Nice water course, could be improved
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very fun course around a scenic lake outside of Wilson, NC. Far and away the best pro for me was the beautiful setting. It's a peaceful, clean park with mature pine trees, not too thick, around a lake. I think disc golf should be relaxing and stress-relieving. I can't think of a better setting than Lake Wilson for that.
It's also a nice, challening course. There are some holes with decent distance. I loved the two water-carry holes, 5 and 18. I'm a big fan of water courses and this one doesn't disappoint.
There's a good mix of shots needed off the tee: hyzer, anhyzer, technical, and long. Also, there aren't many better finishing holes than #18 at Lake Wilson: from one side of the lake to the other.
Cons: I really enjoy water courses -- and Lake Wilson might be the prettiest one I've played -- but I sure wish that all of the water was in the lake and not on the fairways! The standing water, mud and slop were out of control. Drainage is a big problem.
Navigation was also a problem. It shouldn't be that hard: the course takes you around the lake, then eventually you double-back along the water's edge and finish with 18 across the lake. However, many tees are missing signs. And some tees are so hard to spot, i had to double-back several times when I walked up to a basket that I hadn't teed off for.
Speaking of tees, they're just ground up concrete, dirt, and rocks. The drainage issue fits here too. I chose to tee off beside the pads on several holes.
Other Thoughts: On the plus side, the navigation problem is an easy fix. Installing better tee pads would help a lot too. Unfortunately, i don't know what can be done about the drainage problem. Try playing it after several days of sunny weather!
If you're near Wilson, definitely give this one a shot. It's a beautiful course, challenging, with opportunities to bomb, and water carries, which are always fun in my book.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There isn't a ton of land here, all around the edges of a good sized lake. That means two things: the holes are going to be crammed into the space and water is going to be present on a lot of them. The course starts fairly blandly. Solid but not great until around 11. Then wow, some long holes as the woods gets progressively thicker and open fairways with sparse trees became tree lined. 12 is long, and each step is like dropping further into the abyss. 13 is shorter and just as wooded. The woods lighten again by 16 but the hole is so long and so nicely curving to the right that the water isn't needed. 13-17 all play with the water on the right but there is a long of trees along most of the water's edge so they aren't too watery. If there is a hyzer route over the water on one of them, I either missed it or the trees have grown in to block it. Still, a good set of holes that feature slight uphills, good throwing lines and lead to 18, a 200-foot water carry to the basket back by the third tee.
There is another carry on 5, a shorter distance but with a smaller window to hit on the opposite side of the water. The first interesting hole although group that follows it aren't bad. You have to pick a line through the trees and the 8 basket sits on the park's only bit of elevation.
Tee signs show the layout of the hole and distances have been handwritten onto the post so no complaints there. Navigation is a breeze as the tee is always visible from the basket and there are rarely two in sight. Pretty good course for intermediate players and I wouldn't even dissuade beginners, although the length of 11 and 12 may frustrate them.
Cons: The worst is the beginning sequence. The first four holes travel along the edge of the lake but the water barely comes into play. They are simple straightforward holes that are quite possibly going to have non discers on them. To be fair a lot of the fairways could have people walking on them here but it seems like the first four are going to be occupied more frequently, being as they are on the only path from the parking lot to the rest of the park.
There's a lot of extra walking because 18 leaves you so far from the parking lot and the 18 tee is so far from the basket for those bound to the earth. From the 18 tee, you have to walk back along four fairways to return so you become the unwanted obstacle for players coming up. It's much better this way than forcing more holes running parallel to the first four, but it's tedious.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
What a hike
Pros: Very fun front 9. Really enjoyed 5 with it crossing the corner of the lake. Also liked hole 8 with it being slightly uphill and basket is on mound. Holes 11,12,13 were a very nice challenge. Would be nice to see parks and Rec cut low hanging limbs that are in fairway. It takes the line away.
