Pros: -I really liked the signs here. They look great with the apple logo, hole number, and distant.
-There are a lot of quality holes here. Hole 7 is a dogleg left that plays over a small pond and finishes behind a group of trees. Hole 16 is a picturesque s-curve in the woods that gently slopes down hill. Hole 17 is a 250ft hole with a tight opening down a steep hill to a pin located behind a small hill.
-Apple Mtn. is very balanced between righty and lefty holes and open and wooded.
-The amenities here are some of the best I have seen. The activities building has a diner inside with nice bathrooms to boot.There's also an arcade and miniature golf. You could stay onsite and make a family weekend of it.
Cons: -I was very disappointed in the first 5 holes. All were visible from the first tee and were pretty much in an open field. Hole 3 was the only interesting hole of the group.
-The cost to play is $7.49 (including tax) if you use their loaner discs, but you will pay $5.30 if you let them know you brought your own discs.
-There are a couple of LOOOOOONG walks between holes the first being hole after hole 7. It is not entirely obvious where to go next, but you end up walking around the small pond, through a parking lot, past a building, and into the woods. The second difficult transition is after hole 16 where you finish in the woods and 17 is past a building, through a parking lot, and up a steep hill. There are no signs or even a worn path showing you where to go.
-Some of the holes in the woods (such as holes 7, 9, 10, and 11) are way too tight and the branches right in front of the tee on 18 ruin what would otherwise be a really good hole.
Other Thoughts: Overall, it looks like Apple Mountain has the space and the resources for a really nice course, but it is in need of a quality design and some maintenance. It is very obvious at the moment, that this course is played infrequently.
Pros: Scenic view and well-kept grounds. Lots of opportunities for birdies and aces. Mix of open and wooded, flat and hilly. Located on a resort, so there's other stuff to do if you're so inclined.
Cons: Costs $7 to play... it's probably not worth that unless you stay all day. No tee pads. The course is very short and sometimes unchallenging. A few of the holes are located painfully close to a pungent horse stable.
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Beggars Can't Be Choosers
Pros: This should be called Birdieville because there are birdie opportunities on evrey hole. Even with some tight fairways from the 8th hole on, they are short and easy to hit. The baskets are pretty forgiving too, so come here if you want to set a personal best score.
I didn't expect to find a Disc Golf course near where we stay on Lake Rabun, but it was a short 20 minute ride to the course. Very convenient considering how far out it feels sometimes.
My favorite holes were the wooded holes that start out around the 8th tee. Pretty short holes for the most part, but very pretty woods and fun fairways.
Cons: No tee pads, just dirt and roots, which make for rough and uneven tee boxes. Nice signs at each tee box, but there were multiple par 4's that were straight, wide open 300 feet throws that should be easy par 3's. Even one or two Par 5's that were still probably a Par 3. It seemed like a newer player set the Par for this course.
No course map available online and "actives center" had run out when I asked for one. The 3rd hole tee box is over the hill to the right of the 2nd basket (behind the hotel buildings in case you can't find it).
No trash cans on course, so bring a bag to carry off whatever you brought on. Also, no benches so bring a chair of you don't want to sit on the ground during breaks.
The 17th tee is tough to find. There is one sign after 16 that points in a general direction, but you still feel like you are just wondering around looking for the tee box. Just walk parallel to the building and walk up the hill toward the pool. You'll see it a you crest the hill.
18 has a treacherous rough to the right side, so be wary of your throw. This may not be the best chance to try out your new sidearm throw.
Other Thoughts: I was optimistic that this "Pay to Play" course would be a hidden gem, but it was a very standard course that doesn't get a lot of use or attention. This is a ball Golf Resort, so Disc Golf is a distant afterthought.
Before going to the first hole, you'll need to "Register" at the activities center, which is the building next to the pool. That's where you pay the $5 to play.
After 18, if you keep walkin behind the condos you will come to the 3rd hole and can play 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the way back to the car. They are the wide open holes at the beginning and fun to try for aces.
I'll play this course again!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Decent Little Mountain Course
Pros: Nice views, easy to find, a few challenging wooded holes.
Cons: Most holes too easy, including some wide open holes with no obstacles. Uneven tee pads.
Other Thoughts: This course was only built last year, so may improve. Definitely worth playing once or twice, or on your way up to the mountains. But first 5 holes are pretty much wide open. You can see all 5 baskets at once; put it that way. And grass-only, uneven and short tee pads. Otherwise, great mountain views and easy to find right off of 441/23.
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