Macon, GA 
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3 / 350ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #18 Blue Tee



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Favorite Course in Macon

5+    10/8/2016   10/12/2016
Review By: jsemales
Played: 43  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 12.9 Years
This review was updated on 2/15/2017
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is probably my favorite course in Macon. It offers a really nice blend of technical and open throws. While the holes aren't particularly long, they play a lot longer than they are listed. There are a lot of elevation changes that lead to a variety of shots required. There is water on a number of holes that make it pretty easy to lose a disc if you're not willing to go swimming. A skilled player can shoot very well here, but a lesser skilled player can find themself running up some numbers.
Cons: Lots of water and marshy areas make discs realllllly easy to lose. Be aware of OB, it can jump out and get you.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1: Large uphill RHBH hyzer shot to the basket. The fairway is dotted with large trees that are easily avoided. The right side of the fairway involves some underbrush and tall grass, but the risk reward for the big backhand is very worth it.

Hole 2: Mando tree on the right side of the fairway with some low hanging branches that bring the ceiling into play early off the tee. The left side of the fairway is heavily wooded. This is a great putter approach shot, but going left leaves you in jail for your second shot.

Hole 3: Wide open fairway that is heavily wooded on the left. The fairway slopes slightly downhill to a right fading tunnel approach. The best play is an aggressive RHFH that flexes down the left side of the fairway and glides towards the basket.

Hole 4: Depending on the pin position (currently in the B position) the hole plays drastically different. In the A position, it is a straight on driving putter approach with the basket guarded on the left side by a single tree. The B position offers two approaches, a hard hyzer RHFH down the main fairway will leave you a relatively open approach to the basket. The alternative line is sneaking inside the Mando tree on the right and letting a RHBH hyzer fly down the outside of the alternative fairway. In the B position, it's a tough birdie, but not impossible.

Hole 5: This is a very narrow tunnel shot over a small bridge. The fairway is very narrow and the basket is tucked behind a couple of large pine trees at the end of a left fade off the tee. The best play is a driving putter approach holding a straight line just inside the tree line on the right side of the fairway. There are a lot of branches and foliage that keep the ceiling very low and takes out the big sloping hyzer approach.

Hole 6: This is another big hyzer shot slightly uphill with trees guarding the fairway and a lot of branches in the ceiling to guard the lines. There are two plays for this hole to consider. The first is the hard hanging RHBH hyzer that sneaks just right of the trees that guard the middle of the fairway. This is an unpredictable approach because of all the branches and obstacles that could obstruct the hyzer shot. The other approach is a slightly understable RHBH midrange approach. The left side of the fairway has an available line for a RHBH flex shot, but it requires a bit of weaving for the shot to pay off. Even if you get knocked down by a tree/branch, the underbrush isn't bad and allows for a very easy 2nd approach shot.

Hole 7: In the A position, this shot is a hard dog leg right with a number of large pines guarding the more direct line. A RHFH throw will leave a solid line, but requires a larger arm than expected. The basket is just far away enough to challenge an intermediate players distance, and the hyzer line only adds to the demand of the shot. In the B Position, the fairway is fairly narrow with heavily wooded protection on the left and right side. The fairway will slope downhill at first with lots of roots to prevent skipping shots and rollers. The green for the B position is a steep uphill approach. A powerful RHBH flex shot down the left side of the fairway will flex out and glide down to the bottom of the hill for an easy approach to the basket.

Hole 8: This is a short but hard dog leg left shot. The distance is no more than 150-160 feet but the left side of the fairway is heavily wooded and completely blocks the direct line. A RHBH hyzer shot with an overstable disc will leave you an Ace Run or in a great position for birdie. The right side of the fairway has a lot of low hanging branches to prevent the hyzer bomb.

Hole 9: This is a straight uphill shot with the basket tucked away on the backside of the plateau on top of the hill. The center of the fairway is guarded with lots of trees, and the left and right margins are guarded with lots of young pines. There are two lines that I've found effective, a RHBH anhyzer with an understable midrange will curl around the left side of the fairway and park on top of the plateau for an approach. The other is a RHFH flex shot down the right side of the fairway, but requires absolute precision to make it up the hill, flatten out, and slide up under the basket.

Hole 10: This is a long and narrow tunnel off the tree. There is no underbrush, but the tunnel is maybe 15 feet wide for about 100-130 feet off the tee. Once you clear the tunnel the fairway opens up wide open with an OB road on the right, and OB road long on the basket. The basket sits on a left fade and slightly uphill from the tee. The best approach is a fairway driver off the tee controlled down the tunnel along the right side and fading left on a line towards the basket.

