Glory Days Long Past It, Needs a Club to Adopt It
3 Helpful / 0 Not
-Holes 1 & 8.
-Lots of unexploited potential.
-Super long tees with rubber tees, horse stall style rubber mats.
-Decent Tee Signs, although not always helpful without noticeable landmarks.
-Scenic view of the river, especially by Hole 3, 4, and 8.
-Looking at a map, would have room to expand to 12 easily, if not a full 18.
-Holes 4, 6 and to lesser extent 7.
-Definitely print out a map, at the least, but I was super glad I had a smartphone app finding the next tee for me.
-Tees, being black mats, framed by dark wood and often a distance away from previous basket and trail, can be hard to find in this forest. Suggest painting the framing wood some neon color.
-On this course, especially, the Grey Baskets just seem to melt camouflaged into the surroundings visually from a distance, since fairways aren't really being maintained so the scenery all blend together into one blur. In the interim, poles could be painted some neon color.
-Definitely could use Signs on the baskets for next tee.
-Need Signs along the path for next tee and basket direction.
-Not a foul weather course, parts of course reminscent of nearby Nockamixon or Bootlegger's Cave with steep elevation, stoney, and uneven ground. Do not go if rain, snow or ice on ground.
-Wineberries (thorn bushes) and burs after Hole 3.
-Not always clear exactly where the basket is from its tee, which don't always seem laid exactly perpendicular to them, particularly Tee 4.
I'm rather amazed how often this 9 hole course in middle of an older suburbia is reviewed, but judging from the dates, its glory days were pre-2012 before Hurrican Sandy hit. It definitely has not come back.
Parking is adequate at 40.432735, -75.396687. First tee is between and past the Pavillion and Basketball court/Street Hockey Rink at 40.431212, -75.396061.
I played here in the dead of winter and it seems to be the best time of year when forest and field vegetation is at a minimal, but it was still very trying after Hole 3.
Hole 1 is the most impressive and longest by far, with a 681 foot shot down a quick 60ish foot steep drop, an angle of incline you may see on a ski-lift going up a mountain, to a flat long field until a small wooden bridge leads to a basket a bit into the forest on the right. If all the holes were like this, it would be a highly rated course indeed. This was the first but not last hole that could use a sign pointing from general fairway to the basket. Spray paint on the side of the bridge would suffice.
Hole 2 is an across the field shot and into and up a narrow open pocket of forest hill its last 30 feet. The rest of the course is in the forest.
Hole 3 is a curved alley shot with the basket on a short mound on the left, errant disc won't be too troubling here as the sides are forgiving. A tree obviously fell on the basket and it was never restored, foretelling trouble ahead. When I went, we had a bout of particularly cold weather (10F range for over a week) leaving the river frozen white and it was quite a view, really a nice area and feels unbelievably large and isolated for a suburban park.
Hole 4. Just walk past it. The tee is not aimed at the basket which for the life of me I could not locate from there and was throwing blind. It's a downhill shot with foliage in the way, but massive storm damage and felled trees make nearly the entire way treacherous and what's more, even perfectly navigated shots don't seem to have a viable path as far as easy disc retrieval is concerned. I shot adequately past the tree trunks, but one of the myriad of small branches snagged it and it took an unbelievably long amount of time to navigate the area and find the disc. A trail to the right bypasses the storm damage, I advise using it to just skip the hole entirely.
Tee 5 was hard to find, left of the path. I missed it more than once. The hole was okay, standard forest fare.
Hole 6 is another skip. 50 feet into on is a huge mass of thorny wineberry bushes, off to the right, but in the meantime in the fairway itself. The stuff pretty much infests the entire length of the hole. Too bad, I liked that the basket was behind a tall boulder.
The path from Basket 6 to Hole 7 is like a little basic training obstacle with storm damaged wood littering the ground. Some wineberries are along this hole but nothing like Hole 6. Basket to the right. Especially here, the ground was uneven, perhaps too many leaves or something stacking up on forest floor.
Holes 8 and 9 are the inevitable uphills to finish back at the pavillion. I really liked hole 8, with some big rock outcroppings that, if I had more time, I'd like to just lounge on, chill, and enjoy the same view as Hole 3. Hole 9 is the steeper of the two.
The course has fun holes interspersed by aggravation caused by neglect and storm disaster, the potential is there but needs work and TLC. In short, it needs a functioning club to adopt it and make it their own. I live quite a bit away but if someone rings me up (via forum) around March but before Spring is in full bloom, I could volunteer a day to paint or help move wood.
