3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very challenging and well kept disc golf course. Uses a good variety of open and wooded holes, also varies in distance throughout the course (240ft -600+ft). Many holes on the front nine play around a creek and make it more challenging to keep it down certain sides of the fairway. Nice concrete tee boxes and signs on every tee of hole layout.
Every hole in woods has a very well defined fairway and I would imagine it would be very hard to lose a disc due to ivy and weeds growing in the woods.
Cons: It was my first time playing and got lost on a few occasions, hole 3 is to the left of hole two back up the road. Also when you complete the hole to the left of the softball field parking lot you must walk behind the outfield fence and walk up stairs to get to the tee box. As stated before no alternate tees. Some holes extremely long, for short throwers or beginners could be too challenging to score well.
Other Thoughts: Very nice course, and a good mix up from the Chapel Hill and Raleigh courses, it was much longer and more challenging then any in the local area.
For longer throwers and people who like open courses this is ideal place to play, some holes are over 600 feet and are wide open, holes that are not this long are still quite lengthy and I would say the avg hole would be over 350 feet.
Although the creek was in play, I do not believe there were many places to actually lose your disc in them, they were majority very rocky and sandy shores and could be found easily.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
B = Decent course
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B-
(Less than half of the holes will make you pay for errant throws and on all but maybe 3-4 you really got to screw up royally to be in a position where you can not recover for par.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
(5 of the 15 par-3's are too long for me and hold no intrigue for me: birdies can never be hoped for, pars are routine and there is only downside that causes any score variation.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B
(Only about 3 holes really force you to shape your shot in a certain/exact way. Another 3-4 require shot shaping but give you enough room where the challenge/fun is diminished. Terrain is limited, and the design takes full advantage of what is available. Hole 1 is the most intriguing and best hole on the course, IMO.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C-
(Very drab and scraggly feeling. I am not a fan of the coastal sandhill thing - sorry. Hole 1 is by far the most beautiful. Hole 9 is nice too, but the pipeline ruins the natural beauty. Seclusion is good for about half the course.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == C-
(The 3 par 4's simply add an extra throw - not added "strategery" of placement skills needed than if they were shorter and par 3's. I do like the feel of the pipeline hole, #9, due to the fun-factor of down hill throwing and the shaded grass fairway. But even that hole is a little too routine.)
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well this course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. See my profile for specifics on my rating philosophy.
I fancy myself as a connoisseur of good course design and I am a competitive Blue level (950-ish rated) with mid-level power (accurate to 300' with max D of 360'). Since I have played a decent number of courses (150+ 18-hole, 90+ 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me.....and that's the fun of things here.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Out of the way but worth it
Pros: This course really surprised me the first time I played it. It's a decent drive from Raleigh but is definitely well maintained and has a great layout. In the past a few tees were missing signs but they've all been replaced; signs are hand-drawn but do a nice job of conveying the whole layout, distance, and par. Most every hole has signs pointing the way to the next tee and #3 is easier than it used to be to find (a previous reviewer mentioned it was a bit tough). To find it head left (when looking at the road) along the sidewalk after the #2 pin and then take the path through the woods after about 15 ft. As others have mentioned, minor elevation changes, good mix of open and wooded holes, makes use of the stream on a few of the holes, and thoughtful layout. The woods do not have a lot of brush unless you go well off the beaten path, so not too much time is usually wasted on disc finding. Course can be challenging to score well but is not punishing for a beginner.
Cons: There are no alternate tees or pin positions so the course is lacking a little replay variety (although it's yet to keep me from going back!).
Other Thoughts: I was tempted to put this as a Con but it may just be too much work to fix for the park system of this small city. The last hole has a couple of small stream beds that give the hole a bit of a challenge for an errant or short drive. However, the landing area past the fork of the creeks is a very small area because beyond it are two patches of extremely swampy/marshy area with a narrow path between them to the pin. These are easy to throw into and will easily ruin your day. Your disc will be wet and your shoes will most likely be after retrieval. That in itself isn't so bad, but the problem is this water is stagnant and has a lot of decomposed leaves in it, so it STINKS.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth a Visit
Pros: Having "grown up in the woods" so to speak (when it comes to DG) Zebulon makes me feel right at home. For the most part, this is a wooded course, maybe 1/3 of the course is out in the open, with a couple holes sort of in between, using the woods either as a border, or as a starting/finishing point. The course is largely flat, but does have some minor elevation, a creek that comes into play, and a nice mix of direction (lefts and rights) that keeps it interesting. This course is interesting to me because of the scoring diversity it ellicits. I've shot anywhere from 43 to 56 during tournament rounds. It's all there to get, but its all there to getya at the same time.
