3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is one of the best courses I have played. Once completed it will be championship level, with three tee placements for each hole. They have done a tremendous job utilizing the landscape. It forces you to use every trick you have in your bag. Almost every hole had two distinct lines to choose from, providing diversity in your approach.
Cons: The tee pads NEED to be bigger. On a course this perfect the tee pads should top notch. That would be my only con. The short settings do not have cement tees yet, but are clearly marked. Would be 5/5 with better tee pads.
Other Thoughts: This is a must play if you are anywhere near. One of the best public course I have seen and we have some great ones here in Oregon. This was my second time playing it in two years and it has only gotten better. I look forward to the continued improvements to this already amazing course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Summer 2015 Road Trip Favorite
Pros: - I think my favorite aspect of this course was the design and layout. Each hole was unique and the flow was perfect, by the end of the round I felt like I played 5+ different types of holes. 1. Narrow tee shot out to open fairway 2. Open tee shot to a narrow green. 3. wooded finesse hole. 4. Open long par 5. 5.Water hole . In addition I never felt like the basket ought to be in a different location or they missed any opportunity to improve any particular hole. Everything was very well thought out.
- The next biggest pro to me was how well maintained the course was. Maybe my timing was lucky. But the open holes were mowed nicely and the wooded holes were trimmed back perfectly. On top of that I didn't notice a single piece of litter either(The way a course should be) There was an park employee on the course working on it and he had so much pride in the course, I am optimistic the course will remain in great shape at all times.
- Multiple tee boxes very logically positioned with great signage. They placed each tee sign by the white (intermediate length tees) which was very convenient. Each sign was well detailed and the navigation signs between each basket to the next tee was perfect.
- The views of the surrounding area were great. Added to my wonderful disc golf experience.
- Very convenient to I-81 (less than 10 minutes)
Cons: - I can see how someone might point out the crushed gravel tee pads. Tee pads have never been a major issue to me so I can't complain too much about that at all. I will say if they did have a concrete tees I would have no problem giving this course a 5.0
Other Thoughts: Was lucky enough to plan a 5 day disc golf road trip early this summer. I hit up a total of 12 courses. I liked all but one of them but Greenfield proved to be my favorite. In the future I will seek out other courses installed by this designer. A++ work for sure
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Premier course in VA.
Pros: I got to play this course when I visited family in Roanoke. I'm from Texas so the elevation changes were the biggest pro that I noticed. It was nice to throw up and down for a change.
I noticed that I also used almost every disc in my bag. The only way that happens is if a course forces me into many different positions. Thus, I can honestly say this is one of the most well rounded courses I've played. You'll throw right, left, straight, short, long bombs, flicks, everything....
There were plenty of birdie opportunities but none of them are gimmies. Even the shorter holes have some risk associated or have some nice guardian trees. If you get a birdie, it's because you earned it.
The course also does a great job of changing up the shot as you go along. You don't feel like any one shot is the same as one before. You'll play in and out of the woods all day. The variety is on point.
All holes have three tees, allowing the beginner to the open player to be challenged. There are several benches that are in key spots, but more wouldn't hurt. Tee signs are professional.
Cons: The one thing I have a problem about on this course is the tee boxes! This is the only thing keeping me from giving this course a 5. I'm used to throwing on concrete and anything else is inferior. It means a lot to not have to worry about your footing.
The only other thing that brings this course down Is the hanging vines on some hole in the woods. The challenge of the trees and branches is awesome but the vines can really kill a shot.
Other Thoughts: This course reminds me of the premier NC courses I grew up playing. It's only a short drive off the interstate with plenty of stuff around to eat, etc...
With concrete this could be one of the best courses on this side of the country, no doubt. I highly recommend it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
All-Around Excellent Course
Pros: - Greenfield provides more variety than any other course in the area. The course has wide open holes, short ace runs, holes that rely on placement shots, and risk/reward shots. There are holes that favor both RHBH and LHBH players. It's obvious a great deal of thought went into the planning and layout of this course.
- There are several unique holes. #10 is a steep downhill shot that gives you the option to throw low through a gap in the trees or bomb over them. #11 is a short hole that plays across a pond with the basket set 20' from the edge of the water. #15 is another relatively short hole with the basket guarded by a tree growing horizontally in front.
- The course is well-maintained by the local club and the county parks & rec department. For instance the fairways in the woods are generally clear of leaves and debris, and some of them have even been seeded with grass.
- There is a kiosk at the parking lot with a large course map, local club/tournament info, and a spot for lost & found discs.
- Tee signs are excellent and provide hole info for all three tees (blue, white & red). There are also directional signs between several holes to help navigate the course.
