The IDGC Crown Jewel
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 Innova Discatchers
Onsite Pro Shop, restrooms, huge putting and upshot warm up area, and two other fantastic courses
Immaculately maintained, pretty much no litter, grass is cut regularly, woods are gorgeous
Benches on all long tees/single tees, all holes have informative and accurate tee signs
Next tee signs to aid in navigation, easy to find your way through the course.
Good flow between holes, especially with the new layout (holes 2 and 7 used to be flipped)
Great balance of long and short holes, left and right doglegs, par 3, 4, and 5 holes. Requires a good, balanced game to do well
Overall great use of the creek throughout the course to create awesome risk-reward scenarios
OB is marked with ropes, makes it easy to tell if a disc is in or out
Discatchers have flags to show wind direction
Great use of elevation and mature trees
While most tees have trees defining the shot, there are few holes where trees are within 10-15 feet of the tee, so shots can be played without risk of striking the tree RIGHT THERE in front of you. Makes the course very playable, and when you do hit a tree, it's definitely your fault.
Cons: Let's talk about the elephant in the room first: Turkey Gulch, which is more like bogey gulch. Of the three holes (11-13), the only hole I'd say is a poor design is Hole 12. 11 and 13 are just technical holes, but there are ways to play those safely for par, and birdie chances are reasonable. Hole 12, on the other hand, is rather difficult to birdie, and while a par play is somewhat easy, it involves going OB. There is a very tight window off the tee which plays along a fairway that is basically just the side of a hill to a postage stamp green with a nearly vertical hillside beside it. Any shot which hits the side of the hill is pretty much going to pick up and roll, and so eh. It's just a really frustrating hole, and not in a super hard golf way, but in a "ohmygosh this is all luck" sort of way.
Rough is super rough; a "first cut" three to five feet in would be awesome to allow shots which are slightly off to still advance a bit, rather than the all or nothing look that the course currently has.
The short tees are still a beat down, so the course isn't really accessible to new players. This being the IDGC and the Steady Ed red tees being right there, it's not that big of a deal, but were this a stand-alone course, it'd be a big drawback.
Most holes are somewhat difficult to get to, so shotgun starts can be difficult to get to the course.
Some holes play close to each other or close to walkways, so in tournaments it can be a little distracting between holes. For casual play it's not a huge deal.
A couple fairways have a few too many trees to really have a fair line. The lines are there, it's just a tad bit unreasonable to expect people to hit the landing zones just right in a controlled way (Hole 5's second shot, hole 12's tee, and hole 17's long tee come to mind)
Other Thoughts: W.R. Jackson is the crown jewel of the three IDGC courses. There's just something about the course, when you step onto the first tee, that sets it above Steady Ed and Warner. Jackson has long, sweeping fairways playing through a wooded forest which blend short, technical woods golf with a premium on accurate distance drives. Although the course is rather long, there are only a few opportunities to really rip on a disc and let it fly. For the most part, the long holes require an accurate drive off the tee and an accurate second drive or upshot to even think about putting for a birdie, and even then the putts are not guaranteed. Even the par threes are going to require an absolute crush or miraculous long putt to get the 2 (for the most part). However, hit those lines exactly, and watch as the work is basically done for you. A birdie on any hole here feels like a true accomplishment. There are now some longer tees and shorter tees on some of the more difficult holes, but even these require a complete golf game to score well. Some of my personal favorite holes:
Hole 1: what an opening hole. The tee shot requires dodging several mature trees down the fairway, with either a straight to fade shot or anny flex shot required from the RHBH thrower to be in position to attack the second shot. The second shot is more of the same, but the trees are positioned now to define the access points to the basket. The green is one of the more tame greens on the course, with only a slight roll to the hill to provide a subtle change in elevation depending on where your disc lands.
Hole 2: Honestly, this is just such a fun tee shot.
Hole 4: The tees play down to a landing zone, with a smaller sweet spot but room to work if you don't hit it exactly. There are then two fairways to a pin on a hillside. Hyzers will tend to stick.
Hole 8: The first chance to really open up and rip a drive, Hole 8 plays down two rather open fairways to a meeting point. Don't let the width of the fairway fool you though, drift too far left or right and you'll lose a butt-ton of distance and be out of position. Once at the meeting point, you can either play another large fairway around to the pin, or take the much tighter straight shot to the pin. A ditch in front of the green and trees behind the pin making landing your shot well a must.
