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Pros: This course is located on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in beautiful Elkins, WV. Course makes good use of elevation and 2 of the 9 holes throw from the top of the hill. Holes are long enough to be challenging and not easy birdies.
Cons: Navigation is difficult. I copied the map from this site onto my phone and was able to find all the tees but with out the map I would have been screwed.
Targets are old Instep baskets with single chains.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't have gone out of my way to play this course but since I was passing through Elkins I stopped for a quick round. Bring a map, you'll need it.
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Pros: This is a lot of repeats of previous reviews, so I'll keep it succinct: beautiful campus, good eats close by, beautiful campus.
Cons: Tees are very hard to find. The bottom, flat area is wet and swamp-like a lot of the time. It's a short course. The campus can be busy with activity, which would hinder play. Two of the baskets are close to the tennis courts, which were occupied on the day that I played.
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Other Thoughts: I agree completely w the other reviews here. There is good terrain for disc golf and it's a beautiful campus. Also agree that it is hard to navigate the course. Only difference I have to add, is that the baskets are now numbered and there are marked areas to tee from. They aren't obvious by any means, but there are small wooden plaques in the ground indicating the tees. I didn't find them all, but I found a few. The first tee is when you first come onto campus on the left. The first basket you see is the #9 basket. The first basket is on the corner before you pull left up the hill. The course goes in a counterclockwise circle in front of the school. I originally only saw 7 baskets but found the other two. The 4th and 5th baskets are down beside the stage by the tennis court. I agree this course would be muh better if it had obvious Rees and directions but it has good potential for sure! Playing safari would be great here as well considering you can see multiple baskets from one place. Not worth traveling to, but I'd you are in the area, kind of fun to play around on
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Pros: -Recently updated and is now an actual course! (no more safari)
-Has wooden block tee markers.
-A full nine baskets that are numbered.
-Uses the elevation nicely (with two huge downhill bombs).
-A couple long shots.
Cons: -Tee markers are incredibly hard to find your first time.
-Baskets are still old and rusted with only one layer of chains.
Other Thoughts: I'm super glad they put in tee markers and the missing baskets. Sure, it's not great, but not a bad 9 hole course (especially once you know where the tees are).
In case you still have trouble finding some of the tees, maybe this can help.
#1 - Down the old stone wall from basket 1.
#2 - From the circular cement pad with benches.
#3 - From the stone walkway just past basket 2.
#4 - From the cement walkway/top of steps at the very top of the hill.
#5 - From the big cement ampitheater.
#6 - Off to the right of basket 5.
#7 - From the cement walkway/top of steps at the very top of the hill (same as #4).
#8 - Past basket 7 near the corner of the fence.
#9 - To the right of the entrance to the trees from fairway 8.
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Safari Course in the Mountaineer State
Pros: This course--at least one time or another--played along the front lawn of Davis & Elkins College in rural central West Virginia. The baskets are still there, but, like some kind of archaeological mystery, no signage or tees remain! As such, I found myself playing safari disc golf here to compensate for the lack of signage or a map. School was also not in session. Pros to the course include:
- The course has baskets! Woo hoo! Although these have seen better days. (see cons section)
- Nice elevation for a college campus course. Normally these types of courses (except IUP's College Lodge) are pretty flat. Three of the baskets play along a nicely manicured hillside and could utilize some nice air if the tees were in place
- The place is beginner friendly and a fun place to play safari-- because it's the only way here!
- Course plays on a scenic and historic campus. If I went to school here I'd totally fix it up and try to start a disc golf community among the students.
Cons: - LACK OF TEES AND SIGNS! This obviously makes it hard to play (& review) the course. It looks like the course has been abandoned for years.
- The baskets are ridiculously old, have only one set of chains, and some are rusted. One basket is snapped in half (see photo). I can see some tough drunk college kid breaking it on a dare.
- Very open with little in terms of wooded holes or any type of obstacles/challenge
- Baskets are close together, which suggests that the holes were probably pretty short. This isn't surprising since the campus doesn't have a whole lot of land with which to work.
- The baskets play very close to tennis courts, buildings, and the road. I had to layup several times to avoid hitting these things
- It's only 9 holes. Well, there's the potential for 9 holes.
- As you can imagine from the rest of the cons, navigation is terrible and provides no clue as to where the course begins/ends.
Other Thoughts: - I drove about 30 miles here after camping near Seneca rocks, WV. While Elkins as a town has amenities like food and lodging, it's still in the middle of nowhere. It's a shame there aren't more courses around the area since the Cannan/Seneca valleys are popular tourist/camping/recreation retreats. I can easily see a nice course by one of the campgrounds or resorts nearby-- anything as long as it has tees!
- I'm starting to see why no one has reviewed this place. while I was a little disappointed with the lack of tees and thus, a true course, the 30 mile drive was not a complete waste. It's a nice safari outing if you're nearby, but save your gas and time for Paw Paw or Fairmont for 36 holes of quality disc golf per location.
- The reason this gets a 1 and not a 0-0.5 is that the course is somewhat enjoyable. The campus is quite beautiful with the landscape/buildings and the elevation on some holes is a redeeming quality. With that being said, however, Elkins & Davis is incomplete. The place has no tees, signs, or any indication of where you're supposed to play. Furthermore, only 8 of the 9 baskets are operative, as one is snapped in half. If the tees were in, marked well, and new baskets were installed, this would probably be at least a 2-2.5 course depending on the tee placement.
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