Pros: Lums is a somewhat difficult play. Getting off the tee is a must here, as saving par can be tough on certain holes. Despite being a course full of trees, the lines are fair for the most part. Because it's a par 54, every shot counts if you are trying to score well, as there is little opportunity to make up strokes here. Hole 1 is a great start to the course and a bit misleading, as you get to bomb a high-speed driver across 350 ft. of wide open field, hoping to get through a phalanx of trees that stand 100 ft. between the field and basket. After that, it's woods baby. Get your birdie on hole 2, because it's one of the few easy "must-gets" on the course to band-aid that cut you didn't know you had yet. Hole 3 medium range big hyzer shot, not much to it, but plenty in your way...one of the easier birdies but not a sure bet. Hole 4 is one of the tougher holes on the course. It's relatively long, and you need something you can throw at least 325 on a straight line before it starts to fade. Depending where you land, the approach can be tricky. A lot of 4's are carded on this hole, and probably a very small number of 2's in its history. Get your par, and move on. Hole 5 is a big anhyzer shot out of the woods into a clearing, then back into the woods...lots of trees protecting basket. Hole 6 is tricky, as you have to throw through a small window (left of mando tree) right in front of the tee, but a large clump of trees lay right at the ideal landing zone, so placement is key. Hole 7 is another "must-get"...easy putter shot under 200 ft. Hole 8 is a lot like hole 5, big anhyzer or forehand in the open, ranging it just right to enter the woods again near the basket. Hole 9 is the toughest hole of the course. Another hole like 4, where trying to throw something smart up this tight S-shaped fairway to take your par is the way to go. 4 is not a bad score on this hole. I don't know that it's ever been 2'd with a putt in the circle. Hole 10 is a nice long hyzer slightly downhill back into the woods from out in the open. Hole 11 is another hyzer, but once you turn the early corner, there is a neat grid of trees that you need to stay between...really tough birdie, so get your 3 by playing it smart. Hole 12 has that 'one tree' smack in the middle of the line that you need to try to miss, but otherwise is not particularly tough. Straight mid-range shot, just miss the tree. Hole 13 is a cool late turnover or slow fading forehand shot, another tough birdie, but gotta try to atleast get your 3. If you fail to get through the main gap halfway up the fairway, you are probably taking a 4. Hole 14 is the final "must-get"....not a gimme by any stretch but if you can throw a putter 200 ft. and straight, you're fine. Hole 15 is a medium-width tunnel shot about 350 ft. It's a tough birdie simply because it's hard to throw a disc that far without turning or fading. Hole 16 is like a horshoe--big late hyzer off the tee and a long approach...a 2 is insane, 3 almost feels like a birdie, 4 is common. Hole 17 is a slight hyzer mid-range distance with a well-protected basket. The final hole, 18, is a nice left-to-right low-ceiling 200 ft. shot. The gap is small, but it's one of the more birdie-able holes here. Outside of the golf, there is a huge parking lot and bathrooms with running water. There are pavilions as well. Depending on the day, there is a huge field next to the lot that you can empty your bag and do some field practice on.
Cons: Mostly a flat course, not that anyone can do anything about that. While there is decent variety in golf lines, there are a lot of hyzer shots through lots of trees that mix SOME luck into the game, and skilled shots can sometimes go un-rewarded. In the aforementioned field next to the parking lot, there is sometimes competitive cricket matches going on, which can be entertaining to watch, but those guys are loud! The course plays around this field, so if you're easily distracted, hope they aren't there. If they are there, you don't have that field to throw field practice.
Other Thoughts: I can only speculate that a tightly wooded, shorter course like this paved the way to inspire Iron Hill, only a few miles away. Lums is like that NFL player from the 70's that was a beast, but stacking up against Iron Hill (a modern day Gronkowski of sorts), they aren't quite fair to compare. Lums is old school design, Iron Hill was one of the first of its kind that embraced a newer style of golf not offered many places. With Iron Hill, you can give away a few strokes and still shoot well. At Lums, being a par 54, you can't make mistakes if you want to compete.
