One of the Upstate's Finest
Pros: Championship-level discatchers for all holes
Mix of concrete and gravel teepads, slowly upgrading to all concrete
Fantastic variety of holes, wooded and open, wooded to open, open to wooded, short and long, technical and bomber, forehand and backhand. While not testing every possible shot, will require a great variety of shots.
Many true golf holes, where thought must be applied to landing zones and angles to the pin.
Most holes have two teepads or two pin locations, providing for great variety.
Five new but rough holes which will replace most of the easy birdie holes. As I understand it, the holes which the new ones are meant to replace will remain in the ground, providing for one complex which can cater to a wide variety of skill sets.
Fully functional bathrooms with plumbing and water fountains.
Course signage overall is good, could be improved though (see cons)
Several holes which could be considered "signature" holes
Next tee signs at awkward transitions
Kiosk in parking area with course map
Benches on most holes
Many holes have bag hangers on the tee sign post
Creek used creatively without much danger of losing a disc to it.
Cons: Some vandalism occurred on the course and has not been fully remedied, so some signs are difficult to read.
Additionally, one tee sign has been removed because of the dual use of the teepad (hoe 17's teepad is played backward for new layout hole 7).
Grass can get high, especially in the rough areas.
Some of the wooded areas are incredibly dense, making it difficult to find discs and can result in some lost discs.
Some of the gravel teepads will buckle and not be fixed right away; this is part of the course moving towards concrete teepads.
Newer players will struggle on some holes, even when playing from the short tees.
New holes are very difficult to play, with one teepad unmarked and no mowing having occurred since the beginning of the summer. Because they are still somewhat playable and are a bonus to the original 18, I am not removing any rating points because of the overgrown state.
Other Thoughts: Grand Central Station is one of the best courses in the Upstate, bar none. With a fantastic mix of holes types and required shots, you will use almost every disc in your bag while playing. Most holes have two teepads or two pins, with each tee or pin offering a significant variation from the other. The course is also being added to, with five new holes which will replace most of the shorter "must get" birdie holes and make the course significantly more difficult. While they are not currently in the most playable state, it is possible to play them and see the potential.
Some of the only detractors from this course are the thick woods and tall grass, which make finding errant shots difficult and can sometimes result in a lost disc. However, the fairways are wide enough to where this should not occur too often in a round, and the fairways are fairly regularly mowed. Additionally, some holes are not as accessible for a new player, as they often do not have the distance or control to throw the required shots. However, some other holes are still birdieable for a somewhat new player, and can help improve a player's game.
Hole 2: a tight gap about 125' off the tee requires a fairly accurate drive to get the birdie on the left pin, while there is enough of a landing area for slightly missed drives to have a chance to save a 3. The right pin can still be reached from the landing area, but if the tee shot makes it across the row it is a much easier upshot.
Hole 6: Super fun bomber shot down a power line easement. From the long tee, a power line tower is in the way, requiring a huge anhyzer around the right side or straight to fade shot to the left for a RHBH player, with the second shot to a pin at the center of the next power line tower. The fairway slopes downhill the whole way, making distance somewhat easy to get and the tee shot extremely fun to throw. The short pad is just a wide open bomber shot to the same pin. A longer pin brings the second tower into play on the second or third shot, but is rarely played.
Hole 7: Fantastic bomber shot to a pin 500' away and about 65-80' lower in elevation. A creek about 385' away requires the golfer to decide whether to lay up and play an upshot around the guardian trees for a three, or a bombing distance drive to try for the 2.
Hole 11: The hardest hole on the course, the teeshot plays as a placement shot across an open fairway to a wooded fairway around 100' away. Take whatever line you want, just place your shot accurately to get down the wooded fairway to a plateau green with a steep drop at the back. If you miss any shot slightly, saving par will require smart, accurate golf.
Hole 14: two trees off the tee frame an island green at the bottom of the hill. Miss the island, proceed to a rock framed drop zone about 40' from the pin to try to save three.
Hole 15: The prettiest hole on the course, and a dealer's choice shot from the tee. Backhand, forehand, or overhand, just navigate the trees and get to the pin. For added difficulty, go to the long tee (past the short tee and to the left) where a gap 30' off the tee frames the access to the fairway.
Hole 18: A snaking left to right to straight fairway in the woods opens up to an uphill fairway with several shorter trees. Play a layup to the landing zone or get aggressive and try to work an anhyzer to the mouth of the fairway, a two will be very rare on the hole. Extremely fun and one final kick in the teeth from a fantastic course.
While not an extreme destination course in and of itself like the IDGC, Grand Central is definitely a must play for any Upstate roadtrip, and is one of the jewels of the Upstate.
