Short, technical course
1. Course is well laid out and easy to navigate between holes.
2. Nice mix of flat and elevated terrain.
3. Course is well maintained.
4. Course really challenges your short game.
5. Course doesn't require a big arm to play.
6. Nice mix of dog leg left and right holes.
7. Course has three practice baskets.
1. All holes are par 3. The entire course can be played with a putter and midrange.
2. You have to cross over hole 12 to get to 14.
Other Thoughts: A very nice course located at the end of Anderson Civic Center. Course is easy to navigate and rewards the finesse touch. A great course to play if you are in the area. Nice course for beginner and intermediate players.
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Great Little Course
Pros: Clean woods. Not much underbrush to worry about unless your throw is spectacularly terrible. Lots of trees though, but most fairways have a nice defined path or two in order to get you to the basket for a bird. It's just a matter of hitting that line ;). Nice signage and the course has pretty good flow. Lot's of benches. LOVED the greens. The holes might have been on the short side, but the pin positions were a joy to get close to. I love a challenge and trying to hit the right line for a good drive and then to have to putt on a challenging green makes for a great day of disc golf.
Cons: The overall flow of the course was great, but there were a couple times that left us scratching our heads for a minute or two, no big deal though. Hole 4's fairway isn't really a fairway. Looks more like you're playing a second shot that went awry. It's a really short hole though so that kind of makes up for it. Difficult birdie, but easy par. Not that many cons to be honest.
Other Thoughts: Great little course. If this course had more land to work with and could throw in a few par 4's and 5's, it'd be the perfect course. But as it sits, a par 3 course, it's about as good as it gets. I feel like wooded courses is what true disc golf is all about. It needs to be centered less around throwing 450ft+ bombs out in the open and more about hitting tight lines and finesse. It's disappointing to look up youtube videos of pro games and see them playing on ball golf courses throwing bomb after bomb on every hole. No imagination there and lack of any real strategy. This course IS disc golf. Props to the designers and maintenance guys.
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Pros: Great course to refine your technical game or sharpen your "cursing like a sailor" skills! It's a maze through the woods that I really love because It plays fairly quick for an 18 hole (par 3) course. An added bonus is being located at the city civic center, there are many stores near by for last minute needs including an Academy Sports and Dick's for disc!!
Cons: I loved the course but the tee pad signage needed some attention on several holes. If I hadn't been playing with a guy that I joined up with as I was playing (who was a member of that club) several hole placements would have been blind to me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Great Short Course
Pros: 1. The course is in great shape this year. Usually maintained periodically.
2. Tight course that emphasizes control throws over distance. Great technical course that makes you think about the lines you want to play.
3. Family friendly.
4. Dependable Innova Discatcher baskets. Double chained.
5. Scenic. Nice walk in the woods. Beautiful in the Fall.
6. Good beginner course that teaches you to think about your shots.
7. Good sized concrete tee pads.
8. Hole markings are good.
9. Good variety of shots needed.
10. Alternate basket placements on 1, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17 add interest to the course and mixes things up a bit.
1. Next tee signs need some work. The transition from 10 to 11 and 13 to 14 would confuse a first time player.
2. Poison Ivey in the Spring and Summer. Lots of poison ivy.
3. The really good players may not get too excited with this course. Or they may see it as a short game tune up.
4. The walking trails have to be shared with other walkers who are not playing and you have to watch for them. Sometimes you have to tell them to move on.
5. If the soccer spectators are not watching their children playing in the wooded area near 9 and 10, the children will pick up your disc while it is in play. With luck, they will bring it to you....aarrgghhh.
6. Just as in life, there is an element of luck in play at this course; good shots don't always get rewarded here. And that could frustrate you on some level.
Other Thoughts: The Trails is my home course and it fits my game well. The Trails plays in a heavily wooded section of the Anderson Sports Complex, and as its name implies, follows wooded walking trails. With moderate elevation changes, this is not a distance course where you air it out. The creek comes into play on several holes and poses additional challenges. The course is for a technical game and, coming in at 4,400 feet, it is pretty short. It is a well designed short course and it doesn't pretend to be anything else. It will challenge beginners and recreational level players and provide some good birdie opportunities for those skill levels. It will offer many birdie opportunities for the more advanced players. The really good players here use mid ranges and fairway drivers. Using a putter or approach disc off several tees is a pretty common occurence.
