Rho Do those Den Drons
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Easy navigation - directions to next tee on current tee's sign, current basket, and scattered "next tee" signs at key locations.
Not sure when (June?) rhododendrons bloom in this part of Virginia, but this course is loaded with them, along with ferns and laurels.
Lot of differeing types of elevation changes, except up-n-over.
Single tee (6'x4', astro turn atop wood)/basket (blue prodigy), although there's not much room for more.
Walking and/or biking trails continuously intertwine with the course - not sure if this is much of an issue.
Some quite steep and/or narrow walks require extra caution when playing in wet conditions.
Course plays up, down, and across the slopes of a couple of ridges in a small (parking for maybe a dozen cars) wooded park which features many walking and hiking trails.
The mix of hardwoods vary greatly in size, but are fairly dense, which a) keeps undergrowth fairly limited, b) you'll primarily encounter throwing lanes and/or a series of windows, as opposed to fairways, and c) distances are on the shorter side, averaging under 250', meaning this course is about control more so than distance.
Throwing lanes are fair, a few quite challenging, a few others approaching fairway status. Straight throws are always useful, but you'll also need a few left, right, and S-turning shots.
The first 1/3 of the course is mostly a slow descent down/across the slope, followed by a few up-n-down shots, leaving you next to a small, meandering creek near basket #10. The next few throws play primarily along the creek floor, followed by a few upslopes, finishing with a couple relatively flat holes, finishing nearing the parking lot.
Favourtie hole #7: I have a preference for cross-valley shots, and this longest hole (420') doesn't disappoint. The trees are spread out enough as the hole descends towards then rises from the creekbed to allow and elongated S-shape. The basket is set a bit farther back, guarded by a couple large hardwoods.
Scenic hole #11: Visually, I always like holes that use a meandering creek as essentially the primary throwing lane, as long as the trees are not too dense along its banks, and the banks aren't steep, and this 300', slightly right-finishing hole fits the bill. But, these types of holes aren't so enjoyable if there's been too much recent rain, so don't want to overdo them.
A very solid wooded course offering a lot of variety in shot shapes and elevation.
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Pros: Looking at directions , it is easy to blow past the entrance to Montvale Park , where Beale's Treasure DGC is located . The entrance is between canopied trees and brush . The course is very new ( 2019 ) and it seems that this park was intended for the disc golfer in mind . Pulling into the gravel parking lot , you will see a kiosk ( no map ) attached to a nice wooden bench . If you face it , Hole one will be down the path on your right .
The tee pads are a green carpet . The prodigy baskets are good and catch well . What stands out is the signage . They are nailed to the trees either right or left of the tee boxes . They are made of pieces of slate , and either stained or painted . They show hole number , distance , par and flight path . some show where to look for the next tee . Very unique touch .
If you like tight woods courses , you will fall in love with the course immediately . Very tight lanes . You may get into a debate with any players that you bring , whether the fairways are fair or not because there is little margin for error here . The course is new , so the designers can iron that out , by whacking a tree are 2 , if they see fit . #1 is only 240' straight ahead , but makes you throw a fading hyzer , or risk pinballing trees . #2 , one of my favorites for this course , is slow developing right to left down the fairwaiy , slightly downhill , to dropping off at the end ( 300' ) . I won't go hole by hole , and bore you . Plenty of righty/lefty holes , with some straights and a couple of S drives thrown in .
There is plenty of Virginia style elevation here . Bring your water with you . I played this course at 6:45 am on a Saturday morning . The only break from the quiet of the woods are the chirping of the birds . You almost feel like you own the course . Disc Risk : minimal . You can possibly lose a disc off a ricochet of a tree , with an increased risk during the fall when the leaves are on the ground and your drive ends up under the leaves . #18 is a nice finishing hole , 290' , slight upwards and to the left . It leads you right back to the parking lot . Signature hole : Maybe the snaking 301' #11 . It will test your wits . I played the course in about an hour . Figure about 2 hours for a foursome .
Cons: I don't have much in the way of cons here . Maybe some better tee pads , a map in the kiosk , a tree or 3 removed . The parking lot is very small . 10-12 cars for right now , IMO . Maybe a picnic table and chairs behind the kiosk for players to relax after a round . Some garbage cans ( take out what you bring in ) . Lack of a bathroom . Be careful of clipping some small stumps that might be just off the middle of a fairway or 2 .
Other Thoughts: This is not a destination course , but it is a keeper it is all woods . . It will give you a workout , not only cardio-wise , but mentally . Your nerves will be tested , but in a good way . A lot of thought went into the design here . Couple that with the hard work that went into clearing the fairways of trees , and a dream became a reality . The course is only a year old , so I suspect improvements and amenities will come in time , especially if the locals play here regularly . My recommendation : A must play for the locals , intermediates , even pros to work on shot shaping , and course baggers that are coming from I-81 or staying in Roanoke , on their way to Falling Creek or Liberty U . Not really a couples or family type of course . Try This Course !!!
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