Course Definitely Has The Golf Course Vibe Going For It!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Falling Creek Park is a lovely, large sprawling park with wonderful rolling hills and scattered Cedar Trees. It's the most "Golf Course" feel on a disc golf course ever. But on the negative side, it also has that "you're playing disc golf on a ball course feel."
Players with bigger arms will enjoy having the chance to fire away on many holes. Because of the mostly openness of the course, many holes are fairly long and straight, not a lot of creative line shaping here. You will use EVERY DISC IN YOUR BAG at Falling Creek DGC.
The course is a little tricky to find as it is set at the back of this road past the nursing home and starts at the barn near the Parks & Recreation office. Hole # 1 starts just below the barn and past the practice basket. There is a picnic shelter here. The tee pads are well constructed brick pads and lined by timbers. There is a course map here. The tee signs are the old school fiberglass models. I think, maybe, this park is isolated enough that these signs (which are easy targets for rock throwing vandals) might live a longer life out here. Discatcher baskets with the yellow rims.
My favorite hole was # 16 just because of it's overall beauty and pretty basket placement. The hole is a 591' slight downhill, mostly straight but the basket sits under a nice sized Cedar. There is a bench placed close by.
Cons: I just kinda lost interest here with so many holes being similar, that is mostly straight off the tree ending with a little hyser or anhyser.
Cedar trees, although beautiful, are disc grabbing machines. I found myself throwing rocks up into one tree 30 times trying to dislodge my disc.
Other Thoughts: I've played maybe 15 courses that are on regular ball courses. They almost always suffer from the same common problem, that is, they are just a little too open for my tastes. This is a beautiful park. The gently rolling hills are made for disc golf. So what is the problem here? I think the course just lacked the "It Factor" for me. To me, the "It Factor" is whatever just really gets your juices flowing on a course. I personally didn't find it here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Beautiful scenery and relatively wide open layout allowing you to air it out on many holes.
Cons: Hole 10!!! Whoever decided on the basket placement should never be allowed to give input into designing another hole...EVER!!! Tee Pad on one side of the creek and you have to drive between 2 trees which by itself isn't difficult. Landing in the fairway and looking for where to throw my second shot, I had no idea where the basket was. The hole map said its straight ahead, but where? (I'll get back to this) After my son and I searched for 20 minutes, we found it. It is completely surrounded by 15-40 foot cedar and holly trees with no real access or throwable line to the basket. Just a mess of a hole.
Ok, so the other drawback to this course it that the hole maps found on each tee pad are very vague and some are completely inaccurate (10 & 17).
Other Thoughts: All in all its a very nice course, but hole 10 needs serious improvement!!!
A Beautiful course with a few drawbacks
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course, up until Greenfield was created, was the best course anywhere near Roanoke. You'll immediately be impressed when you step onto the first tee pad and see the shot ahead of you.
The scenery is the main draw to this course. It is set in what appears to be an old pasture but has since been populated with many trees (and baskets!)
The tee pads are actually pretty nice. They're brick, which can be disastrous if done incorrectly, but these are well constructed for the most part and add value to the course.
The fairways are well maintained and as the course is almost exclusively in the open, you'll have nearly zero chance of losing a disc.
You won't have a hard time navigating as the layout is pretty intuitive and since it is so open, you'll be able to see the next hole often times from the one you're currently on.
Cons: Unfortunately, there isn't much variety out here. Other than the flip flopping of elevation changes, each hole seems too much like the last. Nearly every hole is mostly open with occasional patches of trees. Not very technical, but will allow a big arm to open up.
Don't be fooled by the mentioning of water hazards on 3 holes. It's nothing more than a small creek for each, two of which is right next to the tee pad so you literally should have zero chance of landing in it. Even if you did, the creek is small enough for a small stride across, so you could just pick your disc right out. There isn't any water that would force you to think about it, which is the main point of hydro-hazards in the first place.
There isn't a signature hole. Sure, many of the holes are picturesque, but none of them stand out on their own merit. You won't leave disappointed by the layout, but you won't be awed either.
There is only one tee pad and one pin position. This is oftentimes a drawback since it will cater to one class of player. In the case of Falling Creek, your advanced and open players will tear this course up, while your green player might feel daunted with many of shots. It's somewhere in the safe zone, but in my humble opinion that's a bad thing. It lacks a distinct identity and suffers from that.
The course doesn't force you to use very many discs. In fact, pretty much the majority of holes are straight ahead, no major dog legs to speak of. With the exception of varying distances and elevation, you'll feel like you're on repeat for most of these holes. Thankfully, most of them are still fun, it just lacks the variety of a well planned course.
Other Thoughts: This is one of those tweener courses. The beauty of the place is what allows me to bump it from a 3 to a 3.5. As far as a well rounded course goes, it falls short, but the experience is excellent and will trick you into a higher rating.
It's great when you're in the area, but since it is located off the beaten path, you'll likely not drive through often unless you're a local. Likewise, I wouldn't necessarily advise a trip to the area specifically for this course, but if you're traveling between Roanoke and Lynchburg on a dg trip or for any other reason, it will definitely satisfy your itch.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's a really nice park that is well mowed. It even has fairways mowed shorter than the rough like a ball golf course and this makes transitioning from hole to hole quite simple. If you like ball golf style disc golf than you'll really like it here thanks to the vast expanses of open fields, gently rolling landscape and fir trees dotting the terrain. Big arms will find it much more interesting than regular folks, not that it's terribly long. Pars seemed fairly on point and I really enjoyed how the course was laid out and minimized walks between holes.
