Overview: The 2023 Champions Cup is here and so is the first disc golf major. Birdie Blog gives you a hole by hole rundown of the hallowed grounds of W.R. Jackson in Appling, Georgia. The 10,392 foot, par 66 MPO Elite layout is a challenging, long and wooded course composed of seven (7) par 3’s, ten (10) par 4’s and one (1) par 5.
Hole One – 649 ft. Par 4
Hole one requires touch from the teepad all the way to the pin. Players will look to play a wide hyzer to stay on the right side or a flex backhand through tree that make up the center of the initial section of the fairway. Once through the first gap, players will be forced to make a 250-300 foot approach to a relatively clear basket.
Hole Two – 390 ft. Par 3
Hole two is a relatively simple right handed backhand hyzer to a tucked away basket on the left side of the hole. Players in the 2023 Champions Cup will be kicking themselves if they miss a birdie on this hole.
Hole Three – 686 ft. Par 4
Hole three is a complicated hole to say the least. Most of the right handed field will opt for an anhyzer angle off the tee with a stable disc to avoid a sticky rough on the right side. Off the tee, the fairway demands a difficult gap after an open fairway and leads to a wooded approach to the green. Poor drives with a missed angle or bad power will be forced to play for par at best.
Hole Four – 252 ft. Par 3
The shortest hole on the course, this W.R. Jackson hole demands a late hyzer with a strong fade into a guarded green. Many Champions Cup MPO players will opt for a slow, stable putter or an overstable fairway driver with high skip probability.
Hole Five – 418 ft. Par 3
Hole five is one of the most technically challenging holes in disc golf. Last year Connor O’Reilly parked this hole on the first shot of the day and won a new grille. Many pros playing in the Champions Cup won’t have that luck. The shot demands a late flipping backhand hyzer with a straight, soft landing. This hole can prove catastrophic for players trying to gain momentum.
Hole Six – 354 ft. Par 3
Hole six offers two options for both right handed and left handed players. Right handed players will often opt for the right side backhand hyzer line with a power driver that hold straight for most of its flight and fades before hitting the back tree wall.
Hole Seven – 724 ft. Par 4
The tee shot off W.R. Jackson Hole 7 is incredibly demanding. Right handed backhand players will be forced to throw a hard, wide hyzer that challenges the outer edges of the right side treeline. If you somehow are able to avoid the tree filled rough, you’re left with a 250-300 foot approach into a tree filled fairway with a sloped green at the end. Getting a birdie here will definitely mean strokes on folks at the Champions Cup.
Hole Eight – 609 ft. Par 4
Two options are offered when looking at the downhill fairway of hole 8. The right handed player with a strong forehand can play a relatively straight shot with a late fade or the backhand player can throw a wide anhyzer into the doglegged fairway. If the player throws a successful drive, a relatively simple approach is left for birdie.
Hole Nine – 638 ft. Par 4
Long Distance Flex Backhand. If you can throw one of these through the initial left side gap, avoiding the trees some 450 ft down the fairway, you’ll be left with a simple approach for birdie. Simple, meaning you can throw a disc straight as an arrow, avoiding guardian trees all around you.
Hole Ten – 548 ft. Par 4
Hole ten is another long dog leg to the right, giving players the option to attack with a gliding backhand anhyzer or play it safe with a straight to fading forehand. If the player successfully stays in the fairway, a 300-ish ft approach into a somewhat guarded green is all that stands between them and a birdie.
Hole Eleven – 405 ft. Par 3
Home of a handful of incredible aces from the likes of Chris Dickerson and Matt Dollar, hole eleven at W.R. Jackson is essentially the same shot off the teepad as hole three with a less stable disc. Trouble generally comes if players throw too sharp or too wide and involve the tress off the fairway.
Hole Twelve – 987 ft. Par 5
Welcome to the first and only par five at the Champions Cup. The drive off the tee is fairly straightforward but extremely demanding as the rough at the edge of the next fairway is unforgiving. Trees cause pinched angles and difficult walk ups. That being said, a good drive can mean an eagle opportunity. For most mortals, birdie is on the table with two solid drives and a touch approach.
Hole Thirteen – 430 ft. Par 3
Downhill with a slight turn to the right and a gentle fade back to the center where the pin sits on the green. This shot is difficult and covered in trees. Many Champion’s Cup players will opt for a stable disc thrown on wide anhyzer or a late flipping forehand hyzer.
Hole Fourteen – 724 ft. Par 4
Headed into a tight gap after about 250 feet off the tee, the fairway is lined with trees. Most players will opt for a straight to stable disc on a flat line off the tee, fading off to the left. The approach is extremely difficult, forcing the player to throw a straight shot that eventually turns into a small gap in the woods to a heavily guarded green. Expect a lot of pars on this hole, especially as UDisc now has this hole listed at par 4 instead of 2022’s par 5.
Hole Fifteen – 648 ft. Par 4
Forehand or backhand, players need to hit the fairway far away from the trees. After a long, downhill shot, the approach shot on hole 15 is downhill again with trees and water surrounding the green.
Hole Sixteen – 315 ft. Par 3
Hole 16 at W.R. Jackson is relatively straight forward. Most right handed players will go with an anhyzer with a somewhat stable disc to a green located atop a mound. Miss to the right and you’re down the hill and looking at par at best.
Hole Seventeen – 602 ft. Par 4
Throw a lazer straight shot off the tee and Champions Cup players will be rewarded with a relatively simple approach up and over a hill down to the pin. The key with this hole is the teeshot. Miss your line by just a foot and you’ll be battling for a par.
Hole Eighteen – 711 ft. Par 4
Last year at the 2022 Champions Cup, this hole played as a par 5. With the change listed on UDisc, this hole will most likely play as the hardest hole on the course. Off the Teepad, a dagger straight backhand or forehand is demanded, followed by a similar but more difficult approach to hole seventeen. Getting this hole will certainly be strokes on folks!
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