Furman: She's got a great personality.
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Pros: Furman has a nice nine-hole course. What's more impressive is that they're able to fit in this course around all the other activities without interference.
- This is an above average nine-holer. There's a good amount of length - average hole is 295 feet, with two longer than 400; a fair amount of challenge along with two good risk/reward layouts - #4 & 5. What really makes the course seem better is everything that surrounds it.
- The first portion of the course plays along a nice (ball) golf course. After veering off from the links, you cut through the woods to conclude your round along a wonderful looking lake. There's so much scenery here, and so much going on (separate running and bike paths (a two-way bike path with lanes at that)), that I felt out of place, and not active enough, by only playing disc golf. Should have brought my running gear too for this place. That said, the tower on the peninsula is a great sight.
- There's a decent flow to the course. Finding the first hole was a little tricky. It doesn't help that some tee signs are on trees 50 feet from the tee. That said, once you get past the initial hiccups, you get a series of open holes, your only 'wooded' hole (#5), turn back around and get the final four holes playing back towards the beginning. For the lack of variety, and land, available - the course seems to have optimized what could be expected.
- I enjoyed the closing three holes. #7 is a slight downhill, potential ace-run layout with the lake as a backdrop. #8 is an uphill layout that forces players to go around or over a tree. #9 is a solid, multi-shot par 4. This is probably the most thought out and executed hole on the course.
Cons: For as relatively decent as this course is, it's also got a strong shrugged shoulder feel to it. There's nothing great here - #9 is good, not great. There's nothing really bad either. It just feels like a lot of basic layouts that offer just enough variety to not drive someone crazy.
- That said, if you throw a straight tee shot on every single hole, you'll have an easy round of nine straight pars. You'll never be too far off line if you only throw dead straight.
- Course could become unplayable when other park activities are going on, mainly when cross country races are taking place. I can also see students/other park goers occupying the grass on nice days in the stretch of #6 - 9.
- Signage is inconsistent. Signs are always on trees. It's a matter of how close said tree is to the tee markers. Sometime it's close; sometimes not so close. Other times there is no sign.
- Natural tee pads. No benches (unless you go to a picnic shelter near #7 - 9). No trash cans or water fountains. None are big issues.
Other Thoughts: Furman has its flaws, but still comes out better than most nine holers. If it's guilty of anything, it's that it left me apathetic after playing. After one round, I felt like I had already played this course a dozen times.
- For some reason, the high floor, low ceiling feel of this course wasn't appealing. A round of disc golf with nine birdies and nine bogeys is going to be much more memorable than one with 18 straight pars. And that's what I felt about this course.
- There seemed to be some more room for potential expansion and or redesign. Doubt it would happen because there are clearly other aspects of the park that (rightfully so) get more attention than this course.
- Maybe if I played this course more, my opinion would change. I'm giving this course a 2.0 rating - above average in my book for a nine-holer. If I were to come back here, I'd probably want to enjoy other aspects of the campus/park before playing disc golf.
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Hard to find/ hard to navigate
Pros: Several challenging holes.
Cons: If it werent for the info on here, I wouldnt have found it. No signage what so ever. No tee or basket directions; and no par info. Tee's are simple little markers even with the ground, which makes them Very hard to find.
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