Excellent DG in the Golf Capitol!
Pros: Very nice tee signs at all the blue tees, layout of hole, intended path, distance and par for both blue and white tees.
Good sized concrete tee pads on every hole, except the two shortest, #11 and #15. Nice, hand-made wooden benches on nearly every tee.
Even though this is a wooded course, the fairways are fair, enough room to make your throw. Plus, the greens were ample, large in size and cleared all the way around.
Nice variety of holes, left turning, right turning, uphill and downhill (surprising for the Sandhills), four Par 4s, and even a few open holes. Different types of vegetation also, mostly pine trees but also some hardwoods and even a "fern" hole.
You even get to tee from the pond dam on two holes and putt to a basket on the dam, watch that dam putt!
Cons: Very few things here, but the worst thing about this course? The map on this website! Great tee signs and a good map at the start, can't someone get a better course map on this site?
The park has a port-a-john, the course has a message board, and that's it. It looks like there might be other activities in the big, open field, don't understand why the Village of Pinehurst can't put up at least a picnic shelter and tables.
The back nine could use a little more mowing.
Other Thoughts: Can you tell I liked this course? I saw the solid rating (3.68), and knew it was in the Golf Capitol of NC, (and the East Coast?) but wasn't sure about it judging from the online map, and the lack of facilities when I arrived. But I really enjoyed it from the first hole all the way through.
As I mentioned above, the fairways are fair and the greens are cleared, lets you really go for your shots.
One of the tightest fairways is on #6, so if one is too tight, go the other way, its has dual fairways. #7 is a nice long uphill Par 4 followed by an up then down Par 4 #8, with the pond lurking just behind the basket.
Several holes open up on the back nine by using the powerline ROW.
#16 is a fun, short, tight hole, leading up to the basket on the dam. Then the Blue tee for #17 is right there, requiring a left to right tee shot over the pond. #18 finishes with a unique basket position.
Lots of challenges on this course, a good workout walking up and down the few hills that are available in this part of the state. Not as pristine as Pinehurst #2, but an Excellent course!
Pros: Course layout is great. Tight fairways and elevation change throughout. The hole variety keeps you on your toes.
Tee pads and baskets in exceptional condition, as well as signage. I would recommend putting railroad ties or something of the sort behind tee boxes with negative slope to block sand gathering from erosion (it rained in the morning and many of the teepads were mostly covered in sand).
Cons: Bugs!! There are a few holes around a swampy pond (very nice holes, but the bugs like them too). No trashcans in course, so there was a slight amount of FOD. Grass on some fairways was long, not sure how often they maintain.
Other Thoughts: BUG SPRAY IS A MUST!! A few holes we were rushing out of there. Some players may want to use pants do to thick woodline.
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Pros: This course has great signage. The flow is also very intuitive and easy. Signs show basket location and distance.
Each hole has two nice concrete tee pads that are wide and long. The course is mostly wooded with a few open holes. This is a good course for beginner and advanced alike. I took my niece for her first disc golf experience and she loved it.
The fairways are often tight, but the sandhills terrain here means they are pretty forgiving. We found all errant throws with little effort. The lack of dense undergrowth in the rough was a welcome change from the Triad courses.
We played a day after some heavy rain and the course was in fine condition. There is plenty of elevation change and it is used well here. There are a couple of downhill bomb shots available, 15 being a memorable one.
There is water in play on 8, 16, and 17 but it is easily avoidable, particularly at 17 where the short tee does not throw over the pond at all. A spotter at 16's basket is a good idea as an overthrown putt is likely a blind roller into the water.
The park here appears to be mostly dedicated to disc golf. The course does not interfere with any other activities at all. Coming in from the west, this place seems like it is in the middle of nowhere.
Cons: There were several beer bottles on the course. This is disappointing as they are most likely from disc golfers. This is a beautiful course and should be kept clean. I'll bring a trash bag when I return. This is a minor ding on an otherwise great course.
Other Thoughts: Coming in from the west, this place seems like it is in the middle of nowhere. Headed east from the park, you come to Pinehurst pretty quick.
This course was a great combo with Reservoir Park in Southern Pines the same day. I would love to have this course closer to home.
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Pros: Challenging but rewarding course
Signs point to next hole
Cons: Tough undergrowth
Very very wooded
Lost a good disc (bad throw)
Needs more action to keep vegetation down
Other Thoughts: Hole one is found to the right of holes 9 and 10. One of my favorite courses that I've played. Will definitely return.
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Pros: I played this course in the middle of a long drive in which I'd carefully budgeted time for three stops along the 52-15-501 corridor. After realizing just how far away from the main road this was, I began checking my watch and wondering if I made the wrong choice.
The last remnants of that doubt had faded by the third hole(12 for me). It was then then that I realized just how much I was going to like this layout. That the isolation that the course provided was worth the drive. That time constraints be damned, I had this whole amazing course to myself.
Pinehurst has that rare quality in which it is challenging without being frustrating for new players. I don't see who this course would not appeal to. Beginners will score abysmally on some holes, but I do think they will still enjoy it. The fairways can be tight, but going off them will likely only hurt the scorecard, and not cause extensive disc searches. Additionally, there's quite a few short holes mixed in to break up what could be soul-breaking stretch of par 4s.
