Air it out
Pros: Great beginner course with 13,14,18 a challenge and some fun. The back 9 is more memorable and offers more of a bite. Signature hole is 14 where you have water on the right and left split by a bridge that ought to be condemned, creating an all new "amen corner". The brush leading up to the water is deceiving and you will sink quickly. Great hole especially with the wind whipping around, and truth be told wind here can make shorter putts and approach shots tricky.
Cons: Like the ball golf course, upkeep is at a bare minimum and some tee box signs are on the ground, old and crumpling, and offer no picture of the hole, while many claim to have both red and blue tees but usually we could just find the red. There aren't too many challenges per se for shot shaping as many baskets are placed to the right or the left of the fairway. Only a few holes have concrete pads. When you pay money to play disc golf the course should have defined tee boxes!
Other Thoughts: The course is what it is, and you can definitely come here and work on some length off the tee and define your game a bit, however what you will come up short with are challenging moments. With some TLC and redesign, this course could be made more difficult and a destination disc golf experience. Thank god they make you take a cart. $15 allowed us to play 36 holes, not bad.
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Pros: It's on a working golf course so it is mostly open but it's cleverly constructed so that many holes use the trees that line the fairways for the obstacles. The pins tend to be placed to the sides of golf fairways and several holes are set up to play entirely in these side areas. Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of chances to bomb a drive down a golf-mowed fairway.
13 and 14 might be the most memorable as they feature unique carries that boast real risk/reward. The risk: gators. 13 throws off across an inlet of the pond, with a wide tree blocking the hyzer line. A straight throw will see you to the other side where the basket is high and to the left, on the edge of the slope which leads to the main body of water. You probably want to throw something you do don't mind losing because I don't recommend wrestling a gator for it. 14 has less water but it might be tougher to place your shot safely and you need to cross a bridge to get to the basket.
5 might be a little gimmicky from the blue tee but it is definitely memorable. You tee off through basically a window in the brush. There is a short carry of marshland past the window so you don't want to err in the slightest.
Then there is the cart factor. Really cool. Makes disc searches quicker and less frustrating. Makes round times a lot shorter. I've played with a cart at one other disc golf course and while that made the experience more fun, it would have been possible to play there and walk. Ridge Manor would a tough course to walk, mostly because of the extreme distances between holes. With a cart, not an issue.
Cons: One of my least favorite things that a disc golf course to have is early navigation issues. It really just sets a bad tone for the round. A few tough spots somewhere in the middle are ok. If they are at the beginning, its starts to make you think, "Is this what I'm in for all day?" Here, I never found the second tee. The third one was tough to find as well. From there it's not so bad. It's mostly intuitive and if you follow the golf course, you will likely see most of the tee signs.
No tees. Just a sign marking where to throw from. Firm, flat earth, but it not a tee.
The signs give distances but no indication of where the basket is. The pin will always be further down the golf fairway but the side is not always clear. Though I guess it is easy to scout with the cart.
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Pros: Well maintained fairways
Cons: This course is on a ball golf course and the peoples houses are very close to both sides of most fairways.
Other Thoughts: You must rent a golf cart to play disc golf.
It was fun to play once but never again.
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Fun but expensive
Pros: Fun to play
some good water holes
mostly big open holes but they used some strategically placed trees to make it a little more technical.
clubhouse with snacks and drinks for mid round or after round.
Clean bathrooms and showers if needed.
Cons: Cost $15 dollars to play includes the cart and while a little high can be tolerated when you are paying for yourself but if you bring your kids it gets a little expensive, especially when there are other courses in the are for free. A family discount would help.
Now it may have been because there was supposed to be a disc tournament there that day that was cancelled, but I didn't feel like they were thrilled to have disc golf there. They gave us guff about playing in a group of 8 and told us we could only play in foursomes. They weren't particularly busy that day and any group that caught up to us, either disc golfer or ball golfers we let them play through. They did give us a discount on the cost, which let us play two rounds for the cost of one. So maybe it was just the disappointment about the tournament.
Other Thoughts: This course is on a ball golf course in the middle of a golf course community meaning that some of the holes play right into people's back yards. I thought that was kind of neat and what was memorable to me. The people in the community were nice and curious about the sport. Because it winds through the community, there can be some distance between some of the holes which is why you really need a cart. The cart though helped keep us fresh.
We met two guys from Jacksonville that were down for the cancelled tournament, so we invited them to play with us, which is why we had such a big group.
Overall it was a better than average course. Without considering the price it's a 3.0, if I could mark it down to a 2.75 for the price though I would. 2.5 wouldn't seem fair. It's a nice change-up from the other courses in the area.
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