Excellent Beginner Course
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: First tee is located 40.279120, -75.439201 on Google Maps.
This is the course I bring sport newcomers to, the best basic 9 hole course in the greater area that lacks the downsides most other 9 hole courses seem to have. Most notably it's well-kept and competently designed.
Keep in mind, this is a very basic beginner-intermediate course with mostly wide open flat areas of manicured lawn, it won't demand a repoirte of different throws or even discs. Seven of the holes are typically 150-250'. #4 and 9 are a bit longer. There are numerous fields in the park to practice the longest of distance drives, you'll always find an empty one.
Largely forehand or backhand agnostic. When trees and bushes are present, they only form the outside perimeter shaping a hole, rather than being central obstacles to go around. If empty, often enough, a little creativity leads to new combined holes, particular around holes 3-7. Or play it backwards.
Cons: My one major complaint is that the the tees are short and useless, untended, so most are now only partially underfilled with uneven gravel. They have changed tee 1 recently to a permanent plastic surface though, appreciated, but still short. Most of the time this is not a problem, as I use grass beside it, but the area around tee 4 is irregular and often soggy.
Tee 1 has a mailbox beside it that's supposed to have scorecards but hardly ever does. This hole can also frustrating for new backhand players, the neighboring baseball diamond is often used and many walkers randomly appear quickly on that section of walkway, hidden by the treeline, even if checking right before. Make sure no one gets hit. Park guests are are generally more visible and/or secluded from the other tees.
Holes 6 & 7 are basically identical.
Hole 4 and 9 is the most common place to lose discs in late-spring/summer/early-fall due to swampy areas and tall grasses. These areas are mowed once in a great while.
Other Thoughts: This park was where I first saw a Golf Disc Basket and wondered "What the hell is that?" as I was walking around. It appeared to be some pagan altar that randomly appeared on the grass. Once I found out, years later, I started playing here ever since and it's my favorite 9 hole local course to toss a few discs casually and to practice driving.
Once you can toss 250'+ with precision, you'll have largely graduated past this course but it has multiple, big, often-empty fields just to practice toss and is a great place to start friends new to the game.
I like changing up the holes on my own and on this course it's easier than most. If you need to go to the porta potties by the soccer field after hole 2, around 40.279277, -75.441085 is a great spot to make an unofficial tee-off into basket 2.
Hole 7 is basically identical to hole 6, so I tee off from basket 6 (or even tee 5) into basket 7 instead. This serves as a mirror twin to hole 1 (tree line on the other side this time).
The size of the park is big enough with largely unused land to expand the DG course section to 18 holes one day. It would be nice although I'm not sure if the terrain can offer any further variety.
Terrain: Easy, flat, grass.
Chance of Losing Disc: Slim. Holes 4 & 9 possible when fields/swampy parts unmowed.
Challenge: Low to Nil for intermediate/experienced players, but just right for beginners.
Crowded: Often empty, even on weekends. It's not a course for disc course meetups.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Well maintained park
Mailbox with scorecards and maps by hole 1
Bathrooms and portos
Tee pad markers with pictures of the holes and distances
Quick and easy practice round
Some of the treeline rough still has pieces of barbed wire hiding in it.
The 6-7 transition, bad flow and it's basically the same shot with the tee pads close together and both baskets along the same tree line. Both throws also go across the walking path. The area would also benefit from another bridge or two across the drainage ditch.
When the park is crowded, holes 8 and 9 can be unplayable.
Hole 1 can be hard to find
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful park course on a former farm where you will be walking on manicured grass all day. Except when you go in the rough which consists of wind-break tree lines (some barbed wire still exists in there, be careful) and a farmed (usually corn) field.
Hole 1 is between the tennis courts and baseball field that lies to the right of the main pavilion. Its a straight throw with several trees dotting the fairway and a row of bushes along the right side.
Hole 2 is a straight throw slightly downhill to a green that falls away left and long.
Hole 3 plays to an elevated green shaped for a straight throw with a hyzer finish (rhbh) or coming in at it with an annie or a forehand. There is a thin patch of wooded rough behind the green and tall grass to the left of the fairway.
Hole 4 has a fairway that doglegs right at the end, perfect for a lhbh or forehand. Rhbh means throwing a big annie or flying over and through the tall grass and then trees on the right (it can be a thorny mess in there). The left side of the fairway is guarded by the tree line that separates it from 3's green, ending just in time to open up an area where a late fade could land you in tall grass rough.
Hole 5 is a short throw that can be approached straight off the tee (rhbh) or with a forehand as the basket sits on the edge of a tree line
Holes 6 and 7 are almost the same throw, the tee pads are close together and the baskets are side-by-side along the same tree line. 6 has an early tree to worry about, 7 has a late one.
Hole 8 is a bit of a hike from 7 for which you are rewarded with the shortest hole on the course. The tee and basket are on opposite sides of a picnic area. If you can throw a hyzer bomb over the top it's an easy little shot, if not, you are throwing through several small trees and about half a dozen picnic benches. If anyone is using this area, the hole should not be played.
