Skill Builder extraordinaire
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Excellent design and flow. Every basket leads you directly to the next tee box with the exception of 5 to 6 which is a short walk down the walking trail.
The fairways entice you to try a variety of shots and work on your game mixing backhands and forehands.
The course itself is very well maintained and always improving. Rarely does an extended period of time go by where you don't notice something new or improved aesthetically or functionally.
Cons: This course has a lot of ash trees that have recently died from the ash borer beetle. Once they come crashing down it will open up some of the fairways. It has already made the fairway on 3 so open that it plays more like a par 3 now when the basket is in A position.
The ticks in this park are ridiculous. If you venture off the fairway you better check yourself good.
Other Thoughts: This could be considered a Con by most, but to me it's a Pro so I didn't want to put it in either column. The terrain can be challenging to some people. Walking up and down the hills, especially going from 9 back to 1 can be taxing for some people. I personally like the extra exercise. Playing 9 holes here is like playing 18 on most courses.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Need for 18
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course to work on your all around game.
It only takes about 40 minutes to play from the shorts.
I love the visual as you walk up to hole 1. There is a new shorts tee position. It is landscaped beautifully with rocks and adds 50 feet to the hole.
Each hole has 3 pin positions. Due to this the course is always changing and never gets stale. Recently a group of volunteers worked on hole 9 to open it up and help with the speed of the game. As you do not have to search in the high grass for a disc. Also many drainage ditches were dug to help with drainage issues.
There is a great variety of shots: tunnel (1,2,5) valley (6), field (3,7), long (4, 9), up hill (2, 6), and down hill(5, 8).
The two par 5's on this course are so much fun.
Hole 4 is a grip it and rip off the tee pad down into the woods where it goes into a dog leg right. To get to the basket the have to navigate through a lots of trees that are non forgiving.
Hole 9 is also a challenge off the tee. Can you get to the manhole cover? (witch is my measure stick for driving). Hole 9 will punish you if you go to far to the left. Where if you do you go left you will find yourself in a stream.
Cons: Some tee pads are damaged by the grass crew hitting them with their lawn mowers.
Some tee pads collect water and they get very slick. I have seen some hard falls due to water sitting to long and moss grow on them.
Benches would be a huge plus on each tee pad.
Other Thoughts: There are no 18 hole courses in Beaver County. This 9 hole course would be prime to develop into 18.
Two mile is not seen as a destination disc golf course and it should be. With 18 hole courses like Knob Hill and Moraine in the area (two of the top courses in the country), Two Mile does not get the attention that these 18 hole courses do due to only being 9 holes. It is not seen as being worth the trip. But you could not be more wrong.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pituresque course with great flow.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is a very eye appealing, challenging, great layout of a course that you have to try out. Well maintained. Its only 9 holes but I really enjoyed every hole this course has. Some holes are layed out very well with the perfect pin placement that will challenge your skill and your disc selection emensly. There are nice rubber mats for tee pads with brooms on every tee for cleaning purposes.
Cons: The only thing I can think of is the rubber tee pads are not all level. It wasn't a problem for me playing on a dry day but the downward sloped tee pads on some holes could be problemsom if the mats were wet.
Other Thoughts: This is an awesome 9 hole course right off the highway that's worth a drive. Best 9 hole course I've played!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
A solid 9 holes
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course was well maintained and was visually pleasing. Great variety of holes and difficulties.
Hole 2 plays over a gully of sorts through a narrow tunnel of trees. The other side opens up after the tunnel with a few trees protecting the pin at some angles. This is one of those holes that could be either a birdie or bogie, depending on if you can throw a nice S-curve.
Holes 3 and 4 both go through a wide open field and into the woods for the pin. Hole 4 throws out of a very tough angle in the woods, into the field, and then you have to work into the woods on the other side.
5 is very picturesque and hard to birdie.
6 looked like fun but was not for me -- I lost discs here every time I threw. It is downhill, left, and then right up a steep hill. Elevation is such that it looks near impossible to get on the far up-slope toward the pin on the drive.
7 is a favorite. Tee pad is wide open, you throw across a big field with a path to the left, and a cluster of bushy trees protect the pin. You can get out toward the trees and then throw a spike hyzer to the pin, or cut low under the branches
9 is a fantastic par 5 that works down a fairly narrow fairway with a creek to the left. 2 big drives that you have to keep on the fairway, and then a turnover shot to get up and around the trees.
Cons: The cons have nothing to do with the course, but I found the location to be awkward to get to. It looks close on a map to Old Economy and even Knob Hill, but there is no good way to get there without going all the way down 376.
