6 Helpful / 0 Not
Steep slope Mars
Pros: -This course is pretty easy to navigate and to find. Just drive past the downtown area and you'll be on the campus. While the campus is nowhere near as good as the campus at WCU, the course here is much better. It has 18 holes, a couple of them have long pads and almost every hole here has a long pin position.
-Starts off interesting with hole 1. The basket was in the long when I played it. It sits on a tall hill. The tee shot is through a small clearing. There is a mando gate maybe 200' away. The short pin is in the wooded area. The fun continues on hole 2, a short but significant uphill drive to get to the basket on the side of a hill. Those holes to me are decent, but it gets quite fun on hole 5. It's a downhill shot and the hill is sloping left. It's very easy to reach. If you go long, chances are you'll be at the bottom of the hill. #6 and #7 utilize excellent elevation changes. Hole 6 is a open bomb. But for the last 100', it goes straight up the hill. Hole 7 is a huge downhill par 3 that I can reach with a putter! But the hill is sloping so if you fade right, without question you will roll left. Just an awesome sight to see on this one.
-The wooded holes here are some of the most unique holes that I have played. Especially holes 10 and 15. 10 is a 190' gauntlet with many pine trees to avoid. Still a great chance for a two for me if I jump putt this one. #15 is a great steep downhill ace run, similar to #10, but it's an incredible flick shot from the long. It has an elevation drop of at least 25 ft. from the short. But to the long pin, it's down much further. Reminded me of #8 at Fontana Dam.
-Has a great end with a fun hole 18. It's like 650' from the long pin. The hole is a nice flex shot where you may want to aim for the trees to the left and get the driver to fade right. I was left with a short upshot, maybe 120'. So this is a very fun bomber hole.
-The downtown area looks pretty great. Probably a coffee shop, a cool restaurant, and I'm sure there is a store that sells discs.
-There is a course kiosk when you get to #1's tee-pad. Take a picture of it so you'll know exactly where to go.
-There are tee-pads, some are carpet and some are concrete. The hole #'s are on the concrete pads. There are markers beside the carpet pads.
Cons: -There are no tee-signs. So you'll have to walk up the fairway to find the baskets on some holes. Many baskets are tucked into wooded areas.
-I'm going to join the bandwagon and say that #12 is a poorly designed hole. I like the skip shots over the roads but the pad is on the right hand side of the road where there is a speed limit of 35 mph. It's a terrible idea for a design. #17 is also a bad hole like many others said. The woods to the right are dense so you don't want to go in there, but the basket is tucked into the woods on the right side. The hole plays on a sloping left fairway next to the road. It's just horrible.
-It can get muddy here and when it does get muddy, you'll have to prepare to slip and fall. I'm 5'9" and 130 lbs and I slipped like four times. I think it needs stairs on the walk from #4 to #5. It gets steep in some places, and the fact that you walk on the side of the hill half the time makes it pretty tough to walk in places.
-While it may be clear most of the time, there is danger out there. There are holes that play over the road and there are tee-pads that are on the road. Ahem #16.
-There is this marker on the transition from 14-15. It says #15. I'm guessing it's a long pad. I wouldn't play it. It's a 5' fairway up a steep hill and goes back down. Just play the original pad so you won't miss out.
Other Thoughts: -Mars Hill is a very fun course. The fun factor is quite high, but still could be better on a few holes. It's maybe seventy miles from my campus at WCU but it makes a great course to play on the drive back.
-I wouldn't suggest playing here in the rain. It seems to be much easier to enjoy when it isn't wet outside. Nevertheless, I am a huge fan of Mars Hill and I think it has the capacity to be a 4-4.5.
It has multiple pins which makes the whole game more interesting. I'd rather see new pins than new pads. Because of a few long pins, there are some holes here that truly stand out. #6 is great par 4 that goes straight uphill. #7 is a great steep downhill par 3. Hole 13 is a true par 4 from the long pin. Only complaint is that it is over the two lane road. But still very enjoyable. It has OB to the left and thick woods on the right. You may want to think twice before throwing a driver because of the fade and you don't want to land in that enormous bush either. #18 is a true long bomb. Feels great to birdie this one (I had an eagle run at it.) I think #18 is my favorite because it was in the long when I played it. #15 would've probably been my favorite if it was in the long. It looks like an amazing hole.
-One more thing, if you park in the visitor parking lot, the first hole you'll see is #7. Walk back to where you passed toward the building and you should see #1's fairway.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - It's very likely that you'll use almost every shot in your arsenal.
- Incredibly beautiful campus!
- Most of the tees are a perfect size. I like the concrete ones best.
Cons: - Lots of sidehill walking = sore ankles.
- Every fairway that is on a significant sidehill is banked right to left...some variety in that respect would be nice.
