Proceed With Caution
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Baskets in a park, with the added danger of hitting other park users
+ The approach on the 950' hole 4 is down into a pretty grove of apple trees. Hole 5 tee uses the same area, and It's about the only place on the course where you're not playing in open fields
+ The 257' downhill hole 2 is an ace run for most players. It's a fun hole that unfortunately crosses the perimeter walking path (see more about that in "cons"), but at least you can see the path the entire way
- Several of the holes are designed to steer around soccer and baseball fields (this is why Hole #1 is a 527' par 4 "dogleg" that's really only about 400' in a straight line from tee to basket). But the fields aren't always marked, so you really have to use judgment about whether you avoided the OB or not
- The biggest "con" is the danger to pedestrians on walking paths for four of the six holes (67%!). Three of them (3, 4, 6) require full power shots in the direction of walking paths where the pedestrians can be hidden from view due to elevation. The worst of these is Hole #3 where you throw 400' uphill with a walking path between you and the basket. You will not be able to see anyone on the path over the crest of the hill as you throw directly at them. This is an extremely dangerous design, and I'm amazed the township allowed it
~ It's hard to understand what needs this course fills: the holes are way too long for newbies, and too wide open for experienced players to play "golf" shots (Throw straight as far as you can. Repeat.). With only six holes spread around the edges of a huge park/ballfield complex,you really can't judge it as a "course" - it's just baskets in a circle around some playing fields. When considering the element of danger to other park users, you really have to limit the times you can play - to when there aren't walkers, or people using the soccer fields on #1 or #6, or the baseball field on #5
~ A layout like this would normally be a 1.5 or 2.0 rating for me: "baskets in a field". Given the danger to other people (and the resulting limits to playability times), I gave this a "1". Go ahead and bag it, but proceed with caution
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Next tees easy to find, close to previous basket, and indicated by a tall post.
Some elevation changes.
Approach to guarded basket #4.
Natural tees, and a bit too close to previous basket.
Most holes: long/open throw. Repeat a few times. Putt.
The last hole is a lawsuit waiting to happen. From the tee, the basket is blindly-located on a slope. Almost in line between the tee and basket, there is a nice bench, about 50' before the basket. It, too, is blind from the tee, and has its back to the tee.
Course plays in a counterclockwise direction in the open space of a large public park, containing many soccer and baseball fields.
The two tall posts locating tee #1 are to the left of a children's playground.
Lots of long, open throws, attempting not to go oob in not-well-marked soccer/baseball fields, to unguarded baskets, the exceptions being:
2) basket hidden amongst white pines
3) basket at end of rightside treeline
4) basket amongst scattered hardwoods.
Not a lot could be done with the available landscape.
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Long but short
Pros: Brand new DISCatcher baskets with numbers, two rows of chains and bright yellow bands; excellent tee signs; no risk of disc loss; plenty of parking. Easy to navigate once you find the first tee. Good use of elevation change.
Cons: Only six holes and one tee spot on each; mostly open; location of first tee is not obvious (need map or sign); mostly open; last hole plays near bench where park users sit; first hole plays around soccer field. #2 & #3 play along walking path.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you go to the park not the community center next door to it (which also has a baseball field behind it). Course plays clockwise round the perimeter of the park (until the end). Tees are natural and have six-foot wooden posts next to them with the tee sign (see photos I uploaded for examples).
To find the first tee, face the road and then follow the path to the left down to a pair of wooden posts. One has disc golf rules and the other has the tee sign for hole #1. The first hole plays as a dogleg right around a soccer field. The basket is at the far end of the field and the field itself is OB. Obviously a problem if the field is in use but easy to avoid the OB in general.
Hole #2 plays down a hill to a basket tucked to the right behind a couple of evergreens. A short fun attractive hole.
Hole #3 plays up the hill along the walking path to a basket tucked behind the trees on the right.
Hole #4 is 928 and is listed as a par 7. It is probably the easiest 900 foot hole I have ever played - it is open with a mix of flats with gentle downslopes. The basket is tucked in some trees but I was putting for eagle (I missed).
Hole #5 plays up a hill and has lots of trees on the first portion. The tee sign shows the baseball field as OB but since I couldn't see the field from the tee, I assumed the fencing I saw was the outfield fence (it wasn't) and I aimed much farther to the right than I should have. The baseball field doesn't have an outfield fence which you see when you climb the hill. This is 648 feet long.
Hole #6 plays slightly downhill back toward the concession stand and has a bench in the middle of the fairway close to the basket where people might be sitting.
This course is fine but it wasn't really fun. I liked holes #2 and #4 just fine and #1 was okay. It could use a second set of tee pad locations or even a third so you could play 12 or 18. There must be a lot of big arm players in the Carlisle area because they sure love long open holes on their course. This course has holes of length 214, 367, 397, 477, 648 and 928 feet. And the 367 and 648 footers have uphill on them as well. I watched a couple of guys at Coyote Hills throwing 500 foot practice throws so I figure there are some young big arm players in the area. The 7 is hilarious as a par on hole #4; I'm sure the locals play it as par 4 ('5' would be appropriate for me).
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