Charleston (John's Island), SC 
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Uploaded By: DavidSauls Hole #10 (Taken 6/2009)
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Hole #10 Basket to Tee

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 Just a blast to play!

5+    8/15/2009   10/14/2009
Review By: Angus2053
Played: 9  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 11.6 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I like the fact that there are red and blue tees for every hole. It is a good mix of water and wooded holes. Makes you use every shot type in your bag.
Cons: There are multiple water holes so there is a very good chance that you will lose a disc or two even if your not playing off the red tees. The signs for the holes are a little confusing when it came to moving about the course, but if you get a map at the office this problem will be fixed. Also not all the tee boxes are concrete and I think with a little upgrade it could help a bunch!
Other Thoughts: A really well designed and fun course to play. The staff at the office are friendly and will to help with anything. I have played with many people and some have conplained about the 5 dollar fee to play. My stance on the fee is that it helps keep the course up! If your in Charleston for the weekend or live near by I would def check out the course and by the end of the 18th hole you will know where you need to work on your game!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Trophy Lakes - It's a splash

1    8/18/2009   8/18/2009
Review By: Tin Machine
Played: 30  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 12.9 Years
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course can definitely take you to your limit in terms of strategy. Trophy Lakes offers you two different sets of tee boxes to play from on all but one hole, and the difference in difficulty between the two sets can be quite a lot. From the pro tees, you'll find yourself at times quite a ways further from the pin and sometimes with a substantial water hazard between you and safety. You'll definitely need a full set of tricks up your sleeve, or in your bag as it would seem.

Lovely environment. The lakes offer a lot of beauty and even some cool wildlife nearby... not to mention the unique pleasure of getting to see some water skiers doing tricks while you play. It's private and isolated nature also let you play without the interference from the general public that you can often find in public parks.
Cons: As much as the water is a pro, it can be a con if you make poor throws or decisions. Make sure you plan out your attack and disc selection before you throw, as it could be your last with that particular disc. Even if you're the type that will go in the water after your discs, you won't be able to here as there are tons of "Absolutely NO Swimming" signs due to the boats and skiers.

The summer sun and heat can also be a downer due to the overall length of the course, but that'll be the case wherever you play in the south. Just make sure you bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Also, make sure you get a map at the clubhouse, as it will save you time finding the baskets and/or tee pads.
Other Thoughts: The $5 fee to play isn't really that bad, considering it's a great course and it will probably keep out those who aren't serious about the sport. They also sell discs and equipment at the clubhouse, which can be good if you need to replace any lost plastic.

All in all, a great course with lots to offer. It is definitely different than your "run of the mill" course. If you're around Charleston and in the mood for a challenge, this course is a must!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.


1    7/9/2009   7/31/2009
Review By: TSchneidz2
Played: 40  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.8 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very challenging course with tons of natural beauty. The course is quite long from the Blue tees with many challenging carries over the two lakes used for water skiing and wakeboarding.
Cons: While the $5 fee is pretty insignificant, the value of the discs you could easily lose would add up very quickly.
Other Thoughts: If you are a disc golfer, beginner or advanced, this is a course you should check out as it will challenge you and make you a better player.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Welcome to the New Trophy Lakes

5+    7/26/2009   7/31/2009
Review By: TheTennesseeFireman
Played: 13  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 12.9 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Creativity- Every hole brings something new to the table. Some involve risky water carrys, inventive mandos, unique pin locations (I adore the half buried chains on 13), and many paths to the hole.

Natural Beauty- It's built around a famous water ski site, so water is the predominant feature here. While West Ashley may give you a better feel for the Lowcountry marshes, this course makes far better use of it. A water carry hole around an inaccessable tree-filled island is picturesque.

Difficulty- With the exception of elevation changes, every aspect of your game will be tested. Length and accuracy are needed to stay dry. Also, be very cautious of the wind. Trees are more strategic than enclosing, so you will need to use every shot at your disposal. The back 9 is a monster. In particular, watch out for holes 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18.

People-Friendliness- Expect a warm welcome here. With a map, it's impossible to get lost (and even if you somehow do, someone will be happy tell you where to go), and its never crowded. 2 sets of new updated tee pads are indescribably helpful.
Cons: Be careful how often you play out here. $5 may not seem like much for unlimited rounds, but the number of discs you lose adds up.
Other Thoughts: Nearly all of these reviews and photos are out of date and don't give this course enough credit. This is a championship-caliber experience. The wetness and debris issues have been almost completely solved,. On a nice day, you may not have a better round of disc golf anywhere. My favorite course in South Carolina.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 A Challenge for Mind & Body

2-4    6/7/2009   6/15/2009
Review By: DavidSauls
Played: 117  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 19.8 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The lakes, of course. A couple of waterski lakes---this property is a competition waterski facility---come into play on 13 of the 18 holes.

