6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Located in the same park as the longer, more difficult Angry Beaver, the Eager Beaver seems tailored for beginners or for players looking to get in a quicker round. Little elevation comes to play throughout, but that is made up for with the wealth of lines presented by the course's trees. Nothing gets too tight or pin-bally, but lines must be hit to score well. Long tees as well as short tees on most holes do a decent job of changing up the looks. Water comes into play on a couple of holes in the form of a small pond. #15 encourages a hyzer shot out over the lake and around the trees and brush straight ahead in the "fairway."
- Fun signage drawn by the local school children. Apparently the short tee signs were made by elementary or middle school students while the long tee signs were done by the high-schoolers. Concrete tees for both long and short.
Cons: - A couple of holes play over a road or paved walking path, creating a bit of a safety hazard, although it appeared as though little traffic occurred at these spots.
- The signage, although pretty to look at, is suspect at best. Often, only the hole number is given. For the long tees, the signs' distances seemed incorrect. This isn't a major factor, as almost every hole is fairly self-explanatory.
Other Thoughts: - While a great course for those looking to have a one or two disc round, or for beginners, Eager Beaver tends to be too short and repetitive for more experienced players. Fortunately, those players can cross the park and try their hand at the much more difficult Angry Beaver.
6 of 7 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.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
one of my favs
Pros: This is the first course my wife learned how to play on. She loves it and so do I. Great beginners course very forgiving and not real difficult!
Cons: lots of leaves actually lost a dics in them. Need to keep a good eye on your disc.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great course for beginners and pros alike. Probably one of my favorite course in Charlotte. Great short and intermediate long baskets. great looking course nice fairways.
Cons: would be nice to have good signs for the long tee's. hard as heck to find your disc because of a ton of leaf's
Other Thoughts: over all a nice course fun for beginners and pros you will have a good time.
0 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.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Fun beginner course!
Pros: Short fun course to start off at. Many birdie holes out there and possibly an ace.
Cons: Can get very wet if recently rained. Some holes are just too easy even for beginners.
Other Thoughts: 1st course i ever played which is where i recommend for newbies because it is not very challenging
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great concrete tees and cool, artsy tee signs done by 5th graders on the short tees and by more talented artists on the longs that have a very surreal, avant garde kind of feel. It's like discing in Greenwich Village except without all the lame hipsters. Most baskets are visible from the tee which is nice because the "hip" tee signs don't tell you anything about the hole except the distance and what hole number it is, and sometimes that's kind of cryptically concealed within the art itself, so it's like playing the Da Vinci Code while you disc. The course is moderately wooded, you're in the shade most of the time but the fairways are pretty forgiving, not super tight or anything. It's pretty easy to get around the course also save for some hiccups, and there's a map available in that main building at the end of the road.
Playability: Pretty good, more fun than challenging. Lots of birdies and ace runs for the more seasoned disc golfer, could lead to some tight cards in competitive matches. The variety is pretty good in terms of mixing it up Left-to-Right, the distances are a little repetitive but not a whole lot. Overall, just a really fun, enjoyable course.
Cons: I have some safety issues that hurt the rating a smidge. Hole #1's pro tee has some early tree danger that could easily kick a drive into someone's windshield because the parking lot is immediately to the right of the fairway.
Hole #7 I believe, which is tricky to see at first (after you hole out at #6, go towards the main park building) actually has the long tee right behind a pretty busy park road and there was also a field of kids trying out for football on the immediate right past the building that are also within disc's length.
Hole 15's pro tee forces you to hyzer over the pond, a la Buckhorn. This is fine because it is pretty short (~165'), but the window of foliage for your disc to enter safely without being branched into the drink is pretty small right now during the summer so even some good throws could get punished, and you can't see this from the tee.
Other Thoughts: This is a solid, solid course. It's not flashy and it's not going to blow you away with difficulty or unique holes but it's like a role player on the team that does all the intangibles right that don't necessarily show up on the stat sheet. A great course for people just getting into DG b/c it'll crank up the addiction fun factor all the way to eleven.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Elon Beginner Course
Pros: This course is a great begginer course.
-some short holes
-some very short holes
-two sets of tees
-very nicely maintained
-also the site of the not so famous angry beaver course too.
Cons: -slightly compact
-sometimes not enough parking usually on saturdays
-some holes are a little to short to call them holes (my opinion)
Other Thoughts: great place for the family to come and also short enough for a round during lunch on a work day (maybe).
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Tiny Gem on the Southside
Pros: A great course to get the kinks out of your short game, Elon's short course is a beautiful course located in a very nice area of Charlotte. This course is part of a recreational complex, which features athletic fields, recreational center and Elon's long course(Elong) on the same site.
Elon's short course is equipped with two sets of concrete tee pads(one short[red] and one long[white] on each hole). Currently, each short tee has tee signs bearing creative artwork from local schoolchildren showing hole numbers, pars and distances. Long tee signs have recently been installed. A single DISCatcher in place for each hole, in stationary pin placements, all in excellent condition. A practice basket is located at parking lot, next to hole #1.
Elon plays as a beginner-friendly course. Distances are short, averaging 185' from red tees, 245' from the white tees. Most holes would classify as excellent ace runs, and the ace board is located by Tee #1 shows it. Bring your approach game, and save your drivers for Elon's new long course.
Basket to tee distances are very reasonable, you should have no trouble navigating the short course. A very small creek comes into play on #17, a tiny creek located behind the basket. A lake is also in play from the white tee pad on hole #15. A straight line to the basket plays over the water, and a clear line plays around the lake for a safer shot.
Cons: Only a few minor complaints about the course, in order of importance;
-Lack of trash cans, only a few in range of any holes on the course,
-Course is not challanging to anyone other than a beginner
-Dranage is a problem on the back 9, sure to be sloppy if it has rained recently.
Other Thoughts: I've rated Elon-Short Course 3.5 discs. Deductions for no trash cans, benches and overall length/difficulty of course. Rated a little higher because of the pro level course on the same site makes up for the Short Course's difficulty.
Entrance for the park is on Audrey Kell. Take park access road passed athletic fields, parking lot in the back of park before recreational center.
The addition of Elon-Long Course really hasn't affected the course traffic on the Short Course. Short holes, and short distances between holes should allow you to get two rounds in in an hour if playing alone. The long tee pads add about 1,100' to the course for an added challange and a different look for a few of the holes. Enjoy one of Charlotte's newest courses, but don't forget about the many others existing and others coming soon.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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