4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 massive concrete tee pads set in a city park. We're talking huge trapezoidal monstrosities that no one should complain about.
Nice new baskets that are visible and catch well.
Signs at each pad with a huge number on them. Very visible, even from Virginia.
Front 9 is in a family friendly park setting with trails, benches and a children's play area.
Nicely cared for green grass and large trees dot the front 9. Very scenic and each hole has multiple paths to the basket. Fairly forgiving early on at this course.
Cons: Walking paths and other park users can be almost anywhere on front 9. Be aware of where you are throwing.
Back 9 is still a work in progress and new.
Navigation can be a little tricky in spots on the back 9.
Hole 13 and 15 have tee pads that seem to be misplaced or crooked. Or the baskets are in the wrong place. Not sure. Hopefully this will be cleaned up.
Other Thoughts: The front 9 of Stoney Creek is your basic city park course. Probably a great place to bring your girlfriend, wife, children or dogs. There happens to be a disc golf there, so you can have some fun too. Nothing exciting or memorable with the holes or design.
The back 9 seems to be done, but there are some strange things going on there. Hole 13 is a weird RHBH anny route that starts out with the tee pad facing about 90 degrees in the wrong direction. Maybe the basket is being redesigned or moved?? Then you must walk back the length of 13's fairway to get to 14. This could be a safety issue, plus it adds a little bit to the walking.
Hole 15 is another misaligned pad with a narrow path, fairway or something through the woods to the basket. The basket is not visible from the pad, and it would take several acts of God or luck to navigate the path with a disc. I hope this hole gets some attention too.
Hole 16 is a short straight hole that seems like a simple filler to cut down on the long walk to 17.
17 is a decent hole, but there is what appears to be an OB creek to the right and both side of the fairway are roped off to prevent damage to newly planted trees. Chances are the path is too narrow for many golfers and trees with be harmed. The fairway is a nice RHBH anny route to a basket position in some trees. Pretty hole if it can survive.
18 is a longer hole that also has the creek bed on the right. But about half way to the basket is the parking lot on the left. This could be a dangerous hole also. Be sure not to park your care on that side when you pull in!
The back 9 has some potential, but right now it needs some redesign work. It is confusing and a little mixed up at this point.
Hopefully as this course gets cleaned up a little it will be improved, and the back 9 will be something players look forward to. Right now it will just leave you shaking your head.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Not worth the drive.
Pros: There were decent, regulation baskets.
A few (3 or 4) concrete tees were newly put in, the rest of the tees were marked by 2 cinder blocks sunk at an angle.
Cons: Front 9: Half the fairways were flooded, another third had 12" tall grass.
Hole #1: Standing water ~4" deep across the whole fairway, 20' - 30' circumference.
Holes #2 - #4 unmowed, 12" tall grass, but dry.
Holes #5 - #7 were all under water, unplayable.
Holes #8 - #9 were clear.
Back 9: Basically non-existent except for hole #10. A huge bucket loader parked in the center of a swath of downed trees & growth. Holes #11 - #18 were unplayable, or at least so bad & undeveloped as to be not worth the effort. I classify them as "under construction".
Overall: See other thoughts below
Other Thoughts: The worst aspect of this course was the smell and the bugs. It smelled like a bad day at a neglected zoo. Seriously, think elephant pen on a humid summer day. I'd half wager the "park" was built over a landfill. The insects were abundant and incessant.
I'm sure folks who live nearby appreciate a local DG course, and with a LOT of work (serious work) it could be decent, but in it's current condition it's just abysmal.
*Fair warning: The pictures above, specifically of holes 11-18, no longer represent the actual layout or condition of this course.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Starts well, ends poorly
Pros: *The first 10 holes.
*Majority of the holes have 3 tees in good degrees of variance of distance and shot execution.
*Baskets are great and in good condition.
Cons: *All teepads are sandy or earthen which stinks in a park that is known to flood.
*Holes 11-16 are a mess.
*Very basic park with no restrooms and gravel parking lot.
Other Thoughts: The first 10 holes are in a much more open layout and offer different types of shots to execute. These holes just seem so much more fun to play vesus the back holes. Holes 11-16 go from bad to awful in trying to figure out what the course designer was thinking? It's hard not to assume that there are major factors going on here from either hole redesign that isn't finished or failure to clear intended fairways to a possible construction project as evidenced from all the tractor marks across most of these fairways. These holes also literally stink from different mud canals that line some of the "fairways" and consequently are thick with mosquitoes. There is potential here but I mean probably hundreds of group man hours are needed here to make this course worth the destination for the majority of Disc golfers to trek out here. The bottom line is the first 10 holes are pretty decent of what you might expect at an average park and the next handful of holes you are just trying to survive a course that feels unfinished and poorly designed and you wouldn't want anyone to have that kind of expereince with the game.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Play when it hasn't rained recently.
Pros: a nicely varied course. The front 9 are pretty open holes, and the back 9 are wooded (except 18). Very little elevation comes into play here, but there are plenty of different turns to negotiate. Multiple tees for different skill levels. Friendly people in the park. There's a dog park too.
Cons: This park floods easily. When I went, the front 9 had some serious flooding. We didn't play holes 6, 7, or 17 because of the swampy condition of the fairways. The tees are simply cinder blocks on the ground. Some of them aren't marked; you just have to figure out which cinder blocks correspond to which basket. The long tee for hole 15 is outrageous. About 200-300 feet, then a 90-degree right turn, and another 200 feet or so.