At the same time, the experienced player will love the long tees. He will find real par 4s and ace runs. And he'll be tested to score well on both types.
Though I knew by the third hole that I was a fan, it the stretch from 15 to 17 that made me a believer. I walked up to the embankment and saw the two parallel pads facing opposite directions and I couldn't help but exhale sharply. 15 shoots away from the lake, down a steep decline and through a straight but narrow fairway. 15 is a throw back up to the ledge, where the basket sits adjacent to two teepads. The second teepad is 17 and "carries" over a dry lake. I don't mind that there is very little actual water. It's still not an area I would want to retrieve a disc from so play it as if it was water. It's one of the best runs of short holes that I've experienced.
It's also a great example of how Pinehurst flows. Hole-to-hole here is awesome. Despite not being able to often see a hole from another, the tees are remarkably close to the previous baskets. From tee to fairway to basket to tee, this is just a superlative experience.
Cons: As others have said, this course could use some traffic. There are a few rough edges. There are some patches of long grass in the fairways, as well as a few walking hazards.
There are also a few too many short holes. I like a nice balance, but this teeter-totter is weighted just a bit too much in the direction of short porches.
There is one exception to the great flow and that is between 7 and 8. What would fix this is blocking off the path that leads back to the third tee.
The one addition I would like to see is a sign in the parking lot pointing towards hole 1. It's logical to walk towards 10 and I played the back nine first. Not a big deal, but I prefer to play courses in the proper order.
Other Thoughts: I like a course with identity and this one has it. The forest is pretty unique for someone with my experience, and I quickly learned why the towns in the area have names like Southern Pines and Pinehurst. It's an awesome area and I think more use, a little cleanup and maybe some water in the lake would up this course to a 4.5. The layout for that is there.
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Best in area
Pros: Can't say i was suprised as I have been reading about the progress of this course for over a year. But the tee's and the signage coupled with the care being put into the course are evident and appreciated.
We came over from Fayetteville and chose to play this course over resevoir.
If you walk over to the left as indicated on the directions just walk a little further to the right of ten and there is hole one. From there the layout and signage make it dang near idiot proof. Loved the distance markers on the ground on the long holes. (Just another example of the care going into the course)
Me and my buddy played a mix of tee's since it was our first time. The pads are great and the distances fair and accurate.
Others have reviewed the holes so I won't go into that.
Cons: Bring some bug spray and watch the fresh cut stumps of the sapplings. Not much else is wrong here. Just needs some good old father time and lots of play.
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Pros: Layout - Yea the layout is totally bodacious. If I was ranking this course on layout alone it would be a 4 easy style.
Great lines that make you work the disc, the baskets all seemed in just the right place and distance. Multiple routes/options on holes.
Great mixture of hole types and distances. 2 pads; whites look to be good and fun for all players. I played the blues which are challenging but fair and still a ton of fun.
There's a good disc golf terrain out here with some nice elevation changes and fast greens. Really tricky pin locations on some holes that make you be accurate on approach.
Some solid par 4's out there where you have to hit a good placement shot off the tee to have a good look.
Course flows really well, basket to next tee is usually very close.
Atmosphere - Really good spot for disc golf, nice little area with some good looking holes. You get a nice remote feeling when you're out there and it wasn't even close to busy. Nothing else in the park except for disc golf so it's great.
Equipment - New large/level concrete pads for both tees. New baskets. New Tee signs which are great looking and informative.
Cons: Layout - There's a few short holes that kinda boring and don't offer that much of a challenge.
My main gripe with the course is it stays pretty technical the entire way through, a few holes mixed in to really let rip one would break that up.
The water in the pond is still absent, I hope they actually plan to put water in there although some may like the fact you don't lose a disc when you go in.
Equipment - Some of the pads can get very sandy, might be nice for the locals to stick some brooms out there to keep it safe.
Atmosphere - Again a lot of the stuff that got cut is laying around right off the fairway, looks a bit ugly. Still a raw area and needs some traffic to beat it in. There's a pond on the course that is utilized but no water is in it. When they fix it it will look bad arse.
Other Thoughts: My favorite course in this area, when some of the cons I mentioned are fixed this course will be even better and I might bump it up.
I'll say again the layout is top notch, Stan did a good job with this one and kudos to everyone who helped get this in the ground.
UPDATE: The limbing and stick piles I complained about in my initial review have been taken care of, the course looks much better now.
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NEW Signage for every hole. Picture includes layout from both tee pads, intended direction of shot, and direction to next tee pad.
Hole 1: Slight Dog Leg Right, it's tough because you can't see the basket so it's pretty much a blind tee off, but it's a very doable par 3.
Hole 2: Dog Leg Left, this is another hole where you can't really see the basket and I like that because it forces you to have control and be able to accurately place your shots.
Hole 3: Dog Leg Right, this hole is very deceptive at first glance. again it's a blind tee shot into a guarded basket up a hill. Great use of terrain and just enough elevation to make it fun. You've got to set up a good second shot here in order to make par.
