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Johnson State DGC

1    10/9/2016   10/9/2016
Review By: 2 Chainz
Played: 10  Reviewed: 9
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: All potential. High ceilings, nice holes which require a variety of shots. It was nice to throw downhill, even if that was not part of the actual course. Can play in any order you want. A lot of variation in the holes, so it was a mix of shots required. Woods weren't too thick.
Cons: The front 9 holes are impossible to find. Course is clearly under work because cages have multiple numbers that are all crossed out. Lacks structure.
Other Thoughts: Strange how some holes are very well marked but others have no indication of where they are. Some of them are clear but others have to be made up as you go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 If it wasn't for that tree....

5+    10/19/2013   10/22/2013
Review By: Whytie
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5
This review was updated on 1/26/2014
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Good baskets
- Variation in holes.
- Nice soccer field to practice drive on at the end.
Cons: - First few holes are very woody. Use your cheap discs.
- Signs seem faded or disappeared.
- Lots of beer cans. I carry mine out, why can't you?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Potential to be great; not well maintained

2-4    7/12/2013   7/12/2013
Review By: rclements
Played: 13  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 5.1 Years
This review was updated on 1/22/2014
Pros: Some interesting holes, doesn't take too long to play (maybe an hour), good mix of right/left doglegs.
Cons: Poorly maintained, terrible tee-pads (uneven, rutted, and too short), overgrowth June-September, a few overly difficult holes (#3-5, for example), many tee/tee-pad placements don't seem to make much sense, signs are no help at all, front six holes are difficult to locate, hidden behind parking lot/road.
Other Thoughts: It's frustrating to play a course like JSC because it could be so much better if it were well-maintained. It's kind of like playing an ancient course that hasn't been touched for years.

 Good college course

1    1/16/2013   3/1/2013
Review By: StevenFoster
Played: 21  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 7.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For college courses, the designers did a great job keeping the course away from heavily travelled student crossing routes. There are some woods holes within view of college buildings, some behind fences near the athletic field (the fence blocks discs as well as footballs, etc) and at the same time allows the students to see us play so they can get involved. The holes are mostly short but tricky enough to be interesting, the holes are separated by small bushes so it's easy to see around. The pins are good quality.
Cons: The course is mostly flat even though there are some hills on campus, that aren't used. Tee signs don't point clearly to pins and sometimes there is confusion as to which pin belongs to which tee, hard to navigate.
Other Thoughts: My friend teaches here and even though she doesn't play, I had great time showing her the sport and getting a tour of the campus from her. Weird thing was, the other disc golfers I met were not students. Hmmmmm.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Johnson State College

5+    3/24/2012   4/23/2012
Review By: ole3
Played: 37  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 11.6 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: great set up. A set up of tight trees into some " playable " trees. Then wide open area
Cons: first 5 holes need some work. The first 5 holes are in ruff shape.
Other Thoughts: need for a trash can at every other hole. This would help the students recycle and keep the school a little cleaner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Johnson State College DGC

1    8/10/2010   8/14/2010
Review By: Windex
Played: 16  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 7.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's free with parking right next to the course. Good mixture of open shots along with tight heavily wooded shots. Baskets are in great shape. Beautiful Vermont scenery on many of the tee shots. Makeshift bridges were placed in the really wet areas which is helpful if it's recently rained.
Cons: Since they added 6 more holes (to make it 18) it's extremely confusing. Tee boxes are pretty rough on a few holes with uneven footing. Some basket placements are tough and on more than a few shots there's so many trees that it's more luck than skill. If the signs were updated and corrected (hole # 7 has a tee sign for # 1 and # 7 on the basket) it would make things a lot easier.
Other Thoughts: When you first pull into the parking lot, the tee for hole # 7 is directly to your right. The sign is old and says # 1, but they added 6 holes and it's actually the tee for # 7 (the basket says 7 and if you look can see where it used to say 1). The tee for hole # 1 is actually across the road from # 7 and down a little path (not the big open space to the right, but a little foot path to the left of that). You play 1-6 and then walk back up the hill towards the parking lot for # 7. Some of the other tees require you to walk across a road or up a hill to find them.

