Extremely Thick Woods
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Pros: -A 9-hole extremely heavy wooded course that includes one open tee hole. The course is located behind Goochland High School on a hillside with an elevated tee and plays mostly on the slope of the hill. A creek comes into play as well behind a green roller.
-The Mach 3 baskets are new and catch great! Some natural tees are marked with rectangular logs. Distances range from 105 feet to 329 feet all par 3's.
-Navigation is counter-clockwise, UDisc highly recommended.
-From the bag on the tee putters, mids, fairways, and a driver.
-All levels of play if you love to be challenge by a wall of trees, this course is for you!
Cons: -I played in the month of December and the lines are tight and, on a few holes don't exist. Those holes are unplayable. In the warmer months when the foliage returns other holes will close. The course needs to be cleared out to open lines.
-Holes 6 and 8 are ridiculous! Hole 6 just a wall of trees and no line to basket, I went up and over and played plenko. Hole 8 a tree has fallen over blocking the fairway on any possible flight even without the fallen tree a wall of trees waits for you. I hit three trees on my way to the basket. Looking from the tee for both holes just impossible, and I spent a few minutes on 6 trying to convince myself is this "really the tee", while looking around for another option.
-Holes 2-3 are likely to close when foliage returns, and lines will grow tighter on 4-5, 7, and 9.
-I only saw a few of the rectangular logs marking tees, there are no navigation aids, and tee signs. You will need UDisc for hole information or just wing it.
-In the warmer months the course will very likely be a thick bug festival, the creek behind basket 5 seems to be a good place for snakes, and the same when leaping over the brook to depart the course. In the summer heat with no wind passing thru the course, its likely to be stifling. Even in winter walking the course was miserable brushing aside limbs and stepping on roots hidden in leaves.
-The O.B. along hole 4 to the farmers field is marked with barb wire placed center right along the fairway, the fairway is already narrow with tree borders. Retrieving a disc will be difficult from the field.
-Lost disc possibility is high especially when there's foliage, tree deflects, a few blind shots over a crest, and 5 of the baskets can't be seen from the tee. All leading into deep brush if your disc is offline.
Other Thoughts: Goochland High School my 8-year-old grandson would favorite this course, he gets just as excited hitting trees as he does watch his disc pass by them. From holes 4 thru 9 I hit nine trees the most in a six-hole span on any course I can remember. There are a few good holes to play on the course the open hole #1, and the finishing hole #9. Everything else in between has some type of con. The baskets are solid when you get a chance to putt at them, and that can also be a challenge. My personnel con is the playability of the course: wall of trees makes a few holes unplayable year-round and others will close when the forest is in full bloom, the tee box impossibility on a few holes, and the misery of walking the course which I'm sure that misery will be elevated in the summer. If I lived in the area Goochland would only be a wintertime course, perhaps the course will get some TLC and will improve for summer play.
My overall rating is based on the new Mach 3's, and holes 1 and 9 anchored on a 1.5. The course receives my lowest rating yet, but with improvements perhaps could have a future at a 2.0 or even a little higher. The time to play was 30 minutes taking pictures and looking on hole 6 a few moments thinking that UDisc sent me to the wrong spot to tee from.
Basket 5 sits on a green that is a roller into a creek. However, there was so much debris on the green likely not to happen on a putt, from the tee possible if manage to navigate thru the thick trees or a missed touch from a long approach.
Hole of Interest:
No. 1 Par 3 at 236 feet is a tee sharing an archery pad located under a protected wooden roof. The hole is open and straight down hill to a basket located about 20 feet into the woods an opening of about 15 feet wide with heavy trees and brush both sides. The most joy I had from the tee on the course, and then off into the jungle.
No. 9 Par 3 at 329 feet is a double lazy dogleg right with heavy woods and brush both sides and a fairway gap of only about 12 feet all the way to the basket. The first dogleg is about 180 feet, but before you get there is a hill to go up that crest at 130 feet giving you a blind tee shot. The second dogleg right is about 100 feet from the first after passing the crest the fairway shoots downward with a left to right slope. If you miss the second dogleg there is heavy brush waiting for you. The last 50 feet to the basket are a fairway drop and green roller with heavy brush all within C1. It's the only hole in the woods resembling what you would expect from other wooded courses because there's no tree clutter in the fairway. Also, high disc lost with the blind shot from the tee.
On #9 I decided to throw a beat-up Wraith wanting to throw at least one driver, and not having a clue what was past the crest of the hill. I gripped locked left (lefty) at a 45-degree angle and decided disc never to be seen again deep into the woods. Stared the disc down as it disappeared over the crest and then heard the familiar tree deflection. Still looking down the line of the disc out of the corner of my eye saw it balloon beyond the crest of the hill in line with the fairway then disappeared and found it perfectly on the fairway. Just a funny thing to see expecting the worst.
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