Great Hospitality in Rugged WV
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Pros: The Timberdoodle Thicket offers a unique experience in rural WV, set on private property far away from pretty much anything. However, with no other courses within an hour in any direction, it is great to have this course in the area. I envy having a backyard course like this, and the property was made for disc golf with its hilly setting in the dense WV woods. Alan lives on the property and was my host for the day. I really enjoyed his hospitality and passion/knowledge of the sport. This is a course I would love to play regularly and it would be a blast to have league and tournaments here due to its balance of difficulty and fun factor.
The course does a great job of offering a fun, more casual round that still presents many challenges. One of my favorite aspects is the amount of holes that offer multiple lines to the basket. Between my two rounds, there were many times when I approached a hole differently. I appreciated this freedom to be creative on so many occasions, rather than being forced to hit a specific line. This greatly added to the course's replay factor. There are some big elevation changes here, which offered some really fun holes. Hole 8 was my favorite and is the favorite of many: a 315' downhill bomb through a tight gap. There are elevation changes on every hole and it is incorporated in many creative ways.
While this isn't a championship-level course, the designers have done a fantastic job utilizing the land given to provide many risk-reward shots. This definitely makes the shorter nature of the course more appealing. A few holes have mandos, like 9's double-mando, which forces you to either lay up or try to hit the very tight gap in front of the basket. Holes 7, 14, 15, and 17 all have very steep drop-offs with definite roll-away potential. Again, this makes the shorter holes (like 15 and 17) more exciting because you are forced to either lay up or make a run at the basket and risk rolling far past the basket. While the course isn't overly punishing, it keeps you on your toes in this regard.
Gravel tees are comfortable to throw on and the flags on top of the baskets made them easier to spot in the thick woods.
Navigation is straight-forward and you should have no problems as you will most likely be playing with a host anyways. Still, walks to the next hole are short and there are pointed rocks next to the basket that steer you in the right direction. Navigational aids such as steps and rails are also in place.
I was very impressed with how good of shape the course was in being a private course that doesn't often get played. Even in the thick woods, the rough was reduced and the grass was freshly mowed.
Cons: The main thing for me that keeps it from getting a higher rating is its lack of championship-caliber and longer holes. I don't have a big arm and I still would have liked more chances to open up and play par 4 holes. There are 5 holes under 200 feet and only 5 holes over 300, so this course does not do much to reward big arms and provide score separation in that way.
There are some aspects of the course that could cause minor problems, but these problems are reduced down if playing with a host. For one, the tee signs do not have a map on them, which would cause some walking ahead to spot the pin. Also, there are times when multiple pins are in view, which could be confusing.
As others have mentioned, this really is out in the "middle of nowhere" with not much around in terms of food or gas. Definitely come prepared. The property wasn't too hard to get to in a physical sense, but you do have to ford a little creek (was low when I was there) and drive up a steep dirt road to get to hole 1. Recent rain would cause problems, but I made it to the top easily in mostly dry weather. I do echo others' statements that I would not want to travel to or from here in the dark, with many switchback roads. The journey there reminded me a lot like getting to the Woodshed/Whippin' Post, slightly less dramatic but more time spent on back roads.
Other Thoughts: The hospitality at the Thicket is unparalleled and I really enjoyed my day here. Alan even gave me a complimentary mini and encouraged me to come to one of their tournaments. Surprisingly, they host a few tournaments a year. I encourage anyone coming here to allow themselves a full day of traveling and playing, this is not a course you can quickly bag on a road trip.
Don't expect to play a championship-level course, but do expect to play well-designed, unique holes on a backyard made for disc golf shots with its dense woods and constant elevation changes. You won't be disappointed you ventured here.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Off the Beaten Path, and Totally Chill
Pros: • Scenic course set on beautiful terrain featuring woods and some spectacular views.
• Solid course design with terrain changes that come into play on pretty much every hole. Numerous sloped greens make you choose between laying-up and going for it - lots of birdie to bogie opportunities.
• Good shot variety with most holes offering a more than one line - but you have to execute. If you can't hold your line off the tee, it'll could take some impressive recoveries to save par.
• Nice shot variety with some unique holes, like the double mando.
• IMO, 8 is the signature hole. Has you throwing from a hilltop tee, down to a basket 315' away. Aceable, but hit a tree and bounce left, and you could end up all the way down the ravine with one helluva recovery and looking at a bogie. I could spend all day running the basket from this tee.
• No other courses within 30 miles or so.
• Camping/cabins available on site for a reasonable fee.
Cons: • Tees weren't bad, but concrete pads would be an improvement.
• Steep slopes are truly slippery when wet.
• Course is quite out of the way... you're not gonna just happen across this place. You'll only find it if you're looking for it (then again, some people might say that's a plus).
• The road you travel to get here is a narrow, twisted, turning, hilly road with little room for error... seems like it came right out of a Dr. Suess book. I DON'T SAY THIS LIGHTLY: If you aren't familiar with this place, don't plan on arriving at night; you're likely to end up in a ditch or end up with a tree or a deer as a hood ornament.
• You have to ford the creek to get to the course; not sure you'll make it in a low riding car- glad I had an SUV
Other Thoughts: Anything but your typical park course, The Timberdoodle Thicket's rustic charm oozes out all over the place. The atmosphere and fun factor here more than make up for what it lacks in championship pedigree. The hard work and TLC that went into this place is obvious - wonderfully done for the resources at hand. I've played several park courses that did a whole lot less with a whole lot more. The dogs (Dufus and Dakota) are friendly and won't touch your discs. They were always around, yet somehow were never a factor in the round, and just add to the appeal.
Don't be discouraged by the homemade PVC baskets you see when you arrive (when I first saw them, I was thinking WTF? ) They aren't what you play on...baskets on the course are fine.
BOMBERS BEWARE: If big "D" is your idea of a fun round: keep moving. Distance is not a requirement at Timberdoodle. Even the longer holes (there are 3 over 400') are easily makeable in 3 (even for a noodle-arm like myself) This a finesse course that favors accuracy and execution to score well.
Worth the 50 mile drive from I-77.
Mike & Al were superb hosts and the course is great. Job well done!
Rescored: In retospect, I think I was a tad overzealous with a 4.0 ... would give it a 3.75 if I could, but alas, I can't. That being said, this place is still tres cool, has a vibe all it's own and a special place to visit worthy of straying from the highway for.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a very fun course. It is short but not dinky. The elevation changes, trees, and strategicly placed baskets makes it challenging. Nice tees signs and tee pads. The owners are friendly and were willing to take time to show us around.
Cons: Some of the hills are nasty if you get off the fairway. Also, a few of the tee pads are extremely close together.
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course and I highly recommend it. The owners/designers have put an extreme amount of work into this course and it really shows. If your looking for a fun course with a scenic and relaxed atmosphere then this is the place
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