2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of those rare courses that is accessible enough for rec players to enjoy but well designed to teach them about lines. The design felt Houck-ian with multiple lines on nearly every hole. I stood on the tee pad for at least half the holes wondering which route I wanted to take. Doing this design well is more than just giving options; it's about risk/reward. Hole 8 has a tight RHBH line straight at the basket up a steep hill with a more generous turnover route. Hole 1 has a split fairway that reminds me of a couple holes at Selah Ranch (not quite that beautiful, but still) where the righthand route gives you a better look at a birdie.
Elevation is not nearly as dramatic as on the North course, but it is used very well on in the latter half of the course with 5 or so big rolling hills.
While all holes are at least lightly wooded, there is a good mix of tighter and more open looks. Hole 10 is a fun hole where you can rip a big drive before the fairway narrows a bit and crests a hill. Placement is important, but you won't get knocked down by an early tree.
Tee pads are brick and look nice. Navigation was very easy.
Cons: Advanced players may find the challenge a bit lacking, although I wouldn't characterize the course as easy. The length of the holes is significantly shorter than the North course.
It wasn't packed when I played, but there were 7-8 groups on the course compared to the virtually empty North course.
This doesn't factor into my rating, but I wish so many of the Maine courses didn't ban dogs.
Other Thoughts: The greater Portland (Maine) area is an embarrassment of riches. You're hard pressed to find any course that isn't worth your time. I'm loving exploring this area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For someone who grew up in these parts, Bittersweet is like playing in your backyard. If your backyard had a sweet disc golf course in it. The layout is on the short side but theirs is quite a bit of elevation and it weaves nicely through the trees. Honestly, I had this one pegged as a 3.0 until the stretch from 12 to 16. The holes get a bit longer and the elevation increases mightily. Overall, it's got a cool vibe with a decent amount of variety and elevation all over the course. The fairways are wooded but are typically very generous. A slightly above average course with one stretch approaching greatness.
Bittersweet does a nice job of catering to different skill levels. Mid-level players will be the most at home here but I can't imagine newer players being turned off. There is even a sign that suggests they skip a few of the tougher holes and a path provides an easy way for them to do so.
Aesthetically, the course is well on the way to gorgeous. Step up to the tee on 9, where the fairway drops off dramatically in front of you. Peer through the gap in the trees just in front of you and check out the gracefully curving hillside, begging you to throw a sweeping hyzer that bends with the hill and around the protrusion of vegetation. When you turn the bend on 12 and seethe basket high on the hill, it's a real moment. Or stand on 13 and ponder where to throw a completely blind shot down a perilous slope.
Cons: It definitely needs more wearing in. Occasionally, the distinction between fairway and rough is minimal. There are places where alternate routes are available that seem not to be intended. Some of that is places where some more needs to grow in.
While the entire course looks great, and there are some nice basket placements, the course doesn't bring much challenge for the first half of the round. A lot of open looks at the basket and fairways are a bit on the wide side. Definitely not a course that really considers par or landing zones.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great new course for the area. There is nice tee pads and new baskets. There arent many long holes, but there are some challenging ones. The elevation gain and loss in the back 9 are very fun and provide some challenge. This being a new course to the area isnt going to receive a whole lot of traffic this year and so I will be going back as much as I can in the next few weeks.
Cons: Its new, so there is some "breaking in" that still needs to take place. The course was well maintained, but a little more clearing of some of the stumps in the fairway would be nice. Aside from that, this is my type of rustic course. Again, not too many long holes, but it still makes for a challenging outing.
Other Thoughts: This is a no frills operation, worth a trip if you're in the area!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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