8 Helpful / 0 Not
Watch Your DIsc Soar!
+ A few fun and interesting holes if you play walks and roads OB (#13 especially, because it's a short uphill with a road crossing in front and a walk behind the basket - an ad hoc island hole!)
+ Long shots from elevated tees where you can enjoy just watching your disc fly, with very little worry about it getting into trouble
- Tee pads are barely large enough for standstill. They're maybe 3' square. But they're poured concrete, framed with wood ties. And the front wood edge has the #, distance and par carved into them - nice touch! But don't use the teepads - just run up alongside them
- A few really rusty baskets among mostly decent ones
- The single wooded hole (#9) is a dirt access road bordering the back of the field - but the basket itself is more in the field than in the woods - and you have to throw past the pin to get out of the woods and putt back toward the basket. Not ideal
~ The par 72 is pretty soft, especially for a wide open course like this one. But if the location means this course is geared toward new and young players, the soft par isn't that bad an idea
~ And of course, being at a high school, there's no way to play much of the course if the athletic fields are in use
~ One "extra" - many of the basket poles include descriptions of calisthenics that can be done on the spot. I'm guessing this is some sort of cardio fitness route for gym classes. But hey - why not drop down and give me 25?
~ This is everything you'd expect for "baskets around athletic fields." There's some elevation and a lot of distance, but nothing very memorable
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I figured it was time for an update. Course layout hasn't changed since the 2014 reviews. Read those.
Right off, this is not the kind of course I really enjoy. It's wide open, and long. If you have the arm, you might like it. Holes 3 and 9 were the only ones that had any actual obstacles (ie, trees). However, the course makes good use of the elevation changes everywhere, and around the baskets. The grass is well maintained.
May be COVID-19 related, but playing early afternoon there were NO outside student activities. Late afternoon, after school hours, the fields started getting busy.
Address should really be 544 Pleasant View Road. We parked in the student lot near hole 1, which was empty. Maybe we weren't suppose to, and if things were normal, the lot would have been full. Don't know.
Cons: As others have said, short tee pads. If I play it again, I'll tee off the grass instead.
Hole 4 had a truck and trailer parked right in front of the tee. We took a stroke and played from in front rather than risk hitting them. Still ended up playing to basket 6 by mistake.
Tee 7 is at a shed, no run-up, as others have said.
Tee 12 is essentially blocked by some sort of equipment. We teed off to the left.
If there are outside activities at the school, the course would likely be unplayable. But today, it was good.
Other Thoughts: Likely COVID-19 related, there were no score sheets or maps at hole 1. The course can be a bit confusing without a map.
Tee 2 is next to the fence and in front of the maintenance building.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Big, big, big. If you're tired banging your drivers off trees, this is your course. Great elevation changes, several blind tee shots, and the school grounds are very well maintained.
#1 -Down two hills and across the parking lot...beauty. Aim for the light pole with a strong backhand and you'll end up close. Yes, I've hit the farm house.
#2 - Walk between the fence and the shed to find the tee box...if no one is parking on it.
#3 - The basket is protected by a small rise of trees. Left or right is fine; straight on is no man's land.
#4 - Big drive back across the gravel lot then a dogleg right to the basket. The fringe is brutal.
#5 - This is your chance to impress the field hockey players and baseball teams. The only hazard is the seasonal swamp from left to center.
#6 - Another big drive to an elevated basket. Try to avoid the joggers on the path along the hill.
#7 - Like most of the sheds by the tees, this one harbors an assortment of bees and wasps, so just give them room. Two big drives can get you close the basket that's nestled in the corner.
#8 - Aceable. Easier when the foliage is not so lush.
#9 - This is their homage to finesse. Head down the path to the right of #8 and the tee box is in the mud. Nice and tight throws. "House rules" say you can blast it out into the field if you're not into finesse, but only after your first shot.
#10 - Straight shot along the soccer field. Again, the fringe is brutal. A little drop off beyond the hole can make for a tough putt.
#11 - It's not that far, but the fenced-in track to your right can mess with your head. Especially if the gate is closed.
#12 - This is why you came (unless it's football season). Big fairway of 400 feet, track to your right, around the concession building, and there's the basket, perched up on top of the hill. If you overshoot and have to putt downhill, good luck.
#13 - My one and only ace hole. Up the hill and across the road. Watch for cross traffic.
#14 - Another blind tee shot, over a slight rise. No one has used the sand volleyball court in years, so it makes a nice landing spot.