Hole 11: This hole plays very different depending on pin position. In the A position, it is an "island" green (marked by rocks) that is sharply downhill, but straight on from the tee. It does not require a big arm, but it does require control to stick the island. A position is a straight Ace Run or easy birdie. In the B position, it is a long RHFH drive with the basket placed on a steep hill on the far right end of the fairway. The approach is fairly well guarded by spotted trees, and if the disc stands up on the landing, it has a lot of potential to roll back down the hill.

Hole 12: In the A position, the shot is a hard RHBH hyzer with a relatively open approach. The basket sits on a hill that drops off behind the basket. Off the tee, the left side is spotted with trees that prevents a direct line, the only real approach is the sky hyzer for RHBH players. In the B position, it is a straight on shot that plays slightly down hill. The green is guarded on the back right with an OB gulch/little bridge. The best play in the B position is a RHFH flex shot that has potential for a little skip up at the basket.

Hole 13: This hole has 3 pin positions, but I have only ever seen it in the A position. In the A position, it is a dead on straight shot, but the fairway slopes steep downhill off the tee, and straight uphill back to the basket. Off the tee, you are just slightly below pin-high. There is an OB road behind the basket that comes into play with bigger armed players. There are spotted trees on the right side of the fairway that shouldn't come into play, there is a single tree near the left-center of the fairway that also shouldn't affect your approach at the A position. A straight line RHBH shot is the safest approach. The B position is about 50 feet to the left of the A position at the same elevation. The C position is 50 feet right of the A position at a SLIGHTLY lower elevation. None of the positions pose a serious threat. The C position is more heavily guarded by trees.

Hole 14: In the A position, the basket is straight on from the tee, very narrowly tucked inside the OB road on the right. The fairway slopes hard left downhill straight towards the lake. The basket is maybe 5-7 feet off the OB right, and the hill starts its steep drop off immediately after the basket. In the B position, the basket is about 150 feet further down the lane from the A position. The nearside fairway remains treacherous with lots of trees to block your direct approach, but not enough to save you from skipping down to the water. The OB road right has a gentle left turn that continues to guard the very narrow fairway on your approach to the B position. For most right handed throwers, the normal landing zone is at a very narrow point in the fairway between the OB road right and a jetty in the lake that creeps up behind the tee for 15. Once you've made your first shot, the approach to B position is very open, but there are a few guardian trees that can create problems on your lines. In the B position, this is a ridiculously difficult par 3, with OB potential all over the place.

Hole 15: This is a long shot, fading slightly right off the tee, over the water (when the lake is at normal levels). The left side of the fairway is heavily wooded with lots of low hanging branches and foliage to knock shots down. The far side of the lake as you get close to the basket turns into a swampy marsh with high grass and sinking mud. Avoid this area at all costs. A strong RHFH shot will coast out over the water and fade safely to the right side of the lake/fairway and leave a relatively safe approach shot. Beginners beware, this hole has eaten more discs than the puppy bin at Petsmart.

Hole 16: Depending on pin position, this hole plays more or less dangerous. In the A position, the basket is tucked behind a big guardian tree on the right side of the fairway on a slightly left to right downhill that fades towards the water. It tempts aggressive players with a hyzer RHFH shot that can leave you in the water/reeds in a hurry. The RHBH flex shot offers a safer play, but does not leave a hugely desirable upshot. In the B position, the basket sits about 50 feet left and 100-125 feet longer than the A position. The tee shot is much safer, as you can just rip off a huge RHBH or RHFH shot depending on your strengths. Off the tee the fairway slopes downhill slightly, then back uphill to a plateau, and the basket is after the plateau and slightly downhill back towards the water again. It doesn't leave a death putt, but a long second shot can leave you closer to the water than you would desire. A shorter drive can leave you a blind approach, as it is difficult to see up and over the hill. In the B position, the wind can really be a factor because it sits on the corner of the lake and the inlet bay/marsh area.

Hole 17: Depending on the pin position, the hole plays vastly different. In the A position, the shot is basically straight on off the tee, slightly downhill. The lake is OB right off the tee, and the shoreline is covered in tall reeds. The basket is guarded on the right side by a tall tree with tons of pesky branches to knock down good shots. The best shot for this is a RHBH hyzer shot that hangs out over the lake and fades back towards the basket (which sits about 10 feet off the shoreline). In the B position, the shot is to the left off the tee in comparison to the A position. I've never see the basket placed here, but it's a very safe shot with no real obstacles. It's an uphill big arm shot, but there would be no real challenge in making par. In the C position, this hole is a bear. The approach off the tee is the same as the A position. You can throw a bigger shot with a RHBH hyzer and leave it behind the A pin for your second shot. The C position sits about 150 feet behind the A position on a similar line and equally close to the shoreline on the right. The C position basket is heavily guarded by a few pesky trees that are tall and branchy, similar to the A position.

