The Swampy Sarge!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Sarge is one of those courses that is both memorable and extremely frustrating. When it's dry, this is one of my favorite places to play. Each hole offers different lines and challenges. You'll end up throwing just about every shot in your arsenal during a round out here. Most of the holes are through the woods, but the fairways are wide enough that casual rec players like me can usually get away with some off-line throws. Most of the rough is accessible enough that you won't spend very long looking for ricocheted drives. the baskets are all in good condition and the course is remote enough that usually it's not very busy. The course resides within Sergent Jasper Park and offers camping and other amenities. Scenery is beautiful out here as well. Some of the holes on the back side wrap around a very scenic lake and you'll even find yourself driving across it when playing from the blue tees or higher. There are 20 holes on the course that wrap around back to the parking near hole 1.
Cons: When it rains, this place gets WET. A few of the holes have permanent bridges and walkways down the fairways to give the player an attempt to keep their feet dry. We've kind of made it a routine at the Sarge to not wear socks just because we know it's going to be soggy. The water from the ponds and lakes is close enough that if you catch a tree the right way it will swallow your disc. The water is home to alligators and other critters so it's not a good idea to go in after it. Due to the swampy nature of some of the course, it's not unlikely to encounter some slithery wildlife when playing a round.
Other Thoughts: When it's dry, this is one of my favorite courses. It's quiet, it's relaxing, and quite frankly it's just fun. I gave it a 3.5 just because of the issues with water after rain storms. If you're traveling up or down I-95 and want to play a round, this is a great place to stop. It's 5 minutes from the interstate. It's also close enough to Savannah and Hilton Head to be playable if you're visiting either of these locations as well.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Must play on the way to HHI
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -multiple tees including white, blue and gold
-great use of tunnels and different directions
-new holes added (19 and 20)
-fairly easy to follow even without a map
-difficult without being frustrating
-port-a-pot in the middle of the course (near 9)
Cons: -prone to flooding (we are in the low country)
-teepads could be a better material (they are rubber)
Other Thoughts: Great course. This course gets lots of love and is just plain fun to play. We come down to Hilton Head every year and always play the Sarge on the way in and try to sneak off one morning and get another round in. This is a mostly wooded course that has nice cover (especially in that 90 degree heat) and has several shots over or around water. The fairways all have nice width at least around 15 feet wide with an actual lane to shoot for. the layout is great. I can go with some newer players and play the blues while they play the whites. The only hole I haven't figured out yet is 18. There are 2 pin placements and two sets of teepads (I think) for both placements... One is a 500+ monster with a lilypad **river**all along the left. That thing is an abyss and you will lose discs in there on early cut rolls or airshots that fade out. On the right is jail in the woods. It was a great finishing hole when there were 18 but I really like 19 and 20. 19 is a shorty to bring you back to reality with a simple putter turnover or sidearm through the next section of woods and 20 is just fun. Off the gold tee you throw over water and into a 30' wide lane that goes left and S's back to the right (should be 400+ to the pin from the golds). From the blues you have probably one of the tightest fairways on the course surrounded by jail and you have basically one lane to hit. Basket has water about 20 feet beyond it. These new holes really help finish the course out and the local club(I'm guessing) really puts a lot of work into this course. There is swamp on or around a lot of the holes but the bridges are great and they have done there best to keep your feet dry. One of my favorite course to play in SC (Stoney Hill and Pipeline being the other 2)
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
21 Gun Salute
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Sarge is a great course with typical Lowcountry terrain. Thick woods, swamp, lakes. All of these are used beautifully to create a tough but fair test of disc golf. Major recognition here for all of the excellent maintenance and upkeep that this course clearly gets.
OB and casual water are clearly delineated.
Multiple sets of tees allow for enjoyment from beginner to expert. It is clear that the preferred local set are the blue tees, but some of the golds offer spectacular throws over water to guarded positions. The golds, however, seem mostly for pros or masochists. The whites allow beginners to play the course with a significantly lessened, but still present, risk of losing plastic.
Kiosk at the start of the course has scorecards, pencils, and local rules which further help clarify OB vs casual water.
Great facilities at the clubhouse with very friendly staff. Portajohn about midway through the course.
Nice practice basket available by the parking lot.
Hole 12 is a beautiful throw across the water to a basket at the water's edge which is one of the prettiest holes I have played.
There are large rakes by some of the hazards to help unfortunate golfers retrieve their discs.
Cons: As typical with Lowcountry courses, there is a lot of casual water. The staff at The Sarge do a great job managing it with elevated walkways, bridges, steppingstones, etc. It took a lot of work to make this terrain playable. For the most part, they did an excellent job. But there are still a few lowlying problematic areas.
There were so many signs warning of gators that it became a bit unsettling...I didn't see any large reptiles though.
Very high disc loss potential, especially on the blues and golds.
Inconsistent tee boxes. Most of the blues are rubber. The golds are mixed and most of the whites are dirt. That is a definite area where The Sarge could see some improvement.