Hole 14 is a huge dogleg right off the tee. Throw a safe RHFH to get in position, or go big or go home with a massive sky anny distance shot. Fairway then plays up, over, and down a hill to a guarded green.
Hole 15 is a major risk-reward play. Throw a RHFH to get into position for an easy par, or try to pipe the fairway to get a look at an upshot for the birdie. The stream on the right plays OB, so be careful to not fade out early (I birdied it this past weekend for the first time ever by going forehand-forehand, so that is a play as well).
Hole 18: A monstrous par 5 to finish the round off, hole 18 is a fantastic finishing hole. The tee plays off one side of a hill, with the fairway following that hill down and the next hill back up. Trees off the tee dictate either a tight straight to fade shot to skip up the hill, or an anny flex or forehand shot to get into position. From there, you need to get to the top of the hill and a hard dogleg right, which plays along a tight fairway to a green with a faint left to right slope which gives forehand shots a huge skip out.
Overall, WR Jackson is a fantastic course. While a couple of the holes may have incredibly tight gaps or play along almost impossible to hit fairways, by and large this well manicured course has a lot to offer. If you can have a plan and play somewhat conservative on those holes, the rest are a blast. Every tee offers a unique look, and the combination of shots can't be beat. Overall, WR Jackson is definitely a must play course at the IDGC and in the Augusta area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Pretty much perfect
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: What can I say... this is pretty much the perfect disc golf course. It's insanely technical, has abundant length, and will test your skills as much as any other. There is elevation, risk/reward shots, clearly defined OB, concrete teepads, and just tons of fun.
Expect to throw just about every shot in your bag. Long straight drives, fades, turns, backhands, forehands, overhands... all of it. If you're a rec-intermediate level player, this place will probably chew you up... but it's fun. It feels good to get whooped by this course because if you can actually do good, it feels so much better.
Everything you need is here:
- Dedicated staff at facility
- Pro shop on site
- Plentiful parking
- Maintained grounds
- Tee signs on each hole
- Next tee direction markers after each basket
- Benches and shade coverings if waiting at teepad
- Practice area for putting and approaches
- Scorecards, etc available in pro shop
Cons: There really aren't many cons to speak of... maybe just the toughness of the course. You may also come across some wildlife such as snakes and spiders out there. If nothing else I would like to see this course have a couple of open holes. Every hole is unique, but they are all in the woods. That said, being in the woods is what this course is all about, so it's a total "nice to have" request in my opinion.
Also some of the holes run through a pretty tough section where discs can easily roll away into a small ravine. You can throw a great shot but just get unlucky with the lie. Watch the 2017 Worlds coverage and you'll see what I mean.
Other Thoughts: This is one course of three at the IDGC... and probably the toughest of the three. WR Jackson is one of my favorite courses out there. Many of the holes were lengthened for the recent Worlds tournament. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the Augusta area. To make it a real adventure, camp in Wildwood Park (where the course is located). Reservations can be made online.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Picturesque, long, technical, elevated goodness
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Signage is great, providing the player with all the necessary info, hole layout, distance, OB, etc. Tee pads are ample and allow for a proper run up.
Highly visible Innova Discatcher baskets. Good directional arrows to keep you on the right path. Trash cans and benches throughout the course.
Solid mix of dog leg L an R playing holes. Great mix of short, moderate, and longer holes.
Good solid lines that need to be hit in order to score well but aren't so unforgiving that you can't redeem yourself to save par. Great elevation changes to keep things interesting.
This course has both up and down playing holes as well. Threat of roll a way putts are present giving a few holes that added pucker factor.
Holes 11-13 give you a bit of a break from the long holes and will offer you some chances to pick up some birdies.
This course has length to several holes and is the longest course on the complex.
This is a John Houck designed course so you know its going to be solid.
Cons: Some of the transitions between holes were a bit lengthy like 2's basket to 3's tee, 7's basket to 8's tee. This slows the flow of the round down a bit but its not a deal breaker.
Some of the gulleys, which are OB, are a bit steep so getting your disc back and then getting back up to flat land could be treacherous. Please use caution.
These cons are minor however.
Other Thoughts: This is one of 3 courses that can be found at the International Disc Golf Center. It is pay to play, $3, and is the bargain of the year and totally worth it. This course has the most length of the 3 courses on the complex. I have played several courses over the years and this course was one of the best challenges that I have faced to date. The variance in the elevation changes, and the technical shots that each hole presented, along with the length of many of the holes will test all aspects of your game. There are some holes where you have to have some good distance in order to set yourself up for the next shot but its not wide open. You will need to hit your lines in order to score well here.