Hole 4: Straight Shot, a few stumps make for small obstacles, the fairway is a little tighter than the first three holes, but it's a doable par 3, possible birdie.
Hole 5: Uphill Shot, pretty similar I think to the distance of hole four, nothing crazy to have to throw around.
Hole 6: Downhill Split, you can go right or left. I think the short tee would be a much easier look on this hole. It's a little tough to get the angle for the right side from the long tee. I'm sure once it gets played more a few of the branches will get knocked down and it'll open up a little. Similar to hole 3 the difficulty factor is higher and accuracy is rewarded.
Hole 7: Dog Leg Left: I'd almost call it a double-dog leg. It's a longer par 3 that really continues to curve left. Seriously doubt anyone's going to ace this one. I'd almost call it a par 4 a least from the long tee's, it tough but not impossible.
Hole 8: Slight Dog Leg Right into an Up and Over, throw over a hill and the basket is at the bottom of the hill. Again a blind shot, it's a doable par 3.
Hole 9: Dog Leg Right, tight alley way but if you can hit it, you can set yourself up for a birdie. Very easy to end up in the wood on this one. It opens up after the tunnel and there are a few trees to throw around.
-These leads you back around to the start, I like that both the front and the back nine start and end pretty much in the same place makes for good course flow and the ability to get in a quick 9 holes.
Hole 10: Straight Shot with a slight Downhill and Uphill at the end. It's a tight fairway because of the trees, I'm sure in the summer the growth adds a lot of difficulty in terms of visibility.
Hole 11: Probably the shortest hole on the course, a straight shot 200+ ft., should be a pretty easy birdie.
Hole 12: Backwards S-Curve that ends Downhill. This is a great hole another one with added difficulty. Again I'd almost say the pattern of this course is every third hole has some added challenge. Another blind tee off, but if you can set yourself up to the right of the bottleneck of trees you'll have a much easier approach.
Hole 13: Uphill, narrow fairway, the hole is on the left when you get to the top of the hill. Very doable par 3, gotta keep it straight.
Hole 14: Straight Shot with Slight Downhill at the end. You can fade right and still be ok. The trees bottleneck as you get closer to the hole. I don't know why but I enjoyed this shot. It's not particularly difficult but you have to be accurate.
Hole 15: Downhill Curve to the Left. Again every third hole, this is an awesome shot, possibility for an ACE!
Hole 16: Straight Shot over a small hill, and then the basket is uphill. The trees make it a tight alley way. Great design and use of the terrain.
Hole 17: Throw from a hill top, carry the "water" and dog leg hard right at the end. Great hole, I'm sure when the water level is up it's one of those mental mind F's. I'd say 14-17 make for a great finish. I played the loop twice, I liked them so much.
Hole 18: Blind Continuous Curve Left, very similar to hole 7 except you're throwing downhill instead of uphill. And the basket is on a little hill. I'd say 17 is the harder of the two, which messes up my every third hole pattern, but it is a tough shot from the long tee.
Lots of interesting shots on this course. Most of the fairways are pretty open, but control and accuracy are greatly rewarded. I really like that every hole isn't a par 3, gets a little boring when all the holes are the same.
Cons: Signage is up.
This biggest issue is not being able to see the baskets from the tee pads. Obviously, adds to the difficulty of the course, just makes it tough for people who have never played the course. I still gave this course a 4.0, I'd say it's a 4.25 not quite a 4.5 just because the park isn't finished. The work that's gone into this course is EXTREMELY NOTICEABLE.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd say this is more of a "pro-level" course compared to those in the area. The design and use of elevation and terrain is awesome. It's certainly one of the better wooded courses I've played. I really like that although it's wooded it's open enough to use a driver.
It's a tough course to score well on. Lots of blind tee shots and good use of elevation especially on the back nine. It's a humbling course compared to the other courses in the area. Some of the fairways are pretty narrow, but from the long tees this is a course that will test your skill level for sure. Accuracy is key
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Pros: An overall great course!
-Teepads! The teepads make a huge difference for this course.
-Variety of shots and fair for lefties.
-Tough (In a good way!)
-Lines... Beautiful Lines!
-Numbered DGA Baskets.
-They now have a parking lot.
-There is a nice big field to practice some drives.
-Like most have said some fairways can be rough.
-The Course needs signage. The ribbons on the trees works but it will be much easier to navigate once some signs are put up.
Other Thoughts: This is now my favorite course in the area and I can't wait to play it again!
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Pros: It has the potential to be one of the best courses around. It has terrain and elevation changes that will definitely test you skills. The front 9 is fairly short and mostly straight, with a few hole of 350'. The back 9 is longer and the fairways are kind of tight. Hole 12 is 610' and it definitely challenges your placement skills.
Cons: It could use some tlc, needs more traffic to beat down the bushes. It could use some teepads, but the tees aren't difficult to throw from as is. It could use some markers showing the location of the basket from the tee, and the next tee from the basket. The back 9 is in worse shape than the front. Holes 15 & 16 have alot of debris left in the fairways from cutting the trees down.
Other Thoughts: This course is going to be fantastic once it gets broken in and the signs are put up. It will definitely be a course i play regularly.
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