Tonawanda, NY 
Lincoln Park DGC Share
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3 / 250ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #5 Basket to Tee

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9 holes? too few. 18 holes? too many - let's do a 12 holer!

1    10/6/2019   10/6/2019
Review By: paul2432
Played: 118  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 42.1 Years
This review was updated on 10/10/2019
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course offers concrete tee pads, decent Innova Discatchers. A nice course map at the parking lot. There is some variety of length of holes. The holes are pretty much in the open, so losing a disc is pretty hard to do.
Cons: Where to begin - In all reality the park's department did try and put in a decent course, but failed pretty badly.

Right off the bat, the first hole is really hard to find. The concrete pads are only about six feet in length. No real ability to get a good run up.

The holes are basically just straight with a few trees to work around.

Instead of spacing out the holes, each of the next tees is usually only around 30 feet away from the previous basket.

There are tee signs, but they are just numbered and no map of each hole.

The course is pancake flat.

Some holes play next to shelters. A bad shot could really end up hitting/hurting someone.
Other Thoughts: The course isn't terrible, but definitely not worth playing if you're a serious golfer. It's ok for rec players or a quick round for course baggers. A course you might play if your aunt Sally lived within a mile of the park. What puzzles me the most is why they came up with 12-hole design. There's enough room to do a fun 18-hole pitch and putt and still keep some of the longer holes. Or they could have just done a really challenging 9 hole course. Instead they came up with lucky 12 ;)

This was clearly a Parks and Recreation design, meaning that this was designed and installed by someone who works for the city/town but has never played disc golf. A good course designer would have made this much better. Overall it was a nice effort, but overall it fails to be anything more than an ok rec course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Tight Quarters

1    9/9/2016   9/9/2016
Review By: The Don
Played: 18  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It's nice that their's 12 holes instead of the typical 9 holes that you find in a small park course. Surprisingly long holes for such a small park. Nice new Innova baskets and solid concrete tees. Very nicely marked and easy to find and easy to follow course.
Cons: Sandwiched in the park between a lot of trees, playground equipment, shelters, small parking lot, and a lot of people. Very easy to throw a bad throw and piss somebody off. I hit a shelter on hole 8 but luckily it was empty.
Other Thoughts: Great course if your in Buffalo or any of the surrounding suburbs and you don't want to drive too far to throw some disc.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Fun parky park

1    6/20/2016   7/5/2016
Review By: whitefedora
Played: 620  Reviewed: 32  Exp: 12.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Concrete tees.
Easy to navigate.
Signs have distances and "pars" posted and are big, so easy to spot from the previous basket.
Large well made map at the beginning of the course near parking lot.
All reasonable golf lines and well manicured.
Clean and in a friendly area.
Cons: It's flat, but I don't expect a course to overcome something like that.
It's a very public park with some walking paths and a parking lot that might be hazardous depending who is playing the course. All very visible, so as long as you are playing with respect to others, it's not a big deal. Just don't want to see people getting needlessly injured.
I don't like that they have "Am" pars posted. Just my personal opinion though.
Other Thoughts: This is a course that gets people interested in disc golf I think. Not too hard, but not punishing. Gives people an idea of what to expect from the sport.

I enjoyed playing here and it was a quick run though. Was during the middle of the day, so I didn't see many other players, but could tell that it was a well loved park in the community.

If you are looking for a warm up, a quick bag, or live in the area, it's worth the spin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Adequate little course

2-4    6/25/2015   6/25/2015
Review By: Lance81
Played: 7  Reviewed: 4
This review was updated on 7/12/2015
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - No danger of losing a disc.
- Has concrete pads, though they are a bit small.
- The par 5 holes are exceedingly generous, even for novices.
- 12 short holes: can be played pretty quickly, and is a decent course for beginners.
- Well marked and easy to find your way around.
Cons: - 12 holes crammed into tight quarters, so inaccurate throws might get onto other fairways or into picnic and playground areas. This is especially troublesome on the last five holes.
- No real variety from hole to hole: all flat, only one dogleg, and no really long holes.
- Lots of trees, so you'll almost certainly hit branches if you really try to air out a drive.
- A few holes can get muddy if there's been rain, but not nearly as bad Ellicott Creek Park.
- Only one set of tees.
Other Thoughts: Overall I like this course because it's a good place to work on your accuracy and approach shots. If you can keep your shots low and straight you'll eat this course for breakfast. Even if you hit a lot of tree trunks (as I did) you can usually recover quite easily, making this a generally forgiving course for beginners. The biggest issue is how cramped the course is, so you should definitely play during the park's off-peak times like weekday mornings in order to avoid picnickers and kids on the playgrounds. The designers might have done better with a 9 hole course to give the holes a little more breathing room. The course is nothing special, but good for a quick practice round if you live in the area.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good Recreational Course

