Great Odell's Raven
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Odell Weeks is a solid, consistent course. If you don't like variety, you'll enjoy this course.
- Repetition, repetition, repetition. I actually could say it nine times to replicate this course. If you want to practice your mid to long-range game (depending how far you can throw), this course gives you nine chances at that. If you want to practice the nearly identical tee shot nine straight times, this is the perfect course for you.
- There are slight variations of these holes. #4 & 6 are slight doglegs and trees come in to play on #5 & 7. Still, if you throw dead straight and pin-high on every single hole, you won't be more than 25 feet or so from the basket on any of them. Throw straight and the correct distance and you'll have nine birdie putts.
- Hole distances are very consistent, all ranging from 240 to 320 feet. Average length is 284 feet. So, yeah. You get the idea. You easily could play this course with a couple discs, and probably should leave the bag in the car.
- In addition to being a great practice course, this is also a great course for beginners and casual players. The course is encircled by a walking trail, which was packed the night I was playing (is there nowhere else in Aiken to run/walk?), and only comes slightly into play with an errant throw on #1, 2 & 6.
- With all the baskets in a relatively confined area, this is also a great course to get creative for safari golf. You want variety? Play from #1 tee to 3 basket, #9 tee to 1 basket or #4 tee to 8 basket. It's a good chance to pull out some big drives and impress the ladies on the walking trail. Am I right, fellas?
- Great facility all-around with lots of amenities. Also, restaurants and gas stations close by if you need to get a drink or use the restroom and the rec center is closed.
Cons: The lack of variety is pretty rough. It takes a lot to get bored with a nine hole course before you finish. There are other nine-holers I've strongly disliked, but bored takes a different requirement.
- Each and every hole, in and of itself, is perfectly acceptable. Just having them together, nine holes in a row, is a bit much. That said, with such a small piece of land, and little to work with in terms of obstacles and terrain, I think this course is about as good as you can expect.
- Navigation was surprisingly a bit tricky. With so many baskets and tees visible at all times, it would be pretty easy to walk to the wrong pad or throw to the wrong basket.
- For inexperienced players, the holes close to the walking trail could be a bit close for comfort in terms of potentially hitting someone. Add to that, people walk across the disc golf course area as a shortcut.
Other Thoughts: Odell Weeks is a low ceiling, high floor course. One would think if you're worst hole were as 'decent' as this course's worst, you'd have a solid course. Conversely, if a course had OW's best hole as its own, you'd have really low expectations. That's what you get with consistency.
- Along those lines, no hole stood out from the pack as either good or bad. The only three that stood out to me were #2 and 3, for throwing around trees, and #6, for its slight dogleg right layout, especially with the trees serving as obstacles.
- On an aside, I was really impressed with how nice the downtown/historic area of Aiken is. For my first time visiting the town, and after just playing Perry Memorial, my expectations for Aiken were low. Yet driving to and from the course, I got to see some great small-town charm, which kind of made we wish I could see a little more.
- This has all the makings of an average nine-holer. And in my book, that's a 1.5. I'd say it's slightly higher than that when compared to the other courses I've rated as such, maybe in the 1.6 - 1.7 range. In the end, it was closer to 1.5-rated courses than 2.0's, so that was my deciding factor.
- If you're in the Aiken area, and don't feel like driving to Augusta/North Augusta, then this is the second best course for you, behind USC Aiken's layout. Other than that, even with the lovely, scenic drive through downtown, it's hard to justify the 15 minute drive from I-20 just for this.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Nice mix of long, mid and short shots. Hole locations are easy to find and marked well. Nice to have 18 in such a small area.
Cons: February we had a huge Ice storm which wrecked havoc on the trees and course overall. Hope the park can shape some of the trees up and remove a lot of the dead debris.
Public park so be patient.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Odell Weeks: 9 at a Time
Pros: Odell Weeks is a recreational center with walking trails, picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, a gym, and a nice little nine hole disc golf course. First off, all of the equipment is in place and in good condition. Each tee is marked with a short post, and each post has the hole number and a bag hook. All tee pads are concrete and good size. The DISCatcher baskets are all in fine working order.
Overall, the park is flat and open, with a variety of mature trees scattered throughout. Lengthwise, the holes are short to average distance, all between 240 and 320 feet, and all par 3. Fairways are open enough to give you options on most holes, and pinpoint accuracy is not required. Great beginner course. I like to use the left to right holes to work on my forehand drives, because they are reachable, and the ground usually permits nice skips and flares. I am capable of parking any one of the holes, but usually end up around par on the scorecard. Plays fast, so more than one round is easy to accomplish.
Cons: The other park users may interfere with play occasionally. The bag hooks are low to the ground, my strap is longer than the post I think. The tee pads have a cat stenciled on each, and the distance to the pin, but it is hard to read the small numbers on most of them. Wind was blowing on my most recent visit, making my below average putting even more difficult. The wide open and short layout is fun to me, but not really very challenging, highly skilled players will not be impressed at all.
