Fun, unique course
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Pros: Sewee Outpost is a fun and unique course in Awendaw, SC, about 10 miles north of Mount Pleasant, SC on Highway 17. It's worth the drive.
1. I liked the course design. Most holes were very solid. It's a wooded course and very technical, but there are a few longer holes with enough open space to throw a big drive. There is a good mix of hyzer/anhyzer.
2. They installed elevated tees and baskets on a few holes, giving the course some elevation (in a part of the country that doesn't have much elevation to work with). I really liked the elevated tee holes. Hole 8 is a pretty simple dogleg left hole, mostly open, with the elevated tee giving this the feel of a downhill hole. The better hole, and my favorite on the course, is #4. It has an elevated tee (off of a raised deck) and it plays to a basket on a large mound. It's the best hole for watching the flight of the disk and is also a good risk/reward hole due to the elevated basket.
3. I will talk about water and drainage on the course in the cons section, but I want to mention the two "swamp holes" as pros. I thought they were a lot of fun -- and very unique. Obviously, there's a big risk/reward component to these holes, as going for the basket could result in a birdie...or your disk in swamp water. There are narrow bridges of single boards to traverse these holes. To me, these were the unique holes that give Sewee Outpost its character as a Lowcountry course.
4. Navigation was simple, with very good tee signs. The signs included layout and distance.
5. Trash cans at every tee. Very well maintained grounds.
6. The facilites at Sewee Outpost are excellent. Sewee Outpost is actually a gas station and very large general store. It's the bait and tackle shop the locals use, but you can also get groceries and snacks. They have added sections for sporting goods, camping, kayaking, fishing, hunting, etc. They have an OK selection of discs, all Innova, including Sewee Outpost stamped Roc's, Roc3's, and Thunderbirds. This is a pay-to-play course ($5/person for all day; kids are free), but it doesn't feel like you're paying anything as purchases in the store -- drinks, snacks, discs, or anything except gas -- count against your $5 fee.
Cons: 1. I usually like rubber tees, but I wasn't a fan of the ones at Sewee. I played on an overcast day after a few days of rain, so consider that with my criticism, but I thought they were very slick. I also thought they could have been a little bigger. They were just a little too short.
2. Not surprisingly for a course in the Lowcountry, built on or around a marsh, there are drainage issues. When I played, there was standing water on a few holes and lots of muddy areas. I did like the marsh holes, so I don't count those as negatives against the course. If you get muddy on those holes, that's just part of the flavor of this course. But for holes that aren't supposed to be water holes, some were pretty wet and muddy.
3. I didn't think there were many standout holes here to justify more than a 3.0 or 3.5 rating. I would've gone with the 3.5 were it not for the slick tees and drainage issues. It's definitely above average, but there wasn't anything so memerable as to elevate it to a 4.0 or higher for me.
Other Thoughts: If you are in Charleston, particularly on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Cooper River, this is a must-play course. The only other options are IOP (which I gave a 1.0 and you could make a case for it being too dangerous to be in existence) and Park Circle in North Charleston, which I rated a 2.5 and think is just an average course. I have not yet played the best course in the region, which is on the other side of the Cooper and Ashley rivers on James Island, Trophy Lakes. I hear it is top notch. However, this is really a very spread out, sprawling area. If you are vising the beach at IOP or staying in Mt. Pleasant, James Island is a really long hike -- especially when the tourists are out in full force. The best option is to drive north on 17 and hit up Sewee Outpost. (That being said, the next time I'm in Charleston, I am DEFINITELY playing Trophy Lakes...along with Sewee Outpost!)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Sewee Outpost is a nice addition to the Lowcounty disc golf scene. This is a solid course, so be sure to make a drive to Charleston's outskirts to play the Outpost!
- Course has a solid, steady flow to it. If you can throw straight and accurate, you will be seeing plenty of birdie putts. If not, you'll be dealing with some heavy rough on many of the holes.
- The course is almost exclusively an accuracy over distance layout. Average hole length is 'only' 250 feet, with the longest hole at 352 feet. To its credit, due to some tight fairways, this course feels longer than it plays.
- To compensate for a lack of length and elevation, course makes up with lots of wooded holes, lots of doglegs and tight fairways. Playing two rounds on my visit here, I didn't get a feel of any holes being unfair or poorly designed. Solid design throughout.
- Some of the hardest basket placements were on the shorter holes. The back-to-back layout of holes #6 & 7 might be one of the best short-hole combos I've seen on any course. Both holes are less than 200 feet (181 & 192 respectively), with both requiring solid tee shots. #6 is a sharp dogleg left, with a high sweeping shot probably being one of your better tee options. #7 can be a simple par if you simply throw straight. If you're trying for the birdie, you'll need to find a way to get close to the basket, which is a slight dogleg right (for the last 50 feet of the hole) to a slight raised pin placement.