18 holes would make this worth the drive from Pittsburgh but, with several good 18 holes already within 25 minutes of the city, I don't see this being a regular spot.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Another Pittsburgh Gem
- A relatively new course in the Pittsburgh area that is home to so many other top-10, top-20, top-50 courses in Moraine, Deer Lakes, and Knob Hill), this course is nine holes and somewhat out of the way, though at the same time only about a minute from the exit off the turnpike.
- The course is well groomed, as other reviews have mentioned, with benches and even brooms on all or most of the teepads. The brooms come in handy in the fall when leaves are down and slippery. The teepads are rubber and so long as you brush the leaves off, they grip reasonably well.
- 2MRE offers multiple teepads (two) so beginners aren't overwhelmed. They're white and red, but the white tees often feel like they've got a little blue tint to them, so they offer a reasonable challenge. I don't know what the course record is but I have a hard time imagining someone shooting nine down. There are just too many tiny tunnels.
- The course has new Discatcher baskets and ample, good signage on the teepads and pointing you towards the next tee. Everything is in good shape. The course also has a practice basket near the parking area, though it's set on top of an area with some roll-away, so it's probably not going to see as much use as it could. The practice basket would make a great CTP to settle a match that finishes even.
- There's a good variety of holes here, and a good use of elevation, and terrain. Holes include uphill, downhill, and valley throws. They include very narrow tunnels to wide open, windy fields (and the ninth has a combination of wide open fairways with devastatingly thick rough). You'll likely throw a surprising variety of plastic and shots for a nine-hole course. You can still play reasonably well with five or six discs, but that assumes you don't put yourself in any situations you didn't anticipate.
- The first hole is a true, albeit short, par four that requires good placement off the tee, leaving an easy upshot. The second is a tight par three over a valley. The third plays from the trees to an open field, and back into the trees. The tee shot on the fourth, a par five, requires threading a needle AND getting good distance to set up a shot into the woods. Then you have a long but downhill par three, then the seventh, a unique par four that will rewards a GREAT forehand (something I don't yet have) second shot. The seventh plays across a field to a basket protected by thin trees (going up and over may be the best approach, if you have that shot), and the eighth is an ace run par three downhill with nasty bushes long. The ninth is again a true par five, with thick schule left and right (and a trickling creek that's four feet below the fairway to the left as well), through a narrow gap at 150' out, to a reasonably well protected basket.
- None of the approaches - either on par threes or second or third shots on par fours and fives - are boring. They all play to protected baskets of varying degree, with different sorts of terrain. On the sixth you have a steep drop-off left and short. On others the green is flat but well protected by some thick guardian trees. On others, roll-away potential exists. Leaving your upshots in good positions might determine your putting success more than your actual putting abilities, and a good approach game will go a long way towards scoring well.
- The targets are easily visible, and the practice basket near the parking lot is in the open. The tee signs are adequate, visible, and new enough that they're still in great shape. Pars are appropriate, with no easy birdies. There's a map at the beginning, but as mentioned earlier, the flow is relatively simple and aided by "next tee" signs.
- The flypads are sometimes lumpy or angled. Footing becomes a weird issue then, when you'd like to run up on a par five tee shot but don't want to twist an ankle doing so.
- There don't appear to be any alternate pin positions (yet?). This could change things up. Though I think you can easily play 18 or 27 in a day and be fine, alternate pin positions would make the course worth more of a stop if you could look forward to a slightly different layout and more repeat visits. I imagine the locals feel similarly.
- As other reviews mentioned, there are no bathrooms or other amenities on the course (drinking fountains, shelters, etc.). There is a bike path that wanders through the park, but I haven't seen anyone using it except one woman walking her dog once, and an older couple on a stroll.
Other Thoughts: I'll tell you right now - I don't take off points for being nine holes. You can see that it's nine holes in several places on the information pages for the course, and you're welcome to factor that in to how you read these reviews. I can only review the nine holes that are there. Yes, to get 18 in, you have to play them twice. Some people like it, some don't. It's not for me to judge THAT - just to judge what I think of what exists.
So, all that being said, I'd truly rate the course about a 3.75. It's very good, but not quite to the level of the other Pittsburgh area courses. It's well worth a stop if it's not too far out of your way, but I think it's tough to justify fitting it in if you're not passing near by.
