6 Helpful / 0 Not
We're gonna need a bigger boat, how about a Ship?
Pros: 18 Discatcher baskets, rubber tee pads, and nice tee signs for blue or advanced level player. Impressive course layout using every bit of the available land and maximizing it. Excellent use of the elevation and terrain providing some truly unique holes. Lots of long open holes to test out your arm and a couple short technical wooded holes to test your accuracy. Navigation is decent. Disc golf only park.
Cons: Only one set of tees and basket placements. Lower levels of the course prone to flooding and mud. Not much of a park amenity wise, it feels like you are entering a private course on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Amish Country. High number of long open holes gets a little repetitive and in summer it's hot with little shade throughout the course. Parallel fairways on the open holes are a little close for comfort and OB lines are used to help keep you honest.
Other Thoughts: Starting off hole 1 was awesome and unique, my favorite hole here, you throw a massive downhill bomb and make a U-turn around the woods where the basket is tucked in. Hole 2 was another fun downhill shot but short and with the creek behind the basket. Hole 3 was a short uphill technical wooded hole with a severe left to right slope, another great hole. Hole 4 is wide open downhill par 4 hole with the basket on a fast green. Hole 5 was a unique hole with the remains of an old barn and the basket on a mound. Hole 6 plays uphill parallel to hole 4 and is a long open par 5. Hole 7 plays downhill parallel to 6 and 15 and is a fairly easy par 4. Hole 8 and 9 are fairly flat and straight forward open par 3s. Hole 10 takes you back into the woods briefly for a solid left to right par 3.
Hole 11 is probably the signature hole even though it's only 204' long it's the most unique hole I've ever played and have mixed feelings about it. You tee off looking at a right to left turning hole with a couple small trees scattered in the fairway and then you come to the cliff with the basket about 35' below you and water right behind it. It's crazy to go for the basket off the tee because you are likely to end up in the water and have about zero chance of acing, although a circle 3 is not a bad option and hopefully you can find your disc in the water. Laying up to the edge of the cliff you have a shot at a deuce, small chance and it's unlike any other deuce you have ever tried to hit almost straight down, I nailed the center of the top of the basket and narrowly missed getting wet. Holes 12, 13 and 14 were fairly boring, flatfish, open and 14 was long. Hole 15 is a long open sloping uphill par 4. Hole 16 plays back parallel to 15 downhill and you get to throw a bomb here on an easy par 4. Hole 17 plays back uphill and next to a cornfield that tapers the fairway down on a par 4 and the basket tucked between a couple pine trees. Hole 18 is a long uphill par 3 that takes you back to the parking lot, kind of a bland ending as most people will par it.
Ship Rock is a little weird and you will see the reviews all over the place rating wise. Generally I prefer more wooded courses even though the open holes here do provide some variety. It's not really my cup of tea, but if you really like long open holes this place may be your dream with 2/3 of the holes being fairly wide open. I'm rating this course as very good, as it has a couple amazing and unique holes and elevation is awesome, but overall the rest of course is just ok. Due to that it's not quite what I'd consider a destination course, but if you are anywhere near the course I highly recommend playing.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than expected
Pros: Excellent use of property and a well layed out course with several signature holes. The course played much longer than I expected but several of those longer holes play downhill for some spectacular drives. Mostly open course with about 4 very unique wood holes. Most of the longer open holes have some sort of elevation involved that gives the course its "fun factor" to play and keeps the holes from becoming to similar. Course flow worked out really well bringing you in and out of the woods throughout the course.
A lot of work seems to have gone into the course featuring new signs & tees, platform tee, rope rails, elevated tees in the hill side and good clearing of the wooded holes & paths to next hole. I thought it looked like a well established course even though it's new.
It's a great addition to the Lancaster area courses and a real change of pace by adding this style of course.
