Open/Wooded Tee's and Basket's.
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Pros: -A meadows course that is mostly flat with a few holes having some gentle slopes. Most fairways are lightly wooded with some having heavily wooded borders. Some tees are out in the open, others throwing thru gaps or coming out of the woods. Basket placements are either open, or guardian trees, or placed in heavy woods. A few roller greens. Water does come into play on a few holes. On the open fairways the borders have tall grass.
-Co-Host of the Down East Players Cup with West Meadow's Park DGC. Featuring Nathan Queen who on the previous weekend in 2021 won the DGPT Championship. Farmville hosted the 2nd round. I played the course three days after the 2nd round.
-Wind will play a factor on the course since most of the course is open.
-Holes 10 thru 14 offers a stretch of scenery and challenge.
-Tee signs have hole number, par, distance, and a hole map. There are tee signs at both short and long tees. Tees are turf, except when I played #1 was rubber.
-Baskets catch well, and only single baskets on each hole.
-Navigation is counter-clockwise and easy to follow. Only from 13 to 14 did I need UDisc. The course is scenic and an enjoyable walk, with abandoned farm buildings still in place, but not in play.
-The course is memorable more than two months later.
-Used mostly drivers out of the bag, with a few fairways on the tee. Your likely will be able to stick to those discs you have the most comfort with, I used very little variety.
-Saw deer meandering around the 11th and 12th holes.
-Beginners and Recreational will likely have fun with the variety the course offers and find the course very fair. Intermediate and Advanced for those with precision may find themselves taking advantage of the course. Big arms will have several tee shots.
Cons: -After any type of sustained heavy rain, the course will flood out. There are drainage ditches at a few places along the course, a pond, and a creek along a few holes, but they don't seem to be able to keep up with flooding. I've seen photos of the course after an August 2020 tropical storm where the course was a lake, and not playable for quite some time. This brings us to the tee's......
-The course is less than 2 years old, and most of the turf tee pads are lumpy and uneven. Likely a result of the flooding where the water moved the dirt around under the turf. Looks like #1 was damaged enough to remove the turf. I noticed watching the 2nd round the night before I played the course, players were allowed to tee on grass for a few holes. I managed to stick to the turf, but unequal footing on most holes.
-Some players may find the course repetitive, open tee to guarded basket, tee gap to open basket for the most part. With the scenery I was okay with it.
-The direct line from 13 basket to 14 tee is across the 9th and 10th fairways. If others are playing you may need to go around adding a little extra time to your walk.
-Some tee signs have been underwater from flooding and are faded.
-#18 fairway borders the parking lot on the right side.
-There were walkers using the adjacent park, nobody ventured onto the course, but I did have to pause on #15 tee to let a few pass by. Only #15 tee interacts with the park.
-On some holes the lost disc factor can be high with those holes bordering heavy woods and brush. The pond on two, and creek behind 11, and along 12. Fill those ditches up with water, and you can add more holes. Also be careful of the tall grass bordering open fairways.
Other Thoughts: I played Farmville DGC on a Tuesday three days after the second round of the Down East Players Cup and watched the 2nd round the evening prior to playing the course. O.B. flags were still place along with painted lines for the tournament, and it was the closes I've played a course after a tournament, the atmosphere heightened the experience. I was the only one playing the course with a gusty wind, so had some wind play. Very pleasant meadows course to walk, and those basket placements in the woods I found the most challenging compared to some of the tree gaped tee's. The biggest personnel con was the lumpy or uneven turf tees, there were times I had to stop myself from throwing because I slightly lost balance or I continue to throw and found myself way right or left down fairway, thankfully the course is mostly open. If I lived in the area that has several courses, I would play here at least once or twice a month for the peaceful environment and the course is challenging. But there may be long gaps between visits when the course is flooded out.
My overall rating is anchored on a 5.0 based on the pleasant walk, a challenging course, scenic, and for some wind play that I enjoyed. The time to play taking pictures was 65 minutes.