Holes that stand out include 1 in the long pin position where a clean drive down the path is a must for par or birdie, 4 with the question mark fairway, and 14 where a well placed hyzer drive into an upslope is a must. Overall, the Trails is a fun course to play in a scenic wooded setting and a great place to learn technical throwing skills and control shots.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Underrated and understated
Pros: One of the best parts of life is when you find a gem like this. I was on the way to Central to play a tournament at Grand Central Station and had always wanted to stop at this course but it never worked out. I stayed in Greenville and got up there a day early and decided to take the 50 mile roundtrip adventure to Anderson because I wanted to play a course I had never seen and never really heard much about it. It was definitely worth the trip! This course reminds me of another of my favorites, Leonard Park in Mt Kisco, NY which is one of the first courses ever and a design by Ed Headrick. The holes are short but fair and very wooded with some elevation. It was also pretty easy to get around with a couple of transitions that could be confusing if you are not patient. Many 2's are out there but some 4's also if you hit trees and get bad kicks. Great course to throw midranges (Rocs, Meteors, Comets). Descriptions are for RHBH and my favorite holes were,
1 - Straight but accuracy is a must for a 220' - 240' slight downhill shot
3 - Slight downhill semi hyzer 240'
7 - Great hole - 250' uphill and around trees but if you throw it straight you have a great chance at 2
11 - Great short, straight and slight downhill 180'
14 - With more clearing could be signature hole. Probably the most difficult teeshot on the course due to elevation and stream on right. 300' maybe
15 - Signature hole - Great straight shot over stream which is probably 180' off tee and trees around, basket is probably 220' - 240'. One of the best holes I have played
18 - Great finishing hole with a short 180' anhyzer uphill shot
Cons: Some holes could be even better if the teepads were moved back or an alternate tee was added.
You must throw across a walking path on #10 which is a blind shot and dangerous if you do not have a spotter. I would move the tee up to the right but this could still cause problems with walkers. Also the transition from 10 - 11 could be marked better.
Other Thoughts: I was surprised to see 3 practice baskets because I am not aware of an Anderson DG Club but if this course was maintained a little more it would make it even better. Some areas needed some trimming but most courses do as well. I saw some mob golf groups with what looked like groups of 6 and 8 high school kids, frat rats, etc. but they were all very nice just having a good time. This would be a great spot for an annual sanctioned tournament due to numerous restaurants, hotels and the proximity to I-85.
Note: park in the B parking lot and was across from practice basket 3 by hole 16 and up trail to get to hole 1 or walk up to sign across from practice basket 1 to get to hole 1.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The good notes on this course is that it's short - can be played quickly, there's not much under-brush to lose discs in and it's well marked. And it's reasonably fun to play. Some of the holes were open, but most were WAY to tight.
Cons: Okay, I appreciat tight wooded courses as much as anyone, but this was a bit ridiculous. If you can't see a fairway - muchless the basket - on a 250' hole, that's not a good thing. And maybe it's just me, but having to shape every shot to anhyzer out, hyzer back then find a way through a mad tangle of trees ain't all that much fun, not when it's every hole.
Other Thoughts: If they'd take 1-2 trees out each hole, I think it would be a great litle course. As it is, it ain't all that 'beginner friendly'. My son - 13 - has a decent short game and can pick his way through most courses wouldn't care if he never came back, totally didn't enjoy it.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Mini golf for discs
Pros: -great smaller tight course to practice up shots.
-very family friendly
-Great beginner course
Cons: -if you want to stretch your big arm this is not a course for you
-dag-um sticker bushes
-no tee signs and "next tee" is not always marked
-several holes have the potential to become quite soggy
Other Thoughts: This is a great beginner course! "A mini golf for discs" The course is mostly tight holes with a lot of elevation change. even though the course is not too long it still caries your interest throughout the whole course. There are ace opportunities on most holes however you can easily get a 4 with a couple bad bounces. It is well diversified with left, right and straight holes. There is little undergrowth but what is there tends to be barbed so you my pay for a bad shot with a drop or two of blood. The course is located in a large park and kept quite clean, there are two holes where you may have to wait for a runner/walker to pass before throwing. Be sure to take a picture of the course map in the beginning with your cell phone as the course is not marked well, no tee signs.
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Pros: The Anderson Sports Complex boasts a beautiful eighteen hole course. "Trails", as it's aptly named, plays among the thick wooded areas of the park. Shorter technical holes dominate the layout with a break or two peeking out into some longer open areas. Overall the course rings up at only 4400' with just two holes over 300' with one of them just reaching the 400' mark. Moderate elevation changes mix in a few up and down shots and keep the holes fresh. Opportunities to get in a creek pose as a risk a time or two as well. A good mix of left and right shots added to the variety and helps complete this well rounded wooded course.