- Portable maps for the navigationally challenged would be nice. Doesn't really bother me though.
- It would be nice if each basket had some sort of flag to make them stand out a bit more.
Other Thoughts: - I don't really think it is a difficult course to navigate. Down vote me if you want but that's how I feel. Most of the reviews here are way overdramatic about the flow of the course (11 > 12 > 13). The only questionable part was where the course doubles back on itself. That part of the layout could be better.
- With the baskets in the long positions this course is probably too difficult for beginners. It is really long!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a beautiful course, for the most part. The scenery is great, gorgeous mountain setting.
The course has a good mix of open holes, upshots, hyzers, annies, and wooded shots. Lots of elevation change -- you will get a good workout just walking the course.
Not much foot traffic at all for us, barely even a few students on campus, but it's also Easter and Spring Break.
Cons: As everyone has said, the navigation is just plain BAD. We were lucky enough to have a guide -- if you're going for the first time, find a guide to show you around, otherwise you're adding a good 30 minutes to an hour just trying to figure your way around the course.
Some pins and shots are tricky due to the slopes and elevation changes. It was dry for us but I can see some of the hills and valleys being tough work in the wet/ rain.
No tee markers. This would be an easy fix and add another 1/2 star.
The layout. It's been said by others, but it's true, you just won't figure this course out easily without a guide.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth the trip, but only with a guide. There are a few holes that are true gems, and aces to be had with good angles and throws.
We had a great time, but who doesn't when you get in a great round with the review master himself, DSCJNKY?!?! Without him, we wouldn't have finished, or had nearly as much fun. Thanks again bro!
This course is right on the edge of greatness, just needs some simple touches, like a cleaner, more natural walking layout, and tee markers. Those alone would make this a 4 star.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Where's the next tee?
Pros: Great variety of holes. Some long, multi-throw holes. A mix of tight, wooded holes and open holes. Great use of elevation. Beautiful mountain setting. Wind and elevation comes into play quite often. Great baskets and great placement variety. Some thought went into the variety and difficulty of tee shots. Most tee pads are cement. I played the long basket positions, which can be quite challenging. A lot of work has gone into the course, especially the wooded holes. Paths have been laid out in consideartion of the awkward footing. Log steps and sidehill supports were a very nice touch. Very tidy course, not much litter.
Cons: Navigation and flow is the worst of any DG course I've ever played. Definitely get a local to play with you the first time. Could use some more signage. Maps are available at the kiosk but they can be confusing. A lot of sidehill stances. Don't come if it's been raining. I was there the day after a rain and it was downright dangerous. That's not really anyone's fault, just reality.
Other Thoughts: I give this course points because the designer took enough space to put in some long Par 4's. I took away points because the flow and navigation is HORRIBLE. You literally walk over the 13th tee to get to the 11th tee and then you walk past the 11th tee as you play the 13th. Maps available at the kiosk at the first hole. Watch out for cars and pedestrians. The course is on a college campus; foot and car traffic is common. Look before you throw. The course is challenging, especially if it's windy or wet. Definitely worth a drive, if you're in Western NC. Bathroom facilities available in the Student Union, next to the football stadium. I was also told that they sell DG stuff in the Student Union.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Your Average Course
Pros: A good mixture of really open to really technical wooded holes. Great opportunities on three holes or so to really air it out. Does have some alternate pin positions which can change the holes entirely, although they rarely move.
You'll actually have a better chance to bomb some drives here than at Richmond Hill (The better course). Mars Hill is the only course in the area that has a great mixture of open and wooded holes (If you can find the tees!)
The scenery and landscaping is top notch. Being located on a college campus, you'll find well manicured fairways and an overall clean atmosphere.
Cons: NAVIGATION !!!! i couldn't find a lot of holes until i was notified that there was a map at a facilities station. There was a ton of walking involved and sometimes the wrong ways looking for the next tee.
Speaking of tees? some on driveways, some dirt some grass some concrete. Its a little weird but its not a big hassle.
Some holes are just weird with some stupid hills.16 for example. You'll almost require a walking stick to navigate that hole.
Needs signs and some established pars.
You have a very good chance of losing a disc. All of the wooded holes have thick underbrush and you'll even be shooting blind on a couple of them. Try your best to keep an eye out in these areas.
There are several spots on the course where you cross back over holes to get to the next. This is not only poor design, it is also dangerous for golfers. Please be aware of this when teeing off.
Other Thoughts: A fun course to play if you're in the area but not worth traveling out of the way to play. If you do play go get a map at the facilities station around hole 13 so you can find your way around.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
B = Bery Bery Nice!
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- B
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B
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 -- B
5) Bonus amount for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. 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 addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I can add 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....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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