Great Compliment to Little Lehigh
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very challenging 18 hole course in a nicely maintained town park within the disc golf-rich Lehigh Valley area. There is a practice basket and ample parking. Nice balance of short and long, wooded and more open holes. Good use of elevation and water. Oversized tee pads will make players happy, as will the nice descriptive signs at each hole. Navigation is relatively easy for the most part with "next tee" signs visible near most baskets and well-worn pathways. Hole 18 is an outstanding finishing hole, requiring a downhill throw to a landing area in the fairway and a 2nd shot needed to clear the creek in order to reach the basket.
Cons: Oppressive rough on many holes. Erosion evident near many baskets and low-lying areas throughout much of the course do not hold water well after heavy rain. There are some flow issues here: there is a long walk between holes 4 & 5, one has to throw a drive across the area players must walk to get from hole 11 to hole 12, and coming off hole 14, one passes the hole 16 tee which is 35-40 feet away to get to hole 15. The usual assortment of dog walkers, runners and others oblivious to disc golf will sometimes create delays.
Other Thoughts: Jordan Creek has aged well and is certainly challenging. It's a highly-regarded course deserving of the praise it's been given.That said, I am not as high on it as many others seem to be. For one, the rough on many holes is as bad as I've seen on any other course I've played. Secondly, I am not a fan of baskets perched on ledges (there are two here) which needlessly bring the element of luck into a round and is a "cute" way to punish perfectly good approach shots. And thirdly, there are too many RHFH shots/backhand anhyzers off the tee for my tastes- whoever reviewed this course as being too RHBH friendly is either blind or delusional. There are at least 6-7 holes where the preferred shot off the tee is a forehand or righty anhyzer to a basket placed to the right of the pad. And though the course appears regularly mowed, there are some definite areas of need in terms of housekeeping- weed whacking, branch trimming, downed tree removal- etc. to maximize its beauty.
These criticisms aside, the golf is very good here, and Jordan Creek presents an excellent playing experience. All ability levels are served well at Jordan, and it's a course that will make you a better player. It has all the elements one looks for in a course in terms of variety and variables- water, elevation and reasonable OB areas- and should be a regular stop on one's foray into the Lehigh Valley Area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
A must play in the Lehigh Valley
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very interesting design.
Great use of water hazards.
Other Thoughts: This course is a local favorite.
Jordan offers an extremely interesting opportunity and gives players an awesome variety of control shots and long drives, all while including some complicated water hazards. This even includes throwing over a pond.
I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge in the Lehigh Valley.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Challenging and beautiful
Pros: -great mix of open and lightly wooded areas
-lots of memorable holes
Cons: -course is currently under construction? there's no #5 or #15 (well, you can play 15 for some 800ft of rough/scattered garbage). Also, there's no sign stating that there's no hole #5.
-some holes don't have a map
-navigation is pretty straight forward, but it's very easy to get lost. i walked 15 and could not find 16 with the map on the website-- turns out it's to the left of the basket for #14
-the rough is quite thick. if you shank one, you probably won't be able to find it on most holes
-#10 is pretty dangeous. very steep hill with large rocks. not player friendly
Other Thoughts: -not for noobs. #7 and #18 have some pretty wicked water obstacles
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Has that feel of, "This is what Disc Golf is supposed to be!"
World class challenge
One of the best finishing holes in the game
Easy to navigate because of excellent "Next Tee" signage
Great tee signs
Large concrete tees
Great use of available elevation and terrain
Several "Signature Holes"
Cons: Some long walks between holes
If your disc makes a splash landing, you're probably not getting it back
Other Thoughts: Played Jordan Creek after a week of solid rain, expected it to be a muddy mess, was surprisingly not. I played this course a few times before the construction/redesign so I was excited to see all the work... With that said, we skipped the new 15 even though the new tee pad was just opened for business.
