Tega Cay, SC

Lookout Park

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dndelli
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Experience: 16.6 years 134 played 131 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Lookout Park

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Sep 8, 2019 Played the course:once

Pros:

Lookout Park is a neighborhood course that plays along a long, narrow strip of land underneath some electrical lines. The layout actually provided more challenge than I had initially anticipated when I looked at the hole information here on DGCR. The course does a decent job of utilizing elevation.

Inside this neighborhood park there are some decent amenities. Though they are mostly located around the parking lot. There is a restroom facility, benches, tables, some ball fields, and a nice little park for neighborhood residents to make use of.

The course has lengths that would benefit novice or casual players, but better players can get a decent challenge here too because there is a real need for accuracy if you are trying to birdie every hole. Each tee is marked by two blue Innova tee markers next to a tee sign, and each basket is numbered to help you orient the direction you need to be throwing.

Most of the holes are open, but some of the holes have enough flavor to them to really stand out. Hole 2 is an uphill shot that has a quick jump in elevation right off the tee, with a gradual gradient the rest of the way. Hole 4 throws over a hump, and off into the woods to the left. Hole 5 is a hyzer shot over a valley with steep, steep downhill to the left and long of the basket. Holes 3 through 7 have rough that makes you really want to stay on the fairway when playing.

Cons:

As I just said, there is some serious rough around Holes 3 through 7. So bad in fact, that I could easily see someone losing a disc on what would otherwise be a perfect beginner course. It was so bad in some spots, that I could see it detracting from first timers ability to have fun here.

The tee signs could use some work here. There is no information on them other than the hole number. It would be nice if they included par and distance as well. Holes 1 & 5 also seemed to be missing tee signs, with the posts being all there was to indicate where the tee was located.

The first two holes and the last two holes play right around or through other park activities. If there are people playing on the soccer field, there really is no way to play the last two holes safely. There is also a winding walking path around Holes 4 & 5, which ended up slowing my round down. This isn't really that inconvenient for disc golfers, because the course is so short, but the safety concern is there because the walkers I encountered seemed to have zero awareness of the course's existences. This could definitely pose problems at Hole 4, where the tee shot is somewhat blind to the path walking up the hill.

In order to fit the course into a loop, it tends to hug the edges of the park and gets really close to private property. I wouldn't be surprised if someone has thrown a disc into someone's yard before. The possibility is even there for a disc to be thrown at a few of the houses.

There is some space to lengthen a couple of the holes, like 1 ,3 or 9 - which would help bring a bit more life to the course.

Other Thoughts:

Overall Lookout Park is an okay 9-hole course, but with some room for improvement - so for now I plan to give it a 2.0 rating. If the tee signs were a bit more informative and the rough was under control a little better, I could definitely see myself bumping up my rating for this course. All things considered, this course is a great addition and resource for those living in the neighborhood, but isn't really a course to go out of your way for. However, if you ever find yourself in the same situation I was in, looking for a way to spend an hour or so while waiting on friends to play Plantation Ruins, this course is not a bad way to spend your time.

Favorite Holes: 2 & 5
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Bennybennybenny
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Experience: 13 years 302 played 285 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Going up and back down 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jan 20, 2019 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-I didn't think Lookout would be quite as cool as it was. I thought it was just going to be a nine holer that's just there to "grow the sport." It's a little more than that. What's notorious is how you play your way up a hill at the beginning and then play your way back down. I've only played one other course like that. Plumtree Mountain. (Plumtree Mountain is dearly missed and many hearts are broken. Devastated as the kids were when Mike & Ike split up.)

-The atmosphere is also different than it is of a standard park course. The course is in the middle of a neighborhood. You're playing close to backyards. The course is close to the local golf course. It's good for what it is. This is a nice nine holer that is in the sight of other people in their homes. I think of that as an exclusive way to grow the sport.

-It said that this course was mostly flat; it's not! There is at least some elevation change on every hole and a few have pretty significant elevation changes. Holes 2 & 3 are both uphill with solid elevation changes. Holes 7 & 8 are both downhill. #8 probably has the greatest use of elevation. What make #8 even funner is the fact that you're throwing down about twenty feet and past the basket the hill continues it's decline and into a field. You could empty your bag throwing as far as you can with very little risk. I threw a sheriff really far down that hill. I measured my throw at 577 feet. None of the holes are longer than 265', but there is room for a little bit of safari golf. It was fun for me to throw as far as I could and try to get close to #9's basket.

