6 Helpful / 0 Not
Gem in the making
Pros: 1. Variety, variety VARIETY.
2. Two sets of tees with two different problems to be solved on each hole. The amateur tees are not just short "throw and putt" locations; they push the beginner to learn how to play the game.
3. Good risk/reward opportunities
4. All baskets well marked, all tees well marked
5. Score cards available
6. Bathrooms available
7. Lots of picnic tables, playgrounds, ball courts, etc. for non-disc golfing family members
8. Weekly doubles league 5 PM Thursdays
9. Good mix of long and short.
10. Close to food, gas, shopping (check out Play it Again Sports in Niskyuna for discs)
11. Nationally famous rose garden near hole #12 :-)
Cons: 1. LOCK YOUR CAR, especially in the summer and on weekends
2. lots of dog #2 on the woods trails. Watch your step.
3. natural tee pads are sketchy at times.
4. I hate hole #4. Real b*tch of a long fugly hole from the blues with a landing zone where it's a crap shoot if you are going to be able to throw it down the narrow second shot alley.
5. Must be aware of other users at all times.
Other Thoughts: I usually rate the challenge and fun factor of a course by the number of discs I had to take out of my bag and the number of different types of shots I had to throw. At this course I use all 14 of my discs every time i play it, I've had to use every throw I know, and have even learned a few new ones "on the fly" like rolling around a 90 degree corner with a forehand, skipping a tomahawk under a pine tree, and turbo-putting over a shrub. And when it gets windy, watch out, this course can eat you for breakfast. When they get funding for paving for the tee pads, this will be a 4.5 star course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Average at Best
Pros: Decent course for being as young as it is. Back 9 has some good elevation change and the course does require an array of shot types
Cons: Plays through a city park, so you will likely encounter pedestrians on the course. I had a pedestrian throw my drive back at me on one hole. Tees are subpar, most are natural. Aside from hole 15, most of the holes are pretty unimaginative and lots of them are simply poke and hope.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I would play the other nearby course, Jorleman Park, before I would play this one again.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 25 Not
Wouldn't go back
Pros: This is an okay course. It has a variety of holes and there are a decent number if obstacles. The design of the course is actually pretty decent.
My favorite hole was on the back 9 and had a 100 foot straight section followed by a 90 degree right turn and a couple hundred foot drive. I think it was somewhere around 500 feet.
Cons: The park is very trashy. It has graffiti everywhere, run down buildings, and tennis courts that are trashed. Some of the courts you pass have dilapidated signs from around 10 years ago advertising a tournament.
There are also a lot of beginners and little kids around. Many people are there playing with ultimate discs and not disc golf discs. The kids somehow managed to combine Ultimate and Disc golf into a mess of a game that gets in the way of people who are really playing the course.
There are people walking through the park, but they were one of the least objectionable problems with the course.
Other Thoughts: The park gave me and the person I this course with the feel of a zombie apocalypse movie. The only saving grace was the placement of the holes. The only reason to play this course is if you live close by. I would much rather drive and extra 20-30 minutes and go to one of the other much nicer courses in the area.
4 of 29 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
A lot to like
Pros: Full 18 hole course built through a city park. Plenty of parking and other park amenities close by. Long a short pads offer good flexibility for players of different abilities. Good variety in shots needed. There are straight tight shots, lefts, rights, up and downs. course keeps you interested all the way through.
Course plays mostly through woods, requiring good disc control and accuracy. A few holes are a little more open, but even those holes have a few mature trees around to keep you honest. Uses available elevation well, as well as the small creeks that run through the park. Basket positions are mostly used well to add difficulty or different lines of approach to the basket.
All in all, this is a pretty darn well designed course. No major flaws or mistakes to complain about. White and blue signs were even posted throughout the course directing you to the next pad.
Cons: Course is in a city park so in a few cases it plays near areas where you might have to deal with other park users. For my taste #7 plays a little too close to the tennis court and fence. Not a huge turn off, but it could be a problem once in a while.
Some transitions between holes are not ideal. It's a walk back across the road from 5 to 6. The walk from 11 to 12 is also a little long. Bring a map to make sure you don't waste too much time wandering around. This is not unusual when you build a new course into a pre-existing park.
Natural tee pads. They were in decent shape given all the rain that had fallen, but hopefully they can get some concrete pads down the line.
