So many things wrong, but a few right
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I'm going to be honest, the list of pro's here is short.
Firstly, the park seems to be a fairly nice establishment in itself. Disc golf was definitely an afterthought.
If you're anything Intermediate or higher, this will give you decent practice at up shots. Every single shot, except hole 3, is a straight shot with nearly zero obstacles and zero elevation. This is the definition of field work. At the very least you could dial in the distances on your putters/mids and fairways.
The course has nice signs and even has concrete tee pads (although they're way too small), but at least it's something dry to stand on...
The baskets are at least top of the line DISCatchers.
Cons: The cons are a mile long, but honestly I'll try to keep it short because this course doesn't really deserve too much time spent on it.
Firstly, the overall goal appears to be to appeal to recreation players, as indicated by the exaggerated pars and overall difficulty of the course. However, I still think it does a fairly poor job at that. Most courses like that will not have anything over 300ft, whereas this course has several shots like that. Yea they may be straight and easy, but some are still long for the average rec player.
The worst thing about the course is how it flirts dangerously with other park amenities. Hole 3 is a prime example. The only "blind" shot on the whole course has you shooting up into a picnic table area that is around the corner from the tee pad. Additionally, several holes have you shooting across walking paths, courts and other fields that could be in use.
The park itself seems to be located in a flood zone. The entire area was soggy when I played and was holding fairly large puddles making several holes unplayable.
For anyone Intermediate or higher, this course will be extremely easy. You won't really challenge yourself and you likely won't learn anything about your game. The only reason to play here is to check off another course if you're a junkie.
Other Thoughts: I appreciate the local parks and rec putting a course in, as I usually believe that any course is better than no courses, however in the case of Bethel Park, I'd almost prefer it not exist.
It won't appeal to anyone Intermediate or higher, it's slightly unattainable for rec players, it's wet and often dangerous. The only thing it has going for it are the signs, baskets and the fact that there's a dry spot to stand.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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.
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.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Not much to see here.
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.
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.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Open and Straight
*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
-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.
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.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Funny little course
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.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
just Opinions from me... see Reviews below.
- 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.
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.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Bethel Park DGC
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.
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