Down on the Corner (of the horse corral)
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + CCRC is wide open and fun. This is a course that nearly all skill levels will enjoy. Beginners get to test their distance without having to worry too much about trees. More experienced players will have a few trees and fencelines to shape their shots by, while also factoring in the often challenging wind conditions.
+ Good mix of shot shapes required - right/straight/left fairways, all of which might play very differently when wind directions change.
+ Decent mix of shot distances as well. Shorter holes should be attackable for nearly all skill levels, while a few 370+ footers will test nearly all arms. I would've liked more par 4/5s, but the property is more tightly constrained by other activities than first appears.
+ A few small man-made hills add much-needed elevation, and are used well to create two fun downhill drives, and an elevated basket.
+ A few holes are a little more wooded, and inject a degree of technical skill on this otherwise open course.
+ Good Innova Discatcher baskets on every hole.
+ Arrows on the basket spokes point to the next tee, helping tremendously with navigation (but see below).
+ Tee signs (when available, see below) are sunken into the ground next to the teepads, and indicate hole number and distance.
+ Overall a very fun course, with no bad holes anywhere.
Cons: - As of Jan 2021, about a third of the holes have nothing to mark the tees, absolutely requiring usage of a map to figure out the course. Another third of tees have been framed out, but still use natural surfaces, and also have no signage. So only the first third of course have more-or-less finished tees with signage. This all will certainly improve in the near future, but until then visitors should be aware. Note that my rating of the course is almost entirely dictated by hole/course design, and better tees won't improve this score by a significant amount.
- Those few finished tees use an interesting perforated plastic/rubber surface that I've never seen for tees before. They felt a touch slippery to me, but aren't terrible. The tee signs include hole numbers and distances but no maps, which may have been nice for a few holes. So even these finished tees are a little imperfect to me.
- A few hole transitions are very long, and there are also quite a few transitions where you double-back on the direction you just threw from. Arrows on the basket spokes help with general navigation, but are unable to indicate the sometimes significant distances you must walk in those directions. The flat/level teepads and sunken tee signs are also difficult to spot from a distance. Generally the course flow and navigation experience was very uneven.
- Can become very wet and muddy after rain, in particular the walk between holes 8 and 9 is a mess.
- Players who lack experience with windy conditions may have a rough time here. It is nearly always windy in this part of the world, and that's exacerbated by how wide open and unprotected this course is. There are many places where your disc may catch a gust and sail over the fences and into the swamps.
- A few holes are nothing but short wide-open hyzers, and aren't particularly interesting.
- There are no bad holes on this course, but there aren't really any memorable ones either. The flat and open setting doesn't help to provide any unique opportunities.
- I wasn't clear on exactly where to park (ended up just pulling off onto the grass by hole 1), and whether I needed to sign in anywhere upon arriving. Events may also interfere with course availability at times.
Other Thoughts: The OBX now have a nice trio of complementary courses. There's North End Park in Manteo for absolute beginners, Casey Logan for technical woods golf, and now CCRC for wide-open fun for everyone.
One thing I'll want to keep in mind for future OBX visits is wind. On extremely windy days (which are pretty frequent here), CCRC might become a little too extreme for many folks, while Casey Logan could provide a nice refuge. On dead calm days, CCRC might be too boring, giving the edge to Casey Logan again. So it's those days with a slight breeze where CCRC might really shine, with the best balance of fun and challenge. And those kinds of days are not uncommon. It's nice to finally have decent options to choose from in this area!
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Disc Golf and Horses
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course is a mix of a few tee gaps, a few protected baskets, open, elevated tees, lightly wooded, and one heavy wooded hole.
-Holes 1-6 have rubber matts with hole number, par, and distance etched in front of matt. Holes 7-18 should be catching up soon. Holes 10-11, 16-18 have gravel or concrete close by if you do not want to use nature grass, until the rubber mats are installed.
-All 18 baskets are installed within a week prior to my visit. Follow the arrow at the bottom of the basket to next tee. All baskets can be seen from the tee area, except 6, 13-14.
-If you like open windy disc golf, this course is for you.
-A good course for beginners, and intermediate players. On strong windy days for advanced players.
-The primary purpose of the park is for Horseback riding and shows. The back nine meanders around horse pastures, corals, barns, horse stalls, and an indoor arena. A different kind of Disc Golf that I had not experienced before.
-The park is well maintained, has some water, cemetery, and very scenic.
Cons: -The course is still a work in progress. There is no post to mark tee areas, even for completed tees 1-6. There is nothing marked for tees 7-18. Especially important to use the map provided on this site and follow the arrow at the bottom of each basket to the next tee. It was easy to find the next tee area.
