5 Helpful / 0 Not
Beaver's Two Mile Run
Pros: 9 discatcher baskets with multiple pins and dual tees. There are flypads on hole 1, and looks like the rest are going to get them as well. Practice basket by parking lot. Excellent use of elevation and terrain. Great variety of uphill, downhill, turning shots, and hole distances/pars. Good signage and navigation was fairly easy.
Cons: Lacks amenities like restrooms/water. Lacks pin position locator for baskets. Couple holes have some rough off the fairway where you could lose a disc, but it's not too terrible. Only 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: You'd be crazy to run this course even though its only 9 holes. The course is scenic and there are are some really great holes here on par with the other great courses in the area. It feels like a blend of the other courses but some opposite turns. I was rather surprised of the quality considering it's a 9 hole course, but it's definitely worth checking out if in the area!
My GPS had me turn on the wrong side of the road. The correct turn into the park is by the police station and you will see the sign for Two Mile Run Extension. It's a little weird after you drive down the road because it doesn't look anything like a parking lot for a park, more like a gravel pit and maintenance shop. Go to the end of it and hole #1 is down the path to the left of the gate.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The course is well designed. There is quite a bit of elevation change on this piece of land, but the design uses it well. Most steep uphills are walks between holes, leaving flats, gradual uphills, and downhills for the golf shots. The course is a 9 hole loop leaving you finish near the start (although about 20' lower). There is a good balance of tight placement shots and open shots, but an emphasis is placed on accuracy over distance. There is an appreciable difference in playing experience between the white and red tees. The park seems well cared for, but sees little use. The course offers some very fun and challenging holes. Navigation is rather easy with next hole arrow signs (after the 5th hole, turn left along the walking path, 6 will be on your right after a short walk).
Cons: The teeboxes are small and gravel-filled with landscape timber borders. The gravel is often displaced leaving a trip hazard. The rough is punishing in the spring through fall, so keep it in the fairway. Bugs and other nasties are prevalent in season. The course can be very wet in places well after any precipitation (5, 6, 8, and 9 especially).
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 - from the whites your first shot of the day will be a tight woods placement shot; from the reds its a lot closer and a bit more open. The fairway lists lazily to the left through the woods and slightly uphill to the basket. Beware of the rollaways at the basket! It should be a birdie start if you don't get greedy.
Hole 2 - from the whites it is a line-shaper through the narrow-ish up and down alley to the green where the woods open up; from the reds it is again a shorter shot on an easier line.
Hole 3 - from the whites there is a gap to hit, then some trees downrange to navigate to set yourself up for the approach; from the reds you can think about splitting those trees and going for the green. The basket is tucked in the woods.
Hole 4 - This is my favorite hole that I have played to date. From the whites it is a tight drive initially into an open field (if you click a tree here you are in for a long hole); from the reds you tee at the start of the open field. Either your drive or your approach needs to be well placed as the hole dives and turns hard to the right while entering the woods. And I'm talking dark in the middle of a summer day kind of woods. From there, it is a tight but straight woods line to the basket. A bogey feels like an accomplishment to me on this hole, from either tee.
Hole 5 - from both tees it is a gradual downhill tight-ish but straight line to the basket with trouble on both sides. Feeling confident?
Hole 6 - Another beauty! The white tee is on the path past the red tee box. From the whites it is a downhill drive with a sharp left at the bottom; from the reds it is a straight downhill drive. The hole then turns up and to the right all the way to the basket. There is again trouble on either side. And if you play RHBH like I do, be sure your anhyser approach shot has room to flatten out, or prepare to putt from the woods after your approach rolls.
Hole 7 - From either tee it is an open field drive so let it rip. The basket is tucked into a grove of trees with a couple of alleys into it, or try the aerial approach.
Hole 8 - From either tee it is a downhill open-ish drive into the woods. If you try the ace run, prepare for a long return putt.
Hole 9 - From either tee is is an open gradually uphill drive with woods to the right and a stream to the left. Outcroppings of tree groves and overhanging branches make the stroll up the fairway interesting. The wind always seems to be into you; couple that with the gradual uphill and it seems longer than its listed length. Hit the gap of trees at the top of the fairway, and have your approach fade hard to the basket.
There are a few breath-robbing climbs - from 1 basket to 2 tee, and from 9 basket to the parking area.
The park has a gravel walking trail throughout with benches, but no real other amenities including bathrooms.
The entrance to the park and the course is well marked from the road, but it is back behind the municipal vehicle maintenance building (it may seem like you are not in the right place on your first visit).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Best 9-holer in Western PA!
