4 Helpful / 3 Not
Welcome to the jungle.
Pros: The course is located at a winery which is kind of neat. The hanging basket on 17 is pretty cool. If you play here a lot you will get good at making shots around trees. You will be in the shade most of your round.
Cons: Most of the course is in the woods which can really affect your game as you just let your drive fly and hope it makes it through the trees. Limited hours of operation. Sneakers or hiking shoes are a must as it is very hilly and rocky at some places. Hole #10 borders some neighbors land with a fence and if your disc goes over it is lost.
Other Thoughts: Nice course which I will probably play when it is open as it is closest to my house. Most of the holes are pretty short but that does not mean it is easy as you have to navigate around all those trees. Pond in play on 2 holes so bring some floater discs.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
venatus quod vinum
Even w/o a map, a cinch to navigate, having a fairly natural flow with short/obvious walks to the next tee, and with an arrow at each basket also pointing you in the proper direction.
Hand-painted teesigns provide a very nice touch, in keeping with the character of the site
Single tee/basket position.
Limited hours of access - check their webpage before making the trek.
Course plays up, down, and across a thickly-wooded, moderately-steep slope, and small bits of open space, behind/below the very funky (check out the bathroom in the wine-tasting area) buildings forming the Long Trout Winery. Hard-soled shoes are advised, as the ground has very thin soil, so there is lots of gray stone to tread upon, and tree roots as well. The ferns growing in scattered places beneath the thick canopy add to the ambiance.
A good mixture of right/lefts/straights will be needed off the tee, but errant shots aren't punished too severely, as the trees, though plentiful, are scattered - some type of reasonable recovery shot will typically be available. Initial/mid flightpaths tend to be fair, with an optimum window to hit, but a few of the holes, typically nearing the basket, tend to have a shotgun-spray of trees, making the luck-v-skill ratio a bit high. While not a course for bombers, it plays longer than the average ~250' length, as the required turns and up-slope shots increase distances.
Course consists of two nine-hole loops. The first loop starts beneath the back corner of a building, and proceeds in roughly a clockwise fashion, with basket nine at the far end of the ornamental pond. From basket nine, you walk along the backside of the pond to find tee-10, and the latter half of the course plays in a counterclockwise fashion. This has the effect of fairways 7-9 roughly paralleling fairways 15-18.
Tees are mixed - some are ground-level frames containing rough gravel, others, are raised, wooden platforms. Teesigns are good, although they sometimes tend to exaggerate the amount of turn needed. Baskets are single-chained, but with deep baskets. Can be hard to see from the tee at times, as the flags placed upon the top of them are a bit faded,
Hole-17 is fun - two large hardwoods, and the split-rail fence in front of them, form a challenging-but-fair mando about 100' from the tee. The basket is about another 100', hanging down from the eaves of the entrance to a faux barn.
Hole-9 potentially brings the small pond into play (rake provided). A safer-but-less-direct route from the tee is to throw towards a small early gap to the right.
One of the more unique sites I've visited to play a course, and I'm glad I made a bit of a detour to play it.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Wine & Disc Golf
Pros: A winery with a disc golf course! I would give the course a 2.5 but having a winery bumps it up a half point. It is mostly heavily wooded and has a nice use of elevation.
- water hazards used
- unique hanging basket
- private, secluded, & free
- hand made tee signs
- short yet challenging
Cons: There are limited days and times you may play: Wed. 6-9 pm, Sat. 1-7 pm, Sun. 11 am-5 pm.
- tightly wooded becomes monotonous
- tough terrain...come prepared
- some tee areas get slick
Other Thoughts: Overall, the place is very enjoyable. The combination of a winery and a DG course really appealed to me. The wine will help you forget all those trees your disc hit!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 1 Not
I must be weird I love this course
Pros: After reading the reviews for this course I was expecting far less than what I discovered here. This is 18 holes of swell not hell. The first shot you actually throw off the deck of the winery overlooking the woods and the pond to start your round. Very Unique! Then its an endless challenge of woods that play brutally fair up and down the hillsides and over the pond and streams. All of the holes have lanes to the green but it's up to you to find them and then to execute. A true test of creativity and technical skill. Some of the holes are over 300 feet and tight through these woods so recovery from a bad shot is not always so simple. There are a few short holes but these are usually straight up the hill so they play a bit bigger. Highlights for me were as follows:
- the initial drive off the deck
-#2 a 352 foot hole with several lanes but lots of tree trouble.
