Wickham is Worth it!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wickham Park is located just off the highway, and is super easy to get to. The park is absolutely tremendous. The landscaping is wonderful, with the grass incredibly well groomed. The gardens on site are very nice, and there are so many things to do here, you could spend a day and still miss out on something.
The course, like the park, is also in fantastic shape. It is obvious that someone is putting in a lot of work to make this as nice as it is. The bushes and trees are trimmed, and everything else is in great condition.
The tee signs are some of the best I have seen, with a lot of great information. It had a map with every tee and every basket for the hole, the distances and the pars, as well as the elevation, a very nice touch.
There are two layouts per hole, with either two tees or two baskets. This gives everybody who plays a chance to choose the layout that best fits your skill level or your favorite type of shot.
The elevation on this course is also great, with a few downhill crush shots, as well as brutal uphill throws. This also makes for some death putts and signature holes all throughout the course.
Cons: This course is a great example of what golf can be when within a park. It does not interfere with other park activities, and it has layouts for every skill level, however there are a few cons.
The navigation for this course can get a bit confusing. There are a lot of navigational signs, which is great, but the signs could be a bit more descriptive in getting you to the right tee. An online or printed map would really come in handy when playing this course.
The Chainstars on this course are not my favorites. They are not super visible in the woods, and they also don't catch quite as well as other baskets on the market.
The finishing hole is quite boring.. Just two uphill throws to an unguarded basket. It loops back to the parking lot, but that is all it was really good for.
Some of the wooded holes played close to eachother, mostly the 13-16 stretch in the woods. That was probably the most disappointing stretch of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a really beautiful place for disc golf, and the design is very nice. There are a lot of good park courses, but only a few reach the category of great, which this is right there.
If you are driving through Connecticut, I would recommend this course in a heartbeat. I would not call it a destination, but it is a great course in it's own right.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Give it a Play!
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Great hole diversity. Some wide open and long, some short with trees and elevation. A couple of holes that offer a birdie chance, and some that are a tough par.
- Always very well upkept (mowed and little to no trash).
- Pretty park with other things to do (playgrounds, aviary, sports fields, etc.) and a nice view of the Hartford skyline.
Cons: Not much to dislike here. It does cost to park inside Wickham ($5-7 per car). Also, they do take down the baskets in the off-season.
Other Thoughts: Don't miss this course, one of the best in CT!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Would go out of my way to play this course!!
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great signs from primary tees, even in the rough was more groomed than other courses belief of the fairway. I would drive out of my way to play this course again.
Cons: Playing the alternate tees it was sometimes difficult to find the next tee.
Other Thoughts: Played on a Friday afternoon, was an awesome course, everyone we ran into was friendly and would go out of my way to play this course again. onthe trip between holes 11 and 12 walked next to a bird sanctuary with pheasants, peacocks, doves, a huge turkey it was pretty cool, wife and infanct hung out at the playground too!! Best $5 I've ever spent playing disc golf so far!!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Best course in CT
Pros: A good mix of open holes, long holes where you need a big arm, as well as wooded shorter holes.
Best course in the central CT area. No water hazards and you can generally always find your discs when they go off course.
The park is well maintained and you don't generally find broken glass or other neglected aspects. Players do tend to leave trash at the tee pads.
Pros play here in June at the Greater Hartford Disc Golf Open.
Water fountains almost midway prior to holes 12 and 16.
Cons: To get par you need to be able to throw long. Holes 6, 7, 8, 11 and 18 can be a challenge if you can't throw long.
There are a few areas to park outside the park but I've heard stories of cars that were broken into. Park is surrounded by appartment complexes. Suggest you pay the parking fee and park inside ($5 weekdays and $7 weekends) to be safer. Don't leave valuables visible in your car.
The park closes at sunset. Right now early August you have to be out by 8pm.
The large OB grass area on hole 1 does not seem to get cut in the summer. Wear longer socks in case you have to go search for your disc.
Other Thoughts: Don't pass up the chance to play here if you are in the area. It's rated as the top course in Connecticut and 39th in the country.
