A Disjointed Course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Can be an entertaining round if the parking lot is empty, Sunday Mornings will not be a good time to come. On UDisk app, it says to come after 5pm Weekdays rather than "Anytime" as it does here. Not sure.
I'm always happy and appreciative when a private property opens a DG course even if it needs work.
Cons: Ultimately, this isn't a course I would go more than 5 minutes out of my way for. It feels like it was intended for beginner-intermediates but I would not suggest it for beginners. And it's more like 7 playable holes after construction.
Some tees simply don't exist beyond mud spots in grass. Some, like 5, are more proper rectangular layouts (but still only filled with dirt or woodchips, not concrete). Narrow fairways and dense brush will be an issue throughout and what downgrades this course the most. There are few chances to let the disc rip and not have potential to lose sight of it permanently. Hole 3 has the greatest potential for disc loss.
This is a very disjointed, inconsistent course in terms of intended player skill level and feels untended for several years. Could use layout modification and some brush clearing. Hole 3 could be cut by a third to more closely match the intended skill level of the rest of the course.
Other Thoughts: First tee is located 40.317136, -75.479698 on Google Maps.
The course map under the "Links/Files" tab, which I strongly suggest printing out or saving on smartphone, from August 18, 2011 is still correct for Holes 1-7 but 8/9 do not exist in that form anymore from construction and you will see the satellite image will have changed some. Tee 8 seems to be 40.318204, -75.480221 and basket 8 lies on the middle of the 'fairway' for Hole 3, around 40.318239, -75.480594. I could not locate tee 9, but I suppose tee 8 can play double duty, the 9th basket is at 40.317885, -75.480134 currently, on the grass in between parking lots and way too close to parked cars.
Hole 1 is a long drive sandwiched by the parking lot and property treeline to a basket near the road. The last third of it is unmowed high grass. Hole 2, which tee I couldn't locate other than to use map location, is a shorter hop over the driveway. For some reason, the uprooted tee sign/pole for hole two was by basket 2.
Now, I couldn't find tee 3 but on the map it looks like it's by basket 2. It's a very ambitious hole and something you'd might find on a high end course for much more advanced players. About 450' feet long, with the first 130 feet being a very narrow fairway on the left with a large 120' long swamp pit on the right. The narrow fairway then turns right and acts as a land bridge, ending the swamp pit (basket 8 is on this narrow strip of land for some reason). On the other side is another pit, 110' long, but mowed grass this time with brush on the edges. After that, it's a small strip of triangular fairway with the basket near the end.
I wasn't really sure of my skill to navigate it past a putter until the land bridge and then a midrange rest of the way. I would suggest beginners skip the swamp altogether and teeing for hole 3 at around basket 8. This would be more inline with the rest of the course's difficulty.
4-7 were more typical forest fare, 200'ish distances, and the tees easy to find with map. Make sure at tee six to throw back the disc somewhat in the direction you came from and not over the cliff into someone's backyard like I almost did. Still, the curves on 4-5 are too abrupt and jagged for realistic singular throws from the tee to make it any significant distance imo.
8 in it's present form is a short putt onto the narrow land bridge, maybe 110' or so. I don't think 8-9 were set up after construction with the same thought.
Terrain: Forest and dense brush, relatively flat. Swamp on 3.
Chance of Disc Loss: Medium. Greatest on 3.
Challenge: 1 is just distance. 3 requires expert precision. Rest are low intermediate due to jagged curves.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Stopped after 2 holes
Pros: there is no one there
Cons: i played the first 2 holes then stopped. I was by myself and so I did not have a spotter and when I got to the 3rd tee box i was over a swamp and brush then down hill blind tee shot with woods on either side. So I was like na I don't feel like loosing my disc today and just left.
Other Thoughts: There was a bunch of construction going on here and so im not sure if that effects some of the holes
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A new course.
Some holes are fun.
Cons: Lost discs - 2 players lost 5 discs through 3 rounds. Twice what looked to be perfect shots were lost to not be found (or returned)
High grass, no real map, no real tee boxes. This course is a mess.
Other Thoughts: I really do wish that whoever found the discs would return them. Or the church would have someone for that.
We will not go back to this course unless "a work in progress" is changed.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Unplayable to keep disc
Pros: Challenge holes
Cons: High grass
Someone will lose a disc
Pickers and other weeds are everywhere
Other Thoughts: Been thru once, and that's about it, my foursome lost two disc, searched more for disc then playing. Could be nice, better courses around. Use a spotter if you want to play.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Cedars = great potential
Pros: Creatively designed in tranquil mixed habitat on church property. 7 holes playable, #2 and #3 are fundamentally not playable. #2 currently has no tee + works across the main driveway. #3 in its current form is preposterous and creates near 100% risk of disc loss. Recommended mod's to #2,3,7 and 8 noted below. Baskets excellent.
Cons: #1 Requires controlled drive, anything left is probably lost, anything right may hit a car in main lot. Also your approach spans very thick grass = more risk of disc loss. #2 Unplayable, currently no tee box + plays across the main entrance. Should be redesigned as short par 3 w/ fairway coming back parallel to #1. #3 Unplayable as is, risk of disc loss near 100% even for a pro. Alternatively one may tee from just below the existing #8 tee, creating a neat 50 yard downhill hyzer tee shot and decent par 3 w/ minimal risk of disc loss. #4 Playable but risk of disc loss on any drive that fades down slope to left (onto private property). #5 and #6 Playable though heavy grass = risk of disc loss. #7 playable IF you tee from the mowed area just beside the existing tee box (which is buried in overgrowth). #8 Playable if you tee from a mowed pathway 10 yards uphill of the totally buried tee box (this mod creates a lovely, long hyzer drive to right of the trees). #9 playable but risk of disc loss in heavy grass both left and right.