#15 - Another favorite. The area around the tee box is usually pretty damp, but your first throw is a bottleneck between a hill and some residences, then it opens up to a vast field with the basket sitting in the middle of nowhere.
#16 - Most scenic tee shot. Long, across the bowl-shaped field towards the road, then through the tree line to the basket. Really nice view in the fall.
#17 - After #16, make a hard right and follow the road to the tee box. The basket is hidden over the hill to the right of the school. And once you're over the crest, it drops off so far to the left that a promising shot can easily bounce off the road or the brick wall.
#18 - Blind, straight up the hill, to the right of the tennis courts. Make sure to stop at the memorial for the beloved Mr. Bartol; the inscription on the plaque is "Did you fill anyone's basket today?" Almost like he's the patron saint of disc golf. Reflect for a moment, then go ahead and fill your own basket. You earned it.
Cons: This course puts the "multi" in multi-use. Most days are fine, but you'll have to skip several holes during the spring and fall sports seasons. The tee boxes are more for reference, not really usable for a run up. The foliage around the fringe of the course is very dense in the summer.
Other Thoughts: This is my hometown course, the one that got me into the sport. So despite its flaws, I'm still very fond of it. We're blessed to have some quality courses in this area (Quaker's Challenge, Boulder Woods, Creekside, and Coyote Hills), and this is a nice alternative if you're looking for something different.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Good course for distances
Pros: Nice, wide open areas. Several changes in elevation make it interesting on several of the holes, mainly baskets 1, 17 and 18. Each tee has the distance and par cut into it. Maps are located up at Tee 1.
Cons: Located on school grounds. Several of the baskets are located across roadways, meaning you have to throw across them. Tees are somewhat on the small side, roughly 3 foot by 3 foot. Scorecard and map are not the easiest to understand.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a nice course. Plenty of wide open spaces to try out your long distance drivers. Can become rather windy at times.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Time to air out the drivers...from a standstill :(
Pros: Kiosk with maps, pencils and scorecards.
Distance carved into each tee pad.
Course features holes over 600 feet so you can air out the drivers that you do not get to use as much at the Gifford Pinchot courses.
A few attractive holes. 8 was a nice short par 3 gaurded by trees on the right and open field on the left. Elevation came into play on a few holes. 17 is a good example of throwing over the rolling hills. It is too difficult and dangerous for the average student, but to wide open for expereinced players.
Cons: 3x3 tee pads for holes over 600 feet are unacceptable. No tee signs.
Never found the tiny tee for hole 2.
Several design issues:
The first tee starts the course immediately throwing over a parking lot. HUGE hazard. Hole 2 throws over the soccer field, 3 is a blind shot over a gravel parking lot. Tee 4 aims directly at basket 5, which would be about the same distance as 4, so it is very easy to toss at the wrong basket. Hole 5's tee is directly infront of a shed, so a run up is impossible on this 560 foot hole. Holes 8,10, and 11 were all similar holes with something gaurding the right side so you had to come in from the left. Hole 9 was a tight right dog leg through mud and thorns. when you get to the end you have to do a 180 degree turn to throw back at teh basket. Hole 12 can throw over the track if you want to take that risk on your first or even second shot. 13 is a short uphill shot with the basket only 7 feet from the road. You can hit the basket and wind up OB. 16 throws over a exit road.
Other Thoughts: Not sure the purpose of this course. Par is set generous for school kids, but the course is not really set up for kids to use, The course is so spread out that supervision would be impossible, the tee pads are often very close to the previous baskets, and there are several safety issues. However, the tiny tee pads are a turn off for disc golfers who gain benefit from the long distance holes.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Long, Open, Flawed
Pros: Very well kept up. Everything was mowed. All tees except #2 were easy to find. A couple of interesting basket placements (#3, #9). Baskets are in great shape. Good mix of short and long. Good mix of up and down given the terrain). Short walk from parking lot to first tee. Course finishes back at same parking lot. You can really air out your drivers.
Cons: Most holes are wide open. Several play along the side of the woods but the woods are easily avoidable. Basically just long and open. My biggest gripe is the tee pads. They are very short and raised so when I ran up (which you want to on many of the holes), I invariably had trouble with the step-up and release. Two of the pads are directly in front of structures so you cannot run up. This is especially annoying on #7 which is a 569 foot hole but there is a shed directly behind the 4 foot tee pad so no run up at all. No facilities (unless you are a student or teacher, I guess).
Other Thoughts: The course is pleasant and I'm glad I played it once but there is no reason to return. If I had just teed off beside the tee pads (or somewhere else close), I probably would have enjoyed it more.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Red Land High School hosts a nice 18 hole course that roams across very well maintained fields circling the school.
