Specialization At Stafford
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Almost all of the tee pads felt consistent, sturdy, and had enough space for a good launch.
+ As the course is mostly within a dense forest, there are many trees in your way. This course demands planning and accuracy. Plus, the environment is very quiet and contemplative.
+ What few open area holes there are allow for some nice explosive drives.
+ The course is very efficiently designed in how it utilizes as much space as it can within the relatively small confines of its borders. There are enough trees blocking the view of the neighboring holes to prevent the player from feeling as through they are crammed next to one another .
+ The sheet metal diagrams next to the tee pads clearly and concisely inform the player where to throw and how far.
+ The lake OB hazard used in holes 3 and 7 adds a nice degree of eager apprehension.
+ The fairways are clean and easily to tell apart from the rough.
Cons: - Some tee pads are too tiny for a full wind-up. Hole 13 specifically comes to mind because it is atop a hill. A false step could result in injury.
- I felt as though the course relies a bit too heavily on claustrophobic narrow shots between rows of trees. Perhaps this can simply be attributed to my low skill level, but some drives seemed ridiculously constricted.
- As mentioned in the pros, there are not many true open-air holes to unleash a powerful drive. As a result, the whole session can seem somewhat toned down from what one might be used to.
- The course shares space with a hiking trail. It is not uncommon for people who are walking their dogs or out for a stroll to unknowingly walk across your intended flight path.
- Few amenities in the way of trash cans, benches, and so forth.
- Hole 18 does not finish near hole 1 or the parking lot. First time players may get disorientated trying to find their way back.
Other Thoughts: Stafford Woods is where you want to go to get some intensive practice with your laser beam throws. There are very many tunnel shots. Successful play will be achieved through controlled throws and purposeful planning. If you prefer the kinds of courses that allow you to wind up and let loose, this course can definitely accommodate you with their holes 4 through 6, arguably 7, 15, and 16, but just be aware that the primary goal of Stafford Woods seems to be testing its players intentional aim over brute force. Some may find it exhausting and tedious. Others may relish the chance to test their delivery. I fall somewhere in between those two crowds.
Their signature par 5 hole 11 is a serpentine journey through the heart of the forest with very little room for mistakes- at least from the perspective of a player like myself who has less than a year under his belt. Even though I am still terrible at it, I look forward to it each time.
I should mention that some of the course keepers started a conversation with me during my most recent session. They told me to keep an eye out for vandals who have been cutting down saplings or branches that they deemed to be 'in the way,' which goes against the spirit of the sport. So, that is something to watch out for.
In closing, I very much enjoyed the whole experience and appreciated the kinds of challenges forced upon me- even if they seemed repetitive at times. Stafford Woods is a neat and tidy course preferring accuracy over aggression. Go to Stafford Woods if you are seeking a peaceful round of perfect placement. Go to Stafford Woods if you really need to practice your perfect placement. Just go to Stafford Woods.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Clean course
Variety of shots types and hole
Offer days where they sell discs, and have lost and found
Cons: Can be crowded
Muddy parking lot, not that bad though
People brake branches often here to "fit" their needs
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: As someone who travels a lot, and plays a lot of new courses, designing a road trip around the Philadelphia area is tough. So many great courses, so little time. I had not played in the state of New Jersey before, so adding a new state, as well as a stellar course was a must. Stafford Woods was just right.
Although I may not be a pro, or even an advanced player, I played the Gold tees. I would recommend that to anyone who knows anything about disc golf, because it is definitely a better round from the Longs than the Shorts.
The course itself was in pristine condition. Rough was well kept, the fairways were clear of debris, and all the paths were marked. In fact, I would've guaranteed one of my discs would have gotten lost, but the grass was short enough to find my disc with ease.
The paver tee pads were in very nice condition, and gripped very well. I was able to air out on drives without fear of slipping, and they were also very professional looking, as the brick was very well placed.
The tee signs were very descriptive, with a very nice map, the distances, and the par. All in full color. The baskets were Chainstars in great condition, and they caught well. Nothing outstanding, but absolutely a fine basket.
The holes themselves were very well designed. Left turns, right turns, both on the same hole. Uphill, and downhill. And even open holes, along with the killer wooded holes.