To me, Jordan is the epitome of a risk/reward course. There are wide fairways and clear lines through the woods tempting big throws... But mistakes are usually severely punished. The creek comes into play on almost half of the holes and the density and size of the crap off the fairways often makes just giving up a shot and tossing back to the fairway an adventure. There are a lot of fast greens here, going for it and missing can leave you with an even longer comebacker. Some, like the new Hole 6, have incredible roll-away potential (I 4 putted from the bottom of the hill. The first, a front rim banger, rolled back to almost exactly where I had just thrown from, the second, another clanger, stopped about 5 feet to the right of that spot). Hole 10's green is a mini rock cliff and a STEEP hillside. It's also one of those holes that you aren't going to soon forget. Holy Crap what a hill!
Hole 7 is a unique and memorable hole as well. Almost the entire fairway is a pond. This last time around was the first time I wasn't totally intimidated by this hole. There's no going in after your disc here, it's basically a steep edged bottomless pit full of water, even a retriever won't do you any good. There's no safe but longer route around the pond as far as I know. The closest I've come to losing a disc was trying to throw to the right side of the pond when I didn't think I could get all the way across and I hit a tree and my disc bounced back almost going into the water.
Hole 18 is yet another signature hole; Downhill over a creek dogleg to the right probably laying up before the real creek, then over it to the green and basket. I say downhill, but it's more like you're throwing off a 30' cliff.
I played here when I was a total noob and really enjoyed the course. I like it even more now that I've been playing a while, even though I'm still a rec/intermediate level player. The course has well thought out landing zones for players like me that need more than one throw to reach some of the longer or more technical holes. It's a pretty far drive for me, about an hour and a half each way, but totally worth it. I've played almost all of the Lehigh Valley courses and other than SoMo, Jordan is the only one I've played more than once (South Mountain is a half hour closer and is one of my absolute most favorites). Not nocking the other local courses, Jordan Creek is just on a different level. If you're traveling through the valley and only have time to play one course (On your way to Nockamixon), this is the one you should play. I will end this review the way it began, by saying that Jordan Creek is one of those special courses that you walk around with a feeling of, "Wow, this is how Disc Golf is meant to be." Whether the fairways are lush and green or the pond is a frozen block of shiny white ice, playing Jordan is its own reward.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Tha'ts a big creek
Pros: Layout - Jordan Creek is kind of like the Augusta of disc golf. It's just this gorgeous stroll through a manicured park with some lush grass fairways and really defined cleaned up wooded holes. It's not overly difficult or beat you down long. It's just a collection of really fun shots that make you go wow this place is awesome.
There's a few multi-shot holes out here but it's mostly par 3's. It's not an easy course by any means the holes have a habit of being around or just over 300' so you really need to put power on the disc and work it in most cases. Birdies are earned here but it's a really fair course that allows solid shots to be rewarded.
In the bottom area of the course it plays near a rather large creek or river that makes you think twice about how you're shaping your shot. Then there's a pond you throw over on another hole, that is a really great left to right shot where you hit a gap across the water. The holes with water are all really well done.
Then on the back 9 you all of a sudden hit this elevation on a par 4 that is just awesome. You go up it play some holes in a more wooded area then go back down on a really nice downhill bomb that requires accuracy and straightness.
The course finishes really strong with 18 being one of the best finishing holes there is. Downhill technical dog shot over the creek. Then on your second shot you're throwing back over the creek through a tight gap to the basket. It combines and beauty and great design.
Overall I like this course because it gives you a really fun round with decent variety and balance in hole types.
Equipment - Nice concrete pads, baskets in solid condition. Good tee signs.
Atmosphere - I mentioned it earlier and I'll say it again, this place is just beautiful and even though it has this park style feel I felt secluded for most of the round once you got away from the holes right near the parking lot and community garden. I wish we had a course like this in my area.
Cons: Layout - There wasn't a ton of variety in hole lengths. It seemed like most of the par 3's were right at 300' or just over. I threw a lot of mids on straighter lines that moved a bit left or right. On some holes with a lower canopy I'd go driver but overall there wasn't a huge amount of shot shaping. A few of the more open par 4's weren't all that great, basically just two easier shots and a putt, tweener holes kinda.
