On the path to awesome
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course has multiple tees for different experience levels. Runs through the woods with differing elevation levels and obstacles. Signage is good and work continues to be done. New course that will only improve as time goes on. Fun to play.
Cons: Not fully 'finished' but this is no surprise as the park itself is brand new.
No signs for beginning of course at playground parking lot - didn't realize until getting to hole #1 that there was another (and better) lot to park in which to park.
Other Thoughts: Can't wait to play this again in about a year when visiting again and see how the course and the park have both progressed.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Coming along nicely...
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: They've spread a zillion yards of mulch, and made a park-like atmosphere under the trees. Nice signage (not yet complete on later holes), and easy flow means you never get lost. Very pleasant to play.
Cons: Not a huge variety of layouts, but enough to keep it interesting.
Other Thoughts: Nice to see a course that favors LHBH (slightly) - need to get my lefty son out here to give it a whirl.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
A work in progress
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course set in a large multi use park. 2 tee pads for each basket plus a spot to play red tees for beginners and kids. Baskets are all nice new disc catchers.
Course is very well maintained, and it is obvious the town of Apex is going all out to make sure this course succeeds. There are stairs, bridges and an unbelievable amount of mulch that has been installed. It is also obvious that some serious equipment and effort has been used to install drainage, clear fairways and help speed things along. If only all courses has these resources.
Course is pretty much 100% technical wooded holes. There are several very tight fairways that require accurate shots over length.
Hole length variety is pretty good given this course's location. There are some nice short ace runs as short as 185' and a hole that is 481'. Most holes play well with a putter or mid, but here are a few spots to let loose a driver.
Cons: Tee pads are not great. They are rubber mats on top of wooden pallets. Some are uneven, some have nails popping up, and at least one has broken wood. They are also a little short if you like a big run up. Many of these simply aren't going to last. Or people will be breaking ankles.
Course does not have great variety off the tee. By my count there are 10 shots that favor RHFH shots and 6 pretty darn straight shots. Only one shot really requires a RHBH off the tee. There is a couple spots where an s-curve or multiple shot types might work. Either way, this course is very RHFH or LHBH friendly. Maybe they can have two SSA's for it. One for righty's and one for lefty's.
Not a ton of real line shaping. Many of my discs get to rest in their bag here.
A couple tees that force you to throw over a walking path.
Light poles in 18's fairway.
A few baskets and tees are a little close to each other.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a decent little course. It was squeezed into some wet, low lying land that holds lots of water, snakes and bugs. There has been a decent amount of improvement since it first had baskets in the ground. Given the limitations in landscape, and fitting in around the rest of the park activities, it is pretty good. Hopefully as work continues it will get a little better. They've redesigned a few holes to keep players out of the worst wet areas, and cleaned up a safety issue or two. IMO it will never be an exceptional course due to its lack of shot variety, but it is certainly worth checking out if you are nearby.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Nice with it!!
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: The course is finally nearing completion, and man have they done a lot of work to this course!! Technically its new, but I haven't seen courses that have been open for years, this far a long in the process!
What this course lacks in length, is clearly made up by accuracy. The fairways are more than fair. Good mix of right, left, and straight shots!
Love the creek that comes into play on several holes on the back nine.
Tee pads have been drastically improved
Very easy to navigate
Tee signs look great!
Love the DiscCatchers in the woods. Really POP!!!
Bathroom, drink machine, and other park amenities are beautifully designed, and really fit in well to the surrounding settings.
Cons: I prefer concrete pads to rubber.
Need additional grading on selective tee pads.
Other Thoughts: If you havent played this course lately, I suggest giving it a shot. They have done a lot of work, and even redesigned some of the original holes with water and drainage problems. Clearly the town of Apex wants to draw disc golfers in to play this fantastic layout.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Good course, good design
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Once this course is completely finished and broken in it will be an excellent NC course. I liked having to reach into my bag of tricks to reach many of the baskets - this course is especially nice if you prefer precision to power.
Good tee pads at white and blue, and clearly marked red tees for beginners. Placed where most users can have fun.
Cons: There are a few spots where you have to throw over a walking path. Basket for 15 was not there, but 9 was.
The new map shows holes 19+ but they must not be built yet.
Other Thoughts: This part of Evans Road doesn't even show up yet on many GPS systems, and Kelly Rd. is partially closed too, so if you haven't been there allow extra time and use Olive Chapel Rd.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Much better than Avalon Peaks
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Apex Nature Park surprised me when I entered the parking lot. It's a beautiful course situated in a park that does not involve a lot of city noise. One thing I really dig about Apex and Cary area is they really do care about the presentation of their parks. This course is still under construction so I will keep this a light review.
