Wait...there is a back nine?
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For two separate parcels of land that at face value don't seem to be the easiest to create a DG course, Bell and Howard puts forth a reasonably fun test of disc golf.
The front nine features mostly wide-open holes that give golfers ample opportunity for birdies. Holes 3 and 4 are standouts on that nine. 3 is a short but difficult to navigate RHBH hyzer through the trees to a tucked basket - a very nice hole. 4 is more of a longer tunnel shot that is also pretty fun to navigate.
The back nine is completely different. Mostly deeper woods, tight lines, and sharp angles. In my opinion, the standouts on this side were 15, 16, and 18. 15 is a well designed ~290 foot RHFH hyzer with a well cut path and is definitely rewarding to navigate successfully. 16 is a great par four. It is roughly 300 feet straight out through the woods, but then a snap dogleg down the hill which seemed about another 70 feet. Basket is slightly elevated on the slope. There are tons of options of how to approach that basket. 18 is a fun uphill RHFH hyzer with a basket on a small green on an earthwork hill. This hole's green complex was really fun and I appreciated the stairs to help golfers get safely up the hills.
Most of the holes at the course have nice signage and the teeboxes are large and well laid-out.
Cons: It is really nice to have multi-course sites. This is unfortunately a multi-site course.
Navigation here is very difficult. On the front nine, many holes can be seen from any point. Mostly, the navigation was intuitive, but some signs would have been nice. This really became a problem after hole nine. There is no sign or any indication whatsoever that a back nine even exists. Even when you drive the few minutes to the other bike trail site, there is no indication on that sign that there is disc golf at that facility. The navigation on the back nine is also really difficult. The bike trails often lead players in the wrong direction and there are absolutely no navigational aids. Luckily I played this side with a few local players which helped, because I think I would have definitely been very lost. The transition from 16 to 17 was especially difficult.
Though most of the teepads were very nice, holes 3 and 8 are on the paved bike path. This sets up for some potential interference. On that side, hole 1 plays close to the entrance road and many other holes play close to the bike/walking trail. Holes 2 and 8 also play across basically the same fairway space and create further opportunities for interference.
The front nine, as noted above, is largely an open field. Other than a few holes, most aren't terribly interesting or memorable. Hole 9's obstacle is actually a large high voltage power line/tower. It is actually a pretty interesting throw, but high voltage lines aren't necessarily a picturesque obstacle.
The back nine has its own sets of problems. The main obstacles on holes 10 and 11 are power lines and the support wires that cut directly across the fairway. These holes are also bordered by an ugly fence on the right which gives the holes a cramped appearance. 11 also has a really nasty briar patch on the right which was not fun at all.
Hole fourteen is a pretty interesting sharp dogleg hole to the left. There is an important mando that is unfortunately not marked on the course and is only written onto the hole sign in a sharpee. It would be best if that were clearly marked on the course, since it would be easy to miss that on the sign.
The layout of hole 17 is pretty nice. It is a long, straight hole that plays to an elevated green on the right. Unfortunately, the most of the fairway is a paved entrance road which is rough on discs. The teebox is also located on this road which is not necessarily great. This hole also plays very close to sewage lines and the smell was purely rotten.
Baskets are starting to get a bit old. I noticed 1 or 2 that are missing a chain, but overall they still catch well. Unfortunately there is a lot of graffiti on them, especially on the back nine. The same goes for the hole signs, and a few are in disrepair. Graffiti on the course signs and on the surrounding buildings definitely decreases the visual appeal in places.
Other Thoughts: Rating this course is very difficult. I will go so far to state this is not a course - it is two. The layouts on the front and back are extremely different, located a significant car ride apart, and there is no indication on the front nine that a back nine exists. If I were a local, I think I would find myself visiting the back nine facility much more than the front.
Take note - it seems at some point the back nine was rerouted because some of the holes that are noted in the pictures on this site either don't exist or have changed hole number.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course, being right near where I work, is great for playing 9 holes after work on the way home.
The back 9 is night and day different than the front 9, and is more fun and challenging. Wrapping in and out of the mountain bike trails, the back 9 holes use the land and woods well.
There's generally few, if anyone else playing the course. Every time I've played the course I've had it to myself, which is nice!
Cons: The front nine and back nine being separate is a big negative for me. You can walk to the back nine after playing the front, but it's just easier to drive.
The front 9 is pretty basic. Given the land where the first holes are located, they did the best they could, but there just isn't much challenge on the front 9. Mostly open field shots in varying length.
The back nine has considerably more variation in the holes, and is more challenging, however some of the holes seem artificially challenging. Meaning, the fairway is nothing but trees, or the basket placement just doesn't make sense.
If I could rate the front and back 9 separately, the front would get maybe a 1.5disc rating, while the back would be maybe a 2.5. Averaging the two together is the reason for the 2 disc rating
Other Thoughts: Overall, worth playing if you're up for a quick round, or just 9 holes. I wouldn't go out of the way to play the course though If you're from out of town, or on a golf road trip as Charlotte has much better to offer.
The separation of the course is a big negative and inconvenience, with the first 9 being mostly open, boring holes. The back nine redeems the course somewhat, and is fun to play.
