Wonderful City Course
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +Very good infrastructure. Two tee pads and two baskets on each hole. Tees are well built and in good shape (minus a leaning short tee pad on hole 5). Baskets are quality Prodigy targets in purple and orange. Excellent tee signs. Short basket moves, long basket (mostly) stays in one place, some have two locations. Not difficult to find your way around.
+Mostly plays through beautiful, rolling, grassy terrain with lots of varied and interesting tree (ex-arboretum land). In the middle of a city without feeling like it's in the middle of a city.
+Excellent use of elevation on the holes, combined with trees, to make for challenging shot shapes. Will definitely require forehand, backhand, hyzer, and anhyzer shot selection.
+None of the holes seemed junky or thrown in there. A few that were memorable or well worth playing again (I particularly liked 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12).
Cons: -While the mandos do a good job of avoiding obvious safety issues, there are some hiking paths (in the first half in particular) that could have pedestrian concerns, and definitely in nicer weather (I played on a cold, lots-of-snow February Monday).
-Similar to the previous note, holes 13, 14, and 18 all play near/along traffic on Greenspring Dr. The mando on 14 didn't keep my turnover that made the mando from going too far and onto the street.
Other Thoughts: Locals most commonly play the "Front 18" (Legacy 1-4, Forest Drive 1-9, Legacy 5-9) and "Back 18" (Legacy 10-12, Forest Drive 10-18, Legacy 13-18). This was the way I played them and quite liked it - mixed up the park golf and woods golf in each round.
Some folks have made a deal of the surrounding neighborhoods, but insofar as Legacy is concerned, I really see zero issues. The more "isolated" parts of the course (not really isolated) are close to the Zoo, not anywhere sketchy. Hillway (separate course on-site) definitely has sketchiness concerns.
Park next to hole 1 on the street, between Legacy 1 and 10. Not hard to get a spot on my cold February day but could be tough on a nice spring day.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Lovely layout, former arboretum land
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: My review is only for the main Legacy course. Have not yet played the X holes. The parkland is very lovely with rolling hills and enough trees for a challenge but no oppression. No tunnel shots on the main course barring possibly no. 4, but that fairway is pretty wide. You may have a basket crowded by or behind trees, but you are not fighting trees all the way from teepad to green. I am speaking of play from the forward teepad. Several steep hills to throw up. If you are not a strong driver, you have to think about what your strategy will be to minimize your strokes. It's very well-maintained (pleasantly surprised since this is inner-city Baltimore), and I think must have new signage at the teepads. I had zero trouble navigating this course. In March 2019, I came during a somewhat busy time and didn't feel unsafe. There are some feel-good holes: No. 3 lets you air out your drive, even though OB pavement is to the right. Nos. 6 and 12 are blind downhillers where gravity will give you a long drive if you don't put the drive immediately into the turf. No. 9 will be a birdie hole (for sure) for good disc golfers, though it is very easy to go OB on the roadway. Since I almost made par (and I am not a good golfer), this is a good hole to end your play on. I did play holes 10-18 and then 1-9 to avoid some of the crowd when I arrived. I do like that order, but have also played the traditional 1-18 order. I'll be playing forward tee and forward basket (purple) for a long time, but the orange baskets (far) have multiple placements that offer a ton of variety to the good disc golfer looking for more challenge.
Cons: You park your car on the street which might be a challenge if really busy. There are some isolated parts of this course (even the main part) that you want to be sure will be okay for you. Go when the park is busy in good daylight. Some holes are really close to the street, so be careful that you don't throw into the street. Especially those along Greenspring (nos. 13 and 14).
Other Thoughts: I understand that the land used to be the Baltimore Arboretum. You can tell that. It's lovely. And so well-maintained. The nearby Zoo offers something else to do if this is a day trip. Of course, downtown Baltimore also has the National Aquarium, Fells Point, an Orioles game (during the baseball season), the art museum, the Peabody Museum, Enoch Pratt Library, the fabulous B&O Museum, etc. etc. Balto is a tough town, but it still is Charm City!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Great Course, some poor etiquette
Pros: Great course, well maintained. Some holes in the woods, others in an open field with trees. Multiple targets per hole giving more options for multiple rounds.
