Hatfield, PA 
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 Plains Park DGC

2-4    5/17/2011   5/17/2011
Review By: stout202
Played: 52  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 7.6 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good for a quick play or to take a beginner to learn the game. The park is pretty nice and there are a couple of cool holes. One stand-out starts out in the open and plays into the woods to a basket surrounded by trees.
Decent place to work on your game if you live nearby. Any disc golf course is better than no disc golf course but there are some major flaws.

Cons: This course leaves a lot to be desired.
First of all, the beginning of the course plays through a baseball field and a soccer field which could be dangerous if any other activities are going on. Hole 1 plays right next to a somewhat major road (an errant disc from a friend of mine went over the rd narrowly missing some traffic) Also, the "fairways" on the last few holes double as a walking path which has obvious implications.
There are no real defined fairways in the wooded section of the course...my solution was to throw a tomahawk and pray. Navigation through the wooded section was also difficult; we couldnt figure out which basket to throw to in some situations.
Other Thoughts: An ok place to hone your skills if you live locally but not worth going out of the way for.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Basic Intro Course

1    10/11/2010   10/30/2010
Review By: bcr123psu
Played: 81  Reviewed: 64  Exp: 8.2 Years
This review was updated on 11/1/2010
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Plains Park DGC is very easy to get to. The course sits on a heavily traveled county road and is easy to spot, as the course is adjacent to a local church.

Although in a community park, the course has some variation in fairway types from open, to mixed to, to heavily wooded. Additionally, there are a few holes that had interesting doglegs or "S" shaped fairways.

The baskets were in good shape, as was the park itself. Tee signs indicated the direction to the basket and the hole length.
Cons: The most serious con with Plains Park is the proximity of the course to other public areas of the park. On nearly every hole, the fairway is adjacent to a playground, walking path, soccer field, or other location where a bystander could be in danger from an errant throw. Course designs such as these create too much exposure for a possible accident that would lead to the course being pulled or for litigation to tarnish the sport.

Despite making good use of the land that was available, the hole lengths were fairly short and the layout of several of the holes were basic straight shots. The course was almost completely flat with no real elevation change on any hole.
Other Thoughts: Despite the length of the cons, this isn't a bad course...but it's not a good course either. In a word, this course is vanilla. Like so many other community courses, Plains Park is another good place for a new player, child, or senior to get some initial exposure to disc golf before moving on to a more professional course.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 Church Course...Pray and Poke

1    1/13/2009   1/13/2009
Review By: optidiscic
Played: 156  Reviewed: 149  Exp: 15.4 Years
This review was updated on 8/9/2009
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is a nice quaint church park. Balanced: has 2 mixed, 2 open, and 5 technical wooded holes to challenge your game. Hole #8 was a pleasant unique surprise. It is a long tight lefty curving or anhyzer that mimicks a croissant or a crescent as it meanders through the woods. Great place to work on your technical game. Gives locals a chance to work on game after work, school, etc. if they don't have the 30-45 minutes travel to play world class courses to the north of here. Nice tee signs.
Cons: Flat! It has some design flaws. It is a short course. Park has many other activities that would absolutely disrupt play or be a safety concern: a busy street, walking trail, and playground on hole #1, A property to the right and athletic field on hole #2, Athletic field on hole #3, (the shots literally play through the field and not just along the side of it. #3 and 4 criss cross fairways. Holes 4-9 all use walking paths as fairways through the woods. #5-7 are basically just really dense forrests with no fairway except for the adjacent walking path. #9 has no fairway at all. There is a way, but I'm not sure Innova has invented the UFO disc that changes directions and elevations numerous times to negotiate forrests. Course seems to induce big drives where there may be people and then it is almost impossibly technical in the woods. Not a real long course. I am not even sure it is beginner friendly due to the potential danger and frustration level. Tee Pads are mud with wood slab.
Other Thoughts: I am glad there is a course in the North Penn area. They needed one. There is a nice memorial to a disc golfer who maybe was taken too soon. Course is in his/her memory. Awesome. Groovy statues in the park too. I always enjoy a round and there is enough here that I might stop by if I am in the area. Definetely more challenging than Branchwood 9 that is nearby. Not many ace chances so the fun factor is down a bit here for a short niner. Basically fills a void in an area that lacked a course.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Organized Chaos

7/31/2008   7/31/2008
Review By: Asvetic
Played: 28  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 19.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Marked holes have wooden arrows pointing towards baskets (if lucky) and estimated distance. Baskets appear to be Mach II with double chains, they sit low.
Cons: Dirt tee pads with a beveled wooden 4x6 to indicate edge facing basket. Baskets are hard to locate, so scouting ahead is advised. This is a short course, most holes 200-300ft long. As the course moves into the wooded area, things start to get a little tight and unnecessarily difficult for the length of this course. Finding the next tee or basket was not obvious. Too many trees make for unrecognizable fairways. Expect many tree collisions. This course is short but extremely difficult. It also appears to be poorly maintained.
Other Thoughts: Plays along a church (I assume owns the course), with a park, jungle gym, ball field and skate park. There are bathrooms on site. Lots of kids were playing on the skate park when I arrived, and I asked where the first hole was. They were kind enough to point me in the general direction and I was on my own from there. This course seems slapped in with little thought.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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