1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Steady Ed really is the most enjoyable experience of the 3 courses at the IDGC. It's challenging, but doesn't leave you feeling like you just got run over by a Mac truck. Its got the hills of Warner, but the elevation is better utilized and it's got the forested beauty of Jackson. With the addition of water in play on several holes (mainly 5 & 12-14) this makes for a very interesting and fun course in it's own right. It goes without saying that it would be worth making the trip if just to play Steady Ed. As stated in previous reviews, the clubhouse is awesome and the museum is worth a visit just to see some of the amazing memorabilia throughout the years including one of the discs containing some of Ed's ashes. Ed really was a pioneer and a visionary and this course is such a great way to remember him with a fantastic course that perfectly combines both fun and difficulty.
Cons: Unlike the other two courses on this property, this course does not loop back around after the front 9.
As stated on my review of Jackson, no restaurants nearby, so it makes for a miserable experience if you don't bring your own.
Other Thoughts: "We used to say that Frisbee is really a religion, "Frisbyterians", we'd call ourselves. When we die, we don't go to purgatory. We just land up on the roof and lay there."
-"Steady" Ed Headrick
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
The "fun one"
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is the "fun" course at the IDGC. Which means that its still really challenging and has some beastly holes, but you won't be crawling off the 18th green begging for mercy.
This course is the prettiest of the 3 at the IDGC. Lots of elevation change and terrain features, as well as playing around the lake make for a very picturesque round. Its a gorgeous course, no doubt.
Having short tee's available on every hole is really nice for girlfriends, children, or just newer players who aren't quite there yet. Its really great to be able to play this course with a mixed skill level group and everyone can still enjoy the round.
Hole 5 is just a fantastic tee shot. One of the best tee's in disc golf, particularly when its in the long placement. Huge downhill shot, lake on the right, layup path on the left for pansies (aka lefties).
Hole 9 short is one of the prettiest greens I've ever seen. The basket is protected by this beautiful rocky outcropping, its just amazing.
Hole 15 long is awesome. One of these days I will get an eagle. If you can throw 350+ it is theoretically possible, but I have yet to convert. Someday!
All the other holes are great too, but this is a review not a walk through.
15 of the 18 holes have multiple pin placements, and pins are constantly being shuffled around. This means you can play this course many many times and not play the same layout twice, which is awesome!
This is the course I've played the most at the IDGC, because its the most fun and its not nearly as much of a grind as the other two. As much as I love Jackson I've probably played Steady 3-4x more, just because its beautiful, fun, and not a 3 hour slog.
One great thing about playing at the IDGC is that you will ALWAYS get a call back on a lost disc. Way to pay it forward guys!
Cons: I have none. The only thing that makes this a 4 and not a 4.5 or 5 is that I reserve those ratings for gold level courses, which this is not, nor does it pretend to be.
Other Thoughts: Pro tip: on your first round here make sure you take the time to walk up the fairway and spot the pin. Many pins are hidden off the tee and you need to know where you're aiming.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 0 Not
Great memorial for a great man.
Pros: The first thing you see when you enter the Wildwood complex is the PDGA headquarters/pro shop that serves as the centerpiece for the three courses. This shop has everything you could ask for in disc selection, as well as a great lobby full of comfortable couches and televisions usually playing disc golf videos. Behind the pro shop are multiple warm up baskets.
Each course is equipped with a hand-carved sign commemorating the course. Steady Ed's is admittedly the nicest. Every single hole is equipped with a huge concrete tee and an elaborate sign that describes the hole perfectly. Every hole also has multiple pins as well. The layout of the course plays through woods, so every hole is surrounded by trees. Some holes have clear fairways, but the majority have strategically placed trees to shape your shots. Most of the holes are between 300 to 400 feet long. Out of all of the courses on the property this one seems to have the most changes in elevation. There are also seven holes that play along the lake, adding another challenge to the course.
Cons: These were hard to think of. The main thing that got on my nerves here was the fact that there weren't any trash cans on any of the courses. It just seemed odd that courses at one of the nicest facilities in the country lacked trash cans altogether. Another thing that I didn't like was that there was no way of knowing what pin placements were being used. Some holes were in A, while others were in B. I basically had to walk up each fairway until I could see the basket, and then walk back to the tee for my shot.
Other Thoughts: The thing that really separates this course from others that I've played is the thought that went into each hole's design. There were multiple routes for each hole, so you really had to evaluate each throw. The precision needed for each hole is really a tribute to Ed Headrick's preference for accuracy over power. If you're wondering if traveling to Appling is worth it, then you have nothing to fear. You will not be disappointed or bored.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course to play.
Pros: This course is listed as the blue level course at the IDGC. Yet it is probably the most technical of the 3. While it does not have the distances the other 2 courses have it makes up for that in the challenge it gives you.
Elevation, water hazards, and tricky fairways are what this course is about. One is downhill in a tunnel. Two is back up hill. Three is down. Four is a tough uphill right to left, that has your throw going out over the water in order to get it started uphill. It is like this through most of the course. Six, 12, 13, and 14 are the only relatively flat fairways. They are along the lake and tight.