Other Thoughts: Central Park had a nice variety of hole desgins to keep things interesting. #4 is a 525' hole that weaves tightly through the woods. The design is really nice as it has a more than fair landing area about halfway down the fairway for a person to aim for.
#6 is a basic little 285' ace run, but has a good line of tree defense to make it a nice challenge. It looks like a great ace run, but doesn't play super easy.
#10 is a pretty tough 330' hole that has an OB creek on the left and a line of trees to the right. Then your disc must find a way over the creek, and up a short hill to the basket. Just a really nice hole.
#12 is a blind shot up a steep hill and then finishing into the woods. A real errant approach could wind up down the other side of the hole as the basket sits close enough to the edge of the hill to make you think twice on the approach. Good risk/reward shot.
I really liked the fact that this course mixes in very challenging holes, and a few shorter birdie and ace opportunities. It offers a nice balance of shots to keep everybody happy. Go play it when you are in the Albany area.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the Best
Pros: This is a fantastic course. It is well maintained and runs through a beautiful park. It is relatively challenging and produced some high scores at a recent tournament, but each hole is fair and has at least one clear lane or approach. But probably the best aspect of this course is the balance and variety it has as it runs through groves, thickly wooded areas, across streams, uphill, downhill, and in doing so requires a wide variety of shots. To help show this I've tried to categorize each hole across several factors and have provided the summary below: (Longer holes can get two categories in some factors)
THROW DIRECTION (assuming righty backhand)
Anhyzer - 4
Hyzer - 5
Straight - 11
Technical - 7
Distance - 13
Woods - 6
Grove - 8
Open - 4
Steep Uphill - 2
Steep Downhill - 1
Mild Uphill - 4
Mild Downhill - 2
Frequent Birdie (~10%) - 8
Frequent Bogey (~50%) - 10
High OB Risk (good throw needed to avoid OB) - 2
OB possible on errant throw - 5
Other Thoughts: The course has a little bit of everything and is truly a gem for those living near Schenectady. It is difficult and will help you get better - most holes have a low room for error(see the bogey rates below!). Even the longer holes have tighter fairways than you would normally find on other courses, with the exception of 15 which ends up being fairly open, but this adds to its value in my opinion. The Capital District doesn't have a lot of courses, but the 3 it has with Central Park, Hyzer Creek and Joralemon are among the best. I live in Chicago and have played many courses across several states and multiple countries, and Central Park is the best one I've played.
Category details. (Thanks to SDGC for providing bogey and birdie information)
hole 1 - long straight; grove; bogey: 50%, birdie: 1%
hole 2 - long straight; grove; bogey: 22%, birdie: 10%
hole 3 - technical hyzer; woods; bogey: 24%, birdie: 10%
hole 4 - long straight, 2nd throw technical hyzer; woods; bogey: 84%, birdie: 1%
hole 5 - anhyzer; High OB Risk; woods, bogey: 65%, birdie: 0%
hole 6 - medium/long hyzer; OB possible on bad drive; grove; bogey: 32%, birdie: 17%
hole 7 - medium straight; woods; OB possible on bad throw; bogey: 49%, birdie: 5%
hole 8 - technical straight; mild uphill; open; OB possible on bad throw; bogey: 24%, birdie: 28%
hole 9 - technical hyzer; mild uphill; grove; bogey: 15%, birdie: 33%
hole 10 - straight technical; grove; High OB risk; bogey: 74%, birdie: 0%
hole 11 - long straight; mild uphill; grove; bogey: 0%, birdie: 76%
hole 12 - anhyzer; open; uphill; bogey: 64%, birdie: 0%
hole 13 - medium hyzer; woods; mild uphill; bogey: 49%, birdie: 6%
hole 14 - long straight; mild downhill; woods; bogey: 37%, birdie: 13.4%
hole 15 - technical anhyzer; Downhill; 2nd throw long straight; OB possible on bad throw; open; bogey: 73%, birdie: 2.5%
hole 16 - long straight; uphill; grove; OB possible on bad throw; bogey: 66%, birdie: 0%
hole 17 - technical anhyzer; grove; bogey: 24%, birdie: 12%
hole 18 - medium/long straight; OB possible on bad throw; open; bogey: 18%, birdie: 24%
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
An excellent course!
Pros: - Multiple tees. This is outstanding. Though I personally haven't played the blues yet, I've watched others. What a difference. This is what makes this course so outstanding as it makes it nice for players of all levels to play. Both tees can be challenging, however, from distance to tricky shots. Just because you are closer doesn't always make things easy!