Couldn't find the tee for 18. Maybe it was underwater.
No rest rooms.
The dog park requires an electronic code. Our dogs didn't know the code.
Other Thoughts: The short tees are pretty easy. The longest tees are quite challenging. The wooded holes have some narrow lanes to get through. Pam lost a shoe in the swamp.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: great open front 9.
Cons: needs better markings, parks and rec planted tuns of trees on 17 and 18 that make most shots pretty much a no go but from the rumor mill they are going to remove some of them
Other Thoughts: could be a great course with a little work
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Needs some work
Pros: Good variety of holes and shots. Open fornt 9 and wooded back 9 nice change. good mix of long and short shots.
Cons: Back 9 unforgiving if you go in the woods. Too many thorns. 11 and 16 are outright swamps on both sides of the fairway, which are about as wide as one lane roads. If you stray to the sides your in some smelly NC swamp water. Kids keep messing with the cinder blocks which are the only things marking the tee boxes.
Other Thoughts: Front 9 is great for beginners, being in the open park area. Busy road just up the small hill along side hole one and end of 18.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The front 9 is pretty good, good open shots, a few hard curves make it decent.
Cons: oh man where to begin, some of the mandos are literally and l shape, natarual tee pads on the wooded holes are terrible, confusing layout with a little sign on a tree. The wooded back 9 is what makes this course decent at best, I had to run up most of the holes to tell where the basket was and got lost in the woods 3 times. Brush is terrible also very easy to lose disc. No benches or markers for teepads.
Other Thoughts: At least goldsboro has a course now, not worth a trip but if your in the area might as well play at least the non wooded holes.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: ~Good hole variation. Front 9 is wide open and the back 9 is tightly wooded.
~Three sets of tees are great for pros and beginners alike.
~Great for improving every aspect of your game. The front 9 offers opportunities for long bombs, where the back nine requires more more finesse.
Cons: ~Very easy to lose a disc on the jungle-like back 9.
~Needs concrete tee pads. Some tees are rutted.
~Hole 15 is aweful
Other Thoughts: Stoney Creek park DGC is a fantastic course for advanced and beginning players. Its nice to have a course in g-boro.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Leaves me Flat
Pros: Note: Sometime after I played here in Nov '09 five holes have been removed and all have been renumbered. This will cause some differences between the layout I played and the current configuration.
*Multiple tees- there are 3 sets of tees that will cater to multiple skill levels.
*Water- Stoney Creek plays all down the right side of hole 18, but it's the only water on the course.
Cons: -There are some really long walks to the next tee. The walk from the 16th basket to the 17th tee was at least 800 ft, but there were also long walks to tee 7 and tee 9.
-Tee signs: only very basic posts
-Tees: dirt but they are level. They're marked by angled and partially buried cinder blocks.
-Navigation: since there are no numbers on the partially buried cinder blocks, and with up to 3 sets on each hole it can get confusing to figure where the appropriate tee is. But there are "Next tee" signs that help.
-It could be really muddy and soggy after a rain.
On my rating scale I rated the course 3.5 out of 10, (that equals a 1.75 on DGCR), so I'm torn between two ratings.
Course Level: White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 900.)
*Flat- this can't be changed, but the course is totally flat, except for a 2 ft drop on hole 1. There was also one elevated basket for some artificial height.
*Fairway design- there were 2 holes with 90 degree "L bends". Your enjoyment will depend if you like a different style of hole like this or if you find them too quirky. Personally I like them, in moderation.
*Terrain variety- the layout I played was mostly open on the front 9 with only some scattered trees, and mostly wooded on the back 9.
*The course is still new, so there are very few amenities. Hopefully someday they'll get a map, score cards, warm up basket, and perhaps even a restroom and some benches.
If they improve the signs, the tees, and add some amenities the rating could easily go up. As it was, my enjoyment level was as flat as the terrain, so this wasn't a course that I feel drawn back to play again.
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. My more detailed "Overall Rating" notes and "Hole-by-hole Ratings" are there in the Files section.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Not Too Shabby
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New course with nice Discatcher baskets, front 9 is a nice open park with great old growth trees. Back 9 is back into some nice woods. Multiple tees in most holes. Elevated basket on hole 5. The park is pretty easy to find but Google maps makes it look like it is on the opposite side of the road. First 6 holes flow reasonably well.
Quick update: The Whites now have concrete tees and they are very well done.
Cons: Signage. There are very few signs, especially after hole 5. At least half of the course gets VERY muddy so not a course I'd play after a rainy month. Some holes on the back completely submerged. Gets confusing as to what hole to throw to in quite a few spots. Natural tees that are marked by concrete blocks, hard to spot since they're everywhere due to the 3 sets of tees on most holes. Parts of the course look like it used to have trailers on it because of all the concrete blocks. Back 9 is very confusing, I felt like I was in a scene from Apocalypse Now trying to navigate it.
Other Thoughts: The first hiccup comes on hole 6, the basket for which lays out of sight to the left, not straight ahead as it seems. To find hole 9 you have to follow the tractor tire tracks up the dirt trail. Swing a right after hole 10 to get to 11. After that, you'll need to hire a sherpa to navigate the rest. A good canoe is vital to scoring well on the back 9. This won't be a bad course if they put in some signage, lay down better tees and work on drainage problems, but if you're in the area, you're better off driving to Kinston.
Update: They've added a bit of signage so it isn't the navigational issue it used to be. I like this course enough to swing by if I'm in the area, especially now since the other course is practically a mile away.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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