Calm Yourself With Waveny's Twelve
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Pros: + Dozens of pencils and paper scorecards for the taking at the small information board near hole 1.
+ The whole course takes place in a rich, shadowy and quiet forest away from the main park.
+ Big and bright 'next hole' signs after every basket.
+ Most of the fairways are clean and appear well-maintained.
+ Eight of the twelve holes offer three different tee pads to play from. However...
Cons: - All tee pads here are dirt full of exposed roots and rocks with short wooden stakes denoting the color. For most of them, it's hard to tell where they stop and start.
- The one tee sign per hole is functional but faded. Some are broken or missing.
- Some fairways have areas that look like they are part of the rough. Holes 1, 4, 6 and 8 come to mind.
- The rough itself is a little unforgiving in some of the raw areas.
- No practice pin and no lost disc box.
- Some tees are too close to the previous hole's fairway.
- No opportunities to throw at full power.
- Mostly flat course offers just a few elevation challenges.
Other Thoughts: My favorite hole at this course would have to be hole 8. After a brief tunnel, the player throws over an open slanted fairway covered with fluffy foliage and fallen logs before arriving to the protected pin. My least favorite hole here might be hole 3 because of how straightforward and plain it is.
As for the course overall, Waveny Park is a reasonable little course that takes the player on a small sampling of what disc golf in the woods can be.
Most of its twelve holes are different variations on tunnels and tree dodging with some wooded clearings throughout to give players some space to take big approach shots or just relax a little. I would say that the whole course is relaxing, though. It may not have much in the way of variation, but it does a good job at helping the player forget about life for awhile. There are no pedestrians or dog-walkers here because the course is a stand alone feature across the road from the pool, which gives the course a somewhat secretive and exclusive vibe. Plus, it plays pretty quickly so golfers can get in multiple sessions.
On the downside, the tee pads are quite bad. Rocks and roots make for some serious tripping hazards, and it isn't even quite clear where the boundaries of a few are because of some areas of expanding growth. Some fairways are a mess of weeds and short dense foliage. In those cases, it felt possible to lose a disc just by landing in the fairway. And the layout is rather basic with different variations of basic wooded golf, which can feel tedious- even for those who prefer throwing among trees.
So, in closing, it isn't a top-notch course. It lacks pizzazz, polish and any true meaty challenges. I get the feeling that this course doesn't have any bright-eyed ambitions to become too much more than what it is, but not every course ought to be championship-level difficulty. Waveny is fine for what it is. The tacticians may find something to enjoy here because of some tricky tree shots. Those who prefer wide open or the park-style hybrid courses may want to give this one a miss, but it is still a peaceful place to go throw and let life's pressures dissolve away for a bit.
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First time playing a DGC
Pros: -fast play
-easy access, close to the Merritt parkway
Cons: -course not easy to find for first time goers
-course not very well maintained these days
-trees everywhere with high vegetation, best to throw strait
-lack of signs
-natural tees; roots disturbing ur shot
-hole 5 is not obvious from 4 basket
-blue, white and red markers r not all obvious, if they still there at all
-bees, spiders and other insects throughout
-course not in a loop have to walk back to ur car after 12th hole
-sign for hole 9 still broken
-map does not include holes 11 and 12; its not well designed (not to scale)
Other Thoughts: this was the first course i played as a disc golf enthusiast... its situated in the woods next to waveny park, not easy to spot if u never been there... Locate the sign "waveny park disc golf course" on Laphan Rd and park next to the pool... even with a map its not all that helpful... IMPORTANT: pay attention to the sign on each tee to determine the direction of the next tee
the second time i played there i still had a hard time locating hole 5... on hole 6 i flunked my tee drive way right and was attacked by beehive trying to throw my disc, had to abandon the course immediately... there is also spiders and ticks and other things u rather avoid... so shoot strait and stay out of trouble... i will be playing here again though... since this is the closest course to where i live and hope to see my game improve
i wish to see this course be an 18 hole course one day... it definitely has room for 6 more holes which would make the course a lope... in the mean time, i created an aerial map of the course using gps in my phone...
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Pros: 3 tee pads, some level of challenge.
some shot variety and somewhat attractive holes with lots of wildlife; I saw deer, chipmunks, and even a coyote.
decent signage and chainstar baskets.
Across the street and isolated from the rest of the park activities.
Cons: The most challenging part of the course was the navigation. baskets are not numbered, so even if you find one you have no idea where you are until you find the tee. After hole 4 there was no way to find 5. Several times the trail splits with no navigational signs. After 8 there was no sign to 9 and no sign to 10, but 10 was visable if you looked hard enough. Holes 11 and 12 are not even on the course map.
Only 12 holes and hole 12 ends way back on the other side of the dog park and pops you out at the main road leaving you with a long walk back to the car.
Lack of maintenance, grass was knee high in many areas.
some tee pads are getting over grown. a few reds and whites were nearly gone.
Many of the 3 tee pads were shared tees, so there was not 36 individual shots.
Other Thoughts: 12 is an unusual number of holes. Add this to the navigational issues and shin high grass and it pushed this average course to a "reasonable" course.
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