4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Bayville, Newport News, and Bennett's Creek are the three main tidewater courses. They each have a little different character. Bennett's creek is by far the longest of the three. When it says "Par 5" or "Par 4" it really is. This course really punishes you if you miss the fairway. Only two open holes on the entire course, and one of those is 630-900 feet long. The rest require you to hit a tunnel of some kind. There is only one set of baskets but three different tees for each hole. In general, the tee pads are almost directly behind each other, but since most holes are a tunnel shot, the course gets a LOT harder from the white or blue tees. For example, instead of starting that turn in 75 feet, you now need to start it in 175 feet. Or the 4 foot gap 20 feet in front of the short tee is now 80 feet in front of you. There are a couple of cool over-water shots (tide-dependent) when you play from the white or blue tees. Good playground. Not bad for strollers (but not as friendly as Newport News or Bayville in this respect.)
#16 is pretty cool. A wide open hard dog-leg left followed by a RHBH hyzer into a gap in the trees. # 7 is a classic hole over the water. #13 also over the water but much more aceable.
Cons: Hole 12. WTH. This hole has so many trees on it it is like an anti-fairway. They didn't take any trees out of the fairway. The only difference between the fairway and the rough is the amount of thorns. Throwing an ace here (especially from the white or blue tees) would be an act of God.
Lots of thorns. Lots of bugs in the summer I'm told. Someone keeps trying to steal the basket on #14. Lots of trash.
There is a club trying to get started. They have minis at 1030 on Saturdays, but no prizes yet. (I'm not sure why they don't just give 75% of the money to the winner.) Not very organized yet, but it is a fairly new course.
The tees are all natural. The park apparently won't let them pave anything.
It can also be really tough to find your way around on your first time. There is a long walk between the end of 9 and the start of 10. Since the tees aren't paved (and the white and blue ones aren't signed) they can be tough to find.
There are a couple of tee pads that are basically covered with 5 inch tall roots. You can't get a stable stance to tee off, much less a run-up.
Between the park folks and the DG club what this course really lacks is leadership and commitment. The president and self-appointed mayor of the club is a nice guy, but a bit scatter-brained and has no clue how to run a tournament, a league, or a club. Maybe in a year or two he'll get the hang of it. The whole attitude toward disc golf here is evident. At Bayville, people go there to play disc golf. At Bennett's Creek you're more likely to have people ask you why you're throwing that frisbee into the woods. It's like it's just another service being offered at the park. "We got a dock....we got a playground...we got a boat ramp....we got disc golf...."
Edit: I played the blue championship level tees for the first time recently. I shot 18-20 throws worse than I did from the whites. They're a LOT harder. Quite a bit more difficult to find and some of the shots are ridiculously hard. If you can throw birdies from these, my hat's off to you. I think I only managed 6 pars out of 18 holes, and that's using "public par."
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area, but don't expect as nice a course as you'll get at Newport News or Bayville. More challenge perhaps, but not as nice.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course makes good use of the area it is in, and with three tees on every hole, the course can be changed to your difficulty level. The only course in South Hampton Roads where there is elevation changes, and shots that go over water/marsh will test your distance and accuracy, sometimes on the same hole. The fairways are pretty well defined, and most of the baskets are visible from the tees. There is not a lot of overgrowth off of the fairways, but discs are sometimes hard to get to because of thorns.
Cons: This course can be really hard to follow for the first timer because of lack of signage. The course could use some routine maintenance, along with minor upgrades.
Other Thoughts: The shortnace of some holes could be deemed too easy for some, whereas the amount of trees could be too difficult for others. The upgrades needed in my opinion would be to add signage, new tee pads, and maybe some trash cans, and benches.
This is in a nice family friendly park, with a playground, tennis courts, and boat slip. The course does not interfere with other park activities other than #10 being on the edge of the open field.
Bring your bug spray!!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: good course with some techical uphill and down hill shots. lot of winding through trees and over marshes. overall a very fun course to go to.
Cons: no directions between holes and are pretty far apart for some of them. i got lucky and joined up wiht a guy who plays there regularly.
Other Thoughts: good course like the +600 hole but it is wide open so nothing to get in way.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very nice setting. Beautiful walk in the woods. A lot of fun. Certainly worth the time. Loved the course. You don't need a super arm to play the course, but it requires accuracy. Because you have Red, White and Blue tees, the course can play very differently. You can play the reds for fun, the whites for a challenge and the blues for your pro challenge. Very nice. I love the variety. I wish my home course had these options.
Cons: Natural dirt teepads make any run-up difficult, the roots are showing and the tees are worn. Could use some attention. The directions to the next tee are not good. The first time I played through the course, I missed several holes because I couldn't find the tees. A friendly local helped me out.
Other Thoughts: It seems that there are some holes that are just set in the woods, without real fairways. It borders a tidal creek, so the view is great. Could use the elevation better. A little short and a lot of fun. I look forward to returning.
Update 04/09: The course is improving due to some clean-up work. Some small trees that obscured the line of flight on some holes have been cleared. It played much better.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Classic Tidewater Course
Pros: Waterside setting, varied challenges
Other Thoughts: Bennett's Creek is a typical woods course but with a couple of interesting variations. The course plays around the edge of a small municipal park and boat ramp surrounded on two sides by a tidal estuary. While the water doesn't really come into play (except maybe during high tides), many of the baskets are set out on the fingers of land reaching out into the tidal marsh; thus, the views are nice and the room for error on your approach shots and putts is small. Throw too hard and you're going over the edge and into the drink.
A lot of this course is in tight woods, but the designers have done enough clearing to make all the fairways reasonable. The course mostly plays like the typical par 3 disc golf course, but requires the ability to throw 300 feet with control in some places. Only a couple of holes play in the open, and two holes require clearing a sizable chunk of tidal marsh that's probably under water at high tides. The elevation change is minimal but the course takes full advantage of the small hills there. Finally, with good signs, next tee indicators, and red, white, and blue tees on every hole, Bennett's Creek is easy to follow and easy to adapt to any player's skill level.
Control is the key skill for this course. Most of the holes are fairly straightforward, but the fairways are narrow and have little room for error. You do need to be able to throw controlled left and right fades and approach with good accuracy to score well out here. Among the growing array of Tidewater, Virginia courses, Bennett's Creek is the most representative of the area - beautiful forest and quiet tidal waterways. So bring your bug spray and enjoy!
Favorite Hole - #7 - Open throw across a wide tidal marsh to a protected basket atop a small hill.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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