6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The courses main draw is the unique aspect of ground baskets, hanging baskets, baskets on hills, water, out of bounds and other different ways to make an otherwise semi-boring course fun and unique. Most of the woods holes are challenging but I wouldn't call them very wooded and the open holes are quirky but nothing special. This is a place you can have fun with friends and maybe make some gentlemen wagers and such, maybe even the rift card game but this isn't really the place I would go to really challenge myself on all of my golf skills
Cons: The land isn't anything special, not really suited for 5 star disc golf but you can still have fun here. There are multiple tee pads for just about every hole but I put this in the cons section because it doesn't really change the hole or add a new perspective it just adds or subtracts length which seems silly to me especially with four courses on site to choose from.
The other thing that really bothered me was trying to find your way around. After playing Tom Tripplet Park in Savannah the day before and seeing the multiple tee pads with the great signage out there it was really disappointing to come here and have substandard tee signs. It was hard to even know which course I played until I matched it up with the pictures that were on here. I never saw a map and scorecards like it was promised to be here.
Other Thoughts: This place is a little bit of a let down as the pictures here make it look pretty darn cool which it is just not as cool as I thought. It's still worth it to see something new especially for us course baggers who strive to see something new after a couple hundred courses under our belts.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
I laughed out loud, several times, while playing this course.
Navigation: The hole closest to the entrance, which used to be #1, is now #4. The good thing is that the +3 change was consistent throughout the remainder of the course, making the map still useful. The signs definitely need updating.
The flow is choppy. After finishing #6, the in-ground hole, you do not go to the closest tee to the left (#13), but walk between baskets 3 and 10 to find the tee across in the other patch of woods. After finishing #10, you head right, past tee-13, to eventually find tee-11. Basket-15 is located in the corral to the left, no the elevated basket straight ahead.
I'm not a fan of artificial out-of-bounds, but I see why this course has it, as many of the baskets are close together or near the walking paths players would typically take from basket to tee.
This course reminds me of the less-attractive person who makes up for her/his physical shortcomings by having loads of personality. The land this course sits upon is not attractive - weedy and rocky, power lines, fences, busy road nearby, the blare of the speaker from the nearby car dealership - just perfect for a disc golf course, because who else would want to put anything on it?
The land has a bit of a dip in the midst of it, and also contains two small pockets of woods. About 1/3rd of the holes play short-n-tight within these woods, and the elevation changes introduced by the small valley affects about 1/3rd of the holes, too. The course is definitely on the open end of the spectrum, but the shorter lengths and artificial ob prevents the course from being a grip-n-ripper.
The height of the baskets is, shall we say, a bit variable. One is half-buried in the ground. Several are elevated, either due to earthen mounds (certainly hope they aren't fire-ant abodes!), sitting atop a can, hung up (by trees, by gallows - take your pick)
Favourite holes: 9-10, a downslope left-turner, followed by an upslope straight shot, both on the open side but with some nearby ob.. A lot of landscaping had been done in this central part of the course
It is a fun course to play, offers some challenges (three natural tees per hole, so pick your level of difficulty), but definitely not for the person who wants their baskets a uniform height off the ground!
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Wide variety of holes, that are very interesting. Some of the holes are very unique like the basket in the ground, the gallows pole basket as I called it hanging from a chain beside a "graveyard". Some nice long distance holes you can let loose on. The multiple tee pads are great. There are some very tight wooded holes also. The course is very clean and kept up very nicely.
Cons: Im just a fan of concrete tee pads, I did roll my ankle in the dirt a few times
Other Thoughts: I played this course for the first time today and loved it. I would recommend it for anyone to go and play, I will defiantly be back at least once a month
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a mixture of open areas and tight woods with limited underbrush. The wooded holes tend to be shorter but pretty technical, offering tight lines to hit and punishment for errant shots. The open holes often have elevation changes, and are where most of the creative greens come into play. There are elevated and sunken baskets, and one inside a small fenced in area. Many of these add some fun to otherwise pretty open holes.
There is good distance variety here, especially when you look at all three sets of tees. A mixture of everything from ace runs to bombers keeps things interesting. The wooded holes offer some nice left and right turning lines to hit, and the course felt pretty balanced between right and left turning shots.
