To the point on Arrowhead
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice park, they dumped something like 2 million dollars into the renovation of it. The course is really short and really technical. Not a lot of tall trees but tall enough pines and what not to feel wooded. Not a lot of vegetation to lose a disc in for the most part, just pine needles and sand really.
The tees are those plastic hexagonal grid things they have at the Kure Beach park. They do the job for the most part.
Trash cans at literally every hole. If trash can availability was an indicator of how good a course was, this would be the host of the USDGC.
The course flows okay, a few hiccups at the beginning but the course is short so you don't spend a lot of time walking if you accidentally go to the wrong hole.
Cons: I don't really get whom this course is designed for. If you're a novice, you're gonna be whipped by the very tight, technical lines but fortunately the holes are short. If you have much DG ability whatsoever, it feels like putt-putt where every hole is a windmill hole, or more like shooting hoops at the fair on one of those carnival rims where only a perfect shot goes in.
Some of the holes appear to have been shortened (read: made worse) for some reason. There is some room to have a decent length hole here and there to break up the 100-200' monotony but they went the opposite way. Puzzling.
The fairways are designed pretty well, challenging but fair, but more than a few have borderline impossible lines thanks to the shortness, like a short 'L' that bends less than 100' away. If you don't have a bag of OH and skips and rollers and similar tricks, you'll be exasperated.
Some of the tees need to be reinforced because they are falling apart already, making them lumpy and tripping hazards.
Other Thoughts: It's a time killer and a fun course if you like some gimmicky challenge. If you like to air out discs and really rip long drives though, you'll hate this course. This is a fine-tune your midrange and approach game kind of course. It's really not that bad, and could be a lot better, but as it is now, it just kind of puzzles me how you can go through so much trouble to put in a course and just end up with this?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is getting some attention and it's getting played. The re-design of holes 17-18 have made them very playable.
Lots of trees marked on Hole #4, hopefully by the county to be removed.
I've noticed some evidence of trimming and the fairways are opening slightly.
Trash situation seems a little better.
Cons: No signage yet.
They need an off ramp to Hole #1 teepad and a course map.
Too much ground debris and many of the greens are undefined.
Other Thoughts: IMO this course was not ready to review yet but the recent improvements inspired me.
My suggestions are:
1. Rake the fairways and greens right down to the dirt. This may sound tough but we raked all 6500 feet of Castle Hayne gradually and it made a ton of difference. It gives the holes a groomed look and improves footing where it's needed.
2. Give the greens a 30 foot perimeter of clean footing and trim any low skinny branches surrounding the basket.
3. Remove heavy downed limbs from fairways and greens. Use them for the transitions.
*Adopt a hole and rake it. You'll be surprised how quick we could make Holes 1-3 look groomed. Pinestraw and leaves will naturally fall and cover the dirt but the ground will remain firm instead of loose and crunchy.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Holes 4,6,7,and 9 use the elevation changes of the hill well.
-All holes are a par 3, making for a shorter round then other courses in town.
-The majority of holes are under tree cover so the shade helps during these rough summer days.
-Despite some saying opposite, most tees are within sight of the previous basket. Hole 10 to 11 is a small hike though.
Cons: . Lots of leaves on the ground mean long times searching for discs if you don't watch your throws.
-The paved walkway leading up to the course just sort of stops and you are right in the middle of a fairway. Why didn't it come up by the 1st tee?
-No benches or practice tees.
-Rubber tees weren't really the best choice for this course. There are a few that have come apart already
Other Thoughts: This course has come a long way since it opened up a year ago. Almost every fairway is defined and some have been moved for the better. I would say it rounds out the local courses nicely. With Castle Hayne and Kure Beach such different styles as well. It's only a matter of time until I ace one of these holes (Probably #7, I've come so close multiple times...)
-I was wrong. I aced Hole 9! First ace ever gives the course an automatic half point increase haha!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Open but not ready
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice new baskets. Short course is quite easy for most players but is a good course for beginners.
Cons: Virtually no fairways. You toss from the tee and then walk through the woods. Some holes are even dog legs with absolutely no fairways to shoot for. After you are done with a hole it is difficult to find the next tee box on several holes.
Other Thoughts: This course needs a lot more maintenance before it will be in any kind of shape to play. It will take more than just a bunch of disc players stomping down the vegetation to get this course playable. It still needs some heavy equipment. Then, signage would help.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Finally a course close to my house
A third course in NH county
Brand new baskets
Nice piece of property with elevation changes
Lots of trash cans
Great for upshot and putting practice
Getting beat in nicely
Sandy soil means no puddles...ever.
Cons: Some tees need repair
Needs some minor tree work
Other Thoughts: The arrow has become our go-to course for a quick round. Short with tight lines. Challenging for rec level, either easy or frustrating for intermediate level, easy for advanced level. Plenty of chances for ace runs.
Bring a putter, a mid, and some friends.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Plays up and down what should be considered some nice elevation for being to close to the ocean. Set in a nice park with good facilities.
Cons: No "true" fairways or lanes to the basket. The county drove 4-wheelers through the park to clear fairways. Short course, I did not use a driver but one time (I throw around 350'). Lots and lots of trash especially at the bottom of the hill.
Other Thoughts: Even though there a no real fairways yet this is still a pretty easy/relaxing course. I shot a 47 and the guy I was with shot a 46. This course is only 1 day old so it definitley needs a lot of tree trimming and foot traffic to make some real lanes to the basket. Once this course is beat in some it should make for a very fun, ace run round that you can finish in about 30-45 minutes.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The kids will play, the men will frolf
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1. Nice large rubber tees
2. Tees are all very close to the previous hole
3. Makes nice use of the elevation changes
4. Provides mixture of open and wooded holes
5. Large pavilion, baseball field, and playground for the kids and wife.
6. Signs with map par and distance
7. trashcans at every hole.
8. Great course for beginners.
Cons: 1. Tight sometimes too difficult fairways
2. Back nine are hot and sandy (no big deal though)
Other Thoughts: This course starts out great. Fun not too hard and short. However the back nine are not shaded, more lengthy, and sandy. Great course, especially in the winter. Can't wait to play again.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is great for the fact that there is an elevation change. The park is freshly re-built from the ground up and with it being the first day of it being open, the park itself is nice and clean.
Cons: No Signage, trash along the course, narrow/non-existant fairways, very rough.
Other Thoughts: This course could have some potential with some TLC. All we need is a good disc golf club to come take care of it!
I will be looking to re-review it once it has had some time to "mature"
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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