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!
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.
Good course to score!
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.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Bring your big arm!
Pros: This course is set on a beautiful piece of property, which features an abundance of amenities, well maintained grass and other features, and beautiful massive softwood pines.
The course shows great design techniques on a handful of holes, however, many of the holes out here feel as if there was not much thought put into them, and feel lackluster in comparison to the abundance of enjoyable holes.
Many of the holes have OB lurking near the basket, or in the fairway, which adds some risk reward approaches and drives, and makes the player contemplate what they are going to do. This appears on holes such as 3, 11, 16, and 18, which happen to be my favorite holes on the course. These holes present variety in shots required to come out with a good score, and feel as though careful thought and planning was used to add to the course.
The wooded aspects of this property are put to good use on this course, with many short tunnel shots that require a player to execute a precision shot in order to come away with birdie. I do however feel as though the woods could have been incorporated more, as many of the holes lack risk reward, where one can shank a drive and still end up in just as good of a place as a player that throws a good drive down the middle of the fairway.
Cons: There is a crew of hard working volunteers that frequents this course, however, it does not seem as if anyone with any previous design experience designed this course, as many of the par 3s are reachable for only those that throw 400-500 feet, and an abundance of such holes makes this course very mentally frustrating. Additionally, the locals are interested in adding alternates, most of which add distance or challenge to the hole, without adding strokes to par. Many of the holes lack a proper challenge, as many of the holes are unreachable for the general population, but easy pars, that provide little scoring spread.
The course overall lacks variety, as in many cases the holes are so open that only a very awful shank is punished, and somebody with a good drive may not even reach the basket because of its length.
Other Thoughts: As the rating of 3.5 states, this is a very good course. With a little tweaking and adjusting hole lengths and pars, this definitely has the potential to be one of the best courses in the area. I applaud everyone who worked to get this course into the ground, as it is a great addition to the other local course, and have a good deal of faith that this course will continue to grow and develop.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Newer Course in Lakewood
Pros: - Some new features & improvements include one hanging basket and one elevated basket
- Also, great mix of dog leg left and rights with variations of open and wooded holes. Several holes tee off in the open and finish wooded.
- Awesome use of property and pretty sections of woods with big pine trees and pine needles
- Holes are fairly long with alternate tees.
- Smart course design
- Enjoyable & fun course to play. Park is also nice.
- Course and baskets in great condition.
- Plenty of bathrooms and water
- Very nice tee signs with "Next Tee" signs at every hole. Big homemade log benches at every tee.
- Great mix of shots - straight, left, right, mandos, Hole 3 sports a small brook running along side from tee to hole, with basket planted just before lake. Beautiful!
- Practice basket that is clearly labeled
- Course terrain is mostly flat, with a couple of slight slopes.
- Large course map on post sign at Hole 1. Also printed hard copy maps to take along. Lost disc box available as well.
Cons: For people who like short and tight, there might be a problem with not many holes at all in the woods. Also, there really isn't enough or not specific enough signs to locate the parking lot for Disc Golf. The first post of signs has a sign that says "Disc Golf", but no arrows. Also you won't see another sign until you go far enough along the left road to get to the correct parking lot. A big con is that there are the loose gravel tee boxes. While they are better then teeing off at a line in the sand/ground they can cause bad drives due to slipping or running into/onto the frame if the gravel is low.
Other Thoughts: Rating Breakdown (Either 0 stars or 0.5 stars):
TEE PADS: 0.5, brand new concrete tee pads
SIGNAGE: 0.5, brand new tee pads and also there are next tee signs everywhere
AMENITIES: 0.5, disc bag hooks, benches, bathrooms
PARK AMENITIES: 0.5, tons of playgrounds, water fountains, and BBQ places. Also like 10 tennis courts
TERRAIN USE: 0, the designer did a good job on the back nine, but the front nine was a little boring/too open
ELEVATION: 0.5, there are so many uphills and downhills and/or flat holes.
HOLE LENGTH VARIETY: 0.5, great use of going from a 580 foot par 4 to a 200 foot tight hole. I love that kind of design
ALT TEES/BASKETS: 0, alt tees for only 9 holes, no alt baskets
SIGNATURE HOLE: 0, really no signature hole in the course, none that really stand out in front of the others
FUN FACTOR: 0.5, I have fun every time I play the course. I love coming back to the course.
Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice relaxed course
Pros: *More "open" field type holes then not.
*Well groomed course/park (when I went, mid July).
*Tee signs that are there from the original 9 look like they are made to last and withstand tampering (look forward to update/installation of new signs).
*Well made benches utilizing a solid base with a chunk of tree to sit on.
*Variety of length as well as left and right turn holes.