Some of the more wooded holes were kind of boring and not as memorable, nothing all that bad I think the design is solid but it's there.
The shule can be very thick in parts and we spent a good while looking for discs in the higher elevation area. Watch your disc when you go off fairway.
Equipment - The distances on some of the teesigns just seemed off.
Atmosphere - We played it after a solid rain but I got the impression the low parts of the course doen't drain all that well being right near the water. It was definitely muddy and sloppy on a few holes. There are several holes that play near other park activities and though it never really caused any conflict it doesn't give that secluded feeling in those areas.
Other Thoughts: If you can't tell I am fond of Jordan Creek. It was a super nice change of pace after playing some super challenging technical courses. It really fits in with the other great courses in the area to give a nice balance. If I lived in the area I'd probably play here the most from what we saw. I kinda got the feeling not a lot of chuckers go here because of the water and I love courses like that because you get them all to yourself.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: *Very technical holes
*Well thought out hole layout
*Best finishing hole I have ever played (even though I lost a disc)
*Good placement of water hazards to make it tough
*Nice tee boxes
*Well maintained park
Cons: *This course can eat up your discs
Other Thoughts: For an average player like me (700 player rating), It will be a very tough course, but it is worth playing because you need to play hard courses to get better.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
A Real Classic
Pros: *All concrete tee pads, mostly single pin (except 9 and 10) on a course that is an excellent combination of a park setting that is pretty heavily wooded as well.
*Great mix of woods and open fairways. Trees are often in play but there are opportunities for good lines and birdies. A real challenge for beginners and average players.
*The first few holes let you warm up before the challenge begins - holes 1-6 are mostly flat, with some trees shaping shots.
*The creek really comes into play on multiple holes, especially when the water is up. Tee shot over the pond on 7 is daunting, and 18 is just awesome - downhill tee shot and over water twice.
*The uphill 10th is a real challenge - flat tee shot to a steep uphill with pin precariously placed on for maximum roll away potential. Holes 11-13 play downhill, uphill, and downhill in a straight line, with deceptively tight fairways and punishing rough. 14-17 are back into the trees with some very tight lines.
*Some longish holes to let the big arms show off, but still mostly about control distance and placement.
Cons: *The rough is Rough in the Spring and Summer - waist high and full of spider webs. If your shot is off, you could lose discs.
*The park is heavily used, and mountain bike paths cross some fairways and tees, gangs of kids like to chill on the 7th tee, and there usually lots of people being walked by their dogs.
*Most of the course is in a flood zone for the creek, and it holds water easily. If you're planning a trip to the course, be aware there may be mud and standing water on much of the course after repeated heavy rains.
*Tee signs are very good, but are old enough to not reflect some alt. pin positions or two-pin holes.
Other Thoughts: Bring your own water, no fountains.
Bathroom on backside of building near tennis courts, only sometimes open.
Course plays much easier in the fall (except for disc-eating leaf piles) and early spring when the lines open up a little and the rough is dead.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Solid course with nice balance
Pros: 18 holes with great concrete tee pads and nice signs at each hole. Baskets are all good and have no issues. Park is very well maintained and so is the course. Navigation is also easy even without a map. Only exception would be hole 15-16. See cons for details.
Course starts out fairly basic with the first 6 holes simply playing through a mix of open fairways lined with trees or having a few trees mixed throughout. They are all decent holes, but nothing too exciting.
Hole 7 has about a 200' water carry over a pond with a basket perched 313' from the tee. Nice little pond hole.
Hole 9 is a fun 538' bomb with an open field turning to trees and then a green with the creek behind the basket. Pretty shot.
Hole 10 is a beast that looks simple from the tee, until you get to the base of the steep hill you must get up. There is major roll-away risk to the right and a steep, fast green. Great hole!
Holes 11-13 play along a open easement or old roadbed area and play pretty much open with woods along the fairway to add some risk. 14-17 all play through some fairly tight wooded fairways and throw in a small amount of elevation to add some challenge.
