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Spotter please

5+    10/25/2016   10/25/2016
Review By: Jmano33
Played: 13  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 5.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Secluded public park... no one will bother you during round
- rarely crowded, and even if crowded there is enough space between holes to prevent clogging
- Nice when leaves fall as it makes some baskets easier to see
- Good mix of holes going up hill and flat...
- Open and tight, makes for good diversity
Cons: - If you love your disc, have a spotter for holes 7 / 9... ANY shot that isn't straight will go into the very thick underbrush and will be gone forever (RIP Star Katana lost today)... Having someone about 150 feet down will prevent this and the inevitable headache with searching forever.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad course.. it is 1/2 mile off of rte 2 which makes it very accessible for someone coming from Western MA or Boston...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great course for players of all levels

1    5/19/2016   5/19/2016
Review By: Pee Yount
Played: 53  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 18.1 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent course that requires nearly every trick shot in the books.

Well laid out with many key signs throughout the course to steer you in the right direction.
Cons: Small parking lot. Definitely carpool. Monday nights are packed with leagues, but they are great people.
Other Thoughts: The cliff to cliff shot is a lot of fun.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Many Improvements

5+    4/15/2016   4/16/2016
Review By: kidd7138
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course is playing better than it ever has. Most holes now have brick tee pads and the brush is much thinner thanks to recent work days. Many unique holes with a very good use of the elevation changes, great greens, challenging but fair.

My favorites would be:
3 - A rolling fairway with OB road running along the entire right side and a guarded basket

6 - Tee shot plays over a 250ft gully, if you do make the opposite hill there are small patches of laurel and pine protecting the green if you don't stay in the fairway.

13 - A short, easy hole but a great example of the landscape. Plays over a large boulder onto a green with multiple levels, miss right and you're putting from 5 feet above the basket, miss left and you may be rolling away but the basket sits on a nice level spot.
Cons: There are some areas where casual water will always be an issue, so proper footwear during wet seasons is a good idea.

It is tight and technical so it may be tough on beginners.
Other Thoughts: League on Monday nights with pools for all skill levels.

Currently tees off at 5PM.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

1    11/8/2015   11/11/2015
Review By: Hector Chain
Played: 185  Reviewed: 180  Exp: 9.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: As you move farther west from Boston, the hills get bigger and bigger. I was surprised at how much elevation the course presented. The middle of the course zigs and zags up and down a steep portion of the hill.

Holes 4-12 hold some fun holes as you go up and down. Hole 8 is a 193-foot tunnel shot with ace potential (I clanged the front of the basket). Hole 9 is a downhill shot with multiple ways to get to the basket. Hole 11 is a big RHBH anhyzer, one of the few holes that finishes in the open.

There are multi-shot holes here. They don't all work (see below), but hole 17 is a good one. There is a landing zone for your slightly downhill drive before the fairway declines steeply off to the right, requiring a well-placed forehand to get a 3.
Navigation was pretty easy.

On a nice Sunday afternoon in November, I was one of maybe 6 people on the course.
Cons: There is too much emphasis of length on a lot of holes. You already have elevation and woods, so adding length requires some careful design, and I don't think it succeeded here. Too many of the longer holes did not have realistic landing zones, so the multi-shot strategy wasn't really there; you were just driving and hoping you didn't end up in some brush. Holes 6 (a great cross-valley drive that didn't need distance tacked on) and 14 are prime examples.

Lots of blind shots. This made playing here for the first time pretty annoying. Hole 15 is a great steep uphill drive, but the hole is out of sight on a plane up top. Why? If you have the basket at the top of the hill, it is not only visible, it adds challenge, punishing long drives with a tough comeback and short drives with a possible rollaway.

Some tee signs would help. Distance and fairway direction were a bit of a guessing game (only par is shown).

The brush wasn't bad on this Sunday in November, but I could see it being really bad in the summer.
Other Thoughts: As of this writing, the course is rated 2.81. To be clear, Coggshall is better than that. It was built not long after this site came online, so the older reviews reflect a 9-hole course or one that wasn't very polished.

With huge elevation and woods, this should be a course I love. But I didn't. I liked it, but there weren't many holes I wanted another crack at. Devens is just down the road (with similar terrain) and succeeds in design where Coggshall sometimes stumbles. There is definitely potential here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Lots of changes since earlier posts

1    10/30/2014   10/31/2014
Review By: gabereif
Played: 41  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 6.6 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Based on reading previous posts, it sounds like this course has changed a lot since 2012. Here's my description of the course as of October 2014. I've tried to highlight how the course differs from earlier reviews.

