If My College Had This Course On Campus, I'd Still Be In Fifth Grade
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Ferrum College Disc Golf course is a very charming, moderately challenging 18 hole course right on campus. It plays up and down Ferrum Mountain.
It begins right next to the tennis courts. Here you will find a practice basket as well as a course map. A small opening leads down a path into the dark forest.
The tee pads are natural and are just fine for this mostly pitch and putt course. The small, wooden signs give you just the basic information. The baskets are Disacatchers with the yellow band and #'s. A couple are rusting, some looked brand new. There are probably 4-5 garbage cans in place on the course.
The course starts out with four holes that I was less than thrilled with. 1 & 2 are both short, uphill throws. Then # 3 plays down a power line, 343', with deep rough on the right. I'm thinking this hole might be a tad threatening for your average student. Then # 4 is still another uphill hole, only longer at 283'.
Then I got to # 5. What a great little hole, thanks primarily to an awesome basket placement on the top of this small ridge with very rugged, deep sided gullies both in front of and behind the basket. The gullies are 6 to 8' deep and treacherous. This hole would leave you with all kinds of interesting roll a ways and tricky putts. There is also some nifty engineering done at # 5 with a cool little bridge and stairs leading on.
There are a couple of fun throws from ridge to ridge having to cross small valleys. # 11 was a downhill throw down the power lines 285' with the basket then tucked in on the left side. Just try to throw just beyond the light pole at the bottom, then hyser left into the woods.
There are two or three holes with sharp left or right turning routes giving you a chance to work on your mid-range hyser and anhyser game.
And then there's # 18. I think probably every player who plays this course is thinking and salivating over the chance to throw on 18. I know I would if I would ever have the chance to play here again.# 18 is a very steep down the hill throw. The basket is only 200' down there but it's currently not visible from the tee. There are enough trees to make you hit your line. You not only have to give it just the right touch but also a little hyser at the end. I loved it!
Cons: First four holes are average to not so fun (throwing uphill).
It's a typical college recreational/beginner course. Not really challenging for anyone above a rec player, but it's loads of fun.
Could be muddy and treacherous to trek through.
Some tees area little rustic.
Other Thoughts: The mascot for the Ferrum College athletic teams is the Panthers. The Ferrum Panthers! That's so 1970.
I am proposing that Ferrum College officially switch mascots to the "Ferrum Ferrets" or better yet the "Ferrum Fighting Ferrets." There are more than enough Bears, Lions and Panthers across the athletic mascot land. Where are the Ferrets, Otters, Pine Martians, Minks, Weasels, Fishers or Striped Skunks? Why do small woodland animals get no respect in the mascot world? I am fully aware that the Ferret is possibly the most foul smelling animal on earth but I'm confident that the Ferrum Ferret will keep his Ferret costume washed and dry cleaned for all athletic contests and publicity appearances.
I've drafted letters to the Ferrum College President, the Athletic Director, the head Football Coach and Dean Of Students requesting that the "Ferret" officially replace the Panther as the official mascot here at Ferrum College. I eagerly await their reply.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 DisCatcher baskets with dual natural tees. Course features some cool up and down elevation and terrain changes with a variety of straight and left/right turning shots. The course is mostly wooded, hilly, short, technical, fair and fun. Very little underbrush to lose a disc. Easy to navigate.
Cons: Not much to complain about. I wish the course had some even longer tees. Whomever that left the 30 pack of bud ice behind hole 2. Course is only one loop back to parking lot, but it's a short course. Some rough natural tees. Couple holes play a little close to each other.
Other Thoughts: Ferrum College course plays along the base of Ferrum Mountain and provides for some great fun and technical golf! I thought the course flowed very well with variety of challenge from hole to hole. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone in the area, it's beginner friendly and will still entertain veteran players.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
What Peaks view should be
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course will test every aspect of your wooded game. From putters, mids, drivers, left-right, up-down, it has it all, if you aren't looking for an open shot. It has zero of those.
Often times with tight wooded courses, you won't have a lot of length involved. This course doesn't have any super-long par 5's, but most of the 3's will require more than a putter up-shot on from the tee (same can't be said about Peaks View in Lynchburg).
