keep on the sunnyside (but play the darkside too)
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Other Thoughts: The Blockhouse in general is phenomenal, with two top notch courses, the Tiki course, and everything else there. It is an experience that you will not regret. I recommend coming for a tournament. They have camping onsite. If I had known that at the time, I would have stayed there.
The Sunnyside is the more open of the two Blockhouse courses, although it has a stretch of very demanding and tight wooded holes. This is simply one of the best courses I have ever played. The open holes are long and demanding, requiring power and accurate placement. The shorter holes all feature a unique twist or challenge of their own. The wooded holes require tight lines and the ability to hit landing zones. There are numerous quality multi-shot holes. And it is all so picturesque, particularly hole 10, which plays down a hill, through a gap in the trees, and back up to a basket guarded by manicured bushes that look like something off of a Victorian estate. There are a couple of water carries -- a long tee shot (not over water the entire time), and a short, downhill ace run. There is one hole that is really short but has a fairway like a plinko table with no obvious line to the basket. And it works.
There is something for everyone on this course. Do yourself a favor and visit the Blockhouse.
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Sunny side up
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Aesthetic-- plays on a DG exclusive property. 'nuff said there.
Baskets-- all there and in great shape, flags and LED's add visibility on the more wooded and long holes.
Teepads-- Turf. Normally I hate turf but these were longer tined turf and really didn't provide any issue for traction even after rain.
Routing and nav-- fairly straight forward. Follow the worn paths to the next tee which is usually fairly visible from the previous.
Teesigns-- great. Full color. Only gripe is they could use some "exit" arrow to help guide you out of some stickier places.
Challenge and variety-- I found this course to be a little bit more vanilla than the darkside course. #1, 9 and 10 are definitely the signature holes here. Also, oddly enough, the wooded fairways here seemed much tighter here than Darkside (#2 for example).
Shelters/benches-- nearly every hole as a shelter or bench which is very welcome on the hot days we played.. Also, water coolers were spread throughout the facilities.
Facilities-- top-notch. It's unfortunate that people haven't honored the facilities as they deserve and they have "closed" the course.. Truly truly a shame. Three 18 hole courses on one property that is disc golf exclusive and you can't respect that? seriously...
Variety/challenge-- a little more vanilla than the Darkside course. The challenge factor here isn't as high as the obstacles aren't as many as the other course.
I really can't think of any other cons..
Contact them through the Facebook page and see if you can make it out.. seriously, enjoy the honor of playing here.
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Pros: With two 18 hole courses on the property this place is very cool. The Sunnyside was my favorite of the two. It has a great mix of wooded and open holes. Elevation and water comes into play. There is a small pro shop on site, pool, and camping. This course was very fun to play.
The property is well manicured and clean. They've put a lot of work into sitting areas around the tees.
There are several unique greens. Hole 9 and 10 come to mind.
Excellent tee signs. Very descriptive.
DGA Mach 3 baskets.
Large and level astro turf tee pads. I liked them a lot.
There is an awesome mix of distances. I threw the entire bag on this course. A lot of traditional par 3 holes with a handful of par 4's.
Navigation was pretty easy. I did not have to use the map one time.
Cons: Most holes have only 1 pin position and only 1 tee per hole.
Some baskets had flags on them. All the baskets could use flags or bright tape on them. Some were hard to spot.
Hole #17 is the only hole on the course I did not like. It's a 133ft prayer shot thru the trees.
Other Thoughts: This was well worth the stop during vacation. With the 2 permanent courses on site and the super fun tiki course you have to check it out.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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WOW, great course and time!
Pros: Where to start? Sunnyside the course when I played it for the first time was in excellent condition. Great tee pads even though they are turf. Great tee signs. Great course flow. Beautiful course and fun holes. Good balance of wooded and open holes. Grass was perfectly mowed. Big hyzers and anhyzer shots make it very fair. What I didn't know was this course is on like a "Disc golf park complex" that exists on someone's private property. They have 3 courses counting Sunnyside. with places to camp , disc golf store, fun tiki bar with tiki night course all adding to the overall enjoyment of this place.
Cons: For the course itself this may be nitpicking but mostly every hole has benches but some of those benches seemed to have been ripped out of an old movie theater and school bus and those benches though nostalgic are in pretty ratty condition. One hole could use an updated bridge or stepping stones around the pond.
