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Laurinburg, NC

Scotland County DGC

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pmay5
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Experience: 21 years 483 played 245 reviews
3.00 star(s)

OK, you can put in a course, but this is where it can go. 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 28, 2020 Played the course:once

Pros:

Good concrete tee pads, length is 6-8', so plenty long enough. Always good to have a good solid tee pad, especially on open, rip-it holes.
Tee signs with distance, par, and an outline of the hole.
DISCatchers were in good shape.
Mix of wooded and open holes, the small amount of elevation change is used on the front nine. A couple of the open holes on the back nine have OB flags to cut down the size of the fairway.
Course stays away from most of the other uses in the park, ballfields, soccer and playgrounds.
There is a parking lot near the first tee, park behind the Senior Center. This really cuts down on the walk back after #18.

Cons:

Several of the holes on the front 9 use a walking path as the fairway. This could lead to serious safety or delay issues. A lot of these holes tended to blend together, tee on one side of the path, down the walking path, basket on the other side. This was the case on #7 - #9 and possibly #10.
A pretty long walk, across/around soccer fields, to the parking lot, especially if you park near the park entrance, like I did.
The tee for #17 requires you to throw pretty close to #16 basket, could be an issue on busy days, or during an event. I guess if you are playing #16, you throw your upshot, then wait on the group on #17 to tee, then move up to putt.

Other Thoughts:

I'm sure we've all played park courses that "play around the perimeter, away from other park uses". That's definitely the case here, only with a twist, you play around the perimeter in one direction, then back the opposite direction, still around the same perimeter.
They were able to keep both sets of holes separate very well, #1 and #2 were mostly in the open, then #3 through #11 were all in the woods, turn around #12 in the woods, then #13 - #18 were in the open. #18 does get you back near the start, but there is a long walk to the nearest parking area.
It does give you a good mix of open and wooded holes (8-10), most of the open holes are pretty much straight, but they mix it up with a DGPT style pyramid on #13. The wooded holes have a small amount left and right holes, with the most drastic on #5, a sharp right to left hole, around some large trees and up a hillside. Then #6 - 324' mostly uphill with the basket on a guarded hillside on the left.
One of the most fun holes is also one of the shortest, #11 at the back side of the course, has a couple of trees to split off the tee, then over a drainage area that should normally be dry, to a basket tucked in front of a couple of fences. You don't want to be long here.
#14 is a fun, open hole, kind of long at 358' there is a drainage ditch running along the fairway, then a steep dropoff behind the basket to an overgrown area.
All things considered, this is a pretty good use of the land available for the course. The original designer was probably told that was the only land they could use, and they kept the two rings of holes separate, with very little interaction between the two. A lot better than I expected this course to be.
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DiscGolfCraig
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Experience: 20 years 604 played 547 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Scotland County

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Feb 6, 2019 Played the course:once

Pros:

Scotland County is a nice, intermediate course. Hope you brought your accuracy because there are plenty of birdies to be made here.
- Nice little course in a great small-town park & sports complex. The course plays along the right and back sides of the park, only encountering other park aspects on holes #1, 2, 13, and 18.
- Course has a nice, straight forward flow. First tee is steps from the back of the parking lot. If you don't see the tee, you're in the wrong lot it's that obvious. From there the course basically follows a path outward for 11 holes, then loops back for the final 7. You then cross a soccer field or walk the lengths of #2 & 1 backwards to the parking lot.
- The course is a decent mix of open and wooded layouts. As one might suspect, the open portion is one section of park (hole #1 - 2 & 13 - 18) while you're in wooded portions for most of the remaining portion. The wooded holes vary from tight fairways, play-it-safer, to wider, sparser lined fairways that gives one ace runs.
- That said, for more experienced, better throwers, most of the course only requires mid-ranges or putters off the tee. If you can throw those discs straight, you're seeing LOTS of birdie putts. There are many wooded holes, but they are all essentially straight shots, with basics only slightly off the fairway. On the wooded portion of #6 - 12, if you're hole high and the center of the fairway, you're having easy birdie putts - nothing more than 25 - 30 feet, if even that long.
- Now don't get overconfident. There are enough trees on the wooded portion that one missed line and/or a bad bounce may result in a quick bogey. I had bogeys on #8 & 12 (with 3 tap-in birdies in between) from having a disc kick 40 feet into the rough and having to waste a stroke just to get back onto the fairway.
- Good course for casual and intermediate-level players. The course does not require length, just accuracy. I threw driver only on #1, 14, & 16 only, with shorter discs the rest of the round. As for first time players or kids, there's just enough rough on the course, that they may get frustrated smacking trees and/or climbing through said rough to retrieve a disc.
- Course does just enough with the wide-open layouts that I can say it's 'decent'. The island green on #13 is what it is; although, having a better-defined drop zone would at least pose a little more for players to think about. #14 & 15 have baskets close to rocks / drop-off portion near a retention pond / drainage area. Depending on conditions, being a little aggressive may lead to a lost or extremely muddy disc. And going back to #1, the old staple dogleg right, wide-open fairway that hugs the tree line is always a suitable early round hole. It allows players to warm up the arm without too much penalty for being off line.