Right now, it's a 1.5 or maybe even almost a borderline 2 in dead of winter, but I cannot foresee it being more than a 1 the rest of the year in its current condition.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hole 1 nice opening drive down hill
Cons: With all brush and trees down could use arrows or something to help find next hole . After hole 1 and 2 it's very congested with lots of Pickers n wild trees . Hole 4 The sign says the baskets on the right but clearly on left it's a big risk Evan throwing towards basket with trees and large Area full of pickers all around those trees if ur unfortunate to go in there no really good ways to get down there. If it had a good pathway going from pad down towards basket it won't be bad. The pads are nice in dry weather once there wet very slippery real hard to get footing
Other Thoughts: Maintain maintain maintain this course could be decent but until it gets cleaned it's not worth it 2 me
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 9 rubber tees and decent signage and Mach III baskets. Navigation was fairly easy if you pay attention to the tee signs. The terrain was reminiscent of Nockamixon. Great use of the available elevation and rock formations. Good variety of open and wooded holes and required line shaping.
Cons: Maintenance is almost non-existent and a couple baskets were in sorry shape. Holes 1 and 2 have a 10' wide mowed "fairway" for holes that are play 500' long with tall grass up to my head on both sides and it was only the beginning of summer. I lost my drive on hole 1 to the right rough with the poison ivy(note to error to the left into the tall grass). I also lost my drive on hole 4 after hitting a tree and kicking right. Hole 4 is tough to navigate around the fairway with the marsh and rocks/debris and poison ivy. Hole 2 has a fair amount of poison around the basket and there was a fair amount of poison around much of the course. Occasional hikers passing through parts of the course. I don't recall seeing any bathrooms or portapotty in the park.
Other Thoughts: Overall Unami Creek has so much wasted potential due to lack of maintenance that she's lost that loving feeling. Hole 1 looked pretty awesome from the elevated tee, but the 10' wide mowed fairway was not so appealing. I didn't' bother throwing a drive on hole 7 because the rough looked like a jungle and didn't feel like losing a 3rd disc or getting poison ivy. Holes 8 and 9 were the only holes without underbrush. Hole 8 was my favorite with the basket tucked behind the big rock formation and has a fast green behind the basket. It's a shame that the rough here is so overgrown and nobody seems to be taking care of the course. I'd only recommend playing this course in the dead of winter unless someone or club takes this course under their wing and nurtures it back to health.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: They say the pros play here? Saw it on youtube and have wanted to play it. Finally convinced friend and newbie to play it!
Cons: Course was a mess.
Grass was very high.
Every hole we had to search for disc's
Left after hole 6
Other Thoughts: Might on the very outside chance try it again in the late fall. Since we live in the lehigh valley there are better courses near by. I hope other courses we travel to are better maintained. We had to take the newbie to covered bridges just so he wouldn't get discouraged!
NOT GOOD FOR THE SPORT!!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Starts off with a dramatic downhill shot, and one more open hole, the rest is playing through hilly, boulder-strewn woods- so there's some variety. The layout is pretty interesting and challenging, mostly due to the woods though. The tee signs show the layout of each hole fairly well, though I due feel like you get the wrong impression with some of them.
Cons: Only 9 holes. Sorry, but that is a deterrent.
Despite the variety mentioned above, I find several of the wooded holes in the middle (5-8) to be kind of boring and repetitive. Mostly just straight fairways with lots of trees.
The course was in really bad shape after some storms, and has been getting better, but is still not very well maintained. In addition, if there's been any rain recently some of the holes turn into swamps. Hole 4 in particular is a mess- when I say swamp I don't mean lots of mud, I mean an actual swamp.
Some of the walks between holes can be confusing.
Other Thoughts: Has potential, but at the moment it's just a poorly-maintained, repetitive 9-holer.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
A Great 9
Pros: The length of the course is good. Hole 1 being the longest and providing a good indication of what your game is honestly like. It's pretty obvious that a TON of work has been done to this course with the widespread carnage in the park itself, but only minor evidence on the holes themselves. The layout is good and play through is fluid and fun. Plenty of opportunity to showcase any shot in your bag. Nice FlyMats on the tees to give you a nice start to each hole.
Cons: Was a bit confused getting to hole 2 from 1 but not by any means difficult to do. I played in the rain which did nothing to compliment the nice FlyMats. I slipped on each mat on my tee shots. Hole 4 where the debris field is still laying can be a little challenging to traverse. I imagine when growth comes in disc loss is a real factor and a great way to have incentive to throw your discs calculated.
Other Thoughts: This being one of the last courses close to my home that I've played, I'm kind of glad I waited on this one. For me, this 9 hole course is perfect. Providing just about everything I want to throw on a course. Grip it and rip it on hole 1 and 2. Technical on most others. A big congrats to the folks putting in the time, energy and funding to make this course possible. I'll be here pretty often!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
A work in progress. . .
