6 Helpful / 0 Not
2 Courses, 1 Round
- Ball Golf Like. The grass fairways and scenery of the course give you that "ball golf" course feel. As a former ball golfer, I enjoy that aspect of the course. Plus, it's a beautiful park.
- Grip it and Rip it. Cedarock is a relatively wide-open, grass fairway course that allows you to grip it and rip it on several holes. However, that's not to say that the holes don't require you to shape shots around trees, or be conscious of thick rough. I can see why the course has the hype it does… very rarely in NC do you get an open, grass fairway, grip it and rip it hole... let alone a whole course worth.
- Two Courses, One Park. I love when I can bag two new courses in one great location. Especially two courses that are completely different from one another. At Cedarock / Wellspring, you can jump-on / jump-off of each course mid-round and hook into the other course to make a 36 hole round. Otherwise you'd have to drive to the other courses' parking lot to start your second round. To do so, after finishing Cedar's 8th hole, you can jump onto Wellspring at Hole 16… play out the course through Hole 15 and then jump back onto Cedarock at Hole 9. This worked for me… and helped to break up the monotony of the relatively wide-open Cedarock.
- Confusing Tee-Signs. Let me start off by saying that the tee-signs are beautiful and work well once you understand how to interpret them. With that said:
The tee-signs are confusing at first, showing two pin positions and two (sometimes more) tee-pad locations. The pins and tee-pads are color coded (red, white, blue, gold… and sometimes a blend of two colors) to help you understand what's what. However, the tee-signs make it appear as though there are 4 options per hole (Short Tee to Short Pin, Short Tee to Long Pin, Long Tee to Short Pin and Long Tee to Long Pin)… which may seem normal, but 4-option holes are commonly seen at Charlotte courses, so that's how I was interpreting the signs. However, there are really only 2 options. This is because there is really only 1 pin in the ground (either in the long or short), giving you two options (short-pad to pin placement, or long-pad to pin placement). And, depending upon the pin placement the pin is in, and the tee-pad you choose to play from, you will be playing a certain color hole (red, white, blue, gold).
Also note: on the holes where there is only 1 pin position and the basket never moves, there are up to 4 tee-pad locations.
- The Wrong Basket. There are too many holes where you can see a different hole's basket from the tee-pad. I threw at the wrong basket on a few holes and had to backtrack down the fairway to re-play the holes properly. Hole 10 comes to mind: you're looking through a nice gap in the trees directly at a basket. It looks like a great shot, until you park it and then realize when you arrive on scene that it's 15's basket and that 10's basket is tucked down to the left.
- Tee-Pads: Slivers of Concrete. The tee-pads were 3' x 4' slivers of concrete. You can easily do a run up from behind the tee-pad and smoothly transition onto the sliver… however, when you're trying to have a championship(-ish) level course, nothing beats LARGE concrete tees. The problem at Cedarock seems to be that they wanted to install multiple, tee-pads for each hole instead of one really nice one.
- Overall. Cedarock was a good time. I certainly wasn't mad at it… except for when I had to walk back down fairways after throwing to the wrong baskets. The open, grass fairway, ball-golfish, bombers are a welcome sight (especially in NC); however, that alone doesn't make a course great, or even hype-worthy. The multiple small concrete tee-pads are decent for throwing from, but could have been improved upon if they were larger… and if there were simply fewer of them (the excess of tee-pads get kind of ugly as you look across the park). The combination of having two distinctly different courses in one park definitely adds to the flavor of the location and desirability to bag it. For me, Cedarock did not live up to the hype… but then again, with two courses in one location and both being pretty decent, maybe it does / they do.
My Score: -6 (Whites: Short Tees to Long Pins)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Home on the Range
Pros: Layout - One of the best designed open courses I've played so far. With Cedarock what you see is what you get. Rolling hills and sparse trees with a more wooded small creek area that runs right through the middle of the course. The layout uses all of these features exceptionally to create a fun and still challenging course from the longer tees.