Pros: - SOLID par 4's and par 5's that are genuinely challenging due to terrain, elevation, and technicality.
- Nice tee selection (red and whites that are both challenging)
- Easy navigation with well-defined paths and easy-to-follow "text tee" signs
- A lot of long holes (>400ft.) for a 9-hole course.
- Very technical shots that are balanced out with long bomb drives
- Very steep elevation changes that go both up and downhill.
- Practice basket!
- Excellent signage and benches parked throughout most of the holes
- Right off the parkway (I-376) and not really that difficult to find
#7: long bomb across a field and then you have to park it in a grove of trees. Almost begs for a roller
#4: a tightly wooded drive that requires a sharp hyzer dogleg across a field into a thick forest. Once inside the forest, you still have about 150-200 feet to the basket. Incredible.
Cons: - Dense vegetation; as such, if I play here again, it'll most likely be in the winter or early spring
- I wasn't impressed with the teepads. They were really short compared to most tees I've been on; and worst of all, they were really deep (presumably from the loss of gravel) so it felt like teeing out of a short sandbox.
- I came across two snakes, a lot of poison ivy, and a few ticks as I played. I'm not sure if this is typical of the area, or if I hit the jackpot of adverse flora and fauna that day.
- Only 9 holes; I felt like I was just getting warmed up on the last one!
Other Thoughts: Well, by playing here, I've now completed all of the PFDS courses. This one's pretty typical of the rest, especially Knob Hill, Deer Lakes, and Moraine. The only difference is that it's only 9 holes and definitely doesn't have that "broken in" feel that the aforementioned ones do. I didn't scout the area too much, but it seems like another 9 could be feasible--which would be another great addition for people living in the NW Pittsburgh metro area. Like the other great PFDS courses, Two Mile Run kicked my butt; however, I really enjoyed myself and will come back if in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A great 9 holes but not much else
Pros: The course is definitely a well planned course that is constantly challenging you on every shot. There are many occasions when you step up to throw and immediately go back to your bag to switch to another disc. The course has about 6 of the nine holes as mostly wooded holes with finely trimmed fairways. These requires tough shots and planning on how to set up for your next approach. The greens are trimmed out giving you a nice clearing in the middle of the woods to land your discs. The designer really used elevation to his advantage. Some holes curve around the side of the hill, while others shoot down through a tunnel on one side and up a path on the other. Hole 5 and 8 give you a chance at an ace run but can also give you an easy bogey if you stray off the fairway. Hole 4 plays out of a tight gap into an open field then weaves its way back into the trees.
Cons: The park has very little to offer. There are no actual restrooms or water fountains but that is not too big of an issue.
The course is very rough which some may say is a pro and others would say it s a con. I played just after rain and the majority of the course was a swamp but it was still fun to play in. For the most part the course favors RHBH players. There are a few left handed approach shots, but as a lefty I was constantly relying on anhyzer to even get the disc playable.
Other Thoughts: With a little touch up on the tee pads and possible extra pin placements this nine hole course becomes a must play. The drive out was nice and easy from Pittsburgh and in the end, it is really a great course that is often overlooked.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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A 9-Hole Gem
Pros: A great mix of well-designed Par 3's, 4's, and 5's requiring a variety of shots. Really a triumph of shot-making oriented design.
The course is mostly wooded but has very good fairways or throwing lanes through the woods on most holes. A couple S-shaped holes help make things interesting. The greens and pin positions stand out and lead to some fun approach shots. #7's green allows a ~200' approach shot from a grass field to a basket in the middle of a grove of young locust trees. There's a clear but difficult RHBH anhyzer lane, but it's fun too to go over top.
Very nice secluded feel to the course with a mix of old and new trees. Throwing lanes, greens, fairways, etc., have a very natural feel like the course belongs there.
Cons: It's only going to be 9 holes at the site. Tee pads are problematic, some branches need trimmed, and underbrush can get bad off the fairways. It would be fun to have a more difficult blue/gold set of tees, too.
Other Thoughts: I'd guess white tees would be about 930 rated, so advanced players should still feel challenged. Assuming all pins are now 'A' pins, add a little more difficulty in pin positions (I can't wait to see them added in the future), and you might be able to approach true blue tees. 18 holes of this qualities would probably make this my favorite course in Pittsburgh.
Brighton Township should be very proud of this course!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well thought out course! Brand new baskets, they looked like they were just put together. Great mix of holes. Every single one was different. You need to either have a variety of shots or a variety of discs to use to be successful. Beautiful wooded area, you really feel secluded. Plenty of changes in elevation. Left turns, right turns, upshots, this course had great variety. Well maintained fairways!
