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The Great Frontier of Upstate Disc golf is at this course
Pros: Before I begin the bullet-list, I want to say that I played this course twice in one day for the Upstate Foothills Open, the weekend the course opened. It's still very raw and filled with unpredictable forms of nature, but it's a very professionally designed course. It tests every shot in your arsenal, and will highlight all flaws in your game. It's not a beginner-friendly course, and will be most enjoyed by intermediate-advanced players. There are some holes that are densely wooded, some sparsely wooded, some open, and some that combine a mix of all three. The pace of play is nice - long distance holes are evenly spaced between shorter, technical holes. Bryan Schaupp did a fantastic job in designing this course, and it fills a big need for a high-quality course in the Clemson/Seneca/Central area.
- Teepads were unlike anything I've ever seen before. It was a honeycomb mat with very fine gravel poured into all of the little holes. I never thought a teepad surface could be superior to concrete, but this stuff passes the test. It's just as grippy when dry, but much less slippery when wet.
- Tee signs were far and away best I've seen - very professional and informative. They are behind glass enclosures on wooden house-shaped posts. It sounds cheesy to go out of my way to mention the tee signs, but they were very pleasing to the eye.
- Baskets were Innova Discatchers
- The fairways on the open holes are very unique because of the way the grass is cut. It's similar to ball golf fairways in that the rough is very tall grass. It's very neat-looking because you can see clearly defined fairways for most of the open holes.
- The 'rough' on the wooded holes can be treacherous - but the added difficulty really adds to the character of the course. It's not too dense to find errant discs, but it's dense enough that most of the time the best shot is a short pitch back into the fairway. You'll want to be able to competently sidearm or overhead discs as space is usually limited in the rough.
- Creek runs through the course - several holes run through/near it.
- The course is fairly long, but it does loop back near the parking lot. Parking lot is big enough that it should never be an issue.
- Park is exclusively for disc golf. There is virtually no worries about other non disc golfers in the park.
Hole 1: This is a warm-up hole with light woods on the right. Fairly easy duece with a straight shot, but both times I played I was spooked by the woods and ended up outside the putting circle to the left.
Hole 2: This hole is the first indication of what is to come. The Tee shot leads to a narrow clearing at the road (entrance of the park) at about 275 feet. From this spot, the basket is across the road hard to the right shielded by trees. The basket is invisible until you are across the road 100 feet from the basket.
Hole 3: Short, right turning hole that bends 90 degrees quick. The hole can't be more than 200 feet long , but it requires a clean line as the fairway is only about 20 feet wide.
Hole 4: Wide open hole that features both downhill and uphill shots. The first 250 feet is downhill. The last 200 feet is uphill and to the right. A good tee-shot is a shot that turns right late in the flight (after it clears the trees around 250 feet from the tee) and holds that line until touchdown on the hill going back up.
Hole 5: Deceptively difficult hole. The first 200 feet are open leading to a narrow gap into the woods (around 20 feet wide). If you miss the gap (which is easy to do), the woods are so dense that you're forced to pitch back into the fairway and take a 4. If you hit the gap, it's a pretty simple 2.
Hole 6: The longest hole on the course - I think the tee sign said 700+ feet. The fun of this hole is the gigantic power line tower that you have the option to throw through from the tee. It almost seems as if there should be a mando to throw through them...The basket is under the 2nd tower. Whatever you do, don't get into the woods on the left side of the fairway.You've been warned.
Hole 7: The "Signature hole" of the course. It's a slightly downhill open bomb - however, there is a creek about 350 feet making a natural divider between laying up or going for the deuce.
Hole 8: A very difficult hole - but quite pretty. The tee shot is into a lush grass fairway with some trees blocking easy lines. It's better to stay on the left side of the fairway (creek on the right side and easier angle for approach shot) off the tee, then test your accuracy on your approach uphill across a creek.
Hole 9: Open hole, slightly uphill - A nice break after hole 8.
Hole 10: Another wide-open hole, but the terrain hides the basket from view. A nice, straight 300 foot drive will get you into the circle, but you won't know until you walk over to it.
Hole 11: This hole is very memorable for it's difficulty - the tee shot is wide open, but the fairway heads into the woods at around 300 feet and immediately turns hard right. However, the entrance is narrow. If you aren't lined up just right after your tee shot, the next right-turning shot is impossible because of the trees. Once in the woods, the basket is way down a narrow right-turning path with unforgiving woods lining it and a drop-off immediately behind the basket. I got a 5 on this hole and celebrated it like a birdie.
Hole 12: This hole is a much-needed break after hole 11. It's only around 250 feet, but it's uphill so plays a little longer. For RHBH, a nice-easy hyzer drive will get you close without much trouble. It's better to miss right than left, however because of a huge mutant tree.
