Elevated with Heavy Woods
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Pros: -A heavily wooded 9-hole course behind a recreation center with elevation. The long tees required skill level shot making with tight gaps and fairways, and basket placements in gully's making them a hard reach. Short tees more manageable.
-Tee signs are located at the short tee's with hole number, par and distance for both tees, next hole direction and a hole map. Baskets catch well.
-A unusual object bordering #3 left fairway, a boat.
-Threw from the long tees mid's, fairways, and drivers.
-Navigation is clockwise had no problem locating next tee on the firm trails except for #4.
-Beginners and Recreation will find the course very challenging with narrow fairways. Intermediate and Advanced players will find a challenge from the long tees.
Cons: -The course is repetitive a few of the holes have the same look whether it's a basket placement in a gully portion of a fairway, or a gap look from the long tee. Two months after playing the course some holes are not memorable, which is a rarity for myself on a 9-holer.
-Most tee pads are carpet and have become worn out or just wrinkled up. A few not useable due to lumps on the teeing area. A few tees just couldn't get comfortable on especially # 2 with lump's and #8 with the carpet a stringy mess with sand on the tee.
-No. 4 long tee I could not locate but found a section on the trail that looked like a carpet may have once been there and the distance was close enough, so I used it.
-Tee signs some are fading and look ragged.
-There can be walkers on the trails, I waited a few moments on #9 for two to clear.
-Disc loss potential is high with a few blind shots that could disappear in heavy rough behind trees and bushes. I played late October and it was a concern and could imagine far more difficult to find a disc with full foliage. Spent a few minutes looking for my disc on #2.
Other Thoughts: Despite what felt like some repetition playing Betty Queen, I found the course to be very challenging from the longs with the tight gaps off the tee and narrow fairways. It was a big switch from the open fairways of Orange County played earlier that morning. Betty Queen can be a teaching course for most players, and if I lived in the area, I would play here often to keep my woods game Sharpe. My biggest con was just not getting comfortable on some of the tee pads, need to be replaced or find another way.
My biggest plus for the course is that I found the course able to keep my attention with a challenge that it presented and providing a good game of woods golf, my overall rating is anchored on a 4.0. The time to play including some disc looking on #2 was 35 minutes.
The Boat on the Fairway:
No. 3 at 269 feet longs is an elevated tee dipping down to a gully then back up hill on a lazy dogleg right at about 190 feet. At that same distance sitting in a cluster of trees on the left is a children's oversized boat to climb on about 5 feet high and 20 feet long. The top of the boat is sealed with plywood. I was trying to make the dogleg with no thought of hitting the boat but held the disc too long. Somehow made the tree gap to the boat, skipped off the top deck plywood and traveled about 30 feet hitting a tree. I thought the scene was comical and doubt I could ever do it again purposely.
No. 9 Par 3 Longs at 370 feet is a downhill narrow fairway with heavy trees all the way down to a dogleg left with a 35-degree turn, and at about 240 feet. The gap at the turn is about 25 feet. The basket sits in a gully with a few guardian trees. The fairway slides left to right, miss the dogleg and you may run your disc into heavy brush, make the dogleg and just hope it stays on fairway. I hit a good tree after running thru the fairway.
No. 2 Par 3 Longs at 310 feet is a downhill open tee to a gap about 120 feet out into a dark canopy with heavy woods and brush. It's a window gap about 20 feet wide, and the fairway slides right to left at the bottom to a gully. About 100 feet from basket a slight dogleg right to a basket with a few guardian trees on the left and at the bottom of a gully. Teed my disc to the left and watched it disappear into the darkness. Listen for any hit trees and heard nothing. Did a slow walk on the left in the rough and found my disc almost basket high and had a line thru the split of two trees for a C2 putt.
