Langley Pond will Take All Your Shots
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Langley Pond DGP has it all. There is a great area to practice those putts and a driving range with multiple pads right next to the parking lot. The tee pads are nice and level with green turf surface. All holes have alternate short tees (except maybe 18), but some are still pretty lengthy even from the short. All tees, signs and baskets are in new condition, very nice. The course is carved out of great wooded and hilly terrain along the side of a pond that comes into play occasionally. Opening hole plays toward the water, down a hill that is open most of the way to the basket. A good birdie opportunity at 300', with risk of going into woods if you miss left and water to the right. The second hole leads into the woods, and the fairway gives you a feel for much of the course. Well cut lanes, with plenty of trees that strategically remain to increase difficulty and make me crazy. Flat and still a little over 300', but with a tricky tree on the right of the fairway making it tougher. Hole 3 increases the distance to over 350', still par 3 in the woods. Holes 4 and 5 are both over 550' par 4's, still with fair but not easy lines through trees, and a little elevation change coming into play. Holes 6 and 7 are better birdie chances under 300'. 6 is thickly wooded but very reachable if you make the throw, I managed a birdie my first round here. 7 is mostly open over the edge of the pond, with one tree splitting your options into two gaps right in front of the tee, and a few small trees and shrubs around the basket. Hole 8 is where it begins to get really tough, a par 5 over 730'. The change in elevations begin to become more pronounced with the target atop a hill at the end. Two rounds for me so far, with a double bogey and a snowman, ouch. 9 is a shorter hole, under 270' and turning left and downhill through trees. I did birdie this one first time out. Since the grand opening of the course 9 also has a longer tee as well, at 348'. Hole 10 is probably my favorite one on the course, teeing off at the top of a long down hill run through mature trees, before reaching bottom and a small climb to a basket 567' away. It's a par 4, but I have only got a bogey and a double bogey so far. Holes 11-14 are all par 3 holes, giving you a slight break, and varying in interesting shapes and sizes. 12 is probably the easiest one on the course from the short, but the newer long tee is much tougher. 14 has also become more interesting since the newer long tee has been added, giving a par 4 option. Hole 15 is another monster I have yet to slay, 777'/par 5, scored a bogey and double bogey. It starts on the open edge of the pond but breaks into two lanes over the top of a large hill through mature woods, and back down to a well protected basket. Some might say it is epic. Holes 16 and 17 are both longish par 3 with woods and some elevation change factoring in. Hole 18 is a really nice finisher, that you can see from the parking lot. It tees on top of a hill overlooking the driving range, leading to a basket at the bottom over 400' away. Airspace is more open to the left, with trees coming into play as you approach the target. A tough par 3, but birdie or bogey is a possibility.
Cons: Not a great learning course for novice players, but an excellent challenge to more experienced players. Might be messy in areas after significant precipitation. Wouldn't hurt to have a few more trashcans available.
Other Thoughts: Langley DGP was masterfully conceived and executed in terms of design, layout, and equipment. Since the grand opening benches are at nearly every tee, and plenty of brooms. It is not an easy par 61, I scored 72 in each of my first two rounds there. Recently returned for a third round, to see the last few tee positions, and more clearing has been done as well. I did not fare any better on the scorecard though. There are some kind of long walks between holes, so keep your eyes open for the next hole arrows in the bottom of the basket and directional signs on the path pointing the way. I love the mix of elements that are utilized through the course, and the challenge provided. There are so many good courses in the area, but don't miss this one if you come around. I gave a 4.5 initially, but after a couple of more rounds still have not found a weak spot on the grounds. Have to go full on 5, I can't penalize for my inability to stay close to par. Every hole has a workable strategy, but every shot counts and placement is everything.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
The CSRA's best new course
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Wonderful championship gold level course in Aiken County, SC
-great use of elevation
-great amenities and parking
-DRIVING RANGE- 4 tees, and a practice area with 2 BASKETS
-2 sets of tee pads on every hole except for 18(but who doesn't want to throw off that hill?)
-great mix of exellently designed par 3's, par 4's, and 5's
-Benches at every tee pad
-Plays through a park with a hiking trail, but the trail is never in play
-Discgolfpark tees and signs are awesome
-directional signage in all key spots
-directional arrows in bottom of tray of basket
-Fencing and stairs all throughout the course gives a finished look
-brooms hung on the back of benches is a nice touch
-garbage cans throughout the course and practice area
Cons: -Pond is low due to construction on the dam, once this is complete the water level will return. For this review i imagined what it would be like playing the course at that level.
Other Thoughts: If you are in the Augusta area playing disc golf this is a must play course. It was designed by the minds that manage the Hippodrome and International Disc Golf Center, it was a great collaboration/project.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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