9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Amazing views of the surrounding countryside
-A few "Top of the World" shots. Hole 10 is incredible. It's 385' down a rolling slope.
-Fairways are regularly mowed with true "rough" (knee high grass) to either side.
-Long concrete tees
-The old barn/farm house on hole 3 adds a lot of character to this hole and the course
-Brilliant balance of field/trees. The course is very well planned out.
-Variety of shots. The course forces you to use every disc and use it well.
Cons: -Some of the baskets are the old style with one chain and the low basket which makes spit-outs more likely.
-Evergreen trees on most holes eat discs as does the rough
-This course was moderately windy when I played which greatly affected all of the "Top of the World" shots.I hesitate to put the weather as a con, but wind affecting those shots appears to be a common occurrence no matter what time of year.
Other Thoughts: This course is well worth the $5 parking fee and hour drive to get there! I will definitely be back and will invite people to come and experience this course.
This is a course I would describe as a hidden gem and a must-play if you're in the South
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a true gem to the disc golfing community in northeast Georgia!
The course is far away from any highways or even main roads in a wildlife/ camping ground. No traffic noises, lots of wildlife to see(the deer don't seem to be afraid of discs or disc golfers at all!).
Lots of different shots to try. Great variety. Some shots are downhill, some are up, some are dogleg left, some right.
The elevation changes, while not steep, will challenge you, largely due to the wind differences. Really explore your bag and what your discs can do with the wind, even on a light wind day.
Tee signs are excellent, with hole layouts and o.b./ obstacles clearly marked.
The extra 9 holes play deep in the woods, and are a nice break into the shade and seclusion of the forest. The lines for these holes are very tight, but it's a great addition, and your choice to play them or skip them.
The fairways are well maintained, and we didn't see much trash/ debri at all. Park is very nice!
Cons: Many of the pins are one-chain, with no looping a second chain. This isn't really a big con, but it's something to consider when going for it as there are less chains to hit than a two-chain pin.
The course is a good bit off the highways. Not hard to find with today's technology though. Be sure to plan the day for this course, or at least a road trip.
Pay to access the park, but well worth it.
Other Thoughts: We played through the break of a Georgia DG tourney, and we made it through playing doubles in just over an hour, and we played even the 9-hole extra in the middle. I would have prefered to play slower, but it was fun nonetheless, and will definitely be back to conquer this gem in Georgia!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
You Can't Just Play It Once
Pros: The basic 18-hole course is on rolling hills of reclaimed pastureland in a state park. The hilltop holes catch some pretty good winds; holes further down wind among disc-catching cedars and other trees, and the odd old farm building. Elevation is a factor, but mostly gentle changes, not a grueling climb.
The hole design is great, with many different flight paths and no redundant holes, nor any holes that seem to be "fillers".
The extra-9 is a tight wooded loop. It's out of character with the main 18 but a bonus if you like that sort of thing.
Aethetics and amenities are great. The course is on beautiful land, with long views of the countryside from the highest point. The grass is often mown short on the main fairway and a higher off it, but not so that you'd lose a disc, a great visual appeal. It's in a very remote state park, so there's peace & quiet & no non-disc-golfers to contend with.
The park also offers campground, cabin rentals, picnic areas, and a swimming area on the beautiful, and undeveloped, lake. (The course is not on the lake, nor particularly near the other park features).
Cons: Remote. Bring your lunch. Stay if you can.
It's not free, but it's well worth the fee, plus it's insignificant compared to the cost of gas to get there.
Other Thoughts: With the remoteness, make it a day and plan to play the course twice.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 6 Not
B+ = You Be Feelin' Positive After Playing This
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- B
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- A
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- A
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- A
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor...more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
9 of 15 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great scenery. The mowed fairways with 'real' rough are very cool. Lots of elevation changes and holes to challenge both lefties and righties.
Cons: None that I can remember -- it's been a couple of years since I played it but nothing sticks out as negative in my mind.
