Better than expected, a nice course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall the course surprised me a bit, read reviews of years ago and thought "Field of Thorns" as I had heard that what is was. That actually kept me from visiting earlier... Well that is no longer the case and the course is very well groomed and taken care of by the local crew. Thank you!
On to the design, a very nice variety and mix of pretty much everything. Good use of elevation changes, shot shapes, tight vs. open drives, greens with various grade and challenges.
There was enough water to keep you playing smart and make a well executed shot several times, but not so deep or bad that discs could not be retrieved. And the water in play was fair, nothing 5 ft. from a pin and bringing in pure random OB strokes that are undeserved. If you get wet, its your fault, and I did a few times and was not unhappy.
Nice concrete tees, two sets of tees to allow for different skill sets to play and add variety for a longer feel from the back tees. Signage is accurate, baskets are in good shape, benches on several holes, bathrooms and amenities on site.
Cons: Some of the greens/lanes are a bit tight for some people. I prefer wooded golf, and liked the variety, but I can see some players having trouble making a few lanes and thus not being a fan.
Some of the holes might be less than favorites for some players, I usually do not like "horseshoe shaped" holes, but found the one here fair enough and have ample scoring separation, and not terrible rough as is often the case on horseshoe holes. I looked at the map ahead of time, and was dreading this hole, turned out I felt it fair and very playable. Might need a tree dropped off the drive to allow for less random results, but that is nit-picking. Shots are there, but I saw some very similar shots have very different results on that hole. Again, nit-picking...
Not too much else I can think of, I really liked my visit.
Other Thoughts: I drove 90 minutes to play here, and was pleasantly met with a peaceful park, in a wonderful setting. Love that you can hear very little and feel tucked into nature while there. I'll be back.
I could see evidence of the recent clearing of underbrush, and understand this place will continue to be upgraded and improved along the way, as they have some plans in the works for modifications. I wish the crew well, and thank them for the efforts. NJ disc golf continue to grow, and courses continue improve.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Perfect for Casual Players
Pros: Being a newer player and this being the course I've played the most, Field of Dreams was the obvious choice for my first review.
The course is set in a secluded park with a decent variety of terrain and hole types. There's some steep hills, woods, open fields and some water to contend with. Concrete tee pads are in good shape as are the baskets. Most of the tees have benches and trash cans, and the signage is pretty decent as well. The group that maintains the course does a great job keeping the fairways clear of debris and high weeds. So as far as course condition goes, it's better than most.
I know all of the holes on this course very well and will give my description from the point of view of the band of misfits that cut their disc golf teeth here along with me. We're all fairly new to the game so I'm not ashamed to say that we usually play from the short tees. The long tees are usually just a little further back but on some holes they are set in positions that completely change the dynamic of the hole. That being said...
Hole #1 - Starts in a field with basketball courts on the left and thick rough (woods) immediately to your right. The basket is nowhere in sight. The fairway makes a 90 degree turn at around 150 feet. When you make the turn you'll see more woods with an opening to the right. Take a walk to that opening and you'll see the fairway then goes down a rather steep hill with the basket on the flat at the bottom. Be careful throwing through this opening to go down the hill. If your disc fades to the left, there is a truly vile and evil gorge waiting to suck your disc to the bottom. This is no exaggeration! That thing is nearly impossible to walk down into from the top. You'll most likely have to walk to the bottom of the hill and go in that way. Still no day at the beach, and then you have to throw blindly out of it. So don't go in there. You'll come out scratched up and dirty and you still have 17 holes to play. One more thing, overthrow the basket by more than 20 feet and you're going wading in the majestic Pequest River, which you won't be far from for the next 6 holes, with the exception of hole 2.
Hole #2 - You'll tee off facing a mound with brush and woods on either side. Clear the mound and stay in the fairway and this should be an easy par or bird. The hole finishes with a sweet anhyzer shot at a basket tucked in a natural cul-de-sac. One other thing about hole 2, it's obvious the river once ran through here as the first third of the fairway is covered with round river stones - no run ups.
