A- = Amazing aviation experience!
14 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Here is what I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 (and more) hole courses (over 215 played so far):
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B
(There are several outstanding holes in this category. My favorite is #25. A downhill throw of 385' is a good challenge and wildly rewarding to card a deuce on, but a lost disc and a lost stroke lurk (plays over a pond). The hole offers a bail-out option if one is feeling weak or timid for whatever reason. Best par-3 thinker hole I have ever seen! Unfortunately, much of the course is quite open and any danger on many/most holes is late in the fairway where the punishment for errors is not really much worse than if it were not there. Flyboy is good but not great in this regard.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
(About 1/3 of the holes are outstanding for me. But, about 1/4 are too short to get excited about and about another 1/3 are too long to be anything but a routine par…..or a bummer of a bogey if I manage to screw up the conservative play that would yield that routine par. In talking to Kelly, this is not surprising as this is by design - his intention is to "appeal to a broad range of disc golfers, even though I call it a championship calibre course." Flyboy is good but not great in this regard.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography. == B+
(With 27 holes over some pretty cool terrain, there are a lot of different shots needed. However, with the early part of the majority of fairways being quite open, the course does not really impose that much from the tee pad. While different shaped shots are required, there is usually plenty of room to work the airspace. Where creativity will show up often is on the second throw a few of the par-4's....if you do not hit the generous landing zones (on the holes that have defined landing zones). Hole 10 is probably the coolest with a drive off a teepad on a bridge. Driving up hill, you can pick which fairway you want to navigate on your 2nd throw - the left one is a straight and narrowish fairway and the right one is a left turning narrower fairway. Too bad that there are not more holes like this one. Flyboy is good but not great in this regard.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B+
(The kind of beauty that does my soul good is found on holes 10-14. That happens to also be the only extended area where you get out of a developed feel. Other than patches of red Georgia clay peeking though eroded patches of grass on quite a few holes, there is nothing scruffy about the rest of the course as the upscale development is well manicured and pretty. But for me, it just is not an environment where I feel the toxins of daily stress being sucked out of me by the glory of nature. Flyboy is good but not great in this regard.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == 4 bonus points for this
(With 5 bonus points max for this, a 4 is generously appropriate. There are a lot of multi-throw holes (which is great and I wish there were more such courses) but only holes 9 and 10 have landing zones that you really need to hit accurately to put yourself in a position to get a good line to the basket in hopes of a birdie 3. Both 9 & 10 are fun designs but are diminished in that the first throw is totally open. I can see where hole 7 dishes out some good reward for those big arms who want to risk going for a birdie-4 on hole 7 (three 360' throws rather than four 270' tosses). To a lesser degree I see the same on hole 27 with big arms going for an eagle-3. But, I am not a big arm and so those designs end up bumping the "addiction factor" down for me as they present no real upside, and only downside for screwing up.)
PS: I grade courses on a school grading system…60-100 with no F's and the average/center point being a B-….been doing that for a long time and started transferring my ratings list to the similar 11 level rating system here when this cool/amazing site came online.
Other Thoughts: For its experience in total, Flyboy is rated 6.0 out of 5.0! My family and I stayed at the B&B and were totally blown away by that experience! The amenities and hospitality put out by Kelly and his parents was simply amazing. Thank you for providing that experience!! I am excited to hear what comes out of my kids' mouths over the next few years….and my wife is already recommending people go and visit - and not for the DG.
What Kelly has in place for DG'ers as far as amenities go is simply amazing. From the pro shop, to the brooms and signage at every tee (and copious next tee signs), to good will with neighbors, to the blow-away aircraft themed hangar complete with DG video games, to GPS enabled aircraft drones to photograph DG'ers in far reaches of the course, to a friendly honor system throughout, to web cams, to stocked ponds, to fun signs and creatures and other decorations around the course, to cool hand-made benches all over the course, to pool cleaning poles to fish out discs, to world class tee pads (on their way), and to even more I probably missed out on…..over the top! Unfortunately, my rating here only reflects the course and not the entire experience……because if it did, the scale topping out at 5.0 would not be high enough!
14 of 21 people found this review helpful.
