0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Relatively new park, equipment, grounds, & chains. Decent (regularly maintained) restroom building. Challenging wide open shots and excellent use of the available elevations. I love hole 17.
Cons: Disc Eaters are huge, especially on hole 16. Field grasses are too tall! Besure sure to where long pants and check yourself after leaving. Holes 14 and 15 felt like I was playing in some old demolished neighborhood.The roughs and out of bounds are way too overgrown. Way to easy to lose a disc in these areas. A lot of the signage is in terrible dis-repair and I had to hunt for a few tee boxes.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a tough course and I'm not even all that good. I'm just a recreational player. I did enjoy the closeness of the train (as it was barreling through). I definitely preferred the front 9 over the back nine. I'll play it again hopefully with better luck next time.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Eastway is Charlotte-Lite, worth a stop
Pros: Eastway provides a gentler Charlotte-area compliment to the big-boy courses. It's great for a fun, quicker round. The park is very attractive and the course provides a mix of wooded and open holes.
There are several very good holes. Notably, number two (to the long basket) is a downhill par four that bends about 45 degrees right for the second shot. The tee shot is in the open, but needs to be placed well to set up the second that goes back into the woods. It's not the toughest hole for a top player, but is a beautiful introduction to a disc golf par four for the "all par three's" crowd.
Hole three is a very nice uphill par three. The tee shot out of the canopy must be crushed, with just the right nose angle. There is an OB wetlands area on the left that must be crossed and shorter throwers will consider bailing out to the right. It'd be nice to see the thick schule on the right about halfway up the hole knocked back to provide a defined bail-out area.
Hole five is a very nice short par three that shoots downhill and provides a tempting ace-run, but has an elevated basket just past an OB creek.
Hole sixteen is my favorite on the course. It is an open downhill medium-length par three that narrows just prior to the basket area with woods on the right and an OB wetland area on the left. The basket is perched on a hill with a drop-off to a ditch behind.
Hole eighteen from the long pad is a quality, unique short par four. The tee shot is very much uphill that must be well thrown with just the right nose angle. The second shot is a straight tunnel mid-range.
Cons: The course does not loop back to the parking area after nine holes.
The course could benefit greatly from having a second set of tees on every hole.
There are several holes that play across the park road. (7, 8, 17) At times this can result in lengthy waits to throw. Eventually some impatient golfers will hit cars. This course could have been designed such that the road never was thrown over.
Hole ten is a wide-open, uphill 400 footer that plays to about 450-ish. I disagree with holes that separate scores only by pure distance.
As mentioned earlier, hole two to the long basket is a quality par four. It is the only hole on the course with two baskets. This is potentially confusing and unneeded. I'd rather see that short basket removed and utilized as a warm-up basket.
At present, the course does not have signage, trash cans, benches, etc. I did not deduct points for this as is new and I assume that it will soon be completed.
Other Thoughts: Eastway is a great part of the awesome Charlotte area disc golf scene. At present, North Carolina doesn't have any courses on the DGCR top ten list, but overall I don't see any city that stacks up with Charlotte in terms of the number and quality of disc golf options within a short drive.
Don't be a dirty discer, leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Charlotte Opens Up
Pros: -Eastway is a very open course and really contrast well with many of the other wooded Charlotte Courses.
-The course uses elevation very well and requires a number of different throw angles to score well.
-There are many different lines you can take on every hole so it allows you to really play to your own personal style and not necessarily what the hole forces you to do.
-There are some very interesting greens used that make shot placement very important.
-One of the few courses around that requires you to have a little knowledge about how wind effects your disc.
Cons: -Does not yet have permenenat tee signs so you currently have to judge distances and have to walk down a few fairways to see where the basket is.
-Some of the holes along the road were really just long and open and didn't have too much meat to them.
-Like many NC courses there is some Poison Ivy if you have an errant throw into the woods so be sure to keep an eye out for that especially around holes 1-3 as I saw a good bit there.
Other Thoughts: Hole number two to the long basket has to be one of my favorite holes on the course. It requires two well placed shots for you to try and make a 3. Eastway is definitely worth a play if you are in the Charlotte area. It allows you to throw some long bombs with the occasional technical shot required.
The short course will allow many birdie opportunities while the long layout will really test your ability to place a shot.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Not a Fan
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Course has a good number of open holes for a "grip and rip" feel. Something kinda unusual for a Charlotte course.
Baskets are in good shape.
Good use of elevation.
Multiple shots required in order to score well.
Multiple concrete tee pads and baskets at most holes.
Cons: Some holes play along a road and cars will park alongside of it and makes #7 unplayable at times.
Some the wooded holes will be very muddy when it rains.
Course could use benches and trash cans.
Course is not in a good part of town.
Poison ivy is around if you get into the woods.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite holes for this course is #5 where you tee off uphill do an elevated island green down the hill. Huge risk/reward hole but ace-able.
