7 Helpful / 0 Not
Stumpy Creek fun
Pros: This course now has 18 different holes and was very challenging. I am from CA and this was my first experience with NC disc golf. The terrain is heavily wooded and favors a long accurate throw. I spent a lot of time finding my disc that had veered from the fairway. I would recommend hiking style shoes or boots for this course. Miraculously i did not get a bug bite despite having to go through 100 spider webs while searching for discs. Holes 1 and 2 shoot from open field into the woods and from 3-13 you are in for a treat. I was playing mid afternoon in the summer and the canopy from the trees kept it nice. Bing lots of water you'll be glad you did.
1 year later, I am back to stumpy and although my game has improved this course is still tough, but very fun. Yes you need to wear shoes with good grip and the cement tees are coming this weekend I believe. Very peaceful and serene in the woods, great effort has been made on a course of this caliber that gets very little play. Kudos to the designers, I played a number of their other courses this trip and all were great.
Cons: Tried to play the first saturday and sunday of the month and there was a 2 day triathalon taking place. I played the first day,but had to start hole 1 with a drive over windshields and cars. Holes 14-18 were in the path of the finish for the running portion of the event and I ended up not playing them. I went back on sunday to find the same mess. I don't know the schedule, but my guess is maybe they do this the first weekend of the month, but I don't know if its every month or just summer. I was there in August.
Other Thoughts: Park at closest parking lot to woods, near beverage shack. Walk up hill to top of park, you'll see tee with distance details. Hole 2 is right up from hole 1 another shot from clear field into woods then follow the most beaten trail and look for signs pointing to next hole. The course design is really great. Unless you are great I wouldn't bother keeping score its tough. Be thankful if you manage a few birdies but be prepared for double bogeys.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice length and dual tee pads on orginal nine holes. Recently expanded to 18 holes with new holes carved out of dense woods. New nine are very challenging with substantial elevation changes. With expansion to 18 provides nice mix of wooded and open holes. From pro tee pads many holes are legit par 4's.
Cons: New nine currently do not have tee pads and terrain is tricky because it has not been played alot. A few holes have long walks between holes.
Other Thoughts: Course will rate much higher once tee pads are in on new nine and course gets played alot to better carve out woods and paths. Bring water as new nine go up and down through a large valley. Located just steps away from Lake Norman.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: ok, so 1st... any "harshness" in this review is ment only in jest/good humor.
hats off to the SOB who designed this thing,,, are you kidding me? you are just sick! i had no idea there were even hills this big in mooresville!!
1. beautiful course with lots of potential
2. well marked directions. based on previous posts, it seems that this used to be an issue? there is still some confusion because its hard to remove spraypaint from trees, so i think some of the old arrows are confusing... but if you follow the new white wooden arrows that say "new hole #2" etc... youre fine.
3. nice drawings of each hole at each tee location
4. good risk/reward... if you can throw long dirves (there are several over 450' - 600') and can be accurate, you will be good! if you tank in the woods, its a rough go... but, its fun either way.
Cons: 5. clearly project work is still being done. several tees dont have concrete pads yet, but its clear that the course is moving forward. several of the baskets are BRAND new... there has been nice work to line the trail edges with logs etc to make the path visible.
6. ITS FREAKING STEEP!!! seriously, bring a nalgene of water, this course is no joke!
Other Thoughts: If you want to go for a hike, and "happen" to play disc golf while youre there.. then this is a great course! if you want to play for the sake of playing, and the challenge of hilly terrain isnt your thing... then maybe hornets nest or reedy creek is a better choice.
i look forward to playing this course more, and i guess im just gonna have to get my *** in shape...
one last "pro", so far this is a diamond in the rough! noone seems to know much about it, so there was noone else out there, no waiting to play thru etc. it was very nice!
best of luck to all!!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 4 Not
B+ = Interesting and addicting
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B+
(The is a boatload of punishment on this course. Lots of trees, narrow fairways, and huge slopes to fly or roll down. Usually I complain that there is not enough of this, but this course might just be over the edge. I believe pretty much all the trees that are coming out have been removed. If so, on the wooded holes you may as well leave your driver in the bag and throw mids and putters and settle for a higher score than you want, or take 2-3 more strokes than you could have settled for. That lessens the fun factor big time.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
(Mostly this course is too long for my arm, so pars are expected not birdies. I did not deduct too much off for that since on several holes par is rewarding to me.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B+
(There is a ton of variety of up/down, left/right and wooded/open. There are a ton of unique holes....and I love that! Holes 3 & 4 left me puzzled - the drive was lame in that you had to lay up or leave things up to random chance if you tried for more than 150' or so.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B
(The woods are very nice - beautiful & secluded. The holes around the ball fields are not so pretty.