Hole #3 - Tee off from a slightly elevated tee down through a tunnel while trying to get a good fade right to the basket - easy. An accurate tee shot should produce at least a par on this hole. Oh yeah, if you make it though the tunnel but your disc doesn't fade, get out your wading suit. I've heard a lot of bad words said from this tee.
Hole #4 - Par 3 with a slight fade right at the end to a basket set on a slight hill. Go off the fairway and you're beating the bushes to get to a tough lie. Go too hard left and you guessed it, wading. Although making it into the river here would take a really bad shot, of which my companions and I have had our share of.
Hole #5 - Another par 3 through the trees to a basket with thick rough as a backdrop for the Popeye arms among us. Fairly straight shot with no straight line to the basket.
Hole #6 - Kind of a repeat of 5 with different lines. Of course the rough is always threat if you go there. I know this because I've gone there.
Hole #7 - I like this hole because a well thrown s-curve looks awesome going through the trees and usually lands pretty close to the basket. Lots of birdies on this hole.
Hole #8 - Long uphill hyzer shot. Accuracy is important because too far left will put you on or at the bottom of a steep, heavily wooded hill. This par 4 is a lot of fun and ends back up on top of the gorge in a field. New guys like me feel a par is a pretty good accomplishment on this hole and a birdie is like your birthday. So, on hole one you walk down into the gorge, play along the bottom on 2 through 7 and then come back up top on 8. Now to the field holes.
Before I get to the next holes let me say this: I've read other reviews that complain that the field holes are boring and take something away from the course. I disagree. After 8 holes in the woods where you've watched trees kill otherwise good shots and went trekking through the brush and brambles in search of bad throws, it's refreshing to be able to throw where there are no trees and kind of collect yourself. If you're having a bad game, this will almost certainly restore some confidence. If you've got a big arm, now's your time to shine.
Hole #9 - Nice open shot at a slightly elevated basket. Split rail fence in between and walking path to the right. On or over the path is OB, but it's usually not a problem. One big difference from the first 8 holes is the wind. Down in the woods you hardly notice it, but in the fields it is a factor.
Hole # 10 - Long straight shot with walking path, split rail fence, and road all along the left side. If you're really having a bad day, you might clear the road and wind up in the cemetery on the other side where you can pay your respects while you look for your disc.
Hole #11 - Long par 5. 750' from the short tee, 1,000' from the long. Very wide fairway so should be easy to avoid the rough on either side. We don't do things easy so at least one of us almost alway finds the rough, usually underestimating the approach to the basket, which is not visible until you're within a hundred feet or so. The basket is tucked off the left side of the fairway down a short hill and protected by a large tree that prevents going in high on your approach. The opening cut in the rough to accommodate this layout creates a wind tunnel, as all the rough is just a barrier between two fields. Putting can be an adventure here on windy days.
Hole #12 - Short straight shot across open ground into a tunnel in a patch of trees. Cheat right on this hole. easier to get out of and a shot to the left will cost you strokes trying to get back to the fairway if you don't go OB across the walking path. Ideally, throw it straight into the tunnel and enjoy your par/birdie.
Hole #13 - The twin sister of hole 10, but going in the opposite direction.
Hole # 14 - Read the sign at the tee and believe it. Tee off in a clear tunnel with a pine tree right in the middle of the end of the tunnel. You want to throw near the tree without hitting it. If you do this you'll sail into an open field and the rest of the hole is fairly easy. After you clear the tree, the fairway takes a 90 degree left turn with a chain link fence running the distance. Do not allow your disc to go over that fence. The other side is another steep gorge that you really want to avoid.
Hole #15 - Tee off from the top of a steep hill into the woods. This can be a really fun hole with a good tee shot. The layout is basically a fish hook that produces a lot of birdies. There is an ugly wretch of a vine that hangs in front of the tee that has kept many of us from enjoying this hole. That and about a hundred trees, but just miss all of those and you'll have a blast!
Hole #16 - Infuriating par 3. Tee off up a small hill, go between two trees and land in the fairway. Don't go right - bad. Now you see the basket and have to decide to go for it or lay up and take your par. Your choice but know this, miss the basket and almost assuredly roll at least thirty feet down a vey steep hill and now you can plan on trying to save a bogey.
