4 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: -Easily accessible to I-85
-Variety of tight and wooded holes
Cons: -A lot of the challenge comes from obstacles that don't add to the course, they are just there to get in the way. Huge trees in the center of the fairway five feet in front of the tee pad, a tee pad in a tree, etc.
-Lots of 'field goal' type holes. Luck is more important than skill here.
-This course has no problem going from a very tight tunnel shot to a hole with nothing but grass between tee and basket. Many holes are frustrating, some are just plain boring.
-The course is horribly maintained. The underbrush is thick almost everywhere. If you find yourself off the fairway, and are lucky enough to find your disc, you could easily find yourself in a thicket of briars... or worse. Trash everywhere - beer bottles tossed wherever people feel like it. Very few trash cans is a big contributor here, but still... is it really that hard to carry your trash with you?
-The road (and the area of town) make for a major distraction. My group had to wait ten minutes to tee off because a pair of drunkards decided to stumble down the middle of the fairway as opposed to the sidewalk.
Other Thoughts: I didn't list this as a con, because it doesn't particularly bother me, but the tenth tee is nowhere near the start of the course. Keep that in mind if you only plan to play nine holes.
It is a shame, because with a little bit of care this could be a decent course... but as it is it is poorly thought out and poorly maintained. I don't plan to go back any time soon.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
DONT PLAY AFTER DARK!!!!!
Pros: nice ob with sidewalks. had 2 rush through wen i played for it was getting dark. but well thought out placments. half woods and field. not much room for error. like the course just not wat goes on there after dark.
Cons: HOMELESS PEOPLE AND DRUG ADDICTS COME OUT ABOUT DUSK. my frind showed me a bench near the road with dried up blood and stab marks on the bench.
Other Thoughts: TRAVEL 2 THIS COURSE IN LARGE GROUPS
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
technical and open all in one course
Pros: nice park with a mix of wooded and open holes. the first 5 holes are pretty technical when OB comes into play and they are somewhat tight.the back nine is mostly open but there are a few mando trees to keep it intresting on #9 and#17. all holes are reachable if you can throw 300ft. concrete pads on all holes and baskets are in good shape
Cons: the park sits in a somewhat shady area of town, but dont let that deter you from enjoying it. some of the course could use some clean up, trash, limbs everywhere, and the occasional used condom
Other Thoughts: wasnt areally huge fan of this course at first, but it has grown on me over time. nice practice basket area.the charlotte club holds a AM league here on sundays rain or shine during the winter, and then goes to thursdays when the weather and daylight change. it is a great time to meet other golfers,while having a chance to win some cool plastic
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
The Panthers lost, but I won
To explain the title of my review... My buddy asked I wanted to go to a Panthers game. I said, "sure, as long as we can go to a DG course too." The Panthers lost, but I didn't... cuz I got to play Sugaw.
- Great mix of shots. Most of the holes are in the 300' range... you have to hit FAIR gaps off the teepad to be successful or else there's lot's of opportunity for punishment... and the hole designs require you to have BH's and FH's combined with accuracy and power.
- Great FAIRways... (i.e. there were no random trees in the middle of the fairway that weren't adding to value of the holes). Every hole had a FAIRway and could easily be birdied if you hit the gaps with the proper shot - (depending on skill level).
- Practically on the freeway. As soon as you get off the freeway (½ mile) you're in the park. And as soon as you enter the park (200') you're in the parking lot and the course is right there.
- Easy Navigation. I printed a map but never once needed to pull it out. There are obvious paths to the next tee-pad and most of the time you can see them. Flows great.
- Overall nice experience. Nice park (for a bad neighborhood according to another review), great golf shots, great tee-pads, signs, baskets, benches, etc...
- Only one pin position? It seemed as though there was only one basket position for each hole. The tee-signs didn't mention anything about multiple pin positions and I didn't see any sleeves either. Not necessarily a con for me... but, I don't live in Charlotte and it's not like I play this course every day. If I did, it could become an issue.
