Great for beginners or fine tuning accuracy
Pros: A short well taken care of course for newer players or experienced players looking to tune technical approaches. This course can be played quickly and both water holes are great for learning how to clear water. Both tee shots on 16 and 18 need to go about 220ft to clear water but have natural barriers behind them so overthrowing isnt a worry. Basically just chuck it and the hill behind the 16 hole or the trees behind the 18th will catch the disc and keep you safe.
Cons: The course has less replayability as it is very short and simple for the most part. Also, holes are very close together with walking paths criss crossing them. It is common to have to wait for other players or park goers to move even if they aren't on your hole
Other Thoughts: none
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great stop for the family
Pros: Would be rated higher as entire facility but I used the rating for just the course.
- The course is easy enough to navigate with all the holes being pretty close to each other
- A couple really nice water shots
- Decent mix of woods and open shots
- Free to play
Cons: - Holes are too close together and could be a giant pain if it was busy, which I've never actually seen.
- Tee pads are not great, but good enough
- Not that challenging of a course for a moderate level player.
Other Thoughts: Last time I went I brought my family and was able to play golf while they enjoyed the playground and other facilities. So it's really nice that it's part of the park, however it definitely feels squeezed into the space. It's hard to complain given the price, but it's also not something I'd make a special trip for.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Major improvement over the first few times I played there. Signs were updated to let you know where the next holes were and tee pads were looking great. Baskets were replaced I believe since the very first time I played. The improvements will definitely entice me to go there more often. First time I played a few years ago was bad if you weren't familiar with the course. Now it's much better to navigate and very clean.
Cons: Some holes are a little back and forth and over lapping, but good use of the space available. Just keep your head up on some holes. People sometimes do not care that you are there to play and stand in the middle of fairways just doing nothing. Mostly children, but it's a free course in a town park.
Other Thoughts: Looking so much better than the first time I played it. I don't throw over water a lot, but these water holes are confidence boosters while offering some challenge. Especially 17 where too much hyzer or a bad roll will send you into the water (RHBH).
Thanks to the guys improving Amesbury!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Not your father's Amesbury Pines
Pros: Has had substantial recent improvements:
- Paver tee boxes and new baskets installed within the past year
-Good signage at each tee including direction to next tee
-Tape indicators on baskets point to next tee
- Clean, pretty, well maintained
- Excellent variety of shots.. wooded / open / over water. A little elevation.
Cons: - Park has a baseball field adjacent to hole 12 and if you make an awful throw, you could wind up in right field. There's a sprinkler park and a playground that are near tee boxes 13 and 18 (but you throw away from the playground), All of the park is open to the public (who have the right of way) who may wander onto some of the holes. In 40+ rounds, I've been delayed just a handful of times.
Other Thoughts: This course makes absolutely the most of the space available. Fairways are close to one another and 9 and 10 cross which could be a problem if it was busy (which it never seems to be.) 12 holes are completely or mostly in a tall pine grove with a floor of pine needles - so no losing discs, nicely shaded and limited wind. Fairways in the open are always well maintained. The only place you can lose a disc is in one of the ponds. The new brick paver tee boxes replaced awful, dug out gravel or natural tee boxes and are a huge improvement - though a couple of them could be a foot longer. They could have put in fewer holes, but given the low level of use, 18 was the right choice. It is a fun course and one of my favorites.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Beautiful Area to play
-Brand new patio brick tees and chainstar baskets
-Brand new signs for every tee
-The course offers a good variety in both distance and the types of throws you need to make.
-Course is very well maintained.
-Fairways are defined and there are markers the middle of the fairways that show the direction to the basket.
Cons: -Can be a little confusing to someone who has never played the course.
-Fairways criss-cross each other.
-Some poison ivy but not enough to be a major concern.
Other Thoughts: This course is a fairly short course to play through it only takes about an hour. I think that one of the best things you can say about a course is that it is fun and this course is just that, fun. Overall, I like this course and I still go back and play there all the time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
sometimes less is more
Pros: Variety and challenge.
Cons: Tee pads are often destroyed.
Many to most holes cross each other.
Ponds are disgusting. Eats many a disc.
Other Thoughts: This course would have been vastly superior with greater attention spent on 12 holes versus stuffing 18 in. Its just too much crossover.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good use of space, good hole distances, good obstacles. Variety of shots required, including two holes that play over ponds. Challenging but still suitable for beginners. Probably won't lose a disc, unless it goes into a pond.
Cons: Tee pads aren't the best. Many of the baskets are pretty old. Sometimes there is litter in the park. Some tees are hard to find.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Criss-Cross Will Make You Jump
Pros: Located in the corner of Massachusetts, Amesbury Pines is a unique city park with huge, mature pines occupying a chunk of the park.
The first ten holes play in the wooded fairways. The pines are so old that there are no low-hanging branches, so no ticky-tack deflections. There are fairly defined fairways with both right and left-turning shots required.
The later holes move into the open, duck back into the woods, and then throw over the ponds twice. Both are pretty holes, with 16 requiring a 150-foot shot to clear the pond and 18 requiring a longer shot (but having bailout options).
The holes are almost all in the 250-325 foot range.
Cons: Tee pads are among the worst I've played on: rutted out, exposed roots, and generally not safe.
Navigation is simple in some areas and confusing in others. I'm not sure I ever found the tee pad for hole 6. There are several tee signs that indicate a "winter layout" and don't seem to correspond to anything else. They show distance and a photograph of the fairway with directional arrows, but many were missing the pictures.
Baskets are a mishmash of styles and generally old.
But the worst part is the criss-crossing fairways in the woods. Not a good idea. The fairways that don't cross are almost on top of each other, so a throw that fades too much or goes a little off line is probably in another fairway. The chances of someone getting hit are really higher than necessary. You'd hate to see a course get pulled over an issue that could have been prevented by more sensible design.
Other Thoughts: I understand wanting some great wooded holes (and I do love these kind of trees for disc golf), but they tried to cram too many holes in the woods. They either should have shortened some of the holes or put a few more holes in the open, or both.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
My Everyday Course
Pros: I play this course just about everyday. All the holes have a decent distance anywhere from 250-390 feet. The tee-boxes have been recently fixed up, and are now cement. If you knew the course before these new boxes, you would know how much the new ones improved the course. 13/18 holes on this course are played through woods. Lots of trees, makes it a real challenge. The layout is decent, but unique. Great use of space with the amount given. Hole 17 was recently changed, the basket has moved much closer to the water which makes a real challenge. Hole 16, 17, and 18 all involve water and add a great challenge to the game.
Cons: Tons of trees, a few tee boxes still aren't great, fairways overlap others.
Other Thoughts: You will meet a ton of nice people here, everyones friendly and for begginers, there are many experienced players who are more than willing to give you a few tips.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Enjoyable course layout. Compact play allows quicker rounds. Clear undergrowth, no chance of loosing discs, unless u drop one in the small ponds.
Cons: Erosion issues on some tees (safety issue, almost rolled an ankle). Wear boots. While course is 95% clear, there is some poison ivy. Hole layouts are confusing first time thru.
Other Thoughts: I'll play this course often, met some friendly regulars who let me jump in with them.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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