2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good signs.
Private property open to public.
some elevation change.
Scenic/rustic in the forest.
Arrows on baskets and good signage to direct you around the course.
Nice big bright orange flags on the baskets.
Cons: Pay to play, $5...no big deal as it helps owner with upkeep cost.
No rest rooms.
Too many trees on some holes leaving no open line.
Hillbillies leaving cans on bottles on the course. Not much compared to other places.
Dirt/mud tee boxes.
From the North there is no exit 4, so directions need to be changed.
A little tricky to find.
Other Thoughts: Great that this kind soul put a course on their property for everyone to enjoy.
Lots of touch/aim shots. Not much wide open let'er rip holes.
I did get crossed up a couple times on the holes. A map printout at the start would help and maybe hole # on the basket flags.
This course is only going to get better with time.
I played in the spring after a lot of rain the prior day and the course was dry for the most part. A good time of year to play.
Thanks Willow Valley Farm!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Lots of land with some elevation change. Hate to say it but the best part of the course for me was the Wendy's 400 feet sign and a David Hasselhoff cutout which I believe are leftovers from their tournament.
Cons: I will start this by mentioning I played there at the end of February and may play a big part in the state of the course. I do feel if it's a pay to play course and you are taking money then you should be maintaining course, this one didn't feel that way. Poor signage, uneven dirt for tee boxes. Usually you can find an arrow pointing to the next tee from the basket you just play but they were no help. No hole numbers at the tee box or the basket. I know they ran a tournament there Aug '15 and that was the only way I could find a tee, by looking for the eight and a half by 11 laminated paper that (at one time, but has since been faded) has Gray Sail tournament on it.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course has some potential. With better signage and better teeboxes the course will play much, much better. Once those two things have been accomplished then maybe some new baskets.
The woods of Sounthen Rhode Island
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great mix of shots needed to navigate this one.
Awesome use of space.
The holes with pads have good footing and are in good shape.
Fair lines that will challenge even the best arms.
Course was in excellent condition.
Awesome tee signs.
Good seating throughout the round.
Cons: Holes without pads have sketchy footing and in need of repair.
Baskets are single layer of heavy chains, makes even the short ones a tester.
A good amount of blind shots throughout the course can make single rounds tough finding disc at times.
Other Thoughts: Really had fun playing this one.
The use of space here is truly a plus. Lots of different looks.
Very tight lines. fair, but tight. Get that mid-range game going early.
With improved pads and updated chains, this course goes to an easy 4.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a great setting for disc golf. The course plays mostly through the woods with a couple of holes playing across a field to mix things up.
A nice mix of elevation, distance, OB and clever pin positions gives each hole a unique challenge.
Cons: All the good things this course has going for it are overshadowed by two major negatives. The first is the amount of trees on the course. Most fairways are littered with trees and feature just one very tight intended line. Anything off this line will be stopped dead by a tree and usually is left in a position where there is no line for a potential par saving shot. Birdies are rare and pars are tough to get. Playing here is all about counting bogeys. This makes the course incredibly frustrating and really takes a lot of the fun out of it.
To make matters worse, the natural tees are uneven and many have rocks and roots throughout. This makes getting a clean run-up or even standstill stance difficult. When trying to hit a very tight line through the trees, the last thing you want to worry about is getting a good stance on the tee box.
Other Thoughts: I realize this course is still in it's infancy. It does have a lot going for it, but without some clearing of the fairways and better tee pads, I doubt the course will see much sustained use.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
The Rhode Island Monster!!!!
Pros: Oh my god where to start? If you have played Ninigret and think this course is similar to that think again! It is completely opposite, and while Ninigret has it positives Willow Valley is far superior in many ways (not that this is a comparison).
Absolutely a monster of a course. At almost 7,000 feet with a good amount of elevation and lots of OB this course can eat even the most seasoned player alive. While still in its infancy this course has many positives going for it. What it lacks in final touches it more than makes up for in overall play, scenery, and toughness. There are lots of different shots that come into play. The course isn't righty or lefty biased, it's equally tough. OB comes into play quite a bit, but not so much its discouraging. The tees are the best natural pads I have ever seen. There are multiple routes to most of the baskets that aren't tunnel shots. Some of the coolest basket locations in New England highlight some of the trickier holes. They range from sitting on elevated knolls, a three foot tree stump, and rock face to name a few. The baskets catch really well for portables. The design couldn't be better. There are no switchbacks, no tees on top of previous baskets, and a road that runs near multiple holes makes it easy to shortcut to the more distant holes.
Cons: You have to have a guide (at this time it is Norm) to navigate. There doesn't appear to be much nearby to do but I could be wrong. There aren't tee signs or next tee signs yet and OB isn't marked. Some of the pads are a little small and narrow. Play will be limited to summer time for the foreseeable future. No real amenities but that should come with time.
Other Thoughts: While this course has only been in the ground since August it is looking incredible. A few more workdays and some signage and this is an easy 4.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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