JD Heel

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1082 DGCR Number
Concord, NC Location
Jonathan Real Name
38 Age
10.7 Years Years Playing
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6/09/2008 Joined On
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My final ratings are comprised of component ratings from ten categories:

1. Risk/Reward - I hesitate to call this "difficulty," although that certainly factors in. While challenging holes are usually a positive, the level of difficulty can be pushed to a point where it becomes superfluous and detracts from the overall experience. This category is simply about the use of obstacles to create the right level of risk/reward.

2. Layout - This is all about the design of the course with regard to navigation/flow from one hole to another. It also includes how the course was designed to fit in with the land. Does it work with the terrain rather than against it? How well does the course navigate its surroundings?

3. Elevation/Terrain - This certainly complements the first two categories, but I thought it deserved a rating of its own.

4. Setting/Aesthetics - Pretty self-explanatory, but I think the beauty of a course, or lack thereof, leaves a lasting impression.

5. Hole Variety/Uniqueness - Nothing is as boring about a course than when the holes start to run together because there's nothing that makes them memorable. For that matter, this category is also about what makes a course unique in comparison to others.

6. Alternate Tees/Baskets - Are there different options for playing holes? This keeps a course from getting stale upon re-playing.

7. Course Maintenance - Is the course kept in good condition? This includes how well-defined fairways are kept right down to whether litter is prevalent.

8. Amenities - In my mind, this includes all the ways in which the course caters to its players. That can range from the presence (or absence) of signage, tee pads, and other basic essentials to the subtle perks that really make a course stand out.

9. Traffic - Nothing can derail a good round more than having to wait on other players at every hole. That's really not the course's fault, per se, but it does factor into the experience. Plus, a well-designed course can carry a lot of traffic without seeming too busy.

10. Intangibles - This is basically my overall experience and impression about a course. While I try to make my ratings as objective as possible, I believe that the "gut feeling" factor deserves mention.

* If my final rating is more than a tenth of a point from one of the site's ratings - such as a 2.7 or 2.8 - I'll round up or down based on whether my Intangibles rating was higher or lower.
Favorite Courses (2)
Played Courses (88)
United States
North Carolina
Jefferson, NC Ashe County Park
Davidson, NC Brackett's Bluff
2 Course(s)
Course Wish List (0)
No Courses in Wish List
United States
South Lake Tahoe, CA   Bijou Community Park
1 Course(s)
Zephyr Cove, NV Zephyr Cove Park
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Pilot Mountain, NC Armfield Civic Center
Jefferson, NC   Ashe County Park
Cornelius, NC Bailey Road Park DGC
Monroe, NC Bearskin Creek
Flat Rock, NC   Bonclarken Retreat DGC
Davidson, NC Brackett's Bluff
Huntersville, NC Bradford Park
Brevard, NC   Brevard College DGC
Stallings, NC Crooked Creek Crossing
Davidson, NC   Davidson College
Concord, NC   Dorton Park DGC
Monroe, NC Dry Creek
Charlotte, NC Eastway Park
Charlotte, NC   Elon Park - Eager Beaver
Fontana Dam, NC Fontana Village Resort DGC
Albemarle, NC Fox Chase
Boiling Springs, NC Gardner-Webb University DGC
Winston-Salem, NC   Horizons Park
Cullowhee, NC Jackson Rec. DGC
Charlotte, NC   Kilborne TPC
Reidsville, NC Lake's Edge DGC
Mars Hill, NC Mars Hill University DGC
Mint Hill, NC   Mint Hill Park
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
Black Mountain, NC Owen High Nature Trail DGC
Gastonia, NC   Rankin Lake DGC
Charlotte, NC   Reedy Creek Park
Charlotte, NC Renaissance Park - Gold
Asheville, NC Richmond Hill
Ridgecrest, NC Ridgecrest
Charlotte, NC Robert L. Smith Park
Wilkesboro, NC Rolling Pines DGC
Matthews, NC   Squirrel Lake Park
Mooresville, NC Stumpy Creek
Newland, NC Sugaree
Charlotte, NC   Sugaw Creek Park
Matthews, NC The Scrapyard
Charlotte, NC   Veterans Park
Concord, NC   Vietnam Veterans Park
Waynesville, NC Waynesville DGC
Yadkinville, NC   Yadkin County Park
49 Course(s)
1 Course(s)
South Carolina
Rock Hill, SC Boyd Hill
Rock Hill, SC   Fewell Park
Charleston, SC Fire Swamp DGC
Easley, SC Foothills DGC
Central, SC Grand Central Station
North Charleston, SC Park Circle DGC - Old Layout
Walhalla, SC Sertoma Field
Greenville, SC Timmons Park
Charleston (John's Island), SC Trophy Lakes
13 Course(s)
Knoxville, TN Admiral Farragut Park
Kingsport, TN Borden Park
Oak Ridge, TN Groves Park - The Mounds
Knoxville, TN Morningside Park
Morristown, TN Morristown Kiwanis DGC
Roan Mountain, TN Roan Mountain DGC
Harriman, TN Roane County Park DGC
Oak Ridge, TN Secret City DGC
Bristol, TN Steele Creek DGC
Knoxville, TN Victor Ashe Park
Kingsport, TN Warriors Path State Park
Johnson City, TN Winged Deer Park
12 Course(s)
Christiansburg, VA Golden Hills DGC
Staunton, VA Kiwanis DGC
Pembroke, VA Mountain Lake DGC
Dublin, VA Randolph Park DGC
Rocky Mount, VA Sontag DGC - Old Layout
North Garden, VA Walnut Creek Park
7 Course(s)
West Virginia
Princeton, WV Glenwood Park
Pipestem, WV Pipestem State Park
Lansing, WV Ravens Ridge
Minden, WV Wonderland
4 Course(s)