I found myself being challenged both mentally and physically and I didn't mind one bit. I would drive back from Kansas in a heartbeat to play any one of these 3 courses.
Do yourself a favor and plan a trip to the IDGC and play all 3 of the courses in this complex. Make a day of it and tour the Disc Golf Hall of Fame and PDGA headquarters which are on site. If you love quality disc golf and the history of the game then this place will be heaven to you. I can't wait until I can return someday and relive this experience. So worth it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Worth the trip
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great design
very well maintained
Other Thoughts: The whole IDGC experience is extremely unique, and the course design is fantastic. Id definitely recommend taking the trip just for the experience.
That being said, this was my favorite course out of the three. It was extremely challenging, but never felt repetitive or too punishing.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
What every course should be
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great uses of land that challenges and rewards for successful landings scrambles.
Far ob with some challenging slopes baskets play on or near.
Benches, Score cards, pencils are all added bonuses.
90% of the holes are of beautiful quality and make you wish that you lived closer.
Feel like a pro when you hit your lines.
2 other courses on the property. With Jackson being the best followed by ed.
Cons: Few of the holes are lack luster but how can you really build a championship course that has all the holes 5.0 quality without a tweener here and there?
I only list this as a con for some people pay to play. I don't mind paying to play. Keeps the chucker from ruining the experience.
So much course its hard to enjoy everything in one day.
Other Thoughts: I always find it hard to review a course. Everyone is looking for top of the top, over inflating, and just unexperince to multiple types of courses. Jackson in its own right is up at the top with course like flip city, maple hill and others that come to mind. Granted I have only played one of the top 10 courses in the United States but cant underestimate the quality and attention Jackson gets.
Set on a County Park the IDGC hosts three top level courses with Jackson in my mind the center piece of the jewel. Par 4 and more await you as you attempt to master a course that a meer average golfer could get discouraged and left scratching your head. Hole one starts you out easy and leaves a feel good feeling until the fun begins. As you move on deep and deep holes start to punish you, hyzers, anhyzers, pitchouts and forehands await. Even at one point you head back up to the IDGC and leave yourself wondering if I will attempt the rest of the round.
Of all the holes at the property hole 10 stands out the most to me. You stand on the tee box just outside the proshop and look back into the woods. Its an overwhelming feeling in my book and makes me wonder what its like to play MPO at big events.
If your ever in the area I would make a stop and try to knock out two courses. Make sure to play Jackson first before the others. You will thank me later.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
IDGC - WR Jackson Memorial DGC
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Has concrete tee pads with notches carved across
Has benches throughout the course
Has excellent tee signs (signs look better than the ones posted on this site)
Some holes have multiple lines to the basket
Has next tee signs posted throughout
More wooded than open fairways with doglegs and elevations
Challenging, long course with variety of pars (6 par 3s, 9 par 4s, 3 par 5s)
Water comes into play on almost half of the holes where there's little risk in losing a disc due to the shallow creek
Has two loops of the front and back nines
Had whole course to myself on a Thursday afternoon
Has a storm shelter
Has practice baskets from different manufacturers
Long course can be demanding and intimidating to those not ready for a challenge
Aside from the course already being long, some may find the long walks between holes as a con but I feel that there's good separation between them as the layout makes most of the hilly terrain and creek
Pay to play but worth it
This is the last of the three challenging scenic courses at IDGC that I enjoyed playing. This course is the one that I will compare other courses to as I have ranked this as my first 5.0 - Best of the Best. This course is the site of the Hall of Fame Classic held here every two years. After watching the world's top pros play here, this course was a test to compare on how well I can perform when playing this gold level tournament quality course. I can say that I have more appreciation more than ever in watching them play now! It truly is challenging and will require almost every kind of shot to shoot a low score here. This course will emphasize on control and shot placement on most holes since there's only six par 3s here. The course takes advantage of its hilly terrain and creek to make a challenging layout. I haven't recall ever playing on a hole with a figure 8 pattern before I played hole #8. Playing on holes #12 and #13 were probably the most difficult par 3s that I ever played due to the tight window and the slope towards the creek. The long course and the additional walking between holes can take a toll on the body and therefore be a con for some players. The pay to play can dissuade some from playing but I have paid more to play a less enjoyable course before. $3 to enter the park and $3 for a PDGA member to play all day is a bargain! In the clubhouse, the pro shop sells discs from many manufacturers as well as issue out course maps and scorecards with the highlighted current pin positions. Along with the pro shop, there is a snack machine, breakroom, restrooms, and the Hall of Fame all inside the clubhouse operating from 9am-5pm. A soda machine is located outside the clubhouse underneath the pavilion nearby. Playing this course and one of the other two on the same day makes a nice day trip.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
IDGC Presents: Action Jackson
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: WR Jackson Memorial is the longest of the 3 amazing courses at the IDGC, and is just another John Houck masterpiece. It may cause distress to the average disc golfer, but there are 18 great holes that have extremely challenging but not entirely impossible fairways. You will find trouble if you fail to execute sound throws consistently. While it can be frustrating, the constant pressure to make good throws is one of the aspects that makes me respect the course so much. Well worth the price of admission, $5 for all day access to the 3 wonderful courses on site.
