6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 9 holes with 72 different ways to play! 3 concrete tees and two baskets on each hole with 4 pin positions, gray baskets move while the Blue Mach V's are always in the long position. There is a lot of course variety packed into the tiny park. The course features some nice sloping elevation to play up down and across, and a small creek. Mostly wooded fairways providing good challenge. Great course for beginners to advanced. Nice steps and erosion control built in. Warm up net to driving into, and practice basket.
Cons: Beware cramped and crowded park and course layout, overlapping fairways on a couple holes and some play close to each other and park trails and users.
Other Thoughts: Bluemont is a hard course to rate, it's got some old school feel and has been modified over the years to make it longer and more challenging. There is a lot of local love for the course and lots of work done. This is the closest course to downtown DC in the sprawling Arlington suburb, so land is fairly limited and expensive. Your experience of the course can vary greatly whether or not the course is crowded or not. It's a great course for what it is, it's not a destination course, but it's a decent fun course close to DC.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Fun when alone
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Multiple tee and pin placements make for a very fun and versatile course. Good use of elevation and trees.
Cons: Holy champ groove, it is a head injury waiting to happen. There are so many crossing fairways when throwing from the blue tees.
Other Thoughts: Fun course with lots of different shots and elevation changes. Glad I played on a Monday morning and had the course to myself
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This is my daily course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Versatile course. With two to three pin options (and pin placement updates every couple of months) and three tee pads per hole, you've got a lot of options-great stepping stone course for a new player to start short to short, then go mid to short, or short to long and improve their game.
Not only that, but when the course is empty you can try some really fun mix ups. For example: blue 8 to 1 short, or tee 3 to the pins on 7. Or even 1 blue to 7 long if you're up for a challenge ;)
Great course to play on your way from work if you travel west from DC into VA, it's right off route 50, and there's a 7/11 walking distance from tee 7.
When they're not in use, there is a baseball and soccer field in the same park as the course that is great to go out and practice in.
Cons: Not a course to play on a Saturday. Most the locals and myself play this course on weekdays to avoid traffic going to better courses that are a bit further away (like Giles, or Seneca). Great course for weekday play, and weeknights when the sun is out.
No practice basket - there isn't really much of a place for one, but I've seen some people using a basket as a practice basket that has disrupted other players going through the course.
Some tee pads have little metal rods poking out of the ground around the edges of the tee pads, specifically 6 white.
Other Thoughts: Park at hole 7 off Carlin Springs, if that lots full there's another directly across the street on the other side of Carlin Springs. Start at tee 7 and play until you finish 6, if you want to keep playing play to a different basket, or from a different tee, endless possibilities.
Hope I didn't forget anything! ;)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: Timber
There is actually a Mach I (Single Chain) practice basket next to the Blue tee on hole 8. A new location nearer to the lot by 7 is under consideration. I am currently raising funds for a "Gold powder coated Mach V" practice basket between the bulletin board and the basketball court.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Multiple pin placements are an added value to this 9 hole course that can be played as 27+ holes. Beginners to skilled players can be challenged on this course. Love the blue pin placement of hole #4 right next to the creek. I was able to wash my disc on that hole. Course is well marked.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Fun but Cramped
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a fun 9 holes on a busy multi-use park. With two pins and multiple tees, the course offers a bit more variety than a typical 9-hole course would.
The course seems to appeal to a wide variety of skill levels. We saw a lot of beginners on the course having a blast. The park-like setting, without treacherous rough, makes it friendly for those newer to the game. But there is also enough distance to keep more experienced players interested.
Cons: The course has a very small footprint and is set in a fairly busy park in a dense population center, so safety is a major concern. There is very little separation between holes, with mandos being used to try to keep discs from flying into groups on another hole. In fact, there is one tree that is a mando for two different holes! There is also a walking/jogging trail that can come into play on a number of holes.
Other Thoughts: Based just on the quality of golf, I would call this a very average course. It has everything you would expect from a decent course. The park setting isn't overly challenging, but it's also not an easy pitch-and-putt. Each shot is fun, but not exceptional. Because of the cramped quarters, and subsequent crowding from other players as well as other park users, I have to downgrade the course to just below average. The course is fun to play, but it's not fun to stand on the tee waiting for the area to be clear.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good, tight woods course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a tightly wooded course that is open. I know that doesn't make a lot of sense. There are trees galore, but there are clear paths and as a somewhat noob, I didn't get too frustrated. You really only start to have issues when you move back to white and especially blue tees.
There are fours tees to choose from. Blue is really out there - some of them are bombs. Green would be perfect for kids or others with little throwing power who just want to learn.
Most of the holes have some nice movement and structure:
#1 - Straight shot through trees to an elevated basket
#2 - Straight or dogleg right depending on the tee to elevated baskets surrounded by woods
#3 - Elevated tees in the woods down course to an elevated basket
#4 - Tees in a field to a small wooded area with two baskets that have sudden drop-offs within feet
#5 - Huge valley with a big shot opportunity if you can avoid bunches of trees on right and upper left near basket
#6 - Toughest in my opinion...Elevated tees to a sudden dogleg right to guarded baskets near the road and a parking lot
#7 - Narrow shot from tees to baskets through a grove of trees
#8 - Similar to #7, but a little more open; Baskets guarded by trees
#9 - A sweeping dogleg left to elevated baskets tucked into the woods
Cons: The baskets were confusing to me. They show several different basket locations, but apparently they just rotate them, so knowing which baskets are which and where they are requires some walk-ahead investigation.
#1 and #3 share an elevated basket, and by elevated, I mean 6 feet tall. Someone shorter than 5 feet could not reach up into the basket without jumping or a boost. Not at all a legal height and it means some long missed putts. Not a fan.
