4 Helpful / 3 Not
just Opinions from me... see Reviews below.
- Everything DiscChainBasket18, Cmdrmack, billtvshow, and heelboycraig said... there is not too much to add. So I will just say...
- If you're looking to add another course to your courses played list, Bethel Park is a cute little disc golf course that deserves your consideration... especially with the recent installation of a bigger, more attractive, disc golf 'only' course a few miles away at Catawba Meadows.
- Coming from Los Angeles I am used to sharing real-estate with other park users; however, holes 8 and 9 play a little too close to a basketball court and playground. The rest of the holes have other "traffic" issues... but, if you're patient it's not the end of the world.
- There seemed to be plenty of room in a less populated part of the park where the course could be relocated and/or redirected toward. This would eliminate the danger associated with 8 and 9 and provide for some better shots.
- Bethel Park DGC is a much better time than its "disc score" might indicate. I wasn't mad at it.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Clean little park with a decent 9 hole layout. Nice piece of land for a course. Nice baskets (Innova DisCatchers). Course map holder at 1st tee. Fairly intuitive & easy to navigate (even without map). #4 is a short 125' Ace run. The tee signs were very large & placed out of the way of the tee pad. Good parking & restrooms available. There are some large aluminum picnic benches near hole #2 & 3. Easy walk. My favorite hole: #5
Cons: Almost every hole crosses the walking/jogging paths (#1,2,3,4,5,6 & 7). Hole #3 basket is up on the side of a hill. You have to throw over a walkway & land your disc near a picnic/gazebo/restroom area. The route to the pin is not immediately apparent as there is not a clear cut route through the trees (yet). The tee pads were poured concrete but the dimensions were very small (4'x6'?). You could run up onto the tee pads (from the back) on most holes so this shouldn't be a big issue. #8 tee pad is in one of the worst spots possible. You have to throw around/over a busy basketball court. The basket is also in a vulnerable location with picnickers & soccer players all around the basket. No benches after hole 3. Not much elevation.
Other Thoughts: As you drive into the park there seems to be a lot of unused land available. Possibly add another 9 holes or re-orginaze the layout of the front 9?
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Bethel Park DGC
Pros: A place to practice. Good tees.
Cons: Too many kids and walkers that get in the way. The grass gets high at times.
Other Thoughts: The City of Morganton is to build another course on the Greenway. I can't wait for it. It has to be better than this.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good practice course.
It has a very hard left turn on hole three that has a number of possibilities to play.
Hole four is a close shot that allows for the possibility of an Ace, shown be the handful of signatures on the basket.
Holes five and six allow for one to fire off some really long drives.
Course flows very well from one hole to another.
Cons: Not a lot of drainage on the course, which makes for a very marshy experience if there has been recent rain. It can get kind of gross out there.
The course is very open, but one still has to worry about people walking, children playing, or basketball/soccer players. Also, hole four has a blind corner right next to the only restroom in the park, and someone could easily get hit by a disc.
Other Thoughts: As a Morgantonian myself, it's great to have a local park. This park has a good variety of shots, especially considering the limitations of a venue that was not designed originally for a disc golf course.
If I were learning how to play disc golf again, this is the kind of course I would want to have nearby.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 8 Not
C- = below average for a 9-holer
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- C-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- C
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- C
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- C-
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor...more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
6 of 14 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Bethel Park DGC Review 1
Pros: -Baskets are very solid standard Innova baskets with yellow tops.
-Course is marked pretty well and generally easy to follow.
-Scorecards are occasionally provided in the box next to the first tee.
-Morganton's first disc golf course: gets more people into the game.
-Very good beginner course: holes are open for people with less refined throws, but also has some holes with trees as obstacles to give them a taste of how more difficult courses feel. It also has a combination of flat, uphill, and downhill holes to add to the variety. They have also provided recreational pars for each hole, though experienced players will usually consider all of the holes here to be Par 3's.
-The park is typically mowed weekly to bi-weekly. On occasion the grass gets a few inches high, but it is generally very well kept.
Cons: -Pads: The tee pads, while concrete, are very small and you will notice that many players throw from beside of the tee pads instead.
-Interference: Besides the foot traffic on the walking track, you will sometimes encounter soccer (1, 6, 7) & basketball games (8) near or in the playing area.
-Repetitive holes: 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9 all feel relatively similar and the majority of the course is very, very open. Even the wooded holes can be navigated with relative ease.
-Challenge: Overall, when compared to most disc golf courses that I've played, this course is a walk in the park, excuse the pun. If you desire challenge, this is not the course for you.
Other Thoughts: Least Favorite Hole: It has to be #7. It's the most bland hole on the course; completely wide open.
Favorite Hole: It used to be #8 when there was a lightpole directly in the middle of the line to the hole (they removed it, d'oh!), but now I would have to say #3. It has the most character of any hole. You can throw through a few small gaps in the trees to cut a lot of distance off of the hole (huge risk-reward shot) or you can throw out to the right (safe shot) and take the longer approach up the mildly wooded steep hill.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wide open course with decent length lets you really unleash some throws. Park has plenty of open space to practice throwing.
- 4 of 9 holes are over 300 feet. Average hole length is more than 280.
- Easy course to navigate, except for #3 (see below). Course flows well, has tee signs and good baskets.
Cons: Course has almost no obstacles. Trees really come into play on holes 2 - 4. There's a creek and overgrowth left of hole #1. It's wide open on the right, so that shouldn't even come into play.
- Course is monotonous with 4 wide open holes (1, 5, 8, 9) all between 270 - 340. You're essentially playing the same shot on these holes.
- The hole layout for #3 was confusing. When you're on the tee, the only basket you see is for #8. There's an arrow pointing to the left, which I wrongly thought meant a mando left. Turned out, the arrow is pointing up the hill toward the basket. If the tee sign had a hole layout, it would fix any confusion.
Other Thoughts: It's a good 9 hole course. 9 hole courses tend to be more for the recreational player than the serious one, and that's true for this course.
- My favorite hole (and the only challenging hole) is #3. It's a sharp dogleg up a hill. It plays longer that its distance and takes a couple good shots to get par.
- It was encouraging to see several other people playing the course on a hot, muggy afternoon. The area really could use another course closer than Glenn Hilton Park in Hickory, which is about 30 minutes away.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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