Short Warm Up Course
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The four finishing holes are nice and challenging.
Cons: The first 14 holes are short and of average design; many of them are too short even from the tips. Not a lot of technical difficulty, even for the average disc golfer.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad warm up course for the many superior courses in the area. You can play the entire course with a putter.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
For What It Is...
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Oakboro District Park is beautiful, new and amenities are everywhere and convenient. Great for beginners & families. Nice tee pads
Cons: The shorts are very short. Practically every hole is a fairly tight, thread your way through the woods hole. No chance to really fling one on an open hole.
Other Thoughts: Don't get me wrong; the designers did what they could with what they had to work with and have created a nice course suitable for introducing new people to the sport and I'm grateful.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A delightful, short, technical course carved out of nice pine woods. Two sets of masterfully poured concrete tees for I think every hole. Shorts are great for beginners and acerunners while the longs ratchet up the skill needed to park the basket without adding a tremendous amount of length.
The park is very nice and although you're mostly kept away from other park areas like playgrounds, you're never that far away from restrooms or water fountains which is nice for a change.
The course itself is a great example of a technical, park-style kind of NC course. The abundant pines are great and making spotting baskets a breeze. Most of the holes are pretty straightforward, literally, and the lack of tee signs wasn't that big of a deal as it was pretty easy to figure out where the basket would be if you couldn't see it from the tee. That being said, from the longs in particular the course does a good job of making you bend a disc left and right and the fairways are shaped well enough to make you debate "turnover or FH here?" off the tee occasionally. Makes good use of what elevation there is, including an interesting "hump hole" where the view of the fairway is obscured by an outcrop of large stones and ground right away. Also from the longs is a nice little water carry over a small pond on hole 8, not really a big threat to send any of your discs to Davey Jones' locker unless you completely spazz a drive somehow. The course flows quite well and intuitively and directional arrows illuminate the transitions superbly. Nice new Discatchers as you can expect.
Cons: Not many. Being really new, you can expect to see some broken ground in the fairway from stump removal, etc so footing isn't ideal. Briers and poison ivy are definitely a formidable foe for the maintenance people, I wish them luck with that. The briers were noticeably becoming bad but the poison ivy seemed well in check for the most part during my visit. Also noticed some remnants of a rusted barbwire fence here and there and on hole there is a pile of old, rusted pipes in the fairway.
Hole one has a fence running alongside the right side of the fairway. There's a good amount of trees on that side but I suggest throwing a mid or putter to reduce the chance of being kicked over that fence, just to be on the safe side. The only non-ideal design element on the course really.
Hole 7 could use a little limb lopping to remove those remaining pine branches creeping into the fairway, in my opinion.
The tees, while being really nice, need to be brushed off b/c most of them were covered in a fine layer of gravel dust, nothing major. No tee signs yet but I expect they're coming. You don't really need them too much anyway. Not much elevation available for use but the course used what it had well.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun course. I definitely recommend a visit, makes a good pairing with Fox Chase nearby. Very appealing course for beginners and introducing people while being a fun challenge from the longs for intermediate level DG'ers. Advanced and above will likely find the course a deuce or die variety but still worthwhile.
It reminds me a little of Bradley Center in Gastonia or a scaled down, par 3 version of Castle Hayne. I aced hole 17 from the longs with an Ion, FWIW.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Bring your accuracy to Oakboro
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is placed in an absolutely beautiful and well maintained park that I am very excited to bring disc golf to.
Nice tee-pads and directional signage.
Cons: The course is still in the early stages so there are a few issues that currently plague this course as it plagues all new courses.
Poison Ivy. You have no idea how much I have already killed and yet it is still everywhere!!
Briars -Same as above
Barbed wire is still around from when this property was a farm.
Holes in fairways and rough are around. This is likely due to old stumps that have rotted.
Other Thoughts: Ok so this is basically an introduction review to give info on the course. As a designer I will always have a bias so I don't want to get too deep into the pros and cons.
The short pads on this course were designed for beginners and families to enjoy themselves with a little challenge but many rewarding holes.
The longs add more of a challenge not necessarily in length but in the accuracy required to make the shot. The course is not designed to be a Renny type of challenge but if you are off of your line even a little it could lead to a really bad round. If you need to work on line shaping and accuracy this course will teach you how to improve your game in both of those categories.
We are looking forward to the growth of this course and disc golf in the area.
Tee-signs are in the works and will be in very soon.
I hope that you enjoy the course!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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