8 Helpful / 4 Not
Lost my thrill at Mint Hill
Pros: Very well-defined fairways, concrete tees, multiple tees available, tee signs, the whole nine yards available in a very well-manicured park. It's one of those "sorta wooded" courses, not really in the woods because there's no shade to be had, more like a park garden with little trees like cedars and brush gone fallow used to line the fairways. It flows well enough and the baskets are great, very visible with yellow tops and basket bottoms. The wire-frame baskets were deep, fat-bottomed baskets that would have given Freddie Mercury something to sing about.
Cons: Some tees had broken beer bottles all over them. The pars are extremely forgiving, I don't believe in anything being over a par 3 unless it's at least over 330' or more realistically 350-400' and this course had a couple holes under that range as par 4's and 5's. There's no sign that I could see that actually shows you where to find the course, hang a right out of the parking lot (away from the ballfields), past the playground towards the fence at the top of the hill out there in the open. The pro tee is hard to see because it's almost completely washed over with red mud/dirt. There are some long and short tees, but they're all virtually right behind the other with about 20-30' between them, and none of the longs are very long, this course is really short, only a couple in the 300' range. I loved the baskets but they had single chains only, so don't be surprised when piddly hole # 2 with its 150' of ego stroking length spits out your Cubby Ace.
Playability: Not much variety here, all mostly short and straight with some slightly bothersome tree-lined fairways that cause you to sort of turnover or hyzer your disc a little bit here and there.
Other Thoughts: Signature Hole: #4. There's really not much of a fairway on this little hole, just a platoon of skinny pines huddled together, as if to say, "Red rover, red rover, send your drive on over," which is exactly what you do, hyzer spike over them b/c they're only ~30' tall at the most. Also a good FH roller hole.
Hole #'s 8 and 9 specifically were really nice and much more challenging, S-curving enough to actually make you think about disc placement. If most of the course was like these two, I'd have no problem rating it in the 3.0-3.5 range. Alas, as it stands now, Mint Hill reminds me of the uglier friend of a group of hot, college girls. You could score well and easily with Mint Hill and it's got a nice personality but every fiber in your body is telling you that you'd rather take the risk of getting rejected by the more daunting Hornet's Nests and Renny's of Charlotte.
This isn't a bad course, and if amenities and things like signs and concrete tees rate high in your book, then you'll like this course more than I did. But from a playing perspective, there are just so many better options. HOWEVA, if I wanted to bring an initiate into the world of DG, this is a great course for that.
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