18 Helpful / 0 Not
Anything You Want...You Got It!
Pros: 1) Howie...This place is awesome and he is an asset to the disc golf community. The things that he has been able to accomplish with this land are amazing.
2) Well designed layout, throughly challenging and fair...At least 9 of the holes on this course would be signature holes at a regular course. I could sit here and rattle them off but there have been so many reviews that this would be futile. Plus, you need to see them for yourself.
3) Views...On the back 9 ( Icannot remember which hole exactly) but the uphill drive takes you to a landing area. The pin is perched on the top of a boulder/bluff. When you get on top of the boulder, the trees open up and you have one of the most gorgeous views you could ever hope to see. There are other spots, but on this particular hole, I just wanted to stop and stay for a while.
4) Water hazards...holes 2 and 3 play along the creek at the bottom of the "Holler". The water is serene and makes you think carefully about your shots as it is about 8 feet below the ground level. There is also a pond to throw over on either hole 5 or 6. It is reachable by the average player, but it does make you think.
5) Elevation...Come prepared for a workout. The hike is really intense. The only true flat holes are the first few at the bottom of the valley. You proceed to make your way up to the top of the ridge. Hole 16 and 18 are wonderful down hill shots. 17, while it has little elevation change regarding your throw is intimidating as you throw over a deep, deep valley containing a small run-off which empties into the creek.
6) Varying distances....There is plenty of length here to challenge the best players. there are also holes that are reachable for novices like myself, but would also challenge the midrange prowess of pro-caliber players.
7) Pin Placements...As I alluded to before, there are a number of baskets that have the pin situated on an out-cropping of rock. Risk/reward putts abound and landing zones for approaches become very important. One pin is tucked into a small cove in the rocks.
Cons: 1) Safety...You have to sign a waiver for a reason. I am not writing this as a con to scare anyone away, but you need to be in solid physical condition to make this hike. A few more stairs in certain places would be helpful, but I am sure Howie will take care of that as money comes in.
2) Uniform baskets...I know Howie is in the process of this as we could see some of the old portable ones by the garage that he had recently replaced.
Other Thoughts: This is a pilgrimmage course in my opinion. People play the courses in Bowling Green a lot. If you decide you want to hit Bowling Green and you miss stopping by Holler in the Hills, you have made a grievous mistake. Sure, it requires a fee to play, but you can see the funds being used in the course. I can't thank Howie enough for letting us stop by and for sharing this treasure of disc golf with us. I didn't get to meet him as he was playing a tournament, but I hope to meet him one day.
Some more basic information about the course: There is a dog onsite and he is friendly. He likes to chase discs, but he never picked any of ours up, so it didn't matter to me. Hole #1 is a nice little hole, but nothing special. Don't get discouraged because Hole 2 is my favorite teepad view of a hole that I have ever seen. I will take it over ANY top-of-the-world hole. You are throwing from under a slight canopy with the run-off directly in front of you and the creek directly on your right. Just across the run-off is a beautiful tree with a low hanging limb about 8 or 9 feet off the ground which you must throw under and out into the fairway that runs entirely along the creek. The pin is set back to the right about 6 feet from the creek. Awesome hole. Hole 18 is a short, deceptive downhill shot to an elevated pin. It is easy to over shoot this hole.
Bottom line is that this course is a must play...at any time. I struggled with giving this course a 4.5 because I loved it so much. Once the baskets are uniform, which should be soon, this is definitely a 5.0. This is not an "if you are in the area" course...make plans to get here if you can. It is worth the time and effort to get a round in here.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 8 Not
A must for any traveling disc golfer....
Pros: What a course! This course just shot all the rest down a notch or two. Before Playing here Idlewild would have been the top course....this is 2 times better. This is the complete package. It has Elevation changes, severe, to slight, long holes, short holes, wooded holes, open holes, elevated pin placements, elevated tees, OB's, mandos, and water shots. It is hands down the most complete course I have ever seen and it accomplishes all of this while still keeping the natural beauty of the land. It is one of the most well manicured courses out there. This has the potential to hold an NT sometime in the future. A must play course for any disc golfer!
Cons: One heck of a walk but worth every minute of it.
Other Thoughts: I'll make sure to come back to this course over and over! Most defiantly the funnest and most challenging course I have ever played!
