Morganton, NC 
Bethel Park DGC Share
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Neglected

5+    7/13/2013   7/30/2013
Review By: Warthog
Played: 8  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 1.3 Years
This review was updated on 2/13/2014
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good layout. Course makes a circle starting and ending withing a few yards of each other. Hole 1 and 2 follows along the walking track and a creek runs alongside the track. #3 doglegs left up a steep hill and ends near the restrooms. #4 requies you throw between restrooms and tree. # 5 comes off hill. #6 goes across old soccer field. #7,8 are near tennis and basketball courts. #9 goes alongside walking trail.
Cons: Staff at park work hard to keep this course playable as it is low lying and can become muddy after a wet spell. Construction ongoing at site. Walkers and basketball players often interfere with game. Tee pads small.
Other Thoughts: Nine hole course which is best played during dry conditions as it is subject to muddy areas. All in all it is a fun course.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Bethoring

1    7/7/2013   7/8/2013
Review By: New013
Played: 136  Reviewed: 91  Exp: 4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Layout - Has a couple holes with obstacles. Could be a good place for newer players to learn the basics because it's so wide open; might also be a solid practice area.

The layout is easy to follow.

One hole has elevation change.

Equipment - Has tee signs showing distance and which hole your on. Has super small concrete pads but they're there to at least keep you out of the mud. Baskets still in usable condition.

Atmosphere - It's your average small town ball field park with some extra room on the side for disc golf. The course works around the outside edge of the fields/courts; does a pretty good job of keeping the course away from the other park goers.
Cons: Layout - It's basically a bunch of wide open straight forward shots. The one hole that does have elevation and a tree in the way is super short and easy.

Equipment - The tee pads are super small, I don't even know what the point was with pouring them except to get off the soggy ground for a second.

Atmosphere - Holy Drainage problems Batman! Seriously it's bad here, 5-8 was pretty much unplayable. Was hoping for some more hills considering the location of the place.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a 9 holer suited more for beginners or a place to practice different shots in a field. They did the best with what they had but in the end it's just one more course crammed in to extra space.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Not much to see here.

2-4    4/14/2012   6/10/2012
Review By: WreckDirector
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 3.3 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice baskets, grass stays cut, easy to find, over par'd so it can build confidence, plays quick if you are looking for something fast.
Cons: Only 9 holes, tee pads (although concrete) are a joke due to their size, not much of a challenge (no wooded area at all), constantly having to wait to make sure people are out of your way while they are walking on the track if it is a busy day, some holes can become a swamp after a moderate rain.
Other Thoughts: Like the title says, not much to see here. If you have children you can bring them here and allow them to play, while you sling a few discs and still keep an eye on them at the same time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Ho Hum

2-4    3/1/2011   3/11/2011
Review By: digital
Played: 53  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 5.2 Years
This review was updated on 5/26/2011
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A breeze of a 9 holes to play. Can finish quickly and build confidence. Easy to navigate. Good signage. Ace runs galore.
Cons: Too straightforward. Very wide open for the most part. Overall somewhat boring and monotonous. Several holes shouldn't be par 4 or 5's. When played as all par 3's, it might pose a little more of a challenge. Not much technical skill required. Course is mostly short and wide open. Miniature tee pads are cute...but that's about it.
Other Thoughts: A nice warm-up to Catawba Meadows.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Open and Straight

1    11/21/2009   10/1/2010
Review By: Olorin
Played: 302  Reviewed: 115  Exp: 35.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
*The course is very easy to navigate, and it's so open, with very few trees and little foliage, that it would be hard to lose a disc.
*There's a good map of the course online.
*The L bend fairway on hole 3 provides the only break from the monotony of the other 8 straight fairways. Hole 3, going uphill (+24 ft rise), also has the most significant elevation change, then 4 and 5 are a bit downhill to take you back to the flat lands.
*Umm… the double chain Discatcher baskets were good too
Cons:
-Lots of potential safety issues with picnic tables and a basketball court too close to the fairways.
-8 of 9 fairways are open straight shots.
-There is very little elevation variety.
-Lack of terrain variety. 7 holes are open grass with very few trees or obstacles while 2 have a few trees. Way too open for my taste.
-Lack of length variety: 7 holes are in the 220-340 range, so they feel very similar.
-The tee pads are tiny and detrimental. They're only about 5 ft long x 3 ft. wide
-Hole 3 was hard to navigate with the L bend and the basket out of view up the hill.
-The pars listed on the online score card are bogus Rec pars. The 325 ft hole 3 isn't a par 5, even if it is uphill, and the 430 ft hole 6 shouldn't be a par 5 either.
-There's a discrepancy on the hole lengths between the tee signs and the score card, especially for hole 3.
Other Thoughts:
Course Level: White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 900)

Being so open the course could be good for new players, but 5 holes are too long for beginners.

Since I was already out in western NC I just played a quick round then got back in the car and hit the road again. Don't go out of your way to play here.

A note about my rating: My rating is a subjective measure of my enjoyment of the course, on the day I played it, and it is NOT intended to be a measure of the quality of the course. My ratings are given "on the curve" in relation to all other courses I've played.