No. 8 Par 3 Longs at 325 feet is straight uphill adding on some distance. The fairway is open enough at about 45 feet wide until about the 180-foot mark and closes with a 20-foot gap, at that point the fairway starts a 45-degree dogleg left, but there are protruding trees bulging out at C1 on the left to give the basket protection with a hook left. The basket sits open. All along the left is very heavy brush, and I thought the biggest potential for a lost disc. From the tee a long hall uphill for the entire distance. I decided to hug the left fairway and hit the tee sign at the short tee. With an uphill 180 feet to go I threw one of my best turnovers, made the gap and dogleg found myself basket high for a 20-foot putt, and miss it. I would have loved to of had that par.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Getting TLC these days
Pros: Small course you can play quickly.
Only tee mats but they are generous in size. Short is green (except at no. 2). Bue is long (except at no. 2). No. 4 long has no mat, just a light gravel square pit. It's just left of the trail intersection from hole 2.
If you are playing the pars on the actual hole signs, the pars are generous. If you are playing the pars listed here on DGCR, short pars are reasonable. Long too, except nos. 8 and 9. Should be 4s IMHO.
No. 1 is a very reasonable, almost wide tunnel. Then narrow 2 gets your attention and requires more strategy.
Holes 3 & 4 also allow you a margin of error and to warm up/get your act together.
Holes 5-9 get progressively a little harder, it seems. From both pads. Although no. 7 is a respite. Holes 8 and 9, especially from the longer pads, tighten back up.
Cons: Can be a neglected course. The fall leaves were so deep on the first outing I played, I often could not find the far tee and sometimes spent more time than I should have, looking for the forward tee.
Next-basket signs are non-existent. When cleared out, you will see the path to follow from hole to hole. When that is not the case, you will have some difficulty. Tees for hole 2 are actually left and somewhat backwards from the no. 1 basket.
Very isolated course. While there is a small health center and playground near by, if the latter is not active at the time of play, I don't feel safe alone in these small woods. Happily, it's small woods, so if you needed to scream, the folks in the playground would definitely hear you. There were some leftover Halloween (?) props on my first outing (fake body parts) that were pretty creepy.
Finally, about nos. 8 and 9 from the long tee pads. No. 8's tee pad is in a narrow, deep pit. No. 9's fairway is quite narrow and requires your drive to make two S's (if I am not mistaken). I think that is enough trouble for par 4 for both.
Other Thoughts: Unless you are a Louisa/Charlottesville local, this is not a destination course unless part of a day trip involving (say) Walnut Creek, Pleasant Grove, and/or Meadowbrook Gardens. Otherwise, it's a passing-through course. It has potential but needs regular maintenance to shine. It seems to be getting that nowadays. My subsequent visits found cleared paths.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight Lines and Leafy Greens
Pros: Really fun course with multiple astro-turf pads, so it's good for beginners and advanced players who want to tighten up their game.
Easy to navigate with excellent signage, easily played in 30 minutes.
Lots of parking and not crowded.
Great use of elevation changes and fairways are tight but fair; I'm sure it's really challenging with summer foilage.
Cons: Everything is a par 3 here, so if you can bomb 400'+, look to go elswhere.
Not much to find fault with here, bring a broom if you want the tee pads cleared of forest debris (leaves, sticks, acorns, etc).
There are no benches or trashcans located on the course.
Other Thoughts: I played four-9's (short & Long tees twice) here on a 60-degree Sunday in January. Had the whole place to myself and it was just a simple, straightforward layout with an equal amount of FH & BH shots.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good use of land
Nice elevation changes
Variety of shot lines
Cons: Only 9 holes
First time navigation can be a bit goofy
Other Thoughts: If you go into the course knowing it's just a putter course you'll have a pretty good time, tote a whole bag in there and you'll be disappointed.
For the better player it sets up well for learning or working on shaping different lines with upshots. For a beginner it sets up well in not being overly challenging, the rough isn't bad at all, fairways are nicely done and rewarding.
Would be nice if there was another full sized course nearby as you probably wouldn't want this to be your only local option but it's worth a stop and the 40 mins it'll take to play if you're in the area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and Sweet
Pros: When you roll up to this course you will find that it has plenty of parking and you will be looking for the path to the first set of tee pads on the left side of the pavilion.