-A few nice greens in the woods. #6's tee shot is a fun uphill putter toss out of the woods with the tower in play.

-Two practice baskets right by the parking lot.

-Place is very friendly for family to hang out. There's a swing set and a walking path that many locals seemed to enjoy while I was here.

Cons:

-Lack of variety in distance. Shortest hole (#6) is 182' and the longest (#9) is 265'. I feel that the layout is nearly optimized. With that being said.....

-#2 is a cool uphill hole and all. But it's a bit of a walk to hole #3 and on the way to #3's pad, you walk past plenty of land before you cross the road. Would be cool to have that considerably
"difficult to reach" par 3. Possibly push the basket forward maybe 30' and push the pad back a little and you have that one hole you could throw a driver on.

-Private property close to hole 3. It would take a pretty terrible drive to get into the area, but it could happen with severe winds or if you decide to play in the rain and it slips out of your hand. I had a tournament yesterday in the rain and have drives that were much worse than a shot landing over the fence on this hole.

-Needs concrete pads. I played on a sunny day after it rained and many of the tees are in places that stay wet for a while after rain.

Other Thoughts:

-Lookout Park seems to be a great neighborhood park. If there was a park like this with a course in my neighborhood, my neighborhood would probably have many fun get togethers or parties. It seems like a place where neighbors could meet up and interact and possibly decide to learn how to play disc golf. This course has some fun holes that'll get people to see why people love the game.

-There are woods with extreme elevation changes on the left side of #6 & #7's fairways. They are probably not available for park use but if they were, then this would possibly have the full potential to be a fun 18 holer. They are right by the golf course.

-I think it's worth it if you're close by. I'm home for the weekend and decided to drive 25 miles to play it and I'm glad I did.
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Mickey Anderson
Experience: 16.8 years 17 played 5 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Neighborhood course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 23, 2016 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Like the use of available land.
Nice there is a course in a housing community. Its elevation make it at least decent, actually a decent flow for a small course.

Cons:

Needs concrete tees. Some holes were tough to figure out. Could use a little maintenance the days I played. Better marking of tees would be nice. Nice to clear up underbrush and ground clutter.

Other Thoughts:

With some tlc could be better! My brother in law lives here so great walking to a course! The reviewer is right about speeding....do not!
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Mike C
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Experience: 14.9 years 168 played 74 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Very short and easy 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 10, 2017 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

+ Fresh baskets.

+ Lots of elevation and wind to contend with. Wind isn't frequent at many courses in Charlotte, so this makes it stick out a little.

+ The combination of wind, elevation and mild variety between lines make this course more interesting than other beginner 9 holes like Pinewood or Springfield, which are less exciting.

+ Pretty quiet, upscale neighborhood. Peaceful.

Cons:

- Shared space. Holes mostly play around other activities, but occasionally you'll wait for people on the walking path or have kids playing in the field by holes 2, 8 & 9.

- Every hole is short and easy. The design is definitely geared towards beginners, which makes sense considering its location and space constraints. Not much room for 750' par 5's here.

- Most hole is just a straight shot, with elevation and 20-40' being the difference between it and the last hole.

Other Thoughts:

This course is good for what it is. A compact 9 hole built into a neighborhood that's accessible to anyone of any age or skill level.

For a skilled player there's no real reason to make a trip out here unless you're ace hunting or looking to try a new course for the sake of it. You'd be better off going to Winget and getting 18 more demanding and varied holes, or Elon Park for either 18 hole course.

If you're looking for a quiet place to take your family for a picnic and a short walk, with some disc golf on the side, this place is the ticket. Couple of swings for kids, and benches next to the water with a nice view. Could be a good course to bring a first timer too.
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tom12003
Experience: 30.8 years 152 played 10 reviews
1.50 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 14, 2015 Played the course:once

Pros:

More than just a pitch and putt but geared to recreational players; reasonable distances. Once more amenities are installed it should be an enjoyable lunch time play. It is in a very nice, safe looking community; the course plays along a high-voltage power line easement. I agree with most of the previous reviewer's comments.

Cons:

Signage--non existent. I looked for the tee of 3 for 15 minutes before I skipped the hole. I think I found the tee of 5 but wasn't sure. A map would have been helpful.

Thorns--particularly on what I think was #5 might as well been water as I had a slight misthrow and it disappeared into the thorns.

Trees--there are virtually no trees that could interfere with drives, some trees near a few of the greens but don't really come into play. A pro for some, a con for me.

