Best of NW PA
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: nice Mach V baskets
three sets of concrete tees offers a variety of difficulties
large course map at beginning and at least one sign per hole
3 practice baskets for putting and looks like 2 more practice for approaches
the course is always very well maintained, along with the rest of Buhl Park.
park has many other amenities, dog park, walking paths, fitness stations
hole 18 finishes by a nice lake
Cons: lots of pedestrians walking around as course is mostly outlined by walking paths (even on packed days this really isn't a huge problem, sometimes you just have to wait a minute and let someone pass by)
few open holes that are flat out boring (2 and 3 come to mind)
Other Thoughts: elevation wise mostly flat, but there is a uphill wooded hole and a downhill descent into a huge open field hole.
not all open holes, there are some fun wooded holes early on and at the end.
Overall you aren't gonna find a nicer course in the area of NW PA or NE OH. Combine this with nearby The Pines to get your woods fix and it's a great combo.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
beautiful park, uninspiring golf, and a missed opportunity
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -beautiful, well-manicured park; excellent park amenities
-excellent practice area, 3 practice baskets
-3 sets of concrete tees on (i think) each hole
-various pin positions on (i think) each hole
-detailed signs at one tee (usually the blue) with current pin location indicators
-color coded flags at each tee
-some interesting holes that make good use of the trees available
-plenty of parking, restrooms, numerous other activities available in this huge park
Cons: -signs to next tee hanging from the baskets are not always correct
-the first 7 holes are almost entirely wide open, except hole 4; it starts to feel repetitive
-very thick grass really slows down rollers, too bad on these long, open holes
-at least 12 holes have a pedestrian path in play, potentially 5-6 holes (depending on tee & pin location) play across a path
-many holes seem long for the sake of being long, i think it tries too hard to cater to 3 tee levels
-i guess 3 tees is better than 1 but think this particular park needs a really fun recreational level track, not a par 65 slog
-course map is outdated; holes 10 & 11 are redesigned, 17 is gone and 16 is now 17, a redesigned 15 & 16 are between 14 and the baseball field.
Other Thoughts: Buhl Park is a huge complex with sports fields, walking paths, a fitness trail, pool, dog park, and more. The park is well-maintained and gorgeous, free of trash and apparently mowed and trimmed frequently. The course has an excellent practice area with 3 practice baskets, 3 sets of concrete tees, a color-coded flag at each tee, nice Mach V baskets, various pin positions on each hole, and a detailed sign at one of the tees that includes a current pin location indicator. I do wish the signs were consistently at the blue tees. They were often at the white tees and it meant going out of the way to see where the current basket is and then walking back to the blue tee. There are also signs pointing to the next tee attached to the bottoms of the baskets, but they are not always accurate depending on the current pin location.
The first seven holes are almost entirely wide open, save hole 4 which is a good hole: a tight tunnel with an uphill finish. The others begin to feel repetitive, especially after 1125' of it on hole 6. The tee shot is cool from the blue but the rest of the hole is just there to get you closer to hole 7. You finally get into a more wooded area on holes 8 & 9, a left turning and right turning pair of reachable deuce holes. Holes 10 & 11 have lots of moderately spaced trees with low ceilings. I can't recall if these redesigned holes had tee signs. From there it is a walk across the playground and parking lot to get to hole 12. The stretch from 12 to 18 takes advantage of the picturesque meadows dotted with trees and constitutes the better holes of the course. The lakeside green on the par 4 hole 18 is a nice end to the course.
The pedestrian paths come into play heavily on the course. They are in play on at least 12 holes and 5 or 6 holes potentially play across a path depending on the tee and basket position. Basic sense should prevent any issues but you know how that goes.
It feels weird to say that fewer options would be better but I can't help but feel like the 3 tees and par 65 layout aren't the right character for a park that would probably be better served with a shorter, recreational level course with more birdie opportunities for the less skilled player. For such a family-oriented park it is not a very family friendly layout. Given that the same designer also designed the other local course (a wooded beast) the same year, it seems like a missed opportunity to address a specific and important audience.
All of that said, the course at Buhl Park does offer a nice experience with high replay value for the locals with all the various tees and pin locations. It is worth playing if you are in the area and along with The Pines in Sharpsville makes for a nice regional destination spot.
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Bring Out the Big Distance!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Buhl Park, not Buhl Park DGC, but Buhl park itself is completely gorgeous. Beautifully manicured with a lot to look at. The park rangers work really hard to keep this place in exceptional shape.