-The primary purpose of the Rural Center is for horses and shows. On those weekends Disc Golf may or may not be allowed. Its possible the open holes on the front could be used for parking. Some of the holes run along side of corals, horse stalls, and 11 has RV parking to the right. I WOULD CHECK the park calendar for any events, and call to inquire availability.
-There is OB along several holes, some into deep woods. I would not want to hop those fences to get a disc.
-There is some nice-looking water in the park, but it does not really come into play. Scenic next to 9 and 15 tees.
-On holes 1 and 5 you double back to reach the next tee. If players are ahead of you, your going to have too wait for them to clear the fairway to the next tee.
-No 9. For a fund raiser in October was a par 4 450 feet about with OB on the left and water on the right. I played it on my visit instead of the shorter Par 3 that now shows on the map and distance. Challenging to keep the disc clear as a longer par 4, as a par 3 just another hole. Maybe they will reconsider when they place the permanent rubber mats.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy my rounds on my visit. I found the course and park very scenic, and the back 9 meandering thru the horse obstacles very therapeutic to see horses next to the fairway and found myself looking back at the horses several times. I am a big fan of air bumps, and it was fun throwing off of the 5 and 8 tee mounds. The winds were calm, on my next visit I plan on returning with at least moderate winds. I did not find the course too challenging; I am used to playing wooded courses for the most part, but the change of pace was nice.
The scenery, air bumps and meandering among the horses on the back 9 is a 4.0 for me, and that is where I'm anchored at. It took an hour per round.
As mats are installed, any other navigational installments, I know the precise locations of tees, maybe more horses on the property and horse activity and another look at the course when green foliage returns. My overall rating should climb.
Notable tee pads:
No 3. OB on left, small size trees on right with mando with a 20-foot gap for a 100 feet Its to keep you from gunning at an open basket to the right.
No. 8 elevated tee pad at about 14 feet to an open fairway. Fun wind throws.
No. 11 coral to the left, and RV parking to the right. Makes it dicey if RV's are parked.
No. 15 Water inlet behind you, and horse stalls to the right. I like the look.
No. 17. Depending on exact placement of tee mat. You should be able to investigate the indoor horse arena. Its big! Regardless you will be able to look inside on your way to and from the tee.
No.18 Old Cemetery to the right of tee. I like history. Very scenic look to the basket, light wooded.
Notable Basket locations:
No 6 is tucked into a wood line on the left at 287 feet, you need at least 275 for a look at a birdie.
No. 13 tucked behind trees and brush on the left. Can hit a lazy left shot into basket area.
No. 5 at 342 feet there is all open space between tee and basket. What is unique is the tee is elevated on a mound at about 12 feet, and the basket is elevated on a mound at about 6 feet and is a roller. Halfway down the fairway is another mound. With a calm wind it was fun to watch air bounces from the tee. A strong cross wind could take you OB. It is a fun play, and first time on an elevated tee out in the open.
No. 14 at 185 feet is the only heavy wooded hole on the course. It doglegs left at about 80 feet out, and the rest of the way is the remainder of the distance. Tall trees at about 30 feet in height and heavy brush protects cutting the corner to the basket. Fairway is only about 20 feet wide all the way to the basket. Within the putting circle is a protruding limb on the left side that sticks about 5 feet out, I hit it on both rounds for my approach. It was a two-putter hole for me from the tee to basket.
Signature Hole: No. 10 at 370 feet is a straight shot to the basket. But the hole represents the primary purpose of the park, horses. Behind you on the tee, is a horse stall. The stalls are covered and painted red, something out of a magazine. To your right is a pasture that had about a half dozen horses, the tee is angled away from the pasture, but a wild throw could still get you there. To the left off the tee is a barn and another stall, a wild throw off the tee could hit them. Also, a good size tree past the barn. As your disc progresses down an open fairway, to the left is a riding coral and again only a wild throw will get you in the coral. The basket sits an open field with green grass. Very scenic.
Trouble Hole: No. 2 at 252 feet is straight down the fairway to the basket with only a 20-foot fairway. To the right paced at about 25 feet apart are mid-size trees, which to the right of is OB. To the left is heavy woods bordered by a white picket fence also OB. Right in front of the tee box at about 20-feet is a mid-size tree, to the left at another 15 feet is another two trees. The gap is small at about 5 feet and just a sliver to the left or go around to the right of the tree in front of the tee box making sure throwing a right to left. Hitting any of those three trees is a bad way to start, and lost disc potential to the OB left. It is one of a few tee shots I have now played where I had to stop and think "which way to go". The approach to basket still lingers the OB. I straddled the OB line to the right of basket on both rounds.
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