Pros: The course has many holes with different obstacles. There were a few elevated tees which I always enjoy and do not see often in central pa. Throwing over the pond was an awesome obstacle. Pretty easy to clear but you still get that intense suspense feel. The wooded holes are really good, the open ones still add enough obstacles to make them interesting.
Cons: The tee signs are really old. Most are faded, do not have tee numbers, give no distance, or obstacles. At hole 8 it gets really confusing with baskets and tee pads everywhere. Number 11 was confusing as well. I like that they have multiple baskets and pins for holes but they need to be marked more clearly.
Other Thoughts: I had the impression that the course was under construction or was abandoned and not kept up with maintenance wise. I hear they are making 27 holes, so hopefully that is true. With new tee signs and better direction to holes and baskets this course would be a 3.5. The designer did a great job.
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As of 5/1/10
A few tees are new and top quality - rubber, long, wide, flat. Some holes have multiple tee locations. Baskets have arrows attached to the bottom to help direct you to the next teepad(s). Plenty of signage in the woods along holes 3-7 to help you navigate your way.
Most tees are old, concrete, narrow, short, with a drop-off. Some holes have single tee locations. Navigation, beginning with #8, is very difficult - we threw to one basket twice (holes #8 and #11, as we played them that day), and some baskets we never threw towards (a few in the woods, one in the wide open). Basket numbers are no longer correct. Tee signs are old and currently blank.
Course plays up, down, and across the open space and a portion of woods in a large multi-purpose park. We played 22 holes the day we visited, a third begin wide open, a third having a small amount of hazards to avoid, and a third being wooded. Plenty of length and a few downhill shots, with a scenic farm in the background, so definitely some chances to throw some bombs and enjoy watching you discs fly, and also wooded holes of various complexity to make you work on your shot-shaping. Course is changing from a 21- to a 27-hole course, although a local told us there are eventual plans (dreams?) for 54 holes. Of course, with change comes pain ...
Navigation: Early navigation was simple - open uphill, open downhill, enter woods and follow signs. Difficulty begins with #7, where you find two baskets - I think the one on the right is #7. We followed the arrows and found and old-n-outdated teesign labelled #8, but couldn't find a basket for it. Re-traced our steps a bit and located a new teepad, threw down-slope, and found a basket on the right - and a small sign up in a tree, directing us towards tee #9, so we assumed we played the hole correctly. After #9 we found a tee up-n-left, throwing uphill to a visible basket. Found a teepad up-n-left from this basket, and found a downhill, left-turning hole - to the same basket we used for #8?! Walked uphill a bit to an old teepad, and threw through the woods, to the basket next to #7's. Came back past the old #8 teesign and found a teepad on top of the wooded hill - a downhill, across-path right-turner. You then go back into the open near a small pavilion to find a teepad, and throw a left-turner to the edge of the woods. Navigation was fairly simple from this point onward, although there was one basket in the open we never threw towards.
Favourite hole #8 (well, it was the 8th hole we played that day): In the woods, fair throwing lane with danger early on the left, slightly down-slope, needing a subtle right-turn at the end to a basket semi-guarded by a downed tree.
Least favourite hole(s) #9: mid-sized pine-tree pinball, and, despite the thick amount of pine needles, lots of poison ivy!
This course, when completed, will certainly be above average. The few new teepads that exist are great, and the signage in the early part of the woods is quite sufficient. Hopefully this quality will be repeated throughout the entire course when it is completed! However, at this moment in time, the lack of tee signs, short teepads, and navigational issues can make it a frustrating play.
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nice park but VERY confusing
Pros: roland park is located in a beautiful park in a beautiful part of pa, right in the heart of amish country. the course has a nice variety of holes and uses the available topology well. tees are a mix of concrete and rubber pads and most of the baskets are new. water comes in play on a few holes and throws over water on hole 21.
Cons: its been said before and i have to say it again. finding your way around this park is a nightmare. holes 1 - 7 are marked and easy to follow, but after that its anyones guess. my friend and i got lost after 8, found what we think were holes 10 - 14 and then lost 15 - 17. we never did find 15 - 17 and ended up finishing with 18 - 21 and called it a day. making things even more confusing is that many holes don't have matching hole numbers on the sign and what is on the basket, and some the arrows pointing to the next hole appeared incorrect.
some concrete pads are a little short (mainly 21).
Other Thoughts: as i said this course is in a beautiful part of the country. it has lots of potential to be a great course but needs to first fix the navigation issues or at least offer a course map. i looked for one online but couldn't find one.
note: the course starts near the big fire pit near the pond, not in the big parking lot near the playground.
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