty of room to set tees back further for longer shots.
- Course is sectioned off after Hole 4, 8 and 13 and long walks to next tee can end up in getting lost without a course map. Tee signs do have "Next Tee" directional, but easy to forget after hole is finished. Next Tee signs would be helpful.
Other Thoughts: This park and course are huge. Plus there is plenty room leftover for a possible 2nd course or at least 9 additional holes. The course is a workout for sure. Many trees strategically scattered about the fairways makes this course not completely out in the open, although there are many chances for power drives. Smart holes with no dumb holes makes this a good course with a fine layout and design. Beautiful natural scenery makes you want to hang out at the park and just relax after a round.
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Fun open course
Pros: A good place to go if those tight wooded courses have you down. Admittedly this is not my preferred type of course, but Little Lehigh does a nice job doing what it does. 18 mostly open holes that wind along the river and up and down some decent size hills. Signs at each tee pad showing hole, distance and alternate basket positions. Pads are rubber mats and are in decent shape. There was a couple that could use some TLC, but they all worked.
Almost every hole on this course plays mostly open with limited trees creating some risk or lines to hit. The exceptions would be #7 that is a short hole with a tight window through some trees close to the pad. # 8 starts out wide open, and then quickly turns into a fairly tight line with a low ceiling in the trees. And then #10 has a few trees on the way up a hill leading to the basket on the edge of the woods.
The rest of the course plays up and down some good sized hills, and really let's you get some work in with your drivers. Hole lengths vary pretty well with shots of 630', 539', 551' and 720' to really let you throw some fun drives. The course also mixes some up and downhill shots to keep everything balanced.
Cons: Navigation signs would be nice. There is a very long walk from 4 to 5. Make sure you bring a map or have your phone handy. The transition from 8 to 9 is also not obvious to the first time visitor.
Hole 18 could be a real safety issue. There is a bench about 40' from the basket and a walking path all along the right side of the fairway. I had to wait a few minutes for walkers to clear before throwing.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is a fun place to get a round in. it is mostly open without a lot of tight twists and turns that I prefer, but it has some ups and downs as well as just enough trees around to keep you honest. And you get to play along a cool little river for a lot of the round. Little Lehigh is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area, and a good place to get out and throw some drivers.
Here's a couple highlights:
Hole 6 is a sweeping hyzer line that crosses the river, and then forces you to go up hill to the basket. A real fun hole that lets big arms try to cross the river off the tee, while leaving the option open for us noodle arms to lay up short and then go for the basket.
Hole 12 was probably my favorite hole. It's a huge downhill bomb that goes left to right through the open field, and then down hill through some trees to a basket position 720' away. Lots of thick woods to the right off the tee and elevation and mature trees on the fairway. Just a blast to play. Even for a noodle arm like me.
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Pilot to Bombadier
Plenty of opportunities to launch your favourite distance driver.
Located in attractive park near amenities.
Practically zero opportunities for technicians.
Long walks between a few holes - the "tips for finding tees/baskets", under links/files, is a must-have for a first-time visitor.
If bombing straight away brings you much joy while playing disc golf, then make a sojourn here, as the holes are long (1/3rd over 500'), the bulk of the fairways are quite broad, and there are opportunities to throw down some steep hills as well- of course, you have to walk/throw up them, too.
If threading needles in thick woods with your mids is more your style, there are plenty of options to do so in the vicinity - just not here.
My favourite grouping of holes on this course is the most awkward to find . Number-5, a controlled, downslope right-turner, is followed by number-6, which requires an open landing zone be hit to set up a good look to the basket - cross-creek, uphill, and squeezed on both sides by vegetation! Number-7 is quite tight initially, then open to a short basket at a lower elevation, on a disused train track, while number-8, though long-n-flat, has a few large trees mid-fairway, and requires a sharp right-turn approach between tight copses of trees to reach the basket.
Given that the majority of the holes could best be described as open, a second set of (shorter) tee locations, especially for the uber-long/uphill holes, would make this course more beginner friendly.
Depends upon your course-preferences as to if you consider this a destination course, or not.
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Bring the course map and notes!
Pros: 18 holes with nice baskets, tee signs, and rubber tees. Restrooms in parking lot and some water fountains on paths. Some nice use of elevation and hazards on a mostly open and long course. Course is well maintained and has some nice views.
Cons: Drainage and tall grass ob holes 1-4. Lots of park patrons to beware of throughout the course. Navigation was a nightmare with lots of walking between holes and lack of next tee signs. Thank goodness I brought the course notes to help guide me to the next hole, but even that was tricky. Busy street comes into play on hole 11. The creek may make some disc's unretrievable and the wind was whipping around quite a bit when I played.
Other Thoughts: Little Lehigh is a decent course overall, but the cons really hurt it on my rating. This course frustrated me with the unused potential and terrible navigation. Bring the MAP and NOTES! There were about as many holes I really liked as I disliked. I would recommend as others have stated to start on hole 14 so you end on hole 13. It flows much better that way. I would add a hole after 13 going up the huge hill to help with the hike back to the parking lot or hole 14. I wanted to play hole 17's tee to the hole 18's basket for a more epic downhill shot to finish the course.
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