1 Helpful / 1 Not
A Good, Fun Course
Pros: There are a variety of hole types, from relatively wide open fairways to tight shots that need to be made in and around trees. Holes ranging from about 150 feet to 400 feet allow you to disc down and focus on technique. The course has great equipment; nice concrete tee boxes, good signage and Discatcher Pro baskets are all found here. The course is not super affected by weather. Water drains pretty well from most of the course and the wind can only be a factor on a few holes.
Cons: The first half of the course is quite short, and a couple of those short holes have pin positions that are simply not challenging. During peak season, the park gets busy on the weekends. Parts of the course run along other recreation areas, so you have to watch out for people both on the trail and meandering through the course. Many of the holes are quite close together, so you also have to ensure you aren't going to be hitting any other players. Because this course is so accessible, you may find very large groups or groups with kids using inadequate discs.
Other Thoughts: This is a good wooded course. It's not outstanding in really any way, but it's one I enjoy playing often. There are 18 holes, many of which have multiple pin positions and/or two tees. It's a perfect course to introduce somebody to the game, as the holes skew short and can be played with only one or two discs without much trouble. Leave your distance drivers at home, as the most you'll need here is a speed 8 or 9 driver. During the week and the winter, it's often empty. You can play a round in an hour, which is great if you're limited by time. There is a $10 fee per car to get into the park if you aren't a resident of the county, but that's only collected on weekends and holidays during the spring, summer and early fall. They sell a very limited selection of Innova DX discs at the park office, which is on your right when entering the park. Camping is available in the park from mid April through the end of October for $28 per campsite.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Course Near the Train Tracks
Pros: The signs and tee pads were great which is the first thing you notice when you walk up to the first tee. Easy to follow course. It has nice medium length holes that seem longer sometimes which is nice. The signs have the pars on there for you which is awesome.
Cons: The first 5 or 6 holes are right near the entrance to a kiddie train ride and an ice cream stand and a playground. So on a busy day ( like when we went) kids will wander on to the course and put sticks in the baskets which we had to remove and warn kids to get out of the way so they wouldn't get hit. But not to many course cons I can think of which is great.
Other Thoughts: The first few holes are very short but after hole 5 it gets a bit longer with some tougher drives to make the course more challenging. This course requires a good mid-range game and putting well will help get those birdies.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Disc Golf at a carnival
Pros: Great signs and teepads. The holes start off criss-crossing in a small patch of woods, but it soon opens up and you get to a few in the open that give you a chance to throw a little harder. Most holes are pretty short through the woods. Great course to work on your mid-range game and accuracy of your drives.
Cons: The beginning of the course is right next to a small park with a carousel and a small train. There were a lot of people around and they got in the way a few times.
Other Thoughts: There isn't much chance to really grip and rip any super long drives like I usually like to do, but overall it was a very nice course to play.I would recommend it to anyone in the area. It says pay to play, but there was nobody in the booth when we got there.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pretty sweet course
Pros: Variety of shots - You'll throw all kinds of shots here. You can save yourself many a stroke if you have a good RHFH
Holes are pretty well marked, close together, and naturally flowing. I get lost on the simplest of courses, and I have never that issue here.
Very beginner friendly - Rough is pretty forgiving, pretty hard to lose discs here too.
Great tee signs - Accurate and tell you everything you'd wanna know
Awesome pro tees - Rather than just adding some yardage, the pro tees give you a completely different, and more difficult, look at the hole, that will really spice up the round if this course is a bit too easy for you
The holes start off easy and get harder
Rounds typically take 45 minutes or less, so you can play as many as you want.
Well placed trees - each tree on each hole is a clever obstacle that will make or break your score
Most holes are wooded but the woods are not too thick, making for lots of tricky but very possible shots.
Theres a small additional parking lot for the back 9 if you'd rather start there.
Cons: You never really get a chance to use any muscle - Some would say you don't even need a driver on this course, I only use it for 1 or 2 holes
Lots of traffic - always very crowded, by disc golfers and pedestrians alike. I've had to explain to many a bewildered mother that the disc golf course was not part of the playground.
Only 3 open field holes and even on these ones the trees will give you trouble
theres no water fountains anywhere. (in the whole park, not just the DG course.)
Pedestrians with small children often wander through the fairways
It's easy to fall off the high tee pads and sprain your ankle during your drives
If you're not a Fairfax resident, it costs $10 to enter the park, but this is rarely enforced.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and I play it nearly every other day. While there are quite a few cons, most of them are pretty negligible. This course makes excellent use of a small space, and is a great quick round to get in after school or work.
You can apparently buy Innova discs at the park, but I have never seen anything like that.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Beautiful scenery, tees in good condition, nice signs, enough variation between different holes.
Cons: People not playing disc golf wandered occasionally to the fairways which caused some delay.
Other Thoughts: Being a Finnish player the Burke Lake Park was an exotic experience. Lots of beautiful scenery and very different flora and fauna.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun little course
Pros: I really enjoyed the flow of this course. The signs were very well done (Full color, showed path to next hole, pegs showed which current hole was in use). There were plenty of ace possibilities, as a few holes were very short. Manditories were also well marked.
Cons: The biggest complaint I have with this course are the ultra-high tee pads (There were more than one occasion where I was sure I was going to fall off and twist my ankle). My other big complaints were the foot traffic around the course, how close each hole was to one another, and the amount of other players on the course. Not that a lot of players is a bad thing, but when the holes are that close to each other, you run the risk of hitting someone on another hole and visa versa. As for the foot traffic, the course is situated between a carousel, train, and trail. One hole was so close to the carousel that we got heckeled by the riders. The joggers with thier kids also made the way onto the course as they used it for a short cut to the train or ice cream shop. My last complaint is all the trash. For a public park, there were a ton of empty beer cans and no trash cans.
