Pros: Good variety on this layout, up, down, left and right, all shots are utilized in the design. There is a fee but it's like 3 bucks, basically a donation. The course plays on a beautiful piece of land around the day use area and never gets old to me playing it regularly. It's a low impact walk to play so multiple rounds are friendly. Plenty of parking, a great beach for a hot day swim and a shaded picnic area also make Wrightsville an all day spot.
Cons: There are a few par 4 holes that skilled player and pros will find to be more like long par 3s. Holes 11, 12 and 13 seem like filler holes to me, they are tiny and feel out of place on an otherwise stellar layout. A few tee pads are short for a good step-run up. The park closes at dawn and there is a gate so afternoon rounds can feel rushed. There is a hidden parking spot before the main entrance that locals use to avoid the gate closing and play out of season but new visitors may have trouble finding the first tee from this lot.
Other Thoughts: Bring a lunch, swim trunks and discs and make a day of this park. There is a small disc selection for sale on a picnic table by the park booth.
I Could Play This Course Over & Over!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The "Beach" is a blast. It's a lovely little recreational course, well maintained, with four sets of clearly marked tees. They are by order of difficulty, Golds, Blues, Whites and Reds. The Reds definitely play as a beginner level. The white I would call a Pitch & Putt. I'd say the Blues would be considered a decent Recreational level. The Golds would be a harder Recreational Level, maybe some of them play at an advanced level.
The course design is probably it's greatest strength. It features such a range of holes from uphill-downhill-short Ace runs to more open and then hysers to annies. There are so many lovely fun holes to play here, I just couldn't stop smiling. It just makes you want to come back and challenge yourself on each one of the different tees.
The amenities weren't over the top super like Smugglers Notch-Brewster Ridge course but they were way more than adequate. The tee pads are crushed rock. They seemed packed pretty well. I think they varied in size depending on the tee color. The signage was OK but not the most informative around.
There were lots of holes that I like really liked. So many fun little ACE runs and clever little hyser throws and great anhysers, too.
The park has many other things to do with a swimming beach, ample parking, picnic facilities, restrooms and the reservoir for boating.
Cons: I can see how wet it might be on this course. However, there are quite a few bridges and walkways built over the more marshier areas.
The gate is locked at 8 pm sharp. I'd love to keep playing sometimes when there's still light.
$2 or $3 to play seems cheap and well worth it.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful and enjoyable course is just a joy to play. Challenge yourself against different levels of difficulty with the four different tees. I really don't think I'd ever grow weary of playing here. It's so lovely, the design is creative, all those Ace runs. Definitely a course I'd like to ship back to Washington with me!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Some good, some bad
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: About 6 to 7 holes were cleared, well maintained and fun to play as far as layout etc ...
Cons: The rest were seriously overloaded with mud between the tee and the hole making it very difficult to traverse.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of fun holes that vary in their difficulty. Elevation plays a role in a lot of the holes which provides a challenge. There are four different tees (Gold, Blue, White, Red) for each hole which allow you to choose which difficulty you would like. Attached to the bottom of each basket is a wooden arrow pointing to the next tee which is very helpful. The course is cheap to play and well maintained. Some holes have excellent views There is also league play there which consisted of a good group of people and was fun to play.
Cons: The tee pads are gravel and some of them could be are not in the best shape. Some have divots and some are a little short. There are no signs at the tee pads to show the hole layout or the distances which would be nice.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A Great Course @ a Great Facility
Pros: +Lots of pros! The course is simply fun to play and asks players to throw many different shots, right, left, long, powerful, short, and with touch. Good blend of uphill and downhill shots and open and tightly wooded. A mix of easy Par 3s that are "must gets" with difficult Par 3s where a 2 would gain you a stroke on the field. There are also three Par 4s out there that add to the variety of this enjoyable course.
+Hole 3 and 14 are beautiful signature holes that blend seamlessly with the land they are on. Near perfect design IMO that makes it seem like the land was forged for this purpose alone. #3 is one of my favorite holes in all of disc golf.
+The course is part of a locally run, multi-use state park. This means it gets great maintenance attention. Everything looks crisp and buffed out when I play. It also means there are other non-DG users. This is a PRO because the course is designed so well that I haven't seen any issues between disc golfers and other park users. Well done, smart design.
+This is a course with 4 tee pads on every hole (some times shared) which is a system I love and believe is a great help in growing the sport. Reds for beginners, whites for intermediates, blues for advanced, and golds for pros.
+The other amenities the park provides are great. Really nice beach for swimming. Great reservoir for boating. Picnic tables and pavilions for outings and tourneys. Great parking. Bathrooms are there too.
Cons: -Tee pads are not great, but not bad. They use a nice mix of crushed stone that packs well when maintained. Some need to be made slightly larger and some need to be re-leveled and re-packed. I have seen them in great shape and not so great shape so I think it depends on the proximity of prior maintenance. The pads are very playable, but just could be improved.
