A course on Long Island? Heck, sure!
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is set in a pretty big state park and has some good variety. About half of the holes are fairly wooded.
These tended to have nice options in terms of risk/reward and the lines you needed to think through. It's nice to step up to the tee and have to consider several different options.
The rest of the holes were pretty open. This was my first round in over two months, so it was good to have some holes where I could air it out.
The area of the park appeared pretty isolated. Tough to tell since I was there on a Tuesday early evening in late March, but I doubt you'd have other park goers interfering with your throws. As I said, it's a big park.
Every hole had next tee signs.
Cons: There is no elevation here at all. The open holes are a little dull. While several do feature a gap 300 feet away that you need to hit, so placement of your drive is vaguely important, many were just grip and rip holes and blended together. I had some drives well off where I was aiming, but I wasn't punished at all. Also, since the basket was tucked away through a gap or in some trees, it wasn't always easy to tell where I was throwing. I did consult the map a lot.
Tee pads were planned out with stakes but are not installed yet.
Long-ish walk from the parking lot to hole 1.
The wooded sections have the thorny vines off the fairway, and I imagine it's bad in the summer.
There were signs all over about Lyme disease, so beware. You could end up like Avril Lavigne if you're not careful (whether suffering from Lyme disease or married to a mediocre Canadian rocker; either way, be careful).
Other Thoughts: If you're on Long Island, this appears to be your only year-round choice. If they put in reasonable rubber or concrete tees, this will be a 3.0.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Great course on Long Island
Pros: First of all, let me just say that having a course on Long Island is one of the most fulfilling feelings ever. While Cedar Beach is not too far away, the wind and poison ivy have held me back from playing too much there. Heckscher is an unbelievable course for the intermediate to advanced player. These holes are almost all challenging with no easy birdie holes. Each shot requires a well thought out plan and perfect execution. There is a great mixture of hole types as well. There are tightly wooded holes that require expert precision, big swooping hyzer bomb holes (#3 especially) and some wide open holes waiting for you to bomb a drive out there.
Cons: If we could somehow get some permanent tee pads in the ground that would be amazing, but nothing I can't live without. Also, the only real issue I see at this course is the tick problem. The last time I played was towards the end of the summer, arguably the most popular time for ticks, but it was a drawback having to constantly check myself that day and over the next few days to avoid any problems.
Other Thoughts: A second set of tee boxes for more novice players would greatly improve the course, as in its current state, Heckscher Forrest DGC is more of a championship level course (very long and demanding). But, amazing work on the course and I look forward to playing it over and over.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Finally a legit course on Long Island!
Pros: The course plays through a huge portion of Heckscher state park that is mostly remote and away from the crowds. Even on weekends you will mostly find an occasional dog walker or mountain biker here and there. Very scenic and close to the Great South Bay but not close enough to be in view or have to deal with any wind. Deer and foxes can be seen regularly throughout the course. The layout plays very long but does have all kinds of shots, open fields to tight wooded tunnels. The baskets are brand new Chainstars and while there aren't any official tee signs with maps there is good signage pointing you to the next tee box. The tees are marked by a green a post with yellow numbering for each hole.
Cons: Lack of elevation can make some of the holes feel repetitive. Very punishing if you happen to miss any of the fairways. The brush is thick and unforgiving but that's normal with a new course and will eventually get worn in with use. As of now in the fall the ticks haven't been bad at all but can be terrible in the warmer months. Poison ivy is an issue on some holes. The course does play very long which leads to a few 'in betweener' holes meaning Par 3.5's. Playing very long also it isn't very beginner friendly either due to the long drives required on a few holes. The natural tee boxes are rough, the area around the posts are already starting to get worn in and are very uneven. Finding some good footing could be an adventure after any kind of rain. Outside of Holes #3,#12 there aren't too many birdie holes unless your able to bomb it off tee.
Other Thoughts: This course has been a long time coming with lots of hard work by the designers. Most of the cons mentioned can be fixed or corrected as the course starts to develop more with use. TEE PADS ARE NEEDED! Alternate tee boxes geared toward beginners to intermediate also but I'm sure that will come with time. There is so much potential to be had with this course I'm very excited to see how it develops.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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