2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Sweet fairways and nicely groomed-- wide open holes. Nice signs at every tee box, nice tee pads! Good first time course.
Cons: The front nine were very open, nice for big arm drives but become repetative after a while; the back nine had some trees and shrub cover. I usually play very wooded courses ( nockamnixon and jordan) compared to them this course was VERY open! The canal never really comes into play--and you would have to make a seriously poor shot to end up in the water.
Other Thoughts: I was very excited to play this course-- after playing at tinicum I was pretty let down, the holes were just too repetitive and there was no real elevation/water hazards
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Open and Flat
Pros: Tinicum is a great place to really let your discs fly. The major pros to this course deal with the physical pieces: the signs, the land, the grass, the trees, etc. The park is beautiful and when I played there (end of April), the high grass was newly mowed - it was only about ankle deep, so finding a disc was not too terrible.
The tee signs were some of the most informative I have seen, showing all pin positions, distances, where OB was, where water fountains and bathrooms were, and even pointed to the next tee.
There were multiple pin positions on each hole (most had 3, some had 4 positions!). Reading some of the other reviews, there is a new feature to the tee signs: there was a rotating dial on the sign post displaying which position the tee was currently in. Seems they took a page from Tyler State Park and it is helpful, though most of the baskets are visible from the tee.
Tinicum has an average mix of hole variety: open, wooded, semi wooded. It leans to the open side, so big arms will love it.
Navigation was fairly easy. I only had to break the map out a few times (between 4 and 5, and 9 and 10).
Cons: After a while the holes were starting to get similar. A lot of the holes for me were a "routine 3" - drive, upshot, simple putt. They were just far enough where a reasonable 2 was out of reach and a 4 would have been frustrating. Most of the baskets are unprotected and the greens are wide open, providing no obstacles on upshots or putts. Placement wasn't much of an issue on drives. It didn't matter if my drive totally went flippy on me because there wasn't anything to punish a bad shot (on many holes).
The canal only came into play on a very poor shot or a stupid decision to "go for it" and then a big-time miss.
The tee pads were average: natural stone, but well defined. Only once did I notice major unevenness, though.
Elevation was almost non-existent. It is a pretty flat course.
Other Thoughts: Tinicum is a good round of disc golf. There is natural beauty and awe while giving you a place to rip some drives. And though the technical aspect of disc golf falls short, the multiple pin placements will give variety to those who frequent the course. I really liked the mowed fairways and mowed paths from basket to next tee. This was definitely a well manicured course and that made the experience enjoyable. Overall, I had a good time but the challenge and variety were not there for me. It is still worth a stop if you are in the area.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Flat and Long
Pros: Multiple baskets add variety and distance to each hole. Some of the best, informative tee signs you'll see. Each sign shows hole topography, distances and indicator of which basket position is in use. Fairly easy to navigate with out a map.
Gravel tee pads that are very well maintained, and drain nicely. Large enough to keep the mud away on damp days, and good tracking, so sliding is almost non existent.
Good mix of open, semi wooded and wooded holes. Course is very flexible in the distance and toughness, and finds a good mix. Open holes have nicely defined fairways, using the long grass as areas to avoid. Water comes into play on a few holes.
Several bathroom locations on site, plenty of parking, nice pavilion and a playground for the kids.
Cons: Long walks to holes 5 and 10. Course is flat, so there isn't any elevation challenges. A few of the open holes are too wide open.
Other Thoughts: If you like long courses, this one is for you. Pin placements in the long positions make this one of the longer courses in the Mid Atlantic region. Unfortunately, a few of the holes, the length is really its only challenge, because it is so wide open.
A canal comes into play on about 1/3 of the holes, and based on pin placement, can be either very nerve racking or not too much of an issue.
The flatness of the course makes it easier for young children, people with mobility issues and cart pullers to traverse the course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Rolling Down the River Rd
Pros: 3/4 of course is open field. The lack of trees on some holes is made up by the sheer distance of the pin. Multiple pins that vary vastly.Ex: Hole A may be 330ft but C is well over 799ft. I was very impressed with this park and loved how flat it was. Only 18 holes but enough distance on them to feel like 21 holes. Everyone i was with the one day was hitting the long putts (20+ ft) so the greens are nice and friendly.
Cons: The canal is not one to be taken lightly. HIGHLY SUGGEST HAVING A SPOTTER or just someone run ahead to watch everyones throw. Only a few holes have a high risk of canal hazard. Water is dark and murky so use a bright disc if aproaching i believe hole #12. A lot of Par 3 I would go as far as to say too many Par 3. These aren't no 400ft par 3. More like 600ft - 800ft. The pars are expecting you to be able to throw atleast 250ft - 300ft so if your drives aren't your strong point you may get frustrated.
