Begin At Buchmiller!
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Pros: + All tee pads are solid concrete. They felt sturdy beneath my feet and showed no signs of damage.
+ All tee signs indicate the distances to the normal and alternative pins and a diagram of the hole but not the par. This is because every hole is par 3.
+ The course is nestled within a lively community park. There is a strong sense of recreation and positivity here.
+ Quite a few elevation challenges both abrupt and gradual.
+ Trash cans and benches are everywhere. Please do not litter.
+ The fairways are clean and distinct from rough areas.
Cons: - Some of the tee pads felt slanted. Players might lose their balance.
- As a direct result of this course being within a park, roads, cars, and pedestrians are very common factors. Use caution when throwing, and try to have patience while explaining to someone why you didn't want your disc thrown back to you.
- Most of the holes are shorter than 350 feet, even to the usually longer alternative pins. This may cause some players to feel underwhelmed.
- The lack of particularly dense trees and technical shots may also cause some players to feel underwhelmed.
- I had no idea where to find hole 9. Luckily, a pair of local players offered me to play with them and guided me quite a ways across the park to it. Even though these holes are close together, a few 'next tee' signs couldn't hurt.
Other Thoughts: I think my favorite hole here would have to be either hole 12 or 18. I've got a soft spot for downhill throws. What sets hole 12 apart from the rest is its rough area right next to the pin combined with that tantalizing sense that, "I can definitely ace this one!" So of course one has to try. And 18 is a nice mostly open throw that can sail for a while if released just right. Plus, it is the longest, which kind of feels like a reward to the player for sticking with it until the end.
As for the course as a whole, D. F. Buchmiller features a good disc golf course. The elevation challenges are fun to tackle without being overwhelming. It is a definitive park-style course with plenty of hybrid holes. That is, they are holes with trees in the way, yet the space between the trees is sufficiently wide to not feel like a typical 'wooded' hole. So, there are just enough obstacles for someone who prefers technical shots and just enough space for players who prefer open throws.
It is a double-edged sword, though, because that automatically means that the hole is less difficult if the spaces between trees are too wide. Add to that the fact that these holes aren't very long to begin with, as the absolute longest on offer is 426 feet, and you've got a course that should certainly present a fun experience for many players- especially beginners- but may seem dull or at least basic to more seasoned players.
Still, I warmly recommend Buchmiller because of how accessible it is. If you are just starting out, this course will knock you around while teaching you what you need to know about aiming and placement. If you are already pretty experienced, this course will reinforce that knowledge and reward you with some birdies. Go throw at Buchmiller.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice course for a short round
Pros: Clear Fairways, variety of shots, nice flow to it.
Cons: Some of the baskets are pretty old and the tee pads are crooked on some of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is my go-to course if I want to just get a round in after work. Playing by yourself, you can finish this course in probably 45 minutes. It's a nice walk, and has some decent shade.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Its great to play what I consider to be a "classic" course. By that, I mean the course has age (1994), is well kept and seasoned, and has a variety of shots. There is elevation change and good hole shaping. There are also decent obstacles given that its a relatively open park. Another noteworthy point is that many of the holes have an alternate basket; and the alternates are fun. One of the better courses to play in Lancaster!
Cons: Not much here. Mostly short holes if you're playing the regular (not alternate) layout; that is, a lot of holes under 300'. Other than that, there is a little bit of walking to get from hole 15 to 16, but nothing major.
Other Thoughts: A good course for repeat play. They hold leagues here on Tuesday and Thursday during the season. Check out the LAFS website for more info. The Lancaster club is full of good people and its an active club.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Decent Beginner Course
Pros: Nice tee boxes, decent grooming, manageable distances for beginners, some challenging holes to play due to elevation.
Cons: Maps at each hole are a bit inaccurate at times, particularly when it comes to gold baskets. Also, a lot of people easily get lost after the end of hole 8. The tee for 9 is really really close to the picnic pavilion across the road, and you can't see it very well until you're right on top of it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: 18 very nicely maintained mostly shaded grass fairways with single concrete tees with two pin positions(couple have two baskets). Signage and navigation ok. Excellent use of the rolling elevation. Great course for beginners and still fun for more advanced players.
Cons: Plays a little close to other park users and roads. No indication of basket position. Couple blind holes. Not very challenging.
Other Thoughts: D.F. Buchmiller Park is the fun short old school style setting of golf with great elevation and beautiful park maintenance that gets most people hooked on the game. I enjoyed the course specifically hole 5 and the downhill bomb on hole 18 to finish the course off nicely. If you book it to Buchmiller you can expect to have some fun!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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worth checking out!
Pros: beautiful scenic park in lancaster, PA!
i was there the day before a tourney, so there were OB flags EVERYWHERE. playing the course with all the mandos and OB made for a pleasantly challenging experience!
very few "long" holes. there are some downhill shots that "appear" long, but it turns out a putter/midrange will float that far.
conversely, some of the uphill holes look close but play FAR.
i liked how the rough/ob areas were not tangled webs of impenetrable branches and pricklies!
also NO ONE else playing course on a friday mid day. and only came across a sole other park goer.
elevation change is always a plus in my book, and this place HAD IT :)
Cons: minus the OBs, the course would really be rather easy and much much less challenging.
you will need to download/printout the layout or you are in TROUBLE when it comes to navigation.
some holes had 2nd baskets, which can be confusing, especially on blind holes.
am not sure a single tee sign is accurate distance wise :(
Other Thoughts: really interesting tourney layout. otherwise it is a very nice beginner/amateur course!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Back to My Hometown
Pros: Course consisted of 18 holes in a beautiful park in Lancaster, PA. I really enjoyed the long bombs you got to throw on some of the holes (like 5, 7 and especially 18). There are also some nice technical holes thru the trees.