28 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: This was my first time ever to get the chance to play such a unique home course especially on in an airplane community. The experience alone was unforgettable. The course is wrapped around this community, using grass taxiways as fairways, throwing across the community lake, and along neighbors property lines.
The landscape of the course has woods, open holes, water holes, lefty and righty shots. I think it has a great mix of unique holes and everything was picturesque.
and Lastly, Kelly and his family are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Cons: The temporary teepad locations would have to be relocated in order to install cement teepads. This would be the only way to have a true championship disc golf course.
The flow of the course could have been better, and from the last I heard, has been changed into an 18 hole layout. The 27 holes were overwhelming with the courses many par 4s and 5s (and 7s), but slowed down by the short wooded birdie holes. I think it would work best by using the best 18 the land has to offer. So the change would be great, as it would allow the player to play their best through the whole course.
Other Thoughts: If you've got a chance and you're in the area, call Kelly up and experience it for yourself!
28 of 35 people found this review helpful.
42 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The FlyBoy Aviation (Private Course) offers a great mix of Open and Wooded par 3's, 4's and 5's throughout an amazing, friendly Airport community that really appreciates having a nearby Disc Golf Course on the property. The course also has some huge water shots and the landscape is relatively flat with some rolling hills around the Lake Holes.
The course has some of the best Disc Golf holes in the game with some great shots over water and I will be the first to say, that the Par 5 - 730 ft - Hole #3 is the Best "Hole #3" in the sport. It is an incredible shot down a manicured fairway with a hillside on the right and rough to the left. A skilled 350 - 380 foot shot is required to set up the next 350 foot shot across the water to the basket that sits on slight hillside on a lake-side peninsula. A truly remarkable hole.
Another favorite hole of mine is the Par 5 - 950 ft - Hole #15 in which the first shot plays along the lake to the right. It requires a mammoth throw 500+ off the tee in order to set up another huge shot across this ridgeline dam to the pin that sits on steep hillside. Two great shots are needed to Eagle, I have played this hole twice and still have yet to score an Eagle 3.
The "Longest Hole in the Universe" Par 7 - 1600 ft - Hole #18 is definitely the longest hole in Disc Golf and it proves it as it takes several huge shots down the 90 foot wide Runway to even get a view of the basket. It is a solid Eagle 5 with some excellent drives, it also makes for an amazing hole to finish off the middle 9 before taking a break at the Club House.
Overall, this is a great course with amazing potential that seems to get increasingly better throughout the years as more and more players "break-in" this layout. I love the fact that this course stands by its name as you get to watch the Discs "Fly" on many of the large, open holes and really getting the chance to air-out some fairway shots. I would highly recommend to anyone to play the FlyBoy Course if given the chance.
Cons: Rubber Teepads - I would recommend that the course have cement teepads and know that it would make the course more enjoyable to play. But it is understandable at this time to allow for reconfiguring and redesigning as the course is in constant change for the better.
Location - The course is located something like 45-50 minutes from a larger community of Atlanta Disc Golfers which makes for some travel to get in a round. But the location far from the city allows for minimal distractions and the ability to expand the course within certain parameters without having to consult a City BOD in order to make changes to the course.
Baskets - This course has lots of single-chained baskets and I strongly prefer double-chained baskets for less chance of discs spitting through the back or splashing out.
Too Many Holes - I think that the course might flow better if the course had only 18 holes as opposed to the current 27 hole layout. There are a few "Filler" holes that the course could do without and a single 18 could really focus on the best holes that this course has to offer.
Other Thoughts: The course is centered around a beautiful Bed and Breakfast/Bachelor Pad Airplane Hanger that is nicer than many of the homes that I have visited throughout the years. Its incredible and has 50+ large remote-controlled airplanes hanging from the rafters of the complex. The Hanger has all the amenities including 2 Stunt Propeller Planes, Satellite TV, Kitchen, Living Room, 4 Bedrooms, Flat Screen Movie Projector with a Stereo System throughout the hanger, and not to mention all the boomerangs that you can throw.
Thanks Kelly for all of your Hard Work and the Southern Hospitality that you & your family provides to all that visit your FlyBoy Course.
42 of 44 people found this review helpful.
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