great for beginners and practice rounds
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great variety given the (lack of) terrain.
- Multiple tee pads on every hole.
- Great for a quick round.
- Beginner friendly.
Cons: - Short and flat.
- Fairways overlap in places.
- Does not drain well and will be wet in places if it has rained recently.
Other Thoughts: Calvert is a fun course. Surprisingly so when you look at what they had to work with. The course is flat and short. I see some reviews describe this course as wooded, but I would describe it more as a park style course. There are never a lot of trees on any given hole, but the ones that are there always seem to be perfectly placed to provide a little extra challenge or to force a different shot. Again, given how flat and open this course is, the variety is impressive.
It's an older course, built before high speed drivers were available. At some point long tees were added. In my experience, when long tees are added to a shorter course the longs are rarely as good as the original design, but in this case I think it was well done. The biggest issue is that it increase the amount of overlapping fairways, which is already an issue.
Overall, I think it's a solid course. I find myself throwing a variety of shots, including the occasional roller. There are short ace runs and some longer holes as well. It's very beginner friendly. The short tees will be playable for anyone, and there is really nowhere to worry about losing a disc. It also makes for a quick round.
As other have mentioned, there are many, many mandatories marked on trees throughout the park. Following the advice from a previous review, I typically will ignore the ones painted in white only (there are a lot of these. However, the mandos marked with black and orange are important from a safety perspective, and should always be used.
The biggest issue with the park is that with so many holes packed into a small area, there are a lot of fairways that play right alongside each other or that overlap in places (especially from the long tees). This can be a bit of a safety concern and can lead to some backups if the course is busy. Other than that, though, I think it's a great park.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Good beginner course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Flat and shortish. A decent number of trees, but nothing dense and no underbrush except along the periphery. Course makes okay use of what trees there are. Little risk of losing a disc.
Concrete tee pads and well-kept grass. Officially three tee positions, but many of the white/blue are shared. Also three pin positions, but I haven't played it regularly enough yet to know how often they are switched.
Cons: Many of the arrows marking manditories are faded and difficult to see from the tee, which leads you to look out from the tee questioning whether that discoloration is a faded arrow or just a shadow.
Flat area near creeks, so drainage is poor, leaving some areas muddy or with standing water. Not too bad, but can be a nuisance on several holes.
Lack of real trouble means good players will not find it challenging.
Density of course and lack of substantial tree demarcation means holes sometimes interfere with each other.
Other Thoughts: Short, relatively open old-school course great for beginners and other low-level rec players. As the only 18-hole course inside the beltway, it still is interesting enough for a more experienced player to get in a quick round, even if it won't blow anyone away.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nice small course
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great, tight course with excellent markers for layout. Tee boxes are clean, course is very well maintained. Nice mix of trees and open alleys. You could play this course with three discs if you wanted.
Cons: Course is flat, and might get crowded on Sunday double days. Some crossover between holes with fairways.
Other Thoughts: I played 27 holes on a sunny Saturday afternoon and nearly had the course to myself. I live in DC and this is easily the best course nearest to the city. Metro accessible from CP station, too.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
I'll be back
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The baskets are all in great shape on this course, as are the signs and directional aids. You can tell the designers tried to make the most of the space alloted to them.
Cons: As others have mentioned, the course is basically flat and the holes are pretty short. It's not going to blow anyone's mind and isn't super challenging, but the shots still need to be thrown and puts need to be made.
Other Thoughts: I recently moved to the area and this is the closest course to where I live. Despite the issues this is a fun little course that I will be happy to play as often as I can. A "meh" disc golf course is better than lots of other ways to spend your time!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Oldest in MD
Pros: The oldest course in Maryland and it still delivers some good kicks. The only thing that is age-apparent is the shorter distance of many holes. Otherwise, the baskets and tees (and the course in general) are in lovely condition!
The course makes an intermediate like myself feel good about their game. It plays through mature deciduous trees and short grass. It's just open enough to allow them to fly, but the trees provide many adequate challenges. Also, two to three tee pads per hole offer extra angles and distances.
Extra props for their navigation aids - wooden arrows mounted on the baskets to point you to the next tee. The DGA baskets all have gold number plates on top which are really helpful (wish all courses have these!).
The designers were creative with the space - often offering multiple options to attack the hole off the tee. Hole #14 is really interesting - a double mando that encourages a backhand flex shot. If your disc doesn't flex left at the end, a creek bed will be waiting for your disc. I know some think this type of thing is gimmicky, but with almost every hole giving players multiple options off the tee, I found it refreshing.
Cons: The course is really crammed together and though they have tried to separate the fairways with mandos, it's not enough. The worst of these is that hole 17's tees jut out into 11's fairway, and #5 blue tee is right off the edge of #1's green.
Almost completely flat.
I felt that, other than the numerous mandos, there was no punishment for shots that strayed off the fairway (due to the openness of the course.