Pros: Primarily this review is an update on storm damage residual from Oct 2012. There are 8 playable holes. Basket not yet replaced on #3... play ahead to #4. Provisional/ temp teeboxes on two holes (I think #4 and #6), but they function fine. #4 temp tee is just a few yards in front of the former box which is obstructed by heavy deadfall. The 8 holes play fine though there is added risk of disc loss on several woodland holes due to deadfall debris. #1 is long and strongly downhill, #2 and #9 uphill drives. Fun layout, hopefully returns to normalcy before long. Several tight woodland drives and elevation challenges.
Cons: Risk of disc loss substantial, particularly now w/ widespread hurricane deadfall. At least some chance of disc loss on most of the holes. Poison ivy here and there, including the meadow left of fairway on #1.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
With some clean-up, it could be great
Pros: - Elevation adds to the mix of interesting shots at this course.
- Fun course to play on the way to Nockamixon.
- Course is pretty easy to navigate.
Cons: There were plenty here for me.
- The grass on holes 1&2 was too much for me. I ended up losing two discs while playing and spent more time looking for the discs than throwing them on those two holes. Ultimately it's my fault for the shots, but just do whatever you can to stay clear of them. If you want to add more strokes the first two holes, you can easily make them up along the rest of the course.
- As some others have mentioned the destruction from the hurricane is absolutely insane here. Hole 3's basket is damaged from a fallen tree and there were even a few uprooted trees on some of the other holes that were massive. If this was cleaned up I'm sure it would be better.
Other Thoughts: I saw this course featured on disc golf monthly and figured I'd take the drive and give it a shot. I got frustrated quickly from losing two discs, but I could imagine that this course is a lot of fun in the winter when most of the grass and plants die down for the season.
If cleanup efforts are made, I think this course could be fantastic.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
High potential is squandered
Pros: Great scenery. The walk down to (from? see below) hole 1 surely is picturesque in spring/summer/fall. A creek runs alongside a few holes, and there are large rock formations that come into play.
Cons: Short. Every hole was under 400 feet after the first, which made the reasonable fairways a little easy.
Sandy's destruction. The hurricane absolutely smashed the woods here, leaving huge trees downed directly in fairways or on top of baskets. It is passable, but you will literally have to throw over or around tons of trees and branches. Mainly affects holes 3 through 8.
Navigation. The hole maps were great, but the course map was off big time early on.
Hole 1 I think starts at the top of the hill, and ends up in the back woods slightly to the right. However that basket said hole #2, which threw us off.
Hole 2 then goes back across the field and ends towards the bottom of the incline, and that basket says #3.
This goes on for the first three or 4 holes, before the tee numbers catch up to the basket numbers. Made for a very confusing first play through, especially when coupled with trees blocking our view/path at every turn.
Other Thoughts: I had a difficult time rating this course, because the opportunity for a 3 star course is there. However, the massive amount of damage from Hurricane Sandy has left much of the course almost unplayable.
If you're the adventurous type, put on some high-ankle boots and hit the woods. Otherwise steer clear until it's cleaned up.
If you do go for a round, pay close attention to the course map in the woods. The tees are pretty accurately placed and you'll need to snoop around a bit through the uprooted trees. Hole 4 or 5 was particularly difficult, as a tree laid parallel to the path, in front of the tee.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Same Again, Please
Rock formations scattered about several of the middle holes pose attractive challenges.
Single tee (although they were flat/concrete)/pin position.
There are plenty of challenges to be found on this varied nine set at the back of a small public park. While the first two holes play primarily across a small open space, their baskets are tucked into the woods, and elevation changes (steep down/initially narrow at the start of#1, steep uphill at the end of #2). The next two holes are similar - in the woods, short, straight, tight. Holes 5-8 are where the course really hits stride, as the holes lengthen, the rock formations appear, and subtle turns-n-fades to hit the tough-but-fair optimal windows are needed as the course gently works its way up the wooded slope. A short-but-steep upslope shots finishes the round, where you turn right to head towards the parking lot, or better yet, left, for another go at the baskets.
Navigation: The online map (8/25/08) was not entirely correct the day I played (7/28/12). Hole-1 on the map no longer exists, so you start at map-2. The new hole has been inserted before #5. The only other tip is when finishing hole-3, keep to the lower path, along the creek, as the upper path will take you to tee-9.
Favourite hole: #8 Gentle upslope in its near entirety, with trees defining a fair throwing path, needing a small fade left to head towards the basket. Fade too soon/sharply, and you'll have to see how well you can pitch up-n-over the rock formations looming along the left side before reaching the basket.
Definitely one of the best niners I've played, and worth a visit if passing by.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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