Good State Park Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: After playing the very tough Quakers Challenge course on the other side of the park, Boulder Woods is a kinder, gentler experience.
I played from the long tees, but even then the course comes in at under 5000 feet so you're looking at mostly 200' - 300' holes. Good variety of fairway shapes from straight to gently curving to a couple of sharp doglegs. I drove mostly with putters and mid-ranges as accuracy is a much greater asset here than distance.
The course is mostly flat with no water in play, but there are plenty of trees to work around and hit!
Due to the close proximity of some holes mandos exist here and there. They are clearly marked and even explained with a separate sign at the tee. A narrow double-mando on Hole 13 seemed to be added to increase difficulty.
Lots of rock and timber on the ground makes ground action random. Some discs will slide 30' up to the basket, while others will ricochet off in a different direction.
Very nice trapezoidal concrete tees with good texture and adequate tee signs as well. Innova DisCatcher baskets are in good shape and show up well in the forest.
Cons: There are 18 short-to-medium length, wooded par 3 holes. Nothing particularly creative or notable about any of them.
This is an active multi-use area of the park, with a busy walking trail winding through the course. On several holes you are driving across or up the walking trail without enough sight distance to see oncoming traffic.
The first three holes play parallel and quite close to each other and can't safely be played at the same time. These three holes play through a section of woods that has not been cleared or modified to create fairways, so kicking into an adjacent holes is common.
Other conflicts exist as well. Players on Hole 4 are throwing directly at the Hole 17 tee pad.
About a third of the holes have short tees shown on the signs, but those teepads are afterthoughts. Generally they consist of a toeboard or scuffed out spot.
Other Thoughts: This course appeared to be much more popular than the park's other course, Quakers Challenge. It is shorter and much easier, and it is great that the park provides two distinct options.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Nice, but short
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Other Thoughts: Boulder Woods is a nice wooded course with good variety and a nice feel to it. It is a shorter course that plas quickly. The biggest knock is that some of the holes are too short, almost to the point of being upshots.
It is fun though. A great course for beginners or to work on your short game.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice Compact Course
Pros: Course is well laid out allowing for a quick round if needed. Enjoyed the challenges of the wooded areas, while the tees and fairways were kept well.
Cons: Skipping across the road from hole 3 to 4, was unexpected however this is only done once more from hole 17 basket to 18 tee.
Other Thoughts: Overall really enjoyed the course, much quicker play than Quaker's Challenge, and much less time searching for discs!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Good signage.
- Quality tee pads on every hole.
- Benches on every hole.
- Short, so good for a quick 18.
- Scorecards with course map on hole 1.
- A bunch of mandos to force certain shots and keep things a little interesting.
- Easy to navigate with arrows pointing to the next tee on every basket.
- Challenging beginner course, will definitely force you to learn to throw better.
Cons: - Beginners course, so there is a ton of people just moseying along the course (players & non-Players)
- Not a lot of trash cans a long the way, however seems like most people pack in pack out, as they should.
Other Thoughts: This course is nice for exactly what it is, a beginners course. There are a ton of beginners coming to play, so patience is required. So if you get annoyed with slower/"noob" players, skip over this course completely and head to quakers challenge.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course For Beginners
Pros: Boulder Woods is the perfect course for improving accuracy and perfecting your game. This course consists of mostly short par 3 holes ( all >430 ft.) with well placed trees scattered throughout the fairways. Most holes are tightly surrounded by moderately thick woods on either side to add to the challenge. There are also mandos on holes 6,7,12,16, and a tight double mandatory between two trees on hole 13 which requires some accuracy. The course is fairly level throughout and is not nearly the demanding hike that Pinchot's other course, Quaker's Challenge can be. It has been well maintained with all concrete tees for the am locations and easy-to-read hole paths on wood posts with hooks for hanging bags on every hole. There is a bathroom located near hole 15, but it is not always unlocked. There are also pavilions and hiking trails nearby. Looking for something to eat after the round? Forry's Drive-In is located about 1/4 mile down the road. There is also a league that meets weekly for the more avid player.
Cons: Holes 1-3 are not well separated from one-another and and hikers walking on paths located nearby holes 7 and 8 can slow pace of play. Rec tees are gravel and are very hard to spot. It is not the most challenging course so experienced players should have no problem shooting par on this course. There is only one trash can located on hole 1, so prepare to carry any unwanted items with you for the rest of the game.
Other Thoughts: Boulder Woods is an all around fun and easy course to hone in your skills or learn the basics of disc golf. I highly recommend it to anyone starting out!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Nice and tight
Pros: Nice relaxing course. Has a good mixture of elevation and obstacles to give a challenge. A good course for those new to the sport. Makes one practice their throws, both with aiming and power. Navigation of the course is laid out nicely. Signposts show the tee or tees with pegs for your bag.
Cons: Can get rather 'buggy' at times, depending on the time of the year. If you get poison easily, make sure to stay out of the brush.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Cluttered step child of Quaker
Pros: Nice concrete tee pads with excellent signage with pegs to hold discs. Scorecards with maps provided at the kiosk.
Some baskets has multiple tees. Signs on several of the baskets to guide you to the next tee, so navigation is rarely ever an issue.
Practice basket and 18 Discatchers.
Great course for what it was designed for. Rec and Am players can realistically acheive par.
