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.
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.
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