I'm in Charleston for a few days to follow Furman in the SoCon Baseball Tournament. They played a very ugly game yesterday against Appalachian State, but ended up winning with two outs in the bottom of the 10th on a grand slam by Bobby Hubbard. That was a very exciting finish to a very poorly played game. I headed out to find West Ashley Park this morning and play a round there. I have been to Trophy Lakes before and felt like I didn't want to go play across and along all that water. So I decided to give West Ashley a shot.
West Ashley is the tightest, most technical course that I have played to date. I threw a hand full of pars, but I also got my butt chewed off several times! I know that I would play the course much better once I learned it. The first 6 holes are played on a berm through the swamp. The berm is 8 to 12 feet wide but with the trees many of the passages are under 4 feet wide. The holes are pretty short so that you can play very short station to station. Many times I throw thumbers to stay on very tight fairways, but with all of the overhanging branches and vines thumbers were not an option on most holes. At first I really didn't care to play there, but about half way through it started to grow on me. I think that I would enjoy playing it regularly.
I passed on the 9th hole that plays across the water. It is a short throw across, but has a tree directly in front of tee box. My main fear was that there was no landing zone across the water. The bank is lined with trees overhanging the bank. I didn't have a throwaway disc in my bag, so I skipped the hole. If I played there often I would take some extra discs and learn the hole.
Overall I liked this course and wish that I was here often enough to learn it.