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in rough condition

2-4    8/9/2017   8/9/2017
Review By: globetrotter
Played: 99  Reviewed: 93  Exp: 5.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Cons: - not in great condition
Other Thoughts: Darnestown Swim and Racquet Club is a mostly wooded course with Hole 1 playing into the woods and Hole 18 playing out of the woods. It starts out with some shorter holes playing on and around a hillside in the woods, and then expands to some longer holes near and alongside a small creek.

It is difficult to review this course because of how poorly maintained it was when I visited (and this was at a time when the course conditions on this site stated that it had recently been cleaned up for a tournament). Some of the baskets are in poor shape and are even rusted. Many of the tees are natural and are very short and uneven, with raised boards causing a tripping hazard at the ends. The undergrowth was pretty bad as well (on some of the fairways, not just in the rough), and there were a lot of gnats and mosquitoes.

Aside from the course conditions, I thought it was a nice course. There are a couple of really cool holes, including a long, right turning downhill shot. It has good variety.

In a couple of places, it can be difficult to tell which basket to play to, and both rounds I have played here I've played to the wrong basket at some point. There are also a few too many blind shots / blind landings for my taste, especially for a wooded course with a lot of undergrowth. It can make it hard to find your disc if you kick in an unexpected direction.

I think it's a good course. I'd probably give it a 3 if it was in better condition and had proper tees and tee signs.

As is, it is worth playing as there aren't many other options in the area (although Seneca Creek State Park should be on your list), but bring a friend to help spot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Darnestown in the rain

1    4/22/2017   4/24/2017
Review By: jp_mcguire
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tight course layout. Accuracy is key to a good round.
Cons: Lot's of blind pins and the layout is tricky to follow.
Other Thoughts: I played the first nine in the rain this past weekend alone. The course is kind of hard to figure out. More than once I had to spend time trying to figure out where a basket or teepad were. Lost a disc that was found the next day, so obviously the people who play here are legit. I'd assume in season the little pvc pipes at each tee would be up to give you a general direction of where the pin is. One suggestion I've also seen work is an arrow on the basket pointing to the general direction of the next tee pad.

Course wise if you like a tightly wooded layout with LOTS of elevation change, this is the course for you. It's not a bad course but compared to Seneca which is so much better maintained, the biggest plus about the course is probably how few people seem to play it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not a must play, but not horrible

2-4    1/1/2016   5/14/2016
Review By: ramonstone
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 6.6 Years
This review was updated on 8/24/2016
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has 18 holes and an interesting setup and the baskets are pretty good. You can play a round with your group pretty much by yourself with the whole course being yours. It is pretty much all woods, which I like a lot, but may be different for other players. I don't think pros would like this course, but I like that when I play it with players that are a little less talented than me our scores are closer together because anything can happen
Cons: Parking is not good at all. There are no real tees, it is mulch in a wood box, so they would be muddy in the wet weather, and are terrible to throw from. And they are very small and some tight so you cannot get a run-up really. The holes are so close together that if there were people on the course you could easily blindly hit someone. There is only one tee and one pin on all wholes so it doesn't provide any options. It doesn't loop to the lot so you have to play all 18 before you can get back to the car. Down near the creek the bugs are horrible. I'm lucky they don't bother me, but on certain holes they do because they are so bad. "The Wachutu are BITERS!" There are signs, I don't know if they are better since the last time I've been there, they were very rudimentary, but there are arrows pointing to the next tee. But I got a little confused the first couple times so it's difficult to navigate
Other Thoughts: Private swim and racquet club in a neighborhood. Must respect that. The parking lot is not for disc golf, it is for members of the club. Golfers are expected to park on the grass next to the first tee. It is not a heavy traffic course. There are rarely other players there when I've been. And full disclosure: I haven't played this course since 2015 or before, but I just started reviewing so I'm excited to review. So I will play this course again soon for update

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Good course but could be better

