Lakewood, NJ 
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2-4    12/15/2018   12/15/2018
Review By: Ryal
Played: 34  Reviewed: 31  Exp: 1.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + The course is set within a large and quiet county park. There are expansive meadows and some very tall trees.
+ Detailed tee signs at every hole show a map of the hole, the distances to the pin and the pars.
+ The fairways are super clean. There is almost zero overgrowth/undergrowth thanks to the beds of pine needles covering the ground.
+ Tons of wide-open spaces to get some great distance on your drives.
+ Flat, strong and sturdy paver tee pads at the green tees.
+ Most of the holes have visible and reliable next tee signs.
Cons: -The player never feels truly immersed in the experience. One can see service roads, picnic tables, maintenance buildings, and/or playgrounds at all times.
- This course is overwhelmingly flat except for a few feet downhill at 3 and a gentle valley at 18.
- Flat and wide-open holes make up the majority of this course, which can feel dull.
- The tee signs mentioned earlier are only present at the green tees and not the white tees.
- The white tee pads are not as sturdy. They are made of somewhat neglected rubber.
- Some of the 'next tee' signs are not facing towards the basket!
Other Thoughts: My favorite hole at this course is eighteen because it covers everything that the course has thrown at you in one final test of a hole. Slight downhill, stream OB in the middle, road OB alongside the left, slight uphill and then finishing among some guardian trees.
My least favorite hole here could be any one of the many monotonous wide open field holes that this place has. So I'll say hole ten because it has the fewest trees to deal with.

As for the course as a whole, Ocean County Park, referred to as 'OCP' by disc golfers in New Jersey, is a great training ground to develop a player's drive. Most of the holes are wide open swaths of land that dare you to fling your farthest, and it can be fun to see how far you can get.
This, of course, means that the course can feel rather dull and repetitive. When a player can clearly see the pin from 500+ feet away with no obstacles in the way until the final few yards, it can feel like a chore to pick up and throw two or three more times before finally reaching the circle.

Thankfully, that monotony is offset by a peppering of holes that involve trees from tee to pin. These are welcomed breaks from the parade of fields, but they are short-lived and, if I can be honest, not very fulfilling. Players who enjoy the kinds of tactical approaches that wooded holes can provide will find their brevity a bit underwhelming. The toughest wooded hole on offer, 16, is an elongated tunnel of 437 feet. Experienced players should have little trouble with it.
Still, it is good to see some variety within the course instead of the same thing from 1 to 18. It seems to me that the course designers clearly understood what they were working with and plotted the best course they could through the park.

Obviously, I would recommend this course to those players who like to air out their shots. The white (long) tees on roughly half the holes usually add even more distance if you like even more challenge. Just be cautious on those rubber tee pads.

Speaking of caution, this is the kind of park that will have people walking around and picnicking during the warmer months. None of the tables or walking paths are uncomfortably close to the throwing areas, but it's something to keep in mind. Also keep in mind that Canada geese love to use these fields as feeding grounds. Simply put, there are dropping all over the place in the open areas.

Despite my criticisms, I don't mean to imply that this course is bad. OCP is not a bad course. The baskets are in great shape, the green tee pads are excellent, the fairways are very well maintained, and the wide open fields, plain as they are, offer nice views of the pleasant park around you. There are even raised horizontal tree trunks to act as benches at each hole. Everything that a very good disc golf course needs is found here. It's even got bathrooms, pre-made scorecards and trash bags at hole 1.
Its enjoyment and difficulty are not found in avoiding obstacles but by reaching as far as you can with your strongest throws, and this course has more than enough space to accommodate that.

Bottom line: OCP is where you want to go to try out those far-flying discs. It's got the space to contain the farthest gliders yet has no undergrowth to chew it up just in case you end up losing control of one. The few wooded holes there serve to break up the action just enough to make everything else feel fresh and interesting, even if they are just as flat as the open holes. So, go to OCP and see how far you can throw!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Very good park course

