18 Helpful / 0 Not
From the ashes, Hyzer rises
Pros: 18 hole course carved out of a wooded plot in the southern edge of the Adirondacks.
- Devotion - Morgan took this course from blank slate and basically designed and built this on his own - felled trees, removed/burned (controlled) brush, moved boulders, dragged concrete tee pads - you name it, he did it himself
- Private course, so $5 donation is strongly encouraged to help continued upkeep and improvements
- Practice basket right near parking/hole #1
- Beautiful wooded course with a variety of hole types - many short tight holes, which are challenging and rewarding if you hit the line (#1, #3, #11, #18, etc.) - open drive holes gives you room to stretch your arm out (#5, #12, #15, #17, etc.)
- Elevation really comes into play - you get to tackle multiple uphill and downhill drives and approaches - combined with numerous trees and right/left turns makes for wonderful challenges
- Signature holes - some courses are lucky to have 1 hole that you clearly remember and look forward to playing, well...this course has 2 of them! With all due respect to the entire course (I love holes 1, 5, 13, 15), holes #12 (essentially a DG driving range, with an elevated tee, 600' of a wide open field, complete with distance markers painted on boulders, then a cool approach over a boulder filled creek to an elevated pin in a wooded cove) and #16 (wind your way down a tight, challenging fairway to eventually be greeted by the coolest pin I've come across, which is set in stones in the middle of the gentle creek, which is not so wide/deep/fast that a missed or errant throw would make you lose a disc)
- You don't have all of the short holes right in a row or all of the big open holes right in a row
- Concrete tees create consistent, even footing
- Excellent tee signs, with great info and distances
- Baskets have a bit of variety, but are all in good shape
- "Next tee" signs create very easy navigation
- Very little, to no, trash
- This course makes you work and improve your game - until playing this course, I didn't have to worry about a power uphill hyzer or the importance of laser lines through tight alleys - a par 3 hole can turn into a 5 or 6 quickly without finesse here
Cons: Not much and dwarfed by the pros:
- While the concrete pads are nice and certainly better than bumpy dirt/gravel, since they mostly sit an inch or 2 above grade (intentional to avoid water pooling/freezing), the small size makes a larger runup difficult for people who want/need it
- While the "new new" hole #17 (long tee) is very fun and challenging, your drive goes headfirst into the second half of #12's fairway, which could be a problem if someone from #12 is out of sight in the brush looking for their errant drive - some delays/spotters needed on crowded days or tourneys - also, the "walk" from the tee down to the creek is a bit cumbersome
- Hole #18 kind of takes you away from the parking lot, so you actually have to backtrack down the fairway once you're done (it's a short hole, though)
- Bridges and stone walkways over the creek are not incredibly sturdy
Other Thoughts: - Course map not on site, but it is available on the website and navigation is pretty easy anyway
- 2nd half of fairway #17 is a bit rough, since it was only recently carved out - soon enough, everything will be dead and trampled down
- Not much parking (save the land for quality DG holes), but not a problem on regular days - can be crowded for tourneys, so please car pool
- Bring bug spray during warm/muggy months
This course really in a gem in the Adirondacks. The course itself is varied, challenging and fun, but the real impressive thing is how it was just carved out from nothing (or burned out - check out the videos on youtube), rather than having a park or trails as framework.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
53 Helpful / 9 Not
high expectations, but i still liked it
Pros: very challenging. concrete tee boxes. seating at most holes.mostly shaded. some holes had great signage others ok but they are faded and showing signs of wear. use of all throwing styles needed. it was layed out so you could really play any combination of holes in various random orders if you were short on time or just wanted to throw a few more after 18. ie you could skip 5 and 6 and play 7 and 8 without much walking distance. i did not see garbage anywhere.
Cons: challenging. therefore could be discouraging. i did not see garbage cans. thickly wooded outside fairways, or rough, while still having the intended fairway wooded. tee boxes had no standard size. at 6' tall some tee boxes were too small for a one step backhand. in addition they were elevated about ground level. stumps, rocks , and other debris make for an ankle busting oasis in the fairways. if you have weak ankles or poor balance you might want to skip this one. most all the baskets had no back side putting green. it seemed 8ft behind every basket was wooded rough. just seemed poorly planned. map seemed out of scale. we found our way fine, but the intended route descriptions seemed off.