If you are going to play all 22 holes, head to A right after hole 5. The basket on D leaves you back near the tee pad for hole 6.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
I can see why the GHDGO is at Wickham
Pros: - There was amazing signage! The signage could not be any more great, they included OB, trees, paths, etc.
- The course had great variation on the distances. A couple of times there was a 700 footer, then a 150 downhill putter shot
- The course can be challenging to walk but it is a great workout.
- The course had nice elevation. Hole 7 and the first letter hole had some nice downhill opportunities. Hole seven was my favorite hole.
- Wickham has a mix of open and wooded holes. Half of the holes wooded and half of the holes more open.
- The course was designed very well with the big piece of land that they had.
Cons: - The first hole is EXTREMELY hard to find if you don't get a map. I suggest getting a map from the entrance. It was still hard even with the map.
- The letter holes were hard to locate. Even with the next tee posts on trees, it was far away from the majority of the course.
- Hole 15 is quite hard to find. In a rush, you might have to skip it because of the toughness of location.
- This really isn't a con, but a beginner would get destroyed on this course. Unless you can throw 230 or more, you will be shooting around 30 over.
Other Thoughts: Rating Breakdown (Each category is 0.5 star or 0 star):
TEE PAD QUALITY: 0, the tee pads were dusty and I had close to no footing.
SIGNAGE: 0.5, perfect tee signs, full color with trees, OB, etc.
AMENITIES: 0.5, there were garbage cans some places and benches every hole.
PARK AMENITIES: 0.5, tons of sports fields, playgrounds, dog park and other places for non disc golf fun.
ELEVATION: 0.5, I would give it a full 1 star if I could, because there was the best disc golf course elevation I've ever seen in my life.
TERRAIN: 0, I think the designer could have made 2 courses, not a 22 hole course
HOLE LENGTH VARIETY: 0.5, sometimes there would be a 700 foot bomb, then a 150 foot finesse shot would be next. Great job with variety.
EXTRA TEES/BASKETS: 0.5, there was either 2 baskets or 2 alternate tees, and even sometimes 2 tee and 2 baskets!
SIGNATURE HOLE: 0.5, there were so many beautiful tee shots, especially hole 7. It just makes you want to empty your hole bag down the hill.
OVERALL FUN FACTOR: 0.5, the course is my favorite out of two I played in Connecticut, one of the favorite out of the 58 I have played!
Rating: 4 Stars
I loved Wickham Park and I look forward to the time when I come back again!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Picturesque and family friendly
Pros: This is one of the most beautiful parks and courses I've come across. Well groomed landscapes, clear directions from hole to hole. The mix of difficulty levels can be pretty dramatic, which I list as a positive, especially for leisure play and families with children learning to play (though it is a very long course for a young child). Really great facilities - clean restrooms at multiple locations on the course, plentiful parking, benches throughout the course.
Cons: The easier holes seem a little too easy, and there are five or six that are fairly short. Allows more players to birdie, but might be a downside for more experienced players.
Other Thoughts: I was traveling from NY to NH by myself and decided to make this a half-way stop for a round. It is right off the highway, just west of Exit 60 on I-84, and was very easy to find. If this was on my commute, I could see myself spending a lot of time here. Major props to the groundskeepers!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: -Lots of variety of holes, has some great big distances as well as tight technical shots
-Extremely well maintained course
-Beautiful park with rolling green hills and great views of Hartford
Cons: -Its a public park so it can get a little busy
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of wide open holes that allow you to really crank on your drivers and watch them fly. The view on hole 7 of Hartford is pretty cool. The layout is fantastic, and covers a large area (over 7000 ft). For me this course was a great change from my local courses that are predominantly wooded, tighter courses that don't allow you to go for big distance too much. The course was very well maintained - probably the best I've seen.
Cons: Its pay to park - yet its only $5 per car, and some of it ($1 I think) go to the disc golf fund. If you get a group of people to go in one car, say 4 or 5, the cost to park literally pocket change that we all probably have tucked in the console.