Playing in groups is highly recommended.
I'm not a huge fan of this course but since I live in Charlotte, I'm sure I will go back and play again.
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great course. Good elevation changes on front 9 which are mostly in the woods. Good clear paths, hard to get lost. Back half is mostly open, but enough obsticules to still make it a relitive challenge.
Cons: some of the holes are over the road, which is good for a challenge, but also bad for the fact that people will run over your discs, and you may have to wait for a line of cars to pass before you can throw.
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite places. I fell in love with it the first time I played even with the bad. Just an awesome place to play.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through unused portions of a multi-use park. There is a mix of tightly wooded holes that tend to be shorter with several longer open holes. A couple of the wooded holes bring a creek and some small but well-used elevation changes. The open holes bring road ob into play, and again use the available small elevation changes pretty well. There is a nice mix of hole shapes on the tighter holes, you'll need to shape some lines on the front half of the course. The back half you'll get to open up and drive, but wind, ob, and lurking rough can still punish an errant shot.
The tees are concrete, both short and long, and are appropriate sizes for the lengths of the holes. The signage was temporary when I played, but had hole lengths and layouts so it was fine. The course is easy to follow, we had no trouble figuring out where to go next. The baskets are pretty new and in good shape.
Cons: The course still feels a little rough, not something I rated down for, but it definitely needs more beating down to break in the fairways a bit. There were still areas with stumps and dead branches, and some long grass on fairways, given the condition of the other area courses I would assume this is a temporary condition.
The back 9 got a little repetitive, with several long holes by the road. I'm not a fan of having roads in play, and several holes in a row play over or along the park entrance, a potential safety issue and not very scenic. Several of the long tees required quite a bit of extra walking to play, the course flows well for the short tees but not for the more challenging layout.
Other Thoughts: This is another fun course in Charlotte, worth a stop if you're in the area. Beginners will find the front 9 tight and punishing, and the back 9 pretty long to have much fun. More experienced players will find some good challenges here. If you can hit your lines in the woods and have a decent arm you'll have the opportunity for lots of birdies, but there's plenty of trouble you can get into too. With a little more traffic and some finishing touches, this will be another on the list of must-plays in this area.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
And now for something completely different...
Pros: - Eastway seems a bit of an anomaly in comparison to the other local courses I played. While still having plenty of wooded areas, much of the course is more open, with slight to moderate elevation coming into play during the front nine. Most of the back nine is flatter. Several holes in the middle use park roads as OB. The risk of having an open area drive go wayward OB is the main difficulty for these holes. Those sick of hacking their way through tightly wooded fairways will enjoy the openness Eastway provides, while still having a couple of great wooded holes to work with.
- Well-designed greens make every putt an adventure. Seemed like every pin was placed on slanted land. Elevated greens in places encourage safe approaches vs. running for the pin.
- Concrete pro and am tees. Signage sufficient throughout. Bridges and stairs as needed.
Cons: - Eastway Park has a few spots where tires and other trash appear. Detracts from the beauty of the course, which isn't too great to begin with, especially if you factor in other things such as the road OB's and the nearby train tracks.
- The holes that implement the road as OB are a little "one-dimensional" for someone from the Midwest, but are probably a nice change of pace for those used to the local Charlotte courses.
- Apparently not in the best area of town.
Other Thoughts: - Eastway was a pleasant change of pace from the wooded "hit your line or you're screwed" courses in the Charlotte area. Definitely not a super challenging course, but not a walk in the park, either. I'm sure a lot of people used to hitting tight lines through the woods have a bit of an issue through the open holes on windy days: the road OB is deceptively easy to reach.
- I got to see BrotherDave's drive on #2 spit out of the chains, right after he declared, "I almost aced this hole earlier today." Very cool.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Eastway = solid good time
Pros: >>> A good mix of long and short, left and right, wooded and open.
>>> Course is at a somewhat popular park (albeit in a sketchy area) but on most days you won't have to worry about throwing into/over crowds. The layout makes good use of the available land.
>>> Long and short tees are available on many holes. Concrete pads everywhere.
Cons: >>> Lots of OB. That's not necessarily a "con" but it can be visually intimidating for some players.
>>> It's a relatively new course and needs a beat down over the next couple years.
Other Thoughts: A great addition to the Queen City's collection of disc golf courses!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice change of Charlotte Pace
Pros: Starts great, gets lackluster in the middle, and then finishes with a couple of solid holes. The use of elevation is splendid, and the course flows very well. The first 6-7 holes vary pretty well in terms of lines and #17 is a quirky but fun line with a "nice" steep green. #18 is tucked behind a cool V-shaped tree which is a nice finishing touch. The first 6-7 are wooded, tunnel type holes more or less, with nice creeks, basins, and ridges to navigate. The meat of this course sandwich is much more open and more like placement golf, where your only real difficulty (besides length if you're playing from the longs) is not going OB thanks to roads, roped off marshy lowlands, and other various pavement.
