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Pros: reasonable distance, fun course even though its 9 holes. #7 is fun. One is a hole you can easily get a one or birdie. I got a one on it.
Cons: I can only play when i go to scout camp. It's the only reason i go. Wish they could add 9 more in that area if they had more room.
Other Thoughts: I'd give it a 3.5 if the other 9 holes were a part of that course in that area and not way far away.
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When do I get my Merit Badge?
- Dave242's Appalachian Beauty. Now I know what Dave242 means when he says "Appalachian Beauty". The course itself has a small creek on many holes, a meadow, mountain views, virgin hardwood forests, a huge spider, deer tracks, etc... The course is beautiful; the holes are beautiful; the camp is beautiful; heck, even the drive there is beautiful. It definitely felt like you were surrounded by wilderness.
- For the Kids. I can't imagine what it must be like to spend the summer at Camp Ravens Knob. Archery, ropes course, rock climbing, canoeing, swimming in the lake, etc... and then you add Disc Golf. Sign me up! This course is going to expose a lot of kids to the game and it was designed well for that purpose.
- A Few Really Good Holes. For a 9-Hole "Kids" course, there were some great holes here. Good looking fairways with a meandering creek and big trees, great basket locations, use of elevation... overall really well done. Fairways were extremely well manicured.
- Very Private. I don't know what their policy is on the general public playing it; but, I don't think the course is very accessible... Which is understandable... so, technically not a "Con".
- Private. I was at Camp Raven Knob on business and therefore had an "in"... after our meeting I asked if I could play the course and they said yes. Lucky Me!
- My Rating. I know it's going to look really weird to see my rating next to Olorin's rating (since, he's the Man when it comes to reviewing courses)... so I guess I feel the need to explain:
First of all, because I had an "in", I was able to drive my car all the way to Hole 1 and didn't have to walk the more than ¾ of a mile from the visitor parking lot... that would have ruined it for me too.
Second, the meadow didn't have as tall of grass and because they had signs, navigation was a breeze.
And third, I gave 0.5 discs for having baskets, tee-pads (hard dirt bordered by rocks and logs) and signs; then I gave another 0.5 discs for beauty and shot quality. Thus, 2.5 Discs.
- My Score: -6 (on 9). Even though the course is relatively short, you have to make some golf shots.
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6 Helpful / 2 Not
Low on merit
Pros: There is the potential to introduce Boy Scouts to disc golf and help them earn their disc golf merit badge.
Holes 2-7 are in a very secluded natural setting with some nice woods. A couple of these holes are pretty good; they have decent length and are all woods holes. Hole 7 is a fun little ace run off a tee up on a bluff.
They have a practice basket back in the center of the camp.
Cons: -The first tee is about a ¾ mile hike from the amphitheater where you park, up rutted dirt roads. Just finding the first tee took all of the tracking skills I have. Bring your compass and orienteering gear. I only found the tee by finding other baskets, then locating the no. 1 basket, then working backward. There is a sign near the tee that has the course name on it, though. Several other tees took a good bit of scouting too.
-Holes 8 and 9 were horrible. I never did find a tee for 9. The holes were almost non-existent since there were no fairways. There were just 2 baskets in an overgrown field totally full of waist high grass, and the grass even surrounds the baskets. (Maybe it's mowed in the summer, though.) I was so concerned about losing my disc in the high grass that I just threw short dinker shots so I could kept an eagle eye on it.
-The tees they have are just cleared dirt spaces marked by thin logs. There aren't any signs, but there are a few plain posts without any markings.
Other Thoughts: My Rating: 0.6 (out of 10).
I was being generous on here with my DGCR disc rating; I'd give it 1/4 disc if I had that option.
I like the name "Low Gap", but that's not enough to bump up my rating.
I wonder if the course is no longer being used because the older guy in the camp office didn't even know that they had a disc golf course. I think that outsiders aren't supposed to be there unless they're at the camp, so I had to sweet talk my way into getting permission to play. I think it was key that the camp was closed for the winter so no one was there. He finally gave in when I flashed my DGCR Gold Trusted Reviewer card (j/k).
I sure hope this course doesn't turn teenage boys off from disc golf, especially holes 8 & 9. The course doesn't merit going to. You probably can't get in anyway, so I wouldn't bother.
A note about my rating: My rating is a subjective measure of my enjoyment of the course on the day I played it and it is NOT intended to be a measure of the quality of the course. My ratings are given "on the curve" in relation to all other courses I've played.
-More detailed "Overall Rating" notes and "Hole-by-hole Ratings" are available in the Files section.
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