Other Thoughts:

Course is still in its infancy and I expect the installers (Innova) will improve it. The course will not be a destination course, but being halfway between Charlotte courses and Winthrop, those looking to pad their courses played list might invest the 45 minutes to play it. Once signage is installed, I'll bump my rating to a 2.0 or even a 2.5.
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DiscGolfCraig
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Experience: 19.8 years 581 played 533 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Lookout for the Tega Cay cops!

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Sep 26, 2015 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Lookout Park is an enjoyable, neighborhood park. The layout, challenge and fun factor were all better than I expected.
- The course has a very simple flow to it: holes #1 - 4 play away from the parking lot, #5 plays across the back of the course, and #6 - 9 play back in. The majority of the course plays along the general flow of a walking trail, so if you only follow the trail, you can navigate the layout.
- The original description of the course stated this was a 'short' and 'novice' course. Yes, this course can easily be played by novices, but there was enough challenge and length that it's not a simple pitch-n-putt layout. None of the holes are longer than 300 feet, and I'd actually be surprised if any were much longer than 250 feet, with hole #1 seemingly the longest.
- There are a couple enjoyable hole layouts. #5 is the best, and most challenging, hole on the course. You throw across a slight valley (more like a dip in the ground) with a big drop-off to the left of the fairway that's filled with lots of thorns. The basket is on a raised part on the other side of the valley/dip, set back slightly in the woods. This hole would easily fit in with a more advanced 18-hole course.
- Two other enjoyable holes to mention. #2 is an uphill, dogleg right around the trees. You can be aggressive here, but being overly aggressive will put you in the thick rough. #4 is an uphill, blind shot to a basket back set slightly into the woods.
- The course is definitely aimed at beginners and casual players. For as many relatively good holes, there are a couple dogs. Hole #8 is a simple downhill, short, wide-open shot to the basket. The hole can't be more than 125 - 150 feet, so it's a simple pitch shot to the basket. For the most part, I expect the course to be mostly played by locals, families and/or casual players. There's enough challenge and variety that beginners will get a taste of what the sport is about.
- The course has two practice baskets. I've seen very few 18-holers with two practice baskets and had never seen a 9-hole course to feature two practice baskets before Lookout Park.

Cons:

Course still needs a little more maintenance and attention. Some of the cleared underbrush and thicket still needs to be thinned out or removed. Signage would be an improvement, especially indicating where the first tee is located.
- Tee markers are going to be an issue, especially for first timers/casual players. The tee areas are marked by two blue discs in the ground (as seen at many of the Rock Hill-area nine-hole school course layouts). The hole numbers are then spray painted on the grass. I played the course the first week it was open, so the spray painted hole numbers were still there. Down the road, are they going to continually be spray painting the hole numbers in the grass, installing tee markers/signs, or just ignore that fact? With some holes/tees playing close to others, there will need to be clear indications of which set of tee markers are for what hole.
- Parts of the course interfere with other park activities. If the soccer field is in use, holes #1, 8 (possibly) and 9 won't be playable. Other holes play over the walking trail, so you may have to be careful at times, especially on the blind tee shots.
- It would be nice if holes #1, 8 and/or 9 were extended. There's a long walk between the practice tees and the first & last holes, so distance could be added.

Other Thoughts:

Lookout Park is a solid 9-hole layout. There's nothing flashy, but there is a little bit of everything, including some decent elevation by Charlotte-area standards.
- This course is much better than Springfield Elementary, the other nine-hole course that's just down the road.
- Don't let the distances for nearby courses fool you. Four of the five closest courses listed on the course page are on the other side of Lake Wylie and are actually 20-25 minutes away. If you're looking for courses that far away, you obviously should be playing Renny, Plantation Ruins, Elon or Winthrop.
- Ah, the Tega Cay police. If you've never been in Tega Cay before, be warned. The Tega Cay police department exists predominantly as a means of generating income for the city by writing tickets. I've had multiple friends get tickets here, one for going 37 in a 35. Locals know if the speed limit is 35, you better only be going 30. Trust me, the cops will pull you over for rolling through a stop sign, not using a clicker, a busted tail-light or anything else that can rake in money. You don't want a fun day of disc golf ruined by a small-town cop.
- I'll give the course my standard 9-hole course rating of 1.5. That said, if the maintenance and signage improves - hole distances would be nice too - I could easily give this course a slight bump. Glad to see the design for this course was actually nicely executed.
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