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Fayetteville, AR

Waxhaws DGC

3.425(based on 6 reviews)
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blake833
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 14.2 years 161 played 142 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Loved the course, but at what cost 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 2, 2020 Played the course:once

Pros:

Waxhaws DGC is a fun short to medium course in its own set of woods Walker Park. The course is tightly wooded with holes from about 180-350', going up and down, left and right, with a great variety of shots and lines.

The fun factor here was pretty great, and actually grew as I played it. It seemed like the lines to get the the holes were asking a little much for the distance (too sharp, too wooded), and needed some luck, but I kept finding that every time I hit my line I had a very short putt, or was parked (still missed a short putt or two or four, and hit a bunch of trees, but I can't blame the course for me throwing at a tree that wasn't in the way)

The flow and navigation of Waxhaws is pretty straightforward. There's a slight possibility of getting onto the wrong hole when you see maybe two paths or tees from the basket, but with marked tee's, and if you take the most traveled path, you won't have an issue.

The baskets were, I wasn't sure. The course description says Gateway Titans, and I've only seen those on a few courses so I'm not sure what their evolution of design has been like but this was a first for me (130 courses played as of this review) to see baskets like this one. They caught well though, despite some age, so I'll put them in the pros section.

The tee's were concrete, still pretty grippy and clean when I played. Rather short, but all facing the right direction, and most of these holes are short enough where you don't need it so I'll throw these in the pros too.

Really my favorite part of this course was the design. I think it was wonderfully done to make good use of the terrain and woodedness, challenging shots with a mix of skill levels needed to hit them all and do well on this course. It kept things interesting, and forced me to focus on my throws and hitting my line.

Cons:

The biggest cons on this course were mainly related to the park. Broken glass on a lot of the paths and fairways, abandoned clothes all over the place. It was kind of a mess.

I can understand why some people have said "too many trees" in the past reviews. And I do agree to a degree, but after throwing, or after walking up, I see that what I thought was a tight gap, or an obstructed path, was much more open than it looked from the tee. If I was a local playing this course regularly, I would love to play again and get to know those gaps better. But for the most part, if I hit the line I wanted with the power I wanted, I made it inside the circle every time. It asks you to be precise, but not to thread any tiny needles.

Other Thoughts:

Major thanks to some of the locals who helped me out after some contents of my wallet fell out during my round. I didn't realize what happened for a while, but apparently someone picked them up and tried to find me, and the local facebook page went on alert and tried to help me out. I had to continue my road trip, but it's nice knowing my driver's license was at least found by someone with good intentions, and isn't just sitting out there in dirt.

Waxhaws is a great course, and while I can't compare it to other area courses as this was the only one I got to play, I would not be upset with playing this course again when I go back, and very regularly when I visit.
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skh5444
Experience: 1 played 1 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Too many trees 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 22, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

The flow of the course was good. Holes marked good. Definitely a challenging course.

Cons:

Too many trees for the average player. I have played over 30 different courses and this would rank in the bottom 5 for me.
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armiller
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 9.2 years 275 played 60 reviews
4.00 star(s)

18 consistently great wooded holes 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 12, 2017 Played the course:once

Pros:

-wooded, very well manicured fairways (both grass/ground and trees/bushes)
-concrete tees, good Gateway baskets (new to me)
-easy navigation due to good paths between holes (after 6 and 10 were about as tricky as it gets, but I never needed to look at the map to find my way)
-almost no interaction with other park users, with no throws over paths, picnic areas, or fields used by non disc golfers

Cons:

-tees can be a bit small, requiring you to start off the side or back
-tee signs don't have a map, so I walked ahead on some holes to lay eyes on the basket
-I got one mosquito bite (waah, waah!)
-sometimes you can hear other golfers hitting trees nearby (can you tell I'm reaching for "cons" here?)

Other Thoughts:

This is a course where all 18 holes are aesthetically similar due to the trees, nature of fairways, and gentle elevation changes, but the lines required are very diverse. Overall, this kind of wooded golf is about as good as it gets, with good ground surfaces, nice ups and downs in the terrain, and, most importantly, lots of perfect disc golf trees. There's always a ceiling, so your over the top spike hyzers or overhands are not available. This means you're typically carving lines through the plenteous trees, but the branches tend to leave enough airspace to work with because they don't overly crowd the fairways. One or two of the holes ventured close to "poke and pray" disc golf, but even on those there were lines to hit. By the time I finished all 18, all the holes struck me as fair and sufficiently challenging. As others have mentioned, the vast majority of holes require you to spend a moment to think on the tee pad. Even the holes that are more straightforward will require you to hit fairly precise hyzer lines or straight/turnover shots.

