Furman: She's got a great personality.
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Pros: Furman has a nice nine-hole course. What's more impressive is that they're able to fit in this course around all the other activities without interference.
- This is an above average nine-holer. There's a good amount of length - average hole is 295 feet, with two longer than 400; a fair amount of challenge along with two good risk/reward layouts - #4 & 5. What really makes the course seem better is everything that surrounds it.
- The first portion of the course plays along a nice (ball) golf course. After veering off from the links, you cut through the woods to conclude your round along a wonderful looking lake. There's so much scenery here, and so much going on (separate running and bike paths (a two-way bike path with lanes at that)), that I felt out of place, and not active enough, by only playing disc golf. Should have brought my running gear too for this place. That said, the tower on the peninsula is a great sight.
- There's a decent flow to the course. Finding the first hole was a little tricky. It doesn't help that some tee signs are on trees 50 feet from the tee. That said, once you get past the initial hiccups, you get a series of open holes, your only 'wooded' hole (#5), turn back around and get the final four holes playing back towards the beginning. For the lack of variety, and land, available - the course seems to have optimized what could be expected.
- I enjoyed the closing three holes. #7 is a slight downhill, potential ace-run layout with the lake as a backdrop. #8 is an uphill layout that forces players to go around or over a tree. #9 is a solid, multi-shot par 4. This is probably the most thought out and executed hole on the course.
Cons: For as relatively decent as this course is, it's also got a strong shrugged shoulder feel to it. There's nothing great here - #9 is good, not great. There's nothing really bad either. It just feels like a lot of basic layouts that offer just enough variety to not drive someone crazy.
- That said, if you throw a straight tee shot on every single hole, you'll have an easy round of nine straight pars. You'll never be too far off line if you only throw dead straight.
- Course could become unplayable when other park activities are going on, mainly when cross country races are taking place. I can also see students/other park goers occupying the grass on nice days in the stretch of #6 - 9.
- Signage is inconsistent. Signs are always on trees. It's a matter of how close said tree is to the tee markers. Sometime it's close; sometimes not so close. Other times there is no sign.
- Natural tee pads. No benches (unless you go to a picnic shelter near #7 - 9). No trash cans or water fountains. None are big issues.
Other Thoughts: Furman has its flaws, but still comes out better than most nine holers. If it's guilty of anything, it's that it left me apathetic after playing. After one round, I felt like I had already played this course a dozen times.
- For some reason, the high floor, low ceiling feel of this course wasn't appealing. A round of disc golf with nine birdies and nine bogeys is going to be much more memorable than one with 18 straight pars. And that's what I felt about this course.
- There seemed to be some more room for potential expansion and or redesign. Doubt it would happen because there are clearly other aspects of the park that (rightfully so) get more attention than this course.
- Maybe if I played this course more, my opinion would change. I'm giving this course a 2.0 rating - above average in my book for a nine-holer. If I were to come back here, I'd probably want to enjoy other aspects of the campus/park before playing disc golf.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Lots of money around you, but not on the course.
Pros: Lots of great scenery.
1 and 2 are open, but trees come into play later in the course.
Minimal tee signs on holes 3-9
Hole 7 had several shot possibilities, 8 was a scenic uphill shot with nice landscaping.
Bathrooms between hole 8 and 9.
DGA baskets in great shape.
Cons: No tee signs for first 3 holes, they are tough to navigate and the map is incorrect.
Tees are just 2 cement slabs with numbers spray painted on them. The difficulties with navigation in the begining gave the course a bad start.
Sign for hole 4 is over 50 feet from the tee. the hole itself plays over some high brush and grass. There is supposedly OB on hole 4, but I could not tell where it was.
A few minor safety concerns: 1 and 2 plays along the golf course, but the chance of injuring a golfer is not very likely. 5 throws at a climbing wall and at the main walking path, but again risk of injury is low. The path is a decent distance back. 6 was a blind hook where the very popular walking trail came into play. 7 plays towards walking trail, but there is a decent buffer. 8 throws over lots of benches and tables, but there is no telling how often they are really used. Hole 9 throws along walking trail.
The trails slow down play more than risk the walker's safety. You have to stop and wait for them to clear the path before you can throw.