Other Thoughts: im sure locals will hate me for posting this rating, but this course was just not a 5 star course. just because its " 2nd" best in NY does not make it a 5 star. i wish i would have had the time to play the course twice because i did feel some holes were a little deceiving. there were alot of up hill shots i would have liked another shot at. 5 in particular. it was pretty dry when i played but i imagine this place good be loaded with mosquitoes and deer flys early in the season. might want to bring bug spray with you. mud also inevitable year round as you will be crossing the creek several times. i would suggest a light hiking shoe to conquer the terrain. my girlfriend wore running shoes and she did not fair so well with traction. all in all it was a weird, perhaps unique, course but one none the less.
53 of 62 people found this review helpful.
30 Helpful / 2 Not
Beautiful woods course
Pros: The course plays through hilly woods with dense trees and enough underbrush to punish errant shots. There are usually recovery lines available, but you'll pay for missing your line. There is a really nice mix of hole lengths, with some ace runs and some long holes including the big open downhill bomb and some tight longer holes that make most players execute a fairway shot to get to the pin. There is also a really nice mix of hole shapes, you'll need all kinds of shots to be successful and it plays balanced between right and left turning fairways.
The signs are descriptive enough to give a good idea of hole distance and layout, and the course flow is excellent with no real navigation issues. Just about every hole has decent concrete pads, quite a feat getting them in all the way in the back of the course. There were some very creative basket placements on slopes and one in a creek adding some risk to the short game. The front and back 9s loop back to the beginning of the course which is a nice bonus.
Cons: A few holes still had natural pads when I played, and those weren't very level. A couple of the concrete pads were a little small and raised above the grade making them a bit awkward. Some of the creek crossings are a bit rickety, though having anything on a private course is nice. A few areas of the course were a bit muddy and eroded.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course pretty rugged, though if you are up for the hike the holes are not terribly long. More experienced players will find some interesting challenges and variety, it's not the toughest course but it does make you hit some nice technical lines. I would definitely play here again, it's a fun layout and a ton of work has gone into making it a nice place to play.
30 of 32 people found this review helpful.
16 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.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful.
19 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.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful.
20 Helpful / 1 Not
A must-play course, wherever you are
Pros: - The course. The whole course is excellent with a variety of holes. From small, compact shots through the woods to the virtual driving range of more than 700 feet. And that one has water to worry about (I know, I splashed down there!).
- Design. The course has all sorts of holes from doglegs, to straight, to long, to short. There's water and creativity. Why wouldn't someone want to play here?
- Terrain. If you are looking for a place where it's all flat and open, go elsewhere. This course has a couple of "flatter" holes, but you're going to go up and down and really feel like you've had a bit of a workout when done. It's really nice.
- Upkeep. Everything here seems excellent. There were a couple of wet spots, but unless Morgan is tapped into Mother Nature's phone, I'm not sure how this would be done. The fairways are easily seen and the signs are very helpful.
- Serenity. With this being in the Adirondacks and being private, there's no worry of people just hiking around or doing something else. People you'll see are disc golfers and that's excellent. We were out there and didn't hear hardly anyone. So nice. Peaceful, too.
- Tee signs. There are signs at each tee and arrows or orange blazes to lead you to the next tee. Very nice, especially when in the woods!
- The beginning. Scorecards. Maps. A spot for found discs. It's very nice before you get going. It's well worth donating to the cause here. Be generous if you can!
Cons: - It's a hike for me to get here, or I'd play it a bit more to get a better feel of it!
- Beginners beware. Though you can easily play the course, don't expect to put up great numbers right away. The course isn't a pitch-and-putt and it's going to challenge your physical abilities and mind. I felt all of this and then some. But when done, I realized I wanted to play this one more than this time to see if I can continue to improve here!
Neither of these are a true con. This course is really awesome. Any little things that might be an irk are quickly wiped out by a great course and everything else.
Other Thoughts: Awesome!
If you like disc golf, hiking and the outdoors, this course is everything you could possibly want and then some. You're in the woods, hiking with elevation changes on an incredible course that makes you realize how wonderful this game is.
It's not easy, however. This course is tough as can be and reels you in when you think you can figure things out. For a newcomer (such as myself), it was difficult and frustrating, but makes you want to come back again and again to try and figure it out.
My favorite holes were No. 12, No. 16 and No. 18.
