9 Helpful / 0 Not
Great wooded course
Pros: This course plays on the hillside through dense forest. Nearly all the holes have some kind of elevation change, and this is mixed up throughout the course with holes uphill, downhill, and some across the slope. There are several tricky greens with good rollaway possibility, and a couple very creative elevated pins, with one on the side of a small steep knoll, and one nestled 6 feet up between 3 tree trunks. Most of the holes play down grassy fairways lined with thick trees and rough, and many have strategically placed trees left in the fairway to make sure you hit your line. The rough is thick enough that you'll usually lose at least a stroke for an errant shot.
There is great variety of hole shapes here; it doesn't feel like you really throw the same shot twice. There is a good mix of left and right turning shots, and an occasional straight hole, but all have their own unique quirks and challenges. Even the shortest holes on the course will punish you for a shot that misses it's line.
The maintenance is pretty good here, most of the grassy areas were mowed nicely, and there was no trash or vandalism at all. The tees are nice level concrete pads with good grip and plenty of room. The second half of the course has good signage with hole map and distance, and the first half at least has numbers on the tees and next tee signs when necessary. The flow is good, and with next tee signs, very easy to follow especially with the map on the scorecard.
Cons: This course is challenging, but very short. There is only one hole over 300', the rest are holes that many players can reach with a mid or a putter. If you're playing the other courses here that's less important, but looking at this course on it's own, it lacks variety in distances. The first 7 holes don't quite feel finished, with temporary baskets and no tee signs, once this course and bear are finished with their own sets of baskets it will feel much more like a complete course.
Other Thoughts: This is another great course at the wonderful Highbridge complex. It it's own unique flavor with shorter technical holes, and is certainly a must play while here. It's not all that beginner friendly, with tight lines and thick rough, but more experienced players will find some great technical challenges. Highbridge is truly a disc golf destination, and this course is part of that for sure.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Fantastic tecnhical course
Pros: This course is about as good as it gets for accuracy geared players. It's mostly par 3s but an excellent challenge for any player.
The fairways are narrow and guarded by tree lines on either side. The distances make it seem as if it'd be easy, but on most holes, you won't even be able to see the basket from the tee since it's a dogleg and/or heavily wooded fairway. There are some hills, but it's much more of a test for hyzering and thumb throw abilities.
This course will reward accuracy while other Highbridge layouts like Gold and Granite with many wide, long, and open fairways rewarded mostly just distance. There are probably far more guys who can rip discs 300 or 400+ feet than the number who can consistently throw a beauty down these narrow Woodland fairways and hook to the baskets. If you try to power your way through this course, you will be playing Plinko off trees and spending a lot of time pushing branches aside to look for your discs in the forest.
Cons: The course accomplishes its purpose of emphasizing accuracy and maneuvering discs around curves and trees. Some power players will whine that the holes aren't long enough for a Highbridge course, but there are still a few 300ft+ ones on this course to appease them also.
Other Thoughts: This is a course where a TeeBird or even a midrange will probably be your main disc off the tee boxes. If you like precision DG courses and having to use a variety of disc throws and hyzer angles, you will love Woodland Greens.
If, however, you want to be able to easily see the basket from the tee and just bomb away drivers on wide fairways, then you are better off just heading to Gold instead. All in all, Highbridge courses compliment eachother very well.
There's something to work for (and against) every player's DG style at Highbridge, and this course will really test your accuracy. It's also a pretty shady course that plays faster than other Highbridge courses, and it's great for the sunny days where you would get burnt to a crisp playing the longer 18s at the complex. The wood spirit faces on the trees are a nice touch. Great course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Suffers by comparison
Pros: Great wooded theme course. Need for accuracy here is a huge plus. There are some nice tight pin placements that introduce risk and make your play very fun. Be sure to look for the wooded spirits on each hole. These neat little gimmicks are nice. This is a great course as a warmup or for beginners, and is a great test of your accuracy. It also has some longer holes which test very specific shot shaping abilities. The amount of ace runs here are fun and just less than a handful of holes that add some distance and balance.
Cons: While the course is well themed as a wooded wonderland, it gets a bit repetititve. There are basically ONLY wooded holes here. And they lack some of the more extreme elevation at Highbridge. I do not believe there is a water hazard on Woodland, or maybe just some dried up stanky mudhole or two. All in all the accuracy needed is nice, but it's mainly short accuracy. Bear would be the EXCELLENT long accuracy compliment! The last time I played, they had a few temp baskets like Travellers and M14s out on this course - THOSE SUCK! Navigation gets a bit difficult in the area where it merges with the Bear course and this will continue to be a problem I'd imagine.
Other Thoughts: IN talking to the owner, now that the Bear is supposedly ready for baskets, the orange baskets will be moving to the Bear course and all new baskets are ready for Woodland. Having 18 green baskets here would be a great touch, but I didn't ask what color they were. Assuming that all baskets will be upgraded and there will no longer be a shared split with the Bear course, Woodland can thrive in filling the niche it does at Highbridge - a shorter wooded course. The compliment and contrast of every course on the property is what makes the Highbridge experience so amazing. It's not just 4 courses of the same thing, each one fills a niche. I love this and have thus decided to update my rating from a 3.5 to a 4. This is assuming that Woodland will get 18 matching baskets.
Sidebar - quit messing with the Granberry and BlueRidge "quasi" courses and GET BEAR FINISHED! Then get Whitetail Run finished!(white baskets??)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: A good 18 to start Highbridge. There is a good chance you will run into John the owner/caretaker riding his mower. This course is short but no less challenging than one would like in a grade A course. Tricky fairways studed by large trees. Two holes in particular have interesting pin locations which add a cool twist. That is one reason we started with this course, looking for that pin in the tree!
Cons: not yet
Other Thoughts: I want to second what therealbigtrav stated, "IF YOU LOVE DISC GOLF COME TO HIGHBRIDGE!!" I can honestly see a resort being built here in the near future. Check out the Honka house at the top of the hill for incredible lodging.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Lots of Aceholes..you can play with a putter for almost the hole round if you want to..some of the pins are silver, some are orange and others are of the cloth variety..A real mutt of a course..but a fun fairly easy play to get your ego off the ground after the Gold course has humbled you..Aesthetic value enhanced with clever tree faces and wacky pin placements that will make you double take at least once throughout the day..
Cons: One real corny gimick of a pin..up in a tree..but it fits the vibe of this course I suppose..a real yuck of a course..
Other Thoughts: Have fun with this shorty..A nice course to throw some $kins around!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Woodland Greens is the most short/technical course at Highbridge Hills. The fairways are tighter than the rest of the courses here, and this course is heavily forested throughout. There is only a three or so holes that aren't reachable with a good drive. That's not because of the distance, it's because of the quick turns right off the box, and little if any lines over the tree tops. There are two unique basket locations. One basket is wedged between three tree trunks about six feet in the air, and the other is located on the side of a small steep incline about seven feet in the air. All of the courses at Highbridge Hills do a great job of complimenting one another. This is a great course to choose if you're legs are worn from the longer courses, or if you are pressed for time.
Cons: There isn't any elevation changes or hazards on the course. The isn't a single par four, which makes for a slightly repetitive round.
Other Thoughts: Chestnut Grove at Highbridge Hills is actually even shorter than this course. I didn't include it in the opening statement because it isn't located at the top of the hill with all of the championship courses.
5 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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