Winchester, VA 
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Uploaded By: amlenke Hole #5 (Taken 5/2011)
4 / 262ft.   4 / 317ft. Par / Distance:
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 Loved it

1    10/13/2014   10/13/2014
Played: 9  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 6.4 Years
This review was updated on 10/23/2014
2 Helpful / 1 Not
- Good variety of Field and wooded holes.

- Wooded holes utilize clever shots and windows; not just a bunch of random trees in the middle of the fairway.

- Open holes encourage specific lines and strategy; not just a basket in a field.

- Many par 4s and 5s, (subjective, but I see this as a pro)

- Course utilizes a variety of shot type, especially a nice S curve. It constantly put my hyzer flip to the test.

- Good use of elevation and landscape.

- Helpful and detailed tee signs.

- Beautiful landscape.

- Generally good, concrete, tee pads. Many tees have benches or tree stumps as well.

- Many holes really let you rip the disc; Something most courses don't let you do enough in my opinion. Even the wooded holes ask for some mustard.
- Par info makes some of the short tees ridiculously easy.

- Pedestrians on course, though most of them seem to know what's up and will get out of your way when they see you.

- Hole 17 pro tee pad is a swamp.

- Course flow was tough to follow at first, but most baskets show the direction to the next hole, and there are signs guiding you on the longer walks.
Other Thoughts:

Many holes appear to be easy birdies or even eagles, but there is a steep hill behind the basket. Not noticing this or failing to adjust will land you in some really unforgiving rough.

All in all, this course is just short of perfect in my book. There wasn't a tee shot, short or long, that I didn't like. I plan on attending as many tournaments as possible at this park.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 New holes + New Layout = A Worthy Course

5+    5/22/2011   5/2/2011
Review By: amlenke
Played: 14  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.1 Years
This review was updated on 5/23/2011
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: All holes have white (novice) and blue (advanced) concrete tees with good grip on them.

Good mixture of course features. First portion of the course is made up of the original 1st 9 that have been there for awhile plus the new ones. There has been some reconfiguration with the new integrated 9, so if you have played before prepare for some changes.

There are a few holes worth mentioning. The first is hole 6 which is a faux water hazard course. If you land outside of the ring off the tee then you automatically get a stroke and will have to throw from the alternate pad. This is more of a skill shot. The other one I really liked is hole number 13. It is a nice long downhill shot over the road and into the woods. This hole could be done in one with a really really good well placed shot but that is unlikely. I have managed to deuce it a few times. The pin stands behind a row of boulders so that normally stops you but if you have a good arm and good driver... well you can really sail on this one. A fantastic hole to air out your driver!

All in all a very good but very technical course. The nearby Sherando course is also good if you want fun but not too technical.

Officially kicks the crap out of Sherando at this point. PDGA needs to get over here and make it official as this is one of the best courses I have ever played.
Cons: Be prepared for a walk and follow the arrows toward the next holes, they are in that direction, really I promise.

Sometimes you may have to walk a bit along forest paths, around large obstacles, or up the big sledding hill (follow the white arrows on the ground).
Other Thoughts: There are several places that are very marshy, bring shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. Hopefully this will get better as we get into the drier summer days.

Leave yourself a good amount of time to find the holes the first time you play it through. You can also make a day of it and play a first round of 18 from the novice pads and then a second round of 18 after lunch from the advanced pads. Two completely different experiences.

One more thought that needs mentioning. May 1st was Weekend in the park event with thousands of people. I highly recommend that you avoid the course when there is a large event going on as we had to dodge cars at some places and the first hole was completely unplayable because of all the cars in the way.

There is adequate trash cans and restroom facilities throughout the course but I always carry a trashbag to help keep the mess down and pickup the trash that others leave.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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