1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The Front 9. I love the first half of the course. Great design and beautiful layout. Uphill, downhill, straight, left and right holes provide for diverse approaches at each tee. There's a few water risks here and there but the fun kind! Having it right next to that beautiful New Bern water is a definite plus.
There are a lot of regular locals that play and maintain the course. Everyone was super friendly.
Cons: The back 9. Things start to get a little silly. Mostly because of the trees. Whether you are a pro or beginner-you will hit a tree on the back 9. Still a great layout! But there is only truly wide open hole on the back 9. There is a water treatment plant there and you may catch a wiff of that if there's a tailwind. Also theres a few risks with cars parked. It's at a large park so there was lots of families grilling out. I landed one in the parking lot beside the basket and thanks to a car. My good driver was flattened by a bad driver if you know what I mean.
Other Thoughts: Overall it was fun! One of those courses where its good to play for the experience but definitely not a destination course for me. But if I'm in the area again, I'll probably go back.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful, challenging course
Pros: Good use of elevation. Most holes have a clear line to throw. Good risk/reward throughout most of the course. Multiple line to choose from. Good variation of long and short holes. Good variation of open and tight holes. Good facilities for the family. There is a nice Jungle-Jim type playground for the kids. There is a fenced-in doggie park for the pooch. There are good shelters and picnic facilities. There are also clean rest rooms at the park. Navigation is fairly simple. Nice tee signs. It's not difficult to find the next hole and there are directional signs. Most would not need a guide for the first time they play this course. The park is in a nice neighborhood, it seems. I didn't see anything that would keep me from bringing a family here.
Cons: My biggest con is the natural tees and subsequent roots and slopes and slants. Concrete tees would add at least a half-disc to my rating. Some of the white tees are poorly placed. The white tees on one hole are straight in front of two trees. Some course designers confuse "sticking the tee in front of trees" with "good design". Thankfully, this is an exception.
Other Thoughts: The club is working very hard at getting artificial built-up tees of some design. At least two holes run next to the water. Lost discs are common. I greatly prefer the Blue tees; longer, but placed much better. Overall, I love the course, but I probably won't play it again until the new tees are in. The course is very wooded, but not claustrophobic. It also features several open holes that will let you crank it all out. Some holes are poorly designed, IMHO, without a clear line to the basket. Some people don't mind this, so i won't put it as a Con. The course is near a treatment plant and a river, so odor is an issue on some days. The course had a nice breeze throughout. It never got real windy, probably because of the trees. I'm sure that the shade will come in handy in the summer, and being beside a river will help it stay cool.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course is in a nice riverfront park, with tall pines and, for the most part, little underbrush. Modest elevation but some bluffs and earthworks, on the shores of a river which is very wide---more of a sound at this point---making it right scenic.
The front 9, in particular, makes good use of the riverfront and steep slopes, with well-designed fairways.
Cons: There are a lot of holes laid out among the tall pines, with more-or-less a fairway and if you miss it or kick off, you can look for a path through the trees to the basket. Not bad, but not great, and enough of these that they get a little redundant.
Other Thoughts: My visit coincided with gale-force winds, but I'd suspect from the course's waterfront and coastal location that winds frequently make it interesting.
Next door to a sewage treatment plant, I guess; said winds meant I didn't have to deal with odors but I'm sure there are times it's a little unplesant.
Definitely worth playing if you're in the area.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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