-I liked that even a hole under 300 feet still felt challenging for par. There are gaps you need to hit and fairways to keep in. Fairways are pretty definitive for being such a new course.
-Brand new DISCatcher targets line the newly sculpted fairways.
-Easy navigation. You finish out and can clearly see where the next tee is.
-Course is active. It might be a con for some but I didn't run into any bottlenecks or long waits.
-High quality signage installed throughout.
-Nice facilities/restrooms near Hole 1.
Cons: The course has a drainage issue in the earlier part of the back nine. Holes 10 & 11 stand out as some of the more muddier spots on the course. I've noticed it more in the fairways than anything else.
-Another issue noticed were a few holes that require the use of walking paths or discs to be thrown over them near the tee. I've seen other courses in the area use this method for tee's but this course is getting lots of foot traffic, so I noticed a few times I needed to slow up on the tee as kids were riding their bikes in front of the throwing zones. "Be aware of flying discs" signs positioned around the main walking paths would help park pedestrians be a little more aware of the throwing areas, Especially up near Hole 13 where the baseball field walkway turns down toward the walkway bridge.
-The tee pad set up seems to be a bit more of a temporary solution. It feels like they've set up these pads for the opportunity to move them back or forth depending on initial feedback of the course. Being able to do a proper run up proved to be quite challenging because of the raised platforms. The platforms were a sturdy palette like construction with a rubber mat type of material that you would later fill with crusher run gravel. Some tee pads rocked back and forth as if they were not properly level in places.
-Right now the layout won't challenge the most experience player. I could see Pro's shooting 8 to 10 down fairly easily from the Blue Position where the course currently stands.
-Briars are still present in the fairways so be aware as they will cut your legs up. As soon as all the mulch is laid out, It will greatly decrease the amount in the walking areas.
Other Thoughts: This course is brand new. Everyone expects to encounter some growing pains with a new course that goes in the ground. I had a fun few outings playing the new course. The back 9 seemed to be the holes I remember the most, especially the holes playing around the creek (Holes 12-15).
As the course adjusts to feedback from players and solid tee pads are put in place, it will raise up the rating of this course a few notches. I will update this review in a year or two as the course gets settled in and kinks are worked out.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Okay, it's not really a disaster. I just felt like dropping a 311 reference when it's mildly apropos. This is a really nice park and the course is a fun excursion. Very wooded, technical golf predominately with some downhill elevation and meandering creeks coming into play here and there. We're mostly talking mature pines which make for nice courses. The course has nice tee signs and despite the newness it's not terribly difficult to transition from hole to hole. The tees are pretty good right now, more on that later. Really liked the nice, open greens and fairways were fairly existent for a new course.
They really seem to be going all out to make this course nice; there was a Bobcat and a ditchdigger out flattening the fairways and there was fresh wood mulch everywhere.
Cons: Design wise, this course is a bit sub par. Biggest problem is that it's highly bias towards lefties, I can't hardly recall a hole that ended to the left. A few fairways were angled pretty harshly and made me reach into my bag of tricks of rollers, thumbers, and super flippy base plastic to navigate decently. Not ideal. Pars are a wonky as quite a few holes seemed to suffer from 3/4 'tweener-ism. Another problem is what I call clustering, tees and baskets too close to each other, fairways running beside each awkwardly. We had an occasional disc come crashing onto our hole from other groups from this, could be an annoying place to play when busy.
Another design no-no was some holes playing across walking paths. I've seen worse but this park looks like it will be popular in the community so there will undoubtedly be some waiting on some tees while walkers pass.
The tees are rubber mats affixed to wooden pallets. They were pretty solid today but I don't have a lot of faith that they'll hold up too well. I can easily see corners breaking from golfers constantly stepping on them to make the gaps bigger off the tee. Some were wonky. If they can fill them with dirt or gravel underneath to make it more solid and flush with the ground they might actually last a while.
It's extremely muddy and rutted on many fairways but this will be ironed out over time.
Other Thoughts: This is a fairly nice course in a nice park. It's more of a fun course than a particularly well designed one but that's okay. It reminds me a lot of Creekside in Archdale when it was new. If it got some kinks ironed out as it matures I think it tops out as a 3 disc course, firm.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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