Cons: So much of the course is pretty wide open that even the fun gimmicks don't totally keep it from feeling a little repetitive. Navigation can be a real issue here, especially since many tee signs were missing and the map online doesn't match up with the numbers on the signs that were still there. The tees are sand, and make for pretty terrible footing, most are pretty loose and rutted out making it difficult to find solid footing.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely worth a stop to see the creativity that went into turning a mediocre piece of land into a fun course. With the hanging, elevated and buried baskets, you have to do some creative putting. It does feel a bit gimmicky, and I wouldn't want to play here every day, but I had a good time stopping by. Beginners can have fun from the short tees, there's not too much distance and the lines in the woods aren't too bad. More experienced players will find some challenges from the middle and long tees, especially on a windy day out on all the open holes.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course is definitely unique. Many of the baskets have some gimmick such as hanging in trees, up on small hills, buried in the ground, etc. I found this to be a fun change of pace at first but as the course progressed it got kind of annoying. The course has many different holes and the originality of the layout is probably the only redeeming part of the course.
Cons: We went on a weekend when a giant horse convention was going on right next door which spilled into the disc golf area. We missed the pay/parking station and ended up parking by a oversized basket with a fake rooster on top. It had a three on it but it turns out it wasn't part of the course...I think. Speaking of, the layout is often confusing the tee markers are either worn away or falling apart. The course reminds me of my grandma's house as it has knick knacks all over the place, most of them are old, falling apart, and in the way.
Other Thoughts: Expecting people to pay $5 on a regular basis seems crazy and I would maybe play this once just to say I did. Also, considering there are 3 pretty great free courses across the river in Augusta (Pendleton King, Riverview, and Lake Olmstead) I don't know why people would bother to pay $5 for this course. Maybe it is more impressive in "tournament" mode but I was very underwhelmed by this course. Pine Valley is behind the Hippodrome (behind the basket that is surrounded by the fence) and was more enjoyable to play but was still not worth the $5. If you are in Augusta to play only a couple courses I highly suggest Riverview or Lake Olmstead.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
High on the Fun Meter
Pros: Hippodrome is set on a very nice and spacious piece of land with panoramic views of downtown Augusta in the distance. The course offers excellent variety of hole style with open/wooded, up/down/flat, and left/right/straight. Each hole is also given a unique name. There are 3 sets of tees- so the course can play really short, but the longs provide a good variety of length for those that want it- (works well for a game we play that utilizes all 3 tees where your score on the previous hole dictates which tee to use on the next hole.) There is also the added challenge of mandos, OB islands, ponds, and fences on some holes. The baskets were in good shape, were all there, and were easy to spot from the tee (*see Other Thoughts for more about the baskets).
It is on the same property as Pine Valley offering 2 decent 18-hole courses for the price of one. The land is used only for disc golf, so you do not have to worry about other activities interfering like you do on many parks courses.
Cons: Tees are natural and marked by a generic post. Navigation was an issue in several spots for us- the hole numbers did not line up as they got off by 2 for most of the round. A couple of times we had to hunt for the next hole. We were using a map, but it did not match up. I asked a local mid-round and he said they change the layout often but don't mark it well (not sure if this is true, but that is what it was like!)
There is no parking lot- instructions are to park on the grass?- that just seems weird. The kiosk where you pay looked old and rundown. These things don't make this course very inviting when you first arrive. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks with you as you will not be coming back to the car for a while.
Cons for some- pay to play, and many baskets not at a normal height*.
Other Thoughts: *Baskets- as others have said, many of the baskets at Hippodrome are gimmicky. There are elevated baskets on a mound and on barrels, there are hanging baskets from a tree and a noose, one is located inside of a hog pen, and there is even a half-buried basket. This made for a fun and entertaining round, but I would not want to this to be my home course as it is not representative of 99% of the baskets out there. It was hard to take this course seriously, and I enjoyed the extra details giving each hole some character, but it just reminded me of a miniature golf course, all it was missing was a windmill and a clown's mouth!
It is pay to play (honor system). $5/day might be a little steep to play here regularly, but you can play both courses, and it seemed to deter the casual player to the other local courses. We played on a Saturday afternoon in March with perfect weather and we only saw 1 other group of 3 while we played both Hippo and Pine.
