4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great 9 Hole Course
Pros: -Beautiful, clean park with panoramic views of the mountains.
-Well thought out layout for the three tee positions on each hole. Reds are very beginner friendly, blues are tight and technical, and whites are in the middle.
-Nice signage and baskets (note that the signage for each hole is next to the blue tee, so if you are playing a different set of tees walk past the blue to see your distance)
-I flypads aren't perfect but i'll list them under pros as the ones that are full sized work well. The holes where they are cut short and used just to show the front of the tee pad would have been better off just being blocks in the ground as footing can get tricky with these.
-Very well maintained. I've been here more than a dozen times and never seen high grass in the fields or trash through the woods. Not much non-disc golf traffic to worry about where this course plays.
-Nice variety of lines and shots required. You will use more discs and techniques than you would think to play nine holes of golf.
Cons: -The con is obvious, it's nine holes. I respect that the designer probably had room to cram 18 short holes in this area and instead put in 9 great holes in but even so, something is always lost when you finish 9 and start back over on a basket you've already played.
Other Thoughts: As of this writing Signal View is the highest rated 9 hole course anywhere and it's certainly the best nine hole course i've ever played. I can't think of another nine hole course that i will make sure i stop and play if i'm passing through the area. The blue tees are as tight and and demanding as any 9 holes I have played, but its tough to play a second nine, whether from the same tees or the alternates, and enjoy yourself as much as the first time through. There has been talk for a few years of more land being made available for another 9, and if that happens this course will certainly be pushing into the middle 4s. If you're in the area make the trip to play this one, its one of the few 9 holers that's worth a drive.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
great pit stop when traveling on the 81
Pros: -beautiful mountain views - i stopped with my camera a few times.
-lots of dogleg shots with open and mixed wood on every hole.
-trash cans and no trash
-nice pads on 3 tees per hole
-two basket locations that were marked on the map at the front
Cons: -bugs (bring some bug spray for all courses in this 200 mile area)
-i thought #9 was going to be a water shot but it is just a painted OB area.
-poison ivy just off the fairways be careful or throw well
Other Thoughts: What a great stop on the 81. I would typically rate it lower for just being 9 holes but it just played really well and was just the hour break i needed during my trip. Thanks so much!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
I liked it
Pros: This is a very well cared for course with excellent signs and amenities. It is a quick nine holes that neatly starts and ends with open shots near the parking lot and wraps through woods and fields around a multi-use park. Other park activities do not generally interfere with the disc golf course.
The tees are not concrete, but are clean, grippy, thick, rubber mats. They are pretty decent. Benches, trashcans, restrooms, and directional signs are everywhere that you need them. Alternate pin placements add variety when they are moved (though their current location is not marked anywhere; you'll need to wander down the fairway and have a look.) Multiple tees add difficulty. Red tees run around 250 feet with clear views of the pin. Blue tees range around 350 feet with more difficult angles. Blue tees range mostly in the 400s and often offer no clear shot to the pin.
What I mostly like about the course is it's general charm. Most of its shots are well framed and there is no real bramble. It is a lovely, easy walk though woods and fields. It is beat in but not beat up, well cared for, and scenic.
Cons: The course has only nine holes. Adding another nine pins permanently in the alternate placements would provide a full 18 shots and help the course tremendously. There are a few long walks between holes - particularly between 6 and 7. The red tees are only grass, and the other tees slope and bend with the ground.
The course has some good shots, but they are fairly simple - more enjoyable than challenging. I don't recall any risk reward decisions or tricky pin placements (except for the fake water hazard on the 9th hole.) Elevation challenges are moderate. Technical woods shots aren't really tight or demanding. There is no water. The park's trees and location keep wind to a minimum, and only one blue tee is longer than 500 feet.
Gnats were swarming in the fields rendering the course less enjoyable. #8 requires throwing over a gravel road, and joggers were running the disc golf trails - which is, you know, dangerous.
I would have preferred level tees and an indication of each pin's current placement, but those are minor complaints.
Other Thoughts: Fairway maps and distances are at the blue tees only, and the tee signs are small and near the ground. If you don't know where to look you might miss them.
You'll need a mighty thumber to hit 3A and 7A from the blue tees.
The course played very fast.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great 9 hole turned into Very Good 18.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Finally got back to check out Signal View since it got expanded to 18.
- I still like the variety in the tee pads. Reds are VERY beginner friendly (but not much challenge for anyone with experience unless you want to go for aces) while the Blues in general are Pro level difficulty. Whites were perfect for me and my wife, challenging enough but not so long they frustrate.
