2 Helpful / 0 Not
Has all the fix ins on a good course
Pros: In terms of amenities this course has it all. Two concrete teepads, benches, signs to next hole, tee signs with distances from short/long, trash cans. Course is situated in a nice clean city park. Course itself flows nicely from hole to hole. Equal number of shots for lefty's and righty's. Uses what elevation it has in grand fashion on a small handful of holes.
Cons: About 3 holes from the longs/blues are poke and pray holes with no professional route or fairway available. Really that might be the biggest knock about this course. I played it several times from both tee pad locations and those holes were very frustrating considering how fair the other holes were. I would guess the city park probably prevents these trees from coming down? Several of the holes do play close to shelters and park grills. I would bet some of these holes do have poor drainage.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed my rounds at Jim Barnett park overall but didn't leave with a passionate desire to come back in the near future. Besides maybe 6-8 holes the rest don't have a ton of character and play kind of eh. I would be very happy if this was my local course with all the great amenities and to get some good practice in but I wouldn't stop in or go out of my way to play here unless it really was easy to pull off.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Jim Barnett is a great park in general. The course for the most part is isolated from other park goers
- great mix of open and narrow wooded holes
- signs are awesome, there are regular and pro tees that both offer different experiences
- easily navigable, with arrows pointing to where the next basket is
- lots of parking
Cons: - can sometimes run into other park goers, but very rarely
- poor drainage, this place can get soggy and muddy after the sprinklers turn on or on a rainy day. Even a full day of sun sometimes does not dry the sloshiness of the course at times.
- easier to lose your disc here vs Sherando Park (the other local course), keep your eyes peeled
Other Thoughts: The highlight of this course is hole 13, a "top of the world" type hole. I mostly play the regular tees on this course, but on this hole I play the pro tee because its so much fun to watch your disc glide down into the "stone henge" surrounded basket. Be careful not to lose your disc on the following holes:
Hole 7: on your left is the freeway and massive amounts of shrubbery, so try to avoid a shot that curves too much to the left.
-NOTE: in the pictures, I believe he lists hole 7 as "hole 6". Hole 7 is the photo with the telephone/electricity poles to the left
Hole 13: if you accidentally throw your shot too far to the right, you risk losing the disc in those parts of the woods as its full of thick bushes. Other than that, this course is awesome and may be my 2nd favorite course I've ever played (I've played 9 courses total up to this point).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice course in a park
Pros: -A very beautiful park
-A good mix of wooded and open holes
-All the holes have a novice and advanced teepad
-No cost to play
Cons: -The largest criticism I have with the course is that it is in a park and a couple of the holes are designed around picnic shelters as well as a playground or two. Hole 8 has been rendered unplayable at times due to people cooking out on the teepad as well as tying up their animals on the fairway.
Other Thoughts: It can be hard to gauge when the park will be busy and when it won't be. Weekends are the worst but there are sporting events throughout the week that can make it busy. Weekdays seem to be the best if possible.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
An unexpected great course
Pros: Well designed. Lots of variety and very memorable holes. Tees and tee signs were top notch. Park has alot of amenities to include many pavilions, pool, playgrounds, rc car track, putt-putt course. Great family day and a stellar course
Cons: The only criticism I have is not really a criticism but philosophical point on Par. Par on this course is set right for casual or rec players. The question is whether to set par for a pro or rec player and I am on the fence since I believe there is good reason to set par for rec players as it serves to encourage them when courses eem a bit challenging. This is a very small point but if you are advertising a par 70 course to an experienced player, the expectations are different. Like I said, not a criticism but a clarification. This is a very challenging fantastic course and you shoot what you shoot regardless. Thanks to all whole put together and support this course.
