Worth the drive from Concord!
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Awesome tee sighs at all of the boxes both short and long. Pretty actuate to the hole lay outs too. Next tee sighs at all of the holes but 14 going to 15. Hole numbers on top of the tee box sighs as well to help with the couple of holes where you can see more then 1 hole's pads from the basket before.
Holy crap what a hike! The elevation changes are awesome and are a change from what I normally see in the Charlotte metro area.
DIS Catchers that, while some have a bit of rust on them, all catch well. All of the tee boxes were very big and roomy and grippy. All of the fairways were in great shape and grass mowed on the few holes that had grass. I had hiking shoes on and feel good on grip on all parts of the course. The creek behind the basket on 5 was low enough that if you miss you can get your disk back without getting much more then your feet soaked. None of the woods are so thick that you could't get your disks back from a bad kick off a tree.
The fairways are tight but far on all but one hole (13). There is a far chance to pitch out of trouble and still try to save par on most of the holes. Your accuracy will mean more here then a big arm on almost all of the holes. The course gets harder as you go along so as the hike starts to wear you out the last few holes make you really slow your breathing and focus on your shots for an added challenge. 18 is an awesome and really hard par 4 to finish off the round. Like the course giving you all it's got for the finish.
Cons: None of these cons are big enough to make me not like the course let me say that up front. That being said It did take the course from a 4.0 or 3.5 to a 3 for me.
Neither of the mandos on this course (3,16) make much sense to me. The one on 3 there is no drop zone or word on if you re-tee or not. 16 at least tells you what to do but on both of them there is't any really advantage to missing the mando so whats the point of it being there?
On the Hole info here on this website they have 4,6, and 16 listed as par 4s from the Blues.....well....There are par 3s now going by the tee sighs. I don't know anyone who can drive 498ft and around a tree on 4.... 6 I can understand the argument in changing it sense there is no mando so you try to fire one to the narrow lane to the right of the group of trees or a forehand throw to the left but it would still be a tough 3. On 16 you have to go 200 ft forward, a 60-70 degree turn to the right, then go 200 more ft in a straight and narrow line. Really??? I know a RHFH player that can't make that turn and neither of us know anyone that could make the turn with any shot at Birdie. The mando just makes it that much more crazy to me. Take the mando out and ok it's a 3 that your playing for par on. But with the mando in and the re-tee it just makes it a bit unfair for a 3. Don't get me wrong I get that the Blue tees should be harder and they are but there is a difference between hard and unfair....
Could use one less tree on the tee on 13...Just a bit unfair to me and I made the drive but dang thats forces you to split hairs much more then anywhere else on the course.
No OB stakes to mark any of the OB areas on the tee box maps on any of the holes. Not really a big deal on most of the holes as the creek behind 5 is the only OB that really comes into play. The sigh says the dried up creek bed 20-30 ft short of 14's basket is OB but no OB stakes to mark it sooooo???
Other Thoughts: The sigh board by the practice basket could use a better map of the course but the next tee sighs make the course pretty easy to navigate so not really a con.
Hole 5 only has one set of tees now and the tee sigh reflects that. Only the White tee is used for both.
My first time here and it was worth the drive from Concord and I will make it again and again. I played the Blues on all but 3,9, and 17 and played 4,6, and 16 as they were originally laid out as par 4s. I hope to get to were I can maybe play them as 3s but either way this course is a really fun challenge and a great hike. I'm going to try to talk some of my Charlotte area disk gold buddies into coming out here with me because I think they will like it too. Would recommend it to anyone!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
My local favorite
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Love, love, LOVE this course. I may be a bit biast since this is my home course but that isn't the reason I love it so much. A good variety of shots that focus more on accuracy than crushing distance. Tight fairways that reward you for good shots but can punish you if you're careless. Holes 2, 5 and 14 give you good chances for ace runs while holes like 7 and 9 demand accuracy. There have been times I've teed off with only midranges or fairway drivers. Holes 3 and 4 give you a chance to crush a drive but still calls for placement on the shot. The elevation changes are worked in perfectly on the back 9 on holes 11 - 14. Bathrooms are at the entrance to the course and there are trash cans on a few holes as well. I love the fact that you can start on the front 9 or back 9 as both meet at the entrance to the course.
Cons: A few minor things come to mind. Tee signs for the long boxes, all the short pads have them and display both pads, but this would save you the trouble of walking up to the shorts to check distances if you're playing from the longs. There are a couple trees on 6 and 13 that kind of make take away from the line to get up the fairway. Also, some of the holes from the long pads are tweener holes, numbers 4 and 17 come to mind.
Other Thoughts: A must play if love a great North Carolina course! It will not disappoint and it lives up to the hype!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
How a woods course should be
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great experience all around. Not crazy long and not crazy technical... but long and technical enough to be challenging and fun for all skill levels.
Once you get into the woods you're under the trees for almost all the time and there's not a better way to spend a summer day in NC.