- Uses well anchored rubber pads but some are getting a little bumpy.
- Good variety of open, lightly treed and in the woods shots, with some good terrain variety.
- Even the wooded shots don't pose much risk of eating discs. Only hole 17 has a high risk of disc lose if you go for it.
- As with any course there's places where going off fairway can be disastrous but generally with a well-executed shot recovery is possible.
- Beautiful scenery and great park.
- I won't do a full hole by hole summary since it's already been done but holes 5, 6 & 11 are my favorites. 5 is an uphill dog-leg left through scattered tree that will reward a well-shaped throw. 6 starts out open with the basket tucked into the woods, but it's got enough down hill that you have to be careful to keep it down and not overthrow . 11 starts with a long relatively open drive that necks down to a sweeping left tunnel approach to a tucked away basket.
Cons: - Some of the new holes don't show as much imagination as the originals. 2 & 3, 12 & 13 are short fillers except maybe from the Blues.
- The course ends with 4 relatively boring wide open holes. Yes, 17 has a good risk/reward decision with the pond carry if you want the birdie but par is pretty safe. Even my wife got a 3 :-)
- Don't bother with worrying about par. The assigned pars don't make sense. From whites, there's a 173ft par 3, a 309ft par 2 and a 574ft par 5.
- Bring bug spray, every time I've played this course the bugs have been terrible.
Other Thoughts: I had rated it a 4 as a 9 hole because I thought it was a great 9 hole. I was hoping adding 9 more would just bump it up another ½ disc. But honestly I was a little disappointed with the expansion and overall I think it lowered the enjoyment.
Overall the course is still worth pulling off I-81 and adds to the local variety of courses with Rockland, Sherando and Jim Barnett (all solid 3+ courses) each having their own character.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Best 9 hole course
Pros: This has to be the nicest 9 hole course I have ever played. Beautiful scenic area, well groomed course and a challenge. Uphill, Downhill, open & wooded, hyzers & anhyzers.
This is how I like Disc Golf Courses. It is obvious that the planners of this course had growing the local disc golf scene in mind by installing beginner tee pads. The scorecards & pencils are a nice touch. The info sign as you approach the first tee on where you could get discs at the Community Center shows that the local community is really trying grow the sport locally.
Marked very well but even with out the next tee signs you could navigate this course fairly easily. It was a beautiful day and I was the only one on the course. I played the the Mid (red) tees as the front 9 to learn the course & then played the long (blue) tees as the back 9. All along the course benches & trash cans are right next to the play area. Good hole signs by the long (blue) tees and next tee signs that make navigating the course a breeze. The long & mid tees have nice rubber tee pads. The beginner tees are just markers but beginners aren't going to be running up to throw.
Cons: The only bad thing was the gnats, they were a true menace but I survived them. The gnats weren't a problem all along the course but when they were around it could mess up a putt.
Other Thoughts: This course has more of the little things than any other course around. This is a premium community park for such a small town. Little league fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts. There is good parking, water fountains, covered tables, restrooms.
The grass is cut nicely all along the course. This is the best groomed course I've been to.
As I finished my second round I met a couple of the locals getting ready to start a round. They informed me that a large area of land right next to the course had recently been purchased and a back 9 were going to be installed. Including holes that play on a lake. They didn't say when the new holes were going in but if the new holes are as nice as the first 9 it will be an A+ course.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Every hole a nice challenge
Pros: Very challenging and technical. Many of the holes in my opinion are a par under where they probably should be. But all in all a very good course. Also three tees is nice for varying ability levels, though I found some were hard to find.
Cons: The tee colors need to be re-done as they don't follow the standard color scheme. From farthest to closest they go blue, red, white instead of the more standard blue, white, red.
They should update from rubber mats to concrete pads.
The signs are very misleading. I often had to scout the baskets to make sure of where I was throwing. Most shots from the long tee are blind shots. I am sure a few more rounds here and that will not be an issue.
There could be just a few more signs between holes as I had to keep walking and hope the tee was in that direction.
I know I mention a lot of cons here but they are purely aesthetic. Technicality is great.
Other Thoughts: Fantastic course. One of the regulars told me that they are utilizing the rest of the land including a pond to creat the "back" nine.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 4 Not
Stellar 9 holer.
Pros: - 3 rubber tee pads on every hole.
- Signs to aid in navigation to create a nice flow.
