Wingate, NC 
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Hole #9 Tee

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 Solid, underrated course, just like Wingate University itself

2-4    4/11/2014   4/12/2014
Review By: heelboycraig
Played: 210  Reviewed: 204  Exp: 12 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wingate's 9-holer is a solid, under-rated course. Just like the university itself, it's easy to overlook this great place because it's an out of the way locale.
- Very good quality of holes, ranging from birdie and ace-run chances up to very difficult holes where even more advanced players will have to work for their 3s.
- Holes #1 - 5 and 8 are all birdie chances. You can also be aggressive and make a couple runs at aces on these holes as well. Now, if you get too aggressive, there is potential trouble on a couple of these holes. #2 & 8 have water that comes into play. #5 has dirt mounds and overgrown grass if you overshoot the basket.
- The other three holes - #6, 7 & 9 are where the challenge is. All are longer than 380 feet - whereas the next longest hole is 243 feet - And require distance, accuracy and/or creative shot making. Don't be surprised if your card has six 2s and three 4s on it when you're through.
- #7 is a great hole. It would be a signature hole on almost any course. It's 380 feet, with a creek running along the right side of the fairway, along with enough trees scattered about to give narrow lines. If you go left, you're in the fairway for #6; although, I didn't see any mando signs, so that might be a moot point. The basket is close enough to the water that you don't want to go long & right. Plus their thick underbrush on the other side of the creek, so you'd rather be in the creek than in that stuff. It will take two solid shots to give oneself a putt for 3. Having a hole this good really elevates the overall quality of the course.
- Course is very easy to navigate. If you park in the main lot, the first tee is right there. The tee signs are easy to locate for all nine holes, so there shouldn't be any wasted time trying to find your way around the course for first time players.
- Course makes for a quick round. I played through twice in about 50 minutes. The extra time you spend on the more challenging holes can be made up for on the shorter, easier one.
- The course is on Wingate's campus, but it's out of the way of students and buildings, so it Is playable any time.
Cons: The course is cramped too close together. Essentially #4 - 8 all overlap each other to varying degrees. For example, the tee for #4 is in the fairway for #7. If you go left on #6 or 7 you're in the others fairway. Basically, if the course is crowded, this would be a difficult one to play. Or, you'll need to be very alert the entire round. When the course is empty, this is a moot point.
- Tee signs and distance seemed slightly off on a couple holes. I threw the same disc on #4 (listed at 243 feet) and #5 (listed at 210). I sailed 15 feet past the basket on #4, and was hole high on #5. I don't think my throws varied that much, instead I think the measurements are slightly off.
- I'm not a fan of putting a basket behind a tree like cherry, elm or maple, but not for the obvious reason. In theory, the basket is placed there to add a degree of difficulty. With these flowering trees, the exact opposite happens. You end up just throwing your disc, aiming for the tree and let it fall down to the ground. I did that both times through, and had two birdie putts of less than 10 feet. Thank you for the big easy birdie target.
- #4 could be more aesthetically pleasing, not that I don't enjoy putting from dirt/mulch mounds directly behind the basket. There's also more room back there that my mind starting imagining the idea of expanded (better) holes or more holes period.
Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with Wingate U's course. With six easy-to-average holes and only three challenging ones, most players should be shooting less than 27 for nine holes.
- This is a great course for beginners and casual players. The big field between #1 & 9 is also a great place to practice throwing.
- #7 by far is the course's best hole, and it's my favorite as well. Many 9-holers don't have anything that comes close to being the level of that hole. I'll take that one hole over any at Bearskin Creek, 10 minutes away.
- I discovered if you can't park in the first lot, next to hole #1, you can also park at the ball field immediately past the course. I did that, walked down the hill, and started on hole #6 instead. It was actually a change of pace to begin my round with the tough stretch instead of the typical easy, warm-up stretch of how this course is designed.
- I would really like to see an 18-hole layout here. I don't know if they have the room or not. But, after playing these holes, I'm in for an 18-hole version of this course. I'd rather play two 9-hole rounds here than 18 at Bearskin.
- This is a slightly above average nine-hole course. It's better than a 1.5 (my average for 9-holers), but not by leaps and bounds. If you're close by, check it out; otherwise, it's not that special to make the 40 minute drive from downtown Charlotte.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Wingate University

2-4    3/2/2014   3/3/2014
Review By: hyatt.4141
Played: 10  Reviewed: 2
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has recently been changed and tee signs added. The course is mainly straight with a few tight fairways and water hazards. Great course for midrange practice, with a few opportunities to bomb it down the fairway. Good for a quick round when in the area.
Cons: The course does not have tee pad markers and the signs do not indicate where the basket is located. Can be tough to navigate if never played before.
Other Thoughts: Initially this course can be challenging to navigate, especially if you have played it before the basket locations were changed.

