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Pros: starting from the beginning:
-parking lot is 10 feet from the first hole
-large detailed information board for all the holes at the start
-was the sole disc golfer each time i went (didn't even see walkers or bikers on the trails)
-at the beginning of hole three, in the large open field to the right is a 9-hole marked putting practice course that could double as a "miniature frolf" course
-course is ergonomically designed, travels in a circle, rarely has parallel fairways, no real chance of hitting someone
-as of early may 2011, nearly brand-new baskets
-bottom of basket has one of the metal rods painted yellow to point the direction to the next hole. great simple idea that i haven't seen on other courses
-short walk between most holes. i played this 9-hole three times faster than a typical 18 one time.
-truly a great variety of holes. 8 of the 9 are wooded, and i would say 4 of those 8 are "heavily" wooded. i found it rather necessary to use every throw in my arsenal for this course. some holes only have one way to the basket, some have multiple, but include more dense foliage inducing a risk/reward scenario. there is one typical tree-tunnel as well, which i don't get to see very much.
-(not DG-related) on top of a mountain, trails nearby that lead to lookout points. bear cliffs has a view at 4k' looking back to v tech. pretty cool place overall.
Cons: -long drive, 25+ minutes from virginia tech. last 6 miles is straight uphill on switchback-ish roads (great views on the way up though)
-$3 donation box (if you're a runner, biker or hiker, you can turn this $3 into a nice long day though)
Other Thoughts: if you go to virginia tech, it's worth the drive to check out but only if you plan on playing the course two or three times while you're there. not a destination course, but a gem nonetheless.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
wish you could see the lake from the course
Pros: - Nice course map with all hole info behind first tee
- Rubber mats and nicely leveled
- fairly define fairways and paths for a woods course
- Discatcher in the woods always helps
- Fairly easy navigation with a painted rung that points to next tee area
- Good amount of parking for the course slash trail
- Practice 9 hole instep field course located in the field that the course plays around
- Loops back to the parking lot after 9
Cons: - Some long tee not that easy to spot
- No par or distance listed at the tees
- No take with maps/scorecards
- $3 fee for day parking
- Mats get icy
Other Thoughts: I woke up early due to the time change and started on this course a little earlier than I would have liked so it was quite cold the morning I played, there was even snow on the ground. This didn't really effect the course to much I just played like crap.
Its a very scenic drive up the mountain, through the resort and past the lake to get to this course. There is a good amount of parking at the lot and I think depending on the season there is a place to pay a $3 parking fee. The first tee is just off to the right of the lot and the long tee is at the back corner. Take a good look at the map and distances as there are no take withs at this time and the info is not listed at the tee. The tees are nice sized rubber mats that are pretty well leveled. There are two sets of tees but some of the alt/longer tees can be hard to locate. I felt the fairways were indeed fair and pretty well defined. It was hard to tell exactly because of the snow on the ground but it seemed there was some effort made to line fairways and paths with downed trees to aid in navigation. The baskets were visible from some angle on almost holes and were numbered once you got there. There was a painted rung to point you in the direction of the next hole and the course ends up bring you full circle back to the parking lot. There were no benches, trash cans, or bathrooms located near the course that I remember, but the resort is just a mile down the road.
The course plays almost completely in the woods except for hole 3 that plays into the open then back into the woods, so more tight shots and accuracy then bombs here. It has a good mix of shots and hole distances and claims to be a par 30. Most of the alt tees even add a different angle to the hole so you can almost play it twice as 18. The course plays around the edge of a field and in the field is a 9 hole practice course with insteps. The tee for each is a larger numbered sign and the basket is located next to the smaller matching numbered sign. Thought about adding it but it doesn't look like it will be kept up with and it doesn't have any distance info.
I enjoyed this course, I just wish it was warmer so I could have thrown better. Supply some maps/scorecards or paint the distance on the rocks at the tees and this could get bumped up a little. Wish it had a view of the lake.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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