One of the Best Public Parks Courses In the Area
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Pros: Summary: Mill Brook is an excellent public parks course that will challenge every level of player. In addition to providing an enjoyable and thought-provoking round of disc golf, the section of woods this course takes you through is really serene with beautiful woods and several stream crossings. This course is well worth the visit on its own, and given its proximity to Scarboro Hills (another great course) it can make a worthwhile day trip for those travelling a long distance.
- Tee pads are large, well-constructed rubber mats over gravel framed in by railroad ties.
- Baskets are Discraft Chainstars, each clearly marked with either a yellow or red flag to differentiate which basket you are shooting at as well as provide a wind reading.
- Tee signs are basic but provide a decent image for each hole as well as distance measures and recommended fairway options.
- Every hole has two tee and two pin options - it's almost like having four courses in one.
- All of the wooded holes (Holes 2-17) are well designed and require a thoughtful approach to disc golfing. You will definitely have to think about your disc selection and your throws. No repetitive throw-one-straight-down-the-fairway style holes here.
- Signage across this course was excellent, clearly guiding you to each hole. I can't imagine anyone getting lost navigating this course.
- Course includes a nice warm-up area with a practice basket and lots of picnic tables among newly planted trees that will one day provide good shade to the area.
- The course designers/installers clearly thought long and hard about this course. The layout is fun and challenging, the wooded fairways were intentionally laid out - no random tree clearing, and elevation changes were used well. Simple but nice wooden bridges provide for easy navigation across numerous stream crossings.
- With the pars set up the way they are, I could see even professionals being challenged by this course. It could definitely host some upper-level tournaments and I don't think players would be disappointed.
Cons: I had to really reach for these, because the course is really a great course. The things the separate this course from the absolute best courses out there are:
- Despite the large size of this park and the numerous fields, there were no bathrooms (permanent or portable) anywhere near this course. I'm sure the park has them somewhere, but at least a port-a-pot near the parking lot would be very helpful.
- Holes 1 and 18 were just long open drives with very little intrigue to them. Perhaps a tree or two could be used to put some thought into the holes, or maybe some OB/mandos/islands?
- There were essentially only two varieties of holes: wooded, and completely open. Hole 10 was the only thing close to a transition hole. I found myself reaching for many of the same discs fairly frequently because of this.
- There were no benches or trash cans along the course once you entered the woods.
Other Thoughts: While I am hardly a well-traveled disc-golfer I would say that Mill Brook is definitely one of the best overall courses I've played in the Northern Maryland/York County PA/Lancaster PA area. I think the only course I would rate higher than this right now is Muddy Run.
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Bulk of the Bell Curve
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2xteepads + 2xbaskets, creating layouts averaging approximately 240/290/320/375' per hole.
Area dedicated to disc golf / away from other park users. Near start, there is an open field for drives, basket for putting, information kiosk, picnic tables near newly-planted trees.
Teepads are rubber, atop gravel, surrounded by a wooden frame, level. Baskets have red or yellow flags on top.
Teesigns are sufficient. Signs on various trees and arrows on bottom of baskets, along with detailed map, make navigation mostly simple.
Fairways have been well tramped down, as well as the paths between holes, lined with limbs - for a new course, it is already well broken-in.
Not much, very minor ...
- crabgrass is attempting to take over teepads 1 and 18
- teesigns a bit basic, but sufficient
- minor flow considerations for first time/infrequent visitors
-- a "long" walk from 2 to 3
-- from basket 7A,most obvious tee is 3Blue
-- a bit of a re-trace/uphill walk from 15 to 16
Some may consider its maximum layout length of ~6700' as insufficient to be considered an upper echelon course.
Course is set at the back of a newish public park. While the course begins (#1 downslope) and ends (#18 uphill) in the open, the remainder of the course is set in the woods, with the exception of #10 (teepads in/at edge of woods, baskets in/at edge of woods, disc will spend most of its time in the open).
The terrain which host the majority of the course is quite nice - hardwood trees of various size, the canopy thick enough to keep the undergrowth under control (attractive ferns, mostly), but thin enough to allow some sunlight in - it's not like playing in a tunnel. A shallow brook, and some seasonal runoffs (it has been raining a lot recently) wind through the course, near baskets, tees, and through fairways. Small, flat slabs of stone are scattered about, along with a few stone piles, and the remnants of a stone wall - reminds me of some New England courses I've played.
The throwing lanes vary from broad to narrow, most being somewhere between these two descriptions, and nothing ridiculous/unfair. The throwing paths tended to have chokepoints mid-fairway, and/or guardian trees (rock on #8) late. While there are plenty of trees, most errant throws should have a reasonable chance to save a par, or at least minimize the bogeys.
The elevation comes in many flavours - down, up, across - but nothing too extreme, and most of the gentler side. Shot-shaping also offered a good blend of right/left/S/straight, again, mostly avoiding the extremes There won't be a lot of bombing taking place - placement and shaping will triumph over distance.
Some memorable-to-me holes:
#6 red-2-yellow offers you a choice - a more open fairway along the left side, requiring a sharp right turn towards the end, or a tree-laden, left-turing shot going along the right side. A cluster of trees mid-fairway prevents the direct route
#9 - initially flat, the fairway then begins to climb upslope, while also bringing mid-sized hardwoods into play. The red basket is over to the right, with many trees in the way, while the yellow basket, while straight, is farther up the slope, past the stone wall remnant.
#11 - a valley shot. The lowpoint is the brook, at roughly the 1/3rd point, with a few trees to miss on the way down. As the slope climbs above the creek, the trees begin to thicken, with the red basket requiring a bid of fade, but the yellow basket far/straight up the slope, at about the same elevation you started.
#15 - downlope, brook along the back. Red basket is short and a bit left - very much a touch shot. Yellow basket is about even with the red, but way over to the right, with many trees to stop an early-turner, and the borok to claim a late-turner.
Hole #18 may be the blandest (open, upslope) of all, but serves the purpose of returning players towards tee-1 or the parking lot.
While I wouldn't necessarily bring a newish beginner or a top pro to this course, it is a great course for the majority of players, from an experienced novice (oxymoron) to a lower pro. Considering how (relatively) close it is to Scarboro, Iron Hill, and Muddy Run, this confluence of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania offers some very fine disc golf opportunities.
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One of the top courses in the area
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Pros: First time playing the course and loved it immediately. Even though it's a new course it looks like it's been there for years, in a good way not like a run down way. The holes are challenging but forgiving at the same time. I played long pad to short pin which was perfect for my skill level. I could see the short to short location being good for some one that is relatively new to the sport. I see the long's being challenging enough for the seasoned player. I'm glad this course is so close because I will be playing it a lot for sure.
Cons: The only negatives I see is hole 18. Everything is pretty much in the woods except 18. 18 is all out in the open and you are throwing up hill. It's not terrible but it's the least exciting hole to end your round. That being said, all the other holes made up for it.
Other Thoughts: Great course, having the different pin and pad positions makes the replay ability very high.
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