Sands of time
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I like a course that shows me something I haven't seen before, and this entire course was something different. It was wooded but played entirely on sand. I don't think I've been in this sort of habitat before, let alone played disc golf. Picture sandy dunes with sporadic grass and small plants under gnarled coastal pines.
The land is old and the course is old. The park was declared public land by William Penn, back before he signed the endorsement deal with that oatmeal that your parents used to eat. The course is probably the oldest one I've played, and it was created by Steady Ed himself. The distances are unsurprisingly pretty short, with most holes under 300 feet. Even when my disc only made it halfway up the fairway (see below), I could usually recover.
You can run every putt and know that it will stick. Rollaways are impossible.
Tee signs were prevalent. Tee pads are rubber set on top of the old wooded planks.
Cons: The course was created in 1978, and so was I. Fortunately I can say that I'm holding up better than it is. The baskets are old contraptions with rusty chains and shallow baskets. The tee signs are cracking and tough to read. The rubber mats on the tee pads look like the only thing on the course that has been touched in 40 years.
More than the equipment, the lines to the basket are not always realistic. In some cases it appears they are overgrown. Hole 10's sign makes it look like there is a path to the basket that avoids the bike trail, but right now your only shot is to hang a RHBH hyzer out over the path, which isn't that safe. For other holes I can't tell if there ever was a better line. If you have a big arm (I don't), you are almost always better of going over the top of the pines.
Despite being short, walking this course is more tiring than most since it's all sand. The baskets on at least half the holes are not visible from the tee, so on your first time you're walking a lot of fairways before you even throw.
There was a lot of standing water in the middle part of the course, so bugs were bad.
Other Thoughts: I really like what I saw from the park, and setting foot on the course put me in a good mood. What a cool location! Feeling the wind blow through the pines and across the grassy dunes felt like a perfect way to spend a summer day. Unfortunately, the course didn't measure up. As a piece of history and a true novelty, you really should play here once. But probably only once.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: multiple tees for different levels of play
baskets have arrows to get you to the next tees
baskets are either orange or have an orange number plate
you're at the beach!!! You can play 18 holes, go for a dip in the ocean, then come back for some more.
Cons: some of the tees are in poor shape
chains are very rusted on the baskets
there was a lot of standing water in areas that there were trees from heavy rains and flash flooding from several days before.
You can't see the basket from most of the higher level tees. The signage could use an update. You'll spend a lot of time marching up the sand to see if you can find the basket before you tee off.
Other Thoughts: I played Henlopen three years ago, the last time we vacationed in Lewes. It seems that several of the tees have been fixed, but there's a lot of work that the course needs. There were several holes that were completely unplayable because of water. Between holes 17 to 18, there were trees down blocking any walking paths.
If you're visiting, and it hasn't rained hard recently, then it's a nice vacation play in the sand if you need a break from the water.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Near Rehoboth Beach. Tee signs and tee pads on every hole. Some elevation changes. Nice use of vegetation.
Cons: Windy, not easy to navigate for first timers. Terrain is mostly sand, so difficult to walk on. Maybe wear sandals, my regular disc golf shoes filled with sand. $8 for non Delaware residents entrance fee.
Other Thoughts: Too little course for the high price admission. If you really need your disc golf fix while on vacation, play it, otherwise save your money for a better course.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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