10 Helpful / 1 Not
The Best of the Best
Pros: The Steady Ed Headrick Memorial course is on the grounds of the PDGA International Disc Golf Center with two other 18 -hole gold courses. As you would expect, the course is very well taken care of and the tee pads, signs and baskets are the finest. In fact, it even has special baskets made especially for the course. There are lots of trees (and shade), but, the course is so well maintained that a disc from even a very errant shot can still be located. The course also is located on a lake and the scenery is really nice. Additionally, navigation is smooth as silk, even if you are out for the first time.
Cons: For the sake of not leaving the cons section blank, the only con I can conjure up is that is that it is a pay course, but it is so nice that I really don't care.
Other Thoughts: Steady Ed Headrick Memorial is long course that is fairly heavily wooded. Sixteen of the baskets have alternate locations that vary your look (i.e., one tee pad per hole). On the day I played Steady Ed, the length was around 6,885 (as of July 2, 2009). So, the average hole is 382' and fairly heavily wooded. Steady Ed sets up well for the finesse player that still has a pretty big arm (i.e., 350'+ drives). If you don't stay in the fairways, your score will suffer. The course humbled me, but I still loved it and think it is the best course I have played to date. Holes 8, 9 and 17 also had some really neat catcher placements that were nestled into boulders. Steady Ed Headrick Memorial is a must play course if you are anywhere near it and, even on its own, it is worth traveling and a hotel to play at. Throw in two other eighteen hole courses on the same grounds and you are in a disc golfers dream. It really doesn't get any better.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 10 Not
A+ = Top Shelf!
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- A+
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- A+
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- A+
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- A
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- B
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor...more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
7 of 17 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.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
A Great Course
Pros: One of the best layouts that I have seen in course design. Holes are fair, challanging and scenic. Baskets are of superior quality. Course is easy to navigate.
Cons: Very little negative. I noticed that the distance on hole #16 was incorrect.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is one of the best that I have seen/played. It is still a little rough around the edges, but given a little 'beat-in time' this course will only continue to impress. The lake was down when I played, so hopefully those water shots will eventually come back into play.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: the course is the easiest of all the courses at the IDGC the fairways are fair and if you dont go to far off the fairways they are easy to get back onto but you will need to bring every disc un your bag because each hole is different
Cons: some of the fairways where you need bomb of a drive could be widened
Other Thoughts: the pin positions can be change around and the course can be made longer with just a few changes so before going out to play ask at the idge club house what the pin positions are in
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
A true mental test
Pros: Very challenging. This course will put anyone in their place and helps you figure out very quickly how good you really are. A humbling experience. Very good tee signs, easy to navigate, multiple pin placements, very pretty setting and its at a wonderful facility.
Cons: Not a whole lot...can be very frustrating at times
Other Thoughts: This is a championship style course, so its not supposed to be easy...beginners would not have a good time here..
3 of 8 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.
4 Helpful / 47 Not
Pros: The only pro I can really come up with is that some of the holes might have potential if dozens of trees were removed. UPDATE 5/19/09, after playing the course again recently it seemed slightly better than before. I think it is just because I am getting more used to playing unfair courses. As a result I have increased my rating from zero to one.
Cons: This course simply is too tight and unfair. It really is unplayable and is an extreme disappointment. It is not near any town and I have personally seen people leave in frustration. This is the type of course that a 900 rated player and a 1000 rated player can play the same depending on luck. I hate the idea of throwing a perfect shot only to have it hit a twig on a tree that you couldn't even see from the tee and watching your disc fly into the lake. One can throw good shots and still make double digit numbers on several of these holes.
Other Thoughts: This land is really not conducive to having a disc golf course unless literally hundreds of trees are removed. I will say that the W.R. Jackson course is slightly more playable but overall the IDGC should not have been built on this property.
4 of 51 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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