1    8/23/2015   8/25/2015
Review By: Longjonsilverz
Played: 45  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 11.6 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice wooded course with a variety of terrain. layout is decent and makes good use of the location.
Cons: Really needs some work. The tees are worn out and many are very short and full of roots. There are a few broken and missing tee signs which are just plastic pipes near the tee boxes. Some of the holes are basically a throw through randomly scattered trees and hoping for the best.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course, but it is a little frustrating when you nearly get a hole in one a few times and instead your disc rolls 100ft down a hill because it landed on a rock and you end up with a 7 or worse because it happens again when you putt. The maintenance could definitely be improved. The course is a nice walk through the woods around the club. The nearby Seneca creek course is much better but can be a little crowded sometimes so this is an alternative for a quiet course.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Could be great....

1    8/22/2015   8/24/2015
Review By: GreenFieldsDC
Played: 56  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 17.4 Years
This review was updated on 9/8/2015
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -Front 9 ok
-Pretty, quiet course. I was the only player on a Saturday afternoon
-Lots of trees, which could also be a con given the chance of disc loss and interrupted flight
Cons: -Back 9 almost unplayable due to lack of maintenance, missing tee markers, a missing basket
-Will come back in fall/winter when foliage is down
-I've been told that the work on this course is ongoing, which is great to hear because it is a nice layout and great location.
Other Thoughts: Cant wait to play in fall and winter!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Diamond In The Rough

5+    3/29/2015   4/6/2015
Review By: Mohawk Mack
Played: 20  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 7.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Never busy. Challenging course. Tight layout but forces you to work on your accuracy. Nice mix of holes for lefties and righties. Holes 1-3, 5, 10 (If played as a Par4), 12, 15 and 18 are birdie-able but require a perfect tee shot. Holes 12-15 are beautiful holes. It's a great place to play if Seneca is packed.
Cons: Signage and the tee boxes. You definitely need to play with someone who knows the course if it's your first or second time, but proper signage will definitely fix that problem. The tee boxes are wood chips. That part isn't so bad, it's the huge 4X4 that sits on the front of the tee boxes that makes it hard to throw a full shot and have proper follow through. The only other problem is some of the tee boxes are not level, due to lack of maintenance or poor design/construction of them, or missing, like the short tee on 14 is missing in action. Darnestown is in the woods and by a creek, so if bugs and ticks bother you, come prepared, but you're playing disc golf outside, in the woods, in Maryland, bugs, ticks and other wildlife is part of the game.
Other Thoughts: I like this course. It will challenge you and it's a good work out being hilly and wooded. In the warmer months, it's great to play because of the tree cover and keeps you out of the sun.
If the course gets some signage, and the tee boxes fixed and is properly maintained could easily become my home course. When I say the tee boxes need to be fixed/maintained, I'm saying they are definitely playable, but to take the course to the next level, some work needs to be done. All and all, I really like this course and it's a diamond in the rough.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    12/3/2014   12/15/2014
Review By: Bd 37
Played: 66  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.5 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very, Very, Very tight and technical.
If you are looking for a course to really test your accuracy, this is a good one.
Cons: Very, very, very tight and technical. A few holes are so tight, i think even advanced players could find themselves walking off.
Layout was confusing even with a map,if you can make sure and play with someone who knows the course
Other Thoughts: I played this course and threw two discs on several holes. There were several times on a few of the longer holes where one disc was perfect and the other was very bad, and my second shot from both disc had almost no chance at reaching the basket. Think this course could use a few of the fairways to be opened up so as to make making birdies more likely than winning the powerball.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice little course near Seneca

1    10/19/2013   10/20/2013
Review By: Montanaman
Played: 12  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 16.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Heavily wooded technical course about fifty minutes (in light traffic) from downtown DC. The course is roughly sixteen minutes from Seneca Creek and if you are making a day of folf this is a great chance to shoot another 18!

The course is definitely technical in nature. Heavily wooded areas and elevation change makes it interesting to find the basket. The dog legs in the course are roughly split 6 to the left and 5 to the right. As lefty I didn't feel like there was any huge preference.