Other Thoughts: Well I would start of saying if you have never played here, you need to come at some point. When you come you need to take it all in and you have to camp here. It literally feels like your at disc golf chucky cheese, but the courses themselves are legit PDGA championship courses. What a great combo! Sunnyside is the most open of the courses here and my guess because of that slightly easier than the darkside. I would love to participate in a PDGA event here.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Greens were excellent - many had bushes, trees, ponds, ect clustered around the green making for interesting puts.
Great use of elevation.
Great distance on many holes - great for big arms.
I thought the Tee Pads were great.
You'll be throwing all sorts of shots.
Cons: Not that "sunny." Front 9, excluding hole 1, were very tight and wooded
Other Thoughts: I like it more every time I play it.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Really fun course. Great design and layout, with good signage. Lots of shot variety and a good amount of elevation change.
Cons: None really
Other Thoughts: Really nice private course with 2 other courses on site. One of the best I've played.
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Sunny? It was a little cloudy when I played.
Sunnyside is everything I look for in a course.
The terrain and hole design are terrific with a great blend of tunnel shots, open bombs, over water shots, manicured fairways, creative pin placements, short holes, long holes, no RH or LH bias and elevation (both up and down). There is tons of variety through out the entire course with a leaning towards woods golf which I love. You will get a chance to use a lot of different discs and having both a BH and FH will help. The course can provide a nice challenge but if you hit your lines you should be able to get under par here.
The course is very pleasing to the eye. The wooded holes through the mature hardwoods, the rolling hills of the open holes and the manicured bushes on #10 all make for an aesthetically pleasing experience.
This course has personality. There is a personal touch through out the course that I think is missing from some of the more "polished" courses. The astro turf tees, the strange monster/mannequin at 3's tee, the surplus stadium seating that is on most holes, all seem to let you know that this a course built by disc golfers, maintained by disc golfers, for disc golfers. The effort to maintain this course is very apparent. All of the grassy areas were mowed and the wooded holes were completely clear of all debris. The condition of the course when I played could only be described as immaculate,
The tees are fantastic. They are large, firm, level astro turf tees that surprisingly felt much better than concrete and I would imagine are easier on a disc golfers shoes.
The signage at each hole was superb. Even though they are missing the signature "Grange" and Sunnyside indicators that were on the previous signs (before the change to the Blockhouse) that gave them that little extra personality, they give a clear overview of the hole with the distance.
All of the baskets were in great condition and had some large flags on top of them to help aid spotting, especially on the wooded holes.
Navigation is easy even without a map (which I did not have) after you find hole number one. Since I did not have a map and there was no one on the course we just tee'd off on the first hole #1 we could find hoping it was the Sunny Side. After that it was smooth sailing.
pro shop/arcade/clubhouse area is awesome. It was a great place to chill out between nines and between courses. There are lots of baskets around to warm up your putting (tiki course)
After playing the awesomeness that is Sunnyside you have the completely separate 18, The Darkside
on site to play plus the super cool Tiki
putter course and a mini disc course that is really widespread.
There is camping onsite.
Cons: There is only one set of tees. This could be a bit of a downer for a beginner since the course is not all that easy even for quality players.
Never did find a map of the course even at the clubhouse check in area.
The mini baskets are sort of in the way and can be confused for the real baskets if you are not looking closely enough.
Not really a con I guess but there was a guy that was around the club house after we finished and he never talked to us at all. I have no idea if he was the course pro or something but I told him how awesome the courses were and he gave me blank look and continued his Pacman game. Very strange since my buddy and I were the only people there all morning and were around the clubhouse area for a while playing tiki etc..
Other Thoughts: I cannot say enough positive things about this course and the Blockhouse in general. It really is a great destination for disc golf. When you take the entire Blockhouse complex together, you are provided with a wonderful, all day, disc golf experience. I appreciate all the time an effort that went into establishing this oh-so cool place. The $7 dollars is easily worth what you get back from this facility.
Sunnyside individually has a very high fun factor with just the right touch of difficulty so that I would love to play here every day.
I am now more than willing to make the drive down here from Pittsburgh to play some of the PDGA tournaments here,
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The main event at a the Blockhouse
Pros: Amazing turf tee pads and great signage.
Benches at nearly every hole.
Great variety utilizing all natural features:elevation, water hazard, tight woods, and manicured bushes.
On site camping available!
Back 9 is often lit up for glow rounds at night.
Course starts out serious with a 600 foot anhyser shot over water followed by 7 tunnel shots.
9 uses the cow pens for a small novelty feel
Great use of water hazard on 16.
Pro Shop (Stupid Store) on premises
Music playing the entire time near the stage, stage set up for live music at night.
Arcade and snack bar on site.
