Fun--but needs polish.
Pros: Actually have 24 holes to play--with 9 more on way. Open section is fun. Good mix of heights, shot shapes. 6 hole course is short, but fun. New 9 (not open) should be top-notch if they clean it out a little--nice gravel tees but need to clean out trees.
Cons: 18 holes behind Tennis Court and 6 holes behind coral do not have tee pads. Some tees are very awkward with roots and bad slopes. One tee slopes down drastically to an uphill fairway making it a contortion to throw. Woods holes near Tennis are way too tight--interesting and fun--but no clear paths.
Other Thoughts: Close to my house, so I will be back regularly. I wouldn't drive to find it at this point, but they seem to be still working on it. It could be a real gem with a few less trees. Can't wait to see the new 9 completed. But its weird the only holes that have nice flat gravel tees are not open yet...
Time to try it again
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: In the last 3 years, this course has really come along. I played it when it first opened and I think I gave it a really bad review at that time. They have improved it a lot sense then and added an additional 9 hole course. The woods in the front 9 are tight but playable, the open is well maintained and challenging.
Cons: People need to go back and play this course again, at one time there was a long list of cons now it's down to two:
No course maps on site.
Other Thoughts: This course as it is now is ready to play, but I think the better combination is the short 9 hole course followed by the open half (back 9) of the 18 hole course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A gem in the works
Pros: Any Triad disc golf course is a pro to me. This unique course is tucked away in the back of a very nice community park with tons of other activities for the family and friends. If you like disc golf and others like to swim, play basketball, tennis, baseball, ride an old school carousel or train, Gibsonville's NE Park is for you!
The front nine is a technical web of twisting holes slashing through hills with tightly wooded fairways. A lot of the holes are fairly short but, underestimate them, and pay you will. You can see the hole from pretty much every tee but you might have trouble both seeing and getting through the trees between you and the basket. There are several very cool overlooks of a river that runs by the front nine which is nice to look at but does not come into play. If you come out under on the front nine, you've done well. To me, it's well worth the effort.
The back nine, as mentioned below, is fairly open. Some reviewers have said the holes were repetitious but they must have been there early on. 9 - 10 are pretty wide open (a welcome change from that brutally claustrophobic front nine) but then there are several more technical holes playing straight through a couple stands of pine trees. You then play back to some holes more familiar to the front nine before finishing with several long bomb holes with lots of scrub and trees to add to the difficulty. Again, if you play under, consider that a good round.
Cons: No tee pads.
Some holes are hard to find (tho most baskets do have arrows pointing to the next basket or there are friendly arrows on trees etc). The back nine is easier to navigate than the front.
Thick gnarly rough on some holes with huge gully's between them mean you might consider pants instead of shorts.
Other Thoughts: The park is out of the way and, depending on where you drive from, can be hard to find.
There could be horse traffic and we disc golfers need to be mindful of the locals. One rider explained to us that those "Chings!" we make when hitting those 100 foot puts :) can spook the horses.
Once again, any course in the triad is a good thing.
Pack it in, pack it out, tee off and fly freely!
Junk in the truck at Northeast.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Northeast Park is a big nice recreational park.
Cons: First 9 holes are trick shots/not-disc-golf lines. The fairways need a lot of repair. You are better off playing the back 9 twice.
Back 9 holes need some tee boxes.
Other Thoughts: This course is embarrassing. It isn't worth your time, gas, or disc golf skills.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Where are we?
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The back nine "looks good." Clean looking fairways bounded by waves of tall grass. Rolling hills. Discs s curving over the rough to land in the clear.
The front nine has a ton of potential. There is great terrain in there. 7 that is steeply downhill to a basket sitting just short of a creek. 8 that climbs halfway up the slope on the other side and throws back across to the top of hill. Could be awesome. 4 that traverses a deep ravine to a highly placed basket. Even 9 that throws down and then up through a small open opening to a basket in an open field, leading to the back nine. It could all be great.
But that potential is largely unmet. I wouldn't say that the course suffers from a lack of maintenance. The grassy fairways are nicely mowed. What the course suffers from a lack of construction. It's like the front nine was planned, the baskets were placed and then that was it. It's not overgrown so much as the fairways were never cut. 4 would be awesome if there was anything resembling a window to throw through. There are intense hills in there, especially for the small footprint of the place and some of the holes could be epic if they were laid out so that a disc could find a route to the basket. Too many small trees, too many thick branches.
It's really a mess in there and the navigation is pretty much impossible. Baskets are marked with an arrow indicating the direction of the next hole but that rarely helps. There are far too many crossing paths, (my prayers are with whoever attempts to ride a horse down these trails, or maybe with the horse) and far too many occasions in which the wrong basket or tee is found first. From the sixth basket I immediately found tee 9. From there I walked down the only path that I though could lead to basket 8, hoping to back track. Nope, the seventh tee.
Other Thoughts: It's a really nice park in terms of other facilities and the holes that are visible to the other park goers look very nice. I just hope they don't actually play here and have this as their first experience..
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review on Northeast Park
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challenging thru the front 9. The NE park is huge and has more than just DG! They are nonstop improving the park.
