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Very good for a school course
Pros: Owen is a nice, little 9-holer with an amazing view all around. And thanks to information nuggets on each tee sign, I know I can see the Seven Sisters mountain range, and Mount Mitchell.
- Nice course on the outskirts of the high school campus. For the most part you're removed from the school, but 2 holes do get very close to school buildings (#2 & 3).
- Decent set of holes. None are epic, but there isn't a bad one either. Instead you're left with a nice flow of holes that will challenge different parts of your game.
- Course uses the terrain very well. Several downhillers (#3, 7 & 8), uphillers (#2, 6 &9), plus some other nice layouts. Every hole is birdie-able, especially if you play #1 as a par 4, but none are overly easy 2s, as is often seen at other nine-holers.
- Great, descriptive tee signs. I've never seen tee signs with more info on them than here. The map is an actual picture of the hole, plus hole info & par. Each sign also has a disc golf related tip for newbies - how to throw backhand, forehand, hyzers, and make sure to practice. The final feature of the signs is the nature-related info. These range from listing different trees on the hole/area, talking about the surrounding mountains (the already mentioned Seven Sisters), or other info about the area's mountains. I almost feel like they were trying to sneak knowledge into my disc golf round.
- Course is relatively easy to navigate. Only possible confusion is the walk from #4 to 5. If you print a map, you'll be fine.
Cons: Being on a school campus, course (obviously) is closed during school hours.
- Lack of amenities here. Restrooms, water fountains, etc are inside the building. Again, this is standard for school courses, so you should know that in advance.
- There's an overall lack of variety for the holes. No true wooded holes, although #8 uses trees as an obstacle nicely. Most holes are in the 250 - 300 foot range, with only #1 being substantially longer.
Other Thoughts: For a school course, this is at the top of the list. The Charlotte area (Rock Hill) has courses at a lot of high school and middle schools, and Owen is better than just about all of them.
- Course is clearly aimed at beginners, casual players or students. I hope this course gets students hooked on disc golf. Advanced players should also enjoy playing this, at least a time or two.
- It would have been nice to see one challenging, signature hole. There seemed to be some places that holes could be tinkered with to be lengthened/toughened. #5 could be really fun by pushing the basket further back, and/or make the hill on the left more of an obstacle.
- This is a nice addition to the Asheville region. Maybe one day it will become a full 18, then it'll be the best course in Black Mountain.
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