A fun wooded course
Pros: - Good layout, each hole plays to the next tee pad for the most part.
- The course allows you to use all your shots. Hyzers, anhyzers and whatever over-hand shot you use.
- Two practice baskets near the first tee pad. I don't see these around many of the local courses.
- Nice park setting and tons of shade which is great in the summer
Cons: - It can get a little windy on the holes near the pond. Couple a decent breeze some days with the amount of trees and some shots can get frustrating.
- I played in the early spring but one or two of the holes do have some rough that can get a bit high and thick in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is great technical course. You get to use all your shots and the woods evens things out for players with different amounts of power. There are very few shots were you can just rip it and not worry too much about the accuracy.
The course is also really flat and not that exhausting to play a few rounds in a row.
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Pros: Well kept- the course was well maintained. Grass was mowed and no fallen trees on the course. All the it is a Delaware park so i can imagine that the grass is usually mowed here
Technical- i really enjoyed this course because it was so technical. The course really tested your accuracy and made you shape some different lines. You had to throw through small gaps and if you werent comfortable throwing a certain shots the trees really got into your head. I found myself throwing multiple shots that you normally wouldnt throw on your average 18 holer.
Practice baskets- there were two of them by hole one
They were spaced well apart to practice upshots and longer putts.
Variety- even though most of the holes were wooded there were some open holes that provided good contrast to the wooded ones.
Amenities-There is a pavillion and bathroom 30 yards from hole one.
Baskets are in good shape- considering this course and its baskets are pretty old, there is no rust and the baskets catch pretty well.
Course flow- you couldnt get lost very easily here. There are well defined paths on every hole leading to the next tee.
Cons: Safety issues- some holes are too close together and on some hole if you hit a tree you may find yourself standing on an adjacent holes teepad. You may have to wait for another group to play while you sit on the teepad waiting for them to move out of the way so that you can feel comfortable throwing.
Pointless mandos- this was a real annoyance as on some holes there were pointless mandos to make the hole longer or tighter
Fence on hole 4- there is a fenced in area right in the middle of hole fours fairway and you could loose a disc despite it being right in front of you
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course and had a good time, but for this course to get better they will need to fix some of the saftey issues
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
great for starting out.
Pros: I played this course often in the early days and kept coming back. I really like the course. Especially the wooded areas. Several challenging holes. Easy course for the experienced player.
Cons: Short, but in a fun way. Not reallt a con then, is it?
Other Thoughts: Another course in De. You might as well play them all since the state is so small/ Close to alot of other courses.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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I kicked its A$$
Pros: it was a fun technical course. lots of trees to get in the way and lots of lefts and rights. has some long holes and some fun short holes.
Cons: a few of the wholes have ALOT of trees. you either gotta be good or get lucky to make it through them all.
Other Thoughts: i got lucky and had a good round. im not sure it will happen again the next time i go to play there.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Still Holds Up Pretty Well
Pros: Located in a nice state park, Lum's is a technically challenging course that tests both your accuracy and your patience. Two practice baskets greet you by tee #1. The course is primarily wooded with a few peaks into the surrounding open fields. A nice variety of holes requiring different shot selection is offered. Most holes have dual pin placements and there are good sized concrete/paver tee pads. Course navigation is a piece of cake and tee signs give you the hole, distance and projected flight path. Baskets, though older, are in good shape. This course appeals to both amateur and more advanced players.
Cons: Some might say this course is TOO wooded in spots- and it would be a fair criticism. The course crosses the line between being technically challenging and flat out oppressive on several holes. Good drives can go completely unrewarded, and luck plays a larger role than it should. A few holes on the front 9 play perilously close to each other. The signage needs to be redone, as age and weather has taken its toll. Would be nice to have benches at ALL holes and also some 4 x 4 posts to hang your bag. Some areas (esp. hole #3) unplayable after snow thaws or heavy rains. Pay to play not cool, but in Delaware State Parks that's part of the deal.