- Disccatchers are in great shape.
- Water fountain after hole 9
- 2 Kiosks, 1 with course map
- Great variety and use of available land, great choice to keep this course at 9 instead of cluttering it with filler holes.
- signal view pencils at the course map were a nice touch
- Course is scenic and challenging for higher leveled players while still offering a solid course for beginners.
- No safety issues noted and pedestrian traffic was minimal
Cons: - White tees are only 1/3 of the size of the other tees.
- Every shot from the far tees was a blind shot, with some of the tee signsbeing misleading to where the basket is (for example #2 sign shows the basket off to the left,but is it sraight down the hill to the right.)
- The longer the tee you choose, the less the distance varies. 6 of 9 holes on the blue are 394-452, with 2 others being just outside that rage (less than 150 ft. difference from the shortest and longest holes. with 5 holes being with in 20 feet of the average)
Other Thoughts: This course is probably the best 9 holer I have played. It ranks higher than most of the 18 hole courses I have played. The only thing this course lacking is enough land for 9 more holes of similar quality.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
My Home Course
Pros: This is my home course! A great 9 in the valley in a beautiful park! I play here alot the course is great for all level of players thanks to the three tee placements. M-town seems to give all golfers I know a great challenge no matter what skill level. Park has low traffic so taking youre time here no problem. Hole layout great lots of different looks to increase throwing srtategy and skill.
Cons: Only 9 holes makes me cry...I cant take nothing from this baby but I want 18 now! Very few ace runs unless you play whites 2,6 and 9 from reds and thats tricky!
Other Thoughts: Im very close to parks and recreation in the area. Course will get 9 more holes around 2012. New layout will not effect old 9 and will add a nice pond shot cant wait!!! Please come support this great course.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: It seems that the creator of this course had a decision to make...18 mediocre holes or 9 great ones. they definately made the correct decision! great variety of open and wooded. open holes have some trees around basket giving a little more challenge. awesome elevation change, maps at each tee were well marked. 3 tees for each hole allows you to change it up when you decide to play this course multiple times in a row.
Cons: large number of bugs (gnats etc)
Other Thoughts: if you are driving along I-81 stop and play this course! I wish I didnt live 4 hours away from it so I could play it weekly!
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 3 Not
Near perfect course design
I debated reviewing this course since I can't say much that already hasn't been said, but I would be cheating this course by not supporting it with a rating. Signal View DGC demonstrates near perfect course design. Each of the 9 holes is perfectly plotted on the available land allowing for shot variety, elevation changes, 3 tees, and smooth course flow. The park is adequately suited for 9 holes and I fear what adding another 9 may detract from the current layout. With that said, being only a 9 holer is not a "Con" at this course. Instead of jamming 18 mediocre baskets around the park, the designers opted for high quality 9 holes with multiple tee pads. They succeeded.
Everything else has been listed by the previous reviewers, i.e. practice basket, beautiful landscape, easy access/parking, scorecards with map and pencil, etc. What's really important for me was how the 3 tee locations significantly changed the degree of difficulty per hole. Too common is the average course with multiple teepads that simply adds distance. Not signal view. Playing from white (beginner) will not overwhelm new players with a straight throw at the basket. Red (intermediate) tees changes each hole enough to provide some interesting throw possibilities per hole, adding strategy and challenge. Blue (advanced) tees play fiercely different than Red from not only more distance, but a completely different look at the fairway (except hole 1). Adequate tee signs are at each blue tee pad and are marked with distance to hole per white, red, blue pad. Arrows near baskets point you to next hole.
- The white teepads are smaller and basically only a strip of rubber (instead of full pad) to mark their location. I suspect to save money and since they are probably rarely used.
- Only one Basket location per hole (i think).
- Long walk between holes 6 and 7, however well marked. Simply follow the white dashes painted on trees to travel between holes. This goes for all holes in the woods.
- No water hazards or major OB threats.
- Bugs, bugs, bugs. Annoying, annoying, annoying! (unavoidable in this part of the country, but still a con although minor).
I agree with the other reviewers. This is a 9 hole course you wish more 18's were modeled after. However, the difference in play between Red and Blue teepads is enough to be satisfied. I suggest starting Hole 1 on Red, hole 2 blue, hole 3 red, then alternate between blue and red every other hole and play the 9 twice (So on the second lap hole 1 will be blue tee, hole 2 will be red, etc). I stopped to play this course while traveling for work, and will now always stop in passing.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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