12 Helpful / 0 Not
Everything you need!
Pros: Holler in the Hills sits on a piece of land that sits in the small valley of some hills. This produces some great elevation changes throughout the course. The course starts at the bottom and gradually works it's way up. The pictures do not do this course justice! You have to play the course to really appreciate the elevation changes. Nearly every hole has a bench and a trash can. Basket placement is amazing on all of the holes. The course loops back to the parking lot after holes 5 and 9. The course is extremely technical so be sure to hit your gaps.
Cons: There is not much to complain about. The only possible thing that I could put here is the water. The water can eat discs if they are thrown improperly. I am not going to decrease my rating because of this though...it's just something to think about if deciding to play this course. Perhaps the best way to say it is "Not for beginners."
Other Thoughts: A HUGE thanks to Howie for all of the work he has put into this piece of land. All of the bridges and steps placed through the land really helps to keep your feet feeling as best as they can. I did not get to camp here but I would love to check it out! It would be a good home base for a multi-day Bowling Green expedition!
UPDATE: I played this course in mid-October and the grass was fine. A few previous reviews mentioned the tall grass. I'm pretty sure this course has been mowed since then. It looks great!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Made My Top Five
Pros: Howie and his family has given us a real treat. This course is well laid out with a great mixture of everything that a great disc golf course needs. There is tons of elevation, great mixture of right to left/left to right shots, up hill/down hill shots, long shots, short shots, elevated baskets, natural and safety OB, open shots, wooded shots, scenic shots, the list goes on and on. Howie really thought of it all. There are some really memorable holes in the woods and along the creek. Hole #17 is easily a signature hole along with a couple holes utilizing some large boulders near a sheer cliff. This is truly a gift to disc golfers.
Cons: The biggest con is that I don't live closer to this course. It's only an hour and a half away though. I'll frequent it as much as possible. There are really no cons design wise. The tees are rubber in most places but Howie plans to pour pads once the funds are there. A few of the boulders that get played on are moss covered and VERY slick. The creek can easily swallow your discs. All small cautions when compared to the greatness of this course
Other Thoughts: DO NOT LITTER ON THIS COURSE AND GIVE A DONATION WHEN YOU'RE THERE!!! Howie and his family have donated tons of time, labor, and land for this course. Show them the utmost respect by living it in the same condition it was in before you came
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course has a few remarkable holes like 17, and 18 is a great finishing hole. The baskets were brand new Innova Disc Catchers, and they were on some pretty neat looking rock structures. Hole 17 was one of the coolest holes I've ever played by far. Pretty much 14 - 18 were great holes and memorable holes, that I think were aesthetically pleasing and very fun. Plus, love hiking so it actually really worked to that also.
Cons: The course will also wear you out as you truck up and down hills.
Other Thoughts: Originally the course was kind of spartan too me and really should have waited till I gave a review. Want to play it again just for the fact that I played it with next to no sleep, after a looooong drive. The people were great and even went into bushes whenever we got a disc stuck in the deep, and all and all great people. Glad that they have opened up there property to Disc Golfers and i'm revising my review as I think it was more of my tiredness and crankiness. The course has some of the funnest holes I've ever played and had a smile on my face the entire day. Loved 17 when we yardsaled our bag and the discs just seem to fall forever. The course was fun and not going to stack up against a nice cut grass, and landscaped course but in terms of fun I will give it a high score!
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Like 5 rounds with Mike Tyson
Pros: Scenery by far. You are in the Green River Basin and the feeder creek runs through the property and makes for a tough out of bounds on a few of the holes. Well marked fairways and enough open shots to keep you interested in what is around the corner.
What looks easy is really tough. You don't need a big arm here but you have to have accuracy. If you can throw straight for 300 feet then you will love this place. #3 using the long pro tee is a true par 5 with lots of OB and a dangerous green with that creek within spittin' distance.
#14 and #15 are up around those cool rock formations.
#16 is a great downhill with a slight right turn. #17 is my favorite hole here. Straight across a very deep revine. If the disc fades, you are going to end up way way left. And getting back up that hill on the other side is tough.
Cons: Uneven tees. They really need some concrete teepads. The mowing wasn't done when we were there and that made it tough on a couple of holes. The road can be hard to find but if you use the directions posted here on DGCR you shouldn't have any trouble finding it.
Other Thoughts: Brand new Disccatchers and throwing up and over boulders at them is really fun.
This is a fun course but it will beat you up. We played two rounds and all three of us were dog tired. Be prepared for some sore muscles.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 8 Not
Very cool course but...
Pros: This course is really laid out well and it is nice to see that the owner is so "into" the creativity of the layout! The last 6 or 7 holes are worth every mile that we drove to go play!! 14 and 15 are two of the most scenic holes that I've played, plus... the guy that owns the land designed it and placed all the tees and baskets so that goes a long way in my book! I really liked it because it was challenging and you were punished for bad shots...
Cons: After going to the website AND looking at all the reviews and pictures, I was disappointed that it has become so "rundown!" I was expecting the course to look like the pics, and it doesn't. There are lots of broken steps, teepads, and signs. I know that the land owner takes care of the course and probably gets too busy sometimes, but... maybe it will look better for the tourney!
