5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is situated at the bottom of several ski slopes and the scenery and wildlife in the area are beautiful. It is pretty easy to find. You can see baskets out in the field as you approach the ski lodge and the first tee is located 50 yards from the ski lodge deck.
Scorecards and I believe a map are available in the ski lodge. The first time I played was during the weekly tournament that the staff hosts so I didn't have to worry about navigation. Each tee has two stone markers, one with the hole number and par on it. Every hole is a par 3.
A good mix of shots is needed as you will be throwing uphill, downhill, and across slopes in both directions.
There are 3 wooded holes amongst the more open holes on the slopes that really require accuracy. Especially hole 17 which is a corridor made most difficult by its length rather than its width.
Hole 18 is great just because it begs you to bomb it and try for the rare birdie. It is a ~550 footer downhill with the pin to the right of the fairway, close enough to the trees that any attempt at an S would need to be perfect to set up for a deuce. I played this hole three times and was totally enamored with it. If the course has a signature hole, this is it.
There is a good balance of short, easy stuff and more interesting holes that makes it pretty accessible to beginners including children. Most of the holes are in the 150-250 foot range.
A round is free unless you need/want to rent discs from them. They provide a putter, mid, and fairway driver (with Massanutten stamps on them) for $3 if you want them.
There really isn't much rough to speak of. I can't imagine losing a disc here unless it turned and burned and you lost sight of it as it flew down the slope. Also very nice not to have to deal with huge bushes and scary crap if my drive is a few feet off.
The staff seems to really enjoy the game and from what I understand they have made some improvements to this relatively new course every year. That bodes well for the future and I hope to play this course again in a few years and see what they've done.
All in all, a fun course offering a good game of disc golf to players from beginners to those more seasoned players looking to get some work out with their putters and mids.
Cons: I played 3 consecutive days in June and was absolutely tortured by bugs. I don't think they bit, but they formed a constant cloud around my head and I ended up with several in my nose, mouth, ears... those little gnat things. Awful. They didn't seem to care about bug spray either.
Several of the holes, mostly later in the course, have had the grass wear away and the ground is made up entirely of dirt and rocks. I got a huge chip taken out of my putter and I only used it for putting. I also found myself walking on large rocks a lot as they are in play. Watch your ankles!
The baskets are in pretty good condition generally but a few of them are leaning and it's surprisingly distracting to throw at them. Hole 18's basket appears to have been hit by a vehicle and a few of the pieces of metal are snapped off or pushed in. It still mostly functions but I could see instances where this would be a problem.
I was fortunate that my first time playing was with the staff because a few of the tees would be difficult to find without them. The tees and markers are very low profile and sometimes just the height of the grass is enough to obscure them from view. I don't think it's to the point where you could get lost (it's a small course) but you might find a hole's basket before you find its tee (17 for example). I didn't get a chance to see if they have an updated accurate map of the course.
The tee pads are awful and are my biggest complaint. The most glaring problem is their length. They're 2 to 3 feet long. They are made out of rubber mat but there are holes all through them (by design) so the grass and everything is growing up out of them. Could probably be very slippery on a dew-y morning. Also, I can't stand driving on a slant and you are doing that on the majority of the holes here. I found that it really affected my game in a way that wasn't really consistent with challenges you usually find on a disc golf course.
While you do need lots of shots on the course, you won't need them often. Most holes consist of locating the basket (usually directly in front of you with nothing in the way) and throwing a mid-range at it. Elevation is really the only thing that keeps most of the holes interesting at all. I have a hard time imagining a pro level player scoring anything worse than 15 under on this course.
Only one tee and only one basket position for each hole. I'd like to see a pro tee for at least some of the holes and maybe a more difficult pin position for a few as well.
While I never actually ran into this problem myself, it is within reason that you could throw your disc somewhere that is unrecoverable. For example, on hole 18, you could get your disc up into the ski lift which is even more of a problem if it is moving and there are people riding it. During my third round, I had to wait a few seconds in order to throw between chairs on the lift. On hole 3, you could overshoot and end up in another area of the park that I'm not sure is easily accessible. Also on hole 3, you could hit people using the zip line directly above the fairway.
While it is nice that you can rent discs from the ski lodge, they are in terrible shape and flip at the drop of a hat. This is due mostly to the rugged terrain I mentioned above and the fact that mostly true beginners use them.
The course suffers mainly from issues related to its relative age and the amount of priority given to the course at the resort. As it is a seasonal course, I can't imagine that they are interested or willing to go all out to improve this to be much better than it is now.
Other Thoughts: They have a tournament every Wednesday morning and it was a nice way to get acquainted with the course. It's just a fun thing for families mostly (most people rent discs) but they let the guests choose the format which is nice.
While I don't think anything major will or can be done to improve the course, there are a couple simple things I can think of that could push a few of the par 3s to par 4s and increase the difficulty and make the course more interesting.
- A few of the baskets are right along the tree line - put them in the trees!
- Make the wooded holes longer if possible. Hole 11 is already pretty difficult but could be a little more so if the basket was deeper into the trees and further to the right.
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