Fall is the perfect time to get outside and try something new, fun, and inexpensive. Disc golf is played just like regular golf without the expensive clubs and greens fee. All you need are some discs (think Frisbees ®) and a good pair of walking shoes. Tinicum Park in Erwinna, Pennsylvania offers an 18-hole course that is great for beginner and challenges the professionals.
The 126 acre Tinicum Park is located in Bucks County on Route 32 just one and a half miles south of Frenchtown, NJ and 19 miles north of I95. You can also reach the party on foot or bicycle using the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath that runs straight through the park. The course layout includes a good mix of open field and technical wooded holes.
As you enter the park, continue along the drive until you reach the far parking area near the tow path. Hole 1 is off to the right near the playground with Hole 18 finishing up just a short walk from the parking lot. At each tee there is a hole diagram that is confusing at first but provides a wealth of information if you know what you are looking for.
Tinicum Park changes the pin placement throughout the season to keep the course fresh for those who play often. On the hole diagram you will see the possible pin placements labeled A, B, C or D and the distances to each. Below the diagram is a round, wood selector. The top letter on the selector is where the pin placement is for that day.
The diagram also gives you vital information about where the tee box is for the next hole. Pay particular attention to this since there are no arrows at the holes pointing to the next tee. The next tee box is not always visible from the last hole so having this information ahead of time will save you time and aggravation.
Once you are out of the open fields the course enters the wooded areas along the tow path and canal. One or both could come into play or simply mark the out of bounds. Hole 7 is a wonderful place to practice your roller since it’s a straight shot through the trees to the pin. Hole 18 is the longest on the course shooting from the tee in the open field towards the towpath. At 760 – 799 feet this par 4 is sure to challenge even the serious players.
Also of note is the distance between hole 9 and 10. Walk north along the tow path keeping a keen eye out for the #10 tee box. It is further walk than most so pay attention or you might miss the trail off the tow path.
For course and hole information along with pictures of each hole go to Dics Golf Course’s website. Disc golf is great, inexpensive fun for the whole family or a casual competition between friends.