Throw West(over), Young Man
Pros: Westover Park is a surprisingly enjoyable 21-hole course. It winds around the park, rec center and swimming pool, giving players a fun round of disc golf.
- I enjoyed Westover more than some other, higher-rated (at least according DGCR's ratings) courses in the region. This isn't a flashy course, but it's a great example of the KISS method.
- Course continually plays up and down the same hills throughout the round. You start at the far right of the park, throwing uphill on #1. That same hill is still in play all the way up to #14, where you're now throwing uphill in the far, back left portion of the park.
- There isn't anything fancy here, just a bunch of decent, slightly-above average holes. The main hole design is this: a fairly straight hole, maybe with a slight dogleg, that has just enough trees players are forced to carve shots around in order to be in birdie range. On almost every hole, even if you hit a tree off the tee, you should still be able to advance your 2nd shot to within putting range.
- Course tends to have tons of switchbacks throughout the round: times you play up then hill, turn around and throw back down hill; times you play one hole, turn back 100 feet to now play the next hole that plays alongside.
- Course is very consistent in terms of layout, design, and length. Average hole is 307 feet along, ranging in length from 204 feet to 472. You want consistency? 15 of the 21 holes range in length from 225 - 360 feet. If you can throw straight 250 feet, you'll be looking a ton of birdie putts to short up-and-downs throughout the round.
- #12 is a fun, simple layout. Sense a them yet? It's a 344-foot, slight downhill layout with players aiming towards the swimming pool (don't worry, there's a tall fence). There's not a lot of challenge here. It is a simple 3 at worst, for most players. But the backdrop of the swimming pool is a different visual.
- I also enjoyed #18. It's a real chance to unleash a drive, at 472 feet. The sidewalk on the left is OB, but it shouldn't cause much difficulty. Two decent shots will leave players putting for 3.
- Great tee signs. They're a great tool for first-time players.
Cons: The course layout is tight. The switchback element is there because of the lack of space. You couldn't fit in 21 holes without squeezing in some layouts. Perhaps a couple holes could, and should, be eliminated as a safety precaution.
- Some major safety issues. Holes #3 -5 play right next to a couple picnic shelters. Hole #10 plays right over the tee for #11. If the course is ever crowded, you'll have to be on constant watch for discs sailing from other fairways. Be prepared to skip holes if the park is busy. I doubt park goers care that they're walking through your fairway.
- I probably wouldn't play here if the course were crowded. I couldn't enjoy myself if I was always worried about being hit by other players. Or, more importantly, I wouldn't want to worry about hitting others simply because my shot sailed slightly offline.
- There was no signage for the final three holes - #19 - 21. After finishing #18, I saw the basket for #19 straight ahead. I walked around and didn't see anything indicating a tee marker. Skipped that one and tried for #20. Made an arbitrary tee for the next basket I saw. Made two good tee shots, got ready to putt and noticed I was on #21. Didn't find #20 until later.
- The course is redundant. I enjoyed it as a simple, slightly easier layout. If this were my home course, the closest 18-hole layout to me, I'd want something a little flashier.
Other Thoughts: Westover Park is good for what it is. Don't expect greatness. Enjoy a course where you don't need to throw many drivers.
- Due to the lack of variety, I was surprised this course measured longer than 6400 feet. It felt shorter than that, probably due to throwing mostly mid-range discs off the tee.
- The positive of all holes being close to 300 feet is that there are plenty of chances to park tee shots. My tee shot on #17 - a 246-foot hole - resulted in a tap-in birdie. Ace runs on holes like this feel much better than ace runs on shorter holes.
- The first two holes might be two of the most difficult on the course. Both play uphill, creating longer layouts. It also doesn't help that #2's basket was in a different location from the tee sign. The course is front-loaded and played much easier. Don't let a rough start discourage you as it gets easier from there.
