Open up your mind
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cedarock is located on a beautiful piece of property in a park that also has fishing, hiking and equestrian trails, a farm and many other amenities. The shop with discs and snacks is a welcome sight at any park.
This course is not typical of Piedmont area courses. It was fun to air it out (such as it is for me) on a few drives and second shots.
This course was a lot of fun for my dad and I even though we prefer wooded courses. I was not expecting the variety of shots necessary to play a course so open. There was enough elevation change and trees sprinkled about to keep things interesting.
I threw forehand, backhand, hyzer and anny including a big hyzer on 10 to get over the trees. That was a fun gap to play!
The course itself appeared to be freshly mowed and well maintained in general.
I understand this course gets crowded. We got there as the park opened and only saw one other group, so we had time to search for tee pads and errant discs without being rushed.
Cons: Take a map. The layout is not intuitive. The signs help, but a little scouting to make sure you are throwing to the correct basket may help.
I think I understand the tee pads that correlate with a certain basket position, but some baskets are blind so I wasn't sure where to throw from. When in doubt we threw from the shorts.
The tee pads are super small in most cases.
Other Thoughts: This course was a lot of fun and I'm glad we played it. I had played Wellspring on five different occasions without even giving the open course a look.I recommend playing as soon as the park opens this time of year. It will be brutally hot in the afternoon.
This is a great accompaniment to Wellspring right next door. We did not do the figure 8, but the courses are close enough it is easy to play them individually while parked in one spot.
I think I would prefer to play both of these courses in the fall and winter when it's cooler on Cedarock and less foliage on Wellspring.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Disc Golf Oasis
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Not to belabor the point in the previous 50 reviews, but it's true: Cedarock is unique among North Carolina courses. It's wide open. Field golf, meadow golf, ball golf style...whatever you want to call it. There are a few trees strategically placed (some baskets are nicely guarded), but for the most part, this is just long, wide open golf.
The other big positive for me, besides the course's uniqueness, is the use of elevation. There are nice downhills, uphills, valley shots, and holes that start uphill, but finish to blind downhill baskets.
There's also a nice hole--one of the few with trees to contend with off the tee--that you have to throw high through a tunnel, in between branches on the left, right, above, and below. Neat hole and different.
- There's a pro shop where you can buy discs and snacks. So cool. All courses should have pro shops!
- Great amenities. Clean bathrooms and lots of other activities at the park (fishing, beach volleyball, canoeing, grilling out).
- The course is beautiful and exceptionally well maintained.
Cons: I have the same two cons that have been mentioned in previous reviews: the tee pads aren't great and navigation isn't always intuitive (the multiple tees and baskets on every hole can be confusing), but this is nitpicking. It's an excellent course.
Other Thoughts: As a standalone course, I would dock it for being *too* wide open and not having much variety. But the beauty of Cedarock is, it's really two joined courses. Individually, I'd rate Cedarock and Wellspring as strong 3.5's, but judging them together as 36 holes, both courses deserve 4's. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
I've also seen the "figure eight" mentioned in previous reviews, where you play part of either Wellspring or Cedarock, then jump to the other course on a parallel hole, play that entire course, then finish on the one you started on. I honestly don't see the reason to do this. The two hole #1's are maybe a quarter of a mile apart. You can walk it or drive to the other parking lot easily. I would suggest playing one and then the other for a completely different feel.
However you chose to play the Cedarock courses, consider them a 36-hole disc golf oasis and leave yourself enough time to play every hole at least once.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Grip It and Rip It
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Bathrooms by Practice Pin, Lots of open fairways, Labeled Well, Trash Cans placed throughout. Multiple pin placements and teepads
Cons: Teepads are different sizes and sometimes the area surrounding is uneven and could cause tripping.
Other Thoughts: Right next to Wellspring Course, play both for different flavors. I love this course and totally stoked anytime I get back home to play the course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is nothing like Wellspring. It's open, and longer - it's classy and classic. It an oldie and a goldie as it was establish in 1984 and at that time was the 5th course ever built in NC.
This is a course you can really crank your drives. However, none of the holes are a gimmie and there's several holes that you can get into some major trouble, should you shank it. The great thing is if you do shank it, recovering is very doable. It's a fair course that rewards your good drives and approach shots.
The course is clean and mowed frequently. There are benches and trash cans on just about every hole.
The terrain is beautiful rolling hills, valleys and a small creek through the center of the course (casual water). It covers about 11 acres.
There's a good variety of different hole placements along with one mando and a unique window shot through some trees. There's two tees on every hole, which makes it play from short to really long. There are also two baskets positions for each hole. Both Cedarock and Wellsprings courses have installed all new disCatchers baskets (gotta love that!). The tee signs are new as well and the graphics are clear and well designed which allows the course to be easily navigated!
Cons: No course is perfect - and this course has had plenty of time to be tweeted. The tweaks I would recommend at this time would be to extend a few of the tee pads. Some are fine but, a number need minor repair as well.