Hole 1: Straight open shot to the basket with a single tree in front of the basket.
Hole 2: Woods/water hazards on the right and a woods/water hazard behind the basket. Otherwise the hole is open field to and to the left of the basket.
Hole 3: Water hazard near the basket, straight shot with no hazards down the fairway.
Hole 4: lightly wooded, short <200' shot.
Hole 5: Low canopy down the fairway, wooded on the left and open on the right, on the side of a hill.
Hole 6: Tunnel shot about 350-400' .
Hole 7: Water hazard on the right with low canopy over fairway. Lightly wooded on the left.
Hole 8: Short hole 150' with a single tree in front of the basket, water hazard on the right, open to the left.
Hole 9: Bomb it down the open field fairway. Change in elevation about 250' up the fairway. Basket is on top of the hill.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 good practice

1    11/17/2009   11/17/2009
Review By: hogleggbob
Played: 96  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 7.8 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: not bad for a 9 hole course, 2 holes were over 400ft. the layout was easy to follow and it was not crowded. nice baskets and good use of land available
Cons: no tee pads, hole #1 i couldnt find a tee sign for, so i threw from the parking lot. hole# 3 , i didnt see the basket at first and threw towards #6, not too challenging for the most part. the tees were pretty close to the last holes baskets, so if it was crowded it may be a problem, but idont see this course getting a ton of play.
Other Thoughts: for a 9 hole it wasnt bad at all, it took me about 20 minutes to play. with the exception of two holes a driver never came out of the bag. a roc was about all i needed to throw. there seemed to be enough space to add 9 more holes in the future. good course to practice on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice 9 Hole Course

5+    8/28/2009   12/24/2008
Review By: YonderScott
Played: 54  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 7.9 Years
This review was updated on 9/7/2009
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set in a well kept field. It utilizes the trees, hill and one creek that runs through the course. Most holes are out in the open, but have branches blocking the easiest flight path. They also used the one hill for 3 holes to give you some elevation. The creek comes into play on 2 holes, and behind another if you go long. Tee signs are new, baskets new. The course was easy to follow and loops back to the 1st hole.
Cons: No benches, no garbage cans. Grass tees. This is a newer course and these things may get worked out. There is also a design danger problem with 7 and 8. The basket for 7 is in the fairway for the 8th hole. I've yet to see anybody but me playing out there. But if you had more players you would surely want to watch out when putting on 7.
Other Thoughts: This course plays a tad tougher in the summer due to the trees having leaves.
-Hole 1 is across a field with no obstacles. Unless you put your drive left, then you will have a tree to putt around.
-Hole 2 was one of my favorites. It's only 177 long, but crosses a creek. The creek has thick brush. You have one small opening to get your disc in between 2 trees set about 20 feet apart. And you can't go in high because of the branches. If you hit either tree your disc will likely get wet.
-Hole 3 is an uphill shot that would be dead on, but if you try to make a run at the basket from the tee you will have to go right and bring your disc back left.
-Hole 4 is a downhill run that has tree branches in your way. I threw low and got a skip to leave me with a decent putt. If you happen to go long the creek sits about 15-20' behind the basket.
-Hole 5 is back up a hill. The branches are not as much of a problem here, it's just a tighter hole to the basket.
-Hole 6 is just a 400' shot across a field. If you go long on your first or second shot you could have trees to putt around.
-Hole 7 is pretty straight, but you'll need to keep your drive low.
-Hole 8 is fairly straight, maybe one tree to deal with. But don't hit the 7 basket.
-Hole 9 was the most interesting other than 2. It's over the creek with the thick brush. But I'm not sure I ever found the intended flight path. I think they want you to tee from the right of the tee sign, but it's hard to get your disc out of there with a lot of power. It's tight and about the point where your disc starts to rise are branches. If you tee from the left side of the sign good luck, it's real tight.

All in all I enjoyed my rounds here. I travel this road weekly and I know I'll play here more.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

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