Nice "fair" fairways, some elevation, and a canopy to provide shade. Hole 11is a good example of a hole that utilizes all 3 of these elements well.
Large wooden benches on some holes to sit on. Bathroom and waterfountain at hole 15, but bathroom was closed and water fountain was not working.
Cons: Cluttered. Hole 2 throws over 3's tee or 1's fairway. 1-3 were quite tight. No one can tee off on 17 while you are putting on basket 4. Several tees are with in 30-35 feet of the previous basket. People teeing off on 12 can be distracting while you are putting on 6. Hole 7 throws right over 8's tee pad, ect.
Hole 13's double mando is pointless and gimmicky. It is a simple toss between the trees mando, but the mando sticks stop at 2 feet high with no way of truely knowing if you were tight on the mando line or actually over it.
Lack of distance. 14/18 holes were 300 feet or less. Lack of variety of shots. Seemed like most holes were slight up hill, blind with a subtle right then fade to the left.
Other Thoughts: ALCOHOL PROHIBITED...
It is a nice place to play a less stressful round, introduce newer players, or go for ace runs. If you need more challenge you can always head over to Quaker's Challenge.
When selecting your discs, leave the mega drivers at home. a straight 425 foot shot is the longest hole on the corse. Half of the holes are under 250 feet.
To succeed at this course you have to convert the birdies because a majority of competative players will be able to par most holes.
If you need a Burger or a drink after the round Forry's Drive-in is right by the enterance.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun rec course
Pros: The course plays through a mix of park style grassy fairways and some tighter woods. There is some rough on the more wooded holes to punish errant shots, but not so much that inaccurate players will lose discs. There are some nice boulders (imagine that!) scattered throughout the course that make for some nice obstacles. The course is fairly short overall, but has a few longer holes mixed in.
Newer players will find a nice variety of hole shapes here to try different shots. There are plenty of tight shots with left or right turning fairways. The tees are concrete and in nice shape. There are good tee signs with hole layout and distance making the course easy to figure out. The course flow is good making navigation easy overall, especially with course maps available at the beginning.
Cons: There are lots of safety issues here. Many holes play right on top of one another. Mandos are in place, but that won't completely prevent errant and inaccurate shots from finding their way onto other tees and fairways. The mandos also get to be a little repetitive, there are too many of them. Several holes play over or near park roads or walking paths.
The course is a really fun beginner and recreational course, but doesn't offer too much challenge. There isn't much elevation, and many holes are fairly similar in length, so it can feel a little repetitive to players with more distance.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely a fun shorter course that makes a great companion to the tougher course on the other side of the park. Beginners will find it tight and technical, but not to the extent of frustration. More experienced players won't really be challenged, but can enjoy the putter and mid shots through the woods and the fun shots bringing boulders into play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
The Ying to the Yang
Pros: Boulder Woods is a relatively easy to navigate and play disc course located in Pinchot Sate park. The course makes good use of what could be described as moderately wooded areas (4-17) and a lightly wooded area (1-3, 18). The fairways are very generous for the most part and will not having you screaming at your disc "Get skinny!". Elevation is used to their max extent in many cases. Tee signs are well placed and easy to understand (PDGA rules on how to play a mandatory are posted on the tees with mandos). Mandos are easy to see from the tee boxes and the Drop Zones are well established. Many park facilities are available (Picnic, Pavilion, Bathrooms). A very active disc club presence is seen and can be seen with the events scheduled here.
+ Excellent Club presence
+ Generously fair fairways
+ Many park facilities for use
+ Easy to navigate
Cons: Boulder Woods can be considered to some advance and higher level players as being short and not very challenging. Park is also host to many other activities and can be very busy on nice days out. Walking/Bike paths weave in and out of the course and can create some dangerous situations to oblivious walkers/bikers. Lots of mandos which force many players to make a certain type of shot. Mandos in some cases are difficult to determine exactly as they are signs in front of trees (The trees are the mandos not the signs). Course also seems to suffer from having a only one pin position and one well defined tee (Rec tees typically are just stone spots and are not on every hole). Also it seems that at times you are more likely to find your way onto the middle of the course then by the first hole (first hole starts by a shed so look for the shed if you want to start there).
- Lack of change in course (pins/tees)
- Can be very busy with both golfers and non-golfers at times
- Mandos can be somewhat confusing
- Advance players may not find a challenge at this course
Other Thoughts: Overall I personally enjoy the Boulder Woods course and look forward to playing it many times a year. While I personally can understand the frustration some advance players get from playing this course, I enjoy the simplicity and ease of the course. Make the right throw and you get rewarded, make a bad throw and you might regret it. The only thing I have really disliked about this course is the number of places walkers/bikers just seem to appear out of nowhere. On a personal note I have yet to figure out how to throw hole #7, a challenging placement shot with a mando that I always tend to overthrow much to my own frustration.
~ An enjoyable and relaxing round of disc golf
~ Number of events take place through the year
~ Close to a monster of a course (Quaker's Challenge) the Yang of the pair
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
First Time Playing in PA
Pros: Great markings on all the holes, nice cement tee pads, fairways were well maintained and scorecards were also available next to the first tee.
Cons: Parts were a bit overgrown, but landscaping is probably somewhat prohibited given that it is a state park.
Other Thoughts: Have yet to try the Quaker course on the other side of the park across the lake, but really enjoyed playing this course. I plan on playing it several times in the future.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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