Burlington, MA 
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Uploaded By: justin Hole #5 (Taken 4/2009)
3 / 199ft.   3 / 311ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #5 Basket to Tee

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Could be better....

2-4    9/11/2017   9/11/2017
Review By: hawk12
Played: 233  Reviewed: 24  Exp: 27.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There are 9 baskets, and it has tee signs. SO that's a start

The park is clean and easy to find.

Not a lot of positives, and I'll get to the negatives.
Cons: Where to begin, well hole 2s basket is leaning so badly the outer ring is way against the post, another basket had a slightly less lean. Easy to fix, just needs some love.

Here's where I got a surprise, around hole 3 -5 it gets way bad. UNSAFE galore, and there are easy fixes by moving baskets to relieve some of the unsafe design/layout.

Here goes, Hole 3 basket has a very ppor lane of a fairway to it, and is 24ft feet from one of the tees for hole 4 AND only 62 feet from the fence of the kiddie pool in the park, yup next to the kidde pool - seriously, this is not a joke; a bad shot could go in the kid pool and a good shot could easy hit the next tee in the back of the head... This could be easily fixed by moving the basket about 200 ft to the right, in the middle of a nice lane from hole 3 tee - common sense not followed here people
Hole 4s basket is 9 feet from one of the tees on hole 5, yup 3 paces till back of the head smack... Sad, just plain sad, no lack of safety considered at all here. It may be a later tee that was added, and should be taken out, period.
Hole 5s basket is 35 ft from hole 7s basket playing in opposite directions, so a 16 foot green is where you draw the safe distance from your pin? No this is unacceptable as well. Not to mention when I played hole 7, hole 6s tee was not far off either...
Hole 1 plays alongside a tennis court and basket ball court - and really felt like it was an 8 hole course with hole 1 way long of a walk across the parking lot to a separate 1 hole warm up area between the baseball field, tennis and basketball courts... No flow, extreme safety concerns, and bad fairways in the woods....

I could get to the rutted stone dust tee pads with roots in them, but that was really an afterthought.

I'm really glad I play it on a Monday morning when nobody else was there...
Other Thoughts: It's a course, but there are basically 10 lbs. of crap squeezed into a plot of land that can hold 6 lbs.... Bad design, bad (no make that total lack) of safety concerns, and poor fairways.

Shortening the course, each hole being made shorter, and having the baskets placed in the natural lanes between the large mature pines could easily improve this course as far as fairness and shot shpaes go, massively decrease the safety concerns, and make this course a place designed for the kids that are at that park...
IMO this course was extremely poorly designed, and for the wrong target audience. I know this review is rough, but after nearly 300 courses and 27 years playing, I thought I'd seen just about the worst as far as unsafe design goes - this lowered that bar sadly.
These problems could easily be fixed, by shortening the holes, allowing the kids that go to the pool and playground in the park to have a nice short 9 holes all in the same area of the woods that would develop the game for the youth that go to the park. But the holes are squeezed in, and too long for kids, and far to close to the next tees and other baskets, the fairways are unfair.
Enough said, hope a local heeds these words and goes and asks to make some changes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 So much potential... needs so much work

5+    4/29/2015   4/29/2015
Review By: jnicola
Played: 14  Reviewed: 14
Pros: Amazingly good usage of space!

REALLY fun holes with a nice variety. The wooded holes are great!

Double tee pads give this 18 hole potential in a small space!
Cons: Tee pads are non-existant. All of them are dirt, and rather tore up.

Navigation could use improvement.

LOTS of trash. Apparantly it's from all the kids up in the skatepark and what not coming through and just throwing their stuff back their.

Leaves could use a raking, lots of down sticks... just in general not maintained.
Other Thoughts: It would be fun to have a benefit cleanup and play tournament or something here. Would REALLY fix this up. Were I not living 2000 miles away I'd try and put something together. This has a TON of potential... and I'm impressed by how well used the space is... but it seems like all the work to get this course in was it... it hasn't gotten attention ever since.

 We need more of these

2-4    10/21/2013   10/28/2013
Review By: Hector Chain
Played: 188  Reviewed: 182  Exp: 9.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This and Olin College are the only courses close to the 128 beltway.

I am impressed that they could get 9 respectable holes with two tees into this park. The first two holes are mostly wide open, but the other seven are tucked among the tall pines. The look and feel reminds me a bit of courses in Oregon.

The red tees are more rec-friendly, but they are not boring holes. A big, sweeping hyzer won't get you very far on these holes. The red tees are generally straight shots through the trees while the white tees force a bit more line shaping. Most of these holes are under 300 feet.

Navigation isn't too tough after hole 2.
Tee pads gravel and pretty short. The red tees are located close to the tee signs (although not always right next to them). They show where the white tees are, but I still had a tough time finding some of them.

The spray paint on trees is pretty ugly. I wish they'd improve some of the signage for the white tees or mark them a bit better.
Other Thoughts:
This was a surprisingly enjoyable course. Advanced players may need to limit their disc selection to get a big challenge here, but even intermediate players will find they have to earn their birdies. New players won't get beaten down if they are playing the red tees.

