Charleston (John's Island), SC 
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 Great coastal course

2-4    4/21/2011   6/18/2008
Review By: heelboycraig
Played: 177  Reviewed: 173  Exp: 10.8 Years
This review was updated on 11/18/2011
13 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

 Little bit of everything

3/5/2008   3/23/2008
Review By: mreed12
Played: 12  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 20 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
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.

 You've Never Played a Course Like This One

4/3/2004   9/12/2007
Review By: jaymon1
Played: 77  Reviewed: 77  Exp: 13.8 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
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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