Other Thoughts: This course has stood the test of time and remains one of the better courses in North Carolina. Having an additional really nice woodland course in the same park makes it a Disc Golf Mecca!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A nice two punch combo
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A nice switch up to most North Carolina courses, which for you non NC residents means some wide open holes on a majority of the course and huge fairways. If airing it out is your bread and butter, this course is for you. Some aim is required for the right turn holes (like number 3) and hard left turns (like hole 10). The best part about this course is that another 18 hole course boarders it, which gives you a chance to play 36 holes without having to drive to the next course. WellSpring is the boardering course, which is a completely diffrent course, being shorter and all in the woods. I'll save the rest of that info for a review on that course. Concrete pads are on every hole there are tee signs at every hole, just not every pad.
Cons: Only a few knocks on this one. Navigation can be a bit tricky if you dont have a guide, most holes have 2 to 3 pads, plus some holes with 2 pin locations depending on what pad you're playing. There is only one tee sign per pad but it does give you a good layout on which basket to throw to depending on what pad you throw from. The only hole I had an issue with was a 700+ foot hole that was a par 4. For you big arms thats not a problem, it's an easy par but newer players would have trouble getting the 4.
Other Thoughts: Its a town run park with bathrooms and drink machines. Its well maintained and trimmed up nicely. I really enjoyed this course, and if it was closer I would play it a lot more.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
A Welcome Change of Pace
Pros: Course Layout: The pins were in the short position, but we threw from the blues/gold tees. Most of the pins had unique pin placements that made the approach shot not exactly straightforward. Awesome use of tree placement both lining the fairways and in play.
Course Upkeep: One of the better kept courses I've played in the triangle area.
Navigation: I did not get lost once, as navigation from hole to hole is fairly easy.
Bombshots: I loved the fact I could air out my drives. Those courses are hard to come by. The only other one I would say close to Raleigh would be Zebulon, but this one takes the cake from that one.
Close-proximity to Wellspring: We played the figure-8 layout and played all 36 holes. I'm glad we did. Awesome day of disc golf.
Cons: Teepads: Like every other person has said on here, the pads need to be re-poured. They measure between 4 and 5 feet in length and maybe 3 feet wide? Not nearly large enough for a course that has 600+ ft holes.
Other Thoughts: If they re-did the pads and trimmed down a few overgrown branches, this course has the potential to be a 5/5. If you can set aside the fact that the variety isn't the best, I think you would agree. Wellspring is there for a reason, and it's to compensate for this lengthy course. Do not play this course if you cannot drive 300+ ft. It will probably get a little boring for you.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoy your flight!
Pros: -Well, this course is nothing like Wellspring. It's really open, and longer. This was something different in the 31 courses I have played. It's very classic. I usually play courses that were established later than this course. This is just good old fashioned disc golf.
-You can easily get out of trouble on this course. It's very open! You got room to launch you driver a very long way! Just rip it! It won't cost you strokes unless you really shank it. That's the beauty of it, just watch it fly.
-This place has no litter, none. The designer(s) put good work into this place. There are benches and trash cans on every hole. I didn't see one piece of trash on the course.
-This land has a pretty hilly terrain. #15 is a perfect example. It's a super fun valley shot. That hole right there is a hole where you just want to empty your bag.
-Some good variety! #2 has a mando pointing you left. A few small dropoffs, some "air it out" holes, and #10 is also something different on this course. It's a window shot over some trees. That's the signature hole on the course because it's different. #11 is slightly wooded too.
-At least two tees on almost if not every hole. This course can go from short to really long. The baskets are moved into different positions. They are in the short right now.
-The course is usually secluded. It's usually all yours. Sometimes people cut the grass but it's something to appreciate. Tall grass sucks.
-The new 28 chain disCatchers are great. They catch well, they are not beaten up.
-The farm, homestead and the museum are what make this place unique. It's a great place in the country! I haven't been to a park this interesting. It's not your typical place even though it has a playground.
-Great tee signs! I had no trouble at all finding the basket. I played the whites and thank God it showed where they were located on the signs, cause if they were not, I wouldn't have known what tees you played
Cons: -The tee pads need to be MUCH longer. This course is pretty long. If you think five foot tee pads are not a problem on a course with holes mostly over 300+ feet. You are wrong.
-It's a little tricky to find #11. When you finish #10. Go back down the hill and go left.
-I couldn't find the pro shop.
Other Thoughts: -Really, I think this course could actually get a 5 to be honest. It just needs next tee signs and longer tee pads. I had a blast playing this course because it's something different, other than scenery. It's just good ol' disc golf in the country. Some holes may seem a little bland but look on the brightside! You can air it out like it's no problem. Hole #8 comes to mind there. It's wide open! From the gold tee, it would be fun to practice your LONG distance shots and maybe get a birdie. I launched my starfire maybe 380' feet on that hole!!