Hole 18: In the A position, this is a straight on shot with the fairway heavily guarded on the left with woods. The right side of the fairway has the OB Lake (disc eater), and the shoreline is covered in tall reeds. Very easy to lose a disc on this hole, but sticking the fairway with a good OS disc isn't too hard. In the B position, this hole becomes a huge par 4, that is exceptionally challenging. The basket sits about 150-175 feet behind the A position, and the approach after the A position is aggressively uphill. The normal RHBH hyzer line is still available, but the distance shot is guarded by multiple boathouses and docks. It would take a HUGE RHBH hyzer shot to clear the boathouse, but it is possible.

Great course. My favorite course in Macon because of the variations in elevation, and the multitude of shots it requires. Good luck and stay dry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Claystone Getting Some Love!

2-4    4/20/2016   4/22/2016
Review By: GSquare44
Played: 16  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 5.9 Years
Pros: Fun course, some holes are far more challenging than others.
Well groomed and maintained.
Easy to navigate.
Cons: You have to pay to get into the park (not play disc golf)
Couple holes are shorter but with what they had to work with, makes sense.
Some teepads are skinny
Tee signs need some love..
Other Thoughts: Looks like the Macon crew is putting in some work to get this course top notch.
The walk on 15 isn't that big of a deal, it does take some time but it's not far out of the way.

Looking forward to the Throw at the Stone now!

A broken Home

5+    1/1/2016   1/4/2016
Review By: GripLock Jake
Played: 24  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 1.8 Years
Pros: -easy to navigate
-plenty of parking all around hole 1 and practice basket
-tee pads are in good shape
-baskets are all in good shape
-great course for beginners and a good test for someone who has been playing for a while with all the water in play
Cons: -good signage that has been tested over time and is starting to fall apart
-there obviously used to be a club that cared about the upkeep of this course but that seems to no longer be the case
-the distance on hole 16 is off, it plays about 350 ( sign says 250)
-just overall not taken care of
Other Thoughts: Claystone is the course that I first ever threw a disc on back in 2011, way before I got hooked on Disc Golf the way I am now. At that time all the signage was in great shape and people played all the time and took care of the course. Now from what I saw I can tell that the club that used to be there is no longer controlling things and a lot of work could be done and make this course a 3.5 or a 4 star type of place.

 

5+    5/25/2013   10/24/2013
Review By: antibomb
Played: 7  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 7 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Very pretty course and park
-Not very crowded typically
-Has garbage cans at most holes
Cons: -$3 a person
-Campers
-Could use more bathrooms
Other Thoughts: -Nice beach and lake
-Bringing bug spray can be a good idea depending on what time of the year it is

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Ok course

1    1/1/2013   1/8/2013
Review By: dandaman
Played: 55  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 21.9 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Concrete teepads
Good baskets
Good signage
Easy flow
Holes 11-18 are OK
Cons: Repetitive:

If you like a course with multiple ace runs then holes 1-10 are sure to not dissapoint. Most of these holes are in the 200ft. range and are unoriginal and seem repetitive.

Simple and very basic in design.

Other Thoughts: For a pay to play course I would like more of challange than this course presents.

The lack of creativeness really hurts this course. There is a nice lake that comes into play on the back holes which provides more of a challange, but because the front 9 is so weak this course is deserving of the lowest rank I have ever given for a review. For me, the course really did not get interesting till hole 11, and by that time the round was already half over.





1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Better than it's rating

1    5/8/2012   6/2/2012
Review By: thaban
Played: 50  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Beautiful Layout
- Garbage cans at every hole
-Easy to find and play
- Greens and Tees were very well kept
Cons: - Entrance fee to park
- Almost every hole is aceable
Other Thoughts: If you find yourself in this area please take the time to play this course. Found it driving back to Wisco and the course did not dissapoint

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 I came to Play at Claystone!

1    1/30/2012   2/9/2012
Review By: harr0140
Played: 939  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 8.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice signs with hole sponsors, Hole #, Par, and distance, with a map included.

2) Nice long grippy concrete tees are always appreciated.

3) Fairyly beginner friendly while still fun and challenging shots for decent players. It is short enough for the beginner but there are enough fun unique shots that others will enjoy the course too.

4) You have a couple choices on how to throw almost every hole. There are some straight lines at a lot of the basket or you can choose to work the disc one direction or another.

5) Nice mix of trees in the wooded holes. There are a lot of different trees but there is also a nice variety of the density of the foliage.

6) Nice garbage bins (probably the nicest looking bins I have seen on a disc golf course).

7) Benches on occasion throughout the course.

8) Decent elevation change on this course. There are some uphills some downhills, some across the slopes, and some that shoot from one hill to another hill over a valley.

9) Only a couple of holes don't have at least a little elevation change but there still are some rolling hills that come into play.