Hole #17 - Par 3 with the basket hanging from a tree that grows in a crater on top of kind of a giant termite mound. It's a tougher shot than it looks with a large cedar tree guarding the entrance to the crater. Get around that and you got a shot at another bird.
Hole #18 - Straight shot through a tunnel that favors a natural left fade. Get through that opening on your tee shot and your par is all but guaranteed. Take the steps back up to the land of the living and talk with your buddies about the cool course you just played and when you're coming back.
Like I said at the beginning, this course is not as challenging as say a Nockamixon or a Tyler park for more experienced players, but it's still a lot of fun and in my opinion a great place for the less experienced player to become better at a great game.
Cons: The hills can be a bit hazardous when wet, so be careful. Bug spray in the summer is a must as you're playing in the woods along a river, bugs live there. The rough is the rough but it's not that bad and the crew there has done a great job keeping it in check, but there are some thorns, etc. Those are all typical of just about any course. What stands out as the biggest negative to me about this course is the sports fields when they're in use. People will park on the fairways to have a shorter walk to watch their kids play soccer, even though there is ample space in the designated parking areas only a short walk away. No parking signs would certainly help in that area and I scratch my head as to why they've never been put up. Even temporary ones tacked to wooden stakes nailed into the ground on event days would help. So if you show up there and there's a lot full of cars, understand that you will probably not be able to play all 18 holes. The upside to that is that this problem exists almost solely in the spring and fall. In the winter and summer you and other golfers and a few walkers are likely to be the only people in the park.
Other Thoughts: Some have complained about the distance between some of the holes. There are only four or five where you have to walk more than a few feet. But if you don't like walking, what are you doing out there? Switch to regular golf and then you can ride a cart if it's too much. With that said, I hope you found this review helpful and will give Field of Dreams a play or two.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
a funny little thing called love.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I wish I could give this course a 3.25. Really I do. I'll get into that later though.
-short and long tees
-large variety in length(188'-1000'), tightness, elevations, and left/right holes
-some very fun unique holes to the topography
-trash cans and benches throughout
-easily accessible park
-good baskets and signage
-clean and fair fairways
-some fun water risk reward
Cons: There are some boring holes here. Straight, flat, and open.
Obviously avoid the rough. But I really don't think it's all that bad here. Not compared to some places. The fairways are also plenty fair that you shouldn't have to go in here unless you go for more than you can.
Other Thoughts: This course surprised me quite a bit the first time I came here. It has some truly awesome holes. Hole 1 is super fun and quite challenging. Straight with rough on the right until a 90 degree turn that goes way down hill and has a river behind the basket. There is plenty of room though, so unless you just throw high, you should be pretty safe.
Hole 2 or 3 has a fun couple of rolling mounds early on the whole with a sweeping anny finish. Very fun.
Hole 8 has a giant uphill hyzer shot that ends in open flat green. Super fun.
Hole 9 is wide open with a tiny planted tree and a rough pretty far out on the left and winds deep. Shouldn't be going in there ever, but it's nasty looking. Again. Shouldn't have to go there on a 300ish hole that is entirely wide open. The walking path does kind of come into play with the sweeping hyzer shot, but it's so visible that you should never have to risk hitting a person. It's not like it's blind here.
Hole 10 is about as boring as a hole gets though. And that is the downfall of this course. The middle section is very segmented to open long boring holes. It is also right along the walking path, which again is highly visible but could make for wait times.
hole 11 is at least away from the path and super long with a very fun interesting approach/green. At the end of this 1000' monster is a plenty wide sharp downhill through the left sides rough. This area is mowed and clearly a fairway, but it causes a break in the rough. Very fun end and causes you to set up this shot or risk running into the rough on a long hyzer approach.
Hole 12 is the only short hole in the abyss and while it is refreshing, the hole is located only a few feet (20ish) from the walking path and this time it isn't very visible. This is the only time I'm really knocking the rating due to the walking path. It becomes a bit more of a danger. Which is a shame. It would be a great hole with the giant spike over/through the trees with a very visible straight putter shot that is quite tight at the last part of the hole.
13 is wide open and boring and long. Not super long, but just long enough to make it a boring 3 for most intermediate players.
