1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging holes throughout. Every hole has sign showing the hole layout. Plenty of shade. Very technical, lefts, and rights, ups ands downs.
Cons: Private course. Poison ivy everywhere in the rough. Short tee pads. If you miss and are in the rough, you almost don't have any kind of line out. Long walk from parking to 1st tee.
Other Thoughts: Overall I thought it was a good course and fun to play. Didn't like how thick the rough was and could stand to be trimmed back a little
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A good addition to Cedar Hill
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a great addition to the area with Cedar Hill now with three courses in the same locale. I commend Dynamic Discs and the Cedar Hill Disc Golf Association for making this third course in town a reality. This is a remodel of a beginner course, so the course designers were limited in what they could do. Given that it was a fine job. The redesigned Mt. Lebanon is not on par with Beaver & Coyote next door, but a fine course nonetheless. There is a mix of wooded-technical and open-challenging holes. They did an excellent job with pin placement to add variety and challenge on approach, and mixed the wooded holes with some having tight more technical close to the tee and others having tight more technical close to the basket.
Cons: Obviously as a private course it's only available during certain times. And it's a decent walk from the parking lot to the first tee.
There are more holes favoring those who can throw solidly straight or to the right. There are three holes (4, 5, & 6) where the woods off the fairway are more punishing than anywhere I've ever seen -- so punishing that you'll HATE retrieving your disc if you're in the middle of it. At a recent tournament, a guy on my card actually shanked his drive on hole #6 way right into the super-rough, and once we located it (several feet up in the brush) the lie was so horrible that he elected optional re-throw with the penalty. He proceeded to park the re-tee for a circle 4. Good decision because I firmly believe it would have taken him at least 2, maybe 3 shots to get back to the fairway whatever route he took, AND he would have been totally scarred from those briars.
The mix of tee types, I'm sure will be addressed in the future; the mix of baskets, likely not since half were donated.
Other Thoughts: By hole:
Hole 1 (Straight) -- concrete tee, heavily wooded early, lightly wooded at the end. In the long position is a tough bird because you have to pick a line through the three trees near front of the tee, thread the needle low & straight for about 280 feet, and then finish straight or right to get inside the circle. I've only seen long-putt birdies here.
Hole 2 (Right turning) is a lightly wooded hole with two stay left mandos guarding the fenced pool area. Natural tee. A LHBH/RHFH has a great birdie look; RHBH players have to be careful not to fade out early into the deep creek on the left and not to turn it too hard and risk going into the fence short of the basket.
REMODELED Hole 3 (S to L) now tees from 3's teepad to OLD 4's basket so its now a two-drive hole straight, then left. On the tee shot now you do not want to get too far right into the cove where 3's original basket was; instead you want to pass the first set of trees and get to the clearing. RHBH players have it easier from the left side of the clearing: LHBH as far to the right without going in the cove. The second drive is a mid-range to short-driver with a slight left turn at the end, avoiding a couple guardian trees. On this remodeled hole a carding a 3 should gain on the field because a 2 is virtually impossible without a fairway drive going in.
4-6 are the ones with the punishing woods both left and right of the fairway. (old #'s 5-7)
Hole 4 (S) is a risk-reward hole, open straight fairway, slightly uphill, with the basket tucked in to an opening on the left. Hit the straight line ahead and land in front of the opening yields a 25-30 foot putt. Natural tee
Hole 5 (S) is similarly a risk-reward hole, teeing from the concrete/rocks. Both the tee box and the basket are tucked in to the left of a rock road fairway, with the pin being protected by cedars and with MORE PUNISHING woods/briars on the right. It is a tough straight ahead shot to get to where you can run at the basket. As a reasonably solid RHBH player, this hole I've found to be much easier with a forehand S-shot over the woods on the left. If I were LHBH I'd use the S-shot as well. Natural tee
Hole 6 (S) is a birdie-able 250-foot straight tunnel shot, again open above. A little easier straight shot than 5 or 6, because the straight alley is on the tee-to-basket line. Again punishing woods on both sides, and if you shank it far right over into those briars, you could be looking at 5 or worse. Know your optional rethrow rule. Natural tee
Hole 7 (R to S) is a wooded 450-footer with a set of drive-defining trees about 50 feet from the tee. Those trees force you to choose a route; multiple routes are available to get to a good landing zone. It is very difficult deuce; it takes a pretty solid shot off the tee to give an easy approach to the pin. Natural tee
NEW Hole 8 (pick'em) is the opposite direction from the old hole 9. It has two routes right and left. I've found the finish on the left side (the slight anny/mid turnover) to be more comfortable because there is more margin for error. On the RHBH hyzer shot (right side) you need to throw it further than it looks; the trees make you throw wider on the right hand lane, and you have to give it enough height and power spin to allow it to fade back to the pin. Natural tee
NEW Hole 9 (S) is a short birdie-able 215ft--ish hole. I use a putter and max it on the right side and let it fade slight left, meaning I can't leave it short to get the bird. This hole is mostly straight but you have to pick a line. Some go with straight shot to slight right turn which has more room at the end of the flight, but will always leave a 25+ft birdie putt. Natural tee
Hole 10 (S) a short lightly wooded straight shot with the pin tucked in to the right at the end of the tunnel shot. Natural tee
Hole 11 (R) a little over 300-ish-ft. right turn lightly wooded hole with about 25-ft uphill change the second half of the hole. Two trees near the tee define, and IMO, limit the line you can take off the tee. Natural tee
Hole 12 (R) a blind right turning hole, with woods defining the right hand boundary of the fairway, and a big full tree defining where/how you turn it to the right. This hole is not wooded, it's open above but the boundaries provide the technicality. Concrete tee
Holes 13-18 are at bit longer more open holes, each with a different type of pin placement for variety.
