First Permanent Course in NC
Pros: Park was clean and nicely kept up
Extremely easy to navigate
Proximity of parking to 1st hole
New installed baskets
Concrete tee pads
Pretty much every hole is an ace hole
Can get a round in very quickly
Cons: Very short tee pads. Not that you really need a long tee pad, it's just what I prefer.
Holes are short and somewhat repetitive
Course can bring a lot of traffic at times
Most holes are very close to one another. Be cautious of throwing when there is a lot of traffic.
Other Thoughts: First permanent course installed in NC.
Fun mid-range and putter course
Easy. Good training course. Not very wooded, excellent for beginners. Easy to follow course layout. One tee and one basket. Only one or two discs needed.
Living in Charlotte, a buddy of mine and I made a mini road trip to the area and played two other courses having stopped by here to finish out our day. Glad we did because after Highland Hills and Yadkin County Park, it was nice to have a few birdies in my belt and made me feel better about my disc golf game.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
~Clean and nicely kept
~Proximity of parking to 1st hole
~Other park features & restrooms are close by
~Fun mid range & putter course
~Baskets appear to be fairly new
~Concrete tee pads
~No need for anything more than a fairway driver
~Tee pads are short, good for standing still
~Short, repetitive holes make for quick play
~Most holes are very close to one another, be careful
Other Thoughts: Visited and played a casual round while in the Greensboro / Winston-Salem area recently. Hit this park on a Thursday, and it was slamming with disc golfers. Very friendly locals and I was able to get around fairly quickly. I flew into this area, so only packed a Ringer, Buzzz, and Leopard.....this was all that would be required for this course anyway so it worked well. Most holes measure around 200' in length give or take 50'-70' and vary from wide open to moderately wooded. Seemed to favor right hand backhand and the layout is very pleasant. Lots of nice angle options are required from the tees presenting a fun challenge. Pars are very easy for any skilled player, but a tight tee shot is practically always needed for those birdie opportunities. Clean course and well maintained at my time of visit, the adjacent park area was beautiful and adds nice features for disc golfers and their families. An overall pleasant short and slightly technical course with a very cool history. Glad I got to play it, would love something like this near me for short casual rounds instead of always having "big air" layouts. Well done and well preserved.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Quite a beautiful area. In a clean park, and easy to find. Some interesting holes, with a good mix of difficulties. The barn (#14) is a fun challenge. Tees are well-managed, and signage is obvious and clear.
Cons: Gets heavy traffic at times. If you overthrow some baskets, you risk getting your disc crunched by cars. Some baskets are right on top of each other, and it's difficult to know which is yours.
Other Thoughts: Designers were generous with the strokes--this could have easily been a course of all par 3s.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Along with Bull Run in Va, Horizons Park is the best course I've seen to introduce someone to disc golf. It is also the oldest course in NC, so it has some historical significance, but without the erosion that you commonly see on old courses. The combo of well-maintained grass and huge trees scattered around paint an aethestically pleasing picture. Totally relaxing disc golf.
Cons: As your game improves you could outgrow this course.
Other Thoughts: Horizons Park fills a need as an introductory course and acheives it with flying colors.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
a quick play
Pros: A lot of DG history at this course, It is fun, very clean, and well kept Park, easy to navigate, you can play it with an approach disc and putter so it is a good course to practice your approach shot.
Cons: short holes that are crowded together I heard watch out and fore more times than ever while I was there. The tees are concrete but too short, and the odds of hitting a car are not on your side especially if you throw left to right
Other Thoughts: some of the biggest trees I have seen in a long time, and you don't have to worry about loosing a disc here
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Short n sweet
Pros: The course plays through a small flat area of a park that seemed to be entirely devoted to disc golf. There were no conflicts with other park uses on the course, which is always nice. Most of the course plays through and around a large stand of mature trees with a high canopy and no underbrush.
The trees mean that most of the holes have multiple options to choose from, with different levels of challenge to the various routes. Often there is one more obvious route, and on these there was an ok mix of right/left holes, with most playing fairly straight ahead.
The signs were great, and made the course even easier to follow, the flow was already good with no awkward walks on this course. The grounds are very nice, and for a park course this is pretty scenic and well-maintained. The barn hole was a fun touch, and an obstacle that gets in your head a little.
Cons: The course really has no length, just about every hole is an ace run for more experienced players. There aren't many holes that really force a variety of shots, you could score well here with nothing but hyzers from either hand.
The course is pretty packed in to a small area, meaning that often errant throws from one hole end up on other fairways which can be a safety issue if there are lots of people playing. We played on a nice weekday evening, and the course was packed with people. All were friendly and courteous, but it makes for a slow round with lots of "fore" heard.
