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Pros: Heritage Point DGC is a fantastic little 18-hole course that is cleverly designed through the hills and woods of Northern Georgia. What the course lacks in length is made up for in the design and good use of woods and elevation throughout the course.
-Baskets: Chainstar, single position, all in great shape.
-Tee Pads: Large, level concrete tee pads of adequate length, all in great condition. Pro/Am Tees on each hole.
-Tee Signs: VERY nice tee signs that show hole layout, distance, par, and location of next tee (next tee noted on most signs, missing from a few).
-Course Map: Very nice course map located near the first tee.
General Course Design & Layout:
-Distance: 4305ft Total/239ft avg (2@>200, 9@200-250, 4@250-300, 3@300+)
-Fairways: Well-Defined, easy to navigate. (Fairways are mostly dirt, very little grass)
-Fairway Variety: Left2Right (6), Straight (5), Right2Left (7)
-Elevation: Minimum to Moderate throughout the course, a few holes have more severe elevations (Holes 2, 3, 18)
-Elevation Variety: Uphill (6), Flat (7), Downhill (5)
The Heritage Point disc golf course offers a semi-technical layout with the best variety of any course that I have played. The design makes excellent use of the terrain and landscape to create a course that is both fun and challenging. The course is comprised of one continuous loop from start to finish. Hole 8 ends down the hill from the 1st basket, so access to the parking area is possible here, but it is a decent hike back up a steep hill. The fairways are very clean, well-defined and easy to navigate. The design makes good use of the elevation present throughout the course. The variety of the course is very evenly distributed between uphill, downhill, and flat holes as well as straight, right, and left fairways. Most courses tend to favor the right to left shot path, this course does not. The dirt fairways make for some very fast greens, any disc landing near the basket will most likely skip 20+ ft away. Several holes with more severe elevations are condusive to roll-aways, a bad upshot or missed putt could easily roll 50+ ft from these baskets turning a simple 2 or 3 into a 4 or worse! These severe elevations are primarily in play on the basket for hole 1, 2, 3, and 18.
Maintenance and Navigation:
The course seemed to be very well-maintained. Some of the rough is a little thick outside the fairways, but it is the rough, so no issues with that. Navigation is relatively simple and straight forward. Someone new to the course may find a few trouble areas, these will be discussed in the cons sections. Several of the baskets are hidden and cannot be seen from the tee. With the technicality and layout of the course, you will most likely be scouting out the basket position on several holes your first time through.
Cons: -Rain/Flooding: Several low-lying areas are prone to flooding/standing water. Some of the steeper elevations would be VERY difficult to navigate in less than perfect conditions. (NOTE: I ran into member of the parks and recreation dept who was working with the local boy scout troop on a project to help clear up some of the issues with flooding and standing water. Hopefully this will get better with time)
-Navigation Issues: Next tee markers noted on most signs, however, some of the tee signs do not have next tee markers which could clear up the navigation issues.
> Tee for hole 11. This was the most difficult area that I had trouble with, so I'll note that there is a path on the left side of 10s fairway (before you get to the basket) that leads to water/restrooms. The tee for 11 is located up this path near the restrooms.
Trip Hazard: There are several small tree stumps still in the ground, with the dirt fairways, these stumps can be difficult to see. These stumps can be a trip hazard, so just keep an eye out for them.
-Crossbacks: This can definitely be a safety concern. Many of the tees require you to walk back down the fairway that you just played to a path leading to the next hole. With several blind baskets, it is possible that someone could sneak up and throw into your group without even knowing that you are there. Also, tee for six requires you to walk down the edge of its fairway to get to the tee, be watchful of others who may be teeing off on this hole.
-Pro/Am Tees: Tee signs show 2 tees on each hole, but there is only one concrete tee on each hole. Another review mentioned orange flags/markers, but I did not notice these during my round. As short as the course is, I feel like one set of tees is adequate.
Other Thoughts: I saw that this course was conveniently located just off the interstate along my route to Atlanta, so I decided to stop by and check it out. I was very impressed with this course from the time I pulled into the parking lot though the end of the 18th hole. I really enjoyed playing and walking the course. It is a relatively simple course and will not provide much challenge the more experienced players, but the course is well-designed, well-maintained, and a lot of fun to play. If you are near the area, it is definitely worth stopping by for a quick round. Just be prepared, especially if it is really hot or raining, the steeper elevations can be a little difficult to navigate.
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