-Wellspring is a wooded course and it is also at this park. I think this course is better because it doesn't have many issues. Wellspring is really good too and you should give that course a shot as well.
-If you play the gold, then you better be able to rip it if you want birdies to come. If you play the shorter tees, you will find it easier and a bit more forgiving if your launch goes bad. Neither of the courses can punish you that badly at this place but it takes something to get your birdie. They are both fun courses and really worth the stop. If you shoot under par here, Wellspring should be a snap but if you blow up here, Wellspring may not be easy either but this is the tougher course because some players do not have what it takes to throw 500 feet but luckily this course doesn't require throws THAT long but you need some nice long throws if you want to shoot very well here. Just enjoy it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: It requires many different approaches and methods. even though this course is out in the open, it is still different and memorable. i like how you can loop it back in with wellspring to add variation.
Cons: the lack of woodiness would be a con if it wasnt for wellspring.
Other Thoughts: its good and fun. youre gonna have to be able to tomahawk becouse one hole needs a tomahawk shot to get through the cover
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 8 Not
another voice to the chorus
Pros: This is one of the good ones. It's all in the open yes, but there's so many elevation changes, and the pockets of trees make every hole seem different. It's incredibly scenic and full of beautiful, memorable holes.
You could point to the lack of wooded holes, and if Wellspring wasn't there, that would be a fault. You could try and not include its existence in your review but you would fail. The whole time you are on the course, you know that it is there. You know the 18 holes in the woods are coming up.
Cons: are there any?
I guess the fact that you need to make sure you have time to play 36, because you aren't going to only want to play one course here.
the temporary layout for the masters was still up when I was there which made it had to navigate from 4-8 but I can't dock it for what I know was a temporary situation.
6 of 14 people found this review helpful.
My Home Course; My Favorite Course
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: 32 years old, Cedarock is still the course to play. With big, big sky and green, green grass, Cedarock is wide, wide open as a golf course should be and completely convertible for alternate layouts. (Red/Blue and White/Gold) Both configurations will test you on distance and direction, as Bob and Carlton employed the limited elevation differentials as well as the trees and tree lines to utmost utilization. For recreational or intermediate players, Cedarock Red and White will let you break par and even get aces, but can also be stern taskmistresses if taken for granted. For pros and advanced ams, the Blue and Gold tees will allow for driving for show to putt for dough.
With forested, bordering Wellspring all but adjoining this course, Cedarock Park remains a great disc golf destination, though it might no longer be #1, as it was in the late 80's and early 90's. The courses are laid out so that an easy, well flowing, half and half round of nine holes on each course can be enjoyed for an interesting, more diverse 18. (CR 1, 2, 3, 8, WS 16, 17, 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15, CR 9. 10, 16, 17, 18)
Cedarock Park is mostly a nature park of approximately 600 acres, offering miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, primitive camping, kayak rentals, lake fishing, picnic shelters, playground, open air half court basketball, beach volleyball and the historic farm, dating back to the mid 18th century...and the ropes course might still be in place. And there is appropriate and available land for the possible permanent placement of the presently extinct temporary tournament Rock Creek course, to accompany the supposedly planned green level, novice nine holer to be built on some portion of the recently acquired couple of hundred acres that were added to the long standing 414 acres.
Amenities are aplenty with adequate signage, nearby rest rooms, as well as snacks and beverages in the office building. Cedarock and Wellspring may be the best benched courses in existance, though I think, by and large, the recently installed, backless metal benches are inferior to the hand hewn wooden benches with backs that were produced and placed by the original players' association when the courses were new.
The park is so big and the course is placed so that there is almost no interacton with other activity areas. You may occasionaly encounter horseback riders. Give them the right of way, as horses are generally stupid, horse people are often intoxicated and the horse trails were there first.
Cons: May be too open and easy for pros and advanced ams in the original short pins positions, but the gold layout will test the best of the best, especially if you rate it as a straight par 3, as we did for over 20 years. Some of the posted pars on the nice new tee signs seem arbitrarily easy for pro and advanced players and out of line with PDGA guidelines. There shuld be far fewer Par 4's on the Blue and Gold layouts. Some of the holes could use more than just the one tee sign, as the tees are a ways apart. Tee pad color assignment needs correction on Hole 14, so that it would be in line with the three pad correctness of Holes 7 and 18. 15 and 18 White should both definitely be rated as Par 4's here on the site and on the signs and cards, for a better overall par schematic of 58..
Most of the tee pads are as old as the course. At 6' by 3', many contemporary players consider them too small, but there is adequate, level, step-up/run-up area behind each one.
Other Thoughts: It was on this course, with only my pre-patent number, dirt brown Aero that I parked it on the original number 5, which teed from what is now the #5 blue pad and went to a now extinct green, that made me think out loud that maybe I could play this sport without stinking it up.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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