Pros: Its the only disc golf course in town.
Good length on a few holes.
Park stays maintained.
Cons: Several bland holes
There are tee signs but no designated pad or line.
Potential for park users to be in the way on several holes.
The course is on the egde of a bad neighborhood.
Other Thoughts: Palmer's park is not a large park and the course takes up the whole area. Luckily the park is almost never busy, but if it was the course would be difficult to play.
There are several interesting holes here, and the only real throw away hole is number 3.
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There is a reason this course is behind the Law center.
Pros: Play hole 3 a few times a day and your ace count can look like Cubby's.
Risk vs. Reward on hole 5, with the basket being on the downward slope.
Holes 6, 7, and 8 had more distance, but holes 6 and 8 would be the only two holes that felt like the usual holes you would see at another course.
I was under the impression that the navigation was difficult and finding tee pads would take time, but despite the odd flow, navigation is pretty easy and the course can be played quickly.
Cons: No clear tee areas, just find a spot next to the tee sign and throw.
Minimal tee signs with just hole number and distance. Very odd flow, jumping back and forth between holes you end up walking in the shape of a knot.
Slight safety issues in an already suspect area: Parking lot came into play on hole 1, hole 2 throws over basketball court and directly over number 3's fairway. Hole 7 was a 90 degree turn near property lines and along a sidewalk.
Parking was not ideal, people from the housing project were parked facing uphill taking up 3 spaces each. There were only 8 spots total. We parked up by the Law Enforcement Center, then did not like not being able to see the car and parked on the hill.
OB can come into play (if you count the creek and all pavement), but the only purpose is serves is to punish an already horrible throw.
Several of the baskets seemed low. #5 is very low, slightly tilted, and their was a bald spot in the chains.
Other Thoughts: There is a sign that specifically says that sex offenders are banned from course, so pedoplayers can take their discs elsewhere.
I think course was simply planned poorly. Recap: Hole 1 had the parking lot on left, 2 threw over basketball court and hole 3, 3 was a dinky little putt of a hole, then you walk back over 1 to 4. 4 and 5 are blind shots when they do not need to be. 7 was just poor all around. Throwing 80 feet then turning 90 degrees near a house to throw 250 feet along a sidewalk and property lines.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
I Don't Think This Course Gets Much Use!
Pros: Palmer Lake is a little recreational nine hole course set in this nice little park. The park slopes down to a creek in the middle giving some elevation opportunities on many holes. It's another one of these NC courses where I'm not sure who the designer was building the course for, Beginners or recreational type players. # 3 is a simple little 110 ft. wide open hole and then there is # 7, a 427 downhill hyser. # 2 features a sharp hyser shot around some trees. There are no teepads and no signs of anywhere where people have been teeing it off from. This leads me to believe that this course doesn't get many disc golfers. There are small tee signs giving the distance, par and hole #. The baskets were basically, both with no signs of any vandalism.
Cons: I wouldn't want to be playing this course when the park was busy with some kind of party or celebration. It's more than a pitch and putt but not quite a full sized recreational course. I'm going to agree with Craig that the course doesn't flow real well.
Other Thoughts: Unfortuantly, someone built this course in the wrong neighborhood. There are project type apartments on both sides of the course. If this nice little park was in a better neighborhood of Shelby, I could see it getting a fair amount of play, because it kind of an enjoyable little throw.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: It's a short, quick 9 hole course. Allows for quick rounds and plenty of birdie chances.
- Holes 6 - 8 are legitimate holes. Nice stretch of longer, more challenge layouts. You have to throw well on these to get your pars.
- Good mix of easy, shorter holes & more challenging ones.
- Good baskets.
- They didn't have much to work with, so I'll give them credit for making it as difficult as possible.
Cons: Course is cramped. They used every inch of space to squeeze in 9 holes. I haven't come across many other courses (thankfully) that are as squeezed as this one.
- If the course is ever crowded, you'll have to keep an eye on people playing other holes. Risk of throws from other holes overlapping is high.
- Sign by parking area says "Parking lot is under 24-hour surveillance." That pretty much describes the surroundings.
- There isn't much flow to the course. After playing hole 1, holes 2 & 3 are to the right. Then you cross back over the first hole to play 4 & 5. Then you walk back past the first teepad to play 6. With a little better planning, they could have had the holes flow in order, like most courses, instead of crossing back and forth.
Other Thoughts: This course would get a lot more play, and positive attention, if it were located in a more disc golf friendly location. Swap this nine-hole course out with many others in the region (Crest, Kings Mountain HS, Dorton, North Cabarrus, etc.) and this course would be thought of in a much more positive light. Instead, it seems like it's going to waste.
- There are definitely some fun and/or challenging holes on this course. For only nine holes, you get a some nice variety.
- You're not going to be overwhelmed playing here. But (in disc golf experience only) you shouldn't be disappointed. #8 is really a fun hole. There's the challenge of a creek along the left side of the fairway, and a semi-low ceiling on a tee shot. The creek also guards the front and left of the basket. It takes two solid shots to get to the basket.
- As stated, put this course in a different location, and most of these reviews (mine included) would be higher scores. Keep that in mind when checking this course out.
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