There are multiple teepads for each hole and moving basket locations that creates 4 possible layouts. The two shorter layouts are not very challenging and give you a bunch of open birdie runs mixed with some technical shots that are shaped out of the sparse trees and treelines that run through this part of the park.
The longer configurations can give you quite a challenge by making you shoot through gaps and bend discs around trees while trying to get the distance you need. If you like to bomb and let shots rip this place is for you.
The elevation is used very well along with treelines to create risk/reward within a mostly open course. There's baskets that are big downhills with a thick treeline on the backside that punishes you for going to long. You'll need precision and distance to do well on the longs.
Again, great basket locations on slopes and tucked in to trees that make placement on your drive key. It's a placement type course because of this but there are a few areas where you'll have to hit some gaps.
The layout flows really well, no long walks and for the most part it's pretty obvious where you're going next.
Equipment - New baskets and that's a huge plus. There's excellent signage out there to explain a tricky layout configuration for first timers. A practice basket, bathroom facilities and gazebo near #1. Trashcans and benches throughout the course.
Atmosphere - Cedarock park is a beautiful place. A lot of shots are very scenic.
Cons: Layout - For many it'll be to open, if you like really wooded technical dg this isn't it. I love to let discs fly and this is one of a few in my general area where you can; but I know for many it's not what they're looking for.
The shorter layouts for me are almost to easy, it's really just a pitch and putt out there even though the greens are well designed.
Equipment - The pads are so small it's ridiculous. For a course where you're throwing for D those pads just aren't enough.
Atmosphere - Ticks can be a huge problem here in the summer, also watch out for snakes.
Other Thoughts: The great thing about this course is it's brother Wellspring sitting right next to it. It's a perfect combination of disc golf. You've got the open long shots of Cedarock combined with the technical wooded short shots on Wellspring and you can play these courses as one big course by playing 1-8 on Cedarock then jumping to 16 on Wellspring and playing back through 15 then jumping back on to 9 and finishing out.
This course is a ton of fun, and the enjoyment factor is why I'm giving it a 3.5. Normally I really penalize courses for not mixing it up but it's done so well here it's hard to complain, especially with Wellspring being right there.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Teepads - multiple concrete tees per hole.
Teesigns - show all the tee locations, and the various pin positions.
Practice basket. Plenty of benches and trashcans. Bathroom near large parking lot.
Complementary course Wellspring literally just a few yards away at some points.
Teepads - variable in size, from too small to way too small.
Teesigns - variably located, at red tee at times, sometimes white, otherwise blue - if not gold; no indication of current basket location
Some baskets/fairways/tees quite close to other tees/baskets/fairways. The day I played, baskets 2, 12, and 14 were nearly co-located. Hole-9 required a long, blind left-turner, with a good chance of buzzing players at tee-10. From tee-10, the obvious basket was ... #15.
The course is located in a tremendously large, very beautiful park. Rolling, grassy terrain, with scattered trees, tree groupings, and lines of trees along the small creek define the fairways and create obstacles. A few holes are wide open, sheer length being the "obstacle". The most common hole-type is primarily open, with elevation change and trees somewhat guarding the basket providing the challenge. There are some holes which use the trees to force certain line/windows to be hit, in addition to dealing with moderate elevation changes, and finally, a couple touch/tightish holes.
With 2-4 tee locations per hole, and most every hole having multiple pin positions, there are lots of different ways this course can play, from a distance perspective. However, with the teesigns being located at variable locations, it is tough for a first-time visitor to play a particular colour layout.
If reaching back and letting your favourite distance driver loose rates high on your fun factor, you'll enjoy this course, as you'll have plenty of chances to grip-n-rip. If technical control is your preference, only a few holes in the middle, playing near the denser lines of trees lining a small creek, will provide this type of challenge.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very open. This course has, in my opinion, a nice flow to it. The fairways are mostly very open and there are brand new disc catcher baskets on the course making it easier to find and see them.
Cons: There is quite some distance between some of the tees and baskets. I think some of the pars on certian holes should be different. There is a horse trail along the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 9th holes. Watch for riders.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course and is a good challenge to play.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A nice spread of land in a quiet remote location is perfect for disc golf. Nice hilly grassy terrain is interspersed with clumps of cedar trees and the like.
