Definition of Solid
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Signal View is the definition of a solid course, having an appeal for many different players. This is a well maintained, scenic park located in close proximity to multiple main highways. The course loops around the park and does a nice job of taking you in and out of the woods throughout the course. This is the best attribute of the course, as it offers the chance to let you play through many different settings. There is a pretty even mix of open, moderately wooded, and tight holes so the course satisfies most preferences of hole types. You will get plenty of chances to open up with your high speed drivers and to throw stand-still drives on short, very tight holes.
This would be a good course to take beginners to. The three tees do a nice job of changing up the look of a hole and the shot selection, accommodating all players. The blue tees are challenging while the reds are pretty straight-forward. They wouldn't be too frustrating for new players, but the good variety of woodenness would allow them to learn different types of shots.
Elevation - while not significant - is incorporated well. Rolling hills are in a few places as well as a few downhill shots.
Navigation was very straight forward. I never had any trouble and the 'next tee' signs were helpful.
Highlights for me were holes 4 and 17. 4 is a fun downhill shot to a blind pin in the woods, while 17 gives you the only water shot on the course with its basket right on the edge of a pond. It is a very well done pond shot.
Cons: There's not a whole lot of glaring cons here, but a few flaws nonetheless.
On the par 2's, I wouldn't necessarily mind them if they made sense, but how is hole 3 a par 3 and hole 4 a par 2? It makes no sense, as 4 is nearly twice as long and hard as 3, and it seemed like their main aim was to make sure the course had a par of 54. The other par 2's seemed random as well. Nothing that should affect the enjoyment of your round, but it just seems odd.
Although I liked 17, the course finished up with basically four straight wide open holes (minus a tree here and there). Kind of a letdown to close out the course.
And while there were a few interesting holes, nothing got me really excited here. Even the wooded holes were a little bland (minus 4) and there was pretty thick rough bordering the tight fairways.
The rubber tees were uneven at times.
Barbed wire is on the edge of some fairways (holes 9, 15, and 16) so discs will most likely be lost on bad shots.
Other Thoughts: Signal View has been on my radar since it was the top ranked 9-holer. It really is a picture of a "solid" course, not having too many significant cons but also not offering any real amazing qualities. It does a great job of offering different settings to play through and it suites players of many different levels. The mountainous backdrop behind the cow pastures give the park a peaceful setting, one I wouldn't mind playing at regularly. Definitely worth hitting up in an area that is growing in its quality of courses.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Very Good, but 3 Par 2s?!
Pros: - Great mix of elevation and open/wooded holes!
- Good rubber tees.
- Signage was decent, but probably could be better.
- Thorns and rough seemed to be in pretty good shape.
** Favorite Hole - #6 - I loved the tee shot.
Cons: - Par 2s! I know there is a debate about whether 2s work or not, but you can put me down for not.
- Barbed wire fencing on a couple holes.
- A couple holes seemed to be missing signs.
Other Thoughts: With the exception of the Par 2s, I really did enjoy this course. The setting is very nice, and for a Saturday the park did not seem too crowded. I will definitely try to make my way back in the future.
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Signaling Views of the Great Shenondoah Valley!
Pros: 18 rubber tees with red, white and blue tees and single Discatcher baskets and typically 2 pin placements. Good variety of mostly open and wooded holes and great use of the rolling elevation, pond, OB and natural features. Navigation was fairly easy and signage good. Bathrooms by ball fields. Close proximity to Interstate 81 and Route 66.
Cons: Basically one big loop of 18 holes. A little bit of hike between hole 8 and 9. Barbed wire fences on the boundary. Red tees are basically natural, very short rubber. Couple holes were missing tee signs. Decent chance of losing discs in the OB and pond. I donated a brand new Starlite Boss to the cows on hole 15 after it flipped and never came back inbound, eat more chicken - mooo.
Holes 2 and 3 are not really golf shots IMO, these are very short hard turning tight tunnels with nasty rough. The Blue tees on holes 7 and 8 were a bit unfair and not really much fun to play. Hole 6 plays a little close to the playground. Could use some more benches at the tees.
Other Thoughts: Signal View DGC is set in the Shenondoah County Park on a Great Shenondoah Valley ridge top with gorgeous sweeping panoramic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians to the west. A vast rolling cow pasture provides an OB boarder along the entire east side of the course.