Other Thoughts: Played one round here with some friends who were passing thru the area. It's at least an hour away from me but I will definitely play it again in the future. Really nice course overall.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Well manicured, sweet state park course. Well worth the fee. Tournaments here are a blast with camping,cabins, good amenities and a beautiful lake encompassing it all. The lake does not come into play. Good variety of shots.
I can't express how well kept the course is. Pay to play seems to be a good thing here!
Cons: If you are not camping or staying in a cabin, there are not many choices for nearby hotels or food.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
best of georgia? so far
Pros: 27 holes, with a distinct 18 hole course then a bonus 9 hole loop to the right of #16. Cement tees on 18, very nice tee signs. Course map online and at parking lot (18 holes). Free park entry on Wednesdays. Meticuously mowed and clean.
The course: The 18 hole course is sweet, offering up all types of shots from several bomber field shots with trees to keep you in check, to a few tight woods shots between rows of cedars. Significant elevation changes. The 9 bonus holes add a different challenge to maybe balance out the course for all skill types and levels.
Cons: The 9 bonus holes are VERY short and easy, somewhat poke and pray without distinct fairways on a few. Dirt/gravel tees on those holes. Some fire ants. Map not of these holes and no major indication of where they are except stumbling on them during the round.
Other Thoughts: #16 A-#16 I are back and to the right in the woods after finishing #16 regular. Highly recommended course.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A gorgeous park and course, with amazing views. Nice and quiet and rarely more than 3 or 4 groups on the whole course at one time. Usually well groomed, especially given that some holes have a cut or even two of actual rough. Great mix of lengths, directions, and tree placement in the design.
Cons: Baskets are barely ever moved, but that is hardly something to complain about. It is off the beaten path for sure.
Other Thoughts: My favorite course. Takes upwards of an hour to get there for me, but worth the trip every time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course, Great Park!
Pros: Excellent overall course. Mostly open, with just the right amount of trees to keep it challenging. Good mix of par 4's and 3's, even one par 5, allows you to make some birdies. Very well marked. Fairways cut to normal length, rough grows close to waist high (wispy). This gives the course a nice "look". Concrete tees. Course gets very little play as its in the middle of nowhere. Rest of the park is very nice. Really good, and affordable ball golf course inside the park
Cons: Course is in the middle of nowhere. It was much farther away for me than the 42 miles indicated. Fairways had not been mowed in awhile, or I would have given this course 5 stars. Fairway grass had gone to seed, also had to watch out for multiple fire ant hills. If there are 27 holes, I could not find the extra nine.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the newest, thus still undiscovered, state parks in Georgia. Both the disc and ball golf courses are the real deal. I'm an intermediate player, but this course looks "tournament caliber" to me. Beautiful lake in the park with many cabins to rent. This is a cool park, but remotely located.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *LRP is a phenomenal course about 2 hrs East of Atlanta in Lake Russell State Park
*Excellent design - hyzer, anhyzer, great use of elevation & land, risk & reward in play on most holes, especially given the cedar trees all over the course
*Aesthetically awesome - the park has two cuts of grass: short & knee+ high in beautiful rolling hills. Always seems to be well maintained.
*Very secluded & peaceful as the course is 1 mile from a seldom used highway
*Concrete teepads on all holes; excellent signage
*Camping & cabins in the park; the park also has a stellar ball golf course that is cheap & top 10 in GA...and you can jump in the lake after your round
*Very fun to play
Cons: *It's 27 holes, but really only the 18 hole course is good - the other 9 were designed/installed by a boy scout
*It's a traditional par 3 course....no true par 4's....and only one teepad/hole
*Located in the middle of nowhere - this can be a pro too once you've arrived
*It's always hotter at this course than surrounding areas for some reason
Other Thoughts: LRP is one of the most scenic courses in the state & definitely worth the drive. If you're going, do yourself a favor and spend the night in the park. The BG course is awesome, as is the lake and the facilities (cabins/tent sites both nice).
The Lake Russell Tourney is held the 2nd weekend in September every year and is one of GA's best tournaments due to the awesome atmosphere of this park.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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