6 Helpful / 0 Not
Grip and rip!
Pros: The amenities are all there. The tee pads (concrete or rubber) are all in good shape. Although a few are a bit short. The signage is great (and educational) and navigation is a breeze.
The course is well maintained and clean. The fairways are clear and grass is mowed.
It's also nice and quiet. You may encounter a couple walkers along the front half or some fishers on 9, but for the most part, you don't need to worry about bystanders impeding play.
There is a "mini nine" made up of remnants of the old course that offers a nice change of pace from the standard 18 hole layout.
There are a couple individual holes that I think are really well designed:
Hole 1: This hole requires a big drive with relatively few obstructions. The closer you end up to the OB rip-rap on the left, the better look you have at the basket. This opens up a nice risk/reward scenario.
Hole 10: Tee off over a channel to a tree line on the other side. Hit the gap in the trees and there is a nice landing zone offering a nice approach shot. Miss the gap and it will cost you a stroke.
Hole 15: This hole will mess with your head. The tee is on the dam playing over the channel. The tee is perfectly placed such that just about anyone that really goes for it and comes up short will end up in the channel. So you're forced to power down and hit a blind, tiered landing area short, or take your chances and go for it (about 400' to clear the water).
Cons: Distance is king here. The course is heavily biased to the players who can throw the farthest. This is particularly evident early on with hole 2. It is a straight shot, slight uphill approx 700 feet. The fairway is lined with OB riprap on the left and a tree line on the right. However, the fairway is wide enough to allow just about any distance line you want. As long as it finishes between those lines, you're all set. The trees and rip-rap are enough to punish bad shots, but anything inbetween will provide an equally good look for your next shot.
This tends to be the theme of the course. A large number of holes emphasize distance over placement. The holes that require a long drive leave plenty of space to use just about any disc or shot you need to get max distance. There's no real test of long range accuracy.
The OB rip-rap continues to be a factor throughout the course. Five holes (1, 2, 3, 7, and 8) are lined by OB on the left, favoring the LHBH or RHFH player. Holes 9, 15 and 17 also have OB to the left, but it doesn't come into play quite as much. Hole 14 is the only one with the OB to the right. It doesn't take long for this to get very repetative and boring.
Hole 9 is particularly frustrating if you can't clear about 325' in a usually swirling wind. This is what is required to clear the water and OB rip-rap (which has a tendency to kick discs into the water). If you don't have the range to get to the other shore, you may as well just accept the penalty and head down to the drop zone located on the opposite shore.
Other Thoughts: This course was clearly designed for advanced players. Casual players will be frustrated and possibly turned off to the sport after playing here. Having alternate tees on all but the shortest holes would be a huge help in that regard. There are a couple alternates already (on 1, 2, 9, 16 and 17), but there are many more holes that could use them.
Even the big guns that have the distance needed to play this course will find the layout repetitive and boring. There need to be more reward opportunities for good tee shots, particularly on the longer holes.
I only played the old 27-hole layout once, but I enjoyed that layout much more than the new 18.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 27 holes to play! The course wasn't too hard to navigate without a map, you really just have to check which tee you are at before teeing off. Water comes into play several times which keeps you on your toes.
- concrete tee pads
- clean, well maintained
- elevation used
- mix of open/wooded
- some multiple tee options
- helpful locals
Cons: The course was very crowded on a Friday afternoon which really slowed us down. Some holes play near or overlap each other.
Other Thoughts: As if 27 holes aren't enough, there is a 9 hole course (Hodges Village Dam) just a few minutes up the road.
There are plenty of fun holes here and I really enjoyed it. It is definitely worth playing, I would just avoid peak hours.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: great for beginners
cool tee locations
Cons: some tees are over water which isn't good for beginners
some holes aren't marked and some tees have moved
not to sure if there in process of moving tees but hard to find baskets
Other Thoughts: fun course lots of holes makes for a good day
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I'm sure that the course will be labeled, re-mapped, and playable soon. A couple of the new holes are very challenging, and it's nice to see the back side of the dam... plus its always fun to play the holes before they are completely cleared.
