2 Helpful / 0 Not
The Putter Course
Pros: Concrete Tee Pads. The fact that the course exists at all is a pro. Nice park.
Cons: Trash. Pohick has the most available trash cans of any course I've seen and unfortunately the most trash. I've personally pulled well over three cases worth of old beer cans/bottles out of this place, not to mention cigarette packs, etc. Unfortunate.
The place can get pretty muddy in wet weather.
Baskets are old and ragged-out...But they work, so only a minor con.
Other Thoughts: I refer to Pohick as the putter course because frankly you could easily play all 18 with your putter and probably do quite well. In fact I would highly recommend you do so.
With it's tight trails this is a great little course to learn to finesse your putters and mids. If you are one of those throwing a high-speed driver out here now is the time to rethink your game!
The tee pads are a little on the small side but they work. The distances here are short so huge run-ups aren't really necessary.
I like this course when I just want to play a quick round and experiment with putters/mids. I can easily get in 18 holes in 35 minutes here.
It's tough to honestly give this old course more than a 2.5 but I really like it for what it is. I got my first and second ace at this course, both on hole #1.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Drives me nuts
Pros: Course has nice tee pads, and is fairly well maintained, with little in the way of litter. Some of the baskets have been upgraded, and more are in the plans as the local club raises funds. Additionally, the park manager is a big fan of Disc Golf, and the ranger store stocks an excellent selection of discs.
Cons: Older course, was designed for trash can lids, and not the high end plastic we toss nowadays. There's some speculation that the course may be expanded, which will help!
Other Thoughts: a technical course. If you don't mind trees, this is the place for you. Some decent hills add to the challenge.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, right and wooded
Pros: Update: Tee pads are larger, all new Discatchers were installed.
Old Review:Concrete 4x7 tee pads.
Holes 5 and 6 would be the "signature holes" if there were any, they added some challenge to the course.
Great place for beginners.
Cons: $8 to get in the park and an additional $2 donation on the honor system at hole #1. For $10 the baskets should be superior not patchwork.Many baskets had a second row of heavy swing set chains added. Hole 1's chains were so heavy they actually push back against the disc.
Hole 3 faces the road, it seems like it needs a mando, but a mando would increase the safety issue. Hole 3 only had half as many chains as holes 1 and 2, so you get used to power putting to get through dense chains, then you can blow through on 3. 14 had a chance of hitting campers on the right.
Course clearly favors right handed throwers, most holes are dog leg left.
Other Thoughts: Course averages 183 feet per hole, but there are not as many ace runs as you would expect. Course is heavily wooded and there are enough curves to require a second or third shot.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This was my first disc golf course I ever played. I have played several since but this one just has an extra disk since it got me hooked.
There are several technical shots, I have grown to love woods play and this course has plenty of woods. and even some challenging god leg left and rights.
Cons: Most of the T signs are faded or missing.
no multiple Pin positions
Other Thoughts: Fun course, It will give you some challenges and if you miss a fairway you won't have to hike through any thorn bushes or crazy poison ivy to find your disc.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: beautiful park some good technical holes
Cons: All the holes are short and very tight. the few field holes are the same hole played over and over 200ish feet and straigh ahead.
Other Thoughts: this is a fun course to play but the tee pads are worn down and super short to go with the short holes. the course does have a few redeming qualitys in the you will have some technical holes but i am in no way a pro and was able to shoot 2's on almost every hole.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, Relaxing NoVa Getaway
Pros: Overall park, variety of hole layouts
Cons: Short teepads, mostly short holes
Other Thoughts: Pohick Bay fits in with the older NoVa courses, such as Burke Lake and Bull Run. Like those two parks, Pohick Bay Park has much to offer with camping, boating, a small water park, and nature trails, and the disc golf course is just a small part of the park's overall offering, set in a stand of woods that may have otherwise gone unused. The disc golf course, however, is short by modern standards, has concrete teepads that are also a bit short, sparse but functional signage, and older baskets with only one layer of chains.
On the plus side, Pohick does have some variety, with five holes that are not entirely in the woods, and a wide variety of shots are required in the woods - left and right fades, and even a couple of hard doglegs. One negative, however, is the lack of anything more than very minor elevation change on any hole. Overall, Pohick Bay is short, but not frustratingly so, and most beginning to intermediate players will use their drivers at least half the time, in my view. For beginning players, or players looking to improve their control, Pohick Bay is a potentially useful course, in fact, and an excellent complement to the nearby, much more advanced Giles Run. The course is a quick play that will teach you control and a variety of shots, especially mid-range shots. The course, the park, and really the whole Pohick Bay/Mason Neck region are a very nice rural enclave in the otherwise overcrowded madness of Northern Virginia, and accordingly an outing to Pohick Bay is a relaxed, quiet, easygoing affair. Just settle back, enjoy the course for what it is, and make an escape of it; Pohick Bay disc golf course is not stunning, but may be good for what ails you.
Favorite Hole - #17 - One of the longer holes on this short course fades slightly downhill and to the right, all in the woods
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Intro To Tech
Minimal chance to lose a disc. Signs at teepads. Fairly easy to navigate. Mostly away from other park users.
Single tee (small)/single basket (old, single chain). $7 to enter park. Short-n-flat - a bit muddy in places.
Update 11/19/11: Baskets have been upgraded (Discatchers, yellow-banded, double-chained). Tee pads have been upgraded (5'x10', concrete). Tee signs have been upgraded. Multiple pin-positons per hole. Most holes have multi-tees.