The course starts out with beautiful hole 1, mostly open with a gap to hit and the tall pines protecting the basket. Holes 2 and 3 were a bit disappointing after that start. I really enjoyed holes 4, 5, 6, and 7. Hole 8 from the Blue tee was a bit ridiculous, but otherwise a decent hole. Then you walk the ball field to splendid and slightly elevated hole 9. The rest of the holes are all solid with a couple legit par 4s and a par 5 on 15. Hole 13 is the only suspect hole on the back half and it's listed as a par 2! From the Blue tee you play to the basket in the blind and have to go over the pines for the ace or par 2, otherwise you pitch to the shorter tees and play from there for a bogey 3 or throw in par 2. Hole 17 is probably the signature hole playing over the pond on top the ridge. Hole 18 ends the course with a nice open and slightly elevated bomb back to the parking lot.
Overall Signal View is a very good course and well suited for players of all skill level. It's not a must play as it has some flaws, but you will not likely be disappointed playing here and will find some very nice golf shots along with some spectacular views!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: -There was lots of great scenery on this course.
-Great mix of open and wooded holes.
-Holes were all well marked. Signs were informative and the [very necessary] next tee signs were great.
-Most holes had several shot possibilities
-Holes were very picturesque and were well landscaped.
-Bathrooms located near baseball fields
-Tees were well marked 'Blue' or 'Red' and were marked at the front of the tee pads so you could immediately tell which direction they were facing.
Cons: -This is not a quick play off the interstate. Expect to spend at least 40 minutes playing this course.
-The course does not seem to be played very much and was therefore rough in spots.
-LONG walks between holes, especially on the way to hole 7. The "Next Tee" signs are a lifesaver.
Other Thoughts: This was a very fun course and would rank among the best 9 holes courses I have played. There is tons of potential here and it could make for a very solid 18 hole course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Great 9 Hole Course
Pros: -Beautiful, clean park with panoramic views of the mountains.
-Well thought out layout for the three tee positions on each hole. Reds are very beginner friendly, blues are tight and technical, and whites are in the middle.
-Nice signage and baskets (note that the signage for each hole is next to the blue tee, so if you are playing a different set of tees walk past the blue to see your distance)
-I flypads aren't perfect but i'll list them under pros as the ones that are full sized work well. The holes where they are cut short and used just to show the front of the tee pad would have been better off just being blocks in the ground as footing can get tricky with these.
-Very well maintained. I've been here more than a dozen times and never seen high grass in the fields or trash through the woods. Not much non-disc golf traffic to worry about where this course plays.
-Nice variety of lines and shots required. You will use more discs and techniques than you would think to play nine holes of golf.
Cons: -The con is obvious, it's nine holes. I respect that the designer probably had room to cram 18 short holes in this area and instead put in 9 great holes in but even so, something is always lost when you finish 9 and start back over on a basket you've already played.
Other Thoughts: As of this writing Signal View is the highest rated 9 hole course anywhere and it's certainly the best nine hole course i've ever played. I can't think of another nine hole course that i will make sure i stop and play if i'm passing through the area. The blue tees are as tight and and demanding as any 9 holes I have played, but its tough to play a second nine, whether from the same tees or the alternates, and enjoy yourself as much as the first time through. There has been talk for a few years of more land being made available for another 9, and if that happens this course will certainly be pushing into the middle 4s. If you're in the area make the trip to play this one, its one of the few 9 holers that's worth a drive.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great 9 hole turned into Very Good 18.
Pros: Finally got back to check out Signal View since it got expanded to 18.
- I still like the variety in the tee pads. Reds are VERY beginner friendly (but not much challenge for anyone with experience unless you want to go for aces) while the Blues in general are Pro level difficulty. Whites were perfect for me and my wife, challenging enough but not so long they frustrate.
- Uses well anchored rubber pads but some are getting a little bumpy.
- Good variety of open, lightly treed and in the woods shots, with some good terrain variety.
- Even the wooded shots don't pose much risk of eating discs. Only hole 17 has a high risk of disc lose if you go for it.
- As with any course there's places where going off fairway can be disastrous but generally with a well-executed shot recovery is possible.
- Beautiful scenery and great park.
- I won't do a full hole by hole summary since it's already been done but holes 5, 6 & 11 are my favorites. 5 is an uphill dog-leg left through scattered tree that will reward a well-shaped throw. 6 starts out open with the basket tucked into the woods, but it's got enough down hill that you have to be careful to keep it down and not overthrow . 11 starts with a long relatively open drive that necks down to a sweeping left tunnel approach to a tucked away basket.
Cons: - Some of the new holes don't show as much imagination as the originals. 2 & 3, 12 & 13 are short fillers except maybe from the Blues.
- The course ends with 4 relatively boring wide open holes. Yes, 17 has a good risk/reward decision with the pond carry if you want the birdie but par is pretty safe. Even my wife got a 3 :-)
- Don't bother with worrying about par. The assigned pars don't make sense. From whites, there's a 173ft par 3, a 309ft par 2 and a 574ft par 5.
