I Like The Idea Of Dividing This Into Two Seperate Courses!
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Pros: Honestly, I was totally to prepared to really dislike this course and write a pretty harsh review. I'm not usually a big fan of campground courses and I knew this was built on a tree farm with row after row of trees planted in straight rows. But as I was playing the course, I definitely started to "get it". Whatever designer Duckychucky is talking about with his Y, U and V grids or whatever, I don't quite get. All I know, is I had a great time trying to stay between the lines, kind of like coloring. And when I did get outside the lines, I usually was able to thread the needle to get back where I wanted. Notice, I said usually, not always. Nice design work, Duckychucky!
I played the front nine from the Blues, Time didn't allow me to try the other options. I do agree with another reviewer who made the point that these baskets were a little hard to spot in the thick forests. Why is it every time I play a course in a wide open field, they have the Discatchers with the yellow bands and designers with courses in the woods put in the DGA baskets with the hard to read red numbers on top?
Although the trees are planted very close together, there is little to no underbrush on the front nine making finding your off-line throws realitively easy to find..
To the back nine. It's like a totally different course which is why I think it should be listed as a seperate course. I liked it a lot. It's a great little pirtch and putt with almost every hole hole being an Ace run.
Cons: Tee signs were missing for # 16 & 17, naturally the two holes closest to the campers.
Natural pads were pretty decent on the front nine, a little rougher shape on the back nine.
$5 to play all day isn't much but still could be a con to some players.
Other Thoughts: Clever design had me wanting more. I think making a full 18 out of the tree farm area and then listing the pitch and putt as it's own course makes perfect sense. This is a solid fun throw. Try it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I was.
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Really is 2 courses in 1
Pros: 18 holes up the Adirondack Region of New York. Plenty of other outdoor activities nearby. Course is adjacent to a campground and down the road from Ausable Chasm. Great location for a course.
Practice basket and large grassy area at front where visitor parking is located.
Front 9 is located in a pine forest that was planted in straight farm-like rows. Tough place to design a fun course. Land is perfectly flat with nothing but 'natural' tunnels available.
Each hole has 4 different natural pads marked by colored 2x4's in the ground. New DGA baskets that catch great. Everything was easy to find and signs were in place, mostly as the blue pads. Signs showed basic layout and distance for each hole. I played and walked a mix of the blue and gold pads. White and Red were also available, and looked like they would be good for a change of pace, or newer players.
Gold layout was well designed and challenging. There were holes as long as 575' and there was some tight lines to hit. Blue was similar, but had some easier lines to navigate. Designer did a nice job of changing the looks, lengths and angles for the different pads.
Excellent mix of tunnels, lefts and rights. Also a decent variety of hole lengths. You will use a lot of different shots and discs on the front 9 here. It is well done.
The back nine is across a gravel road, and by appearance is still a work in progress. Signs are not as nice and there a couple different pad locations that look like they have been used. Instead of planted pines you play in a natural wooded area that has some tougher undergrowth and more vines and brush to deal with. Holes range from 125' to 270' with 8 of the holes 200' or under. This part plays as an ace race course or strictly a putter practice zone. Decent layouts have been cut, and it seems as if it will be a good place to bring kids and new players. Probably handy right next to a campground.
Cons: Natural tee pads. They are flat and smooth on the front 9. Back 9 is still being developed.
DGA basket visibility. The DGAs catch great, but man they are tough to see. It would help if some flags, tape or other bright devices were used.
Course is still being built. Give it time.
No elevation or water. Not what you would think of as Adirondack DG.
Other Thoughts: Decent little course is a region that needs more courses, so it is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. The campground is nice to if you want to make a few day stay, and play multiple rounds or layouts. I would probably play 2 different layouts of the front 9, and use that for my 18 hole round next time. I think that would be a fun way to tackle this course. Then the back 9 could be used for practice, warmup or another creative type of round.
Office at Campground has scorecards with maps and DGA discs for sales. There is also camping supplies and some basic drinks. This would be a good place to bring a family on a camping trip or a group of friends if you need a place to camp, play and possibly enjoy a few frosty beverages without having to drive to a course.
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