1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course is well laid out and has a veriety of holes. Blind shots, dog legs elevations. All wooded except for 1. Signs are well done and oranve arrows mark both the rout to the basket and the basket direction on blind holes.
Cons: a bit overgrown. While the course layout is good it needs some attention. Down trees, rootballs, scrub bushes in the fairways and teepads can be a hazard due to roots.
Other Thoughts: tI imagine in the fall and winnter when the weedgrass dies off it will play better but I like the technical side of some of the holes.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
The Church Course
Pros: This course definitely helps when it comes to navigation. On each tee, they have a sign that tells you the par of the hole and how the hole is setup. A lot of the holes are kind of technical with all the trees which makes it a fun challenge. The course has some fun dog legs to the right and left. Hole #6 is a very fun hole because it slopes downhill from the tee pad, over a little creek, then back up a hill where the basket is at eye level. Each hole has two tee pads, a beginner and an advanced. Most holes are between 200 to 400 feet. It has orange arrows on the trees to navigate you to the next hole.
Cons: All of the tee pads are just on the ground which makes it sometimes difficult to tee off. There is a lot of places to lose your disc. The only other problem i have is that you will find yourself with a couple ticks on you by the end of the course.
Other Thoughts: Other than the course being pretty heavily wooded, it's very fun for either a beginner or a pro. The best time to go to this course is early in the morning. The good thing is you can go at night to play glow frolf.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Navigation aids: painted basket spoke (white, red) will point you towards the next tee (short, long). Several bridges to aid in crossing small creek. Even some tree roots are spray-painted to help direct your path!
The two-natural-tee-locations-per-hole are often tree-root filled. The rougher, less-established back nine, while quite playable, had some downed trees crossing the fairways and/or near the baskets - adding to the challenge, I suppose.
Enjoy open hole-1 while you can, because the remainder of the course plays in a woods, composed of a mixture of mid-sized hardwoods, evergreens, and plenty of holly. A small creek runs through the midst of the front nine, and elevation changes, found on about half the holes, are subtle.
Hole lengths are quite short, averaging ~200'/235' feet from the shorts/longs, so this course is well suited towards working with midranges. The throwing paths are not exceedingly tight, and a fairly even distribution of left or right turns (some sharp, some subtle) or straight off the tee is required.
Tee signs are sometimes at the long tee, sometimes at the short tee, and a few times in-between! For the most part, the long tee was simply straight back from the short tee. Navigation wasn't too bad, but be aware of: after basket-8, after crossing bridge, tee-9 to left / basket-9 to right. After basket-9, bit of a walk to tee-10, walking just inside woods, passing basket-18.
A decent course to work on your short game, and to introduce newer players to tree-avoidance/shot-shaping.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun in the Woods
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple sets of tees
They have painted the tree roots near the basket so people don't trip.
This course is a really scenic walk through the woods.
Great tee signs.
Directions to the next tees taped onto the baskets.
Cons: Other than the 1st hole, all of the rest are in the woods. There is an overall lack of variety.
Some of the longer tees require extreme curve on shots.
Little variety in hole length.
Not a fan of the Lightning DB-5 baskets...I feel like they reject more shots than others.
Other Thoughts: Current course conditions are not the best right now, as the hurricane and earthquake have dropped trees throughout the course. The back nine has multiple holes where the trees are down within 5 paces of the basket, and directly in front of them. Otherwise this is a nice short, narrow course that really emphasizes disc placement.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice course in the woods... open hole on 1st and the rest are on in the woods... kinda difficult to find the order of some later holes but that is only because some trees have fallen in the way because of a recent earthquake/hurricane, so I dont hold that against them and in fact some trees actually make it more fun... Definitely a fun course
Cons: The trees that have fallen make the later holes a little hard to find but not impossible
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Standing On Holy Disc Golf Ground!