Other Thoughts: I know I rambled on with my complaints, and while there were a lot of them, this was still a fun & exciting course to bring a couple newcomers to. They had a great time and so did I !
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Vacation Disc Golf, loved it!
Pros: I would have never thought there would be a course here.
Uses lots of different shots. i had to use BH, FH, AND OH.
It is situated on a 888 acre lake with a merry go round and a small train.
Then, you step up to hole one and it is right across from the 7 hole, so you step onto the awesome concrete teepads and look at these beautiful tee signs. They have real pictures of the landscape and and the pictures of the different pins for each hole. the pins are marked with a screw that is in the specific hole on the sign. So you see all this and the hole is one of the easiest holes i have ever played, 146ft.I deuced the hole and the baskets were innove discatchers in nice shape.
The first 5 holes were my favorite holes on the course, elevation was good, lots of drops and easy deuces.
However, once you got to get to the back 9, it gets way more difficult. Hole 9 is a hole with 250ft, and lots of elevation and the basket is kind of tucked away in the woods. hole 10 and 11 are the only open holes on the course, and of course i manage to lose my black dyed monarch on hole 10, the most open hole on the course.
Then you cross the street and its back to the very tight, wooded area. On a couple holes i threw a fh and it skimmed past a tree but hit a tree right behind it -_-.
On 18, it shoots back around to the beginning of the course, and then on the way out you can get some ice cream!
Cons: very crowded!!! On the first 5 holes there is a jogging path with lots of people and children.
There also was lots of dgers and i had to wait for some guys from holes 10-18 and then there were some guys behind me waiting for me.
The fairways were very close together and i had to stop several times because im not the most accurate player and feared i might hit other people.
Also, there were people walking across the fairways on hole 1 and 2.
Costs $10 if your not a fairfax county resident( but when i rented a car with a virginia plate, I just said i had just moved here and didnt have any proof and they let me in for free.)
Other Thoughts: very beginner friendly and would love to come back. I got a 53, -2 :) next time i go and see my aunt i must come back on a weekday though because it was too crowded. I didnt get to actually see the shop, but i hear that there is a place where you can buy some discs, like 15-16 for champion. they only carry innova and nothing special, like kites and maybe a teebird. also if you have the time, the fishing was also really fun, i caught a bass and a couple catfish. :)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Train rides and ace runs!
Pros: This was a fun, crazy little course.
First off you walk through a mini carnival to get to hole #1. There is an ice cream parlor, playground, bathrooms, miniature golf, vending machines, a train and a freakin carousel! This could be the easiest course ever to convince your wife and kids to come to so you can get a round in.
Next up you get to hole #1 and look at the tee sign which just happens to be "The Nicest Tee Sign Ever"! And there are 17 more of these little beauties out there. They are full color, accurate overviews of the hole (and surrounding area), with distance for all pin positions and tees and where the next tee is located. There is also peg hole to indicate which pin position it is currently in. These signs should be held up as shining examples of what disc golf tee signs can be. Of course after you look at the sweet tee sign you realize that the hole is like 140 ft long and a super easy deuce/ace run...
Burke Lake has a really nice progression to it. The course starts pretty easy with a lot of deuce opportunities on the front 9 but as you go along the holes become a little more difficult, the distance increases a bit, the elevation changes get a little bigger and the angles to pin are harder.
All but 2-3 holes are in thick woods but the fairways are easy to navigate and the underbrush is minimal. There is a good balance to the holes with maybe a slight edge to a gentle anny off the tee. Some good line shaping is necessary to get a shot at a deuce on most holes and the whole course places a nice emphasis on hitting your lines and touch shots. Even if you do get offline though the rough is pretty forgiving.
The Innova Disc Catchers are in great shape and are good to have since they are so visible in the thick woods. There are two concrete tees every hole with the "Advanced" tee adding some extra distance and usually a shifted starting angle.
Maintenance on the course is very good. The grass (what little there is) was mowed and there was very little debris on the course.
Navigation was very easy even without the tee signs telling you where the next tee is. There is a very good flow to the course that makes it easy to follow.
A very fun course with a lot to offer for all levels of players.
Cons: Busy. Even without the mini carnival in operation this course gets a good amount of play on it. On a weekday morning there were easily 10 groups playing. With the fairways so close together that means a lot of discs flying close by. There were also lots of joggers and pedestrians near the course (although I didn't see any non dgers on the course itself). You might run into back ups here and you definitely want to keep an eye out for other players.
Some of the tees had some pretty significant drop offs around them. A couple were 6 to 8 inches off the ground which can easily lead to turned ankles or falls.
Short and not terribly challenging. On this course it is unlikely that you will need to break out the drivers. If you can throw a controlled mid you should get a lot of deuce looks here. If you like to air out your plastic then this is not the course for you.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course that I can see has a good following with good reason.
There are lots of deuces available with a couple of good ace runs. I would love to take a beginner out on this course since it would be challenging for them without being discouraging.
It is always nice to have to other courses right down the road in Giles Run and Pohick Bay.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The signs were great here. The course flowed really well and was easy to follow. There were pro and am tees on nearly every hole which made it more challenging.
Cons: There weren't many 4 holes and no 5 holes. It would have been nice to air it out on a few but a flick shot was always enough.
Other Thoughts: Some of the Pro tees were covered over a bit, so it didn't seem like they were played all the time. But always check to see if they are there, they make it a more enjoyable round.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great signs. Good mix of open and wooded holes.
Cons: Busy. A lot of other foot traffic through the course; dog walkers etc. I couldn't find any maps and I am sure I couldn't have navigated this course without help of a local player I joined. Fairly congested, long throws will put you in another fairway
Other Thoughts: This is a good recreational course. Other enjoyable things to do while in the park.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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