2-4    10/20/2018   11/7/2018
Review By: HyooMac
Played: 35  Reviewed: 35  Exp: 1.5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
- A very good park course with a mix of open and wooded holes
- Every holes feels "designed" - if it's in a wide open part of the park, efforts have been made to bring trees or basket placement into play.
- Offers opportunities a wide range of shots, from high hyzers to careful threading down a narrow fairway.
- There's really nothing wrong with this course!
- The pin on #1 appears to always be in the back position, so maybe the map and signage should just make it the longer Par 4 version of the hole.
Other Thoughts:
- While this isn't the hardest course NJ offers, I think it ranks among the best. Almost every hole asks you to execute a particular line or strategy, and rewards you if you can get it done - whether that's for par or for birdie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Ocean County Park

1    8/2/2018   8/2/2018
Review By: MikeSKY
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Excellent Disc Golf course with a nice variety of wooded and open shots. Good signage and well kept. Not too many spots you can lose discs.
Cons: Park can be busy, but Disc Golf Course is usually clear. Some Geese around.
Other Thoughts: Not too difficult.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Nice park!

5+    12/4/2017   12/7/2017
Review By: Meglovin
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 3.6 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is awesome. It has some tricky shots in the trees, some really nice open long shots, and even a little water. Something for everyone.
Cons: The park staff has been rude or just downright nasty on more than one occasion. Give a guy a uniform and an SUV with a light on top and he's suddenly chief of police.
Other Thoughts: The dog has picked up a few ticks here but nothing unusual or abnormally frequent. Just check yourself or treat your gear in permethrin and you're good.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

so much potential

1    8/7/2017   8/7/2017
Review By: globetrotter
Played: 105  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 6.4 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - beautiful property
- multiple par 4 and par 5 holes
- solid finishing hole
Cons: - too many wide open holes
- does not utilize the abundant water
Other Thoughts: Ocean County Park is a mostly open course with a couple of more wooded holes set in a beautiful park on a former Rockefeller estate. It is a longer course than others I have played in the area. This course has so much potential. There are a couple of very nice holes, including a solid finishing hole, but too much of the course is just wide open with maybe a tree or two to avoid next to the basket. It's a shame, because this could be a very good course. There is water in multiple places on the course, but it only came into play on a couple of holes. The course plays slightly better if you play roads and across as OB, and would benefit from some artificial OB lines for tournament play.

It's not a bad course. I had fun playing it. If I was in the area I might play it again, but I don't see myself going out of my way to play it again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Beautiful course in a nicely maintained park

5+    1/1/2017   1/2/2017
Review By: guitarjock73
Played: 3  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: So many great updates since I started playing this course! Expansion from 9 to 18 holes. All the main tees are pavers and alts are flypads. Very well maintained and great signage. Good variety of open and wooded holes. Many of the open holes have well placed baskets near trees and OB that help keep the course interesting. A hanging basket and raised basket are also great features.
Cons: The only con I have is when there are multiple basket placements, like on hole 1, an indicator of which location it is in would be helpful
Other Thoughts: Formally a property of the Rockefeller family, this is a beautiful park with many non-disc golf activities as well. Some may not always know a course is there, so be mindful of patrons in the area before letting your plastic fly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good course to score!

5+    10/22/2016   12/28/2016
Review By: iHitTree
Played: 68  Reviewed: 38  Exp: 16.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: OCP is a really nice course to score on. For competitive players in Advanced/Open divisions, you can get way under par here, but the shots are still fun. The birdies aren't free, but they're super "gettable" on a significant number of holes. For lesser skilled players, you will find it easier here to score closer to par than you will at other courses in the area. This is a great course to learn the game for new players or younger kids coming to play with mom and dad.