The designers use the lakes more creatively than the standard, water-along-one-side-of-fairway, or tee-over-water-to-basket-on-other-side, that you frequently see. On a couple of holes water runs from 200' to 350' from the tee, so you must decide whether to wimp out and lay up, or risk your disc in attempt to carry the water---and they're not wide open, so you've got trees to factor into your decision. One is relatively short over water, except there's an island with dense, tall trees right in the line-of-play, so you must get around it and pray you don't hit it. Others approach water at interesting angles or have trees on the far side, meaning you must do more than clear the water, you must land in a favorable spot on the other side. A couple of holes have baskets very close to O.B. water, forcing a gut-check before driving or approaching or putting.

Beyond the water---it's a long and challenging course from the blue tees. Completely level, with tall trees and limited underbrush, and lots of difficult angles to hit. You don't spend much time searching for discs, either; they're either in the lake and lost, or easily found.

Even with the length (7500' from the blues), a duffer like me (900 rated, 280' arm) can have a terrific time.

As a private course, your $5 buys you a day of uncrowded fairways and no hassles sharing the course with the general public.
Cons: Most of the teepads are dirt, and subject to holding water, or at least mud, after a rain. A couple of fairways too tight for my taste---otherwise this is 4 1/2 stars.

Anyone driving less than about 260' should avoid a couple of the blue tees, due to mandatory water carries.
Other Thoughts: This course is constantly evolving, and improving, such that some of the earlier reviews are out of date. The track-hoe and tall mound are gone, as is the below-grade tee on hole 8.

One basket is buried to its rim. Definitely unique, I find it a "pro" but some may think it a "con". You wouldn't want to see a lot of this kind of thing, but as a one-time challenge, it's fun.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 A definite pleasure

2-4    6/6/2009   6/6/2009
Review By: SmittyDisc
Played: 15  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 8.9 Years
This review was updated on 7/20/2009
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: good variety of shots (including a basket on a hill and another buried to the rim), challenging at any level of skill, great lay-out, super fun. red tees offer a challenge to beginners without being overly difficult while the blue tees will give any player a test.
Cons: LOTS of water makes it tough for beginners (bring a dragon/hydra and prepare to swim), 5 bucks to play can be a serious bummer when things are tight. can be pretty swampy after a heavy rain, making a few run-ups unusable.
Other Thoughts: A definite pleasure to play, Trophy lakes offers a great course with a nice pro-shop with a friendly staff. Be prepared to maybe lose a disc or two or at least have to swim after one, The pro shop periodically calls about found discs, so keep your cell # updated on the back of all your plastic.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome Course

5+    4/5/2009   4/5/2009
Review By: Mgray129
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Awesome course with tons of different shots involved. Easily the best course in the Charleston area. Well worth the $5 for unlimited rounds. Better bring your A game, some pretty long shots over water.
Cons: Just the tee boxes. Some have nice Innova rubber mats, some are torn, and some are just throwing from the dirt.
Other Thoughts: Great course! What makes it unique is the difference from the long tees to the short ones. You have to have some distance to get over the water on some holes from the back tees, and playing from the front tees can make some holes very good ace runs. Gotta love the buried basket on #13, makes for a great slider ace. Pretty cool to play disc golf and watch the guys wakeboard and water ski off the rails and jumps. Great pro shop with a lot of stuff for sale and friendly staff.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.


1    2/16/2009   2/17/2009
Review By: Jonny_Dread
Played: 68  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 18.9 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course. Good variety of holes with distance, hizer and ani-hizer. Nice shop with discs for sale and helpful staff. A LOT of great shots over the water, through tight tree lines and a few open throws to test your distance.
Cons: Signs could be done a little better. Some confusion with navigation and distances. A few of the tee pads could use some work.. some have great rubber pads some with nothing at all.
Other Thoughts: Over all a great course and have been recommending it to every disc golfer I see in the area. A little work on the signs would go a long way and would bring the rating up a little. Bring your whole bag of discs for this course... and a few extras for the many water holes.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.


1    2/17/2009   2/17/2009
Review By: Marc B.
Played: 28  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 10.9 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging course with some beastly holes. Fun and worth the $5 for the day. Very cool layout with water in play on several holes. Some great par 4's mixed with birdieable holes. Course designed in and around a waterski park. Pro shop with friendly staff.
Cons: For the $15 dollars me and my buddies paid, they could buysome stickers for listing the hole number on a few of the tee signs. Not difficult to navigate but a few holes were questionable. #17 is listed much longer than it is. Not too sure about the buried basket on 13. Few rough teepads. A lot of water. Takes a bomb over the water to clear the channel on 11. Lost a few discs there but couldn't bring myself to lay-up.
Other Thoughts: Front 9 plays much easier, back 9 brings some serious challenge. I will defintiley be revisiting this course. Wind adds to challenge. Overall, a good, fun course.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 I concur

5+    6/10/2007   11/12/2008
Review By: rich
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Very good layout alot of difficult obstacles, awesome course highly recommend. Easily best course in Charleston!
Cons: Pay to play, wind and water hazards, lost alot of disc but had alot of fun also.
Other Thoughts: Just as the other reviews stated

1 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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