None of the holes are extremely long, but 350' here can be a more difficult 3 than 550' on more open courses. The layout makes for a very smooth and pleasant round, in that the longer, medium, and shorter holes are interspersed nicely. 14 and 15 feel like the course's climax, with the two longest holes back to back and both extremely punishing of errant releases, missed lines, or bad tree kicks. There were only one or two holes where I intentionally laid up, but it was pretty common to work my scramble game after hitting trees or ending up in the rough. I especially liked how a number of right turning shots favored my RH forehand lines, while others heavily favored a RH backhand flex, turnover, or anhyzer. The designers used tee-to-tree proximity as well as obstructed vs. open high lines to accomplish this.

The course was in fantastic shape when I played it. I initially decided on 3.5 because of how similar all the holes feel, but now I've talked myself into a 4.0 because of how different the lines are while presenting a challenge on every hole. Definitely between "very good" and "excellent," and I'd be proud to have it as my home course. I'm sad I only made it through once! I don't make it to Fayetteville as often as I would like, but this will be the first course I play next time I'm in town.
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dbaledge
Experience: 12 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Waxhaws 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Jan 8, 2017 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

A well placed shot is a must, there is no real opportunity to open up with your driver.
The fairways are narrow and littered with trees which create a fun challenge and bring out your inner creative disc golf side.
Concrete tee pads are nice and the fairways although narrow are very well maintained.
The baskets are quality and the use of terrain is great. Every hole has a line and plenty of trees. lots of forehand shot opportunities.
Its a quick round (45-60 mins for me), and flows nicely. the signs are good and the bridges and improved paths are great.

Cons:

There aren't many cons to this course, its hard so maybe not for the first timer as dinging off of trees is pretty easy to do. There are a ton of honey locust I have had a thorn go through a disc and through my shoe so beware. There is a shortage of trashcans, I usually end up taking a few pieces of trash with me (not a trashy place just small stuff here and there) during baseball season people park on the course which is annoying.

Other Thoughts:

I live in Fayetteville and have played this course many times. Its hard but will test your game in a positive way and show you what you need to work on especially hitting gaps and precision up shots. I have noticed the overall quality of play in the area has increased since it has been open. If you are in Fayetteville stop in and play (wear shoes).
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SWIBC
Experience: 8.2 years 24 played 12 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Fun Tight Course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 30, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

Very technical tight course
Nothing to long
Discs can go errant but nothing lost
Easy course to walk and finish inside 45 min
not super busy in park setting, tees marked and easy to find

Cons:

very tight, if inaccurate watch out for brush and thorns
trail crosses thru, so may have some straggler walkers, be cautious
No open holes, plenty of trees to whack

Other Thoughts:

played twice over the weekend and was fun course, need to be accurate and know how to shape shots to be succesful
Will play again when in the area.
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zasbury
Experience: 22.3 years 34 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Tight, Woody and New 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:May 2, 2016 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

-Almost all the holes require good placement as opposed to huge distance. Navigating the trees is really what makes this course fun.
-Flows well and all but a couple holes are reachable with a good drive for an average player.
-Nice relaxing, quick round when you just want to get out there and throw, can finish by yourself in 30-45 min if its not busy
-Great group of local players and several events happening during the week.
-Course is very well kept and constant improvements are being made on a daily basis
-Great Baskets (Gateway Titans) catch better than I've ever experienced
-Concrete Tee pads and nicely manicured area around each one
-Excellent use of terrain

Cons:

-Course is very wooded, so not really many opportunities to throw bombs
-Could use some trash cans on a couple holes, but not much trash on the course.

Other Thoughts:

Love playing this course! I've probably played it 100 times in the 4 months its been open. It's very new and an awesome addition to the area. Awesome job to everyone that worked on carving this course out of a densely wooded area! Great place to work on getting your drives and upshots very accurate. It's fun and challenging, and you can hit a lot of trees and fail to score, or you can be on your game and take on players you might not normally beat. This course will only continue to get nicer with time. A must play if you are in the area!
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