- Course has a huge risk/reward factor. A good player could throw a mid-range off every tee, throwing smart, straight shots and walk away with 18 straight 3s. The problems begin when one starts to get aggressive, bringing the rough/thick tree coverage off the fairways into play. It's very boring aiming for 18 straight 3s, but you also don't want to add unnecessary strokes to your scorecard.
- Hole #4 is the only course that offers much elevation. You tee off from a raised mound, throwing from a deck, across a semi-open field, back to a dogleg right basket on top of another mound. This was the most fun hole on the course, along with being the best hole to watch a tee shot sail away. This is a very enjoyable hole.
- There are very nice tee signs and navigational signs throughout the course. One of the small touches that was helpful was on the transitions between holes. For some that crossed holes, they had the upcoming hole number painted on the road crossing, letting players know they were headed in the right direction. It's a small touch, but it's the little things that make a round more enjoyable.
Cons: As mentioned, this is a very consistent course throughout. While that's a good thing, it does bring up a glass half-empty feeling as well.
- While the course is consistently solid throughout, it's lacking really good-to-great layouts and/or truly challenging holes. As long as I stayed on the fairway with my tee shots, I really never had to work hard for a 3. The lone exception was hole #14, a 260 foot hole that starts in the open and ends with an aim toward an opening in the trees to the right side of the fairway. My shot when slightly long and to the left, and being in the woods, I had no chance for an up-and-down. This course would be well suited to having some more strategic layouts as this one.
- The other negative about the layout is that the course could start feeling repetitive. A lot of holes have similar lengths. On the back 9, for example, seven of the nine holes are between 260 and 287 feet. Throw in a lot of doglegs and/or wooded fairways, and some players might feel like they're throwing the same tee shot multiple times. As such, there were very few holes that stood out from the pack.
- On some of the wooded holes, the tree coverage is extremely thick if you get off the fairway. It can present a challenge to just get to your disc if you're off the fairway. It also can present a challenge just to throw your disc back onto the fairway, never mind the thought of advancing your shot down the fairway. Of course, if this bothers you, you are playing a course in a national forest. Just saying.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing at Sewee Outpost. In my opinion, this is the second best permanent course in the Charleston area. Trophy Lakes is still the king in this area, but Sewee gets the nod over the rest of the courses in the region.
- I appreciate seeing benches and trash cans on just about every single hole. Not only were there trash cans, you could tell they were emptied on a regular basis. Doubly impressive!
- The outpost has a solid selection of Innova discs, plus just about anything else you could want. Anything you could imagine needing for a round of disc golf, you'll find here.
- Here's my thinking. You're already out $5 to play here, whether you pay just to pay or you spend that money in the outpost. I bought a disc for $16. I could have probably gotten it online for a couple bucks cheaper; but I justified it as coming out ahead - $16 spent - $5 course fee = $11 disc. I'm sure plenty of people would rather spend that money on food or adult libations.
- This was well worth the extra 30 minutes of driving to go past Park Circle and some of the other courses to play Sewee. It would probably see even more action if it were slightly closer to the city, but it's still worth checking out.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Good mix of holes
Pros: There are some really cool holes, like #4 teeing off a deck on a hill. Pretty easy in terms of exercise. nice change between open field, tight woods, and random trees in the way.
Cons: Played early in the morning. Despite no rain the last three days, still pretty damp. BUGS! I was eaten alive out there.
Other Thoughts: Is it a course you NEED to play? No. Is it a solid course to play? Yes.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mostly tight wooded holes with a few that traverse open territory. The course is generally flat but the elevated tees (off a constructed mound) add additional variety. Most of the wooded holes are on the tight side, but they are well constructed and fair, with no obstacles within the flightpaths. The course was much better than I expected. I never found myself bored. High fun factor.
Great tees and baskets. The layout flows pretty smoothly and few should have issues with navigation. 8 finishes back at the lot which is nice at a course set around a store. For those that like hunting aces, there will be plenty of opportunities for runs.
Cons: A lot of the holes are really short, and they may not be challenging enough for many players. Those new to the sport, who may seek shorter courses, may have trouble keeping it in the fairway. Sewee is aimed pretty squarely at intermediate players which suits me fine. But just as I was never bored, I was never wowed either. One that I thoroughly enjoyed playing, but wouldn't feel the need to return to unless I was local to the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great course not too far from Charleston.
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Pros: The course has a lot of variety with tight trees, open fields, starting on a hill, and ending on hills. The baskets, trails, and tees are in very good shape. Having the outpost next to the course is very nice as it has food, bathroom, and a place to get out of the weather when needed.
