A course built by players, for players
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Now that I've played this course a handful of times I feel like I can give it a fair review. The course is laid out well (I was a bit mixed up my first time playing getting from 7 to 8) and makes great use of the space available. While it's part of the main park, it's separated enough to where you rarely have to worry about pedestrians aside from the occasional joggers or people passing through on the roadways. The road OB offers a good challenge and there's enough variety to where you can work forehand, backhand, uphill, and downhill puts in the same round.
Summary of the pros:
- Good signage although most holes only have two pins set up instead of the 3 marked
- Minimal backtracking and wasted space through the entire course
- The road OBs offer a good challenge without the risk of your typical woods/water OB
- Isolated from non disc golfers
- Two concrete tees at each hole offer their own unique lines to the pin
- Everyone I've come across so far has been super friendly
Cons: Most of these are issues that can't really be overcome due to the landscape but are worth mentioning.
- If you throw into the woods, odds are you're picking up a few ticks and going through some large spiderwebs
- A few annoyingly low and dense branches get in the way of ideal lines (not too awful and adds to the challenge, but some pruning would really open up a few holes)
- Little elevation change but thats just part of the area. I like it from a walking aspect but some seem to view that as a negative
No real large issues with the course overall. Most of the cons are nit picky things or just part of the area.
Other Thoughts: A great course overall and not just for the area. While I havent participated in any of the league play, I know that the volunteers really care about making this course an enjoyable one to play. A beginner or experienced player alike could have a great time playing here and I feel lucky to have it just a few minutes down the road from my house.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging but very fair OB on every hole, course is well-marked, thoughtfully laid out. The course seems well-maintained, tee signs on every pad that are clear and helpful.
Cons: Not much - two holes short pad to short pin were kind of silly and seemed to miss an obvious oppty. for a better hole. I think it was 6 - a little 220' u-shaped flick shot and 10 blind severe spike hyzer. Really not much to complain about.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course. This course is at least a solid 4. It is challenging for a good player long to long and even playing short to short would be okay for a newer player and advanced player would enjoy too. One of the more interesting courses I have played in a while.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the best in Maryland
Pros: Variety of hole designs. Both left and right for forehand and backhand shots. Some short and some long. There are different tees and basket locations on every hole. Rubber tee pads are great on sunny days because there's less of a chance to twist an ankle compared to the big drop offs of a concrete tee. There are also concrete tees too. Course is well maintained.
Cons: Basket and tee pad layouts are confusing for first time players. It seemed like sometimes the baskets were in the "A" position and sometimes "B" but there would also be a "C" basket for a total of 2 baskets out of 3 possible positions on each hole, but no way of knowing which positions they would be in next. Rubber tee pads can be slippery when wet. A few spots have some dense rough that can be a risk for a lost disc, and or poison ivy, ticks, etc.
Other Thoughts: Course is mostly open but with a good mix of trees throughout. There seems to be constant improvement being done on this course so it will continue to get better. This is a very fair course that rewards good shots but doesn't destroy you with bad ones. Some of the long positions are 500+feet long. The course location is in what appears to be an abandoned part of the park with roads throughout that are no longer in use. I will definitely go out of my way to play this one again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Flirting with O.B.
Pros: Hot Shots DGC is a very interesting course that is located in a very populous area in Southern Maryland. Located in a public park, that has the disc golf course isolated fairly well away from other parts of the park, so very little concern about non-disc golfers in your way. Also the park does have restroom facilities but they are a little bit of distance from the course. The course itself is rather unique in the fact that it is located in an old housing area (for the nearby air force base) that has had the houses and utilities and such removed. Generally flat and lightly wooded, the course winds its way around the old roads and circles with a mixture of baskets set into the wood lines, in the open, and gut wrenching at times close to the old roads (which all roads play as out of bounds). The course as two sets of tee pads (Red and Blue) which are a mixture of rubber mats, concrete pads, and the existing road surfaces. Do not mistake that the shorter pads (red) are easier than the longer (blues) pads. The tee pads are made to make the holes completely change and how they should be played. On top of this there is 3 pin positions on each hole. Some pin positions make you decide to run it and flirt with OB disaster or play the safer route and hope you do not lose the strokes to individuals who go for broke. One hole has an island green as well that just teases players to try and run at it from the tees... but be warned it is not a gimme throw.
+ Challenging course that does not let players have a mental break from flirting with danger.
+ Isolation from other park users and a park with several amenities such as bathrooms
+ Two sets of tees create two distinctive rounds of golf.