Cons: Old discatcher (single chains). Long walk to hole 1 from parking lot. Water is in play on 5 or 6 holes if you take a bad kick. Would have rated better if there was a bridge to cross at 18. It's already a lot of walking and then to finish 18 you have to make a 5-7 minute walk back by hole 1,2,3,4,5 and 13.
Other Thoughts: It was nice to get away from heavy traffic disc golf and come to a course where you are the only one playing. Also water is VERY DARK/DEEP!! 2 guys I played with lost discs on rollaways and we never got them back.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Perfect little starter course
Teesigns with hole shape, but no distance
Superior use of a nearly impossible to use land. The land this course is on is very narrow an oddly shaped, yet somehow they made it work.
Holes 1 and 2 are short and simple with some water on left. They are nice warm up holes that are beginner friendly. The entire front 9 is a low stress beginner friendly course with few blind holes that does not resort to becoming a boring pitch and putt.
the back 9 quickly changes gears to longer tougher holes.
2 hole 18's. Hole 18A is a tee, water, and a basket with nothing but water as your fairway. It is a short hole, but you have to over throw or risk getting soggy.
5 is a short shot over the water, but a devious stump acts as a baseball bat knocking discs into the water.
Cons: Gravel and natural tees that are in need of work.
Signs do not have distance.
11 could cause confusion. 15's basket is visable from the tee, but the actuall basket is to the right up a small hill.
16 is an odd tee location that faces 45 degrees from the fairway.
1/4 mile walk from tee 18A to the basket. 1/2 mile walk from basket 18 back to parking lot.
Other Thoughts: If you are bringing children to play I would suggest they play the front 9 then go enjoy the playground that is on site.
There are 2 holes where there is clear risk of water and numerous others where your disc could end up in the water if you make a mistake.
Bring a towel, I wound up in the water twice on holes where I had no business being near the water.
This is the type of course that I would consider a perfect beginner course. It is fair and starts off very tame but the back 9 shows new players what they are in for at other courses. I would like to give the designers a 5 for thier use of the land, you really need to see an overhead view to fully grasp what they had to work with.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Life is like a box of chocolates!
Pros: 18 hole course set in a small park surrounding a small lake. Nice setting for a course.
Navigation is simple and aided by a map at first tee. All holes have basic signs and flat very playable natural tee pads.
Hole length variety is excellent. There are holes from 184' all the way to 675'. There is a good mix with holes in the 200's, 300's and 500's.
Hole variety is pretty good. There are some holes along the lake, some holes in a sparsely wooded setting and some long tight lines. There is a little something for everybody at Lake Wilson.
Cons: Natural pads could be upgraded.
Signs don't tell distance or give much information.
Course has a gravel road and some trails used for walking throughout. During peak times there is probably interference with other park users.
Long walk around lake to basket 18.
Other Thoughts: This course was better than what I expected. It starts slow with 4 short holes along the lake. At this point you will be asking yourself if the drive was really worth it. Even if you came from the next town over. But then things start to look up.
#5 is a nice, short ace run over the lake. Only 182' so not much water risk, but fun.
Holes 6-10 are basic holes playing through mostly open ground with some large trees mixed in. Each hole has multiple lines to the basket and nothing is too tight.
#11 and #12 are the 2 long holes that make you realize the drive was worth it. 11 plays along an OB road and is mostly open, but finishes in the trees. #12 has a typical long, tight, wooded feel that NC golf is known for. It's 561' and fairly narrow.
13 -15 are shorter, but maintain some tight lines near the water.
16 and 17 are similar to the 6-10 stretch. Just typical open with large trees fairways and multiple lines. Although 16 may have a huge hyzer route over the water if you are feeling brave.
18 is a 204' shot back over part of the lake. Just a wide open hole with some water risk. Not a bad hole until you realize it will take you 10 minutes to walk around and find your disc.
This course is fairly flat and open so wind becomes a factor on the water holes and the open holes.
