Bishop, GA 
Herman C. Michael Park Share
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Hole #9 Red Tee



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Because not every course can be Maple Hill...

5+    12/1/2014   12/11/2014
Review By: HelloPoodles
Played: 10  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 2.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There's some fun, good quality holes here - not 18, but enough to make a enjoyable place for locals. Good place to build your skills. The pictures on this site are old and at least three of the holes are completely different (and mostly better) than what's shown.
Cons: A few of the holes are pretty cringe-worthy. Overall, I wouldn't recommend anyone drive too far for this course, but if you're already visiting Sandy Creek, this might make an enjoyable appetizer.
Other Thoughts: I like people who leave detailed thoughts on a course, so here goes:

#1. Seems like it should be easier to birdie this sucker than it is. You gotta get it under the tree with enough momentum to carry you up the hill and near the basket.
#2. This is where you get the birdie you thought you could make on #1
#3. Can you thread the needle? The answer is...probably not. Just hope for a good shot out of the rough to save par. Be prepared for some idiot at the court to say "Hey frisbee-dude, toss me my tennis ball!"
#4 There is a birdie lane to the right of the tree with the red arrow sign, but you have around a five foot opening forty feet from the tee pad you need to hit. This is probably the most frustrating and hated hole on the course. Most just pinball if off the trees; others get it past the trees but well off to the left of the basket in the rough making birdies difficult.
#5. The sea has claimed many an inexperienced sailor on this one. Just be sure to keep you disc low and throw a mid-range, not some stupid super overstable high speed driver. Your putter may still roll down the hill and into the water, but that's just bad luck, not stupidity. I have the most success sending it through the tree to the right and letting it drift back in line with the basket.
#6. You're gonna hate yourself for hitting one of those trees forty feet from the teepad, but that's just the way it is on this one.
#7. Don't overthink this one and you'll have a shot at ace or birdie... but also hope you don't barely graze a tree, 'cause it's going in the water if you do.
#8. This is a good test of skill hole. You'll probably graze a tree to the right or send it into the rough to the left if you go all out but lack the ability to shape a line.
#9. Not sure if this technically qualifies as a tunnel shot, but it's pretty easy to hit a tree and be taking your second shot forty feet from where you started. Arguably the hardest hole on the course?
#10. Sort of like #9, but much more forgiving in that there's plenty of room off to the left to land a less than perfect shot.
#11. Keep a overstable mid low and you'll have a layup. This is one of those holes here that's kind enough to still be par-able even if you do something stupid on your first shot.
#12. Best hole here to bust out your RHFH or turnover shot. Not sure where OB is on this course, but I'd like to think anything to the left of the gravel drive is OB; that'll keep you RHBH throwers honest.
#13. You'll either land your drive five feet from the basket or be cursing the twig that came out of nowhere to block your shot.
#14. This is my favorite hole on the course. Just the right difficulty level - there is no unlucky on this hole. To quote Yoda, "Do. Or do not. There is no try."
#15. Don't overthink this one - you just gotta shoot it to the right of the dumpster and it'll curve back to the basket. Just hope some idiot that walks their dog at the park hasn't parked their SUV right at the the end of the drive. God I hate that.
#16. This is where a floppy putter really comes in handy, cause if you miss here there's a good chance it's rolling down the hill just enough to make your next putt yet another adventure.
#17. Easy birdie once you figure out the hyzer angle that'll let it drift back to the basket. RHBH it at about a 45 degree angle straight off the teepad (err, patch of dirt) and watch in amazement as it fades back to the basket.
#18. Yeah, they ran out of land, obviously.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Random Draw Review

5+    5/13/2013   5/19/2013
Review By: hallroyal
Played: 15  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 16.6 Years
This review was updated on 7/10/2013
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good time meeting other disc golfers! Holes are layed out well. Short course but not easy with wooded fairways! Bring the mid-ranges and putters
Cons: Natural tee boxes but watch out for roots and drop offs. OB is not marked on in any signage, so had to go on what another player said.
Other Thoughts: Great course for the price (free). Enjoyed meeting other disc golfers.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Watch Out For Trees!

5+    3/14/2013   3/17/2013
Review By: BillyChipp
Played: 3  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 4.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Good tee marker locations at the end of holes
-Decent mix of wooded and open area holes
-Open area holes seem like they were just plopped down wherever there was space
Cons: -Can get VERY crowded, expect to be waiting at the tee box
-Holes are packed into a very small area
-No defined fairways, frequently tough to find a decent throwing path from the tee box
-Tee box condition can be poor

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good Course for Beginners/Tune-Ups

1    12/26/2012   12/26/2012
Review By: St0rmbringer
Played: 43  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 3.4 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well marked
Good use of space and elevation
Wooded holes not obscenely tight
Free (coming from NC where free is a given to GA where it's not, free is good)
Tee pads are improved from bare ground
Cons: GOOD tee pads not on every tee.
A bit short but would be nearly impossible to go longer.
Other Thoughts: Check the weather. Quite a few holes throw into the prevailing winds. If it's windy, you'll be well wide.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 'Sallright

