13 Helpful / 1 Not
Absolutely worth the trek
Pros: * A great layout in
* A beautiful place with
* No crowds
The layout itself features some really great holes, with variety from multi-shot to birdieable. Many, even the open holes, have thoughtfully-placed obstacles or pin placements to keep them challenging. A couple of par-4s are on long downhill fairways full of trees, with reasonable gaps to reward accuracy along with power. There were only 2 holes I didn't particularly care for.
The resort itself is a small town of cabins & hotels set deep in the mountains and a long way from anything. The course is mostly on land away from the main resort activities, with a few holes along entrance roads. It is beautiful and peaceful. Even if you're not staying there, as we weren't, there's a country store and several restaurants right on the premises.
We played on a 75 degree saturday in summer, presumably a busy time, and only saw 2 other disc golfers.
The baskets are new and signage is great; you can almost always see the next tee from the basket.
Cons: Unless you're staying there, it's a LONG way from anywhere. More than an hour away from Cherokee, the closest tourist area. Of course, this remoteness is also part of it's charm.
Hole 1 will start you off on the wrong foot---a very short shot, then a fairly long walk to Hole 2. It gives you no idea of what the rest of the course has in store.
Other Thoughts: We too asked at the lodge and they weren't sure, but thought there was no charge if we had our own equipment. Had they charged us $5---it would still have been a bargain!
Though tucked deep in the Smoky Mountains, it's not a mountain course in the sense of a ski-slope with huge steep hills. There is elevation on almost every hole, but more like what you'd find in a very hilly area.
Praises to the designer who acquired rights to a great piece of property, where anyone could make a good course, but tweaked the tee and basket locations into an excellent course.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set in the beautiful and cozy Fontana Village Resort. The views of the Smokey Mountains are all around and they lend themselves to some pretty decent elevation changes. Some hills are more pronounced than others but you really won't find much flatness to speak of. You'll find mixtures of open to somewhat wooded holes on the majority of the course. Nothing is really heavily wooded but lots of holes have little features to add difficulty to them and they were fun to discover. A few stuck out in my mind. Number one which was comparatively short has a creek which I played as OB and it's tucked behind a few boulders. It was a nice way to be introduced to the round. Two is a long downhill shot that also plays near a creek. Six stood out as an open fairway that plays into some trees and up and over a stacked stone wall and can challenge you putting skills nicely. Hole nine was the most memorable of all to me. From the tee the fairway goes strait in a fairly wooded area for about 100' or so and then cuts hard right and goes down hill another 200'. It loses about 60' or so in elevation in the last 180' and ends in a field across a street. It offers a good risk/reward if you want to go for it. Eleven was also nice for a big open downhill shot with the basket tucked down a slight bank to the left and again added some personality to the holes. The rest of the holes finish out with some more variety and leads you back to hole number one/parking lot.
The friendly staff at the rec center was happy to give directions, score cards, pencils, etc. The course was fully stocked with benches an almost every hole. The tee signs were in great shape and pretty informative although I was a little confused by them a bit. I am not sure how accurate they are in terms of lengths. I think some things may have changed out on the course since they were installed. The main tee pads seem to be built on some type of wooded platform and covered with rubber mats and serve their purpose pretty well. The short pads are natural with nifty Innova markers. The baskets are in great shape and are numbered to help with an already pretty easy course to navigate.
The course is clean, well maintained, and seems that the course gets a fair amount of use. Overall it's very fun and will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Cons: There are a few roads that cross the fairways so look out for cars or even a chance of damaging a good disc. As you look around the area you can't help wondering what the course could have been if it had crept into the woods a bit. It should be noted that walking the hills can wear you out if you are not in shape.
It's not the course's fault but it is out of the way if you are not from the area.
Besides some personal pet peeves defined by some individuals personal preferances, there really isn't any majors cons here.
The resort has some other activities that might add to the attraction to visiting the area. Check out Fontana Village resort for more info, www.fontanavillage.com
. Others have mentioned $5 per round but I was told to help myself for free. They told me the $5 fee was only if you are renting discs/equipment from the rec center. It didn't really probe the issue but it might be because I was a guest at the resort. With that said there was no way the guy at the counter in the rec area could have known if I was staying there or not. I can't imagine anyone not liking this course. It should appeal to beginners and seasoned players as well. Enjoy!
It's a dry county but beer is available at the restaurant and general store on site for those who are interested.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Simply a beautiful course tucked in the middle of no where essentially. It would test any type of player in my opinion. Plenty of holes with wide open fairways which makes it a lot of fun. Why bother getting a golf cart when you can take a nice days hike?
