Amesbury, MA 
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Uploaded By: dugmar Hole #8 (Taken 5/2011)
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 HIghway Stop

1    6/8/2013   7/17/2013
Review By: reposado
Played: 278  Reviewed: 276  Exp: 6.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Decent course that is right off the highway and offers a few decent holes. It's solid for new players as it won't offer much challenge.(Well in the throws it demands, tons of challenge in figuring out which basket to throw to.)

The high point is the pond on 16. It's a very good "first" over water attempt: Not to far across and good, clean water that has a slight current. In other words, no matter where you put your floater, it's coming back.

While most of the other wholes are pretty uniform in terrain and distance. The high amount of trees make for a variety of shots with slight elevations and hooks that need to happen at different points along the path.

It's a nice, clean course that can be played quickly and faster if you already know which hole to shoot for.
Cons: However, there just isn't enough space here to create a really good course. The same space is utilized by several holes, and while there are signs, they aren't clear enough to always indicate which basket is the target. Often, several are visible from the tee. Moreover, the baskets themselves aren't labeled too clearly. More than once I walked up attempt a putt before I realized that it was the not the cage corresponding with the tee I had thrown from.

All of this makes it extremely likely that you wind up in the path of someone else's disc on greens and fairways and even tees. It's just too compact.
Other Thoughts: If you're breaking up a trip to or from Maine, it's a nice easy stop. It's not a destination.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/5/2012   6/7/2012
Review By: bradharris
Played: 87  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 14.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Amesbury Pines offers something for everyone. For the experience player, it offers a lot of nice ace runs and birdie opportunities on nearly every hole. For the inexperience player, the clean, brush free floor provides a forgiving setting to hone your line shaping skills without fear of lost discs or added get-out-of-trouble strokes.

The course makes use of two small ponds to create some nice (although short and unintimidating) water carries.

There is a nice balance of hole shapes, no one throwing style is favored here.
Cons: The course has one of the smallest footprints I've ever seen for an 18 hole course. Each hole feels like it's been shoe-horned into the layout. On most holes, an errant shot off the fairway puts your disc on another fairway, green, or tee.

There are a couple areas where roads or parking lots come into play creating some potential safety issues.

In addition to the roads, other park users can come into play on the later holes. Hole 13 plays along a baseball field and 17 comes in close proximity to a playground and basketball court. Although those particular attractions usually don't come into play, people tend to wander out into the grass without realizing they're on a fairway.

Many old baskets with rusted, single chains provide pretty treacherous putting targets.

Mostly natural tees provide little improvement to footing.
Other Thoughts: On a quiet day, this is a nice place to get a quick, easy round in. However, as the park gets crowded with other players and other park users, play can get really slowed down, upping the frustration level.

Plan to lose one or two strokes simply from basket spit-outs.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    1/22/2012   2/17/2012
Review By: chrisq
Played: 4  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 6.3 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fun course with a nice balance of wooded and open holes, with a couple aggravating water holes thrown in there to keep you on your toes.
Cons: 16.
Overlapping holes can get rather confusing (have played this course 10+ times and still throw to the wrong basket from time to time).
inside of a pretty active park with little kids that can cause hold ups quite a bit.
Other Thoughts: something about 16 shortens my drives by like 50 ft, it's driving me mad.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Home Course

5+    10/2/2011   10/4/2011
Review By: mled
Played: 4  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has a great combination of long straight shots with a side of hyzer and anyes. A few holes over water definitely make you think about your shots.
Cons: A lot of the holes are close enough that a shenked through really overlaps over another players path. Also, the tee boxes are so all over the place that it is very difficult to do a full x-step though not completely impossible. There is no practice basket either even though as you pull up to the parking lot you see two baskets (9+11). Another con is the holes that have one chain basket are so much more heavy that a putt that would go in most baskets will bounce out costing you a stroke.
Other Thoughts: The course gives a nice change during the winter when you play across a couple of the baseball fields and those holes add much more open holes to a nearly all wooded course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Pine Scented

1    6/18/2011   6/26/2011
Review By: swatso
Played: 528  Reviewed: 369  Exp: 9.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
With over 2/3rds of the holes playing in-to, out-from, or within a flattish piece of ground containing extremely tall, scattered pines, the carpet of pine needles makes for a very refreshing play, and discs easy to find. Two tee locations per hole, the shorter marked by white in-ground boards, usually on a direct line between longer tee location and basket.
Tee locations were ridge-n-furrow, making x-steps nearly impossible. Multiple chances to negatively interact with others, both players and non-players. Mixture of old baskets, about half of which were single-chained.
Other Thoughts:
The course plays primarily within a copse of large pines, and secondarily in the open space containing two ponds, of a small, multi-purpose park. The holes, in and of themselves, were fine, with distances from the low 200's to the upper 300's, fair throwing lanes, minor elevation changes, and a variety of subtle turns needed from the tee. However, with the crossing fairways, parallel fairways and tee locations in close proximity to each other, the walking paths and gazebo in the midst of the pines, and the popularity of the open space/water with non-players (a birthday picnic was being celebrated in the middle of fairway-17 the day I played), there will be plenty of chances to yell "fore" and/or dodge discs.

