Franconia, PA 
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Just a step up from a field.

1    4/7/2017   9/24/2017
Review By: itsRudy
Played: 16  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 1.4 Years
This review was updated on 10/16/2017
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Location of first tee in Google Maps is around 40.319388, -75.398668. Been a while since I played here, it's behind the trees beside the Basketball Court iirc.

Terrain is flat with sparse tree covering. Just bring your putter and midrange. It's good for learning the most elementary parts of the game. If the baseball diamond is empty, you can practice drives.
Cons: This isn't a course you should bother driving to more than 10 minutes away. This place is like the disc golf equivalent to a no-frills miniature (ball) golf course.

Other Thoughts: The holes are all basically identical. Short and flat. Just a basic pitch and putt for resident golfers. I wouldn't bother calling it a course for anybody who has played the game more than a few times.

If it's empty enough, I suggest going for the next tee's basket for some semblance of a challenge on some holes.

On the upside, this course makes the most of what the park's got to offer, but that simply doesn't amount to much.

Terrain: Easy, flat. Open shots.
Chance of Disc Loss: Nil
Challenge: Nil, Only for Very Beginner's First Times Out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    3/11/2016   3/11/2016
Review By: dave greene
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is were I bring people just starting out....good for upshot,putting practice. Easy to navigate. Few trees...longest hole 220../most are can do nine in 15-20 min
Cons: Short holes,low baskets,dirt tees.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Pitch and putt

2-4    1/3/2016   1/3/2016
Review By: Afropirg
Played: 31  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 3.4 Years
This review was updated on 1/19/2016
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Great course for Kids, New players or if you want to work on your putting and upshot game.

*Easy navigation.

*Some technical shots

*basket within sight of tee box
Cons: *Natural tee boxes can get a little bit sloppy.

*It's not a challenging course for anyone who's played more than a couple months.

*tee boxes are close to previous holes basket. If you go past the basket you can end up in another fairway.

Other Thoughts: This is an ideal place to bring a new player/kids to learn how to play disc golf. Low chance of losing a disc, everything is reachable for me (low AM1 level) from a stand still putter shot.

Took my daughter her and we had a blast. Ideal place to take newbies or kids to play.
For anyone with experence, this is a good course for working on your upshots. shortest hole I think is 130' and longest is 204' down hill.

The park is beuatiful. I played early on a Sunday morning and was able to play four rounds in about an hour throwing 3 disc's on each hole.

Looking forward to taking my 9 year old with me next time to play some rounds.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Pring your putter

1    8/27/2015   8/27/2015
Review By: owvanguard
Played: 49  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 9.5 Years
Pros: Can play entire course in under 15 minutes.

No chance to lose a disc.

The perfect course to introduce kids to the game.
Cons: Fairways do cross a bit.

One tee has the sign in your back swing.

Other Thoughts: This is the shortest course I have ever player. The entire course would be the size of a typical par 4 on pro level courses.

I got to try many mid range upshot off the tee.

 Fun easy course that has flexibility!

1    6/8/2013   6/9/2013
Review By: Dupree721
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 4.9 Years
Pros: - Easy to navigate and play.
- Course takes roughly 15 minutes to play by yourself.
- Due to the proximity of tee areas to baskets, you can mix around and shoot from different tees to different baskets to add longer, more challenging shots.
- Nice 2 disc course. A putter and a mid-range are all that you need!
- All holes are ace runs!
- Good course to build player confidence and to introduce people to the sport without overwhelming them.
Cons: - Course pars are a little off. A par 4 for a 140ft shot is crazy, but at least you can walk away under par from the course.
Other Thoughts: This course is tucked away in a park in PA. It was a little tough to get to the park due to detour signs, but if you follow your GPS despite the detour signs, you will find the park easily.

This is a fun course where your chances of losing a disc are impossible. Every hole is wide opened with some loosely scattered trees to help you learn and shape lines. I had a pleasant experience playing this course.

 Beginners, children, or midrange practice

2-4    6/10/2012   7/3/2012
Review By: MarlinRoth
Played: 6  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.6 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good, high quality signage.

