Good Beginner Course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It has to be stated up front: this is only a six hole course, thus the rating is factored against other six hole courses.
- Baskets are all in good shape and the course is fairly well maintained.
- Decent elevation change and good mix of wooded vs open shots
- Course has tee boxes and markers for each hole
- There is shot shaping on a few of the holes
Cons: - Tee boxes are somewhat small and worn out gravel. It's fine for a standstill, but when I practiced here regularly, would typically throw from behind or the side
- Confusing walk from 1 to 2 and through the woods to 4 (two is down the hill and left from 1's basket)
- The walk from 3 to 4 (and back again from 5-6) is almost always messy.
- Again, six holes. Not necessarily rating it down because of it, but it's hard to go over 2.5 or 3 for a six hole course
Other Thoughts: Great for new players to have a space to improve where they don't get discouraged or feel looked down upon.
I used to live close by and would come to work on putter tosses and putting. The baskets really are in good shape.
The designers did do a good job of crafting fun 150'-220' foot holes. There's a nice tunnel shot and a few places with decent bunkers from the woods, plus elevation on 1 and 6.
I guess you could get to a 3 star course if the tee pads were concrete, but frankly that doesn't make any sense for the course. They did what I'd hope for out of a six hole beginner course.
Also, this is in a different parking lot from the new (as of this review) course next door. Still, can make for a nice warm up and helps for us course baggers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Take the Recs to Church
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 6 boxed gravel tees with wood post tee marker signs and numbered Mach 2 baskets. Good variety playing across gently sloped elevated changes and decent mix of fairway challenge. It looks like they recently added some new tree saplings to the course providing a little tunnel off the tee off hole 2 and 6, and will eventually make hole 3 a tunnel taking away the RHBH anhyzer. Safe separation between holes.
Nice recreational and fitness center facilities with tennis and basketball courts, archery, dance and arts, and lots of ball fields.
Cons: Only a rec level course. Even for a course this short, the tee boxes are a bit short and they were a bit lumpy. It took me awhile to figure out where the tee for hole 1 and 2 were, but easy after that. A little muddy crossing the little creek between 3-4, and 5-6.
Other Thoughts: Churchville 6 is a pretty good course for it's intended purpose which is to introduce kids and new rec players to the game, but also hard to rate because it's only 6 holes and short and doesn't have mass appeal to all disc golfers. The course was entertaining enough that as a pro level player I stuck around to play a second round trying to get an ace and birdie every hole.
All you need here is your putter. Once you learn to control a disc here, then you are ready to test your mettle on a real nice 18 hole intermediate to advanced level course like Mill Brook on the other side of the park, or the hilly Scarboro Hills course not too far away.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -It has simple wood signs which gives you the hole # and the distance. The first two holes are flat and open. The # 3 has a tree in the middle of the fairway. # 4 is a 141' tunnel shot while # 5 is a downhill tunnel . Then # 6 finished with a little short 174' uphill.
-The baskets have the numbers on them. Which is not necessary but still a nice touch
-There are signs leading you from 3 to 4, and 5 to 6
-Sports fields there, and its a good teaching place for kids at the recreation center
Cons: -Well, it's 6 holes
-Wet when it just rained
-Hard to find the 2nd and 3rd hole
Other Thoughts: Rating Breakdown (each category either 0 or 0.5):
TEE PADS: 0, no tee pads
SIGNAGE: 0.5, somewhat signage on the course
AMENITIES: 0, no benches, hooks, water fountains, etc.
PARK AMENITIES: 0.5, there is a recreation center right next to the course
TERRAIN: 0, kinda boring course, also 6 holes
ELEVATION: 0.5: there were uphill, downhill, and flat holes
HOLE LENGTH VARIETY: 0, every hole is a 200 footer
ALT TEES/BASKETS: 0, only 1 tee box and 1 basket per hole
SIGNATURE HOLE: 0, most holes are the same and boring
FUN FACTOR: 0, looking back, I probably had fun and I did hit my first Maryland course, but you can't get much fun with 6 holes
It is great that places all around the country are attempting to teach new people disc golf!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Feel Good Course
Pros: If you're playing bad and in a rut or a beginner, this place is for you. It's short and all birdieable holes which is great if your playing badly.All that is needed is a putter and a mid-range. Easy to navigate with a few trees in play.
Cons: Nothing really other than it only being 6 holes and short but again, it's great for beginners and if you need a feel good round.
Other Thoughts: Where else can you rip off 6 birdies in a row?
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellent For Beginners!
Pros: I will always stick up for these type of small, short courses designed for the beginners/students. I firmly believe they have a niche in our sport and will always rate them generously, provided they're designed and built well.
This course built behind the Chruchville Recreation Center, is just that, just six holes because of space constraints, built for beginners and or students.
It has simple wood signs which gives you the hole # and the distance. Nothing more is needed here. The tee boxes could be slippery when wet. The first two holes are flat and open. The # 3 has a tree in the middle of the fairway. # 4 is a 141' tunnel shot while # 5 is a downhill tunnel . Then # 6 finished with a little short 174' uphill.
The baskets have the numbers on them. Why do these simple, little six hole wide open courses always have the numbers on the baskets? And when you play some impossible to navigate, ridiculously complicated 18 hole course in the woods, there's not a number to be found?
Cons: This is not the course for the advanced or even the average intermediate player. It's not designed with them in mind. If you're looking for more of a challenge, go play Scarboro Hills..
Other Thoughts: Nice design and terrain for the family/beginner player. Fun course to come and try to rack up another ACE. Perfect little course for the "Course Bagger" such as myself.
Another course which has hit it's target audience like that 400' shot thrown through a narrow gap in the trees which slams and sticks into the basket for that unbelievable "ACE."
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Great for kids
Pros: 2 beautifully designed holes at this course were the inspiration for my home course.