Other Thoughts: Lum's still has appeal despite the presence of the nearby newer and more challenging monsters at Iron Hill and Carousel. Big arms need not apply here- after hole #1, it is all controlled throwing. Delaware has some excellent disc golf courses, and Lum's won't disappoint; I'd come back again anytime.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight and Tasty
Pros: There was a time when Lums was considered a very difficult track. Course proliferation and advances in disc tech have softened it's rep some, but it still can get the best of even a good player. It calls for accurate drives, and opportunism- get your birdies where you can. It will make you throw every shot you have, and demand some you probably don't have. It's a great flowing course, with no long walks, and no interference among holes. Each hole stands alone, and each hole offers a different challenge. A great tournament venue.
Lums has stood the test of time well.
Cons: It can get muddy, and some of the tees are iffy. There are routes a disc just plain won't navigate without a degree of luck.
Other Thoughts: Lums has very hard holes and pretty easy ones. On the whole it's a very fun course, and one you should try to add to your "played" list.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Decent challenge here, not so much in distance, but Lums certainly makes you work on your accuracy. Every hole involves the woods in some way- throwing down narrow fairways, into or out of small openings in the treeline (a couple/few holes both as you throw across the field.) and navigation of low hanging trees and large pines. A number of holes require, except for maybe the top pros, a smart layup to stay in the fairway and plan your second shot. At Lums an errant shot into the dense woods can easily lead to a 6 or 7 on our card. As a result the course is a great place to work on your precision and accuracy. About a third of the holes play near the pond (largest fresh water pond in Delaware, practically a lake) and due to its size these holes typically have a breeze coming off of it. Hole variety is nice, mostly wooded will test every shot in your bag. A little more than half the holes have two pin placements, some adding distance, some putting the basket into more protection and some changing the feel of the hole entirely. Due to fairway turns and thick woods many shots are 'blind' and the location of the basket on holes with 2 pin placements can be unclear. Not to worry, check the tee sign, on the pole under the hole map is a stenciled A and B. A clamp is placed around which ever letter position the pin is currently in and the course pros do a good job of keeping them updated. The hole maps always show position A so if B hasn't been drawn on the map you may have to look around a bit for the basket.
A signature hole would be 16, a 400+ ft hole with a horseshoe shaped fairway that has a small very high-risk window to cut through the middle. The perfect course to improve the accuracy of your throws.
This is also one of only two I've played that has duel practice baskets to throw back and forth at. Nice feature.
Cons: Hole maps and tee pads (cement tiles though sufficient have become a bit uneven overtime) can certainly use an update. Hole maps don't have alternate pin placements on them or if they do its hand drawn. If accuracy is not your game then you may find your drive off a tree and ten feet from the tee pad, but hey its part of the game.
Other Thoughts: Lums is one of my favorites of northern Delaware, which contains a number of high quality courses. But players beware- If you, like me, enjoy an adult beverage or two on the course, think twice about doing it here. While drinking is legal at Lums Pond SP, it is not on the disc golf course. Its a shame they felt the need to do this, but be warned, if they catch you they will fine you and big brother is watching. That goes for all other park rules, speed limit, closing times, ridiculous stop signs, etc. That said, please don't let it deter you from this quality course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Fairly flat with relatively new baskets. Concrete tees add stability.
Cons: Between 5 of us, we must have hit 100 trees. Very hard to not hit a tree on a drive. The tee signs need a little work.
They should utilize some of that open land for extra holes.
Other Thoughts: Nice place with a great pond. However, the pay to play factor is just too great during the summer when I make the 2 hr. trip there.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The surrounding park is very nice. Course is labeled well and is flat, which makes it easy to walk. Some holes require good course management skills. A good variety of holes.
Cons: Many trees. Some holes are very difficult to get a good tee shot off (#6 & 12 come to mind).
Can get very muddy & it takes some time to dry out (especially holes #3).
Other Thoughts: Nice course to bring a beginner to, as the holes are mostly short & there's little rough to lose your disc in.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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