Navigation: The blue posts marking the long tee positions were fairly easy to spot, and the photos of the hole atop them were quite helpful. Plenty of "next tee" signs in the wooded part of the course to aid in navigation. When playing to basket-9, note basket-11, to the right. After finishing number-11, cross the parking lot to find tee-12, with basket-12 alongside the walking path which leads to some baseball fields. Tee-13 is near the playground.

Upgrading thee tee areas and baskets, and playing at a time when the park isn't being used much by others, would be ideal.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    4/17/2011   5/17/2011
Review By: jkdisc
Played: 115  Reviewed: 109  Exp: 9.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a decent course that has some fun holes. Most of the holes are in a wooded (tall pines) area but there are open holes with water hazards.

Other Pros:
- 2 tees
- variety of turns
- alternate holes
Cons: You need the map, bring it! There are confusing spots especially with the alternate holes.

Other Cons:
- crossing fairways
- play near playground
- 16 & 16A play near the road which is bad because they are water throw overs
-some of the natural tees had ruts
Other Thoughts: The park is located right in the middle of town, it's convenient to get to where you need to go, but I prefer a quiet park away from it all.

I would have liked to see 16's tee moved to the middle of the hill and then throw over the water, that road to the right had many cars going by. Improvements can be made here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 My daily course

5+    5/1/2011   5/2/2011
Review By: dugmar
Played: 12  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.3 Years
This review was updated on 5/3/2011
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice mix of woods and open field shots. Two great water-crossing shots get the pucker factor up. Nice use of space and good elevation changes. Plenty of parking. Holes that stand out: Holes 4 and 15, if you overshoot your putt or approach shots on these holes you may find yourself down the very steep hill in the road, or the neighbor's yard to retrieve your disc. Some choose to lay up here instead of going for it. Holes 16 and 18 are great water-crossing shots. 16 is a bit easier to clear. On 18, do you lay-up or go for it? Holes 3 and 4 have a cool little valley you need to clear. Hole 4 tee-box, look for the bottle opener. Nice touch!
Cons: In summer the park can get quite crowded. The proximity to the high school can often be an issue with vandalism and trash. Could be a 4 star course if tee boxes and baskets were updated.
Other Thoughts: No facilities here, no bathrooms and not many trash cans. There are some great pubs in town though to visit after your round. Also, Amesbury Skate and Sport on Route 110 carry a small selection of Innova discs for sale.

I recently created and added laminated tee-box information cards to each hole, they are the same images that I uploaded to this site. Hopefully they last the summer. Enjoy and I hope they help.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    12/17/2010   12/20/2010
Review By: ratmloud
Played: 18  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.3 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Free
Has parking.
Fun, Close, has a bit of everthing- water, open and woods.
Cons: Tees in pretty bad shape
Little to No signage.
just needs TLC (clean up after the teenagers who like to hang out in the wooded areas)
Some baskets are in bad shape.
Other Thoughts: tee pads/signs as well a a few new baskets and you would have a GREAT course.

As it sits now you have a good course if you a local. Within an hour drive its deff. worth a try.

Winter layout is in now couple extra open bombs baskets are now numbered.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 great use of space

5+    8/26/2010   8/26/2010
Review By: smalcome
Played: 42  Reviewed: 9
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -full 18 holes
-challenging fairways as the first trees to avoid are typically 50 yards away and the gaps aren't that wide
-parking lot
-holes fairly well marked
-the last three holes are fun and give you a chance to burn a few bogeys off your score with some birdies
-not too many places to lose a disc (two water shots, but just throw a floater if you're scared!)
Cons: -hole 6 and 8 are switched for some reason, but the t markers don't reflect the change
-some older home-made baskets, but i'd rather throw to them than nothing! (plus, when playing against other people it's an even playing field since you're all using the same basket)
-not PDGA worthy since there are a handful of home-made baskets
Other Thoughts: i'm in massachusetts, so i can't let myself give a course worse than a 3 star rating- there are only a handful of courses out here and you really have to be thankful to have a place to play at all! it's not the best course, but if you're local or close, it's a place to throw 18 holes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Showing its age...

5+    7/31/2010   7/31/2010
Review By: Everett Evans
Played: 80  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 24.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - All holes have baskets
- Some water holes, some wooded holes, a couple of open holes
- Free
- Easy drive from NH seacoast
- Playground for the little ones
Cons: - Baskets are in various states of disrepair, from brand-new to beat up and rusty
- Tees are pretty horrible, huge divots, missing a lot of the original sand/gravel. You think more about foot placement than your drive itself.
- The layout takes a while to get used to, since the signs are not great and baskets are unmarked.
- Some of the holes are forgettable (2, 15, 7)
- Tough to take three steps in a row without either tripping over or stepping on a broken, dead chunk of pine branch.
Other Thoughts: This course is showing its age and could use new baskets, cleaned up tees and better signage. OK if you are playing with someone who has played before, but first timers might get lost easily. Great if you like to walk each hole 75% of the way, assume the basket is the one for your hole, walk back to the tee, forget where the basket was, then poke and hope. I've played the course five or six times now and still had trouble remembering where a few of the baskets were from the tees.

My drive on #13 today was witnessed by two kids playing on a slide a few feet from the tee. If the disc had slipped out early I would probably be in prison now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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