-Closes at dusk. Sometimes I have felt rushed because the attendant locks the gate. I get why, its just not a Pro when you are traveling to get there and need to be out or get locked in.
-There are a few design quirks but they only a few! Hole #1 is super beautiful, but a tweener. I think it is supposed to be a Par 4. That is the case on a few of the par 4s. There are also a few holes where lanes aren't clearly defined. You are left wondering what the correct play is when there are lots of small gaps. Potentially a pro, or non-con for some players, but IMO there should be a fair lane that gets you a desired result on every hole. I'm thinking about Holes 5 and 17 here. Very nit-picky as I don't dislike those holes, but think a few tweaks would improved them immensely.
Other Thoughts: This is a course I play fairly often and never get sick of. Lots of fun shots that will inspire you to come back and play, or to throw more discs.
Very friendly staff and course designer!
Cheap! Definitely worth the small fee to play!
Consistently improves through time. I know that feedback is taken seriously and acted upon. I expect it to earn a 4.5 rating from me someday soon!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I thought this was a really fun course to play. There are a few holes that are a bit short and some throws from the golds are a bit tight but all in all still really fun. I like courses like this to help build players confidence. very beginner friendly.
Cons: inconsistent tee boxes. not al are level and they vary in size.
Other Thoughts: I think if they put some time into the gold tee boxes and thinned just a few trees off the tee pads this would be a stellar course
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: When you are in central VT you typically hear about Smugs, North Calais, Center Chains etc, But Wrightsville is a great course in its own right. Maybe not as long as Brewster Ridge or North Calais, It is a fun and interesting course that will appeal to a wide range of skill levels. Good use of terrain and great mix of holes. Very well maintained with nice gravel tees. Played from Golds and Blues and had a great time. Mixed experience level groups will have fun as all 4 tees are well marked and in site of each other.
Cons: Getting from hole to hole is easy if you pat attention to the little arrows on the baskets. You miss that you may get confused. Tees on occasion felt a little short, but not a huge deal. Also signage was a little light. I like basic idea of where the hole is and distance. All these were minor cons in my book.
Other Thoughts: The crew there does a great job of keeping this course in great playing condition. Plenty of other stuff to do at Wrightsville as the beach is right there, they have bbq stands, and you can rent boats. You really can make a day of it with the family and friends
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Great course, almost free
Pros: Nice variety, well designed holes, beautiful walk around the course, multiple tees to adjust difficulty.
Cons: It's 'pay to play' which isn't my favorite, but $5 for 2 people is less than I spent on gas getting here :)
Other Thoughts: If only it were closer to Burlington...
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: +Beautiful setting. Plays around scenic Wrightsville Reservoir with some great views, particularly from #2 basket (when the leaves fall) and all of #15.
+Good use of natural features and elevation. Plenty of shot variety off the tee.
+Wooded but fair with clean, makeable lanes.
+Caretakers keep the course clean and well-groomed. For the most part the rough is pretty tame and its hard to lose a disc here.
+Short and sweet! Several ace opportunities but your driver(s) won't collect dust either.
+Sandy swim beach is a great place for kids or a post-round dip in-season.
Cons: -Can be very wet seasonally. Caretakers do a good job mitigating this with many installed timber bridges and stepstones but a poorly placed shot may result in mud-stuck boots.
-Natural and stone dust tee pads are in good condition but it would be helpful if many of them were expanded.
-Distances and/or hole layouts at each tee would be helpful (mostly a first-time problem).
Other Thoughts: RHBH players will complain (with reason) that it favors lefties and righty flicks but there are more than enough straight shots and righty hyzers to make up for it (like bombs on new #5 and #17).
The water is more of a backdrop than an obstacle. It doesn't really come into play unless you implode on #15.
Wrightsville has enough unique holes to make it really fun to play. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area or inclusion in a DG road trip with some of the other great courses in central / northern VT.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Quintessential Vermont Course
Pros: - Very clean course and as well maintained a course as I've run across in a long time.
- Fun for players of all levels. We brought my cousin who has never played disc golf before and the course was easy enough for her to pick up how to play, but challenging enough for my father and I to enjoy playing.
- Course plays at varying lengths. With 4 tee boxes to choose from on most holes, if you want to play all 18 holes, but only have an hour, it is possible to play using the red tees.
- Mostly wooded, but open enough where you aren't frustrated by hitting a tree on every throw.
- Good mix of elevation and flatland to play on.
- There are definitely a few holes that are aceable. New to disc golf and looking for your first ace? This might be a good place to start.
Cons: - There are a few places that get pretty wet and muddy. Even after it hadn't rained for a few days, when we played there were some muddy spots on the course. I can imagine it gets pretty wet out there after good thunderstorm or a few days of rain.
Other Thoughts: This was my first time playing any course in Vermont, but having spent a great deal of my youth in Vermont, I can tell you this is exactly what I would expect a Vermont course to look like. Good mix of hills, trees, and even some dried out wetland areas. I really enjoy playing this course and don't mind paying the $2 to play.
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