10 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice Little Woods Course
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.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice 9-Hole Course
Pros: I was surprised by this course. The variation from hole to hole is nice. The first hole is mostly in the open field, and the rest of the course plays through the woods. The course makes great use of the terrain in the woods, with a both uphill and downhill shots. There aren't too many opportunities for long drives, but as long as you play from the pro tees you won't be disappointed with the difficulty. The markers on the tees are the nicest I've ever seen, and have bible verses on them if that's your thing.
Cons: Not long enough, but that should be changing soon. It took some searching to find the first tee but once you're there the course is well marked and easy to follow. My only real complaint is the smaller baskets, but I'm sure that I'll get used to them.
Other Thoughts: Today I played both of the 9-hole courses in Richmond (this course and Dunncroft Castle Point). After starting the day at DCP I was relieved to play here. This was a much more enjoyable place to play. Can't wait for them to add the back 9.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course has very easy to read signs and is showing signs of great promise. The signs are great to follow and of great quality. They make following the course very easy. The only sign problem was on 5 where the A tee is on the wrong side.
Cons: Needs a bridge on 6. If you play after a rain like I did be very careful because it is slick in places. There were several down tree limbs on the course that had to be moved to play.
Other Thoughts: I think what this church is doing is wonderful. As the course continues to develop this could be a very nice course that would compete with any in Richmond.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Hidden Gem! Great short course.
Pros: Wonderful short course (9 Holes only). Easy to follow, very First Time Friendly! From each basket just keep your head up and look around and you'll easily find the post for the next hole. Each hole has a post with a detailed map of Tee to Basket to include distances and Pars. Good mix of easy to challenging. The tees are marked A & B with B being easier. The A tees are either more difficult due to distance or placement, sometimes both! If new to the game B's are great, if you have any experience you HAVE to play from the A tees to face some challenge.
Cons: Very short. Only Hole 1 could be described as a Grip it and Rip it, but if you have a strong arm you'll Ace it or throw right over it! After that its all woods. No Tee Pads. The Tees are marked but many of the Tee Markers have been run over by lawn mowers and some have been damaged (not all). No rest rooms or amenities, although if hard pressed you may be able to gain access to the church. Not too challenging if you've played many courses or are a Pro.
Other Thoughts: The Course is behind the church, so park as far back as you can and walk to the middle of their playing field. In the middle is the first post and from there you'll see the basket for Hole 1.
Each Hole map (Post) has a very nice engraved map with verses from the Bible for each Hole. This is interesting and fun to read as you play. If you are offended by Christian teachings don't read and just play, but if you enjoy Christian teaching take the time, they are a great touch. Each verse tries to tie into the Hole number. For example; Hole Nine lists the 9 fruits of the Spirit, Hole One starts with..."In the Beginning...." Its fun looking for the theme as you read and play.
Favorite Holes: Hole 6: A unique throw over two small creeks to an uphill basket sitting on an incline.
I would rate this a 3.5 if it had 18 holes, with 9 its still a solid 3. A simple fun course, have fun and enjoy. I hope more people learn of it and come on out.
Note: Also while from most baskets, its real easy to spot the next Post, be aware that from the 8th Basket to the 9th its a bit of a walk. After crossing the bridge to the right is the 9th basket and to the left is the post and tees. Walk a bit to the left and you'll find the 9th tees.
UPDATE 02-28-2011: This course now has a full 18 holes! The back nine has baskets in place and some have tees in ground, but it is a work in progress. The back 9 do not have maps near tee pads like front nine, although I am sure they are on the way. Still the course lay out for the back nine is more challenging then the short ease of the front nine. Once all in place in a full capacity I will go back and make changes to my original review. Just thought a reader may want to know that a full 18 can be played as it stands. Fun course and once you find your way to the 10th hole tee, its all pretty easy to follow the entire way to hole 18. Once finished, this will be a sweet full course for all to discover!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
alot of leaves
Pros: It's in the woods, it has dual tees and very nice tee signs. nice mix of shot types and uses the mild elevation changes well. tape on baskets to denote direction of next tee.
Cons: Lightning baskets a bit narrower than other basket types, and only have a single chain ring.Lots of leaves this time a year makes it hard to see the tee markers and paths from hole to hole. Chance of loosing a disc in the leave even more so if your like me and only play with orange discs. No clear shot from 7A tees, either luck out throwing threw a clump of trees or up and over for a short shot.
Other Thoughts: This course is a work in progress(should be becoming a 18), so i can only imagine it will get better. I would like to see some grooming of the fairways take place. I'm a fan of kinda lining the edges with downed trees but if nothing else maybe the tee areas and paths from hole to hole to help them stand out in the leaves. And in time a third longer set of tees. All said and done this course has the basics and will get better over time.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: very tight Course. Pinpoint is the name of the game. Love Hole 6 go over two creeks. Back Nine are in Now. When you get to the Tenth hole its easy to go around course from there.
Cons: Short in distance. 7th hole A tees are behind trees.
Other Thoughts: I like it alot. Great Short course. Back nine is fun like the Front 9.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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