McLean, VA 
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3 / 205ft. Par / Distance:
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McLean Dies Hard like John McClane

1    4/3/2017   4/3/2017
Review By: sidewinder22
Played: 177  Reviewed: 162  Exp: 10.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 9 holes with sweet brand new bright yellow DisCatcher Pro 28 baskets and one practice basket. Signage is ok and fairly easy to navigate. Provides some technical variety of shots carving through the wooded fairways and along and over the Dead Run creek, and also has a couple fun ace runs.

I'm not sure if maintenance has improved, or the vegetation just hasn't started growing but the course was very playable although muddy. The brand new baskets are a positive sign that disc golf life still exists here.

Small municipal park provides some other activities including a basketball court and several tennis courts and playground.
Cons: Small 4'x'4' boxed natural tees, muddy on tees and the course in general as it's low lying and flat terrain. Rough off the fairway consists of lots of thorns and poison ivy. Tee sign for hole 4 was mangled and tee sign for hole 6 was laying on ground.

Safety issues, hole 1 plays blind over the walking path and bridge. Hole 2 plays over tee 9 and the walking path. Hole 3 and 4 also play over the walking path.
Other Thoughts: McLean Central Park is one of the oldest disc golf courses in the area and the old school design still provides some decent challenge and fun. Some upgraded tee pads and a little more fairway trimming would go a long way to reviving this into a great beginner course again. As it stands now the course is passable, but hopefully trending upward. I'd only recommend playing here if you happen to be in the neighborhood and itching to play.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Very familiar but still passionately hate

5+    12/12/2011   10/12/2016
Review By: jsemales
Played: 43  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 12.9 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I worked at J. Gilbert's across the street and the course was easy and quick enough to play between shifts. Every hole is an ace run and I have about 3 aces here.

That's about it.
Cons: Poorly maintained. Thorn bushes everywhere. Short holes. Not a lot of thought put into hole placement. Natural tee pads are for sh*t. Baskets are old 14 chain baskets that don't hold anything. It's all around a terrible course, but if you work within 5 minutes, it's fine to blow off steam and take a walk in the park.
Other Thoughts: The course could be so much better with a little maintenance and some real baskets and tee pads. It could actually be a decent little 9 hole course and would really drive the interest of beginners that need confidence in throwing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Wasted Potential

2-4    6/9/2015   6/9/2015
Review By: nivek1385
Played: 34  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 27.2 Years
This review was updated on 7/1/2015
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has potential to be a great beginner course. It also has a nostalgic feel to it because it feels as if it's unchanged since the late 70searly 80s.
Cons: It seems like it was last maintained in the early 80s. There are thorns everywhere, including on the fairways. I'd understand if they were contained to the rough, but the fairways should be clear of thorn vines and bushes (bush is a very loose term). Quite a bit of poison ivy and poison oak as well, but I don't remember seeing any on the fairways. Almost every hole requires either a very precise shot andor a blind shot, which wouldn't be bad, except that there may not be any way to retrieve your disc. Granted, I played the day after some hard rainthunderstorms, but about a third of the course wasn't just muddy, but had standing water. Considering the mosquito problems, I'm thinking that this wasn't exclusively due to the recent rain. The tee sign for 4 is damaged.
Other Thoughts: If this course were properly maintained, it could be a great beginner course. Unfortunately, with all of the various issues, I couldn't recommend it to beginners or seasoned vets.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Still a little muddy

1    4/10/2014   4/10/2014
Review By: Treplexity
Played: 31  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 3.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course for beginners if they can put up with the overgrown conditions. This was my 5th game of disc golf, I got an Eagle on tee 9 and scored 4 under par total.

Seems as if only a few locals like myself play the course, so it's never crowded with players.

More advanced players are better off traveling to Burke Lake, but I live in the neighborhood of this course so it's something fun to do after work while the weather is nice and I don't have to worry about traffic.
Cons: Muddy, and very overgrown-not kept up. People walking their dogs or strolling their babies may cause a minute or two wait between putts.

The post for tee 3 is damaged

Tee 9 is heavily damaged, the tray of the basket sits on the ground.
Other Thoughts: This is the first time I've been able to get to tee 2, there's flooding all around the tee but it's gotten better. Course is still really muddy, but seems to be getting better every day.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 It was Not Pleasant The Morning I Played!