Cons: My biggest thing was the tees. You had two tees but the fine gravel was poor for footing and traction. Then to top it off the tees seemed very short. I dont have a long run up but found myself handcuffed on many of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Just a fun course in the middle of a town that needed something different. I grew up in this town and it has nothing so this was a breath of fresh air. Challenging course for a new player! I felt like i was on a hike in the woods half the time which was just great. Hole 7 is just a breath of fresh air being the only real open hole. If this course had cement pads it would be higher rated and if it was an 18 hole course. It would easily be a 4.5 and im sure it would get a few 5s. The practice basket was a nice addition also!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Two tee locations per hole, with excellent signs at each. Multiple pin positions. Baskets in great shape. Practice basket. Good "next tee" signs. Shady with "pretty" undergrowth (lots of ferns, vice weeds). Very nice variety in length, elevation, and turning requirements.
The framed tee locations are filled with small crushed stone which was a bit uneven in places. A spotter would be quite useful on some holes!
The first two holes challenge your short-n-wooded technique, first with a lefty, then with a righty. Three-n-four stretch you out a bit, starting and ending in woods, gentle/multiple turns along the way, with a scattered-tree meadow to cross up (3) then down (4) to reach the guarded baskets. Five (and very similar number eight) are short, tight (trees and brush), slightly downhill touch shots. Seven is initially a wide open bomb, but basket guarded by small clusters of hardwoods - do you look for a way through, or go up-n-over? Nine is very long, very straight, slightly up-slope, periodically narrowing, finally reaching a basket tucked a bit into the woods.
Favourite hole: #6. From both positions but especially from the longs, was the most fun - steep downhill through a fair throwing lane but dense trees on each side, then a left turn (subtle from short-tee, very sharp from long tee) to a bit of open space, then back uphill an right to a basket protected by a few trees - have to be "just right" hitting initial lane, when/degree of left turn, then next turn, or you'll find plenty of trouble..
Very solid course - wish it had nine more baskets!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Two Mile Run You Smile Fun!
Pros: Surprising use of Public Works Land below an Interstate. This course provdes 2 sets of tees to one basket location. So you are never confused regarding where to shoot but still caters to both experts and amateurs as the pro tees are longer and at times require a different shot of the tees altogether. There is good variety in length with 250 foot technical par 3s and 750ish brutal uphill par 5s. For 9 holes there really is a bit of everything here: with the traditional long wooded lane to start your day #1, short downhill screamers through the trees #5 & #8, open bombs to basket in jail #7, slightly uphill through sparsely wooded field to allow for R, L, and over the top lanes #3, and the long uphill struggles up wide fairway #9 to end your round, What makes this course particularly special are the following 3 holes:
#2-A short technical delight as your required to shoot a tight but reasonable anhyzer through a plinko gauntlet stand of trees with zero undergrowth over a small undulated valley to a refeshing open green on the other side. Could be a birdie or double bogey here.
#4- Every elite Pittsburgh course has one of these long journey type holes with dramatic changes in environment and hole type..this one fires from typical woods downhill to a sparsely wooded field then dives abruptly into a dark hardwood forrest and requires a hyzer, then anhyzer, and a few technical approaches to get par 5...you feel like you played 3 different landscapes on this one..J Gary somehow creates this same dive into the deep dark forrest from the field on all of his elite courses..Love it!
#6-Perhaps the most unique hole a valley shot with significant fall and rise but theres a twist yes an actual twist in the valley that rewards a flex or S-turning shot...so yeah how often can you throw down and up while turning 3 times...plenty of room to make the shot work as well...creative stellar unique hole.
Course is near a noisy highway but the drone of vehicles is background buzz that is well worth the isolation such a great piece of land affords. Plenty of room in these woods to play big.
Cons: Some No trespassing signs here and there break up the pleasure of the woods. This course has a Championship 18 Hole layout feel and you feel let down after just 9 holes. Not beginner friendly, but it's set in an out of the way DG locale so it's not as though beginners will go here. The 2 downhill short holes seem to be missing something compared to the rest of the course...required fillers to link the incredible 4 to 6 and the wonderful 7 to finisher 9 but they do feel like filler holes. I wish the practice basket below the retention basin was a hole. A shot from the lot area down over the basin to the perfect green and basket would instantly be better than holes 5 or 8. This would be a great way to warm up your arm and kickstart the round with a fun hole. 9 is a tough way to finish your round uphill hucking par 5...brutal.
