0 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but fun
Pros: Nice open shots would be fun for beginners. Baskets are in good shape. Decent mix of shots required.
Cons: Runs right through the park so if there were other people there it would be dangerous. Pretty short, so you're not able to really open up. Tee pads are patches of dirt.
Other Thoughts: It's pretty fun. Would be a nice local course to work on your midrange shots. Otherwise, not really worth the trip out.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Could be Decent
Pros: Lake Park has a few things going for it.
It has a few holes that play long for beginners (250-280ft) and lots of birdie attempts for those same players.
Nearly all the holes are wide open. On hole 7 when the fairway becomes narrows to about 20 feet wide for a "tunnel" shot, it feels tight, yet this is an average or even above average width for a fairway on a wooded course.
Holes 1 and 8 force a player to learn a right turning shot, and holes 5 and 9 are simple hyzer shots. These short, open courses are often just straight shots all the way, so the line shaping here is actually a plus.
There is restrooms and water fountains near the course, which is nice.
Cons: Only 9 holes.
The teeboxes are horrendous. You have to be careful, particularly on 1, 4, 7, and 9, because you could easily hurt yourself. The original tee on 7 has been moved because they put the tee sign right in the follow through. They were once neat piles of gravel and have become massive, spread out piles of dirt.
Holes 2 and 3 (particularly 2) are so short that they feel like "par 2s".
No real obstacles, so players who learn to play here throw very uncontrolled. Players used to playing with precision will find most holes to be a yawnfest.
The course is sometimes kept up, but most of the time there are rocks, branches, etc all in the middle of the fairway, particularly in the fall. If it was a public-owned course, I would simply organize a workday, but it is owned by our local power company and the employees do not clean the disc golf course with regularity.
The course is open somewhat limited hours for much of the year, or even not at all for the winter. The schedule is available on the Course Info. page.
Other Thoughts: I would never make a special trip to play this course. It's only a 10 minute drive each way to and from the interstate, so if you're course bagging it is there.
For locals to Roanoke Rapids, the Lake Park is the only course within 40 minutes and is lightly played by the regulars to keep loose and have a little fun.
At one time, Dominion Power had mentioned to our most frequent players that they had plans to potentially expand the Lake Park and possibly include 9 more holes and lay concrete tee pads. Those improvements would make this an easy 3 disc course, but after many years of silence now, I don't foresee them coming to pass at this point.
It could use a couple of trash cans on the actual course, but most of the locals clean up decently after themselves.
Having bathrooms and running water available is a nice plus for a small and rural course of this nature.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Less Than Average Joe
Pros: Very short, and impossible to get lost on. GREAT for begginers or a quick 9 hole round. VERY OPEN. No real hazards.
Cons: Too short for big arm throwers and not technical enough for advanced players. The holes provide no real challenge after about 6 months of playing as they are all open with very few trees between you and the basket in the fairways. Teeboxes are sand, and poorly kept by the staff on site, though one worker did take me to get extra sand with a cart so that I could fill in some of the more dangerous boxes.
The course is situated on the edge of a family lake park and walking trails, and the local high school cross country team practices here and has meets here so watch for runners trying to cheat a few yards by cutting through the holes during these times.
It is only open from February 28th-November 10th from 11a-6pm. The staff will close early to get home a few minutes early on a regular basis and one of the staff there is a total JERK to the DG players.
Trash is a HUGE problem since this ark was originally a hang out for teen drinkers and party-ers looking to hide from cops as recently as a few years ago, and a few of the local players here can be rude to new comers, and disrespectful to the staff and others using the other park amenities.
There's room for 9 more holes, but the owner (Dominion Power Company) doesn't seem inclined to add onto the course anytime soon due to the handful of rude players.
There are only 2 trash cans, and neither of those are on the course, they are outside the fence by the exit from hole 9 and the other by the entrance to hole 1.
Hole 1 can pose a problem for lost discs if your shot gets high and left over a tall chain fence that separates the course from some very over grown field areas. Hole 3 and 8 offers the same if you shoot long past the basket and high, though 8 is somewhat retrievable by going around the park and into another parking lot to the field it will land in.
Other Thoughts: Seeing as this course is in my hometown, I hate to rate it so low, but it deserves not much more than this. Its great to go play to waste some time and keep your arm loose, but not worth a drive for anyone more than 5 minutes out of town. If you are in Roanoke Rapids, are a disc golf player, and have absolutely nothing else to do... its worth it... but if you have something else you could do.. like wash your hair or re-lace your tennis shoes, you'd be better off to do those things instead.
I play it regularly when it is open just to stay loose and keep my game up somewhat. Other than that, I wouldn't play it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
An ordinary 9 holer
Pros: *It's mostly a woods course with 2 somewhat more open, mixed terrain holes.
*The Chainstar baskets are good and a personal favorite of mine.
*The course is easy to navigate, and the amount of rough is just right.
Cons: -Closed in the winter from Nov 9 to March 1! And during the rest of the year it's also only open from Wed - Sun 11:00 to 6:00. There's a tall locked fence that keeps you out.
-The tee pads aren't long enough and made of uneven gravel
-The length variety is low. 2<199/ 7 of 200-280.
-There are almost no Amenities: no map, score cards, or warm up basket. No benches or trash cans either.
Course Level: White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 900.) Or possibly a somewhat difficult Red level. White level players will make mostly humdrum pars, but Red level players may find it a little more challenging.
Hole 2, at 119 ft., has the distinctive of getting on the list of "Shortest Holes in NC". If you don't take a 2 you feel like you've dropped a stroke.
This course is like the ordinary kid in high school-- there's nothing that bad about it, but there's not much that really stands out either. Everything is just so average. The fairway shapes are average, but could use a little more variety (5 St/ 2 Lt/ 2 R). There's average elevation variety with 3 Flat/ 2 Up/ 4 Down, but the greatest elevation change is only +8 ft. The tee signs are adequate but very basic. The greens, beauty, and overall quality have no glaring flaws but nothing stellar either; they're all just average. Since it's only 9 holes that pushed my rating down a little. I wouldn't make a special trip to play here.
You can read more of my reviews at the Yahoo group "DG Course Reviews", http://sports.groups.yahoo.co...urseReviews/.
Look in the Files section there for my Overall Rating notes and Hole-by-hole ratings too.
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