heelboycraig

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458 DGCR Number
Charlotte, NC Location
Craig Real Name
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11.3 Years Years Playing
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A few random things about my ratings:
- All courses are compared to each other in the overall scale of ratings. In theory, most courses achieve, or come pretty close to achieving their ultimate quality, or who they're appealing to. In other words, being 'beginner friendly' is not a reason to boost a course's rating. I've played school courses and/or short pitch-n-putt courses that could not be any better due to certain limitations - terrain, available space, skill level its appealing to, etc. In a vacuum, that course is as perfect as its going to get, so in that sense it's a perfect course. Because we don't live in vacuums, that course is going to get compared to every course, which is why perfectly good courses I've played are going to get a lower rating. Conversely, there are certain courses I've played, that if I was rating solely on fun factor (or in a vacuum), it would get a lower rating. Overall though, when compared to all courses, and taking out personal feelings, they've ended up with higher ratings than I think would be merited if it were solely a subjective rating. So, in the end, more challenging courses will usually get rated higher and shorter, easier; more beginner friendly courses will usually get rated lower. Simple as that.
- The biggest factor I use in rating a course is difficulty/overall quality. A course's challenge is really the only thing that goings to make a person want to play a course over and over, or never again. Look at my highest rated courses, they're the most challenging courses I've played. The highest rated courses should challenge even the best of players. Champion-caliber courses are champion caliber courses. Even if they destroy me, I'll recognize quality when I see it. A lower rated course may still be a good, or enjoyable course, it's just not as difficult.
- If I'm stuck between 2 ratings, I'll go with the higher rating.
- I can be overly critical of course flaws, particularly when I see potential for it to be even better. If and when changes are made, I'll adjust my rating accordingly.
- Amenities are nice, but they're a small part of the equation, and can only help a course's rating so much. They may improve or hurt a course's rating by a half if they're really good or bad. In the end, it comes down to the course and how it plays; hence the rating should reflect this.
- I make sure to separate my personal feelings about a course versus the rating I feel it deserves. For example, I love playing Park Circle in North Charleston, SC or Timmons Park in Greenville, SC. They're two of my favorites, but they're neither difficult nor elite caliber. And as such, I reflect that in my ratings.
- As I play and review more courses, I will adjust some of my ratings if I see fit. A course I originally may have thought was really good or unique may not appear so as I have more courses to compare it to.
- As much as I like my hometown courses, I'll be the first to admit when an out-of-town course is even better.
- There is no "set-in-stone" rule that I abide by. For example, concrete tees are best, but sometimes a dirt tee is better for the course layout - more natural feel, etc.

Favorite "fun-factor" courses. These courses have that special something, that have me hooked no matter what I shoot. These are the courses I'd give a 5.0 for fun factor.
1. Harmon Hills (Fall Branch, TN)
2. High Country (Jefferson, NC)
3. Sugaree (Linville, NC) - RIP
4. Timmons Park (Greenville, SC)
5. Brackett's Bluff old layout (Davidson, NC) - RIP
6. IDGC - Steady Ed Headrick Memorial (Appling, GA)
7. Mountain Lake (Pembroke, VA)


Don't judge a book by its cover. These courses may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, or have other negatives (bad neighborhood, crime, etc), but they're solid courses nonetheless.
1. Renaissance Park (Charlotte, NC) - it's built on a landfill. Enough said
2. Morningside Park (Knoxville, TN)
3. Kiwanis DGC (Staunton, VA)
4. Rankin Lake DGC (Gastonia, NC)
5. Sugaw Creek Park (Charlotte, NC)


Favorite 9 hole courses I've played:
1. Park Circle (Charleston, SC)
2. Steele Creek (Bristol, TN)
3. Eagle Landing (Hanahan, SC) - RIP
4. Mint Hill Park (Mint Hill, NC)
5. Admiral Farragut Park (Knoxville, TN)
6. Owen Hign Nature Trail (Black Mountain, NC)
7. USC Aiken (Aiken, SC)


Courses I've played that I wish were closer:
1. IDGC - all three courses (Appling, GA)
2. Harmon Hills (Fall Branch, TN)
3. Sugaree (Linville, NC) - RIP
4. Mountain Lake (Pembroke, VA)
5. High Country (Jefferson, NC)
6. New Quarter Park (Williamsburg, VA)
7. Morningside Park (Knoxville, TN)
8. Pipeline (Spartanburg, SC)
9. Timmons Park (Greenville, SC)
10. Grand Central Station (Central, SC)
11. Stoney Hill (Newberry, SC)
12. Fontana Village Resort (Fontana Dam, NC)
13. Walnut Creek (Charlottesville, VA)
13. Trophy Lakes (Charleston, SC)