Cons: Though well maintained, some areas could use some clearing of brush. Hole 11 in particular.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful Course and wonderful resort area. This is a very well designed course which takes full advantage of the elevated mountainside, aswell as a creek that runs thru most of the course. Several holes have you throwing from a wooded elevated area to a open field below.
Cons: A couple fairways run close to one another. This wasn't much of a issue when I played it, but if the course was busy it could slow play down.
Other Thoughts: The resort is great, so if your not from the area its a great weekend getaway. The "Village" has everything you want from tennis/putt-putt/stores/pools/etc. Also, playing disc golf with golf carts was pretty fun.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
A really nice place
Pros: very challenging elevation changes....a mix of different types of holes. a couple of holes where you literally tee off from the side of a cliff!
Cons: didnt like the rubber tees....
Other Thoughts: a nice course in a nice village resort...you can even rent a golf cart if you wish!!! ha!
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The remote natural location in the Nantahala Forest of western North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains, has plenty of great vistas of mountains and trees.
Elevation Galore! (Fans of The Princess Bride movie can envision Inigo Montaya in his Spaniard's voice saying to Miracle Max-- "Elevations galore!")
Good tee signs, good rubber tee pads, and new double chain DISCatcher baskets.
Length variety is very good. 1of 138/ 5 of 200-299/ 7 of 300-399/ 5 of 400-499. (Hole 1, the short one, sticks out from the rest.)
Water- not a whole lot, but a creek is in play or in view on holes 2 and 16-18.
Golf carts are available, except in the winter.
Cons: I wish there were more holes in the woods. The mixed layout I played had 4 Woods/ 6 Open/ 8 Mixed foliage. For my preferences there are too many wide open holes for a course in that kind of terrain. There could be some awesome holes in the woods up on the hillsides, but they'd have to cut some trees.
Beware of potential safety issues. Resort roads come into play on 5 holes and 3 holes have tees too close to the previous basket so errnant drives can hit the tee.
Fairways shape variety is low- on the layout I played 12 St/ 2 Lt/ 3 R/ 1 L.
The lengths on the tee signs don't always match the lengths on the score card.
Course Level = White. The level is a tweener between longer, higher scoring White or easier Blue. (White CR Par = 59, and White est Score Avg = 58; Blue CR Par = 56 and Blue est Score Avg = 54)
My favorite hole was #11. At 468 ft with a 40 ft elevation drop, and a quite open fairway, it's fun to let it rip. Other fun holes with huge elevation drops were 2, 8, 18
-I'm very glad to see that hole 1 has been redesigned since I played there.
It's the westernmost course in NC. Being a 2 hour drive west of Asheville it's probably a long drive for most NC players.
Pay to play. $5 per round; $10 all day
You can read more of my reviews at the Yahoo group "DG Course Reviews", http://sports.groups.yahoo.co...urseReviews/.
Look there in the Files section for my Overall Rating notes and Hole-by-hole ratings.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
well worth the trip
Pros: 1st of all it's worth going to because it's at fontana village which is very beautiful and a wonderful place to stay. It's got plenty of holes over 500 ft for the folks who throw the long bombs. You don't have to wander around looking for the next tee either. It's well marked. There's a good mix of open and wooded fairways and was very fun to play.
Cons: Not as wooded and tight as i had hoped for and the golf carts were unavailable due to winterizing. Other than that it's great.
Other Thoughts: Still young so I can see this becoming a 5 star course with more tees/pin placements. Plus Fontana village has enough room and woods to make it 36 holes or more if they wanted. It would be nice if they put at least 9 in the woods for some tight line shots.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fontana Village DGC: Winter 08
Pros: Moderately long at over 6000' from the pro blues. Only 1-2 shorter holes. More moderately open fairways with fewer narrow wooded lines. Ride a golf cart , drink beers, and get 72 holes or more in a day. Very challenging roughs in some places. Lodging available overlooking the course. Somewhat significant elevation change on this mountain valley course. Young course with mucho potential.
Cons: New course, open summer 07 at private resort. Still much fine tuning and beautification to do / in progress .Pay to Play+cart fees but packages available.. Some sports car and motorcycle traffic in the summer on Tail of the Dragon.
Other Thoughts: Great layout from Disconcepts, just needs some tweaks and polish. Multiple pin placements and alt tees to come. Easily expandable/changable in the future for some solid tournament action. As interest in the course/area grows, additional courses are projected.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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