+ Excellent tee signs
Cons: While this course makes use of what it has going for it, there were a few small things that seem to detract from the overall experience of the course. The first thing that comes to mind is the OB. Now it is not necessarily the OB itself that is a Con, it is the fact that you are at some point going to go out of bounds and when you do, that is going to do some punishment to your disc. If you plan on playing here on a regular basis be prepared to replace even the higher quality disc on a more regular basis than you would be used to. Also be aware there are sewer drains that can swallow up disc and they are hard to be retrieve. (It may be a future idea for the course to try and cover/block the drains to help reduce the chance for this to happen). The other thing that could detract from the course is that the red and blue tees keep switching back from one material to another material. For example on one hole the blue tee may be a rubber mat and the red concrete/blacktop. The next hole it could be vice versa. While not a huge factor to some individuals, it may serve for some confusion and if you have a dislike for one style or another you cannot avoid them too much. While it is not a big deal to some people and some may have not ever see it, there are certain areas in the course that seem to be pockets of trash areas. Now was this from the housing before the course I do not know, (there were some larger trash items that I find hard to believe came out of a disc bag) but this problem none the less existed. The last Con that I bring up should not be too big of a deal to individuals reading this because they know the course is there in this park. But if the casual person were not aware of it, they may never know that the course exist because the course kiosk/welcome sign is set a bit farther back in the park than I think it should be from the parking lot. It is hard to get the sport to grow, if it is not in sight.
- Mix of type of pads between the sets of tees
- OB can be rough on the disc
- Pockets of trash areas can be found on the course
Other Thoughts: Some people may say that the large amount of ticks (Deer and Dog), are a Con, and while I agree that it is a slight turn off. That is a factor that cannot be controlled and thus not fair to rate a course on. That being said, yes... lots of ticks. Another factor that can be seen as either Pro/Con depending on your view is the amount of O.B. Every hole leaves you dancing with Out of Bounds at some point during the hole. Some of the OB is easy to avoid, such as driving over it from the tee pad to some that are outright just going to make you sit there and think is this a shot I'm willing to go OB on for the chance to make up a stroke. I personally have never been a great fan of OB but on a course like this, it is what gives this course it's personality. If you didn't play the OB this would not be a very fun course.
~ A very different use for the piece of property that it sits on, and a very challenging and technical course
~ A growing Club presence on the course promises more improvements (Club hopes to have 2 baskets on each hole eventually)
~Be prepared for the large tick population... bring out the repellent and check yourself often (Knee high white socks work great)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 3 pin positions and 2 sets of tees (red="shorts", blue="longs") make for a good mix. The Longest tees to the longest pins make for a good challenge for any disc golf.
The course sets in a section of the park that used to be Navy housing. The homes are gone, but the roads remain. Road o.b. add a challenge to all of the holes.
Cons: On each hole, one of the two tee pads is rubber. This is a problem when it rains. If you get off into the woods, you're bound to find mosquitoes, ticks and/or trash. Be prepared for your discs to get some road rash because you're going to hit them at least once.
Other Thoughts: New tee signs have been added this past spring. The practice baskets has had stone marking distances to help practice putting. The local club has done their best to keep trash picked up in the course. Hot Shots isn't the most challenging course, but the local club has done an excellent job of making a really nice course to play. the closest course to me is 50 minutes away. Hot Shots is about 75 minutes away and I'd rather go play there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Up and coming
Pros: -18 holes with short and long tee pads on each hole. 4 different layouts (Red, Blue, Concrete, and Rubber) provides variety
-Detailed tee signs with distances to A, B, and C basket locations.
-Orange navigation arrows help to navigate from the basket to the next tee.
-Layout is easy to follow, with only one confusing point (going from 7 to 8)
-Excellent use of the road as OB without the chance of losing a disc. The OB road creates a lot of risk/reward type shots, and will definitely make or break your round.
-Benches on many holes.
-Wooden bridges have been placed over many of the commonly wet areas.
-Quiet area of the park, there usually isn't much pedestrian traffic on the course.
Cons: -Rubber tee pads are slick when wet (stick to the concrete pads after rain)
-TICKS... there are a ton of them here.
-The rough can be pretty thick in the summer, making lost discs a possibility (right of 6 and left of 14 are the worst). Lots of leaves on the ground in the fall/winter can make finding well placed shots tough.
-Not a lot of tight wooded shots. Most shots are fairly open unless you get off into the rough. The local club has made some improvements here, but there just isn't much to work with.
-No elevation change
-The practice basket is also the 18C location, so there may occasionally be someone at the basket as you're playing hole 18 (I've only had it happen once).
-Restrooms are a long walk from the course.
Other Thoughts: At the time of this review, all of the baskets are in the C positions. In this layout, this course is a monster. The typical layout is an even mix of A, B, and C locations, giving a great mix for all skill ranges.
