8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: [The Complex]- There are presently 5 complete 18-hole courses, with 2 more still being constructed. I like the fact that the courses are designed to be at varying levels of difficulty (hardest-> Gold-Granite-Blueberry-Woodland-Chestnut <-easiest) so if you come and play them all you will have a well-rounded experience of both challenging Žskill-testers and more relaxing, fun rounds. Each course has different colored baskets that correspond to the course's name. The courses are set on an amazing piece of land that is huge and contains many natural features that are ideal for disc golf (open, woods, elevation, and ponds). The land is dedicated purely to disc golf and is so isolated that only disc golfers will be here, and chances are you will have these courses all to yourself. Huge props need to be given to the course designer for placing all the courses where they aren't on top of each other, each has its own character, and individual hole design is very creative and well-done. John, the owner, is very nice and loves to have people come and play. He works extremely hard on the courses and on the facility as a whole.
[The Course]- Woodland Greens is Highbridge's mid-level shorter technical woods course. It is a nice relief from the longer and more grueling courses here. It is mostly shaded and does not take too long to play it. Most of the holes are in the 150'- 250' range and there are many ace runs and birdie opportunities, but don't be fooled into thinking it is easy and lame as it is a great test of accuracy and shot-shaping trying to avoid the isolated trees that are in strategic spots in the fairway and around the basket and staying out of the punishing rough. There is a good mix of left and right shaped holes and just enough elevation to have an impact. There are 18 holes with concrete tees and unique, highly visible lime-green baskets. Baskets are some cheaper odd brand, but get the job done. (The pics on this site currently show the old baskets.)
Cons: [The Course]- All the holes tended to blend together and became repetitive. None of the holes were bad, but there weren't any super awesome memorable holes. The two notable characteristics are the one basket on the hill on #9 and the other wedged up high in the three tree trunks on #17. #9- I don't mind a basket on a hill, but the rough was so densely grown up it was hard to get any footing, hard to find your disc, and it did not look good. #17- I am not the hugest fan of abnormal basket heights, but I can deal with 1 on a course, however the tree trunks blocked about half of the basket entrance, which seemed to be a little much with the basket also being so high, and honestly put putting on this hole in the realm of goofy golf. (My opinion- elevate or wedge in trees, but not both.) Some people really like it though because it is different.
Course maintenance was severely lacking, the fairways were overgrown and some tee signs were missing, added a level of frustration to the course that was supposed to be the fun relaxer. Also, there were many spots that were very marshy, probably due to recent rains, so keep that in mind if it has rained a lot.
Also as a temp fix, the Bear course only has 7 holes in the ground (which were unplayable with waist high fairways when I was there) and then you are supposedly diverted to the Woodland Greens course to make 18 holes, but this is not a good idea in that the two courses are completely different in style- the Bear is supposed to be long and hard where WG is the short course. And if you play both, then you essentially end up playing a majority of Woodland Greens twice, when you need to be spending time playing Blueberry, Gold, and Granite twice instead. (This is all not really a con for WG, but a major con for the Bear course.)
[The Complex]- Can be summed up in two words- trashy and incomplete. The land is beautiful but is littered with junk and trash and numerous unfinished projects. And then add on top the most important thing of trying to maintain 5 courses while building 2 more, but nature is easily overtaking things. John is fighting a losing battle with an unpaid staff of 2 that can't complete the things that are already here while simultaneously trying to build more stuff. Things appeared to be breaking faster than they could be fixed. The campground was trashy and smelled of raw sewage in several spots. The Honka House has a lot of potential but the pics of the outside don't tell the whole story- inside it is missing basics like drywall, outlet covers, lights, etc. and seems to be used as much for storage of junk as it is for housing guests.
Other Thoughts: [The Course]- This course is not the reason you come to Highbridge, but it is a welcome change of pace from the top signature courses. I love a good shorter, technical course and this is a fine example of one. Woodland Greens is pretty fun, but it would have been so much better if it had not been overgrown.
*Tip- Hole #1 is a blind sharp right into the woods towards a lime green basket. The basket you see from the tee is white and for the Whitetail course. After that navigation is pretty easy, but there are a couple of spots where alternate paths appear to lead to the incomplete Whitetail course.
[The Complex]- If you like lots of holes and very rustic lodging then you will love it here. If you have high expectations of well-manicured courses and hotel-like lodging then prepare to be disappointed. John's mission is noble as he wants people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and has plans to have 7 courses, as well as numerous other activities, but he does not seem concerned with creating a first-class disc golf facility. He dreams big, but appears to have bitten off more than he can chew. Highbridge needs manpower, but does not have the advantage of disc-golf loving locals or park workers that most other courses have. Other private courses don't either, but are usually only 1 course, not 7, and much easier to maintain!
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