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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.
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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.
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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).
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