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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9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Love this course!
Pros: The weeds have been wacked! The rough and overgrowth are a lot more manageable. No lost disks. In fact, there was never a moment to worry, could find any throw (no matter how bad) with little to no issues.
Awesome layout. #1 is one of my favorite holes anywhere.
It's a very technical course, without being overly infuriating. Definitely keeps you on your toes.
Cons: The tee boxes are a little rough, and the B placement (long tees) are barely still there. Most of them (still speaking to the long tees) are broken, buried, or seemingly forgotten.
Other Thoughts: So far, I've only played this course in Winter. I have no idea how conditions are going to be once everything starts growing again. But for now, I love this course!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Can you say UNKEMPT?
Pros: Long Course with long throws. Well laid out.
Cons: Not sure who is responsible for cleaning this place up but they should probably find a job they're better at! The only holes not COMPLETELY overgrown were the ones in the soccer and baseball fields. Lost a disc on 7 and quit right after that.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful country but if you're heading to field of dreams then play the back 9 or run a REAL risk of disc loss for NO reasons.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring a Spotter
Pros: Overall the course has a nice good lay out. The initial 9 holes are wooded with good use of elevation changes. Several early holes are along a river. #'s 14-18 put you back in the woods.
Cons: TALL GRASS - the undergrowth through the woods was ridiculously long. I was playing solo and I don't know how I managed to not lose a disc - at times you could be standing right over your disc and not see it in the weeds. Bring a spotter! #11 was a joke - 750+ft long hole over an un-mowed field of weeds and Queen Annes Lace 2 1/2ft tall - total disc eater. #15 is a wooded hole and the under growth was particularly deep - spent 20 minutes searching for a disc that I made a perfect throw right down the fairway. Tee boxes are in terrible shape - I played most holes from next to the tee boxes.
UPDATE 2/1/12- I hear they have started to do a bunch of work clearing underbrush and thorns - might be time to go check it out again
Other Thoughts: The open holes are very uninspiring - basically they are just straight throws bordering the edges of soccer fields. I think this would be a very fun course to play in the early Spring or late Fall either before the weeds grow in or after they die off. Definitely not a course I'll head back to in the summer. If they could somehow get the growth dealt with I'd raise the review to a 3 1/2
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Really nice course
Pros: Good mix up of field and technical holes. Some really cool holes in general, easy to follow around even if you haven never played there.
Cons: My guess is that the woods would become really overgrown in the summer...
Other Thoughts: defiantly worth stopping by and playing if you are in the area.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Really liked the course alot of nice holes. It would be nice to have score cards and it was very easy to find your way around definitly will play there again and hole number one was awesome
Cons: Tees could use the updating
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Played it All
Pros: The course has a good mix of small and big holes. You need it all to truly score well. From the longs its definitely challenging to get under par.
Easy enough from the shorts to get under.
Cons: The tee boxes really need work, and the brush is thick in spots --- off the fairway. Sometimes you need to throttle back a bit to ensure accuracy, rather than risk a muff going deep in the brush. This is a good thing, imo. The fairways are wide, if you're deep in the rough you made a poor shot. Not like Tyler where a great drive is determined by 2' either way at 200 feet.
Other Thoughts: This is a gem of a course in a place where there are few! Try it out, seasoned DG'ers will find themselves traveling to it --- like they might to Jordan, or Warwick. Clearly tops some of the smaller courses like S. Mtn, Alex, etc.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Disc golf course in the jungle
Pros: Holes were nicely laid out and had good map directions at each of the holes. Open holes in the fields were good if you want to practice Driving the disc
Cons: Extremely poorly maintained, high weeds makes it hard to find your disc, Tons of thorn bushes if you throw your disc out of bounds, Hole 11 is a long hole on both tee boxes
Other Thoughts: Someone who is in charge of the park needs to step up and maintain that course, If you end up going bring a machette to cut throw thorn bushes and high weeds. you may also want to bring work gloves, boots, have a spotter for every hole in the woods
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
A great challenging course
Pros: - One of my favorite courses to play in NW Jersey
- Favorite Holes: 7, 12, 15, 17, 18
- Great workout going up and down hills
- The signs look great
- Great use of elevation
Cons: - The valley next to 14 and 16 is a challenge but its a bitch if you lose a disc in there.
- No water fountains anywhere in the park
- Couple of holes are right next to some soccer fields, and might be hard to play during soccer season.
- Finding the basket on 11 was difficult my first time through
- The fairway on 16 is very narrow and the deep valley is behind the basket. If you aren't aware of it you could easily double or triple bogie on the hole
Other Thoughts: The time to play this course is fall and early spring. During the summer months the course can get very wild, and make the course a disc eater. Also it's best to play with someone else so that you can spot each other, since there are a few holes where you are throwing over a ridge or around heavily wooded blind corners.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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