Vast variety at the valley
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Pros: Upon arrival, your first impression of Green Valley DGC might be underwhelming as you're greeted by a dead-end road and a single portable restroom, without much evidence of a disc golf course except for a couple royal blue-banded Discatchers appearing among the trees.
However, beyond the starting line is an excellent mix of holes that feature risky plays near the water, lovely grassy fairways, tight lines through the woods, elevation and more.
Of the attributes that stand out at Green Valley, its proximity to the two lakes are probably the most noteworthy. Several holes (#8, #9 and #13) play near the lakes; three holes (#11, #12 and #18) play OVER the lake with limited options for avoiding risk. Of these, Hole #11 is likely the most challenging; it's about 275 feet to clear the lake with a couple of trees on the far bank guarding an uphill green. Holes #12 and #18 at least offer bailout options around the body of water. When I asked a disc golfer at a nearby course on advice for playing Green Valley, he (somewhat) jokingly replied, "don't," before admitting he lost four discs in the water on a recent visit.
The variety at Green Valley is exceptional; not only are there many different types of holes, this diversity is mixed in throughout the course. Moderate elevation comes into play on nearly half the holes, which includes the fantastic downhill 507-foot bomber Hole #15. There are four par 4s and one par 5.
The turf tee pads are lovely, though a couple of them aren't level with the ground.
The distance and difficulty was well-designed as par seems fair on every hole except for perhaps the par-3 Hole #5. It's the closest the course comes to a "tweener" with its brutal off-the-fairway brush and protected basket.
Navigation is pretty straight forward after you find the first hole. A couple areas to note: Cross the street after Hole #4. And after Hole #9, go back behind the building for the next teepad.
The course does loop around near the parking area after Hole #10.
Cons: This is not a course for beginners. Even good, experienced players with solid distance will be susceptible to dunking their plastic in the lake due to tree placement and rollaways. Plus, several of the areas off the fairways contain dense brush that nearly guarantee a bogey if breached.
A couple of the holes could be considered fillers, but they might better be described as connectors. Unless you consider tough water holes to be a negative, there isn't a bad hole out there.
The fairway for Hole #4 is slightly obscured from the teepad; some tree trimming is necessary on the left side. But that's not surprising, as the course doesn't appear quite finished. There are a few areas that need a bit more work to be considered complete.
There are several potentially marshy or muddy areas on the course, including the valleys on Holes #1 and #5, as well as in front of basket for Hole #15 and on the path to Hole #16 due to water running down the hill.
Other Thoughts: Currently, Green Valley is a work in progress as they complete the Hole #16 teepad and hopefully, add permanent tee signs and some navigational indicators. I tend to give a bit of grace in rating (and reviewing) new courses. With its excellent and challenging variety, Green Valley has the potential to secure a higher rating if the course adds amenities while remaining in excellent condition.
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