Cons: A few of the directional signs need to be replaced as some are broken or missing, but other than that the course was great.
Other Thoughts: Overall I had a great time at this course and I am already planning return trips. I recommend this course to anyone who is in the area.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Must play privately owned course!
Pros: - Sewee Outpost is an awesome general store that sells anything you need to have a good time outdoors. Your $5 green fee can be applied with anything you get in the store. So get your Powerade, Water, Adult Beverage or home made sandwiches you would normally get before a round in the store and you're covered!
- Nice selection of Innova discs in the store for purchase as well. Priced under anywhere else in the Charleston area.
- 18 Disc Catcher baskets are in great shape.
- Very well designed course. Given the amount of property this course sits on, they definitely made the most of it. It wouldn't have been possible to put any long holes out here and keep it an 18 hole course. So they made what can be a punishing short course if you aren't hitting your lines.
- Rubber mats provided by Innova are in good shape and are cared for periodically by the staff of Sewee Outpost to keep them level.
- There are a lot of "touch" shots out there. Short dog leg shots that will require you to throw the most overstable midrange you have at the right angle at 47.2% power or you'll miss the fairway.
- Because the course is pretty short, it's great for beginners. Because the lines are demanding I feel it's a great course for more experienced players to work on their short game and getting out of trouble shots. Great versatility.
- Every Wednesday night there is a Barn Jam on the premises. You're treated to a great evening of Disc Golf with live music echoing through the woods as you're playing. Since it's private property, you're free to enjoy your adult beverages responsibly during your rounds.
- Any problems with the course are always addressed by the owner of the property who also enjoys playing disc golf. Will touch on this later in the review.
- There are benches and trash cans that are emptied regularly on ever hole.
- If you go to the nearby Mellow Mushroom after your round with your wristband on you get a 1 topping personal pizza for just $5.00!
Cons: - Tee signs which were beautifully handmade by a local golfer have started to feel the pain of getting slammed by discs. Some of them are split in half or not readable anymore.
- I've noticed during the winter months, when the trees are drinking up much of the water, there is standing water on a few of the holes ( 6 and 10)
- It can get very buggy during the summer months. But that's going to be most courses in the Low Country.
- Rubber mats as tee pads aren't for everyone. I personally see nothing wrong with the ones at Sewee Outpost.
- It only happens a few times a year. But now and again there are events on the property that can shut down certain holes on the course. They always post on their Facebook page when this happens, and as I said before it's not often.
Other Thoughts: I love Sewee Outpost. The staff is very friendly and I love seeing so many of the local golfers chipping in their own time to make this a better course. There are a lot of people that take pride in this gem on the outskirts of Charleston.
As previously mentioned, There can be standing water on a couple of the holes out there. As a result one of the local care takers of the course provided a deck and built a boarded walkway to help you get over the wet stuff when standing water is there.
I consider this to be the 2nd best course in the Charleston area behind Trophy Lakes. You just can't beat the atmosphere here. I have spent the ENTIRE day here before (8 rounds to be exact) and had everything I needed on premises. I grabbed a Gatorade and homemade country ham breakfast sandwiches in the morning. Played a couple rounds, used their clean restroom and got a chicken salad sandwich for lunch from the deli area. Sat outside on their porch swing and ate lunch before heading out to play some more rounds. With the store being only a couple hundred feet from hole 1's tee pad and hole 18's basket, anything you need to refresh is right there. Awesome!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Great fun, good mix of wicked tight and nicely open
Pros: The vibe from the staff at the Outpost is great from when you first walk on the campus.
It's well marked and easy to follow from hole to hole.
The technicality of the holes makes it a lot more challenging than you'd first think from scoping out the distances.
Lots of fun with the changing open to tight lines mixing it up from hole to hole.
Amenities available are great! Plus live music every Wednesday that you can listen to as you play? Awesome!
There's a couple elevated tee pads (in otherwise FLAT Charleston area) that make it lots of fun.
Cons: A bit of a distance from Charleston proper, but well worth the drive.
The rubber tee pads aren't completely flat on a couple holes, so that's a bit disconcerting.
Other Thoughts: This course is awesome. It's not a giant drives every hole type course, but it's very technical and makes you plan your shots accordingly. It's well manicured with plenty of birdie opportunities, as well as plenty of bogey opportunities if you miss your lines and end up in the woods. Lots of fun, it's definitely going to be a regularly played course for me.
Also, I met one of the owners and sat and talked with him for about 45 minutes. Great guy with lots of love for the sport, really humble and down to earth, just makes the whole experience there even better!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Course to play!
Pros: *All Innova Discatcher Goals in great shape.
*All rubber tee pads in great shape.
*Navigation is very easy, with good signage.
*Ace race chances for stronger arms and a good course to challenge your control shots.