Other Thoughts: Several holes are SUPER fun to play and challenging enough to make it worth playing over and over again. I hope it gets cleaned up for some "fall" action this year and I hope I get in better shape for the next time I play!!!
5 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 13 Not
Course is good...but not that good
Pros: For being on private property the course is very well maintained. Pin placements on top of the rocks are wonderful!!! The guy who owns this course did a great job with the property that he had to work with. Hole 3 provides the most difficult challenge on the course and could easily eat your lunch. Some of the holes are beautiful for sure... Different from anything I've ever played.
Cons: Starts good and then has a weird flow. The walk is tough but you are in the hills.... Some tee boxes are a little crazy, but shouldn't be a hill for a stepper.
Other Thoughts: I think the course is over rated. My cousin and I were driving from the am world championships when we played the course. The day before we played Idlewild which is truly a five star course. We drove here to play because of the ratings people had given and would have to say that it is more than just a half star off of a five star rating sooooooo... 3.5..... Yeah, Peace
3 of 16 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -A wide variety of beautiful, memorable holes.
The first three holes run alongside a creek. Hole 5 plays over a pond. Hole 9 is an extreme uphill shot that has no mercy on either side. Hole 12 goes up a hill with a couple of well placed tree. When you get to the top, you have to putt onto a boulder. Hole 14 is another boulder hole. You tee off from a boulder onto another boulder. Hole 15 is a sharp left to right hole with the basket nestled against a large limestone bluff. This is an absolutely beautiful and challenging hole. Hole 16 is a huge down hill throw with the basket just a bit to the right.
-Extremely friendly property owners that go way out of their way to make sure things go right. Glen is extremely helpful and pulled quite a few discs out of the water for us. If he pulls one out for you, make sure you tip him. He deserves it!
Cons: Some of the teepads leave a bit to be desired, but this course is ran by an individual and not a parks department. The amount of work that has gone into this course is amazing.
Other Thoughts: We played two rounds. First round from the Ams and second from the Pros. If you haven't played this course, it is an absolute must.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: This course has some of the most memorable and unique holes I have ever played. Topo plays a major part in this course. It is beautiful and isolated. I was all alone the day I played and had a very enjoyable outing.
Cons: The topo plays a bit too much of a factor on quite a number of the holes. Almost too difficult to walk for these 59 year old legs.
1 of 15 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: I drove 7 hours to get here just so I could get a round in before the "Holler in the Hills" tournament. It was worth the drive. It has the fun factor that Idlewild doesn't for some people. Hole #14, 15, 17 are memorable holes. Teeing off on a huge rock to another huge rock was fun and unique. The tee pad was even concreted in. Howie has done a great job with this place and you can see that if you get a chance to play it. I've been around a long time and I really felt giddy when I drove up to the parking lot to play this course. IT did not disappoint. It was fun, even dave 243 would like it.
Cons: #3 could use a better landing area off the tee. It's not enough of a deterrent to change my rating. I'm just saying.
Other Thoughts: Howie, keep up the great work.
Sorry for the short review but I wrote a longer one and lost it because I took too long and didn't realize it and lost it.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Best Course Around BG
Pros: Where to start? The general layout of the course uses seemingly every inch of Howie's land and it doesn't disappoint. Subtle to extreme elevation changes can be encountered on every hole. The baskets are strategically placed for high risk/reward putting situations. The fairways are well defined with several groves of trees that must be gone through or around making you concentrate on every shot. Out of bounds are well defined and listed on almost every tee sign. Each tee sign provides a description of the hole, which is very helpful, as quite a few of the baskets are hidden. There are several wooden stair cases throughout the course that help traversing the elevation. Also spread around are steps cut in the hillside and a few benches on which to rest. Playing this course required me personally to use almost every type of shot in my arsenal to shoot well.
For anyone contemplating skipping this course to only go play in Bowling Green, DON'T and be sure to make a stop at Holler. Five dollars isn't much considering its all going back into the course. Having grown up in Bowling Green, I know all those courses inside and out and Holler In The Hills provides a better test than any of them.
Cons: The teepads on several of the holes are narrow and do not provide the space for a huge run up. This can be circumvented by utilizing more technical drives off the tee. There are several spots where stairs, a hand rail, or a rope to hang onto could be helpful in going up or down the hills. These safety devices will be installed in the near future but beware, especially if it is wet out.
Other Thoughts: There's a little dog that lives on the property and will gladly accompany your group throughout the round. He won't attempt to run off with your disc but he likes to try to catch them when you throw off the tee. It helps to have an extra person there to distraction him for a moment. Like I said earlier, the cost of playing goes directly back into the course and it will only get better with time and more players going through it. If you are unlucky enough to lose your disc in the water, be sure to have your name and phone number on it. All found discs with name/number on them will be called to be returned and listed on the course website lost-and-found. Be sure to sign a waiver and follow the few rules out at Holler so this course can stay open to the public without restrictions.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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