Perfect Starter Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: My disc golf addiction was born and grew at the Eager Beaver.
As previous reviews have stated, this is a great beginner-friendly course. There are two sets of tees, with the "super shorts" coming in at less than 200 feet per hole, on average. Even though it's a very beginner-focused course, it's still a good one that intermediate players will find enjoyable as a warm-up round before the Angry Beaver (or a cool-down to help repair a shattered ego).
From the long tees, there are some challenging, technical shots here. There's a good mix of tightly wooded and open holes. My favorite hole is #17, which has a huge, over-sized tee pad and throws downhill, with the lake off to the right.
The other big pro for me on this course is the beauty of the park. The setting is a mature forest, so playing in the fall with the changing leaves is just about a perfect afternoon in North Carolina.
Cons: This isn't a challenging course, especially by Charlotte standards. If you're looking for something more advanced, hop next door to the Angry Beaver or any of Charlotte's other, much more challenging courses.
There can be crowds here, depending on when you plan.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a pro- or advanced-level course, the Eager Beaver isn't the one for you. But if you're just starting out or want to introduce someone to the game, this is a darn near perfect course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Creative short course!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The short course at this facility is appropriately named Eager Beaver, and it would make me eager to play more disc golf if I were new to the game. I would not only introduce people to the game here, but would also play this course on every visit in addition to its Angry cousin.
Two tee pads per hole create two experiences here. The short tees are perfect for beginners or anyone looking to have a fun and casual short game. The long tees usually add an extra level of challenge (sometimes technical, and sometimes in extra length only). It's an even mix of open, moderately wooded, and tightly wooded holes. The designer cleverly made some of the short tees an open run to the pin, while the long tees in the same holes have just enough trees in the line to add some pucker factor. Most of the holes are fairly short, but there are a few longer ones and some of the shorter ones (especially #8 - a nasty wall of trees blocking you from both tees) will punish you if you hit a tree early.
Cons: Things are pretty tight, space- wise, and it seemed there would be many ways to get hit by discs coming from adjacent fairways.
Other Thoughts: This course may not "wow" more experienced players, but I found it to be very a enjoyable way to feel better about my game after the Angry Beaver handed me my arse. I think there's a place for these types of courses and am glad they have made courses for a variety of skill levels. The only thing lacking at Elon is a mid-grade course to balance out the Easy (Eager) and Hard (Angry). But that's asking a lot, I suppose.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Where you begin
Pros: Much like Bailey on the north side of town this course is the place to take someone who is just starting. I saw a group of 7 or 8 kids and there parents using lids having a blast on this course from the shorts. It may be the easiest course when you play all short pads.
The longs are not all beginner friendly and can be a fun challenge to the more experienced players before or after they play angry.
Teepads are good enough for what shots are there because you dont need a massive run-up for most of these holes.
Hole 17 is a lot of fun to throw!
Cons: Some teepads get close to baskets which I'd imagine was tough to avoid in such a small area.
Although its pretty straight forward there is very little if no directional signage.
Very few trashcans. and no benches
It can be confusing to newcomers which course is which because the first few holes of angry arnt very long so theyre thinking" man I can do this" then holes 4 and 5 hit them hard.
Other Thoughts: This course is really a fun play and an accuracy challenge from the longs. Also if you are traveling through it is a nice warmup or cooldown before/after Angry has its way with you. Its worth the play since angry is right there nearbye.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good course for beginners. Clear fairways and good layout. Discatchers all in good shape. Good mix of open and wooded holes. Short tees are fair for beginners; long tees can challenge seasoned players. Practice basket in parking lot is a plus.
Cons: Can get crowded unless you play early or off peak times. Some of the rough can be unforgiving. Signage on last few holes missing, but does not affect play.
Other Thoughts: This is a course I will play more often, as it is great for finesse practice. Good, quick rounds are possible. My personal favorite so far!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fun, short course, great for playing with the family...
- Two tee boxes on each hole
- Contained within very nice park
- Great warm-up for much longer and more challenging course that is right next-door (within the same park)
- Often played so minimal undergrowth
- Decent hole maps
Cons: - All par 3s
- Very short and easy for experienced players, virtually no holes where you should not be putting on your second shot
- No benches at the tee boxes
- Hardly any trash cans throughout the course
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Easy, and Quick.
Nice Park Location with good quality Discatchers.
Well worn, means less lost discs and poison ivy.
