Silver Spring Township, PA 
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Uploaded By: KAK3990 Hole #5 (Taken 7/2011)
3 / 345ft. Par / Distance:
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good place to practice

1    8/11/2017   8/11/2017
Review By: globetrotter
Played: 99  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 5.1 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Other Thoughts: This makes for a good course for a beginner or to work on your short game. There are a couple of longer holes that will push you to increase your distance, and a couple of shots that are just tricky enough to force you to throw something other than a hyzer or a dead straight shot. It's not a great course, but for what it is, it does the job. If I lived in the area, I would play here occasionally, particularly if I was bringing someone new to the game.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Little Gem

5+    8/15/2014   8/27/2014
Review By: pcooney83
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 6.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great for a 9 hole course in a beautiful area. Very scenic. Signs and course set-up are very clear and concise.
Cons: Too many straightaways. Not enough variety of throws can be utilized, as most holes are just straight ahead
Other Thoughts: Look for the beautiful white Egret birds along the creek.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Excellent Starter Course

1    6/10/2013   6/10/2013
Review By: RamsFan1
Played: 73  Reviewed: 73  Exp: 7.1 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent 9 hole course in a well-manicured township park. Innova Disc Catchers are featured here, and each hole presents a nice cement tee pad, numbered wooden post and colored sign with distance and preferred flight path. Easy to navigate. Hole 3 (a hyzer over a small building) and hole 8 (neat little tunnel shot through trees to the basket) stand out. Reasonable opportunity for success here.
Cons: Course is not very challenging for the advanced player. Pedestrians and picnickers can be a factor when throwing. Several holes feature flight paths over park roadways. Some low-lying parts of the course are frequently marshy and wet. Hole 4's sign does not match up with the actual basket placement.
Other Thoughts: Willow Mill Park is a nice little 9-holer ideally suited for the recreational player or the person trying to work on their short game. One can play this course with putters and/or a good mid-range disc. The designer did an excellent job with the layout given the relatively small size of this park. Distances are manageable, and most every hole presents a birdie opportunity or ace run.

I was impressed that despite being a small, recreational venue, Willow Mill had at least 10 people playing the course on the Saturday I was there. If you live within 20-30 minutes and take it for what it is, Willow Mill is a worthwhile trip and a pleasant experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great Starter Course

1    2/23/2013   2/25/2013
Review By: zubeala
Played: 92  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 6.2 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: As others have stated this is a great course to introduce new players to the sport. Maybe the best one I have seen. Rivals Middletown in MD for that distinction. Just enough variety in elevation and obstacle to make it a great 1st time out. I love the over the building hole, 8 and 9. Just fun.
Cons: If you want to rip long throws, or play narrow technical fairways, this ain't your place. Short, mostly open course.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice park. Bathrooms, water, pavilions. Easy to find.
Unless you put one in the creek, probably will not lose a disc here (famous last words).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great beginner course

1    6/16/2012   6/16/2012
Review By: NightRavenKW
Played: 16  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 8.3 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Very well maintained small community park.
-Good signage with hole layouts. Hole #4 basket has moved and is marked in marker on the sign for hole #4.
-All concrete tee pads.
-Almost no way to lose a disk. Great intro and beginner course.
-Drinking fountains and porta potties throughout the park.
Cons: -No technical or risky holes.
-All short holes.
-Lots of other activities around the park, which means you may have to play around people.
Other Thoughts: This is a great community park. If you have friends or family wanting to spend the day at a park and introduce them to Disk Golf this is a highly recommended park. They have a large pavilion for get togethers and smaller cookout spots along with a Military memorial. Great location for a 4th of July or Memorial Day celebration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Short Game Practice Course

5+    1/7/2011   4/19/2011
Review By: crowdpleaser
Played: 21  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 9.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I gave this course a 3.0 because its a great course for beginners and those who want to practice their short game. I learned how to play disc golf here and it was a great place to start. The more experienced players will rarely need to pull out a driver since no hole goes much longer than 300ft.
Cons: As stated its a short course. Not challenging holes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great beginner course, lots of ace potential