Cons:

Perhaps the only gripe I had was throwing to the wrong basket on #2. The only basket you see on the tee is the one for #18. The problem is mainly due to the overly simplistic tee signs.
- Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like the walking trail and the fairways are one and the same. There's a trail that goes behind #1's basket and to the right of #2's fairway. If you follow said trail, it suddenly leads to #3's tee, and plays through the course, past the basket. The rest of the round, I never saw any other signage for the trail. So.......I suspect there may be other park goers who may think the fairway is a trail meaning......be on the lookout for park goers.
- There's a thin line between fun, ace-run holes to just plain simple ones. I had 8 birdies on my round and hit the top of the cage with birdie putts on three other holes, and I didn't think I played that good. Too many holes of throwing 200 feet, aim 20 feet right of the basket, and let the disc fade back to the basket.
- There is more room for some longer holes to add some level of difficulty. Maybe once the leaves are on the trees, this course plays tougher in spring and summer.
- If there was a bench or trashcan on the course, I missed it. Also, signage is non-existent. But if you can't follow a straight-line path, shame on you.

Other Thoughts:

Scotland County Park is good for what it is: a simple, intermediate level course. The problem is it's a little too challenging in parts for kids & beginners while being too easy & void of challenge for others.
- Only four holes are longer than 300 feet. The other 14 holes would make for a great ace-race layout. I scored better here than other shorter courses in the region.
- I really enjoyed the layout and look of holes #11, 6 & 7. #11 is a short, 200-foot hole over a slight valley. Ok, it's a retention pond. Still, it's a nice look watching your shot hug the ground approaching the basket. #6 has lost disc potential on the left, with the basket playing slightly uphill. #7 is a downhill 242-foot, tight fairway shot. My disc was able to find its away around some trees and end up close to the basket. These three holes give a sense of this course at its best.
- I'd have like this course if it had ended earlier, or at least on a different hole. #17 & 18 were two of the simplest, most boring holes on the course. Unfortunately, you have a long walk back to the parking lot so you might as well play a couple of holes along the way. Just make them longer or 'bonus' holes.
- If there were more courses around, I'd like this as a great change of pace course. If you're in the region, head to Hinson Lake, Albemarle, or Pinehurst.
- As it stands, it's a decent course. A couple nice parts. A couple basic parts. Overall, a perfectly suitable small town layout.
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SeanDon
Experience: 15.2 years 6 played 6 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Pretty nice little course! 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:May 2, 2018 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Nice baskets, nice pads, nicely open and wooded, trash cans, chairs at some holes, some privacy, some long and some short, some large fariways and some narrow, some lefty and some righty shots, some mowed grass and some pine straw bed. Not really missing much!

Other Thoughts:

For a small town this is a diamond in the rough. I live in the mecca of disc golf, Charlotte, and spoiled with like 50 courses there... So, this would maybe be a 3 there but here I give it a 4 because the designers deserve a pat on the back. Says it was redesigned two years ago and I don't know why there is no reviews but i'm here for work and ran here from my hotel. Very convenient. Peace!
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donaldm737
Experience: 40.8 years 122 played 3 reviews
1.00 star(s)

Half a course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jan 18, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

You can manage to play 9 holes with a little effort

Cons:

You can play 9 holes if you play 1, 2, 3, 4...but throw to what turns out to be basket 5, the cut over to 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

Other Thoughts:

This could be a great 9 hole course with a little TLC. Someone in the area needs to step up. It wouldn't take very much work. The tee sign poles are there, as are 9 fairly well layed out holes with baskets already in place.
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BraveThrower43
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Experience: 14.2 years 752 played 59 reviews
0.50 star(s)

Just in case your wondering. 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 3, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

There are baskets and the few holes that still exist are pretty good designs that would be great with a little work and play.

Cons:

This "course" if you want to call it that has many issues as stated in the previous reviews. I had heard that they had made some improvements and replaced the baskets on many holes. When I got there I was quite optimistic because hole 1 seemed to be in good shape and a fun layout. Hole 2 same thing....things are looking up....then hole 4's pad we threw to a basket that we saw and it Ended up being basket to 6. where is 5? nowhere.....how bout 6? nope. 7's basket is sitting in the edge of the woods across new soccer fields where I assume the rest of those holes used to be. 8 9 10 11 12 all were either missing or so overgrown that I could not tell there was a fairway there. then we get to 13 and the rest of the way is a decent yet overgrown layout. I might have actually enjoyed these holes if I wasn't so frustrated trying to find the rest of the course that was still there.

