A Three Hour Tour...
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Pros: It was '64. The choppers had just dropped off into the bush and flew back out like its ass was on fire. Every shadow, every turn, and every tree menaced your thoughts with Charlie. The only time you weren't worried about Charlie was when you were fighting the VC's most loyal ally, the damn skeeters. You almost wished for the boys to dump Agent Orange over you just for some relief. Your mind bounced back and forth from Charlie to bugs like a never ending tennis match. And it's played on clay courts baby, oh yeah. Enough mud to drown a pig.
Wait a minute. This isn't 'Nam. This is Goat Island...
There are some killer holes out here, in a good way. Awesome tunnel holes that are as pretty as they are well-designed. The course is mostly wooded, sort of. You're in the woods but the fairways are way fair. The challenge is threading the tunnels and staying on the fairway. Only a couple of holes actually involve the river unless you really let a wild one go. Nice tee signs keep you informed.
This is a very unique terrain/setting for a DG course, especially in this area. It's worth playing just for that alone.
Cons: Here's the thing. Unless you are a dedicated, badass of a disc golfer that sleeps with a disc under his pillow you are going to want to steer clear of this course unless conditions are perfect. This course gets very muddy, very buggy if it has rained recently at all. I literally expected to see a Vietnamese boy riding a water buffalo coming down the fairway on some holes, it's that jungle-ly and natural.
The only really negative aspect design wise is the rough. It's very easy to throw into and impossible to throw out of. A small army equipped with weed wackers would do wonders. I hope you enjoyed the alliteration in that last sentence as much as I did.
The tricky part though is that you can't thin the rough out too much without the holes blending into each other's fairways. I have full confidence that Chuck and the Gaston Co crew will tame this beast in time.
Natural tees that are often guesses as to their exact location thanks to the mud. Hole 3's long tee needs serious work as does it's fairway.
Other Thoughts: I almost didn't want to review this course because I didn't want to give it a rating. It can fluctuate wildly depending on what day you play here. Play during a dry spell during winter and it's probably a fantastic challenge. Play during the wet summer like I did and have Vietnam War flashbacks (and I wasn't even alive then!). Yeah. But there are some seriously good holes out here, holes that were eerily reminiscent of the lost holes from Brackett's Bluff. Hole 2 is a great hole and interesting fairway.
Hole 8 I think could be made stellar if a tight, risk/reward FH line was cut into the left before the short tee, making it a sort of John Houck split fairway type of hole.
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Welcome to the Jungle!
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Pros: Design wise this course is great and has Amazing potential.
The use of the river is well done and there is rarely a dumb hole design.
18 is a great way to finish with a nice water carry
Cons: Holy cow is it rough! If you get off the fairway if/When you find your disc your only option most of the time is pitchout.
We played the longs and it turned into a long and grueling round that took away from the rest of the Gastonia road trip. This was mostly due to the roughness of the course and the amount of time we took searching for pads & discs
Pads are not well marked.
Natural pads that are still rough and not well defined. It was also hard to find some of the long tees with very little "Next tee" markers.
Some holes do not have transitions to the long pad yet.
no trashcans or Benches.
part of the course transitions past a playground which always bugs me cause we all know people are drinking and not all are discreet. All it takes is one bad complaint and the course is in jeopardy.
Lots of trippers.
Other Thoughts: I know my pros section was short but this course really is a potential gem and championship course. However it is going to take a hell of a lot of work to get it there. The course has all the potential to become a 4* but until a lot of work is done to improve it I cant give it near that much. my 3 is generous in the courses current condition in my opinion but I am banking on the potential to grow.
If you come here to play the Blues be ready for a long tough round. The Whites looked much more forgiving, fun, and had less of a lost disc factor. Give this course some time and it will be great!
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