It can be a bane but it's off the chain!! Long tee review.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Awesome course! Awesome, unique place that has different activities to offer. Like dirtbiking, ATV, camping, etc. Those things however are not as good as disc golf and this place has an underrated course. 3.83?! That's cheap.
-The pro shop! It has many different things. Discs, tents, a food stand inside of it, and different items for Carolina Adventure World, like sweaters, coasters, drinking cups, etc.
-Elevation! Course utilizes a LOT of it. There are only two holes that are "flat" but still gain a few feet. I know elevation, this course is hillier than it looks in the media.
-There are a few par 5's. They are not as long as most par 5's but they have a lot of defense. Hole 5 is a slightly downhill hyzer shot into the woods and it gets tight. Hole 8 is a dogleg that requires two clean shots over 300 feet. I nearly eagled it but I got "tree love" on my teeshot and Hole 12 is an odd shaped fairway and turns into a super hard approach shot into the woods.
-Some really nice greens here. Some of the baskets were on small hills so rollers are a possibility. #9's green is surrounded by a creek bed and #15's basket is on a cluster of rocks.
-Dual sets of tees on every hole. It's great that Alan Kane took the time to make this a course for all players (Not that courses should have a lower rating by not being beginner friendly). The tees are a doable length.
-There is a practice basket by the pro shop.
-Friendly staff members, good looking females that are very helpful! They give you scorecards and tell you where the first tee is.
-I like the orange DGA baskets. They catch very well and they are very visible.
-Great mix of open and wooded shots. Some holes allow you to rip it, like the awesome, classic 18th hole! Some holes are very narrow and can get unforgiving and will require you to get creative and that's what a real course has to have. If you play the longs, you will have to be prepared for some very unique holes that require clean shots. #10 long is a very narrow, uphill 321' par 3. You don't know what this hole is capable of. You got to throw it straight.
-The tee diagrams are very accurate. It's a good idea to look that the diagram if you play the longs.
-Benches on almost if not on every hole. This course is a hike! A real hike.
Cons: -I'm 16 and don't get my driver's license until February. So I drove my father here and when we got here, he had to sign that he is my guardian. I'm afraid that I can't come here alone until 2015 but this is really only a problem for me except when it's the Trailbrazer open, you just got to register. Plus you have to wear a wristband. If you don't have scissors in the car then it's tough to get it off.
-$5 to play all day. Totally worth it, it's just an alert, so play more than one round.
-There was racoon poop on #9's short tee and I saw some deer in the woods. LOOK OUT!
-The course runs through the dirt bike course but dirt bikers shouldn't keep a true disc golfer from playing THIS course.
Other Thoughts: -This is a course worthy of a 4.5. The work put into it, the money paid, the layout and elevation! It's an amazing course. The first three holes play on the side of a hill! Then you go to hole 4 which is a very cool uphill par 3 with two routes. Hole 5 is a very challenging 626' par 5 that is a tight hyzer shot. #6 is one of my favorite holes I've played. On the long tee, it's an awesome steep downhill tunnel shot. If it's really a par 4, then I eagled it with a mako3! Then #7 and #8 are just begging to bump up your score. Both dogleg left holes. The 7th is a steep uphill par 3 and 8 is slightly downhill. #9 is a very tough 379' foot par 3 and the basket is on a green surrounded by a creek bed. 10 is a challenging narrow par 3 with the basket going up a 10' hill. 11 is a short, dogleg right. 12 is a slightly downhill shot that is open most of the way and goes into the woods, standard 5 as it is very tight once you get to the woods. #13 is an uphill par 3 that requires clean shot. #14 and #15 are both open, uphill shots which #15 being an open bomb. On #14, it's worth knowing that the basket 400-450' straight ahead is #15's not #14's. #14 is a dogleg right. #16 is a downhill par 4 with multiple lanes but several trees so this is a thinker's hole. #17 is back uphill and you end with an epic 18th! The long tee is on top of the huge hill and you just have to throw more than one disc off the tee. Beautiful open bomb, one of the most beautiful holes I've played.
-Wishlist this course if you haven't. Go play it if you live within 3 hours. It's off the chain and it can really be unforgiving if you don't hit your line but that shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the course. Holes #6, #10 and #18 are three of my favorite holes of the 600+ holes I have played. I have maybe 75 favorite holes.
Here are some things you need to know
-The GPS is only familiar with Arrowhead Rd. Not 1515 but this course was easy for me to find.
-There is an entrance. You have to say what you are at Carolina Adventure World for before you can park.
-You have to sign a form.
-#2 is to the left of #1's basket. We got confused so we walked down #1's fairway and went to the right. I saw the tee and we had to walk up a steep hill to get to it.
-Some hole distances may be inaccurate. #6 is probably shorter than 404'. The teesign says 328' par 3 so I don't know if it's a par 3 or 4. The scorecard says it's a par 4.
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