7 of 15 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 4 Not
Still picking my chin off the ground
Pros: -The basket and teepads and in great conditition. While the tees are not concrete they provide great footing and are easier on the joints.
-The hollow the course starts off with a couple of duece runs, then hole three is legit par four hole with a tricky watery pin. Holes four and seven are long annys into procteded greens. Hole five is the pond shot, this is a great ace run from either pad I hole you would want to empty the bag on. Hole 6 is a Hyzer hole bewteen a school bus and a barn. Hole Eight has a mando to keep you out of seven's fariway.
-The hills Right away on hole nine you get the great elevation, while this shot is not of great distance the angle and hill make it very scary. The way Howie brings you up the hill is great with a variety of shots you gradually work yourself up. Holes 10 and 13 have awesome hyzer fairways through mature trees. Holes 12,14 and 15 have awesome pin placements around rock boulders. Hole 17 is a instant favorite hole up and down a huge ravine, this hole could make or break you round.
-The greens are what sets this course apart from the rest of the pack. Holes 1 and 18 have man made elevated pins, these are the good kind of man made were the pin is elevated by a skinny stack of rocks and not a small mound of dirt that force unfair rollaways. The water greens on two three and five will make am players opt for laying up when shooting the wrong direction at the pin. Laying up when on the wrong side of 9 and 11 make the drive not about getting there but getting to the sweet part of the green so the duece shot want float off a ten foot drop. The two boulder holes are insane the elevation change on 12 is the best up hill I have played. The boulders and rock wall protect 15 green but seems like a drive could bounce right off said wall into the basket.
-Private the owner and his son were very friendly and helpfull, his son got three of the four disc we threw in the water back. I could really get into the private course thing no causals getting in the way and not waiting on a single tee pad always makes for a relaxing round. You can see the money the get from the greens fee is going right back into the course.
-The signs are the best I written descriptions set them above any map the time and effort put into making sure you understand where huge dropoffs are is so nice.
Cons: -Hole's 7 and 8 are kinda close but the mando is well placed I just want people to know that these two fairways run parrell and the mando is there for safety.
- There are some things all courses have like bugs it was muddy cause we played the day after a huge storm the night before. Little things that every course is gonna have. That being said for the amount of rain they got the night before the hollow was soggy but the hills were fine had grass thoughout the fairways to keep good traction.
Other Thoughts: Holes 12 and 17 are worth the trip by themselves, Howie couldnt of done a better job putting in the course. The flow and variety of shots is very apleasing to the players who like variety. The detail that has been put in the course is insane and I only see it getting better. Can't wait to get back! Hole 17 is gonna haunt my dreams.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 16 Not
As good as it gets.
Pros: every shot in the book, awesome scenery. played 30+ times, and it will never get old. even if you don't like disc golf, its hard not to like this place. Lovely elevated pin positions on 1 and 18. all positions require strategic positioned shots. best 3 finishing holes around 200 miles. thank goodness for Glenn being willing to climb in the water at anytime to retrieve discs. creek is awesome, pond is stocked with fish, camping available...the list goes on and on...championship level caliber.
Cons: none, keep doing what you're doing
Other Thoughts: completely perfect, disc golf paradise
3 of 19 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 0 Not
Extreme, challenging, fun!
Pros: Holler is fantastic course, especially when you consider it is private and maintained by one man. This is the most inviting private course I have played. There is a parking area and kiosk loaded with information- the full color hole by hole course guides that are free to borrow for your round were a luxury that I have never seen on any type of golf course (disc, ball, mini, etc.) and were especially handy for my first time. And if that is not enough, check his website- you can see Howie loves disc golf and loves his course and loves to have people come and play it. Now on to the course…
From the very first hole you know this course is going to special and unique. When you finish your jaw will be tired of dropping, your legs will be tired from hiking, your brain will be tired from being challenged, and yet you will have loved every second and want to play it again!!! Every hole on this course is different from the other 17. You start out at the bottom, fairly flat, along the creek with beautiful grass fairways. Then you play around some of the unique man-made things like the barn, pond, and school bus. Then the back 9 starts to get real serious as you slowly ascend up the mountain. There are some spectacular views once you reach the top. After hole 15 you look back towards the bottom where you started and you have 2 insane holes to get you down!