Grand Central Station
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Has multiple practice baskets
Has kiosk and course map posted
Has concrete tee pads for most tees
Has tee signs
Has many benches throughout course
Has "next stop" signs posted throughout - easy to navigate
Good mix of open and wooded fairways with doglegs and elevations
Water comes into play on several holes but they aren't really a factor in losing a disc
Has two loops of the front and back nines
Park is exclusive for disc golf and you won't see other parkgoers
Has some gravel tee pads that are not flat
Has some tee signs that are vandalized and not readable and I believe a couple of holes are missing tee signs
Safety issue on hole #2 where driveway bisects the fairway
Grass is tall outside of the fairways on the open holes - watch where your drives land
Course design and flow could use improvement as there is an awkward transition between holes #15 & #16
Some holes have fairly long walks in between such as #5 & #6 and #8 & #9 - not really a con in my book but some may not like the additional walking on top of it being a fairly long course
Course can get crowded at times as it's popular with players
This a nice, challenging 18 hole course in Central that I enjoyed playing on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I have to admit that I had some doubts when I was driving through a neighborhood to reach the course for the first time. The course is impressive and welcoming as there is a kiosk with course map, observation deck with spiral staircase, new restrooms and water fountains, multiple practice baskets - kudos to the locals here! By any means, this course isn't phenomenal as it does have some shortcomings. It would be nice if all the gravel tee pads can be replaced with concrete ones and the vandalized and missing tee signs can be replaced. I think the course has some minor design issues where the course driveway divides the fairway of hole #2. I have to be thankful of the driver for not running over my driver that was lying in the driveway that seemed to be one lane. The transition from hole 15 to hole 16 is awkward as there is backtracking. It might be better to have hole #16 tee on the same side as hole #15 basket to throw over creek and move hole #16 basket out further and closer to hole #17 tee. Maybe install a second bridge to improve flow? Besides those minor cons, the course has some great thoughtful holes. Holes 4-8 are a good stretch that I enjoyed playing. Hole #14 is my favorite - island hole ace run with a creek behind it! I drove two hours to play this excellent course and did not regret it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Very nice course that is great for distance
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Pros: - Easy to follow layout with maintained fairways. It is nice that you go near the parking lot several times, so easy to grab something or run to the bathroom
-Great mix of holes that play over creeks, up hills, down hills and everything in between. Love the island hole (14)
- There are several open holes where you can just let it rip so great if you want to see how far you can throw.
- They are building a bath house for even nicer bathrooms. They also have a few picnic tables and a nice little cover.
Cons: - There are a few tee pads that need maintenance. A few of the gravel ones need to be re-leveled and the concrete pad on 13 needs to be redone as it very uneven.
-A lot of the tee signs are messed up where they can't be read. This course is near some apartments and neighborhoods and graffiti is an issue. They have tried to clean the signs, but they just become unreadable.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a really nice course, but there is a lot of walking to play this course. I like that there is a good mix of holes and I feel comfortable enough to play this course solo as there is a lot of other people who are out there. This course is also the host for several tournaments each year, so I would check out their Facebook page before making a drive just to play this course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
I Hear the Train A-Comin'...
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Pros: So you end up driving through this neighborhood that is frankly not exactly the most upscale to put it kindly and right as you're about to curse your GPS for sending you on a wild goose chase you come to the end of the road and voila, a disc golf course magically appears, like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia. Not just any run of the mill course, mind you, but a dedicated mamma-jamma all doo-dadded out with fancy railroad themed signs and multiple practice baskets, some weird shelter with an upper deck for observation and apparently more to come. It doesn't feel like a park insomuch as discovering an uncharted territory that was settled by a colony of disc golfers, staking out a claim and raising a village. I fully expect a small fort the next time I come, with some sort of disc golf flag flying from it.
So this is disc golf exclusive (sweet!) and meticulously designed and maintained by guys that clearly know what they're doing. It's like playing a private course except it's public and you can show up and play for free about anytime. It's courses like this that spoil me and make me thumb my nose at the "Pay to Play is so superior" crowd.
Amenities galore as far as disc golf goes. Great tee signs, lots of well-made tees, next tee signs make navigation none too difficult, shiny Innova baskets with flags on them, even orange whiskers stuck in the ground to denote the 10 m circle. It's a serious tournament disc golfer's dream course.
The course itself is top-notch. Design-wise you can't complain much. GCS mixes in short, medium and long holes, fairways of various shapes, a little elevation change, and a great balance of wooded and open holes. Most of the holes are a great test of skill and rarely is luck rewarded, a testament of great design. Attacking each hole is fairly straight-forward and it's up to you to execute. Multiple tees for most holes I think as well as alternate pin placements should assure that players never get bored.