Other Thoughts: Great park for a relaxed game of disc golf no hills and few trees depending on the hole.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Long, but fun!
Pros: Very well taken care of. Has an excellent variety of holes that ranges from long and open to short and tightly wooded. Tees are very nice pressed gravel with Extremely nice signs. Pin positions vary day to day giving the course some change here and there. No really thick brush to get tangled in which was a relief. Information Kiosk right at first tee has some helpful tips and rules for beginners, a course map and nearby tournaments schedule.
Cons: Some of the holes were just too wide open. I feel this course was built for long throwers and it got a lil dull for shorter throwers (such as myself) to huck your driver a few times per hole. A couple holes (#5 for example) was just boring. It was a dead straight shot to the pin with no obsticles.
Other Thoughts: The course is in a very nice area. DO NOT USE GOOGLE MAPS to map out the route because it will put you in the wrong area. Use the directions on this site. After your round is over go south on 32 for about 6 or 7 miles and stop in at Dilly's Corner (awesome little burger and fries place).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I am in love with this well groomed course....I have always had fun here. I played this course with big ultimate lids back in the 1990s and I play it with destroyers and Wraiths today. Still absolutely perfect disc golf course. Course is very enjoyable for all levels of play. Course is famous for being an open course, but it really isnt all that open. There are only 7 truly big arm open holes, then 4 more that are open with moderate trees, and a full 7 tree rich or forrest holes. The reason this course is considered open, I believe is that there is no shule, no picker bushes, no spent time wasted on lost discs. It is a most beautiful piece of property in a wonderfully scenic area of Pennsylvania along the Delaware river. Every hole is remarkable in it's own right. The open holes all have some type of obstacle to contend with except for hole #3 which is framed by dramatic huge evergreens behind her. The tighter holes leave plenty of interesting options once off the fairway, it is jail but not lock-down. The gorgeous canal lurks by on a couple holes but it takes a very bad shot or roll to lose a disc there. Nice balance of big arm holes where you can learn your discs and see it's full flight path. This is rare in Pennsylvania. Nice tight holes where you can show off your precision. Theres benches, excellent signage w/basket position dials, Big wide gravel tees, and camping available. Hyzers, Anhyzers, Multi-Option and Straight shots off the tee here. Course is challenging but still remains enjoyable due to the zero frustration level. (no shule, no dangerous water, and disc golf course area primarily)hole rundown:
1-big anhyzer around a big tree to an open fairway and basket
2-lovely drive through grove of sycamores, low ceiling
3-Open drive to a evergreen framed green
4-tight precise short punch through trees
long walk to left far corner of field on left
5-open drive to either a basket on a bump in field or over bump to longer basket
6-open drive with trees lining entire left side and basket snuggled in corner of field guarded
7-fairway flanked by cedars and only 5 feet wide the entire way...old school!
8-ace run low celing but only 8-12 foot high fairway
9-little technical shot with canal brooding to the left.
Long transition to hole 10..walk along canal past basket for 18 make a right and the tee is aimed into the woods.
10- wooded fairway to basket-hyzer
11-big open anhyzer around tree
or low ceiling through a tight window to basket
12-My favorite hole, open drive to scenic vista hole tucked in trees and in front of canal...I love the scenic view from the tee!
13-tight drive through woods and canal to left
14-tight drive to sometimes open field at end of hole
15-sometimes very long hole that plays through moderate trees and then to big open field
16-again anhyzer or straight low ceiling shot make your choice?
17-another pretty view-big open drive to a grove of huge trees with basket tucked amongst
18-the signature 800 foot drive across open fairway to another grove of trees.
Cons: Course is Kansas Flat....hard to believe so much fun is on a flat course. Long grass off the fairways can make for short headaches looking for discs. No multiple tee pads and only one basket for hole, so your at mercy of course god as to pin placements. Occasionaly the course is unplayable due to arts, antiques, etc festivals. Plan ahead.
Other Thoughts: I love this course and despite it's more open nature it is a wonderful play. You get all challenges here except for elevation. A few times I have been here and there have been full on balls to the walls POLO matches going on across the field from the course...it's very cool to watch and hearing the rumble of horse stampedes is much more pleasant than the usual noises you may hear on a course! Funny to blame your bad drive on that damn horse stampede! Playing here after nockamixon or Tyler is a nice fun way to complete your day. Worlds 2005 course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the best FLAT courses there is.