Cons: There are no updated course maps, scorecards, navigation help, or anyone with a clue at the moment. The new 18-course loops onto the back side of the dam, across the waterside path you see from old hole 16, thru the back-back 9 area, and back to the first parking area. See "other thoughts" for directions on the course as we've figured it so far.
Other Thoughts: The 27 holes have been split into a beginner-9 and a pro-18. Beginner-9 is the loop from old-3 to 11. Directions for Pro-18 as follows, as best as we could figure.
#1: tee from old 3, basket at old 4. (3 and 4 combined)
#2: tee from old 5, basket far ahead by road.(at end of dam)
#3: tee from top of dam, basket on right treeline (in a cluster of pines)
#4: tee from in woods, basket to the right (blind corner)(next tee is uphill & a little back from basket)
#5: tee from dam treeline, basket on mound (straight thru on next rise)
#6: tee on trail entrance, basket on rock hill in woods
#7: tee on dam treeline, basket in gully on right (just past large birch)
#8: tee on dam treeline, basket in woods on right (just before end of tree line)
#9: tee from waterside, basket at old 16 (over water, disc eater)
#10: tee from canal, basket at old 19
(#11 & 12 not marked/ played old 20 & 21)
#13: tee from old 22, basket into left treeline at red trail marker
#14: tee in woods, throw out along dam to basket in gully on left
#15: old pro 27? not marked yet
#16: old 18? not marked yet
#17: old pro 1? not marked yet
#18: tee from old 14 pro, basket at old 2?
Hope this helps... I know I was lost the first time out. I'll update as it gets clearer out there.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
I felt like i was in an episode of lost
Pros: First 11 holes were awesome and had a terrific variety, good use of elevation, wooded sections and open sections really great atmoshpere and a good challenging course plus 28 holes!
Cons: It was the most difficult course to navigate no signage at all holes pretty much random placed and no real great place to start i started on hole three because that is where the main parking lot is and played most holes however once i started to reach 14 holes disappered i would throw on 16 then discover i was throwing at hole 20 something also grass is getting high and plenty of ticks are waiting
Other Thoughts: with a little work and some signs this would be an amazing course and could really stand out however there are some major roadblocks, they are working on some holes now and it seems they are attmpting to make it easier to navigate
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
B+ = Be Bery Bery nice!
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 and more hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B+
(Several huge downhill holes (1, 14, 16) have water in play big time and really force you to make the go-for-it versus play-it-safe decision - I imagine that decision is often influenced by the wind (it was calm the day I played). I love the creativity of hole 10 with 2 different fairways......but it easily could have been 3 with even better choices. Other than those holes (and some artificial OB (yellow rope) along the rocks of the dam), Buffumville is a pretty low risk course which makes the rewards on many beautiful holes much less rewarding.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == B+
(About 1/2 of the holes just right for me, 1/4 are too long, and 1/4 are too short. It seems like the course was designed to make everyone happy.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B
(This course is unique and amazing in both the aesthetic and the use of the dam. Great disc golf terrain too. Overall, the course is too open to really force a challenging line on the majority of the holes. There seems to be an inordinate amount of left-to-right shaped holes.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B
(There are some incredibly beautiful spots - I would hold basket 21 up against any spot anywhere - a basket on a secluded bluff over a beautiful lake. The aesthetic of the dam is unique and rugged and interesting....but not beautiful in a classic sense (other than the amazing tee shot off the top of the dam on #16). Much of the course runs along the park road and that it a real downer in my book. That takes a lot away from the huge "upper" of having a beautiful lake in view for a lot of the course and in play for a few holes.
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == C-
(Holes 16, 19, 22 and 27 were set up in positions that took 2 shots to reach the basket. None were particularly taxing or required a lot of strategy. But it is great to see multi-throw holes!)