In the end, I'm rounding up, because it's probably closer to a 4.0 than a 3.5, and I'm comfortable with that.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gorgeous, well-groomed wooded setting. I can't think of a nicer place to play disc golf at. Lots of benches along the course, and even brooms to clear the tee pads (!) on most if not all of the holes. Tee pads themselves have all been installed at this point, and they're awesome: more than large enough, and they provide good grip in a range of conditions. They continued to provide excellent footing even after a light rain halfway through our round.
Elevation is used very well: besides the extremism of 6, it's integrated well enough to factor in and influence the shot without taking over and dominating the experience of the hole. Arbitrary/pervasive threat of roll-aways is not a concern, which is an achievement with this much change in elevation. Hole length is similarly varied in a successful manner.
Basket placement seems particularly well done, creating an emphasis on approach shots as much as drives. Many of the holes are defined by their overall experience rather than a single shot, which is a plus, and the holes are parred to reflect this. While an errant drive will surely punish you, the longer length of many holes often allows you to redeem yourself on your upshots (which I did at several points, including an absurd anny approach shot from down in the creek bed on 9 to save par).
There's a great flow from one hole to the next. Never a doubt as to where the next tee is.
The practice basket at the course entrance is a welcome, thoughtful touch.
The yellow-rimmed DISCatcher baskets help in spotting the basket in the woods.
Benches allow you to enjoy the scenery and rest a bit.
The proximity to the airport makes this course a convenient destination for those traveling through.
Most memorable moments: near-ace on 2, the welcome openness of 7 after the preceding woodedness (loved its pin placement in the copse of young trees, too), and 9's long gradual climb into the woods.
Cons: One of the drawbacks of such a consistently tightly wooded course in my mind is that the lines are so strongly defined. This reduces the room for creativity and shot variation on a single hole. With only nine holes, it gets harder to establish a sense of variety: the open sections are so few that they become lost amidst the predominant woodedness. I feel that the tightness of the lines coupled with the low number of holes really constricted my shot selection: I basically had only one choice of disc/shot to throw on most holes, and there weren't enough holes to allow for a wide variety of lines over the course of the round. This detracts from the mental game which I find to be such an integral part of the sport. Expanding the course to 18 holes and throwing in a few with multiple possible routes would go a long way to bumping this course from good to great.
Alternate pin positions would be a great way to increase replayability.
There's a serious lack of amenities: no bathrooms or access to water. We came prepared and were fine, but I imagine no bathrooms could be a problem for some.
Other Thoughts: I found this to be a difficult course to rate. The holes range from solid to superb, the setting is beautiful, and the equipment (tee pads, baskets, etc) is top notch. However, the lack of amenities and shot flexibility and the brevity are all major detractors for me. In the end, I feel like the negatives keep this course from maximizing its substantial potential. Adding a back 9 could elevate it to among the region's must-visit destinations, providing an intermediary between Moraine to the north and Orange Crush to the south. As it stands, however, it's well worth the visit for a quick and enjoyable 9.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Another 9 hole gem
Pros: -A big variety of shots
-Very well maintained course! Grass is cut short all over, brooms to sweep tee pads at almost every hole
-Nice rubber tee pads
-Unique shots I've never experience before
-Awesome blend of tight, technical fairways, wide open shots, wooded holes with trees surrounding tees, ace runs, hyzer, and anhyzer shots
-No simple hyzer or anhyzer bombs for an easy birdie
-Course map at the beginning
-Very nice, new-looking tee signs
-Next tee signs, one of the easiest courses I've been to for finding successive holes
-Even with a lot of the rough of the woods, I did not have much trouble finding discs that flew from the fairways. Always a plus! Again, part of the great maintenance of this course
-Trail after hole 9 takes you directly back to parking lot
Cons: -Only "natural" rest rooms, which I don't mind at all if no one's around. However, this can be a problem if you're traveling a good distance to get here.
-The stream to the left of the entire fairway of hole 9 is about 4 foot below the fairway, making a muddy mess if your disc falls that way.. It's got to be a nightmare getting your disc out of there, I was pleased that I didn't have to discover what it was like.
-No tee pad on hole 6, and I saw only one tee sign. The sign said distances from two tees, so I'm not sure what happened here.
Other Thoughts: This course is very easy to get to as it is only half a mile from 376. Make the right before the police, park at the end of the gravel lot. Walk to the left of the gate and the trail will quickly take you to hole one.
Played from red tees:
Hole 1-Slight hyzer in a tight fairway. Easy if you hit the line, a rough one if you hit a tree on your drive. I would rate the red tee a par 3, the white tee looks to be a lot harder.