14 is a bit of an awkward walk to get to and a bit of a weird hole. It has a 90 degree turn with a fence lining it. It's a tunnel to get out and then wide open after the 90 degree turn until it hits the green with a guarded basket. It's not terrible, but biting off the turn of the hole doesn't seem to really benefit the approach ever.
15 has another kind of weird walk to get to, but it's awesome. A downhill horseshoe kind of design with tall skinny trees to avoid. I actually think a cut RHFH roller is the optimal way to play this hole and I find that fascinating.
16 has a great mound to throw over and a tunnel with a dangerous risk reward downhill sloping green that could cause some serious bogies. Super fun.
17 is my favorite hole. Really fun hyzer lane uphill with a bowl shaped green and a hanging basket in the middle. What a neat ace run opportunity.
18 is a decent finisher as well. A fairly tight hyzer lane that looks more forgiving than it is.
Again. Some great holes. I missed some of the earlier holes that were at least decent or would be good holes other places, but didn't really have anything crazy unique about them. But certainly the first eight and last 4 are really quality holes. It's unfortunate that you play around soccer fields in the middle though and kind of battle the ordinary.
The club here seems great though and the people not playing around the park seem to know about disc golf and are friendly as well / respectful of the people playing.
I wish I could give this course a 3.25 I'm really just having a tough time getting over those middle holes though and I can't quite bump it up to 3.5. Still worth a visit for sure.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Love my home course
Pros: Several par 4's, and even a par 5. Great course, very challenging. Fun all year round! Wooded holes are tough in summer months. Fun open field holes as well. Excellent mixture of holes. First hanging hole in New Jersey!
Cons: Trees, trees, trees are tough in summer. First hole is steep to walk down and if raining or snowing is dangerous.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
More Disc Golf in NJ
Pros: - The baskets are in perfect shape
- Yardages aren't too short
- Great elevation changes
- Kind of reasonable pars set
- Fun yet challenging from both Am and Pro tees.
- All types of players and levels of experience will find something to like here.
- Picnic area with a roof at hole 17 (old hole one)
- Decent signage
- Random Doubles held every Monday @ 5:30 PM throughout the summer
Cons: - Hole 10 is awfully close to soccer fields
- The back nine could be a little bit more interesting
- Long walks on some holes
- The tee boxes could use a little more care
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: The signage was spot on and the tee pads were awesome. This course has a great flow to it and is well maintained. Overall it was one of the best I've played
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and it is expertly maintained by people that truly care about the game. If your in the area I highly recommend the journey to FoD. Great course.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
FOD in the Summer?!?!
Pros: I love this course. Set at a real nice park with good parking. New 2013 concrete pads on many holes. Project underway to complete AM and PRO tees in concrete. PRO tees are insane and will challenge you even on the shorter wooded holes. Fairways on all wooded holes are maintained. Par is forgiving but still keeping under 60 can be tough for an AM player. Good signage. Great variety. One super long par 5 that can easily become a six or 7. Tunnel shots. Elevation changes. Bathrooms! You start right off into the woods to sharpen your finesse shots, then some challenging long holes to stretch your arm out, play along side a field, back into the woods to finish with 2 short birdie runs.
Cons: New players may find the tight wooded holes to be pretty hard. Rough is still very rough on some holes. Keep in on the fairway!
Other Thoughts: Looking forward to this place growing in popularity. Great crew working hard. James Lindeman leading the way. He has some great ideas. Check out North Jersey Disc Golf Club. On Facebook.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Jungle of Nightmares in Summer, but Well Worth a Play
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great variety of terrain with open fields and woodsy, close quarters holes with tight fairways.
Well maintained, quiet, family friendly park in general, as well as the course itself
Reasonable pars set
Fun yet challenging from both Am and Pro tees.
All types of players and levels of experience will find something to like here.
Picnic area with a roof at tee 17
Not many ticks or annoying insects
Random Doubles held every Monday @ 5:30 PM throughout the summer, weather permitting. 5$ entry, with most of the proceeds going to the upkeep and upgrade of the course.
Cons: Pedestrians and athletes that are often present can pose problems on some of the open field holes, as well as hole #1, #14, and #18.