Other Thoughts:

It's sad to see a design that seemed to have some promise be destroyed but there was absolutely no play and very little interest in the area.
While my friends and I did make a decent safari layout as we played through the parts of the course that don't exist anymore it is not worth the time to stop. If your in the area and your not a "courses played" junkie I would try to detour to southern pines for Pine Cone Crush(and soon to come Chicken Plant rd course) or wait a few miles on 74 for Luther Britt Park.
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Olorin
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Experience: 45.1 years 977 played 118 reviews
1.00 star(s)

Under Construction 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Feb 20, 2008 Played the course:once

Pros:

NOTE: This course was not finished when I played it, but my review reflects the way the unfinished course was the day I played, so my rating is lower. The course will undoubtedly be improved when the work is completed, and then the rating will go up.

The course still had such a feel of "not yet open for business" that it's hard to review, but not that much really thrilled me. I liked the stretch of wooded holes from 14-17 the best.
Good length variety: 4<199/ 7 of 200-299/ 5 of 300-399/ 1 of 480/ 1 of 505
Two "Signature Schwartz" S shaped fairways ( 1 & 10), and one "Schwartz calling card" L bend holes (12). [When you see an L bend hole it's good bet that it was a Schwartz or Duvall design.]
Good DISCatcher baskets.

Cons:

The course has a rough and unfinished feel to it.
The tee pads are not finished, so they aren't totally level and they're just dirt, with mud in places, and minimally marked.
Hole 18 needs more trees taken out to make a fair flight path for your drive instead of just "huck it and pray".
Tee signs were very small and basic.
The front nine had 6 holes that were too wide open for my taste. I generally think that wide open holes are too bland, so I liked the back 9 better than the front 9.
The rough is still too thick in some places, and there are big thorns in some spots that need more clearing.

Other Thoughts:

Course Level: White (most suited for Intermediate players rated 875-925.)

There was a decent mix of open, wooded, and mixed terrain holes (10 wooded/ 6 Open/ 2 Mixed), but the front 9 had 6 open holes, which is too many for my tastes. I thought the terrain on the back 9 was better; I also liked the scenic swamp on the right of holes 16 & 17.
My favorite hole- 16 has a nice wooded fairway with a scenic wetland on the right side, to a good green.

NEWS: (Reiterating whet YonderScott said below) **Park construction has taken out much of holes 5-9. (July 08)**

<span class="underline">A note about my rating:</span> My rating is a subjective measure of my enjoyment of the course, on the day I played it, and it is NOT intended to be a measure of the quality of the course. My ratings are given "on the curve" in relation to all other courses I've played.

~More detailed "Overall Rating" notes and "Hole-by-hole Ratings" are available in the Files section.
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YonderScott
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 15.9 years 54 played 18 reviews
0.50 star(s)

Holes Missing 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Jan 25, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Great course layed out in eastern NC Pines. The first hole is wooded with a right bend. 2 and 3 are open. 4 is open, but has an old pond with heavy cabbage to the left. There are lefty holes and righty holes and straight ones. Once you find the first hole, the rest of the course flows like any other disc golf course. Tight and wooded with water in play. I love what is left of this course. It is wooded, with a nasty swamp in play on the last 3 holes.

Cons:

Though this course just went in last year, they have chopped up part of the front 9. #5 has a tee with no basket.
#6 has a basket no tee. #7 has a tee, no basket. This past fall it was laying in the woods near the 5 fairway. If you look into the woods across the plowed field where 5, 6, and 7 should have been you will see #8. While you are over there and near 14 you will see the basket for 6 and the tee for 7. There are no benches or trash cans on the course and the tee signs only tell the hole number and distance. Tees are grass or natural and holes 2 and 3 are boring and open.

Other Thoughts:

This was a great Russell Schwartz course, but they have expanded the ball fields and taken out 5, 6, 7. As of October the 7 basket was laying in the woods, as of Jan. its not there anymore. I have sent repeated emails to the Scotland Co. Parks department asking them if they plan to put 5, 6 and 7 back up but I haven't heard back from them. This is a really nice course in an area that doesn't have any courses. I would up the ante on the ranking of this place if they put 5, 6, and 7 back in.

**UPDATE** I was back at this course on 11-15-09. To add to the problems already there they have started clearing land behind 10-12, and I assume the 12 basket got bulldozed. That's what they did with 5 when they expanded the field. I looked for 30 minutes and couldn't find the 12 basket. The clearing is almost into the fairways for 10 and 11 as well, and I'm not sure what else they are going to clear, but the bulldozers are still there. And the over growth between 13-15 makes it almost unplayable. Pretty sad.
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