I got my first trip ace, first of 2008 and first since september 14th, finally.
Hole #3 Sedgely Woods in Philly, blue tees 172' with a rhyno.
**My 'reviews' of courses lean more toward personal experiences than actual 'course reviews' of the type made for pdga.com. I would write them very differently if that was the purpose, but it isn't. I never originally intended to write anything about this, I began planning 3 years ago and this site began at christmas.
-I do not intend to hurt anyone's feelings
-they are relative to how I perceive the course, at the time and conditions I got to be there
- I understand all the hard work that goes into designing, installing and maintaining a course, I have been there, done that, if I could I'd help and have done so
-I know what works and what doesn't, having played 413 courses in 35 states and 2 countries
-some course I may say are bad, but that is to me, they can be great for some, and are, for many reasons including pride, dedication, good for beginners, fun to play, etc
- I will tone it down some in terms of words, tone etc
Today I began at Brandywine(d) in Wilmington, Delaware at about 10 am.
It was not windy, not even the slightest breeze, the whole round, sunny and becoming warm too. I was warned about the wind here. It is mostly open, actually has no actual "woods" holes at all, just trees or baskets/tees in woods. Long and challenging however, making use of elevation and walls of rocks and a creek as viable hazards. It is relatively easy to follow and play, hole #10 is back to the right of #1, can't tell where it is after playing #9. The tees are in decent shape, the signs are too. The grass was not mowed, and looked like it hadn't been since the before winter. Up to 2' high, but the mower guy was out when I was on hole #14...The baskets were in mostly short pin positions, though not all, making it so I couldn't play a or b pins, but a random mix of. They were smart there and have a system for denoting which pin is in, so that out-of towners and even locals who haven't been there for awhile can step up and throw and be sure where the basket is, it's extremely helpful and there are many ways to do it, like bolts in the tee sign or hanging tags. They had a and b written on the pole of the sign with a metal loop positioned above which one is in.
Next was Sedgley Woods in Philly. I bogeyed the first 2 holes, one was 200'. The, aced hole #3!! 173'-rhyno.
On hole #4 ran into a guy I met this week at IUP practicing for state championships, so I joined him for some holes. He was looking for a disc, that he never found. Also he lost one later and found it after about 20 minutes of searching, it is very rough around the edges here, can be hard to find a disc. The course has been in for 30+ years and is holding up very well for how old it is. Entire woods have sprouted up since it was layed out. The tees point you on your way pretty well, and it's always busy there so it's no trouble to figure out. Very short, not much need for a driver except for sidearms.
Finally, Nocamixon*? in Quakertown, PA.
This course is excellent. Very well designed on intense and rather insane terrain. Tons of rocks and creeks and deep forest on steep hills. Every other hole is a par 4 or 5. The 14 holes probably have more total length than most 18 hole courses.
Rubber tees, in decent shape. Signs don't tell you anything but the #, but they point you on your way and it's easy to navigate.
Have to see pics to experience it. Mostly tight shots, but starts in the open (sort of open). Bring your long straight drivers.
Planning to play Little Lehigh in Allentown in the morning.