16 Helpful / 2 Not
Winthrop Gold Course
Pros: World class amenities. From the pro shop to course maintenance, this course is at the highest level.
Cons: NOT for beginners.
Hole 17 OB lines (personal dislike).
Other Thoughts: This course is for advanced and pro players. Beginners will hate this course. Even experienced pros will find this course long and grueling if they are not playing at a top level. It plays on and around the Winthrop University campus, close to 10,000 feet in length, maybe more. Ive only played this in tournament situations so don't know if there are alternate tees, I don't believe there are. For the most part, its fairly wide open if compared to a course like the Rennaisance course in Charlotte, NC. There is yellow OB rope, narrowing the fairways on almost every hole that will limit your disc selection to ensure a successful in-bound drive off the tees. This is one of the few courses ive played that demands accurate, fairway drives as well, instead of a layup shot after your initial drive on 70 percent of the holes.
Excellent use of foliage on the course, no unfair or unusual looks from the tee box to the pin, although you might have trouble seeing the basket on some holes, they are so far away from the tee pad (holes 5 and 13 for example). The fairways are top notch, well maintained kentucky blue grass, I believe. Course management is huge here, a person should score much better the second time around after playing it once, as your course knowledge will benefit your decision making in disc selection and placement down the fairways. This is a factor not present on most disc golf courses available to play anywhere so makes this course very special in that regard.
All your skills will be challenged on this course, if you like rollers you can do that, if you like overhead shots you can do that too, to your hearts content. Most people who do well here can throw backhand accurately 450 feet or furthur. The furthur you can throw accurately, the better you will do scorewise. There are a handful of shorter holes on this course but the majority of tee shots are big-arm friendly. Each hole has a character of its own, so you don't get bored with repetition from hole to hole. I would like to play this course without the pressure of competion to see if it will be as enjoyable and challenging at the same time as I think it is.
No matter what kind of situation you may be in playing on this course, it's a must-play if your in the area. I would like to see more courses like this, only perhaps with slightly less emphasis on having to throw big to be competitive, but that's just me and my lame ability to throw farther than 400 feet.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: If you want a challenge, then you've come to the right spot. Some holes are nearing 1/4 mile in length.
Cons: Will humble you quickly. Tee/basket numbering is crap.
Other Thoughts: Sunbathers around the lake mixed with a large amount of goose crap can be frustrating.
1 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: -The home of the USDGCs
-Every hole offers a new challenge
-Every year part of the course is tweaked to challenge golfers
-So many famous holes(hole 5, 888, clowns mouth, 17, on and on)
-Course will challenge every shot in your bag, you may learn a new shot
-Home of the Yellow Rope
Cons: -Home of the Yellow Rope
Other Thoughts: Home of the United States Disc Golf Championships, there are few courses that compare to Winthrop Gold and no tournament that compares to the USDGC. Every aspect of the course and tournament are meticulously planned out.
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3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 7 Not
Oh My God!!!
Pros: Long, challenging, well-maintained. Especially tough with the OB ropes are up. It constantly challenges you to throw different shots under pressure. The course is designed to test the pros, so bring your A-game. There is a mix of shots required. Beautiful clubhouse, plenty of parking. It's on a college campus, so it feels very safe.
Cons: Some of the holes are gimmicky-tough; 4 and 16 in particular. Don't play this course if you are a novice or beginner. Some holes are unplayable if you can't poke a drive 300ft.
Other Thoughts: Long, tough. It's a hike just to finish the entire 18. It is mentally and physically challenging. Very little shade while playing and the heat can be blistering in the summe. I like the layout because it calls for course mangement at the highest level. You don't beat this course, you survive it.
12 of 19 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Perfectly Manicured fairways and gorgeous surroundings make this one of the best courses youll ever play. It seems every hole offers something at this course, from huge elevated shots, and open air distance throws to tight fairways and unforgiving OB lines (especially when ropes are up). This course has several "Epic holes" that will have you anxious to play again and again.
Cons: The course can be a little tricky to navigate the first time.
Other Thoughts: This is an absolute must play for anyone that can find the oppurtunity. It's easy to see why this course is host to the USDGC and the sports best players.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful.
30 Helpful / 1 Not
Gold Course is the Gold Standard
Pros: In 13 years, this is my favorite course I have ever played. This 9800 ft par 68 world class course is located at Winthrop University and is the permanent home of the USDCG. Many holes play around a beautiful lake with a huge fountain including my favorite, #5, which is a 1053 ft, par 5 which concludes with a throw over the lake to a grass peninsula. Awesome! The shot variety is incredible requiring the most skillful mix of both power and accuracy. The gorgeous grass fairways are meticulously maintained. Under par is a world class round as the SSA for the 2007 USDGC was approximately 69. This course is not for beginners and it has the potential to beat down even the best, most experienced disc golfers. Rounds here can tend to be very humbling but also very rewarding.
Cons: The gold course wasn't set up year round in the past but this year it is in place now and is supposed to stay up during the entire year. There is plenty of yellow OB rope but that is intentional and part of what makes the course so challenging. There are few, if any, flaws with this course.
Other Thoughts: This is, by far, the most demanding course I have ever played both physically and mentally. If you are up for an extemely challenging, world class setup in an extremely beautiful setting, than this course is truly a must play. You'll be glad you did.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 31 Not
Pros: USDGC Course!
Cons: Yellow ropes
Other Thoughts: -Not much to be said that hasn't been said before... AWESOME course... MUST PLAY (and if lucky enough you'll be playing during the USDGC)
2 of 33 people found this review helpful.
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