Hole 13 (S to R) the longest hole on the course about 560 feet, of which the first 380 or so is straight and slightly downhill. The woods form the right hand border of the hole, not enough to interfere with a long straight drive, but will present danger if you flirt with the right side. Righties need to be careful on a hyzer or S-shot; lefties must be careful not to skip too far right. The basket is to the right of the one single large tree that separates it from 14's fairway and angled down about 30 degrees beyond a right dogleg. A makeable 3 but must boom with some control to get close to the circle for a run at the basket for 2. Natural/concrete tee
Hole 14 (S or R) a hole in the high 300s in distance with basket on the rocks slightly uphill and about 30 feet right of dead straight from the tee pad, which is tucked in deep behind the tree line for the next hole. Tree line prevents a right-hander from throwing dead long straight; S-shot required to birdie. Lefty can crush straight ahead and easily get enough fade to get to the circle. Natural tee
Hole 15 (pick'em) is a power drive hole teeing from the basketball court area. The over 450 foot distance signature hole is accented by the wooded area in the distance with approach lanes 50 ft left, 50 ft right, or over the top -- but not straight ahead. You need to decide off the tee how to play this hole. Concrete tee
Hole 16 is wide open all the way to an elevated pin tucked into the second level rocks with cedars guarding all the way around it. A 320-ish distance is made longer by the need to stay high to get access to the pin. If you finish on the lower level in front of the basket you'll need to get lucky to have a line to run at it. Natural/concrete tee
Hole 17 (L) is one of the most different holes you can experience. It is not long, less than 300 feet as the crow flies and totally open above. It is known as the pirate hole due to the regular basket flag not being visible from the tee, so a taller "pirate"-style flag is what guides you to the pin. This hole is a quick about 70 ft elevation change uphill, with full cedars sprinkled all throughout and at each level. The basket is not only high but tucked in to one of the coves formed by cedars on the 2nd deck upper level, hence the need for a flag to locate it. The trees to the right of the tee box limit righty hyzer and lefty S-shots to an at least 400 ft bomb to get high enough and leave enough room to fade to the circle; straight shots need to have little to no fade, which is difficult on an uphill shot. Being short and left of the line to the basket is much more trouble than being right. If you are left, one huge cedar guards the line to the basket and there is virtually no place where you can land without being in a tree or bush. Natural/concrete tee
Hole 18 (S) is another open hole with pin placement, downhill a little over 400 ft. The basket is the old single chain practice basket, and it is across the entry road and to the right of the last set of trees sight in front of you. You will need a dead straight no fade shot, or something that turns right at the end to get to the circle. Natural tee
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: I really enjoyed the challenge of the course. and the variety of shots that are needed to shoot a good score.
Cons: I thought some of the tee pads were way to short and i also thought teepads needed to be added on some of the earlier holes. most notably the hole with the cones marking the teepad, it gave the feeling that this was a temperary course. I also thought hole 2 was way to close to the pool, it made it feel like the course was just thrown into that area of land.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shade, Good Mix of holes, Mister just recently installed, Secluded, Challenging, Maintained
Cons: The course is new, the entire layout has been changed and considering this course is mainly used for tournaments and the the church camp it does not get frequent play. However, this will allow the course to maintain a similiar difficulty over a longer period of time. There are snakes, and some of the holes were placed too closely to brush/bushes (w/in 10 ft) Other than that this course is a spectacular course it gives a good mix of distance and shot selection as the first 11 holes play through more wooded/tighter fairways. The last 7-8 holes open up and make good use of the land they are on.
Other Thoughts: This course is no longer a 9 hole course, Dynamic Discs, The Cedar Hill Disc Golf crew, and Mt Lebabnon re-worked it into a 18 hole tournament level course which will be used in events starting this year. I recently played this course at The Dynamic Discs Amateur Championships.
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