2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: First thing that I enjoyed about this course is the nice grass and park feel. There are no bushes, no brush, and no thorns. It's all trees that have no limbs below ~6 1/2 feet.
There is a practice basket at the entrance of the park, very close to the first tee pad. There is also a bulletin board that has a giant map of the course, score cards, and flyers about events and such.
The tees are concrete and level.
There are pavilions all around the course that have benches incase you get tired.
There are uphill, downhill, and flat holes, 90% of which have low ceilings (~10 feet or less) which requires power, precision, and control.
There is a shopping center near by (less than half a mile) that you can purchase drinks at if you forgot to bring them.
Cons: The bulletin board had score cards, but it did not have pencils or pens.
It is easy to get confused on the course because it is so cramped (I'll get to that) so print a map. It will come in handy...
A few holes (I think it was 14-17) have very wet mud and puddles from rain that happened a week ago. This is the type of mud you step in and slip/slide, not the type that makes you feel "stuck."
There are many playgrounds and pavilions scattered throughout the park. Children are running around and parents aren't always watching. Don't be surprised if someone is between you and the hole...
Joggers/walkers are in the way. One guy single handedly made us wait for a total accrued time of about 10 minutes. He tried to jog past the holes we were on, he was actually quite respectful, but he was always in the way because of the next course flaw..
The holes play over on themselves worse then I have ever seen. My brother and I were caught between one guy who was ahead of us (he was two holes ahead and still in danger of getting hit/our disc getting in his way) and a group behind us. The course is far too cramped to enjoy on a busy evening, I'm sure... This was almost a problem on a Monday evening.
The signage is also a con because it lists the distance and Hole number. There is no par, no overhead view/idea of where you are going, nothing.
Some people may not like the noise of the park. There is a skate park and water slide/pool area directly beside some of the latter holes. There is a fence separating the course from the pool, but with how windy it was, my disc almost got taken over the fence.
UPDATE: I added .5 back and deleted my bad experiences with a group of locals. Every course has their bad batch after much thought, I cannot take away from the course as a whole because of one event.
Other Thoughts: If you can throw powerfully and straight, uphill with a low ceiling this is a birdie run waiting to happen. Many holes are ace runs, actually. If you cannot get the balance between low, accurate, and powerful, this course might get a little irritating. I won't say frustrating because no matter what you do you are never in any real trouble, there is always at least one line to get you to the hole, and with the majority of the holes being 200-350 you aren't very far off usually.
All in all if you take away the social aspect of the park this is a 3.5 course. But adding in the almost inevitable joggers and children coupled with poor signage and it should be a 3.
On a side note, they were putting in 3 more holes (one of which cannot be played if there are children on the church playground right beside the hole -- there is a sign that says this).
These three holes are almost wide open and look nice, but one of them (20) finishes with the basket ~5 feet from the road and the tee is beside the basket throwing almost directly to the tee pad before (more of the course playing on top of itself).
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very challenging.
Not only did you have to hit the gaps, but you had to also throw up and down the hill while hitting the gaps.
Tee boxes seemed new and the course was very clean.
If you like your disc to skip (I know I do), BOY, you can get some serious skips out there.
Two pin placements is awesome. At the time of my round, all pins were set to long.
Cons: The signs that were posted were from the tournament they had just finished playing. Otherwise, there were no signs at the tees.
The course folds back on itself (example: a stray throw on hole 2 could land near or on hole 3 tee box). If you've got players that aren't as skilled, it might cause some problems.
Other Thoughts: Wish I would have known there was a tournament here yesterday, I would have played in it. It seems as though the course is going through some changes and improvements, all for the better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice layout. Easy walk through the park. Good practice course. Makes you keep your drives low low.
Cons: Not much variety. Mast everything through trees. All the holes started to look alike after the first few.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
What a difference a teepad makes!
Pros: Fresh concrete teepads make this course so much more enjoyable than previously. If you've played here before and didn't enjoy your time due to the terrible teepads I strongly suggest you come back and play again. There are no luck based holes despite having quite a few trees (which is to say there is always a desireable path and you are never forced to just throw until you hit a tree). With limited space the course designers managed to fit 18 holes and a practice basket in a tight space without any fairways crossing (though there remains the potential to get hit as some teeboxes are next to fairways). There are a few alternate pin positions which give the course some additional replay value for locals and tournaments.
Cons: There is nothing visually appealing from hole to hole with maybe two exceptions. The course favors righthand backhand play which is just to say that variety is somewhat limited...the same left fading shot shape will be favorable on the majority of holes. (There are multiple routes available on most holes, but the route with the largest margin for error usually favors RHBH play.)
There is no perfect place to park. The distance between the first tee-pad and the last basket is fairly long. The layout of the course is somewhat confusing...I highly suggest printing off a map or joining up with a local. Basically if you're not sure where the next tee is try backtracking and you'll likely find your way. A few simple signs could easily alleviate this while giving the course a more professional feeling.
Other Thoughts: The first three holes, while different, feel very similar which seems like a boring way to start the round (uphill, low ceiling). While many of the holes are unique in layout they don't feel that way since you'll likely find great success throwing the same few discs on the same line just uphill or downhill.
This isn't a course I would typically take a beginner or casual player to in order to have fun due to low ceilings and somewhat repetitive feel (though with few alternatives in the immediate area I've done so many times).
The new teepads have greatly improved this course in my eyes. I had formerly rated it as a 2.0 due to the awful teepads. With the new concrete pads people can throw with confidence and not have to worry about twisting their ankle on a root or slipping in the mud. For those who have played the course prior to the new tees...come back and try again. The new tees have lowered my average round here by 7 strokes (yes, the tees were that bad before).
I beleive there are plans to add an additional 3 holes, so that's something to check back for in the future.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Easy walk through Westover
-Usually not crowded so play is quick and smooth
-Shouldn't loose any discs here
-Locals are friendly
-Bathrooms in park building
Cons: -Tee boxes can get beat up
-Baskets are rarely moved so playing can get repetitive.
Other Thoughts: A nice course in Harrisonburg. Great for all skill levels. Somewhat easy, but lots of trees to make long shots challenging for seasoned players.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Up, down, and around
Pros: Nice layout, support facilities (bathrooms, etc), hard to lose discs
Cons: Unmarked, serious trees, long walk from #18 back to car (if you park near #1), a scorecard with map would be useful.
This is a pretty nice course. It's pretty wooded, but not thick trees. Just enough trees to make it a pretty serious challenge. The only tee I couldn't find was #2, otherwise the holes were fairly straightforward. Good elevation changes. Only one hole bordered on woods, so the chances of losing a disc on an errant throw are slim. All in all, it was a fun course, and I will be back to play again.Hole distances can be found here at: http://www.ci.harrisonburg.va...ex.php?id=748
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful setting, easy walking, virtually no risk of losing plastic. The designers definitely did the best with what they had.
Other Thoughts: I love the challenge that Westover presents, even though it is a relatively short course. There is a low ceiling on 85% of the holes, combined with tight alley shots on many drives. There are also quite a few elevation changes thrown in to the mix.
If I was closer to this course I would probably play it more often.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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