Hole 13: This hole makes an S-curve in the woods, making accuracy king.
Hole 14: Easiest hole on the course - A short downhill pitch-and-putt. It's conveniently placed after a difficult hole - worth noting because the pace of the course is great in this regard.
Hole 15: This hole is picturesque - by far the prettiest hole. It's actually almost surreal, like an oasis admist the harsh woods. Basket and tree placement allows for two lines - Hyzer line and Anhyzer line. Straight shots won't work.
Hole 16: Short, easier hole - but requires some decision-making. There are 2 lines because of a tree right in front of the tee. You can throw a straight shot and flirt with the creek to the left where the basket is placed, or you can play it safer by swinging out to the right and hoping it fades back close to the basket.
Hole 17: Sharp uphill hole that bends 90 degrees to the left. Good shots get deuces with a good putt. A bad putt can roll all the way down the hill. Bad tee shots end up causing me to whip out the floppy putter so they it doesn't get a wicked rollaway on the approach.
Hole 18: Super fun hole, but difficult. The 25' wide fairway in the woods intitially turns hard right, but then turns back left before opening up into the main field at around the 250' mark. If your tee shot ends up too far to the right, you will have no angle to throw out of the woods at the basket to try for a 3.
Cons: - Because the course is brand new, there is a lot of nature hazards such as poison ivy, thick thorns/briar patches, and insects. If you're prone to errant shots, wear tall socks.
- As of this review, there are no benches or trash bins on the course, and there aren't bathroom/water fountain facilities on the premises either.
Other Thoughts: This course has set the new bar for disc golf courses in the area. I look forward to this course helping to grow the sport's popularity in the region.
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Pros: This new course as a lot to offer. Nearly every type of hole imaginable exists here - up, down, left, right, open, tight, long, short - you name it!
Grand Central Station is a real treat and I'd HIGHLY recommend this as a must play course if you're anywhere close to the park.
Tees are not concrete but instead a grid and filler system - very cool idea that seems to be easier on my old joints.
Cons: Get ready for a hike - this is not a "con" for me but some might consider it a difficult trek.
Only legit con is that the course is too far from my home for regular play!
Other Thoughts: This will be a great tournament host course - plenty of land and a great venue!
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Best in the Upstate
Pros: What is not to like. This course has a little bit of everything and is definitely the way a Disc Golf Course should be designed. From the amazing tee signs to the well thought out layout this piece of land was used to it full potential. When you arrive at the park you are greeted by a great big map of the course, listing all the holes, lengths and locations. the first hole is right by the parking area along with a practice basket. Hole 2 is when the course starts to take shape, a tough tee shot that must be placed well if there is going to be any chance at a 3. Something I have noticed about the course after a few rds is that the really hard holes are generally followed by a nice par 3 or 4 with a good chance for birdie.
hole 2 (par 4)
hole 3 ( birdie hole)
hole 6 ( LONG hole)
hole 7 (shorter par 4, very birdieable)
hole 8 (tough par 4)
holes 9 and 10 (birdieable par 3s)
hole 11 (tough par 4)
hole 12 (birdieable)
hole 13 (fairly tough par 4)
holes 14-17 (all birdieable par 3s)
hole 18 - great finishing hole!!
All in all I have nothing but positive things to say about this course. It will test the advanced and pro level players while also making it fun for lower level intermediates. you can score well by making smart decisions and staying in the fairway.
Bryan Shaupp did an amazing job designing and building this course and I look forward to seeing the final product.
Cons: there really is nothing wrong with this course that wont work itself out over time. the only negatives are due to its newness.
Other Thoughts: Please go play this course. it is a public course in a park that is for Disc Golf! how cool is that. Most of the time we are an add in to an existing park. This time we are the attraction.
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Getting in Shape
Pros: Tons of distance. Great mix of open bombs and tight fairways. Good LH and RH mix. Elevation changes include long uphill/downhill slopes plus a couple of steep drops/rises.
Cons: Unfinished course as of 4/22/12. Potentially high difficulty for beginners. Hole 2 plays across the entrance road.
Other Thoughts: This course will give you a workout. Between the long distance and the elevation Grand Central will keep you winded. Don't expect to finish this one in less than an hour and a half. Until all tees are in and signs posted you will probably do some wandering trying to find each basket.
#1 - A deceptively easy opener.
#2 - The throw over the road is a little weird, but the technicality of this hole reveals a little more of what Grand Central has to offer. The basket is tucked tight against the trees to the right.
#3 - An easy LHBH or BHFH with lots of open air to the left.
#4 - This is your first chance to bring out the strength. The basket is very high on the hill near the extreme edge of the course. A late break right will keep you out of the woods and the rough.
#5 - A great open air to wooded fairway shot.