Bathrooms available during daytime hours
Very technical course, get your mid range discs ready for some action. There are very few holes that truely would require a driver
With that said, I don't want to give you the impression that this is an ace run course. A few holes provide that opportunity but there are some pretty tight lines here that must be hit.
Short tee boxes are easy to locate and navigation is fairly simple. If this is your first time playing the map on DGCR will make it a breeze.
Long tee boxes transform this course instantly. Thus you can play the short for 9 and the long for 9 and have a very diverse portfolio of holes.
Cons: Finding the first tee box was a little challenging the first time I played but after reading this you should have no issue. It's to the left of the pavilion down the path.
The structures throughout the course are a bit of a pain. But to their defense, good shots wont hit them.
Not really a "con" but the course is completely wooded, personal preference would be to have a few open holes.
Other Thoughts: My title for this review was Short and Sweet. A casual round took me no longer than an hour to play. A perfect lunch break round if you are local. The Betty Queen Open is a fun event to check out as well. Only 36 people for that event.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
fun mid range
Pros: nice short course in the woods. fairways are hard pack and open, allowing for lengthy skips. woods are tight, but discs are easily findable. never busy. several ace opportunities.
Cons: kind of buggy, but that's virginia in the summer. really short holes, so big arms not necessary.
Other Thoughts: this is a fun place to practice your mid-range game in tight fairways. seems like there is enough land to put in another nine baskets, but not sure if that is the case. a nice little change of scenery every now and then.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: All holes have tee pads now that are not shown in the pictures and signs at each hole.
The course is very easy to follow and we'll manicured and not too difficult to find discs if thrown off the beaten path.
Cons: Very short and not very challenging. No holes longer than 260. Not much variation between holes.
No practice basket that is saw.
Other Thoughts: Can be technical, need precise throws. Good for practicing your short game and a well put together course for the space that they have. There are clearly marked back tees but these only have flags and a little gravel marking them.
Took me a total of 20 minutes to play and was very easy to find my way around. If you are in the area I definitely recommend stopping in and playing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
course updated plays great
Pros: all tee boxes marked , brush cleared,well laid out , great for amateurs to learn on and pro to hone skills. im local and play often we play front 9 on beginner tees and then advanced tees as back 9 , free course too come play.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun short course
Pros: New country course. Discatcher baskets.
The course is wooded, but not overgrown with bush.
Most holes are Birdie Runs, I even had an Ace on #7
The course only takes 30-45 min. to complete.
I like the use of elevation.
This place has lots of potential!
Cons: I was unable to fine the long tee pads, this may have been due to the rain!
Some of the tee pads were just mounds of gravel.
Other Thoughts: Nice, country 9 hole course in the woods.The course reminds me of Peaks View, as most of the holes are short "Birdie Run" type holes. It takes anywhere from 30-45 min.'s to play a full 9, and its easy to keep playing a few rounds, due to how its designed. I found it to be lots of fun even in the rain. I can see lots of potential here, hopefully they can expand to 18 one day!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Course in progress
Pros: Nice discatcher baskets, with zip ties pointing the way to the next tee. This made navigation very simple.
2 tee pads locations on each hole some with different looks, others with 50 feet in difference with foiliage coming into play differently.
good use of limited elevation.
Distances varied. I think we measured hole 3 at 286 feet, so these are not super frustrating tunnels, but they are not 90 footers either.
Course is away from other park activities tucked in to a patch of woods.
Cons: no tees or signs (may be coming, course is brand new). If flags are missing there would be no way to know where to start.
The tightness began to feel like I was playing the same hole over and over after the second round.
Hole 2 was a little overgrown, a little more foot traffic as more people come to play may help this out. The course is isolated, nearest other courses are a half hour away, so it would not be convinent for many roadtrips.
Course had the feel of the ultimate backyard course. I think this course is still in progress and am excited to see what it becomes. This course has tons of potential and is well designed (by the designer of former DGCR top 10 course Hawk Hollow)
Bring your best tunnel disc, you will get plenty of use out of it.
I would easily bump this rating up when clear tees are in, even if it is just tee signs and two painted rocks infront of worn out grass.
Here is a thread about the start of this course:
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