Cons: Most of the players here are great. Sometimes there will be a group of 6 people, playing 2 discs each on multiple cups per hole, big group and slow play. They never offered to let anyone play through and took longer per shot than you would be penalized at any event.
Also people changing the course and cutting in front of you to throw multiple discs (again poor etiquette). If you want to mash up the course, that is totally cool as long as you cut behind the people on the actual pattern.
Other Thoughts: Guys, act like you have played before. Show some etiquette and have fun. 95% of the people on this course are great, but the 5% make it feel weird. I get they have sponsored swag and expensive gear, hurray! Let faster groups play through, like everyone else.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Not My Favorite
Pros: Pretty wide open play, so it would be difficult to lose a disc here. I'm sure those intimately familiar with the course really like the fact that there are multiple baskets per hole (I did not, see my comment in "cons"). Some pretty good elevation challenges which is refreshing after playing flatter courses.
Cons: The course has no *actual* parking, so we parked along the street. This seems to be the way to do it, as several other players did the same.
I haven't been playing long, so I was a bit surprised that I didn't see a par rating on any sign. Is every hole a Par 3? Seems unlikely, especially when considering the longer baskets. As such, for the score-keeper app, we chose to use our judgement and allocate pars as we saw fit. Turns out every one is a par 5 and I shot -32. That's a joke. Many are legitimate Par 3's, but some, we thought, were probably 4, and made them such.
Our biggest challenge came from navigating the course. We even had a friend with us who had played the course before, and we still had problems with determining which basket we were shooting for, and with course flow. On the other courses I have played, if the next tee pad wasn't obvious, there were signs indicating direction. No such thing at this course. As such, we found ourselves walking from pad to pad on a couple of occasions.
Other Thoughts: With repeated play, this could be a good course, but for new players, who drove from southern NJ for a disc golf day in Baltimore, we were underwhelmed.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Awesome Disc golf park
Pros: Being from Illinois I had no idea about any courses in Baltimore so when I saw this was only 10 minutes from my hotel i couldn't be more excited. Course was great with multiple tee pads and baskets. A little confusing playing with no knowledge of the course but would have been awesome to get to know.
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Urban park, flexible course
Pros: Based on reviews here and my limited experience here, there's a strong DG community here - probably the busiest course I've ever played and that was during a drizzly weekday midafternoon with storms looming. When we arrived to course, we were welcomed by an older gentleman who proceeded to "indoctrinate" us to the course and gave us a hand drawn map. He also gave us some throwing tips after seeing my less-than-stellar drive on the first hole (in my defense, it was my first time throwing in 2 years).
The course flows through grassy park with interspersed trees. Several holes are blind. I imagine that I could play a slightly different course each time with two concrete tee boxes ("metal" & "wood") and two targets at each hole (I think each hole had two targets, may be mistaken) and multiple hole locations.
We did not have time to play the 9 X holes in the woods.
Cons: Sometimes not clear where target is, though there is a map at the "metal" tee and a system identifying which hole placement the basket is in using a pipe clamp on the sign post. And finding next tee not always clear. See Links/Files tab here for course maps. Road (OB) potentially in play on a few holes for errant tossers.
Can be crowded with DGers and others walking through. Given location and activity in/around park, I'll be mindful when I play.
Other Thoughts: Update - this has become one of our go to courses this season. We generally play the "metal" (short) tees to the yellow baskets which are in the longest position but easiest to see because the old Mach5 baskets blend in. I haven't found distance and par info for several of these holes. I've come to really like this course. Given it's park setting, it offers as much variety as is possible, takes advantage of elevation and obstacles. There are good challenges but also several birdie opportunities.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: New X-holes add variety ("X" holes are marked as X (9 total), OH (3 total), and NX (6 total)). Crude but effective hand painted maps at the X tees help you locate the many blind baskets. Nice folf tips on the main course tee signs. Lots of irregulars hang out at the start and can provide advice.
