The Course Record is 6 Over Par
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Pros: -Owner is very friendly, invites all to play his course. He just wants to know when your there. The course record for the few months it's been open is 6 over par per tournament.
-A farm property that the course meanders around soybean fields in the open with O.B., heavy woods, and a double water carry on flat property.
-The open portion of the course is dominated by distance, wind, and O.B. that comes into play. The heavy woods offer small gaps off the tee, guardian trees in the fairways and baskets, and O.B. A few baskets with bunkered mounds.
-No. 7 at the time I played it I ranked #1 for difficulty for a straight away hole with distance knocking off No. 4 at Farm Life DGC. However, would only hold the ranking for a week when No. 16 at Lake Marshall Lions course would roar past it.
-No. 18 a double water carry I rank #3 for a finishing hole in difficulty behind Lake Marshall Lions and Casey Logan.
-In course difficulty Lynnwood Forrest ranks #2 behind Lake Marshall Lions in the courses I've played. The owner continues to tweak the course to make it more difficult.
-Generous drop zones on #2 and 18.
-Tee signs offer Hole number, par, and distance. Tee signs are small painted white wooden post with red letters but do the job for now. Tees are a mix of grass and carpet on dirt. Baskets are new and catch good.
-Navigation works clockwise in the open will see next tee from basket. In the woods large white signs with red letters "next tee", can't miss it.
-If you like seclusion, you're likely to be the only one playing or with your group.
-Owner has sprayed the course, I experience no annoying bugs at all, other than seeing spiders on the ground.
-Beginners and Recreational players will find the course extremely difficult. Intermediate and advanced will be challenged.
Cons: -The course being so new as of a few months ago, there's debris and logs just off the fairways, in those piles can make disc hunting difficult off fairway. No. 11 was currently having some tree removal, and there's stumps with roots in the middle of the fairway, all part of the owner tweaking the course. No. 10 was also reworked just prior to 11. I'm sure it will be worth it when its all settle. Just need to watch your footing in the wooded portion of the course.
-Lots of loose dirt in the wooded portion from fairway development. I would think with any heavy or sustain rain it would turn into a mud pit. Hopefully over time it will dissipate.
-Loose dirt under the tee carpets in the woods, making them lumpy. It would seem eventually this will be corrected with better permanent tees. As shown with continued fairway work in the woods.
-After a first visit most of the wooded holes were not memorable, would take a few more visits and see what happens after the course is finally settled in from the tweaking. Those I remember have their own uniqueness.
-Lost disc potential is high from the debris piles in the woods, water carry, and soybean fields. Normal rough in the woods is sparse, you can walk right up to your disc off fairway. I spent more time looking for my two penalty strokes in the soybean fields.
Other Thoughts: What a surprise to find Lynnwood Forrest pop up on a local facebook page with the owner inviting all to play his course. It's a gem in the making on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The owner doesn't want a lay down course, he wants it to be challenging and difficult. When I contacted the owner to get permission to play, he let me know number 3 was just extended by 80 feet to 467 feet to keep a regular player from birding it again. The owner also likes feedback which I did.
The course both open and especially in the woods is difficult. To make up distance in other wooded courses I can find gaps in doglegs or hug fairways to cut down on distance. Not Lynnwood Forrest, those reaches, and gaps were not to be found, so I suffered with boogies. My doubles were in the open holes. Off the tee I used mids, fairway, and drivers. The course is now one of five course's I'll continue to revisit as a measuring stick on my game.
My round took an hour and 45 minutes snapping pictures. 30 minutes longer than normal for a course its length. I still consider the course a work in progress which is where my rating is posted at and look forward to its development to boost that rating in the future. With course difficulty, uniqueness of a soybean field shaping holes, dominating wood play and a superb finishing hole my overall ranking is anchored on 5.0.
No. 2 Par 3 at 318 feet is an island hole surrounded on three sides by the soybean field, so you can go long. You need at lest 260 feet to carry the soybeans which is O.B. The Island is C2. The wind is dominant, I watched by drive get carried to the left, and used the drop zone about 45 feet from basket.
No. 3 Par 3 at 467 feet is straight from tee to basket which can't be seen from tee. Soybean field is all along the right and angles into the fairway at about 180 feet then swings back out to the right furthering the distance to clear it. You need to stay right fairway on the drive hugging the soybean field. On left fairway is heavy brush and trees, at about 150 feet from basket the tree line angles into the fairway blocking view of the basket, trees are at least 25 feet tall. The basket sits on an elevated railroad ties filled with dirt. Hug the soybean field to reach basket for approach. I thru a solid drive, but no view of basket.
No. 12 Par 3 at 433 feet is an open field with soybeans on both sides but wide enough so they shouldn't be a problem. At 300 feet is a 40-foot gap back into the woods with a few skinnies as sentries at the entrance. At the gap an easy dogleg right with guardian trees around the basket. If you don't make the gap, its so dark, you can't see the basket.
No. 13 Par 3 at 336 feet is a straight away figure 8 fairway. Both fairways are a 20-foot gap with difficult angles to make it back to the middle where the fairways cross at about 180 feet. The rest of the way in are guardians to the basket to make it a difficult reach on both sides of the upper portion of the 8. I would continue my string of bogeys.
No. 17 Par 4 at 627 feet is a straight away open tee and basket hole. The fairway up to about 400 feet before you run into your last soybean field is at least 120 feet wide. However, the left side is a heavy tree line with canopy reaching out and drooping down as low as 10 feet off ground, and cuts your fairway in half. So, your being pushed towards the soybean field all the way down. The basket is on the other side of soybean field with about 225-foot carry, there is a fairway stretch along side of field on the left and only 30 feet wide. After two solid throws I was looking for my disc in the soybeans.
No. 18 Par 4 at 500 feet is a dogleg left designed as a double water carry hole and very scenic. Throwing thru a gap at the tee pad of about 15 feet straight over the water with a carry of about 270 feet. Straight ahead are also 5 pines that will interfere with your approach if you land too there right. You will need at least 300 feet to land on there left for the better approach but hit the brakes. Go to far in the fairway you'll be blocked by small pines all the way to the basket. The basket on the approach sits just 15 feet from the pond and in the middle of a 30-foot gap. My throw ballooned into the wind, which is something I rarely do, splash.
No. 7 Par 4 at 483 feet is a straight away from tee to basket in heavy woods with guardian fairway and basket trees. Trees are also leaning into the fairway, and the fairway is only about 30-feet wide before it slopes down on both sides to ditches that may or may not have water in them. It's a nasty looking hole with a challenge and can rack up strokes if deflecting off fairway. I got lucky, deflected my drive from a left tree to right side of fairway, deflected again from left to right on approach and was able to dump a putter to pick up a lucky par.
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