The course can be pretty wet in some spots (marsh, puddles and streams) so bring a towel/rag to wipe discs in case.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


2-4    1/24/2010   1/24/2010
Review By: jcbnxll
Played: 36  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 9.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: --Free: How the game's supposed to be
--Scenery: There are some really gorgeous views: take a moment to look around especially after rattling the chains on #16.
--Baskets: It's nice to see a university investing in some good baskets.
--ace-able holes! This is a generally short course with numerous ace opportunities.
--Good for beginners: Being short with only a few blind holes make this a good course for first-timers and beginners.
Cons: --Course design: This is my #1 con. Standing on many of the teeboxes, I felt there was no fairway. When luck is the most essential part of a hole it is not a good hole and on many of the holes this was the case.
--Signage: This signs are old and, for all intents and purposes, useless. A couple times, when I was unable to see the basket, trusted the sign and threw in the wrong direction. Better to take them down then to confuse people. Additionally, there are no signs to navigate the course. It's not illogical or overly difficult but I was grateful for the footprints in the snow leading me from basket to tee box.
--Teeboxes: Even with the understanding that many places can't put in concrete boxes for one reason or another, there are a few times when I felt cramped and unable to get any sort of a run up. I stumbled across a few Am boxes but they weren't labeled.
Other Thoughts: The lack of fairways limit some of the Pros I've listed above. For example, it may be short and thus good for beginners, but with learners already battling the frustration of learning how discs fly may be doubly frustrated by not being able to throw their discs very far without hitting a tree or two.

In the end, this course could use a fair bit of work. I played with a guy the first time through and by myself the second time through. While there were many footprints in the snow, I didn't see anybody else. I wonder if people wouldn't be more inclined to play if this course were A) better maintained and B) advertised. There were no signs to show that the course exists.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    7/7/2009   7/7/2009
Review By: iande
Played: 5  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 11.4 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Free, clean and easy to play. Parking shouldn't be a problem outside of the school year. Great terrain with mix of open fields and tight wooded holes. A couple of hole with multiple options. Great views, and some art in the woods.
Cons: Course still has old signage, so if you are not aware you will miss the first 6 holes. Tee pads need serious work, some are close to unusable. If it is raining, and since its summer in Vermont it will be, you will be in the mud for a good portion of play.
Other Thoughts: Good field to practice drives.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Johnson State College DGC

5+    10/2/2008   10/9/2008
Review By: jdc03270
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 9.5 Years
This review was updated on 4/1/2009
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Free! Great baskets and signs! Lots of elevation changes, long and short holes. Really neat bridges. Lots of different hole types. A few Chances for an ace! Makes you use all of your shots! Nice view of the green mountains. A field you can warm up can see it from the parking lot.
Cons: No basket to warm up with. a few holes are kind of the same. Tees most of the time have holes in the dirt. Can get really muddy after it rains, and a few swamps. Lots of beer bottles. Some holes cross each other so have your heads up!
Other Thoughts: From the parking lot in the VAC (Visual Arts Center) on the campus of Johnson State College, if looking in the direction the 7th basket, look to your right and walk across the road. There is a trailhead with a chain running across it, which leads you to the first 6 holes. The first 6 holes are the most technical the Johnson course has to offer. The front 12 holes which starts about 30 feet from the parking lot. (Facing away from the main campus.) These holes are not so much technical but the wind plays a huge factor on the front 12. If you get to play this course without the wind, a good score will come your way. This course has great Discatcher Baskets. The tee pads are the only problem with this course. They are not well maintained and most of the time has holes in the dirt. Other than the tee pads this is a great course, lots of elevation changes, mix of wooded and field holes, and an empty your bag #15! All Holes are par 3, Execept holes 7, 16, 17, making it a par 57 course. Brand new signs for all the holes have just been put up! Enjoy the course!