- This is the perfect 'tweener rating. It's not quite a 3.5-level course, but it's better than a 3.0 rating. The safety concerns are serious enough to take points off for, resulting in a 3.0 rating. I'd rather play Kiwanis in Staunton than here. Better yet, drive 45 minutes to Walnut Creek. Still, this is a decent course that has plenty to offer.
short distances low ceilings
Pros: This place is worth playing. If you can throw through gaps and not try to birdie all of them then scores can be lower than my Halloween round today. While staying at the Nutt it is a half hour away and worth the trip. Poke and pray but on the gentle side. I remember thinking this the most tech course for having almost zero rough. Tee signs are all there and it is very clean. Skatepark and pool on site at rec center. Bag hangers galore. Can play this course with a driver mid and putter. Fun 21 holes.
Cons: The lanes through the small diameter timber are sometimes only a few feet and require lots of flip hyzer work and the dangers of bouncing discs into roads and other park traffic can be elevated with a busy park. Rollers work wonders/disaster here. Small property was definitely used to full potential without gutting trees out to make wider fairways.
Other Thoughts: Hole 21 is a good open bomber with a creek just short of 400 feet. Easily reachable from elevated tee box. Crown jewels are actually both post hole 18. 20 is great example of cool but dangerous. You throw down a walking path over a bridge. So cool when nobody is in the park could be a hazard with some traffic like a quarter of these holes. I enjoyed my morning round thoroughly this Halloween and can say it is the first VA course I have played. I can assure you it will not be my last. 3 disc rating for cleanliness and tee signs and good discatchers. Course itself is a longer dinker with potential.
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So Much Fun!
Pros: This is a great course. It is very well marked and super easy to navigate. The tee boxes and baskets are in excellent shape. There is some nice use of elevation. The lines are tight in spots but totally fair and doable if you can play a nice control game. Everyone we met on the course was super nice. I would gladly play this course on a regular basis if I lived in the area. This is what recreational disc golf is all about.
Cons: There really are no major cons here, this course is fair and tons of fun! The only bad things I could possibly say are that it is not a championship course because of the lack of OB and water hazards; and there is only one set of tee boxes - I like to see forward boxes for players who can't throw it 350+
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A touch repetitive
Pros: This course has a lot of the amenities I look for when rating a course. It has excellent concrete tee pads for the first 18 holes. DISCatcher baskets, informative tee signs, bag holders, the works.
Some of the shots are pretty cool. I especially liked hole 1. There wasn't too much in the way of elevation changes to be utilized, but the course did what it could.
You'll be throwing all of your discs off the tee's. Some shots require drivers, some mids and some putters. There is variety when it comes to distances and rights and lefts.
Although hitting trees over and over could get frustrating, this course would be more beginner friendly than most courses. You'll have virtually zero chance to lose plastic while honing your gap-hitting skills.
Cons: The course is too repetitive. I felt like every hole was a slight alteration of the last. This is mainly due to the park landscape itself. The entire place is somewhat evenly littered with evergreens which will have you guessing if you've already played this hole.
Along with the repetitiveness, there are several instances of "spray and pray" shots. You'll just have to throw your tee shot and hope you don't get chopped down. Many holes don't have a defined "shot".
Some holes are long, but the low ceiling will prevent you from going over the top or throwing rollers. It forces you to throw a line-drive up the middle and hope you don't strike a tree. It forces your hand too often.
There are several shots that require you to literally throw over the next tee pad (hole 10 is an example). There was a party in front of me on hole 11's tee. It is literally directly in line with 10's tee and basket. Not sure how this could happen, but I'd suggest relocating some baskets to better accommodate park traffic.
Other Thoughts: Easily the best course in the area and I'm sure it gets the most traffic. The course could benefit a lot from a few tree's being removed (which I hate having to do) and a few baskets relocated to accommodate flow/safety. Not a bad home course, but lacks the necessities required to make me want to write home about it.
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Pros: Very well maintained. The grass is short and there is very little underbrush. I didn't see any trash. Signage was good.