In summary, its a fun, fast, and easy playing course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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2 9 holers
Pros: I love the back 9. It has variety and is a very fun course.
A few holes on the front were fun as they went through the woods and offered some variety
like the terrain on the back especailly the hole that used to be 10...think its 18 now
Cons: The front wasn't as fun. It was holding water and it had not rained in several days.
the back 9 is on the other side of a creek which is uncrossable for the most part. I had to hike to get there(I was droped off to play) So when you finish with #9 youhave to get in the car to drive around to hole 10
Apparantly they changed things up on the back 9 and the course has changed. Hole 10 starts in a completly different spot than it used to be. I had no idea about this since I headed into the course having only glanced at the course page and got directions from a friend.
Be careful not to be confused on the back by following the bike trails
Other Thoughts: This course is really two 9 holers imo. They are completly different from one another and are not a a loop in any way and the fact that you have to drive to hole 10 is odd and takes away from the course
If they were seperate I would rate the front a 1.5and the back a 2.5 but they are not so 2 it is.
I had fun actually playing this course and would likely enjoy it more if I had a car and didnt have to hike forever to get to the back 9. If you are close and trying to kill some time check it out other wise I would recomend a road trip to somewhere else
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The Front 9 has a nice looking set up, backing up against a soccer complex. There are also walking paths and nice restrooms. TONS of parking!!
-Although the front is wide open the wind usually plays some factor. Nice concrete pads other than hole 3 and 8 (they are asphalt). There is a good chance to birdie every hole on the front 9.
-Hole 18 has new stairs to walk up/down.
Cons: Walk across a pipe or drive around the corner to the back 9 and thats where the frustration begins. Very limited parking!
No new signage although im sure it will be going up soon. New holes 10 and 11 are pretty stupid quite frankly. Both holes have power poles 30-40 feet of the tee pad that force you to throw awkward shots. Hole 11 where (with the pole) I would throw a high Spike hyzer but there are two sets of power lines blocking the shot so its either throw a crap shoot dummber up over the trees or lay up for 3. 17 is now an anhyzer that plays maybe 350 into a basket position that a heavily guarded by small trees. The problem with this hole is that not only is the teepad painted onto a road but it also brings powerlines in play again! For a LHBH player it doesnt look that hard to throw a straight hyzer under the lines but for a RHBH player it forces you to throw the high anhyzer line or throw a half shot (lame). I chose the high anhyzer and it lucky worked out and put me pin high within thrity feet. But its certainly not a high percentage shot.
They lost to really fun holes in 16 and 17 im guessing because of the flood plain.
Other Thoughts: Holes 12,13,14,15,16 and 18 are the same (old 11,12,13,14,15 and 10 respectively).
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: teepads are nice except ones on asphalt (slick). looks like alot of work has been done in the past two years since i've been there.
Cons: the new 10 and 11 have power lines in the lanes and really take away from course. like the old holes a lot better. still don't see a fairway for 14 i believe. also sign need to be changed.
Other Thoughts: maybe another two years until i get back out here. only lane i saw on 11 was a thumber over the trees to the left which was parked but shady
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Bell & Howards
Pros: - Bell & Howard's Chrevrolet (B&H) consists of two unconnected 9-holers in the same suburban park. The front nine is flat and weaves inbetween the grassy park area and a small patch of trees. The front nine ends with a shot through (or around) a high tension wire tower. After hopping back in the car and driving the minute or so it takes to get to the back nine, the real fun begins. The back nine has moderate elevation changes and moderately wooded fairways that sometimes offer a few paths to the pin.
- #10's green presents a bit of a rollaway risk. #13 has a nice double path fairway with a risky direct route and a more indirect but safter hyzer layup.
- Concrete or blacktop sidewalk tees. All of good shape and size, although one was really sandy.
- Very detailed signs show things such as "Rock Sluice" and "Power Tower," as well as the more common "Walking Trail" and "Park Sign" on the hole map. Distances, par, and hole number included along with local sponsers.
Cons: - The flow is not at all obvious without a guide. One can play the front nine and easily believe that is all there is. Nothing really points out the existance of the back nine. Also, the back nine's flow itself isn't obvious the first time through. Having to either cross the drainage ditch (a dicey proposition at best) or drive to the back nine presents a bit of an inconvenience.
- The back nine abutts a sewage treatment facility that can really stink up a round.
- Lots of standing water on the front nine in wet or wintery conditions.
- No benches or trashcans.
- With the power lines, sewage treatment area, nearby apartments and Parks Department buildings B&H just isn't in abundance of natural beauty.
Other Thoughts: - B&H is largely a deuce-or-die style course where scoring well on the flat, more open front nine helps put one in good shape for the more challenging back nine.
- Apparently a bridge over the drainage ditch/stream that separates the front from the back nine is planned. Not having to drive between front and back halves would be a nice plus.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Almost two completely different 9 hole courses. Front nine open and easy. Back nine narrow and much more difficult. Never crowded.
Cons: Kind of a junky park. Front and back nine are not located next to each other and there is a long walk between them. A few holes on the back nine have less than ideal layout and could be tweaked to provide better flow. Doesn't get played much so many over hanging limps and narrow fairways.
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