Finally the Rain Stopped
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a stretch of highway I drive fairly regularly and I've planned a stop on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, it always seems to be raining as I'm passing through Brunswick. So' I've never gotten to play it. But yesterday, even though the forecast had called for rain in South Georgia, the clouds parted and I pulled off the highway and into Honey Creek to find an ideal stopover course.
Let me digress for a minute, on what makes a stopover course great. First, it's close to the highway. I don't want to drive more than ten minutes off of my route. (Honey Creek was 6-7) Moreover, I don't want to see traffic, or street lights, on the surface roads. Nothing is more frustrating than finishing your round and then having difficulties getting back to the interstate.
I want to be able to play a fairly quick eighteen. Get off the highway, throw a few discs around and get back on my way. I don't want to spend time looking for discs. I don't want to spend any time looking for tees or baskets. At Honey Creek, I did neither. It's a relatively open course, and while the maps on the tee signs are mostly faded out, I could always see the brightly colored posts, with big, readable numbers, from the previous baskets.
I also don't want too good of a course. I am not looking for a four-star course. I don't want it to be too challenging and moreover, I don't want to feel like I'm rushing something special. I don't want to feel that I'm not fully enjoying something that deserves my full attention. Ed Austin(somewhat along the same route) while a better course than Honey Creek, would not be as good of a stopover course, because, (in addition to being much further from the highway) would take too long. I played Honey Creek from the far tees in just under sixty minutes.
But I do want a good solid course, and Honey Creek is that. It's open, but there are plenty of thick live oaks with heavy branches that love to knock down shots. Keeping it low will often be a prioroty here.
Many of the holes inhabit the same "area" but no fairways conflict. And from the long tees, there is a surprising amount of length. The big dog will get a chance to eat on several holes.
The course plays parallel to the creek on three holes. The water will make you think a bit, (and the view, over the creek to the extensive wetlands, is fantastic) but it would be a truly errant shot to actually go in the creek.
Cons: But while it is a great stopover course, it isn't a great course. The holes, while good enough, are typically nothing special. While there is distance, and variety in distance, most of the tees point straight towards the holes. There is nothing extremely technical: there is little "shaping" necessary.
While I don't mind that the maps themselves have been washed out, (I could always see the basket) and the baskets and tees were in great condition, I do have to dock the course for an absence of tees. I don't mean natural tees. I mean, teeing off happens from somewhere near the post.
Two holes also played on the camp road. I have the feeling that this isn't much of an issue as traveling discers will be playing either with the camp completely empty, as it was for me, or not playing at all if camp is in session.
The one hole I did not care for was seventeen. It's a long water carry over a pond. As much as high risk/reward shots belong in great courses, they are out of place in stopover courses. The reason: there is really no reward. When I'm playing a quick round and want to be on my way, I'm not going to get much satisfaction from nailing a shot over that lake. It becomes a risk/risk shot. I took the drop.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't drive to this course. But if I want to break up a four hour drive, I don't think I could do much better.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Honey Creek DGC is a nice course in interesting location. The gentleman who greeted us was gracious and informative. There is one hole I would like to stand at the tee with a stack of drivers, and launch 'em all. Number 8 was a RHBH hyzer with thick rough punishing any short or leftside drives (like mine), and salty marsh ready to swallow any disc that may turn over to the right. A steady ocean breeze also pushed toward the tangled vegetation you are trying to get around. It wasn't overly long, and the window was big enough, but I was just glad I didn't lose my disc by the time I finished hole 8. The rest of the course is good enough. There is no significant elevation change, unless you wind up near to or in the water. The front nine seemed slightly more open and easier to me. Fairways on the back nine were more crowded with trees, and in closer proximity to camp amenities.
All of the equipment is very acceptable. Baskets are in their place and catching well. Natural tees are marked by red and blue posts, two at each hole. Tees have signs to give basic hole stats. Course is well kept and nearly litter free.
Cons: I didn't light this course up or anything, but I still thought it lacked some degree of difficulty overall. A bit of repetition on the first few holes, and debris from the tree canopy on the back nine made it hard to get good footing. The tees were decent, but large concrete ones would be a whole lot cooler. Signs could be upgraded as well. The green fees of $2 is nominal, but still more than free. Bring a couple of dollars with you (cash would be best). The camp was almost deserted when we visited, but I imagine there are times when camp is in session, and the course is more crowded, or perhaps off limits to the general public.
Other Thoughts: I thought this course was fun, and overall worth the added miles on the trip. I love exploring as many courses as I can, and would recommend Honey Creek DGC to like minded disc golfers who may be considering making the trip. If you seek only finest courses in the land, you may be a little disappointed. However if you can appreciate a well managed facility hosting a respectable disc golf course, then check it out. It is definitely unique, and I am unable to think of any other courses I have played that are similar.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Not too Shabby!
Pros: Brand spanking new disc catcher baskets! Easy to follow layout. Some very scenic holes along the water. Wonderful course for beginners and recreational players.
Cons: Not enough variation in distance, mostly wide open and mostly short. The tee markers are in a bad position in relation to the tee pad at a very dangerous height, where most right handed players throwing a backhand will surely follow through and injure themselves. I think it's a matter of time before someone breaks a hand, and should be remedied ASAP! It is a pay to play course, and it would have been nice to have a course map or a scorecard.
Other Thoughts: The course seems to have long and short basket placements, and the course would be much more interesting with the baskets in the long position. Overall I enjoyed my experience out there and it seems like the course has tons of potential and the grounds have much more acreage available to expand.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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