Out of the 58 courses I've played (not many in the national top 20):
1. Black Jack @ Bear Tree Cabin - Sugar Grove, NC
Elevation, variety, scenery, memorable hole after memorable hole, everything I could ever ask for in a DG course. Every time you step on the teepad on any hole, you just want to stand there and take a moment to soak it all in before you even let a disc fly.. It's that awesome!
2. Gran Canyon - Brooksville, FL
elevation, variety, the coolest property for a DG course I've ever played on, especially for FL. Everywhere you turn, you just want to throw your disc.. wouldn't matter where the basket is.. there are so many cliff ledges and hills to throw bombs off and tough twists and turns through the trees.. Too much DG fun to be had here, shame its not permanent anymore.
3. Ashe County Park - Jefferson, NC
One of the best maintained park course I've seen.. again, lots of elevation, variety in hole types & length, used lots of discs and needed lots of different shots to score well.
Top 3 courses above are definitely a notch above the rest of these, but this would be my remaining top courses.. the order is arguable:
4. Richmond Hill - Asheville, NC
Rustic, natural, undoubtedly scenic NC mountain golf at its finest. Very challenging, well kept up.. can't wait to make it back someday to see how much my game has improved since I was last there. That course ate me alive when I was 900-rated - now 931 rated, playing more like 945. Richmond Hill is a definite skill tester.. and fun too!
5. North Georgia Canopy Tours - Lula, GA
Tranquil and serene. Gorgeous property. Good variety in length and lines to the basket. Some use of elevation and great mix of open/tight fairways maybe a bit more on the open side. All around fun course.
6. Bill Frederick Park @ Turkey Lake - T2 - Orlando, FL
Where my DG experience all began... such a great challenging course that requires all shot types.. Scenic, technical, clean and well kept.. Water hazards, shule, doglegs, long open shots, tight curved shots.. One of my favorite courses in FL.
7. Magnolia DGC - Live Oak, FL
A great technical treat of a course nestled in the fun campground and music park along the Suwannee River.. although the course doesn't play near the river, the scenery is gorgeous.. Massive shaded oak canopy throughout with great shaped fairways.. well kept up. Need big arm WITH accuracy, not just one or the other. A great challenge but not too frustrating to hurt the fun factor which is very high. Love this place (playing in the Suwannee Open this weekend, can't wait!!)
8. NAD Park - Bremerton, WA
A really neat chunk of classic northwestern forestry with a fun course running throughout.. Very technical and challenging.. amazing scenery and use of the land.. mild elevation here and there, play in the shade the entire time. It was a real treat to play here and definitely among the more memorable of the 8 courses I played while in Washington a couple summers ago.
9. JP Moseley DGC - Stockbridge, GA
A big arm dream course.. Nice big property for the course that offers lots of big bomb shots that still need a touch of finesse to setup your approach shots just right on most of the holes. Well maintained and just plain all around big arm fun. Had a blast here.. among my favorites on my GA trip a couple years ago.
10. River City Nature Park - DeBary, FL
Home sweet, home. Soooo much work has gone into this course since it was the little 9 hole practice course I used to stop by on my lunch breaks a few years ago. Now our club has pulled together and turned this into a well maintained 18-hole FL gem. 3 - 11 pin placements on EVERY hole (we move 6 - 10 baskets about every 6 weeks to keep fresh variety and replay quality high).. 2 really nice concrete pads on every hole.. great variety in shots required.. a bit on the flat side, but the scenery along the St. John's River with the always active bald eagle nests on holes 3/4 is among the nicest in all central FL. Just a great, fun course for all skill levels. It's quite obvious by how busy this course gets, that its a favorite of many locals these days. A worthy stop for anyone travelling through central FL / Orlando / Daytona area.
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