Early January 2009 ATL trip 1/8/09
For the first time in a couple of years I did not play the Savannah Open. Instead I went to Atlanta for the Gift Show with my wife under the condition I could play some disc golf on the way from Charleston to Atlanta. I was able to play five courses I had never played before and enjoyed all of them although one course was a short 9 hole with 9 tees that only took about twenty minutes to play. I started off by playing Riverview Park in North Augusta Thursday morning and I really enjoyed the course but I suggest if you have never played it before, get the map at the Activities Center. The front 9 holes through the woods were fun and challenging but the hole that really was unusual was either 9 or 10. It is a hole that goes about 200 ‘ open to a major anhyzer shot down a hill over a stream with a no trespassing sign on a tree in play with nothing but a trail leading back to a previous hole. I then headed to the IDGC and played the Headrick course and loved it. I had been to the IDGC the day it opened in April 2007 but this was the first time I was able to play any of the courses. The course played fast and flows well through the woods and down by the lake and I had no problem getting around and I really liked # four and the entire back nine. On Friday I started off at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA and was surprised how much I enjoyed playing it after reading several negative reviews on the course. If you play the course, get the map off the Atlanta Disc Golf site because the course is spread out. I kept reading how the park had a lot of foot traffic and walkers that come in to play on many of the holes and I did notice that immediately as several walkers did not acknowledge me when I said hello as they continued walking. Although there was a good bit of traffic, I played the course in a little over an hour. It appears the town has put some money into the park over the past few years with nice walking trails and ball fields as well as stables but it appears the disc golf course has not been given much attention by the parks department. The lack of permanent tee pads was a little dangerous on some holes due to the wet conditions but I would definitely play the course again. The only strange holes were twelve and thirteen. Twelve’s only route is a anhyzer over a creek due to the trees in the middle and to the right of the fairway and thirteen is completely covered by tennis courts and does not have much of a fairway due to concrete covering most of it. I then played Central Park in Cumming which was the only course I have played in the past and this has always been one of my favorite courses. This was the first time I had played it since they moved the first few holes due to the construction of a building but the course was still a pleasure to play. Saturday I went to the gift show with my wife so no golf but Sunday and left early and played Fleet Links at Erskine College in Due West, SC and the Lander University course. The Erskine course is short and only nine holes but fun for beginners or recreational players but I would not go out of your way to play the course if you are not in the area. There is a map of the course by the #1 tee and one hole is more than 300’. I then headed to Greenwood to play Lander. I really had fun on the course but if you go, get the map from the Lander website. I also suggest being patient if you play during school hours because the course winds through the campus literally and some walking paths between dorms and the student center come into play. The course is best for recreational players and in good shape with pretty good basket placement but spread out. The easiest way to play the course would be with a golf cart because the course is set up in sections. I actually drove from section to section. One through five are together, six and seven are together, eight (I never found the tee, only the basket) through ten are together, eleven is in front of the school entrance, twelve is down by the baseball field and thirteen through eighteen are clumped together and are good but could be lengthened for more of challenge. Overall I enjoyed all the courses but after playing all the courses, I really get a feel that the sport is moving in a positive direction. I say that because I was able to play two new courses on college campuses great for new players to the sport and fun for people who have played for while now, a well established course with many challenging holes under 300’ and two newer courses that can test all players with several holes well over 400’ over water and through wooded areas.