4 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of Excitement for a 9-holer!
Pros: - To start off, the teepads and signage are heavenly. Great grip and size. Dual tees are provided to placate both recreational players as well as more experienced ones.
- Absolutely stunning in the autumn season. I'm no stranger to fall foliage, but the colors in the nearby trees is great. I can imagine this place getting ridiculously crowded around the pool in the summer months, however.
- Most of the holes play in the wooded section of the park, which I enjoyed. Technical challenges require threading rows of trees and some baskets are well-guarded. However, there are one or two holes that are more open and #6 gives you a chance to really bomb your disc.
- Very well-maintained and already has the sign of being slightly broken-in despite its youth.
- LOVE those "next tee" metal placards that are on each basket. Definitely gets the award for best "next tee" marker out of all the courses I've visited!
Cons: - A lot of people were walking their dogs and jogging here when I was playing. Not sure if that's common, but make sure to watch out for other park patrons while you're driving. The several blind drives (notably 3,5, and 9) make this even more imperative.
- Some holes play close to the road
- Only 9 holes--which I know isn't a fair criticism, but this course really leaves you craving for more!
- I'd like to see another hole or two be situated in the open fields for more balance in terms of terrain and shot variety.
Other Thoughts: Hole for hole, I think this course is actually better than the nearby Sherando due to a more technical challenge, longer distances to the basket, and a topographic endowment that makes for some steep drops. There's no doubt that this would get a solid 4-disc rating if it could be expanded to 18.
Regardless, it's a great companion to Sherando and a fantastic place to work on your technical game. Definitively one of the better 9-holes I've ever played!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course in a very nice park
Pros: * Course is located in a nice city park with many activities; fitness trail, indoor or outdoor pools, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, and miniature golf. There is also a fitness room and a racquetball court. Many picnic areas - and rest room facilities
* Two (long and short) excellent, large concrete tee pads at each hole - many of the longer tees do not just add length but require a different path to the basket.
* Very nice hole sign located at the long tees
* Distance from short tees marked on some of the short tee pads
* The park, including the disc golf area is very well maintained.
* New baskets with signs indicating the direction to the next tee box.
* A variety of semi-wooded holes may offer a challenge for the veteran player while not being too frustrating for a new player. Very little underbrush to speak of through the woods - a little on holes 8 and 9.
* Located within minutes of a large number of eateries, shopping and entertainment opportunities - Right off of Interstate 81.
* Only slight elevation changes throughout the course
* Nice distances on the holes, giving you the opportunity to try technical shots
* Large course layout sign at the beginning of the course near the swimming pool parking lot.
Cons: * Not many negatives to speak of
* While there is not a great deal of distance between basket and next tee, the flow of the course is broken from hole 5 to hole 6. You must cross over the road and down to your left past the pavilion.
* Only one very open hole to air out your driver.
* The day we played there was not many park users but you can see where people using other areas of the park may come into play.
Other Thoughts: Had the opportunity to play here while passing through Winchester. Wish it was closer than the 90 minutes. We stopped in Winchester to eat and shop on our way through. Will certainly head this direction in the future because of this park. Set in a beautiful city park that offers many activities for the family you could certainly make a day for your family hear. Should be great when they open up the additional nine holes. Is not to strenuous a trek through the woods with hole 8 playing slightly up hill and then a little climb up to the tee pad for hole 9. Also, not much poison ivy on this course like many I have seen in the MD, PA, WV, VA area. Course was filled with many, many squirrels and my wife almost took one out. Can't wait to get back here in the future!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Picture Perfect Park Course
Pros: Teepads, signs, park landscape, upkeep
Other Thoughts: The disc golf course at Jim Barnett Park has most of the factors necessary for an exemplary disc golf experience. The course features excellent tee pads, both pro and am (but labled advanced and novice), and perfect signage. The landscape is a well maintained park, and the course winds around the other facilities but does not dangerously overlap with the playgrounds and picnic areas. As a result, the course plays a bit in the open, a bit in the woods, and even has a couple holes that transition from one to the other. Lots of clearing has been done on the holes that do play into the woods, and so no hole is even close to unfair, or even really tight by the standards of Mid-Atlantic woods holes. Finally, while there are no uphill grinds or downhill chucks, elevation does factor into a few holes, and challenging basket placements on the edge of declines make for a tight putting game.
Unfortunately, for now at least the course is only nine holes, and except for #9 maybe, is not particularly long. The "advanced" tees do serve to add length, in some cases a good deal of length. It's also one of those courses where you think "wow that was a pretty decent hole," on most every hole, but none could really be called "signature." If Jim Barnett is a finished product, then it's still a terrific addition to the strong and varied array of courses that travelers can now hit along Virginia's I-81 corridor, and since it already has two perfect sets of tees I'm sure makes a solid locals course. If it's a work in progress though, and adds nine more equally good holes, or even better creates a back nine with more length, then Jim Barnett will be one of the finer courses in the Old Dominion.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A good course with more to come
Pros: Wide concrete teepads are nice (wish they were a half step longer, but I'm greedy like that). Multiple teepads per hole. In most instances the short tees are slightly offset from the long tees so it's not just a shorter course, but there is actually a different look at each hole offering new lines and closing some old ones.
There are signs on each basket guiding you to the next hole. Some of them don't seem to be as accurate as they could be, but if you glance at the course layout prior to starting you should have no difficulties finding the next hole.
The course is brand new as is all of the equipment, so everything is in great shape at this point. Parking is ample and is right next to the first hole.
Cons: The park is heavily used on weekends and there are just a few too many amenities too near the course. Most of the actual playgrounds are a safe distance beyond baskets meaning you would have to really over-cook a throw to hit someone, but there are a few shelters and volleyball courts next to fairways leaving plenty of potential to hit someone on a throw that isn't even that bad. Some of the shelters have paths connecting them across fairways and people tend to wander through the middle of the fairway without realizing they could be in danger.
Other Thoughts: This is an 18 hole course in the making. There are already plans for the next nine and I'll come back to rerate this once the final nine is put in, but I thought the course deserved some attention in the meantime since they've done such a nice job with it so far. You finish where you started which is nice right now, but once the final nine is put in there will be quite a hike back to where you started.
Right now the flow is pretty good with the small exception of hole six which is segregated from the rest of the holes by being on the other side of the road, but it's a short walk that doesn't greatly interrupt the flow of play. There are a few holes with sizable slopes near the basket which makes for some interesting choices in going for a putt or laying up to prevent the 30' uphill putt on the comeback if you miss. There is a reasonable amount of variety in terms of right and left shaping holes, so the course shouldn't favor a particular type of throw over another. The rough can be brutal in a few places, but the worst areas are visible from the tee and should be fairly easy to avoid barring a risky line or a horrible ricochet.
It's more of a technical course than anything else with only one bomber hole right now (possibly two if you want to try your luck on the first hole). There isn't any one factor that stands out for me, but it's a solid course on the whole leaving me patiently waiting for the completion of the final nine.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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