There are two tee pads per hole, which will add an extra element of challenge for the top players. I shot -5 from the original tee's, but I could see the "a" tees being a lot more difficult.
There were some benches scattered on random holes as well as a practice basket at the parking lot.
There aren't any filler holes. If I recall correctly, each hole had a defined fairway. It wasn't a "close your eyes and cross your fingers" type of course. It's wooded and tight for sure, but if you can hit a line you'll do just fine.
Cons: There are zero open shots. There also isn't any water or other significant hazard. Trees, trees and more trees. Oh and hills, don't forget those.
The course is not 2 9-hole loops. After hole 9, you're deep in the woods a long way from the parking lot. This doesn't bode well for tournaments/doubles etc...
There were a few instances of navigational struggles. The arrows after hole 2 or 3 are slightly misleading, just as an example.
The tee signs don't tell you much. Honestly, though, you don't need a lot of info. Most holes have the distances listed (which a few seemed a little suspect) and that's it. Again, you'll be able to see the basket from the tee in most instances, so a detailed tee sign isn't required.
Some of the holes felt a little repetitive. This is probably due to the fact that they're all in the woods and around 200-250 ft.
Other Thoughts: The course is at the back of a beautiful college campus. I wish there were some way to incorporate the lake at the beginning of campus, but some call me a dreamer...
The main downfall of this course is that it's perhaps too easy. There isn't a single hole that couldn't be birdied fairly regularly. That doesn't mean it won't be fun to play. I'd definitely recommend it if you're in the area, if for no other reason than for a morale booster.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Technical woods course in the gorgeous VA foothills that makes me want to go Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield style. The short layout looks like a great par 54 course whereas the long "a" layout we played showed us "no respect, no respect at all."
Mature woods, rolling elevation, and a secluded, natural feel usually makes for good disc golf and this course is no exception. If you like threading gaps and parking the basket off the tee then you'll enjoy it here. There are also a nice couple of big, downhill bomber holes that play along power lines for airing it out. It's not all needle threading either, there are some confidence boosting deuce or die type, "just avoid the big couple of trees," kind of holes too, especially the first two.
A pretty decent amount of variety although no real multi-shot holes so it could seem same-y but it mixes in enough openness and elevation to keep it from feeling monotonous. I really liked how secluded from the campus the course felt, unlike Mars Hill where it's painfully obvious you're on a campus.
Some really neat pin placements, like hole 5's where the basket sits on a ridge between two deep trenches. Also liked the zombie hand coming out of the ground near 11's basket.
Cons: I wish we played the short layout for a couple of reasons. It looked like more fun b/c it had better tees and the idea for the long tee on many holes seemed to be "push it back farther and at a goofy angle where only a prayer of a RHBH turnover will go anywhere." Hole 5 is a good example of this. They were doable lines but I'd like to see difficulty measured more than with just distance and quirky angles. I don't mind tough turnover shots but some of the holes would have been murder on southpaws or FH guys.
The course needed to be mowed some, particularly hole 3. It's on a college campus, so the usual beer litter is apparent but there is a decent number of trash cans.
There are little creeks here and there but no water to speak of.
Other Thoughts: This course is really slept on. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the shorts here and Sontag make for a good day of discin'. There was nobody on the course despite it being a beautiful Saturday afternoon (I suspect most students were on break) so that was terrific.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Best College Course
Pros: Great use of elevation and space. Mostly a wooded course with a couple open holes. Easy to navigate, the transitions were obvious. I really loved the atmosphere of the course. Besides the disc golf, the course is a wonderful walk in the woods. Short and long teepads provide different levels of challenge.
The course was also mowed and mantained.
Cons: Uneven and slightly small teepads were the only issue.