The disc golf course utilizes the mostly open nature of the park, sprinkling in the few mature trees on the property to create line-shaping opportunities. For the holes that utilized the trees, there was a good variety in the lines that needed to be hit.
Every hole in the course had a multitude of pin location, creating different distances and greens that change the outlook for the local players almost every time they play. Some of the pin positions looked especially interesting, and I hope the next time I play I can get a better idea of the design.
Every hole has three concrete tees of adequate length, and while the day I played in the tournament, there were no tee signs, from local knowledge, tee signs with map and a pindicator will be put in within the coming months, which will be a huge improvement.
Cons: About 1/3 of the holes play with little to know impact with trees. The only challenge on these holes will be the wind, distance, and a possible OB path/road. These holes provided very little challenge and no real scoring separation.
Speaking of the OB paths and roads, there are a multitude of holes that have the walking path that winds through the park in play. On a beautiful May Saturday morning, our card waited a few times for walkers that were enjoying the park. Please be mindful of park visitors!
Little to no elevation was in play for most of the holes. This park is surprisingly flat for what is a hilly state, but elevation does not come into play very often.
Certain holes qualified as tweener distance in my eyes, either too long par threes, or too short par fours, this again can impact scoring separation, and can also make for boring pars or birdies.
Other Thoughts: This course is a beautiful representation of park golf. Beautiful fairways, mature trees, and immaculate conditions. There are a few tweaks that could be made, but all in all, this course uses everything within it's premises to use. I would recommend it to anyone passing through!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1,000 Footer in a City Park? Yes Please!
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Buhl Park isn't your typical city park course. Lots of long, challenging holes that perfectly incorporate Hills, scattered trees, and water. This course can challenge anybody.
The enterance area to the course is just fantastic. Very nice quality sign reads "Buhl Park DGC, a Trevor Murphy signature design". Trust me, this is definetly a signature course by Mr. Murphy.
First off, there is a large practice area with three baskets. Nice way to start off.
Lots of unique holes that were designed perfectly. Variation in distance, tree cover, and elevation make this a real western PA gem.
Three sets of tees, all of which are concrete. The tees do a very good job of providing variation hole to hole. The tees aren't just stacked directly in front of each other.
Mach V baskets are one of my favorites. Each hole has one, with the number boldly printed on top.
#14 is a really cool pin position. The basket is guarded by shrubs and tall pines.
There's a good amount of scattered trees in the park, so most holes aren't just "grip it and rip it". Lots of lines to hit, as well as risk reward situations.
Odds of you losing a disc are very slim.
This is a very clean cut, well maintained Park. Very enjoyable round here.
There's a fun hole that plays downhill, through scattered trees. It's over 1,100 feet from the blues! Didn't expect that in a city park...
#18 provides a nice view of the pond, and makes you a little nervous throwing your approach. Don't end your round on a lost disc!
Cons: There's really only two issues with Buhl Park.
I'd like to see someone paint the top corners of each tee box so you know which tee is which. That would definetly be a big improvement.
Many holes play near walking paths. The park is so big, the odds of a bunch of people walking in the same area are low. Still, keep an eye out before you throw.
Other Thoughts: If there were no other pedestrians here, this would be a 5.0, great job by Trevor Murphy to put a quality course in a very nice park.
If you're in Western PA, make sure you play Moraine and Buhl. Buhl Park competes with the best of them, glad I got to enjoy it!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
what might have been
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Other Thoughts: This could be a really great course. It's an excellent property for disc golf, with a ton of space, elevation change, water, and a variety of different types of spaces (ranging from mostly open to more technical. There are also roads and a fitness trail winding through the park that are used as OB. At times, the layout is really good. Hole 1, for example, plays up a fairway that narrows as you get closer to the basket, with bushes and a treeline on the right and OB on the left. The basket is guarded by a couple of large trees and surrounded by OB.
However, too often the holes are wide open, with trees and OB coming into play only if you really shank a drive. This is the case for almost half of the first nine holes. The back nine is better, but plays much shorter as well. This isn't a huge issue, partially because the front nine is so long, but I feel that the course would flow better if the longer and shorter holes were more spaced out rather than coming all in a row.