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == B-
(There are several par 4's out there, but not great one's IMO. As said before, the risk is too high to get aggressive. That takes the exhileration and fun out.)
Cons: I fear that most will not find this course fun and it will not get much play. Those of us who have masochistic tendencies and like pure challenge will play here sometimes. There is only 1 fun hole on the course - a nice chute down a steep hill. This is a pity since an amazing amount of work has been done. Kudos to those who have busted their butts!
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (149 18-hole, 91 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me….that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The first tee seems pretty ordinary. Open shot to a tee tucked away in an opening in the woods. Then as soon as you reach the second tee you will probably get excited. There is a 100 foot drop and then probably two hundred feet back up the hill. After you make your putt prepare to do it again as the next hole again drops down and goes back up hill, only this time the fairway is tighter! If you can snake a good drive through these narrow fairways you will score great however prepare to be punished for any errant drives. I was very impressed with the variety of holes as each hole in the woods was memoriable. Once you get out of the woods you have a chance to make up some ground as the open holes are a little easier. If you play the long tees it will give you a chance to let a few rip hopefully letting out all that frustration from the earlier holes in the woods!
Cons: Even though it was easy enough to navigate some signs would be nice. Also I really hope that they install tee pads in the wooded holes. At this moment you are pretty much having to stand still to drive as the ground around the tee is not level and has rocks and stumps everywhere. The woods are still pretty thick in spots. My friend threw a disc that went into the creek, took him ten minutes to retrieve it and he was so mad after that that he didnt even finish the hole.
Other Thoughts: If they installed two sets of concrete tees for the new wooded holes, and put up some signs I would think that it would be one of the top courses in NC. The terrain is pretty rough though so getting concrete to these areas would be a huge undertaking. I actually rated this course with its potential in mind. It has lots of room to improve however still worth an hour and a half drive to play it as it is now.
I recently went back to stumpy and I noticed some work have been done. New hole in the woods, it even looks as if they are preparing some teepads to get concrete.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: In the summer this course is beautiful. With the final 9 baskets installed it isone of the more challenging courses in the Charlotte, NC area. There are shots for all skill levels. The original 9 have 2 tee locations so the course can be played multiple ways. The original 9 plays around fields that are OB. The last hole can get narrow as cars park along the fairway. The tight fairways through woods on the 9 new holes will challenge any skill level. There are short pads on 5 of the wooded holes to make the course have 32 hole locations. The elevation changes give this course the feel of a semi-mountain course. This course has a good mixture of shots that benefit thumbers, RHBH, right hand forehand. There are holes that are uphill, downhill, tight fairways, and wide open. You will find that this course now has more elevation change than any other course in Charlotte. A lot of work has been done recently to define clear landing areas and make some of the comon flight paths more fair.
Cons: If it is rainy watch your step as it gets slippery. The ball field OB's on the original 9 holes can make some shots tricky if it is a busy park day. Some players don't have the fitness to play this beast.
*Update 29 of 32 tee pads are concrete. If you are visiting or live in Charlotte, this is a course that you need to visit. If you like to use multiple types of throws or "problem solve" shots this course will give you good opportunity to do this. I will increase this rating once the tee-pads are leveled and filled with Concrete or Gravel. Also, the leaves are full out and the fairways have been widened and hangers cut out of the canopy. New holes and tee pad locations make the par 65. Some players don't have the fitness to play this beast. Stick to the original outside 9 holes. 2 holes have been combined so to play the outside you could get 16 holes in by playing both long and short locations.
Check out a "little" of the work that the parks department has been doing recently.
I'll upload more soon. They are putting in steps faster than I can find time to play.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Multiple Tee's add distance and a variety of lines to most of the holes. Several holes are elevated and Pin placements are on hills increasing the challenge of the course by adding a risk/reward if you find yourself left with a long putt/approach. The park also offers restrooms, vending machines, and water fountains.
Cons: Teesigns leave alot to be desired, hole 5 acctually has it planted directly infront of the teebox. Fairly long walks between holes and some overgrowth that could be trimmed would be the only negatives to the course.