The open holes aren't too wide open and the wooded holes aren't too wooded so golfers that like ball golf style courses and those that like really wooded courses should both be well-satisfied. Many of the holes are pretty unique, like hole 6 with its length and metal towers, hole 7's picturesque downhill bomb over a creek and hole 14's mini-gauntlet with its island green made of large stones and red wood chips. The par 4's are legitimate 4's, especially hole 11 with its fiendish wooded approach and quick green.
Cons: The use of available elevation is terrific but the course still suffers a bit from flatness, it reminded me of Castle Hayne a lot in this regard. Hole 1 and 10 are meh, hole 2 throws over the entrance road blindly and hole 16 seems like a filler hole. Hole 18 was a mildly disappointing way to finish. Some of the par 4's seemed a little soft or at least they weren't super-sized par 4's like at a lot of Charlotte courses where you have to crush shots back to back to score a birdie.
Navigation was a little confusing because the course overlaps itself in places but the "Next stop" signs cleared up confusion quickly. Unfortunately some punk graffiti'd a few of the tee signs and made them illegible. There's also nothing else to do but play disc golf basically so someone with kids in tow might not have a good time.
This is a preference thing but the wooded holes were mostly too much like the corridor variety where there's nothing really in between the tree-lines to serve as obstacles. A lot of the greens weren't terribly hard to approach either.
Other Thoughts: This is a very good course but it's not quite an excellent course. It's close, like a very, very good course so I'd give it a 3.75 if I could. The lack of geological features to "wow" you, the relative flatness and a few handful of slightly underwhelming holes hold it back a tad for me. Still though, this absolutely a must play and deserving of its high ranking. The designer and all the helpers have done a great job, the Upstate SC crew really seem on the ball and I've really enjoyed their work so far.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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One of South Carolina's Best DGC's
Pros: This is my favorite course to play. It is a beautiful place to play and is kept up with very well. Very well laid out and has many different hole types and they change hole layouts from time to time which makes it diverse and enjoyable. There are not really any long walks between holes and there are benches at certain holes so players can rest if needed. Signs are made well letting players know all of the information that is necessary about the course and each hole. It is easy to locate the holes due to the signs. Overall a great course to play.
Cons: Hole number 2 is somewhat dangerous since you have to cross the road that is coming into the course. Hole number 6 which is the longest hole is in between two power lines which have a high potential to tear up your discs if they are struck. They have a Porto potty but an actual restroom would be nice but I realize it is expensive. Overall there is not much I would change about this course.
Other Thoughts: I would say this course is more geared towards more advanced players but is still very fun for beginners. I will definitely keep playing at this course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Very nice 18-hole course tastefully spread out on beautiful land that is just perfect for disc golf and is only used for disc (no walking trails, playgrounds, etc.) I liked that each hole has its own space and is not crowded with the others, yet there is still only a short walk from hole to hole. The course is very well maintained, and it is evident that much time and effort has been put in to it, to the point of having hidden security cameras throughout the course to ensure it stays that way.
GCS has a little bit of everything with no two holes the same and no repetition on consecutive holes: 1) open and tight woods with lots of degrees in between; 2)flat holes and others with enough elevation to add interest and variety; 3) hole distances from the regular tees range from 180' to 760' and cover just about everything in between , with some legit par 4's ; 4) the wooded fairways contained forced shots going both left and right plus straight, and the more open holes give you options; 5) there is water on a few holes in the form of large creeks.
I like that each hole has something that makes it challenging (shape, distance, elevation, narrow, or water), yet nothing is insanely difficult just for the sake of being cruel.
The fancy and sturdy tee signs are proof of the thought, planning, and work put in here. Hole number, distance, and map are there of course, but also ad space which I am sure helps finance the course. The course has a train theme throughout and each hole has a signature nickname/motto. Navigation was easy with all the "next stop" signs pointing the way to the next hole. It makes two loops of 9's coming back near the parking lot between #9 and #10.
Tees are your usual material, but worked the same as concrete. All baskets in great shape, numbered, and easy to find even if hidden off the tee.
Great setting for tournaments, and not just the course, but with the added amenities of the covered picnic area with the lookout tower on top allowing for a view of about half the course.
Cons: Not a lot of anything major, mostly just some opinion things.
A couple holes had below average hole locations in my opinion of just being in the wide open middle of nowhere and are relatively easy to approach with lots of room for error and easy recovery. I am not saying all baskets need to be tucked tight in a grove somewhere, but maybe beside a single tree on one side or something to add just a bit of thought on the upshot. (it is possible that there are smaller trees planted that will eventually grow bigger and take care of this.) #1 is ok as a starting hole, #7 could have put the creek more into play as a risk/reward vs play-it-safe option, #9 , #10, and #18 all have open area baskets. (Now it was windy when I played, and if it is usually windy here, then that obviously makes these shots tougher.)