As you would expect, all of the tees, signage, and baskets are top quality, as they are in all of the disc golf facilities here. A little bit of water will be in play here and there, as well as some moderate elevation change through very woodsy fairways. I won't give the hole by hole summary, but each stop along the way requires precise, accurate shots of all types. There are 6 par 4's in a row to lead off, and the longest hole on the course is 8, just to make sure the front 9 isn't taken lightly. Holes 11-13 give you a chance to make up some ground with 3 consecutive short par 3's. No pushovers, but a well placed putter throw can get you there. On the way out you will encounter 2 more par 4's, and the last hole is a great par 5. 18 is the kind of finishing hole that demands respect. Visible from the tee, but so far away you know you still have your work cut out for you. Even after taking several beatings here, I still enjoy this monster.
Cons: Scenic, but demanding. The new player will probably not make it through a round here without some serious struggles. It is pay to play, cheapskates beware.
Other Thoughts: I did get 2 birdies on my most recent round at Jackson. 10 and 12 gave me redemption deuces, and I missed a very makable putt on 11 for the turkey. Still wound up at +11 on the round, but enjoyed it none the less. Wish I would have visited more often when I lived in the area. Very much a destination for any disc golfer who loves to visit the very best courses. Sort of reminds me of Chester State Park in SC, but much longer, and a little more elevation change. The pro shop, and disc golf museum and wall of fame give you something interesting to look at in between rounds, and snacks and refreshments are available inside during business hours. Also there is a vending machine with water and soft drinks outside under the pavilion. A must play for any serious player who enters the vicinity.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Wow that's hard
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Challenging with many long S shots. Lots of elevation to bomb a sky roller, thumber or any trick shot you have. Tee signs are descriptive enough and fairways are well defined on the very long holes making long recon walks not necessary. The holes are often too long to see the basket but you get the idea where to place your first shot for success. Also the score cards given out indicate pin position so you don't have to hope there is something on the sign to indicate pin position.
I had my best round ever on my most recent trip. However, WR Jackson is just so huge, long and steep it can wear you down. The fairways on some of the long holes seem plenty wide and I had some great long throws & hit intended landing spots but by the time I would climb up the steep hills to my next shot I found myself missing putts that I should make. The courses at IDGC are just known for zapping the strength & concentration right out of you. Even the short holes 12 & 13 that traverse a large valley/gulch place the baskets on steep fast greens forcing the perfect tight shot through trees that must match the angle of the hill to stick. Manage that and you still have to find the perfect putting stance on a knife edge and stick a putt. Any roll away is falling into the O.B. creek. You better have all the putting stances in your bag. This course will run a sword through any chink in the armor of your game.
It seems like aspects of these "pros" could and should be cons for some. This is very much a Gold level course. A new player will most likely kick their bag or give up after 9 holes here. I did when I was a newer player. It is the challenge that is the attraction here. Now that my player rating is over 900 I had a much better time playing this one than in years past.
I played in early October and the course just looked lovely, a touch of fall color on the leaves, the long open fairways are just picture perfect. Some of the pins seem to frame the most picturesque portions of the hills or trees they are set by.
The course loops back to the parking lot after 9 holes for a very much needed break or to restock on water. The IDGC building has a/c, a small museum, a well stocked pro shop and clean rest rooms.
Cons: Very thick tick infested woods in some spots make trips off the fairways not fun. Thin on next tee signs in some areas.
No escalators or free porters. Seriously folks, other that getting worn out on a steep long course I cannot fault anything here. I can say some shorter tees would be nice but that would detract from the course. This is Gold level, take it or leave it.
