Pleasuring is simple
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Right from the start you get the feeling that this course is not just going to be a walk in the park. The side hill landing areas and the sidewinding ace runs make the hairs stand up on my neck every time I begin my round. The view from hole 4's fairway is just breathtaking but yet a right challenging hole.
Cons: The only cons I can think of is that this isn't a course you want to bring a beginner to. Not saying this course is impossible to score on because you can definitely have a great round but there are right fairways with unforgivable greens that will make you think to go for it or lay up and get par.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great use of space
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course designer did a fantastic job of using the elevation changes that are characteristic of this course to his advantage.
The first four holes progressively proceed up a hill by going back and forth across it. Hyzer flips, straight shots, and hyzers are all necessary to successfully navigate this.
Hole 5 is straight downhill and through the mando of an arched tree. While this mando isn't hard, it makes you think about one more thing in getting a shot placed well. Not impossible, but not easy either.
Hole 6 is a nice long open hyzer hole. The only disadvantage here is that it plays across a horse pasture. Don't leave your throw short!
The par 4 7th plays steeply uphill with a double mando. This mandos are not difficult, but makes a birdie a reward for good play.
Hole 8 has a basket wedged up inside of a tree about 8 feet off the ground. While bouncing it off the house is not appreciated (the course designer lives there!) it has been known to yield profitable results! Preferably, just throw a good shot and don't worry about the house!
The 9th tee goes back to 7's basket which can be a conflict if you are a couple holes ahead of another group. There are 2 lines available here, but don't sail long (like I did) or you'll be OB.
Hole 10 is an ace run that rewards a well placed shot and punishes an errant throw. In other words, hit chains.
Your drive on hole 11 will usually be met with a head wind, so throw something that won't flip too hard. This hole does play longer than it looks, so don't take too much off of this drive.
You need a good midrange for 12. It's good off the tee and you'll need a good layup. Being right of the log is better than being to the left. You just have a better angle.
13 requires the most accurate power throw you have in your arsenal. This plays up a significant hill and over the top. Playing a typical 350' shot will get you to the top of the ridge and give you 2 more shots to hole out.
Hole 14 is a tricky island green. Play a very controlled shot and don't get too ambitious. If you land in the island, you have a short putt. If you land outside of the island, you throw from the drop zone that still gives you a putt, but it's from further away than you want to be putting.
Hole 15 plays back to 13's basket in the original direction, but you'll probably want to come in from the top (to the right of the brush). Don't miss your downhill putt though, or you will be looking at a 60+' comeback up a VERY steep embankment.
The final hole on this course (for now) is a blast...literally. Pull out the cannons boys, we're about to launch a few. This hole is where you get to throw as hard as you can and watch your disc sail. The fairway continues JUST to the right of the big pine tree in the middle. Don't turn over too hard, or you'll be WAY down the hill, and working hard to get back around for par or worse. I don't think anyone to date has birdied this hole playing singles. I heard about one doubles birdie, so this is a legitimate par 5.
All in all, from the friendliness when we first showed up, to the beautiful flight on the last drive, this was a great experience.
Cons: The homemade baskets were inconsistent at best. Some would let a disc right through and others almost hit your disc back at you. It is my understanding that this will be remedied as additional funds come in.
The lack of a full 18 was a mild disappointment, but I must say that the 16 holes currently in play were more than enough to make up for the missing 2. I can't wait until this is a full course!
Other Thoughts: All in all, from the friendliness when we first showed up, to the beautiful flight on the last drive, this was a great experience. I docked it 2 points mainly for 2 things. The lack of a full 18 and the baskets. Neither was enough to make me dislike the course, but if those two things were changed, this would probably be a 4.5 course for me. I drove 1 1/2 hrs to get here and would do it again!
If you are in the area, do yourself the favor of calling Andy and setting up a time to play! Trust me, you won't regret it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Nothing tops western NC mountain golf
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nothing tops NC mountain golf. It's clear that this fellow and his family love disc golf. Very scenic, course has it all from bomber top of the mountain empty your bag fun to off camber technical holes. Very challenging course.