1    1/22/2015   1/23/2015
Review By: RobA
Played: 29  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 23 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Good Concrete Tee Pads
- Good lines, need to be reasonably accurate between trees
- Good course to practice on and also good to introduce new players to the game in a good park setting
- Quiet this time of year, although I am sure the park is much busier in season.
- Disc Catcher baskets
Cons: - Some ice in spots, although this is not really a con since it is middle of winter
- I imagine the park is very busy in season, so I would time my visits early in the day or later in evening
Other Thoughts: I took my dog to the park on a sunny winters day and played the first 7 holes back to the parking lot. The course exceeded my expectations in regards to the types of shots needed. Given that this is a recreational course, not championship caliber, I was pleasantly surprised with my experience.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


2-4    10/24/2014   11/1/2014
Review By: Timeetyo
Played: 41  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 7.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Best short course in the Tonawanda area. Unlike the other short courses, this one will use more of your bag and different lines.
- Nice new concrete tee pads.
- Adequate signage for hole #, distance, and par.
- There are some real golf lines to hit here if you want your 2. This is very nice to see for a short course.
- Bathrooms on site.
- Ample parking.
Cons: - 12 holes are just weird.
- Some safety concerns throughout. A few fairways playing very close to each other. A few shots very close to well used sidewalks, swings, and other playground equipment.
- There were some very wet spots with mud and even large puddles of standing water that look like they have been that way for a long time.
Other Thoughts: Par is quite generous and inconsistent. I can see the generous pars as this is across the street from a school, but it some are weird. Par 3 250' followed by Par 5 340' with similar lines required. Treat it as all 3s and you are good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Lincoln Park

5+    5/21/2014   5/23/2014
Review By: hojji77
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
This review was updated on 6/22/2014
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: --Best short course in the Tonawandas
--Tees well marked
--Becomes more challenging when trees are in leaf
Cons: --Holes are crowded together
--Poor drainage/frequent swamping
--Too close to picnic amenities
--Holes are short (but not as short as Payne or Veterans')
Other Thoughts: Although this is no one's idea of a tournament course, it's significantly better than the other two town-park type courses in the Tonawandas. Signage is good, baskets are good, some thought went into pin placement. Par allowances are ridiculously lenient; other posters are correct in saying that all holes should be 3's. Although picnic shelters and playground equipment do impinge on fairways, Park is not -that- crowded, especially in spring and fall; I've played five afternoons in April and May and found literally no one using this section of the park.

Although the holes are not super-long, they will for most players require a drive in earnest off the tee, unlike Pinewoods, Veterans', or Payne.

Significantly more skill is demanded in later spring and summer when branches hang lower and take up more airspace.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Poorly Designed

1    10/28/2013   10/28/2013
Review By: superium
Played: 138  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 13.1 Years
This review was updated on 1/25/2015
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New discatcher baskets. Interesting lines but half of the holes don't have realistic fairways.
Cons: Holes are too close to playgrounds, shelters, and other tees. Only takes one errant shot on a crowded day of picnicker's for a lawsuit to happen and give the local disc golf scene a bad name.
Not really playable/safe on nice weekends due to picnickers.
Course can be swampy at times.
Concrete pads installed but about 5ft. too short and too close to signage in risk of smashing your hand on follow thru.
Other Thoughts: Course should be downsized to 9 holes and totally redesigned due to safety purposes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 A nice starter course

5+    9/25/2013   9/26/2013
Review By: ssejhill
Played: 18  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 19.9 Years
This review was updated on 8/20/2014
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - New course in quiet neighborhood which may help generate more interest for the sport.
- Short course, both in length of holes (holes average about 300ft) and the number of holes (12), allow most players to get in a round quickly
- Very generous pars on the course. Par 5 on a 350ft hole? Now that is generous. I consider the entire course to be a par 3.
- Concrete tee pads (as of 8/18/14)
Cons: - Lincoln park can be quite busy on weekends and several of the holes play near shelters and/or playgrounds which can be a bit of a hazard.
- Only 12 holes. What an unusual number for a course. I typically will play 2 rounds as a result.
Other Thoughts: I love having a course so near my house. This will be a boon (hopefully) for bettering my play.

There are trees in play on the entire course and you will have to be careful on most throw to either thread small gaps or shape your throws around them. This course will reward accuracy more than distance on your drives.

Holes 4, 5 and 6 play side-by-side-by-side. You will have to be careful if others are playing as your throws may easily encroach on the other 2 holes.

It would be great if they put in some tee pads (edit. as of 8/18/14 the town HAS installed concrete tee pads). There are sign posts and for each tee but it doesn't say where the tee is. The ground is already getting flattened on one side or the other next to the tee signs but it isn't consistent. Some times it's on the right side of the post, other times it is on the left.
All baskets are new Discatcher baskets. They are not my favorite, but that is just my personal preference and opinion.
Kudos to the Town of Tonawanda Recreation Department for installing the course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    8/28/2013   8/29/2013
Review By: amorrison111
Played: 30  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 13.1 Years
This review was updated on 9/1/2013
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: its a nice course for those who usually dont play. yet at the same time its a longer version of veterans dgc. there are plenty of trees to avoid but no elevation changes. there are also no hazards minus non disc golfers.
Cons: i only got a chance to play 1-7 but 8-12 look like they are surrounded but picnic tables through out which might get alittle hairy.
Other Thoughts: plenty of narrow paths around trees other then that wide open space and not many hazards

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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