Every hole is well-designed and fair. Because of the extreme setting of this course a little luck will come into play, but over the course of 18 holes, the better player on that day will be rewarded, will rise to the top, and will win.
Cons: Just the standards of 1) lack of concrete tees and 2) lack of 100% top of the line model baskets. The tees he has are just fine and the baskets are currently in the process of being upgraded.
Because of the difficulty of the course along with the terrain, this is not a very beginner or family friendly course. If you are not in great shape that has the potential to be a factor in you game and in your enjoyment. I could also see that during soggy conditions some of the walks could be treacherous, so use caution and good judgment.
There is a good chance you will lose a disc on this course. I played in early Spring just before everything bloomed, but I can tell by the pictures that the rough on this course in the summer will get thick and tough.
Hole 18 is one of the weaker holes on the course. It is one of those perfect for emptying your bag on the tee trying for an ace, but after playing holes 16 and 17, it just doesn't compare. Rounds will be won or lost on 17, not 18. It is always a bonus for a course to have a great finishing hole, but now I am just being picky!!!
Other Thoughts: It would get expensive to play here everyday if I lived closer, but the $5/person fee is well worth it. It is evident as you read the progression of reviews on this site, since the course opened the money has been put to good use to maintain/improve the course. About half of the baskets have been upgraded now.
If you are a serious disc golfer then you need to play Holler in the Hills. Bring good shoes or even hiking boots. Allow more time than normal to play this 18 hole course as well.
This is a top-notch, pro-caliber course with the potential for a 5.0 rating in the future as more work is done to it, as it matures, and as more people come and play it.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Great course! Holler in the Hills has some of the most memerable holes I've ever played. From the first tee you can tell you are in for an experience. Most of the holes are reachable with the exception of the tough #3, but don't expect a bunch of gimmie 2s. You have to work for every shot. All holes have well defined fairways with brutal rough if you stray from them. The finishing holes are epic. Nice new Disccatchers are on 2/3 of the holes. It is obvious that a lot of time, dedication, and hard work has been put into this gem. You're the man Howie!
Cons: Not very friendly to leftys
Other Thoughts: Bring your hiking boots!
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
Like Heaven...words can't even begin...
Pros: Holes near water, holes across ravines, holes into the huge faces of outcropped rocks (#15), heck, even holes/tee on TOP of rocks! And as crazy as the endless supply of tree's is, my group didn't lose a single disc until we were throwing a bunch off the tee of 18 for kicks and giggles; and managed to overly hyzer one into the properties pond. };'( If you like 'technical' shots; and playing with strategy, this is absolutely the course for you. If you prefer perfectly manicured courses with very little, or zero rough for a walk-in-the-park round of DG, this is NOT for you. Unlike most so-called 5 star courses, this one actually has many staircases to assist with some of the more inclined area's (although not all; & you'll see why when you play here); and although the pad's are generally rubber, they are almost all enclosed with a wooden frame; and spiked into the groud; so there is very little 'play' underneath them. To those who go out of their way to play here, I salute you; and be assured that you will not have your expectations unmet!
Cons: There were a couple of places (around the pond for example) where the banks were rather mushy. On holes 16 & 17, it would be mighty nice to have a knotted rope with which to hold on to while going down, down, down after your tee shot (although that would take one heck of a long section of rope!). A sign at the driveway's entrance would help immensely for 1st timer's as it's just a gravel driveway off of asphalted roads.
Other Thoughts: I'm doing the 'other thoughts' section first; simply to explain the 'why' I am listing this course as a five instead of a 4.5. I have played everywhere from The 'Turkeynator' near Orlando Florida to Beaver Island State Park a few miles from Niagara Falls, to tiny towns in Iowa, to the renowned Idlewild near Cincinnati; and none of these course have a run of holes like the back 9 at this course...for that fact, not even close. This course was established in 2009...by one man...and for that amount of lone effort, this course is comensurately immaculate! Idlewild, et all have armies of people taking care of them; so any 'cons' listed about the shape of the pads, or the occasionally tied off piece of garden hose as a boundary, need to be taken in this context. Furthermore, it has been verified that the owner/creater of this course is taking every dime donated by those playing the course ($5 a day) to making the course even better. Now, on to the pro's & con's...