My one-hit wonders (courses I've only played once, but can't wait to play again)
1. Harmon Hills (Fall Branch, TN)
2. IDGC - WR Jackson Memorial (Appling, GA)
3. Mountain Lake DGC (Pembroke, VA)
4. Morningside Park (Knoxville, TN)
5. Stoney Hill (Newberry, SC)
6. Pipeline (Spartanburg, SC)
7. Grand Central Station (Central, SC)
8. Rolling Pines (Wilkesboro, NC)
9. Fontana Village Resort (Fontana Dam, NC)
10. IDGC - Steady Ed Headrick Memorial (Appling, GA)
11. Falling Creek Park (Bedford, VA)
12. Victor Ashe Park (Knoxville, TN)


Courses I've played that I feel are underrated:
(This could mean they're: 1. out of the way, so they're lightly played; 2. get lost in the shadow of other nearby courses; 3. an average course (in terms of ratings), but are still fun plays.
1. Morningside Park (Knoxville, TN) - Fun, challenging course that isn't in the best part of town. A Stan McDaniel inspired new layout makes this course a huge improvement (so I've heard) over the old layout.
2. Stumpy Creek (Mooresville, NC) - 30 minutes north of Charlotte, gets lost in the shuffle. I've never seen more than a handful of people playing when I've been there.
3. Goose Landing (Richfield, NC) - work in progress. Will make for an awesome compliment to Fox Chase, 10 minutes down the road.
4. Goyne Park (Chester, VA) - great course just south of Richmond. Based on some of the reviews, course has been tremendously improved over the past couple years.
5. Victor Ashe Park (Knoxville, TN) - great, open course played throughout rolling hills. Gives plenty of challenge and isn't just a big arms course.
6. Armfield Civic Center (Pilot Mountain, NC) - a (mostly) very solid layout since its redesign. Plenty of challenging, enjoyable layouts, but course is hindered by a couple poor and/or hazardous holes.
7. Boyd Hill (Rock Hill, SC) - 5 minutes from Winthrop. Average course with some really fun and interesting hole layouts.
8. Tidal Creek (Charleston, SC) - **Caveat** Only when the course is dry. At its best, this is a fun, technical course with plenty of risk/reward holes. After rain, course becomes virtually unplayable.


