The Greenbrier Forest
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 18 gravel tees with tee signs and Discatcher baskets. Nice use of the elevation and open and wooded space the course lies on to provide fun variety. Two loops of nine holes to parking lot. Easy to find and navigate.
Cons: Course is fairly short with only one set of tees. Compact layout could cause some interference between holes. Summer may be rough finding discs off fairway with tall grass on the front 9.
Other Thoughts: I had more fun than I expected playing at Greenbrier State Forest. I nearly crapped my pants on hole 17 when I thought a bear was coming after me, I could feel the earth moving and hear a rumbling, turned out to be a 150' pine tree falling behind me. Hole 6 and 9 were my favorites, both longer downhill shots with sweet views.
The course is well suited for beginners to intermediate players while more advanced players will have some fun ace running every hole and working on their short game. Some holes can also be safaried. Parking lot is open until 10pm, so you could play some glow.
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Two 9-hole loops. Signs on baskets point towards next tee,
Practice basket and area for warm-up drives.
Nice views across valley from top tees.
Down-sloping tee-6 shared with tee-8.
Pretty short - take away the two long downhill/slope holes, and the average is ~200'
When tight, too tight?
The first half of the course plays up, down, and across a grassy hillside, framed by tree lines along the bottom and left, and dense woods along the top and right (where holes 12-18 may be found). Elevation change and/or these tree lines provide the challenge on the mostly-open holes, with only hole-5 imposing obstacles on both sides of the flight path.
Flat number-10 isn't too dissimilar from the front-9, and equally-flat number-11 isn't overly tight, but number-12 is where the stark contrast from the front-9 occurs, as all the holes have very tight throwing alleys, and elevation changes is a factor once again. These final holes are quite short, averaging ~150, so will definitely challenge you slow control game.
Decent enough course, offering a fair mix of (wide) open and (quite-and short) tight.
The title? My Avenger-SS opening drive plunked the top of basket-1!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Tees are easy to find.
Nice place to practice drives.
Hole 6 has a nice setup for the drive.
Maps and scorecards are provided at a kiosk by hole 1 as well as a practice basket.
Cons: Could use a little more love on the course.
Other Thoughts: Love how the front 9 is open and the back 9 is heavily wooded
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Grieenbrier DGC is an above average mountain course with some good variety and fantastic scenery.
I didn't really know what to expect coming here as a short stop on a road trip to DC from Chicago, but I was pleasantly surprised. The location of the course offers some great seclusion and impressive views of the nearby mountains.
The course incorporates a lot of elevation and more and more tree cover as you move into the back 9. It's a challenging play throughout, but most skill levels should be able to score well assuming you can drive accurately in the 250' range.
The baskets were all in good condition, there's a practice basket and a large sign with the layout and score cards right off the main road.
Cons: I played here in February when there was still snow on the ground so some of the tee boxes were hard to find. Signs help with that, BUT the tee boxes were all natural and throwing from sloped snowy tee boxes, especially on some of the downhill shots, was straight up dangerous.
The hill that's used for most of the elevation change on the front 9 is pretty steep. Definitely wear boots if there's snow or wet conditions.
Other Thoughts: This course is right off the interstate and definitely worth the stop if you're driving through WV. The elevation and scenery make this course a really enjoyable place to play a round. I didn't get to do a lot of exploring, but the park is pretty large and there are plenty of places to explore beyond the DG course.
The park attendant gave us some pretty weak directions that confused the hell out of us, but it's pretty simple to find... just drive straight down the road from the park entrance, until you see it on your left. The course signage is impossible to miss.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course used to only be 9 holes, but now has a full 18. The baskets are Discatchers making them easy to spot from the tee (in fact on the front there are times when several baskets are in view with the mountains in the background making for wonderful views!) The tee signs were simple but very nice and effective. Navigation was clear and easy with mowed grass paths on the front and tree lined dirt paths on the back and every basket had an arrow in the bottom pointing to the next tee. The course offers moderate challenges, though not overly hard, making it good for players of all ages and skill levels, which is ideal for a state park course.
The front 9 plays mostly on an open side of a big hill with shots going up, down, and across the hill to strategic basket positions. There is little chance to lose a disc- however, when it is windy, or if they were to let the fairway grass grow really tall, there might be issues with finding your shots. The back is substantially shorter than the front with many holes in the 100'-200' range, but they are in the woods providing that technical challenge that was lacking when the course only had 9 holes.