The tees are tiny, and not in great shape, luckily you won't need much of a runup on anything here. The baskets were a little dated and low, but still caught just fine.
Other Thoughts: This course is a fantastic course for a fun round with friends, or as a place to learn the game. You're not going to lose a disc here, and there's enough to make it an interesting round but not too challenging for new players. More experienced throwers aren't going to find a lot of challenges here, but it is fun to go for lots of ace runs and birdies.
If you have the chance, this course is worth the stop for a fun and quick round. It's nothing special, but it is enjoyable and an older course that has held up well.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Good for a short course
Pros: - Well maintained grounds
- Trees provide challenges on a few holes
- Good for practicing driving with your putters and midranges
- Every hole is ace-able
- Good view of the mountains
Cons: - The baskets seem shorter than normal and they also like to spit out puts that aren't dead center.
- Course is on the short side
- Some tees aren't quite level, and some can have a lot of mud pits after rain.
Other Thoughts: I joined the local league and they put on some fun events and are pretty cool guys. I suggest joining the club if you play here a lot.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Squirrels that walk course
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: very well maintained, beautiful area, with across the street fenced in dog area for pet lovers that don't want there frisbees chewed. Nice open areas, with "wooded" center course. Fun tournaments that are held somewhat regularly. Locals are all pretty friendly. Concrete pads.
Cons: Not too much variety, with most holes not more than 300 feet. It can get crowded at times, especially during tourneys and sunny days. Only one pin position per basket, with one launch pad.
Other Thoughts: When I first moved to the area and started visiting the park, the first thing I noticed were the either fearless squirrels or extremely laid back, perhaps lazy squirrels. They do everything in there power to walk, so they make great putting practice, lol (kidding: please don't hurt the poor devils!) this is a great beginner course, but not for those of greater distance and skill who like a challenge.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice park, good signage, concrete tees, lovely views of surrounding hillsides. Nice big trees. Impossible to get lost. The course is quite charming, you kind of felt like your grandma was going to bring you a glass of iced tea any moment. Squirrels were fearless. Well mowed, clean park.
Cons: I have pants longer than the tee pads. Holes overlap each other a bit, high risk in hitting other players. Very open, which is fine although I prefer wooded, but the course felt like it was put in someone's big yard. Quite short, quite easy, unimaginative layout. The weird thing about the course is that there is this great expanse of rolling land beside the course that would have greatly relieved this course of its problems. Some of the baskets were bent with loose chains but were all functional.
Other Thoughts: I know this course is historic, but I was underwhelmed. I'm not saying it isn't good, it stands the test of time for sure, but it just isn't a 3 disc rated course in my eyes. It's like the girl next door that you never really found attractive but was nice enough that you eventually ended up marrying her but all along you can't keep from thinking about other, more attractive courses. Yeah, that's about it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Scenery, location can't be beat. Playing in the fall, with the leaves changing colors, made for some great views. Close to Winston-Salem, but has the feel of really being out in the country.
- Course is easy to navigate, almost no walking between holes. Even with the course somewhat crowded, was able to play a round in less than an hour.
- Good tee signs allow first-timers to play without a map.
- Short holes should yield plenty of good scores. Good course to practice mid-range game. Leave the driver in the bag.
- This is the perfect type of course to introduce newcomers to the game. Everyone should be having some birdie chances on the course, which should start the addiction for the newbies.
Cons: Course is really short, almost to a fault. Longest hole is 300 feet (#12), but plays shorter because it's downhill. Advanced players are not going to be challenged.
- Lack of penalty for bad shots. You can hit a tree with your tee shot, but because holes are so short, you can still get up and down no problem. The only way you're going to get 4s on this course is bad luck - discs rolling away, wind blowing discs away, missed putts.
- Short tee pads. You can't get your full run up and X-step. It's less of a problem than it'd be on other courses because most holes are so short.
- Not much variety. Only obstacles are trees. Even the barn on #14 is easy to avoid and still be in birdie range. Some fairways are tight if you're going straight for the basket. But there are wider alternate openings you can go through.
- Course seems to get crowded. I played on a Friday afternoon, and the course had a lot of people playing. Can imagine it's very crowded it is on weekends.
Other Thoughts: You have to appreciate the history of the course. As mentioned, it is the oldest in the state. You can see how far the game has come in 3 decades, and also be thankful most courses are much more difficult than this one.
- Winston-Salem needs more public courses to give locals more chances, and challenges, to play.
- It's a fun course due to every hole being a birdie, or even ace, chance. Good course for match play/skins due to chance for low scores.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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