Other Thoughts: I will definitely be back soon and hope to hear of a tournament to enjoy the course with the locals and other players. Thanks again for a great afternoon of disc golf
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Well cared for
Pros: Excellent tee and direction signs, large, grippy tee pads, ubiquitous benches, water, and garbage cans, quality baskets, convenient parking, and central location in Winchester make this course an enjoyable outing. The newly expanded, 18-hole layout improves the course tremendously. Each hole has clearly marked pro and am tees which provide significantly different levels of difficulty. The flow, aided by good signage, is pretty good, though it's a single-loop course with some long walks. And the park is very well mowed and kept. Woods with thick underbrush are available if you really have no control, but the places you're disc will probably land are pretty well thinned out.
The course winds through a manicured and heavily used multi-function park (with lots and lots of facilities). The most unique part of this course is that although I had to throw past 12 parties, volleyball, horseshoes, model car races, playgrounds, and more, the holes are laid out so that no one was in direct danger from my throws. That's pretty impressive.
Cons: There are long (though mostly well marked) walks between holes, and a few sketchy throws around the many, many people and facilities. The course hosts lots of poison ivy, one (otherwise-nice) shot across a paved road, and a fair amount of debris on the tee pads. Distance is a challenge on a few holes, but apart from that, the shots in general aren't demanding. A few fairways are sort-of tight, but they require no technical expertise apart from moderate accuracy. There is no real danger (to your disc - pedestrians are occasionally in danger). Risk-reward decisions are lacking, recoveries are easy, and you can play the whole course with a basic, straight, RHBH throw. Also, the new number 6 is a bit gimmicky and its basket is too high. I guess that was a necessary evil of expanding the course; they had to cram one more, short hole in and make it as interesting as possible.
I recently played this course in the rain; both of #17's tees were under more than a foot of water.
Other Thoughts: Several fairways - particularly #18 - provide no possible path to the pin on your drive. Some people find this objectionable,so I thought I'd mention it.
Hole #15, for some reason, is not as well marked as the rest of the course. You get to it by walking around the brick wall, not up the rocky path, and after #15, go up the steep hill to the left of the pavement.
Lastly, hole #1 is in the back-middle of the park, across the parking lot from the main pool building.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
New holes + New Layout = A Worthy Course
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.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
9 more holes
Pros: Good mix of tight wooded holes with open field shots. The white and blue tee pads offer different shots at each hole. The course flows much better with the new holes. Hole 18(previously hole 9) from longs is the equalizer hardest hole I have ever played. Great long course with a great variety of shots. New holes are a great extension on the previous 9.
Cons: There are not signs for the new holes yet. There is always trash to pick up. Some areas of the park hold water and is almost like a swamp through the winter or when it rains.
Other Thoughts: The course added 9 more holes, 2 tee pads each and one basket. Hole 6 a green island will be built up throwout the year. 1-5 stayed the same 6 added, old 6 becomes 7 holes 8-15 added old 7-9 becomes 16-18. When it is nice out watch out for people
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Itís Always The Little Ones That Get You
Excellent long, wide, and grippy concrete tees at both the long and short positions. Fantastic colour signs at the long tees showing the location of the short tee, baskets, and both distances. Next-tee signs on top of baskets. Just off I81, near many amenities. For something different and if you have the time, checkout the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema just off exit 310 for a unique experience.
Hole-6 breaks both the flow and concept of the course. A good deal of trash in the woods.
Except for number-6, the course plays along the wooded slope in the midst of a large, multi-purpose park. The trees on the slope vary from quite large, i.e., you'll be throwing beneath their branches, to quite small - and it is these little ones that always manage to keep any particular line to the basket from being perfectly clear. With a few exceptions, holes are relatively short, so the emphasis is control, vice power. The straightest line will typically be the narrowest line, but there are too many trees to simply swing wide - subtle S-shaped shots will definitely be required as you experiment with which line is best suited to your abilities. Several baskets are located near/on slopes to add to the challenge.
From basket-5, a right turn will lead you to ... tee-7. To find tee-6, turn about 45-degrees to the left, cross the road, and head for I81. After you find the tee, look right - basket-6 is several hundred feet away, with I81 on your left and the driveway leading to the pavilion and shelter on your right. After completing the hole, hopefully having avoided the pavilion and any parked cars, re-trace your steps back across the parking lot to find tee-7
Good course, and another nine holes of equal quality would certainly make it even better. Looking at the current online map, it appears as if some of the holes will be re-numbered and current-6 will be better incorporated into the flow.