Pros: >This course is a tale of 2 courses, rolled into 1. The front 9 is very short and could be considered too easy, but it is absolutely beautiful. A real treat to play. The back 9, not so pretty, and gets much tougher. Add it up together, and aside from it being ALL woods but number 1, a lot of variety.
>Nice signs. Nice to know someone prayed where you are playing disc golf. A great atmosphere.
Cons: >ALL woods, but #1. If you like tight courses, you will like this, frankly, it is too much of the same thing, and sadly, they have some open property, where #1 is, so they could have got us out of it for a little bit, but didn't.
>Natural Tees :(
Other Thoughts: I have read Dorey, Gillies, and Bryant to be called the big 3, but really Gillies and Dorey have nothing over on this course, in fact, I would say this one has some better 'trimmings', especially on the front 9, very very nice. Well worth stopping by to play.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Find 1 and you're good.
Pros: Had a good time playing this 9 hole course. Luckily someone was leavig as we came in, and he directed us to the first tee. After that pretty easy to navigate. Flags have been placed down as a walking path between holes. got a liitle mix up around 4 5 and 6, and figured it out and played them out of order. Fun variety
Cons: Watch out for ticks!
Only 9 holes.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Has signs, and nice baskets. Nice flowing course layout. Good mix of lefty and righty holes.
Cons: Not broken in yet. Tees could use some clearing out and firming up.
Other Thoughts: Love the generousity of the church for putting the course there for public play when they could have kept it a private secret. Also, the scripture on the signs are perfect. Not over the top, just a gentle reminder that without him, there is no Disc Golf. Cant wait for the back nine!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 13 Not
Worst Course in Greater Richmond Area
Pros: Relatively close in proximity to Bryan Park, Dorrey Park, Dunncroft Castle Point & Gillies Creek. Nicely made signs to describe the holes.
Cons: Everything, from the fact that you can't bring pets, to people who aren't disc golfers giving us a hard time, to only being a short nine hole woods course. Honestly, unless you live right next to it, I'd go to the previously mentioned spots before even thinking of going back to Hanover Church.
1 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Nice Little Woods Course
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Serenity, interesting holes on front 9, varied hole designs
Cons: Overall length, all but #1 in woods, so lack of variety. Undergrowth can be a problem on several holes.
Other Thoughts: The course at New Hanover Presbyterian Church is a shortish woods course that does feature a few exemplary holes, if sub-300 foot well laid out holes in the forest are your thing. Only the first hole is open, the other 17 are fully in the woods. There are couple 300 foot plus (from the long tees) holes on the second nine, but overall this course stays firmly in the pitch and putt range. Most every hole, though, demands consideration on the tee and good control in your throws. Many holes, especially on the front nine, involve some change in elevation and all but #1 demand some touch, as they vary from gentle fades to hard turns in a couple cases. Interestingly, this course has an unusually high number of right turning holes.
New Hanover features two sets of natural tee pads (short and more typical), and the signs are excellent, showing the hole exactly. The signage is a big benefit as the basket is rarely visible from the tee, even though most of the holes are relatively short. The fairways are fully reasonable though, and as a touch course, New Hanover is occasionally exemplary, particularly on the first nine. Throw with precision and you can get a look at a birdie on most every hole here, but veer off course and you'll be punished. The landscape for the first nine holes is great for disc golf too, with holes playing down to a deeply cut streambed, and then back up to the field that starts the course. The second nine is a bit longer but is also mostly flat and a bit scruffy, and thus is less distinctive.
With its limited length, lack of landscape variety, and natural tee pads, New Hanover is not really worth a big road trip. But for local players (especially those of us whose strengths are touch rather than distance) it's still a worthy outing, and benefits from several perfect little woods holes that any course designer could learn from. New Hanover would be a good course for newbies and young people looking to learn the game; it's really short from the close tees and will teach you control quickly, but is attractive enough, and easy enough to follow, to not scare first timers away. It fits in well in the middle of the pack for Richmond area courses.
Favorite Hole - #6 - Short but challenging downhill shot, across a deep streambed, and then back up and around a bend to the basket.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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