Variety of Throws
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Pros: Theirs a variety of wooded and open field holes, with the majority in the woods. The part of the course in the woods strings along on a hiking trail, and their are ravines. Tee throws are open and narrow, but the approach throws can be a challenge in the woods. Baskets are protected by trees. I like the variety of the wooded holes, their are tees that start off in the open field, throwing into the woods, tees in the woods throwing into the open field. Tees on a hill, throwing across a ravine to a basket on top of another hill. Tees on top of a hill throwing down the ravine into a basket, and tees at the bottom throwing up the hill. Some baskets are placed on the side of a hill, sometimes I putted up hill, side hill, and down hill. These are the types of throws I don't experience in the Virginia Beach area where I live. The long par 5 No. 10 was playing into the wind in the open field, that was brutal and a bogey. The dog leg left no. 16 was down wind, at the turn the wind carried the disk and that was beautiful and a birdie. On the wooded holes best to stick with your most trusted disk to keep straight, for myself mid-range driver.
- the hole signs looked new and had an arrow on the map pointing to the next tee after playing the hole.
- Their were arrow directions posted on trees to guide you to the next tee, which was needed. I had printed a map at the suggestion of previous reviews, but never had to use it.
-looked like tee pads were new.
-enjoyed the wildlife along the creek, sounded like I was hearing geese.
Cons: -not every hole had tee pads, some holes had only one, and some none. At those holes were some very short and hard to find wooden tee markers. Some of the wooded holes tee area was on a very narrow hiking path, not enough room for tee pads, and sometimes couldn't find any tee markers at all. Ended up teeing at the hole sign. I'm a 4 step thrower, and on a few holes that was impossible to do on the narrow tee area, which was on the hiking trail. On no. 9 an open field hole, only saw one tee marker, the other two couldn't find, same with no. 2.
-treacherous footing along the holes on the hiking trail. This time of the year the trails were covered with wet leaves, leaving the trails very slippery going up and down the hills. I've had Achilles tendon reconstruction and it was scary to walk along the paths.
-with the difficult navigation along the wooded holes, it took an hour and 20 mins to play the round, I normally do two rounds, but no longer had the time. At the three 18 hole courses I rotate on, it takes me 40 mins to 55 mins.
Other Thoughts: I really like the layout and the variety of throws that Bennett's Creek offers. The course was difficult for the most part, and probably even more difficult when theirs full foliage on the trees and bushes. Also a very scenic course along the creek. It was too bad about my difficulty to navigate along the trails, I don't plan on returning until the warmer months next year when the ground is dryer and hopefully the leaves have blown away off of the trails and I can have a more enjoyable experience. This course will probably be a twice a year visit during the warmer months.
In my opinion:
Signature Hole is No. 7 which the tee area's sit on top of a hill, the basket is half way up another hill across a marsh area with the creek on the left, and a tree line on the right. It looked like their would be Catskills in the marsh area during the warmer months. The tee area sits higher than the basket, and the elevation gives more distance on the throw. The hole is short enough, and the basket is high enough that a short throw should land at the bottom of the hill, hopefully not rolling into the marsh. If your a short thrower I recommend using the red tees to avoid the marsh. I would imagine in the warmer months this hole is very scenic when the foliage returns.
Trouble hole is no. 11 which the three tee pads are located in the open field, throwing towards a very narrow tree line that looks like a picket fence. The open field is about 2/3rds of the distance, with the basket unseen until you get past the tree line. Long range throwers could reach the tree line or fall short. Mid range and short range throwers may find a long second shot into the tree line which could mean hitting a tree or scrubs. The key is off of the tee pads get as close to the tree line as possible to give your self a second short distance to pick a narrow spot to throw into the tree line. But, the fun doesn't stop there. When you do get past the tree line, the hole has a slight dog leg left, with the basket located at the bottom of a small ravine. The direction (no fairway) to the hole is clutter with trees as if they were a pinball machine. Their are very narrow pathways to the basket. If you have no line to the basket, just pick a spot as close as possible. When theirs foliage in the warmer months, this hole becomes more difficult. I call this the "Picket Fence" hole.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New gravel tee pads put in over the weekend, some course management by cutting down a few oddly placed trees, short drive from my house.
Cons: Trees, trees, and well trees!! All but 2 holes 9/10 play either into, out of, or through the woods.
Other Thoughts: Rating this a little higher than i previously would have. Showed up monday and BAM new gravel tee pads, played a few holes and noticed that they had cut down some trees that were right in the way of tee shots, and i also noticed when i was playing that they had layed some foundations to move baskets around in the near future, all of this was a much welcomed sight especially since the last time i played was only a week before.
EDIT: all baskets have now been moved to the new alt. position.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Most challenging course in the area
Pros: Tight but doable fairways. Some of the holes look like they were designed by Ewoks. I know that is a strange comment but this place is really unique. I played in Feb, and it was easy to find my disc and no bugs. More fun than Bayville for the advanced player. Nice change of terrain and use of it. Throws across water which up the stakes! 18 holes
Cons: Tough to navigate for the 1st time, but after that it's a breeze. Rooty tees for several of the holes. #10 is like practicing your drive in a soccer field.
Other Thoughts: I aced hole #1 on my 1st day here, so that auspicious start may have made me overly biased towards enjoying the course, but it really is a strange gem of a course. Definitely worth a round if you're in the area and don't want to get hit by a disc at Bayville.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Scenery....love the views, animals, and salt smell. Holes 7 and 13 add a welcomed challenge to your game. You can play the Red tees and make it very easy to cross the marsh, or move to the Whites for these two holes for more of a challenge. Lots of extras, I take my 3 year old daughter every time and she goes to the playground after each 9 holes. Lots of trash cans and facilities available. Challenging par 3's, make up your strokes on #'s10 & 11.
Cons: Some holes have trees to the point where you just have to get lucky to make it through, but they are doable.
Other Thoughts: It's free, easily followable with exception of going from 4 to 5. Go across the boat dock and you'll find 5. Beautiful course. I have added it to my rotation of New Quarter and Newport News. I would say its more fun than either of the other two, and at no charge. Play the back 9 first, so you can warm your arm up on 10 with 2-3 drives to get to the basket.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Certainly . . . taxing
Pros: Bennett's Creek will hone your technique . . . or claim your disc. I love this course for the variety of throws needed to get a half-way decent score. The baskets are varied distances from the pins, and with all the trees, water, and other hazards, if you throw every time with the same power, and technique, you will NOT do well. This course stretches anyone's repertoire, and leave you tired, but wanting just one more round.
Cons: Trees. Everywhere. In some cases, there will be a tree directly in front of the tee box no more than ten feet away. If your shot is even slightly off, you will most likely end up rooting through the spider webs and (lots of) poison ivy trying to find your favorite disc. (NOTE: don't throw a dark green disk here - even in winter.)
Other Thoughts: In my opinion, this is a great course. It could use some tweaking, but I believe the pros vastly outweigh the cons.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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