Other Thoughts: If you're an outdoorsman like myself, you'll appreciate the fact that Cabela's is only an 8 minute drive from Wickham.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Not Exactly Roughing It
Pros: Wickham Park is worth visiting even if you don't play disc golf. Since I know you all do, let me tell you a little about it. One of the nicest parks I've seen. Several themed garden areas (oriental, Scottish, wetlands, lotus, English, etc...), an aviary, a sensory garden (whatever that is), a bird sanctuary, multiple playgrounds, tennis court, volleyball, pavilions, and a large cabin. There is also a great view of downtown Hartford on the 7th hole. The weather was perfect when I got into town, and the first hole was the kind of big opener you like to see at any new course. A lengthy downhill drive without a lot of interference until the landing zone. Elevation change of - 45 feet , and 540 feet in distance. There is a lot of OB short of the green and left side. The hole is in an odd notch cleared in the woods, and fenced on 3 sides. Really a perfect place for the pin. Not every one can reach this one from the tee, I managed to get close, but couldn't make par since I found the OB. Hole 2 two is flat, with average length, and the basket residing under an old tree with a lot of personality. There are woods squeezing the gap in the 3rd fairway, and if you can hit it, a birdie may be your reward. It is a 314' par 4 on the scorecard, and that what I took after missing my first putt. Holes 4 and 5 are both under 200, and 5 is another drastic downhill, dropping 35 feet in elevation from tee to basket. There is an optional 4 hole loop near hole 6, but I overlooked it, sadly. Wish I could tell you more about it. 6 itself is long, another par 4. Uphill, but lots of airspace to use on the right, favoring the RHBH thrower, with the basket to the left in the trees. 7 is par 3, long (600'), very downhill (-65'), and if you'll look to your right, you'll see a panoramic view of East Hartford and downtown skyscrapers in the distance. 8 is 640' and par 4, with a line of sizable trees a little past half way, and more clustered around the basket. 9 is a much shorter with a hard right turn. 10 is a dogleg right, and served me a bogey, two putt. 11 is the final par 4 and 720' slightly uphill. Long, but few trees to contest, just a wall running the length on the left side. To get to 12, walk past the area of the sensory garden and aviary, to the left along the path. Another long drive downhill, the elevation change assisting with added d from the tee. 13 takes the elevation the other way and then some, climbing 65' through the woods. 14 is steep slope down 70', and the pin has more downhill drop behind, giving me a double bogey, three putt. 15 is under 200' but uphill and with trees making things harder. 16 is dedicated to the loss of a beloved player active in the area, memorialized with a lovely bench and mini garden. 17 brings the end into sight, down an open hillside to a basket shaded under the fringe of the woods. 18 takes you back up the hill to the parking lot, mostly open but 480' and 40' of elevation makes it a tough par 3. There are very good quality concrete tees, more than one on a couple of holes. The signs have all the info you could possibly want. Baskets are nice condition Chainstar targets. I loved the topographical ups and downs, that really make this course. Great contrast of open and wooded, as well as long and short holes. Wish I would have noticed the extra holes, consult the scorecard/map that the gate attendant passes out, along with park logo golf pencils. The public restrooms are near the aviary, and concessions as well, according to other reviewers.
Cons: Cost to enter is not high, $4 per vehicle listed on the flyer I brought home. Alcohol is prohibited, and pets must be leashed. The park hosts weddings and other gatherings, as well as other recreational and athletic facilities, though not many should affect disc golf areas.
Other Thoughts: Wickham Park is really nice and a fun course that is moderately challenging. I only made one birdie (hole 4), and shot a 65 (seven over par). I think I could do much better with a little more familiarity, but enjoyed the one chance I did get. Such a nice place, I would have loved to explore further. You could really get you moneys worth and see a lot of features if you get there early and do a lot of walking. Absolutely worth the visit.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Hands down the most beautiful park I've ever played
- Did a great job utilizing the elevation changes which lead to a lot of challenging shots
Cons: - Took me forever to find the right parking lot. May be a good idea to ask the gate attendant how to get back there.
- Some holes seemed unnecessarily long and open. Those didn't feel very rewarding.
- Make sure you have a course map for some areas. Finding the next tee can be tricky in a few areas
Other Thoughts: The bird sanctuary is cool and the grounds are beautiful. During my week in the area this course was my second favorite after Maple Hill. I'd go back and play this course in a heartbeat.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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