Proximity of neighbouring fairways still an issue on many holes.
Course plays in the mostly-wooded corner of a multi-use park. With only fives holes >200', maxing-out at 250', and most holes having fair throwing lanes defined by moderate-sized trees, this course is good for introducing new players to (and experienced players practicing) shot-shaping. Most holes require some type of turn, with left-turns being about twice as prevalent as right turns, and more extreme in nature. Most of the right-turns are subtle and near to the basket, while most of the left-turns occur early-/mid-flight, and are sharper.
Avoid the fee by coming when the gatehouse isn't manned - visit http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/pohickbay/
for a schedule. This course serves a purpose and you can enjoy yourself here, but nearby Giles will provide much more length, openness, and challenge.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
The Museum gets a makeover!
Pros: -Great OLD but updated course!!
-Good use of available terrain - Mostly flat & wooded.
-solid concrete tee pads / most holes have 2 tees
-New DisCather Pros / multiple pin placements.
-Great new tee signs.
-Easy to navigate.
-Great opportunity to practice a variety of shots & accuracy.
-little opportunity for lost discs or super frustration.
-Restrooms (Not near course - you will have to travel to another area of the park)
-Many trash cans / Pretty clean course
-Course plays quick - great for a round at lunch or the quick DG fix.
-Park has camping, water park & boat launch
-Opportunity for wildlife spotting - Park is on Pohick Bay & Mason Neck is just down the road.
-Dedicated locals / Course is being well maintained (Donations accepted)
Cons: -No big boomer holes / Leave your cannon at home.
-Some OB (an errant drive may put park road & putt putt course into play)
-Park is not near much civilization such as shops or restaurants. (Perhaps not a con?)
-Restrooms are not near the course and are sometimes locked depending on time of year.
-May have to pay to enter park depending on the time of the year.
Other Thoughts: If Virginia had a museum for old DG courses, Pohick Bay would be a prime exhibit. To the Newbie, it may seem to be a rinky dink little course but to the old time local, we have fond memories from times when this was one of the few courses around. If you take a moment, you will notice the tress have Gak Scars from decades of misguided drives. The course has introduced thousands of new players to the game during that time as well.
The new baskets have given the place a much needed face lift and instantly bumped my rating for this course up a point. The park manager is putting in the time and money to give the place a fresh look. and the locals have responded as well. The new tee signs plus the renovated and new teepads gave it another .5. The majority of play is in the woods and the fairways are well defined. It is still the tricky, little course in the trees that it has been for 30+ years, but an errant drive isn't going to kill your scorecard too often. Most holes are deuceable and many make for great ace runs. In contrast, the alternate tees make you play a few hole for a 3.
It's nostalgic, a novelty and one of the great old ladies of Northern VA. Sometimes it's nice to hang out in a museum.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Short & Fun
Pros: - Well laid out for the small space it's located in.
- Good variety of shots between holes if you want to use your whole arsenal.
- Can play multiple rounds in a short amount of time.
- Great course for beginners or rec players.
- Tight fairways on most holes let you practice accurate approach shots.
- Amazing practice for an advanced players short game.
- Multiple ace runs.
- About 15 of the holes are relatively easy deuce runs if you're on, and all 18 are possible deuces.
- Seemed most locals including beginners realize when to let someone play through without any problems.
Cons: - As already stated in other reviews, many baskets are in horrible condition.
- Putts and anything hitting the chains fast has a higher chance of bouncing out.
- In a couple places, errant throws from other holes are a danger.
- Signs on a couple holes (as of 7/25/09) were missing, but even the rest of them are only so-so.
- The listed pars on the course, even though they're meant for rec players are a tad ridiculous. (Hole #18 :: Par 5 :: 261 ft. and it's one of the more open holes on the course)
- Teepads are a bit short, but because of the length of the holes, a big walk-up generally isn't necessary.
- One hole runs parallel to the access road and the basket is located right next to it, so an overshoot could easily end up in the road.
:: Video of Course
- It's in a great park, there's a huge bay that you can go canoeing and kayaking, a small waterpark for the kids, and plenty of camping (including rentable cabins).
- Really is a short course, I lapped a group of 4 players when playing by myself.
- The park does have a mini-golf course, but it's not well maintained and isn't very large either.
- Definitely a course where you could just bring one disc, I use my putter to drive on most of the holes, but could easily use it on all.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course worth playing
Pros: Beautiful setting
Great use of small wooded area
Pitch and putt course with a great twist--very tight fairways on most holes but each wooded hole has at least one very distinct path to the basket
Very easy to navigate
Adequate cement tees
Good signage (when not missing due to vandals)
Forces you to use good strategy and a wide variety of shots
Fast playing course
No danger of losing a disc or needing a spotter
Cons: Given what the course is, not many cons...the baskets are a little in need of some repair, but since it's such a short course, you are not putting over 10-15 feet
Could be a little hazardous if a lot of people were playing since many of the fairways run next to each other
I think the wooded holes could be pretty frustrating for total newbies...I would introduce friends/family to DG at some other courses and let them fall in love with the game before bringing them here.
Other Thoughts: This course is a great way to work on your technical shots if you are not use to playing intensely wooded courses because you won't lose a disc as you hone your skills.
I bumped this course up to a 3 because it is not just "thrown" into the woods, it has been thought out and well designed considering it's such a flat, small space
If you like really launching a drive, this course may frustrate you, but it's worth seeking out
Some of the holes are so unique...I even made up a couple of throws to navigate a couple of radical doglegs...they were almost switchbacks
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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