2 Helpful / 3 Not
Welcome to Sillysville
Pros: 18 Discatcher baskets with dual tees either rubber or brick on the majority of holes providing good variety playing well from the novice to advanced level player. Tricky basket placements near water provide the biggest challenge and keep this course interesting. There are a few chances to air out a drive although the course is more on the short technical side placing a premium on accuracy. Well maintained course with erosion control around the water and rubber protection for trees that are prone to taking hits off the tee. Practice basket and portapotties by parking lot.
Cons: Nothing major. Course lacks in tee signage and the navigation is a bit weird having to cross two non-park roads twice during a round and having a feeling like this can't be the right way. Bring a map if playing the first time. A couple holes backtrack to the next tee and a couple holes play a little too close together for comfort. Not a fault of the course, but the land is pretty flat so there's not much wow factor or more interesting variety elevation wise here. Not two loops back to main parking lot, although it does to the parking lot I parked in.
Just note that my GPS took me to the wrong parking lot by hole 7 and walking to hole 1 from here is a hike. The park is fairly active with other park users and disc golfers, but the other park users seemed to steer clear of the course. Also there was a motorcycle cop roaming around the paths looking for riff raff.
Other Thoughts: Overall I enjoyed my round at Sillysville, I mean Sellersville and I'm rating this course as good. I played here after Nockamixon and it's safe to say these are two very different courses catering to different players. This is just like my opinion, I understand since the course is on the short and flat side but I thought the basket placements were a little repetitive on the ridiculous often being raised and right next to water hazards tending to feel like a one trick pony, as if missing your putt wasn't bad enough, you might be adding a penalty on top rubbing salt into your wound. This is fun stuff in recreational rounds, but not so much in a competitive round. Hole 7 was my least favorite being a short poke and hope of pine plinko to the basket. Hole 18 was probably my favorite with the snaking creek up the fairway and behind the basket. Great way to finish the course!
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7 Helpful / 0 Not
* Despite playing near two paths in a park popular with walkers, the tees-fairways-baskets are placed such as to minimize negative interactions.
* Makes good (frequent) use of the shallow, not overly broad stream, i.e. only a few places where your feet may get wet, minimal chance for disc loss.
Practice basket. Practice area, i.e. room to work on approaches and drives, too.
Prone to dampness. Varies from quite flat to mostly flat, but does utilize what little elevation is available.
A bit of a dead-time walk from 7 to 8 - at least connecting hole 16 exists for the walk from 15 to 17.
Course is located in a popular public park, playing near a small stream, across open spaces, within tiny patches of woods, and around scattered hardwoods.
Parking, via an alley, can be found near tee-1, or a larger lot next to Walnut Street, walking across the road, then open space, then road, to start at tee-8. Between the online map and the many directional arrows, navigation was quite simple. W/o the map, just realize that holes 1&2 are on the other side of the small parking lot from tee-3.
While there a couple of holes where you can launch your favourite distance driver, the course is on the shorter side, averaging about 290', with half the holes under 250'. With over 2/3rds of the holes having their baskets near the water, and some of the baskets raised, a very accurate approach/midrange game will be needed.
Holes range from wide open to fairly tight, and everything between, but nothing unfair, and mis-throws will typically be easy to recover from. A fairly even blend of lefts/rights/straights are needed off the tee, only a few being sharp.
Tees areas range from fully-outfitted (i.e. hard pad, bench, sign, baghooks, trashcans) to minimal (the tee location, nothing else).
Favourite Hole: #12. The ~200' fairway is a small stream, needing a touch of turn or fade at the end, depending upon basket position. Too long, and you enter the tunnel from which the water flows!
Good course, making the most of the available natural resources, definitely worth a visit if nearby. Avoid being too left/right/long, or be wet!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Played the 18 hole course a few times and am very pleased with the overall experience.
Older holes (1-7, 17, 18): Each hole on the is somewhat unique: dogleg left, dogleg right, open field fairway, elevated basket, baskets near water, and narrow fairways lined by trees. Holes 17 and 18 (old holes 8 and 9) are tremendous finishing holes that allow you to remember the course after you've left. The older portion of the course is very flat and the underbrush isn't too terrible, making disc retrieval relatively easy. Tee pads are rubber and in good shape. The handwritten tee signs are accurate and useful.
New holes (8-16): present many challenging basket locations near the creek and utilize the new land to add some distance to the overall average distance of the course. Hole 10 was a challenging narrow fairway that is ace-able at 200 ft or so, but also can be a headache and instant bogey (or worse) if you hit a tree and end up in the drink or with no second shot to speak of. Hole 11 (tunnel vision) provided a really cool visual off the tee and is also a fun ace run. The newer holes incorporate some elevation changes, making it feel different than the original holes. Hole 15 had a low tunnel under trees as a fairway, adding another unique shot to the course. The baskets are easy to spot and, of course, in great shape. I had no problems navigating the new holes on the course even without a map. Even though just sharpie on wood, tee signs are more than adequate. The grass was mowed, and overall park maintenance was good.
Cons: When I reviewed this course as a 9-holer, I stated that navigation was a bit screwy the first time out if you park in the wrong lot. I followed the driving directions on this site and ended up parking by tee 6. I ended up playing the tees in this order: 6, 7, 8, 1-5, 9. This is only an issue the first time through, but I definitely got in the way of other golfers as I tried to find my bearings. Having played numerous times now, it is quite easy to get around, but the lot by tee 1 is a little hard to find for newer people.
The new holes center around a pond which would have made a nice hole (throw over the pond), but maybe there were issues with the township, I obviously can't say. With all the open land, it would have been nice to perhaps incorporate a longer hole, such as a par 4 (course is all par 3). Overall, the course favors RHBH throws with a number of left doglegs (1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14).
Other Thoughts: I was impressed with how well the course was integrated into the park without obstructing other activities, such as the walking path near the older holes. Having alternate tees marked in the grass is really nice if you come here often and want a different perspective on things. The course really tests your mid range and putting due to basket locations so close to the water. Nothing too deep that you couldn't go and fish it out, but still enough to make you think twice about your shot. The new holes are a welcome addition and provide a good utilization of what looks like previously unused land. Every time I go, there are improvements, such as the fence to protect the teepad of hole 10 from the drives on hole 9. It also introduces a fun (not so fun) new obstacle. I applaud all of the work done by the volunteers to make this course what it is, tremendous job.
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