Pros: I've played this course since it was built as it is near my home and I love it.
Wide mix of holes. Well maintained. Concrete tee pads and nice baskets. Parking has never been an issue
Cons: Can get crowded with kiddie park, softball fields, football practices, dog walkers. A few holes you may have to worry about slamming into a car with an errant shot.
Other Thoughts: If you like disc golf you will enjoy playing this course
print a map or you'll have problems
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Zebulon Park itself is terrific with plenty of parking, its clean and well maintained and has inside rest rooms.
The course has a good mix of holes, wooded, right to left, left to right, some elevation, cement tee pads, good tee signs, a creek is in play, mando's, some open holes and few par 4's.
Hi-light holes for me:
#1- nice tree lined starting hole with OB marked
#10 - par 4 straight slight down hill with a pipeline on the right
The course map on this site is available.
Cons: 10 years ago I left here after 4 holes because I couldn't find any any more holes. You still might not find all 18 without a map today in 2016:
-after #1, there is no indication where #2 is...across a parking lot and between rest rooms and a playground.
-after basket #3, tee #4 is around corner LEFT.
- I threw to basket #6 while playing #4, the basket on #4 is beyond #6.
-tee #5 is way RIGHT of basket #4, not left or further past where you'll see or find #6, #8 or #9.
- tee #6 is closer to basket 4 than tee #5 is. This is confusing!
- after #8 back track to tee #9
- tee #14 is very near the baseball stands
A playground near holes 2 and 3 and walking paths on 4,13, 14 and 18 are very much is play and possibly dangerous to other park users.
Holes 14 - 17 are 95% open and rather repetitive and boring.
Other Thoughts: The golf holes themselves are good but the design isn't very well done. I'll state it again, PRINT A MAP, you'll need it.
A few next tees signs would sure help a lot!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Zippin' through Zebulon
Pros: The sun was already low in the sky when my dog and I parked the truck near the first tee. 7:48 PM to be exact. With signs making it clear the park closes at dark, I was not sure we could get in all 18 holes. Rushing through, I was very pleased with the course, and we did manage to play them all. The large concrete pads and tee signs were great. Baskets were all in good condition. Really the park was quite nice, did not see any litter. As far as the course goes, I thought the layout was pretty good, but I was glad I printed a map to consult when I had any doubt. There was not extreme elevation change, the majority of holes were nicely framed by large trees, and the water came into play a couple of times. There were also 3 or 4 holes that were primarily grassy and open, maybe going into or teeing out of a few trees. Par is 57, and I finished with a 63. My only birdie was on hole 3 and that was due to a very lucky ricochet off of a tree near the pin. After a day of lumber jacking my way through 3 other long and heavily wooded NC disc golf courses, Zebulon provided a nice change of pace. A fairly good mix of medium to long distance holes, but still plenty of room to get off good drives on the wooded fairways. No really crazy doglegs, but not straight lines either. The first hole was a nice starter. Hole 3 forced a choice between laying up before the creek or driving the green. Hole 10 was and interesting drive on a long fairway with an above ground pipe running along the last part. Holes 13-18 were more open, and 17 was a bomber. I like the wooded portion better, but it was well laid out and fun. Darkness was upon us as I finished out hole 18 and we returned to the truck. One hour to finish the round, I was the only disc golfer playing that Saturday evening.
Cons: There are a couple of areas where other park users might interfere with your game, playgrounds and trails are near a couple of holes.
Other Thoughts: A very good course in a nice park setting. Zebulon was the perfect way to close out a hard day of disc golf. Great course design, and a bit easier than Buckhorn, UNC, Deep Dreams Creek, and Rockness which had beat me up earlier that weekend. I liked it a lot, and shooting a low score is not out of the question here. I wish I would have had more time in the day to enjoy it.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well maintained. Bathrooms and parking available. Good maps available online. Hole information at tee-box accurate and well maintained, exception of hole 18 which seems to be under maintenance.
Cons: Busy. Difficult to locate tee boxes. Fairways are sometimes narrow and crowding with players from other holes.
