Nice Short Amateur Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: White River has 18 relatively short holes in a nice little public recreational property in a small town in central VT. This is a nice little road trip stop being only 3 miles off I-89 so it's a nice place to take a break from the road. The course is made with natural tees that are in good shape, decent baskets, and has a good info board at the front and hole maps at most tee pads. The first 11 holes are tight wooded technical shots, hole 12 plays over the White River, 13-16 are tight ace runs along the river bank and 17 and 18 open up in the field on another side of the property. The grounds are well maintained and it was one of the cleaner courses I've played on recently. While the holes are short, the course offers challenge in many other ways with tight wooded fairways, well protected baskets, minor elevation changes, and a variety of shots and lines. Many holes offer several different paths to the basket allowing players to be creative finding lines to throw. Next tee signs help navigation. There's plenty of parking here and I did see port-a-potties though they may not be a permanent amenity. The property also has tennis courts, a pool, a playground, basketball, and many other ways for other people in your group who don't love to disc golf to occupy themselves. Most holes have two tees. Longer tees are good for recreational players and the shorter tees keep children, beginners, and short throwers in mind. The short tee on hole 12 also can work as a nice drop zone if someone throws into the river off the tee. It's a nice walk in the woods and a fun course to play.
Cons: A little more distance on this course would be nice. Some holes are very short and only two holes are more than 300 ft. The first 11 holes play very close together and errant shots will definitely cross onto other fairways. Sometimes it's confusing to know what basket to throw at. Maps could be a little more informative.
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course for players who don't throw particularly far. Big arms may be bored by this course, but it's also a great course for dialing in shorter distances, attenuating throwing power, and developing control, precision, technique, and versatility. Throwing over the river is actually a really fun play and I think it's more likely that your disc could go in the water on a testy come-back putt after overthrowing the tee shot than off the tee. It's a nice place to work on short game, but leave your wide-rim discs at home, you won't need them.
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White River Course
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The maps of the holes were beneficial to play. Variety of lengths, but mostly shorter holes.
Cons: Tightly packed with regards to trees. Some of the holes had no window because of the forest. No true fairways on the first 11 or so holes, which was disappointing. There were a lot of obstructions on the course.
Other Thoughts: It feels like an entirely different course after you cross the river. The first 11 holes are a little disappointing but starting on hole 12 the course improves greatly.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyable Little Rec Course By The White River!
Pros: White River DGC is a pleasant little course which has 11 holes playing on side of the river, one # 12, which crosses the river and then the final 6 which play on the other side. The course starts close by the popular swimming pool. There is a kiosk with various bits of local disc information including a course map and a picnic table. The tee pads are natural but are very serviceable for this course. The signs are just small laminated paper ones on little sticks. The baskets are Discraft models which are a little difficult to spot in the shady woods here.
The course plays at a recreational level. Many holes play around 200'. There are two sets of tees, the longer Blues and the shorter Reds. Often, there's quite a big difference between the distance such as 277-145 on # 10. The shorter Reds play as more of a beginner course. Lots of Aces to be had on those Reds.
White River definitely has that old school, course from the 90's feel. The plain baskets without the yellow bands and the shorter distances as well as the natural pads all give this retro feel. But it's a very enjoyable course regardless.
I liked # 9's basket placement on top of a small ridge, just inviting some rollaways. But I think most everyone would agree that # 12 is the signature hole here. It's only about a 125' foot carry over the river but the basket is downriver from the tee making it a 195' throw. Darn, I hit the top of the basket! Would have been a fun little Ace. And the river is about as clear as you'll ever see anywhere. So inviting!
Cons: The area where the # 1 basket sits is confusing. There are three baskets in close proximity so it's easy to throw at the wrong one.
On # 14, there is a tree broken down right over the Blue pad. It's in the way enough so that it effects the way you throw off the pad.
Chances to land in the river on three consecutive holes 12-13-14. Although, today, it would have been quite pleasant to get a little wet and retrieve a disc.
Other Thoughts: I might be a little biased here rating White River since I graduated from White River HS many years ago on the complete other side of the country.
I have no problem giving this course a solid rating of 2.5. It gets a lot of use. Serves it purpose for it's target audience. It's not a course for advanced players or those players who want to throw 400' drives but there are courses around for those guys. This course is geared toward the recreational player and I think they've hit home run with it.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
The Gnomes Await You
Pros: Two years ago, this course was nearly wiped out due to flooding from Hurricane Irene. Today, you wouldn't know it. The bridge has been rebuilt and the local volunteer effort has helped get the course back into great shape.
The result is a fun, technical course playing around a river which offers players a great way to cool off after a round.
There are definitely some memorable shots here, including one over the river (which, at 190' is easily reachable by most players).
Course flow is pretty intuitive and easy to follow. The only tricky part might be the long walk from 16 to 17.
Cons: It's very short. There really are no chances to throw big drives. In fact, I only used drivers on two tee shots.
There are a couple holes that have little to no fairway defined. There are definitely some opportunities for bad luck to ruin an otherwise good shot.
There are a few holes that are so short they're almost laughable. The tee shot feels more like a short upshot after a good drive on a typical par 3. Hole 11 especially is almost a jump putt from the tee.
Other Thoughts: There really is something for everyone here. Beginners will enjoy being able to reach the pin from the tee while more advanced players can enjoy deuce-or-die golf that tests midrange and putter play.