On 12, I will like it even more when I can grip it and rip it a little better. No. 16 is simply incredible and creative beyond what I would think. Way too cool. And No. 18 is my favorite on the course. That is absolutely wild. I really enjoyed that one and could have played it over and over. I honestly can't think of a hole I really didn't like. I had some "least favorites," for this reason or that, but I loved the whole course.
I look forward to coming back and playing this as many times as I can!
20 of 21 people found this review helpful.
16 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.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 13 Not
Zen + The Art of Hyzer Creek
Pros: Great Course-Incredibly fun design. Many Birdy Opportunities-Extremely liberal Pars.
Morgan has truly created a genius masterpiece of a course.
I play Pro, and this course is great for the experienced Disc Golfer.
One of the best I've ever played.
Other Thoughts: Thanks Morgan!!!
If there was a Disc Golf Hall of Fame in the Albany Area-Morgan would be the first one inducted.
10 of 23 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Adirondack Course
Pros: -Dedicated disc golf course
-Intelligent design utilizing the beautiful landscape
-Variety of holes from short tight to long and open
-Elevation on almost all holes
-Well designed fairways
-Starting to get concrete tee pads
-Looks like DGA Mach baskets with some custom stands
-Some very interesting pin locations
-Signs on all tees and trees marked for path to next tee
-Nestled on private land in the Adirondack mountains, a beautiful setting for a course
Cons: Can't think of to many so...
-Private, pay to play(optional)
Other Thoughts: Got a chance to play this course twice on my way to and from Lake George. The course is amazing in my opinion. I love the Adirondacks and it's great to see a course utilize such a beautiful natural environment. I was lucky enough to enjoy moderate temps(mid 70s) and didn't experience any bug problems, but I'm sure they exist as you are in the wilderness. The course could be tough on people not in shape as there is constant elevation change and it ends up being quite a work out by the end, but that makes it all the more worth while. The course is tough, but fair with quite a few risk/reward shots. I would probably recommend against bringing a beginner here as it could be quite tough on someone without accuracy and several different throws. For the seasoned player it is a gem that is probably underutilized given it's location. They were in the process of adding concrete tee pads with a few already installed. The gravel tees were in good shape and fairly level, much better than most natural tees I've used. I would highly recommend this course to anyone traveling in the area.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
19 Helpful / 2 Not
Rugged old school disc golf
Pros: Mainly technical woods holes with some open fairways
Rugged 'old school' disc golf feel
Secluded and private - disc golf only!
Elevation integrated on practically every hole
Hyzer creek appears as a hazard on a third of the holes (shallow and non-disc eating)
Low disc loss possibilities
For land available, its intelligently designed and flows well for the most part
Signage at all of the natural/gravel tee pads
Red circles painted on trees showing the path to next tee (as well as some 'next tee' signs and arrows)
Tough mentally (tight woods) and physically (up/down elevation) but extremely fair
Very creative pin placements (on rocks, in creek) and challenging (sloping, elevated, drop offs, by creek)
Custom baskets in great shape
Not for the casual or recreational player
Deer flies in summer were tremendously/immensely/immeasurably annoying even wearing bug repellent!
lack of amenities (on private land)
ruggedness may be turn off for some players especially novices or beginners
some players may find natural/gravel tees to be a 'con'
Pay to play/signing waiver (this is private land, course was created by owner so not a problem for me but it may be for some)
Other Thoughts: This was my first time playing a course located on someone's private land and I have to say, it was quite an enjoyable experience even though in the mid-90's, ridiculously humid & teeming with continuous insect incursion.
Except for holes 5, 8, 12 and 16 (the latter which has an extremely generous par of 5 taking into account a layup stroke due to the basket in the creek), this course is old school par 3 disc golf. Meaning that many holes have a shorter length with most of the difficultly found in some combination of tight, technical wooded fairways, elevation changes, water hazards, trouble off the fairway and strategic basket placements.
Also reminiscent of 'traditional' disc golf was the rugged, secluded & unspoiled feel of the course. Being on private land and an exclusive disc golf area are also big plusses.
It's apparent how much thought, effort, hard work and dedication the owner has invested in Hyzer Creek as this hidden gem will only reveal itself to those fortunate enough to play it. So what are you waiting for? Go give it a play!
19 of 21 people found this review helpful.
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