Other Thoughts: Played this course with my wife on an early Saturday morning. I was glad that I brought a print out of the course as I don't think we would have found some of the tee boxes if I hadn't. It was a challenging course with plenty of trees.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good signage, but incorrect map
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Pros: + Very nice and well-maintained public park.
+ Good variety of wooded holes and wide open ones where you can just grip and rip.
+ Awesome tee pads: huge, well maintained.
+ Some good elevation, not a ton, but the course uses what is available nicely.
+ Very good signage. Pars, distance, obstacles, and basket locations are on each sign.
+ Hole #2 has a nice risk/reward element. You can go for the basket off the tee or you can layup in front of a creek in a nice landing area. Very good hole that makes you decide if you want to go for it or not. And even if you don't, you have an outside chance at birdie throwing from the landing area across the creek. Very fun putt, if you choose that route.
+ Really good mix of straight, hyzer, and anhyzer drives.
+ Three fun par 4's: holes 4, 10, and 17.
+ This is a very challenging course and one of the best in Wake County.
+ Nice playground, basketball courts, and a baseball field at the park
Cons: - I think the number 1 problem at Zebulon is underbrush. It can get really out of control sometimes, especially in the summer. Hole 1 is particularly bad, but there are others. If you go off the fairway, there's a good chance you're going to run into thorns, poison ivy, ticks, or all of the above.
- Drainage is a problem. After a rain, there's usually a "casual water pond" in front of the 5th basket. Lots of soggy areas.
- They changed the tee on #18. This used to be one of my favorite holes. You threw from the top of a hill to a blind dogleg left, hyzering out over the outfield fence of the baseball field. I think there was a property dispute with the farmer next door, so they closed off the hill and now the tee is at the bottoms of the steps. It's still dogleg left, but you're not teeing off from the top of a hill. They also moved the basket back to a slope to make it a little longer and more challenging. (Good change.) The fun factor is cut way down on this hole. Bummer.
Other Thoughts: The course was renumbered a few years back, so make sure you're parking at the right place and following an updated map. Park by the basketball courts near the big Zebulon Community Park DGC sign.
As far as Triangle area courses go, there are a few I enjoy more and rate higher than Zeublon (Apex, Buckhorn, Jones, Rock Ridge, UNC). Those are the 4.0 to 4.5 level courses, in my opinion. But Zebulon is at the top of the next tier of 3.5's, ahead of Valley Springs and Cedar Hills. It used to be the only course period in the eastern part of the Triangle. Now Wendell is online and East Clayton is coming soon. If you're in the area, it's a solid choice.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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My training grounds
Pros: Great mix of wooded and open holes. Lots of long holes that allow you to let your high speed drivers fly. Very clean park. Great course to bring a dog. I've highly recommend this course to all players.
Cons: Holes 2 & 3 play next to the park's central playground and shelter. At times this area gets flooded with kids. I wish the course weren't so close to this area. I would also say that a lot of the recent changes to the park have catered to 'walkers' and not golfers.
Other Thoughts: This course has been my training grounds for the past 6 years and has a lot of sentimental meaning for me. I really enjoy playing the Cha-Ching & Zing every year.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Tee pads are amazing. Signage at every hole. Great mix of open and closed holes. True par 4s. Lots of benches. Well maintained course.
Cons: Very long, and this makes it hard for the intermideate player to reach any basket off the tee.
Other Thoughts: The best I have played! This is what DG in NC is all about.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Very Good Park Course
Pros: Zebulon community park is a very nice and well maintained park. The course winds around the edges of the park and overall does a nice job of avoiding the high traffic areas. This course is longer that your typical pitch and putt around a park and there are some legitimate par 4s here.
The holes are mostly well thought out with a nice mix of wooded and open. The width of the fairways on the wooded holes are very fair. They are narrow enough to be challenging but always offer a line that intermediate players should be able to hit.
The concrete tee pads are all in good shape and the hole signage is excellent. They give an accurate depiction of the hole and the line. This comes in handy because the baskets can be hard to see. The tee signs also clearly describe the OB areas. The park has also done a good job of putting up signs to alert other park users of the disc golf course.