The Boston area is starved for courses. It's unlikely that we'll be getting many 18-hole courses within the 128 loop, but there is definitely room for fun 9-hole courses like this. Pay a visit to this one. It wouldn't hurt for the local disc golf community to demonstrate that there is a significant demand for the game.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Quality 9-holer

2-4    10/17/2013   10/18/2013
Review By: Policygnat
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 6.2 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good 9 hole course with regulation baskets and good signage at the tee pads.
Cons: Tee pads are not well kept and the gravel is uneven. I was a little concerned for my ankles when throwing from them.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 starts by the batting cages.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice & Close

1    8/19/2013   8/19/2013
Review By: Maddog30
Played: 5  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.4 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good 9 hole course. 2 open field holes, 7 wooded, all with two tee options. Now with regulation baskets. No room for expansion here, but they mad the most of what they had. Good grooming in this town owned facility.
Cons: The maps at the tees are not totally accurate, I believe some basket placements changed, so walk the holes to double check first time there. I went on what I thought would be an off time, and the play was slow due to the number of players.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Lunch Break Course

5+    7/1/2013   7/2/2013
Review By: Truschioni
Played: 16  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 10.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is less than 5 mins from where I work
It is fairly well taken care of, never have any trouble finding a stray disc.
Relatively quiet, no lines no waiting
Good baskets
Some variation, can work on a lil bit of everything
Cons: For new comers it is hard to find the layout of the course.
No signage, would be cool to know distances and par of each.
Wet - holes 7/8 are constantly soaked and if you dont have good boots/shoes on you're doomed
Occasionally you run into people who are oblivious to the idea that people are throwing discs at the park
Other Thoughts: Overall I am very thankful for this course because I am able to play every day on my lunch break. My game has improved because of it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 A passable short course

1    1/21/2013   1/21/2013
Review By: gabereif
Played: 41  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 6.6 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -It exists and it's in the greater Boston area.
-It's playable and fun.

Cons: -Poor signage.
-Can be hard to find tees, including the first.
-Multiple tees (I think there were multiple tees...) for some holes is especially confusing.
-Lots of trees on some shots make for too high a luck to skill ratio
-Only 9 holes (but it's better than none!)
Other Thoughts: Don't drive more than 45 minutes to play this course, but if you're a local and don't mind doing some wandering to figure this course out, try it out.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Worth a quick trip if you're through Beantown

1    10/18/2011   10/18/2011
Review By: pfpro
Played: 53  Reviewed: 40
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Signs are up, I don't quite understand what th number is next to the distance (it's not strokes for par), but they are nice and usually show where the next tees are.
- good mix open/wooded, elevation used when available.
- for a shared course, there are only a few holes where the a and b shots feel the same
- very convenient to the interstate.
Cons: - the "b" tees (white) can be difficult to find. The "a" red tees have the sign which is pretty easy to find. Play those first so you have somewhat of an idea when you come through for the back nine.
- there was what appeared to be a homeless person back in the corner by 6, but they didn't want to be by me any more then I wanted to hit them with a disc.
-the tee pads are a bit short, but since they're gravel, you can pretty much start your approach from anywhere.
- personal con for me - I thought the baskets were about 12 inches too low
Other Thoughts: I was able to play quickly during a work trip. It took about 45 minutes to speed play the course, and it was time well spent. While not good pretty, I found the spray painted directions to the next tee pads quite helpful, especially where the pads are far apart. There really are no other courses close by, so this is a decent option. If you played this course frequently it may lose a half star as it is not overly challenging (I am used to the tight wooded fairways of NC) and you could. My favorite holes were the white 1 and 9 tees.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    12/5/2010   12/5/2010
Review By: Everett Evans
Played: 80  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 24.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Two tees per hole
Great baskets (Mach IIIs)
Decent location (close to Boston)
Got as much out of the park as the designer could
Decent mix of open, wooded, tight, left, right, etc.
Cons: Most holes seem to play about the same length
Holes 1 and 2 are pretty close to streets, cars, people, other park usage
Due to lack of signage, it took a while to get from 1 to 2
Sorry, but the graffiti-like spraypaint on the trees is just hideous. There must be 20 trees in the woods with various numbers, arrows, in ugly spraypaint. No excuses, put in temporary signs or at least nail decent signs to the trees, anything but spray paint.
Lack of tee signs. Eventually, signs will add a huge amount to the course, luckily you can see most holes from the tees, so navigation isn't too bad.
Other Thoughts: Eventually, once the spray paint wears off and the tee signs go in, this will be a decent course. It is a little like Amesbury in that most of the holes are in an old pine forest littered with broken branches and pine cones. Hole 2 is an accident waiting to happen, since the wind blows left to right and a turnover could easily cross a busy road, or a bad hyzer will cross the park road. All in all, a little fun if you are in the area, but not worth a long drive to play.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 going to the mall

1    8/28/2010   9/12/2010
Review By: eastcoastf
Played: 13  Reviewed: 13
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: very decent small course in the woods. i think it's a great place to stop in your in the area.

free and restrooms near playground
Cons: course could be better marked.
Other Thoughts: it's about 5 minutes from the burlington mall. the park is across from a great walking area with a gazebo.

the park has a really nice playground, skateboarding area, and wading pool.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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