Country Club Feel To Disc Golf
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Pros: Pulling into the parking lot and seeing some locals warming up on the putting basket to the left of the clubhouse , I knew I was in unusual , but a bit classier territory . I made the mistake of going up to the counter with 3 $1 bills in my hand , and had to walk back to the car to get 18 cents ( Yes , Bring $3.18 to the counter to cover the tax ) . The nice girl at the counter gave me a score card and pointed to the first tee box . The back of the course was closed off to the golfers ( Lucky ) and a group of locals let me start ahead of them . A fair amount of the tee boxes are elevated just like the ball golf boxes . Not all of the tee boxes had the big colored ball markers out , though , so you had a liberal amount of room to throw off the elevation from . the baskets are in good condition , the course is cut and well taken care of , Signage is pretty good , but read them closely . #1 is a basket that will fade right under a group of trees . The placement can be confusing because #7s basket is directly in front of you about 300' + . I was corrected by this group after I threw , then reteed up and threw again . #2 is straightaway Maybe a little over 300' , and #3 has a good pin position set in the corner of the course , somewhat close to the road you drove in on . The first 9 holes make a kind of counterclockwise , then back and forth move in the front half of the course . You will face few chances of hitting trees , and the only way you will lose a disc is if griplock a drive into a running creek on your right on 5 & 9 . A few trees on the course rarely make you think to shot shape around or under them , except maybe 18 , a short left to right that forces a right handed hyzer around some brush and hazard . The fist 9 holes will take you from easier and reachable midrange drives of 220+ to more hard driving 420' . A little bland and repetitive , but still that country club feel . Kind of fun . This is also possibly the only lightly rolling flat area in West Virginia , so your legs aren't taxed and worn out after a round . You now walk through the back porch of the clubhouse to the back 9 and #10 , which is to your right after you step off the porch. It warms you up with a 265' hole with a tree line on your right , but not really causing any alarm . #11 would be my signature hole , where you have to start it a little right to avoid the hill to your left and branches of a tree , and bring it in to the left . The basket is 342' away and a small creek runs in front of it , but you feel like you can reach it because you are throwing off a hill , one of only 2 on the course . Pretty cool . #12 comes back towards where you threw from to a basket perched up part of the hill . #13 is one of 2 real bombers on the course , a 965' par 5 , that you throw from off your 2nd hill , across a gully , back to a plain that was even with your tee pad . You won't be able to see the basket , which is almost straightaway from you , until your 2nd throw , unless you can really rip your drive . The basket sits sort of down in a lower shelf . The nice thing about this hole is that you are never in trouble , because you can't hit anything on your way to the basket . #14 is a 425' throw from the tees , which the back 9 have actual balls to show you where to tee from .The basket is placed in front of you with a nice drop off right behind it . Risk/reward . You have to share several of these tee pads like #13 , 14 , 15 , 16 , 17 & 18 but the local ball golfers are for the most part very courteous and you can work your drives in with them . #15 is your last real long hole , a 640' bomb that you will not see until after your first throw . it sits pretty close to the edge of the park with a tree a little distance in front of it . The course will take you a while to play , especially when the course is loaded with ball golfers , but the well manicured grass under your shoes will give you a feel that the course does really care about both types of players out there . You never have to call for a tee time . Although you have to contend with ball golfers at the back tees , those are also where a lot of the benches are . The clubhouse has drinks and a bathroom . It is just a change of pace from the usual city park disc golf park .
Cons: I don't think it is a big deal to me , but I like it when reviewers tell me how much the pay for play courses charge . $3.18 at the counter , which I feel is worth it . Some of the holes can seem a bit bland and repetitive , making you bring out the same midrange and driver over and over again . Other than the wind on this open course , there is very little to force you into shot shaping lines . If you are a pro or tournament tested am , you might be more worried about overshooting many of the baskets . Ball golfers . This will hold up your play on a weekend . Many of them will let you pass , but a few of them don't understand course courtesy , or want an audience . I sat behind a group of 4 that had a player that took a 15 on hole #18 . They refused to let me go ahead of them , and I was by MYSELF !!!!
Other Thoughts: I am not sure if it is a must play , but it IS an experience . A well taken care of course is West Virginia that doesn't beat you up on hills . A course with a clubhouse and friendly staff . A course that lets you open up your arm and try your new drivers on some of the holes . Not a difficult course at all , and not one that will have memorable holes on it , but a great change of pace . Unless you are pro or tournament grade am , or a family just wanting to get together , throw and laugh , then this might not be the place for you . If you are someone looking to improve , someone wanting to try out your new discs , Friends or disc golf enthusiasts getting together as a group , or even a round to play by yourself to clear out the cobwebs , this course is for you . Drop by for a round . Play It !
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Pros: It's very open. You do not have to have perfectly straight throws in order to avoid lots of overhang and trees. Mostly flat, but a good amount of hills on the back 9. Short and sweet front 9, makes for a quick game if time is a factor. Easy to navigate and find the next hole.
Cons: As you know going in, its a $3 fee to play. There are much better courses around that are free. The day I played wasn't very busy, but being attached to a regular golf course, I can see where the frustration would happen having to wait and/or give way to golfers.
At the moment, #13 is a par 5 and you really have no idea where the basket is until you get around the hook and up the hill. Then you find out it plays to the right of the green and in the trees area. If you're guessing it's near the green, you'll end up in the wrong area like I did.
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that it plays directly into the golf tee boxes and greens. Good challenge with the greens being OB.
It's a good, challenging, and unique approach for this course being tandem with a regular golf course. But I can see where you play it once, and feel like its not worth it.
I enjoyed it though. Fun course!
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