Update 12/31/11: Now has 18=holes, with the excellent teepads and signage continued on the newer nine (6, 9-17). The newer holes are more open but longer than the original nine, providing a nice spectrum of hole types.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of Excitement for a 9-holer!
Pros: - To start off, the teepads and signage are heavenly. Great grip and size. Dual tees are provided to placate both recreational players as well as more experienced ones.
- Absolutely stunning in the autumn season. I'm no stranger to fall foliage, but the colors in the nearby trees is great. I can imagine this place getting ridiculously crowded around the pool in the summer months, however.
- Most of the holes play in the wooded section of the park, which I enjoyed. Technical challenges require threading rows of trees and some baskets are well-guarded. However, there are one or two holes that are more open and #6 gives you a chance to really bomb your disc.
- Very well-maintained and already has the sign of being slightly broken-in despite its youth.
- LOVE those "next tee" metal placards that are on each basket. Definitely gets the award for best "next tee" marker out of all the courses I've visited!
Cons: - A lot of people were walking their dogs and jogging here when I was playing. Not sure if that's common, but make sure to watch out for other park patrons while you're driving. The several blind drives (notably 3,5, and 9) make this even more imperative.
- Some holes play close to the road
- Only 9 holes--which I know isn't a fair criticism, but this course really leaves you craving for more!
- I'd like to see another hole or two be situated in the open fields for more balance in terms of terrain and shot variety.
Other Thoughts: Hole for hole, I think this course is actually better than the nearby Sherando due to a more technical challenge, longer distances to the basket, and a topographic endowment that makes for some steep drops. There's no doubt that this would get a solid 4-disc rating if it could be expanded to 18.
Regardless, it's a great companion to Sherando and a fantastic place to work on your technical game. Definitively one of the better 9-holes I've ever played!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice course in a very nice park
Pros: * Course is located in a nice city park with many activities; fitness trail, indoor or outdoor pools, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, and miniature golf. There is also a fitness room and a racquetball court. Many picnic areas - and rest room facilities
* Two (long and short) excellent, large concrete tee pads at each hole - many of the longer tees do not just add length but require a different path to the basket.
* Very nice hole sign located at the long tees
* Distance from short tees marked on some of the short tee pads
* The park, including the disc golf area is very well maintained.
* New baskets with signs indicating the direction to the next tee box.
* A variety of semi-wooded holes may offer a challenge for the veteran player while not being too frustrating for a new player. Very little underbrush to speak of through the woods - a little on holes 8 and 9.
* Located within minutes of a large number of eateries, shopping and entertainment opportunities - Right off of Interstate 81.
* Only slight elevation changes throughout the course
* Nice distances on the holes, giving you the opportunity to try technical shots
* Large course layout sign at the beginning of the course near the swimming pool parking lot.
Cons: * Not many negatives to speak of
* While there is not a great deal of distance between basket and next tee, the flow of the course is broken from hole 5 to hole 6. You must cross over the road and down to your left past the pavilion.
* Only one very open hole to air out your driver.
* The day we played there was not many park users but you can see where people using other areas of the park may come into play.
Other Thoughts: Had the opportunity to play here while passing through Winchester. Wish it was closer than the 90 minutes. We stopped in Winchester to eat and shop on our way through. Will certainly head this direction in the future because of this park. Set in a beautiful city park that offers many activities for the family you could certainly make a day for your family hear. Should be great when they open up the additional nine holes. Is not to strenuous a trek through the woods with hole 8 playing slightly up hill and then a little climb up to the tee pad for hole 9. Also, not much poison ivy on this course like many I have seen in the MD, PA, WV, VA area. Course was filled with many, many squirrels and my wife almost took one out. Can't wait to get back here in the future!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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