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You might be a redneck if..
Pros: Located on private property, Red Neck DGC doesn't greet you with really any amenities (or people for that matter), but the quality design of this 9 hole course and it's ease of navigation make it worth a stop to play. Red Neck is easy to find, located right off of 281 and on the western side of the small town of Confluence. Three easy to spot signs greet you and direct you to the course, one from the main road, one when you first turn into the little neighborhood, and one on the "clubhouse" (white trailer at the end of the street).
The course has standard white tee signs - though they only list the hole number, huge tee pads, and Mach 5 baskets that are in great shape.
I appreciated the design of this course and feel that the property is greatly utilized to make a challenging but fair course. Tee pads are strategically placed where you will have to creatively dodge a tree on your drive (holes 1, 2, 3, and 5) and pins are well placed near trees so that your upshot is about as challenging as it can be with the land given (1-5, 7, and 9). There is a good mix of open (6-8), semi-open (1-4), and tightly wooded (5 and 9) holes. I like how the stream is incorporated on holes 6 and 8 as a possible punishment.
The course is very easy to navigate as the first tee is near the entrance and with short walks from every pin to the next tee. It is a quick 9-hole round (took three of us 45 min) if you are just passing through.
Cons: -There isn't an obvious parking spot, but I parked where there was a driveway in the picture on this site. It now just looks like part of the front yard for the trailer, but it looked like the best spot to park. It did feel a little odd though parking in someone's front yard.
-The gravel tees are uneven and the gravel is not tightly packed, probably because this course doesn't get a lot of foot traffic.
-No rest rooms on the course and not a lot around at all from what I can see. Coming from rt. 40 to 281, I didn't see any restaurants, gas stations, or stores the last 15 miles to Confluence. There may be something nearby that I missed, but come prepared with a full tank and your own food if you're driving a good distance to get here.
-$5 to play for an hour seems a little steep, but if this course is completely private, it's worth helping the owner out a little.
- While there is a good balance between open and tight holes and good use of the trees on the property, there are some similarities between the holes. The lines off the tee are mostly straight or slight hyzers, the holes are all fairly short (only hole 7 is over 300 feet), and the course is flat as can be.
-No public courses remotely close to this one, but there are a few private courses within 45 min away.
Other Thoughts: Red Neck DGC definitely has a privately owned feel, not equipped with any extra amenities (except a bench between holes 4 and 5) and it most likely will be a round all to yourself. I feel though that it is a great place to bring a beginner player due to the mix of open and tight holes and it's relatively short and quick play. There aren't any real chances of losing a disc here and the course seems well taken care of. If you're in the area, come support this private course!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Nice with lots of potential!
Pros: I played all 9 holes of this course today. The baskets are very good quality and numbered well. Each hole has it's own challenge and, like the other's have said, they make great use of the trees. The first tee pad is concrete and larger than most. I enjoyed some of the super narrow fairways and it plays fast...nice round of 9 today.
Cons: Cons? The gravel tee pads were a little hard to get used to in my Brooks running shoes. Not sure if different shoes would have helped. The course is on a small footprint...but, like others have said, there is potential to expand to 18. I would have liked the tee pad signs filled in with hole length, direction, etc. The road sign on 281 north is really good...but, they need a bigger sign on the trailer that serves as the club house. There were no maps or score cards today. And, ATT had no service there, so I could not get to my PDGA app...but, that is not RNDGC issue.
Other Thoughts: I would definitely play this course again. Would probably like to play it twice to get a full 18 for my 5.00. Was too hesitant to do that today. But, if I can meet the owner, I will certainly ask. And, RIGHT NOW, the bridge is out that is part of the directions on this site. So, just go all the way into Confluence and take 281 North, RNDGC will be about a mile out of town on your right.
Will definitely play here again and look forward to seeing it grow!
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Makes good use of the available trees - two dense copses of pines, scattered mid-sized hardwoods.
While the tee locations are long-n-wide, the very coarse gravel make them difficult to use.
This 9=hole course, despite being short (average length ~230', only one hole > 300') and sitting on a extremely flat piece of land, is a fun, quick play. Two baskets (5, 9) sit in the pines, with the entirety of hole-5 playing within the pines. Holes 1-2, 6-8 have the approaches near the baskets partially guarded by a variable number of hardwoods, and 3-4 require right-to-left approaches to reach the baskets.
An old rottweiler wandered over to check us out as we were playing. She was friendly enough, and only once seemed ready to chase a disc - a firm "no" kept her from doing so.
If you happen to be in the area, or are somewhat nearby and want to add to your courses-played total, you can have fun here. Good course to practice your short, control game, or to introduce players to disc golf, as only the tall grass along the right side of #4 could cause disc loss.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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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!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Red Neck is definetely not White Trash
Pros: An isolated course in an isolated town. You are truly away from it all here. Course caters to beginners while still employing trees as obstacles in such a way to keep more seasoned players from getting bored. Well maintained grounds and huge gravel tees. Outside of the isolated ambience the highlights were the tight pine grove alley of hole #5 and the several tricky but possible ace runs here. Close to other pay to play options of Nemacolin and Seven Springs so paying a small fee not so bad in return for the remoteness and stress free surroundings. Very well maintained so disc loss is at a minimum.
Cons: It is flat and not much can be done regarding this. Nothing the serious DGer craves here. Nothing truly unique or buzz worthy that would bring players all this way to play a round. Baskets for holes 5 and 3 are very close to one another. Tough to cater to beginners and draw serious Dgers as the 2 don't enjoy the same types of courses.
Other Thoughts: Spoke with the proprietor. A very friendly man who wants the course to take hold and sustain itself. There is actually a huge meandering river, some woods and a pre-revolutionary war cemetary to the rear of the property. It would be cool to see these incorporated into a 18 hole design. Not many courses have a historic cemetary and a river as an obstacle. If you are in the region and playing Seven Springs I would stop by for a relaxing round. I found the small town feel and the course to be a breath of fresh air.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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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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