Nice variety of shots with 3 or 4 choices of tee pads on most holes. I played a mix of the reds and blues and was pleased to find you can make the course as easy or hard as you like.
Most of the fairways are on the open side with trees to navigate between, but never gets thick (go over to Wellspring if you like woods). Those who like to really crank out some longer shots and not worry about a few degrees of stray will like this course. The elevation changes exist on most holes and make the course quite well-rounded.
The baskets looked brand new and the signs were very nice and helpful. They helped me to seek out all the options for tee pads.
Cons: The tee pads are very short - too short for a reasonable X-Step in many cases.
Holes 7 & 8 are the most open on the course and to me, the only place where the course suffers. They would not be so noticeable if they weren't back to back. At least hole #8 is tucked into a corner that is roped (O.B?) with a few trees to complicate an overthrow - making up for its shortcomings. I apologize, but I just don't care for wide open holes.
Perhaps it's just me, but tee #13 and basket #12 seem to be perilously in line of stray drives from hole #2. Maybe locals are well aware of this and know to pay attention.
Other Thoughts: I very much enjoyed playing here, and am excited to try Wellspring next time- I tried a hole there and it has a whole different flavor.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Cedarock plays over some very nice rolling hills that was once used for farmland and offers a variety of elevations. The park it is in is very well maintained.
- Almost every hole has multiple Tees and Pin positions so even if you play a couple rounds a day you can still play a different course each time. They have also recently switched to the more universal Red/Blue/White/Gold color scheme so it is easier to judge the difficult of the layout you are choosing to play.
- There is now new signage throughout the course that makes it much easier to navigate for the first time players and shows all the hole information. (Signs located at the longer of the teepads on each hole)
- The course is open so it allows for some long drives but control is definitely still necessary. This is very nice since most of us NC people are used to being in the woods :D.
Cons: - First thing you will notice is the tiny tee pads. While most of the time the tee is on flat land so running up from behind is really no problem they can still cause a problem for those with very long fast run ups. Personally I don't have a large run up so I have never had a problem with them.
- They are still using the older baskets so the occasional spit out will happen and they can be a little harder to spot from the tee pad.
Other Thoughts: Cedarock was one of the first courses I played aside from my home course and I have always enjoyed it. While the short layout can give you multiple birdies the longer layout will test both your long accuracy from the tee and your ability to make a good upshot. When combined with Wellspring this park can make a great day of disc golf. If you are traveling in or around Burlington I highly recommend you get out and try both Cedarock and Wellspring and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is an open course with holes having 2 to 4 tees. The park has another 18 holes course (Wellspring) which gives you a wooded option if that's your preference. The navigation is fairly easy, especially now that they've got new tee signs!
-quiet, beautiful park
- rolling hills with well maintained grass
- 2 pin positions (change monthly)
- alternate tee positions make for great variety
- some obstacles in play and a creek
Cons: There are no major cons.
- It can be a bit confusing trying to find the exact tee you are using for first timers.
- short tee pads
Other Thoughts: Cedarock is a nice course but I preferred Wellspring because of the shaded woods on a hot day. The entire park is worth the visit alone.
There is tons of good disc golf in the entire area so make the trip!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cedarock is a classic, open course. Solid use of the terrain makes for some fun and challenging holes.
- Good variety of hole layouts. From several wide open (and less challenging) holes to doglegs; from tighter fairways to holes with elevation, the course has just about everything you'd expect from an open course. If you're looking for wooded holes, walk over to Wellspring.
- Surprisingly good elevation holes. There are a couple rolling hills throughout the course, and they're used to create some fun layouts. #9 is a solid, downhiller that will penalize you for going long. #10 & #16 include nice uphill shots to baskets.
- Dual tee pads and hole locations give the course four possible layouts, which should appeal to just about everyone. Good variety from am-shorts (great for beginners) to pro-longs (good for the big arms). Some of the holes even have three or four pads, with #5 having one for each color (layout).
