4 Helpful / 0 Not
Now with signs!
Pros: Good variety of holes, nice use of elevation, no interference from other park users, signs marking the holes (although the lengths are a bit suspect). A couple of open holes as a nice change from the woods. Hole 9 is right by the parking lot where you start, so mid-round trips to the car are easy. Much less crowded than UNC. Less than 15 minutes from at least 2 other courses, and probably less than 30 to 5 others. Located in a big, nice park with all the expected park facilities, including a dog area.
Cons: No teepads, can be a little confusing, no real signature hole, although 18 is close.
Other Thoughts: Very tight, I'll let you decide for yourself if this is a pro or con. The duck flies at midnight.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Another Nice DGC
Pros: DISCatcher baskets, Great elevation differentials on holes, many going straight up hill or down and back up, No concrete tee boxes as stated before but the tee boxes are very solid, compacted dirt. Course also varies in length on holes, seemed the front nine consisted of a lot of holes in the 250 ft range, as the back nine holes got progressively longer and more challenging.
Cons: Lots of paths back in the woods that lead to nothing. Also plenty of fresh green ivy and small weeds all along tree lines of the fairways. These tall grasses made it difficult to find discs on the back nine especially.
Other Thoughts: Other than the multiple paths and heavy weeds, it was a very pleasant DGC. Also as stated before I would definitely not suggest for beginners, for the reason most fairways are very tight and could be discouraging.
The front nine seemed to play much easier than the back nine. I would say the back nine was a lot tighter of fairways, and adding around 100 ft compared to some front nine holes.
Also they have added in a few signs that are made out of white pvc piping with arrows drawn on them to attempt to help navigate.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good length. Nice park. Well defined fairways. Mostly wooded but a couple were open, play out of the woods type holes, hole 9 is a good example. Be wary of the little pond ~200 ft down and to the left of the tee on hole 9. Very natural course. This is the quintessential course where you feel like you are walking through the woods except there's baskets along the way. Very verdant, very pleasing on the eyes. Although it's very woodsy, there is very little underbrush here so losing a disc takes dedication. Hole one is cool if you throw on the big mulch pile . I doubt that is permanent though. Good variety to the holes, balanced between straight, straight and just left, and straight and just right. A few mild dog leg rights but nothing you couldn't reach the basket off the tee. Holes run from just under 200' to over with a few in the 300'+ range, typical NC wooded course distances. Good flow now that there are tee signs and next tee signs. Good amenities, dog park, etc.
Cons: Fairways are quite tight but very fair and manageable as long as you can throw straight. Some of the holes could of presented multiple lines from the tee as there is plenty of land for it but I'm nitpicking here. Good moderate to advanced course, could be brutal to beginners. No benches but there are a few fallen trees and cut stumps to sit on here and there.
*Update* The tee signs are nice but they lack a general picture of the fairway and the distances seem way off, either that or the public school system failed me in a big way.
**Update** The back 9 needs some clearing of fallen trees and branches and undergrowth (including poison ivy) in a big way. It's perfectly playable, it's just starting to get a little jungle-ish out there.
Other Thoughts: This course is slowly cementing itself in the top 3 of the Chapel Hill area, just behind UNC's and I'd rather play multiple rounds here than anywhere else in the area. As far as a destination course, I would have liked to see some more extreme dog legs to the extent of having some par 4s or 5s b/c I think there's land for it. This course reminds me of Valley Springs except it's prettier and just as fun if not more so despite only having one set of tees.
**update** This is becoming my favorite course in the area. It's easily the prettiest round of disc golf of the 3 (UNC, Anderson) and although UNC is obviously a better course, SoCo's combination of tight lines and wonderful woods make this a fun challenge.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
A Nice "Semi-Completed" DGC in Chapel Hill, NC!
Pros: Park features plenty of amenities (Tennis, Fields, Dog Park, etc...). Extra long holes on the back nine. Definitely a challenge with tight fairways, and moderate to hilly terrain.
Cons: Unfinished Course. Heavily Wooded Course. No Signage (as of currently). No Benches (as of currently). Difficult to find markers/tees. Too many paths which don't always lead to the next tee. Tees have not been poured (assuming they plan to have concrete tees).
Other Thoughts: It is important to note that the Southern Village DGC has not officially been completed. The baskets have been installed, but the tee pads and fairways have yet to be fully completed. In fact, the tees are marked only by a rectangular patch of open dirt, and two small orange marker flags. This review will be extremely detailed, only because there is no signage, no maps, and there are various paths that run through the course. I spend much of my time yesterday lost on the course. My hope, is that this review will help you navigate this unfinished course...
Please use caution, as the heavy leaf coverage, downed trees, and cleared trees have been left as is, and this makes this course quite dangerous for those whom don't pay attention to where they are going. I personally finished this course with a injured ankle, a bloddy wrist, and the frustration of not knowing where the next tee was... Please play this course with caution!
When you first arrive at Southern Village, you'll be turning into Dogwood Acres Road from 15-501. You'll want to park in the parking lot on your immediate RIGHT, otherwise the road continues into a neighborhood, and you'll no longer be in the park.
Tee #1 is to the left toward the dog park, and you'll see the first basket just inside of the wooded area to the right of the furthest part of the dog park. Again, remember that the tees are simple dirt patches with two small orange construction marker flags.
After hole #6, follow the path to the left of the "Oak Datum" an indention of Earth surrounded by cut wood logs, arranged in a circular pattern.
Hole #7 is heavily wooded, and only allows for a 6' wide window of a fairway, with a sharp drop off to the right. After Hole #7, the path hits an abrupt T-intersection, you'll want to go right.
Hole #9 is the only open field hole on the entire course, and is right near the parking lot, opposite of where Tee #1 is located. After you finish Hole #9, you'll need to follow the sidewalk path across Dogwood Acres Road. Follow the sidewalk to the left, and look for a dirt path on the right for Tee #10.
After Hole #13, don't cross the street. Stay on the path to the right to find the next Tee.
After Hole #15, follow the path to the right.
After Hole #16, the path hits a fork and you'll need to go right at the fork.
After Hole #17, follow the path behind the basket to the right which parallels the bottom of the tennis courts to find the Tee for Hole #18.
Overall, I think that the Southern Villahe Disc Golf Course has the potential to be Chapel Hill's version of Buckhorn DGC (New Hill, NC). The terrain is well mixed, but with no water hazards like Buckhorn DGC has. Therefore, the scenery is much more like Cornwallis DGC in Durham, NC or Kentwood DGC in Raleigh, NC - just on much more land, and segmented.
There are currently no benches on the course, I would assume they simply haven't been purchased yet. This makes sense, as the fairways have barely been outlined by the cutting of trees, but not the removal of them.
I would definitelty not classify this course as a beginner's course, regardless of what state the course is in. The heavy woods will have a tendancy to eat up discs, while the heavy leaf coverage will also conceal your discs, so keep a keen eye on them. You'll also want to bring comfortable shoes that will support your feet on rought terrain, as part of the course require going up and down fairly graded hills.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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