8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: For a park of this size, there is a decent amount going on. A mix of open and wooded holes all feature a moderate amount of moderation. Several holes cross a small creek that traverses the length of the property.
There are some cool shots here, especially some of the creek ones, especially 6 and 11 which play through tight gaps over the creek. There is 8 which goes downhill tightly through the woods and there is 9, which plays uphill through the woods on a nice RHBH anny line. 16 is fun with the basket in a depression. 17 makes really good use of the terrain on the far side of the creek, offering a blind ace run that goes up and down a hill.
Easily navigable for the most part. The tees are typically in sight of the previous basket and you encounter several tees earlier in the round that you play them so memory is your friend here. It has the makings of a very quick round.
The course plays a lot bigger than its footprint, with trees, elevation a creek all contributing to a solid mix of hole shapes, lengths and styles.
Cons: The layout could be a three but there are some serious issues. The first is somewhat caused by the small footprint for the park. There is a lot of fairways butting up against each other. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that I doubt you are likely to encounter few other golfers here. But there is one tee that is pointed directly at another. There is a tee that is point directly at a tree.
The second is likely caused by the area of town. There is an absurd amount of broken glass in some areas. It is like shells at the beach. Just an unbelievable amount. Also the creek is not something you want your discs to fall in. There is a film to the water that makes it unappealing to fish out your discs.
Worth a play if you are already playing Winthrop but not a destination.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: while I heard that this course was in the ghetto and could be dangerous I may have beat that by going at 930 am. I guess the Crack heads arn't awake that early so I didnt see anyone shady at all.
It had some good holes in the woods7- 17 were all pretty interesting and I liked 1 &2 as well.
The creek didnt look very nasty to me
For the limited space avalible the course has some good holes
Cons: Mandos. There are almost too many on this course and they seem to be the main theme. Several double mandos which I guess prove as some sort of protection for holes that are too close together but some seem like they shouldnt be there.
Hole 12's tee plays directly across hole 6's tee. Thise made no sense from a design standpoint to me since hole 6 sits a few feet from 3 trees with double mandos that force you through a gap less than 2 discs wide and seemed dumb since there was another double mando 30' past that. If the pad was just on the other side of the first trees it this would not be a problem.
Little glass around hole 6 and 12 but It was not all over the place.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'd say this course is worth the play even with the my issues with it. The overuse of mandos and the tee on 6 is mostly what lowered my rating from a 3 to a 2.5. The course is worth the play if you are in Rock Hill.
It was a beautiful day when I played this course and the park seemed nice although I have heard rumors of this place being borderline dangerous to play. I suggest trying early morning on a weekday to avoid this issue if you can because it seemed to work for me.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Recently added concrete teepads have been a big improvement to this course. Very createful use of mandos, and nice use of elevation make this a fun course to play.
Cons: Would benefit from nice tee signs. Lots of litter on and around course.
Other Thoughts: Boyd Hill has some potential and the newly added teepads looks promising. If there is continued work done here the course could become quite nice.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well established park with other amenities. Terrain variety.
Cons: Neglected course. Tee signs not up to date/standard. Trash. Broken glass, tetanus shot waiting to happen.
Other Thoughts: The setting is a nice park with the first holes on maintained lawn. After hole 4, the course plays across a small ravine with a creek in it, into a non-maintained, heavily treed, hilly area. Hole six has the most insane mando ive ever seen. A small opening between two trees right in front of the teepad. I think this is to keep you from going for the basket as the fairway goes back across the same ravine and the mando will force you to lay up to the ravine. You don't want to go into the ravine. After hole six the course has several tight wooded tee shots that are tough but fair. You can work on controlling your midrange drives on those holes. The course then plays back towards the front of the park where it is more open, but still with lots of foliage to deal with. Overall it's a fun course, you don't need to be a big arm thrower to do well here. Accuracy and playing casual rounds with your friends would be best for this course. In other words, its hard to take this course too seriously for the following reasons.
The overall course looks to be neglected for the most part. The tee signs need maintenance. I got lost several times, some tee signs are missing, others have a little arrow below the sign on the post, but even that doesn't help sometimes (hole 12/13). There are HUGE amounts of broken glass, don't wear flip flops. The glass tells me a lot of people play this course, so its pretty popular.
Its also popular with the homeless community, which starts to appear later in the day. Its probably not a good idea to be there later in the evening on your own.
There are a couple of issues with course design, such as trees being too close to the baskets, hole 16? has trees on 2 sides of the basket, two feet away from it.
Crazy mando on hole 6. Crossing fairways, I think, on holes twelve and five. I couldn't find teepad 12 so maybe this isnt the case.
With a little bit of TLC, this course could be better than it is, in its present condition. I enjoyed playing there but compared to what else is offered in the area, it would not be my first choice. i typically give higher ratings for courses that have the minimum - established teepads, teesigns, and real baskets. But the condition of the course keeps it from getting anything higher than a 2.5, if it was cleaned up and maintained this course could get a 3 rating easily.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 3 Not
Boyd's n the Hood, aka, the Glassy Knoll
Pros: Course has a great variety from doglegs to wide open to tight, wooded holes. Course surprisingly has really good elevation changes on some holes.
- I love the last six holes. There's a great variety of layouts and interesting hole placements. They're not overly difficult, but each one is uniquely different from the others. Great way to close the round.
- It's challenging for such a short course- 4600 feet total, only 1 hole over 400 ft.
- Lots of risk/reward birdie holes. #13 is a short downhill hole, with basket nestled between trees and drop-off to creek less than 20 feet behind. You can go for the pin and either land close for a birdie, or have shot roll away for a challenging up and down for par.
- Course uses every square inch of the park to squeeze in 18. No long walks between basket to next pin. It's good for getting in a quick round.
Cons: Course is littered with trash. The biggest problem is there are broken glass bottles on many holes, especially in the back of the park, holes #6 - 12. The course isn't in the best part of town, and you can tell the locals don't respect the park.
- Course needs better tee signs. Some of the original signs are missing, or have been replaced. Even the original signs only consist of hole number and distance. A hole layout is important on the course considering the tight layout.
- Holes are too close and overlap each other. Tees for #6 & #12 are right next to each other, so if not paying attention can easily go from #5 basket to #12 tee.
- Pay extra attention to tee shots on wooded holes, #6 & #8 - 11. Thick underbrush, and some TIGHT fairways present potential risk of losing discs.
- Hole #6 has a double mando, where you have to go through 2 sets of trees to a tiny opening in even more trees and over a creek. Hole has lost disc written all over it. I don't like forced, unnatural mandos. They need to be done the right way, like on #18.
Other Thoughts: This course has grown on me the more I've played. I was surprised how much more I liked it the second time around. I've reflected this by improving my rating.
- Favorite hole is #14. 402 footer that can force you to cross the creek twice if you can't land in a narrow, tight fairway. It takes two good throws to get to the basket and get your 3 on this hole.
- As mentioned above, the last 6 holes are really good. Plenty of variety in all of them. #18 is a great closing hole. Another good risk/reward hole.
- Course would probably be better if it was only 12 holes, but I understand why they wanted a full 18. Most of the course is good, just didn't like the holes in the woods.
- Course has potential to be even better. If it was only a little bigger, and much cleaner, it'd be a solid course. Still, it's a great compliment to Winthrop and worth the 5 minute drive for a quick round.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful.
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