8 Helpful / 1 Not
Short n easy
Pros: The course plays through a multi-use park with rolling hills, and grassy fairways with mature trees. The first three holes are more open, with large power lines and some brush as obstacles. The remaining holes play through a park setting with no brush, just large trees to avoid.
There wasn't a whole lot of elevation to work with, but the small hills that are there were used well to add some interest to a few of the holes. Most holes have a few clearly defined lines to the hole, offering different options with different difficulty levels. The power lines make interesting obstacles to shoot around in the beginning of the course, almost like giant metal trees.
The tees are very nice brushed concrete pads with plenty of room and excellent footing. The signage is accurate, and shows hole pictures and lengths for each hole. At the beginning of the course there is a putting area with a practice basket, and a detailed map showing the layout of the whole course.
Cons: Like many of the 9 hole courses around this area, there's not a whole lot of challenge here. None of the holes present any kind of unique challenge that would make them memorable. The first few holes seemed pretty similar, though 3 brought some brush and a blind pin into play. Many of the park holes also seemed a bit repetitive, with not a whole lot to distinguish them.
On nearly every hole, there was a fairly open RHBH hyzer route. It would have been nice to have a little more variety in shot selection required, along with a little more variety in length. Many holes played very close to picnic areas and playgrounds, and some holes played across walking paths. On a nice day, expect to spend some time waiting for other park users to clear fairways.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice beginner course, that will help new players begin to develop accuracy shooting through the trees. Hole three is the only spot where losing a disc is a real possibility, and the course is well marked and easy to follow. More experienced players will find the course easy, as this course is more of a putt/approach practice spot.
If you're in the area, this course is fun for a quick round, otherwise I wouldn't recommend driving much out of your way to play here.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
It's Close By
Pros: Great for beginners
No real obstacles
Other Thoughts: Wow, my pros and cons were pretty short. I guess that is the thing though. This course is bland. I don't think this should be rated moderately forested at all. Also they moved a few of the pins which would be a good idea, but they moved them closer to the tees making the course even easier. Don't go out of your way to visit this.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good course for beginners to improve their form and still feel like they accomplish something because the holes are a little shorter than normal. Of the 3 courses that are close to me (O'brien, Castaldo, and Knock Knolls) this is my favorite.
Cons: I have to shoot this course 2 or 3 times to kill more than 20 minutes, and I am not very good yet.
Other Thoughts: I have only played 6 or 7 courses total so far, and this one falls right in the middle. I shoot here a lot and it is well maintained with very few blind holes (hole 3 is the only one where I have ever come close to losing my disc as you shoot between a clearing of bushes).
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Nice Layout
- Not crowded at all, I had time to throw 3 discs per hole and no one was there
- Putting practice basket is always nice.
Cons: - Muddy, it hadn't rained for a few day and was still soft
- Favors the RHFH thrower
- Powerline holes are similar
- Shots are shorter than they look. I overshot some hole by like 50 feet.
Other Thoughts: - One of the best 9 hole courses around
- Hole 4 can be easily aced
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
C+ = As average as the come for 9 holers
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- C
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B+
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- C
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- B-
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor...more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course, but Poison Ivy
Pros: Pretty good variety in holes- fun layout.
New-looking signs and teepads.
Cons: Poison Ivy, and not just in the brush next to the fairways but actually on the fairways of some later holes, under the big trees. If it was cleared, my rating would go up to a 3.
Starts a little slowly for a 9-hole course; 1st hole is wide open, 2nd almost the same, but then things pick up.
Other Thoughts: Power lines literally buzzing overhead on 1-3; spooky! I'm surprised to see other reviewers saying not crowded- we played on a Sunday afternoon and there were at least 4 other groups of players out there, so we all had to wait at times.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Used to Be Better
Pros: Good baskets, signs, and tee pads.
Holes offer multiple lines to basket.
Very slight elevation adds some challenge to a few holes.
Always have fun playing here (it is my home course though).
Nice park setting with bike path, pavilion, and playground.
Cons: They have been trying to make this course suck since I started playing disc golf in 2008.
They cut down all the dense forest that used to line the fairways of holes 1, 2, 3, and 9. They have also cut down multiple oak trees throughout holes 4-8.
Baskets on first three holes have been moved up so these holes are less challenging.
Fairly short course that can feel repetitive. All holes reachable with a mid-range pretty much except for maybe holes 3 and 9.
Can be large groups at night and on weekends.
Usually the parking lot is full of people for a family party at the pavilion which is always a relief to me.
Other Thoughts: Run ins with other park doers is small. You just have to see if people are running in front of you, if not, throw it.
You get used to the buzzing on the first 3 holes after a few rounds.
Castaldo used to be a way better course and it is a shame with what they have done to it. It is still an okay course, but it keeps getting worse and worse. It is still worth a play because it is unique and still fun, but may not be for very much longer.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Fun and relaxed.
Pros: Fun course.
Variety in holes.
Cons: Third and fourth holes can be very frustrating.
A few holes should probably be par 3 instead of par 4.
Other Thoughts: Don't get poison ivy or lose a disc. Both are very do-able.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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