Navigation is easy. Tee signs seem accurate and are easy to read.
Holes like 4 and 18 give you some fun options, depending on what's in your bag and up your sleeve. Roller? Go for it.
Cons: A couple of holes (13?) could maybe lose a couple of trees to make the fairway more defined. But that's a pretty minor con. Honestly, there's not much bad to say about Fox Chase.
Other Thoughts: I played here for the first time in the Trilogy Challenge so it was especially hard not having discs I was familiar with. I can't wait to get back with my own plastic.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
What does the Fox say?
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Overall Fox Chase is a more technical style course with solid elevation changes.
Layout - The strength of the course lies in a variety of shot shapes through varying degrees of fairway tightness. That coupled with big elevation changes keeps the course interesting throughout the round.
It mixes up hole lengths in a nice way as well adding in some par 4's here and there. The course has a few more open holes at the beginning but even these holes demand accuracy and placement over distance.
Another thing I like about this course is how it forces you to not only be accurate through gaps but to be able to place the disc well due to the elevation changes around some baskets. You really have to think how you want to approach the green on some holes and not be careless.
Multiple paths on some holes and on a lot of holes you have the option to try different shots.
A number of the holes have a long and short pad and on this course to me the best layout is a combination of both.
There's some OB on the course consisted of a creek that comes in to play once and some OB lines on a few holes.
The front nine to me is the much funner of the two, the back gets more demanding on your accuracy at distances and elevation changes seem to come in to play more.
Good flow to the course, it's not hard to navigate and the short and long pad are not to far away from each other to make it confusing.
Equipment - Good large concrete pads on both tees. Informative tee signs with hole layout and distance for both tees. Baskets in good shape. Bathroom facility and practice basket by parking lot.
Atmosphere - Once you get on the course it's pretty secluded just like I like it. I haven't seen a lot of traffic out there and considering it's location it's probably never crowded. Good wooded area, really enjoyable tromp through the course.
Cons: Layout - My biggest gripe about Fox Chase is many of the holes are in a tweener limbo. This is why a combination of the long/short pads is probably the best layout. Some of the shorts are to short with very forgiving fairways.
There's also perhaps a bit to many holes that finish or bend to the right from the shorts, it's not lopsided but it's there.
I believe a few of the holes create overly difficult lines from the longs and there's a couple holes where perhaps to many obstacles come late in the fairway.
Equipment - It would be nice if there was a teesign at every pad but some don't have them when there is a long and short.
Atmosphere - The course is right next to the police department so keep your surroundings in mind and don't do stupid things. There are some good uphill walks here so if that's a problem for you or your group keep that in mind.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course on the east side of Charlotte and I think many would agree the best in that area. Definitely one you want to hit if you're on a NC disc golf tour although I believe it is a bit overhyped.
Really solid course that in my opinion could benefit from some new basket positions in a few places.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Good, challenging course, but was expecting more
Pros: - challenging layout, decent flow, lots of variation - most notably elevation. As mentioned, there is a large number of "NC wooded" holes, a few open holes. In the back nine there are a lot of challenging wooded. From the long tees, only 4 holes under 300', two are the first two holes, so it's a nice "warm-up" to get you into your round.
- the pads are a plus here. Large, newer concrete pads. Many of the holes have two pads - with the long pads providing a much more challenging, different look at the hole
- flow and signs were good. Especially liked arrows to next teepad, and directional arrows mid-hole when you had a blind shot on the basket.
Cons: - front nine was very swampy (played on a wet week)
- sometimes where there were two pads, and they were a few hundred feet apart, you have to walk up to the front pad to view the sign. If you're familiar with the course, I'm sure it's not an issue.
- I take issue with some of the assigned pars (especially on the back nine) in both directions (too easy, too hard) - in particular, #16 long pad - to clear the mando, you are essentially laying up to the short pad. - but it's the same par as the short pad?
Other Thoughts: Based on the ratings, I was expecting more. It was a good course, but I would slot it behind the better Charlotte courses (which I don't think the he ratings accurately reflect). Maybe it was because it was drizzling the round, maybe I slept poorly the night before.... Anyway, the front nine and back nine seem to be two different "animals". The front seemed like the it was well developed, the two pads providing very different opportunities, mostly flat and more open. I felt like the assigned pars were fair with moderately challenging lines. Then you go into the back nine, and it becomes a much more challenging course. The elevation changes are pretty spectacular for a non-mountain (I guess morrow mth is close) course. I'm in pretty good shape but was breathing hard after going up the hills - not a bad thing, just a little unusual. I feel like the second pad was added on the front nine, and they stopped or are awaiting funding for the second pad for most of the back nine? It seems like there is space. Having the two pads on the back would bump my rating up a slot. I feel like many of the back fairways are too tight. The woods aren't super dense, so you can miss your gap, and still end up with a decent shot (which happened many time for me), but I didn't have the satisfaction of executing my shot, I just felt lucky. I'm not complaining, I could just see a very frustrating round if all those shots were a few feet to the left or right. Someone had "cleared" a path from tee to basket. With the wetness it was actually really slick. Looks cool, maybe not safe. If the fairways were a tad bigger, the advantage over the CLT courses would be the elevation changes.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: I am a beginner, and I have only played a half dozen courses, but based on my experiences , this is a terrific test for any player. It requires the full bag of shots, left , right, up, down, short, and long!!
