Such a Classic
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Easy Access
-Great Walking Design
-Awesome course for beginners
-Variety of shots come into play
-Changes in elevation
-Good course for beginners
Cons: -Chains are notorious for chain outs
-Longest hole is still under 300ft
-Course can get pretty busy/crowded when class is in session at NCSU
Other Thoughts: Kentwood is a great local course. Good course to boost your confidence. This review would be higher if the course had added length. You can take a midrange and a putter out here and score low.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great for intermediate players
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: For average to intermediate players like me, Kentwood is a great course to challenge you, while giving you a rare chance to make multiple birdies and finish under par.
- Lightly wooded. A few holes, particularly on the back 9, have more trees to contend with. Some may consider this a con, but for players like me, it's a plus. There are enough trees to pose obstacles without beating down novice players on every hole.
- Nice elevation. Holes 5, 7, 14, and 15 are uphill (14 being the toughest hole on the course). Holes 6, 8, 9, 16, and 17 are downhill, #8 being the longest and biggest elevation drop. 18 is also long and slightly downhill.
- Variery. Fairly equal number of holes for BH and FH players. Water is in play on hole 3. Ace opportunities on a few holes (especially 1, 6, and 16), only one true tunnel hole (#12).
- Easy to get a round in quickly, under 45 minutes, if player traffic isn't too heavy.
Cons: - This is a very busy course when the weather is nice, especially during school months (NC State is close by and a big percentage of players are State students, which is also a con if you're a Carolina grad, like me...I kid, I kid). I play early on Saturday morning when the college crowd is still sleeping it off.
- If you're an advanced player, you will get bored here. It's a short course (most holes are in the 200-300 range, with a few shorter than 200).
Other Thoughts: I've played Kentwoood 50+ times, so understand my bias when reading this review. Despite living closer to the longer and much harder Cedar Hills, many times I opt for the familiar confines of Kentwood...and the chance to make a lot of birdies. For a quick, fun round, to me, there aren't any better options in the Triangle.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Sweet LIttle Course Marred By Some Players
Pros: This is a lovely little postage stamp of a course that fits the space quite well despite a variety of limitations.
Cons: Generally quite crowded. Popular among beginners. That's cool but it does tend to clog up play.
Tees are in disrepair and erosion is gradually wearing away the earth around many of the hillside tees.
Way too many players leave trash clean up to volunteers and other players.
Other Thoughts: Some of the holes are right beside a sidewalk and the final holes for each 9 are by the parking lot.
Occasionally this leads experienced players to do ridiculous things like practice putting on a hole that's in play.
All 3 times this has happened to me the players were quite self-righteous about it.
Though they had a bunch of discs I didn't see any of them birdie when they were playing and this is a course where not birdying certain holes suggests you don't really need all those discs.
But I guess a certain amount of poor behavior comes with any human endeavor.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great place to work on 150-250ft game. It's got that great beat-in course feel considering it has been around quite awhile. It's just open enough for beginners to work on hitting lines but still fun for the seasoned players as well. I love the design, yes there are some crossover fairways, but people are always courteous to players on the tee.
Cons: Tee pads need replacing badly. Some are still in tact but others are broken up in spots or have a 1 ft drop off in the front of the pad, begging for a rolled ankle. Also, the course is pretty rocky as everyone has reviewed. Your disc will get some scuffs on it...but it is a great place to beat a new disc in and you can always count on your disc sticking where it lands. It's crowded usually but never to the point where your waiting more than a minute or two to tee off.
Other Thoughts: I gotta give this course a 3 just because it's a great pitch and putt course for any disc golfer and it just has that good ol' local course feel to it. If I didn't play here at least once a week I'd probably give it a 2.5, but the more you play it the more you love it.
*Beware of the Kentwood Curse*
Chain-outs are very common here due to the baskets being the old DGA baskets. When you chain out, it's more commonly referred to as "Kentwooding it"
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Kentwood may be the best course to introduce someone to disc golf on. Each and every hole can be birdied with a putter...but that doesn't mean that it is a bad course, just not a course to work on your distance game. It has great teepads, nice stone distance markers, and good baskets. It makes excellent use of the little land that is available, and requires several different lines. Also has some nice uphill and downhill shots mixed in.
Cons: Short...and not quite as challenging as I may have made it sound in the Pros section. Gets very crowded, especially in the summer. Watch for stoners on 13.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely not a "destination" course, but if you are on your lunch break and want to squeeze a round in, there isn't a better course than Kentwood. Again, this is a beginners course. If you go to it with other expectations, you will likely be disappointed, but if you go with just a putter and a mid you can have a good time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring a bag of putters
Pros: - Fun course
- Easy to navigate
- Good mix of holes
- Close to NCSU campus
- Been in the ground since 1983!
- Pretty scenery
Cons: - Can get crowded depending on time of year and time of day
- if you want to air it out don't come here
Other Thoughts: This course is just overall a fun little romp in a city park. It is close to my alma mata NCSU. When school is in session and it's after lunch it can get pretty crowded with students. but if you play in the morning and/or during a holiday/summer you will probably be alone.
A short course with plenty of elevation changes and twists and turns, it is a good place to learn the game. It's also a good place for seasoned players to practice short drives with putters and mids, and to work on the short game. Just plain old good fun.
I wish I had played here while in college (didn't pick up the game until a few years after graduation). but probably a good thing I didn't play in college since it would have kept me out of the books.
skew factor: I'm a State grad...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun but Rocky
Pros: This Course is fun and pretty easy to play
Cons: A very very Rocky course. Eats discs up.
Other Thoughts: Kentwood is a fun course to play. It may just be the easiest course in the triangle. If you don't mind the rocks then I think its worth playing.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Rocky Rocky Course
Pros: Nice course...not too long but has some good technical aspects to it. Easy and quick course to play. Takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to play
Cons: About 3/4 of the holes are throwing your discs into rocks, and not nice little rocks, but big, dent your disc, rocks. So beware...take a crappy disc or champion discs (bc they don't tend to be as affected by rocks)
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Good course for something random we picked while in Raleigh
Pros: Good course for beginners learing the sport for the first time. Good mix of holes uphill, downhill. Good course to work on your putting and mid range shots.
Cons: Tee pads in my opinion were awful. Not that you really need a long tee pad on this course, but I just prefer a concrete poured tee pad.
Not very many holes to use your driver.
Other Thoughts: I live in Charlotte, play disc golf regularly and enjoyed this course for having picked a random course that two other buddies and I agreed on. It's a good course to shoot under par and build up some confidence if you are like me and in a slump. When back in Raleigh, I will play this course again along with a few others.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
One of the first courses I ever played
Pros: Not a difficult course overall, but certainly holds some challenges. I've thrown some terrible shots on this course, but I've also hit some amazing ones. Nice changes in elevation, lots of open holes, some chances to air it out. Really should not be terribly difficult to shoot par or under.
Cons: Footing can be tricky on some of the holes that play in a rocky area on a hillside (that is, if you aren't careful).
Other Thoughts: Just a fun course in the middle of Raleigh. Always lots of folks playing here.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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