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 Going Green

1    7/31/2013   8/3/2013
Review By: swatso
Played: 528  Reviewed: 369  Exp: 9.2 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Challenging greens.

Opportunities to launch your favourite distance driver.

The typical "prettiness" of playing on a ball golf course.
Transition distances/navigation between some holes, front nine in particular.

Cost - was charged $8 w/o a cart, and a cart is practically a necessity, so you're looking at about double that to play.

Potential conflicts with ball golfers - one guy overdrove his green, and the ball bounced hard, whizzing past my nose, maybe ~3' away, with nary a peep of a "fore" from him.
Other Thoughts:
The bulk (1, 7-18) of the course plays along, across, and near the ball golf course looking over the housing development, while 2-6 primarily play along what appears to be former areas used for ball golf. Being located on a ball golf course, the disc golf course is fairly open (a tree or two to avoid late, a small grouping to avoid at the midpoint, but mostly wide open) and fairly flat (a gentle slope here or there, but pretty flat), so the challenge comes from the greens themselves, and the out-of-bounds lurking nearby. Most baskets are not surrounded by flat, open space. Some are placed on a small hillock or mound, some on slopes, some with a nearby tree or two. Out-of-bounds is often present, too - typically water (ponds), but at times the ball golf greens themselves (played as oob)

For this review, I played from the reds. Distance-wise, there was decent variety, with ~1/3rd of the holes being under 300', ~1/3rd over 500', and the remainder in-between. This meant I had several birdy opportunities, but also several holes where I was launching my distance driver twice. A number of the longer holes challenge your confidence in your approach game, as the combination of water and ball golf greens form interesting oob-patterns. Shape-wise, I only threw (I'm RHBH) an understable disc once (#17), and a meathook once (#16). The water tended to be right and/or long, so I was typically throwing slightly overstable discs, to make sure my disc was fading away, not towards, the water.

Tees: Two tee locations per hole (except #16, I only found one). The cart path serves as the tee on each hole, and coloured (red or blue) lines, hole numbers, and distances are written on the path.

Navigation: hopefully a map will be available when you play - I didn't have such a luxury. With your back to the clubhouse, head to the back left of the parking lot, then down the cart path, near a bridge - you should easily find tee-1, with the basket sitting ~200' away, high on a hillock. From there it is a long way to tee-2 - follow the cart path, exiting between houses, turn left on the road, turn right on the next cart path, eventually find tee-2. Holes 2-4 form a loop, then it's another trip, back down the cart path, exiting through houses, exiting left, then looking for another cart path to the left, to find tee-5, then tee-6. From basket-6 it is a LONG journey to tee-7 - drive down the undeveloped road, turn left at next road, turn left at next road, which will curve sharply right. Just before reaching the swimming pool parking lot, turn down the car path on your right, eventually finding tee-7. You are now back on the ball golf course, and navigation/distances between holes become a bit easier/lessen. Tee-8 is to the right of basket-7, but basket-8 is to the left. Basket-9 is behind a ball golf green, not too far from the parking lot from where you started. Tee-10 is down the path to the left, and tee-11 is back towards basket-7. Basket-11 was initially hard to spot (right and behind the ball golf green, through a tree-covered mound. Finally, navigation is easier - two (12/13) short holes out, a long one back, two (15/16) short holes out, the only right-turner, then a long one to finish.

Favourite hole: #14. After my initial drive (wide open and flat), I had a very challenging approach. The basket remained too far for me to reach, but could I clear the water between me and the basket? Likely, but after a bit of sloping open space, there was an oob ball golf green - could I clear it, too? Probably not. Could I land in the sweet spot between the water and the green? Possibly - it was at about my typical range. Depending upon your initial drive, you might often find choices like this.

While I enjoyed my round here, and will probably visit again (we usually visit the Eastern Shore once a year), it is a bit expensive, and has a high travel-between/actual-play ratio - seems you travel about a couple yard between holes for every foot of actual play. If you like playing on ball golf courses/open courses, and know your approach game well, pay a visit.

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