~My more detailed "Overall Rating" notes and "Hole-by-hole Ratings" are available in the Files section.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Funny little course

2-4    5/12/2009   1/12/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 815  Reviewed: 749  Exp: 12.4 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a pretty multi-use park. There is lots of parking, and available restrooms and water fountains, and a dog park. The baskets were in great shape, and there were tee signs with the hole distance.

There were a couple holes with some decent length, and one that required a hard dog leg up a hill that made for a fun challenge. We played with some locals who were very friendly and helpful, and showed us the reverse layout they play for some different looks and more challenge.
Cons: Other than hole 3, the course is very straightforward without any real challenges. Most of the holes are basically wide open and don't force any specific shots. There is a creek along the first hole, but it doesn't come into play at all. The tees are too small for a reasonable run up, and are not level enough with the ground to step on to, we just threw from next to the tees.

The course overlaps too much with other park uses. Most of the holes play across the walking path, and many play very close to picnic areas, basketball courts and sports fields. On a busy day this course would be pretty unsafe to play.
Other Thoughts: This is an ok course for beginners, though players without good control are even more likely to hit other park-goers. More experienced players will find little here to hold their interest or challenge them, and all players will likely be frustrated with the amount of non-dg traffic.

This is an ok quick round if you're passing by, but don't go out of your way for this one.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 just Opinions from me... see Reviews below.

1    11/15/2009   11/18/2009
Review By: DSCJNKY
Played: 256  Reviewed: 130  Exp: 12.9 Years
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Other Thoughts:
- Everything DiscChainBasket18, Cmdrmack, billtvshow, and heelboycraig said… there is not too much to add. So I will just say…

- If you're looking to add another course to your courses played list, Bethel Park is a cute little disc golf course that deserves your consideration… especially with the recent installation of a bigger, more attractive, disc golf 'only' course a few miles away at Catawba Meadows.

- Coming from Los Angeles I am used to sharing real-estate with other park users; however, holes 8 and 9 play a little too close to a basketball court and playground. The rest of the holes have other "traffic" issues… but, if you're patient it's not the end of the world.

- There seemed to be plenty of room in a less populated part of the park where the course could be relocated and/or redirected toward. This would eliminate the danger associated with 8 and 9 and provide for some better shots.

- Bethel Park DGC is a much better time than its "disc score" might indicate. I wasn't mad at it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Clean 9-holer

1    11/15/2009   11/16/2009
Review By: DiscChainBasket18
Played: 78  Reviewed: 61  Exp: 10.2 Years
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Clean little park with a decent 9 hole layout. Nice piece of land for a course. Nice baskets (Innova DisCatchers). Course map holder at 1st tee. Fairly intuitive & easy to navigate (even without map). #4 is a short 125' Ace run. The tee signs were very large & placed out of the way of the tee pad. Good parking & restrooms available. There are some large aluminum picnic benches near hole #2 & 3. Easy walk. My favorite hole: #5
Cons: Almost every hole crosses the walking/jogging paths (#1,2,3,4,5,6 & 7). Hole #3 basket is up on the side of a hill. You have to throw over a walkway & land your disc near a picnic/gazebo/restroom area. The route to the pin is not immediately apparent as there is not a clear cut route through the trees (yet). The tee pads were poured concrete but the dimensions were very small (4'x6'?). You could run up onto the tee pads (from the back) on most holes so this shouldn't be a big issue. #8 tee pad is in one of the worst spots possible. You have to throw around/over a busy basketball court. The basket is also in a vulnerable location with picnickers & soccer players all around the basket. No benches after hole 3. Not much elevation.
Other Thoughts: As you drive into the park there seems to be a lot of unused land available. Possibly add another 9 holes or re-orginaze the layout of the front 9?

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Bethel Park DGC

5+    5/20/2009   7/20/2009
Review By: Dixie Boy
Played: 10  Reviewed: 6
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: A place to practice. Good tees.
Cons: Too many kids and walkers that get in the way. The grass gets high at times.
Other Thoughts: The City of Morganton is to build another course on the Greenway. I can't wait for it. It has to be better than this.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 

2-4    6/19/2009   6/23/2009
Review By: Cmdrmack
Played: 6  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 5.6 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good practice course.

It has a very hard left turn on hole three that has a number of possibilities to play.

Hole four is a close shot that allows for the possibility of an Ace, shown be the handful of signatures on the basket.

Holes five and six allow for one to fire off some really long drives.

Course flows very well from one hole to another.
Cons: Not a lot of drainage on the course, which makes for a very marshy experience if there has been recent rain. It can get kind of gross out there.

The course is very open, but one still has to worry about people walking, children playing, or basketball/soccer players. Also, hole four has a blind corner right next to the only restroom in the park, and someone could easily get hit by a disc.
Other Thoughts: As a Morgantonian myself, it's great to have a local park. This park has a good variety of shots, especially considering the limitations of a venue that was not designed originally for a disc golf course.

If I were learning how to play disc golf again, this is the kind of course I would want to have nearby.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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