Career Aces
Kilborne #13 - 285 feet
Elon Park short course #13 - 220 feet
Richmond Hill #2 - 219 feet - 6/6/10
Lowell Elementary School #9 - 145 feet - 7/29/10
Elon Park Eager Beaver #17 - 247 feet - 7/4/14 (practice round)
Favorite Courses (18)
Played Courses (203)
United States
Georgia
North Carolina
Jefferson, NC Ashe County Park
Albemarle, NC Fox Chase
Charlotte, NC Hornets Nest Park
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
Charlotte, NC Robert L. Smith Park
Mooresville, NC Stumpy Creek
Linville, NC Sugaree
7 Course(s)
South Carolina
Central, SC Grand Central Station
Spartanburg, SC Pipeline DGC
Newberry, SC Stoney Hill
Greenville, SC Timmons Park
Charleston (John's Island), SC Trophy Lakes
5 Course(s)
Tennessee
Fall Branch, TN Harmon Hills
Knoxville, TN Morningside Park
2 Course(s)
Virginia
Pembroke, VA Mountain Lake DGC
Williamsburg, VA New Quarter Park
2 Course(s)
Course Wish List (8)
United States
Arkansas
Jonesboro, AR Craighead Forest DGC
1 Course(s)
Colorado
1 Course(s)
Idaho
Craigmont, ID Craigmont City Park
1 Course(s)
New Jersey
North Carolina
Wilkesboro, NC Ft. Hamby Park
Asheville, NC Sandhill NTDGC
Chapel Hill, NC UNC DGC
3 Course(s)
United States
Georgia
Appling, GA   IDGC - Jim Warner Memorial
Grovetown, GA   Patriot's Park
Augusta, GA   Pendleton King Park
7 Course(s)
North Carolina
Pilot Mountain, NC   Armfield Civic Center
Jefferson, NC   Ashe County Park
Cornelius, NC   Bailey Road Park DGC
Greensboro, NC   Barber Park
Monroe, NC   Bearskin Creek
Denver, NC   Beatty's Ford Park
Beech Mountain, NC   Beech Mtn. Resort DGC
Statesville, NC   Bell & Howard Chevrolet DGC
Elon, NC   Beth Schmidt Park DGC
Canton, NC   Bethel Elementary DGC
Morganton, NC   Bethel Park DGC
Lincolnton, NC   Betty G. Ross Park
Sugar Grove, NC Black Jack DGC
Black Mountain, NC   Black Mountain
Flat Rock, NC   Bonclarken Retreat DGC
Davidson, NC   Brackett's Bluff
Huntersville, NC   Bradford Park
Gastonia, NC   Bradley Center DGC
Brevard, NC   Brevard College DGC
Salisbury, NC   Catawba College
Morganton, NC   Catawba Meadows
Burlington, NC   Cedarock Park
Durham, NC   Cornwallis Road Park
Marion, NC   Creek Wise Park
Archdale, NC   Creekside Park
Shelby, NC   Crest High School
Stallings, NC   Crooked Creek Crossing
Fletcher, NC   Crookston DGC
Waxhaw, NC   Cuthbertson Middle School
Davidson, NC   Davidson College
Concord, NC   Dorton Park DGC
Monroe, NC   Dry Creek
Charlotte, NC   Eastway Park
Plumtree, NC   Elk Mountain Disc Golf
Salisbury, NC   Ellis Park
Salisbury, NC   Ellis Park - Old Layout
Charlotte, NC   Elon Park - Angry Beaver
Charlotte, NC   Elon Park - Eager Beaver
Candler, NC   Enka High School NT DGC
Fontana Dam, NC   Fontana Village Resort DGC
Albemarle, NC   Fox Chase
Boiling Springs, NC   Gardner-Webb University DGC
Cramerton, NC   Goat Island DGC
Richfield, NC   Goose Landing
North Wilkesboro, NC   Highland Hills DGC
Hildebran, NC   Hildebran Community Park DGC
Winston-Salem, NC   Horizons Park
Charlotte, NC   Hornets Nest Park
Cullowhee, NC   Jackson Rec. DGC
High Point, NC   Johnson Street Park
Salisbury, NC   Kelsey Scott Park
Charlotte, NC   Kilborne TPC
Kings Mountain, NC   Kings Mountain High School
Arden, NC   Lake Julian NT DGC
Reidsville, NC   Lake's Edge DGC
Troy, NC   Lowe Warner Park
Lowell, NC   Lowell Elementary School
Kings Mountain, NC Maples Lake DGC
Marion, NC   Marion Disc Golf Park
Mars Hill, NC   Mars Hill University DGC
Mint Hill, NC   Mint Hill Park
Charlotte, NC   Nevin Park DGC
Asheboro, NC   North Asheboro Park DGC
Weaverville, NC   North Buncombe High School NT DGC
Oakboro, NC   Oakboro District Park
Black Mountain, NC   Owen High Nature Trail DGC
Shelby, NC   Palmer Park DGC
Concord, NC   Patriot Elementary
Charlotte, NC   Pinewood Elementary
Charlotte, NC   Plantation Ruins at Winget
Gastonia, NC   Rankin Lake DGC
Charlotte, NC   Reedy Creek Park
Charlotte, NC   Renaissance Park - RenSke
