Want a Mountain Course Without Driving to the Mountains?
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Pros: --Best use of elevation in the Charlotte area. For those familiar with Richmond Hill in Asheville, I feel like this course has even more elevaton related holes. Where some of Richmond Hill's design uses contouring to make it a bit easier walk, no such luck @ Stumpy...bring water and springy legs.
--Not much traffic. For a < 1 hour drive from Charlotte, this course offers nice seclusion...even the holes that play around the park area have very little chance to interfere with park activities...
--Challenge. The long layout is tough, as the designer notes below, this layout is all about playing smart "within your game" position golf. Basically, use a driver on 1, then put them back in the car, and grab them for 14-18, and don't tempt yourself to throw too many otherwise, nothing but trouble if you do. The short layout is not as demanding, but based on your skill level, it's not necessarily "easy." This is a plus IMO, because newer players who can't get upper level D with mids can play the shorts w/out losing the character of the course.
--Tee pads/baskets are adequate or better on every hole. I imagine the pad pours were something of a nightmare.
--facilities (including a snack bar open sometimes if you need a hot dog to salve your mental wounds) are great, and are accesible before you start, and after 13.
--Pretty good variety of looks/shots. I like how just when you're getting tired of threading needles with putters/mids, you get a few opportunites to take out your frustration with some big bombs on the closing holes.
Cons: Not too many, but we have to nitpick, yes?
--A couple of spots where an errant shot could be trouble/safety issue. #1's long tee shot, if griplocked, or over-flipped, can make it into the road, but there's not too much traffic on said road. I think it's #5 where it's possible to hyzer out early and land in one of the baseball fields...only effects your play really if there's a game going on.
--The great use of elevation always has it's downside, depending on how you feel about the Stairmaster. I don't mind the hump, but one needs to be prepared for an above average aerobic work-out getting around Stumpy.
--First time through, the transition from 13 to 14 can be confusing...though it's been marked better over time, and since I've been out there maybe is better still. Map a must here probably for a first timer. I understand that tee signs are in the works. For a first time player here, there will be a couple of blind tee shots that you'll either have to spray/pray, or add to the considerable hike to scope out.
--More benches are coming....the more the merrier.
--Any tight course with severe elevation changes will offer lots of chances to lose discs...leave your Champ Boss in the car!
Other Thoughts: This course, like Fox Chase in Stanly County, would be jewels in any players eye, but since Charlotte is now loaded with a dozen high quality 18 holers, Stumpy, though w/in easy distance, is sort of a "best kept secret" in the area.
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Pros: Great course. Extremely hilly and tight wooded fairways have definitely shaped my game with this course being so close to home.
Cons: the amount of leaves and dead grass on the fairways can hide discs and stumps sometimes causing a very unlucky bounce and i happen to get that bad luck quite a bit.
Other Thoughts: I've lost a disc on hole 10. White innova leopard i got when i was starting out. I don't entirely miss it but it absolutely disappeared. I have NO idea haha
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