There were quite a few features that I would like to point out, as I believe the designer did a fantastic job, as well as the people who maintain the course.
-The stone terraced greens, as well as the brick tees, and wood work were extremely well crafted. Top notch work, that looks like it will stay in place for a long time.
- The one hanging basket was well hung, and added unique challenge to that specific hole.
- The two water carries were easy enough that you could cross without massive power, but also had a possibility of a tree kick to splash. Very nice holes.
Navigation was a breeze. There were lots of next tee signs, and if there wasn't, the next tee was self explanatory.
Cons: As much as I loved playing the course, I have to point out a few things.
The white tees were still a work in progress. The holes that did have two tees were done nicely, and I am sure that two tees will be completed shortly.
Although the course had some very challenging holes for me, I felt that the golds would not provide the challenge to a pro. The course was challenging, and fair, but not overly challenging. This can be both a con and a pro, especially for a park course.
On the flip side, since there is currently only one always permanent tee, at a course with easy access to chuckers, the golds were a bit of a challenge. I saw some people who probably didn't know any better throwing 50 foot hyzers off the gold tee of a par 5.
The walk back to the parking lot was longer than most courses. There was a sign guiding you out, but after an 18 hole round in 90 degree weather, the cooler full of water in your car was screaming for attention.
The parking lot itself was not paved, or gravel. It was like a mulch, dirt, and leaf carpet. Just know that this is the actual parking lot. I was lucky kit was not a rainy day, but I have a feeling it could get bad after a good rain.
There was no significant wow factor. I didn't throw a 500 foot drive off a mountain. Stafford is just really, really, REALLY, solid golf. Nothing fancy, but definitely an easy 4 star course.
Other Thoughts: I teetered between a 4 and a 4.5, but settled with a strong 4. I absolutely feel that a strong 4 will show that this course is definitely worth a play.
I would like to say how different every course feels. You have your destination course, and the solid courses, and the dinker courses, with lots in between. This is between a destination and solid. It felt a lot like a home course that you could play every day and not get bored, I think that courses like that are very important. I don't think you can play an 11,000 foot course every day. It is not worth it, and it takes a toll on you. Save those for special occasions. Have this for those every day plays, but also add it to your destination trip. That is what I did, And I loved every second of it,
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nicely maintained course, tees marked well, signage for the next hole marked at every basket. Course is easily navigated first time out.
Couple of holes shoot over water (rake provided at the bunker for disc retrieval)
Decent elevation and a good mix of long and short holes.
Cons: Parking lot is the only con I have.
Lots of wet mulch in the center, small cars beware.
Other Thoughts: Plenty of seating while waiting to tee off at almost every hole, Although it hasn't been crowded anytime I've played, I've only had to wait a couple of times
The course is mostly wooded with several open shots. Accuracy is key here.
We will definitely make this part of our regular rotation
Easy to get to, just a couple of miles of 295.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is a gem! Without a doubt the best course in NJ. The updated paver tee pads are incredible! Baskets are in great conditions. Two practice baskets near the parking lot. Great signage as well! Holes are HARD but fair. This course is rewarding of a great shot on the wooded holes, rough is rough but always leaving you with an out and fun to bomb on the open holes! SJDG does a great job with the maintenance and locals are always a blast!
Other Thoughts: With the option of 2 different tee pads and many holes with moving pin locations, this is a fantastic place to play! Playing over water is additionally a good time! I'd encourage people to go play.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Tough wooded little course
Pros: Tee pads, seating have been improing every week.
Short and Long tee pads on 12 of 18 holes adds a varied challenge.
Water in play on 2 holes.
A good mix of Wooded and Open fields considering the nature of South Jersey (Arguably 6 "open" holes 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16)
Challenges the players to make smart decisions over a variety of shots. A smart player can mitigate the impact of trees and luck.
Cons: Luck is a small factor due to the wooded nature.
Players need to pick up after themselves better, some trash throughout course, not the fault of the course though.
Other Thoughts: The only course I've ever played, so I may be biased but IMHO an AMAZING course for the midatlantic
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Unofficial "home" course
Pros: -Intuitive layout, and "Next Tee" signs to help you along.