Other Thoughts: Since I don't get out here very often, I decided to give myself the greatest variety (and fun) by rotating tee pads every hole. The Reds (easiest) yielded more birdies, and the whites and blues (often sharing the same tee pad) yielded a wider range of scores for me.
As previously mentioned by the Valkyrie Kid, many pars listed on the signs were 4's! I think this is due to the days of low speed discs, or perhaps there were more trees back in 1980!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
DG in DC
Pros: Easy to get to if you are visiting DC. I was just able to get 18 in before Sunday doubles. The mandos make the course interesting by require a variety of shots. You do not need very many discs. I played the course with 4 discs. Tee pads are concrete and in good shape and size. This is not a course where you need a huge run up. Most of my throws were from a standstill. Local players were friendly and helpful. Directed us to the next ho)-
Cons: Course was very muddy and had some huge puddles (standing water). I had to fish my disc out with a long stick. Bring an extra pair of shoes. Also holes very close together.
Other Thoughts: Changed rating from 2.5 to 3. I do not want to discourage anyone from playing this course. It was a fun little course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good course if you want to feel good about your game again.
Pros: Simple layout
Easy to navigate
Good usage of multiple tees and basket positions.
Good use of mandos, although a bit excessive sometimes.
Cons: Mandos are sometimes a little/excessive/ridiculous. I agree with some of the reviews about a mando twenty feet in front for the tee is a little ridiculous.
Other Thoughts: This is your typical municipal park all in an open area type of disc golf course. It is all under a bunch of shade trees. It does wonders for your morale if your a suspect disc golfer like myself.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: User friendly pars. Compact layout.
Cons: Poor drainage. High density of casual park users.
There are a bewildering number of mandos and only locals seem to know which are "active". Some are only a few feet off the tee pad and all can be safely ignored as their primary purpose was to create variety. Multiple tee pads create more diversity than would be expected as the park's many shade trees are used well for creating interesting lines. The dense course layout makes it easy to play multiple rounds in one visit. The folf course is the dominant feature in a small park seemingly created just for the course yet there were a bewildering number of picnicers and other naturists littering the fairways despite clear signage at the perimeter that this was a frisbee park and the course being heavily played. Multiple times I felt obliged to walk ahead and warn groups they might get buzzed by my tee shot but after all they were lounging on a golf course. Though unmarked there are areas which seem to be permanent water hazards given how long they remain submerged after precipitation.
The historic signage is wonderful as is "earning" an eagle which would be a par or birdie elsewhere. Though the course is on the flight path for a small nearby airport and it seems an overhead thrown in anger might be able to bag a Cessna the occasional plane overflight seems more a quirky feature than a distraction.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
my local course
Pros: 2-3 tees per hole, concrete
Technical challenges, some distance holes too
Good baskets, variable basket positions
Free, plenty parking, bathroom boxes too
Hard to lose a disc
Nice crew of regulars
Well maintained by the local govt
Cons: Tight fairways side by side, can feel confined
No wide open bomber holes
Other Thoughts: Most of these reviews here will give you a good idea of the course. I like this one better than the other courses this close to DC. There a a few good ones if you can drive further out.
There are orange mandos and white ones on the course. The orange ones are official, and the white ones add a challenge if you choose to follow them as well. They add interest to this course, but if you are playing there for the first time, don't stress about the white arrows. Between the multiple tees, multiple mandos, and multiple basket placements, we can play this course in several different ways.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Tight. Confusing. All over the place.
Pros: This course is one of the only options in the immediate DC area (Bluemont Park in Arlington being the other).
It's length makes it a great starter course while still challenging those who are seasoned. With the blue tees, you can get some near 400 foot shots in that require some maneuvering.
I saw lots of parents with their kids, which was great! If you want to scream "NOOBS!" and say they are going to slow, don't go here. But seeing the next generation of disc golfers was cool and this is a great course to do that at.
There are three separate pads at each hole, so you can really vary your length.
You won't lose any discs here. It is very wooded, but no undergrowth or brush.
Cons: This course is as confusing a course as I've ever seen. Even after playing it, I couldn't tell you where some of the holes are. Several of the signs show holes that aren't really where the holes are (#7 - I would have guessed the hole is 200ft left of where it actually is). Because of this, the holes are all over the place. People are throwing across fairways, throwing at the wrong holes, etc.
If you are off target, you WILL go into another fairway. Be prepared to yell "FORE!"
Other Thoughts: The low rating is simply because this course is too compact and too confusing to be enjoyable to play. I get that it harkens back to the old days of disc golf, but there is not a map, the signs are wearing out, and it's so tight, I can't figure out what is what without lots of experience playing it or binoculars.
I am going to try to find a map online to upload here. Also, as others mentioned, the par here is really high. As in, I played well, but not a 938 rating well. I also didn't shoot well enough to have a score of -8.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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