Bishop, GA 
Herman C. Michael Park Share
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3 / 69ft.   3 / 130ft. Par / Distance:
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 Herman C. Michael Park

1    8/13/2016   8/17/2016
Review By: lazrman778
Played: 178  Reviewed: 100  Exp: 7.6 Years
Has most tee signs

Short course which can be appreciated by the junior or rec player

Good mix of wooded and open fairways with slight elevations on some holes


Free parking
Missing hole #16 basket

Missing a few tee signs

Some of the natural tee pads have exposed tree roots

Lots of trees where some fairways are tight and can be quite unfair

No next tee signs - can be confusing for a first-timer

Course navigation was fairly straightforward until hole #16

Pond can swallow some discs if you're not accurate on holes #5 & #7

Park seems to be popular with parkgoers on nice days especially near holes #14 & #15
Other Thoughts:
This is a nice, short course in Oconee County for the junior or rec player. The rough natural tee pads coupled with tight fairways made some holes on the course more challenging to me than it should have. I was disappointed to see basket #16 missing and hopefully the parks department will get that resolved and also replace the missing tee signs. The course is not a destination course but it does have some variety in holes for the beginner.

 Good little practice/fun course if you're in the area.

5+    9/28/2015   10/15/2015
Review By: threedaysmore
Played: 9  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 8.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice park area

- Good variety of open and wooded holes

- Beginner friendly, but still offers some fun shots for more experienced players

- Course is always in pretty good condition.
Cons: - Can be somewhat boring if you're a better player

- Some holes in the woods are a bit of a poke and pray

- Most of the holes are kind of shorter, I only use a driver on maybe one of the holes

- There will occasionally be some people using the park that will get in your way.
Other Thoughts: The Herm is great for what it is. I use to live 5 minutes away from it and really loved being that close to a decent course. You're not going to really grow and shape your game playing here, but you can have a good time and get in some good practice on a variety of hole styles.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Good beginner course

5+    5/11/2015   5/12/2015
Review By: damtroll
Played: 155  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 6.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set in a partly wooded course just outside of Athens. Holes 1-2, 12, and 15-18, are in the open, and 4, 6-11, and 13-14 are in the woods. Holes 3 & 5 start in the woods and transition to an open basket.

The course has a pretty good flow to it, even without next tee signs. It's not too hard to get from one hole to the next.

The course has a number of aceable holes, even for those of us who can't bomb 450+ feet.
Holes 2, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17 and 18 come to mind for this noodle arm.

One thing I appreciate about the course is that the understory on the woods holes is not overgrown with thorns, vines and poison ivy (yes, I am taking to you, Fort Yargo)

Water comes into play on two holes, 5 and 7. The sloping fairway on 5 is conducive to rolling into the water, and big RHBH hyzers will invariably find the nasty pond. A tree kick on 7 may also land you in the drink.

Course is pretty well separated from the rest of park activities.

Red tees on all holes make a good opportunity for beginners not to be overwhelmed thinking about par.

Nice pavilion near 14 for coordinating tag match and league activities.
Cons: Teepads are a combination of geogrid and dirt. They are usually OK, but the grid can be slippery when wet.

Signage on the course is not entirely accurate, with changes done to the course. For instance, hole 8's sign was not updated since the change to the hole as part of the cleanout of the retention pond. Due to the short hole length, all baskets are visible from the tee pads.

Hole 4, as others have mentioned, is a little of a throw and pray, due to the many trees present.

Restrooms are a little of a hike from the course, but not terrible. The water spigot at the pavilion by 14 was not working on my last visit.

After school programs sometimes intrude on 1 & 2, and we've had softball teams practice near 17 and 18.

Other Thoughts: The course is not a championship level course by any means. It is, however, a good course to introduce new golfers to the sport. My wife got her first birdie playing disc golf the other day, and was quite happy.

I think the course lends itself well to doubles, since even newer and distance deprived discers can contribute to the team effort.

Note that changes to the course have been made since some reviews have been completed. The old 18 is no longer in place (the old 17 is now 18, old 16 now 17, and new 16), and 8 was changed due to the construction of an open channel leading to the retention pond. There are no par 2's on the course anymore.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  repetitive, same shot over an over

5+    1/16/2015   1/16/2015
Review By: playersdiscgolf
Played: 3  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A good place for newer players in the community, I believe it serves it's purpose of introducing people to the sport.
Cons: all holes kinda look the same, straight shots, there are a few woods holes where you close your eyes and hope for the best, poor signage, and rough natural tees.
Other Thoughts: If you live close it is fun, with a little help most of the woods holes could be thinned out of small trees to give a fairway, this little course may led to a nicer course at another park close by.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Because not every course can be Maple Hill...