- Diversity. The course has so many types of holes and shots you must make. It's a wonderful layout through a pretty park. Uphill shots, downhill shots, short and long. There are narrow fairways through the woods and shots where you have to avoid some obstacles. A little water, too, can make things interesting. It has something for everyone.
- Layout. The layout is strong and takes you to different parts of the park. There are times you might have to avoid people walking or hiking, but it's not that bad. You get to see different spots, which is nice. It's a nice and easy layout to follow with good tee signs and boxes.
- Baskets. Top-of-the-line Innova baskets are really nice and stand out. The yellow makes you know where you are shooting. The rattle of those chains, too, is so nice!
- First tee area. It's a cornucopia of information! A board keeps you up to date on the area for disc golf, there's a map and scorecards and it's a really nice spot to open.
- Upkeep. The course is in great shape and it kept well. You can tell the players in the area take pride in the course and do what they can to make things good for all.
- Hole signs. There are signs at the blue tees to show you a layout, par etc. Also, there's signs showing you arrows to which tees you are playing.
- Multi-seasonal. Though I've not made it to a winter season, this course seems like it would be good in all weather (well, maybe not several feet of snow, but still...). The front 9 layout is flat enough where tromping through some snow wouldn't be too bad and the yellow tops of the baskets would stand out nicely.
Cons: - Crossing water on the one hole (No. 5). You have to hope a few cinder blocks. It will be nice if there's a more stable bridge added there.
- Hole signs for both tees would be nice. As it is, there are signs at the blues. But it would be nice if the layout was shown at the whites, too.
Other Thoughts: This course is really made for all levels of players. The beginner can learn easily here (as I have done) and the expert must be able to do some wonders here with the longer tees and challenging shots.
This is one of the first courses I played when I started to dig deeper into my game. I love it and plan on playing it many more times. The people you might run into here are good people and helpful.
I look forward to watching this course continue to grow and improve. I think it will only get better.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: AM and Pro tees to help rookies get started and pros to keep their chops up. Some holes are really challenging if you have trouble throwing far and straight, particularly 4 and 14. I love the baskets they are easy to find because of their color. All around great course very fun to play.
Cons: Dog walkers tend to leave "presents" behind. 5 could use a bridge to cross the creek. Better markers around to park to help out of towners to find the first hole and parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Found people playing this course one day taking a walk through the park and feel in love with the game. Really glad they built one in the area and can't wait until they build more of them.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course uses the terrain to its advantage. The holes all have signs and are very well marked. The park is a very nice park to go spend the day at with a pool and picnic areas. Its still a very new course.
Cons: The paths are not worn in fully yet but give it time and this wont be a problem. The parking lot is tough to find if your an out of towner like I am but the directions on this site will solve any GPS problems you might run into.
Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with this course the area around it is all very beautiful which makes the course very relaxing to play.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -those beautifully new baskets.
-proximity to a high traffic area.
-the varying distances. (best ive ever played)
Cons: -the signage is really poor (not for long)
-no signage for the amateur tees. my girlfriend played blind for the most part
Other Thoughts: i was so psyched to see a course so near my childhood home, and i can say that give this course a couple years and it will probably be my all time favorite. the distance variants are simply fantastic, no hole plays the same way, its really great. however, the signage is basically art paper laminated then bolted to a tree somewhere. if this course is to receive the attention it deserves it NEEDS stand up hard posted signs.
otherwise, its a great addition to an already beautiful park. kudos to the guys who got the funding, and kudos to the city for helping it along.
edit-just found out the guys got the funding for new signs. looks like ill have to go home to see my family more often.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Before the Crowds
Pros: Many lightly used woods areas in this public park are now a disc golf course. A few holes are mostly lawn. A few long holes. Great signs at every tee. Pro and amateur tee boxes on every hole. Wide yellow bands on baskets are easy to see. Bathroom. Garbage cans.
Cons: The front 9 is mostly through the woods, I'd suggest that beginners start on #10. Lots of non-disc golfers around: BE SURE TO LOCK YOUR CAR. Some of the dog walkers are still not used to "carry in, carry out" despite newly provided bags. Had to wait a few times for other park users.
Other Thoughts: Play CPS Disc Golf course soon as it is generating lots of local excitement and I expect it to draw big crowds at some point. Doubles on Thursday at 5:30 is fun, but lots of new people make the pairings difficult. Ace Race 10/30/10.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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