Single basket locations and tee pads mean there is no way to change up the course if you play frequently
Other Thoughts: There is clearly money flowing out the wazoo for recreation, but the disc golf course could use a bit more for signage in the first 2 holes. Hole one runs along a golf course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
One of my home courses; an assessment
Pros: There's a lot of inherent beauty to the course; The final 5 holes in particular all play by the lake, often with gorgeous views of the campus. The design itself is solid:
1. A very narrow wooded hole. A few bends in the trail put a premium on driving; those who can't throw with pinpoint accuracy will be shooting several shots higher here.
2. A relatively open hole by the golf course. Longer throwers may be able to reach on their drive if they take the wind into consideration.
3. Begins along the same path as the first hole before emerging into a clearing that descends slightly to the left. A slight anny on the drive will make your approach significantly easier.
4. A straightforward, slightly downhill hole. Avoid the brush on either side like the plague, and be sure to clear the trench short of the pin.
5. A picturesque, short downhill ace run towards the lake.
6. A dogleg left around some very tall and thick trees, before moving uphill towards the pin. A sharp, strong anny is necessary to have any shot at a birdie.
7. An absolutely beautiful hole, starting by a replica of Thoreau's Walden cabin and heading straight towards the lake, ending in a small grove of trees and azalea bushes.
8. A number of trees make the drive on this slight dogleg right difficult, but the rest of the hole is short and relatively unguarded.
9. The longest (465 ft), most technical, and most difficult hole on the course. The path on this is littered with trees, and the lines are difficult to find at first glance. Proper strategy and shotmaking will yield a 3, but getting bogged down in the woods can quickly turn that into a 5. An excellent finishing hole.
Overall, it has the right mix of straight and dogleg holes to each side, without favoring either.
Cons: Don't expect to be alone during your round. The wooded path that makes up the entirety of hole one and part of hole 3 is often used by cross country runners for practice during the season. Also, the trail running along the back of the lake is frequented by student groups and families that often are just taking advantage of a nice day. Mind your drives on these holes.
Hole four is relatively unmaintained; the brush on both sides is nearly impossible to navigate, and filled with poison ivy. Wasp nests tend to be found near the hole as well, so try not to linger for too long.
Take a map beforehand if you're able. Finding the first hole is difficult, and there are a few places where backtracking is necessary to find the next tee, though new signs are helping the matter.
Other Thoughts: While none of the holes are particularly long, it's hardly a course of ace runs. There's enough technicality and interesting shots required to keep pro players intrigued, while still keeping it comfortable for beginners. For a 9 hole course, it's definitely worth your time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Formidable - Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
Furman demands respect. It can be overwhelming, intense, and capable of kicking your butt.
With that said, here is the low down dirty on Furman disc golf. Beautiful Course! Plays along service roads and campus near the Swamp Rabbit Trail. There are tight technical shots, open bomb shots, and short elevation shots. DGA baskets are fantastic. Bathrooms and water fountain are located between holes 8 and 9.
Cons: There is heavy traffic due to the Swamp Rabbit Trail making hole 6 difficult to tee off. Bikers, walkers, runners, and students in general frequent the back four holes making it a nice scenery but difficult to play when the weather is nice.
There is plenty of wooded area which could house a full 18 making Furman a destination. It is diffcult to navigate at times when tee signs are not correctly placed. If tee and tee pad are not together it makes a DGer wonder where exactly do you tee off. Installing concrete tee pads would solve this problem.
Other Thoughts: New signs and "next tee" markers are a nice step in the right direction to getting Furman DG where it should be.
There is plenty of potential here and I'd like to see a different course layout.
With what many call an average 9 hole dg course Furman can reek havoc on your disc golf game if you aren't careful in your shot selection.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall, it's one of the more beautiful 9 hole courses on a college campus. It's good for enjoying a recreational, easy round or for learning to how play the game. Has a good mix of lengths, especially for a 9 hole course. (The last hole, 465 feet, might be considered a PDGA par 4 in a tournament.)
It's probably an average 9 hole course for most people who play in pro division and looking for a challenge and a surprisingly fun course for intermediates and college players!
Cons: During the afternoon hours (4:00 - 8:00 pm) it can get crowded with a lot of walkers and bikers, especially on the weekends, so holes 6, 8, and 9 can be frustrating while waiting on people to go through or trying to figure out what shot you want to throw without putting anyone in danger of getting hit.
