A fun trip
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Pros: - Butler Farm offers a quiet, scenic setting for disc golf. The South Loop takes advantage of some slight elevation changes (holes 2, 3, 4, and 9) and a twisting, meandering stream (holes 5-7) for a fun, though not demanding, 9 holes. The Hill Loop features a handful of wooded holes and more elevation changes in the more demanding 11-hole section of the course.
- Tee signs were generally helpful, and "next tee" signs were up in most of the areas where a long walk was required.
- There are a number of small bridges to cross the streams, which is especially helpful on hole #5.
Cons: - Mostly the holes were straight, relying on a trees or shape of hillside for variety. I only counted a few holes that forced a left or right shaping of the shot.
- There is a bit of a walk between baskets and next tees on the Hill Loop. The owner mentioned that he was planning to add a few holes to that part of the course, which would probably reduce the extra walking considerably.
- The cows graze in different parts of the course and have caused a little damage to the course (tee signs used as scratching posts, grass torn up in muddy areas, and cow pies on some holes). It's not a big deal to me, but it may bother some. There are also some electric fences that Jim turned off so we could play the Hill Loop.
- I don't mind natural tees or the use of rubber mats, but I prefer them to be flat and level. That was not always the case here.
Other Thoughts: The owner of the property told me that he installed it for students at the local college, and I hope they are taking advantage. For me, a rec level player, the difficulty was just right. It may not be very interesting to the advanced crowd.
The course was in good shape when I visited in mid-April, though mid-summer growth could make it a very different experience.
Hole 1 seems to have been moved, as neither the distance nor posted picture are accurate. Basket #7 has been moved farther to the right, bringing the stream into play on two sides.
Overall I had a pretty fun round. I especially liked hole 5 on the South Loop, where the stream crosses the fairway three times between the tee and the basket, and again just behind the basket. I think it's somewhere between a 2.5 and 3.0 rating, but ultimately decided that a 3 was slightly more appropriate.
Family friendly rating - 3.0 for South Loop (Hill Loop not recommended)
PROS: I would not take a stroller, but young players would be able to manage this loop pretty easily. There's not probably not going to be anyone else playing the course, and the gravel road that hole 9 crosses is not at all a busy one. I judged it to be a very safe environment. The course never gets that far from where we parked (by the barn), and there are porta potties near hole 2.
CONS: No playground, and not much else for kids to do but look at the cows, horses, and ducks. It's pretty far off the main highway, so it's not a convenient place to stop as you're traveling by.
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Nice Variety and Setting
Pros: -Beautiful setting on a private southwestern PA farm with striking views of hills, farmland, and mountains provides a unique experience
-Great variety of the types of holes throughout the course! Open hyzers, open anhyzers, slight uphill/downhill, extreme uphill/downhill, on the side of a hill, through the woods, and a few straight shots on the hill that you have to work around some trees.
-The variety of the holes welcomes all types of players. Beginners will most likely be able to handle the South Loop without getting too frustrated and get to experience the Hill Loop and playing in the woods, with very concrete lines. More experienced players get a chance at some birdie/ace runs on the South Loop while playing enjoyable holes with tough elevation and through the woods.
-Fantastic elevation changes
-Since it is private, you will most likely have the course to yourself
-Friendly/helpful staff; just explain why you are there
-The course flows well and finding successive holes is pretty easy. The only trouble may be the few holes after 8. 9's tee is on the same side of the road as 8's pin, playing over the road to its pin. To get to hole 10 - and the beginning of the Hill Loop - walk behind the cabin then turn right. Hole 20's pin is on the left, and 10's tee is to the right of that and plays up the hill. Keep walking up the hill to find the successive holes.
-Flags on top of pins that say the hole number (Numbers start over for Hill Loop)
-A fun hike
-Bridges where neccessary
Cons: -I haven't played here at a time when the top of the hill in the woods wasn't at least a little muddy. Not a big deal, just a fair warning
-Single chain baskets, although they are nice and new
-A few of the tee signs have the wrong number (I think just the last two holes)
-Tee pads can get overgrown with weeds
-Since it's right on the farm, you need to watch out for animal droppings
Other Thoughts: This course is very much in a private setting. Not necessarily a bad thing, but something to keep in mind. You'll take some back roads to get to the course, approximately ten minutes from the local town of Waynesburg. Finally, you will arrive at a barn on the right where you will see multiple pins. Hole one starts at the top of the small hill on the right (when pulling in on the gravel road near the barn). You may run into different kinds animals - domestic and wild - throughout your round. The owner, designer, and staff have worked very hard at maintaining this course and have greatly reduced the thickness of rough over time. This is a tremendous job well done for a private course. Please make sure to contact the course designers/owner before playing. Earns a 3 because of variety of different shots and hole types, as well as course setting. Hurt a little by the lack of amenities. Tough for a private course to provide, so I do give them credit for the amount of upkeep that has been done. An enjoyable course.
Holes worth especially noting:
3- Tough hole on an exaggerated hill; tough to get passed the slanted part and onto the flat green
4- Easy hole but a definite ace opportunity
5- Very cool pin placement which gives you multiple shot selections. Best hole in this regard
13- One of the toughest/most fun holes on the course due to its length and tight lines, as well obstruction by trees
15- The longest, most extreme uphill shot I've played
18- My favorite hole on the course - downhill and through the woods
20- Downhill bomb - great way to finish out the course
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Neat little course
Pros: Very friendly people to talk to at the farm.
Course is very well taken care of.
Little bridges for all the water holes.
Great country setting.
Course is well thought out.
Hilly terrain gives a workout.
Cons: Some of the uphill holes have some tall grass that will eat your disc if you not careful.
Hilly terrain gives a workout.
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