The tees are in excellent condition! They are big, and concrete! I have yet to play a course with better tees than these and frankly that makes a huge difference.
The course wasn't too crowded for a nice Friday afternoon. There were a couple players out there with a handful of discs just practicing. All of them politely let me play thru. Honestly if I lived closer, I'd be doing the same thing. There are no muddy areas and the grass is in very good condition.
The course is a smaller 18 holes, so you should be able to hammer in a round within an hour or so if it is just 1 or two of you.
Don't be afraid to send your group-mates ahead on some of the holes that turn in the wooded areas (such as 9 and/or 12) so you don't lose your disc.
Cons: As you have already read, some holes are very close to the main road, and the main road is super busy. You'd practically be crazy to throw a backhand hyser on Hole #3. I read some complaints about Hole #13 as well, but frankly the road there is in the park and the cars traveling on it are few and far between. You rarely have to worry about clubbing a car coming at you at 45 mph.
I also had some difficulty finding my way from tee to tee and finding the holes. I didn't find the tee signs helpful at all. The walk form 8 to 9 was especially confusing because you walk past the tee for 11 and the hole for 10 on the way to #9 tee.
Finally, while all holes are marked as having 2 baskets, I was only able to find them on a handful of holes. So either the second basket isn't there for some reason, or it's darn near impossible to find (probably led to my difficulty in reading the tee signs since the sign showed 2 holes, but I could only find one).
Other Thoughts: I grew up in Lancaster, PA 25 years ago. I wish the sport had been around then because I would have been there every other day. The course is literally just miles from the house where I grew up. The park is well maintained and safe. The course is just outside of and south of the city so if you're driving south thru the city, don't be frightened because the course will not be that scary.
I did have some trouble finding the first tee/hole. If you are coming into the park off of Rt 72, then drive your way thru the park until yo get to an intersection where you must turn either left or right. Turn left and immediately park on the left. Right smack in front of you will be the first tee! Happy discing!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Nice Park Course
Pros: Located in a nice park. Nice mix of wooded and open holes. Concrete tee pads.
Cons: All hole signs show two baskets on each hole but most only had 1 when I was there.
Some holes are really close to the road especially number 13.
Other Thoughts: Was a nice course and in good shape when I was there. Most of the holes are not real long which makes it good for newer players. Not close to home but would play there again if I am in the area.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Enjoyable Throw In A Beautiful City Park!
Pros: Buchmiller Park is a lovely green city park with rolling hills, lots of mature trees and acres of lush green grass, just about a perfect environment for disc golf course. The multi-use park features everything you would expect here. I spent a few minutes watching a group playing pickleball, one of my favorites.
I played early on a perfect July morning so the park and course were both relatively empty. The course features nice, extra long concrete tee pads and great, vandal proof colored tee signs. There was a kiosk at the beginning but it had no information about disc golf on it.
Each long had at least two tee positions. I played from the shorts which played as just a perfect little recreational length course. Holes 12,14 and 15 were cool little ACE runs bunched in a group. I really enjoyed # 8 and it's lovely little natural fairway.
Superb use of the elevation. Nice mix between open and more technical wooded holes. This course, even from the shorts, gives you opportunities to throw every shot in your arsenal.
Cons: Very few, IMO.
From the short pads, holes starting to blend together. A lot of 250'-300' with a hyser. But this could easily be fixed by playing from the longs.
A couple of the concrete pads sloping uphill. A personal pet peeve of mine.
Not quite challenging enough for some.
Other Thoughts: D.F. Buchmiller would be about the perfect home course for many of us Rec types. This is a course that I could see myself playing in a stress free environment over and over. You're not worrying about losing discs in the thick underbrush or down that steep embankment or in the water. It's just a really fun, easy, walk in the park, type of day spent disc golfin!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Very Pleasant Park
Pros: -Pretty, well kept park makes for a nice walk during your round
-Good mix of shot shapes and elevation. I felt that most shots a person would throw (with the exception of the 450' bomb) were represented on this course. The use of elevation was excellent and made the round much more interesting.
-Tees were in great shape and the signage was thorough and informative.
-The wooded holes that were sprinkled had well defined fairways and were a nice change of pace.
-Hole 18 was a nice way to finish a round. Big sweeping hyzer from an elevated tee that you can empty your bag on.
Cons: -Hole 13 presented a bit of a safety concern for me as the easiest route for a rhbh player would be to throw a spike hyzer up the hill and over the road. As the pin is at the crest of a hill and the pin below it you can't see oncoming cars from the tee.
-Lots of non discgolfer's near fairways the last time i played which isn't a big con but requires caution on some holes.
Other Thoughts: I have really enjoyed my rounds here at buchmiller, pleasant is the first word that comes to mind to describe it. The layout is well done and none of the holes feel boring or like filler holes. It isn't overly challenging and even with the long pins the course is pretty short, but I think its about as well done as a true par 54 golf course can be. If you're an intermediate player you can come and enjoy challenging par and if you're an advanced player you can certainly get it in the forties here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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