7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is my "home course," so I tend to see it in a positive light. Low ceilings and tight alleys tune up your game for other courses. Majority of park is well-groomed so tough to lose plastic. It may seem there are infinite trees but there is an alley for every hole. Good mix of short ace looks and difficult par 3s. Alternate pin placements for holes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Cons: Definitely a right-hand backhand course.
Constant issue with tee pads HAS BEEN RESOLVED!!! CONCRETE TEEPADS 12' X 5' !! Course can be muddy, ideal play in early autumn.
Dogwalkers, bikers, picknickers abound in fair weather.
Other Thoughts: Well designed course for a city park. Course mainly avoids high traffic areas, except in summer when festivities spill out onto fairways. Friendly locals always willing to point you in the right direction.
Addendum about alternate pins:
#1- Original position straight through the alley and up a slight hill. Alternate to the left, farther up the hill near the tee for hole 3.
#2 Original straight uphill and very obvious. Alternate dives into a cleverly tight, bushy cedar alley and back against the fence near the quarry.
#5- Alternate further and to the left than original, bringing shelter into play for RHBH.
#6- Alternate in same line, just about 60' further.
#7- Alternate is a much harder position further and to the left.
#8- Original position straight downhill through alley. Alternate shorter and on the right hand side. Brings OB into play with private property on the right, and fence with dead end road long.
#9- Original position further and to the right. Alternate shorter and on the left side of the alley.
#11- Original straight downhill through alley and behind "Y" tree. Alternate farther and to the left, toward #12's basket in open field.
#12- Alternate farther and down the hill to the right of original, bringing OB sidewalk and pool into play.
#13- Original straight up the hill, alternate to the left and lower down the hill.
#14- Original tee was behind you and to the right when looking at the basket. Tee relocated for drainage issues. Alternate pin shorter and to the left of mushroom stumps. Original to the right. Footnote- the mushrooms are gone.
#15- Original basket downhill behind two trees, toward the skate park but in front of walking path. Alternate shorter, to the right, bringing the tee for 16 somewhat into play.
#16- Original straight through alley. Alternate further, up the hill and slightly left.
#17- Original farther and left of the alley. Alternate shorter and right of the alley.
#18- Original straight out there. Alternate is further, to the left at the base of the hill.
#19- Straight away from 18 basket to near the stop sign, with alternate much farther to the right, the only true par 4 placement on the course.
#20- Short pin on ridge of retention pond, alternate past the drainage up on the side of the hill with multiple OB in play. Tee varies.
#21- Short pin across the creek, reachable if you have a cannon. Long pin in the far right hand corner of the front section of the park. Short pin mimics original "Hole Zero."
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Good exercise course due to the large hills. Front nine is very wooded adding difficulty.
Cons: Very wooded. Even well placed shots will eventually hit a tree. Tough course for beginners.
Other Thoughts: Good course if you are stuck in this town.
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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Going Up While Staying Down
Course that will continuously challenge you to throw accurate shots through trees, without punishing you too much if you don't.
Amenities nearby, on-site bathroom in rec center.
Unmarked, uneven, crushed stone tees areas. No next tee signs/directions.
First few holes play near pavilions. Basket #12 somewhat near a tot lot.
Basket #18 is a bit far from tee #1.
Repetitive after a bit, although the back nine opens up and lengthens somewhat.
The course primarily plays along the slope of a hill at the back of a general purpose park. This hillside is littered with 8" diameter trees, mosly cedar, some hardwoods, the branches of which are trimmed up to about 12'.
Each hole will have you throw through/about quite a number of these trees. Seems as if you are throwing uphill nearly 2/3rds of the time, flat or downhill the other third.
Average hole length is 283'. Fourteen of the 18 holes fall within +/- 60' of this length.
Definitely print off the map available at http://www.dgcoursereview.com.../f860fe96.jpg
so that you can navigate this course - without it, some tees will be difficult to find.
6 of 6 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.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
See review above
Pros: Agree with review above, and also with the love of Hole 10. This hole is where I learned to control a downhill forehand skip.
Other Thoughts: Parking can be tricky, dont get locked in when the close the gates as dusk. Check times.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Cool College Town Course
Cons: No signs, some uneven teepads
Other Thoughts: Westover Park is an interesting park course. The course has two distinctive features; the first is the generally low canopy, mostly due to the cedar trees, and the second is the fact that the course plays alongside a hill for many of its holes, which makes for some interesting uphill challenges and risky putts. Plus some of the mountain views are nice.
I had heard that control was key aspect to playing Westover, but I didn't grasp to what extent. Yes, a roller is handy in negotiating the course's many low, somewhat tight fairways, but can you throw a roller 300 feet uphill? The first three holes are uphill, and the fairways are representative of the whole course; low and hard on errors. But unlike a true woods course, the trees are not thick at all, as the whole course plays in a classic park environment. So nothing super tight or unreasonable, and no risk of losing a disc because there is no undergrowth, just short grass. Westover is not particularly long, but some of the holes do stretch out beyond strict pitch and putt, and while trees figure on most holes, some holes are more open than others. And the course is not entirely straighforward - the ability to both control your shots and get them to hook or fade is required at times. As the course moves downhill and off the incline on the back nine, it opens up and lengthens a bit. Design-wise, Westover is excellent in that it gets the most out of the land available - there's just not enough land for a really long, flexible course, but there is just enough for 18 solid holes playing throughout a really nice disc golf landscape with even the occasional mountain view.
With no signage and some lumpy teepads, there is some room for improvement at Westover. In addition, the course includes a long, mostly uphill walk from #18 back to the small parking lot near #1, though I'm not sure how a designer could have done otherwise considering the space available. These negatives are counterbalanced, though, by the nice park landscape, and the distinct nature of the course playing up, alongside, and then back down a worthy hill.
The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a truly beautiful place, and Harrisonburg is the classic college and market town amidst the many oft-visited national parks and forests of the Valley. With Sherando Park in the northern part of the Valley, Westover in the central Valley, and Montgomery Hall in Staunton, disc golfers now have ample reason to veer from the beaten tourist paths and throw a round on some classic Virginia courses. None of these three courses will disappoint.
Favorite Hole - #10 - a low downhill shot through the trees.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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