Great for practicing your midrange game. There are an abundance of trees, so I was required to be a lot more creative than usual. I threw forehand rollers, skip hyzers, a scoober, and a grenade spike in my two rounds. I also had to throw several anhyzer putts to work around trees. It's great practice in hitting your intended line and keeping the disc low. Due to all the tree hits, it's good for breaking in discs.
The course was nice and empty when I played.
Cons: There are a ton of planted homogenous trees on most holes. If you can't hit your lines, you're going to get frustrated fast.
Your DX type discs will emerge two levels more understable.
If you like throwing distance drivers, you won't get your fix here.
Some holes play across others. Wasn't an issue with the vacancy when I played. Some tees require backtracking from the previous basket - just pay attention where the signs mark the next tee.
There are good views but most of the time you're in the woods.
Other Thoughts: Overall, good for practicing the midrange game and challenging your creativity.
Definitely worth a play if you're in Harrisonburg. I'll definitely play here again. If you have time or are going to be driving East on I-64, Walnut Creek Park outside of Charlottesville is a spectacular course and would recommend that over this course if you could only play one.
If you're stuck on the I-81 corridor, I actually think the Staunton course (20 miles south) is more fun.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Nice concrete tees(holes 19-21 are carpet), nice tee signs, bag hooks, and Discatcher baskets with 2 pin locations. Great slope of elevation to play over and is designed into the course nicely. Small creek comes into play on 20 and 21. Kiosk by hole 1, navigation is fairly easy without a map. Very well maintained and clean course, no underbrush to lose a disc in. Great for beginners and more experienced players. Nice pavilions, bathrooms and pool.
Cons: Not much to complain about. The close proximity of holes to each other and some other areas of the park create some safety issues. The repetitiveness of the low ceiling cedar shots. No indication of pin location.
Other Thoughts: Westover is a quick and fun stopover off I-81 in Harrisonburg/JMU. The GPS coordinates took me to the back of the park by hole 15 so I started there. The course is obviously loved by the maintenance crew and local players.
This course will really test your vertical control as well as the horizontal playing through all the cedar trees, but more so tests your vertical control because you can miss your horizontal line and get lucky on most holes, but too high and you will get knocked down trees and too low in you are hitting the ground. The elevation slope combined with the low ceiling is often the change of the challenge of your line, so you have to hit your 20 degree uphill line or downhill line on holes. You would think the roller would be a prevalent shot here, but the ceiling is often too low off the tee. Once you get to the back 9-21 things open up a little bit and the last few holes have a couple intermediate level more open par 4s. There are a few ace runs as the course is relatively on the short side. The back half were my favorite on the course. There is not much that will really wow you here, but if you are looking for a nice fun quick course to stop and play on I-81 this is an excellent choice.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Variety of shots. Trees force you be accurate and on your game.
Cons: Muddy after a rain
Other Thoughts: This course had a little bit of everything. No holes where you could let one fly because there were trees everywhere. I like the tight and technical.
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Disc in Harrisonfordspielberg
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Pros: This course is located in an immaculately maintained city park. Just imagine park grass and LOTS of skinny trees on a hill that slopes from one side of the park to the other. You play mostly heavily treed fairways for 18 holes, then play 3 holes on (relatively) flat ground with far less trees so you can finally unwind once you are warmed up. The land is well utilized, using the hilly terrain - the only thing missing would be a hole that goes cross-slope. Finesse is required on all holes, even the longer ones. This is a great place to bring beginners, as poor shots are not punished severely (recovery is usually from mowed grass- there is very little "rough")
The amenities are great - it has mowed grass, and very little underbrush - really no chance to lose a disc here. The tee pads are very grippy, and the signs are excellent, and help you find your way.
Hole #21 really sticks in my head as unique and fun. You tee from an elevated position across a grassy field with an OB fence on the right. There are no obstacles until the last 100' (or so) where there is a hallway of large trees with the pin at the end. A creek is about 15-20' behind the pin. You can throw a flick to the left of the hallway of trees to sneak around or a backhand hyzer over the OB to the right (hoping the tree branches don't catch you and drop you OB). Or you can go straight down the pipe. I like holes that give you choices!
