3 Helpful / 0 Not
Perfect place to visit
Pros: I visited Pleasant Hills during some downtime while attending a conference in nearby Portland. The course is PERFECT for a casual visit. The layout is straightforward and easy to follow. There are no blind shots, as you can always see the basket from the tee. The fairways are forgiving, and there is very little chance of losing a disc (unless you totally shank something into one of the ponds, but they are pretty easy to avoid.) You may have to pay for a poor shot, but you don't get punished for it. And still, there is enough variety of terrain to make the course fun and interesting from start to finish.
Pleasant Hills is one of the best looking and best maintained courses I've played. I was there less than a week after a violent wind storm and much of the area was without power. The course was already cleaned up to a state better than most courses I've been on, and there were workers out that day picking up the last few twigs and leaves. Remarkable.
Cons: The only weakness I see is that the course only has only one tee per hole. When I play courses in my area, most have 3 or 4 tees. I often play with my son-in-law, daughter, and little grandson. We can each play a different tee, make similar scores, and have a great time. I wouldn't be able to do that at Pleasant Hills. Extra tees would change the course from a great place to visit to a great place to play all the time.
Other Thoughts: Adding novice tees would be straightforward -- just shorten the length of each hole. Adding advanced tees would take some creativity, but could be done. The course is plenty long enough at 6200 feet, but lacks doglegs. Creating advanced tees that are offset to the right or left of existing tees to require shaped shots (and maybe a couple water carries) could make this a 5 star course in my book.
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1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - One of the best maintained courses in the state.
- Very open, great for getting reps and trying out new discs.
- Great tees and baskets. Well marked.
- Front 9 loops back to the well-stocked clubhouse (including ice cream, new this year)
Cons: - They don't have as much acreage to work with as most courses, so there's a bit of cross-traffic between the 8 and 13 fairways.
- Not super-challenging, and the few wooded holes won't prepare you for the typical Maine Woods course.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I played and my main course that I play all the time, so I've got hundreds of rounds in on it. It's a great course to learn and develop. Most of the holes are open enough that you can just let loose and not get punished too badly for mistakes. A good variety of distances keep you working on all aspects of your game. There are also a lots of subtle "level up" opportunities as your game improves that encourage you to push your limits and turn 4s to 3s and find that deuce line on the holes you can 3.
It might not be that interesting to a pro, but it's got more depth than its many open, grassy fairways suggest.
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0 Helpful / 4 Not
Beautiful and fun but nothing special
Pros: well maintained, easy to navigate, wide open and good to practice distance shots
Cons: Holes are mostly pretty much the same - straight, not too long (save for a few big hucks) and not super interesting comparatively.
Other Thoughts: Fun course. Great place to play if you are just passing through and have a few discs in the suitcase. Pro shop is well stocked though.
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2 Helpful / 1 Not
Better than expected
Pros: Maps of the course on the back of the scorecard.
Trashcans mark the distance and hole number
Well manicured fairways.
Wide variety of holes
Tee pads on several of the holes
Well defined fairways.
GREAT clubhouse and disc shop on site.
Cons: Well, being nick picky here. There could be more tree's.
Long walk from 9 to 10. enough room for a hole there.
Other Thoughts: I was on my bucket list trip, one of my goals was to play a course in every state we visited.
We were going to visit the Lighthouse when it opened at 10am, so while my wife swam in the indoor pool at the Motel, I drove over to play a round.
I liked the honor system to pay to play the course. I didn't realize it till I got there that I did not have any small bills. So I dropped an envelope with my IOU in the box and planned on paying later before I left town.
The course is on an old par 3 ball golf course. This worked out well for turning it into a disc golf course.
Really, the only hole that didn't have much in obstacles was hole 1. It is the only wide open hole. There was even a few holes in the trees with cool pin placements. I believe that was hole 6 and 7.
Ponds came into play, but are not set up so it takes a bad throw to land in the water. (well I did it once, but it was on the edge where I was able to get it with a stick)
I would go on, but there are 55 other reviews.
Basically, I would play here again no problem. This was a fun course to play. It would be a cool place to hang out after a round and visit with my disc golf family.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and Perfectly Maintained Course
Pros: - Pro Shop was awesome and staff was friendly. Neat place to hang out before/after rounds and stock up on some new plastic.
-Course is maintenance is similar to a ball golf course. Really loved the way some of the holes are mulched around the base. Also loved how the grass was mowed in lines like a professional baseball or football field.
-Most baskets were visible from the tee pad which made it easy for a first time player.
-Seemed to have been a good mix of long and short holes.
-Course had players on almost every hole when I was there (though it was a magnificent 70 degree Maine day)
-Water hazards add to the fun and I'm told they have a diver that goes out once a month or so. They are forgiving water hazards which are manageable for newer players.
