4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beginner-level course that will appeal to more experienced players on aesthetics alone. The first part of the course at Swainsboro is set under olllld pines, with the lowest of branches far above. The last third or so features younger trees, with low branches that add to the difficulty of making it past the tree gauntlet. The course circles a small pond that comes into play only twice, but adds to the beauty and feel of the course throughout. 17's basket is set right on the edge, so any aggressive tosses that go past the basket are headed for a bath. 18 is the hole that is moth affected. And don't worry about the sign, it's not really an elbow. It's basically a 280-foot straight as an arrow toss, which if landed perfectly, gives about a 25-foot putt. Of course, water is ten feet to the right of the entirety of the drive with a tree line to the left.
While many of the fairways will disappoint those who have an arsenal of lines to throw, that isn't so much a problem for the beginners who this course is targeting. They should have fun on the holes where threading through the trees is mostly a matter of chance as well as the ones where the fairways are wide enough not to cause problems. Underbrush is non-existent. A bed of needles blankets pretty much anywhere a disc might land.
Add in excellent tee pads and simple navigation aided by professional signs point in the correct direction and for the intended audience, this course is a success.
Cons: It's obvious that no trees came down in the creation of this course. (And I don't blame them for leaving all of these beauties standing.) That does mean that a lot of fairways don't feature real lines. There's a lot of, "well I can kinda hyzer it around that one, and then...well, I'll figure it out from there."
There are some crazy NAGS as well, immediate elbows and things like that. It's a fun course but it's not an expertly crafted one. I don't think a college course needs to be suited for experts. If it caters to beginners, that is probably the best result. It's a fun stop of you are in the area, and it is basically on the way from Savannah to the IDGC so it makes a nice warm up. Just don't plan your trip around it.
On a more or less temporary note, there are downed branches, limbs and even a couple trees in the fairways, I would guess that maintenance here is low in the summer when school is out.
Other Thoughts: Edit: Looking at the other reviews, I do think it was redesigned at some point between 2009 and 2011. (As pointed out by others) At least, tees were poured and any evidence of fencing or non-water OB has been removed. I'm fairly certain that holes were also lengthened. It's still a short course. But it's not as short as early reviews make it seem. Judging by the old pictures, it seems like parts of the course have been moved to a new location. There is nothing as open as that one picture.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Technical and Fun Course
Pros: 1. Concrete tee pads with good sign and par info
2. Mix of wood and pond comes into play.
3. Easy to get around, good direction to the next tee.
4. All sort of technical skill tester.
5. Beginner friendly. a tester for intermediate to advanced player. You can hone your skill for your mid-range throw.
Cons: 1. Some trees need to be cut in some holes. At least one skinny tree in hole 2, hole # 5 need a little bigger fairway considering 400 ft par three, at least one big pine tree on hole # 12.
2. Access to rest room and faucet.
3. Don't have holes to show off your big arm. You have opportunity for big side arm shots in couple of holes though.
Other Thoughts: This is a short but challenging course. If you want to shoot under par numbers, you need to be a consistent disc thrower and you need to know what your disc does. This course give you the opportunity to hone your mid-range, side arm and thumber/tomahawk skills. There are couple of holes which have low ceiling, and very straight fairways in which you might need some stable disc. For me, Innova Atlas, Groove, Leopard, and my classic aviar putter is a good enough disc for this course. Deserves the second visit.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Good beginner course offers something for everyone
Pros: Coming from Savannah I enjoyed immensely the piney sandhill terrain. There were very nice concrete tee pads. The course has no problems with land erosion. There is a lake, so water can come into play on a number of holes and from a number of angles (behind the basket, along the right side of the fairway, etc). There's at least a couple of cool, super hard turning doglegs. Hole 18's fairway is a raised dyke with the lake on one side and a steep ditch on the other.
Cons: Mainly that there is only one tee location per hole. Some of the holes seem too short and open for a par 3, while others seem too long with no definition to the fairway.
Other Thoughts: The layout has definitely been changed as the previous reviewer in '11 mentioned. The pictures seem to be from the old course layout. There doesn't seem to be much traffic on this course-- that can be a pro or con.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Course Redesigned in New Location
Pros: Holes were a good challenge.
Well-organized, easy to follow from hole to hole.
Typically a short distance between holes.
The beginning of the course has a nice pavilion and sign of rules for beginners.
Cons: Every hole was wooded; I would have liked to see a mix of wooded and open areas.
The course was not well-cleared. The walking areas were uneven, and there was quite a bit of stuff hanging down from trees, sometimes blocking even 'fairways'.
