Shippensburg, PA 
New Hopewell DGC Share
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1    3/16/2023   3/16/2023
Review By: Crooow
Played: 242  Reviewed: 49  Exp: 35.9 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Friendly locals and park staff. Bathroom near #1 tee and #18 basket open (only one currently) - it was nice. Course does loop back (but only after 18). Holes #3-#8 are in the woods and are the highlights.
Cons: Very soggy. I played Shippensburg (4.4 miles south) and West Pennsboro (15 miles ENE) and did not have problems with moisture at either course. Holes 1 and 2 play right down a walking trail with the tee and basket on opposite sides and with a small wet ditch all along the left hand side (baskets are close to ditch). Hole #3 plays to a basket near a horse area which has a sign warning you to clean up your manure with a horses***-shovel next to it. I could smell manure on my sneakers the entire rest of the round until I cleaned my shoes after 18 (and threw out the rags). There were lots of dog walkers, regular walkers and joggers out - all friendly but I did have to wait numerous times. Had to throw over/near playground equipment on one hole (no kids out). Holes #9 through #18 are wide open - boringly so. Never did find #8's tee so played near where the map said it would be.
Other Thoughts: Note that on Google Maps, this is called "New Hope DGC". When I left the course I was thinking "1.5" but then I played West Pennsboro and I thought "Well at least this has 18 so you can do field work with targets". So I am bumping to a "2.0". Got off to a bad start as when I was standing at #1's tee, a dog walker came up behind me, looked at me and just started down the path in that direction (the path extended both ways). She dawdled so I waited about 2-3 minutes to even start (and I'm not a patient guy) but I do believe non-disc golfers have the right-of-way. The map and hole lengths here are not terribly accurate. The hole lengths here do not always match the tee signs and in some cases both are wildly wrong. The distance for #7 says 187 feet but it felt like 87; this was true for a few other wooded holes as well. My favorite hole was #4 - wooded and 386 feet long. I could have used about 11 more like that. I also opted to play #14 and #15 after the others (moved the car after #18) as they are kind of disconnected from the rest of the course (but not bad holes). I just found the course to be bland (won't be back).

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Since the Days of Lids?

1    9/10/2022   11/23/2022
Review By: HyooMac
Played: 346  Reviewed: 315  Exp: 5.7 Years
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Other Thoughts:

Although this course was built in 2013, the short lengths of some holes, the old style DGA baskets with stickers indicating the hole numbers, and the fiberglass signs makes you wonder if it's been around much longer than that. The "tees" are just spots in the dirt marked with ground level wood blocks painted with the hole numbers. With five par 3's of 185' or shorter (and a par 2 of 96'!), it's easy to think you should be throwing lids wearing short gym shorts and long tube socks.

The layout is pleasant enough, it's a beginner course in and out of the woods in a huge flat park. Several holes parallel or cross a paved walking trail, and your teeshot on 14 goes right over the basket on 15 - so park traffic could be an issue. There are a couple of long walks back and forth across the wide park driveway on the back nine. There's little chance of a lost disc, and the only "advanced" element is to play the parking lot as O.B. on hole 18.

The back nine holes are longer (250' - 300') but they're wide open, so there's little reason to miss pars, and a lot of opportunities to make birdies. Some of the baskets in the open fields have circular rubber mats around their base, which I think are there to keep weeds down around the pole and make mowing easier. Beware though: a low ace run that hits one of these mats is going to bounce like it hit a trampoline

Easy play in less than an hour. Nothing broken or "wrong" here. The lack of trouble and the short holes make it a good place for introducing newbies. Baggers should come here to score; otherwise leave it to beginners.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

  New Hopewell

5+    6/13/2016   6/14/2016
Review By: ShipDiscGolf
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The long wooded hole #4 is challenging. The grass/undergrowth is well maintained and it is hard to lose a disc. The whole course can be played in 45 minutes due to the close layout.
Cons: The course is entirely flat. Most of the wooded holes are very short and straight shots. More variety would be appreciated.
Other Thoughts: It is a good course to play without worrying about losing your discs.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Ace Fest

1    5/4/2015   5/4/2015
Review By: HawaiiJack
Played: 19  Reviewed: 17
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Recently expanded from 9 to 18 holes.
Cons: Still under reconstruction or relocation as tees are missing at #2 and #9. Poor drainage, entire course is flat.
Other Thoughts: This plays like two distinct 9 hole courses. The front 9 is just a set of ace runs with mostly short holes in the woods. The rest of the course seems kind of random, just stick a tee here and a basket there in this great big field. Props to the designers for the effort in creating what variety they could with baskets placed near the creek, trying to add in some trees at #14, and the painted log tee signs on the woods holes.

I would have liked the woods holes more if they were longer and not so cramped together even if this meant having only 2 or 3 woods holes. I sense that variety was hard to come by here which could explain why #17 is a gimmick Par 2 and there are lots of Ace and Black Ace opportunities here. Maybe a basket could be placed on the big dirt mound that you play around on #9, or a tee could be placed on top of it?

Bonus Feature: You can try putting from tee 1 to basket 18 for the shortest black ace ever. Beware of the guys who count a black ace as two off your lifetime total of aces.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Good course to throw your discs

5+    8/27/2014   8/27/2014
Review By: big cat
Played: 67  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Open holes leave room for options in attacking the baskets.

Ace runs throughout the course.

Course is simple to navigate.

Although it is currently a 9-hole course, more baskets have been added.

Wooded holes make some shot shaping necessary.

Use of obstacles.
Cons: Lack of signage and distance can make disc choice difficult.

Open field holes are a bit redundant.

Soccer fields and playgrounds limit usage of certain holes.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a good course to go out and throw your discs. There is plenty of room to throw everything in your bag, and to get some practice out of your discs. The original 9-holes are simple to follow, but the addition of new baskets is exciting by adding in a few wooden holes. This course will be much different once another 9 holes are put into play.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 As of 9/14/13

1    9/14/2013   9/18/2013
Review By: swatso
Played: 727  Reviewed: 410  Exp: 14.6 Years
This review was updated on 9/19/2013
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Ace runs and birdy opportunities.

Signposts marking tee location.
Dead flat and primarily open.

Hole-8 plays across youth soccer fields.

Natural tees marked by signposts that contain information-less signs.
Other Thoughts:
Despite the lack of a map or signs, the course was simple enough to navigate - holes 1-6 clockwise around the edges of an open field, cross the parking lot for #7, diagonally across the soccer fields for #8, and back across drive for short #9, near tee-1.

No distance information, but based upon my typical distances, I'd suggest two (6,9) are 200'-225', five (2-5,7) are 250'-275', and two (1,8) are 400'-425'.

Designers tried to use what few obstacles were available:
#1 left-turn around mid-fairway building, basket in edge of treeline
#2 basket behind very large mound
#3-4 basket next to treeline on left, creek just beyond
#5 a small tree kinda near it
#6 an o.b. basketball court kinda near it
#7 small trees to miss early and late
#8 soccer nets 
#9 nuthin' - ace run city!

Have fun! But expect neither elevation change nor shot-shaping ...

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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