During soccer and lacrosse seasons, hole 10 and 13 may have players and spectators in the middle of the fairway.
Cars occasionally parked on hole 11 can present unwanted obstacles and hazards.
Water fountain is far away in another parking lot
Other Thoughts: Big improvements recently were made, and new additions are coming in the near future. The course has never looked better or been in more capable hands. I'll give FOD a solid four now.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Decent variety of hole types.
Easy to get to.
Cons: Even in the winter, you could tell the course was pretty unkempt.
Multi-use park so some shots have to go near soccer fields or over walking pathways.
Terrible teepads. Uneven gravel surface which is both too narrow and too short.
Just didn't seem there was much thought into many of the hole designs.
Other Thoughts: Not worth the trip to me. If you live in the northern/central New Jersey area, there are MUCH better courses that are only slight farther (Jordan Creek, Tinicum, Tyler, Warwick to name a few)
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Winter Course
Pros: This course is easy to find as the park is just one turn off route 46 (which is a main road in this area). The course is also easy to locate once inside the park. The conveniences of a multi-use, community park and recreational facility (bathrooms, vending machines, garbage cans, benches, etc.) are readily available and adjacent to the parking area (plenty of space to put your ride, FWIW).
As far as the course design goes, there is a variety of fairway distances, from as little as 188' on up to a MONSTER 1,000', depending on which tee you play. The course also factors in elevation changes, some more extreme than others, on numerous holes. Fields of Dreams features a mix of left, right, and straight fairways as well as a mix of wooded and open fairways. There are several holes where water can come into play on extra long drives or from ugly tree kicks.
Other positive features of the course include two tees per hole, detailed maps and tee signs showing tees, fairway, basket, distance and par, and a practice basket between holes 1 and 14.
The bulk of the wooded holes at this course appear to be exclusive to disc golf and include a small pavilion, picnic table, and garbage can on 17 and the course overall was fairly clean.
Cons: Although it's not the biggest con at this course, safety (or lack thereof) will be the first thing to get a course pulled. Specifically, bystander safety is a concern on holes 9, 10, 13 and possibly 12. For all these holes, the fairway is directly adjacent to walking paths and other sports fields where a wayward disc could injure a pedestrian. In this regard, holes 10 & 13 are unplayable when soccer games are taking place. For the wooded holes, the safety of other players needs to be considered as there are several fairways that cross each other, baskets finish too close to the next tee, or require the thrower to backtrack down the fairway to get to the tee. Additionally, blind baskets pose a risk to players, including holes 1 and 15.
The biggest drawback at FOD is the vegetation. The overgrown underbrush and knee-high weeds on the fairway are a total mess. The growth on several of the wooded fairways was bad, really, really bad and the rough was painfully rough. During the summer months, a spotter would be a good idea as well as long pants.
In terms of course design, there are some unrealistic lines on a few of the holes (1 and 15, for example) and several holes that push the risk vs. reward way to far into the risk category (such as 8 and 16).
The tees at FOD actually prohibited a run-up as they are fairly small and in most cases and were rutted and uneven, forcing a "stand and deliver" throw. In several cases, the long tees not always visible/locateable. Specific to the longs, most were just subtle variations of their shorter counterparts and didn't really offer much more of a different playing experience.
The baskets are rusting and showing signs of wear.
Other Thoughts: Despite me knocking hole #1 for having a blind basket and a fairly impossible line, it's a pretty rad hole. The 200+ foot straight shot, followed by the hard right turn, and then a signature downhill floater is pretty unique. Same goes for the high climb on hole #8
For the six month window of October through April, this course is probably easily a 3.5 because all 18 holes will likely be playable (not as much soccer, if any) and all the overgrown underbrush and rough probably dies back to a very managable level. That being said, for the remainder of the year, it's an expedition to slog through the jungle that takes over this course.
Removing the "jungle" from the equation, you're left with a technically challenging course that makes good use of the land that's available. If the overgrowth were mitigated and if the tees were a little safer, I'd be much more likely to play this course as it's very close to family that lives nearby. Regardless, it's the only DG in this area of NJ, so for those folks where FOD is their only option, this course is a good play (in the winter).
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