14 Helpful / 2 Not
Manly Man Disc Golf
Pros: Best par 54 course I've ever played. Beautiful scenery, terrific elevation, clever hole design that never seemed repetitive, the works. You've got 3 sets of tees and the long tees aren't just the regular tees except farther back, they actually give separate lines. You've got to navigate slopes and hillsides, creeks, valleys, and avoid a river and some designated OB (road mostly).
The course plays mostly in the woods, with downhill bombs, across valleys aka hillside to hillside, and along valleys, creeks, and slopes. Not really any "uphill march of death" holes where you feel like you're trying to scale Mt. Everest. You've got for your discing pleasure a hanging basket (#13), elevated baskets, mandos, a bamboo wall, etc. The baskets themselves are extremely visible, fluorescent orange Disk King's with chartreuse poles. These baskets catch perfectly.
The hole variety is great, no two holes seem the same. Big hyzers/anhyzers, hyzer-flips, flicks, OH and any other tricks up your sleeve can be called upon. The only playing variable that's not really present is length, all the holes are honest par 3's, no long 4's or 5's. It's basically a pitch and putt for mountain men.
Amenities: Top notch. Bench on every hole, bag hangers everywhere, a bathroom at the shelter, tee signs are ridiculously helpful, next tee arrows keep you from wasting precious energy looking for tees. They've even got loaner discs to borrow @ hole #1, don't be a cad and return them b/c they operate on the honor system. Not much for the rest of the family to do, there's a couple of sad playgrounds that look like they're from the 1950s (I felt like I was at one of the model towns they used for nuclear bomb tests out in the desert), a short basketball goal (~9' tall) and that's it except for nature to look at.
Cons: Update: See Other Thoughts.
Fat guy advisory: Course is a workout if you eat as much as you disc. It's not terribly hard or exerting if you play flawlessly and stay on the fairway but it's very easy to get treejected down the hillside.
The course is not super hard but feels that way thanks to 2 things: Elevation and natural tees. The long, steep walking you do b/w holes and retrieving discs wears you slap out. The white tees were pretty playable but a few of the blue tees were just spots on the hillside to throw from, impossible to x-step. Some steps cut into the trails up and down the steeper hills would be a welcome addition.
Be careful on the slopes, much of it is soft dirt and gives away easily. While the course is very well maintained, it's easy to throw or have a disc roll into a brush pile of felled trees and briers on a few holes, removal of these would be perfect.
Hole #8 is the only dumb hole, it smacks of a filler hole. There's no line all the way to the basket, it's a mando enforced L-shaped hyzer through several skinny trees. You also have to cross hole #6's fairway to go to #3, though it shouldn't be a safety hazard unless Stevie Wonder is teeing off on hole #6, drunk. Also, I question the necessity of the blue mando on the bamboo hole.
These little green plants that grow all over the place smell kind of musky, almost like body odor.
Some of the holes have some leftover garbage (80's beer bottles, tires, etc) from when apparently there was nothing to do in the park but toss some junk away.
Other Thoughts: Update: Why now a 4.0? Haven't seen much progress in the tee department and nature is trying to reclaim the fairways. On a positive note, the steep fairway on #4 now has a zig zag trail cut into it. Some branches could use some trimming as well but it's still similar to the butt-kicking I got at Renny but actually fun and a heck of a lot prettier to look at. You could argue that there are no holes over water, not enough open holes, and no long, par 4's or 5's and you'd be right but I didn't miss them, not one bit. Every hole had a bit of clever to them, the terrain/obstacles were never monotonous and it's as pretty of a course in a public park (a park where only DG'ers seem to inhabit, mind you) as you can get.
Fave/signature hole: Probably #1 b/c it sets the tone, both in fun factor and in challenge. It's a downhill bomb that makes you contemplate the best line. Hole #7 is also gorgeous, a short but sweet hole along a mountain creek. The river is nice too, but you can definitely toss a disc into it, as my brother found out.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Need that ace!
Pros: This course is a wonderful, overall course. Most complain about the treacherous walking but if you aren't dumb and you take your time you will have fun and enjoy the hike on this course. That is one of my favorite things about this course; the hike. The scenery is great and now that it is spring time things are looking even better. This course is full of potential ace shots. Getting my first ace on hole 7 a week ago, I am looking forward for other ace runs on many of the other holes. The baskets are amazing here, along with the hooks to hold the bags and the man made bridges are a must!
Cons: Some of the holes do not complement this course. Hole 18 is a terrible way to end a round. An ace is possible (as with almost any hole) but I think 18 takes the fun away from the rest of the course. I don't know if it is other players but i'm getting tired of finding beer bottles and trash being left in the park and out on the course.
Other Thoughts: Aside from the few cons that I listed this course is awesome to play. I have played this course over 20 times and with each time out I keep getting better. Hope you enjoy!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Many challenging holes that require the use of a variety of throws. Many holes that are possible to ace. I threw it in the basket on 18, but the chains did not hold it and it barely fell out. Other holes I have hit the basket on multiple times. Great scenery along the way and the benches along the tee boxes is a nice accommodation as well. The hooks on the tree are also nice as well as the bright color choice used for the baskets. Red, white and blue tees allows for a variety of tee-shot options. Already has a hole #19 and it appears hole #20 is in progress already.
Cons: The first few times I played this course, the hills and all the climbs wore me out; but since I have played it over a dozen times now, I am use to it and the Big Hairy Route also makes play easier. Hole #5 along the river needs some of the orange plastic fencing put up along the left side of it to prevent discs rolling into the river.