- Bring bug spray, every time I've played this course the bugs have been terrible.
Other Thoughts: I had rated it a 4 as a 9 hole because I thought it was a great 9 hole. I was hoping adding 9 more would just bump it up another ½ disc. But honestly I was a little disappointed with the expansion and overall I think it lowered the enjoyment.
Overall the course is still worth pulling off I-81 and adds to the local variety of courses with Rockland, Sherando and Jim Barnett (all solid 3+ courses) each having their own character.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Every hole a nice challenge
Pros: Very challenging and technical. Many of the holes in my opinion are a par under where they probably should be. But all in all a very good course. Also three tees is nice for varying ability levels, though I found some were hard to find.
Cons: The tee colors need to be re-done as they don't follow the standard color scheme. From farthest to closest they go blue, red, white instead of the more standard blue, white, red.
They should update from rubber mats to concrete pads.
The signs are very misleading. I often had to scout the baskets to make sure of where I was throwing. Most shots from the long tee are blind shots. I am sure a few more rounds here and that will not be an issue.
There could be just a few more signs between holes as I had to keep walking and hope the tee was in that direction.
I know I mention a lot of cons here but they are purely aesthetic. Technicality is great.
Other Thoughts: Fantastic course. One of the regulars told me that they are utilizing the rest of the land including a pond to creat the "back" nine.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Ambitious Nine in the Shenandoah
Pros: A well maintained course in a well maintained park in a beautiful area of the country conveniantly located just moments from I-81. Three tees per hole and a practice basket. Decent sized flat rubber mats. Course follows a route that avoids other park purposes. Course offers expert level distance and mixes open air placement golf, technical woodsy golf and elevation in a way that keeps each hole very unique from one another. Course offers trouble early, doorway into the woods holes, placement bombs, tight tree lined screamers, fast greens, R and L doglegs, tricky approaches and wide open wind battles. Really has everything needed to test your game here. Has an 18 hole feel as each hole is well designed and thought out. This is not your standard municipal 9 here. Hole 1 is a fun opener through a set of twin trees and then uphill in the open air to a protected basket. Hole 3 is a huge down and up wooded L dogleg par 4. Holes 2 and 4 dive downward from openness into the woods. 5 and 6 are woodsy beasts with long tight fairways that require odd challenging lines, 7,8 and 9 are more open long holes that reward big arm accuracy...great finishing holes. Lot's of interesting nuances here..you won't get bored. Probably in my top 3 of niners I have played..better than many 18 holers I have played..worth 2 rounds from the blue and red tees I'm sure.
Cons: Basket for hole 3 was missing..what a letdown. I kind of felt the 2 woods holes were just a bit too tight for my skill level....as a first timer I maybe didn't know the lines or don't have the skill set for those long tight twisty fairways...some will love them some will hate them. They may thin out in time and provide more lines.
Other Thoughts: Not all mats are installed properly. Degradation will be an issue if not corrected eventually. Outside of hole 2 nothing really gave the shot of an ace. All the holes are pretty long and require multiple throws to set up your putt. I personally enjoy a few ace runs here and there.(not a con..a preference) I truly think this is worth a stop for any DGer on I-81. I really enjoyed this course. Offers both great challenge and great maintenance. Often challenging courses are impossible to maintain...not here. If it's ever going to be 18 and of the same quality ..this will be a destination course.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a course that has a lot of potential and will become very interesting when the final 9 are put into place. The blue tees are in my opinion much better tees to play then the others any day. Red are in my opinion the hardest ones to play. The lines for the reds just are not there for several holes. Whites well if you can't putt and make birds they will get you as well. The tee pads no complaints there. Great grip all day on them, and no obstructions on them or near them. Every hole with every tee pad just about has a line it's just a matter of knowing where that line is and your first few times you will not know the line or see the lines. You have to have a good selection of throwing styles as well. Backhand, flick, over head shot (thumber etc) or just great control of your disc to flip them over when you need to. All holes from all tees can be simply made in 3. It's risk or reward on this course. You can reach pretty much every pin it's just a matter of is it worth the risk to try and do so. If you can toss a disc 300-350 your set on this course no need to bomb it any further. Most holes a very controllable midrange or putter will do just great even from the blues it's more about the accuracy then distance. Some of the roughs will cost you a stroke if not 2.
Cons: No cons on the course just beware the bugs are out and they can get on your nerves.
Other Thoughts: Had a great time playing the course and it's a very nice set up in a small town setting. The park is very clean and well taken care of. Some walks from each pin location can be long at times but it does give the best possible set up with the land they have and currently are using. Well planned out.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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