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well this course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. See my profile for specifics on my rating philosophy.
I fancy myself as a connoisseur of good course design and I am a competitive Blue level (950-ish rated) with mid-level power (accurate to 300' with max D of 360'). Since I have played a decent number of courses (150+ 18-hole, 90+ 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me.....and that's the fun of things here.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Interesting Dam course
Pros: The navigation is pretty easy if you have the course map (you must bring your own as the only one they have there is on a bulletin with all the walking trails and is confusing). The tees have post next to them with the hole number, par, distance, and bag hooks. The tee pads are concrete and level. There are benches scattered throughout the course near slower playing holes. The pathways in between holes are lined with fallen timbers. The upper parking lot has a porta pottie (near hole 5). There is an amazing assortment of shots between holes. A great use of OB between the dam rocks is used (marked by a faint blue line painted on the rocks). Some holes are grip and rip while others offer a variety of pathways for tunnel shots. There is also a warmup basket in between holes three and twelve(which share the same teepad). Hole sixteen was my favorite as the basket sits on the edge of the water and it's a long downhill par four. Hole twenty was pretty amazing too as it's a tight wooded shot with the basket sitting in a pile of rocks.
Cons: A large majority of the holes overlap at some point; whether it be the fairways or the walkways to get to the next hole. Although the tee pads are level and concrete they are wide at the back and narrow near the front. They are also shorter and I would like. Throughout the wooded area it looks as if there are random saplings just sitting there trying to guard the basket. There are poorly placed next tee signs (I.E. 10` in the air or right on the ground nowhere near the basket). Throughout the course there is probably almost a foot of difference in height of the baskets. Hole fifteen is a dogleg left over a small parking lot (which seems to be crowded with dog walkers vehicles). There are no scorecards and/or course specific maps available.
Other Thoughts: There are Ace tags on all the tees. The tags have the name, date, and pin location of the ace engraved on a small placard. There is a bulletin board for the course on hole three's and twelve's tee pads.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice way to spend a morning
Pros: Multiple basket positions, clean, well maintained, "bonus" 9 holes, practice basket, and even a grill.
Cons: Markings could be better, some shots close to a road, a couple of overlapping fairways, can get busy on weekends.
Other Thoughts: I was lucky I played this course with a friend that had played it many times. Without his guidance It would be easy to get lost without a map in hand.
Other than that I really loved this course. It had a nice mixture of wide open shots where you can let loose, tunnel shots, wooded shots, water shots, and large elevation drops. There were not many holes where an errant shot would kill your whole round. Baskets were placed in challenging postions, but none what gave you a feeling that the shot was impossible.
The grounds were kept up perfectly. There were bathrooms on site and while parking isn't the most spacious, it was basically empty for the time were were paying (weekday morning).
We parked at the first lot which is right at hole 3. It seems like a popular thing to do because there was a billboard, practice basket, and picnic tables there. In fact I think the only reason why that hole isn't #1 is because it would screw up the flow into holes 19-27. Still, you can do those holes after 17 and finish up with 18, 1, and 2.
Well worth the trip from anywhere. Thanks for the Army Corps of Engineers for allowing a beautiful course on the property!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: liked alot of the holes. some interesting water play and use of elevation makes this course worth trying out. well maintained when i went. 27 holes.
Cons: hard to find your way around,,,tees not well marked and i rarely could find the blue tees.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice looking course. It has a wide range of holes. Close ones, long ones, up hill, down hill, tight ones, and open ones. I would recommend playing it.
Cons: It isn't marked off well. I got lost looking for the first hole. It is by a small pond not by any parking lot. If you park in the second lot you will drive by it. There is a small map by the billboard at hole 3.
Other Thoughts: Very nice course. It is nice to have 27 holes. You can stop at 18 or if you are on fire keep shooting.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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