Pretty much all of the elevation available was used for this course. You get a couple downhill drives (1, 2, 4 and 7) as well as a few up hill rippers (11, 13, 14).
Most school courses consist of a 9 hole pitch and putt but this 18 hole course has some decent distance with a few holes over 400' all the way to 650'.
This is a good course for anyone looking to air out their plastic. There is also very little chance of losing a disc here.
The Innova Discatcher baskets were in good shape.
There were tees with the par and distance engraved into them.
Kiosk at Hole #1 that had pencils and score cards w/map.
Cons: The tee pads are only 3x3 concrete pads framed in wood.
The whole course is just kind of blah. It looks like the designer used everything available which admittedly wasn't much. Only three or four holes have any kind of natural obstacle.
Since it plays around and over a lot of the school fields this course would become unplayable if they were being used.
You play over roads and parking lots as well as very close to a few buildings. No real danger but you should be aware.
Other Thoughts: A nice fast course to play in the summer evenings when nothing else is happening at the school. Since I play mostly wooded courses it was a nice change to air out some of my discs without fear of trees and, well, anything interfering. Kind of like field practice.
I always appreciate school courses since that means that young people are being introduced to our sport but with all of the other courses in the area like, Pinchot, Creekside and Codorus this will never be a must play.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Air it out
Pros: Great length, I have never seen any course with this amount of length on a high school campus, nothing with this length even on a college campus. Decent use of space.
Cons: Tee pads are awful, they are pretty much useless.
Course was very wet and swampy after a rain, this tends to happen in most areas of PA I feel.
No real obstacles
School was not in session when I played but I don't think you will be able to play all 18 when the school fields are in use.
Other Thoughts: This course seems like it could defiantly have it's fun moments. Lots of space to air out your arm and throw from some elevated tees. Very nice score cards and pencils available. They should really address the tee pads as it is a big cons especially when the course is soggy as they are useless except for giving the distance which is nice. I think it is a great course for a high school and probably the best high school course I have ever seen. I wish my high school had something 1/10th as good as this.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring your drivers and get ready to stretch out the old noodle.
Pros: -Wide open allowing you lots of opportunities to air it out
-Excellent use of elevation throughout the course
-Low chance of disc loss
-Well maintained with nice newish baskets and concrete teepads (teepads are a bit short)
-Scorecards and pencils have been available beside hole #1 every time I have played there. The map on the scorecard also makes it very easy to navigate
Cons: -On the grounds of Redland High School, so during school hours you must yield to phys-ed classes or any other activity taking place
-Main challenge is distance, the design dosent place a high emphasis on "shotmaking"
-Plays across or near several roads and parking lots making awareness of your surroundings important
Other Thoughts: I am an above average recreational level player. For me this course is incredibly long. I can only think of 1 or 2 holes where I would tee off with anything other than a driver. There's nothing wrong with that its just not my favorite type of course. That being said, it allows you an opportunity to really grip it and rip it on almost every hole. Make sure you stretch and get that arm nice and warm before you play.
Its awesome that a local high school put a course in and hopefully this will encourage a whole new generation of disc golfers in the central pennsylvania area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Nice High School Course
Pros: Eighteen hole course with quality Innova baskets located on very well-manicured high school property. A "welcome" kiosk/board greets you at tee #1 and has a course map, pencils and scorecards available. The hole, par number and distance are all professionally etched into the front piece of 4 x 4 on each tee box. There is good variety and varying distances throughout the course and excellent use of elevation. Course navigation was relatively easy. Challenging, yet appropriate for most levels of play.
Cons: The biggest con by far is the size of the tee boxes, which are about half the size of what they should be. Public use is limited to summer months, after school hours and weekends & one must also work around athletic events taking place. Several holes cross access ways and hole one has the potential for disaster if cars are in the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: While visiting the area, I decided to play this course and was not disappointed. As a high school phys. ed. teacher who designed a 9 hole course for our own school, I must commend those responsible for putting this course together. A lot of thought and effort went into this, and I think it's great this sport is slowly weaving its way into the school P.E. curriculum. The course is challenging- maybe TOO challenging for many students, but will undoubtedly improve their game while teaching them the sport. The Red Land DG Course will appeal to those who like to let it fly in an open area, not so much to those who prefer more technical layouts. Overall, a good playing experience. Get your 54 hole disc golf fix by playing Creekside, Pinchot State Park and Red Land all in one day.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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