Very Nice State Park Course with Great Variety
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Pros: -This course is located in a very nice state park in the tip of the WV panhandle. The course has every possible amenity nearby - ample parking space, multiple bathrooms near the parking lot and throughout the course, garbage cans, and water fountains inside park office. There are also numerous activities at the park: a pool, basketball court, sand volleyball court, camping, multiple pavillions, and a putt-putt course located alongside the last few holes of the disc golf course. The park is very well maintained, there were 3 or 4 guys mowing while I was there, that is a good sign of how important park maintenance is here.
-I think the best part about this course is the great amount of variety of hole types here: 1-7 are long and open with a few trees, 8-14 basically play through paths and open spaces through the woods, and 15-18 are located in more densely wooded areas. Both hyzer and anhyzer lined holes are present here, as well as a few holes that stress tight, straight shots.
-Tee signs tell you the hole length and next tee location
-Chainstar baskets in very good condition
-A nicely paved, much needed walking path from holes 14-16 through the dense woods/rough with multiple bench along the way
-A nice stream comes into play on a few holes
-The front 7 play around the parking area, so you can easily access your car at any time between these holes
Cons: -No tee pads present
-I'm not a fan of these types of tee signs that are located in this area (Thompson Park). The wooden poles can be hard to find in the woods as they don't stick out, and the signs themselves are very small.
-Some bad course flow after the first 7. To get to 8, take the path to the left of the bridge. I walked over the little bridge, which takes you to 10's basket. Also, you can easily walk past 11's tee, look for a path to it on the left after 10's basket. After 11, you have to walk through 13 to get to 12, walking around the bathrooms to the left, alongside the stream.
-There is a far walk between 14-16, but at least there are multiple benches on a nice path. The course extends further away from the starting point as you play holes 8-18, so the walk back from 18 to your car is absurdly long
-First 7 play pretty close to the park roads, hole 4 even plays across the road on a blind shot, so be very careful here
-9 and 10 play along a very steep hill. Most likely will be able to spot your disc if it rolls down, but it will be an awful attempt to retrieve it safely.
-Not much elevation change, except for hole 11's downhill shot
Other Thoughts: This course is similar to Thompson Park, but a better version of it. Both parks start with fairly simple, open holes and then venture in the woods. The difference here is that Tomlinson's wooded holes -while not as beautiful- don't come off as gimmicky, and have more clearly defined fairways. The first 7 play around the open area of the park. While they aren't very exciting, they are all fairly long distances, giving a good warm-up to the start of the course.
-Hole 11 was very enjoyable to me, as you throw off a small cliff and keep it straight for an ace run at the basket
-12-14 are fun holes that require distance and accuracy. I appreciated the clever pin placement on each, and these holes are risk/reward with punishing rough if you venture off the fairway.
-15-18 were probably the most enjoying holes for me, a great way to end the course with holes combining open space and through the woods, and a few holes strictly through the woods. There were multiple lines to throw for each of these holes.
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Pros: Once you get to the first hole there is a wooden box that has a nice map and scorecard that you can take. The signs are pretty good and it makes getting from hole to hole pretty easy. The back nine is a lot of fun back in the woods.
Cons: The first hole was a little tricky to find, but once you find it the signs are good to get through the rest of the course. The natural tees aren't really worn down at all, but if the course sees more traffic they will get leveled off and worn down some. The only other con was the walk from the end of 18 back to the parking lot. It isn't the worst walk I've had, but it is a bit of a hike up the road to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised this course hasn't been played more or had any reviews written.
Holes 1-7 are simple, level holes that make a circle around the pool near the parking lot. They are a bit tougher than they would seem because they are a little long(Some over 400 feet) and there are some trees in the way so you can't just fire away.
Holes 8-10 are still pretty level but they take you into the woods where you have to navigate some tight spots through the trees.
Hole 11 is a fun hole that tees off from the top of a 10-15 foot cliff. The hole takes you down into a small valley with a creek runnng through it.
Hole 12 is runs beside the creek, it opens up a little bit and you have some distance to cover to get to the hole.
Hole 13 runs you back through the same field that you had to travel across on 12. With a couple of big trees in the way, it makes for an interesting drive.
Hole 14 is another cool hole that has you shoot out of the woods across a small clearing into another patch of woods. There is an old building in the clearing that you have to shoot past.
There is another short walk to get to hole 15.
Hole 15 makes you shoot across the stream that the course plays beside. If you dont hit any trees the stream doesn't really come into play, but it is still a neat tee shot for this hole.
Holes 16-18 criss-cross through a small wooded area with another small clearing.
After 18 you finish near a mini golf course and have to take the road back up to the lot.
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