Pros: This course provides a nice mixture of wooded and open holes. The wooded holes are very tight and sometimes lengthy requiring you to really plan out your throws ahead of time. The woods are pretty forgiving if you have a stray throw. Provides some unique shots. 1 pretty scary water hazard for a beginner. Baskets are easy to spot as well.
The open holes are really far which allows you to really test how far you can throw.
Cons: Tee's are dirt, which I am not a fan of.
I like seeing trashcans spread throughout the course, the only ones I saw where near the playground and pavilion area.
This can be a long course for those just starting out.
Other Thoughts: They are currently redesigning this course. I went in early June and they were just getting started so beware of this. Holes 2-4 were missing and that's as far as we went.
When this course is complete it should be even better than before. Definitely worth making a trip to play this course.
I will reevaluate this course as soon as the redesign is complete.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Toughest Course Around
Pros: - Great variety of distances & types of holes, including long downhill drives, tight wooded shots, water hazards, etc.
- Makes excellent use of elevation on several holes
- Very picturesque, most of the course is untouched woods. Playing the course feels like a hike through the woods.
- Part of a large recreation park that contains restrooms, picnic shelter, & several other sports facilities. However, this portion of the park is dedicated to disc golf so there's no conflict with pedestrians or other activities.
- Compacted gravel tee pads (for white tees) and signage
- Course is well-maintained, you can tell the local players & rec department take the time to clear fairways, build bridges, etc.
Cons: - A couple holes (#13 and #14 come to mind) have poorly defined fairways, which can become very frustrating. Taking out a couple more trees could greatly improve these holes.
- Only 3-4 holes are wide open drives, so big-armed players may be a little disappointed
- Red and blue tee locations are shown on maps but not always easy to find
Other Thoughts: In my opinion, Sontag DGC is the most challenging course in the area. The course forces you to use a variety of shots & discs. The key on the majority of the holes is to keep on the fairway, accuracy is definitely more important than distance. I feel like this course, more so than any other, has helped me to become a better player over time. Favorite holes are 4, 7, 10 and 12.
UPDATE: As of 5/25/12, they are doing a serious course redesign (especially the front 9). Initial reaction to the new layout is fairly negative, several of the more creative holes have now been replaced. New fairways are in rough shape, I'll reserve final judgment until the new layout is complete & holes are cleared.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Beautiful Views
Great downhill bombs
Cons: Some holes seem to have overly wooded/extremely narrow fairways.
Other Thoughts: While a few holes have open grip and rip shots, most of the course is heavily wooded.
Most of the fairways are tight and unforgiving. It will kick your ass the first time you play it.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Pros: - Very challenging course that rewards accuracy and punishes the lack thereof.
- Heavily wooded with several narrow, yet creative fairways.
- Course flows well from basket to next tee. Not much searching required.
- Hole 10 is a great tee shot that requires that you drive about 450' downhill and land near the mouth of the woods to have a chance at par.
Cons: - Level of difficulty can make for a long day if accuracy is struggling.
- Holes 13 and 14 have an unenjoyable combination of length and dense woods. Luck is more benficial than skill on these two.
Other Thoughts: - If you want to learn accuracy, Sontag will force you to learn it.
- For a full day of disc golf, play Sontag and then drive over to Ferrum College's 18 hole course and enjoy the full Franklin County 36!
Variety:3 Balance:3 Strategy:5 Character:4 Fun:3 Avg: 3.6
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The first thing you need to know is there is plenty of variety so bring a good mix of discs.
There are plenty of challenging holes with #11 being my favorite (throw out of the woods and hope your disc turns right before the pond straight ahead gets you disc!)
You get the sense that the locals are constantly working hard to clear fairways, upkeep gravel tee boxes, and making benches.