1    1/1/2011   1/5/2011
Review By: Upshawt1979
Played: 238  Reviewed: 132  Exp: 11.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Easy to follow course with good tee signs and markers guiding between holes. Nice use of limited available space. Short tees provide a nice alternate course to Sandy Creek for novice players. There are several shots required to negotiate the fairways here.
Cons: Tee pads were sort of muddy due to light rain, but not terrible. A couple of fairways were packed with trees to the point of unplayable, and a couple were void of any obstacles at all and far to easy. An experienced/highly skilled player might think this course is a bit lame.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed the round I played at "the Herm" and was glad I stopped there. It was a fast round, with some nice holes. Not a tournament caliber course, but not a total pushover. I had 5 birdies, and was still +3 my first time through (very disappointed). Did the tee sign on hole 17 actually say par 2?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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5+    9/16/2010   9/16/2010
Review By: wwwhank
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 4.4 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good signage. Challenging without being super long.
Great nature, clean park. Nice Innova Disc Catchers on every hole. Reflective markers lead to each hole, nice touch!
Cons: Tee Pads need work. Wood Markers. Roots are growing in and disrupts throws at times.
Other Thoughts: Local enthusiasm for this course seems to have gone down. Online information regarding events is a couple of years old. I hope people in the area will begin to play this course more and and to repair it some.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Most of a fun little course

5+    2/15/2010   7/15/2010
Review By: hyzerfool
Played: 133  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 21.6 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Many of the holes in the woods are fun in a short, cute sort of way.

Most of the course is isolated from other users of the park.

Holes are generally fair.
Cons: Very short.

Several of the holes that aren't in the woods are as boring as you're going to find anywhere.

Tee pads are inconsistent (as natural pads usually are).

A couple of the holes in the woods have a bit of throw and hope to them.
Other Thoughts: Overall, it's a fun little course and I think it's worth playing. Sure, it's unlikely you'll be telling your grandchildren about the course, but if you're in the area, bring out the roc and the putter and play a round.

That said, it's not a course you want to drive far out of your way to play.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Short but Fun

5+    5/10/2010   5/12/2010
Review By: bhuff
Played: 27  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.8 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun course to play. Good course to learn the sport on. Short holes so its fun for the whole family. Half of the holes are open and half are wooded. Challenging on some holes because trees are smack in the middle of the fairway. Clean well maintained park.
Cons: Hole 4 and 9 are the toughest holes here because there isn't really a clear path to the basket. Every hole is within driving distance (if you don't smack a tree). Tees need to be moved way back. But there isn't to much room for lengthening.
Other Thoughts: This course is fun to come out with only a mid and putter. Makes it a little tougher when you play it that way. Good course to bring your friends to introduce to the sport.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Herman C. Michael Park

1    4/28/2010   5/3/2010
Review By: 3OrangeWhips
Played: 96  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 5.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
Clean, well-maintained multi-use county park
Compact layout makes good use of available park land
Good mix of open & wooded holes
Multiple tee pads (dirt) on all holes
Good tee signs on every hole
Navigational signs throughout the course
Can get a round in pretty quick
Start/finish very close to parking lot
Cons:
Very short--only a few holes in the 300' range
Possible conflicts with walkers/joggers, tennis & baseball on a few holes
A few of the dirt tee pads are a little rough/uneven making them unusable
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by "The Herm" when I recently played a round. The park is in a quiet rural area surrounded by open farmland, a resource that is rapidly disappearing from north Georgia. It seems like you are in the middle of nowhere even though Athens is just about five miles away. The course itself is pretty short, with only a few of the open holes in the 300' range. The short (red) tees were too short even for my beginner skills, but would be perfect for getting kids/family involved. The shortness of the wooded holes is made up for by the presence of lots of trees, although I felt just one or two approached the "throw & pray" variety. The course played so fast that one other player and I almost got in two complete weekday rounds after work before dark set in. There is nothing fancy about this course, but it is a good place to have some fun while throwing a quick round or two. Solid "3 Disc" rating that I will visit again when in the area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Enjoyable little course.

5+    4/16/2010   4/27/2010
Review By: ChrisWoj
Played: 108  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 9.8 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Herm isn't a bad course at all. To the contrary - it does everything it can with the property allotted. It is a great place to work on your forehand game, with forehand holes definitely dominant. Additionally it works in a little bit of variety in terms of distance with holes ranging from the mid-100s up to the mid-300s. Finally - all of the baskets are nice, relatively new, and in good condition. They catch great, love the heavy chains on the Discatchers.
Cons: The cons do outweigh the pros, unfortunately. The teepads are below substandard. I understand not every course can afford concrete teepads, or even rubber fly pads. But work needs to be done to make sure all the teepads lack roots and stumps and are on level ground. A little time with a shovel and a mattock over the course of a single day can fix that.

Additionally there's no real room to open up your arm and work on distance. Not only are there no bomber holes, forgivable, there's really no unused space to just open up in a field and work. I understand that part of this is because the course is maximizing its use of the property - but it is still a quibble.

Finally - there are a few "unfairways" on the course. Holes 4 and 9 are not good disc golf holes. I throw a forehand roller on the both of them because there simply is no favorable route through the air. Hole 6 is almost an unfairway, very borderline. It is definitely spray-and-pray.
Other Thoughts: The course is improving. With a tournament coming up - a few new "long" teepads have been added to the course. Two of them are fantastic, one of them creates an "unfairway" - but it is clear that an effort is being made to improve the course.

Level the teepads, add a few more "long" pads where room exists... it's being done, and so far I enjoy it. And that IS what is important - regardless of the pros/cons, I do enjoy The Herm.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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