5 Helpful / 1 Not
More fun than challenging
Pros: Mostly open grasslands on what seems like a mountaintop, using the relatively few trees pretty well. It's true that much of it is "grip & rip", but this doesn't convey the fun of the enormous elevation change. The ancient-looking stone walls come into play as well.
I don't mean to indicate it's not challenging, just that the it's not hugely challenging, but is hugely fun, especially throwing off the hills.
The aesthetics---the views, the rolling grassy fairways, the peace & quiet---are terrific.
Cons: Some of the later holes are rather boring.
If you throw where the grass has been allowed to grow 4' tall, the search is brutal; you can be 3 feet from your disc and not find it.
No water, very little shade, and big hills make a summer round an endurance event.
Little or no O.B.
Other Thoughts: I visited on a windless day; I can imagine the winds this course must get and the adventure playing them.
The entry fee is well worth it.
I might be a little stingy with this rating. Other courses offer better variety and challenge. But Brandywine was great fun, even on a 95 degree windless day, and I could almost give it 3.5 discs instead.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Absolutley beautiful views.
Concrete Tee Pads/Multiple Pads
Two practice Baskets
Cons: Extremely wide open
No protection from sun
not much variety
Wind can be difficult
Other Thoughts: This course has some stunning views of nature that go on for miles. The course plays extremely long, and many of the drives are just "grip it and rip it". Tough to get a two if you don't have a big arm, yet easy to get a three on most holes. Wind can absolutley destroy an otherwise good drive and have you searching through high grass. I did have tics when I left the course and also got poison ivy. Make sure you have all of your plastic marked, as it can be tough to find in waste high grass.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Challenge for Advanced Players
Pros: Idyllic, pastoral setting. Long, Long, Long. Significant elevation changes on both front and back make for a fun, very challenging round.
Cons: Wide open. Players who enjoy the finesse required by wooded courses will not find much of interest at Brandywine. Wind can be extreme.
Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic course that is well worth the hour-plus drive out of Philadelphia to play. Bring your longest driver and plenty of water because it is a real workout.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
One of Delaware's Best
Pros: First of all this is a beautiful course. It has the feel of a civil war battlefield. It is one of the highest points in Delaware so it provides some great vistas of the surrounding area. These high points allow some great long drives even for beginners, holes 4 (beauty), 12 and 14 come to mind. Players with big arms have a definite advantage on this course. However, the length can be deceptive and there are penalties for over driving on some of the holes keeping the big arms honest. Holes 2, 6 and 11 have these fast greens keeping the just "air it out" strategy in check.
This course also utilizes elevation change in a great way both providing great opportunities to watch a long drive in flight and playing mental games driving uphill. Holes 5 (beast), 7, 8 and 15 require a player to drive uphill which can really level the playing field if a player is not used to it.
Cons: I really appreciate a balanced course. One that has open and tight fairways; long, short and medium length holes. Brandywine does not have this type of variety. While there are a couple of holes with protected baskets (holes 5, 7, 8, 14 and 17) most of the holes are almost completely open. A couple of forested holes or technical fairways would really do wonders to round out this great course. Maybe utilize the river, require a shot across the river and through the trees to a basket on the other side. There is a perfect spot for this on the backside of hole 13.
Other Thoughts: This course does take a while to play (about two hours for a couple not in a hurry) because of the length of the course but there is really no reason to rush because of the great setting.
While searching for a disc down the hill past hole 11 I discovered an old tee pad pointing down toward the river. Maybe this course did at one time play across the river?
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Be prepered for the killer B's!
Pros: Not many courses around like this one. Dramatic elevation comes into play on practically every hole. Spectacular Vistas. Nice concrete tees are holding up pretty well after all these years.Huge stone wall comes into play on 1/3 of holes. Ego boosting off the hill throws on Holes 4,11,12,and14 will remain in your mind as well as Ego crushing climbs uphill on Holes 5,13,15 and 18. The beauty, the beast, the bastard, the barn, so many fun holes here. I really enjoyed the Bastard (hole 6) Its a downhill to a protected basket with a very fast green that encourages you to miss and roll down a slope where you have plenty of trees to negotiate back uphill to the pin. You could get a 2 or a 6 on this hole. Hole 9 shoots over the wall and into the woods behind it depending on pin position. Hole 14 is a delightful hole and really tests your ability, can you really hyzer around that tree line down there or should you lay up and play it safe to avoid being on the wrong side of those huge Delaware trees. Let's not forget the wind here. When it blows straight in your face, you can pull out your fastest most stable driver and throw it straight into the gusts and watch it miraculously flip over or hold a line without fading at all. When the winds at your back throw your understables straighter and further than you ever thought possible. So much fun playing the wind here! Can you putt in the wind? Makes for very interesting rounds for competition amongst friends or a tournament because with the score separations on the hillsides and the wind anything can happen and often does. I agree with the prior reviewer who encouraged you to just stop and take in the 360 degree views of this plae...It really is an amazing piece of property for disc golf.
Cons: The tee pad on hole 3 is really hurting, be careful. The thorns and high grass off the fairway on some of these holes look like they could really spoil a good time. Hole 17 is the only let down hole on the course....just a mando around a tree to a short basket. 18 is a gradual rise uphill overall an Anti-climactic way to end a spectacular day. Stream could come into play a bit more, rather than just lurking in the background I would like to throw over it etc. to add more beauty and challenge. I also think the woods around hole 11 were begging to be used as well. Maybe just one or two woods holes to even out the big air experience here.