Pros: Overall - Tinicum is a very enjoyable course. The park layout is such that it provides exceptional variety to the DGC layout. There are long Open holes, extremely tight technical holes, a few shorter (yet still technical) holes, and some excellent tweener holes that mix the power requirement with the technical requirement - offering the opportunity for creative shot making, rollers, upside down shots, etc.
There is camping ONSITE, which is a big plus, as well as multiple bathrooms, and a nice shelter, and parking in multiple locations.
Tees are natural - but due to its location - the amount of foot traffic hasn't really degraded the natural tees into the ruts you see at many other places.
Cons: The park administration has put the DGC on the bottom of the priority totem pole, and on several occasions has forced planned tournaments to defer to other park activities like weddings, or polo matches.
Also - as has been mentioned elsewhere, mowing of the big open areas sometimes becomes abbreviated, making mid summer play a little more difficult due to waste high grass.
Location is a little bit of a drawback - as Tinicum is located along the Delaware River maybe 40 minutes north of Philadelphia and 1/2 hr south of Allentown - not really close to much of anything other than a bunch of B&B's (which could also be a PRO - if traveling w/the family)
Other Thoughts: Tinicum is a favorite of mine for sure - lot's of just really good holes, and ovreall an excellent mix. Joe Mela did a great job with this one. It's sad that the Eric Yetter Memorial no longer plays this course, but with the park conflicts in the past - it's understandable. If planning a visit through NE Pennsylvania - don't pass up Tinicum - it's definitely worthy.
The course may not be the easiest to follow the first time through - as there are a couple spots where the pin and next tee are separated by short walks - but it's not hard at all if you've got a map.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Open for the most part, shorter holes are heavily wooded. Good mix to make this a true par "54"course just like its ancestors. Longer holes (such as 18, 800 feet) look beautiful in the spring & summer and require accurate drives but are still reachable on second shots after a poor drive (easier in the fall & winter)
Cons: As some have said before, lots of festivals, dogs that stray from their owners, & casual players who just don't give a crap (which can ruin your day if you let them).
Other Thoughts: While there are some cons this is still a great course (mostly since Worlds came thru) just be patient or tell ignorant passerbys please excuse me, Thanks!!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course ... well worth playing
Pros: Tinicum is a fun challenging and well maintained course. The course offers a good blend of open, wooded and semi open/wooded holes. There aren't any extreme elevation changes, but the distance of the course makes up for it. Hole 18 in the c pin position is a challenging 800 footer. (Although this is not the best hole on the course) The canal comes into play on a couple of the holes, including hole 12 where the basket is next to the canal path. My personal favorite holes are 7-9 all in the woods including an extremely narrow fairway, on hole 7, surrounded by pine trees on either side.
The course is extremely well marked and the recent addition of pin location indicators was a much needed upgrade.
There are also restrooms water fountains and picnic areas located on the course. Tinicum also offers camping adjacent to the course for those who are traveling in the area - and there are several excellent courses within 30mins of Tinicum.
Cons: Some of the tees could use gravel to level them out - they are getting really worn.
Also the park service is sometimes lax in keeping the rough tamed - especially during the summer months.
Other Thoughts: Due to the course location there aren't many restaurants close to the course.
The park hosts several festivals a year which make the course mostly unplayable.
The locals have turned the practice basket into hole 19 ... but good luck finding the tee marker - I found it entirely by accident this weekend.
This course is a must play if you are in the area playing DG courses.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a great course and is my favorite! It's mostly flat, easy on the legs and lightly hilly in spots. This course sports one tee per hole with 3 possible pin positions (A, B, or C). Tinicum plays very long when holes are in the C position. Great mix of long open holes and some technical wooded holes makes for a fun challenge. The nearby creek comes into play on a few holes. Nicely defined mowed fairways, greens and short rough (looks like a ball golf course). Not a deep woods course. Trees are scattered nicely so you can get your shots off.
Gorgeous scenery. Very peaceful setting with no pedestrian traffic. Professionally designed and feels like a world class course. Natural tees and great signage, so no problem navigating the course. Bathrooms and well water spigots available. Eateries in nearby Frenchtown, NJ or Milford, NJ.
Cons: The parks dept. sometimes doesn't get the chance to mow the rough on some of the holes, so it can get a bit high. Can't blame the course club members for that! But this problem may have been resolved by now.
Other Thoughts: Several holes have nice big pine trees and is cool in the Summer. Hole 18 is awesome, it's long and straight with a well manicured fairway with rough on the sides. Around 800 feet, you will love the view of this hole from the tee. A few holes are wide open so you get the chance to rip it.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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