Farmville, VA 
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Uploaded By: Bamm Hole #4 (Taken 12/2017)
4 / 415ft.   4 / 415ft.   4 / 550ft.   4 / 550ft. Par / Distance:
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Open, Elevated, and Some Tree Difficulty

1    11/3/2021   2/10/2022
Review By: lee76007
Played: 107  Reviewed: 106  Exp: 3.6 Years
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -A course set on an ex-ball course with rolling hills offering elevation, mostly open with some woods and brush, a street play hole, and a water hole.

-Those with long distance off the tee will enjoy the course with its openness to attack the basket, but there are still some trees to contend with, and the wind can play a factor.

-Long baskets and tees were recently added on some holes offering a preference for skilled players, with shorter tees and baskets off setting for those with recreational play. Some ball course greens are used for basket setting offering a bit more of a challenge, and there are "potential" rollers.

-Baskets catch well enough. Tees are a mixture of natural, turf, and pavement.

-Newer tee signs have hole number, par, distance, next tee, and a hole map.

-Navigation is clockwise with switchbacks from basket to tee on some holes. It would be difficult to get lost on the course, from most locations you can see across much of the course.

-The rolling hills and taller oak trees with canopy offer a scenic value. The course is memorable, for some maybe for the wrong reasons.

-Parking is within a C2 of the first tee.

-Beginners and Recreational players will find the course very manageable with birdie chances on the appropriate tee-basket combo. Intermediate and Advanced go after it!

Cons: -If you prefer wooded play, you're going to find very little of it here. There are some beautiful trees lined up along fairways, and even in your line, all not too difficult to work around. There are some gaps to shoot thru, most of those are wider than a bus. I hit no trees on my round.

-The course is repetitive hole plays along a tree line, hole plays across a ball course fairway, throw thru some gaps big enough to park a semi-truck in, throw open downslope, throw open upslope. Some holes are going to look alike.

-Fairway grass needed to be cut, in some spots almost knee high. Throw a disc grass will grab it on landing. What few potential rollers that were set around basket areas, were also killed by the high grass.

-Not all tees are marked with a tee sign, with the high grass some long tees were hard to locate. Recommend UDisc to help.

-Some of those tees are hard to locate in the high grass were the green turf tees, and some were smaller than standard size. I was wondering if the Army had installed the turf tees to keep them camouflage.

-Hole #13 the only water hole offered the highest disc lost potential; I gave one up there. There are a few other locations around baskets with heavy brush where a disc could also be lost.

-It's a long walk from the 18th basket to the 1st tee where your car is parked. More than 600 feet, and you're walking up against the #1 fairway, so keep your eyes peeled for other players.
Other Thoughts: Longwood University is going to be a big hit with those having long distance. I lack the long distance, but it was fun putting some hump in my throws on the elevated tees and getting more than my average distance. Theirs enough trees to make some holes interesting, but after about three holes I started looking around the course to see if there was something more to what I had just experience, and you can see most of the course from most places. Its not a good sign for myself when my eyes start wandering, and I start thinking "what do I want to eat" on my way home. So, my biggest personnel con was the repetitiveness of the course where you may be playing the same hole a few times. However, there was a four-hole stretch that I really enjoyed, 12-15. I also played a mix of long/short tees and baskets based on time constraints it was close to time to make the trip back home.

My overall rating is anchored on a 5.0 for the long-distance throws, and openness on most of the course to go after the basket, and for scenic value as a rolling hills course. My time to play was 65 minutes.

Notable Holes:

No. 4 Par 4 at 550/415 feet. The long tees are off the road which I played O.B. so you're aiming down the road with the fairway to the right. The tees have some elevation, but the basket sits on an open ball green elevated higher than the tees. In the middle of the fairway in the trough is a cluster of trees with the narrowest of gaps that are not too bad, just a difficult angle to hit from the tee, and about 200 feet from basket. LHBH and RHFH are going to work the disc over the road and onto the fairway hopefully past the trees. If your RHBH this is going to be one of the most difficult tee shots for you on the course, you have a gap to hit. I like the look of the hole from the tee and thought it was one of the better holes on the course. I started over the road and swung the disc back onto the fairway.

No. 12 Par 3 at 375/275 feet one tee, two baskets. The short basket sits in the open on a down slope towards heavy brush and into the pond, and a lazy dogleg left. The long basket is a lazy dogleg right and sits in a tree/brush line. Both baskets are not visible from the tee. From the tee its an upslope thru tree gaps of oaks at about 175 feet out, then downslopes. I had forgotten about there being a long basket on the hole, and played the short and I don't remember the tee sign indicating a long basket? I enjoyed the tee throw as I watched my disc hit one of two gaps which are wide, and watched it disappeared on the downslope. Very scenic throw from the tee.

No. 14 Par 3 at 241/185 feet is a two-basket hole. From the single tee its uphill and open. To your right is a heavy tree/brush line all the way up to the short basket which is parked behind the brush. You need at least 145 feet to dogleg right to the basket, or up and over the brush risking lost disc. The long basket is on the other side of the brush coming back towards you. The safe option is to follow the short basket route and a long birdie attempt. Or up and over the brush with a 200-foot carry uphill and needing at least 20 feet in height. I took the safe route.

Signature Hole:

No. 15 Par 4 at 539/425 feet is an elevated single open tee to a more elevated short basket and the long basket in the brush on a downslope behind the short basket. The trough is about halfway to the short basket on the downslope, then going back up. From the tee short basket can be seen, not the long basket. The short basket sits on a ball green which is bulked up by wooden planks to hold the soil up. To the left of the short basket is open, to the right is heavy brush on a downslope with lost disc potential, and a drop from the green. Standing just below the basket on the wooden plank side you're looking up to at least 8 feet. Anybody trying to hit the landing area around the basket from the tee, its smaller than C1. I found the short basket appealing from the tee and challenging, and I played it. Had a good drive on the downslope which the grass grabbed my disc, my approach hit the wooden planks, and had a nice lofty upward putt for a birdie.

