5 Helpful / 0 Not
- Sweet atmosphere. The park itself is really nice, offering a playground, picnicking, walking/biking trails, and plenty of scenery to enjoy around the several acres of land it occupies. When I played in Spike Hyzer's Sink or Swim tournament this year I even saw people on horseback. In short, there is plenty for others to do while you play your round(s) if they're not into hucking the plastic.
- Nerve-racking design (but in a good way). Despite being mostly wide-open, this course will test your accuracy. Being set around two large ponds/lakes, water is in play on nearly every hole which, if you value your discs, will make you seriously evaluate each shot. Even when you're playing the few holes away from the ponds, there is still a canal that runs behind the course you have to throw over or avoid; although the elevated tee on #4 is a real bastard that seems to dare you to take a run at it. As a relatively new player, the anxiety caused by the prospect of drowning a new G-Star Tern in the drink can either settle you down to ensure every shot is on point or work your psyche into a frenzy that results in grip-lock or early release. The woodlands, though relatively sparse, are challenging themselves due to the clearly defined fairways they outline. They offer a nice change from the bombs you'll throw most of the day, encouraging you use both your brawn and your brain. The pins on the peninsula and island holes are exceptionally well placed and really motivate you to play them well, if only to make sure you don't bring home a light bag.
- Easy navigation. The flow of the course is logical and the sensible tee & pin placements offer a natural progression to your round. Teepads feature signs that indicate your target and the organic flow to the course leaves little doubt as to where you'll be teeing off from next once you sink your putt.
- Picturesque. It's tough for a relatively flat, open course to be really pretty, but Luther Britt dresses up nice. It's not going-to-church-Sunday-morning-in-Atlanta dressed up, but it's very peaceful and the local club members take good care of it. Being so large and set around two huge ponds it gives a real feeling of tranquility despite being at a public course. Mornings and late afternoons are particularly charming.
- Good equipment. The well-kept Discatcher Pros are forgiving enough and the concrete teepads support your wound-up, full-force drives without fear of slippage.
- EXTREMELY lefty/flick friendly. Playing counter-clockwise around the ponds nurtures left-handers and those who can flick with serious snap. On the majority of holes RHBH'ers are fairly limited to throwing understable discs they can easily turn without fading too much. Because of the course dynamics any RHBH shot that doesn't stay straight is liable to end up in Davy Jones' locker.
- Benches….there are very few. The long walks around the ponds would make having some on at least every other tee a nice amenity. Especially when the water's up and the tee boxes and fairways get overly sloppy.
- VERY breezy. Being such an open course it's hard to fault it for wind and barometric pressure, but as we all know wind can make your disc do unexpected things, which only adds to the angst of throwing so close to, over & around water.
- Pedestrians/potential danger. Because it's such a nice park there are bound to be plenty of patrons on nice days when disc golfers tend to flock to the course. The walking paths run right down some of the fairways and the bike lanes route parallel to many of them. Kids and joggers are often in the way and there are no signs (that I saw) that indicate the potential danger of flying discs. Golfers need to be mindful of this and take steps to ensure that they're playing safely.
- No topless Hooters girls frolicking along the #8 fairway.
Overall, Luther Britt is a pretty darn good course. It's unique and a nice change from the wooded courses you often see in North Carolina where power takes a back seat to technique. Here you can really air it out while still very much needing accuracy to finish even. It can be very frustrating too if, like me, you have a noodle arm and an unpredictable forehand. Nevertheless, Luther Britt is definitely worth playing. It's not my favorite by any means, but I'll be back to play again and encourage y'all to check it out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Really nice course, just off the highway, set around two lakes. And by around two lakes I mean around two lakes. Play circles each of them in turn, meaning water is in play on almost every hole. It is relatively easy to stay out of, as most pins aren't too close to the edge, and from the white tees, it should be no trouble to stay out of the drink. It does offer some memorable holes where the lake is certainly in play. 5 plays to a peninsula green, with the blue tee directly across the water and the shore line to the left of the carry. It should be fun whether played or gone directly at the pin. The other obvious great one is 17. The island hole. It's not a particularly long carry, but there's just something about playing to an island. It definitely just looks cool for one. I have to imagine that walking across the bridge to get the green plays into the effect though. It could be knowing that not only do you have to make it over the water, you can't go too far either because of how islands and having water on multiple sides and such. Really fun hole though.
Two of the better holes don't even feature water at all. 2 and 6 give the course a little surf and turf feel. Both are tight holes down very narrow fairways. It's not a wooded area, but the trees on these two holes from precise lines to throw down. It's a great change-up to throw something like that when flight path doesn't matter on the majority of the holes here. The other memorable hole is 4 which sorta employs water. The tee is elevated on a long dike. It throws from the high point over a canal and then over a large flat space to a tee tucked into the woods. It's not the most challenging hole on the course but aesthetically, it's second only to 17.