1    7/6/2013   7/19/2013
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1009  Reviewed: 959  Exp: 38.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: McLean DGC is one of the old school courses. Everything from the old fiberglass signs to the natural tee pads to the elementary Pars (325 foot/ Par 5) to the overall shortness of it, shout 1980's vintage. It's like when visit an Open House and see shag carpeting and avacado appliances. It's a lot dated! It could be a decent little beginner/family pitch and putt with a fair amount of work put in to it. The baskets are a wide range from older rusty, single chains to a brand new Discatcher with the yellow band.
Cons: The course is badly overgrown and desperately in need of some serious pruning. One sign is trashed and one basket has been badly beaten. The whole course is sitting in low lying wetlands type area and thus is marshy in many places.
Other Thoughts: I happened to play early on a wet morning. Everything was wet and soggy. The ground was saturated, the overgrown plants were dripping wet. It was not a fun experience. It was so wet and miserable, I didn't even worry about the Poison Ivy. I just tried to throw very carefully, stay our of trouble and get my soaking wet body back to my car.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  Bad course

1    6/26/2013   6/26/2013
Review By: Pat 'the French'
Played: 2  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 3.9 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Near DC
You can play alone...
A lot of parking spots.
Cons: Muddy,.
A lot of pets on leashes.
Very old installations.
Lots of bushes.
Other Thoughts: Don't come !
There're better courses.
It's hard to find disc in this jungle.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Currently Unplayable

5+    4/29/2012   7/29/2012
Review By: heyorayo
Played: 22  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.2 Years
This review was updated on 7/30/2012
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I work in great falls so it is/was nice to play this course like everyday after work. That's really the only good part of this course.
Cons: They have not maintained it one time since I don't even know how long, definitely 0 times this whole year. It is now practically a rainforest of tall grass and newly growing bushes and other vegetation. I called the fairfax county parks operation dept and put in a work order for Maintenance on the grounds, but it was never fulfilled, even after two months later when I went to check on it. It's frustrating to watch a course just get neglected like that. It's not a bad property but in its current state you don't want to go anywhere near this course in fear of a tick or spider bite due to the immense overgrowth.
Other Thoughts: Even when this course was playable it is really like a beginner's course. Most of the holes are between 100 to 200 feet, with a couple that are a little bit longer. It is pretty moderately wooded making it necessary to have a pretty accurate shot around the curves. A couple holes have a creek you throw over so that is pretty interesting. There is no change in elevation at all so that's really no fun. The rough is thick as the dickens in some parts so definitely check for ticks often as i have been bitten there. This is really just a course that you would play if you happened to live close or worked nearby. Bottom line, an my suggestion... Don't waste your time, play a better course.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


2-4    2/27/2011   4/2/2011
Review By: sirfrolf
Played: 8  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 21.9 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Proximity, if you happen to live nearby. It was somewhat amusing to laugh at the sorry state of this place. You get to know what a zero rating course is, so you can better rate other courses in comparison.
Cons: This course is a neglected disaster. Missing basket. Missing tee box. Missing and damaged signs. Swampy. Dense pricker thickets. Downed trees everywhere. Poorly designed course - unimaginative, unchallenging, and many shots go right over paved walking paths.
Other Thoughts: I thought this place was bad many years ago and went back thinking there may have been improvements made. To my dismay it got worse. Keep driving to the disc golf course at Bluemont!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Worse Course in the area

2-4    10/8/2010   3/5/2011
Review By: NovaDiscHead
Played: 9  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 33 Years
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: None that I can think of. OK, it's the closest DG course to the Capital Beltway (495). That's all I can think of.
Cons: Where do I start? Mud, mosquito's, missing tee pads and basket, lousy baskets, lousy signage, it was like someone decided to plop down a bunch of baskets, then got bored and went and did something else.
Other Thoughts: This is not worth your time, unless you are desperate to play and it hasn't rained in the last 15 months (OK, that's an exaggeration). I would highly recommend taking the trip to other near-by courses, such as Bluemont (9 holes), Burke Lake and Giles Run (pretty far, but the best course in the NOVA region).

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.


2-4    7/21/2008   2/21/2011
Review By: cefire
Played: 668  Reviewed: 134  Exp: 17.9 Years
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Once you get past the thorns, poison ivy, terrible tee boxes and baskets, completely overgrown nature of McLean you'll find that there are actually a couple of fun holes out there or you might just turnaround after the first hole :). The disc golf course at McLean can be a bit tricky to find back behind the tennis courts. Hole 1 starts out with an interesting little sidearm shot just past a bridge and near a small stream placed near the pin.
Cons: As mentioned above, the jungle back here is pretty intense. Poison Ivy and prickers can be found on pretty much every hole and often not far from pins or fairways. The teeboxes are absolutely terrible with nearly no runup room; additionally, they are boxed in with wood planks making runups nearly impossible. Frequent flooding helps keep McLame muddy and wet pretty much year round. Finally, the old Mach I baskets, while being a fun novelty, make putting a virtual slot machine of spit outs and blow throughs. Despite this bit of folk knowledge circulating, putting on a bad basket that randomly rejects good putts does not make you better! A simple, inexpensive mod to add an inner set of chains would greatly increase the catchability, though it may not be worth the trouble.
Other Thoughts: From the depths of my heart, I loathe this course and the dark, stinky swamp that it resides in. Like young Luke Skywalker I had to enter the forest of evil and look into the eyes of the ancient Mach. I have learned to control my fear and have felt the hatred of the darkside flowing through my veins but I have...I have conquered the ivy...the thorns...the muck...

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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