Disc Golf on St. Simons -Gascoigne Park

October 7, 2010
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stsimons Disc Golf on St. Simons, GA - Gascoigne Park Disc Golf Course

On Saint Simons Island there is a very out of the way, small disc golf course. This course, however, is extremely well marked, and is unique in that it falls within what appears to be a very old live oak park (some of these trees ancestors are believed to have been used in building the historic USS Constitution (a.k.a. Old Ironsides)).

This Disc Golf Course is a 6 hole course located in Gascoigne Park. Finding the park is somewhat difficult, but once located it provides an enjoyable short game with numerous obstacles (large live oaks).

To park is located along the river, and sets aside Gascoigne Park, just south of Epworth by the Sea.

The first tee for the course is located near a newer looking pavillion and garden on the side of the park that is farthest from Epworth By the Sea.

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Before starting, be sure to enjoy the views of the bluff from the viewing pier.

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Hole 1: 219 ft. par 3.

The tee is marked with two pieces of wood, and the hole is found on a slight leftward arch amidst three live oak trees.

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View of the Beginning Pavillion from Tee 1View of the Beginning Pavillion from Tee 1

Each Tee/Hole is marked with a sign and two pieces of woodEach Tee/Hole is marked with a sign and two pieces of wood

Hole 2: 285 ft. Par 3

Hole 2 is located just alongside the dirt road past hole 1. This course requires the player to make a choice between driving to the right or left around two live oaks in the center of the course.

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Hole 3: 348 ft. Par 3

Hole 3 creates some confusion in this course. After playing the course, it appears that a mistake was made in numbering the actual baskets. As such, from the 3rd tee, you will be throwing at the basket marked with a number “4″.

This hole again requires the player to drive around live oaks in the center of the course.

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Actually Hole 3's BasketActually Hole 3

Hole 4: 170 ft. Par 3

The basket for hole 4, like hole three appears to be mislabeled.  At the 4th tee, you will be throwing at the basket marked with a “3″. As can be seen from the second picture, there is a huge live oak tree very close to the first tee, which makes for an entertaining first drive.

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This is the basket for Hole 4This is the basket for Hole 4

Hole 5: 284 ft. Par 3

Hole 5 is a little difficult to locate leaving Hole 4. To find it, look back towards the dirt road that runs parallel with the park. This hole marker can be seen just below some shrubbery before the dirt road. This hole may be the easiest of the course. It is nearly a complete straight shot.

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Hole 6: 256 ft. Par 3

The final hole of this course is a long drive, followed by an approach that must hug the side of a live oak. The final basket sets just behind and to the left of another live oak.

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After the final basket, the player ends up back at the parking area near the pavilion.

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Alternatives:

In addition to the well marked tees, there are a number of alternative tees located throughout the park. These tees are typically marked with a number to indicate which basket to throw at, or are close enough to the marked tee that the basket number is apparent.

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Directions:

1. Take the FJ Torras Causeway on to St. Simons Island.

2. Take the left fork onto Demere Road

3. Take the next left on to Sea Island Road.

4. Take the next left on to Hamilton Road

5. At Hamilton Road, you will be facing Epworth By the Sea on the right, and the park is on the left.

6. Turn left on to Arthur J. Moore Road and follow the road to the parking area near the pavilion.

St. Simons Disc Golf Course from the final basketSt. Simons Disc Golf Course from the final basket

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