Great Beginner Course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Almost every hole is a disc golf only area, no conflict with other park goers
-Very clear hole maps
-Two layouts for playing 9 or 18 holes
Cons: -Tee pads are about 2 feet short
-Holes are close together and an errant shot could put another disc golfer in harms way
-Very little challenge throughout the course
Other Thoughts: This course could definitely be fun to introduce friends or kids to the sport. Very straight forward hyzer shots and holes rarely breaking 350ft. I recommend bug spray because there are mosquitos the size of a small European country that will eat you alive. Overall not one I will go out of my way to play again, but I don't regret stopping by while in town.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Great Beginner Course
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great course for beginners. The first 5 and last 4 are short and can be played quickly if you want to get a fast 9 holes in. 6-14 are a longer walk with open space to really launch it. Great course to introduce kids and spouses to the game.
Cons: Experienced players will probably not feel challenged for a par except on a couple holes. While the course borders the woods on one side, there are no shots through or into the woods that might make it more difficult, except for a few trees around baskets.
There are a couple par 4's on the back nine that should probably be par 3's.
All in all:
-0.5 for overall difficulty
-0.5 for short tee pads. To get a good runup you have to start off the pad.
-0.5 for thinner basket chains. The basket chains feel a little thin to catch for some reason.
Other Thoughts: All holes have pads and great signage.
My recommendation would be to add a set of "alternate" basket locations in/through the woods to force more difficult 2nd shot placement. They could be considered the "blue baskets" or something. That way, the course remains beginner friendly, and the higher level players have something to sink their teeth into.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
The tee signs are the nicest thing about this course.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with decent sized concrete tees and exquisite signage. The signs outline any OB (mostly roads) and have pretty well measured distances.
1 starts and 18 ends right by the parking lot.
A few holes have tough trees.
Most of the course is on land only used for disc golf.
Cons: These baskets are fairly new... but they are low quality. Spit out a few of my circle's edge putts and a dime of an ace on 14. I wish the city would have spent a little more on basket quality... but hey, I don't write their checks.
None of these holes have teeth. 4 has a few trees guarding the basket, 13 is tucked into a few short trees, 15 has decent OB risk. Most are either wide open or have one or two easily avoidable trees.
No alternate pin spots. This could be done, but there isn't much space left to do it in.
I'm sorry, the only par 4 on this course is hole 6, and that's only because it's blind. The other four are gimme eagles for experienced players (I got one myself on 11).
Navigation from 6 to 7 and 14 to 15 can be weird without a map. Also at several tees you can see multiple baskets... it's usually obvious which one to throw at but use the udisc map just in case.
Other Thoughts: It's nice that this course is here. It's a good introductory-level course with few amenities and few real consequences for errant shots. It's in the back of a very nice park and most of the holes are disc golf dedicated areas. On hole 6 you'll play around a soccer field, but not all that close to it.
I wish I had more good to say about Lewis-Young, but in the end it's a low-end city maintained course. It does the job, but that's about all you'll get out of it. It's a great place to introduce someone to the game, but if you have some experience you should try to break 50.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Brand new baskets and tee pads.
Tee pads are actually flush with the ground, even if they are a bit small.
Flows fairly logically, especially if you look at the map.
Cons: For the most part, every hole is wide open with a few exceptions of a single tree or two as an obstacle.
Other Thoughts: For perspective, my current course count at time of writing is 272 courses in 32 US states and 1 CAN province. This is in the top 10% of the most boring courses I've played, maybe even in the top 5%. It is obvious that whoever put the course in doesn't actually play the game. There is no creativity to make the holes challenging. Also, the locking tabs for the basket were all put in wrong so that when locked the number plate faces the wrong way.
I played the course to check it off my list, but do not plan on ever going back.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Baskets May be Closer than they Appear
Pros: 18 holes, concrete tees and baskets are as fresh as can be. Mostly short and open, with a couple of longer outliers. It is slated as a par 59, and that leaves a lot of room to go way under par for the experienced players. This course is probably better left to the novice disc golfers and kids.
The most difficult holes are 6 and 12. 6 has a hill just in front of the tee, making it a blind drive. The road next to the observatory to the right and is OB, as are the walking path on the left and the parking lot behind the target. 12 is a sharp dogleg left, with thick woods taking away any shots on the left side. To get it next to the basket on the drive will require a majestic hook. As a par 4 it is still a pretty easy birdie if you don't get caught up in the cluster of brush and limbs. Just stay right.
15 is short hole, but there isn't a lot of room for error in placement of the tee shot. The road is OB to the right, and there is a ravine behind with a line of trees to that cuts behind the basket and to the left side. The ground slopes toward the ravine, so it can be easy to slide off.
Cons: Very easy layout will not challenge a serious disc golfer. The holes are very wide open, and usually there is a direct line to the pin. Maybe one or two trees will stand in a fairway occasionally. Two or three discs may be enough to do the job here.
The tee pads are small, and some are not square with the direction of the fairway. Many shots can be made with a set stance or short run up, but the long ones need to start a couple steps behind the tee. At times there will be more than one basket in sight. With no map available, I was left unsure which one to aim for once or twice. They are numbered, so it will become apparent if you head the wrong way eventually. The tee signs in the media link are nice, but they have yet to be installed on the course if they're in the works.
Other Thoughts: I would like to have seen the woods that surround the grass utilized more, to provide more resistance. There looks to be quite a bit of wooded land that with some hilly terrain and a pond. With some clearing there may be enough space to put in at least 9 holes for the more advanced disc golfers.
I played a 7 under round first time around. The only bogey came on the last hole, but some of the par 4 holes really feel like a bogey if you don't make it in 3.
I hadn't played a new course in 2021, so as soon as the freezing weather broke I drove to Louisburg to give this new track a run. I wasn't expecting much, sunshine and 50 degree weather made anything seem great after weeks of miserable cold weather. I wouldn't go out of the way to play this one, but it is cool to have if you are from the area.
The park also has an observatory that is open to the public on Saturdays from late spring to fall. I might return to see what that is all about one of these days, and try a night round if I am feeling frisky.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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