Cons: While I'm not a big fan of homemade baskets, what few are still on the course are actually quite adequate, I understand these will eventually be replaced.
Other Thoughts: I don't know what it is about mountain courses but the hosts are always the most wonderful people you will meet. Sherrie & I will be back!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
This is Mountain Golf
Pros: The diversity of this course really stood out to me over anything, I seriously used almost every disc in my bag!
The carpeted teepads were super grippy even in damp conditions and they did not mess with my run-up, You can tell Andy has put some work into this place as almost every teebox was framed with a retaining wall. He was given a sweet piece of land for disc golf but boy is it steeply sloped and hats off to Andy for digging out nearly 3' deep in some places to get a level place to throw from
Some of the landing zones at Simple Pleasures make you think you are playing ball golf and will alter your shot to make it a smarter play
On #1 for instance you can go for the ace around a grouping of poplar trees or play smart and lay-up with a mid-range on the level landing zone Andy chunked out of the hillside, really cool and picteresque!
Elevation comes into play so much out here and #14 is one of the best top-of-the world shots in NC that I have seen
Cons: The cows sometimes get in the way of your line and the presents they leave around are not a pro but its also a unique aspect of the course
OB! Stroke and Distance is so hard out here so if your going for the course record keep it between the fences!!
Other Thoughts: This is one of the best homemade courses I have played and its only going to get better with time. Andy has got an 18 hole layout designed but he is waiting on $$ for more baskets. He filled me in on the Gold layout and some of the shots and all I can say is good luck to anyone man enough to play them!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent use of elevation both with ups and downs (you will leave with a slight burn in the thigh area after the newly designed 12 hole layout
Great mix of par 3s that offer some birdie opportunites and some that offer a challenging 3, I was extremly happy with a 3 on both 11 and 12
Carpeted teepads were quite comfortable, and even in the rain they were super grippy
Cons: Some of the sidehill lies I encountered really altered my shot. For instance on #1 you are on a really steep right to left slope and the basket is heavily guarded by several massive popular trees. On a normal flat slope you could pick your way thru multiple gaps but the steep lie forced me to play an anyzer over OB, a very scary shot to say the least
Since Andy is updating the course, currently he has a nicely done 12 hole layout from what I understand is gonna comply with the future 18 design. So as of now there is quite a steep walk back to the car from the end of #12
Other Thoughts: Simple Pleasures is a great homemade disc golf course that utilizes the natural landscape provided really well. With several more holes coming in the summer of 2012 I hope to make a trip back to check them out! Andy filled me in on his plans for #17, a 1,000' valley par 5 over, thru and under a white pine forest..
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Booyah Loving It
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well Andy has done a phenomenal job at consistently updating course making subtle changes that are turning this course into just a blast. With recently redone tee boxes with carpet on all but one box allows for fantastic grip on any type of shot and just has this course fast becoming a well developed and thought out course.
The woods surrounding the holes make for both challenging as well as great shot variety on every hole making this a course for just about anyone.
Other pros is it really is a great course for groups of four to six because it allows for great singles and doubles or even triples rounds to be played.
All and all this is a beginning to what I believe will end up being a fantastic heavy wooded course.
Cons: Needs some work on arrows or maps for next hole direction but for the most part you can locate them on your own. It would just be a great extra to the course.
Maybe creating a few boards to show the pin selection for the day and show the distance from tee to pin. Just a suggestion bc most of the holes are actually visible clearly from tees but some may find this a needed addition.
Lastly a long walk between I believe three holes but nothing too rough.
Other Thoughts: Man what else to say other then a great home made disc golf course. I'm very excited to see what else Andy has in store for this as I know he is currently laying out plans for the next 9 holes. I also know he is working on some alternative tee box positions that will help provide some more interesting lines to the baskets.