*Very little chance of losing a disc, with no water hazards.
*Features a nice selection of disc in their outpost
store. (with a very friendly staff.)
**Hole 4 has set a new standard for "cool". it is a elevated tee box that drops off into a slight dog right shot. A++++
*No boring holes, all of the holes are fun, and with a good mix of distances for the am player like myself.
*Although the course has wooded holes, they are nicely groomed with great upkeep.
Cons: *Wildlife could possible be a problem for younger kids, bring bugspray and wear boots.
*Although I found this course fun and challenging, better skilled players might find the course too easy. There are some very short holes.
Other Thoughts: *$5 dollars to pay, or buy something from the store that equals that value. Very friendly staff, very well maintained course with great holes and easy naviagation. This is one of my favorites courses. I just wish it were closer to me. My weakness is my control of my drive, and this course gave me a real challenge.
***a must play in my opinion!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Sewee Outpost has 18 holes of disc golf, and is probably a pretty fun place for other reasons. The Wednesday night Barn Jams would be another thing I would likely enjoy. There is a gas station, with all sorts of food, drinks, snacks, as well as disc golf gear, clothes, toys, and other assorted items. The reason for my visit of course: disc golf. They never charged me green fees since my girlfriend and I bought a couple of tasty sandwiches, a fruit salad and drinks. They did require us to wear wristbands on the course. As for the facilities, tees were rubber mats, that was marked with posts, and an illustrated sign for each hole marking the fairway's path, basket location, direction to the next tee. Baskets were all Discatchers in practically new condition. There were a number of other handwritten, laminated notes, and numbered crosswalks over roads to help guide you along. Hard to get lost here. Recycling bins were plentiful. Layout flowed pretty well, and avoided other traffic at most times.
The course was not overly difficult, tending to be average to short in terms of distance, especially on the front nine. The course alternates from open fairway one hole, to woods the next and back again repeatedly. Number 1 is short and open with sparse trees near the target. 2 is a short, left turn hyzer, and I got the birdie there. 3 is one of three holes over 300', and open, but some mature trees make you choose one side or the other. 4 is interesting, starting at the tee, which is a nice wooden deck that is elevated 6 or 7 feet. The fairway turns right around some trees, to a basket that is also on top of a dirt mound a few feet tall. Left and right turning holes are about evenly mixed, with some straight shots thrown in too. 5, 6, and 7, are short but woodsy. 8 tees from the same mound as 4, but has a separate rubber mat. It is a long (334' is second longest on the course), fairly open, left turn hyzer. 9 and 10, short and wooded again. At 11 the average length of holes stretch, around 260' to 290' except for 16. 12 is a straight shot through some moderately thick trees, and I pulled a very fortunate deuce here, filtering through some very narrow gaps, it was beautiful and felt great. 13, 14, and 15 are all somewhat open. 16 is the longest hole, measuring 352', and has trees lining both sides of the fairway that turns slightly left. 17 is a left hyzer to a basket that is guarded by fairly thick brush and trees if you miss the front door. 18 is pretty much wide open finishing right next to the entrance of the Sewee Outpost, close to the first hole. I liked this course because it is compact, and fun. There are not many holes where you feel a birdie is unrealistic, but you're required to make good throws consistently to stay out of trouble. A lot of holes I took a 3 and it felt like a bogey. I also took a handful of legitimate bogeys.
Cons: Few reasons to be disappointed. Concrete tee pads would be nice. Probably way too easy for exceptionally skilled players. A sign indicated that a couple of holes may be used for overflow parking at peak busy times, and then become unplayable.
Other Thoughts: I liked the disc golf course at Sewee Outpost, and would play there frequently if I lived nearby. No water in play, and no natural elevation change. Some nice holes, but nothing that is extraordinary. Not championship caliber, but fun all the same. Short and efficient layout would make multiple rounds fairly easy here. Part of a very nice October day was well spent checking this one out. The store was well stocked, employees were super nice, and dog friendly. There is also a restaurant across the highway. Next time I'm staying for the barn jam.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
another charleston area gem
Pros: Good utilization of the land.
Good balance of Right vs. Left
Short holes that can go badly
Good mix of Wooded vs. Open
Elevation in the low country..yes
Nice facility in general....the pay 5 but spend it in the store is great concept
Nice new baskets
I can deal with the teepads....maybe just take a little getting used to.
Even though there are tight fairways there are lines
Thinking mans course
The field by 18 is a nice warm up zone
Funfactor is high
Cons: No true par 4s
Wish it was closer to me
Other Thoughts: Very impressive new course that will only get better over time.
I would suggest cleaning up more underbrush as the woods are penal enough
This might also knock down some of the bugs.
Must play for the charleston area
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