Couldn't get online for too long so I didn't get anything up here yesterday. I began with a round at Pleasant Hill Gold Dragon again, with Josh and Kyle, to show me the OB's, it was extremely windy and we all shot in the 60's.
Yesterday I met Dan O at Amesbury Pines park in Amesbury, MA. He was passing by heading home (1,000ft away) and he saw my car and had to stop and talk to me. I joined him and his friends for a round 15 minutes later. He let me camp out in his yard and hooked it up with food and a Force (which I was bombing today), thanks Dan!
Today I played Maple Hill, Pyramids and Borderlands.
Dover, NH- Bellamy:This course has some stuff to make it decent, but equal amounts of too-tight no shots holes with nasty rough. The first 2 holes are stellar-a shot over a creek with two routes, then a straight tunnel about 300' with water below the cliff to the right. There are also 2-3 great signature holes on the back 9. But, about half is too tight with no real fairway, and plenty of kicks off into nasty rough. It has a confusing layout where #12 is also #17 and #13 is also #18, or something? Great tee signs..before vandals ruined most :(.
Amesbury, MA-Amesbury Pines:This is a good course. Old and worn in. Mostly in thick pine forest, with tight shots and short. Some open holes, nothing very long. Several signature water holes and some alternate tees to make new holes. Easy to figure out and play. Tougher than it appears by far, especially in 35+mph winds.
Topsfield, MA-Pye Brook:There's nearly zero chances to hit a tree here. It is wide open except for 4-5 holes with some trees. They did a great job incorporating the hills and OB's into it, making it tough and interesting even without trees. Many different types of hills shots, valleys, up, down, side, high winds, ponds, fences OB. Easy to navigate, decent teeing areas. Worth checking out if you don't like to beat your discs up.
**Maple Hill has recently changed to 3 layouts, none of which is the whole original Airplanes or Elements**
Easton, MA- Borderlands:I'm sure If I could have played Blue to Blue (longest layout) I'd have ranked it much higher, but I gave up on that after the 2nd hole, losing a Destroyer in deep swampy ivy filled woods. It is too hard to figure out where to throw from longs, because it's placement golf and very blind and shady in the woods. The signs are good though, just don't rececmmond longs first, play shorts then go back for them they look worth it. It is insanely long from longs, average from shortest layout. There are two (three?) pads and two pins in the ground, per hole. It is well designed and very tough. Likely one of the best courses in the region.
Leicester, MA- Maple Hill White+Red:Played Whites first then Reds the 2nd time around.
I met some locals here for the tournament Sunday and joined them for both rounds.
The tees are great, mostly rubber, with #1's tee being made of Vibram material and it's the best surface out there! Won't hurt your knees or your shoes. They are all flat and sturdy, with bases. The signs are out of this world, showing stats from previous MSDGC's, pictures of the upshot and basket on the sign and everything. It is tough, I shot 59 white and 53 red. Water is often in play, easy to kick into it or misjudge a shot and throw right into it. Amazing piece of land, worth going just to be in awe of it. Lots of tunnel shots. Pretty long, but without forcing you to throw big long drives often, usually too tight for that. A real pleasure to play, you have to play it if you hit the east coast. It doesn't make my top 10, likely top 25.
Leicester, MA- Pyramids (Silver):I wasn't going to play this tonight, but it's 1,000 ft from Maple Hill, and I didn't want to have to come back in the morning if I didn't want to see if I got in off the waiting list, there is a doubles at Buffumville in the a.m. It's as tight and nearly as tough as Maple Hill. More deuce opportunities. Mostly winds along a hill on the side of a creek, with a hanging basket over the water which is casual and shallow. Two baskets per hole in the ground to choose from. Good tees, and again the same signs as Maple Hill. Several holes I'd change- the over-parking lot shot, I didn't know people were throwing at/near my car, and I would be pissed if someone hit it and the hole that is 400+, blind around small christmas trees, couldn't see my disc fly and spent 10 minutes searching in a field for it, nearly hit some people and didn't yell fore because I couldn't see. Most holes are too tight to reach/throw well without being skilled, expect to hit trees and often.