Very Basic, Bad Design
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Pros: Nemacolin Woodlands is a huge ski resort with an endless amount of things to do throughout the year. The disc golf course is located all the way in the back of the resort at the top of ski/zip line area. You have to go through the Adventure Center which is where you can pick up a course map and rent discs if needed. The nice part is that the course is free if you provide your own discs.
While the design is straight forward, the course does present some challenge combining elevation changes and very tight fairways that you do not want to venture off of. The are a few wooded holes as well.
There is a good mix of hyzer, anny, and straight shots in this 9 hole course. Five of the nine holes are also 350 feet or above.
The course is set on a beautiful, peaceful mountainside.
The baskets are in good shape and you will most likely have this course all to yourself. Tee markers show where to throw from.
The fairways were kept nice when I was there, but other reviewers had different experiences.
Cons: I really had to stretch to find good things about this course. It clearly is a low priority of the resort and the zip line interferes a little bit being so close to a few holes.
The tees are natural, though they don't cause a lot of harm.
The rough is pretty awful on the sides of each fairway and is the main obstacle of the course. Not much else to contend with.
Navigation is confusing without tee signs or numbered baskets. This makes the map a necessity, and it still can be confusing.
The baskets are single chained.
This course doesn't aim at a particular skill level, showing poor design. The course wouldn't be too much fun for new players because of the nasty rough and the poor navigation, but would be boring to most average and above players with too many boring, straight-forward holes.
Other Thoughts: This course is not good but is still better than nothing, which IMO constitutes a one disc rating. It is unfortunate that they didn't hire a more committed designer, as this land has potential with the ski slopes and nearby woods.
I would only play this course if you are at the resort or traveling to nearby courses such as Jumonville or Red Neck DGC.
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Holes 1-3, mostly open and downhill, will offer you the chance to watch your discs fly.
Single-chain unnumbered baskets. Single (natural) tee locations marked by small red blocks (some numbered, some not). Deep grass/weeds off fairways - fairways themselves a bit high, too!
Other than number-4, a short, straight shot in the midst of the patch of woods separating two ski slopes, and number-5, open the first 150', through woods another 150', then open the last 50', this course is quite open, other than a few random ski structures (shed, lamppost, lift, etc.) to miss. The first three holes play downhill, 4-5 across the slope, then 6-9 have you gently regain the elevation. Mixture of turns needed from the tee, but with seven of the holes quite open, there is plenty of room to maneuver.
The day I played (7/24/11), the course was setup slightly different than the Aerial Course Map. Holes 1-5, 8-9 were as shown. Number-6 played up the main slope, back toward the lodge, with the basket to the right. Basket-7 remained as on the map, but the tee was located near the basket-6 location, making it an immediate right-turner.
Definitely have a map with you, as the tee markers aren't always easy to spot, nor are the baskets, as they have no coloured band or flag on them. Tee-1, as you exit the back of the lodge, is to the right, up the hillock where a ski lift is.
A good introduction to ski-slope disc golf. For more extreme length and elevation change, try nearby Seven Springs, or slightly farther afield Wisp.
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Just kind of meh
Located in one of the coolest resorts in the middle of nowhere. Nemacolin Woodlands
has pretty much anything you can think of as a recreation activity (mini golf, arcade, Hummer course, skeet shooting, polo, and a billion other things).
This course is built on a ski slope so there is a lot of elevation change incorporated into the course.
Brand new baskets.
Map available as well as disc rental in the adventure center.
Cons: The rough on this course is deep, nasty, disc eating rough and unfortunately even on the fairways the grass is long enough to cause some disc hunts for perfectly thrown discs.
Quite a few of the holes are too long for a beginners course but offer very little challenge for experienced players.
Tees are natural and not particularly level or taken care of. It appears that they just plunked markers down wherever they felt like.
A very unispired course design (see my other thoughts) with all but two holes being pretty wide open and in my opinion only one decent pin position out of the 9 holes (#7 I think. On a hillside).
