15 Helpful / 3 Not
The First Course in the Capital area
Pros: This is a disc golfers paradise, Adirondack style so bring your "A" game and hiking gear...... Lots of elevation changes on this course No gimmie birdies here without serious accuracy. All fairways are well defined but tricky doglegs and narrow-gaps keep the big arms honest.
New concrete tees and plenty of signage to keep even the first timers from getting lost.
Course owner Morgan and the dedicated sponsors work their tails off maintaining this place
Cons: Bathrooms are a bit rustic(outhouse or nearby trees) but functional if the need arises.
Limited parking for tournaments, please carpool if possible.
Other Thoughts: Some may say that this place is "in the middle of nowhere" but a quick Google search shows several various establishments within a 15-20 min drive. Village Pizzeria is a must-stop for after round "refueling". Thanks to Sandy for being the exclusive lunch provider at Hyzer Creek tournaments.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Variety - Up and down, right and left, long and short, tight and open, water and ceilings. Hyzer has it all.
Isolation - Disc golf is all there is at Hyzer Creek. Disc golfers don't mind sharing parks with dog walkers and hikers and joggers etc, but it's nice to have a place that is just for us.
Challenge - Hyzer Creek is a very tough course, but is utterly fair. The fairways are well defined and clear. Although many are very tight, there are no "plinko" style holes where you are just throwing through a bunch of trees and hoping the disc finds a way to the basket. Elevation always makes holes more challenging and Hyzer Creek is loaded with lots of fun elevation
New Player Friendly - WHAAAAT!!! No, it is true. Now don't get me wrong this course is in the middle of the 'daks and is not for the lighthearted that are going to complain about not having pristine mowed fairways and green. If that is the type of player you are looking to introduce to the game then take them to a public park course. If you are looking to hook a hiker, or somebody with a bit more of a sense of adventure, this course will not kick their butt. Hyzer is very tough on people that can throw far and have no idea what direction the disc is going to land. True first timers, however are not going to throw far off the fairways. If they stray from the fairway discs are easier to find in the mature woods, as opposed to courses where the rough consists of tall grass or thick brush. I have brought two first timers to Hyzer Creek and they have both had a blast. Don't be intimidated by how tough this course plays for advanced players. It is also very fair to newbies.
Cons: Most of the cons of this course are simply side-effects of what makes it great.
The bugs are bad at certain times of the year. Personally I look for other destinations during those times.
Hyzer has difficulty accommodating large scale events. Parking is very limited. If you are coming to a tournament here pack as many players into as few cars as possible. Also the intermingling of open, long holes and short ace runs can create some bottle necks when there are large fields. This is a good course of a small stool during a tournament.
No real bathrooms. No nearby stores, bring your own water.
Waterproof shoes are a must year-round.
Like I said all of these "cons" are just part of the charm and rustic nature of a disc golf course that was carved out of the side of a mountain with a chainsaw.
Other Thoughts: Variety is king here. Most courses that have variety have it it sections. You play a bunch of open holes, then you go into the woods and you play a bunch of accuracy shots, then your back in the open for some more bombs. That is just how most pieces of land lend themselves to be developed since they exist in parks and the course has to be intertwined with existing amenities and paths. Hyzer did not have these restrictions. It was a blank canvas and the designer took full advantage of this. Playing Hyzer Creek for the first time is like reading a good book. With the turn of each page you can't wait to see what the author has is store for you next.
Holes 12 and 16 get all the love on this course but all 18 have their own charm. Some of my other favorites are; Hole 1 - a gentle downhill hyzer shot with the creek behind the tee; Hole 8 - another downhill elevation shot, this one has some distance to it. Drive down a steep hill to an opening roughly the size of a football field. The pin is down a path that jets of to the right at the end of the opening. Hole 18 - The basket looks so close, its right there in front of you, The chasm between you and the basket with the creek running at the bottom of it makes the hole a classic.
Thanks to Morgan and all the hole owners for this incredible gift to the rest of the disc golf world. This is a destination course for any avid disc-er visiting the northeast.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 3 Not
Well worth the drive
Pros: In the thick woods of the Southern Adirondack Mountains. Just a perfect spot for DG. Woods, elevation, rocks and a creek. Plus it's a private course so you don't need to worry about dodging park users, or getting caught sipping a brew in public. The woods are thick so you really feel like you're all alone in the world while playing. Most concrete pads are in place. Morgan was finishing the rest while I was there. Next year they'll all be in. Current natural pads were not a problem. Navigation was easy and there are signs at every tee showing layout and distance. Baskets are all in excedllent condition. Great variety. Some ace runs, a few long holes, tons of uphill and downhill throws. Never bored. Just fun freaking golf.
Cons: All the concrete pads weren't in while I was there.
I only had time for 1 round.
It's too far for me to play very often.
Other Thoughts: I went to Hyzer expecting a super-difficult course with extremely tight fairways, big uphill throws, and punishing climbs. I got some off that. But the design is so well done that, and the course flows so nicely that you never feel like you're being worked over. Once it beats you down a little, it throws a nice little tight, short ace run hole at you. You get a breather, and then it comes back at you on the next hole. There is such great variety that you don't mind the long uphill holes that kick your rear. The first few holes warm you up with nice, short birdie or ace opportunities, then the course heats up and starts throwing longer uphill challenges in front of you.
