Great for beginners and intermediate players
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Winget Park has been a great addition to the Charlotte disc golf scene. The course aims to appeal to casual and beginners, presenting a nice change of pace for disc golfers in the QC.
- This is definitely one of the more beginner-friendly/easier courses in around. In Charlotte proper, the only more beginner-friendly 18-hole course is Elon's Eager Beaver. If you want to introduce newbies to the game, bring them here.
- Because of its intended level, there isn't much length here. The longest hole is 380 feet, with the average at 263 feet. Only five holes are longer than 300 feet, meaning big arms are not needed here.
- That means accuracy is crucial to getting low numbers. With some sharp doglegs (highlighted by 8-9 and 11-12), smart shot making can lead to birdie chances. For the beginners, keep your disc in the fairway and you'll still put yourself in good position. There are also a number of ace runs at this course. The risk/reward scale tilts heavily toward the reward side so, on most holes, you won't get penalized with aggressive tee shots.
- There are some fun/interesting hole layouts. From baskets protected by big trees (#2) or rocks (11) to tight fairways (#13 & 15) to open holes (#3); from ace runs (#5 & 6) to smart, multi-shot fairways (#8 & 12), along with some elevation up (13 & 16) to downhillers (#10) to holes with both (#9), you get a lot of different looks from hole-to-hole.
- Great overall park with lots of amenities - soccer fields, basketball courts, walking trail, playground, volleyball, restrooms and picnic area. This is another good course to drop the family off at while you break away for a quick round.
- This course does a good job with the 'less is more' philosophy. Some of the course's best holes are the simplest ones, using only a couple strategic trees to create challenges. Two of my favorites are #2 & 17. #2 is a 244 foot hole with a semi-tight fairway. The large tree to the left side of the basket will play interference with shots that sail too far wide. #17 is a 282 foot hole starting in the grass to a basket back in the woods. Both can be very simple 3s, but both require good tee shots to get 2s.
Cons: This is all nitpicking. It's been clearly established this is a beginner to intermediate level course, so don't expect long, challenging holes. Charlotte has plenty of courses for that. Among the real issues:
- The long walk from #14 to 15. You're essentially walking the length of the big field to get to #15's tee. Add to that, the signage for #15 tee needs to be much better. Being at the park/playground on non-disc golf visits, I've come across a number of players getting lost looking for #15.
- Signage in a couple other parts of the course could be better as well. The signage for the first hole could be better, the transition from #9 to 10 and from #16 to 17 are all spots better signage could help. Keep in mind, a lot of players here don't have the DG navigational sense to them.
- Course can feel monotonous at times. Even though the layouts themselves have variety, throwing tee shots in the 225 - 275 foot range hole after hole does feel the same after a while.
- Adding to that, maybe this is because I'm not a great disc golfer, nor do I ever claim to be, but the lack of much of a risk/reward factor does take away slightly from my experience here. The most difficult tee shot on the course is #13 - a really tight, gauntlet-esque uphill fairway. Even when I've missed the fairway and hit a tree, which is more often than not, I've overwhelmingly been able to recover for a par, or at least a par attempt. Out of the dozen or so rounds I've now played here (and counting, now that I live so close), there's been very little variation for my best and worst round scores. To me that shows how little penalty there actually is for poor shots.
Other Thoughts: Winget is a solid, if not glamorous, course. It feels like many other courses I've played, in terms of overall quality. I live six minutes from this course, so it's now probably my 'home' course simply based on proximity. That said, I've never had a desire to play a second round after finishing up 18.
- I can't put my finger on it, but somehow this course feels like the parts are greater than the sum. Lots of fun holes that make each round enjoyable, yet, by the time I finish #18, that feeling is gone.
- This is just a personal rant. While it's helpful for others to post videos of course, if you do post a video on this site, don't go trolling into the old buildings near some of the holes. Those are closed off to people for a reason.
- This course gets a ton of play from kids and casual players. It's a great sight when a family is playing this course (or any course), even if they're only carrying a disc or two each.
- That said, the course can get crowded at times with families and beginners, meaning if you show up at the wrong time, you could be in for a slow round. Over the summer, my favorite time to play was early Saturday mornings. Nothing like standing on the first tee and it's not even 7am.
- The course is good for a change of pace. If you want to be challenged, Renny is less than 15 minutes away. If you're playing with newbies or want to fine-tune your short game, play here. You can play shorter loops if you choose, such as 15 - 18. This is actually great if you drop the wife and kids off at the playground. You can also make a nice 9-hole loop by playing #15 - 18 and #1 - 5, then work your way back to the parking lot.