Notable Basket Placements:
-No. 7 is an open basket mounted on top of a hill with a wooden structure to provide support. The basket sits on a small mound providing rollers. The basket is about 7 feet above the fairway.
-No. 11 is sits in a heavy wooded section under an oak tree with canopy that guards the basket. Basket sits on top of a roller mound and behind the basket is a creek. A tough basket to reach safely. The fairway is mostly open.
-No. 10 Par 3 long at 300 feet is a dogleg right thru a gap of 25 feet at about 100 feet out. The dogleg breaks right after the gap, theirs heavy trees and brush both sides of gap. Guardian fairway trees all the way to the basket, bushes to the left of basket at C1.
-No. 12 Par 3 long at 241 feet is heavy trees tee to basket and a lazy dogleg right. Lines are tight to reach the basket. From the right side at about 30 feet out is a dead tree leaning over the gap which is 20 feet wide. I like the look from the tee, but the leaning tree adds difficulty to pass thru gap. At 50 feet out to the right by the short tees is a bulging tree into the fairway, and a trio of trees at about 100 feet out dead ahead, must pass thru the gap on the right to reach basket. Basket has guardian trees, and the creek is on the right. Scenic hole.
No. 13 Par 3 long at 295 feet is an open tee straight away to a basket sitting under the canopy of a single oak tree. But theirs a line of trees sitting about 100 feet out. A cluster of trees in the middle with a left gap of 30 feet, and a right gap of about 20 feet, also low canopy. Pick your gap and keep it low. On the right of the right gap is a large tree that appears dead, but still has branches growing. I thought this was one of the most scenic holes on the course.
No. 14 Par 4 long at 576 feet, the tee sits in a tunnel of heavy trees straight away gapping at about 15 feet for the first 100 feet of fairway. From the tee seen is open fairway and it appears the heavy/brush tree line to the right stops at about 180 feet, but those bulge and hide the tree line all the way to the right until the basket is reached. The basket curls around the tree/brush line and is not seen until just about outside C1. The key is to stay left center of fairway staying clear of the right tree/brush line. On an approach a wide sweeping left to right. Go to long on approach and theirs the high grass waiting for you outside C1.
No. 2 Par 3 long at 395 feet is a straight away until about 120 feet from the basket when a lazy dogleg right upslopes to the basket. The basket sits behind guardian trees, with heavy trees and brush all the way around, and a roller can occur. Before you get there, you must cross a pond needing at least 250 feet offering a small landing area. Just before the upslope on the left is a depression bulging into the fairway, looks like a sink hole that could fill with water after a heavy rain. On the right is a narrow ditch just before the upslope that can be also filled with water. The hole looks menacing and scenic, and the basket hard to reach from the tee.
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Small town adds to the Greenville course list
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Pros: Two sets of turf tee pads on every hole.
Good tee signs at both tees, brand new DISCatchers also.
Mostly open course, every hole has some trees, either right at the tee, or near the basket, but no thickly wooded tunnel holes.
Six Par 4s from the Blue tees (only 2 from the Reds), so you have a chance to air it out several times.
Several of the old farm buildings were left on the property, they don't come into play, but they remind you where you are on walks between holes.
Cons: As nice as it is to see turf put in on both tee pads, most of these are pretty uneven. The Red pads are smaller and shorter than the Blue pads.
As other reviews have mentioned, parts of this course can be pretty wet. I was able to play all 18 when I was there, but 11-13 are back near a creek, and I could tell they take a while to dry.
There are two long walks between holes, 1>2 and 13>14 - there is an extra basket between 1 & 2 (that I used as a Practice basket) that looks like it is used for some tournaments, so it seems strange that you go in one direction to play #1, then turn around and walk the full length of 1 to get to 2 tee. Holes 3-13 zig-zag back and forth to the back of the property, then you have a lengthy walk to get back to 14. There is a path cut through the trees to keep you out of other fairways, but it is a strange course design.