Baskets in great shape with large flags to make them easier to spot in the woods.
Most holes have very clear fairways and clear well maintained paths.
Water coolers scattered through out course (I did not check to see if they were filled, but I am sure they are for events)
Cons: So many 300 ft tunnel shots.
17 is loved or despised, super short hole with no line, just pitch and pray.
small chance of disc loss on a few holes.
Only 1 tee pad, so there is no option for true beginners.
a couple times the mini baskets looked like distant baskets, look for the large flags, not the little orange flags.
Other Thoughts: This course is clearly the priority of the Blockhouse, It is a great course at a one of a kind location. $7 a day, $5 after 5, Stay and play glow. Glow discs, and various types of LED lights for sale on site.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: loved this course. open and wooded. not ridiculously hard. very well designed. i could've played this course all weekend. it treated me a little better than the darkside did. big but not too big. very fair. still challenging.
Cons: eventually i had to stop playing it.
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Stupid Disc Golf Utopia!
Pros: + Navigation is easy after hole 1, although relatively unmarked. Just follow the worn in foot paths between each. Hole 1 is down to the right of the white building between it and the lake.
+ Fantastic variety of hole layout and line options. Up hill, down hill, over crests, over gullies, dog legs, tunnel shots, plinko shots, ace runs, and open bombs. Evenly fair course design for Righties and Lefties.
+ Great use of environmental hazards to increase difficulty. Hole 16 is a measly 210ft straight shot with one skinny tree planted in the middle of the fairway. It is enough to ruin a straight run at the basket. Hole 4 at 170ft has a splattering of small trees no more than 3 feet apart from each other making it a head-scratcher. And small water hazards on 15 and 16 add a bit of extra novelty to the already engaging downhill and uphill drives.
+ Golfers will most likely use a large variety of disc molds; putters, mids and drivers. Understable, stable, and overstable.
+ Impressive tee signs and tee pads noticeable from hole 1 until end of course. Hole 1 is concrete, while the rest are sport-turf-esque. Benches near every tee pad.
+ Spectator huts with interesting seating built near signature hole tee pads make this a great course to watch a tourney. They are shady and have comfy padded second-hand seating.
+ The course is well groomed and maintained for the most part. Nearly trash-free. If you see a piece of litter, pick it up!
+ Camping allowed. Call ahead and clear it with the staff ahead of time.
Cons: - The only missing shot variety is an immediate dog leg off the tee. While there are both DLL's and DLR's, all begin turning after a lengthy drive.
- One tee pad per hole. They were in the process of installing an extra tee pad on hole 1 to optionally avoid the water hazard.
- Poison Ivy growing on/near fairways that you normally wouldn't expect to see. It should be taken care of soon before it gets out of hand.
- No trash cans to be found out on the course, but maybe I didn't look hard enough.
- Didn't see any printed scorecards/maps, but again maybe I didn't look hard enough. I printed a scorecard from DGCR, but noticed the distances varied slightly.
- Mini disc baskets can easily confuse first time players if not being careful on the tee. The mini-disc course is interlaced in with the back nine holes.
This review was written when the Blockhouse was still named The Grange.
Stupid Disc Golf Utopia! Other reviewers have gone into how cool this place is, and most of it is worth repeating. The Blockhouse is easily worth a $7.00 -$10 donation.
- The "Stupid Store" (http://www.thestupidstore.com
) is a small pro-shop with a huge variety of Innova plastic, small variety of Discraft, and an even smaller selection of Quest and Previously Own discs. Most discs are custom stamped with a Grange moniker or pattern. T-Shirts and other items also available. Prices are competitive. It'll be easy to find something to buy in support of their efforts.
- Hospitality is top notch. The local staff is friendly, inclusive, and willing to help out first time visitors and spend a little time chatting about recent events and course records (currently held by Brian Skinner).
- Correcting previous reviews:
THEY DO NOT SERVE ALCAHOL.
THE POOL AND HOTTUB ARE PRIVATE AND ARE INVITATIONAL ONLY.
- They do keep a large water cooler on the countertop for refilling your bottles. Monthly tournaments feature specific prepared food items.
- Free classic arcade games. Ask a local, they'll show you the secrets.
- No dogs allowed, but you're sure to run into Corndog, the courses free-roaming black lab mix. He escorted us from hole 1 to 14, making sure we stayed on the right routes and didn't lose our discs.
- The Tiki Course, albeit not as cool as playing at night, is a great way to warm up before taking to the courses.
- There is also a permanent 9 hole mini disc course to tickle your fancy further.
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