Nice Short Amateur Course
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Pros: White River has 18 relatively short holes in a nice little public recreational property in a small town in central VT. This is a nice little road trip stop being only 3 miles off I-89 so it's a nice place to take a break from the road. The course is made with natural tees that are in good shape, decent baskets, and has a good info board at the front and hole maps at most tee pads. The first 11 holes are tight wooded technical shots, hole 12 plays over the White River, 13-16 are tight ace runs along the river bank and 17 and 18 open up in the field on another side of the property. The grounds are well maintained and it was one of the cleaner courses I've played on recently. While the holes are short, the course offers challenge in many other ways with tight wooded fairways, well protected baskets, minor elevation changes, and a variety of shots and lines. Many holes offer several different paths to the basket allowing players to be creative finding lines to throw. Next tee signs help navigation. There's plenty of parking here and I did see port-a-potties though they may not be a permanent amenity. The property also has tennis courts, a pool, a playground, basketball, and many other ways for other people in your group who don't love to disc golf to occupy themselves. Most holes have two tees. Longer tees are good for recreational players and the shorter tees keep children, beginners, and short throwers in mind. The short tee on hole 12 also can work as a nice drop zone if someone throws into the river off the tee. It's a nice walk in the woods and a fun course to play.
Cons: A little more distance on this course would be nice. Some holes are very short and only two holes are more than 300 ft. The first 11 holes play very close together and errant shots will definitely cross onto other fairways. Sometimes it's confusing to know what basket to throw at. Maps could be a little more informative.
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course for players who don't throw particularly far. Big arms may be bored by this course, but it's also a great course for dialing in shorter distances, attenuating throwing power, and developing control, precision, technique, and versatility. Throwing over the river is actually a really fun play and I think it's more likely that your disc could go in the water on a testy come-back putt after overthrowing the tee shot than off the tee. It's a nice place to work on short game, but leave your wide-rim discs at home, you won't need them.
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White River Course
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Pros: The maps of the holes were beneficial to play. Variety of lengths, but mostly shorter holes.
Cons: Tightly packed with regards to trees. Some of the holes had no window because of the forest. No true fairways on the first 11 or so holes, which was disappointing. There were a lot of obstructions on the course.
Other Thoughts: It feels like an entirely different course after you cross the river. The first 11 holes are a little disappointing but starting on hole 12 the course improves greatly.
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Pros: This course is good fun. A lot of interesting shots. A compact course that has some challenge to it. The White River is a beautiful hazard that cuts through the middle. Holes 13 and 18 are a lot of fun.
As a resident of the Upper Valley, specifically, Enfield, N.H., I would have to say this is one of the two best courses around (the other one being in Newport, N.H.). That's sort of sad commentary on disc golf around here but both are solid, if not spectacular, courses.
Cons: The holes are close to each other, so could get hectic on a crowded day. If there are crowded days. And I bet this course gets a lot more challenging when everything is overgrown in the summer months.
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Fun for all!!!
Pros: If you need somewhere for your family to have fun while you play, this is it! There are athletic fields, a playground, pool (when in season), and a small stream for fishing and swimming. A porta pottie is available right near the parking lot. There is a welcome board with plenty of course information and scorecards on the way to the first tee. Every hole has two sets of tee pads; red and blue. The walkways in between holes are clearly defined and easy to navigate even with all of the leaves on the ground. There are scattered trash cans and homemade benches. There is a really good mix of holes in the woods and in the wide open. The wooded holes vary from just a few trees to thicker than molasses. The holes in the open use protected pins (16) and a blind water shot (signature hole 18) make this course really fun. Even though the course itself isn't extremely challenging and the par is off I had an absolute blast here.
Cons: You might feel like a sardine while playing. Most of the front twelve holes are right next to each other and with a kick off of a tree... Well you get the picture. There are few next tee signs and the ones that are there aren't the easiest to see. The natural tee pads are quite uneven and slick in some areas. If your disc lands off the fairway you will probably get confused because of the several baskets in your sight. You have to cross the bridge several times and hope that nobody steals your disc while you go across the stream. There are several holes adjoining ball fields and the fishing/swimming area makes for some tricky tossing when the park is busy.
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