5+    10/22/2010   10/25/2010
Review By: KAK3990
Played: 58  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 8.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Located in a well maintained park
- Ace Runs aplenty
- Great course for inexperienced players trying to work out the kinks in their game.
- Baskets, hole signs and teepads in excellent condition
- Low chance of disc loss
Cons: -Very short, not much of a challenge for experienced players
- Only 1 hole over 300ft and it is downhill
- Park is used by many non-disc golfers so be aware of their presence on many holes
- At times the teepad for #9 can be changed for RC car races that also take place in the park

Other Thoughts: This is an excellent course for doing three things. 1, playing quick practice rounds. 2, Introducing a new player to game/playing with inexperienced friends. 3, As a warm up for several other more challenging courses in the area.
As long as your not expecting a 5 disc course Willow Mill should not disappoint, and there are plenty of ace opportunities and who dosen't like that?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A Quick and Pleasant 9

1    7/20/2009   9/19/2010
Review By: Jimb
Played: 98  Reviewed: 47  Exp: 10.7 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice park setting with well maintained grounds. Close to several other courses and other things to do (eat, shop, etc.).

Good tees. Baskets in good shape. Excellent signage with hole layout & footage. Very easy to navigate and super quick to play.

Nice variety of tee shot options, in spite of short length. All holes but #1 give you multiple options off of the tee (possible right & left turning or straight options). A couple give you options just because they're pretty wide open, but several have genuine alternate paths to the pins.

The layout uses the available elevation changes as much as possible pretty much. Trees can come into play on most holes so you have adequate opportunities to shape your lines.
Cons: Short length. Hole #5, at 345', is the longest hole. Playing slightly down hill, even I can reach the pin off of the tee.

Shule to the left of #1 can come into play on an errant shot and it's pretty thick in there. Of course, my driver shouldn't have ended up over there in the first place so not really a con, just a heads up. And the creek could come into play on #1 & #2, although it's not really "part of the course" per se.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination course by any stretch of the imagination. But it is a fun little play. I played a speed round on the 4th 9 that I played and finished with a 24 in just over 15 minutes. So it really is that easy to get around the course.

#3... As weird as it was to have a blind tee shot over/around a storage building, there was just something enjoyable about doing it. #4 at 262' was a pretty cool up-hill, right turning tee shot through some trees. I think that my best drive was actually a roller going around the trees to the left. And #9, at only 168', pretty much just has the pin planted directly behind, and totally concealed by, one huge tree. Again, I don't know why, but I just really enjoyed that little hole.

Bring the kids and other noobs and have a good time showing them the game. Or bring a couple discs when you only have a little bit of time and get in some good short game practice in a hurry.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Ace Race Alley

1    5/1/2010   5/5/2010
Review By: solomon.trenton
Played: 81  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 9.1 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This nice little nine holer actually has more amenities than most eighteen hole courses I have played. There are cement tee boxes, several porta potties, water fountain, playground for the kids and a pavilion. The course is mostly wide open but requires a good assortment of shots with some semi-challenging basket locations. The grass is mowed here and what little elevation change is at the park is utilized quite well. All of the baskets are numbered which ends up being very useful because holes five through seven all intersect quite closely.
Cons: As I mentioned above holes five, six and seven are awfully crowded and tight (very easy to get a black ace if you are into that). There were a ton of bugs floating close to the ground; especially near the large piles of grass clippings left neatly in a line by the lawnmower. The clippings also hide your disc quite well. When I went there was a group of people that were racing RC cars that parked in on hole nine's tee and right near eights basket; making them nearly unplayable. Although they did make a new tee for nine with a numbered stake.
Other Thoughts: There is a small stream near holes one and two where an errant drive could easily land so be careful.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 We're talking about practice

1    2/27/2010   3/1/2010
Review By: IAMGT
Played: 24  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 10.4 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pretty setting in a small park by the Cond. creek. The course has 9 brand new Innova Discatchers and the tee pads are awesome. All the tee pads are concrete that are grippy and quite large. The course makes you use numerous shots and my favorite hole is number 4 where the basket is 50 feet behind a shed.
Cons: -Very easy
-Don't like to have to walk backwards to get to a tee pad to eventually throw to a basket that was near where you came from
Other Thoughts: This is a nice practice course if you just want to get out and throw a disc. You could play this course with 2 or 3 discs tops and be fine. I imagine that play could be interrupted more in the summer when more people are in the park. This is not a park set up only for disc golf.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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