Sanford, ME 
Gowen Park Disc Golf Share
Uploaded By: Jimb Hole #3 (Taken 8/2012)
3 / 210ft. Par / Distance:
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 Fledgeling course with promise

2-4    11/20/2011   11/21/2011
Review By: jtreadwell
Played: 92  Reviewed: 28  Exp: 7.3 Years
This review was updated on 6/27/2013
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Free to play
- Tolerant and friendly locals
- A good wooded to open hole ratio
- Low traffic for a public park
Cons: - Absolutely useless signage
- Very little course maintenance
- A few less than inspired holes
- Only 9 holes
- Vandalism
Other Thoughts: First of all, don't let the cons I mentioned scare you off: This is a course in it's infancy and it needs our help to grow up big and strong. I played a round with a local pro and he explained that all the cons are in the midst of being rectified as long as interest remains. Signs are in the making and there is a growing group that plans to maintain the course. The holes they have are being streamlined and there are plans for another 9 holes if the space can be found. This course is right outside of downtown Sanford and is very easy to find from 202. As you pull in, you can see several teeboxes (dirt with unmarked sign posts) so you'll need either a map, a local, or me (I'm a course guide) the first time you play. Hole 1 tees off from the tee next to the river and bridge (take note of basket 3 to your right) and hooks left over the parking lot to the little copse of trees. It's best to play the parking lot as OB as the only real shot at a deuce is by shooting over it which needs to be discouraged. In fact, for the sake of challenge and safety all roads should be considered OB. Hole two is easy to find from one's basket and shoots about 300 ft. through some straightforward woods. From hole 2's basket, follow the path behind it to find tee 3. Hole 3 is a clever little low ceiling shot that hooks left towards the first tee. From basket 3, climb the little hill next to you (don't cross the river) to find tee 4 and a very short hole with a heavily guarded basket. Now hole 5 was previously very rough and is still less than ideal, but recent tree removal has made it more manageable. Going down the hill from 4's basket, you'll find 5's teebox just across the path and down the hill a bit. You should see a thin path through the woods towards the creek where the basket is visible about 150ft away. You'll need a decent forehand hyzer or backhand turnover shot to have a shot at a 2. Once you hole out on 5, cross the creek (use the rock as a stepping stone, not the small logs) and climb the small hill bearing left and you'll find tee 6 which you probably saw from tee 1. Hole 6 is evident about 350ft away towards the street. Anyone over 5ft. tall should be able to see a small tree straight ahead from the tee. The basket is perfectly aligned with said tree. This is marked as a par 4 but is easily deucable with a decent drive. From basket 6, cross the street and go slightly left and you'll see hole 7's teebox. The basket is about 400ft away on top of the hill near the gondola. 7 is the only hole on this course that can be reasonably considered a par 4 as you need to have a decent drive and a good uphill approach to birdie. Most locals play it as a tough 3. Now for a bit of a walk. From hole 7 go up the stairs to the gondola and head towards the tennis courts across the park road. Near the fence is tee 8. Basket 8 is the one you saw tucked into the woods by the road as you drove in (aim for the area to the left of the mammoth tree and to the right of the steep hill). Some locals like to tee off from the gondola for hole 8 for a very different hole. This is only advisable when there is light/no traffic as the shot crosses the street coming through the park.From basket 8, cross the park road again towards the covered area and you should see tee 9. Basket nine should be easily apparent just to the right of the parking lot about 200ft. away and along the creek. There's no real good spot to cross the creek until the bridge so cross just to the left of the tee unless you landed on the right side.
I had upgraded my rating slightly now that the signs are being upgraded and hole 5 has been cleared up a bit, but now I have to reduce it as vandals have severely damaged baskets 4, 5 and 6. 4 has been cobbled back together but 5 now sits on the ground as does 6. With proper tee pads and replacement baskets on 4, 5 and 6, I will add 1 and with 9 more holes, I would add an additional .5 depending on the quality. So this is potentially a 3.5 rated course in my book. It's no fun crossing the streets so much, but there is rarely any traffic and the locals are likely to stop and let you cross just so they can ask some friendly questions about the game. If you see a little old woman with a St. Bernard and a small white dog, leave her be. The dogs are friendly but one of the guys I was playing with asked her to keep her dog from picking up our discs and she threatened to "touch his face if he touched her dog". Yikes. Aside from that there has been minimal foot traffic and the folks I did see were very friendly ( I almost drilled a guy and his dog and his only response to my apology was that he was amazed a Frisbee could move like that and where could he buy some). I recommend that anyone in the area (maybe heading up 202 to one of the many quality courses within a half hour's drive) stop and check out this new entry into the world of Disc Golf (before they destroy the rest of it!). A final note; the Wal-greens pharmacy down the street sells Innova, Discraft, Gateway, Latitude 64, Westside, and even Legacy discs!

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