There is a 5-10 minute walk back after the 18th hole (at least its a pretty one around the lake). EDIT - this has probably changed since the addition of holes 19-20. I will update my review if I am able to return to play again.
Other Thoughts: This is what Lowcountry disc golf should be. Well used water hazards. Fairly used foliage that is pruned. The ground is cleared wonderfully. Lines are sometimes tight, but never are you faced with poke-and-pray situations. There is always a visible flightpath.
I'm not really sure about the 18a vs 18b situation. 18a is short and tucked in the right rough, whereas 18b is from the same teebox but a few hundred feet longer with a canal on the left. I don't know if this was absolutely necessary. Seems odd to have only 1 hole with an alternate basket position.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
The Sarge: Beware of Gators
Pros: The Sarge was a very scenic, fun course that will challenge even the best of players. The locals were very friendly and helpful. The course was pretty crowded, which I like to see. There were restrooms throughout the course. The baskets and tees were in very good shape, and the course was free of any trash. The navigation and signs were great, and I was able to navigate the course with ease. There are multiple tees. I love hole 12 because it is a tough shot over water to the basket.
Cons: The course was very muddy. When I played, it rained the day before. I got freaked out a little when I saw a alligator swimming close to shore, but I didn't encounter a gator on land. I'm not a fan of the mixed match tees(Carpet and natural), but I can deal with it.
Other Thoughts: I went to The Sarge while I was on vacation this year, and it was a fun experience. If you are vacationing in the area, I would recommend you play The Sarge before you leave.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
My Home Course
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tight technical course that will test your skills. Baskets are in great condition - tee boxes are mixed surfaces, but are level ... they have improved the drainage issues. This is a Lowcountry course. Yes, there are snakes and alligators; no, they do not pose a great risk - don't believe the hype :) - Multiple tee boxes for different skill levels. Easy to navigate. **NEW** As of 11/1/15 Holes 19 (par 3) & 20 (par 4) have been added - no more "long walk back from 18"
Cons: There are very few opportunities to rip it wildly - which can be fun. You may loose a disc or two if you make errant throws.
Other Thoughts: Great course - awesome to have this as my home course!
White Tees very short - great for beginners and family games.
Club locals play blue tees mostly
Golds are for expert players only! Not recommended for players with SSA under 950.
Course is well marked, but in case you want to know in advance;
* Water on 1, 2, 9, 10, 11,12, 13,14, 15, 16, 18, 19 & 20 all OB
* 12 green is played as an "Island" - yellow rope behind green signifies back of green. Long is OB: Player should re-tee.
* Water on both sides of 13 is OB
* Rope along edge of marsh on right of 15 - all OB. Pond left at 250' is also OB.
* All roads are OB
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Woodsy/Isolated, Great Disc Golf
-Multiple tees (White, Blue, and Gold). All are visible and easy to find. You can customize your DG experience.
-Long holes are interspersed with tight/technical holes providing variety so it doesn't feel like long throw after long throw.
-The Sarge is conveniently located right off the interstate.
-Hole 1 is easy to find and the course flows well. At no point was I wandering to find the next tee.
-Lots of water hazards really challenge you and force you to play smart.
-One of the biggest positives of this course is that it is designated Disc Golf only and you don't have to contend with dog walkers, playgrounds, picnics, etc.
-Mixed tees (Mats, natural, etc.), but none were hazardous.
-Great course for tournament play. Holes are spaced well.
-The course does not seem to be too crowded as there were only two other groups on a warm, Saturday afternoon.
-This course has that isolated ambience where it is just you and nature.
-Long walk back from hole 18
-Extremely marshy/muddy on many holes.
-The rough is punishing at times, but not so much that you lose a disc. However, it is VERY easy to lose one in the water in several places.
-Major risk of animal encounters here
This is a really good/challenging course with lots of water and risk/reward shots (Hole 1 being a true risk/reward shot). You have to be able to execute many types of shots in order to score well at The Sarge. I would be overjoyed if this were my home course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
I Long Delayed it, then Enjoyed it
Pros: Despite the lack of courses in the area, I'd always avoided coming here. Most of what was in the reviews and just in the general description kept me away. I always said that I would wait till winter. I wanted to play it at its driest, and I wanted to the chance for animal encounters to be as small as possible. And maybe I was right to do so. Maybe it will be a worse experience in the summer. I'll give it another shot in the spring to test. But the course that I experienced this winter was a really fun play.
There's a ton of water. In these conditions it's mostly in well-marked OB areas. There are some swampy areas but they only trouble the truly errant shot. And any hole here that is exciting, it's because of the water. Was probably my favorite hole on the course, across at least 200 feet of water with the basket placed so a shot over the water can swoop in from the right. There's another cool carry later on, The length is about the same but this time it's a straight shot with only a small gap in the shoreline trees on the other side to aim through, with branches ready to know misplaced throws into the water. On the other holes, the water is more a menace than obstacle, with one or both sides boasting a strictly-enforced fairway.