-I was told that there is a camera pointed to hole 9's basket. If you hit an ace you get a free pizza from a local pizza company. It's a really short 217' straight shot.
Cons: -Holes were pretty cramped. Would find it difficult to run a tournament there as many of the times during my round people were hyzering off into the fairway next to them. Heard "FOOOOOORE" a number of times.
-Some distances and hole numbers were marked with stickers on the garbage can by the holes bench. But not all holes had distances marked. Would be nice to have some nice tee signs out there.
-Not sure what the real par is for the course. They claim it's a par 70 on here, and I think the scorecard they give you is marked as a 70 as well. Right now I'm a 935 rated player. I shot a 55 using three discs I've never thrown prior. (all I could make room for in my suit case). Would probably be better to have a more challenging par for course set.
-The short holes were really short and straight forward. The long holes were wide open and distance was really the only challenge. Fun, just not really challenging for more experienced players.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed my time at Pleasant Hill. Since most of my Disc Golf has been played in Florida and South Carolina, I was really impressed with how clean and cared for this course was. I guess June is spring time in Maine so I could have been there at the most ideal time of the year. Everything was so green and vibrant. The fairways were mowed beautifully. The landscaping was awesome. The people I joined up with were really friendly. It was just a really fun time. I would have liked to see how much better I could have done using my full bag, rather than a putter, midrange and driver that I'd never used. Could have made the course even less challenging though. If you're going through this part of Maine, it's definitely worth a play. I'm glad I did.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Disc golf on a ball golf course
Pros: This course is impeccably maintained, for a disc golf course. The grass is short and the rough... isn't all that rough. It's very pretty and unique for a disc golf course. They could turn it back into a ball golf course in short order.
Several memorable holes. Even though there aren't many obstacles, It was not a boring round at all.
Pro shop employees are friendly and they have a surprisingly good selection.
Cons: Holes are relatively wide open, so even though there is a decent mixture of different looks, there isn't much variation in shot selection. Mostly straight if you can.
Wind was an issue here and I imagine it is most of the time due to the wide open layout.
Other Thoughts: I was there during the day on a Friday and the course was absolutely packed with beginners from the Portland area. Everyone was very friendly and allowed me to throw through. Just be aware that there may be a wait.
Although it is highly rated, the course overall is pretty forgiving. Certainly fun for everyone, though advanced players should expect a lot of birdie opportunities. Pack your stable bag for the moderate wind.
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1 Helpful / 2 Not
Good for distance throwers
Pros: Well groomed and easy to find tee pads as well as next hole. A couple interesting layouts or hole positions. Good place to practice hucking with no fear of losing a disc.
Cons: Boring ... many of the holes were straight as an arrow from the tee box to the basket with no real challenge.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Open course is good for practicing drives. Pretty landscape and well kept. Has good location. Has a clubhouse with good disc selection and fair prices. It's layout makes it so you can play front or back 9 from clubhouse with ease.
Cons: Can be crowded.
Other Thoughts: Careful of water traps.
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0 Helpful / 4 Not
Friendly Pro Shop, well maintained course
Pros: Greens wells maintained, clear markers, great Pro Shop with friendly staff, water obstacles, parking
Cons: Not too challenging, crowded on weekends, on an ex ball course so pars not thought out thoroughly, open course can be windy
Other Thoughts: Good course and great for beginners or a quick 18.
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You can throw rollers in Maine!
Pros: In a word, this course is fun. Following an old ball golf course, most of the holes here have beautiful grassy, well manicured fairways. They're firm as well which makes for some of the best rolling fairways I've ever had the pleasure of throwing. This gives PH a unique feel and really sets it apart from other courses in the area.
There are a few small ponds here as well. They certainly add to the aesthetics but with the current design, they have been taken almost completely out of play.
The slightly undulating course meanders through an oak grove, two large white pine stands, and sporadic groupings of sugar and red maples that set themselves ablaze with color in late September. Overall, this is one of the more beautiful courses I've played and if you're in the area around peak foliage, you owe it to yourself to come play here.
The holes are mostly open and very forgiving which makes it an ideal place for beginners and intermediate players to hone their skills.
It's a blast for advanced players too. The wide open fairways allow you to really let loose on the par 4's and dial in your wind play. At a blue level par 59, it falls far short of any true test of golf but it's always fun chasing scores in the mid 40's.
The pro shop has a fair selection of plastic, accessories, and snacks. The cement tee boxes are great and the old Discatchers are holding up nicely. The staff is friendly and the course always looks immaculate.
Cons: The design is somewhere between pedestrian and downright horrible. I could go on and on about what's wrong with it but instead I'll say it's uninspired. **please don't let this deter you from trying this place out, I think almost every design I play is horrible**
-with 1 exception, the ponds are not in play
-course lacks multiple tees
-no tee signs
Other Thoughts: This place could be excellent with a redesign.
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