18 is simply a great finishing hole. A nice down hill look from the tee pad crossing the creek on the way to a relatively open fairway. Then a nice straight look at the basket on the other side of the creek again. Two water carries in one hole, and lots of ways to play depending on where you reach off the tee. A fun and beautiful hole all in one. Well done!
Cons: Not much to complain about here. Everything is pretty straightforward and well done. You do have to walk past the tee for 16 to get to the 15 pad. That's a little odd, but doesn't really hurt anything.
Other Thoughts: There were really only 2 or 3 holes here I'd call above average or exceptional, but nonetheless this is a very nice course. Its strengths are the variety of ups, downs, open and tight. And of course there are multiple water carries and chances to over shoot basket and hit the creek. There is also not really a bad hole on this course. There is nothing I'd consider a filler hole or something you look at and wonder what the heck is going on. It's all just very nice, orderly, scenic and challenging. Jordan Creek is definitely a must play if you are in this part of PA. It might not be as challenging as Nockamixon or offer up as much variety as Tyler St Park, but it is very good in its own right.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Does Much Well
For those who fancy epic finishing holes, it's hard to top #18. From an elevated position at the edge of the woods, the broad creek flows beneath you. A shot straight out then turning right, neither too early (creek) nor too late (trees) places you in the middle of the fairway. From here, your challenge is to determine if you can throw, in addition to a straight shot, one long enough to clear a small branch of the creek that crosses several feet in front of the lightly tree-guarded basket.
Friendly locals: We unwittingly arrived ~75 minutes before the start of a doubles tournament, and the course was a-buzz with players warming-up. Despite the crowds, we managed to play through/with several groups, and were just finishing #17 when the start-call began to echo throughout the course. With nobody starting on #18, we finished w/o interfering with the tournament.
Not much - maybe a second set of tees/more alternate pin positions to add variety?
This very well-maintained course, with its excellent teepads and good signage, plays in the various-sized clearings and through modestly-dense woods, of a public park, named for the broad creek which wends its way through the midst of it.
From a shot-shaping perspective, the course requires an even blend of lefts/rights/straights off the teepad. While the fairways for a few of the short holes are fairly tight, and for a few of the long quite broad, most fall into the middling category. Several baskets are guarded by a few trees, but nothing ridiculous.
Distance-wise, 2/3rds of the holes fall into the 260'-340' range, with the remaining 1/3rd average ~485', creating a course primarily built around typical-length par-3s, but also including some legitimate par-4s. Elevation-wise, you're wondering if there is any as you play the front nine, but then you spend the near entirety of the back nine playing up or down an access path, or the woods to the left of it.
Excellent course. Looking forward to again visiting the disc-golf hotbed which is the greater Allentown area, and having a chance to savor this course during a less-rushed round.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Front 9 vs Back 9
Pros: 18 holes with nice concrete tees, baskets, multiple pin placements, and good tee signs. Excellent variety of shots and use of elevation and terrain. Really enjoyed holes 7-18 and has a high fun factor with some high risk. Course is really well maintained and was manicured like a ball golf course. Well defined fairways with some punishing rough and ob to keep the risk vs reward factor high.
Cons: Could use some next tee signs as there are some extra paths that may lend one to believe that is the way to the next tee. The creek may take your disc away, it's not your average little creek. The flow is little funky and cross over the fairway of hole 17 to get to hole 12. There are bikers, hikers, and fishing about the course so beware. Hole 3 and 5 play close to the parking lot, house and tennis courts. A couple of the wooden stairs going down hole 18 were broken.
Other Thoughts: There were a lot of disc golfers and others on the course in the middle of the weekday which kind of surprised me, so the park is fairly active. The whole course is mostly wooded and well defined fairways, and ob. The course is not too intimidating for a beginner and will still challenge a seasoned pro. It's almost like two completely different courses from the front and back 9's. The front 9 is fairly flat, short and technical with the creek and water and coming into play often. The back 9 plays over some extreme elevation and is where the course really got interesting for me. Holes 7-18, I thoroughly enjoyed!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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