Hippodrome is not a bad course, however, it did not live up to the expectations I had for it based on its famed reputation. Throw in Pine Valley and all the other Augusta courses, as well as IDGC, and you do have a solid disc golf destination overall.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: -good baskets all around the course
-challenging (from black tees)
Cons: -with the OB they had in the NCDGC, some of the difficult holes were made even more ridiculously hard. In my opinion, when you are throwing a 700' hole into a 30mph headwind to a basket that is on top of a 10 ft. mound, you shouldn't have to worry about landing your disc in a 30' wide fairway
-you really only need a putter to play from the red tees
-all tees are sand, which isn't a problem most of the time, but on some there are roots which will trip you up
Other Thoughts: Honestly, had I been able to play it casually with no OB, I think I would have had a blast. But in the conditions this weekend, this course was a nightmare. Some of the gimmicks are cool, but others are just totally unnecessary.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Hippodrome course's claim to fame is its quirky, craziness and of course the wind that blows over the mostly open fields of the course. On nearly every hole out here, you'll find something that you likely have never before seen on another disc golf course such as a submerged basket, basket on a noose, and on and on... All of these cool features make for a really fun experience, but don't really elevate the course above and beyond the gimmick level in my opinion. Power will play as a huge asset as you weave your way through the course allowing for big hyzers over a few obstacles, but challenging out-of-bounds areas ensure that adequate control is a must as well.
Cons: All of the cool features and little added extras go a long way to make an otherwise really boring course really nice. At the same time, Hippodrome fails to convince that it really has holes which elevate it beyond the gimmicks and wind. Was the hole challenging because the pin was elevated up another 10' in the air or was it challenging because it required you to throw a great shot or two? Questions like these kept emerging as I worked through the course. If Hippodrome had the natural features to effectively complement the awesome creativity going on here, they'd have a contender. In the end, the designers did a GREAT job with the land and features they had available and made something totally unique.
Other Thoughts: If you are a course-baggin' addict like myself, I think this course is a must hit along with Hogsback right next door simply because of their uniqueness. You'll remember both of these as really cool, quirky places to play, not because they were mind-blowing great golf.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Baskets holding it back
Pros: I liked the layout, particularly with three sets of pads on every hole. The shortest red pads offer a fairly easy round with the potential for a great score, while the longest black pads make for a very difficult round. This is a great course to go to for a day and play a round from each set of pads.
Hole 18 is the treacherous "Treasure Isle." The hole is only ~300 feet from the black tees but shoots to an island green. The green itself is small enough that almost any IB shot will give a birdie putt, but the OB only ~35 feet in front and ~10 feet behind the basket doesn't leave much margin for error. This hole is just as easy to 2 as it is to 5 or 6, and makes a great finishing hole.
There is so much variety between the holes that you nearly forget that you're playing the same course. And though it might look easy on paper, the course is on the top of a huge hill and you can count on some serious winds on the open holes. Getting up and down from as close as 100 feet, or putting outside of 15 feet, gets significantly tougher.
Cons: The baskets. I'd easily rate this course a half or full star higher if they were all regulation height. The buried basket was alright, and the basket on 2 worked because of its position on a hillside. But there were four or five other baskets elevated for (seemingly) no good reason.
Other Thoughts: Note: I've only played the course for Collegiate Nationals, and the course was in great shape with roped OB on seven of the holes. I don't know if that's always the case, but it was when I was there.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -Course isn't crowded
-Great mixture of open, semi open, wooded holes
- No Stupid holes
Cons: - Fee to play
- Raised baskets, buried baskets, baskets between trees, baskets raised high on barrels.
- goofy golf feeling while playing the course.
- too much creativity.
Other Thoughts: If the review is based on course design, location, and setting, then I would give it a much higher rating. However, I can't get past all the baskets on raised poles and the artificially created greens. I'm not against trying new things(See Stoney Hill) but it seems they went to the "lets be different well" one too many times. Great course and highly recommended, however, be advised that the serious golfer may find the course a little silly. If all the baskets were at regulation height, I've give it a 4 to 4.5.
Also, we arrived at the course via the new interstate 520. It didn't appear on our GPS, but it was on our printed map from mapquest. We took it to the hwy 1 exit and it dumped us off right at the course.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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