-red marks on baskets point to the next hole
-kiosk filled with DG info near tee #1
-great tee signs showing some alternate tees
-quiet and peaceful
Cons: - they need more garbage cans, too much litter
- navigation issues due to long walks between some holes (first timers need a map)
Other Thoughts: Once you get into the park keep your eye open for the signs towards the DG course. The course is set back from the rest of the park which is always nice. After reading the older reviews it seems like the course is always improving which will give this course a great future.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Varying lengths
*Good use of trees
*Wooded and clear holes
*Great picnic shelter that could be used for tourneys
*Good usage of different elevations
Cons: *Stobs and stumps cluttering the fairways
*Some of the holes seem to have no fairways
*Could use a clean-up of piles of brush and sticks
Other Thoughts: I played this course last year and had a great time with it. I strongly recommend playing this course before it starts to get dusk because once it starts to get dark you can hardly see anything. Also unless it is too hot wear long pants because I got chiggers from trying to find my disc in some of the more wooded holes. Excellent use of the pond on one of the holes, it will challenge your judgement of whether to lay up and take a clear shot or to rick it and go for the more distant drive. If this course could get cleaned up a little bit it would be immaculate.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Wooded and Long
Pros: Three sets of tees for each hole. Only 1 basket position. Makes navigation pretty simple. The blue tees are long, and I mean long. Benches at all holes. In some cases they are as much as 280' longer than the whites. Blues play 8745'. I played them all and they are challenging unless you have a big arm. Wooded holes have a good balance between right and left dog legs. There is also good use of the available elevation. Several long wooded holes play uphill making them seem even longer than they are. #4 is 680' through the woods and uphill. Make a mistake like I did and you get a 6! Only play the blues if you want a challenge, a long round, or are real good. There are also several holes with very tight fairways so you also need to have control and be able to shape some lines. Fairways are tight, but fair. Not really any places where you can't see the shot you need to make. Several holes also play at least partially out of the woods so you can let some long shots rip also. #10 is a long walk from basket #9 (over near the restrooms) but it is worth the wait. You throw off the hill and down a 800' fairway into the woods. It is probably about 600' of open fairway ending in a roughly 200' tunnel to the basket. #11 follows with a short 420' shot with a small lake on your right and some woods to the left. Not super tight, but you do need some control. #12 is another killer hole. The blue tee is located on the lake's dam and the throw goes down into the woods along an OB creek for 600' Fun , but brutal. #13 just adds to the pain with a 670' hole through the woods that just gets tighter all the way to the basket. A great challenge. The course is in a park, but for the most part you are alone in the woods and feel totally secluded.
Cons: No concrete tee pads. Pads in the fields are grass marked by a piece of wood in the ground. Sometimes they are hard to find. Tees in the woods are crushed gravel. They were mostly in good shape. Some of the Blue tees were so far away from the white tees and signs that it made navigation confusing at times. This course could use more signs even though they have them at all white tees. Finding a blue pad a few hundred feet away in the woods can take some time. The blue pad on the dam by the lake was especially tough to locate for a first timer.
Other Thoughts: A really good, tough wooded course. A few open holes, but they are made tougher using elevation or basket positions near the woods or hills. Overall a really good course that could be great with some good tee pads and some more signage. Definitely a great course to travel to if you're looking for a wooded course that also allows you to use your drivers. I can't wait to play again, but next time I am sticking to the white tees.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: really well laid out course with challenging holes for left and right handed players.the woods were not too dense. Nice long drives.
Cons: The 18th seems a little lack luster, and the blue tee seems to be non existent on the 1st hole.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
Point to Point Golf
Pros: Demanding, Technical, Long in the woods. This course is designed to make you play golf. The par 4 and 5's are true. Drives must land in the landing zone to have the approach look for your next shot. If playing for the first time make sure to scout out the hole and have a plan. You will know something about the state of your game after you play this course. Favorite hole is #3 par 4 in the woods. Big hyzer or turn over flick to a landing zone on top of the hill. Then plays down the hill to a basket in the flat. Two good shots gets a three, but alot of trouble can be found. Great scoring spread hole.
Cons: Par 64 for some people is tough to accept. If you get off the fairways or can't hit lines it can feel as if there are not any fairways.
Other Thoughts: Continued work has been done on the course. Teepads and signs. Additional fairway clearing and moving piles away from the fairway has really helped the course. Hole #10 Big Blast downhill to about a 45 foot opening in the woods which narrows to the basket. Have to leave the drive in the right spot for your approach which sums up this course.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course is on a great piece of property and has a great layout. I love the elevation change and there has been a bunch of work put in to carve this gem out of the woods.
Open to wooded holes
Nicer Front 9, harder back
Duecable hole #1
Cons: Some very tough holes, not always a bad thing
Some Blue tee pads are hard to find, first time out
Not too much to say here
Other Thoughts: I like this course a lot and drive back to it often. I would say that this is one of the most beautiful places at 8am in the morning. Very Quiet park with not too much traffic. It is pretty easy to navigate with baskets painted to show the direction of the course (love this, everyone needs to move in this direction).
I dont review courses unless I believe they are great, and this one is awesome.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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