Cons: Safety factor - somewhat dangerous - many of the holes are crammed way too close to one another, such that there are too many opportunities for players to get hit with stray shots. Holes that collide are in the zone of #8-14. The worst offender is hole #10 that goes directIy over the tee of #11 - waaaaat? I would recommend they shave a few holes to alleviate this (there are 21 now, so there's certainly room to breathe.)
As another reviewer said, the course starts with 3 uphill holes which is a bit repetitive, and not the most enjoyable way to start a round. All courses need uphill shots, but many find them to be the least fun to play.
There are 2 poke & hope holes (7 & 10) that have no really legit lines off the tee. Being 10 goes over another 10, this could really be eliminated.
Other Thoughts: I found playing here enjoyable. I think the thing to take it to the next level would be to improve to safety factor by eliminating/changing a few holes in the middle. Less is more, in my humble opinion. Even if it means less than 18 holes.
Be aware that the tee to hole #12 is at 7:00 from pin #11. I got confused by seeing the tee for hole #13 straight ahead, which seemed obvious to be the next tee.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Close to the highway. Close to scenic/fun downtown Harrisonburg. Feels safe parking/walking the course solo (even with a packed car, even with hobos hanging out in the park). Great tee pads and signs on 1-18. Carpet tees on 19-21 (pretty nice carpet, pleasantly surprised). Bag hooks on the signs.
Many of the holes are dotted with moderate sized cedars. Grassy fairways (no rocks, poison ivy, snakes). Nice moderate elevation and variety of shots. With these trees you need to shape your lines under 10 feet high. That can be fun with the uphills and downhills. Mostly easy to find each tee and each basket. Beautiful mountain views.
Pretty impressive public pool on the property, playing 80s classic rock (may be a con for some). They fit as many holes as possible on this course. Very well laid out. Also - very friendly/inviting locals. And several fun ace runs.
Cons: No benches or trash cans and no open bombs. A few 400+ but the cedar scrubs block an open bomb. Holes can be congested. 19-21 aren't well-marked. Hobos hanging out in the picnic areas (they were nice, but my mostly-good drive almost pegged them). Twice I threw at the wrong basket. May feel repetitive throwing through cedars.
Other Thoughts: Supposedly they redesigned the course a few years ago. I'd played the old layout and avoided it on subsequent road trips. Now it's back among the tops of my I-81 courses. Harrisonburg is a cool little stop too. Plenty to occupy a family while you throw. Plenty of places for beer/food after a round. Lots of the holes are shoot-and-pray - trees without a tunnel. Sucks when you miss your line but cool that you have to pick a line when the terrain doesn't give you an obvious choice. That's an added challenge.
Highly recommended among the I-81 courses.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Paved tees (except on 20, 21). Good transition between holes. Baskets marked with the hole number (usually visible from the tee). Fairways are mostly grassy, with little underbrush. Benches or bag hangers at most holes. Community center has indoor bathrooms, water fountain, vending machine.
Update: Hole #2 now has an alternate location which is very tight. Hole #13 has an alternate location which is not as far up hill. A recent reviewer commented about carpets for the tees on #20, and #21. That was temporary for the Rocktowne Classic tournament.
Cons: No alternate tees. No permanent alternate baskets. Outdoor bathrooms locked in winter months. No outdoor water fountains. 19 is "non-playable" if children are present (safety issue).
19, 20, 21 do not have permanent signs, pads, or benches/hangers.
Other Thoughts: First few holes are up hill shots and give a negative first impression of the difficulty level of the course. Most holes are relatively short, through wooded fairways. Make it through the trees on your tee shot and you have a lot of birdie attempts.
The tee pads for 19 (formerly the last parking space in the lot) are now more clearly indicated on the foot path. "Short" basket location on 19 is close to the road (OB). "Long" is a nasty right dog leg.
The more I play this course the more I like it.
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