Dependable Innova Discatchers are sure to be appreciated as they are easy to spot in the wooded areas. They are all in great condition too. Concrete tee pads also compliment the course. A well designed layout that is fairly easy to follow is quite noticeable as you follow the trails throughout the course. You'll find well marked paths complete with bridges as needed and they were a welcomed touch. Ample parking near the course complete with a practice basket near the lot was a nice perk too.
This is a great course for a quick round. Plentiful birdie and ace opportunities make it a very fun course. I can imagine this course giving a wide variety of scores based on the trees. Low scores would be easily had on a good day but those trees could be punishing on the days when you're having a hard time finding your lines. There are lots of holes that you'll want to throw multiple drives on just for fun.
This is a great course if you are looking for a quick round. Most folks could run through in an hour or less. As a side bonus, the woods provide plenty of shade during those hot summer months.
Cons: The course could be disappointing and even frustrating for those that are not fans of heavily wooded courses. Likewise, those who like to air it out with longer holes won't find a lot to get excited about either. While there is a decent amount of variety considering the solid woods, it's just a steady diet of short tightly wooded holes. A few times the course can put a bigger premium on luck than skill.
Other Thoughts: Although this is a relatively short course, it's so fun it shouldn't be a factor for most folks. If you are a wooded course fan you should really like this one. Being that I love wooded courses I immediately fell in love. I'd play this course all the time if I lived in the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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A tough one, but very nice.
Pros: This is a full 18 hole course that is very nicely done. It's in the woods, you'll see some people walking on the walking trail, but it's very rare. But you will feel as if you're just playing at a disc golf course and not a park with some baskets there. This course is a challenge and will make you a better disc golfer. Plenty of birdie opportunities, but you will work for some Pars. A variety of shots are needed to play this course. It has helped my forehand a lot. Good elevation on some holes. Big concrete Tee boxes are nice. Much bigger than the ones at Timmon's Park in Greenville, SC. The average game will take you around an hour, but it's hilly and you will get a good work out walking this course.
There was a doubles tournament on Sunday July 1st, that people are trying to make a monthly thing, and I expected maybe 20 people to show. But, the number was very close to 50 people. It was a well done tournament, and I'm looking forward to more.
David Barfield did a great job designing this course and I can't wait to see what else he has in store for Anderson, SC as far as Disc Golf goes.
Cons: It is TIGHT TIGHT TIGHTLY wooded. Hole 4 doesn't even have a clear fairway, it's just trees. Some holes would have a good clear path to take if it weren't for one tree or so in the middle that you'll constantly hit. The woods grows up pretty harshly in the summer so losing a disc is a big possibility out there, it's much better in the fall. The poison ivy is pretty bad too, if you wear shorts you're probably going to get it. Not very beginner friendly.
I'd like more holes like 9, because the holes are mostly under 300'. Hole 10 if you throw to the right, you're on a soccer field, and sometimes games are going on and you run the risk of throwing in the middle of a soccer game. Baskets can be hard to see, and there are no signs on the Tee boxes due to the course having to be redesigned because hole 3 was on private property. Hole 3 was the coolest hole, in my opinion, at the park, and it's a shame they had to change it.
The course can be confusing, people go from hole 9 to 15 on accident a good bit, maybe they'll get tee box signs soon.
Other Thoughts: This place is better than Darwin Wright, and it's great this course came to be because driving to Easley or Greenville just to play a good 18 hole course was annoying.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The Trails DGC is a quick and quirky rides up and down wooded slopes with short holes allowing many birdie opportunities if you can make some tight turns and negotiate the gaps in between the numerous trees. The pace of play is quick and the accuracy is key. All holes had concrete tees, and I think signs may be in the works, as posts marked each one. The Discatcher baskets are often hidden from view off the tee pad, but they are all there and catching well. The longest and most open holes on the course are 9 and 10, playing next to an asphalt walking trail. Aside from that, it is consistently heavily wooded and elevation changes are prevalent on many holes as well. The fairways are well mixed in right and left turns and the greens reachable with good throws. Well shaded and very nice in late summer afternoon.
Cons: The short overall length of the course may be a con to some players, but I was able to enjoy it. The course is compact and sometimes baskets or tees are near to one another. The layout was weird in a couple of spots. No benches were available on the course, and trash cans were also rare. Mountain bikers rode through more than once during our first round. Pedestrians may also be present.
Other Thoughts: I found the Trails DGC to be fun, even if the trees were nearly impossible to avoid. I wish I would have putted better, but I felt happy after two quick rounds, with scores of 57 and 54. Definitely could have shot under par on a good day. Reminds me of Timmons Park, with more trees.
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