- The course is a 3.0 in my book. Take my ratings and opinion with a grain of salt when I say that at its current 3.5+ rating, this course feels overrated. I'm not wanting to sound harsh, but if you come here expecting a great course, (in theory, courses rated 3.5 or higher are the top-level courses), you will be let down because Winget just doesn't reach that level. Come expecting a lighter, easier round and you'll be pleased.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Beautiful course. well maintained and demands controlled shots. Awesome scenery and just a pretty/well designed course.
- There was a nice mix of tight wooded holes, and some that were more open outside of the woods.
- easy to navigate- There were signs on every basket point you to the next tee boxes
- There were concrete teepads, that were a good size.
- This course has a lot of potential to be great. Right now it's pretty middle of the road, maybe above average.
Cons: - Not many negatives here to speak of
- There weren't many trash cans available to throw away trash, seems like an easy fix though.
- Could use some longer holes, Sometimes you just want to rip a shot. I think some alternate tees on a couple of the holes would add a lot to this course.
Other Thoughts: I played here in the CAC this past weekend, and I must say that there was a great atmosphere to the course. My shoes ripped up about halfway through the round so I didn't play all that well, but there is potential to shoot well here. Almost every shot is demanding. Not long at all, but very technical. If you get off the fairway, there will usually be an option or two to get out of trouble in stead of just pitching into the fairway.
I threw rocs and putters off of most tees, nothing that really required a rip with a max speed driver. All in all a good course, that is worth a trip in the area. Again, I can't state enough that you have to be hitting your lines on this course. Very tight but I like that in a course. Because it is not all that long, it requires accuracy and a bit of confidence in your game.
It's hard to compete with so many courses in the Charlotte area, but I would say that this one is definitely worth your time.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
Dr. Jekyll to Renny's Mr. Hyde
Pros: Fun, stress free golf. The holes are on the shorter side and it's basically a noodle armed line-shaper's paradise. Short, technical holes for the most part. Once you get deeper into the woods, it is beautiful rolling farmland/woods with literally remnants of foundations and civilization of yore scattered about. A very pleasant way to spend your day. I really like the DGA baskets here, nice change of pace from all the Innova Discatchers that dominate the area.
The course kind of feels like Wellspring and Johnson St in some areas. Though shorter, there aren't really any point blank dumb holes and the fairways are nice golf designs. Every basket is more or less tucked nicely behind a large rock or grove of trees, on a bank, etc.
Cons: There are some long transitions b/w holes. My biggest pet peeve is hole #14. It's really uninspiring and they could have easily made a really long par 5 or something to A) shorten the walk to the next hole and B) help break up the hole distance monotony. A lot of the holes are <300', some longer tees where applicable would be a great addition to this course.
Tees are non-existent right now, but it looks like they're getting close. For now, footing is a bit treacherous on some tees that are a bit rutted.
Other Thoughts: Other than this course being a little out of the way, this is a great complement to Renny nearby. This is a great course to take beginners to and get them hooked on the game b/c it's pretty and just difficult enough to keep you on your toes. I played here completely hungover and sick as a dog and I still had fun.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
22 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tolkien enthusiasts will recognize my review title. This is how I perceive many of the wooded holes on this course. It is a creepy kind of forest out at Winget, in a good way. I feel like I am in another country whether working or playing on this course.
The current layout is mostly short holes since Sam is catering to a geographic area of town that otherwise has Renaissance (a very long and difficult course) as their closest option. These are fun short holes and offer lesser skilled players an introduction to par 4's that are not overbearing for those who do not have long arms. This layout will probably also be used during 2012 Worlds for some divisions on a day where they will play two courses, so it needs to play relatively quickly. There are two fast greens, one hole with beautiful boulders, some very scenic bouldery creek tee areas, and a few open holes to boot. I particularly look forward to the creation of the long layout after the 2012 Worlds are completed which will really turbocharge this course.
Cons: Tee pads will happen over the next couple of months but for now it is slip and slide in the winter. There are some temp tee makers with information, but the permanent signs will help a lot. We also need to get more transitional markers out on the course. Hole 1 is a bit awkward to find now, but when we install the putting basket and clear that area it will lead nicely to hole 1. There is a long transition after hole 14 that is necessary because of the summer usage of this field area. It seems a bit awkward, but it will minimize conflict. ( And if you will permit a Pro in the Con section, there is a restroom you can stop by on the way from 14 to 15) We get a bit close to a playground and a school parking lot. Not safetywise but just being in the public eye and I worry about some peoples behavior and etiquette around parents of small children. There is a need for a few bridges and some steps, pronto.
Other Thoughts: I will up my rating for this course when all the to-do's have been completed. This course is raw! Right or wrong, it is how we do it in Charlotte. We try to open the course as soon as possible to get our peeps out there tromping down mother nature. I don't think I have ever been a part of a more labor intensive project than this place. Sam and Tom have set a standard out here for hard work and commitment. Yay.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful.
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