Other Thoughts: Often reviews say you have to throw every disc or shot in your bag. I carried about 20 discs and for the first time I actually used every one. Not only that, I used every shot in my skill set.
Make sure your dog's tick meds are up to date if you bring Fido.
Rating: I rated a 5 for my first time ever! For the over 135 courses I have played this is the biggest and best course I have ever played.
$5.00 to play all day on 3 great courses is a nice bang for your buck.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 23 Not
Pros: If you're a long shot, this is your course. Many holes offer the chance at back to back long shots to have a chance at a birdie.
Good use of the rolling terrain in the area. No two shots are the same.
Concrete tee pad.
Cons: Only one tee option.
Can be a brutally long course for newer players with less skill and accuracy.
Other Thoughts: This is one to come back to time and time again to test your own skills against the course. You will need accurate long shots in order to score well here. If you go a little errant, there are plenty of trees to make you pay. The course can easily be played as 9 since the 1st and 10th tee box is next to the IDGA HQ and parking lot. Might suggest you take something to retrieve disc with because several holes have steep ditches with creeks in them that are not easily accessible, however they can easily come into play. If you don't have anything, mother nature has provided lots of dead fall in the area to use in an effort to retrieve a sunken disc. Oh, and keep a very close eye out for everyone's favorite zero legged friends.
4 of 27 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Hard but fun! And what a bargain!
Pros: Played all three courses for $3 entrance fee. Bargain.
Some of the par 4's and 5's through the woods here are epic, every line worked out to perfection. As with all houck designs the thought that has gone into every single detail is immense. He's a master of the par 4's and 5's
Tough tough course, you've got to work so hard to stay on the fairways and hit the lines to attack for birdies, and there is no shame from coming away without any. it's a true Gold standard course. great challenge, not one to bring a first timer!
Rough is tough but fair, you should find your discs even on the worst of ricochets
Great amenities in the park and two other gold standard courses on site.
Cons: I love most of the holes - I love par 4 and 5 golf and this isn't just lengthened par 3's but well thought out landing zones and multiple routes. It's Houck at his best.
Apart from hole 3 and 12/13.
3 - It's just frustrating. I like a par 4 where a driver off the tee isn;t an option but this hole I just can't see where the separation in scoring will come from.
I tried just about everything in the bag to get a good look at an Eagle, best I had was some weird backhand roller that I don't think I could ever replicate which gave me about a 90' upshot. The worst results were bad. Very bad. The only sensible option off the tee was a standstill putter hyzer have a 150' upshot take the three. Going for a 2 was a hiiiiigh chance of 4, 5, or worse. but taking the three was ridiculously easy with just a bail out off the tee. Couldn't see the reward for trying anything more, Disappointed with this one.
Now 12/13 (I'm calling it that as they are basically the same hole). Hmmm. I carry a lot of putters, both are a lovely length for a putter on a straight shot with a soft non skippy landing possibly if I could shape it with a slight anny to match the slope of the land.
But it's a total crap shoot when you land as to what's going to happen. I threw them all, I threw them all again, most stuck for easy 2's a fewkicked and rolled OB for 4's' 5's (I assumed the creek was OB) Couldn't tell you any difference between the good or bad. One hit the pole and went OB after tottering on its end for an eternity. Too much punishment totally down to the luck of the gods.
Two holes that could be hugely improved with a levelled landing zone around the basket or a retaining wall/logs 15' to the right of the basket, outside that fine, no issues with rolling in the water. It's the pretty much perfectly placed shots where luck is key.
It's also a shame that 3 short par 3's are squeezed together in the middle of the course.
Misses a standout feature in the land - creek is nice, and use of the terrain is superb, but you don't come away with a wow experience.
Honestly and it seems petty reading it but the tees sign graphics are boring and give no idea of the drama awaiting you. Would love to see a bit more detail on them and for more measurements - how far to that gap, that split etc. I'm pretty sure some of the measurements are wildly off anyway so maybe that wouldn't be much use!
Edit* it was over 2 years ago I played this so maybe the graphics have changed reading some of the reviews below. My memory of them was yes they would tell me it was a dog leg, but that was it, no indication of the tightness of anything else? I just like lots of info on tee signs!
Other Thoughts: Reading back my cons seems to outweigh the pros. So ignore my moaning. The course is excellent, the design is nearly all as good as it can be and you'll hugely enjoy your time playing here.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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