I like this course, and thought it warranted an updated review. There are nice metal signs and concrete tees on all 18 holes now.
Background: At the time of this review, I am a 917 rated player with 375 golf distance backhand and a weak forehand. I have played 62 different courses, located mostly in the American Southeast. I am right-handed and will write this review from such a perspective.
1. A short RHBH hyzer. Better to miss short, because the green is fast and there are some bushes 20 feet from the basket that you may be unable to putt from if you slide under. Very much a “got to get it” sort of hole.
2. A dead straight putter shot with a slight left fade at the end. Plays about 250. There’s a mando on the right to prevent overlap with 3- if you miss it, you’ll still have work to do to save the bogey. Left has some large bushes that may be difficult to recover from- I had to throw a roller to save par from here in a tournament once, despite only being about 45 feet away from the basket.
3. I didn’t understand this hole. Large bushes in front of the pad make the shot blind, but there’s a very tall statue in the background you can use to line up the shot. There’s trees that dictate a hard right-turning shot, but the basket is around 60 feet past the line, so I don’t even know if some crazy flex shot would work. I think next time I play here, I’ll try a backhand roller. When I did a tournament here, no one else seemed to have it figured out either. There’s a small gap between a mando and a scraggly tree, but it’s really risky. I’m sure some of the locals have this one figured out, so ask someone who’s around.
4. The longest par 3 out here, this hole runs around 350 and has danger in a couple places. There are some trees you have to miss shortly off the tee that could pose trouble, but the main hazards here are the large hedges that wind throughout the fairway. They’re really tall, and if you get stuck behind one of them, you’ll have a blind overhand shot to the pin, which creates all kinds of opportunities for error. Worse, if you really drill one, you might have to take your lie inside of the hedge, and you’ll get scratched up and struggle to throw out. Keeping it clean off the tee is really important here- I consider this the hardest hole on the course.
5. One of the 2 par 4s on the course, this is a hard left dogleg with a mando to the left keeping you off a dog park. You’ll shoot right at the number 7 basket, but you’ll want it to hook hard to the left at the end. There’s one gap in the hedge, slightly past the fence of the dog park, so you’ll have a blind approach if you aren’t lined up on the gap (it’s about 40 feet wide). With a decent placement hyzer, you’ll have a relatively routine 150-200 foot upshot to the pin. Green is relatively open, but there’s one tree to the right that can potentially knock down a hyzer approach. Probably close to a must get for MA2 and up.
6. Interesting hole; there are only a few trees here, but they’re right in the middle of the most common routes. There’s a RHBH hyzer line, but the gap is early and bogey is 100% in the equation if you hit one early. The safer option is the big flex or the forehand. Forehand has to miss a couple near the green, but par is basically guaranteed even if you hit one. I like the flex line, which is the trickiest shape, but has the cleanest path to the basket. Green is wide open with no problems.
7. A little visually disorienting at first; I initially thought this would be a hard flex with an overstable fairway. I think this is a push RHBH hyzer with a straight to understable midrange; there’s a tree in the middle of the tree lane where you want to get as close as you can to it without hitting it. You know the one I’m talking about. Keep in mind this approach will get you into the 20-25 foot range; I really don’t know how you park this one. I’m fine playing for the putt.
8. Straight shot, trees on both sides, 265. Fun putter or midrange shot. Green is a bit tight, and there’s a walking path nearby (over is OB), so be careful of pedestrians. Very straightforward.
9. A short downhill putter shot. Plays around 240. Trees come into play around the 200 mark and will squash wide hyzer plays to both sides. An OB path is about 20 feet behind, so be careful of walkers and losing a stroke.
10. A RHBH hyzer down a tunnel. Plays a little under 300. A creek to the left will collect early releases. Good line for an overstable fairway with a skip, and being unable to see the basket from the tee adds an element of difficulty.
11. This one…ugh. You throw over little parking areas, creating the risk of hitting a car if it’s parked there. The basket is about 5 feet away from one of the little concrete areas, so on a long tee shot or missed putt,you risk either going OB, hitting a parked car, or both. Otherwise, it’s a stock 240 foot backhand hyzer through some trees.
12. Slightly uphill par 4 with a relatively open shot until a mando on the right and a hedge on the left close the fairway down around 275 feet or so. Relatively short and open otherwise. On this hole, it depends how far you want to push past the mando- it’s very missable with an errant shot, and it’s not an easy par save if you don’t make it. I personally played a safe shot around 250 with a midrange and then took the uphill hyzer to the pin (plays around 300 due to the uphill).
13. Downhill RHBH hyzer shot, plays around 315. One tree to the right keeps you from swinging it really wide. There are minimal obstacles on the fairway here, but the shot is blind and the basket is really obstructed with foliage around it. It’s better to miss to the left or right here than short or long, as that’s where the bushes are. You can be 25 feet away and have almost no shot at the pin.
14. Tight gap with a left mando off the tee encases a 275 foot midrange shot. However, the gap can be thrown around with a low skipping hyzer. Another line I think might work is to throw a big, high RHBH hyzer over the large tree on the right. Variety of options here with a variety of degrees of risk.
15. Odd little left-to-right hole with a very tight gap off the tee leading to a blind finish. It takes playing this one a few times to figure out where the basket is- it’s a short hole, but the teepad angle, gap, and fairway make it oddly disorienting. I liked this one for some reason.
16. This one was my favorite hole on the course- it’s a fun downhill blast towards an elevated pin. A variety of lines will work, although the classic RHBH straight shot with a slight finish is optimal. Plays around 330. Keep it low here- a high shot could fade off into the road on the left.
17. One of the most ace-able holes I’ve ever seen. It’s about 240, open, and there’s a hill behind the basket. There’s a ditch in front as well that probably plays as OB, so all the more reason to ace run. Grab a putter or mid and take a run at it!
18. Similar to 17, except with a few more obstacles and a creek to the left of the pin serving as OB. I threw a putter turnover here. Easy bird to finish.
- This is one of the flattest courses I have ever played. 13, 14, and 16 have some elevation, but that’s about it. I guess that’s what happens when you head south of the Fall Line.
- The designers did a good job of using the space available to them. That being said, the navigation is a little weird, and you’ll probably need UDisc to help. The 12 fairway does get close to the 11 basket, but there is a mando to hopefully direct shots away.
- Amenities and baskets here are solid. There’s a restroom, concrete tees, and adequate signs showing par and distance. Baskets are older Discraft pins that are mounted a little lower than normal. They seem to have adequate side-to-side range. I did see a few hard putts that were right in the center bounce out, but unless you’re really jamming putts in, you’ll be fine. Unfortunately, there’s no practice basket.
- There are a lot of blind shots on this course to add a bit of difficulty. Either you can’t see the basket, or you can’t see the ideal landing zone.
- Weird assortment of people hanging around in the park. There were families with kids, joggers, people meandering around in the fairways, and a couple drifters. The locals I played with in my practice round were friendly, and it seems like they have a strong community. Hats off to that.
- The course is very beginner friendly. Great place to teach others to play.
- Aesthetically, this course was a little below average. It’s a nice little park in South Georgia. You’ll see plenty of man-made buildings, playgrounds, roads, etc. I like to “get lost” when I play, so this isn’t as appealing to me. But it’s a chill atmosphere. All is good in the Wood.
“God bless America, and God bless the backhand turnover.”