This is just a great heavy wooded course that has had a lot of time put into it and is very clean and the trails are just getting beat in. So if you love courses like this I suggest coming and playing a few rounds.
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Designer Response by: mx23ang
Arrows and/or signs would be a great addition to the course because as Jludlam pointed out during our round "I would be lost on this course without you." Maybe many years down the road I can open the course up to the public and then the need for signage will be a must
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I had just came off of a broken leg when i played this course, and the terrain was friendly enough to where I could easily enjoy playing it. I still got a pretty good workout as well. There are alot of good lines in this course and the basket locations arent impossible, but they arent easy.
Cons: The only cons I can think of was just a slight hike in between two holes, and some unlevel tee boxes. Those two cons will be fixed within the next year or so though.
Other Thoughts: This was a fairly difficult course. I am beginnner and I would have little chance parring the course by myself, but with a relatively skilled partner playing with me, we were able to shoot right around par. I love this course!!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Dont miss life's 16 Simple Pleasures..
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Super tight par 3s that are not gimme birdies, along with a couple of ace runs. Every hole except one has some sort of elevation change/risk factor that just adds to the strategy here. Many holes cross the sides of steeply sloped hills which leads to many unexpected rollers, kicks, and if you are hyzering on the wrong side of the hill well lets just say you will probably be calling an "optional rethrow." These sidehill lies also come into mind on your run-up, actually scrach that, there are very few run-up opportunites here which could also be looked at as a con. Oh well Stand and Deliver. There are two sets of tees for a challenge to the advanced player yet begginer pads(currently on the small side) offer enjoyment for the ladies and children. Several hanging baskets provide that "go for broke or the glory" shot. Multiple lines through dense hard and softwood forests. A few rich cove plant communites, dry heath communities, and pasture plant communities. OB in play on 8 holes (stroke and distance is how we play) , and a wide open hole with a pond in play(#6) . The course is set up for an 18 design, and three sets of tees but they are not quite completed yet. This course requires you to use every shot, and nearly every disc, in your bag. While the front nine is not terribly long, the back 9 (becoming known as 'the north side') is full of loong mountain field shots scattered with white pines and low-lying bushes, many of which are prickly *see cons.
Two sets of tees(three in the near future) give big diversity to the course and offer new lines on a 2nd or 3rd go around.
A quick run through of the holes- 1) Dont go left off the tee, its thick and really out of bounds in tournament play, favor the right side the entire hole and make your sure you hit your putt or you will probally have a rollaway
2) steepest uphill climb on the course, it favors a thumber or tommy because there are several small trees guarding against a backhand or flick. This will be the first chance you have to go for birdie, risking rollaway hoping for a bogey coming back up, or lay-up on the well-defined and constructed green
3) One of my favorite holes on the course, super tight line off the tee that defiantly favors the RHBH player who can throw straight
4) The hardest hole on this 9, some could consider it the signature because of the view from the fairway but others consider 6 the signature, anyway there are soo many trees on this hole. You can get sneaky through them but you really want ultra precision this entire hole. A par 5 here is very respectable, dont be a hero.. play smart golf here
5) The steepest downhill shot on the course, keep your tee shot low to make the arched tree 'Mando' and the tendencay here is to rise to the top of some huge pines. This hole favors a RHBH anny and would be regarded as an ace run hole if you keep it low
6) My friends say this is the signature hole I guess because it is the only open hole on the 9. The pin is tucked about 10 ft from a small pond (A position) that seizes anything short and right off the tee. This hole now has two positions, one located next to the pond and another that makes it play a 350' RHBH spike hyzer :)
7) An uphill dog-leg right with a mando in play off the tee. The distance here is borderline hard par 3 easy par 4 so I stuck a mando and call it a par 4 for the average player, there is still a lot off trees off the fairway so a 3 is not guaranteed but should be achieved