#12 is a 711' down hill throw over an open field. There are huge boulders in the field with footage markers on them so you can gauge your distance. IT"S A DG DRIVING RANGE!!! Very cool. Unless you can't reach that first boulder (400') like me. Made me sad. Then you must get over the creek and throw into the woods towards the basket. As some would say, AWESOMESAUCE!
#16 is a 461' downhill shot through some very tight woods. The basket is conveniently located on a rock in the middle of the creek. Just another great hole.
Kudos to Morgan for building this course. It is one of the best. Make sure to leave him as nice a donation as you can. He's obviously put a lot of time and effort into the property.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 3 Not
Worth the going, worth the ride
Pros: Just beautiful, challenging, fair, and at times awesome. Sweet wooded mountain terrain, with the course obviously cut out of the thick. Fun rugged land and elevation changes and water presence and bridges to traverse throughout the course. And some memorable details.... The ridiculous (in a good way) tee shot at 12, with the 300- and 500-ft. markers way down in the open field. The pin IN THE WATER on 16. The crazy drive through the tight chute on 18. Lots more to remember. What a blast.
Other Thoughts: If you're anywhere near the area (and just driving around camping like I was), this course is worth the going. Just pack in water and whatever, there's not much around (a good thing). Thanks to the people who made/make this course happen.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: This course is very beautiful with rolling hills and great elevation changes. The owner did a great job maintaining the fairways.
Cons: This course is in the middle of nowhere.
Other Thoughts: For what it is it is a great course, I did not think the difficulty level was too high. Walking between holes was harder than throwing on the holes. Again for being a private course it is very nice, however the Grange down in VA has it beat.(maybe an unfair comparison)
6 of 18 people found this review helpful.
23 Helpful / 0 Not
Diamond in the Rough
Pros: Hyzer Creek is one man's maniacal desire to carve out 18 holes of disc golf on about 50 acres of thick woods located in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Oh, by the way, there is a creek that runs through the middle of the course that comes into play on many holes (1, 3, 9, 12, 16, and 18). Morgan has done an excellent job in creating one of the most difficult courses I have ever played. Due to the ruggedness, verticals, length, woods, and pin placements, you are both mentally and physically tired after playing 36 holes here.....but damn, you feel so good when you are done playing.
Due to it's location, it is not very crowded.
You need all your shots (except roller due to tough terrain) to play this course.
Some of my favorite holes and why:
#2- long uphill shot from the teebox that requires a RHBH hyzer around a tree in the middle of the fairway.
#3- a possible ace hole except long skinny fairway with lots of tree and pin protected by a creek and boulders.
#5- this hole is uphill dogleg right that just keeps on going and going. Be real happy is you take a 4 on it.
#12- Morgan cleared about 2-3 acres. tee box is on top of the hill and the pin is 600 feet away with a creek about 100 feet in front of the pin. the pin is nestled inside a cutout shoot of woods. It's been dueced, once.
16- you either love or hate this hole. You can even do both several times while playing this hole. really long, s shaped hole to start with before a gradual fade to the right at the end. BTW, the pin is located on a rock in the middle of the creek and water is OB. Which I had a nickel for every circle ever taken on a score card.
#18- tee box on one side of a gulley and the pin is on the other. You need to throw a straight shot across the gulley, under the canopy to ace it. Greg Kurtz has done this twice, in tourneys, to win ace pots. Good luck to the rest of us.
Cons: Not recommended for the light hearted or folks just begining to play.
A bit rough around the edges (stumps in fairways and brush cut from the fairways still on the sides of the fairways) but one guy with some help, did build this course.
I also wish this one was closer to my house. It is a bit far from civilization.
No running water.
Other Thoughts: Kudos to Morgan. One great course that any serious disc golfer must play. Once you play it, you will definitely come back.
Make a big fat donation when you play to keep the course going.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful.
world class course
11 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation. Lots of parking. Top quality chains (Strokesavers, best chains ever!!) Some par 4 and 5 holes make for good eagle opportunity. Beautiful rugged Adirondacks, clean air. Hole 12 is awesome. Pro shop, score cards, course maps, news bulletin board, two tournaments PDGA sanctioned per year. Hole 16 is famous.
Cons: No place to buy beer within 4 miles.
11 of 16 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 5 Not
Hyzer is fir Huckers
Pros: Great elevation changes, beautiful woods and creek, Variety of shots needed to score well. Plenty of birdie opportunities
Cons: Needs more players to trample down ferns. There is a black fly season in the Spring
Other Thoughts: One of the most fun courses in New York State
11 of 16 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 7 Not
Challenging on nearly every hole!
Pros: Simply one of the top 3 best courses I've played out of nearly 50. Amazing work has been done to0 this place. Each hole is creative, beautiful, and enjoyable. Has anyone mentioned flying squirrels and snakes? :) Beautiful place!
Cons: What others could list as cons for me really aren't cons. It is rugged, can be punishing at times, and I don't mind that I have to pee on a tree. ;)
Other Thoughts: If you can go there to play it---don't hesitate. Great course!!!
7 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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