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.
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 / 3 Not
Pros: Furman is a beautiful campus, and this 9-hole course plays right on the edge of the pond(but the water is never in play). The scenery is pristine, with the mountains in the background and the tower/pond/campus, gorgeous.
The course itself is good, but not great. Most holes are straight shots. Good practice for tunnel shots, but there are no big turns except for hole 6, and that's wide-open to hit the bend. Variety in distance and in-&-out of the trees makes a good pace. Longest hole is maybe 450 feet, with a couple ace-able straight-shot holes to tempt you.
Baskets are AWESOME! These things look brand new, and are anchored perfectly in square concrete. Chains overlap, they look and sound great.
Navigation is decent, once you find the first hole...
Hole 7 is really neat -- you tee off right next to a recreation of Thoreau's cabin, aiming an ace-shot at a basket nestled in some pine trees, with the lake as a backdrop.
Cons: VERY hard to find! The first hole is nowhere near the parking lot, and there's no map/ signage/ anything to tell you where to find the disc golf course. I suggest asking anyone you see, or look for the ball golf course, as hole 2 is open and almost uses one of their fairways, then walk back to 1. (I'm happy to guide anyone that wants to play here)
Tees are pink marking flags in the ground. Often hard to find.
Lack of shot variety. Basically all straight shots. Some tunnels, some open, but all straight.
Seems like the course was approved, the baskets were bought, and then that was the end of the budget for the course. This course needs "next tee" signs, tee pads, tee markers, and SOMETHING telling you where to find the first hole. We walked the course backwards to find it, as the 9th basket is in plain view and the first basket you would possibly see.
Other Thoughts: This is NOT the best 9 hole course in the upstate(Holmes is MUCH better), but hard to beat that campus feel.
Seems like there's plenty of room to add another 9 holes that's not being used.
Course does play on the campus, so you have campus traffic: runners, dogs, bikes, kids, etc.
I'll post a bunch of pictures to help anyone else around here.
There are some random bronze statues of children playing on a few fairways. I first thought these were the tee markers, which would have been cool :)
Lots of potential, but lots more needed to get even a 3 star. Worth it for the scenery if you're in the area.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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