4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -What can I say? I love South Mountain. It has pretty much everything that a disc golf course should have.
-The variety is great. It has uphill and downhill, short and long, open and wooded, dogleg left and a dogleg right, trees,water and mandos. It has it all.
-From the yellow tees, it's super easy and the white tees are also pretty easy. I play the blue tees and it's harder. If you don't like super easy then play the blues.
-There is an ace board beside hole 1 and you can write your ace down on it (If you aced). Not surprised #15 was and hole #5 and #1 were also aced.
-#13 is a serious test of your skill (if you play the blues. You start off in the woods and there is a mando gate. It's a dogleg left and if you birdie, that's definitely a memorable one.
-Trash cans, benches are around on some holes which is good enough.
-Restrooms are to the left of the parking lot of the disc golf course. They are not in the shop so go straight ahead and you will see the course and where to park.
-There are maps of the course and you pick up scorecards on the porch of the shop. Discs at the shop are cheap too.
-Since I played the blues, there was really only one fun ace run. I was looking forward to playing it and although it's easy, I think it's the best on the course. It's #15. The back 9 is flat until you get to #15. It plays under 100 feet but if you go past the basket, you are in the DEEP woods which you have no good chance in a birdie. Not to mention I fell down the hill while I was trying to ace it. Then #16 and #17 gain about +8 feet from the blues and #18 long gains maybe +20 feet.
-The bible verses on every teesign were a very clever idea. Definitely worth writing down.
-This is probably the best course I have played, next to RL Smith in Charlotte and whoever reads this review, you really need to play here. You will not be disappointed.
Cons: -You might get confused where to go. Bring a GPS and be aware this is at the church camp. Once you get to 1129 (The address), you got to keep going straight for a couple miles. Look for a small, white pro shop and a sign that says disc golf!
-Course is a bit overparred, not really from the blues but with the yellows, there are short par 5's less than 300 ft. The whites are also unchallenging.
-There will be a SEVERE erosion problem on #7. That hole is already experiencing it.
Other Thoughts: South Mountain is a church camp. I started played at a church camp too, but it was at Bonclarken retreat in flat rock. This is a harder course and it's much funner too. There are 3 sets of tees and might soon be 4. This course is for all players and it's definitely memorable. I must say, this course is definitely worth playing and it's worth paying 2 bucks to play.
-It's $2 bucks to play all day to keep the grass cut. Bring some money and if you don't have a disc that floats, buy one at the shop. Bringing your bathing suit is a good idea. Water by #4 is like 4 feet deep.
-Signature hole, there are plenty. #3 has a great view of the lake, and it's a big downhill shot. #14 could be because it's wooded. #15 was very memorable because it's very short but very interesting. Steep downhill with water past the basket, maybe my favorite ace run in NC. I have not played a hole that short with an elevation loss over 20 feet until then, don't fall. The hill just drops down and then you're on the green but it now has stairs as of 2013! I remember when it didn't. #16 was interesting because it's around the prayer garden and it's pretty challenging. I'd say those four are my favorites. #6 was fun too but a bit too close to #5.
-I deleted the hole by hole review. This is too good to give away. It's one thing to give away something meh but not this course. This has excellent variety, various lengths, water, hills, couple dropoffs, mandos, well, some can be irritating and more. Blue tees need work but it's still fun from those tees. I gave it a 4.5 because the layout can't be better. It's maintained perfectly but once the blues are fixed, I'd be glad to give this a 5.
-I played here the day after my bday. I was leaving Columbia from the mission trip with the church. It was definitely a great late b day present. This year, we leave St. Louis on my b day. Crap, that's not a sweet 16 but back to this. This review is biased. I'd be glad to play here anytime, in the summer. Play this course and you will high likely love it. If not, you can blame me but this isn't worth skipping.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Found the needle in the haystack!
Pros: It has a little bit of everything you look for in a course; water, trees/wooded areas, and open areas where you can just sling it. It has some VERY long par 5's (if I remember correctly there were 2 - 550ft. + holes). It was challenging enough without being overly difficult so it has something for every level of player. The staff are super friendly too! There is a small area inside the main building where you can purchase some new and used discs and they have really good prices on them as well due to the fact that the person that sells them is an Innova distributor. (I purchased a new Innova DX Dragon for $7.50.) Each hole is marked off well, giving you a layout of where the chain are including what Par is.
Cons: Location, location, location. Let me start off by saying that the grounds are gorgeous and this has nothing to do with that, but more to do with it would be very hard to find had I not had GPS. There is nothing nearby but woods, hence my title I found the needle in the haystack! Another con is $2 to play, but honestly I have an issue even calling this a Con because the area is so beautiful, it's on private property, and that allows you to play all day. Also for the $2, which basically just gets you onto the property, you can play however long you want and even fish in the giant pond too! There is also a pool on the grounds although I am unsure if the $2 gets you access to that. The owner stated the $2 is to help keep the grass cut which I am honestly grateful to pay for after having played this course. There are not tee pads as of yet, but I really didn't see a need for them at this time.
Other Thoughts: I spoke with the designer of the course, again, a really nice guy. He has plans to continuing working on this course (which was just built in 2011!) He mention building raised tee markers as the ones they currently have are near flush to the ground. He also mentioned moving a few of the baskets to make certain holes a little more challenging. He also wants to start hosting some tournaments soon. I would just like to end by saying that I have played pretty much every course within an hour drive of Morganton, NC (my hometown) and this one is the best in my opinion.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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