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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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.)
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