Cons: Holes 2 and 3 are very close to the playground.
Water drainage issues on hole 1 and 5.
The signs by the teepads are very nice but I would have liked a few more navigational signs to the next tee.
Other Thoughts: This is definately one of the nicest winding through a park courses I have played. Overall it makes great use of the terrain and mostly avoids the high traffic areas. There are a lot of great holes here and it is worth checking out if you are in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The signage is very good.
The teepads are ample concrete slabs. Very wide and long, and level with the ground where possible.
There is a good variety of holes, and I didn't get bored there.
After you make it through hole 3, there isn't too much non disc golf traffic to worry about.
The parking lot is right next to hole 1. There is a kiosk with a map. And there's a practice basket right there. And hole 18 ends up right there.
Although there are several "water holes," there's no danger of losing a disc in the water.
You might have to wade in a shallow creek, though.
And there really isn't a lot of undergrowth where you could lose a disc easily.
Cons: It has the old time baskets that are just gray metal. They don't stand out as I'm peering through the woods for the basket.
The layout has you walking back and forth a lot. Hole 5, for example, has the basket close to basket 4. You just walk across a field, throw back to where you came from, and walk back across the field.
Hole 5 also frequently has a swampy area just short of the basket.
On holes 2 and 3, there are usually a lot of kids in the way.
At hole 4, there's a sign that says the Pampas grass is out of bounds. I don't know what Pampas grass is, but almost the entire fairway is grass.
In the summer, there is a lot of baseball activity. It's not really in the way, but it can be distracting.
Other Thoughts: Sometime in the last couple of years, they changed the hole numbers around. The old 18 is now hole 1, and the old 17 is now 18, etc. I like this arrangement better. The big map and the practice basket are right by the parking lot, and tee # 1 is right there too. This works out better. There's a creek running through 1-3, and you have to throw across the creek on each one. No big deal. But the family area by 2 and 3 can be a problem. Lots of kids and parents there. 1-3 are moderate length holes, with a few obstacles, and doglegs at the end. 4 is very long, and the fairway runs next to a fenced soccer field. The basket is in the woods off to the left. Then the #5 detour, and back into the woods for 6, which runs parallel to 4, in the opposite direction. 7 runs along the right side of the creek, and is kinda short. 8 is longer, in a mildly wooded area. 9 is a lazy left turning fairway, with a tight squeeze in the middle.
Then is 10! a long downhill left turning fairway, with mowed grass, and a pipeline along the edge. 11 and 12 are average lanes through the woods, and the tee for 13 is right next to the tee for 10. They really could have used the same concrete tee, and had signs facing 2 different directions. Anyway, 13 comes out of the woods, uphill slightly, and ends up next to the baseball complex. There's an open field next to it, where you'll throw the next 4 holes back and forth. Then 18 is a downhill left-turning blind throw that ends up next to a fenced basketball court.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Zebulon is my home course so I am fairly partial. That being said this course offers a bit of everything. #1 starts off right next to the practice basket and a beautiful covered bench structure which also holds the course map. There is a ton of variety on this course offering challenges for everyone. There is an excellent mix of wooded and open shots. One of the more challenging holes is #7 which is a tough anny or forehand shot for RHBH players along a creek with a mando tree forcing you to play it well or go OB. There are also some nice tunnel shots and fairway drives that will force you to learn how to manipulate your shots.
Cons: I honestly can't come up with any cons. If I had to give one just to be critical it would be that they could use some alternate pin locations. They way it is designed alternate boxes wouldn't really work but alternate pin locations absolutely could.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a fairly long course that will both challenge your wooded game and also allow you to air out some drives all the while being in a beautiful setting this is your place. Some things have changed with the course since previous reviews as well. All the holes have moved forward one #. So #18 is now #1 and so on. They are working on spreading mulch to improve the standing water in some places (not that big a deal honestly). This place is constantly getting better. The community really cares about this course and it shows!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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