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Pros: The course plays through a hilly area devoted to disc golf with a mix of grassy open areas, and heavily wooded areas. The course uses the different terrains excellently, with most holes having some sort of elevation. It was nice to have some more open holes mixed in throughout the course for variety, so it never felt too repetitive.
There was a nice mix of shorter technical holes with longer holes that left room for real drives. The shorter holes were generally tight and wooded, and many had tricky greens with a lot of roll-away possibilities. The longer holes were more open, but had some elevation and some thick rough to punish shots that left the fairways.
There are nice signs throughout the course, showing the alternate pin placements and hole layout along with lengths. There are two tees for every hole, and each has it's own sign so there's no extra walking to see the signs when you play from the longs. Both sets of tees are very nice concrete that seemed plenty big. The different tees and pin placements really changed the course, so there's lots of ways to play the course, and definitely helps make it fun for different skill levels.
Most of the people we met at the course were extremely friendly and helpful, and clearly the course is well taken care of by the locals. There was really no trash around, and all the grass was well mowed. The wooded fairways were kept nicely cleared of brush and dead limbs.
Cons: It would be really nice to have markers on the hole signs that show which position the pins are in. Once on the course, navigation is easy, but it's not at all obvious where the first tee for this course or the other course beginning at the same parking lot are, we had to ask someone.
There are some blind holes, and so first time players might have to do some scouting/spotting in the woods. Be especially careful on some of the greens, as even good drives and approaches have the potential to take nasty bounces or rolls (not a con for me, just a heads up).
It got a little buggy in some of the wooded areas, make sure you bring bug spray. There were some large groups of new players who really didn't understand course etiquette and weren't interested in learning, and the locals said that this has been a problem at the course.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun to play, and offers different challenges throughout. Newer players will enjoy the short tees, though the woods offer lots of places to lose discs, and there are still some pretty challenging shots. More experienced players will enjoy the long tees, they provide different looks and more challenge, while still playing like a well designed course not just extra long tees thrown in after the initial design.
This course is definitely worth the trip to play, especially when paired with Indian Rock (in the same park). If you have the chance, spend some time here and check out both courses, though this is the one I would recommend iif you only have time for one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Diverse Course
Pros: Good mix of open and wooded holes.
Great elevation changes.
Great diversity in hole distance.
Good tee signs.
Great risk reward.
Great overall upkeep of course.
Cons: Can be a little tricky to navigate in a couple spots.
Signs from one hole to next could be better.
Couple of holes are easy to lose discs on due to terain.
Other Thoughts: A great course to play!!!! There are many fun and challenging holes that are very diverse. Excellent stop for anyone passing through this way.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Actually there are 2, 18-hole courses on site. Challenging course lots of variability. Straight, uphill and downhill holes. Two different tee-boxes for each hole, normal and pro
Cons: Newest course and pro tees not for beginners/intermediate, as it is heavily wooded, tight, and technical. No water hazards
Other Thoughts: I learned to play DG on this course while attending nearby Marshall University. I have played DG since 2001, as well as many courses and this is still my favorite. It was my home course from 2001-2006. Now my home course is Creekside in SLC, UT.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Bring Discs that won't Roll !!!
Pros: Great Course with a bit of everything and a LOT of elevation changes.
Twin Tees and Pin Placements on each hole made for a great well rounded course. Good signage at the Tees.
Many challenging holes that offer the chance for an easy two but be prepared if you miss a little - The course is famous(infamous) for stray putts rolling a very long way from the target. Play it safe when in doubt.
Nice scenic disc golf holes such as: #2 - a low straight shot down through the mature pine trees and #17 - a 300 downhill shot to a small triangle green with OB on all three sides.
Great bunch of locals make everyone feel welcome and you can always seem to find someone to throw with.
Cons: If not in good health this might not be the best course for you - It is a workout.
The wooded holes are very slick when wet and that coupled with the sometimes extreme angels of the fairways makes it a necessity to be careful.
Greens in the woods are very unfriendly - Not really a con just a warning.
May be a too short for some but don't underestimate it.
Other Thoughts: This place will turn a 30' deuce putt into a 100' comeback for Par in a second. If you want to get a solid short game there might be no place better to work on it.
A 19th hole exists that plays to the practice basket and if two rounds from different tees is not enough you can walk 50 yards from #19 and tee off on #1 at "Indian Rock" - Another 18 hole course using the other side of the Park. Bring your climbing gear for this one too!
Very Nice course in a beautiful location designed by one of the all-time greats - It shows.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Love the hills
Pros: I only played the short tees and the baskets were mostly in the shorter A position with 4 holes in the B layout, so my comments mostly reflect this layout.
Designed by former World champion Johnny Sias, this is a very enjoyable course with great variety! With 2 sets of tee pads and 2 basket positions there are 4 layouts that vary from 4227 to 6564 ft, so there are suitable challenges for many skill levels. As one would hope for a West Virginia course there were elevation changes on almost every hole, and some were quite dramatic (e.g. downhill drops of 45, 50, and 35 ft.). Be prepared for hiking some ups and downs. With many scenic hills, woods, grass, and old growth hard wood trees it's a very pretty course. There's also great terrain variety with some holes in the woods, some open crush shots over manicured grass fairways, and some with a mixture of trees and green grass (7 Woods/ 4 Open/ 7 Mixed). The well mowed grass on the more open holes have the feel of a traditional golf course. Once I found the first tee I had no real problems navigating the course. The local players are extremely friendly; one of the club leaders even got his friend to give me a commemorative disc!
Cons: Not much to mention...
It would help to have a marker for the current basket position to show if the basket is in the A or B layout.
The layout I played could use a little more fairway shape variety since most were straight and only one was a dogleg left (13 St/ 1 Lt/ 4 R)
Course Level: The Short A layout is borderline Red or White level. It's an easy White or difficult Red level, but I called it White. (Most suitable for Intermediate players rated 875-925.)
The hole lengths from the Short tees were on the short side for White level players, but it would be a good challenge for Red level players. Also, the length variety was lower than average with the majority of holes in the 200-299 ft. range (4<199/ 12 of 200-299/ 2<399).
I liked the back 9 greens better than the front because the back nine has more holes in the woods.
The tee signs are adequate but basic, the tees are concrete, and the Mach II baskets are good but getting just a little old. The online map is also sufficient but average.
You be the judge
My favorite hole is number 2-- A really fun, straight, tree lined corridor with a steep downhill elevation drop of 45 ft makes what I think of as a quintessential WV hole!
If you have a chance I recommend that you play this course!
NOTE: Look in the "Links/Files" section for my files with Hole-by-hole evaluations, and a more detailed Overall review. You can also read more of my reviews at http://sports.groups.yahoo.co...ourseReviews/
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a terrific course. The last time I played it, it was a 19 hole course but I've heard that they are adding atleast nine holes to the course. The original 19 that I played is perfect by design. Multiple tee pads and pin placements on EVERY hole, a terrific combination of left to right and right to left shots. Long shots, wooded shots, tons of elevation, flat ground...you'll find it ALL on this course. This course was designed by former World Champion Johnny Sias! The locals are great too!
Cons: I wouldn't call it a con but the ammount of elevation may be tough for some. There are a FEW holes that are straight up and down.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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