The Walk Alone...
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Pros: Leaving the disc golf aside, Creekside is a really nice park. Mostly light forest, it's traversed by a walking trail that made me wish I had my running shoes. Aesthetically, it's an incredible place to spend an afternoon. Throw in some nice cement tees and some shiny new baskets and you've got the makings of a solid course. It's so pleasant an atmosphere that the occasional long walk between holes, which is usually a con, is actually a plus here.
I also appreciated that the ever-present walking path is kept out of the way of the majority of the holes. It is typically encountered between holes. That is, you cross if while walking from basket to tee.
The bridge that crosses the river(you cross it twice) is essentially the signature part of the course and some of the better holes either start or finish there. 14 is a downhill hole that finishes near the creek while 5 and 15 ascend away from the water's edge.
Cons: The issue some could raise with the course, is that it is not aimed at a target ability level. It's confused about what it wants to be. There are parts that seem appropriate for red level players. There are other parts that are too tough even for blue level players. The problem here, is that parts of the course will bore advanced players. At the same time, beginners will be very frustrated at times. For the most part, the different tees change distance without affecting difficulty too much.
Part of this could be cleared up with some artful pruning of trees. As few as a dozen could make the entire course blue-appropriate from the long tees. It's strange in that the trees left behind are often odd choices. They are frequently square in the middle of fairways, punishing good shots. There is one directly in front of a tee, limiting what players can do on that hole.
In that vein, there are several holes that would be described as plinko. There's just a lot of fairways that approached with a groan. There are a bunch of really good holes here and with the natural beauty, I could see a four-star course here. It just needs some tree removal to make some of the fairways more fair. But even without that, it's a more than pleasant way to spend the day.
Other Thoughts: There is also a beginner's loop that features the first two real holes and then 4 additional short holes. It's a really fun idea but I'm not sure that all of the beginner holes are that easy: they're just short.
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Major and Minor
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A 6-hole loop suitable for beginners, and an 18-hole loop for those ready for the next levels.
Walking paths comes near/into play on a few holes.
Course plays on the thickly-wooded slopes, through the openings created by utilities right-of-ways, and often near a creek at the back of a multi-purpose park. Most throwing paths are fair, although a couple could be confused with walking paths. A few holes (6, 11, kinda 10) provide you with a choice of fairway. Over/misthrows could find water (small creek) on about 1/3rd of the holes. Elevation-wise, flat/subtle is most prevalent, although a couple holes have short, steep drops.
Holes 1-2 are shared by both the 6-hole loop, and the 18-hole loop. As part of the beginner-loop, these holes are the most challenging, as they are fairly tight. The remaining beginner-holes are more open, although only number-6 is wide open. Unlike many beginner courses, which are typically wide-open, all of these holes but the last introduce that control and line-shaping is a necessary part of the game.
There are two tee location on about 1/2 the holes, found more frequently on the back nine. The tees are concrete and plenty long-n-wide. Tee-18 is "misaligned", as the basket is way to the left. There are teesigns at every teepad, even those that have two.
The long tee dramatically increases the difficulty of the hole, adding not just length, but also forcing you to hit a challenging window before you even reach the short tee location, which will typically have its own tough window to hit in order to reach the basket.
The course was a cinch to navigate - my first time here, hardly had to refer to the map. When the next tee isn't obvious, there will be extra signs offering directions.
Good course, providing you with several choices of how to challenge yourself.
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Pros: UPDATE: I've played this course repeatedly now. Still very clean and well kept. The beginner loop is not the easiest but with practice would be. Big teepads, excellent tee signs on whole course now as well as on the beginner loop, complete with little DG tips on throws, grips, etc. The locals have done a good job of turning many of the "unfairways" into legitimate holes. What holes are super tight are given an appropriate par so that most non-Open players are not playing for bogey. There's still some tricky lines and windows to look for to play some holes well but that's a pro I think. Great park full of ball fields, basketball, playground, etc, very nice little walking trails through out. Plays within a serene, winding creek. Amenities restrooms, etc. Really nice discatcher baskets.
The course has really been opened up, not exclusively with the fairways but with the rough where on many holes like 6-10 really punished you with brier rife pain if you didn't keep your disc on the narrow fairway. Now a lot of those briers are gone so you can breathe a little on those holes w/o worrying about becoming perforated if your drive is slightly off.
Cons: Now that it's dry it's much better but some cons still remain. Always be wary of playing after the area has received a lot of rain b/c a creek does wind all around the course and it's low and prone to flooding.
There's still some safety issues that really hurt the course's rating IMO but most of these are due to the addition of the long and tourney level tees. Hole # 3's long tee is behind a bend of the sidewalk which is very used by patrons so you have to take care that nobody is coming around the bend when you tee off. Hole #17's long and tourney tees are actually marked off on said sidewalk and again you really have to be mindful of the patrons and occasionally wait for joggers and the like to pass if you use those tees.
Hole #7 irks me. It's uphill and would be more fun if you threw a big anny or FH but you can't unless you have a spotter b/c of the still very thick rough that flanks the hole. Otherwise you have to place shots.
Hole #10's tee has one stupid tree directly in front of the middle of the tee, you can almost touch it while standing on the tee. It would be a cool hole otherwise. The "green" on hole #11 has had a lot of earth moved around and looks like a construction site, holds water in tire treads.
Still not many holes to really air out a big drive so if you're used to playing predominately open courses this may not be for you.
Other Thoughts: I've gone from not liking this course at all to actually enjoying it now. It still has some tough, tight lines but the pars are appropriate so it's a non-issue to me. I do notice that many 1st timer's do not like this course, especially if they're used to park-style pitch and putts like Horizons. But if you like a challenge and don't feel like driving down to Charlotte, this is a quality course to play.
I just wish some of the long tees didn't have busy sidewalks in-play, otherwise I'd rate it higher.
Bottom line: Short-ish and very technical course requiring extreme precision and disc(putter) placement on many throws, posted par is fair and necessary to not destroy most golfers' egos.
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