-Some open holes, most wooded, but not so tight as to make it unbearably hard
-Course maintenance is ongoing, and this makes for great playing conditions all the time
Cons: -Parking lot could use something besides chipped wood as a surface. If you have a lowered car, be aware of how you enter
-Some high grass on some of the holes will swallow your disc
Other Thoughts: I haven't been playing long, and this is the second course I played. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Tee pads are solid, the course layout makes sense, and the holes are a length that will both challenge and validate a variety of skill levels.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Fun and challenging
Pros: Great mix of open holes and wooded, technical holes. Some elevation changes make you rethink certain throws.
Cons: Some holes are heavily wooded making it inevitable for one player in your party to hit a tree.
Parking lot is bad and muddy.
Other Thoughts: Water hazard on 2 holes is extremely punishing and nearly impossible to retrieve your disc. My buddy lost his disc in the pond. While we were trying to find it someone else's disc came soaring into the pond from the other tee.
This course will challenge all level of players.
I will definitely be back often.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Course - Challenging Holes
Pros: Good for beginners and pros! This course is very clean and nicely maintained. Very narrow throws on some holes that can make it challenging for a beginner and also some wide open tees to really work on your long drives.Water hazards also add a challenging feature. Very well spread out and you hardly run into other players. Best course around if you live in the Burlington County area.
Cons: Very small and unnoticeable entrance off of the roadway.
Other Thoughts: Be careful with ticks as you are literally in the middle of the woods on some holes. Highly recommend using bright disc at this course as many holes have really high grass if you don't hit the fairway.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
South Jersey gem
Pros: Finally a good to great course in south Jersey (Philadelphia suburbs) all thanks to SJDG!
Not far from interstate hiway I-295.
Par 63 with lots of par 4's and a par 5; designed to fit today's discs capabilities and challenge highly rated golfers.
VARIETY of shots are needed; left to right, right to left, straight, long, short, wooded and open with a good use of what elevation there is in this part of Jersey.
Two shots over water! A lost and found box and a working club to return discs. I have brought back over 20 discs to Sedgley just this year.
New Chainstar baskets, I haven't seen many truly good shots get rejected by them.
Hanging basket on #16 is a nice touch.
Easy to navigate after finding hole #1 with plenty of yellow arrows and next tee signs. Long and short tees exist on most holes. Two loops of nine holes each.
Two practice baskets and a very clean port a john on site.
Tight wooded shots are required but they are mostly fair, if you hit the line, you can score some birdies.
Constantly improving (tee pads) since opening 3 years ago thanks to Adam and the many volunteers / local players.
Very clean area, hardly any litter on the course.
Cons: Entering and exiting the course on Evesham Av is somewhat dangerous, please be extra careful. The one lane gravel bumpy driveway is a major pain.
The tee signs show 2 tee and 2 baskets yet some holes don't have that yet. A system needs to developed indicating which basket is currently in play since not all can be seen from the tee.
TICKS are in these woods and long grass on the open holes.
The teepads are a mixed bag, some cement pavers, some rubber ones, some have carpet (better than it sounds) and some short ones are dirt.
No running water is available.
The odd turn in 8's fairway (similar to Sedgley 27) and the way 9's fairway gets narrower as it gets longer. Maybe this is simply my problem?
You can definitely lose a disc in the pond on #3 and #7.
Other Thoughts: Parking will expand very shortly with today's demolition of the on site house.
Every time I step up to long #2, it reminds me of Iron Hill.
#15 here reminds of #15 at Warwick, starting in the woods, then two long field shots and finishes back in the woods. Great par 4!
Wish the par 5 #11 had one or two less trees in the fairway. Landing in the middle doesn't always give a good look for your next shot.
Par is 63 from both long and short tees? I think not.
After 3 years of play now, the underbrush isn't so bad anymore. Plenty of laurel trees and some stickers to avoid though off the fairway.
I still haven't birdied several holes here: long 4, 5, long 11 and 15.
For those without a car, NJ Transit bus 451 passes the course but I'm not sure where the actual bus stop is. The PATCO Ashland train station is 2 miles from the course.
Plenty of food options are nearby, Shop Rite is basically across the street and Wawa is at the closest intersection.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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