It is only 9 holes and, if you're coming from the Greenville area, you want a little more time to play for the drive there and you don't want to waste time looking for the first tee. There is some poison ivy on holes 2 and 3.
Other Thoughts: New signs and "next tee" markers (purple wooden arrows located on the bottom of the baskets) have been added to help people locate the holes. The 9th basket is the first one you see coming from the parking lot, and it has a purple marker on the bottom that points to the path toward the first hole (across the path and up the hill), which makes it easier to locate.
The first hole is supposed to be moved soon out of the woods. (The basket being located near the cross country finish line near the golf course).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Best 9-Hole Course in the Upstate
Pros: -Beautiful Course! Plays along Furman lake and golf course.
-Offers a balanced mix of open shots and wooded holes.
-Course provides a few ace runs as well as longer more challenging holes.
-Course is very well maintained
-Amazing DGA baskets that are very well installed.
-Well made metal tee signs recently installed.
-Bathrooms and water fountain are located between holes 8 and 9.
Cons: -The back 4 holes play along the lake in an area heavily trafficked by bikers, walkers, runners, tanners, etc. which make it very difficult to play when the weather is nice.
-Could be a very solid 18-hole course if more holes were added along the woods following hole 4.
-Some tee signs were facing the wrong direction or were far removed from the actual concrete block tee markers. They seemed to play all tee signs on the closest tree (whether it was actually close or not).
-No concrete tees.
-Hole 1 is difficult to find without walking the course backwards.
-Some hole transitions are somewhat difficult to follow your first time playing through.
Other Thoughts: This course is located on the most beautiful college campus in South Carolina and offers plenty of challenge for all levels of players. This is not only the best 9-hole course in the upstate, but it's also the best college course I have played.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
No Signage is a Killer
Pros: Not a course frequented by disc golfers. Peaceful area with beautiful campus. Great for pets and kids. Sprawling course layout along running trail but not much foot traffic. Great baskets.
Cons: You will probably get lost more than 3 times if you don't print off a map. Not to mention the difficulty in finding the first tee (took me 25 min). No tee boxes, just very small concrete markers that are difficult to locate. No lengthy holes.
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and print off a map.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Beautiful scenery
Cons: - no course map or any indication where to start
- no tee signs or any type of signs related to DG
- not very challenging
Other Thoughts: this was a difficult course to locate. It was also a surprisingly busy area for New Years Eve. I was the only DGer on the course but there were many walkers, hikers, and bikers using the area. I can see this area being super crowded when school is in session.
I didn't mind that there were no teepads. the part that got me was that when I walked from where I parked (across the lake) I saw the ninth basket and I then had to walk the course backwards to find the beginning. after I played through I saw where the beginning was in relation to where I parked. there were no signs to indicate there was a course and where to begin. there were several no trespassing signs and a huge sign for the XC course. a university as prestigious and expensive as Furman should have at least one sign saying start DG play here. since there were no signs whatsoever I missed playing #2.
I would not recommend this course for anyone unless they are visiting a Furman student. this course is overrated for what it is. It is not very challenging and it is difficult to navigate.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Hard to find/ hard to navigate
Pros: Several challenging holes.
Cons: If it werent for the info on here, I wouldnt have found it. No signage what so ever. No tee or basket directions; and no par info. Tee's are simple little markers even with the ground, which makes them Very hard to find.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Needs more development
Pros: Beautiful campus area. A few pretty good holes. Appropriate for a learning facility.
Cons: Course is hard to navigate without a map or guide. Holes 5-9 wind through an area which gets used by a challenge course and several different paths, so at times it may be too crowded to play. Difficult to find the first tee. No course information posted anywhere as far as I could find. No directional signs or tee signs. Tee markers are hard to find.
Other Thoughts: This course REALLY needs basic signage. I asked a campus cop how to find the course after driving all over campus, and he had to radio in for directions. I never found tees 2, 5, 8 or basket #9. I think maybe #9 goal was in the middle of a challenge course group while I was there. Additional tees and basket placements could increase the variety and challenge. If signage were up I could give this course a 2-2.5, but more tees, goals or a more challenging layout would have to be done for me to get up to 3 or more.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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