Hole 1: Par 4, though open off the tee, you must set up a good angle to throw your approach into the woods to get a decent line to the pin.
Hole 2: big controlled distance and a crush to get birdie, open off the tee, but very protected basket.
Hole 6: nice big hyzer over some tall bushes to a protected basket, pretty cool hole.
Hole 7: par 4, open off the tee, but heavily protected basket can make the medium range approach tricky
Hole 8: nice turnover putter par 3 hole; easy, but it has its place.
Hole 9: pretty open, but 2 small trees create an obstacle to narrow your line options off tee, and basket is a hanging basket, pretty cool
Hole 11: par 4, wide open off tee, but the approach is very constricted as there is a shed and bunch of trees to navigate on the 2nd fairway drive (which is still a big pump), very tough birdie to get
Hole 12: fantastic left to right drifting par 3, open off tee guiding into a woods tunnel in the later half of hole; great for midrange turnover shot
Hole 13: possibly the hardest hole in relation to par. It's a 3, but there is an OB/across road on the right, and it's nearly 400 ft. to get via a big flex shot, roller, or RHFH; basket up on a pyramid makes putting tough; many 4's and 5's carded on this hole.
Hole 14: nice long-ish smooth hyzer shot around a big tree w/ telephone pole threatening on the right
Hole 15: tight short putter shot through tunnel.
Hole 16: probably the toughest and tightest hole on the course, so a controlled shot that goes 250 and stays in the fairway will serve you better than trying to crush on a distance driver and playing pinball off the fairway.
Hole 17: short tight turnover putter shot providing relief between 2 difficult holes.
Hole 18: par 4, OB road left, OB creek right in shorter end of landing zone. Need to play the tee shot smart; approach requires forehand skip or big anhyzer to penetrate low-ceiling of the heavily protected basket; very nice par 4 finisher.
Cons: This course is a little on the easy side, so if you're looking for a challenge, this may not be what you're looking for. There is a lot of police activity on the grounds, so be careful if you like to imbibe in any way while playing. Be smart, be discreet, respect the reputation of those who put in hard work crafting this course and the image of the players using it. Another con is bathrooms. This is a pretty wide open and busy park, so there are limited places to sneak away and pee, and there are otherwise only bathrooms at the beginning of the course. Sometimes, there is a port-a-potty around hole 13/14, but it's locked many times. Holes 3-5 are a bit filler for my taste, but they each still do offer some features to keep them entertaining.

Hole 3: gimme hole, somewhat filler if it weren't for the cool canal in front of basket.
Hole 4: nothing special about this hole, somewhat filler
Hole 5: another filler hole, midrange straight shot w/ OB road on right, or forehand w/ fairway driver.
Hole 10: wide open hyzer around 1 tree, nothing special.
Other Thoughts: I got my first MPO win here on 10/22/16 at South Jersey Open B-tier! Needless to say, I'll always have nostalgia for this course as a result, but I do truly enjoy it as well! It's mostly a more open style course with protected baskets, although there are a few wooded holes to mix it up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    11/27/2016   12/5/2016
Review By: HWard_67950
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: OCP is a great course for all skill levels. It has great paver tee pads, it's well maintained, has great Innova Disc Catcher baskets, and some beautiful shots. The course has recently become a full 18 hole course from a 9 hole course. Recently they have moved a few pins making the course different each time you play. Ocp has 2 leagues. 1 in spring and 1 in fall. It is an overall great club and a great course. Go & Throw!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 One of the best in NJ

5+    3/5/2016   4/6/2016
Review By: DiscFlicker77
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 5.8 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Awesome mix of throws, obstacles, and lengths.
Challenging for beginners and intermediate players.
Great for working on different types of approaches/new throws because of a lot of open fairways.
Always well-kept and a very nice park.
Practice basket.
Cons: Some holes don't have the best throwing routes.

Driving a car in the area can be a little frustrating on Sundays...
Other Thoughts: I enjoy the open field, long holes for big drives. The mix of technical, tight shots and long, big-arm drives is awesome.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    8/20/2014   7/20/2015
Review By: jkdisc
Played: 117  Reviewed: 110  Exp: 10.3 Years
7 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course was spread out well on a large piece of property. There are many long open drive opportunities. The park itself was very busy with other activities but none interfered with my game. I only saw one other group playing dg, however. There are some wooded holes for a nice mix, and OB and water holes, but not much risk of losing a disc.

Other Pros:
- nice baskets, signs, benches
- clean and safe
- bathrooms
- next tee signs
Cons: The open holes get fairly repetitive. The road into the course was a one way, so if you miss the parking area you must go all the way around. I missed the parking area twice. I just ended up parking away from the 1st hole and pulled up a map on DGCR.

Other Cons:
- tee boxes need some more gravel
- area doesn't have an elevation to work with
Other Thoughts: There really isn't much great or terrible to say. It's an average course on a nice piece of property. I understand there aren't too many courses nearby so I hope this helps promote the sport in the area.

I expect this review won't be popular for the locals but the course is what it is.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful.

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