All baskets are in good shape.

low chance of disc loss

good for children/learning/midrange
Cons: dirt tees.

The 18 hole course is cramped into a small area

little elevation change. The whole course is sort of on one very very subtle slope, so no elevation challenge.

baskets are pretty low to the ground and sort of an older model.

Many of the signs mark holes as Par 3 or 4 and none of the holes should really be above Par 2 for the most part.
Other Thoughts: It's a fun little course but I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are going to visit the park for another reason and happen to have your discs with you.

If you are trying to teach a young child to play, this is a decent course to teach them.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good basic beginner course

1    3/8/2012   4/9/2012
Review By: raynger27
Played: 50  Reviewed: 19  Exp: 6.2 Years
This review was updated on 4/25/2012
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is very wide open, set in a residential park. It is super simple to navigate and is a great way to get 9 holes in if you have only a short period of time (approximately 20 minutes). The tee signs are great because with so many holes so close together, you wouldn't know which basket to throw at if it weren't for the signs. The grass was well manicured.
Cons: All holes are laid out in a very small area, with very few obstacles (trees). There are no elevation changes, rocks, or bushes within the bounds of the playing area. There are also only natural tee boxes, which can be muddy depending on the weather. The holes are all very short.
Other Thoughts: This is a good place to go to practice your mid range game and putting. Some holes (2, 6, 7, 9) are labeled as par 4's, which is insane. These are all par 3's. You could easily make up your own navigation pattern (which others have done in previous reviews here) to make for longer shots and to make the trees more in play to challenge yourself. This course is not worth any sort of far drive to visit, but is worth visiting if you are in the area and new to the game. This can help build some confidence in your game before trees and other water hazards from other courses get you frustrated. Also a great course for bringing out young children to play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great beginner course!

5+    2/10/2012   2/10/2012
Review By: Chuckie1974
Played: 7  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 8.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is flat and very beginner friendly! The tee boxes are marked and most are very straight (not dog-legged). Basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, playground, and a fishing stream is nearby for increased family fun. My family and I have had some great times out here! You could probably navigate this course with a putter and a mid-range disc. However, a few holes are guarded heavily with trees so bring some accuracy when you come! Easy to score well! Have fun!
Cons: The tee boxes are muddy, so stand off to one side or the other or you may fall on your backside and give everyone else a laugh. No dog-legs and not much of a challenge for all of you who have monsterous arms!
Other Thoughts: The course is in good shape considering it is only February 2012. Hope to see you out there!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great safari possibilities

1    6/24/2011   6/24/2011
Review By: CZaslav
Played: 216  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 18.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course for getting some practice. Midrange, putting practice. Perfect for teaching. Great course for taking a buzz or putter and running the whole course in 15 minutes. Nice park
Cons: Very short
Rough natural tees
Other Thoughts: As others have said this appears to be a great place to bring those new to the game and not destroy their confidence. Nice use of trees on half of the course. This course has great opportunities for some safari golf. It does not appear to be very busy and I saw some great lines if you make up your own tee pads and use some of the sheltered baskets and use the small patch of woods. This was a fun tiny course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Branchwood DGC

5+    5/1/2011   5/18/2011
Review By: stout202
Played: 52  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 7.7 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Perfect place to take a newbie to learn the basics. It is in a nice public park that is well maintained; nice place to be outside.
Most holes are simple, short par 3's but a few require you to shape your drive a bit. Trees come into play on several holes.
Great place to practice your mid-range game/putting if you are a more experienced player. Also good place to play a few quick rounds if you only have a little bit of time.
Cons: If you take the course for what it is, a basic beginner's course, there are no major cons. Lack of tee-pads is my only real issue. Proximity to the baseball field on hole 2 could also pose a problem if a disc got away from you.
Other Thoughts: With so many great courses no too far away its not worth it to go out of your way to play this one. However, if you want somewhere to take your family or are just starting to play, this is a good place to go. Also, I ran into a local my last time there who showed me a safari layout that makes the course a bit more interesting (see review from 6/8/09 for details).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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