The playground looked really cool so if you have family they can tag along and play there while you sling plastic. Not very wooded or natural so you won't be covered in bugs or anything much either.
Cons: I felt like it lacked variety, just too open. It even taunted me by pretending to go into these gorgeous woods on several holes but as soon as you cross over the creek you just blast out immediately into the field again. Not a lot of line-shaping to do out here, just a lot of straight bombs, occasional big hyzers or anhyzers.
What trees there are are view obstructing, disc stealing fir trees, probably my least favorite tree for disc golf. Hole 15 is a really bad hole along these lines. You have a small gap to hit where the fir trees break at the creek and where your disc goes after you past them is anybody's guess. Mine apparently disappeared in either the woods immediately behind the firs or in the tall grass/undergrowth that was everywhere. Then the hole takes this weird angle into the woods that is really difficult to approach with your 2nd shot.
The tees are brick and not terribly smooth. They're serviceable but when you're trying to crank out a big rip the last thing you want to think about is catching the edge of a brick sticking up.
Other Thoughts: This course seemed like a poor man's Cedarock, although it flowed better. Or a longer Catawba Meadows with (much) worse tees. Maybe I'm being too harsh due to stylistic preferences but I think I've played plenty of better open courses than this. It's a nice course for airing it out and working on your farmer's tan, I just feel like the historic farm house you drive past when you enter the park is more interesting than the actual golf course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Drivers required, many holes are long and open.
-Many various types of holes and shots.
-Brick tee pads with bag holders on the tee signs.
-Easy to navigate course.
-Upkeep with grass and such always seem good.
-Nice park and beautiful setting.
Cons: -Look out for the cedars and pines, they can snatch your disc up.
-Bring some "Off spray", been covered with ticks and chiggers here before.
Other Thoughts: Wonderful place to play and work on distance.
Fun and challenging. A must play if in the area.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Best Course in the Area
Pros: - Open fairways
- Technical holes
- Very well maintained
- Difficult for all types of players.
- Challenging distances on holes.
- Beautiful scenery
Cons: - Some holes seem redundant
- Could use some completly wooded holes
Other Thoughts: This is the best course in the Lynchburg/Bedford area. It is challenging and humbling especially when compared to peaksview park. This is a great course to hone in on your long game and still have to complete technical shots.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Great stop if you're in the area
Pros: Great tee pads and baskets. Nice assortment of shots. I had to pull out all of my tricks for this one. The locals were friendly and helpful.
Cons: When you're out of the woods it is very hot. (I played it in July) More distance on the holes would make this course even better.
Other Thoughts: I was visiting from Oregon and I was only able to get one round in, but I had a lot of fun playing this one.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Course has it all!I have played in huntington beach and all las vegas courses and found this to be as good as any I have played
Other Thoughts: Would definitely recommend,also there is awesome skate park for kids right down street,truly beautiful park with bathrooms
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Not my Style
Pros: Unique Beautiful Brick Tees - good grip
Signs show map, distance, and par
Great use of terrain and elevation changes
Hole placement is good - uses trees to "guard" holes
hole 18 puts you back where you started
Grass is always mowed
Holes seem very repetitive
Can sometimes be hard to find the next tee
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course, however most of the holes are the same. Just throw really straight and far and you'll do great. This is a really nice course, however it just doesn't fit my style of playing. I like more technical courses and this is really just a wide open course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Cedars... best tree in DG
- The Cedars (although they might be Junipers??). Cedars have to be one of the best disc golf course trees there are. They don't allow discs to penetrate through them, usually stopping them dead in their tacks; if you're in one, or behind one, you're going to be punished; and, they stay green all year long, keeping the course looking great and playing consistently year round.
- Every Hole is there for the Taking, but None are Freely Given. The course is relatively wide open, using trees and the threat of extreme danger effectively to shape shots. If you can hit the gap or shot the course is requiring, you have a great opportunity for a birdie. However, you have to do it... you have to hit the gaps, get around the cedars, and set yourself up with birdie opportunities... which sounds like a no brainer; but, with the cedars guarding most of the pin positions, and shaping the shots on most of the fairways, it's easier said than done.
- Mowing Stylings. The grass fairways were mown as if you were on a ball golf course: tight fairways, thick rough. You definitely wanted to stay in the short grass in some areas... I found three ticks on my leg throughout the round... and, actually just found a 4th baby tick crawling on my arm while writing this review.
- Disc Eating Rough. Not only do the Cedars like to catch discs, but there were several holes that had some serious underbrush along the egde of the fairway. If you throw right on Hole 3, you might as well have thrown your disc in a lake... I love that level of demand.
- Too Straight. The course might have been a little too straight. I don't remember the breakdown, but I'd say more than 12 of the holes were straight, and the others (sans 17) were slightly less than straight.
- Tee-Pads. Obviously the tee-pads took a lot of work to build (8x10' bricks locked together and surrounded by timbers). However, I just don't trust planting my foot on bricks -- I always worry about the some brick that's sticking up is going to grab my foot and break my ankle or tear up my knee -- it effects my drives negatively. The grass growing between the bricks, and sand used beneath the bricks seeping up through the cracks didn't help either.
- Overall. The course was on the edge of being championship caliber, with several really great, demanding, dangerous holes. However, there were other, simpler holes that weren't quite "championship" level, although they still required great shot making. The Cedar (junipers) really enhance what would otherwise be simple holes. I had a good time at Falling Creek Park and would definitely play here if passing thru Bedford again.
- My Score: -1
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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