Asheville, NC   Richmond Hill
Ridgecrest, NC   Ridgecrest
Mount Holly, NC   River Street Park
Cornelius, NC   Robbins Park
Charlotte, NC   Robert L. Smith Park
Wilkesboro, NC   Rolling Pines DGC
Concord, NC   Rotary Club DGC
Sawmills, NC   Sawmills Veterans Park
Bostic, NC   South Mountain Disc Golf
Matthews, NC   Squirrel Lake Park
Mooresville, NC   Stumpy Creek
Linville, NC   Sugaree
Charlotte, NC   Sugaw Creek Park
Mooresville, NC   The Bridges DGC
Matthews, NC The Scrapyard
Durham, NC   Valley Springs Park
Charlotte, NC   Veterans Park
Concord, NC   Vietnam Veterans Park
Waynesville, NC   Waynesville DGC
Burlington, NC   Wellspring
Mt. Airy, NC   Westwood Park
Wingate, NC   Wingate University DGC
Yadkinville, NC   Yadkin County Park
103 Course(s)
South Carolina
Winnsboro, SC   All-Terrain Disc Golf
Rock Hill, SC   Bearcat DGC @ Rock Hill HS
Rock Hill, SC   Boyd Hill
North Charleston, SC   Buccaneer Bay DGC
Rock Hill, SC   Castle Heights Middle School
Greer, SC   Century Park DGC
Anderson, SC   City Beach DGC
Clemson, SC   Clemson U. Outdoor Lab
Clover, SC   Clover Park
Rock Hill, SC   Dutchman Creek Middle School
Hanahan, SC   Eagle Landing DGC
Columbia, SC   Earlewood Park
Spartanburg, SC   Edwin M. Griffin Preserve
Rock Hill, SC   Fewell Park
Charleston, SC   Fire Swamp DGC
Easley, SC   Foothills DGC
Greenville, SC   Gower Park
Central, SC   Grand Central Station
Johns Island, SC   Haut Gap DGC
North Augusta, SC   Hippodrome Complex - Hogback
North Augusta, SC   Hippodrome Complex - Old Glory
Greenville, SC   Holmes Park
Isle of Palms, SC   Isle of Palms Recreation
James Island, SC   James Island County Park DGC
Charleston (John's Island), SC   John's Island DGC
Clemson, SC   Mountain View Park DGC
Goose Creek, SC   Naval Weapons Station Charleston
Aiken, SC   Odell Weeks
Columbia, SC   Owens Field Park
North Charleston, SC   Park Circle DGC
Aiken, SC   Perry Memorial Park
Spartanburg, SC   Pipeline DGC
Rock Hill, SC   Rawlinson Road Middle School
Rock Hill, SC   Saluda Trail Middle School
Walhalla, SC   Sertoma Field
Columbia, SC   Seven Oaks DGC
Awendaw, SC   Sewee Outpost
Seneca, SC   Shaver Recreation Center
Rock Hill, SC   South Pointe High School DGC
Columbia, SC   Southeast Park
Fort Mill, SC   Springfield Elementary School
Newberry, SC   Stoney Hill
Rock Hill, SC   Sullivan Middle School DGC
Greenville, SC   Timmons Park
York, SC   Tirzah ARP Church DGC
Anderson, SC   Trails DGC
Charleston (John's Island), SC   Trophy Lakes
Reidville, SC   Tyger River
Aiken, SC   USC Aiken
Spartanburg, SC   USC Upstate
Boiling Springs, SC Va-Du-Mar Park
Rock Hill, SC   Winthrop University Lakefront
Spartanburg, SC   Wofford College DGC
Camden, SC   Woodward Park
York, SC   York Middle School
61 Course(s)
Tennessee
Knoxville, TN   Admiral Farragut Park
Kingsport, TN   Borden Park
Johnson City, TN   ETSU DGC
Oak Ridge, TN   Groves Park - The Mounds
Fall Branch, TN   Harmon Hills
Jonesborough, TN   Kiwanis DGC
Knoxville, TN   Morningside Park
Morristown, TN   Morristown Kiwanis DGC
Roan Mountain, TN   Roan Mountain DGC
Harriman, TN   Roane County Park DGC
Oak Ridge, TN   Secret City DGC
Bristol, TN   Steele Creek DGC
Knoxville, TN   Victor Ashe Park
Kingsport, TN   Warriors Path State Park
Johnson City, TN   Winged Deer Park
15 Course(s)
Virginia
Richmond, VA   Bryan Park
Bedford, VA   Falling Creek Park DGC
Richmond, VA   Gillies Creek Park
Christiansburg, VA   Golden Hills DGC
Chester, VA   Goyne Park DGC
Staunton, VA   Kiwanis DGC
Pembroke, VA   Mountain Lake DGC
Williamsburg, VA   New Quarter Park
Newport News, VA   Newport News DGC
Colonial Heights, VA   Pharaoh's Tomb
Dublin, VA   Randolph Park DGC
Rocky Mount, VA   Sontag DGC - Old Layout
North Garden, VA   Walnut Creek Park
13 Course(s)
West Virginia
Princeton, WV   Glenwood Park
Pipestem, WV   Pipestem State Park
Lansing, WV   Ravens Ridge
Minden, WV   Wonderland
4 Course(s)