The attendant in the Adventure Center told us that this course is only free to people who provide their own discs which makes no sense at all. Why would you charge the people that are already paying to rent discs but not the other players? Seems like that is kind of backwards.
Nemacolin, whose motto should be "money is no object" hired the best course designer in the region to design a course for them then immediately disregarded what was given to them and had a staff member who had only played Disc Golf a couple of times drop in a course. I am massively disappointed in the outcome.
Nemacolin usually goes over the top to have the best of everything but in this case came up way short. Even though my in-laws live about 10 minutes from this course and I visit them often I have never been back.
If you are driving up Rt. 40 and need a place to play I would go for Red Neck
DGC instead of this course.
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OK... with lots of potential.
Pros: On the premises of a beautiful resort so there are lots of other activities around. Plus this area in general has a lot of outdoor activities available (hiking, boating, rafting, fishing, etc.). It's also within about 15 minutes of Red Neck Disc Golf in Confluence, PA, a short, executive Par 3 Course.
There's a map available from the Adventure Center. They will rent you discs. There are brand new Lightning baskets. (They're single chains, but seem to catch pretty well.) Red markers with the hole # on them easily identify the tee for each hole. There are flags on each pin to make them nicely visible. (For some reason, though, pin #7's flag said "4" on it. They must have gotten mixed up somehow.)
The course plays on, across and around ski slopes so there is a good bit of elevation change. There is enough ground that they were able to create some relatively long holes.
The hole layouts dictate straight, left turning and right turning plus level, uphill and downhill tee shots so a nice variety of drives is helpful.
Although most of the holes are relatively open, there are two holes that play in or through the woods. Plus, on most the open holes, there's some sort of obstacle between the tee and the pin, whether a ski lift pole, a shed or just the fact that the tee shot is blind, so you do have to pick a good line or you can get in trouble.
Cons: There are no signs at all and the map doesn't list distances. There's no score card available.
The course is very new and rough. The tees are grass and not very level or smooth. Be careful to check the footing around your approach and landing spots on the tees before throwing.
There's no truly "epic" hole... which was a disappointment to me considering this course is on a ski slope. There are some nice holes, don't get me wrong... but there's nothing that really made me say "Wow, that was awesome."
Oddly enough, for a course that's at a resort and probably added just as an extra activity for the customers, this would not be a very beginner friendly course. It's a pretty long 9 and could be hard to navigate if you've never been on a disc golf course before.
It's a pay to play course. But see my "other thoughts."
Other Thoughts: When I asked for help finding the first tee, the very nice girls working at the Adventure Center gave me the information. Then they said, "but you'll have to get your discs at the golf (ball golf) club house." I said "I have my own discs" and they seemed very surprised. And when I asked where I paid, they said don't worry about it if you have your own discs. This was cool as I thought it was going to cost $15 to play.
As my title suggests, this course has a lot of potential. Right now, the distance and elevation changes make it fun for me. I think that it would be a good idea for them to add additional tees, mostly in shorter positions for the normal customers at the resort. I am assuming, based upon playing the course just once, that this would be Pro Par 3 course. And although I would have difficulty ever birdieng a couple of the holes, I don't believe that it would be that difficult for a pro or other really good player.
Holes #3 & #5 would have to be my favorites. #3 almost looks like it might be the "half pipe" in the winter. The fairway is pretty wide, a little downhill and perfectly straight. But the way that the woods lines the hole on either side really makes it visually appealing.
#5 is a really nice hole. It starts out in the open and you have to throw around 150' before hitting a gap in the tree line. Then you play about 125' through the woods and back into another opening with the basket 75' away. This would probably be the hardest hole to birdie, or even par. It would take a really accurate tee shot the get very far into the path in the woods without getting into the deep stuff for your 2nd shot.
I was measuring the holes and just finding my way around the course with my family today. I'll definitely go back very soon to just take it all in.
If they added even some simple signs, and even leveled the grass tees (or added gravel) it would make a big difference on this course. It's just nine holes, but has the potential to be a really nice course. I hope that it's successful as this could be a whole lot of fun with just a little work.
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