Darien Center, NY 
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Uploaded By: timg Hole #7 (Taken 6/2014)
3 / 305ft.   4 / 400ft.   4 / 430ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #7 Basket to Tee

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Course rewards accuracy

2-4    9/19/2019   9/19/2019
Review By: natureguy
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
This review was updated on 9/24/2019
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: multiple tees
signage at beginning tees very good
very well maintained
variety of open and wooded holes
trash cans and picnic tables scattered along course
some require a big arm and some reward accuracy
tight fairways and lots of trees to work on accuracy
Cons: a number of very tight, very long fairways
easy to loose disks
a couple of holes have baskets that are located in very tiny openings, easy to loose discs even 6 feet from the baskets
hard to see the baskets from the tees, often hidden from your view until you are very close to them
The course is a maze, needs arrows on the course at intersections pointing the direction of the basket for the hole and the direction to the next tee.
Other Thoughts: With better signage locating direction of the basket and the next tee and a little better clearing around some of the baskets this course could easily go to the next level

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Lots of Potential

1    10/18/2018   10/18/2018
Review By: B2hushed
Played: 6  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tight, challenging fairways that reward good shots and punish poor shots. Good layout that requires multiple shot types. Course is fairly easy to navigate, maps are available next to ticket booth.
Cons: This course needs real tee pads to take it to the next level. The natural tees set up are slick and in very rough shape, so much so that I ended up teeing from about 10-20 ft behind the tee, or to the right or left. As the other reviews state, the rough is pretty thick, which forced me to play a little bit safer than I would have liked to(although, I was never worried about losing a disc. I had one turn over on me that went about 150ft off the fairway, into the middle of the woods, which I was able to track down).
Other Thoughts: If they added concrete/rubber tee pads, I would rate the course a 3.5. If the rough was cleaned up a bit, it would be a 4. Overall a fun, challenging course that will test you both physically and mentally.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Fun Technical Course

1    9/17/2018   9/17/2018
Review By: jjmill
Played: 9  Reviewed: 3
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A fun course with a lot of strategy and accuracy required. It's relatively easy to navigate the first time out, from 12>13 take the gravel road uphill. A lot of elevation change and challenging basket placements keeps it interesting, as well as some early obstacles off the teebox. Good baskets, some benches along the way, and well maintained.
Cons: Yes, it is tight and there is a lot of brush as noted in other reviews. However, between my friend and I we threw in at least 20 times and not only didn't lose a disc but didn't find any from past players either- the brush wasn't that dense and there were paths from other players in a lot of places.
Other Thoughts: There are some facilities here but they are kind of spread out, it'd be nice to have a picnic table near the parking area. Also, there are tables throughout the course, but some don't have garbage bins at hand and there was refuse on them- may be a good idea to relocate some of the garbage cans closer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    5/28/2018   5/28/2018
Review By: Ckowalski44
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fairways are well groomed
Park is clean and low traffic
Forces precision shots on narrow fairways
Tees well marked with signs
Cons: No concrete tee pads (although dirt was in good shape with little wear)
Brush is thick
Other Thoughts: It's a very fair course and you'll be rewarded for finding the fairway and punished for missing. Probably would rank 3.75 if it was available. I've been playing the area a lot and I regret not playing here sooner. This course is a bit of a hidden gem

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.


1    5/28/2018   5/28/2018
Review By: cswilliams27
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Requires use of your entire bag. Tight fairways test accuracy. A couple holes have cool elevation changes. There's even one nifty water hazard. Despite the tight quarters, there's a few opportunities to air it out still.
-Good quality DGA baskets.
-Good signage. I snagged a map at the course start but rarely needed it.
-Grass well maintained, beautiful walk through an old orchard.
-Quiet course, private setting (no zig zags through shelters and whatnot), not very busy.
Cons: -Dirt tees. Although they're in great shape for dirt, cement or rubber pads would really elevate this course.
-The brush/rough. Yes, it's thick like other reviewers have noted. But I don't think that's a fair reason to give the course a low rating. Just watch your disc and understand there's a risk you might lose one. The course favors shot shaping over a big arm.
Other Thoughts: I avoided trying this course for years because of the word of mouth on how bad the rough was. Don't make the same mistake I did - go play it! I'm already itching to give it another go, and thinking about how I'd replay certain holes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 The Apple that Bites Back

