6 Helpful / 0 Not
Welcome to the New Trophy Lakes
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Other Thoughts: Nearly all of these reviews and photos are out of date and don't give this course enough credit.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.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
A Challenge for Mind & Body
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.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
A definite pleasure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Great coastal course
Pros: The best course in the Charleston area, and it's not even close. It's a fun &, challenging course.
-The course has a good mix of difficult holes and easier holes. Plenty of birdie chances, but all risk for higher scores, or worse - lost discs.
- Front nine is easier. Most holes are shorter, there's less water in play, and more birdie chances. Back nine is really going to challenge you.
- I love the variety of ways the water comes into play. On some holes (#6, #10 short, #11 short, etc) you're teeing off from the edge, so the water shouldn't come into play too much here. Other holes, the basket is near water, so you can control how close you want to get. And others involve longer distances to clear the water (#11 & 12 long.)
- Great risk/reward factor. You can be aggressive throwing over/near water. Or you can play it safe, lay-up, throw around water.
- Dual tee pads. Every holes except #13 (the hole w/ the basket in the ground) has a long & short tee. Many of the dual tee pads present different looks.
- Course is easy to navigate, especially w/ maps. Just about every hole has a next tee sign. Each hole has colored tee signs w/ hole numbers. Tee pads are long, plenty of room for a run-up.
- Great pro shop. Guys in there are disc golfers, so they can give good advice about the course. Great selection of discs, both new and used.
Cons: Wind & water make a dangerous combination. Being on water, and close to the beach, wind is always a factor. On several holes, you're throwing from behind trees where it's calm, or wind is blowing one direction, only to wind blowing stronger or a different direction once the disc is out in the open.
- Be prepared for the chance to lose a disc. As stated above, even a good shot can easily be blown off course.
- On several water holes (#10 & 11), you have to be able to throw tee shot 350+ to clear water from long pins. If you can't throw that far, you have to lay up with a 200 ft shot, which basically leaves you by the short tee pad. My thought is to just throw from the short tee pad. Why take the chance of throwing your lay-up too long into the water when you're just trying to get near the shorter tee?
- No elevation factor here. Umm, it's the coast, so you know that going in.
Other Thoughts: The course has improved a lot over the past several years. All of the changes are for the better. I really like the added difficulty to the longer layout. 8 holes are more than 500 feet, including #14 at 1000+ feet.
- One of the best touches about the course is their lost & found policy. They post a list of all the discs they retrieve from the water on their website, so anyone can see if their lost disc is found. If the disc isn't claimed after a month they'll sell it. Seems like a lot of work, but it's a great way to please the DGers.
- #13 is a love-it or hate-it hole. The basket is buried in the ground, which allows you to roll or skim the disc into the hole. It's a unique layout, but some people are going to use the "gimmick" tag. Personally, I think it's a fun change of pace, and I like it more than hanging baskets.
- Baskets on several holes are near water. On those holes, not a bad idea to have someone playing defense between the basket and water in case your disc flies or rolls past the hole.
- Two holes stand out to me above the rest - #6 & #16. On #6, you're either throwing over the water, or from the edge of the water, depending on which tee you're playing. After the tee shot, the water should be out of play, as you throw to a hole surrounded by trees. #16 is a solid longer hole (450/660), which doesn't involve water at all. It'd fit in at any course, anywhere. #15 is also a fun hole from both layouts.
- It's worth the $5 a day to play here. You might as well plan for a couple rounds, and really get your money's worth.
- This is a must-play for everyone in the region. They do a great job taking care of the course.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Little bit of everything
Pros: Well laid out! Different strokes for different folks, from the basket on the hill to the buried basket.
Cons: Better ground keepers is a must. I have gone out there and played in chest high grass.
Other Thoughts: Water, I hope you are comfortable losing a couple of discs.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
You've Never Played a Course Like This One
Pros: Unique challenges, water, length
Other Thoughts: Trophy Lakes is definitely one of the most fun and interesting courses I've ever played. Thanks to its length and prevalent water, this course would be challenging enough. But the designers here have really spiced things up with holes requiring driving through the arched arm of a large backhoe, a half-buried basket, depressed tee areas, and pins on the top of large, steep piles of dirt and rubble. It all adds up to a unique and truly entertaining disc golf experience.
Even with all those interesting challenges, the dominating feature at Trophy Lakes is water. And unlike my other favorite water course, Cliff Stephens in Florida, Trophy Lakes is exceptionally long - so you really have to consider your layup possibilities on some of the holes, when it's 600 feet and the water takes up 180 feet 240 feet into the hole. Even the shorter water hole was 281 feet, but with an inaccessible island right in the middle of the drive, requiring a 240-foot hook shot to clear the water and island from the tee. And that hole with the drive that must shoot the arch of the backhoe and then be putted to the top of a steep rubble and dirt pile that is maybe 15 feet high, well you just have to play it to believe it.
And as I've written, Trophy Lakes is long. Maybe not the longest course I've played (playing the pro tees to the far placements at Patapsco and Loriella would be comparable if not longer), but one of the longest. And with the length and many diverse challenges, I'd say if 54 is the usual par on courses, then 72 is comparable for this course - I can't imagine even the best pro could break 60 from the blue tees out here. So bring $5.00, your walking shoes, and a few spare drivers to sacrifice to the lakes, and try out Trophy Lakes, because it's well worth the effort.
Favorite Hole - #14 - Makeable but tough shot over water and around an inaccessible island in the middle.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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