0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great use of elevation and interesting hole designs. Rough can be punishing on some holes, and rewards playing on the fairway. This course has a great mix of wooded and a few open holes, and will test a variety of shots. Excellent tee pads and signage.
Cons: A few of the holes are lacking a definitive and fair fairway, and rely too much on luck. Almost all holes are par 3 for tournament players, regardless of what the tee signage says. I wish there were more par 4 and 5s.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
New and Improved!
Pros: Challenging course year-round. Even more challenging with the summer greenery. Hole six is worth the drive from anywhere east of Greensboro. Easy to navigate the course even though the first hole is not easily found.
Cons: Bugs in the summer and soggy conditions after a good rain. Neither should influence a decision to play here.
Other Thoughts: Writing this review makes me want to drive over a throw hole six a couple of times and come home. Course is constantly being improved much better than when I first played there in '02.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I'm partial to wooded holes, so this did not disappoint. Very nice scenery, nice large tee boxes, well defined fairways, good length and variety. A little tricky getting to the park but once you get there it's easy to navigate. Practice basket, always a good sign. Just a really great mix of holes but they do tend to finish to the right to favor FH and lefties.
Cons: Hole 6 AKA the skinny. It's just stupid how tight that fairway is. I couldn't even throw a thumber through there. Still a fun hole though.
Update: It's still super duper tight but it's really short so once you get through the hallway of trees it's just an elevated basket to contend with. There's also a couple months of the year during the Summer where the back 9 is literally swarming with red and black ants. You quite literally can't put your bag down without having them crawling on it. Some of the holes on the blue tees need some branch clearing around the teepad.
Other Thoughts: Fun Fact: Kinston is the home town of actress Jaime Pressly. Unfortunately she was not out there when I played. A lot of the locals like to come in a back way and park on the other side of the softball field, it's less walking to the first tee that way.
Course comparison: A lefty friendly Castle Hayne mixed with a little of Hornet's Nest's front 9.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very crazy course. Some holes are fun to play where the others make you want to pull your hair out. Very challenging!
Other Thoughts: Fun to play. Some tough holes. This course has the power to beat you up a little and then make you want to come back and play it more!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It is a beautiful park and I do love a good walk through the woods. It certainly calls for a wide variety of shots. The posted par seems reasonable from the blues though absurdly easy from the reds. The pads are oversize and mostly level. Course navigation is a breeze and the start area bulletin board has a nice map.
Cons: Some holes are just sadistic. #2 and #6 for sure. There is no real approach lane even a narrow one so it brings in a tree bonking luck element. Cut down a few trees here and there and lower the par according and it would feel much more satisfying. Only the red tees have yardage signs.
Other Thoughts: I'm sure the course was designed by a sadist. The front nine seem just in your face brutal. I'm not talking 'technical' I'm talking "what the hell". Being a masochist who always plays the long tees despite the torture this course none the less keeps calling me back.
(Update: apparently course designed by Harold Duvall a Hall of Fame discer and course designer and non sadist apparently so I guess I suck more than I thought :-))
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
How Sweet It Is.
Pros: Excellent course in eastern North Carolina. Has open and wooded holes that will tax even the best players. Bring your game, course will make you use it.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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