It's beautiful little area and an excellent use of space. For a tight course it uses the elevation changes pretty well.

Wood chip tea boxes are decent, and generally easy to find. I highly recommend loading up the map for the course on your phone.

Lastly, going to a course on a nice fall Saturday, we ran into only 3 groups on the course. So definitely a less traveled course.
Cons: The signage is definitely lacking. Plastic PVC tubes sort of give directions and while I found it kinda fun to search for it's worth cautioning about.

Tee boxes are wood chips and that's ok but I could see it not being a benefit to some.

This course is tight! We had one group behind us and had a close encounter of the disc kind between holes 8 and 10. Some of the baskets are around 30 feet apart from each other, so knowing the numbers was critical. However, the numbers on some of the baskets had been rewritten a couple times with markers. It was a little confusing. Load up the map on!

Bugs! The course being in the woods it should be expected but with the dense foliage the spider webs, gnats, and ticks (see below) definitely made my wife want to stop.
Other Thoughts: I'm having a hard time reviewing this course because the first thing that comes to mind is the tick discovered on me later in the evening. That left a sour taste in my mouth about the course.

However, definitely going to try the course again, and really appreciate the tennis club allowing free public access. It looks like they are trying to get some hole sponsors on their website and plan on maintaining the course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 a walk in the woods

5+    3/30/2013   5/3/2013
Review By: harpsm
Played: 12  Reviewed: 8
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Peace and quiet - this course is usually almost empty, which is a pleasant change of pace from the often-overcrowded Seneca Creek course.
Free play - even though the course is on private property, you are free to use the parking lot and course. Just be respectful and clean up after yourself
Diversity - Even though all but two holes are in the woods, there is enough variety of layout, length, elevation, and distance to give each hole a unique feel. Overall, elevation is used to better effect here than at Seneca.
Challenge - There are only two or three holes on the course that will forgive bad tee shots. Planning your flight path and focusing on accuracy are essential here.
Cons: Bugs - plenty of gnats, as well as mosquitoes in the vicinty of holes 1-4 and 10.
Heavy leaf litter in the fall and winter can make it hard to find discs, even on the fairway.
The course is too challenging to recommend for beginners, and there is no practice basket.
Other Thoughts: "Tough but fair" is the best way to describe this course. There are very few opportunities to grip-n-rip, but neither are there ridiculously narrow fairways or silly features designed to cause frustration. Hole for hole, this course offers among the best disc golf experiences in Maryland, though overall I still prefer Seneca Creek for its mix of open and wooded holes.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 If only.....

2-4    5/26/2012   5/26/2012
Review By: PanamaJacks
Played: 15  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.8 Years
This review was updated on 6/11/2012
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a really cool course with a lot of potential. It is secluded in an area that no one but DGers would want to go. This is what I imagine Seneca Creek to have been like 10 years ago. The course rambles up and down hills. It's mostly in the woods and offers lots of challenging lines to draw off of the tee. 18 tees and discatcher baskets make this a complete course. Bring your own water and don't be shy about playing on private property. There's hardly anyone outside of the fenced in facilities every time I've been there. The first tee starts at the front of the tennis courts and goes into the woods. This is a great course to play when you want to beat the summer heat as it's almost completely in the trees.
Cons: The tee boxes are the biggest shortcoming with this course. The are in disrepair and need to be completely redone. At least half of them are crooked, meaning not perpendicular to the ground. They make for uncertain footing. Also, a good number of them are only about 5-6 ft. long with no room behind for a run up. The wood mulch needs to be raked and packed down more and the walls of the boxes are falling apart.
Other Thoughts: I've been to this course two times and played four rounds. I have yet to see anyone else playing out there during the week or on the weekend. There is a lot of trash and there are broken bottles are to be found. It's a shame that more people don't play this course. It really has a lot of potential and is still very fun and challenging. I'm happy to have this as an alternative to Seneca Creek.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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