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Shows much Promise
Pros: When you first arrive you will see some dirt and gravel on the side of the paved road (that continues to a pavilion and soccer fields). This dirt and gravel will be your parking spaces, not a problem in my opinion, but some people want a true parking lot.
Aside from hole #1 you won't run into many people who are not DG players.
This is one of the best marked courses that I have played. Each hole has a sign post that shows not only the hole location, but also the direction of the next hole. Most of the holes are fairly obvious where you are starting and ending, with the minor exception of hole 12 which you have to play over a hill.
The course has a variety of wooded, open, and wooded into open holes. The course utilizes elevation very well. Some holes you are shooting straight down a hill, other holes you are shooting straight up a hill. Some holes you and the basket are at the same elevation with a "valley" between you, while others have a hill between the basket and you.
This course demands accuracy and power and when you have a good round here, it feels very rewarding.
The first 11 holes (and last 2) are all very well laid out and feel complete, the 5 in between kind of feel like an afterthought. The fairways are not as clear and at times it feels like you are in your backyard hacking through the woods. But if you play the full course the mix of RHBH, RHFH, and Neutral lines are pretty even.
If you want to play a "short round" you will most likely play 11 holes. Stopping at 9 will leave you far in the woods. The old 10 and 11 (now 17 and 18) go side by side with the new 10 and 11 and both take you right to where you are parked.
Cons: First: Mud. This course holds water for an ungodly amount of time. They have recently planted small trees in many locations (I think the goal is to soak up some of the water) but at this time it is still a swamp. I have come a week and a half after it last rained and there will still be 2 inches of mud throughout the 1st, 2nd, and 7th holes.
Second: Thorns. This course demands power and accuracy to be enjoyable. One small mistake and you are off of the fairway (and it is brutal). There are thorns EVERYwhere as well as sharp brittle limbs. There aren't many "lines" in the woods and oftentimes it is difficult to follow PDGA rules of not disturbing branches (or thorns) in front of you.
Third: Park-goers. Most of the time you won't have to worry about the people up at the soccer fields, with the exception of hole 1's basket. It is located near the top of a hill. At the top of said hill are multiple soccer fields. Occasionally balls will come rolling over the hill, children will come running down the hill, or parents will be playing on the hill with smaller children. Everywhere else seems to be fine and the walking trails do not really conflict with the course in any way that I have noticed in 25+ times coming.
One thing that is upsetting is the lack of communication with the disc golf course and the school system. Greene county uses the course (not really trails that people walk on, but the actual course) for crosscountry. My dad and I were playing one day when out of no where highschoolers come running by the basket and on top of discs that we had just driven. Luckily, they weren't there when we threw the drives and no one was hurt, but our discs did get trampled and we had to quickly get out of their way. I am all for other sports, but a flyer or sign at the front Board would have been nice saying that there was a meet on X day at X time. Random and unlikely it will happen to you, but there is the possibility.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and the course that I learned on. I've played it through many renovations/hole changes, and I think it has improved for the better. A lot of the times that I come during the day I will see BRDG members working on the course improving it. This is a wonderful course less the briars and mud and keeps improving. If you are an alright to skilled player I would recommend the course. If you are a beginner, it is not bad, but you will most likely get frustrated and cut up.
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Great Course... But oh the pain!
Pros: -Fairways balance finesse with distance well.
-Nice, Yellow, Innova Baskets (always a plus for me)
-Simply Beautiful park, combines green open fields with dense woods
Cons: -Going off the fairway for a disc will tear you up like nobody's business!
-Watch out for spotted ticks!
Other Thoughts: This course is one of two in the Charlottesville area. It was designed and put in place by the local disc golf club. It was extremely well designed and offers a variety of left and right fade shots both in the woods and in more open areas.
It has appeal for most levels of play. One exception to this this is hole seven, a hole that is more of a jackknife than a dogleg. A player who cannot drive at least three hundred feet will struggle to shoot under five on this par 3.
This is a wonderfully designed course in a beautiful park. That being said, the vegetation off the fairways is punishing.
The course has been cut through the woods with a bush-hog. It has not been played long enough to trample the ground vegetation along the fairways. The trees are not quite thick enough to block out the sun. What results is several wooded holes that will cut one to shreds with thorns and brush. Especially on the back nine.
This course is better to play Fall thru Spring. I went there yesterday. It's clear that in the summer the vegetation just grows too much to properly maintain the holes. Also, the grassy field that comes into play on 2, 6, 7 and 9? had not been mowed, forcing the d-golfer to wade through knee-high grass. Don't misunderstand me. The local disc golf club did an amazing job designing and does a tremendous job maintaining this course. However, the terrain is so high maintenance that it makes for a significant drawback.
This is a great course to bring some variety to your play if you live in Charlottesville. And If you can't stand wet grass, this is a good course to play early in the morning since there is always a dew at Walnut Creek. Several years down the road, this will be an amazing course. It's just not completely broken-in yet.
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Challenging, Coming Back From Destruction
Pros: The course has a good mix of holes with a few out in the open, a few firing out of woods into the open, and about half playing through the woods. With good use of the terrain to provide 2 big downhill shots.
The 11 holes that remain from the pre-logging layout are relatively well manicured (although that doesn't mean you won't get into some briars if you get off the fairway). The last 5 holes play through more open woods (see Cons below)
Cons: December 2007, Greene County decided to sell the rights to do select hardwood timbering of the Park for $30k... then spent $20k to "clean up" the mess that was left behind... This area included 6 holes of the old DG course. The "clean up" only took care of about 1/4 of the area that trees were removed from... the rest is still covered with the branches cut from the trunks of the removed trees... including the holes mentioned above. The new final 5 holes can be rough if you get off the fairway, but landing areas and around the baskets are clear.
Other cons: Natural Teepads that are at times uneven. They were the next thing to be addressed when the loggers came.
Free Tattoos... on the wooded holes briars are present if you get too far off the fairways
Other Thoughts: It is a course that is still under development, but is now getting the TLC that it needs. But I do have to agree with the "camping" comment in the earlier review.
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