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Rocky Mount, VA

Waid Park - Beginner

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DiscGolfCraig
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Reviewed: Played on:Feb 18, 2024 Played the course:once

Pros:

As well maintained as this course on the outskirts of a small town is, if Waid Park's Beginner course is this well maintained, the Pro layout must really be good.
- Due to a time crunch, I only played the beginner layout here. I might be the only person who intentionally drove out of their way to play a course here, and that course be the beginner layout.
- It's a pleasant, simple, pitch-n-putt course. Very scenic. Very natural feel. Very calming 15-minute round.
- This is close to a perfect beginner friendly course. Lots of easy and only slightly challenging layouts. Even beginners are going to be getting plenty of 3s and maybe a birdie or 2 on this layout.
- You can easily play here with a lone disc, possibly only needing more distance on #8 & 9. Otherwise, leave the entire bag in the car.
- An ego boost either before or after the pro layout.
- If you approach the park from the west, you get to experience some crazy hills. Drive from Ferrum College, I got to go up and down a mountain with some sharp switchbacks. Fun indeed.
- Overall, an outstanding park. This place is huge. I now see why zero efforts were given to restoring Sontag Park after the tornado a decade ago. Give the area a better park here.

Cons:

This is a simple, somewhat lazy layout. On top of that, some holes play over and/or too close to a walking trail.
- For a short, simple layout, it would be nice to have an arrow or two pointing to the next holes. After #4, the natural flow leads you to #9's tee. Just point us in the right direction, letting us know we must walk around a bend, instead of the path directly from #4 to 9.
- There is plenty of room to add a little more variety to this course. I mean, I get it. But still. Don't dumb it down that much.
- On the course itself, zero benches or trash cans. You just need to walk back to the parking lot.
- On a late February day when I played, there were portions of the course that were still extremely wet and muddy a week after it rained. Had to approach my disc carefully as to stay clean myself.

Other Thoughts:

This course gets bonus points for being associated with the pro layout. Need further proof, just look at this course's ratings on UDisc. A whole lot of 5.0s on there for 1400-foot layout.
- #4 is a fun, sharp dogleg to a hanging basket. Very good layout. But, my favorite, and most scenic hole on the course is #5. I love the look and feel of this simple hole. Simple happiness.
- #8 is the best hole in terms of challenge. Dogleg right close to a creek to a slightly uphill basket. The best shot I had here left me with a 10-foot birdie putt. Only hole I felt I had to legitimately earn a birdie.
- Course starts and ends right next to the parking lot.
- Get humbled on the pro layout. Feel better about yourself here.
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