5 Helpful / 0 Not
Thanks again PA State Parks!
Pros: The course is at a nice, little state park with a lot of additional activities: hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, etc. Restrooms & water fountains close to tee #1. #1 starts out between parking lots so it's easy to park close. #9 ends up only about a 2 minute walk from tee #1. It's close to Altoona (lots of places to eat and shop, etc.) and very close to Hollidaysburg (some places to eat and shop, etc.).
Nice, Innova chains. Map & scorecard near tee #1. Very easy to navigate. Tee markers have been updated since the last review with hole details & directions to next tees. Two tees per hole.
Fairways were nicely groomed. Undergrowth off the fairways isn't thick yet. But it's only mid May.
Length is nice for a 9 holer to keep experienced players entertained while not turning off beginners. Well placed drives should provide a chance for at least a long birdie putt on most holes. Poor drives, though, will find enough trees & high grass/weeds to make you regret straying far from the fairway.
Nice variety of open holes to lightly wooded holes. Several holes finish to the left... good for this RHBH dominant player. A couple forced big right turning anhyzer drives. Some require very straight drives. I got to throw a bigger variety of discs off the tee than on most 9 hole courses.
While there's only one hole that I would consider even moderately wooded, the pin placements are mostly protected from just a straight drive & approach. Most pins are either tucked in-between a group of trees, or there will be a couple strategically placed trees that you have to throw around in the fairways. The course takes advantage of what little elevation change there is on the property.
Cons: jblough's review was dead on. The natural tees are already worn down to bare dirt/mud at the boards that mark the line to throw behind. I played several holes slightly off to the side because I was slipping when I planted my foot. This is the primary improvement needed at this course in my opinion. Any improvement at all would move my rating up to 3.5.
*****Update: Played again 11-13-10 and rubber tee pads have been added. They need to level the ground and lay some gravel underneath them, as they're currently just laid on top of the grass. But it is an improvement already. So... rating bumped up to 3.5.*****
The length might be a drawback for the "big arms." The only true "wooded" hole was also the shortest on the course at only 200' and 212' from the two tees. The relatively simple setup might turn off the uber-experienced player. And if you love water holes, the water here shouldn't come into play (unless you go way long on #9).
Losing a disc in the rough could become a challenge if the rough isn't cut back during the year. (Not really a con, but thought that I'd mention it.)
Other Thoughts: To start, I throw a little over 300' on flat ground consistently. So from the reds, I got to throw one full driver (#2) and two almost full drives (#3 & #4 slightly downhill). From the whites, I threw three full drives (#2-4) and two almost full drives (#1 & 6). So the length was great for me.
I really enjoy this sort of, semi-open, hole setup. If you hit your gaps, you should score well. If you don't, you still shouldn't shoot a huge number, but you will mix in some bogies.
Favorite holes: #2. It looks like a ball golf hole. 353', slightly downhill. The drive starts totally open. At about 250' (from the Reds) you have to hit a gap between trees that's about 50' wide. From there, the fairway continues narrowing the remaining 100' back to the pin. It's a classic hole.
#4, from the reds. 327', slightly downhill. There's a thick wall of evergreens about 300' from the tee. The pin is 10' feet past the trees and 30' to the left of the first tree on the right, It's simple enough, but boy is that fun.
Other, other thoughts: #7's gap is much more narrow than pictures can show, with the pin tucked way back to the right. And the gap to hit in the hedge/trees on #8 is much more intimidating in person.
jblough's pictures are great. But with the leaves on the trees, the course looks considerably different. I hope to take some pictures the next time I'm there. (Although if you're there any time soon, jblough, your pics are nicer than mine. Hint, hint.)
If you can't tell, I love Canoe Creek. It's my new favorite 9 hole course. It really has most of what I want in a course. Plenty of length for me & good options for disc selection and throw type.
Thanks for reading. Hopefully this will help a couple people out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Another Course in the Altoona area DG scene!
Pros: I'd like to start by saying that this course is brand new. And I mean BRAND NEW. The baskets were just installed a few weeks ago. Pros to this course include:
1.) Close proximity to Altoona
2.) first tee right by parking lot
3.) information kiosk with map/scorecards
4.) nice DISCatcher baskets
5.) some tree hazards make the course more interesting/challenging
6.) bathrooms and picnic tables abundant
7.) pro and am tees
8.) the lake partially comes into play on hole #9 -- if you really shank it, that is.
Cons: While I'm sure more adjustments will be made to this new course, some things should be considered:
1.) The tees have posts, but they are not numbered of labeled. Signs that designate the hole, par, length, and other facts would be useful in the future
2.) The tees are merely grass with a wooden strip. Concrete, rubber, wood chips -- anything would be better than what's there now
3.) course is a little too flat and open. While there are several wooded holes, I wish there were some more trees and variety with terrain. A dogleg or two would be nice as well.
4.) Not the most challenging course, but that may be a good thing for beginners.
Other Thoughts: Despite the 2.5 rating, I was really impressed with how the DCNR utilized the space of the park to make the course. What was empty, uninhabited state park space is now a nice disc golf course for the public good.
It's nice to have a third course in the greater Altoona area. Check out Prince Gallitzin State Park and Valley View Park for other local disc golfing, too.
As I mentioned, this course is still in its infancy; I'm not even sure if the course had a "grand opening" yet. With that being said, be patient while they add tees/signs to the course and take a map to navigate more easily. With some improvement and an additional 9 holes, this could be a great park in the future!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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