Holes are on top of one another.
Other Thoughts: This course is great because it keeps amateurs off of the second course. It has two sets of tees, which makes third month 'pros' stay around longer before trying the other course.
This is a great course to introduce friends to the game without crushing their hopes of ever being decent.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Course has two tee pads for every hole.
-Course has a practice basket.
-Course has a nice mix of wooded and open holes.
-Course sets itself up nicely for a variety of shots.
Cons: -It can get crowded sometimes on the weekends.
-This couse may not be hard enough for advanced players.
Other Thoughts: This course is the perfect place to take a beginner. It is also a nice course to warm-up on for players that are taking on the tougher Angry Beaver course.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome beginner course
Pros: The course plays through a moderately wooded area that's mostly flat. Many holes have mature trees and no underbrush, with a section of the course that has a little more brush to punish errant shots. There are two full sets of concrete tees that change up the difficulty of the course quite a bit, which makes it accessible for a wide range of players.
The short tees offer mostly holes under 200' but with enough trees to keep things interesting. The long tees offer more variety in length, though none of the holes require more than a mid or maybe a fairway driver for better players. Both sets of tees offer good technical lines that aren't too tight but make players hit a variety of lines to score well. The signs are artwork done by local kids, and have the hole number and distance. More detailed signage isn't necessary here with nearly all shots pretty obvious off the tee, so I thought it was a great way to get the local school involved in the course.
Cons: More experienced players will find even the long tees here pretty straightforward and relatively easy. It's not designed to be a challenging track, but I do rate all courses on the same scale. Because almost all the holes are similar lengths, and have similar fairway widths, they can get a little repetitive at times. There are some holes that bring a park road into play, it doesn't seem heavily trafficked but it could be a safety issue at times.
Other Thoughts: This is a perfect beginners' course, with short lengths and limited punishment for errant shots on most holes, but enough trees to force different lines off the tee so new players can't get by with just a big hyzer drive. More experienced players can have fun throwing putter rounds here and going for aces, but it's not going to test most experienced players very much at all. I loved how well the two courses in this park complement one another, I love to see that in multi-course complexes.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Elon's little brother
Pros: A complete 18 hole course in the same park as Elon long. Gives players the option of playing long, short or both courses. Every hole has at least 1 concrete pad, and most have a long and short pad. A few of the pads offer a totally different angle on the shot, which is a nice option. Navigation was simple. Nothing that took more than a glance to figure out. Just a solid, mostly short course nestled into typical NC woods. Some tight lines to hit, but nothing that will have you shaking your head. Also a decent mix of lines to hit. I never felt like the course was getting repetitive or boring. Built mostly on flat land, it does manage to sneak a little elevation change in a few spots.
Cons: Even though it is a short course it would be nice if the pads were a little larger. It is pretty easy to fall off the front or simply not have room if you prefer a little bit of a run-up or you are just a big guy.
No real signature holes that have you feeling like you should empty your bag. Nothing that sticks out as a memorable hole or shot.
A couple holes that play over a parking lot and a road. The parking lot is a little used maintenance lot so that is not a big deal. The road could cause you to hold up on occasion.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is a nice option to have in a city known for its tough courses. Every once in a while it's good to go throw some putters and mids, and just try to hit some lines. Elon Short is also a good compliment to the long course. For people that want some variety or just don't feel up to the challenge of Elon Long, Elon Short is a nice little option.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A really good beginners course. Fun to play. Pretty well laid out and easy to navigate. Short and long concrete tee pads. An intermediate player can probably play the whole course with a putter and midrange disc from either the long or short tees. The short tees are very easy. Step back to the long tees for a little more of a challenge. Most of the holes are open and don't require much thought but there a few holes in the woods that require your disc to hold a definite line. A good place to work on your control.
There is also a football field on the property that is usually not being used and serves as another good place to practice.
Cons: This isn't really a bad thing but it's a pretty easy course. Even if you hit a tree or go off the fairway it's still easy to save par. Advanced players might find this course a little boring.
It can get very crowded at times. Usually on weekends it gets backed up with very new players and a round that should take 45 minutes can drag out to an hour and a half. When it's not crowded it's easy to get in a couple of quick rounds.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course I ever played and still like going back there. I look at it as a practice course. Somewhere for me to practice approach shots or long long putts with some trees in the way. It's also a great place to warm up before a round on Elon Long which I think is an awesome course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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