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.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Good College Course
Pros: Good location by the lake on several holes, decent mix of shot types, some fun ace runs
Cons: No hole signs (yet), no tee pads, and thick foliage bordering several holes
Other Thoughts: Great addition to Furman's campus, hopefully another 9 holes will be approved and funded, but the signage needs to come first
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: One of the best 9 hole courses ive played
Many holes force tight shots
Great practice course
Cons: Sort of a con: the course doesnt have a single hole that is right to left giving advantage to forehand and left handed throwers (also is a pro in that it is great practice )
No rules sign to instruct players about ob's that seem to have been set up such as on hole 3 behind the basket
Some tees are hard to find so directions would be helpful.
Other Thoughts: a set of pro tees on some of the shorter hole would make this course very interesting
I hope room for a back nine is found because if its as good as the first nine this would be a great course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Best 9 Hole Course in the Upstate
Pros: Longer pin placements than most 9 hole courses in the area. First course in the upstate area to use DGA baskets, where the inner chains cross the outer chains at the bottom of the basket. Some ace potential on a select few holes, but overall, gave me as an intermediate player a good challenge, and left me wishing I had shot 3's as opposed to 4's.
Cons: The biggest, and really only con I am aware of is the lack of concrete tee pads. I believe this is due to the desire of Furman University, and was also not budgeted for the course.
Other Thoughts: There is enough room to add holes in between other ones, and effectively turn this into an 18 hole course.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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