Finally, someone has done it. There is a basket IN THE GROUND at Trophy Lakes. I'm so sick of raised pins, been dreaming of putting one in the ground chains high. They did just that here on #13, the basket is buried in the ground, so you can roll right into it or slide a putt in. NICE.
I am probably going to piss someone off with the recap of Tidal Creek, so I apologize I guess in advance. Take it with a grain of salt, for all I know it's not usually that wet and it is new I don't know what the long term plan is there- just what I saw today. As always is the case.
The one bad course couldn't ruin a good day at the other two and with the sun shining.
Charleston, SC- Trophy Lakes:
Scenic setting, flowing around some thin lakes used for water skiing competitions. The water isn't too clear and there's a steep drop off less than 10' out, so no guarantee you can pull your disc out. Water is in play a LOT, but I never came within 5 feet of it so just play well and no worries. A few 600' holes require big over water placement drives to 3, or lay up then throw over and go for the 4-5. Clearly a usually busy course, I was the only one this cold morning. Rubber and dirt tees, signs (but outdated info- get the map at the self-pay box or in shop if open). Half mostly open yet with trees, half pretty tight shots for it being an open setting not deep in the woods. A few long holes have very tight upshot alleys to attempt. An island is guarded by a devil scarecrow holding a disc and staring you down on the tee, that was creepy. Clean, very well maintained. A pro shop. Mix of long and medium, with a couple very short holes, one over water out of the woods. Basically tall pines and shorter magnolias either spread out or packed tightly together. Some fairways coated with pine needles. 2 holes go into the woods on the edge.
Tomorrow and the next day: Columbia SC metro
Charleston, SC- Tidal Creek:
As is, it's likely to make the short list of worst courses ever- not the top spot but the list how ever many make it on there. It shouldn't even exist, not good land for disc golf, not well designed and not a good course in any way at all. If I took someone there to play their first round, I'd be ashamed to take someone there to show them what disc golf is. Tees marked by wooden posts- most had signs but most torn down. One hole had nail-heads sticking out of the top of the posts, and they are high enough that a short thrower has to consider them in their way, especially the one that might rip their hand off. Why do people put wooden posts like that to mark the corners? Don't stick them up so high it can ruin a course all in itself. Map is available online which was the only really good thing about it. Hole #2 was the ultimate joke that made it impossible to take the rest of the course serious. Approx. 300 ft, but on a small ridge, to the right is thick rough about 15' wide then downhill to open park area. To left is larger drop off and less-thick woods, but also a murky black pool of water. It curves right off the tee, the possible landing zone out of sight. Then it turns 90 degrees left, and you can throw through a narrow unclean tunnel another 150' down the hill to the basket, left is still black water. Other holes are as bad in design- one 150' hole was basically designed to be a lay up shot. SCOUT THE HOLES or risk throwing into a water trap you cant even tell is there, all over the place like Goldenrod in Flint MI. Several 5' wide tunnels lined on one side by water off in the woods, with offset tees forcing you to twist weirdly just to throw down the all too narrow fairway. It just makes no sense. Maybe it's too new and more trees will be cut? Maybe it rained a record amount and most of those water traps shouldn't be/weren't there when it was designed. I don't know, but it sucks. I was told by those locals yesterday that I didn't need to bother and should skip it. I should have listened.
Orangeburg, SC- Edisto Memorial Gardens:
Well marked, colorful signs at each hole showing all lengths and tee positions (multi tees). Near perfect cement tees, flush to ground, perfect grip and size. Front 9 is shorter and tighter, through some mature trees in a flat park space, with a dark water trench alongside one 550' tunnel hole. Gets a bit mushy- with a few spots you may have to walk around as they were flooded out. Some fire ants. Back 9 longer and more open, back and forth across a field to some baskets in the open, by the woods, or up on small mounds. Another 500' straight shot with water on the right this time. New layout at #16 means confusion for the last few holes. Nice for all skills, a good solid course for the most part. DISC GOLF ONLY signs mean you can tell any dog walkers to get the f out of your way.