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Impressive, Heavily Wooded Course
Pros: The Jim Warner Memorial course is on the grounds of the PDGA International Disc Golf Center with two other 18 -hole gold courses. As you would expect, the course is very well taken care of and the tee pads, signs and baskets are the finest. It has lots of topography and forces you to compensate for elevation differences. There are lots of trees (and shade), but, the course is so well maintained that a disc from even a very errant shot can still be located. In my opinion, water is a non-issue and is only in the form of little streams (i.e., you won't loose the disc but you might loose a stroke).
Cons: The only real complaint I have about Jim Warner Memorial course is that it could be better marked to get you from hole to hole and the numbering is a little odd. They just changed the holes around and the signs are a little confusing. I left the basket on hole 4 and spent solid 20 minutes trying to find the tee pad for hole 5 (oddly enough hole 8 is between holes 4 & 5). If it were not this it would be a 5 star in my opinion (as something has the separate the best of the best and 5 star is perfect). However, after you have played Jim Warner Memorial a couple of times, this wouldn't even be an issue.
Other Thoughts: Jim Warner Memorial is fairly long course that is heavily wooded. From the short tees you are looking at a course length of around 6,740 (as of July 2, 2009). So, the average hole is 374' and fairly heavily wooded. It sets up well for the finesse player that still has a pretty big arm (i.e., 350'+ drives). If you don't stay in the fairways, your score will suffer. Hole 15 is a particularly brutal hole that is meandering, heavily-wooded, and 680' long--almost all uphill. However, the course is very fair and very well designed; you just have to hit your gaps. Jim Warner Memorial is a must play course if you are anywhere near it, and is worth traveling a little for.
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The IDGC is an absolute must-visit, disc golf destination.
Pros: This course is a great test of golf and a very enjoyable walk through the woods to boot.
The course doesn't require quite as much power as the Houck course, but has tighter routes. Placement is important and bad shots are punished appropriately.
There are a couple "postcard" holes that are very good. #15 stands out as an outstanding 680 ft. par 5 (even though the tee sign says par 4, it's very much a challenging par 5) That hole features a downhill left to right tee shot across a ravine. From there an accurate shot of about 250 ft. sets up a tight uphill shot of 200 ft. or so to make a birdie 4.
Another sweet hole is the finishing par 4. A big drive downhill to the bottom of a giant ravine will set up a 250 ft.-ish shot back up a steep grade. A birdie 3 on that hole feels great to end the round.
Cons: Like the other courses at the center, this course needs additional tees to provide an appropriate challenge to a greater range of skill levels.
In a 4 hole stretch there are two holes that are virtually identical: 470ish ft. par "4's", straight down big hills towards the lake. While each of these are very "fun", they both fall squarely in the 3.5 "tweaner" par range. Also, it seems odd to have such repetition on the course.
I don't recall the hole number, but one hole is 320ish straight up a huge hill with a blind basket over the crest. It's extremely boring to throw straight up a hill to a blind basket. Only big, big arms have any chance of reaching the basket and most of the bogeys on the hole will happen when a weird bounce upon landing causes a disc to roll a ways down the hill.
For some, the steep hills are a bit tough.
Other Thoughts: The IDGC is a fantastic facility. The park is beautiful, the courses are awesome, and the PDGA staff is very hospitable.
It's highly recommended that everyone who's able make the trip to Appling to visit the crown jewel of our sport.
Remember: Don't be a dirty disc golfer. If you pack it in, pack it out!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Maybe the best of the three
Pros: This is a great course...Possibly the better of the three that are currently at the IDGC. While it doesn't quite have the views of the Steady Ed course the shot making of all the holes and the consistency of the holes played IMO give it a slight edge. There are now concrete pads and durable tee signs that make the course more of a joy to play.
Cons: Does not currently have benches to sit down on, which means BYOChair...but I'm sure theyll be there in the future.
Some people might have difficulty walking the terrain of this course-several hills.
A couple of the par 4's play closer to 5's--->Holes 11 and 15, I think.
Other Thoughts: If I was able to play only one course at the IDGC it would be this one.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: the course can be played by anyone you dont have to be able to throw far to shoot well but it does help to shoot really well the last time i played i didnt even throw a distance driver but once or twice and that was for a forhand shot
Cons: only one or two holes that seem to be just put there becuase they needed 18 holes
Other Thoughts: come out to the IDGC and play the courses and take a full day to do it
1 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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