#18 does finish up by the parking lot, in fact, maybe a little too close to the parking lot. Even a slightly errant drive could end up banging off of vehicles.
The park looks pretty new still, so there are no restrooms or water available.
Other Thoughts: It's good to see another town adding Disc Golf to the park amenities for their town. I'm sure this will expose new people to the game that may not even notice it at some of the other nearby towns. The baskets are labeled as DiscGolfPark baskets, and they have turf tees, but it is not identified as a DGP course. I asked some locals and they said that the town bought the equipment, but not the design from DGP, so that is why it's not labeled as a DGP course.
Once you leave the first two holes and move into the open, center area of the park, the holes have a repetitious feel, 5 holes in a row where you throw, putt out, turn around and throw back the same direction. Now, they did break it up by going into, then out of the woods (and an elevated basket on a mound), but it looks like you could conflict with other holes on this stretch (5-9).
Some of the more memorable holes:
#1 is a tough starter, mostly open drives, trees down the left, and a busy road further off to the right. Dogleg left around, and through, trees, then another 75 feet to the basket.
#2 is one of the best, water carry off the tee, pretty long from the Blues. Then the basket is tucked backed into some trees, up a small hill.
#11 is good, a Par 4 mostly open drive that narrows toward the green and the basket sits up a small hill. The Red tee knocks 260' off the Blue distance, but is still a Par 4. This one needs to be longer.
#17 has a wide open drive to a basket on a narrow green between trees.
The course makes another nice addition to the Greenville, NC area. This home of ECU now has five 18 hole courses within 10 miles. Makes it a good DG destination, a couple have long walks (this and Ayden), but with very little elevation, they all can be played.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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New but surprisingly ready
Pros: -Strikes a great balance between openness and constricted.
-beautiful landscape. Old farm buildings add character and a minor creepy factor - hah.
-Two sets of tees give everyone a fun day, veterans or new players. I used literally every disc in my bag. Good challenge but not overwhelming or frustrating.
-Great tee signs.
-memorable holes like #2.
-surprisingly broken in and maintained considering how new the course is!
Cons: -the teepads are turf, which are ok when dry but can be slick when wet. And they're unfortunately noticeablely lumpy on most of the holes... a couple to the point where I'd rather tee off from the adjacent grass .Talking to a local, it sounds like the town rushed the install. I hope the longterm plan is to replace with concrete.
-holes 5 through 8 run parallel to each other, with the fairways in close proximity. They're also pretty straight and similar in length. On a busy day, the players here will interfere with each other. One or two of these could have been carved out of the woods to the north to add more variety and get more width for the parallel holes. The closeness of these holes (and some others) leads to a lot of OB for tournament play. The open areas are mowed selectively to try to define separate fairways, which works visually but also means searching for discs in high grass.
-hole 18 plays close to the parking lot. Cars will get hit when someone turns over their RHBH drive.
-it had rained quite a bit a couple days before I played. The drainage is still a bit of an issue although perhaps improved since the previous reviews. If you visit after rain, wear waterproof shoes you can get muddy.
-it seems like a couple baskets got moved after the tee signs were made... or else the map wasn't super accurate.
-no amenities yet, just porto-toilets.
Other Thoughts: This course has a lot of potential. With a bit more development and time (permanent tees, real toilets, maybe a small picnic shelter, tweak a couples holes) this could be a 4+ star course. It is off to a great start!
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Pros: An excellent new addition to the Greenville area and eastern NC!
+ The course is almost entirely wide-open, but strategically placed trees, rough, and tall grass still encourage careful shot-shaping. While open courses are often smooth and easy to play, and fun to throw long bombs on, I often dislike them due to the lack of risk/reward thinking and technical skill required. But this course is one of the rare exceptions, that finds a beautiful balance between ease of play, technical demand, and pure fun.
+ Two sets of tees on every hole, that differ dramatically and complement each other very well.