Since some of the previous reviews, tee pads and signs have been put in. With one big exception navigation was a breeze here and the course flows well. The rubber tee pads on most of the blue tees work well enough. In retrospect, I probably needlessly delayed my trip here and will make at least a few returns.
Water to the left, water to the right, nice. Water between the tee and the pin, better. Water in the middle of the fairway, bad. They've done a really nice job building walkways for when the course is flooded. But if the fairways on the first few holes are flooded to the point where I would need those, I'd get back in my car and go to Tom Triplett. Casual water where it isn't supposed to be is one of my least favorite things. Water on a disc golf course is supposed to be about elation for a shot gone right, with an element of risk. Well there is nothing exhilarating about finding your disc in unmarked, ankle-deep water after hitting your target zone. And there isn't really any risk, when you'll be trudging through muck no matter where you throw. When I played, this wasn't a problem. It was November. But I could see where the water would go when it was high. I could see what would easily turn into swamp. And that limits the course for me, seasonally.
I feel like the white tees avoid most of the standing water and make the course playable during bad conditions but most of them are really short. Too short for it to be worth it go there and play them.
When the water is in the proper place, there are still a lot of holes that just aren't that interesting. There are a lot of straight shots down fairways that aren't narrow enough to be considered tight, but aren't wide enough (and don't have the distance) to air out drives. There are also a ton of trees in the middle of fairways. Just a ton of mid-range shots played safely between marsh areas. Not that that type of shots are bad. There is just a bit too much of that.
That said, it could easily earn another half point by clearing up the 18 mess. The last hole is on the other side of the road, and it brings you really far from the entrance. If I played again, I would just play 17 and call it a day. It's not the great of a hole, it's just long and straight and the fairway is wide enough to keep it from being of any interest. At the end, you need to backtrack to a small bridge and then turn left to get to a small path that leads a long way back to the start. But there is no sign that indicates you need to to do that. The intuitive path to take is the one that leads back past the basket. This way will lead back to the start too but it will be a very long path around the pond.
The obvious solution to this would be adding holes 19 and 20. The path that you walk along is already as good of a fairway as many here. Playing that as 19, with water to the right would alleviate some of the walk. And 20 could be sweet. The blue tee would feature the longest carry of the course, across a corner of that pond, although the walk from the tee to the landing zone would be annoyingly long. It looks like someone is in the process of happening as there is a basket in place where 20 would logically go. Without the logical 19 in place though, it just means a long walk between 18 and 19.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth the stop
Pros: This course was easily navigable once I found hole one, you need to cross the street from the park entrance, after that it was very easy to find your way. Course was very clean and well maintained. GPS took me right to park. Few great ace looks from the blue tees. Errant shots are not rewarded, but you can recover from them. Staff at the office was friendly and helpful. Course plays with many scenic views over all. Map in office. Holes had very descent spacing between pads. I played the blue; there were also yellow and white pads for different skill levels. The yellow pads look like a few needed trimming. Straight shots are the normal here
Cons: This course is definitely one where it depends on when you come; if there is a lot of rain looks like you can deal with a lot of water on the course. They did do a great job of adding some small walking bridges to avoid this; however there still was a lot of area especially on the first few holes that still were holding water (were these OB or not). Some holes had yellow rope behind holes, I guess this was out of bounds did not notice marked on the sign. There was little technical ability needed other than being able to throw the distance and straight. I did not see any snakes even though the area looked like I should have seen them. Bring a bug spray with high deed count; you may lose a pint of blood if you do not. Hole 18 is far from the parking lot, the lady inside said if I walked towards the road I could have played a 19th hole on the way back, this was not on my map.
Other Thoughts: Being my first time here, I found the course very fun to play. There are a few things I did not see on the course information tab. At the office I had to fill out a play pass and put in the drop box. The park closes at 6, so if you are playing past 6 it says to park outside the gate. There is room to do this around hole 1. Information says they raffle of a disc every month, maybe for locals only. They sell discs limited selection, they have Sarge printed mini's and regular discs. Regular were sold out if you collect.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
GATORS nom nom nom
Pros: Nice combination of short/long holes. Very challenging shots over/around water. Nice scenery. Best course in the area. Nice map. Nice staff.
Cons: SO MUCH WATER... no real imagination involved, everything is just a straight shot with the exception of like 2 holes.
Other Thoughts: Only course worth going to in the area. We stayed on HHI and there was only one poor course on the island. It was bad.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
We had a blast playing!!
Pros: This course has several unique and memorable holes which are just plain fun. There is a definite advantage to keeping the disc straight on this course. I'm rating this as Phenomenal because compared to the courses my wife and I played on our recent trip to the Southeast from Indiana, this one was one of our favorites.
-tees were in good shape
-very good signage and easy to navigate
-a couple fun holes over water....especially #1 from the pro tees
Cons: We didn't see any gators or snakes, but you do feel somewhat exposed at times.
Other Thoughts: I would go out of my way to play this course again if I were in the general area.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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