Great beginners' course
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Pros: I was pleasantly surprised by this 9-hole course. First, the property is gorgeous. The course has lots of big, mature pines. The area is clean and well-maintained. It's obviously a kids' camp, with playgrounds, swings, etc. mixed in with the course. It's really a dream course for kids, but even for me, as an intermediate level player, it offered enough of a challenge -- and even a little bit of distance on a few holes -- to be worth playing.
1. Beautiful property (the course and the neighborhood)
2. Baskets in good shape
3. Easy navigation
4. Great for beginners
5. Two sets of tees (very different approach shots required from the two sets of tees, it's not that one tee is a shorter version of the same shot)
Cons: This is not meant as a knock on the course, because I think it's perfect for what it is designed to be -- a course to introduce kids and other beginners to the game -- but here are the reasons why a more experienced player is not going to travel to Wilson to play this course.
1. Very easy, pretty short (although there are a couple holes at 225+ feet)
2. I can't see how safety is not an issue at this course. It's a very tight space. There are lots of parallel (borderline crossing) fairways -- and the playground and picnic tables are easily within range of errant shots. I'd be worried to play here with kids also playing on the playground. Seems like it would need to be one or the other.
3. Some tees are just natural areas with uneven ground.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little course that I would recommend playing if you are in the area. The neighborhood where it's located is gorgeous. I'm envious of the folks who live there. If I did, I'd play a few quick rounds there on the daily!
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Pros: Solid design for a short niner with a small footprint. The course plays through scattered large trees that make every hole a bit different. The majority of the holes have two teesbut a few have something unique going on. On those tees, there is a large tree pretty much straight ahead. Players are instructed to throw to one side of the tree for the white layout and and the other from the blue. It's an interesting way to provide a different look and on a quirky little course like this I don't mind.
Yeah, the course plays around some playground equipment but I get the sense that the camp is in session only at certain times, and you would never play the course then. At most times of the year discers would be the only people here.
The trees definitely force different lines and new players will get the chance to experiment with a variety of shots. Not a bad place to bring a rookie at all.
Cons: It's a small pitch and putt. Only a few miles from Lake Wilson so it's not a bad bonus course but seriously, no need to go out of your way for this.
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Fun for all skill levels!!!
Pros: Great pitch and putt course with challenging holes that players of all skill levels can enjoy. Play the white tee boxes for an easier experience or play from the blues for a more testing round. The course tests your ability to throw multiple types of shots and find different lines on each hole. The park is mostly shaded as well keeping you out of direct sunlight for a majority of the round. Very easy to navigate with signs pointing to the next tee pads where they might not be obvious.
You can tell the builders of the course took pride in the details and it shows!
Cons: Williams Day Camp runs a camp for 5-12 year olds during the summer from June to August from 7:30am to 5:30pm. During this time, the course should NOT be played.
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Pros: Williams Day Camp is mostly a simple and straightforward course that provides multiple lines for any skill based player. Hole 1 - White - This hole is tight off the tee, and plays right of the tee position. The basket is set on an island with the island's circumference around 40-50feet. There is a drop zone that if a player doesn't make the island they must proceed to the dropzone which plays about 40feet to the basket. Hole 2 - White- This hole provides multiple options for a player. The basket is right of the teepad, and can be taken from any direction. However, there is a ditch to the right that is about 50feet from the basket. Also there is a pavilion to the left of the basket about 60feet of distance. There are 3 trees that surround the basket to make the shot seem ominous, but the shot is fairly simple. Hole 3 - White - This hole is mainly straightforward, with multiple trees guarding the basket. There are many routes to be taken from the teepad, and the same pavilion is right of the teepad. Hole 4 - White - This hole is a straight shot out of a wooded area that surrounds the teepad. This makes the shot seem compact, but is fairly straightforward and simple. Hole 5 - White - This hole is surrounded by multiple trees in every direction,this makes the shot fairly tight. Hole 6 - White - This is another tight line that plays straight toward the basket. Hole 7 - White - This hole is one of the more signature holes on the course. A player throws downhill from atop a hill that is placed next to a building. There are multiple lines that can be taken, and this adds variety to the course. Hole 8 - White - This hole is surrounded by trees. There is a magnolia that is unpromising for most RHBH golfers. Hole 9 - White- This hole is played on a concrete slab, that has multiple lines that can be taken from any player. It is convenient because it is next to hole 1 if any player wishes to play another round immediately finishing their previous round.
Most blue tees have the same lines as the whites with the exception of hole 5.
Hole 5 - Blue - This hole is shorter but obtains more trees than the whites. The line is fairly tight with the basket hidden from view.
This course has a variety of different shots ranging from Backhands, Forehands, Overheads, and Rollers on each hole. The main purpose of the course is for newer players to have a fun, low round and for experienced players confidence to play harder/more difficult courses.
This course is located in a neighborhood which makes it easy and convenient for people to walk and play golf.
Cons: With any piece of land that has few acres, I imagine it is difficult to build a new course without intersecting fairways. This becomes a major issue for any golfer playing the course. For example, Hole 7 and Hole 8 play almost perpendicular to each other; this means that one grip lock could result in another golfer being hospitalized. There are also other park users on the grounds, which makes golfing an issue. There are some lines that interfere with park users and it becomes difficult to throw without telling another to move. Also, during the summer, there is a camp held for 5 year olds from the morning to the afternoon, which makes golfing hard to play while avoiding rambunctious children. There is also a building with glass windows in the middle of the park, which becomes another problem for golfing purposes. One grip lock could result in shattered glass. Parking is street parking, so it is limited. If there was an event with over 30+ people, parking would become a major issue.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is simple. It allows golfers multiple lines and a quick, fun round for them to play. This course helps anyone that wants to work on any specific throw they want to learn. It is also very scenic during the summer and fall. I would recommend playing this course if you are in the Wilson area. Especially if you are planning to play Lake Wilson, I would recommend choosing this course first to build lots of confidence.
*NOTE* As of June 19, 2014 the course is still in development. Hopefully by June 23, 2014 the course will be playable with mixed/gravel pads and DISCatchers.
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