6 Helpful / 1 Not
The Best 9 Hole Course Around
Pros: -Some very enjoyable short, technical holes. Awesome tunnel shots, left and right turning fairways, and multiple routes you can take to the basket. Hole 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 (shorts) are my personal favorites, along with hole 2, 3, 6, 9 and 10 long. From the short tees there are many ace runs.
-Usually you'll have the course to yourself.
-Small, compact park can be played in half an hour. Multiple rounds are quick to play due to the short holes, short walks between tees and good course flow.
-It's a great beginner course. There's little chance of losing a disc, the smaller holes don't require a big arm, and the trees will force players to make controlled shots.
-Lots of benches and pavilions to rest at. Grills for cooking food. Also a Giant Eagle, gas station and drive-through convenience store right down the road for picking up refreshments.
Cons: -No teepads (Just kickboards), some of the baskets are pretty worn, and the teesigns still aren't posted. No hole numbers on baskets (Some have next tee signs though). Metal signs mark short tees and wooden posts mark longs, but only the long tees have maps and they're crude hand-drawn maps. Bring a map or refer to the main course sign.
-The holes are pretty short and easy for experienced players. It's not quite pitch and putt, but expect a lot of deuces. You'll have to make good throws to park holes, but none of the holes are difficult to par, and only a few are tricky to get a 2 on. It's fun but not very tough.
-The pro tee for hole #6 had a large tree fall in front of it. The shot is still the same but it's something you'll have to step over when throwing from the longs.
Other Thoughts: Wildwood is a great 10 hole course that I think is pretty under rated. If you can get familiar with the lay-out and can look past the worn tee's and baskets, there are many fun shots to be had. It's a good example of how to do a short, 10 hole layout in a compact area yet avoid crossing fairways and keep each shot unique from the last. Wildwood is an excellent park to hone your putter and midrange driving skills.
I gave the course a pretty high rating, because the shot selection is very enjoyable, and I appreciate the secluded feeling of the park. If the course had cement teepads, signs posted, fresh baskets and maybe some gold tees, this would be the perfect 10 hole course to me. As it is I find my rounds very relaxing and enjoyable at Wildwood.
Here are some tips for helping first-timers navigate the course...
-The short tees are where the metal sign posts are. Pro tees are where the wooden posts are. There is a large, main sign / map at the entrance, and small hand-drawn maps at all the pro tees.
-To start, look for the big metal sign post near the main parking lot with the colorful sign on it. Walk a little past that towards where the road narrows and you'll find tee #1, with the short tee being near the course map and the long tee being across the road. You'll be throwing towards the pavilion near the entrance of the park at the basket on the hill. The basket near hole 1 short is hole 10's basket.
-After throwing hole #7, you need to cross the stream and go near the metal fence to throw hole #8. Sometimes there is a bridge over the stream near 7's basket.
-Some baskets have signs on top of them telling you where to go for the next hole. Not all of them do. For your first time I recommend bringing a map or taking a good look at the map at the entrance.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice beginner course
Pros: Nice small course to cut your teeth. Technical with trees and pin placement, yet accessable to the beginner for the distances are not that great.
Cons: Course does tend to turn you around once or twice and it is hard to figure out where the next tee or pin may be. Better signs would help.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is good if you want something a little different than what is normally out there. It offers a technical 9 holes but not in the deep forests that most seem to be in. Was enjoyable to play.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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