Cons: However the course isn't complete and not clean for comfort play. We only found the front 6 prepared for play.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Decent course, and #7 is super unique.
Pros: Baskets are in good shape. The wooded front 9/open back 9 design is nice. Decent mix of shots. Beautiful in the spring.
Cons: No tee pads, semi-confusing layout (especially in the woods) and little signage to help you. A few holes have borderline-unfair denseness and therefore not much of a fairway (#9 for instance).
Other Thoughts: Not bad overall. While #7 is a bit weird, it is up there with my favorite/most unique holes I've ever played. 111 feet and about as far downhill--fun!
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Not Much Has Changed
Pros: Most of the back nine. The rest of the park. Nice new paved parking lot, though it is primarily for the new carousel, kiddie train and miniature golf course.
Cons: As earlier reviewers noted a couple of years ago, the front nine is mostly a nightmare of non-existent fairways, totally inadequate tee areas and too much intersection with walking/running / bike trails. If a discernible fairway were cut for #9, it would be a grand side ending hole, as #10 is a grand side beginning hole, except for the design flaw of teeing off out of bounds. As enjoyable as the back nine is, there is the horse trail sign right in front of #12's green (which has now been surreptitously moved) and a lot of tree trash along the right side of #15, which is probably the best wooded hole on the course. With the rather arbitrary assignation of par 4 on several back nine holes, that one long hole with virtually no fairway on the front nine should be a 4 also.
Other Thoughts: I guess since Russell couldn't find any water into which to put baskets and disappear discs, forcing players to buy more from his employer, he left all of the trees to beat them up, so you'd still have to buy new ones.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 brand new baskets in the back of a large park. Some pretty good land on which to build a course. Thick woods and small hills provide ample opportunity for some quality design.
It is a new course so it will probably improve over time.
Cons: Natural tee pads. Not improved much at all, and in some places a little small or dangerous.
I completely didn't understand what was going on here. Beautiful woods and hills, and I am greeted with a 111' straight downhill shot! WTF is that? Just bizarre.
Most of the wooded holes were very short, and seemed to be designed by someone that never saw a disc fly. There are just some strange lines to hit and shots needed here.
Other Thoughts: The front 9 plays as a technical wooded course. There are a few shots and holes in there that are pretty fun. But the overall quality of play makes it almost not worth going in the woods. A true shame. Hopefully as this course ages, the local club will have the time and resources to make the changes necessary for this to be a place worth coming to.
The back 9 plays mostly over some grassy hills with a couple wooded holes mixed in. There is good use of the elevation and after the wooded portion, it is a very nice change of pace. Nothing exceptional awaits you on the back 9, but at least it is playable.
Hole #10 plays off a small hill down toward the basket. Hole #11 is a fun 451' over a small hill. 16-18 all play up and down the hills and let you air it out a little.
Rumor has it that there may be an additional course going in this park. If so, I hope it is more well thought out than this one.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Too New. Needs lots of work.
Pros: It's brand new, with new quality baskets. The back 9 are nice holes. The utilize elevation changes to make some play longer than they are. Some of these are blind baskets behind a hill though, and they could do with a pin flag. While the fairways are well defined, the air is open, with narrow fairways. You can utilize hyzer bombs and the like, but your aim better be good. It looks like its normally high wild grass, which is awful to look for a disc in. Keeping it short enough to search, but high enough to still be rough, and it would work out well. Currently, it looks to have been flattened, which I think takes away from some of the definition.
Cons: The front 9. These need work. Badly. Some "fairways" are barely a meter wide with so much ceiling, you might as well leave everything but your putter in the car until the back 9. I'm sure that there was a limited amount of space to work with in there, but that doesn't justify 150 ft horseshoe shaped holes. I wasn't advised that I needed a PDGA approved boomerang in my bag.
I understand its a new course, and that it will "become more defined." But you have to give that definition somewhere to start. In its current state, 1 season of light - moderate play will at best keep it as it is, at worst, the forest will just grow back in to the spaces. A great boy scout project would be to simply organize a mass of people to walk all the holes, and clear debris and brush.
The "Next Tee" arrows are an excellent idea! But several holes need a secondary "this way ->" arrow. Look at it from the view of a new player, with the scorecards/maps run out, and navigation becomes a serious issue.
Speaking of navigation, some embankments are required terrain to cross, and they are too steep to leave natural. They won't wear in to nice slopes, but will soon erode (some already have) into vertical rises of dirt. Retaining walls that double as steps will be needed to keep these safe.
On the back 9, due to the large number of adjacent fairways (5 or so) the chance of going into another lane is high. More so with a moderate wind, due to the elevation changes. If you don't keep your line low, keep an eye on the other holes.
Other Thoughts: The course has promise. Some of the front 9 might end up being too short once the lines actually open up. But that remains to be seen. Lots of things need to be made dead before the front 9 might be enjoyable. I approve the judicious use of powered cutting tools.
Simply sending a boy scout troop to tromp through the fairways to pick up trash and dead limbs would help to beat in the course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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