Signature holes in my opinion 5, 15 & 16. Most unique hole I ever played - 11
Cons: Hole 4/6/7 - the fairways need a little more work to determine OB. There is a rope fence but it's still a little difficult to determine and see if playing for the first time. Perhaps a low solid construction fence or hang something from the rope. Hole 6 in my opinion should have a mando to keep you from throwing over 7 fairway. I totally missed 7's mando.
I played on a mostly frozen ground but really concerned this course could become very muddy at times on the lower holes.
Needs directional arrow top of hill on 3 pointing to 4 tee.
Hole 9 should have a mando to keep you from throwing into 13 fairway. Needs directional arrow on 9 basket pointing at 10 tee otherwise everyone without map will walk to 13 tee first.
No rec or beginner tees on the longer holes.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a longer course which seems to be trending these days, this is the course for you. If you are a beginner you will struggle with length but this course offers an excellent chance to work on longer drives with less concern of lost of disc.
With Buchmiller only 10 min away it makes a great combo day but this course is worth the travel by itself.
Need a couple of long poles (conduit) or branches on holes 2 & 11 to get your disc out of the water.
Would be nice to have a port-a-pot., picnic table & loss disc return area.
Real interested to see what this course is like in the summer. Course is just missing enough minor things to keep me from rating this a 4 but the course is well on its way.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
solid, but not spectacular
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Has a couple of unique and interesting holes.
- Good complement to other courses in the area.
- Opportunity to air out some drives.
- Multiple legitimate par 4 and 5's.
Cons: -- Can get a little repetitive due to the long, wide open nature of many of the holes.
-- Relies a bit too heavily on OB.
-- The lower half of the course by the creek retains a lot of water and will be muddy if it has rained recently.
-- The upper half of the course doesn't provide much cover from the sun.
Other Thoughts: Ship Rock is a long, mostly open course with a large amount of OB and a creek that comes into play on four or five holes. I guess it would fall under the category of a park style course, although it was built on a fielded area that used to be farmed, in the middle of Amish country, so it has a bit of a different feel to it than a typical park style course.
Ship Rock is a solid advanced level course. Not spectacular, but definitely a good course. It has a couple of really interesting holes, including one that plays to a basket located down over the edge of a severely sloped 15 foot "cliff". There are also a couple of good multiple shot holes where placement off the tee is crucial. On the other hand, there are also a couple of uninspired holes without any real obstacles. It can also get a little repetitive, especially towards the end. There are just too many long, wide open shots.
There have been improvements made since the course went in. Notably, much of the undergrowth and tall grass has been removed. There have also been trees planted on at least one hole, which will add a little more challenge and variety. I also believe there are plans to install shorter tees.
Overall, I think Ship Rock is a good course. Like I said, solid, but not spectacular. However, between Ship Rock and some of the nearby courses (Muddy Run, D.F. Buchmiller Park, etc.), I think it is definitely worth making a trip to the area.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent tee pads (rubber fly pads that grip every time). Great Hole signage, making it easy to identify distance as well as the location of the pin. The course is easy to navigate with arrows marking the direction to the next tee pad. The course loop brings you back to the parking area to refill water/ grab food etc on hole 6. There is a Variety of elevation, distance and mixture of open and wooded holes. Water hazards come into play on a few holes brings in a new factor many people are not used to.
Cons: Difficult to understand OB lines first time through the course although this is common for any course the first time you play it.
Can be hard at times to find you disc in the fairway even though the grass is cut, keep an eye on your plastic even if it lands in the fairway! Needs a trash can in the parking lot
Other Thoughts: The course plays extremely well, with minimal walking distances between holes. The first time through the course the OB lines can be difficult to understand but its nothing out of the ordinary for someone playing a new course. Each hole has its own character with little if any repeated shots, with the exception of the longer holes where your unloading some serious distance off the tee pad to set up a second shot for a potential birdie. Love the fact that its 8,333 ft and a par 64. Beginners might get discouraged by the distance, but over time this will improve their game and help them to develop as a golfer. This course definitely suits a player with longer distance drives (400+ ft) if you really want to shoot a hot round and attack the longer holes. Very fun, can't wait to play again!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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