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If you like throwing plastic at metal baskets, you might be at Red Neck!
Pros: Course is pretty easy to find if you follow the directions. Similarly, the design of the course is rather intuitive and it would be pretty hard to get lost here. Nice kiosk with information and rental discs provided, but I'd take your own in case anyone isn't around.
A great activity for those visiting in the Youghiogheny area of the Laurel Highlands!
The tee on number one must have at one point been the foundation for a trailer; whatever it was, it has left a HUGE and amazing concrete tee. Seriously: you could park a Hummer on this thing. It's probably the best tee I've ever seen aside from the ones at Deer Lake. Signage and baskets are pristine throughout.
Despite being a short pitch-and-putt course (see below), it's not your typical kind. Hole #5 in particular is a great technical challenge as you have to thread a row of pines to get to the basket. This is definitely a redeeming quality and adds some fun to the experience. Other holes, on the other hand, are quite open and short.
Cons: At a mean length of 226 feet, it's definitely a pitch-and-putt course -- well suited for people new to the game, or those looking to play a putter-only game (and maybe a midrange). Aside from that, there are few challenges. While some tree obstacles are present, most holes are straight shots, which even for just nine holes, can get repetitive and dull after awhile.
Likewise, I wasn't happy with the tees. I've been on plenty of gravel tees, but this was the really large and coarse gravel -- the kind that tends to screw with your run-ups.
Fairways criss-cross on several holes, and the proximity of tees to baskets is pretty close. This isn't surprising, given the relatively small area in which the course is located. It is kind of weird playing here, as you feel like you're playing in someone's yard -- which isn't too far from the truth!
Other Thoughts: Yes, it's a short pitch-and-putt course with only 9 holes. Yes lacks much variety or challenge, and yes it's sort of isolated, but I think this is a great complement to the EXCELLENT mountain biking, rafting, camping, and other recreation provided in the area. The real beneficiaries of this course are families visiting the area or those looking to get into the sport. The Jenkins', Doss's, and Climos have plenty of spectacular courses to choose from Pittsburgh and West Virginia!
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Pros: ***Please read my "Other Thoughts" before passing judgement on this course based on the 1.5/Passable rating I gave it.***
Peaceful setting in a small town in beautiful Western, PA... and I mean really small town! Very easy to find and only 20 minutes off of I68 in Western, MD. Many other activities in the area like kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, resorts, etc.
Brand new Mach 5 chains with hole markers on top. Signs mark each of the big tees (although only tee #1 is concrete and #2-9 are gravel and the signs are still incomplete). Porta-John on site (better than no facilities by far). Good map and scorecard available at the entrance to the course.
This is considered an "Executive Course" so it is really easy to play a very quick round or two... or three, etc. It is very easy to navigate. The length and shape of the holes set up very well for beginners. Plus it would serve as good pitch and putt practice for experienced players. There's very little chance of losing discs here.
Cons: As you can probably tell from the pics that I uploaded, the course is brand new. So after a bunch of rain over the last couple weeks it was very muddy. The grass, literally, hasn't even had the opportunity to come in yet on a lot of the course.
***UPDATE: I played the course again on 8-30-09. It's amazing how well the grass has come in! There are still a few low-spots that hold some water but the course is already (2 months since my first review) in a lot better shape. Thus, I moved my rating up 1/2 a point. I'm really looking forward to what this course will look like next year.***
The length and line of most of the holes may prove "too short" for experienced players looking for a big challenge. This is a limitation of the site. Longest holes are 310', 280' & 250'. The rest are 225' and under.
The site that the course is on is also very flat so there was no way for the designers to be able to include any significant elevation changes on the holes.
It's also $5 to play.
Other Thoughts: Please take this course for what it is. It's an executive course that was put in on the site of a private bed and breakfast to give the people another activity to do while staying there. You know... after a long day of hiking and kayaking, you just want to kick it back a notch before bed... you can play a little DG. I think that this is an awesome idea. So Red Neck isn't intended to be a "disc golf destination" in and of itself. For its' purpose, I believe that this will prove to be a great little course.
I'm excited to go back in the Fall and next year to see how the course matures. I'm sure that once the grass and some of the undergrowth on the edges of the course come back in that it should be beautiful. With the course being in better shape (and not brand new) my rating could possibly move up to a 3/Good rating.
My favorite holes are probably #4 & #9. At 280', #4 is the 2nd to longest hole on the course. It's currently open on the right (foliage will probably get thicker) and tree lined on the left with the pin tucked in close to the woods. Throwing RHBH I used a big hyzer line out over the field to get it in close. And #9 is short, at only 221'. But the pin is tucked into the woods after a mostly open fairway. It's very well protected from the right and front sides. So I had to use a big, high, RHBH Anhyzer to get in close to the pin. These were both a lot of fun for me.
And to me, the $5 is no biggie. But I know that a lot of people have the option of many free courses in their areas. Around here, the options are very limited so $5 is well worth it, even for a short little 9 holes.
So basically, if you're traveling through Western, Md on I68 or National Highway 40 (the course is only 10 minutes from 40), stop by and check it out. It will be a nice little diversion that won't take too long.
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