5+    12/1/2014   12/11/2014
Review By: HelloPoodles
Played: 46  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.4 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There's some fun, good quality holes here - not 18, but enough to make a enjoyable place for locals. Good place to build your skills. The pictures on this site are old and at least three of the holes are completely different (and mostly better) than what's shown.
Cons: A few of the holes are pretty cringe-worthy. Overall, I wouldn't recommend anyone drive too far for this course, but if you're already visiting Sandy Creek, this might make an enjoyable appetizer.
Other Thoughts: I like people who leave detailed thoughts on a course, so here goes:

#1. Seems like it should be easier to birdie this sucker than it is. You gotta get it under the tree with enough momentum to carry you up the hill and near the basket.
#2. This is where you get the birdie you thought you could make on #1
#3. Can you thread the needle? The answer is...probably not. Just hope for a good shot out of the rough to save par. Be prepared for some idiot at the court to say "Hey frisbee-dude, toss me my tennis ball!"
#4 There is a birdie lane to the right of the tree with the red arrow sign, but you have around a five foot opening forty feet from the tee pad you need to hit. This is probably the most frustrating and hated hole on the course. Most just pinball if off the trees; others get it past the trees but well off to the left of the basket in the rough making birdies difficult.
#5. The sea has claimed many an inexperienced sailor on this one. Just be sure to keep you disc low and throw a mid-range, not some stupid super overstable high speed driver. Your putter may still roll down the hill and into the water, but that's just bad luck, not stupidity. I have the most success sending it through the tree to the right and letting it drift back in line with the basket.
#6. You're gonna hate yourself for hitting one of those trees forty feet from the teepad, but that's just the way it is on this one.
#7. Don't overthink this one and you'll have a shot at ace or birdie... but also hope you don't barely graze a tree, 'cause it's going in the water if you do.
#8. This is a good test of skill hole. You'll probably graze a tree to the right or send it into the rough to the left if you go all out but lack the ability to shape a line.
#9. Not sure if this technically qualifies as a tunnel shot, but it's pretty easy to hit a tree and be taking your second shot forty feet from where you started. Arguably the hardest hole on the course?
#10. Sort of like #9, but much more forgiving in that there's plenty of room off to the left to land a less than perfect shot.
#11. Keep a overstable mid low and you'll have a layup. This is one of those holes here that's kind enough to still be par-able even if you do something stupid on your first shot.
#12. Best hole here to bust out your RHFH or turnover shot. Not sure where OB is on this course, but I'd like to think anything to the left of the gravel drive is OB; that'll keep you RHBH throwers honest.
#13. You'll either land your drive five feet from the basket or be cursing the twig that came out of nowhere to block your shot.
#14. This is my favorite hole on the course. Just the right difficulty level - there is no unlucky on this hole. To quote Yoda, "Do. Or do not. There is no try."
#15. Don't overthink this one - you just gotta shoot it to the right of the dumpster and it'll curve back to the basket. Just hope some idiot that walks their dog at the park hasn't parked their SUV right at the the end of the drive. God I hate that.
#16. This is where a floppy putter really comes in handy, cause if you miss here there's a good chance it's rolling down the hill just enough to make your next putt yet another adventure.
#17. Easy birdie once you figure out the hyzer angle that'll let it drift back to the basket. RHBH it at about a 45 degree angle straight off the teepad (err, patch of dirt) and watch in amazement as it fades back to the basket.
#18. Yeah, they ran out of land, obviously.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Random Draw Review

5+    5/13/2013   5/19/2013
Review By: hallroyal
Played: 19  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 20.4 Years
This review was updated on 7/10/2013
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good time meeting other disc golfers! Holes are layed out well. Short course but not easy with wooded fairways! Bring the mid-ranges and putters
Cons: Natural tee boxes but watch out for roots and drop offs. OB is not marked on in any signage, so had to go on what another player said.
Other Thoughts: Great course for the price (free). Enjoyed meeting other disc golfers.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Watch Out For Trees!

5+    3/14/2013   3/17/2013
Review By: BillyChipp
Played: 3  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 8.1 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Good tee marker locations at the end of holes
-Decent mix of wooded and open area holes
-Open area holes seem like they were just plopped down wherever there was space
Cons: -Can get VERY crowded, expect to be waiting at the tee box
-Holes are packed into a very small area
-No defined fairways, frequently tough to find a decent throwing path from the tee box
-Tee box condition can be poor

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Good Course for Beginners/Tune-Ups

1    12/26/2012   12/26/2012
Review By: St0rmbringer
Played: 44  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 7.2 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well marked
Good use of space and elevation
Wooded holes not obscenely tight
Free (coming from NC where free is a given to GA where it's not, free is good)
Tee pads are improved from bare ground
Cons: GOOD tee pads not on every tee.
A bit short but would be nearly impossible to go longer.
Other Thoughts: Check the weather. Quite a few holes throw into the prevailing winds. If it's windy, you'll be well wide.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    1/1/2011   1/5/2011
Review By: Upshawt1979
Played: 410  Reviewed: 291  Exp: 15.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Easy to follow course with good tee signs and markers guiding between holes. Nice use of limited available space. Short tees provide a nice alternate course to Sandy Creek for novice players. There are several shots required to negotiate the fairways here.
Cons: Tee pads were sort of muddy due to light rain, but not terrible. A couple of fairways were packed with trees to the point of unplayable, and a couple were void of any obstacles at all and far to easy. An experienced/highly skilled player might think this course is a bit lame.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed the round I played at "the Herm" and was glad I stopped there. It was a fast round, with some nice holes. Not a tournament caliber course, but not a total pushover. I had 5 birdies, and was still +3 my first time through (very disappointed). Did the tee sign on hole 17 actually say par 2?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Review was deleted - 2nd review shorter

5+    9/16/2010   9/16/2010
Review By: wwwhank
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 8.2 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good signage. Challenging without being super long.
Great nature, clean park. Nice Innova Disc Catchers on every hole. Reflective markers lead to each hole, nice touch!
Cons: Tee Pads need work. Wood Markers. Roots are growing in and disrupts throws at times.
Other Thoughts: Local enthusiasm for this course seems to have gone down. Online information regarding events is a couple of years old. I hope people in the area will begin to play this course more and and to repair it some.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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