- Close to the stadium. We went to a Panthers game and wanted a course we could get to quickly after the game, so we could play while the traffic died down. It worked perfectly.
- I like it. This is the type of course you want to get out of your car and play when you're on a roadtrip (except in the Charlotte area, then there are probably others you want to play more). But, still a great road trip course.
- This was my first Charlotte area course and I am impressed so far. I'm sure it's not the locals favorite course; but, if this course were in about 95% of the other DG cities in America... it would be the best course around.
- My Score: 0 (with 3 bogeys)
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 2 Not
Disc golfin' in tha hood!
*Benches at several holes.
*Trash cans a-plenty.
Easy to find your way around. Challenging for the most part. Located close to another great course which is Kilborne TPC.
First 8 holes are mostly wooded, the rest are pretty open.
No real elevation change on this course. Seedy/questionable part of town. The road-noise (coming from Sugar Creek Rd.) can be pretty annoying when you are on holes close to that road.
I wasn't too crazy about the elevated basket on hole #6.
Every time I play this course I happen to see "transient/shady character" types of folks just walking around acting like they are up to no good. I played there about a week ago and was just finishing up on hole #2 when I heard what sounded like alot of yelling and a huge commotion coming from the next hole. Turns out it was a couple of ghetto-bums (one was laying on the bench) being heavily intoxicated, arguing over God knows what but just making a LOUD scene.
Plenty of trash on this course as well. Empty/broken beer bottles and used rubbers. It was disappointing.
Holes 3 & 4 are really tough... at least for me they are. I never fail to hit a tree on my drives on these two holes... Be warned!
I would play this course more often on my way to Kilborne if I didn't have fear of getting robbed and left for dead out here in the woods. It might be a good idea to pack some "heat" if you go alone around dusk.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful.
21 Helpful / 0 Not
Sugaw Creek Is A Sweet Course!
Pros: Sugaw Creek is another one of the Charlotte courses (Kilbourne, Hornet's Nest, Reedy Creek) that give the disc golfers here a wonderful variety of choices. And I really like Sugaw possibly because it just fits my level, rec to intermediate player. It's fairly short and level with a nice variety of tight, wooded holes to some across the field types. I see players throwing rollers on certain holes here. It has two elevated basket placements, the second is cleverly set in the middle of a small tree. Maybe my favorite thing about this course is many of the interesting teepad placements. I think many course designers focus in so much on the basket placement, they end up just pouring a teebox at any old spot. Here at Sugaw, the designer of the course obviously gave a lot of thought to the locations of the tee boxes.
Cons: I guess I was pretty oblivious to many of the other reviewers cons. I actually didn't notice the neighborhood was shady. I don't remember seeing any trash to speak of. The holes near the street don't bother me. Quite the opposite actually, I think it's great advertising to our sport when folks drive by and see us throwing discs in the park. I guess to me Sugaw is like that special girl you first meet. You're so taken in by her beautiful face that you didn't notice that her behind is the size of Deleware.
Other Thoughts: Even though the course pretty much abused me, this has been one of my favorite N.C. courses. Just a nice enjoyable throw in a lovely park. Challenging to me but not so overwhelming as to totally discourage me. Another Charlotte course that I'd like to package up and take home.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
What can I say? It's Sugaw!
Pros: Sugaw Creek's layout is excellent, and very well thought out. Sugaw makes great use of the land its got, offering a very nice variety. A good mix of holes that slightly favors LHBH and RHFH throwers.
Tee pads are concrete and in excellent condition with superb grip, even in the wettest of conditions. Very nice tee signs at every hole, with map, par and distance of each hole. Baskets in excellent condition. Baskets, tees and signs are very well maintained. Thank you CharlotteDGC!!
Tight fairways on the front, open bombs and ace runs on the back. Mandos come into play on #9 and 17, and plenty of OB.