Other Thoughts: Wish people would stop bringing alcohol and marijuana out onto the course. I get tired of seeing beer bottles/caps every where and marijuana defiantly has no place out there. Respect others and do that stuff on your own property if you are going to do it.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Hunting for Birdies
Pros: Beautiful wooded course. Nice mix of holes. Relatively short if anything. Some tight, technical tee shots. Great use of elevation changes. Not too many level holes out there, which is using the terrain well. Some nice mix of risk and reward on plenty of holes. You could make your fair share of birdies but you can also have the errant bogey or worse. Good ace runs. Baskets are nice. Easy to spot in the woods, which becomes a problem at some courses. Three tees, all of which provide a unique look at the hole. I prefer the whites, which I've played basically every time. From the reds, the entire course is nearly ace runs. It would be a great starting place for beginners and others to improve their game and then move back, however. The blues provide a good challenge, though you can find a couple tees that are much more appealing from the blues and open up certain holes.
Cons: While the terrain isn't so treacherous to me personally in terms of being able to physically walk the course, be careful when it's muddy. The hill between 3 and 4 can be slippery. They've attempted to make some paths for walking but the angle is quite steep. Number 10 can also get a bit tricky once you get up toward the basket. The mando on 8 is somewhat of a crapshoot. From the whites you're forced well right of any path to the basket. At best, it's a forced layup, approach shot, and par putt. I also see 16 as the finishing hole. It's signature material. Sadly, 18 is a short swinger that isn't much of a pleasure to finish on.
Update: A better path is now on #4 along with a rope to grab. Makes things much easier.
Other Thoughts: For the most part, this course is filled with great holes. There is the possibility of shooting a low round if you play your shots right. Definitely several holes that can pose a threat. I enjoy it because it does bring most shots out of my bag and there are plenty of birdies and ace runs to be had. You just have to keep it in the fairway and near the basket to do so.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Love the terrain
Pros: I really enjoyed the course... Best Signage, nicest baskets, best benches, well made stairs and bridges over rough terrain.
Some of the holes have terrain that made watching the disk fly a thing of beauty ... or frustration. I'm sure you know what I mean.
Cons: The only problem was that it was a little muddy, making some of the hillsides rather treacherous when recovering some disks from where the trees decided to send them.
Other Thoughts: I'm an old fart, and it was a challenge for me, but for the younger guys it was perfect.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has it all doglegs straight tunnel shots wide open holes plenty of ace opportunites.
- very hilly and may suprise you when you go after you look at the hole lengths.
-alot of casual water which is great cause it can be kind of hard to avoid it.
-bag hooks and great tee signs on every hole
-a great work out
Cons: Very hilly and wooded but that just adds to the challenge.
Other Thoughts: Great course you should come out and check it out because it will be worth your while no matter what swoop disc says.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: excellent scenery, skill building course, long shots, as well as ace runs
Cons: wooded, somewhat hilly
Other Thoughts: this course is brilliant, I can finally avoid a 30 minute drive just to play dg (i live in wilkes), this course has everything
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -First taste of the course is an amazing view from the parking lot/tee pad 1.
-Course uses elevation better than any other course I have played.
-Every shot is unique (never throw the redundent back and forth shots found at other mountain courses)
-all signs are prestine (tee box, mando, next tee.)
-The tee signs are set in positions so that the players can look strait from where they are and see the target.
-Targets are coolest I have seen. (orange and yellow with chains that so shiny they look polished)
-multiple bag hooks near every tee pad
-Benches (with backs) at every tee pad
-Toughest climb on the course has a bench half way up.
-The park had been closed prior to the course opening so it is basically a disc golf only park
-Locals were extremely friendly and helpful.
Cons: -I was impressed with the gravel dust pads as I had no expectations for them, but the pads were very small and gave little run up room.
Other Thoughts: Highland Hills is definitely a phenomenal course. I could easily see it rated as a 5. The thought put in and attention to detail on this course is greater than any that I have played.
There are plans for another 18 on the same property. I cant wait to see what the people of wilkesboro are able to do as an encore.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 14 Not
Pros: Its a nice park.
Cons: Really did not like this course. Hole #3 in my opinion is not a safe hole at all. If you dont watch your step you could be falling off a 30 foot ridge. If you miss on hole one you could find yourself in 20 foot deep run off ditch. hole six plays straight up the ridge with hardley no room to land a put, and hole 7 is just over the top gimmick.
Other Thoughts: I hate it when I drive over an hour only to be completely let down. What a wasted day. I have played enough different courses to know what a good course plays like. I believe the game should be fun not treacherous. In my opinion one day hole 3 is going to cost some one more than just a disc.
3 of 17 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
H!ghland H!lls BANG!!
Pros: Right out of the gate this course will get your attention. It starts with a sweet downhill toward the yadkin river. The longest hike is to get to the #3 tees but rather sooner than later.since the course has quite a bit of terrain and elevation change. Be careful on #5 because it plays by the river your disc may get wet. #7 is a natural work of art that allows you to shoot up over the waterfall to reach the pin.Bright orange and yellow kingpin baskets through out the park make for great visuals for your target. Signs are very detailed and well done so confusion should be a minimum. The benches that are on every hole are a great place to break and catch a breath to charge on through this nearly 2 mile fun fest. This course comes complete with tire pin suspension basket and a cool bamboo wall that can turn a birdie into a boggy. It also has 3 different tee pads for varied skill levels.Granite dust tee pads for now but concrete pads WILL be in this courses future.
Cons: The tee pads are maybe the only con I guess. The tee pads are in great shape though since the granite dust is fresh. Some reds and blues are not leveled yet. All reds and blues should be completed in the next few weeks. The white tees are completely leveled. with maybe half the reds and blues.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to wear shoes with some traction as you will need it on several ares of the course. This course offers a little bit for everyone. You will get some great exercise and have a challenging round of disc golf all at the same time. A great stop in between if your headed north to Ashe County Park or south to Yadkin Park
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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