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Old 08-17-2008, 12:44 PM
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This is Higher Ground

Hello, I'm here to introduce my course properly.

I'm Shannon Neely and I designed and built Higher Ground back in '94. Actually the course used to be called "Up The Creek", but in '96 we had hurricane Fran come through here and wreak havoc on the all the local courses, including mine, and destroyed my house. So we bought the house and property next door and slightly up the hill...and expanded. I added some more holes to the course and it was fittingly renamed Higher Ground.
(It's funny every time I hear them say it on the weather channel if a storm is approaching..."Head to higher ground"...lol.

I've sponsored events here on three different popular disc golf tours since '99. The Homegrown Tour, my favorite, along with many others in NC, is a tour that covers the whole state of NC, and exclusively plays private courses. Each of these courses was carefully and painstakingly built from scratch by devoted and very enthusiastic disc golfers who wanted to create and share their own course with the rest of the community. They may not all be championship course material, but each one is unique and was built for the love of the game by people's own hands...not bought and paid for by the state and stuck in some park full of constant traffic. You go to a private course and you get the privilege of playing in a quiet, clean, serene, environment. We screen our guests. It's a place where you don't have to worry about some new guy who just stopped at the store, picked up a disc and headed to the nearest park with it....then rushes all over the course with no etiquette, and hits someone in the head because they don't know to yell FORE if they have an errant shot. There are no beer cans, cigarrette butts, even condoms, on the ground and no loiterers or thieves who will pick up your disc and stick it in their bag and walk off.
Private courses rock! Support your local private course owners please. They are all great people.

Now for a few pics of my little slice of heaven. All the baskets on the course, except 4 that were donated, are hand made by myself. I've built the same type and installed them on a few local courses, one at a church in Durham, which I designed and built myself.
I have three 18 hole courses setup here, using the same baskets but playing from different tees, and in different directions around a 4.5 acre pond, along the creek, and winding through the woods and open fields.

Come see us! You can look me up in the PDGA Disc Golf Directory, or just send me a PM or email and I'll be happy to give you directions.

Now for some pics!
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:53 PM
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Here's all three courses.

The original (black) course is mixed in there with the Red and Blue in the last pic. I need to find where I put the separate pic of those holes and print up some of those maps again. That's just too congested. But you can tell which ones by the colors for now.


Hey could I please get a moderator to remove that pic in my previous post? I'm still getting used to the software here. I couldn't get all three to post the first time and found a better one of the Red tees. Thanks
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:10 PM
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Some actual course pics....

This is me putting on hole #9 Red...

A friend putting on Red #2...

Followed by my friend "Boston J" putting on #2 Blue (or 16 red?)...
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:31 PM
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I'm gonna post some more pics. Got some friends coming out soon to help on a course workday so I'll come back later and post some more stuff. We've got a huge tournament coming up in two weeks and are expecting over a hundred people. I always do an overhaul on the course in August to prepare for this one. It will be in tip top shape if the weather cooperates.

For now though...here's a few more.

L to Rt...
Me on #2 (or #1 black)...

Rich on #6 Red...

Coming down Red 14's fairway...
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:40 PM
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Me on #6 Red...

Rich about to birdie #7 Red...

And a good shot of #9 Red...(the basket is tucked around to the left just over the dam). This is one of the coolest holes on the course.
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Dean on #9....

Gray sinking a putt on #3...

And a classic shot of one of the most unique baskets on any course! The 'Joe Who' "Broken disc basket"! Hated by some...but loved by all who know Joe and can appreciate it. There's a story behind this one....
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This is my friend Brent grunting one out one of the 300' holes....#18 Red

Boston J with another fine grunt on #6...

And me floating an air biscuit on #15...lol....ooops!
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:07 PM
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Dave saving one from near disaster....

Gray Drilling one on #18...

Stretch missing the CTP but making his birdie on #15...
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Some shots from up around the house...

Original #1 Tee...

View from the deck....

Looking down original #18 (also 18 Blue) from the top of the hill...
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Gotta run now...It's mowing time...

Be back later with some more....

Eventually I'll have a website with a pic of each hole from the tee.

Thanks for lookin'!
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