-18 holes
-Abundant parking off of South St. with a prominent sign that says "Disc Golf Parking Only"
-Some tee pads are good. Every hole has a well-defined tee pad. Some are brick, some are rubber, some are natural.
-Baskets are in fine shape.
-The golf is challenging with all the trees and most holes are fair.
-Nice use of elevation, especially on 6 and 16.
-Hole 6 is clearly the best hole. Great aesthetics and a great tee shot.
-Underbrush was not a problem, except for a couple holes, but maybe this would be worse in the summer.
Cons: -It took my 5 minutes of wandering to find the first tee.
-There's a bulletin board, but it has no course map. A course map would have been very helpful.
-The holes have signs, but no indication of the layout of the hole. Most tee shots are blind, so this is frustrating. The hole signs also don't tell you how long the holes are. This was frustrating.
-There are lots of homemade signs around to help you get from one hole to the next. That said, navigation was hard for a first-timer. I'm not sure I would have found hole 6 without running into some folk. And getting from hole 12 to 13 was hard too. Navigation was frustrating, although I made it through without a map or smart phone.
-I saw one pile of poop and stepped in another. Otherwise the course was clean.
-Some tee pads are bumpy and some are too short.
-Two long walks from 3 to 4 and 12 to 13.
-Some fairways are too tight and long for my taste. I think it was 9 and 14 and 17 and 18 where the fairway is narrow and windy and long. I bet this could be great for a local who knows the course really well, but I was frustrated on these holes.
-Some holes are pretty boring. Like 1.
-The course is described as moderately wooded. I would say it is heavily wooded!
Other Thoughts: If this course had better signage from hole to hole, signage for the layout of holes, hole distances listed, a sign to find the first tee, and a course map, it would be much better. I recognize that returners won't be bothered by the lack of navigational help, but as a first-timer, this put a damper on my experience. Otherwise, this was solid disc golf. I am pretty close to giving the course a 2.5, but I love the Disc Golf Parking Only sign in front that let me know I was in the right place. If I were a local, I'd be happy to play here on a regular basis.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 tuff course

2-4    5/20/2013   6/26/2013
Review By: chillin
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 5.5 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: challenging, tuff shots, good hike up and down hills
Cons: Not well maintained, not labeled good for directions to next hole, very easy to loose disc, no real established tees
Other Thoughts: it would be a nice course if they add a few signs and cut back some of the over growth

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Decent Course with A Lot of Potential

1    7/30/2012   7/30/2012
Review By: bosoxbrent
Played: 36  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 7.2 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: * Pretty challenging set of wooded holes that allow you to really practice your woods game.
* You definitely get some good exercise hiking up and down some of the hills.
* For the most part the course is pretty clean. I found very little trash there.
* A few holes were ones that you shot across valleys. Those were a lot of fun.
* It's in a very quiet park that didn't seem very crowded when we played.
* There are a couple of holes that even a beginner may have a chance to ace.
* The baskets were very new and in excellent shape.
Cons: * My biggest peeve is the lack of signage. This was my first time playing this course. There were no signs stating how long the holes were and only a few showing you where the next tee was.
* Tee boxes could use a little leveling and gravel if they are not going with wooden or concrete tee pads.
* Needs a lot of maintenance. There are a lot of wood piles and trees down off the main fairway. Likely due to the ice storm a few years back. Could use a little care.
* Not a friendly course for beginners.
* Oddly enough we found about 10 bras hanging from various tree branches and signs. I'm not sure if this is a joke or perverts run free in the woods after dark.
Other Thoughts: This was a pretty hilly, wooded course. I was really frustrated on the front 9, but the back 9 was much more enjoyable. I think it just took some getting used to on my part. I really wish they cleaned up the downed branches and brush as this could be a very nice course. I look forward to seeing if local clubs/players organize something to help clean this course up.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 New England Woodsy Discin'

1    7/4/2012   7/5/2012
Review By: Dylan Courtney
Played: 162  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 9.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Coggshall Park is a relatively new course that appears to be on it's way to becoming a real gem considering it is free to play. It is very easy to locate and parking is right by hole 1. There's only room for about 10 cars but we had the course to ourselves on July 4th. The setting is quite beautiful with massive boulders, tall pines, and rolling hills of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron.