Other Thoughts: Pretty nice course especially for being a nine hole. Back nine looks promising from what I have seen and I am sure I will be updating this to a higher rating when its completed.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Needs back nine
Pros: Concrete tee pads. Open Holes with white and blue tees which provide a big difference in distances. Great use of elevation changes. Can be enjoyed by beginners and experienced players alike.
Cons: Signs on blue tees are sometime in the way. Still only nine holes though the back nine is cut out. Terrain going from hole 1 to hole 2 can be slippery when wet. Course is not well kept in the summer time making it easy to lose discs. There is only one hole that offers a line other than strait (hole five turns right)
Other Thoughts: Cant wait for the back nine. It appears that the back will be treacherous with the same great use of elevation plus trees. There appears to be a long walk coming from hole 9 to 10.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Wow! What a course. It went from a good 9-hole course to an outstanding, top-notch 18 hole course. The new holes are challenging, but fun. It says something about a course when it's getting the best of you, yet you're still having a blast.
- For anyone who played this course when it was 9 holes, they added 10 wooded holes and eliminated one of the open field holes - 9 original + 10 new holes - 1 old hole = 18.
- Great hole layouts. This course has some serious elevation changes to it, which make for some great holes. It felt like I was walking up and down hills the entire round. If you're not in shape, it's going to wear you down by the time you get to the back 9, especially on a hot summer day.
- Long, challenging holes. Holes #2 & 4 are my favorite holes on the course. They're both long (both 500+) up and down holes with tight fairways, so you can't just let the driver fly. Errant shots will find thick woods that make advancement difficult. All the wooded holes are tight, but because of the course length, you can't get too conservative. This course finds the perfect balance.
- Good pin placements make for interesting shots. Even the original holes had some good layouts.
- Dual tee pads give an alternative/easier shot on some of the more difficult holes.
- Course ends with several open holes so you're finally able to let it rip and let off some frustration.
- Long course that plays even longer because of elevation and tight fairways. Holes average 400ft+ from long tees (7400 ft overall). On the course's longest hole, #10 @ 660 ft, you're throwing up a steep hill on your first shot, which make it's play even longer.
Cons: As with many new courses, it's going through growing pains. There's still a lot of small stumps in many fairways; pathways between holes haven't been worn in, so it's somewhat of a challenge finding some holes. The second issue can be resolved with more signs pointing to the next tee. There are some signs, but not one for every hole.
- The wooded holes do not have cement tee pads. On long holes, where accurate shots are crucial, a smooth surface to throw your tee shots from is crucial. Again, I'm sure this is a problem that will be fixed with time, but in the meantime, it is a problem.
- Tee signs will need to be improved. Some only have the distance, some are hand-drawn. On several of the longer holes, I had to walk down most of the fairway to find out where the basket was because it wasn't visible from the tee pad.
- I listed this as a pro, but it can also be viewed as a con. The final two holes are the most wide open holes on the entire course. #17 at least has a semi-difficult basket placement, but #18 is a wide open hole. It's slightly disappointing that (IMO) the two best holes (#2 & 4) are at the beginning and two of the least challenging are the closing holes. You wish it was the other way around.
- You can't easily get to the back nine from the beginning, so if it's crowded, you'll have to do a lot of hiking through the woods. This might be a pet peeve of mine, but it always bothers me when hole #9 doesn't finish near the beginning or at least near an opening that easily leads you back to the front.
- It's a long walk from #18 back to #1. There are also several other long walks between holes. That's not much of a problem because it gives you time to catch your breath, especially if you've just had a bad hole.
Other Thoughts: As mentioned above, what a testament to the course when you can have a blast while also facing such a tough challenge. Everyone who worked on the new holes did an outstanding job.
- This course is now close to joining the other Charlotte-area elite courses - Renny, Winthrop, Brackett's Bluff, Hornet's Nest. This is one of the best courses I've ever played, and it's only (IMO) the 3rd or 4th best course in the Charlotte-area. The course also seems to take some of the best elements of other area courses (Yadkinville, Hilton Park in Hickory).
- I can only give this course a 4.0 right now because there are some many problems with the new holes. Once they're fixed (cement tee pads, tee signs, stumps removed, etc), this will be a 4.5 rating.
- It's a must play for everyone in Charlotte, or anyone visiting the area.
- Here's what I wrote in my original review, when the course was only 9 holes "When they make it a complete 18, it's going to fit in nicely with all the other Charlotte-area courses." The course blew away any expectations I had for this.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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