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Great Setting for a Casual Round
Pros: The course at Shawnee State Park is in a very beautiful setting near the lake. It offers a rather quick round that you will most likely have all to yourself. I did play during a mid-week evening, though, so your experience may be different. As I pulled in, I was taken aback by how beautiful and peaceful of a setting this was. This is an ideal course to play if you just want to be out in nature and play disc golf without interruptions. There is plenty of parking space as you begin near the boat launch, with the first tee on top of the hill at the edge of the lot.
The course starts out with a fun, slightly downhill shot to a blind pin. There isn't much chance of landing in the water, but the possibility is there if you get too excited from the get go. Hole 2 is another water shot that tempts you to run at the basket with a spike hyzer, but with the chance of fading too far out into the water. These water holes are a nice balance of lower risk but still interesting enough. Which brings me to my next point: since it is a shorter course without too many variables to punish the player, this is a good course to take young people or beginners to. Recovery is fair if you miss your lines, but the water, elevation, and scattered trees provide enough obstacles to keep it interesting.
The elevation is nicely used, with downhill shots on 1, 4, 7, and 8 and uphill shots on 3 and 6. 8 offers another blind shot with a basket on a steep slope, while 1 and 9 have slopes on the sides of their fairways. These elevation changes help negate (somewhat) the shorter distances with shots that require accurate approaches on or near these hills.
Because of its ease of navigation, short holes, and lack of chances to lose discs, this makes for a very quick (~30 min) round.
The rubber tees were sufficiently long enough and comfortable and had a generic map of the hole on them that was good enough since you can usually see the pin from the tee anyways.
Cons: Short holes. It lists white tees on the site but they were only temporarily marked with flags. There are only red tees now, with an average distance of 212 feet. You will not need your maximum distance drivers here.
I don't really like 7. It's such a short hole and extreme angle that I think you pretty much are forced to lay up at the bend. I guess you can throw a right-handed spike FH hyzer, but I just didn't think it was much of a realistic golf shot.
The course is very well maintained for the most part, but holes 6-8 had tall grass on it. Since they play on such a steep hill, I wonder how regularly that part gets mowed. Still completely playable though.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed myself at Shawnee State Park, mostly for the beauty that surrounds the course. While it is short and lacking a bit on challenge, I think it is well-suited for newer/more casual players and still provides some interesting challenges with the elevation and water that's present. Regardless of your skill level, it is worth stopping to play since it is a very quick round, close to the PA Turnpike, and in a great setting.
It was closed when I played, but be sure to check out the building near the boat launch. Apparently they have a good disc selection in there.
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Short and Sweet
Pros: Just like all of the PA State Park courses, Shawnee is a very pretty park with lots of non-DG things to do like Biking, Boat Rentals, Beach, Volleyball and a Play Ground. The park also has plenty of bathrooms and picnic areas near the course. This makes it a great stop if you have family members that are not Disc Golfers.
There are rubber mat tee pads that has the hole layout and distance printed right on them in lieu of tee signs. The course also employs very nice Innova Discatcher baskets.
This little 9 holer is laid out in a very nice compact counter clockwise circle with no navigation issues outside of finding hole number one.
The course uses elevation changes on every single hole, nothing really dramatic, but nice none the less. The slope on the course makes for a handful of fast greens which add some challenge.
The design is pretty well balance in my opinion. Right turning, left turning, uphill, downhill, fast greens, guarded pins, ace runs and wide open.
Holes #4 and #5 were pretty cool holes. 4 is a downhill 300' toss with what appear to be lots of options but still ends up being difficult to reach. #5 is a downhill ace run with a low ceiling. I don't believe in cubby aces but I could see people emptying their bag trying to get one on this hole.
Holes 1-5 and #9 are very manicured and aesthetically pleasing. They play over nice grass, through trees with great views of the lake.
Cons: A lot of the tees were uneven. They were built on slopes so watch your footing.
Definitely designed for the Beginner/Intermediate level player. (still fun though!)
Very high grass on 6-8. The fairway is a ten foot mowed path so keep an eye on your discs. Holes 7 and 8 are the two worst holes in my opinion. Just straight shots with no obstacles.
The course should re-number the holes so that Hole #9 would be the starting hole and you finish at #8. That seems to be the logical order to play them in.
Other Thoughts: This 9 hole course was a nice fast play in pretty state park. Nothing spectacular but was fun for a short 9 hole course. The park is located along route 30 which is a nice alternative to the PA turnpike for a good stretch either direction. There is only one other 9 hole course in the Bedford area and this one is by far the better of the two.
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Rubber teepads with distance and flight information imprinted upon them. Nice variety for a short 9-holer.
Single tee/single basket position. Teepads a bit uneven. High grass in summer, so a spotter would be useful on 6-8.
Plays up, down, and around two small hillocks in a very pretty public park. Short holes, but has a bit of everything - left-turners, right turner, up/down/cross slope, a few "fast greens", trees in play on a few holes, even a drop-shot.
Navigation: From building nearest to water at the back left of the parking lot, tee #1 is left and slightly uphill. Course plays in a counter-clockwise direction.
Quick play, quite suitable for beginners and intermediates, bike-riding, water, other activities for non-players.
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