Design incorporates elevation to create a nice variety of holes. There are steep uphills, long gradual downhills, and a couple ridge to ridge shots with valleys in between. I found myself using a multitude of drivers, mids, and even putters off the tee, so bring your whole bag. Proficiency in throwing a Roc/Buzz/etc. nice and straight is rewarded. There are lanes to pump drivers out to the right or left, but the brush in the rough makes for a dangerous risk/reward ratio. Although the brush made finding discs difficult at times, it isn't very tall so you can usually get back on track with a nicely placed tommy/thumber. Baskets are brand new DISCatchers which grab discs well and are bright yellow which makes spotting them (a little) easier. The greens were all very nice once you found them and then got your disc to them.
Cons: The entrance to the park appears shady at best. The information "kiosk" is a joke. The natural tee pads are vaguely defined at their best and flat out dangerous at their worst. Signage only gives hole number and par (all 3's except for 1 hole). I don't care what the par is. I can't see the basket on more than half the holes, so how about a distance or a little sharpie drawing of which direction the hole turns. We ended up walking a bunch of holes before throwing because they literally could have been 290 dogleg right or 400 straight ahead. This gets tiring with the (awesome) steep rocky terrain. There were a couple spray and pray holes but most had an intended fairway. Took us 10 mins to find hole 4: After 3, take a left and follow the road up the hill past the 13 tee (ya...13). After hole 12, walk back down the road to 13. More thorough 'next tee' signage is needed. The few trash cans we saw were literally overflowing with garbage (It's full! Take your crap with you and throw it out in a container that doesn't have a Jenga pyramid of refuse reaching a foot above the can.)
Other Thoughts: Obviously after playing once or twice the layout/signage 'cons' diminish, but for a first timer it was a little tough. This is not a super difficult course (shot a 56 first time out), however it is not beginner friendly. Hardcore New England discers/hikers will feel at home. With those beautiful baskets and great environment, proper tee boxes should be a priority. Some of them will need to be moved entirely. We really enjoyed playing here despite the cons. As this course improves I think it will become very popular. Those who enjoy Devens will certainly like this course (once Devens-esque signage is installed). Now that I know the layout I can't wait to play it again!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Check It Out

5+    5/6/2012   5/8/2012
Review By: BA-DG
Played: 10  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.4 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
- Good hole design and variety overall with uphill, downhill, flat, and rolling hills all in the mix.
- Mix of holes favoring RHBH/LHBH.
- Very few short holes. Consistently challenging.
- Baskets in great shape.
- Great setup to play quick 9 holes.
- Quiet, secluded and serene, but still conveniently located.
- New parking area has opened making parking a breeze.
- Actively being improved.
- Teeboxes are terrible right now to be honest (but are frequently being worked on).
- The rough is thick out there. It can be difficult to find discs thrown off the narrow fairways.
- Some holes have low lying muddy areas.
- Gets buggy in summer.
- Course layout is not ideal (due to being split into lower 9 and upper 9). There are lengthy walks between some holes, notably 2-3 and 12-13.
- No signage for holes other than par and distance.
- Some permanent signage still needed for direction to next hole, though this is not a problem after a playing once.
Other Thoughts:
This is my hometown course and it's getting better, but still has room to improve.

I really enjoy the play here. The holes are narrow and challenging. The rough is so thick (and thorny!) in spots that the safe play is often rewarded, making for many interesting risk/reward shots. There is a lot of elevation to work with here but there are only a few downhill holes, while there are several steep uphill holes. Most holes are overall flat with rolling hills.

There is definitely work to be done though, but that is one of the great things about this course -- it will only get better. Every time I'm out playing I run into someone working on the course. Recently a few baskets have been reset (for height) or moved slightly. Some teeboxes have also been moved (closer to the basket) or are being improved. This is good because the teeboxes are awful for most holes, and that is my major gripe with this course. Since I'm local I may work on raising some money for rubber pads for the teeboxes.

There are 19 holes here, but not really. I'm still confused by it actually. There are 18 holes with permanent sings for 1-18. But in front of 1 is a short 193ft hole that has a temporary 1 sign.

The way my friends and I play it:
18 holes - Play temp 1 as a warmup and then play the signed 1-18.
9 holes - Play temp 1 as 1, then signed 1 as 2, 2 as 3. Cross the street and play 13-18 to finish quick 9.

I'll post a course map soon and will be working on hole description signage for the course (as soon as they stop moving baskets).

If you live nearby you should absolutely give Coggshall a play, just don't forget the bug spray!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Great course taking form

1    3/24/2012   3/24/2012
Review By: xdzt
Played: 4  Reviewed: 1
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Very cool course with lots of interesting holes
- Quiet
- Some opportunities for bigger (but precise) arms
- Only 12 min. from Devens, making for a pleasant 36 holes in the woods
- Now has 18 holes, with some great additions in the "top" nine
- Quality baskets
- It's clear that a lot of work has been done on this course and it's a reasonable expectation that a lot of work will continue to be done, turning this into the gem it deserves to be
Cons: - Lack of signage hurts both in navigating between holes and at the teebox on blind shots
- Some rough teeboxes
- I imagine this will be a *very* buggy course come summertime, bring bugspray
- A lot of underbrush off of the fairways can make it a little tricky to navigate to errant discs.
Other Thoughts: Despite its open lines of sight, this is a narrow course. That said, there are very few trees in the middle of the narrow fairways, meaning that if you don't stray you won't need to worry about unlucky bounces.

I think there's no doubt that this course is going to blow up in popularity as it nears a more completed state. It's a challenging, but exceptionally fair, course.

Coggshall's location can't be beat. Right off of rt 2, it is a 12 minute drive to Devens DGC, and there's a Play it Again Sports about 1 mile down the road in Leominster to buy some new plastic while you're in the area.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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