Cons: One negative about the course is where it is located. Wouldn't call it the "worst" area, but close to it. In some areas it's obvious that people actually call the park their home, with some interesting litter in some of the wooded parts of the course, but overall not too bad. Definatly would not play this course after dark.
Holes #2 and #6-10 are in close proximity to a heavily travelled road, which can be distracting around rush hour.
Other Thoughts: Sugaw Creek offers an interesting mix of open, moderately wooded and heavily wooded holes. This course will test your precision and accuracy.
There is a uniqueness to the course, seen on hole #6, with an elevated basket, which stands over 9' tall, and #14, which is an elevated basket "within" a tree which can be extremely challanging. Trademarks of good ol' Sugaw!
The course gets its share of use, but hardly ever overcrowded. It's not often that you will wait on someone to play on this course.
Trash cans/recycle cans at most holes, and benches at about half. Recreation center on site, which offers clean restrooms. Receptionist at the desk has a good supply of course maps, which is only necessary on a couple of holes, as the course is pretty easy to navigate, in general. Park also equipped with well kept tennis courts, indoor gymnasium and outdoor basketball courts(maybe the nicest outdoor courts I have ever seen). Overall, a very good course in the Charlotte area, located very close to Kilborne TPC, Eastway Park and Reedy Creek Park. You could literally make a day of DG in this little area.
Sugaw Creek is designed for the beginner-intermediate DGer. No need for the big guns on this course, where the longest hole is just over 380' and average around 290'-300'. Bring your accurate game and give Sugaw a try!
Favorite Holes: 11, 15
Least Favorite: 3, 5
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good signage
Fair Risk Reward
Course in great condition
Cons: Setting is not that pretty
Is in bad part of town
No elevation changes
Other Thoughts: My wife and i play this one usually when we are in the area and like it. It is a decent course. Would recomend it.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Not to long but not to short. Majority of the holes are between 250' - 350' so provides nice birdie chances. For me plays much harder than it should. Usually find myself getting a three on almost every hole. Mix of open and wooded holes. Never very crowded.
Cons: The holes are all kind of the same. 300' and straight. Not very many doglegs and no multi-shot holes.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - This course has great variety, as others have mentioned. You will get tested every time you play it.
- Along with the variety, the Sugaw designers did a great job with basket placement. The baskets are positioned to test your accuracy. In particular, I think of holes like #10, #12, #13, #14, and #18 where the basket placement comes into play.
- I like that the mandos are reasonable. Many courses have crazy mandos that seem forced, but the ones at Sugaw make a lot of sense.
- Sugaw's trees and other obstacles really test your accuracy. This is a weakness in my game, and no matter how many times I play Sugaw, it always gets me one way or another. But, you have to appreciate that.
- Tees and baskets are in good condition, and there is a practice basket next to the parking lot.
Cons: - As others have said, that isn't the best part of Charlotte. Sugaw is close to the Hidden Valley neighborhood that has been a crime haven in the past. The good news is that the Hidden Valley community has been cleaned up a lot in the past couple of years, and that helps the surrounding areas like Sugaw. And, personally, I've played here 7 times and have never had a problem.
- Trash is always an issue. It's worse in the wooded areas, as you can find all kinds of goodies deep into the woods. I've seen toilets, shopping carts, used condoms, etc.
Other Thoughts: - Unlike most courses that have a front nine and back nine, Sugaw has more of a front eight and back ten. The first 8 holes are to the left of the road that you drive in on, and 9-18 are to the right. (Actually, #1 is technically to the right of the road too, but it's still closer in proximity to holes 2-8.)
- If you're a RHBH thrower like me, your drive on #2 has the potential to end up in the fairway for #8 to the left. It really tests your ability to throw straight.
- #6 is a raised basket that makes it easy to misjudge the distance and sail an approach shot by. Be careful to take that into account if you can't get near the basket with your drive.
- The course always seems to have a fair amount of traffic, but I don't remember ever having to wait too long on anyone.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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