Solid Little College Good For A Nooner!
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Pros: Angelica Park is on the campus of Alvermia University which is a Division III school in Reading. The small park circles around a creek. The first hole of the course is in the main part of the park, then you walk across the bridge to play 2-7 before heading back into the main part to finish with 8 & 9.
There is a nice big course map at the start. I like the very simple tee signs although I don't like where they are placed. (See Cons). These are, what I call, the campground signs. They are a simple plastic thin pole about a 1/4" thick x 3" wide, very flexible but probably indestructible. In state and national park campgrounds, these are used to number the campsites. The ones here just have the hole number. The pads here are natural and in good shape overall. Discatchers seem to be the basket of choice here in Pennsylvania.
# 1 is 270' through the trees.
# 2 is 262' with a short pad and the creek on your right.
# 3 is slightly downhill with one tree that you need to miss.
# 4 is a slight upward hole at 230'.
# 5 is 374' and there is currently at construction fence just to your left.
# 6 is a 302' hole which is flanked by a hillside on your left and the creek on your right and a big tree in the middle.
# 7 is 374' with a large tree standing tall.
# 8 is 253' that needs a little fade at the end.
# 9 is a long, 535' hole, playing back, which is more or less open.
Cons: The # 1 Con is these wonderful little campground tee signs are set right at the left front corner of the tee pad so that they are in your head on every tee off. You can see evidence of where players have tried to move over to avoid them.
Really, I don't see any other problems. This is is just a nice, simple little rec course, nothing to get real turned on about and nothing to complain about either.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little course for the college students to grab a quick round at or in the case today, a law enforcement instructor was catching a quick round on his lunch break. It's pretty average all together, doesn't seem to have any holes that you would remember a year from from now. Without my notes, I think I might have forgotten everything about the course since yesterday.
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A Local Practice Course
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-Goodsized parking lots right next to tee 1.
-On a University campus, nice area.
-Overall a Beginner-Intermediate feel in distance and obstacles.
-Holes are pedestrian and repetitive near end.
-Faster moving creek can be a factor by holes 2, 3, and 6. Discs can be swept away.
-The next hole wasn't always obvious, particularly hole 2.
-Construction still ongoing as of December 2017 besides hole 5, beginning of 6.
-Tees are mostly dirt, not the greatest.
Not a lot of people when I was there (December), I imagine it be more trafficked in late spring and autumn. The park itself is quite scenic and nice.
Tee 1 was around 40.310119, -75.929145 in google maps. Hole 1 starts right by the parking lot and has quite a few trees as obstacles. Tee 2 will be a little bit away, follow the street and cross the creek. It's a pretty straight throw. Tee 3 is a little uphill backtrack towards the street and a downhill shot. Hole 4 is uphill and shorter than 2011 map indicates.
Hole 5 looks considerably changed from the 2011 map and shifted over the path due to construction. Hole 6 is alongside the creek and a major loss potential. 7 is across the creek.
Tee 8 is a walk along the path and about as far from 7, as 2 was from 1. Straight distance shot, slightly downhill. Hole 9 is a distance shot slightly uphill, but shorter than 2011 map so that it no longer crosses the path. Good decision.
This is a nice local practice course, but nothing exciting.
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Decent 9 hole course for beginners
Pros: Good hole set-up with minimal brush or trees in the way.
Located in a nice park in a great area by Alvernia.
Great difference in elevation on each hole.
Cons: Construction on the road next to the course causes distractions and two of the tees have been cut in half.
Creek running through the middle of the course is a good water hazard but runs fast and can carry discs that may fall into it.
Other Thoughts: After construction ends this course will be better to play. If I were in this area and was going to play a round or two of disc golf, I would go to Laurelain Park. It is better kept and more challenging to play
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Fun 9 Hole
Pros: This is a very fun course. A bunch of holes that require shots around/through trees, and others that are wide open. Fairly equal mix of lefty and righty holes, so both will be pleased. tee boxes are alright, if you have decent footwear you will not struggle, although they are still dirt and you have to watch for falling walnuts!
Cons: Course is maintained, although sometimes there are some shady people hanging around the course. I personally have met someone playing with one of my discs that I lost there. Just be on the lookout for anyone around you.
Other Thoughts: I would love to know if there is anyone who is in charge of running any type of doubles tournament.. or anything through the college (Alvernia). I know they used to do things, and would be interested in partaking if they still host small events. if anyone has a contact with the college please let me know!
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Tough to navigate.
Pros: Baskets had the hole number on them which helped you at least know what basket to shoot at. Nice use of the land available. Also nice they have a practice basket. Good course for newbies like me.
Cons: No tee boxes. In desperate need of some signs to help out the first timers. Some of the earlier reviews mentioned posts or something at the tee boxes but there is nothing really there anymore other than a big dirt patch. Not much of a fairway on #6.
