Intermediate level who spends alot of time outside...I started rating every hole, using DGCR's 0-5 rating system last year.
I definitely place more emphasis on aesthetics/seclusion and less on amenities than the average reviewer... but design, diversity, maintenance, challenge and fun-factor all enter in to the score.
A 5 star hole in my book is;
well designed & challenging, with one or more natural features which put it in the epic category.
These natural features may be either water,elevation or rock which impact how the hole is played.
These are the holes that make you want to return to the course and play them again and again. These holes have a special feel from the tee pad and/or risky greens.
A 4 rated hole is well designed,challenging or just fun. Aesthetically-pleasing with a unique natural feature such as water,rock ,elevation,large mature trees, or in some cases just a scenic view.
A 3 rated hole is well designed, but redundant in terms of previous hole design, or lacks a unique natural feature.
A 2 rated hole is a filler hole.
A 1 rated hole is a poorly-designed filler hole.
A 0 rated hole is a poorly-designed filler that conflcts with other park users.
My top rated courses using this hole by hole rating system are;
1)Sugaree (21 holes) 85.6
2)Joralemon (27 holes) Park DGC 83.3
3)Black Falls Disc Club 82
5)Cherry Hill/Iron Hill/Moraine S.P.-79
With high gas prices, I value areas which offer more than 18 holes on site, or nearby.
My favorite dg destination in a landslide is Charlotte,NC.