This is a good course. It could be a great course with a slight redesign and some tweaks here and there, although I don't know how likely that is not that they have installed concrete tee pads.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Great Park Course
Pros: Wide open, so bring the drivers! They've recently redesigned a few of the holes, and it's improved the feel of the course. Big course and the park is very well maintained.
Cons: Geese use holes 10, 11, and 18 as their toilets, so watch where you walk!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Beautiful park. Wonderful setting.
Cons: Very basic layout. There didn't seem to be much attention paid to the flow of the course and how it plays.
Other Thoughts: I may have been biased since I live about an hour from this course. If this course was 20 minutes away, I might consider it a little higher rated otherwise but I still feel it lacks imagination, especially considering how Buhl is such a beautiful park.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Bombers dream course!!!
Pros: This course is located in a HUGE beautiful well maintained park with amentities galore. Between parking lot and #1 tee box theirs a nice big map of the course layout on the side of the bathroom building. Not a lot of trees to get in your way being in more of a wide open park. This course is probably one of the nicest maintained courses I've payed on. If you like wide open disc golf holes that you absolutely have to bomb then this course is definitely for you. This course is 8 minutes away from The Pines DGC.
Cons: The whole course seemed rather swampy, even in wide opened fields of play. Very BUSY park especially on nice days so be wary of cars and pedestrians when throwing. Corse has grass tee pads which are a little wet and muddy. Cement tee pads would be a BIG improvement. At least with cement tee pads your drive off the tee could have some traction when the rest of the course isn't so forgiving in the not muddy part.
Other Thoughts: Other than being pretty wet and not having cement tee pads I can't say too many bad things about Buhl Park. It is such a gorgeous park there isn't many things to complain about. With some cement tee pads and some aeration on the swampy fairways this course could be world-class.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid Park-Style Course - Beautiful Area
Pros: The course plays right through the middle of a large, very well taken care of park. Because this is such a big park, it was helpful having numerous signs directing you to the start of the course. Buhl Park is a beautiful spot and offers a classic park-style course with its moderately wooded holes and ever so slightly rolling hills. I'd consider this to offer more of a casual round, one that would make for a fun play with friends or in a league. It offers a real nice balance of providing some challenges, while at the same time being pretty forgiving. The three different tees do a good job of changing up the hole and the distance. Because of this, beginners are able to comfortably learn the game here while advanced players are still challenged.
The designers did a great job of maximizing what the park had to offer. The course mostly emphasizes hitting long lines between scattered trees, so distance and accuracy are pretty equally tested here, with slightly more emphasis placed on length from the long tees. Lots of different shots are forced from the tee, be it turnover, hyzer, anny, or roller. Perhaps the best part of the course is that there are often multiple routes to choose from tee to basket. This greatly adds to the replay-ability of the course.
Some of the highlights here include hole 6's long, downhill shot that forces you to hit a gap between trees. Also, 18 is a lot of fun and is the hole with the most risk/reward play involved with the basket placed only a couple of feet away from a pond. The use of O.B. on a few holes makes things more interesting as well.
I saw multiple mowers throughout the park and it seems like it is kept in top shape. Hardly any rough at all, so there is very little chance of losing discs.
Good amount of next tee signs pointing you in the right direction.
Cons: There are walking paths/roads near most of the holes. Nothing overtly dangerous, but definitely a constant thing to look out for throughout your round.
The tees are natural and there are no hole maps on the tees signs; they are just small signs with numbers and hole lengths on them that are low to the ground. Not sure what the future plans are regarding this.
Holes 2 and 3 are completely open/flat and don't offer any sort of obstacle.
There's one uphill and one downhill hole, but this land is dead flat otherwise.
A couple of long walks in between holes (6-7 and 11-12) and from the parking lot to the course.
Other Thoughts: I agree that this course has potential and should only improve over time if more amenities are added. Nothing will blow you away at Buhl Park, but it offers you a consistently solid park-style round. This is worth hitting up if in the area and is conveniently located a couple of minutes from the constantly improving The Pines DGC. I'm glad to see this area growing its disc golf scene.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Average but has potential
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Beautiful park
- some longer holes to air out drives on
-multiple tee spots on each hole
Cons: - play felt repetitive , several long wide open holes & several 350 -400' hyzer shots
- not much for elevation changes
- Couple long walks between holes (take a picture of the map. We needed it)
- plays along roads and walking paths
- currently no teepads - this did not effect rating as it's a new course.
Other Thoughts: Played the long tees. The park is great, but the disc course is average. Has a lot of potential.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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