There is a practice basket and a big field with ample practice room warm-up with full drives if you want. Copies of the course map and scorecards are available at the kiosk. There was a picnic table next to the kiosk and practice area. The parking lot was large. The course is really easy to get to off I-64- just take exit 175 and in a couple miles you will be at the course.
Cons: Natural tees are always a con, but the signs show the tee location and on the front there on numbered bricks as tee markers, and on the back many "tee boxes" are outlined by logs.
#15 is a little difficult to get good footing being on a leafy sidehill the whole way (nice steps built into the slope going up to the basket, however, to make getting your disc easy!) #16 could use some steps to get up to the top of the hill rather than the little goatpath that is there now.
After my first round here, my opinion on the back was that there were far too many poke-and-pray holes and a couple more trees should be removed, but during my 2nd round I studied the lines a little more and birdied almost every hole since the holes are pretty short, so I guess they are ok, but they do require both skill and luck.
Other Thoughts: The creeks shown on the map were completely dry and would barely even come into play on #10 and #11 if there was water.
This course is nothing extraordinary, but it is solid and pretty fun to play. I enjoyed 2 relaxing rounds while staying in the park's cabins. The mountains of West Virginia are spectacularly beautiful (especially in the fall) and offer many other outdoor activities like hiking, camping, fishing and biking (for example, the nearby Greenbrier River Trail is an 80 mile bike trail made from an old railroad track that runs along the scenic Greenbrier River.)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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nice little stop
Pros: This course is easy to find from I-64. I travel with my 3 year old from VA to OH about once a month. I mapped this course out the other day, and it was no more than 5 miles off the interstate, just go through the tunnel off the exit, pass the station, the campgrounds will be on your left, and you'll run into it. Pros...like I said, close to the interstate. You can play this course real quickly too, as the first 9 baskets can all be seen from a central point in the field. Small fairways were mowed, allowing a walking path to the basket from the pads so you didn't have to walk in the taller, thicker soon to be hay. Many easy pars as well as a bird opportunities. They also have printable maps to take with you available at the bulletin board.
Cons: The pads aren't concrete, but I've played many that aren't. The front 9 was actually enjoyable, but really easy.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't use this course as a home course, but its definitely a good one if you need a break while traveling. It is also located in a national park, so there are plenty of family activities as well. I saw plenty of people at the pool when I drove by. There are also plenty of picnic areas available. This exit also has gas stations and restaurants, so you can make it a one-stop do it all stop.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Great open shots down the fairway and Some short but challenging holes on the back 9. Overall beautiful scenery and the distances from the t box to the pin are not so far that it is unreasonable for even a novice to grab a few pars. :)
Cons: A few of the holes on the back 9 could do with out So many trees between the t box and the pin. But the back 9 looks new and I had a blast playing all 18.
Other Thoughts: maybe bring your bug spray and consider trying an overhand of the t box on a few of the super wooded holes on the back 9. Great to see a course in this area cuz i visit here often and will play a ton here.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: You need every type of throw during a round.
Dogs have a blast!
Beautiful setting, the tee at #5 looking down on the front 9 is great.
Quiet and no electric/telephone lines in view.
Cons: Drainage problem on #2 and #3 that could be fixed.
Other Thoughts: I really love this course and proud to have a part in promoting it to the public. A wonderful addition to a great part of the world. I could play it every day!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Easy access to course .
The front nine are nice for newbies to get into game.
Tees are well marked and signed.
Other Thoughts: . Nice challenge on back nine yet enjoyable to play. The team that set-up this course has done a great job.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
My Home Course
Pros: Great elevation changes.
Good hole placement.
Close to home.
Right off Interstate 64. (great for stretching your legs on a long trip)
Cons: Grass tees can get muddy.
Only 9 holes (will be 18 soon).
All par 3.
Fairly open course (back 9 will be wooded)
Very small fairways mowed in the summer (expect to look for discs in tall grass).
Other Thoughts: Nice course located in the Greenbrier State Forest. All par 3, but some of them are pretty challenging. Great course for beginners. Good for experienced players to work on their short game, with some nice ace holes. Course will be much improved with the install of the back 9. I can't wait!
Check out the nearby cool small town of Lewisburg for some good food.
White Sulphur Springs is also nearby. Also some good restaurants there, but not as cool as Lewisburg.
There's also a beautiful commercial cave in lewisburg called Lost World Caverns. It's a single large room with many gorgeous formations, including helictites (stalagmite that grow sideways off the wall, pretty rare). There are also a numbers of spectacular wild caves in the area, but to hit them you'd probabaly use up most of your golf time caving.
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