Hole 9 is the longest hole on the course with a low straight line open to the basket. Several trees dot the right side of the fairway and there's an area of tall grass (can be swampy) before the green forcing the choice between laying up and risking it. The basket has trees guardian trees all around it.
Overall, this is a nice little practice course. It's an easy place to get in a quick round. Nothing too challenging and you don't need to carry your whole bag, 3 or 4 discs should do it, better players might consider this a putter course (except perhaps #'s 4 & 9). When the park is crowded, several of the holes become unplayable and several others have a walking path along side or across the fairway. I've seen the park so crowded that holes 2, 4 and 5 were the only ones that can be safely played without risking hitting other park patrons. With that said, generally it's not an issue on any hole, not even hole 8 where there are picnic benches directly between the tee and basket (I've played here dozens of times and I've never seen anyone using the picnic area).
I wouldn't go out of my way to play here, but if you're close by it's a nice little practice course. If you need to throw a sub-par round to boost your confidence, come here.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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All in the fields
Pros: Minimal rough
Hole 9 was challenging and fun.
Cons: Finding the first hole was difficult and not marked.
The tee pads were tiny. Run ups were very difficult.
Holes 5,6,7,& 8 are all very short birdie runs.
Other Thoughts: The person mowing was nice. He showed me my disc and worked around it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Beautiful Park, Great beginnerCourse
Pros: The course along with the rest of the park is beautifully maintained. Great confidence builder for beginner players, such as myself. For the most part you have wide open shots without the walking path getting in the way. Minimal chance for disc loss.
Cons: I felt as though the tee boxes were a bit on the small side, but that might just be me. Also the tee boxes could greatly benefit from a post, a marker, anything vertical so you can spot it from the previous basket. #8 basket is close proximity to picnic table and a bench, thought empty on my trip could be trouble on a busy day
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course and look forward to bringing my family back to enjoy the park. As a beginner I shot +2 and +1 on what I feel was a sloppy round. This will definitely be my first under par course and definitely look forward to returning. I could see the course feeing a bit crazy if it was crowded, but on my late morning round, peaceful and tranquil. Other mentioned the drainage ditch through the course, which didn't appear to be issue, but it's been a dry month so that may have something to do with it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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nice variety, pretty park
Pros: Update: From late Oct on, there is little risk of dis loss, including holes 4 and 9, due to mowing and die off. // First reviewer gives an accurate, detailed account including mention of Holes 4 and 9 as the most challenging (as well as highest risk of disc loss). Still #9 can be birdied, even eagled by advanced player. The reason I give course a 3.5 ("very good") is good variety; good maintenance (for the entire park really); plus it would be hard to create a better 9 hole course in this space than has been created. Great job by park.
Cons: Risk of disc loss substantial at Holes #4 (either right or left) and #9 (left only). Holes 5 thru 7 are a bit similar and a bit short (50 to 70 yd) however they still may be enjoyed not to mention birdied. Agreed that picnic benches are too close to Hole #8... ideally this hole will eventually be tweaked. The major 'con' for better players maybe be the sense that the course does not offer enough challenge beyond the first few rounds.
Other Thoughts: Every hole should be a birdie opp for better players except perhaps #4 -- which will be tough to birdie for anyone but elite players. The upside : it's a great course to boost your confidence, keep all your discs, and just enjoy... the downside being fewer challenges. Update: #4 too can be birdied later in the year.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First tee is a direct line with the large flag pole and right next to a softball field. fI the softball players are warming up you may have very interested and friendly softball spectators. Mailbox near first tee has scorecards/maps. Baskets are in good shape with course having a good variety of lengths for holes. Three holes are potential deuce holes. Course is mostly level with most holes having few trees. Tees are gravel and average in length. The directions to the next tee are painted on the preceding tee box as well as a rough shape of hole. Frequently there is tree line/fence behind or beside the basket. The course is outlines by a hiking trail which does not come in play most of the time. One interesting par 4 hole on hole 9 with some trees. Hole 4 is a challenge with a split fairway around a drainage ditch and is longest par 3 on course. (Some may consider hole 4 a con.)
Cons: Biggest con is drainage ditch with tall weeds. On nearly half the holes this comes into play with limited places to cross ditch. In many places the ditch is about three to four feet wide on holes five to seven. Warning the center of ditch is significantly deeper than the sides so be careful in you choose not to go around ditch. On two holes for players who cannot throw 170 ft. in air readily the ditch comes into play. Layup options are there. A low tech bridge would ease speed of play (could be as simple as a 2x 6) for holes five and six. Picnic table in play near hole 8 and could be moved or basket moved. Tee boxes are totally flat and adding a short colored pole would help tee boxed to be found quickly.
Other Thoughts: For course that has not been around for long it is good shape. Between some tall grass and drainage ditch there is a chance of disc lost. Park is well maintained. More of a challenge than nearby Branchwood.
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