10) Risk/reward is present on a handful of holes but is most influential in your shot making on #15 where you have a 325' water carry right at the basket or you can lay up to the left without crossing any water, or you can throw to the right which can range between the 150' and 325' carry depending on how much you want to bite off, but there are trees that also will dictate what line you take. Great hole!

11) $3 fee per person is still worth the cost. Normally parks charge per vehicle not per person but I am fine with a $3 charge per person. It helps keep away the riff-raff.

12) Easy navigation around the course . . .always nice for a travelling disc golfer like myself.

13) Overall a short course but the distance variation with a handful under 200', some between 200-300' a few over 300' and then the long bomber of #17 over 400'.
Cons: 1) Distance is wrong on #16 . . . I think it was at least 75' longer than it said.

2) Some of the chains on the basket are rusty, while it didn't seem to affect performance at all, but it eventually will.

3) Hole #15 is slightly out of the norm for the course because of the water carry . . . the rest are short enough and fair enough that beginners can do just fine, but #15 would feel like a kick in the walnuts to a beginner. The left route is tight and not really a fairway, the right route is still a decent carry over the water. Perhaps a second tee on that hole would be better.

4) Slightly long walk from #18 back to the parking area which is pretty nitpicky, but I thought I would mention it.

5) No bathrooms available to the course, but I am sure there are a couple around the park.

6) There are a couple of places where other people might be in the way and that is on the last few holes. There is a dock and a few boats along #18 and I would imagine there are often people around the area on #15-17.

7) While I like wooded holes a lot, the second half of the front nine becomes a little repetitive. All those holes are the same distance basically. The lines may change but the distance does not.
Other Thoughts: My wife and I had a really good time at this park. The holes were all fun but still challenging, there was good variety, and the amenities were nice. I would recommend this as a nice stop on a roadtrip to help break up the driving, but I wouldn't call it a destination course. I used it to add to my course tally and also break up the drive from Atlanta to Valdosta. I would go back again if I had the chance, especially if I have my wife with me because this is the type of course she can really enjoy, short enough to be able to reach some holes possibly, but still fun and challenging throws. I know she would have appreciated a short tee with less water on #15 because she decided to just skip the hole entirely rather than be guaranteed to lose a stroke and disc. I am giving this course a 3.5 and stating it is actually a 3.25. It is not comparable to the other 3.5 courses I have rated, but it still is much more fun and better than the other 3.0 disc courses I have rated.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Macon the grade

1    11/24/2010   1/5/2011
Review By: Upshawt1979
Played: 317  Reviewed: 210  Exp: 13.9 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Every hole had a good sign and a concrete tee pad. The shape of fairways and concentration of trees was varied from hole to hole. Not a long course, but a few holes will test your arm for distance. A very nice walk through woods and along the lake shore.
Cons: Most holes are quite easy to reach, which will decrease the challenge for very skilled disc golfers. Some camp sites and roads are close to the fairway on one or two holes. Paying $3 per person was uncool, should be $3 per car IMO (especially if you are only playing one round).
Other Thoughts: A fun course that I would recommend to explorers looking to get one more good course in. Not the most challenging you will find, but very nice layout with some water and distance on the back nine. Glad I included it on my daytrip.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great Play around the Lake

1    9/17/2010   9/17/2010
Review By: allroundgoodguy9
Played: 8  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9.7 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good variety from front 9 to back 9.
Course loops back to start and flows well.
Several benches and trash cans, good general upkeep of park.
Mix of terrain from roadside to forested to open field to lakeside holes.
Cons: Lack of bathrooms or places to refill on water.
Only single tee locations means some holes are pretty difficult for beginners.
Several holes went up and down several large hills.
Other Thoughts: We ended up having to get water at a nearby empty campsite.
I do wish there were beginner and advanced tees for the holes, especially the long throw over the lake at 15.
The park the course is in is quality. The beach is clean and well-kept, and there are several nice picnic areas. Great place to spend a day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 

1    6/11/2010   6/17/2010
Review By: jkdisc
Played: 113  Reviewed: 109  Exp: 8.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was a perfect course for me on a hot, long, DG roadtrip.
-clean and safe
-short with lots of variety (elevation, water, obstacles)
-concrete tee pads (slightly narrow though)
- easily navigated
-lots to do for the family including a beach!
Cons: I did enjoy myself here but here are a few cons:
-3$ per person
-could be more challenging
-tee signs are nice but are towards the front of the pad
-some play near campers and boaters
Other Thoughts: The beach is a huge asset. We took a few dips in the water.
The last 4 holes were outstanding. At the entrance we asked where the Disc Golf course was, the worker said "we don't have golf," we then asked about frisbee golf and were pointed where to go. Park down by the beach and you will see the DG kiosk.

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