Throughout this course you will be getting into your bag of tricks to get around trees, over water, and out of trouble. With a good mixture of left to right, straight, and right to left it favors no one. Many of the tees will present you with more than one option for your drive pick wisely or be prepared to take your medicine for a bad choice.
The shule is not bad here. With a little patience most errant discs will be found.
There are plenty of benches and trash cans.
Cons: One of the things I always find troubling is when you have to enter an active fairway to get to the next basket. When you cross the bridge to get from the tee on 5 to the basket you are about 100' feet out and 20 feet below the tee for 17. Be observant or you may get hurt. Also the 18th tee for Jackson is below you on 16.
The tee signs, map and scorecard all have different distances to the basket and some of the pars are different.
There is nothing at the tees to tell you which position the basket is stationed. Since most of your throws from the tee are blind and while this is okay a first time player will find their score effected.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course I played at the IDGC. The place is a great facility and should be on every persons to-do list.
The beauty of the location and the facilities go into making this a 4 course. Without those it would be a 3.5.
After talking to Brian and Jason you will discover that this is still a work in progress. So any issues will be fixed when possible.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Other Thoughts: The long tees are designed for Blue level not gold level as some have posted, The Red tee positions were designed and marked from the beginning as Steady Ed would have wanted. However, budget constraints for getting all three courses initially installed took precedent over getting cement on the Red tees. Once these go in, this will be the best course for less experienced players. In addition, the Red tees are the drop zones for players who go OB from the Blue tees into the lake on six holes.
There were only eight sets of pin combinations planned with each layout being named. At some point, the pin location will be marked on each tee sign so players know whether a pin is in the A or B position. White stakes are planned on the lake holes to mark a permanent OB line so each hole plays with the same challenge regardless of the lake level the day you play it.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Straight from Wisconsin
Pros: good mix of short and long holes, lots of tricky pin placements and hazards. Very challenging and good to use as the first course you play out of the three. Well mapped out tee off to tee off.
Cons: needs to be groomed a bit, made it a bit difficult to determine pin placement. not too much else to say.
Other Thoughts: We drove st8 through the night to get here (16 hours) and played this course immediately. By far a great start to great area for disc golf.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I Love Ed! It can definitley put you in your place. The lines are there but they are tight. Placement is key. Just 'cause it's the "easiest" doesn't mean it is easy! These are gold level courses at the IDGC,so yes, there are trees on the course and fairways! The piece of land they used for the IDGC is a good spread. The Ed has cool granite boulders and outcroppings with nice pin placments within the rock formations. Water in play on a few holes when it's high enough.
#5 is sick!
Cons: Not too fond of the alternate pin placements.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
22 Helpful / 0 Not
if you can't take the trees..stay off the fairway
Pros: Long and tight, many placement shot holes. Some even allow you to bomb drives through tight woods- just be sure you know where you need to land. Scenic, rolling wooded hills by the lake. Cement tees, signs. All possible amenities on-site at the IDGC. 1 of 3 courses to pick from on site. Bad shots deservingly punished, but usually can make the shot to try and recover.
Cons: -When set up anything but shortest layout, it may be too tough (as in more of a hassle and frustrating experience) for beginners.
-Lake water level so low the water was nowhere NEAR being in play, instead 100's of feet away and therefore not adding a challenge yet still marked off OB area.
-With many layouts, can be hard to know which one it's in.
-A few holes (#3, #16) probably need re-designed or widened.
Other Thoughts: Other reviewers may not have had the necessary skill to play this course, which is frankly not meant to be played by lower level players without some high HIGH scores to be expected. I had no problem sticking to all but a few fairways, and making my shots work when needed.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful.
25 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has new DGA baskets, concrete tee pads, and good tee signs. There are benches on every hole.
The course is heavily wooded, but the fairways are mostly fair. Lots of variety throughout the course, including water, elevation, distances, shot selection, multiple pin placements, and scoring spread. This is a technical course because you have to bring your mental game as well as your physical game. This course is the tighter, but shorter of the 3 courses currently installed at the IDGC.
Cons: It costs money to enter the park ($2), then more money to play the courses ($5 for a weekend pass).
The drought in GA as mentioned already does take a lot of danger and beauty out of the water holes, turning many of them into easier birdie holes. The course does not loop back to the club house at the half way point.
If you are not at least an advanced level player, then you better enjoy a challenge or else this course can be very tough, especially if the water is up or if the positions are in the longs.
Other Thoughts: This is a Blue Level course when everything is in the longs and the water level is up. As a blue level pro player at the time of this review, I love the challenge of this course. Unfortunately, when I played the course, the water level was down and quite a few holes were in the shorts. I look forward to playing this course again when it is at its toughest.
Home of the IDGC, you can visit the pro shop, hang out in the club house in the air conditioner and watch disc golf videos, all between your rounds. The bathrooms are nice and clean. You can camp in the park, both with running water and electricity or primitive.
There is also 2 other good courses right across the parking lot. This is a great disc golf destination.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful.
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