Other Thoughts: I like to play Odell Weeks park because it is fun, easy enough that my girlfriend can also enjoy it, and her kids can play on the playground that is visible from most points on the course. It is not a stunning course, but is enjoyable for the average disc golfer. I don't play here often, but I would like to think one day I will get hot, string together a few birds, stay away from the bogies, and really post a nice score here. Hasn't happened for me yet, but I'll keep trying.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very open, great beginner course, impossible to lose a disc. Quiet, doesn't look like it's used much. Nice tee boxes. Nice baskets
Cons: No much, it's a bit open in places, not all that challenging but great for beginners or families. Could be longer.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Down to Basics
Pros: - Holes are a moderately good distance, but not long
- Nice leisurely atmosphere
- No real chance of losing discs
- Convenient to food establishments
- Nice playground for the kids (and the disc golf course is mostly in sight of the playground)
Cons: - People wandering across the fairways
- Not a lot of variety in the holes
- Some holes very near playground and picnic tables
- Not an extremely challenging course
Other Thoughts: My son and I went late on a Sunday afternoon and there were a lot of people wandering through the course. We had some minor issues locating hole #1, since we had parked near hole 6. We also had issues locating the next tee on the first few holes. At one point a family set up their softball game in the middle of the Hole 3 fairway. Fortunately, we were already done there. I would certainly consider playing there again, with the whole family, but just for fun, not the challenge.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Rec course in a park
Pros: This is a small Rec course, located in a city park. Not a professional course!
-Teepads are nicely done.
-Located in a park. If you have Children with you, there is a playground.
-Navigation was easy, despite there not being any maps. (I printed the map from this site)
-Plenty of garbage cans located throughout the park.
-The holes played quickly, perfect for a quick game if you are traveling, and you don't have much time.
-Perfect for beginners.
-It is located in a park
-This is a really nice little park, very well manicured.
-Good lengths, for being such a small course. At least three holes were 300+
-This is a course you go out, throw the disc around, and have fun. Not one to take seriously.
-The course is real easy to find.
-Had a good "Fun Factor" for me, I was kinda bummed that I didn't have time to take in another round.
Cons: -The major one is that beings this is a park, could make playing here on an average to busy day a real challenge.
-There is a walking trail that runs the perimeter of the course. There were a lot of early morning walkers when I played.
-In my opinion, a hole should never play close to a playground. Ever! Hole 7 appeared to angled enough that errant discs might not be a problem, but still... be paying attention on holes 7 & 8.
-Because it is a park, there will be people milling around. I had a few people wander in front of me.
Other Thoughts: I showed up here real early on a thursday morning. There were a lot of people walking along the trail. There were a few people wandering around, I had to wait for one guy to walk across with his dog. It was a nice city park with a course located in it. I bumped it up to 2.5, because I felt that somebody did put some effort to make this a course a nice and fitting addition to this park. I wouldn't drive out of my way to play this course, or make a special trip. This is a course for the people of Aiken, South Carolina. If you happen to be in town, stop by, take in a round, and have fun.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
A nice day in the park
Pros: Concrete pads with distances marked on pads
Some variety of shots needed
Map in park office (with friendly employees!)
Cons: Only 9 holes
No elevation or long holes
Walking path around course
Other Thoughts: I decided to play this course with a couple of casual players over the holidays and we had a good time. It is much more fun than the other course in Aiken, Perry Memorial and I would recommend 18 holes here instead of 9 at each.
I liked the concrete tee pads and the fact that the distances were spraypainted (stenciled) on them. The course was relatively mild with birdies possible on every hole but a few well placed trees here and there to try to stop you.
If in the area I would play this course again just for the pure pleasure of a nice round of golf in a nice setting.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Typical City Course With A Little Challenge Thrown In!
Pros: OW is a typical little flat city parks course with scattered mature trees It's a great place to bring someone for their first DG experience. The baskets are old but they catch just fine and the course flows nicely. It's easy to follow without any next tee signs. I think what sets it aside from most of these type courses is A) It's a well thought out, interesting design and B) It's long enough to challenge the "average" player. WARNING-Your idea of average might vary from mine. Distances range from 240' to about 320'. Pros and advanced players stay away. You won't be challenged or interested. Most baskets have a tree or two or three right in the way. Just enough to make you think a little or vary your shot. Being flat and grassy, the course would be an ideal place to work on your rollers. There are a couple of nice ACE ops.
Cons: Like it's been said before, the course is what it is. It's not a championship course, with elevation or water or majestic drives or beautiful scenery.
Other Thoughts: I'd play this course if I lived close by. If your driving through Aiken, stop and play a quick round or two. You can get through in about 20 minutes or so.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course plays very quickly. You can get in 18 holes in 45 minutes (play the nine twice that is). Most of the holes are guarded by trees so the fact they are all around 280-300 ft still keeps it entertaining for a quick round.
Cons: Not much bad to say except on nice days you might have to avoid some people who are not paying attention and will just walk right in front of you.
Other Thoughts: I will try to get some pics of this course soon because I play there regularly when I don't feel like driving more than five minutes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
C+ = As average as the come for 9 holers
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- C-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- C+
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- C-
5) Bonus amount for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage…if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me….that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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