Corriher the Warrior Disc Golf
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lake Corriher is an excellent, wooded 12-hole layout. It's really a trick to take a long, scenic walk through the woods and around the smaller pond. If only we could be tricked into a course around the larger lake.
- Excellent, mid-length layout. Average hole length is 253 feet, with all holes ranging between 204 and 300 feet.
- Accuracy is key, but the course is forgiving. Fairways aren't too tight. That said, if you get sloppy and miss the fairways, you're fighting for your pars.
- Course has some great scenery. The approach on #1 gives you a fantastic view of a small waterfall beyond the basket. #5 is a great view from the tee, a downhiller to the most open portion of the course. #7 is a solid downhill view from the tee; #8 plays over a creek, giving you a true deep-woods feel; and #10 has an approach over a primitive fire pit. Don't throw your Blaze into this pit.
- Course can appeal to multiple skill levels. More advanced players will be aggressive enough to make runs at birdie on most holes. Lesser skilled players will enjoyable the bearable hole lengths. I had nothing worse than a tap-in par except for the tree-blocking-the-entire-fairway/nearly-unplayable-#11.
- Tee signs are excellent. I'd like a few more next tee signs, especially from #1 to #2.
- Solid park. This is seemingly a hidden outdoor gem. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, or picnicking. There's a nice general store next to #2 where you can rent discs or get many other supplies for your visit. The park also has some of the most impressive bathrooms located throughout the park. I passed several of them throughout the round.
Cons: This is a well-designed, well thought-out course. There's only one issue and that can be remedied easily.
- Navigation is tricky multiple times throughout the course. There's no signage in the parking lot where to go. I correctly guessed it would be towards the more heavily used portion of the park. From there, confusion going from #1 to 2 (long walk), #8 (best place to safely and dryly cross the creek), from #8 to 9 (next tee sign points you left when the tee pad is 50 feet right behind said tree), and on #11 (due to the massive tree fallen across fairway).
- Other navigational 'issue' is how the course crosses back and forth over the walking trails. It could be very easy to make a wrong turn and head down the trail instead of on a transitional path. Along those lines is hikers suddenly appearing on a hole because they took a wrong turn too.
- Small stumps and roots on many holes. Also, some slopes can be very slippery, even small ones as I discovered on #6.
- If you a want to stretch for negatives, I guess you could mention the lack of variance. No long par 4s or 5s, no true open holes apart from the second half of #5. I could have played this course easily with one mid-range disc.
- There's too much else to do here that some may want to rush there rounds to enjoy everything else.
Other Thoughts: Lake Corriher is an excellent 12-hole course. It's most obvious comp in the region is Squirrel Lake in Matthews, and not just because they're both 12-hole layouts.
- For any out of towner reviewing this course, DO NOT be that person and make a cheap Doobie Brothers reference to China Grove. It's lazy and it's not original. The song was named after this town. References to the town have been made since the song came out.
- There is a long walk back from #12 to the parking lot. Some people may notice there's enough room to fit in exactly six more holes in that space. Hmmmmmm.
- When the weather is great, I wonder how crowded this place gets. It may be difficult playing the entire round without interruptions from other park goers.
- Course has enough fun, scenic holes that it makes you forget the monotony of the layouts. If you throw a straight shot 225 - 250 feet on every hole, you're getting a tap-in par 3 at worst on every hole.
- #7's tee shot is one of the most scenic you'll get. Teeing off close to the banks of the lake, plus a fun downhill layout to play. Why rush your shot? Sit back and relax.
- This course will get overlooked because it's in the middle of nowhere and its only 12-holes. That's a shame because it's an excellent layout. I'd love to see six more baskets to really make it worth the drive.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pretty, entirely in woods
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A pretty walk in the woods with a river nearby on most holes and 2 small waterfalls to add to the atmosphere.
Creative use of available land.
Good navigational signs.
A good mix of flight paths
Cons: Hitting a tree on hole #1 is very likely to get your disc kicked across the river, and it is not easy to retrieve it from that side, this might be especially problematic for children.
Number 8 was a poke and hope to try and get to the pin from the tee, or even to get into the fairway on the other side of the river.
Very minor, but, no tree symbols on the tee signs make it seem like you could throw a straight line to some of the pins.
Other Thoughts: Just a couple more navigational arrows would make finding the next tee a little easier on a couple of the holes.
There was potential to conflict with a couple of camping sites, especially on hole #5 (where there are 2 possible pin positions), although the park was mainly empty when I played it.
I recommend this course as a must play to anyone who is in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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