+ The short tees are fun and approachable for all skill levels. Beginners to the game won't have too many punishing obstacles in their way, and largely get to throw straight at the baskets, testing their distance. Meanwhile, intermediate and advanced players should have enough distance, but will have to carefully shape their shots through early gaps and low ceilings off the tee to rack up birdies. Every hole here can probably be birdied from the short tees by a serious player, but it would take fantastic execution on a wide variety of distances and lines.
+ The long tees are a dramatic challenge, and provide a great contrast. Not only are they upwards of 100 ft. longer than the short tees, but the many windows and gaps that you have to hit are also 100 ft. further away, requiring both distance and excellent command/technique to execute on. There are very few easy birdies from the long tees, in many cases you will have to fight just for a well-earned par.
+ Outstanding mix of shots required. No matter which tees you play, you will probably need touchy putter shots and max distance crushes and everything in-between, all on a wide variety of left/right/straight/flex lines.
+ Brand new Discatcher baskets, that ring loud and clear on putts that strike the heart of the chains.
+ Turf teepads provide good traction, and are mostly adequately sized.
+ Excellent, clear tee signs, along with a large course map at the start.
+ Navigational arrows are welded onto the spokes of the baskets, pointing you to the next tee (but see below).
+ All in all, a total joy to play.
Cons: - The course is very prone to flooding, to an extreme degree. I visited the course after a week-long spell of frequently rainy weather, but no hurricanes or anything else extraordinary. Nonetheless, hole 1, holes 11-13, and several of the long tees were all underwater and completely unplayable. Many fairways and hole transitions were also fairly wet and required jumps and hops between islands of dry land. How can over 20% of a course be completely unplayable after a fairly normal rain event? If this course gets hit by a hurricane, which realistically is inevitable every few years, I wonder how many baskets and teepads would survive, and how many months it would take for the course to re-open. I wonder if the more troublesome holes may even need to be relocated entirely. A real shame, because all of those flooded holes looked like they might be incredibly fun, potentially among the best on the course. But if they're regularly underwater and unplayable, they might as well not exist.
- I wish the long and short tees were color-coded/marked in some way, to aid navigation. The navigational arrows on the basket spokes appear to point towards the long tees, and I noticed some casual family groups who mistakenly played those demanding long tees as a result, not realizing which tee they were on. There were a few cases where the two tees were in line in an open field, and I couldn't tell which direction they threw towards at first, and therefore which was short or long. The tee signs surprisingly don't help, as they only show the perspective of the tee you are standing on. Colored stakes, or paint on the teebox, could be an easy improvement.
- Both times that I played Hole 4, I absent-mindedly threw to Hole 5's basket, because it's right there in front of you, with a really fun shot shape. But in reality, hole 4's basket is completely blind from the tee, in the woods on the right, and the thick vines short of the corner seem ripe for eating up lost discs. I kind of wish this layout was a little different here.
- From the long tees, having to hit so many late gaps/windows becomes a bit repetitive of a play experience. These are easy score separators, but it feels like your entire round is basically dependent on how many of those late gaps you can successfully hit, and very little else ends up being consequential to your score. This does not apply to the short tees at least.
- No restrooms available at the moment, and possibly no water either (I didn't check the exercise loop near the end).
Other Thoughts: From a pure 'fun factor' perspective, this has immediately become one of my favorite courses in eastern NC. And it's amazing to me how well it plays across all skill levels, from first-timers all the way to competitive advanced players, there is something for everyone to enjoy. But the frequent flooding is a very serious issue, and I even worry about the long-term future of this course as a result. Make sure to visit while you can, preferably during a long dry spell! I'd love to hear about what those flooded holes are really like.
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Pros: Very straightforward. Easy to play and I didn't lose any discs!!
Cons: A little bit to simple. The layout is much better since they added the signage.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing it. It's close to my house which is a big plus for me. It needs to grow in a little bit. The holes are pretty much throwing in the woods then back out. A very nice variety of doglegs and straight throws.
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