Other Thoughts: This was the best college course I have played. I have come to expect short and usually poorly designed courses on college campuses, this one is worth the drive.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (1) Signs are great and the whole layout is easy to follow
(2) Makes great use of terrain
(3) All par 3's so it's easy to remember your score
(4) Trash cans at some holes
(5) Very unique holes, never felt like I was playing a hole that I had already played before
(6) 18 puts you right at hole 1
(7) Practice basket
(8) Gravel Tees allow good grip
Cons: (1) I can see this course getting muddy very easily
(2) Some stumps in the fairways so don't trip
(3) Downed trees on paths
(4) Signs don't have maps, had to walk a ways to find the basket
Other Thoughts: Although this course plays mostly through the woods there are a surprising amount of nice open shots. For bing in the woods I never felt like I didn't have a place to throw. Very technical course to play but also very rewarding. We had a random dog walking the course with us (we named it Charles.) Overall I think this was a great course and I can't wait to play it again. Reminded me of Golden Hills in Blacksburg. There are also some medium length holes to let you throw a bit further. Woods are also pretty forgiving. Just a fun, short, technical course to help tone your short game. This course appears to have been well taken care of. However, I would like to see better signs and the tees could use some more gravel, but other than that I don't see anything into change or add.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Short Woods Course
Pros: - Lots of elevation change creates a good variety of holes, good mix of left vs. right turning holes
- Good signage, easy to follow the course layout
- Practice basket next to hole #1
- The course flows well, you don't have to walk far between holes
- Very picturesque, most of the course is untouched woods. Playing the course feels like a hike through the woods.
Cons: - Only 3 real driver holes, most holes only require a putter or midrange
- Shorter holes (180'-220') can get a little repetitive
- Gravel tee pads are OK, some are short & could use some work
- Several of the alternate (blue) tees require ridiculously tight or unrealistic tee shots to get anywhere near the basket (ie. holes 6-8 & 12). I feel like these should be re-evaluated to provide some type of fairway for a standard backhand/forehand throw.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a nice course. Good place to work on your midrange game, almost every hole gives you a good birdie opportunity. As I mentioned above, several of the blue tees don't add anything to the holes, however a lot of the blue tees are definitely worth playing.
Favorite holes are 3, 5 and 18.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Ferrum College DGC
Pros: This course has been well maintained. The school has a disc golf team, and I imagine they are the ones providing the maintenance. It's easy to navigate the course, with signs for all tees and alternate tees. All of the tees are gravel. Although a bit small, they are all in great shape. Somebody had actually raked the areas between the baskets and the next tee to make the trails between holes more obvious. It's a fun, challenging technical course. Good throws are rewarded, but bad throws are not necessarily punished. None of the holes are too incredibly easy, since all but #3 are in the woods. There are about 5 trash cans on the course, and the course is extremely clean.
Cons: Some of the gravel tees are a bit small, but there is usually adequate room behind the tees so you can run up. The signs only say the distance, there isn't a map, so you might have to walk up the fairway to spot the basket on a couple of holes. There isn't really a bathroom, so bring your own TP!
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this course to anyone in the area, or anyone traveling through. If you're coming from Blacksburg/Christiansburg, be careful which way you go. My GPS nav took me through a road marked "4x4/ATV Only, road not maintained." I took it anyway, all 3 treacherous miles of it. Straight downhill, huge ruts, 400 foot cliffs, and huge boulders to drive over. "DRY HILL ROAD" I don't think anyone else had driven down it in years! Definitely take 221 around.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - A great course nestled right on the campus of Ferrum College.
- Typically quiet on the course with low traffic.
- A fantastic and creative use of the terrain available.
- A short wooded course that has plenty of risk/reward shots and elevation changes.
- A challenging, yet reasonable layout that will test your accuracy on many holes.
Cons: - Small, gravel tee boxes on most holes can cause footing difficulty on tee shots.
- Beware of the thorns on/near Hole 5. They will puncture through your shoe and into your foot!
Other Thoughts: - For a full day of disc golf, play Ferrum and then drive over to the 18 hole course at Sontag and enjoy the full Franklin County 36!
Variety:3 Balance:3 Strategy:4 Character:4 Fun:4 Avg: 3.6
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hole #5: A great hole to ace, but tough to birdie. You just have to play it.
Very technical and very challenging.
Cons: I don't recommend taking children to the course due to the beer cans and bottles. It is after a college campus.
Other Thoughts: Most holes are easy to locate. From the basket just follow the worn paths. 18 is a bit tricky. After the basket on 17 head up the hill to the field. Hang a left for about 30 feet, the start of 18 is on the edge of the trees heading down.
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