8) Good luck getting through the first gap off the tee, its about 3ft wide lol. It really is unfair but this course is so short you have to have some sort of challenge. If you make it through, you should have a look at birdie even though it is another hanging basket
9)This hole gives you many different options. Ive played a flick, anny, hyzer,thumber (my personal favorite) and the tommy on this hole. Its kinda short but there are many guardian trees so a two here should be grabbed
10) This is a great little downhill ace run right around the 200' range. For the RHBH player put a little anny on a putter and you should be parked if you can sneak it through the well-defined gap
11) This is the epittimy of disc golf especially at Simple Pleasures. You step up to the tee as your group members relax on the nice bench and you go over what is in front of you. You see a small white flag in the distance tucked into a grouping of Abies fraserii (fraser fir-christmas trees!) a drastic sloped hole from right to left, and several overhanging tree limbs seizing anything that is thrown to high. My advice on this hole, pull out the understable driver, release it on a hyzer and hope the wind doesnt turn it over into a cut roller lol. Even though it is a 441' field hole, a mid-range will more likely keep you in bounds (or my personal favorite the firebird flick
I enjoy and love really all the holes but here is my run through of my favortie to last
Cons: Some teebox's are located in the fairway of either the previous or next hole, while I realize this would be a major flaw in the design of a crowded park style course it doesnt really come to mind at Simple Pleasures because if you are able to play the course you wont see any other groups out there, and you will have the entire fairway all to yourself, me and possibly midnight rider (R.I.P Posey Dog). Some teebox's are on the small side, I made them as my run-up worked so your's may not. Digging through clay not only causes major erosion but is quite difficult so that is why you will not see many 12'x4' concrete tees. I love concrete teepads but I simply dont have the money for them at the moment. I personally think the teepads work at Simple Pleasures, others may have issues with the averaged 10'x4' retaining walled pads. Many years ago our neighbors decided to dump a lot of old junk cars on the property and they are kind of an eyesore on number 4, yet they most certainly provide just an extra obstacle on your second shot so it can also be looked at as a pro. For this reason I have decided to make this area a buncer so I view it as a pro now. Newer courses are putting these into play and I like the idea of buncers so I decided this area should be one. Because my grandad insists on having cows and horses on my course (lol totally the other way around, because I owe him so much due to those cows) many holes cross a barbed wire fence that is keeping the cows in. I have installed a walk-thru and a ladder at two locations but it is still possible to have your shirt/pants ripped by a barb, keeping that in mind loose clothing may not be the best thing to be wearing when you play Simple Pleasures.
Along the newer additions to the course (holes 13-18) there are still many random prickley plants that will poke, stick and jab ya. Among the dreaded species present are Hawthornes, Japanese barberry, and wild raspberries (not a terrible thing for that late round crash however)
While the hole type is mixed throughout, overall all baskets are fairly consistent (besides #2, it is the only basket I have seen or built that requires an extra bit of "touch" to stick). It is private and because I work in three different counties it is only open on the weekends and holidays. All of the baskets currently only have one set of chains, while they still catch OK I realize that two or even three loops of chains will do amazing things and whenever I get that $$ my baskets will catch just as good as an Innova DISCatcher!!
Other Thoughts: When the money becomes available this course has the potential to skyrocket. 4 sets of tees and two basket positions will eventually be in place to give even more diversity to the course. When the 18 is complete the front 9 will be mainly wooded and the back 9 will give you plenty of chances to air it out through mountain pastures, although woods are still mixed in here and there. But again this land is on my grandparents private property and they enforce that I must accompany whoever wants to play the course. There are no signs and no one would have any idea where #1 began, where the next hole is(some holes where the baskets are haha) and where it ends without myself so please just send a message and we can try and work out a time
Donations are accepted and would be lovely so I can put the money back into the course. I have big ideas for this place but I will not be able to complete that goal without funding coming from somewhere
So with this essay stated.. please make some time to "Pleasure yourself Simply" on a well-manicured 16 hole private mountain farm :)
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