Pros: Great course to work on your short technical game. With tight wooded shots you have to hit your lines if you want to score well here. The fairways in the woods are very tight and on some holes you are happy with a par. This course is great utilization of land that would have never been used otherwise. You will have to utilize every disc in your bag and almost every type of shot. This course will not only improve your game but is a great course for the short time it has been in the ground.
Cons: Holes 17 and 18 are closed during the fall and spring time due to football and lacrosse games and practices. If you want to get a full 18 holes in here do not come during the times these teams are practicing or playing.
Other Thoughts: The guys that have built this course have done a great job to make it what it is. Starting from only 9 holes a year ago this course has quickly grown and has become a fantastic 18 hole course. This course has also provided a place for youth to go and learn the game. The amount of young kids I see out on the course is great, knowing that the sport is truly growing
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Pros: This course is 15 minutes from my house on LBI which is a very popular vacation spot in the summer. Tee pads have much improved. Benches are going to be installed very soon. Walkways, alternate tees, and 9 more holes were also added. This is a very fun addicting course.
Cons: Flooding can be an issue it's nothing to complain about.
Other Thoughts: living 15 minutes away I have seen this course grow from not having baskets in the ground to a great Course with 18 baskets in less than a year. Ryan works very had to keep the course in shape. Every week it seems cleaner. Also I'm noticing more and more people playing.
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Nice technical short course
Pros: Good mix of technical & semi-open holes, disc placement helps more than big-arm/distance throws. Terrain & small elevation changes are well integrated into hole layouts. No poison ivy noticed anywhere on the course & stray discs easily found as underbrush is relatively sparse & non-intimidating. A good alternative option to the beach scene for visiting DG players especially those looking to bring others into the game.
Cons: Some tee signs need to better reflect the "character" of the hole layout though the course map is very helpful when the tee sign leaves you guessing.
Other Thoughts: Take a picture of the course map at hole-1 (w/ your smartphone) as it may be helpful during your first few rounds. The course is new so expect improvements in coming months.
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Ditch the Beach, Play Disc Golf
Pros: The Doc Cramer DGC is tucked back in the woods behind the Doc Cramer sports complex in Manahawkin, New Jersey. The course is right off of exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway making it a great stop for a quick round while road tripping. It's also a short drive from Long Beach Island, making it a great place to get a round in while you're on a beach vacation. The course is quite new and is the only course to play along the shore in South Jersey. The baskets are quite new and in great condition. Tee signs are in now, displaying hole number, par, distance, and a map of the hole. Bright orange navigation signs get you from basket to tee with little confusion. The foliage is kept at bay and the grounds are quite clean. The course plays with good variety over its nine holes featuring tight ace runs, longer open shots, varieties of curves, and a little bit of elevation is thrown in the mix to keep things interesting. Basket placement is strategic forcing a number of risky putts, and the breeze coming off the ocean adds another variable to the game play. The course is short, but challenging. There's plenty of parking too.
Cons: Tees are a bit a of a drag. They're mostly natural, and with the sandy nature of the soil around here, sure footed drives are not guaranteed. Where they have put down a rubber matt, it's not long enough. Maps on tee signs are not incredibly accurate, which makes for a rough first time round since many baskets are not visible from the tee. Some fairways need to have a few trees taken out. I'm all about challenge, but some shots here require you to throw through jail the get to the pin. It's a bit of a long walk back to the beginning of the course from the ninth hole. The course plays quickly, I wish there were more holes. I hope there are plans to expand the course because it certainly feels like there is enough space to put in at least a few more if not a whole back nine.
Other Thoughts: This course is a nice escape from the touristy beach atmosphere of LBI and nicely tucked away from Manahawkin's big box highway strip. While I wish there were more holes, Doc Cramer is a nice break and welcome change of scenery from the beach.
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Great addition to the area!
Pros: This course has plenty of variety for only 9 holes. Varying degrees of woods and open, left turns, right turns, and straight ahead shots. None of the holes are automatic birdies - the shorter holes are more thickly wooded to really force a controlled shot.
Holes are a comfortable length for the amateur to intermediate player - average length is 259' (shortest is 128' and longest is 440').
The baskets are brand new Chainstars.
The tee signs were partially installed when I played. They are nice colorful signs on tall posts, with the par, distance, and flight path with obstacles.
A few of the tees had decent quality rubber pads installed - I assume the rest are on their way, but for now they are marked with bricks and logs.
Little chance of losing a disc - there are no water hazards and the rough is not very thick. However, the blind nature of a few of the holes (1, 3, 5, 7) could make you lose sight of where you landed.
Good use of the limited elevation available. I enjoyed the hill on the first hole, and the down-and-up on hole 6.
Only course in this area - the closest are 30 miles away, so definitely a plus if you live in this area, or are vacationing on LBI.
Cons: New players may feel a little frustrated by the longer holes and the blind nature of some holes. However, it is a good introduction course for this area that will still keep more experienced players interested.
Next tee was hard to find in a few places, but this is normal on a brand new course and will improve as the paths get some use. A couple more next tee signs would be helpful. I printed a map, but still had trouble finding tees 3 and 9.
Other Thoughts: This area of the park seems to be dedicated to disc golf, so there shouldn't be an issue with other park patrons. The only place where this might be an issue is hole 9 if the ball field is in use.
Plenty of parking, easy to find if you follow the directions on DGCR. The restrooms at the nearby stadium were locked when I played, they may only be open when there is a game.
Great job to the designers and builders, as well as the park directors. Hopefully this will lead to more new courses in the area!
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