5+    11/5/2016   11/7/2016
Review By: bfoflyer
Played: 10  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 6.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Home is where you hang your your disc bag and this has been my home since the start. This course has such a great mix of challange and fun. Don't let other reviews scare you off from playing this great course. That being said, tighter fairway shots require straight throws,precision, and finesse to be rewarded with a good setup for your your next throw. There is a good variety of hazards including water, elevation changes, and blind holes to keep the course interesting. The course is well maintained throughout the seasons and park staff is friendly and helpful.New signage helps in finding the next hole. If you can learn and hone your skills here, you can play anywhere! Bring a friend and grow the sport.
Cons: Dirt Teepads can get muddy throughout the year. Hopefully new pads coming some day. Spring and Summer can bring some HEAVY growth of the surrounding roughs and fairway edges. Any throws to theses areas can result in wasted time looking for your plastic. Again, bring a friend because the more eyes you have on your discs, the better.There are MANY sharp thorn bushes in the area and especially at the end of hole 18. Pants or long heavy socks may save you from losing a pint of blood. Hot days bring many insects so repellent comes in handy. This past year brought many bee hives to the area (holes 2,4,5, and 18 had some killers). Once again, keep your head up and check your surroundings when going into the brush. Park employees were made aware of the the bees and were really good at taking care of the problem. One word Epipen!
Other Thoughts: This is a pay to play park ($6-$7 depending if the beach is open-Empire Seasons Pass $65). This helps keep crowding to a minimum during the summer months. Camping and amenities are availible in the park. Bring the wife and kids and make a day out of it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Get There Early

1    9/3/2016   9/8/2016
Review By: The Don
Played: 18  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 3.3 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a cool course. Nice setting in the woods. Good variety of long and short holes as well as a hole in the woods. Very professional course.
Cons: Narrow holes. If you're not a distance thrower and your disc curves and fades in the fairway it can easily go in the woods which are very thick. Not a beginner course.
Other Thoughts: Get there early. Parking is free before 9:00. Worth the drive to Darien. If it's your first time you can get a free course map in the parking lot attendants booth. Great course and a great walk in the woods.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Very Nice Course

5+    4/29/2016   5/3/2016
Review By: toddnick
Played: 73  Reviewed: 26  Exp: 1.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice diversity of more open and wooded holes.
- Forces you to use a lot of different types of shots.
- Nice baskets.
- Generally not crowded.
- Very well kept, no trash in sight.
- Some good/interesting basket placements.
- Camping on site.
Cons: - No descriptive tee markers.
- Holes 3,4,5 are pretty similar, short, back and forth par 3's.
- Hole 14 is a sharp dogleg about 100 feet from the tee with to a narrow fairway with thick brush on both sides;easy to lose a disc and not really a good set-up.
- Must pay park entrance fee.
Other Thoughts: - This course is just below the top tier of courses in Western New York; definitely worth checking out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    10/10/2015   10/10/2015
Review By: RobA
Played: 29  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 21.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great setting, well maintained and clean
- Easy course flow, tees well marked and signs to next hole
- Very challenging, no gimme holes, Need to use every shot in your bag, and then some.
- Great honeycrisp apples on hole 7 during season
Cons: - Dirt / Grass teepads
- Long looks for discs if you are off the fairway
- A lot of burrs, wear slick clothing
Other Thoughts: Entry fee and location keeps most casual players away.
There is camping and swimming on site. I wouldn't call it a destination course, but it could be a great place for a one day/night get away if you are within a reasonable drive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    10/2/2014   10/2/2014
Review By: superium
Played: 138  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 11.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well maintained, variety of shots with a handful of challenging par 4's. Peaceful course. Easy to navigate.
Cons: Natural teepads. Obviously if you go off the fairway especially in the middle of summer it's not the most enjoyful experience. Could use a few tweeks like teepad locations slightly moved or re-aligned.
Other Thoughts: This isn't your beginner friendly course but it's nice since it keeps all the casual golfers who like damaging and leaving trash behind stay away. It's virtually a private course. It's ideal to play during the spring or fall when its not fully grown in. I recommend wearing hiking pants just in case you have to search for a disc and maybe play with just one other person to spot each other. Too many players increase the odds of looking for discs.
Add 9 holes around the lake would be amazing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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