There is nothing exceptional at this course, but it does offer a multitude of lengths and shots. It offers some water risk, some tight lines and some flat out bombs. Any course with this many features is worth playing. If you're in the Wilson area make sure you stop and give Lake Wilson a try.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Around the Lake
Pros: Obviously, water and lots of it, both scenic and challenging. About half the holes play parallel to the lake, and two more holes, have you throwing over it. This will be more challenging to the lesser skilled players, but can put a little discomfort for the higher skilled players.
The course is fairly easy to navigate, even without a map, but there are score cards with maps at the first tee. Even though there are tee posts at each hole, they don't offer much information other than the hole number, so refer to the score card for distances.
There is a good blend of distances here, a few short holes and a few long holes, and every distance in between.
Cons: There is a walking path that meanders throughout the course. Hole 11 has you throwing a blind, around the corner shot, right down the path, so be very careful. Some park patrons, not familiar with disc golf, wander off the path, and onto the course.
The fairways from 11 to 15 are parallel and a little too close to one another. Errant throws definitely encroach on the others fairway, but so can some routine good shots.
Hole 18 has you throwing across the water, probably too far for beginners and low intermediate players to accomplish. My biggest problem with 18 was after your drive, you have about a 5 - 7 minute walk around part of the lake to the basket. Half that time your back is to the basket, so any park patron can find your disc, pick it up and do what ever with it.
Other Thoughts: Park in the parking lot farthest down the entrance road, you will have a little bit of a walk to the first tee. Bring your supplies, water, discs, etc with you, because the walk isn't convenient.
There's a good chance of losing a disc in the water, but there is enough open and semi-wooded holes to keep you dry.
This is a marked improvement over the previous course, Toisnot Park, in design, difficulty and beauty. Still a few minor improvements needed to complete the course, but you'll enjoy it none the less.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful lake setting! Most of the holes follow around the lake and back. There is a great satellite map at hole #1 with a mailbox for scorecards. This course is much better than the former course in Wilson, in my opinion.
- clean and well maintained
- distance varieties
- open and wooded holes
- not crowded
- 2 water throw overs!
Cons: Well, I put a disc in the water on #5. The water looks clean so my friend and I wade in to retrieve it. A fisherman comes up and takes our picture and says he's calling the sherriff. After trying to reason with him, we give up. He pointed out where it says no swimming /wading but it wasn't very noticable.
He didn't call the sherriff when we asked if he had a fishing license! I was just irratated because he wasn't friendly at all.
- very windy
- very basic tee signs
- fairways close to each other
- tee areas are just somewhere near the tee sign
- many fishermen near the baskets
These cons weren't a big deal because we didn't see any other players on the course and having a big lake means there is going to be wind. I still had a great time playing some disc golf.
Other Thoughts: It is a nice course just beware of the water and the fishermen. There are plenty of garbage cans so please keep it beautiful!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Awesome park/lake setting, beautiful scenery, and landscape, some fun holes.
Cons: Where to start, i kno its new, but the planning on course flow and tourney flow are out the window..mulitiple crossing of holes, conflicting with other groups, hole 18 after you throw, u walk back threw, hole 8, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1???..how is that safe??..need a bridge build over the water at hole 18, and would resolve issue. mulitiple long walks as well..post for marking holes are rite were the "good" tee area would be, no consideration of making a good teebox, on a 600 ft hole that have u lined up directely into a tree, with no run-up.??,,madd-wack...lots of briars...please get help or knowledge from a seasoned pro b4 installing concrete please!!!
Other Thoughts: Its new..major kinks on teepads and crossing others fairways..safety issues for sure if lots of people on course!!..oh ya i took a few pictures of map they have posted by hole 1, so i could get around the course..suggest u do so as well if u have a cell phone..confusing for 1st timers..they had a scorecard mailbox, but of course all were gone.lol..enjoy
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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