Cons: For as much water as there is here, it's not often used in fun/creative ways. There are three straight holes where the tee is by the water and the basket just ahead and to the right. For a RHFH player, or anyone that can throw straight, the water might as well not be there. The 9 tee is on a small peninsula and its impossible not to think that it should have been the basket location for 8. It would have been a little bit similar to 5 but it would have been in the opposite direction. There is also that long walk between 14 and 15, in the middle of that long unused stretch there's an awesome spot where a corner of the lake could be thrown over. I'm guessing it's not used because there's some picnic tables in the area? I feel like picnic tables aren't that hard to move though and it's not like more than half of the holes here don't throw over areas that non golfers are using.
That's the other thing. There is a walking path and it was mostly empty on the Friday morning that I was there but with people walking, fishing and apparently riding horses, a ton of fairways traverse areas that are used for other activities. This could potentially be a nightmare of having to wait on path-users to clear holes or having to skip holes entirely. (I did have to skip one. After teeing of in the general direction, and looking confusedly for the several minutes, I realized that it was directly behind (one foot about) the SUV that someone had driven down the path.)
I also feel that the holes are crammed in a bit around the first lake and then spread out too much around the second. One of which is 15, a strange hole that parallels a fence on the other side of which is a working warehouse. There's this wonderful location, and all of this natural OB in the form of two massive lakes and after walking around a third of one of them since the last hole, the next hole is laced near this fence?
In any case, there is a ton of water here, but partly due to the shape of the lake(too wide to carry, few nooks) it's not used very interestingly during most holes. At least in the standard layout. From others comments, another layout is sometimes used and I could see that being fantastic. I'm guessing this layout does something like removing the short and unnecessary 1, combining the stretch of similar short holes into one long one, etc. Moving pins and/or tees to use the water more could make this a great place to play.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course is offers very good signage,easy flow, great tee pads to throw from, easy access from I-95. Plenty of holes to air out your long game and just a few holes that have tree lined fairways.
Cons: I cant think of anything bad about this course other than maybe painting a spoke on the basket that points to the next tee-pad
Other Thoughts: A fast round here if you need to stop as my wife and I done to stretch out, we did see only one problem here and that was that the service road that circles the ponds here did have cars parked olong side the road
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Let 'er rip!
Pros: Full 18 hole course playing around a couple small lakes and a canal. Some of the largest and nicest tee pads you will find.
Even though there is a lot of water, don't let it scare you. For the most part you can play safe here if you don't like to risk losing discs. If you enjoy the shots over or near the water then this will be a treat for you.
Mostly open holes. A change of pace from most NC courses.
Good use of the water and what little elevation there is. One tee is up on a small hill so you can throw down over the canal. One basket is placed on another hill making the green a little dangerous for roll-aways.
Short and long tee pad positions. The shorts are marked, but are not huge concrete like the longs.
Signs at pads showing distance and hole layout.
Cons: Kind of boring if you like to shape lines and use accuracy. Most of the holes are open with little obstructions.
People fish around the lakes. I was forced to skip hole 5 due to about 10 people along the fairway and near the basket. This probably just depends on luck and timing.
Very RHFH friendly and straight shot friendly. Not many places where you are forced to make a disc bend to your will. Throw straight and long, or straight with a little right fade and you're good.
Other Thoughts: When I played this course some of the baskets were in a temporary long position for an upcoming tourney. It made the navigation a little more challenging, and the tee signs inaccurate. Normally this seems like a very easy course to find your way around.
While there wasn't a ton of really fun holes here, there is some challenges. You need to navigate the water holes without shanks or roll aways. There is also some trees by a few holes to make the approaches difficult.
#6 is a classic pine tree tunnel. 264' of tight bark for your enjoyment.
#12 and #15 have enough trees in the fairway or by the basket to force some accuracy. If you aren't careful there will be no birdie opportunity.
#17 has to be the signature hole. Tee of from the main land, and get to a basket sandwiched in the pine trees on an island. Not a huge throw, but a great looking hole, and fun to play.
If you're driving up or down 95 this course is definitely worth a stop. If is very different from other NC courses so give it a try.
I ran into Bravethrower out there, and it seems there are some good plans for improvements also. With a a few tweaks this could be a very nice course.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice and informative tee signs on each hole. Good size cement tee pads, with alternate tees on most holes. Each hole has its own unique challenge, whether it's semi wooded, an elevation change, water or a combination of these, you won't feel like you played the same hole twice.
The course has a nice flow around both the lakes, and even without a map, was fairly easy to navigate. There is little chance of losing a disc here, other than throwing it in the water.
There were bathrooms available at several locations around the course, along with plenty of parking. The park is very beautiful and provides plenty of other activities to do for everyone.
Cons: The walk from #14 to #15 is long, but is necessary to avoid park patrons. On #11 tee, you see #12 basket, so if you are not familiar with the course, it might be somewhat confusing.
The walk back from #18 to #1 is long, plus you need to cross through the parking lot, so watch for traffic.
Other Thoughts: You can literally see this course from I-95, and is very quick and easy to get too from there. As mentioned before, two beautiful lakes make the trip worth while.
Each hole isn't particularly long, but the course has you doing a lot of walking. You will get plenty of exercise here.
Best hole on the course is #17. The basket is located on a peninsula. If you throw too short or too long, you will be in the water. If you throw a bad hyzer shot that goes too much left, you will also be wet. It is definitely reachable, but will punish bad throws.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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