*Tee's located close enough to the basket/"next tee" sign that they're easy to find (tee 16 from basket 15 is an exception to this rule, it's a bit of a walk), but not so close you have to worry about the group behind you hitting you while you're wait to tee off.
Cons: *More "open" field type holes then not (yes it can be a pro and a con).
*Not enough or not specific enough signs to locate the parking lot for Disc Golf. The first post of signs has a sign that says "Disc Golf", but no arrows. So you have a 50/50 chance of picking the correct direction, or ending up back on the main road. Also you won't see another sign until you go far enough along the left road to get to the correct parking lot.
*My biggest con is the loose gravel tee boxes. While they are better then teeing off at a line in the sand/ground they can cause bad drives due to slipping or running into/onto the frame if the gravel is low. I'm assuming they are a temporary solution until the course designers can afford to put down rubber/cement/paver style tee boxes, but until then it is annoying for those of us who have angled approaches to our tee shots.
Other Thoughts: Very enjoyable course, especially if you are looking for a course which won't punish you for every throw which is a little off the mark (although there are a few little water run-offs which could cost you a stroke on some holes, but they are small). The majority of open field type holes were refreshing, especially since they were all well cut, although that could be annoying to a disc golfer looking for more challenging throws. The course designers worked in some holes that include tricky tree's initially or at the end to make use of what they have available. Also there are a couple of the newly installed 18 that are 100% wood holes with a tight fairway and trees/bushes to punish you in the rough. Overall a very nice, well maintained course that has room for improvement. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone I know.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Ocean county disc
Pros: The course is very well maintained with challenging holes for everyone. Two sets of tees with signs at the main tees. Both sets of tees have the same par (28) but the alternates are more difficult. This is a 9 hole course but not your standard 9 hole course with few birdie opportunities. Log benches are at all main tees. At hole 1 the scorecard and lost disc box are nice.
Cons: Holes are friendly to the RHBH player.
Course lacks technical and tight holes.
Other Thoughts: The potential for this course is unbelievable. There is so much space in this park that can be used and look forward to seeing this course expand to 18
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Finally a quality disc golf course in Ocean County! In this area even a mediocre course would be welcomed but this place has the potential to be much more. The park itself is well kept with clean amenities but most importantly is the land. There is plenty of room for long drives, tight wooded fairways and water hazards.
As it stands now the course offers a good challenge for a range of skill levels. Overall it is a fun course that is approachable to beginners with the distance to encourage development.
I especially enjoyed holes 3 and 9.
Hole 3 offers a great risk/reward shot. Long arms can reach the basket for a potential 2, however you have to hit your line perfectly. Too far right and you are in the trees, short. Too far left and you are in the murky pond directly left of the basket.
Hole 9 is another gem. Playing the cement and beyond as OB you are forced to place a drive straight but with enough distance to clear the creek. The thick woods to the right can be punishing, even the right side of the fairway leaves you little to no look at the basket. The combination of water, woods and OB make this a very fun and tough 3.
Cons: It is important to point out that I view this course as a work in progress and I only have 2 major areas for improvement.
1. It gets a bit repetitive. With the exception of holes 3 and 9 you can throw a wide open RHBH hyzer shot on every hole. Wide open fairway and fade into the woods towards the basket.
2. The tee pads. They can easily become lumpy and mess with your footing. I know that the club comes around and smoothes them out. However as the course becomes more popular (which it will) they are going to become lumpier more quickly. Please tell me that there are plans to upgrade tees in the future, when funds are there and the layout is permanent.
Other Thoughts: Please be respectful of other park users when playing here. Most people will have no idea what disc golf is and a positive first impression can go a long way. It only takes a few incidents to ruin a new course. So when in doubt please wait until it is clear, and when some little kid picks up your disc, before you yell remember: this is the only course you've got.
It is sad to say that I grew up in ocean county and did not discover disc golf until I left NJ. Thank you to the guys that put in all the work to get this course in the ground. I am looking forward to seeing what this course becomes as I come back to visit in the future.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
1st course in ocean county
Pros: New course with brand new baskets and tee pads. Park is very well maintained with all amenities. 2 ace runs and a few nice distance holes. Log pathways have been added and the course is shaping up beautifully. Tons of space for more holes, short and long tee pads and pin positions. New next tee signs and mando signs look good and help with navigation
Cons: No wooded/tight technical holes but hopefully the back 9 brings that added challenge and variety to the course. No tee signs... Yet.
Other Thoughts: The best course around thus far. Hopefully more to come. Excited for the back nine and growth of the sport in this area. This course is what the area needs to gain interest. Every time I have played people at the park are asking what we are doing and we gladly try to get them involved.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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