Pros: It is the kind of property you'd walk through and think "There should be a disc golf course here." Wooded with some elevation changes and a pond.
There are a couple good holes here. Hole 9 is a fun empty-the-bag downhill ace run that does have a gap you need to hit.
Baskets are yellow Disccatchers. There are next-tee signs after every hole pointing you to the white and red tees.
The holes are fairly short from the reds (mostly under 200') but not necessarily ace runs.
Cons: There are tee signs, but it's not always easy to tell where the tee even is. They are natural and not defined. Navigation was surprisingly hard in a few parts. After the third hole, it took me a while to find the white tee and I never found the red. Bizarrely, you walk down the hill to tee off to throw back up the hill. Odd choice.
Design is so so. Hole 2 felt like it was designed by someone who doesn't play much. Basically a spray-and-pray hole with no defined fairway.
Other Thoughts: Park right off of the road and walk up the hill, taking the first right and walking down toward the pond. The first hole is just past the pond.
All in all, this just wasn't that fun of a course. I'll give credit for the next-tee signs and the quality baskets, but the design needs some improvement.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
It's ok for something different.
Pros: fairly clean. not too many people there in non-summer months. Shaded, lots of trees and narrow-alleyways. signage is pretty good in that it leads you to the next holes easily.
Cons: Dirt tee-pads that are not well kept. Some holes are just too short, though some offer longer tee boxes. The only reason your score will be bad is beacuse there are so many trees to hit. Otherwise it's fairly easy.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great for starting players to learn a bit about the game, and dont have to drive an hour to figure out they dont like it. Good for a "chip and putt" course for more experienced players.
Cons: A little buggy because of the water nearby.
Other Thoughts: Would like to see the future 18 holes.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great family course
Pros: This is a little gem for Western Massachusetts. It is a terrific course to expose young / new people to the sport. The nine holes are well laid out in a beautiful wooded area, with well defined fairways that rewards accuracy over distance.
Clean course, absolutely no trash, and mountain laurels in bloom the day I played it. Good signage makes it easy to find your way around... once you find the first tee (from the chalet head down the hill toward the pond and turn left)
From the red tees its perfect for kids and novices. From the white tees it will challenge intermediate players.
From the front tees the course is a "chip and putt" layout for stronger players.
Other Thoughts: Camp Shepard is full of day campers all summer. The Camp will use the course for kids activities, so I understand the restricted week-day hours.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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