5 Helpful / 1 Not
The tee areas are great! Benches and trash cans at each teepad. Excellent tee signs showing the location of the two baskets relative to the trees, distance information, hooks for your bag, and a picture/facts about a local bird. Easy navigation - next tee signs, simply follow the obvious path, Plays in a counter-clockwise direction - didn't even need the map.
The teepads, while concrete, were narrow, short, not always level, and had ankle-twisting drop-offs at the end.
Course plays on the undulating land of a public park next to a lake. There are some moderately-sized trees on some holes, but most fairways are defined by smaller trees and thick bushes. The fairways are challenging for the intermediate/advanced player, but nothing ridiculous.. Very nice blend of flat, cross-slope, up-n-over, across-valley holes, but no elevation change would be considered extreme. Good range of distance variation, too - a couple just below 200', a few approaching 400', but most following around 275', give-or-take 50'.
Nine tees but eighteen baskets. For the most part, the baskets on the front nine are shorter and right-turn oriented, while the, back nine are longer and left-turning. The turns tend to be subtle and occur near the basket. By the way, too far right on #2, and you'll find water!
Not very far from the food/petrol options on I75. One shelter and one small play area for kids, so the land seem "dedicated" to disc golf. A very solid course, and certainly worth a short diversion if on a long roadtrip.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great in Spring
Pros: - Good basket placements. To do well on this course you're going to need a good mix of left and right shots.
- Good hole maps. There doesn't seem to be any maps of the whole course that i can find, but each tee pad has a signpost with a pretty good map of the hole.
- Great use of elevation. The couple long holes make use of those great "over the valley" drives we all love.
- Rest stops. Almost every tee has a garbage can and a bench.
Cons: - Thorns. The rough here is completely filled with a dozen different kinds of thorny vines and bushes, and if you've got to go in after your disc..well...i hope you're wearing long pants.
- Mud. Even though this course is set in rolling hills, it still gets awful soupy out there after it rains.
- Some of the tee pads are rather small. If you like to use a big x-step when you drive, you might feel a little boxed in.
Other Thoughts: - This course doesn't offer a lot of opportunities to throw long drives. If you only play disc golf to launch those long bombs, then this course may not be for you. But if you can appreciate that long drives are only one part of a greater game, then Catalpa is a nice place to be.
- If you're going to bring alcohol to the course, keep it out of sight when you're in view of the parking lot. The park is regularly patrolled and Richmond cops are notoriously heavy-handed with college kids and non-residents.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 9 Not
B = Better Than Average
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- B-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B+
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- B+
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 -- NA
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.
3 of 12 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Holes are short and wooded, favoring controlled shots over big arms. The fairways are cleared well enough that you don't have to thread the needle on every shot. Does a great job of using 2 baskets per fairway, and not making it seem like you're playing the same hole twice. I liked the tee signs, they had info on different species of bird, at least it would give you something to do if you were behind a slow group.
Cons: Stay in the fairway, or else... the course is in a bird sanctuary, so I wouldn't expect the rough to be cleared much. With having 18 holes on 9 fairways, I could see backups being a problem if many people were playing.
Other Thoughts: If you stay in the fairway this course is pretty easy, lots of 2 and 3 opportunities. I land way left on 8 every time, home to the thickest brush pile in the world. Be warned.
It looks like the club is trying to remedy the mud problem by placing stepping stones along certain areas of the path, but I've never played after a rain so I can't say for sure if it works or not.
Since there are multiple paths going everywhere, it could be confusing on which one to take, look for the white signs with arrows on them.
If I had to choose a wooded course around Lexington, I'd play Veteran's over Catalpa, its longer and more challenging I think, but this is still a fun course.
I saw a turkey there last time I played...
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Short and heavily wooded
Pros: Nice mix of shots, very tight woods, nice "in the woods" beginner course, great utilization of land
Cons: horrible walk from 5 to 6 (i used a cut through instead of walking the quarter mile around the park), many stumps still in fairway, lots of debris on a few of the fairways, course gets very muddy, many fairways lined with briars
Other Thoughts: I really liked the idea of the dual baskets on a small piece of land but i would honestly like to see a little bit of a redesign due the long walk from 5 to 6 (15-16).
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Despite only having 9 tees, this course does a remarkable job of changing up the alternate holes to keep it from feeling like a repeat. The first 9 are mostly sidearm holes while the back 9 are better for backhand throwers. The course has been cleared fairly well, so although it's a wooded course, there are straight shots to the holes and plenty of birdie possibilities.
Cons: Horribly muddy. Hole 7/17 (or 6/16?) is nasty to walk. Also beware of the house ruins (former meth lab?) and rusty nails. Hole 2 is right next to a lake, and if you sidearm over the fence, you probably won't be getting your disc back.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth the 30 minute drive from Lexington if you're up for a fairly fast round.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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