Hole 2-A slight anhyzer line. If you throw even a slight hyzer on the drive you will most likely hit trees.
Hole 3-Straight shot with hole protected by trees. You can air your drive out here.
Hole 4-Beautiful long hole. Very tough. Throw a bomb to drive it close to the trees then a big dogleg right to the hole, which is protected by number of trees.
-Hole 5-Straight shot with a tight fairway
-Hole 6-I've never seen a hole like this. Very tough off the tee. Super tight downhill left then tight uphill right. Looks like one of the easier holes to lose a disc
Hole 7-Great hole with a long, wide-open fairway with the hole surrounded by thin trees.
Hole 8-Very fun (and scary) ace run. Downhill about 200 yards with a super tight fairway. You got to throw it just right to make it all the way down to the hole, but it is beautiful if it makes it down in one shot. Almost had an ace here. As a previous reviewer stated, the bushes and trees behind the hole make it unlikely for the disc to go far past the pin.
Hole 9-Super long hole! Pretty tight too so it's tough to make it down the fairway in only 1 or 2 shots. DO NOT let your disc go to the left. You'll regret it. You can't see it until you're close, but there's a stream to the left that drops down about 4 feet.
This course is well worth traveling to. It is very easy to get to and only takes 30-40 minutes to play a round by yourself, so you're able to play a few in a row in little time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a nice tight technical layout. It is one of the more challenging courses in the area. You encounter many tunnel shots and a fair bit of distance on holes that do not force you into tunnels, which presents a lot of variety. The course seemed well balanced between right, straight, and left turns. To me, a number of holes really stand out as gems.
Number 1 is a nice lazy hyzer tunnel left that if you hit just right with a driver can really give you some birdie rewards for your effort.
Number 3 let's you drive up through some well placed trees, again rewarding a strong shot.
Number 5 gives you a nice 300 ft tunnel to drive down that really rewards a very accurate shot.
Number 7 is a nice break from tunnels, letting you air out a big driver for some distance.
Number 8 gives you a 260ish ace run down a tunnel that is very exhilarating. With the bushy backdrop behind the hole, you can really power a shot into there and it can't really travel too far by if you over throw it.
Cons: Having just 9 holes is always a con, especially when they are this good. It just leaves you wanting more and feeling disappointed. With 18, this course would be a major destination, like the big three in the area (deer lakes, knob hill, moraine).
A number of tees need to be leveled. Hole 2 and 8 both have down hill tilting tees that seem to cause shots to come out way too low. Be aware of this if you throw and adjust for a high shot. Hole 4's tee needs to be leveled side-side as it is on quite an angle.
The hallway out of hole 4 needs some work to open it up a bit more. As a right handed player, it is somewhere between a standing under stable mid and an anhyzer putter. When you step up to a 742 foot par five, it is a disappointing thing to not be able to at least step into a throw.
Other Thoughts: Hole number 6 is just weird, memorable, but weird.
Add 9 more holes and make a few minor tweaks to a few tees and you are sitting on a nice tournament course.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The first and last holes are right near the parking lot. The signs throughout the course are great and it is easy to go from one hole to the next. The rubber tee pad on hole 1 ( need to install 8 more).
Cons: The tee pads for the rest of the holes were awful. They were very short and awkward. The gravel inside made me feel unsure as I was running up if i was going to slip or not.
Other Thoughts: This course can get frustrating at the beginning because the window to drive through is very tight and hard to hit, but if you do get through you will be rewarded. Would be an even better course if somehow 9 more holes could be added but very solid with the 9 that are in place. Do not go to the left on hole 9 because i threw my disc into a 6 foot deep river bed thing and it was awful down there so try and stay in the middle or to the right.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course was a lot of fun to play. The signs are pretty good and its easy to get from hole to hole (good design), It is a very challenging course, especially the first few holes, where you have to hit a very tight fairway to suceed.
Cons: The biggest con would be the tee-boxes. The first hole has a longish rubber mat (i think they are planning this for the rest too) which is a good tee. The problem is the other 8. They boxed them in with wood, but it sticks out of the ground a bit and they are a bit short. The gravel poured into the frames makes for some unsure footing. Probably would have been better off tossing one board across the front of the tee and leaving it at that until investing in the mats for the rest. Other than that, the only real con is that it is only 9 holes, because it is a very nice course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, there really isn't much to complain about this course. I did kind of fall in a trench with a stream running through it, but thats really my fault for a bad shot. Don't let your second or third shots on 9 go to the left or there could be trouble!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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