Best course in area
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: beautiful scenery and course layout,a little bit of everything.When permanent tee pads installed will be a epic course
Cons: only con is the drive,a bit of a haul from Roanoke,road has blind corner after blind corner
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
One to Watch
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course with nice new Innova Discatchers. Course is in a secluded section of Mountain Lake Conservancy. I'll stick to the course Pros here and discuss other features in the Other Thoughts Section:
2 tee postions for each hole. Blue tees are long and challenging. White pads provide a break for us humans. Right now pads are clearly marked with painted wooden stakes. They are all very large, and have been cleared and tamped in a nice firm space. Many of them also have a nice gravel base at this point. All were flat, level and playable.
Tremendous landscape variety. There are lush, grassy meadows, long sloping downhills, steep uphills, and thick woods. Tons of great variety for a disc golf course. And beautiful views top it all off. Just a great location.
A nice blending of open holes and technical holes. There are some long, tight wooded holes here as well as long open bombs. And being up on a mountain be prepared for wind to add to the fun on the open holes.
Maintenance was excellent. Grass was low, paths cleared, and tee pads were in good shape. It was obvious that tons of work has been done to get a nice foundation started for this course.
Front 9. I felt that the front 9 might just be one of the better stretches of disc golf I have played in a long time. Variety, challenge and beauty. Just well done.
Hole #4 is an awesome 185' hole that rises steeply up the hill to a basket perched on a gorgeous rock formation. Reminded me of something from Holler in the Hills.
#9 is a 1027' monster that is just really cool. You tee off out in the field, and need to throw somewhere around 600' to reach a gap in the trees. Then the fairway slopes downhill through the trees to the basket. It is a tough hole, but beautifully constructed.
#3 and #12 are both cool down hill shots that play mostly open, but end at a basket either in or near the woods. Fun shots to make your long range ace run. #3 is 303' and 12 plays 433'. Both are empty your bag kind of holes.
Overall hole lengths go from 185' all the way to 1027'. Lots of variety and challenge. Total course length from Blue tees is 8158' so bring your arm and some good shoes.
Cons: Natural and gravel pads. An upgrade is certainly possible.
No tee signs.
#11 seems like a lame filler hole. It just doesn't belong among the other nice holes.
Lots of straight shots. Length seems to be favored over line shaping. If you throw 500' maybe this isn't a con.
Some of the design seems repetitive. Lots of throw out the woods into a field, and back into the woods holes.
Other Thoughts: Ok, now for the rest. The Mountain Lake Resort offers a hotel with restaurant and bar. There are also really nice looking cottages you can rent. There is a pool. There are virtually unlimited hiking and biking trails. There is a zip line area. IT's huge and diverse. If you like the outdoors this is a great destination course. It is pretty great looking all the way around.
Stop at the outfitter store and pay your $5. They have trail maps, scorecards and course maps there. If you park by the outfitters it is about a 2 mile walk up the hill to get to the course. They will direct you to a road that will get you to the first tee pad if you want to drive. The last 1.2 mile of road is dirt, gravel and washed out rock. Be careful if you have a Smart Car, Prius, Fiat or other small, low clearance car.
The temperature is about 10 degrees cooler at the course than your smart phone App will show you for Blacksburg or Pembroke. Dress appropriately.
This course is a work in progress. It was opened in June, and has had a heck of a lot of work done already. Very impressive. Despite my cons and comments I could see this course being as good as they want to make it. Yes, all the way to the mythical, magical 5 disc course. It has everything you could ask for in landscape, and an excellent start already. I can't wait to get back again, and see what progress has been made. It is a definite must play if you like mountain courses.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Long course in a beautiful location.
Good hole variety with wooded and open fairways.
Blue and White tees.
Course map available at first tee.
Cons: No signage yet.
Other Thoughts: This course is a blast. Some wooded holes and some open with long fairways through a mountain top meadow. Bonus scenic overlooks. Check it out bro.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1. Length- A great mixture of reachable holes and holes that require well placed approach shots.
2. Variety of Shots- Left turns, right turns, uphill, downhill, open holes, wooded holes, and everything between.
3. Scenery- On top of a mountain with beautiful views.
4. Multiple tees- Most courses have this, but at Mountain Lake the designers did a wonderful job of making the different tees different approaches. Instead of just adding length to the harder tees they actually made some of the holes completely different approaches.
Cons: 1. Tee pads. They are dirt but have gravel laid down now to help when wet.
2. No tees for beginners. The white tee would be a little difficult for someone starting out.
3. Not a lot of signage, make sure you have a copy of the available map or you could get a little lost
Other Thoughts: This is my new favorite course. It is quite challenging but at the same time very rewarding. Bring different types of discs, chances are you will need them.
The course is wooded and open. Several holes take place all in the woods, several all out in the open. There are also holes that start in the open and go into the woods and holes that start in the woods and end up in the fields.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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