8 Helpful / 0 Not
Risks & Rewards
Pros: Not too long, fairly technical, with lots of risk/reward options.
Most of the course is on a long, thin strip of land between the lake itself and a lightly-traveled road, sloping down to the lake, with a paved walking trail running between them. So there's lots of OB, both paved and water. Some of the greens are prone to rollaways unless you're careful on your approaches.
Some of the fairways or baskets are very close to the lake. The routing does a figure-8, so that the lake is on your left at times, on your right at others, balancing the risk for righties & lefties.
Hole 17 is a trip, with the lake on your right and a steep hill climbing up on the left, and a LONG narrow fairway to drive.
Elsewhere there is an excellent variety of open, very tight, low-ceiling, roller-friendly, and otherwise creative fairways.
It's also a lovely place to play.
Cons: Between the walking trail threading through most of the course, dividing fairways in many places, and fisherman and other civilians lingering on the shore, avoiding non-disc-golfers can be a concern.
The proximity of the lake on several holes, and the wind, make it very easy to lose discs here.
Other Thoughts: Augusta has many fine courses. This is another, and a different feel compared to the heavily wooded holes as the IDGC & Riverview.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Lakeside Course!
Pros: This is one very lovely course with Lake Olmstead always in view and usually trying to drown your discs. The park is well maintained, grassy with towering trees for shade. It's kind of a long skinny course layout with 9 holes down and then 9 coming back. The designers are to commended for their design. A major challenge is there with a steep hillside, the many trees and the ever-present lake. The course has nice concrete teepads and great baskets. The tee signs are informative.
Cons: They could do something to help with the navigation of this course. Maybe paint one spoke of each basket pointing to the next teepad or hanging a simple little metal "Next tee" with an arrow sign from one of the spokes. I wasted a fair amount of time trying to find the next tees. The park is well used and there is the walking path which is often in play so players must live in peace with the other park users.
Other Thoughts: At the far end of the course, you are right across the street from the Augusta Greenjackets ballpark, a class A minor league baseball team in the South Atlantic League. Walk over and take in a ballgame after your round. How American is that? Baseball and disc golf! Maybe you could buy a beer and a hot dog to enjoy on the back nine? Or some peanuts! I guess you could retrieve a foul ball before it rolls into the lake.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 11 Not
A for Awesome!
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- A
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- A
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- B
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- A
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor...more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
8 of 19 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful park along the water. Water in play on a couple of holes. Need to use a varity of shots to score well here.
Cons: Although I really like this park, there is too much pedesterian traffic for my liking. Some of the fairways come close to each other and the flow of this course is kind of funky.
Other Thoughts: If in the area it is worth a stop. I would not go out of the way to play here, but it is a nice course for what they had to work with
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: Excellent layout overall. One of the best courses in Georgia if not the best. The course will test every aspect of your game. For an advanced level player just breaking par is an accomplishment. Length, accuracy and course management are all highly rewarded.
Cons: Other park users are often become an issue.
Other Thoughts: Many course designers could learn a great lesson from playing this course about the proper utilization of available land.
3 of 16 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
challenging lakeside course
Pros: *Great use of terrain - plays on sloped hillside (very steep in spots) adjacent to Lake Olmstead -- up, down, along the slope & several shots over water make this an interesting course
*Very challenging, especially if it's windy -- OB comes into play on several holes with pavement (parking lot & paved paths), and water is in play on several other holes
*Risk reward -- there are several excellent risk/reward holes where you can safely layup for par or go for it and risk going OB
*Aesthetics - lakeside, big trees, nice grassy park
*Cement teepads, quality baskets
*Location - right in the heart of Augusta - close enough to I-20, near downtown
*Variety of shots required; good mix of holes (long, short, etc)
Cons: *Park is shared by other users & can get crowded on weekends -- the OB paths often have people on them
*You might lose a disc (or several) -- the lake eats them up
*Only one setup of teepads
Other Thoughts: Completely disregard the 1.5 star rating that someone gave previously -- this is an excellent course in a great setting. Aside from the nearby IDGC courses, this is the favorite Augusta course among many players.
This should be the course you check out while in Augusta (after the IDGC of course, which is ~20 minutes away). Then play riverview & hippodrome if it's open.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Technical Course, lots of water with tight fairways between trees. Monster drives are a must. Wind can be a huge factor.
Other Thoughts: Bring a good selection of discs to throw, wide array of different throwing styles is good.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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