I was disappointed with #6 in the lack of the use of the electric towers on what is just a long and mostly wide open hole. Since there is nothing that can be done about the large metal man-made towers being there, and they are kind of an ugly feature on what is an otherwise beautiful course, I like the philosophy of "if you can't move them, then use them." The map and pic on DGCR showed the basket in the tower, but in reality the basket was further down taking the two towers practically out of play.
Hole 2 is great, just a minor unfortunate detail in that it does have to play across the road coming into the course. It is only disc golf traffic, but still you have to be aware of cars coming and going.
Not sure if it is possible here because of having to run plumbing/sewer lines and such, but one amenity bonus would be nice restrooms since this course is not near much of anything, however there was a port-a-potty on site.
What keeps me from rating this higher than a 4.0 is there are about 14 great holes and about 4 that are just average, which is what puts GCS just one notch lower than the best of the best in the country.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a fantastic course that is suitable for just about any level of disc golfer, especially with some of the holes having some shorter alt. tees. I would play here all the time if I lived here. And I totally recommend it to others if traveling to the area. In fact, this part of South Carolina (Clemson, Greenville, Spartanburg) makes for a pretty nice disc golf destination with a good set of very nice courses of all different varieties.
The designers, caretakers, and local players should be proud of this course (I know they are). Well done, and I would like to come back here and give it another shot!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Wide open course for about 10 holes and the other 8 are wooded and technical.
Good number of holes have benches/seating
Will test your long driving ability and short technical game.
Whoever tends to the course does a great job of switching some pin positions every month or so.
Cons: Honestly can't think of many cons for this course. Play this course.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Variety of Holes
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent course. It is maintained by the town of Central. This means the grass is always cut, trash taken out, and the course is clean. The layout rivals that of any professional course. You have to be good at every aspect of the game to have a great score here. The are a few opportunities for Aces but they're few and far in between. Some holes are really long and you'll need distance to par out on these. There are a few short holes but basket layout adds to the challenge. There are some open holes and some wooded holes. Just an all around excellent mixture of hole layouts and settings. Overall this is an excellent course that will challenge every aspect of your game.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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A Must Play
1. A very well designed course. Great use of elevation and land features.
2. Great mix of holes, long and short, tight and open.
3. Exclusive for disc golf. Don't have to share the fairways with trail walkers.
4. Nice tee pads for not being concrete, tee signs and posts in place directing you to next tee.
5. Will challenge all parts of your game. Wind can be a huge factor.
6. Alternate tee pads bring even more variety to this course.
There are very few cons for this course, so,
1. If you are a beginner, this course may not be for you.
2. The No. 18 tee pad needs repair. The pad grid support has buckled.
3. Stray shots are punished severely.
Other Thoughts: Us upstate players have a jewel of a course to play at Central. Coming in at 6,600 feet, you will need a long game and accuracy. There are technical holes and several holes that will give you the opportunity to just air it out. Trouble abounds for errant shots especially on 8, 11, 12 and 13. If you are beginner and you want to play a course that the big boys play, this is the place! It is a tournament grade layout. My game is not quite up to the level it needs to be to play this course well, but I absolutely love playing it. It tests every part of my game and I'm better for it.
If you are not from here, and you are in the upstate SC to play, put this course on your itinerary.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
A sweet spot
Pros: I finally got to play this course I'd heard so much about, and it was a delight from beginning to end. It's cleverly designed, full of fun and challenging holes, with not a single bad hole among them, and lots of variety. It should provide enough challenge for better players, and at the same time be accessible to newer players, which is quite a trick.
The course covers 3 or 4 types of terrain. An open grassy hilltop, dotted with small trees (destined to become greater hazards in the coming years). A steep wooded hillside. A low, level creekside area with huge, and I mean huge, trees. And long, sloping powerline right-of-way.
Many of the par-4s, or even long par--3s, place an emphasis on shot placement---not just hitting the fairways but hitting the right spot in them to line up the next shot.
With the possible exception of the open area, there's not a bit of redundancy. After 1 round, I could remember every hole; no two seemed alike.
There are multiple tees on some holes, multiple pin placements on others. I played in a tournament, so don't know how often baskets are moved.
And this is a disc-golf-only public park, not sharing the land with other park activities. That's always a pleasure.
Cons: There are a handful of fairly open holes on the grassy hilltop, and how challenging they are depends greatly on your arm. If you've too little arm, they're routine 3s. I would imagine if you've got a big arm, they're routine 2s, at least when it's not windy.
On the wooded holes, the areas off the fairways are pretty dense. "Jail" is the word that comes to mind, and if you don't control your shots, you may be pitching back to the fairway a lot. Sometimes, even that is challenging.
Other Thoughts: The place is beautiful, and a joy to play.
It has a railway theme, with the excellent tee signs and even the "next stop" directions between holes. And railway lines on the hill in the far distance, so that a half-dozen times a day trains come cruising by, whistles blaring. You don't get ambience like that very often!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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