#6 - Bring out the long arm for this downhill shot. It's the only hole over 600', but it offers plenty of forgiveness in the open.
#7 - The water hazard could prove to be a problem for many. Some may want to lay up while others will want to go for gold with a 400'+ tee shot down the hill.
#8 - My favorite hole on the course. The view up is great and the distance is perfect to test most players possibility.
#9 - This right hyzer from the edge of the woods brings you back out to the wide open area near the parking lot.
#10 - I love the blind shot over the terrace ridge. There is one small tree that can be used to line up the shot from the tee area.
#11 - This is a killer. The right dogleg into the woods will hurt you if you don't get near or into the entrance into the woods. The basket placement near the downward slope makes any long-distance putts more intimidating.
#12 - The many-trunked tree in front of the basket has offered this hole a moniker: "Medusa". Playing to the right of the basket will make putting much easier.
#13 - One of the more open holes in the woods.
#14 - A beautiful drop shot out of the woods to the creek.
#15 - This is probably the most photogenic hole on the course. Beautiful green with lots of trees to navigate before arriving at the basket nestled near the back corner of the property.
#16 - A short shot along the creek with a couple of possible shots - either against the water's edge or out through the sewer cut.
#17 - Unplayable. No basket or tee and many trees have yet to be cut.
#18 - A long right hyzer from near the #7 tee at the edge of the woods allllll the way out and up to the parking lot.
Grand Central Station is going to be one of the highlights of South Carolina disc golf. The town of Central owns the property, so it will be a disc golf "park", with picnic benches and a gazebo on the way. I can't wait to play the finished course!
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A rough diamond
Pros: First off, this is a great piece of land for a disc golf course. The big center hill and power lines create natural lines for boomer shots and the surrounding forest has several challenging dog-legs and basket placements cut into it. The new teepads are amazing, they are the honeycomb type and huge. It's also close to Hwy 123 and a big Wal-Mart complex so all amenities are nearby.
Cons: Nothing that won't be better once the course gets fully installed - ie, teepads, trash cans, signage, etc.
When teepads are finished and the #17 basket gets installed this will be a solid 4.5 stars
Other Thoughts: Navigation can be difficult until some signage gets put up so here goes:
#1- to the right of the shack plays down hill towards the tree line
#2- teepad to the right of #1 basket, plays up through a gap and over the road to tucked-in pin placement (road may be OB during tournament play), obvious path to 3 behind
#3 - tight tight right turn then path to 4 beyond
#4 - the first power line shot, great chance for RHFH or LHBH but still a long way uphill the hill to the right to the basket
#5 - teepad just beyond #4 basket, plays across the opening down an alley to a basket surrounded by trees, may be possible to throw over the top
#6 - longish walk from 5 back up path to the road and left past end of lot; bring your BOOM cuz you might need it twice, teepad is marked in yellow on pavement and lines up with opening in power tower and plays down to basket nestled under next tower
#7 - area for teepad to the left of 6 basket and just down the hill, basket 400+ feet downhill and across wide creek, wind can be tricky since you don't feel it from the pad
#8 - from 7 basket go back across wooden bridge to grassy area and look back across creek, basket is in woods about 50-60 feet up, no teepad yet
#9 - long walk back up hill toward #6 basket and teepad is tucked into woods to the left, the one you probably thought was #7, this plays out into the open about 240ft
#10 - has a post out in the clearing past 9's basket but it points at #18, the basket you should throw to you cannot see from the tee, it's over the center rise just to the right from where the post points you
#11 - just an awesome hole all around; strong placement shot to a tight opening about 280 downhill, then a dog leg beyond some protective narrow trees with a drop off behind the basket-- got a '6' and loved it anyway
#12 - from 11 basket go downhill and left, look for next clearing going uphill nice uphill RHBH hyzer with a tree protecting basket
#13 - requires well-placed shot down a fairway slightly wider than #11, then FH or anny to a well-cleared putting green
#14 - pic included, watch for anything long as there is creek behind
#15 - so good we walked back to play it again, has potentially 4 different throws to the basket including rollers, multiple lines and creek on one side to double-punish a griplock or lefty early release, just a pleasure to play but no teepad, just look for the sign once over the bridge to the left
#16 - open ace run but creek in play if you throw wide or long
#17 - RH hyzer hole to an uphill pin, if you cut the corner early you can still find a sneaky line to the basket but anything long will find thick stuff
#18 - I hope they put an AM teepad here, what a beast. Double dog leg off the tee through woods about 30 feet wide then out to the opening for another 280ft. Any 3 here would be a great finish.
- Lots of walking and elevation changes so be ready with solid shoes and water. Hole 10 teepad is near the parking so you can break or refill, which is always welcome for a long hilly course like this. Some amazing shots and great lines here, this will be a gem of the Upstate disc scene for years and years to come.
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