Trouble Hole:

No. 13 Par 3 at 328/290 feet is a straight away water carry across a pond to a single open basket, The pond sits just on the edge of C1, to the basket from pond an upslope, but with the long grass no roller when I played. There's a clump of trees and brush at the waters edge in C1 right center. Just past that clump of trees and brush within C2 is another line of trees/brush for more lost disc potential. Both tees sit on a gravel road/dam and open, except for a tree line to the left all the way down. Just got get it over the water. I don't like donating my discs, so I move it up to the shorts and threw my worst tee shot of a three-course day, splash!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.


1    5/22/2018   5/23/2018
Review By: Plastic Thunder
Played: 59  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 11.1 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1. New Disc Catcher Baskets.
2. Easy to get around quickly.
3. No mud, the old golf corse drains well. There was a couple of days of rain before I played and I had no footing issues with the natural tee pads.
4. 575 foot hole is a long down hill. Big arms will enjoy the the chance for an Ace run.
Cons: #1 allows for a low straight shot under the tree line. Newer plays will find this hard to reach.

# 4 has no throwable line to the basket, moving the tee pad 80ft to the right would make this a real nice up hill throw for bigger arms.

#10 would be improved by moving the basket to the left 100ft and back down the hill 200ft into a hollow providing a signature hole for this course.
Other Thoughts: It's pretty wide open. Nice course for the school to provide for the community. There are some really nice views of the surrounding countryside. Lots of elevation changes. The course was well kept and clean. I had the entire course to myself since only summer classes were in session.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 A fun little course for new players

1    2/27/2018   2/27/2018
Review By: 11abush11
Played: 82  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 13.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Newish Innova Catchers
New signs
Easy to navigate
A great course to teach people about the game of disc golf.
Great for short rounds
Mostly good flow
Holes with good design - #1, #8, #13, #15, #16 and #17
Cons: I feel there were some oversights in design for this course although there were some decently mixed in holes. Some of the other holes left me scratching my head.

Hole #1 basket is extremely close to Hole #2s tee pad and Hole #18s basket. There is plenty of room to not have all three of those holes on top of each other. That is a safety issue.

I wish they would have used some of the beautiful woods they had to tuck baskets into since it's all cleared and it's an old growth forest for less upkeep.(#4, #9) this would give players some more variety and challenges with minimal change.

#9 I believe is the big down hole, which in my opinion is a fun hole, but it would have been nice to introduce players to a hole that requires two/three full drives as the length of fairway behind the basket easily extended another 300ft around the bend. (A par 5 would help this course with variety too). Moving that hole back would have set up #10s tee pad on the edge of the woods and then have the option to play through them to the current basket location would make for a good transition between holes.

#2 and #3 are practically the same distance and they are back to back holes, there just happens to be a tree in the way on #2. Hole #5s basket would be nice to have it set off the front cedar tree a few more feet. Currently you can throw a shot, hit the tree and still be well within the circle for a 2. A rule of thumb for the basket would at least be circles edge from the tree to the basket, so there is less of a reward for hitting the tree as a front stop and being in the circle.

It seems like the designer found some great holes and then maybe had some issues finding spots for some other C- filler holes on the course. Very crowded in spots around the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun little course with lots of ace runs for advance to pro level players, but it's also great for practicing your short game too.

Now granted this course is geared more towards beginners, but if they had some longer pins or pads this would be fun a lot of skill levels. Based on the current layout, changing a few of those holes would be extremely tough as they are pinched down and right on top of one another.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Longwood University has stepped their game up!

5+    12/23/2017   12/25/2017
Review By: Bamm
Played: 113  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 12.9 Years
This review was updated on 1/25/2018
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1.) Converted ball golf course so the aesthetics are top notch.

2.) Good tee/hole locations. Well thought out design. Some great low ceiling shots that you might not expect from a converted ball course (1 & 17). Some great "bomb" shots (9, 15 & 16), a couple of doglegs (7 & 14), strategic elevation changes (4, 6, 8 & 9) and a few ace runs (2, 3, 6, 7).

3.) Has a great support team behind it with course maintenance and promotion. I am sure this will be a solid "drawing" course to the area, something this area is severely lacking.

4.) New Innova baskets.

5.) Easy to get to and great parking.

6.) Bathrooms accessible central to the course. (They aren't open now but I expect them to be outside of the winter months).
Cons: These are my personal cons, you may disagree.

1.) Signage is very lackluster. This course needed to be opened with a BANG! and awesome signage would have been my choice. Instead, they are simply white with generic numbers added. I am hoping for an upgrade in the future.

2.)Natural tee boxes. (Maybe down the road this can be upgraded). Not a huge knock, there are plenty of great courses with dirt tee boxes, but they are great in spite of the lack of them, not because. Hoping the course drains well and the dirt boxes don't become mud pits. *Also lacks a practice warm up basket at the beginning of the course. Plenty of room for one.

Lastly, I would have liked to have seen more of the wooded area around the back or in the middle of the course used. Make it a true "complete" course. 2-3 wooded holes could have really made this a course that checked all of the boxes.

I don't want that to sound like this is an underwhelming course, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I do however see what I personally think it could have been (or be) and that could have taken this course from a 4 star course to a whole different level IMO.
Other Thoughts: I give Gus and the guys at Longwood University massive props for the job they did here. I look forward to having a course this nice in my area and see very good things in its future. Congrats Longwood!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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