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Irvington, VA

Deadrise Disc Golf

2.55(based on 1 reviews)
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lee76007
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Experience: 4.8 years 113 played 112 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Mostly Open, Woods in Play, some Elevation, and Fun!

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 17, 2022 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-An 18-hole course on an ex-ball course with a unique layout. The F9 is mostly open with cut fairways and tall dry grass for rough, a few tees play from tree gaps and a few baskets tucked in a tree line. The F9 is also sloped. A few transitions hole in the woods on the B9. The Majority of the B9 is open tee to basket with elevation. The tall grass plays on the finishing holes as grass bunkers in the fairway. The course is scenic and memorable.

-The designer made good use of ball course greens with baskets placed on mounds for green rollers, bunkers protecting baskets, and a basket placed on ball greens, with one protected by overhanging branches.

-Holes 17 and 18 play as excellent finishing holes.

-When the wind is blowing it will be dominant.

-Multiple tee signs on each hole with a blue buoy with hole number on a pole and laying on the ground painted rocks with par and distance.

-Navigation is easy clockwise with an arrow on the basket pointing to next tee. From the first tee you can see every hole on the F9.

-From the bag on the tee good variety to stay on fairway or hit greens with putter, mid's, fairways, and drivers.

-As I finished up playing a Boy Scout for an Eagle Project was getting ready to place wooden benches he had built on the course.

-Beginners and Recreational will have a good scoring opportunity. Intermediate and Advanced will be able to easily target baskets on most holes.

Cons:

-The tees are woodchips, and they are awful! Tees are rutted with woodchips scattered or vaguely present. Throwing from the tees can be a tripping hazard.

-#1 is one of the weakest opening holes I've played, giving me a moment of eh. Straight from tee to basket little more than 200 feet and nothing in your way, get your ace run. The course is much better the rest of the way.

-I prefer wooded courses, but the two wooded holes 10 and 13 seem out of place on a mostly open course. Both holes would be great for a wooded course. Just seemed awkward and forced, and I did see enough open space to route the two holes elsewhere.

-The painted rocks with hole information were in light colors and already fading away. They will need to be repainted frequently or a more traditional tee sign.

-Mowing seem to be an issue during the course's first summer. However, the course had been recently mowed when I played, except C1 on hole 13 with just below knee-high grass with morning dew soaking my socks and shoes.

-Loss disc potential can be high for those who spray there disc off of the tee. The F9 with high dry grass for rough when my disc landed vertically a few times difficult to find, a few landed horizontally walked right up to it. A few holes have heavy woods bordering fairways, and the grass bunkers on the B9 are long, wide, and deep grass and brush.



Other Thoughts:

Deadrise, I loved the open, wavy grass, rolling fairways and greens, elevation, grass bunkers, the trees that came into the play, and the incorporation of obstacles from the useta ball course. #13 wooded hole did serve a purpose transitioning from a wavy dry grass F9 plus 11 and 12, to an elevated B9 starting at 14. The course reminded me of John Walter Smith course in Maryland. When I met the designer helping to place the new wooden benches, he told me John W. Smith course was where he got the idea for Deadrise. I think the layout places a review at 3.5, however. My three pillars layout, baskets, and tees are my baseline for a review, and those woodchip tees were horrible with only three months of play. I didn't throw off a single one, instead throwing off tee on a level surface a few far away as 15 feet and missing intended lines. It's a big hit on my overall rating. If the tee pads are replaced with a more consistent surface, I would love to come back on a day when the wind is blowing.

My overall rating is placed on the unique layout that transitions through a wooded hole, and that would be anchored on a 4.5. The time to play taking pictures on the first round was 70 minutes, the second round an hour.

Featured Tee:

-#14 plays dead straight from tee to an open basket. However, 30 feet in front of the tee is a group of pine trees with a 4-foot gap to thread for another 30 feet to the open. My best choice was to go around the trees on either side to the open adding at least 30 more feet to a 232-foot hole. I hyzered left the first round clipping a branch, turnover right the 2nd round almost parking the basket.

Featured Basket:

-#2 basket location is on a ball course roller mound between green and a deep bunker. No indication if bunker is O.B. The bunker with sand also has deep vegetation. Landed in bunker first round putted less than three feet above my head. It's a dogleg left from tee, and basket is blind.

Featured Hole:

-#18 the only Par 4 at 494 feet open tee to basket and elevated from tee. On the down slope the fairway is wide, all the way down the left high wavy green grass compared to the dryer grass on the F9. At about 100 feet down middle right is a huge deep grass/brush bunker starting at 200 feet from the tee ending at 300 feet, and 30-40 feet wide, easy to lose a disc. from that point lush green grass all the way to basket sitting on a ball green. Very scenic from tee with a backdrop of trees. I threw my two best drives of two rounds, only to throw two poor approaches.

Signature Hole:

No. 17 Par 3 at 316 feet is the highest elevated tee that also overlooks the 18th hole, and the most scenic hole on the course. The hole is a dogleg left around oak trees protecting basket, which was hard to spot from tee. The basket sits on a ball green. At about 165 feet down hill is heavy grass/brush and deep!! Easy to lose a disc. The width of the hazard runs all the way across the front, and to clear the hazard about 210 feet, where it begins to slope back up to basket then levels off. To the left in the brush several trees that wrap around the ball green, there are overhanging branches protecting the basket area. If you over fly the basket deeper brush to lose a disc. You're going to want to go for it, which can be a risk. In contrast to #18, both rounds I threw my worst drives not clearing the brush, and after finding my disc just a short way from the walking path, had my two best recovery shots, go figure.

Trouble Hole:

No. 13 Par 3 at 254 feet our transition hole, and the hole where the most strokes could be racked up. From the tee downslope heavily wooded with skinny trees, and only about 7 feet wide for 200 feet. There is a lone skinny halfway down right center of fairway. At 200 feet the fairway doglegs left at 90 degrees. Run your disc to far you'll be right into heavy trees at about 215 feet. At the dogleg you'll see the basket in the open, and a bunch of poke and hopes protecting it for about 25 feet. The basket sits on a downslope, but when I played it the grass was high, little chance for a roller on an approach. There are a few gaps where there's not enough space for a bh or fh approach. On both of my drives landing close to where I wanted with an easy mid, and not possible gaps too small. I took my grippy g-Starr mamba, and pitch as if I was throwing a horseshoe, and felt like I was able to get out of jail.

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