Some of the baskets are older and seem like they have fewer chains, like the far basket on #4. That same basket is also guarded by a huge uprooted tree. As in, it blocks the approach to the basket.
I just got the sense that it's heavily used and enjoyed, but a little more upkeep would do wonders. It's not rundown by any means, but for as nice as the holes are situated, it could be a primetime 9-hole course with some TLC.
Holes 1/3/4/7/8 share an open field. And many of the shots are blind as to whether or not anyone is down there. So check when you throw and also watch out! Some knuckleheads were chucking several discs from the #3 tee while I was putting on #1 and a few almost hit me.
Other Thoughts: Give this course a try, maybe on an early weekend morning or a weekday. It's beautiful and really is a challenge. Hopefully, the parks department or a group can put a little more care into maintaining it and improving the baskets in a few spots.
All in all, it's very worth your time!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: Timber
ALL of the silver baskets are DGA Mach III's and with the recent acquisition of a new basket on hole 4, ALL of the Blue baskets are DGA Mach V's.
I do agree those players should not have emptied their bags from tee 3 but as noted in the course description; Holes 3 and 1 share the blue basket on the mound, higher hole #3 has the right of way.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Lots of fun in a small space. great layout. good to bring a photo of the map for the different tee layouts but pretty intuitive. fun challenging but easy enough on beginners. hard to lose a disc. very nice locals, even found my pair of glasses I dropped a couple holes back (thanks!) Fun course you can play 27 diff holes on a 9 fairway place, def worth the stop.
Cons: Little bit of signage would help at the main park entrance to find the course for out of towners. On the course the signage is decent but could be slightly improved but its not bad. Fairways for noobs can be a little tight.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good for the City
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Right in the heart of Arlington; it's within 30 minutes of a million people, literally.
I think the course was designed cleverly given the relatively tiny space allotted for the course. Sure, some of the holes jut right up to the others, but this should only be a problem for beginners.
Excellent use of elevation changes; there are only two medium hills in the park and the ups and downs offer some cool shots (holes 3 and 5 specifically)
Some holes are deceptively challenging with pin placement.
Multiple pad locations give you the variety you need on such a tight course
Cons: Even at 9 AM on a crisp saturday morning, the park was rather busy; the walkers/joggers/cyclists taking the paved trail can be distracting on holes 7, 8, and 9.
It is very easy to land a disc in the creek on hole 4. The damn pin is 3 feet from a 10 foot drop off and it's nearly impossible to get a great approach with the low trees and the fallen tree across the clearing there.
Other Thoughts: Overall I like this course a lot; it is probably my favorite in the NOVA region despite the above cons.
Play 5 from the pro tee to far basket and cover that HUUGGEE gap back uphill into the woods. One of the best ones on the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Avoid nice weather here
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Bluemont has 3 teepads for each hole, and each one provides a significant change, so it really does play like a 27 hole course. There are also 2 pin positions for most holes. The new long pin position on hole 4 is really challenging. Many people don't even know where some of the pro tee pads are, and are surprised at how far back, and challenging they are when they are pointed out. The pins often move around, too, and the variations are nice. There are some elevation changes, not huge, but enough to make it way better than a flat course. The course is very accessible, and the locals know the at least two of the three access points, to avoid the congested parking from other park users.
Cons: The accessibility of Bluemont is its downfall. For many newbies it's a gateway course, and these newbs will walk right up to the red tee pad on hole one, not realizing that some gorilla arm is about to blaze a deadly laser right over their heads from the blue tee pad behind them. There are other park users who will jog through the course, completely oblivious that they are on a fairway. I once came across a teacher who had set up a science demonstration on the long teepad for hole 4. He had no idea why there was this convenient concrete pad, and his assistant got mad at me because my disc golfing was distracting the kids from their science demonstration! As others have pointed out, the parallel and overlapping fairways, mainly hole 9 and 1, are problematic.
Other Thoughts: The locals know to park at hole 7, off of Carlin Springs Rd. Play when the weather is off. If you come on a nice sunny weekend afternoon, Bluemont will be full of newbies throwing plastic into every tree, and it gets crazy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Played Course In Some Trying Conditions!
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played Bluemont DGC early one July morning in a constant, steady downpour. The course was saturated making everything a miserable, wet experience. To make matters worse, the nearest gate was locked at 7:15 am forcing me to walk an extra ways through these downpours trying to locate the course and # 1.
With the realization these weather conditions were not the fault of the course or it's designers, I will attempt to write an honest, unbiased review, although what I am trying to remember was only seen through my rain soaked eyeballs.
An amazing amount of work and effort has been put forth to squeeze this course into a fairly small partial of park land. The stairs, steps, tee pads and baskets placements are indeed impressive in their creativity. With multiple sets of concrete pads and multiple baskets placements, players have plenty of options here. Through the showers I was able to occasionally glance upon and sail my disc down some interesting and challenging fairways to some wonderful, creative baskets placements.
Cons: Squeezing this many holes into this small area of an area will invariably lead to some conflicting situations with other park users. I hope these are few and far between. Also, on heavy course usage days, I understand the course can get quite backed up. I had no such problems on my miserable ass, rainy morning. Just me and the ducks!
Players with those big arms might not find the chance to unleash those 400 foot drives here. With the terrain basically flat, there's no chance for the big downhills.
Other Thoughts: This is probably one of those courses where the designers have done the absolute most with the space they have to work with.
"forehandfranz" previous reviewer, from my neck of the woods, Seattle area, compares Bluemont to a north Seattle course called Mineral Springs. His comparison is spot one. Both are small urban courses artfully squeezed into small pieces of land, with creative planning of the holes, and tons of engineering hours having gone into the building of stairs, steps, bridges, pads. etc.
I don't think the effort I put forth on this rainy, wet Virginia morning did justice to the course. I basically wimped out.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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