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Worth the Drives!!!!
Pros: Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department has "literally" shown other counties in our state how a championship gold level course can be placed strategically for recreation and tourism benefit to a county!!!
- Heavily wooded course for the technical player but definitely playable holes, I had a nice Ace run that ended up a bird on 16 (hit basket), we had several birdies made through the round and yes sadly a few bogeys and double bogeys......Of, course there are some great spacious holes for grip and rip fans too!!!
-Elevation is prominent to say the least and the course is a more like a gentle hike versus a stroll in the woods. Some hills are steeper than others.
-Modern design to pin placement makes you be creative with your approach shots.
-Great amenities (clean restrooms) playground, picnic tables and parking. The park is located behind a shopping center off the main highway, great for supplies.
-FORMAL DRIVING RANGE- 4 tees, and a practice area with 2 BASKETS is nice concept to see.
-2 sets of tee pads (Pro/Am) on every hole except 18, which you throw off an amazing hilltop toward driving range......MAJESTIC!!!!
-Great mix of excellently designed par 3's, par 4's, and 5's
-Benches at every tee pad are nice for busier days and for tourneys.
- Tees and signs are awesome weatherproof signage that will last through the change of seasons!
-I think the directional arrows in bottom of tray of basket are very contemporary feel.
Cons: The course does have stairs in most crucial areas of the course and I know the curators are still working but some of the transitions from basket to tee pad areas may need "step attention" if a sufficient path isn't worn in the hills over time.
If the fairways were possible "dragged" with a tractor clears all the collateral damage debris and bush hog shrapnel remains, walking the course would improve 100%.
Other Thoughts: I initially played the course on New Year's Day 2016 and it was an absolute war zone with all the fallen logs, branches and overturned shrubs still in place! I returned to play it this past Saturday (March 19, 2016) and the difference was unbelievable!!! I hated to have to put "cons" down but that's how we make improvements to the courses! Great job to the visionaries that wanted to bring a course to the "Pond" and to the ones who "dug" this course out of the woods!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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The best place to play in the CSRA
Pros: It's a DiscGolfPark (R).
Awesome DGP Turf TeePads
Driving Range with extra large TeePads and distance markers
Putting Green with two baskets
The county has definitely shown their support of Disc Golf in their park. They have installed a lot of fencing, stairways, retaining walls, and more amenities specific to the course.
Two TeePads on every hole except 18.
Directional signs in the tray of the baskets.
More directional signs on each transition.
The pond dam is broken and water level is down making the course easier.
Cons: The pond dam is broken and water level is down making the course easier.
Some long transitions.
Some piles of downed branches in the roughs.
Other Thoughts: Langley Pond DiscGolfPark is definitely a must play when you're in the Augusta Area. The course features long and short tees on holes except for 18. 18 is a beautiful elevated tee with a great view of the main area of the Park, Including the driving range, putting green, Hole 1's TeePads, and of course the pond. The shot is a bag emptier. It's so hard not to throw "just one more" from the top.
The flow of the course may be the best part of the course. Holes 1 and 2 aren't very easy, but are definitely a good way to ease into the course. Hole 3 starts to introduce more challenging shots and hole 4 is the first par 4. Hole 5 is a much different par 4 than the previous hole and is one of the most unique holes in disc golf. It is also the green that is featured in the course logo. The enormous twin trees on either side of the basket definitely make for a picture worthy putt. After those par 4's, Hole 6 and 7 are a nice break, but again are no gimme's. When the water comes back up, hole 7 will be amazingly beautiful and terrifying. At 285', it's very reachable for even intermediate players, but what will be a 210' water carry, it will be quite intimidating and push any player's mental game. Hole 8 is the first of the two par 5's, and let me tell you, you'll feel real good about getting that 5. It's uphill finish makes the hole one of my favorites to stand in the middle of the fairway and take in the spectacular view. Hole 9 is gentle downhill par 3 that rounds out the front nicely. The back 9 has a little more sinister personality. Like the Sirens of Greek mythology, the beauty will astound you, but will lure you into wrecking your round. The pond comes into play on 10 - 16. Hole 10's split view of a big, over water shot, or skinny look all the way to the green is the epitome of shot choice o this course. Do you try to take advantage of this par 4 or just keep it in the fairway and survive to the next shot? Holes 11, 12, and 13 make up the second set of triplet par 3's and when you get to 14, you'll hope you birdied a couple of them. Hole 14 is a par 4 where you tee off over a cove of the pond. The carry is very fair, but the farther you try to make it up the fairway, the more dangerous the landing area gets. It features a cool, perfect circle green carved out of the woods. Then, there's hole 15; the monster. At 859' it feels like it plays over 1000. There's two great options off the tee and several decision challenges along the way. It takes excellent shot choice and execution to not bogey this beast. There's a long transition to the 16 tee which welcomes you with a landscaped retaining wall and well manicured area. The long par 3 is the beginning of the last triplet of par 3's. It is an extreme uphill tee shot over a "bunker" made of hawthorne trees. While easy to avoid, it's also easy to not quite get your shot and end up trying to recover for the par. Hole 17 is the straightest and most straight forward hole on the course. Somehow the basket feels closer than it is and deceives you into throwing short. As described earlier, hole 18 is an awesome way to end any round. The view, the air, only having a downhill walk left, and the relief of not having another wooded shot entices you to get that perfect flight to end the day.
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Langley Pond will Take All Your Shots
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.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
The CSRA's best new course
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.
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