A long slog back to the parking lot
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The first two holes are long, wooded downhill throws. Quite fun and challenging.
Low posts marking all but one of the tees. Tee post markers list hole distance.
Beautiful views of Hagerstown Valley and Boonsboro from the power line cut near hole 2's tee.
Coffee, snacks, and restrooms near the parking lot. Friendly folks on site. I had the course to myself on a warm Saturday in April.
Cons: Baskets were down on holes 5 and 8. Looks like the pole rusted through near the base and the baskets fell over. I nearly "aced" hole 5 with the basket down - I wonder what the official ruling would be on that lol.
Holes 3 through 9 are 300' or less and mostly wide open. Pretty humdrum despite some elevation change, and quite a downgrade after the first two holes.
Somewhat lumpy natural (grass) tees.
The walk from hole 9 back to the parking lot is very long and very uphill. A long slog up a mountain is not a great way to end the round.
Other Thoughts: I would probably rate this course 1.5 or 2.0 if all the baskets were standing up.
This property has some beautiful (but sadly unused) land for disc golf. I would love to see a loop of holes that included the pine forest beside holes 1 and 2, and the other forested land on site. Even a short 9-hole loop could be extremely nice.
After playing hole 2, the next tee is across the road and right (not left as the 2017 course map linked on DGCR shows). Across the road and left is a private driveway.
South Mountain Creamery is 10 minutes away if you have a taste for local ice cream after your round. Or hike a section of the nearby Appalachian Trail.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Private 9 hole course that sits atop scenic and historic South Mountain. There are tee signs except for hole 7. Holes 1 and 2 play downhill with some heavy woods. OK course for beginners.
There are available restrooms, rental discs, and course map in main office.
Cons: Single natural tees and Instep baskets. Hole 7 has no tee sign. Map shows the tee parallel to the end zone. The last 7 holes are your typical wide open practice field holes with some elevation. The course ends at the opposite side of the camp and downhill so it doesn't loop back to parking lot. You get to backtrack up the hill to the parking across most of the course.
As with most private camp courses, you will need to check ahead and check in before playing.
Other Thoughts: I entered the camp from Frostown Rd, so I never saw the baskets coming in, but I got so excited driving up the mountain to the Skycroft course as it reminded of driving to the courses in Paw Paw, WV, but that is where the comparison ends at least as far as the course goes. Well, hole 1 was a nice downhill tunnel and hole 2 did remind me some of the gauntlet on Woodshed. The other 7 holes are just playing around the ball fields and wide open, yawn.
The camp has over 350 acres of scenic mountain top property, so there is potential for an epic course with a redesign or addition and some work. Likely just a pipe dream of mine.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Typical Camp Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First two holes are fun - downhill with a variety of trees. Well kept grounds. People at the main center were friendly. Most of the holes have distance listed on the tee marker.
Cons: Single chain rough baskets (though they still caught okay). All holes after the first 2 are open and mostly flat. All holes pretty short after the first two. No map - first time navigation was very difficult (see below). People at the center were unaware that the course is here. Grass tees marked by a small wooden post. Never found the post for #7 and the post for #2 was different looking and had no sign so it took me a while to realize it was the correct tee (see below). Baskets not numbered which made first time navigation a little tricky.
Other Thoughts: This is a typical camp course. I was pleasantly surprised by the first two holes even though it took me ten minutes to figure out hole #2 (see below). Unfortunately after hole 2, it is your basic "throw around the edges of a big field course".
I entered by the Michael Road entrance (recommended). As you drive up to the parking lot, you will see a basket to your right and a tee marker farther up the hill. That is hole #1. I went into the center to ask if it was okay for me to play and they said yes but what is a disc golf course? They even had a teenage boy working the food place and he was unaware of the course.
Hole #1 plays down beside the entrance road. It is 400 feet downhill with a nice scattering of trees to keep you honest.
Hole #2 is across the entrance road. There is a wooden post with a #2 on it but no distance or par as there was at #1. It implied that the fairway was down the hill but there were a lot of trees and a structure at the bottom. I hiked around on about 5 trails looking for a basket or a different tee off spot. I almost decided to abandon the course but then walked all the way down to Michael Road and spotted a basket. I assumed it was #2's (as it was) which made this the longest hole on the course and most challenging. The basket is down near Michael on that same side of the road as the #2 tee.
Then it was time to look around again. I saw an athletic field across Michael and went over there and found #3 tee pretty easily. This hole plays flat but the basket is behind a mound and has a pole on top. It's 250 feet long.
Number 4 tee is nearby and plays 258 feet along a ridge beside the baseball diamond.
Number 5 plays 260 feet down the other side of the baseball diamond. You'll see basket #6 as you walk the fairway.
Number 6 is 221 feet and continues counterclockwise around the edge of the field. The woods force you to play a slight right curve (basket not visible from tee).
After #6 I could see 3 baskets across the field. I could not find a tee for #7 so I teed off near basket #6. There is a soccer/football field to the right so I estimate the hole length as 300 feet (it might be a little more). The basket is the leftmost of the 3 that you see at the far end of the field.
Number 8 is a 201-footer to a basket near the woods in the far corner.
Number 9 plays right back along the same "fairway" as 8 to a basket near #7's basket. It is only 166 feet.
Then you can safari back to basket #3, walk across Michael and safari up to basket #1.
So it is you basic camp course. Fun for the kids who stay there. I would give it a 2 but the first two holes were fun enough for me to bump it up to a 2.5. Not worth a special trip but if you are nearby anyway and have to bag a course, it's tolerable.
A map would help - I tried drawing one but I stink at such things so I took a lot of pictures instead. Maybe I'll make a map in Powerpoint where my horrible drawing skills won't matter.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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