Hole 1 - This hole is very short. There is a swamp to the left of the fairway. The basket is protected by some pretty big trees. Watch out for people teeing off on hole #2.

Hole 2 - Not very long but can be a problem if your drive goes left or right. There is a big drop off behind the basket.

Hole 3 - This hole starts with big trees around the tee off that are very unforgiving if you hit one on your first shot. Trees about of the way up the fair way can be very tricky to get through. A hard par 3 if you don't have a good tee shot. Another set of tees closer.

Hole 4 - This hole might be one of the harder holes on the course. It has trees everywhere. The best line for this hole is a nice S shot. (RHBH) There is a drop off to the left of the basket with a small brook. Watch out for people shooting on the 5th hole because the fairway is right next to the tee off.

Hole 5 - This hole is protected by a lot of trees. The basket is much higher than the tee, and there are a few different lines you can hit in order to get the disc to stop on the upper level. A missed putt here can be a problem because of the huge bank that is in front of the basket. Have your head up for discs coming from the 4th.

Hole 6 - The easiest hole on the first 6 holes. It is a straight shot with a slight up hill. Don't go to far too the right as there is a big drop off. Swamp to the left. Trashcan on this hole.

Hole 7 - Hole 7 is a par 4. Nice big fairway with two big trees on both sides of the fairway that have taken many discs in the gut. This hole has lots of big trees, but is open enough to find a nice shot at the basket.

Hole 8 - This is a nice shot down at the basket. From the tee box to the basket there are some nice big trees that are right in the middle. Take your pick of trying to go through them, or get a nice shot around them or go to the right or left. This hole is always pretty swampy but it is fun. Trashcan on this hole.

Hole 9 - Watch out for golfers on the 10th tee as that fairways cross. This hole you need to have very good control of your disc. There are tons of trees all about 10 - 20 feet apart and everywhere. Another huge tree that also has taken many discs hitting it. Can even shoot backdoor (between the two big trees on the left) and get a really nice shot. There is another set of tees for this hole.

Hole 10 - Watch out for discs from hole 9. This hole is a nice straight shot to the basket. Basket is protected by a big tree and bush. Pretty wet most of the time from the big rock on the left to the basket.

Hole 11 - This hole you can shoot a nice sidearm shot into the nice open fairway and have it bank right in to the basket, or try your luck and go through the trees in front of the basket. Have to shoot over a swamp that's about 100 feet long. Neat bridge.

Hole 12 - This hole has huge trees everywhere. Can get to the pin from all directions, left, right, and straight. Take your pick!

Hole 13 - Very short hole nice straight line right to the basket. Have to shoot over a swamp. Cool bridge.

Next holes wind plays big part.

Hole 14 - Nice par 3. Can shoot to the left or right. Big trees in the middle of the fairways. Watch out for tee off shots for #15. Hard 2nd shot on this hole due to the hill the basket sits on.

Hole 15 - Empty your bag hole! Huge difference between the hole and basket. Have fun! Nice view at the top of this hill of the green mountains. Watch out for #14 players.

Hole 16 - Uphill par 4. This is an easy birdie if you have a nice tee shot. Another set of tees on this one. Trashcan located on this tee.

Hole 17 - Another par 4. Shoot up the hill then basket is located down by a large group of evergreens. Don't throw past this basket because of large hill your disc can travel down. Enjoy. Another set of tees.

Hole 18 - From the 17th basket, walk across the road then walk on the path towards the main campus and tee is to the right of the path. This hole is a nice one to end the course. Light pole and trees a little ways in front of the tee off, but have a nice tee shot and your doing good! Basket by the green building under the large trees. Parking lot is across the soccer field.

See the file section for the map I posted.

After a round of disc golf go down into town and stop at the hub, great pizza and beer, live bands, and just a cool place to hang out.

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