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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