- Benches and trash cans are located at several holes. The local club is slowly getting benches added at all white tees. There are several bridges at creek crossings (the bridge leading to 11 is particularly nice).
- Very scenic course, some of the views are really nice (hole 13's basket overlooks most of the park). Once you get away from the parking lot it feels secluded. There is a walking/horse trail that runs through parts of the course but it's seldom used and I've never had any issues with other park users.
Cons: - Gravel tee pads, although better than nothing, tend to get rutted over time. However there are currently plans in place to have concrete tee pads installed in early 2015.
- Some of the open holes are WIDE open (ie. 1, 4, 13, 18) so the course isn't as technical as some of the other area courses (Sontag, Ferrum). This design was necessary due to the wide open fields on the property but it can be a little repetitive.
- Portions of the course can get pretty grown-up in the summer if you get off the fairway. Granted, this course opened in May 2014 so this should be expected and over time the course will get more broken in.
- There currently aren't any facilities at the course such as pavilions, picnic tables, water fountain, etc. Drink machines are located at the soccer fields nearby. There is a portable toilet at the parking area.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent course, definitely top 3 is this part of the state. This is the type of course that will make you a better player over time as it requires a variety of shots and types of discs. As the course develops even further (concrete tees, more benches, etc.) it will only get better. It's only a 10-minute drive from I-81 so if you're passing through the area it's definitely worth the stop.
Big thanks to Botetourt County and the Roanoke Disc Golf Club for getting this course built. It's a huge improvement going from two mediocre 9-hole courses in the Roanoke area to a course as nice as Greenfield.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
One word: Variety.
Pros: - Variety, variety and more variety. (I will further explain what I mean in the pros below ;) )
- This course calls you to pull out a full arsenal of throws and lines. Rollers, side arm, overhand, annhyzer, hyzer, hyzer bombs, tomahawks, perhaps even the occasional grenade if you are feeling fancy.
- When I went here this course was well maintained and manicured. I am not sure it is always this way as I am about an hour away from this course but it look darn near perfect!
- There was no point in this course where I was like "hmm this looks similar to that one hole a couple back" This course does NOT get repetitive (well maybe 13 but that's because I don't have a cannon and throwing the disc 4 times to get while walking up a slight incline). Each hole had a unique look to it and the mix of open and tight wooded bodes well in my opinion. It is not so much front open back wooded but more so wooded and open intermittent through the course which adds to the non-repetitiveness.
- Hole eleven is probably one of the prettiest holes I have played. It is a short ace-able hole. BUT has a lot of room for danger and I laid up with the hyzer route both times instead of running it.
- Great use of the land and it felt very secluded for what appears to be a busy park.
Cons: - Tee pads: some are gravel, some are grass, I always have a tendency to trip on gravel tee pads.
- I went when it was more towards the end of summer start of fall when a lot of the vegetation had died down. But I have heard there can be some nasty spots along the way.
Other Thoughts: I can see this course becoming one of the top rated courses on the East Coast and the only thing I would change is move it closer to me!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Green? Yes. Field? Yes. DGC? Oh Yeah!
Pros: Greenfield DGC is an a tough course, with some serious rough spots. There are good rolling hills providing elevation differences on many holes. Water is also in play on multiple holes. The mix of these features and left/right layout and hole distance is blended well. The first hole is your classic top of the hill, downhill boomer. Hole number 2 will take you into the low area where thick brush and trees thrive around the creek. Hole 3 has more of the same. The rough here can get very thick and nasty. I dealt with it right away, and advise you do the best you can to avoid it. 4 is back into open air, and has distance tacked on to offset the lack of other obstacles, like most of the less wooded holes. 5 and 6 are wooded, tricky throws. 8 is shorter, and open enough to give a good birdie opportunity. 9 is back into the open, tough enough to take back a stroke. 10 is a fun hole, back near the parking lot, teeing from the same hill as hole 1, with the basket in the woods this time. 11 is a shorty, but over the small pond and not without danger. 13 is the distance test, 1040' and uphill. Not a lot of punishing rough if you can stay on or near the fairway. 14 was a good one, elevated tee, and mature trees protecting the basket at the bottom of the hill. 15 and 16 are both good holes, and on one of them (15 I think), a horizontal tree had blocked the basket to make things interesting. 17 is another short one, but not a gimmie. 18 is a nice final hole, long and uphill out of the trees with heavy rough to the left. Whatever you do, stay on the grass, I threw into the rough and was fortunate to get my favorite driver back. The tee boxes were gravel and pretty good. Brand new DISCatchers are always nice. Signs were good.