The fairways were typically very narrow, if they existed at all.
Other Thoughts: This course used to be great for beginners. Now I would say it'd be more difficult because of the lack of open holes. It's not necessarily bad, just very different.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
good course for beginners
Pros: - Only course in the area
- good mix of wooded and a few open
- had a few shots where water came into play
- good course for mid and putter practice
- a few holes required precision shots
Cons: - short by challenging.
- the basket numbers were very messed up the day i played it which led to confusion on which basket we should be throwing to.
- good course
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
East Georgia College, Swainsboro Ga.
Pros: Great beginner course. Easy to navigate around the course. No conflict with other pedestrian traffic.
Cons: Bathrooms? Natural teepads, mostly sandy thus inconsistent footing from teepad to teepad. No trash cans on course. Out of bounds (Cyclone fencing) on some of the holes may cause problems for beginners.
Other Thoughts: This course is located on East Georgia College's campus, east of downtown Swainsboro, Georgia. A little hard to find, it might be a good idea to google map the course before trying to drive there. Considering there are no other courses within the immediate area it's a pretty decent course, for beginners.
If you are a beginner, this is a good course, no holes are longer than 300 feet, and each hole has a valid fairway to navigate, except for hole 5 (or 6 (pinball alley)). As a beginner you might have problems with some of the holes where a fenceline marks OB on holes 7, 8, and 9, it may come into play with no chance to retrieve your disc. The same on hole 18 where the pond comes into play. Experienced players will not have a problem with fencing or the pond. If you are an experienced disc golfer with nowhere else to play, you can set up a safari course and have a very challenging round, or if you want to practice your approach shots with a midrange just play the regular course.
The terrain is fairly flat with very sandy soil which makes your footing on tee shots dicey. Course design incorporates trees and shrubbery very well, some tee shots will need to avoid parking lot and street OB. The course flows very well starting on one side of the visitor parking lot and ending fairly close to where you started next to the same parking lot. Teesigns are adequate and are in plain sight behind the teeing area. The teepads are marked with flat red square cinder blocks which gives you the correct direction and area to tee from. Baskets are all numbered correctly if you have a problem figuring out which basket to shoot to.
Course knowledge is hardly a factor, most all tee shots are straight forward being such a short and relatively open course. Playing time is around 30-40 minutes for 18 holes for a solo player. Multiple players will take an hour max, depending on playing level.
Keeping in mind this is a beginner course, my rating is a solid three, three and a half if they had better teepads. Comparing this course to a championship level course would give it a lower rating, but it is what it is, a good beginner course and worthy of any community trying to introduce and develop disc golf.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun course, doesn't see much use
Pros: Easy to get around course.
Course is well maintained, grass mown, trash picked up.
Cons: No facilities
Other Thoughts: A little overgrown on 16 maybe? Limbs block any approach save throwing along a road. Course is laid out kinda zigzag in places, but on reflection that keeps you from throwing toward cars in the parking lot if school is in. I enjoyed playing this course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
A nice par 3 course
Pros: Very visually appealing, sits next to a pond, course is clean and well-maintained. Good layout, clearly marked. Fun for the casual player. Experts should skip this and head to Pooler, unless you need to tune your short game.
Cons: It is a very short course, which seems odd given the large amount of land it occupies.
Other Thoughts: Entering Swainsboro from the east on U.S. 80, which is the main road, it is next to imposible to find the college entrance. There's one small sign on 80 but it directs you into a neighborhood maze with no more signs. Don't believe the website when it says, "follow the signs to East Georgia College," because they just aren't there.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: It's the closest disc golf course to Statesboro, GA.
Cons: Way too short to be taken seriously.
Other Thoughts: Some nice holes (#2, #9), but a mostly straightforward birdie paradise. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, just don't expect much.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Course for a begi
Pros: -Very clean and well maintained.
-Nice signs at every tee.
-Very forgiving even for beginners.
-because of its size, you should always be able to keep an eye on your car.
Cons: -Not a good course for showing off your long arm.
-No restrooms unless you enter the school. (Might not be a good idea)
-Although all tees can be found quickly, the front of the signs are not always visible from the previous basket. (minor pick)
Other Thoughts: Most if not all holes are between 175 to 225 feet in length. The course is very flat with no elevation change but this can be expected in Swainsboro. The basket placement is very creative, especially on hole 2 and the water hole on 18. I found the course to be very forgiving. Even if you screw up your drive, you can be under the basket with your second shot. Trees are scattered throughout the course but fairways are almost completely mowed grass. This is a perfect course to play as a beginner.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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