Other Thoughts: Ended up in the area for a function with my daughter and I had 2 hours to kill. I knew the course was nearby and decided to check it out. Saw the practice basket an some others near the parking lot but was unsure if I could find my way around. Luckily I ran into another player who helped out a little and told me where the second basket was. Holes 2,3 and 4 I found easy enough after crossing the creek. Hole 5 I could not find the tee box and walked all around until some other players told me where it was " the dirt spot up by the road". Hole six is easy to find from there but there is not much open area on 6 and it seems like it could be easy to lose a disc in the brush. The basket for hole 7 seems like it has been moved or I played it wrong. The basket for hole 7 was down near the tee spot for hole 8. You did not have to throw it over the creek like it shows on the course map here. Hole 8 was easy to find but on hole 9 I used a dirt patch that I do not think is really the tee box as it seems like the real tee box is really back further if you want to play this as a par 4. Probably not a course you would want to drive out of your way for. Not sure if they are planning on adding tee boxes or not. Looks like they tried to put ones in on #2 and #6 but they were a bit small.
Pros: Open layout with enough trees in the park to keep each hole from being the same. Beginners to experts can play this course and have a good time. I took 4 first timers out to play this course and they enjoyed the round. The park was neatly groomed and kept free of trash.
Cons: Dirt tee boxes with minimal signs to guide play. Hole 7 does not have a fairway through to the basket. A small tree row makes you use one throw just to get through. Maybe clear the under brush to be able to throw through to the basket. Hole 8 has a very slim fairway with a huge tree set in the middle. If you do not lay short next to the tree and end up in the rough you get to enjoy the thick picker vines. Wear long pants because if you throw into the rough anywhere on the course you will be in thick under brush loaded with picker vines.
Other Thoughts: For a 9 hole course this is great fun and worth the play. Having the map is a must to keep you on track. The course was never busy and you can take as much time as you want to play.
Best course in Reading, PA
Pros: Never crowded
Descent variety of shots
Some holes are challenging/longer
3rd hole is there after being gone for a year so you have to play through twice to get 18 in
Has holes where water comes into play
Wooded and open holes
Cons: No tee pads
No signage (this is a problem that I assume will be taken care of in the future) so it is difficult to find your way around the first time playing but this course is not a destination course so people playing here will know where they are going the 2nd time out and everytime after that.
The first hole is right next to the road and then to get to the second hole you have to walk across the bridge to get to #2.
Other Thoughts: With some care this course would be a great 9 hole course.
In the future I hope they will add 9 holes out on the wetlands to make it 18 since there is lots of space available.
Overall it is a nice course for people who live in the area.
Could easily be a lot better
Pros: The course is fine with a number of straight shots with some tree cover and a few along the creek. The creek is relatively shallow so there's no real worry unless you wear nice shoes.
Cons: Dirt/mud tee pads that are mostly not marked at all. Nine posts are all it would take to save some headaches. I had to look at the map over and over to find them. Even them, apparently some have been moved and there's no good way to find out where to start without asking someone familiar with the course.
Other Thoughts: This is only about 30 minutes from my house but since it's only 9 holes and it leaves a lot to desire, I won't be going out of my way to play here again. It's very sad that this is the only disc course anywhere near Reading.
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Pros: One of my favorite 9 holes around. Despite the Cons, its just a pleasurable place to play.
Cons: Mostly dirt pads. The tee areas in general are just dirt, and very sloppy.
BASKET #3 WAS REMOVED DUE TO STREAM BANK CONTRUCTION AND LIKE A YEAR AGO AND HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED, DESPITE THE PROJECT BEING COMPLETED FOR ~6 MONTHS.
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Just Happy to Throw
Pros: The course makes good use of the space provided. While it's not a "destination course," the trees and water provide a mild challenge for beginners and experienced tossers alike. There is little elevation change and a chance to let one or two rip.
I'll give the park the benefit of the doubt and say that it is indeed beautiful. However, I visited after a considerable downpour and an unseasonably early snowstorm that downed several branches and even entire trees. The park was a bit of a mess, but I am certain it was my timing.
Cons: Complete lack of signage. My cousin and I spent a good 10 minutes just figuring out the flow of the course and even then we threw from the wrong tee at the wrong basket. The only things you have to go by are the numbers on the basket, a neglected arrow directing you from basket one to tee two (You'll need it, so look for it), and at every "tee box" there is a wooden stake, but even then you aren't sure which tee is which.
Another review mentioned there are several opportunities to hit park-goers. It should also be mentioned, there are a couple spots where fellow tossers may be in the line of fire - particularly 8&9 can easily share a fairway. Speaking of which, the fairway is a serious water-collection area.
While it wasn't a big problem for me, the natural tees were a little awkward. Most notably was "tee" nine, which isn't natural, but a cement slab with four sneaky bolts sticking out of it. I'll leave it to you to guess how we figured that one out.
Other Thoughts: After we had played through once, we enjoyed the course, but, even now, I'm not convinced we did it correctly.
The course info says it's be there for 2-3 years. I don't know the school's financial situation or the cost of such maintenance, but this course would benefit greatly from some simple signage. Even numbering the tees would be an improvement, which, at this point, could be done with a magic marker.
Despite its shortcomings, I was just happy to be able to throw so close to the city. I was visiting for the holidays and am always looking for new places to throw. I'll be back next year. I hope to see this park get some lovin'.
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