- Excellent, descriptive tee signs. With dual tees and baskets, it's extremely helpful for the tee signs to have the color coding for all four layouts. It's especially helpful when there are more than 2 tee pads, or the tee pads are spaced out, as on #4.
- Course has good length. The longest layout is more than 7000 feet. Even the middle two layouts (am-long & pro short) average around 350 for each hole.
- Park as a whole is top notch. It's has a very isolated feel, is very well maintained and has great amenities throughout.
Cons: No major issues, only a couple small things that could be improved, or need to look out for.
- Call this petty, or being a stickler, but the color coding on the scorecards and the signs/pads were different. For example, red on the scorecards was actually blue on the tee signs and tee pads. Meanwhile, scorecard blue was actually the gold layout on the tee signs. Now the gold shouldn't be confused with yellow on the scorecards. And then there was green listed on the scorecards, but not the tee signs. Confused? So was I for the first handful of holes. My point is they're different, and the simplest solution would be to update the scorecard.
- Several tee signs were missing. There were holes in the ground where they had been dug out, so hopefully they'll be back soon. With so many holes playing so close, there was a little confusion on the holes where the signs were gone.
- Tee pads could be improved. Some were too short and some had the color fading off them.
- I'm not a fan of the metal, dark baskets. It's much harder to pick up when they're in the shadows, or in wooded areas.
- I wasn't a fan of having the two most open (or, at least 2 of the 3 most open) holes being back-to-back on #7 & 8. Also, the stretch of #11, 12 & 14 were all short, unimpressive holes. At least they offered birdie chances.
- The park is pretty far from civilization, so come prepared especially if the park's store is closed. Once you get off the interstate, and out of Burlington, you only pass one or two gas station before the park. So, make sure you have your food and drinks.
Other Thoughts: This is clearly the more challenging, and better, of the two courses. IMO, there's a big discrepancy in the overall quality of the two courses, that I'm surprised their ratings are so similar. Whereas Wellspring has an old school, small-course feel to it, Cedarock has aged relatively nicely. It does show its age at times, especially with the smaller, older tee pads.
- I love the polar opposite feel of these 2 courses, going from wide open to heavily wooded. If you don't enjoy at least one of them, I'm not sure why you'd be playing disc golf.
- It's also pretty interesting how close these courses get. You can walk from #8 basket/#7 tee area into the woods and be on #15 of Wellspring. So, you could actually play all 36 holes as part of a weird, long round if so desired.
- I thought #10 was a great hole with a creative layout. You're throwing from the side of a hill through an opening in the trees, at least 15 feet in the area, to a basket that's hidden from the tee pad. It's actually an easier, flatter shot from the pro tees because you're higher on the hill.
- The two courses are a solid 1-2 punch. You can easily spend hours here playing several rounds at both. It's an easy trip from both Charlotte and the Triangle area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Long and a Bit Difficult to Navigate
Pros: Lots of nice open holes where you can let your arm go and just rip for distance. Still, there is enough variety to keep it interesting. You definitely get some exercise from all the walking.
Cons: Not easy to navigate for first timers. Signage is OK, but not great.
Other Thoughts: The day I played this course I was with two friends. Luckily, we were able to follow another group through the course. They were very familiar with it so it kept us on track. Make sure you have water when you play this one, especially in the summer, or you'll have a heat stroke.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Let em Fly!
Pros: If you want to let your arm go this is the place. There are a few holes that only top pros can get twos on from the pro tees. If you want to learn how to throw far and accurate this is a great course to do it on. Some of the holes locations are set on places that are challenging to get a disc to hold which is good variation. Not an especially crowded course especially on the weekdays.
Cons: For how big some of the shots are its hard to understand why the teepads are not bigger. I understand its an old course though so its not too big a complaint. Im glad I know the course well by now because if I was a newcomer I would never know where to tee off. During the summer its hard to survive a round that long with no shade and 100 degree temperatures.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to make yourself better a better golfer. The teepads are notoriously small for such a big course which makes good footwork a necessity. I love the fact that this course makes the basket look like a little bitty spec in the distance! Go for it!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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