One of the best places in Maryland to introduce children to the sport, also a neat place for an ace race.
Cons: No long holes to air out your driver.
only 6 holes
Had a little trouble navigating the first time, but very simple after that, no need for a map or guide.
Other Thoughts: No need to bring anything but a putter, maybe a mid for players throwing less distance who still want to go for the ace.
This course is a 5 star course for what it was built for: 1) to be visible to hundreds of new people who visit the Churchville rec center
2. ) to provide a safe area to teach children disc golf. 3.) to give the locals an uncrowded practice area.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellent for short game practice on my lunch break
Pros: It's easily accessible, never busy, the tees are marked with the distance and the baskets are brand-spanking-new. It's an excellent course for beginners who could easily get discouraged by a lack of arm strength and too many obstacles to deal with.
Cons: 6 baskets is an awkward number. I wish they could've stretched it to 9. The crossover to holes 4 and 5 are swampy.
Other Thoughts: I've seen reviews that site a lack of variety, but for a beginner I disagree. You've got a short open field shot followed by a longer open field shot. Hole 3 introduces a tree or two, Hole 4 is the closest thing a beginner needs to a "tunnel shot," and Hole 5 is a short representation of a "typical DG layout" with no direct line, scattered trees and some thicket to the left. Then you finish it off back in the field with an OB to the right. Seems great to me. I hit this course about twice a week on my lunch break. I take my buzz and my soft banger and play it as a par 12.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's clear that this course was intended for the first-timer. It provides a very nice introduction to the sport with nice baskets and nice tee markers.
Cons: Even as an introductory course, there are things lacking here. If the intent is introduce new players to the sport, there should at least be some sort of message board or signage to explain the basics and give some advice for where to find discs.
With just six holes, there's very little variety here. The trees provide a little bit of intrigue, but it's not enough to really make it interesting.
When wet, there are parts that are nearly unplayable. I played this course two days after a rainstorm and was very glad I had hiking shoes on. It was very muddy and with tennis shoes, my feet would've been soaked.
As a practice course, there are limited safari options. Because it's fairly open, and space is limited, it's hard for a more advanced player to get creative in making up new holes.
Other Thoughts: To really objectively review this course, I had to look at it from two very different perspectives. It's intended purpose vs it's overall appeal.
For it's intended purpose, it fits the bill pretty well. It's an easy, low stress way to introduce a first-timer to the sport. It would be great for school groups or families who might be here for another event but can spare a few minutes to try something new. However, even after one or two rounds, I can imagine a beginner getting bored very quickly.
To give this course a numeric rating, I have to look at how it compares to all other courses. With just six holes and a very small target audience, this course doesn't have much to offer over others. It has a couple nice things going for it (nice baskets, good tee posts) that elevate it above the very lowest level, but for any level player, I wouldn't recommend visiting this course unless you're already at the rec center for something else.
The best way I can think of to describe it, is that it's like comparing putt-putt to regular ball golf. While it has it's merits, and gives novices an opportunity to play, a putt-putt course doesn't even compare to a true ball golf course.
This would make a very nice adjunct to an existing course, but it doesn't stack up on it's own.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 4 Not
Course Record = 12?
Pros: Brand new baskets catch very well. Nice park with restroom facilities. Easy to find. If not busy, could make up safari holes that might have some challenge. Tee posts have distance marked.
Cons: Only 6 holes; very short; pretty much 6 baskets in open field. No tee pads but then again, not really needed. Crossover gets swampy.
Other Thoughts: I shot a round and scored a 13 - I hit the only tree on #3 and missed the long putt for my only 3 (and I'm not very good). I hit the basket on #4 which was my favorite of the holes. I'm sure someone has shot a 12 by now if not better. Playing #4 and #5 repeatedly is more fun than playing all 6. I know people are saying that it is good for its intended purpose; I see the elementary school across the road and think it would be great for that target audience. But a review here is to inform disc golfers whether it is worth playing this and I would say that if you are nearby (say cruising down I-95) - sure it's a pleasant 10 minutes. But I wouldn't go off the track to play it. And if the target audience is complete beginners than hole #6 should not play that close to a fenced off area - beginners will not appreciate losing their own disc.
I'm not saying that the course should be dismantled or anything - it is great for people just learning the game. I just want to warn experienced golfers that it is a toy course.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
A Course to Introduce the Sport
Pros: This course was designed to be used to introduce the sport to the public. It was placed in a very busy recreation center to get interest in the sport, serve as a training course, and to get the disc moving towards future courses in the area.
The layout of the course starts with a two very strait forward holes increasing in distance. The third hole begins to add difficulty as trees are introduced and forces shaping of a throw. Hole four introduces a roof and creates a tunnel for the player to maintain control and accuracy. Hole five combines all the elements to have the player to choose their line and execute it well. Hole six ends with another very strait forward shot similar to that of one and two.
+Good practice for average to above average players
+Excellent course to bring friends, family, children to introduce and begin developing into lovers of the game.
+Good use of a very busy recreation center without too much fear of non-disc golfers being in the way.
Cons: Honestly if you understand the concept of this being a training/introduction course it is what it is. However, an advanced disc golfer may find the course lacking, but they were not the focus of the course. Behind hole 3 and on the left side and behind of hole 5 are some very thick vegetation and can quickly swallow up disc if not careful. Hopefully with time this will get beaten down and back.
-Not built for the above average player.
-Some simple shots.
-Vegetation can be very thick on certain holes.
Other Thoughts: With the goal of a future course elsewhere on the recreation complex this course sets the path for future player development. The course has only been in a few weeks and the tee pads are showing wear from use. Plenty of shade and facilities are located near the first tee including a playground (not in play) and makes it an opportunity for the family outing all the more reasonable.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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