The park is very clean and the course is therefore clean as well. It's not the most serene and "get back to nature" course but it's fairly pretty overall. The maintenance with mowing, tee signs, and next tee signs were pretty solid. Very easy to navigate. The tees were very well laid out and well placed, job well done. It's also right next to a busy railroad and the passing trains provide interesting ambiance.
Cons: If you don't like open, avoid the OB type holes, the holes from ~7-16 may seem monotonous. The line variety isn't great, but I wouldn't call it bad. They do play along the main park road but this didn't bother me (except when I went OB obviously).
The train is loud and could be construed as annoying.
I'd like to see more in the way of some benches. They seem to be coming along though. It was wet when we played and trails b/w holes and some holes were fairly muddy. I'm more concerned about some b/w hole walks being rutted out via erosion and foot traffic more than anything but I'm reaching.
The creek on #4 or 5 has some trash (old ladder, tires, etc) that would be nice to have picked up. There's several tires half dug into the ground on #17 that are screaming to be skeeter havens in the summer.
Other Thoughts: This is a really solid course. I kind of teeter b/w a 3.5 and a 4 disc rating but in the end I didn't want my overt bias for very wooded courses to unfairly ding it. So consider it a "weak 4." It's a nice change-up for the Charlotte area.
Course comparison: The wide open holes of Elon Long mixed with a more elevated Cedarock. This course is kind of a tune-up for longer, tougher courses like Nevin and Elon Long.
Favorite/memorable hole: #2 if and only if I nearly aced it twice, lol. But it's a really fun downhill bomb that reminds you why you play DG in the first place.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Not Beastway..but not Leastway either
Pros: Half of this course is outstanding with unique holes that employ elevation, line shaping, wind, woods, and tricky greens. I particularly enjoyed the first 6 holes and to a lesser extent, the last 6. So 2/3 of the course is excellent disc golf. From hole #1's easy hyzer warm-up to the downhill placement and uphill placement of 2 and 3 employing a spiteful stream and a retention basin oob and then fun ace runs with punishing greens on 4 & 5. To the uphill sweeping anhyzer of 6...I was having a blast. I found hole 14 to be a pro worthy tunnel shot to a more forgiving green. 15 was one of those exceptional par 3s with a cluster of routes near the basket....really made me think...it's rare that you are given lane choices so far from the tee. I kind of hope they don't thin it out too much as it makes for an interesting shot to attain a birdie here. 16 was a fun open shot to a tight green with oob punishing any short drives. 17 was thankfully the only raised basket atop a precipice and it works here as you can lay-up par or go for it birdie here. 18 was probably the best hole on the course with an uphill drive to a tunnel fairway and then another healthy shot to the green. It's good to finish strong. All the basics are here...concrete tees, signs, well maintained, and obviously improving as signs of work are evident. Long and shorts available on all holes. Course has a decent mix of placement drives, tunnel drives, and short and longer holes. Even the less fun holes do offer a challenge in distance or placement. I think one thing that could be overlooked by many is that this is a different course than other Charlotte courses where an emphasis is placed on where you land moreso than hitting a particular line through woods. Often a road, basin, oob, etc. will punish an errant big drive and you are losing strokes on what you thought was a big easy open rip it hole. Many woodsy players hate this kind of golf....it's maddening and frustrating but it's a style of golf that any decent disc golfer should attempt to master. You can't hide in the woods forever....eventually you have to grow up and face the open air and wind. Sometimes these types of courses expose woodland frauds for what they are.
Cons: I will freely admit my disdain for road disc golf. Holes 7-12 ALL play alongside or over the park access road. It's ugly, it's dangerous, and you can't really relax. Even though the holes were decent with some tricky greens and tee shots and one felt like a pro par 4...for the most part it's just wide open and playing with a road as your main obstacle. My good mood was crushed and it took the final exceptional hole 18 until I was able to forgive the designer. That's really my only complaint....the road. If you can get over it and don't mind it feel free to increase my rating in your mind. It's definetely not a true blue or bold gold course but it's not a beginner course either....has a tweener feel with some truly difficult holes amongst the par 3s.
Other Thoughts: This course offers mixed results for me. I felt some of it was too easy, some too hard, some beautiful, some ugly, some interesting holes and some bland. I think this is why I wasn't overly impressed. I will offer this support of the course in defense of the design. This course places more of a premium on open air placement drives than most. I am certain that this is the intent of the design and it does it well. Lots of oob and tiny greens after big open air will take the wind out of your sails in a hurry. I didn't have a whole lot of fun here.....but then again it's a style of disc golf I'm just not that good at. I'd suggest taking a look in the mirror before criticizing this course...but the road still sucks..lol
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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