Other Thoughts: The designers deserve praise for putting great thought and effort into this promising layout. With a few tweaks as described this can become a very fine 9 hole layout with reduced disc loss. The signage is becoming good with business sponsors posted on schematic signs for most holes. Perhaps sponsors would be agreeable to a small upkeep donation (say $25 per year), payable to person who performs upkeep for that hole..... a/or sponsor might donate upkeep effort for their hole once or twice a year. With a few adjustments this can become a fine 9 hole course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice layout. The terrain is pretty crazy and I would have never thought of carving out a course in that location. It makes for an interesting game.
Cons: Easy to lose discs and sticker bushes in some easy to hit locations.
Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend having a spotter walk ahead to locate where the drives land or you WILL lose a disc.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
True to its Name
Pros: The name of the course is quite descriptive. A fairly wooded course (with lots of cedars), the Cedars is very easy to locate as it's on the grounds of a church/daycare. As such, there is ample parking.
Without much additional guidance, the first tee is easy to find.
The baskets at the course are in phenomenal shape.
Specific to the course design, there is some variety to the holes. One facet of the variety is that a mix of throws is required off the tee. Additionally, there is some water in play that needs to be taken into account before you grip 'n rip. Further, there is some elevation incorporated into the fairways.
Cons: Saftey is the biggest concern at this course. The first tee is easy to find because its close to the parking lot...but the parking lot is a large part of the first half of the fairway, so you stand a good chance of hitting a car if you turnover your drive. Additionally, the next two holes flirt dangerously close to the main driveway and parking lot.
Fairways at the Cedars seemed to have unnatural lanes and incorporated excessively extreme changes in direction, including fairways that require a 180 degree turn (think hook or "J" shaped) to get from the tee to the basket. Most of the wooded lanes (remembering that most of the course is wooded) appear to be adapted from walking or ATV paths and lean more toward being described as unfair vs. tight or challenging.
Navigation is absymal. No tee signs, very, very few direction arrows for the next tee. Tee boxes on some holes and inches high tee markers on other holes make finding the next tee even more confusing. 9th fairway plays back toward previous 8 holes instead of toward the start of the course. Additionally, the basket for 3 and 7 are so close together that they could be easily confused.
The rough isn't terrible at the course, but the fairways are very unkempt and are quite rough in their own right.
Other Thoughts: I feel bad listing the cons because I know how much passion, commitment, and hard work went into creating this course. That said, everything I noted above was a detractor from the disc golf experience at this course and some of the items (first and foremost, safety) should probably be adjusted sooner rather than later.
The bones are there and the land is available for a really awesome course. I really hope that the same dedication that brough this course into existance can make some changes and fine-tune the Cedars into the wooded gem that it has the potential to be.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Course being born
Pros: Very interesting layout. This course is a good course for both left handers and right hander players. So all disc golf players have a fair chance and makes the game more interesting.
Cons: Still the course is in the progress of becoming a much better course and still a really new course so it can become a little tight in some holes with too many trees. But as time goes on it will slowly clear and mold into a much better course.
Other Thoughts: I love how challenging the course is. And its meant for both right and left handed players, But again new disc golfers and beginners who are just starting to play the course shouldnt come here their first time. This is a very techical course from the many times i played it. Also love how each hole is so different from each other and every hole has a challenge. I would really consider atleast coming here once to try it out. Its either you love the course, or its too challenging which also can make it fun. COME OUT
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Course in progress
Course does not settle for being a simple kid's course. Many holes present great challenge that will prove to be too much for new players.
Clear Gravel tees with cedar wood boxes.
Cons: Course closed during the day due to day camps and possibly tough to play while church is in session. Course is only open after 5pm and on weekends.
Course starts out with 2 dangerous holes that risk course closing complaints from the church goers. Hole 1 has tough rough to the left and the parking lot to the right. The slightest turn can send your disc directly into parked cars which are very close to the fairway. Hole 2 is a blind hyzer shot requiring you throw over the parking lot and hook back to what you think is a safe landing area.
Hole 3 is a blind shot and basket 7 is very close to basket 3 making it unclear which basket you should be shooting at.
Other Thoughts: Course is still in beginning stages, Tee signs are in the works, the fairway for hole 4 is still being altered and numerous other holes may see changes in the amount of obstacles. The largest change will be hole 9, over the next 2 years the rough on the left will be cut down and replaced by a cemetery.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
A Diamond in the rough
Pros: The course is well designed. It has a good mix of open and wooded holes. It also has a good mix of left, right, and strait shots. There are some minor elevation changes. They made good use of the land they had at their disposal.
Cons: No tee signs yet. It would have been difficult to navigate with out a local guide. The rough needs to be cleaned out a bit but this is a new course so the get a pass on these minor issues.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the best nine hole courses I've played. Not to mention this is the best course I've played at a church. Well worth the effort to go play this one.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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