- Holes 6 and 15 were steep 300 foot downhill drives through the woods.
-#7 was a clever out of the woods across a field back into the woods anhyzer to an elevated basket.
-#8 was a nice L to R into the woods and sat in front of a streambed.
-#9 shot through a tight lane and then burst into the pond area where the basket was to the rear right corner....don't fade early or come up short here or your swimming with 3-4 foot long koi fish!
-#14 is a particularly challenging 300 foot but tight gauntlet set precariously atop the hillside...it's hard enough to throw so straight but then factor in the doom of rolling down the L slope...brutally tough hole
-#17 the 200 ft barn hole is a blast as you can ace run at full throttle as long as you make the double mando...the barn will block any on target misses so basically its bang into the barn and birdie
-#18 an ace run in shorts with stream running the entire L side and a pond jump to finish if you play the long position.
The other holes play technical but are still fun as long as you hit your line..if not your scrambling, which to me is also fun. These woods are beautiful and they have been maximized with this creative design. Plenty of variety with 4 gleeful downhills, 5 climbing uphills, 4 semi open holes, 14 heavily wooded, 3 stream holes and the pond hole.A multitude of different shots are required to score well here. Bridges, ropes, and trails have been created to help you along. The tees are adequate for the shots required and vary between larger gravel and then wooden decks on the hillsides to create a level surface. Oh did I mention that the course is set on a counter culture themed fantastic winery with really cool people and unique inexpensive wines available to sample and buy.
Cons: Limited hours of operation. The neighbors barricade of a fence along holes 10 and 11 screams at you and kind of briefly spoils the mood. Some tees are smallish for those who require a run up...(most of the longer holes are downhill though so relax) Ferns and boulders do a dandy job of hiding discs. If you are a newer player, someone who cannot control their throws, or insist on throwing high speed drivers you will not enjoy this course. This course rewards those with a delicate and more refined game. Grip it and rip it types will enjoy themselves more elsewhere. I do agree that perhaps an occasional low hanging limb or small tree might get in the way of some shots...but I would hate to see too much of the technical flavor destroyed here.Tough walking on the terrain as its often up and down over rocks.
Other Thoughts: Bottom line is this is a fine technical course that happens to be set on the grounds of a truly unique and fun winery. How anyone could not have fun here is a mystery to me. When considering the ogres who complain about how this place isn't any fun the word "WHINERY" kept popping in my head. There are far tighter and unfair woods than this magnificent little paradise.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The fine people at Long Trout Winery are living the dream, owning their own winery and their own disc golf course on the property to boot. Long Trout's course offers just about every shot type you could want, with the exception of open holes that is. Lefts, rights, straight-aways, big uphills, down hills. The landscape also has its variety, though mostly wooded, holes play through small boulder fields, creeks and around a small pond with some of the biggest koi I've ever seen. Hole lengths vary from 150ish (on steep uphills) to 375ish (on flat or down hill shots) so if you can keep to the narrow fairways you'll have a number of birdies here. Doing so requires a number different shots, I even found myself throwing a baseball drive on a couple of holes. The hanging basket shot is real cool, and what could have been the most open shot on the course is turned into a tunnel shot right up the middle by a couple of mandos. The basket hangs from a barn which makes a nice backstop. All and all you have to be ridiculously accurate on this course, possibly the most heavily wooded I've played. All tee signs are nice and informative, and finding the next hole has never an issue.
Along with the course comes the awesome atmosphere of the winery, the very cool owners, and of course, the delicious wines.
Cons: As stated this is one of the most heavily wooded courses I've ever played. On about a third of the holes the fairway is nonexistent and requires luck more than anything to reach the basket. As such your drives will be very frustrating or very rewarding. I felt at times the fairways could use a little clearing. The gravel tee pads are small and could certainly use a leveling out, though I'm not sure they need much size increase. With the accuracy required on the drives I was never doing a big run up. The elevated wooden plank tees that are found on very uneven ground could be scary. No room for big run ups on these, but again they aren't very necessary. Overall the biggest con here is how heavy the trees are. A nice shot 1/3 of the way to the basket can be suddenly redirected 75 feet of course leaving you fighting to keep a bogey. And it can be like that on most holes.
Other Thoughts: Twice now I've gone on birthday camping trips with friends, played multiple rounds here, let the wine flow and we all had a blast. The course could use son fine tuning. The owners are great, played once with him. And the wine is amazing. I recommend the Daytripper.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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