Porta John is permanent on site
Multi use park includes BBall, Baseball field, tot lot - hardly any of which conflicts with the DGC.
Cons: Although it flows well, the circuit doesn't return to the parking area until the end. So take your supplies with you or be prepared for a long walk for supplies.
Other Thoughts: Well taken care of, and definitely fun. Challenging, but not taxing. Definitely worth a visit.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Awesome course. This course has it all. Good layout and tee boxes. Well kept. They just recently added signs for each hole....makes this course that much better!
Cons: Tough navigating your way around the first time. Hole 3 is kind of tough to find as well as hole 17.
Other Thoughts: One of the tougher courses that I have played. Very well worth the drive wherever you are coming from. Be prepared to be challenged though!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Loved it from the 1st throw
Pros: This is a great course. Now, I have been playing golf since 1989, and have just started playing disc golf. So- based on a regular course - this course has many pros, but very few cons. First of all, this course was the 1st course I ever played as a beginner. I found it to be very challenging, extremely fun, and very well maintained. The grass was well cut, the tees well maintained, the OB cleared quite well for retrieval, and the water and terrain beautiful.
Cons: It was very difficult to find my way around the course. There are very few signs aiming you to the direction of the next hole. I wandered around aimlessly searching for hole 16. Note: It is located behind the baseball field, not where you would intend b/c it does not flow in the direction you are heading on 15, but could be easily found if a sign was simply placed there.
Other Thoughts: This course would be perfect if it had signs directing you to the next hole. It would also be nice if there was a course layout and score cards available.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Good course but can be better
Pros: This course will test most shots in your bag. There are some great short, tight holes and some that require all out power. Most holes are picturesque and well maintained. For the most part the course design and the flow of the course is good. The tee pads are also very nice.
Cons: There are a just few little things about this course that I don't like. The first and foremost is that there are no tee signs and no course maps. A few of the holes can be hard to find because of it. The first time I played there I was wandering around looking for holes in some places.
There are a few holes that I don't like. It's not that they don't test your skills but they're just not as good as the rest of the course. The long hole #3 is one of them. I think it's positioning along the road and next to the fenced in ball field is poor. Unfortunately is seems like it's required to aid with transition to the other holes. Errant drives can end up in the ball field on one side or they can interfere with players on hole 5. There are also a couple other holes on the back 9 that run close too or cross roads that are used in the park. The roads are used occasionally and these "cons" are nit picky but they deserve to be mentioned because they are a safety factor.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely a nice course. It's very challanging and very fun. There are just a few things about the layout of the course that I don't like because I feel there's the possibility of injury. I'll definitely come back here though. Also... if they ever put good tee signs out here I'll bump up my ranking for this course.
A comment regarding my evaluation of courses. I am not trying to insult or hurt any ones feelings when I review a course. I'm just trying to evaluate the course on what I feel are important characteristics of a good course. Disc golf has become a large enough sport that I feel we should strive for better than we have now. Just putting 18 holes in a park isn't enough. 18 pole holes does not make a disc golf course. It requires tee's, signs, maps, solid course design and constant maintenance. Any less than that and we will never advance the sport to a reputable level.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Course with great potential
Pros: This course has the potential of developing into an excellent course over the next couple of years. There is a great mix of open and woods holes and plenty of distance variety. Holes range from 230ft to over 600ft with a large number coming in between 350 -450 ft. The course was very well maintained.
Cons: There were no tee signs and the course was marked very poorly in general. It was hard to find my way around (I played it for the first time today).
Other Thoughts: This is a course well worth playing. It has the potential to grow and become even better though. Simply marking the course and installing tee signs with distances would make all the difference in the world. Overall however, I really enjoyed my round and certainly recommend the course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Has excellent amenities, Fresh drinking water , Beatiful pavillions w/tables, Great course maintance, Manicured fairways, Plenty of parking, Friendly disc golf club. And a GREAT mix of tight holes, long holes, short holes, field holes, Overall its a great challenge.
Cons: Bathrooms closed for the winter.
Other Thoughts: Awesome course for doubles. And Raleigh's biggest tourney takes place here.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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