The improvements that have been made on this course in the last year are impressive. The local club is doing a great job of turning this into an excellent course. Permanent C baskets would make this much more appealing to skilled players.
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4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pain Free Oh Bee
Out-of-bounds on every hole that will add strokes to your score if you don't avoid it, but will not hide/wash away your disc, nor scratch you/give you a rash/add parasites, as most typical ob tends to do.
Two tee locations per hole. Each hole has a rubber tee pad, 6'x12'. Thirteen holes have concrete teepads, 3'x12'. The other five holes have their second tee location painted on the road.
Two nine-hole loops Three pin positions per hole. Signs at teepad indicate current position of the basket.
Practice basket. A few benches. Bathroom on site. Plenty of parking. Not far from food and petrol options.
Half the teesigns were at the longs, half at the shorts, and some of the distances didn't seem correct. Some of the teepads which didn't have signs at them were difficult to find, although we did eventually discover them all. An update to the map and signs would be a great improvement.
Not a whole lot of elevation changes. Nothing tight/wooded for any significant duration.
Course plays at the back of a public park, located in a former housing area. While the houses are gone, the patches/lines of mid-sized trees and the roads remain. The treelines will typically line one side of the fairway, and the ob-roads the other, creating fairways of a variety of width, but nothing extremely tight. Scattered trees are used to create early windows to be hit, or force right/left turns at the midpoint, or to somewhat guard the basket late.
Variety in distance is good, as the pin positions and tee locations, for the most part, differ quite a bit. The day we played, the course was in a B-C-A rotation, so six of each position. Ace runs/birdy opportunities were common for the 'A', scoring a '3' on the 'C's was quite challenging, even when throwing well, and the 'B's were fairly standard pars, but with opportunity to birdy - or bogey!
Variety in shot-shaping is also good - balanced blend of lefts/rights/straights needed from the tee. Many holes will offer you choices of how to attack the basket, often narrower-but-away-from-the-ob, or broader-but-ob-nearby - makes you consider your options before you throw.
The designers did a very good job with the resources they had to work with when creating this course. Although a bit out of the way/not near any other courses, it is a good play - find a reason/excuse to be in the area, and give it a play!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Refreshingly Flat Course
Pros: Note: this review is from the perspective of an old beat up player and how the course played for me.
I really liked this course. Good signage and the flow of the course seemed fine to me.
My favorite pro was that it was flat. With my knees & ankles it was nice to play 18 without having to scale steep hills.
I also liked the location of the course in an old neighborhood. A great use of distance and roads as OB make this course a challenge. It's like water hazards on every hole but you don't have to worry about fishing for your disc. Too aggressive and you could easily add a lot of penalty strokes.
The course is fairly open but trees do come in to play but as of now there are no tight tunnel shots. But there are more than a few hard dog legs that will challenge your ability to throw precise hyzer & anhyzer shots.
Multiple pin placements make this course very changeable.
I believe this course is playable enough for new players and fun enough for more experienced players.
The local club have done a good job building their first course in the area and have plenty of room for another course.
Cons: The tee pads were rubber mats that weren't that bad but they would move and gaps would start to happen that could be a hazard. Framing the mats with 2x4's would remedy this.
The absence of tight wooded holes. I really like the challenge of a control shot only a tunnel shot can provide. (I was informed that wooded holes are planned for the future)
Other Thoughts: This is the only course in the area and it's location makes it unique. The local players also help make this a place to check out. They are very proud of the course and they should be. One local bike shop owner has a selection of DG products.
I'll be playing this course in the future.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
a good use of recovered land
Pros: Quiet course
Not a grip and rip
Little chance of lost disc
Cons: Chiggers and ticks (I got chiggers)
Bring your deet!!
No close restrooms
Little hard to navigate at times
Use provided course map
Other Thoughts: Nice course in the area. Like the variety of shots needed. Seems like it would be like 2 different courses summer vs fall.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The OB roads work well.
Beautiful mature trees.
I used almost every shot in my arsenal backhand, forehand, thumber, even a BH roller on 5.
The long pin positions look fun. Would like to try that setup.
(update July 2010)
A few holes were in longer positions this time. Wow, what a difference it makes.
Hole 2 is great now. Nice risk-reward factor with the long pin position.
Hole 12 lets you really open a long turnover in the longs.
Cons: Nothing really too bad here.
The signs are a little too close to the pads. My windup was hindered on certain holes.
I prefer concrete tee pads but the mats are holding out okay so far. Only a few were rutty.
Other Thoughts: I shot a +2 on a very gusty wind swirling day. I was OB 3 times.
Birdies are to be had out here.
The course was completely empty on a Saturday morning. Kind of a weird feeling. I don't like crowded golf but it would be nice to see more golfers in the area.
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