Cons: There is no obvious flow to the course, particularly with the addition of the many new X holes. The main course is sorely lacking in Next Tee signs at the baskets and hole numbering on the baskets, though these have been placed on the 18 new X holes.
The main course has two tee pads and two baskets per hole, confusingly called Wood and Metal. There are up to 5 pin positions per hole and the view from a tee pad typically takes in 4 or more baskets, unnumbered and possibly not for that tee. The intended baskets are often a blind shot. A vague system of hose clamps on a pole is intended to provide guidance.
Other Thoughts: If you backtrack from the #2 X hole basket to the "More Holes" sign you can follow well marked trails to OH holes #1 - 3 and you will emerge near the tee for X hole #3. Walk up the paved road to reach the alternate X hole #3 tee and further up to the primary X #3 tee.
The Sword of Damocles tree branch overhanging tee #15 creates a most unusual tee shot as conventional use of the pad is denied.
There are beaucoup opportunities for Black Aces here, if you're into that sort of thing. (each black ace is 2 off your lifetime total of aces LOL)
With the creation of excellent new courses like Turkey Hill the bar gets raised and old standard courses like this one get downrated if they don't get improved. There is a very active local club here and the course has many old quirks but also new perks. It's best to play your first couple rounds here with a local to learn the layout.
Perhaps this course should be split into two separate 18 hole courses. Either way a big improvement to the on-course navigation aids is needed to balance all the fine work put into the new X holes.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Multiple baskets, placements, and tees for each hole. Well maintained and clean course. Pretty easy to navigate, especially if you grab a map from one of the "regulars" who sit by the first tee and offer tips and advice.
Cons: A couple of the holes are near a fairly busy road. Some of the tee pads could use some work.
Other Thoughts: Visiting from CA, I played this course with my brother. Really enjoyed the course and the round we threw. Hope to come back and throw this course a few more times.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Decent Course in sketchy area
Pros: This has been one of my favorite courses since playing in 2010, It is always well kept, baskets move around every few weeks, good replay value and a feel good course after a bad round elsewhere, I normally would schedule a round at Druid .IMO this place has the best disc golf vibe in MD. played here many times and often hang out after rounds to putt and socialize with other players.
Cons: I haven't been back since 5/2014 when a van with 4 black males drove into the parking lot and ran up on me and another player at the putting basket with guns. We both outran the attackers but had our disc golf bags taken, we both had our keys in our gear and the other player also had his wallet in his bag and just cashed his paycheck. The group was caught about 2 weeks later and prosecuted. This is a rougher part of the city and I have always been on edge around this area.Our incident happen so fast its hard to hold that against the course.
Other Thoughts: be on lookout for non disc golf players on the fields, be smart and safe! I would consider playing this course with a small group of people, or going on the random doubles events.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Even though I'm in the county, Druid is the place I drive to and play at least twice a week. It's the best course in the Baltimore area, IMO.
- Multiple tee pads and baskets. The baskets get changed pretty regularly, so there's always a new challenge out there. Concrete tee pads are in great shape.
- Great place to introduce new players to the game. It has plenty of opportunities to score for better players, but is manageable enough for beginners to not get them discouraged.
- Few holes where you can get out and bomb it.
- Island green on the 18th is an option, but fun to play and has the potential to be the difference maker in a close competitive round.
- For the most part the people you come across are some of the nicest you can meet in Baltimore. Lots of older guys that have been playing the course for years that make the course great.
- Lots of practice baskets and practice space.
- Utilizes the elevation well for some uphill/downhill shots.
- 9 "X-holes" in the woods for added challenge.
- Signage on most holes and indicator for which position the basket is in.
-Parking is in between the first and last holes of each 9.
Cons: - Quite often very large groups (5+) play and can slow the course down, but generally not too bad.
- I've never had any problems in the park, but people come and chill in the back part, just can seem a little shady at times.
- X-holes are a little overgrown.
Other Thoughts: Druid is the best course in the area to hang out and meet lots of DGers of all skill levels in the area. Lot of guys that are willing to share knowlege and help out newer players. Lots of variety with the different tees and pin positions.
A couple of the holes when in the longest pin positions could probably be par 4s.
Play a round here if you're in the area!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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