Cons: I had some trouble finding a tee for hole 9. There are upgrades coming for the tee boxes, but that would not really affect my rating. The rough is kind of wild, but fairways are very playable. Losing a disc is not out of the question. Mud in places, not bad, and to be expected with rain in the previous days.
Other Thoughts: Greenfield DGC is a nice, new, challenging course definitely worth playing. Not exactly what I expected, the layout is doing a nice job with the park space that was there. Excellent, especially if you were living nearby, and had nothing before.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Best course for a good 50-75 miles
Pros: Championship level course with a great mix of holes; long short, left and right, tight wooded to open bombs, great use of elevation as well. There are 3 tees on all the holes, they are gravel at the moment however I have knowledge that concrete is in the works for the future. The course is located only 10 min off of I-81 so if you are passing through the area this is the course to stop and play hands down. It is easy to navigate and has tee signs at all the white tees.
Cons: As of right now the tees would probably be a con but as mentioned in the pros concrete is in the works. There are some areas of rough that are pretty thick so stay on the fairway or there is the risk of losing a disc. Course needs garbage bins and more benches but again this is being worked on presently.
Other Thoughts: Go play this course and you will have fun and see that this is one of the best courses in VA if not on east coast.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fantastic course!! Really enjoyed this courses for its habits of making you switch up your throw. A good challenge for even the greats but not unbearable.
Cons: Could use some trashcans and maybe some benches but overall really awesome course!!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Stopped by while in the area to play this new course. Had high hopes given the posted reviews.
- Sign board at the parking lot.
- Good fairway mowing
- Very good variety - wooded/open, up/down, right/left, short/long. This course has them all and they are mixed up well so you never get tired of repetitive holes.
- Good double 9 loops
- Some nice bridges
- Signs at the white pads
Cons: - The tee pads are pretty rough. The white pads have some gravel. But many aren't level. The reds are only marked with a painted board. We couldn't even find several of the red or blue pads.
- There are many places that if you get out of the fairway you're really in the rough and not likely to find your discs.
- Hole 13 is a ridiculously long par 5 given that it's also uphill.
- Hole 15 had a downed tree blocking the approach to the basket. And the tree didn't look like it was a recent fall but was intentionally left in place.
- There are no amenities - benches, trash cans. If you like these sorts of things.
Other Thoughts: While this course has a lot of potential it's still very new and kind of rough. Upgrading the pads is a must. It may some day be a 4+ rated course but not yet.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Finally an 18 in Roanoke!
Pros: Course layout is excellent. A great mix of open and wooded shots. There is a seemingly fair balance of left, right and straight shots. The rolling hills create some excellent elevation changes both up and down. Water comes into play in the form of small creeks on several holes as well as a pond on hole 11 that must be thrown over from the white and blue tees.
The par seems fair, despite being higher than most 18 hole courses. There are legitimate par 4's on this course, although hole 4 could arguably be a par 3 at least from white and red. The par 5 is over 1000ft from blue and uphill the whole way in a beautiful open "greenfield."
You'll need every shot in your bag for this one, which makes for an excellent course.
The course is challenging enough for all skill levels while remaining somewhat attainable for novices via the red tees. Oh, right I should have mentioned that each hole has 3 tees to choose from. More than half of the holes require some technical precision to hit the fairways while the remaining holes allow you to open up.
Navigation is very intuitive despite the lack of signage(which admittedly might be overkill). You shouldn't need a map to navigate. Holes 9 and 18 finish at the parking lot while Holes 1 and 10 start there, the way all DG courses should be.
Course is VERY well maintained to be as sprawling as it is. Fairways are manicured every time I go out, with higher grass to mark the rough. The scenery/wildlife is also excellent and creates a great ambiance.
Cons: DISCLAIMER: Some of these cons will be corrected in the near future as I'm aware that the club is in the process of completing some additional work. With some of these minor things corrected, this course could garner a perfect score in the future.
There aren't any benches or trashcans as of yet. This course is long and can take a lot out of you. Without benches you should be prepared to go through the liquids pretty quickly. The addition of bag-holders on the signs would be a great idea.
The tee pads are all fine gravel and/or natural at the moment. I know the club plans to pour concrete for these in the future.
The course is pretty wooded and thick in spots so the potential to lose a disc is fairly high. It also holds water after a rain. Not as bad as some other courses I've been on but if it has recently rained definitely keep this in mind.
Other Thoughts: Easily the best course in the area and should be a must play when driving through. It's located only 10 minutes or so off of I-81 in an area with plenty of food and other things to do (Flying Mouse Brewery is located a few miles from the course).
Don't hesitate to drive to play this one! Excellent course with the potential to truly become something special in the near future!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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