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
A private Beauty
Pros: The course is a beauty and when you consider that this is the work of one man on his farm it's even more amazing. Very scenic area and the course has a bit of everything : Trees (plenty of them), Elevation changes, Water hazards, placement shots and some unique pin placements.
This place offers a few of the more memorable holes I have ever played.
#3 - Longest (700+) hole on the course but the distance isn't the killer. Tee off in a chute with trees on the right and trying to power over a treeline 350' in front of you or place the shot in the 25' wide gap. From the gap you have 350+' back into some scatter trees to a basket near a 20' drop off to a creek that runs the length of the hole on the right. A 4 on this hole and you are happy - A 5 isn't terrible.
#12 - Uphill tee shot with trees on both sides of a narrow fairway with a low ceiling. Basket perched on the left side atop a boulder. Gorgeous view looking back from the basket.
#15 - hard right turn through the trees to a basket tucked in front of a rock face. One of my favorite holes.
#16 - Tough 350' downhill hole that plays much shorter. Tough fairway with mature trees lining both sides and a basket just short of a drop off that will lead to a nasty roll(could by 150+' over the hill) if you go long. Better play this one safe!
#17 - The beauty of the course - 300' Tee to Basket with a ravine that drops 100' between them. Huge mature trees line both sides and you don't want to go off path prior to getting to the bottom of the ravine.
There are other nice holes but these stand out (in my opinion).
Tremendous challenge that demands a variety of shots be used. This place will teach you when to play safe or how to add large numbers - Your choice.
Cons: These are not really cons but just points to remember:
Parking can be an issue for tournaments so CarPool.
Be aware of safety! There are lots of rocks,boulders, hills,... and it can get slick. Go slow and pay attention.
Other Thoughts: People have mentioned the fly pads but I never had trouble with them. I have slipped more and felt more uneasy on some concrete pads I have played.
This place is not a "walk in the park", It's a workout so take something to drink and watch your footing. A couple rounds here in a day and you will get your exercise - especially if you add a couple errant throws on the mountain.
Great course and a great guy put it together - always a pleasure to get down there - Wish it was closer.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The first thing I noticed was the amount of effort that went in to create this course.It is obvious that a lot of planning and sweat was invested to make this course a fun and challenging round of DG. A good combination of shots that require control and good mental attitude to maintain your score. Well worth the trip.
Cons: Some of the teepads were a little less than perfect, but no real distraction. I have hit it when the grass needed cutting, but it is a private course and for a guy that also has a job, it is sometimes hard to get everything done,however it doesn't stay that way long. Howie does a great job keeping it playable.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a unique Disc Golf course that is truly a labor of love, you need to visit Hollow in the Hills. You won't regret it.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Diamond in the Rough
Pros: This pro caliber course awaiting refinement is unlike any you'll find in western KY, and perhaps elsewhere. Every aspect of your game will be challenged with water, obstacle, elevation and some distance. Technically, mentally and physically challenging it demands stamina, course management and most types of throws. Seemingly short the elevations (some extreme) and pin placements are well considered but will duly punish errant throws or wayward putts; excellent risk/reward. The first 3-5 holes down in the "holler" along the big creek with sheer banks and around the pond are a great start before heading up the hill to the big rocks and more unique shots; picturesque throughout.
Cons: Refinements are needed: concrete pads and better baskets would be a vast improvement. While I appreciate at-the-tee hole descriptions / shot suggestion and the signs were clear, smaller, constistent and more professional signage would be a plus. The few adjacent fairways demarcated with rope and serving as OB detract from it, I think. Throws into these areas likely result in a stroke anyhow and serve only to define fairways which are apparent.
Other Thoughts: Whether pro or con this course is not beginner friendly. One's drives, seconds (thirds too) and putts are most important on every hole; one should be practiced. Fitness is important as well since errant throws will find you hillclimbing and expending more energy.
Howie did a great job with the layout and I had the pleasure of losing a round of doubles (1 stroke) to him and buddy of mine; good to see a designer fly his own course. Likewise Flynn and Cooper were a delight.
Play this course, you won't regret it.
Pay to play it'll only get better.
If you pay to play, play all day.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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