Overall, this is a great place for a fun, low stress round.
Look out for the gnomes, they are well hidden throughout the course.
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0 Helpful / 5 Not
Great Backyard Course
Pros: Lots of fun. There are a lot of opportunities for different types of shots. There are gnomes to be seen if you look carefully.
Cons: Currently the bridge is down thanks to Hurricane Irene. To play a full 18 holes, you must drive around. This is not as big a deal as it seems however.
Other Thoughts: This is the course I started playing on. It is a 2 minute walk from my front door. Needless to say, I get a lot of playing done at this course.
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3 Helpful / 1 Not
Wrath of Irene
Two tee locations per hole.
The bridge leading to the area containing basket-13 thru tee-18 was unusable, and the parking lot on that side of the course was closed.
Basket-10 missing - likely crushed, based upon its location on the map, and the large, fallen tree which currently occupies that area.
The course is located in a multi-purpose public park, split by a small river. Holes 1-12 are on a bit of flat, forested land, sitting next to the river, and holes 13-18 are on the other side. From what I could tell, this course suffered greatly from the effects of Hurricane Irene. It appears a couple feet of silt/sand were dumped on the south side of the river, where 2/3rds of the course is located. Because of this, the baskets are quite low, and I was unable to find red tees for holes 5, 6, or 9, nor blue-6, so threw from locations that seemed reasonable, based upon the map. There is still quite a bit of debris (branches) on the course, and a few downed trees (R.I.P., basket-10, I assume).
The holes are, overall, quite short, particularly form the reds, although a few of the blue tees do add a significant amount of length. The lines needed to be hit were generous-to-moderate - nothing extreme here. Errant shots are not overly punished, as the trees are not densely packed together, so alternate lines are typically available for the wayward disc. However, there is a good chance a wayward disc will actually be in a neighbouring fairway, as the holes are jammed together fairly tightly. An even blend of gentle/moderate/sharp left/right/S-turning shots needed from the tee to reach the basket.
Please note the day I played the course (late October 2011). Until there is word that the bridge is repaired or the parking lot on the north side is open, this course will only have eleven playable holes: 1-9, 11-12. My score is based upon how the course was the day I played it - cleaned up a bit, and the other seven holes being available, would likely be worth an additional 0.5-1.0 points to the rating.
Experienced players throwing well should have a few ace runs and some birdy opportunities. For those with less experience, the course is good for developing a control-game, without punishing throws that aren't so controlled! Hope the course can be restored to the full 18.
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One of the best in VT
Pros: This course is great, the shots are all very technical, kinda short, but that alright. Hole 13 is a great over the river shot, and 18 is probibly one of the hardest shots on the course. all in all this course is awesome
Cons: i don't have many cons for the course, its small so its easy to play up on someone if its busy, and the holes do cross a bunch.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses to play, i did lose 3 or 4 discs but i also found a few too so its all good.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is good fun. A lot of interesting shots. A compact course that has some challenge to it. The White River is a beautiful hazard that cuts through the middle. Holes 13 and 18 are a lot of fun.
As a resident of the Upper Valley, specifically, Enfield, N.H., I would have to say this is one of the two best courses around (the other one being in Newport, N.H.). That's sort of sad commentary on disc golf around here but both are solid, if not spectacular, courses.
Cons: The holes are close to each other, so could get hectic on a crowded day. If there are crowded days. And I bet this course gets a lot more challenging when everything is overgrown in the summer months.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun for all!!!
Pros: If you need somewhere for your family to have fun while you play, this is it! There are athletic fields, a playground, pool (when in season), and a small stream for fishing and swimming. A porta pottie is available right near the parking lot. There is a welcome board with plenty of course information and scorecards on the way to the first tee. Every hole has two sets of tee pads; red and blue. The walkways in between holes are clearly defined and easy to navigate even with all of the leaves on the ground. There are scattered trash cans and homemade benches. There is a really good mix of holes in the woods and in the wide open. The wooded holes vary from just a few trees to thicker than molasses. The holes in the open use protected pins (16) and a blind water shot (signature hole 18) make this course really fun. Even though the course itself isn't extremely challenging and the par is off I had an absolute blast here.
Cons: You might feel like a sardine while playing. Most of the front twelve holes are right next to each other and with a kick off of a tree... Well you get the picture. There are few next tee signs and the ones that are there aren't the easiest to see. The natural tee pads are quite uneven and slick in some areas. If your disc lands off the fairway you will probably get confused because of the several baskets in your sight. You have to cross the bridge several times and hope that nobody steals your disc while you go across the stream. There are several holes adjoining ball fields and the fishing/swimming area makes for some tricky tossing when the park is busy.
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2 Helpful / 1 Not
I'll play again and again!
Pros: -I'll play in the woods all day.
-It's a short but fun course.
-My wife and kids have plenty to do with the playground, pool or river right there.
-I love the over the river tee on the 13th but not the 18th.
-We saw the old maintenance guy walking through trimming things back in the woods section.
Cons: What's with the 18th tee? It was way overgrown and I didn't feel like losing my disc. Any toss from there would have been a blind hail-mary over the river and through the woods. I love the over the river idea but how bout tightening up on the 18th.
Other Thoughts: AN UPDATE TO MY CON SECTION:
after posting the above cons I saw the winter photo of the 18th and would love a shot at that, however come July bring your machete!
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