Other Thoughts: I have heard rumors that this course will expand to 18 and be a Championship quality 18...I have also heard its stuck being 9 due to lack of space. Either way it is worth a play and far superior than most 18 holers out there. Be aware that hole #1 is actually accesible from the lot by immediately taking the path to the left and not going all the way down to the practice basket area.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This 9 hole course offers alot of variety. There are completely wooded holes and some that are fairly wide open (and a combination of both).
For a 9 hole course there is some variety in Holes distances, from short 200' down hill holes to a nice long 750' finishing hole.
Very nice new Discatcher baskets.
Very nice Signage through out the course. easy to find every hole except #1 (look at the course map at the entrace first).
Great use of the available elevation without having any killer all up hill holes.
This course is also very well maintained and I think the #7 Green is one of the prettiest I have seen in a while that does not have water near it.
Cons: The Tee boxes are just too short. I don't feel I take an exceptionally long run up but I was off the back on every hole.
Also the crushed gravel tee's need to be compacted down. You can sink your planting foot 3-4 inches into the gravel. (The tees are still well maintained)
Not a Con as much as a wish, but it would be nice to have some of the brush along side the wooded fairways to be thinned some. An example is hole #5 on the right hand side is some scary deep shule.
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 a nice 354 ft. RHBH hyzer along a nice tunnel.
Hole #2 a 256ft gentle anny through and alley of trees over a slight gully.
Hole #3 407 mostly open Hyzer. Slight rise and trees are sporadic but effect your angles.
Hole #4 743 ft. soul killer. First shot into a open field, second shot into small bottle neck going into woods, (have to land in the openening there are no short cuts and it doglegs right after it enters the woods), 3rd shot up tunnel to pin. That is the way it is supposed to work but get ready for 5's through 10's if you can't make the entrance accurately. I am not a fan of Hole #4 because it did me dirty twice, but it is beautifully designed hole that requires distance and rewards accuracy and touch.
Hole #5 302 ft. steep downhill shot straight to the basket. Avoid getting off the fairway since the rough can be nasty.
Hole #6 They need to come up with a cool name like "Mr. Toads Wild Ride" or something along those lines for this crazy hole. 439 ft. with a dramatic downhill changing to dramatic uphill S curve. Very fun to play.
Hole #7 523 ft wide open bomber hole, with a very pretty green that is surrounded by smallish trees amongst long grass.
Hole #8 268 ft steep down hill hole that is similar to hole #5 but has a few more obstructions if you cannot keep you disc low. Easy to go long on so be careful.
Hole #9 755 ft is a very straight forward par 5 requiring 3 good long throws with the basket tucked in nice clearing. The fairway is straight and clear and you absolutely do not want to get into the rough on either side.
This course is new, really new, so it has not been "broken in" yet. I think that when it has had a year for the dirt spots from clearing brush and trees to be covered by grass and for some more paths to the basket develop from use this will be a great 9 hole course. For a 9 hole to offer such elevation and distance is quite remarkable.
Even though its only 9 holes this course can tire you out becuase of the steep slopes on some of the holes and walks between others. Bring good shoes and water.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent variety of holes
Good scenery (especially on holes 3&4)
Cons: No signage yet (tee areas, arrow guides, at roadside).
Hard to find where the course is.
Other Thoughts: Once you turn into the maintenance facility, go down the maintenance road, past the buildings on your right, and to the parking lot which is close to the access gate.
Looking down the walking trail road, you will spot the practice basket. If you are not using the practice basket, immediately upon going through/around the steel gate, the course starts up the hill to your left.
After completing hole 5, not only are you not going right, instead left up the paved road, once you start walking up the road, it is easy to miss the #6 tee just off the road to your right, but even if you do miss it, you will also see a white spray painted tee box on the road itself, so you can either use that tee or retrace your steps a few yards to find the other tee box.
Hole 7 affords you an open field, and from the tee box to hole perspective, a bench on the hill to your right. After the uphill climb after hole #6, maybe a bench somewhere close to the hole #7 tee box would be good.
After hole # 8, down the hill and to your right to get to the multiple tee boxes of hole #9.
Save your energy for the long hole #9. Since you can't see the basket from the tee, know that as you get closer, the basket is veering off slightly to the left.
After holing out #9, it is up the hill to the right, gets you back close to the practice tee. If you have the energy, you may want to do it all over again.
If the maintenance folks did the clearing (or whomever did), you did a very good job on clearing out the course. Thank you!
Since there is also a paved walking trail, I suppose if you have non-disc golf friend(s) with you they could do the paved trail walk while you did the course, since the course weaves across the walking trail 2-3 times.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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