And fairways are generally tight, lots of trees, some brush, and sloping terrain , which makes you rethink how you play some shots.
Finally, great exercise in a beautiful mostly wooded setting, and it is part a wonderful city park, with restrooms, picnic tables, tennis courts, and play ground for small children.
Cons: Long tees need signs/ markers, although they are easy to see.
Could use a few more trash receptacles on the course.
Other Thoughts: Being a beginner, this course is very difficult for me, but, because of this, it helps when I venture to other courses. I am better prepared.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: As the ball golf saying goes, Fox Chase seems to have been found, not built. There is rolling terrain, thick Forrest, open grassy areas, brooks and streams meandering, and elevation changes throughout. The holes are equally varied: some short, some tight, doglegs left and right, and most offer a wide choice for your disc's flight.
Cons: Please don't litter!
Other Thoughts: Great test from the tips.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Am I Chasing, or Being Chased
Pros: Hole nine. Hole nine. Hole nine. I don't mean to detract from any of the other holes at Fox Chase, but wow, hole nine is a beast. It's a combination of an over-the-valley shot and a straight tunnel shot. It's like a Richmond Hill throw, only if you had a precise throwing lane just wide enough for it to be possible. It's 300 feet down an tight alley with a climb to the basket at the end. It's an amazing throw that can reward or punish and it's just as pretty to look at as it is to throw on. The trees are so dense and not in the sense of brush, in the sense of the quantity of thick trunks on either side of the fairway.
So other than that one hole, that I'm still thinking about days later, the course merely typifies everything good about Carolina disc golf. It's wooded. It's tight. It's technical. There are courses in the state of this type that are mediocre. There are courses in NC of this type that are good. Fox Chase is one of the greats.
What helps separate this Fox from the pack is the clever use of elevation. There are several holes that treat a sharp ascent or descent as a means to create variety. Of special note is seventeen, which is a long climb. A long, steep climb I should say. (You might be tempted to throw all of your discs, just to be spared carrying the weight on your journey to the top.) Five is also a nice downhill run with the creek just behind the basket.
Almost any positive way to describe a course could apply to Fox Chase. It's tough but fair. It requires a ton of different shots. It goes up, down, right and left. It does it all. There's an incredible variety with no two shots feeling similar.
There are even some open holes. Three and Four traverse a meadow. Six and Seven are wooded but much more forgiving than most of the course, with wide fairways that boast enough sunlight for grass to grow.
Tees, baskets and signs are all off to snuff here. There are some great courses that I play and say something, "glad I saw that one." This isn't one of those. Fox Chase is one of those that you play and say "let's do one more round."
Cons: It seems the whites were the primary tees, so I played those. It would be great, although, not expected, if the blue tees were as well appointed as the whites. In addition to the signs only being on the whites, it seemed most holes were created with the white tees in mind.
Other than that, there isn't too much length here, with the white tees featuring twelve holes under 300 feet, and the blues only having one hole significantly more than 500. I wouldn't change any of the holes as they are universally fantastic, but length is one of the two elements that this course doesn't cover.
The other is water. It makes sense. Water isn't really a notable part of North Carolina discing. The course does what it wants to do so well, I don't actually mind that it doesn't do a few things.
Other Thoughts: We raced the autumn sun to get here, and maintained a brisk pace to finish before dark. I was totally stressed that we weren't going to make it but the course was worth the worry. It's a little bit out of the way for most people, but it's worth it.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wow what a surprise. Played this course on my way through Albemarle. The course is very well designed overall. Awesome elevation changes and opportunity's to air out the discs as well as required technical shots. The course is very well maintained. Trimmed grass fairways and a variety of terrains. The course flows very well and would say this course is championship worthy.
Cons: One simple flaw that can easily be remedied. The signs should be on the back tees not the front ones. I had to walk up to the front ones to find out where the holes were like 9 times. Most of the paths lead to the back tees anyways. Seems logical enough.
Other Thoughts: Great job! I will definitely be back to play this course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Very easy flow, multiple tee pads, great tee signs / signage. Front 9 loops back to the start. 2 tee pads. Very cool piece of property, very nice park.
Cons: Hole 1 was a bit hard to find.
Other Thoughts: This is a classic example of a course where the perfect course is a combination of long and short tees. There are so many boring tweener par 4's on this course it's mind numbing. I enjoyed the course but I don't feel the design is that great. saying that, the land and the course are very good, but I just feel that a lot more could have be done. But I will certainly play it again.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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