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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
here goes

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.

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Comment by Bob Ziadie on May 7, 2008 at 10:56am
If you are heading north in PA on Thursday, the Bearclaws Disc Golf Association will have random draw doubles at 5:45 p.m. at Francis E. Walter Dam Disc Golf Course in Lake Harmony, PA, which is 20 minutes fron Hickory Run State Park Disc Golf Course. Feel free to contact me at 570-498-2452.......Bob Ziadie
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on May 6, 2008 at 10:59pm
Yeah, it's been a while...and I'm Jamie, my user name stems from a Youtube thing ....and Pokerstars if you play.
I thought I use it here too.

Then, it was a line drive with a few taller trees right and left of the window ...not very far ...maybe 200 give or take. What about Wickham? have you been there before?
Comment by Ben Calhoun on May 6, 2008 at 10:46pm
i shot a 50 at nockamixon, planning to play warwick w my bro in law who moved to brooklyn
Comment by Ben Calhoun on May 6, 2008 at 10:45pm
gr8- that hole you hit metal on is now blind, the trees are 30' tall, and you almost have to tomahawk it to get over them to the pin that you cannot see from the tee
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on May 6, 2008 at 10:40pm
...Hopefully you go north a bit before heading back to the west. Like to see what you think of Warwick...it's on my list for my next trip to NY/NJ area. If you get into CT....Wickham is a must play...I played there last year and I think when you see/play it ....you'll want one for Christmas!!!! Marshall street is a must play as well....if you hadn't already.
Comment by Chris on May 6, 2008 at 10:36pm
from Sedgely to Nockamixon in one day? Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum! Sedgely is short and easy..Nockamixon is long and difficult. Although the new back 9 at Sedgely is a nice addition to the course and has a few longer holes.
How did you shoot at Nockamixon? Thats one of the hardest courses in this area of PA. Probably the most sceneic too
Comment by Jamie 'gr8rocshot' Ruane on May 6, 2008 at 10:28pm
Nice job on that ACE!!! Wow!!! no wind at Brandy"wind"? must have been nice.
I played there on 4 different occasions...usually around Thanksgiving, another time around Christmas...there was always lots of wind. I always played it at least twice before checking out other area courses each time I was up...I loved it!!!! It spanked me pretty good a few times..even donated a couple of Cyclones. 1 to the woods on the bastard, another on 10...found a sweet old "no name" Shark down there that I used for years... before eventially breaking it on a tree here in Tuscawilla. I did manage to squeak out a 54.... With a "good" 5 on the beast. played a lot of golf in 15+years...and shooting 54 at Brandywine is a memorable one.
...Suprised you didn't check out White Clay or the forest habitat at Lum's Pond.

Sedgley was fun for me, I was there in Nov 94... played all day with a few different groups of locals. It was the first out of state course for me...I played the course with a Cobra, an XD and a 86 softie. ....mostly the XD. Hit the number plate on the hole that plays across the gully from ridge to ridge.... #13, 14?That would have been my first ace if it was just a little lower...but was nice to collect metal from a few of the locs....during league Doubles....good times!!!
Comment by stevo on May 6, 2008 at 10:10pm
i mean toooooooooooooo
Comment by stevo on May 6, 2008 at 10:10pm
i got one tonight to. yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Comment by Tammy Manatt on May 6, 2008 at 10:02pm
Thank you Mr. Ben Calhoun, and congradulations on your ace!!

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