Other Thoughts: The beauty, beast, bastard and barn...seems theres room for a bitch, a babe, a bunker and a bye bye birdie on this beautiful Brandywine course. Best played in the late fall, winter or early spring to avoid nasty high grass, hot sun and evil shule as well as the $6 park fee. If your sick of trees after playing Iron Hill come here and play the great wide open. I cannot fathom a more amazing and challenging day of disc golf with two equally distinct courses only 20 minutes apart from one another. You get the hardest wooded course ever created at Iron Hill and the perhaps the wildest wind course ever at Brandywine....a day few will ever forget!
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
long, open and hilly
Pros: This courses lets you "air it out" on almost every hole, it is long, open and very hilly. You can play a whole round here and not hit a tree on your tee shot if you are playing well.
Great use of the elevation changes, I like this on open or wooded courses. Flags on top of the baskets are a nice touch and are important due to the almost constant wind here.
This course is VERY scenic with beautiful views from some of the highest points in Delaware and stone walls built along the rolling hills. It is also very clean, I didn't see any litter!
Holes 4 & 5 are aply named "Beauty and Beast"
Cons: The park fee for a non-Delaware car is $6.
The wind can be a huge factor.
A few uneven cement tees can be dangerous, be careful especially on 3 and 4.
Walking up and down the hills here can be very taxing if you are not in good shape. It would be nice to have benches
near some of the tees.
Other Thoughts: If the grass in the park has been cut; great. If not, the rough can be brutal with tall grass and thorns making it easy to loose a disc. This can be a huge FUN factor in playing the course or not.
Other reviewers mention multiple tees but I saw none of them on 5/23/09. If there are alternative tees, they must not be cement or used only during tournaments.
The park rangers can be a hassle in all Delaware parks, be careful. I saw no park staff on an early Saturday morning though The park fee was on the honor system.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: If you are looking for a good walk, you've found it. Most of the holes are long and wide open. The Beast is 666 ft - huge uphill climb. Nice day out in the sun.
Cons: Rough can make for a nice long disc search especially on some of the blind uphills.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 20 Not
Open Fields, Tall Grass
Pros: Nice Scenery, Multiple Tee Shots
Cons: Narrow Fairways with tall grass on either side makes loosing discs easy
No variety to course, all open fields with tall grass
A lot of walking up and down hills far distances
Other Thoughts: Its like playing at a school football field, not much more fun
3 of 23 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, Hilly course!
Pros: All tees are concrete and were kept very clean. Each basket has a flag on it that makes it easier to see when going up hill. A very fun and challenging variety of terrain will make you use all your shots. Even though it may look like a "just huck it" course, it's definately not. Signs at every tee that map out the hole. Very nice stairs are put in where steep uhills exist, making the climbs a little easier on the legs. Hole 17 actually uses an old barn as an obstacle. Some of the greens are very fast and challenging. You're P&A game will be tested nicely. Practice basket next to the first tee is a nice added bonus. Course itself is kept very very clean. I didn't spot 1 peice of trash which shows that the locals really care about the course.
Cons: No Major Cons to speak of. The uphill walks could be tiring if you're not in really good shape. The tee sign maps aren't very detailed so finding the pin isn't always "super easy." Park goers often walking around the course can be annoying if they dont' realize whats going on. A couple holes were a little repetitive and boring.
Other Thoughts: The area that this course is in is amazing. Its very calm and peaceful. The "Local Pro" was there doing some fixing up to the course and he was very nice and made me feel welcome. Very old rock walls are really cool if you're into that kinda stuff. Grills and picnic tables near parking lot incase you want to have a bbq after you play. If you get to hole 15 (long downhill), and nobody is playing close behind you. There's a big rock right next to tee. Take some time and just sit and look around and you see beautiful countryside for miles. Very picturesque.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
25 Helpful / 1 Not
Hilliest course around!
Pros: The course was well kept and clean. The tee pads were all of concrete and in great condition (except hole 3). There is an amazing array of variations in shots on the front nine holes. Shots range from a shot in between two trees and along a stone wall (hole 1) to down a hill over a creek and around a wooded area (hole 4 nicknamed the Beauty) to a 666 ft. shot straight uphill (hole 5 nicknamed the Beast). It is not a very technical course and lets you just grip and rip most of the shots. Most of the holes, all except for one I think, has two sets of tees to shoot from. There are signs at the beginning of every hole and it clearly is marked for where each tee pad is and what basket you're shooting too. On the way to hole 1 there is a practice basket and a message board that has some valuable information; such as tournaments that are coming up and events like Tuesday doubles night. Some of the baskets are a little tricky as they are right on the edge of a hill so if you overshoot the basket you are running for your disc. On hole 16 you have to drive around a barn and shoot at a basket behind it. That hole was especially fun because we tried to see who could get closest to the barn without hitting it.
Cons: The cons are few and far between but there are a couple. Hole 3's tee pad is cracked in the middle and slanted down the hill. There is a worn out area behind it that most people tee off from. The course is very hilly and quite long so it might cause problems for those of us that aren't in the best shape. Also it probably isn't the best course for beginners (I shot a 90) and I have been playing for six months. The summer time fee is $5 and I hear that the park rangers are a huge pain in the ass (I went in the winter so I didn't have to pay the fee or deal with the rangers.) There also were some cross country runners that ran down the fairways and by the tee pads; this impeded some of our shots and made us wait until we had clear shots. The variety of holes after the front nine decreases and starts to become repetitive.
Other Thoughts: There is a whole other side to the park that you could easily add another nine holes and make a good course into a great course. I did not have to pay an entry fee as I went during the winter months, the rangers were not a problem as I didn't run into any; although I have heard they can be. The course was well worth my drive (2 hours) and I played nearby Anson Nixon Park. Bellevue is also an option at about five miles away. All in all a great park and course with courteous locals. Dogs are also allowed as long as they are leashed.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful.
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