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Sunset Gold top level course in Eastern NC
Pros: This property is home to two courses: the Gold layout and the Orange layout. The Gold layout is a very long and demanding course, best suited for advanced players. The Orange layout is much more beginner friendly. This review is specifically for the Gold course.
What I really enjoy about this course is that it really does require all shots to be able to score well.
I'm not sure if the local disc golf club or the parks department (or a combination of the two) does the course maintenance, but every time I have played the course it has been in excellent shape. The grass fairways seem to stay mowed which really adds to the beauty of the course.
Cons: Some spots of the course can hold water after heavy rains. It doesn't affect any of the teeing areas or the areas directly surrounding the pins.
Teepads: tee on hole 11 is about 6 inches about the ground, making the run-up kind of weird. tee on hole 13 is the actual road and is actually slightly downhill (not much, but it is noticeable).
Other Thoughts: Come out and play this course! It is WAY better than it's rating on DGCR. Here is my take on the holes as a RHBH backhand dominant player:
1. 325 ft slight left to right turnover. I feel this hole plays closer to at least 340. There are several large pines that force you to choose your line, but there is plenty of room for a fair shot on whichever gap you choose.
2.Very fun 625 ft. par 4. On paper, seems like this one might be an easy birdie...however, this takes a really nice controlled hyzer drive followed by a well-executed anny-backhand or a sidearm shot to get your 3.
3. Straight ahead 340 ft shot. Fairly dense rough on the left side that you want to avoid, and a large tree on the right side that will keep you honest and force the straight shot.
4. 540 ft. Par 4 that plays across an OB road. Plenty of options on this shot that really force you to think about risk/reward. Low ceiling off the tee makes crossing the road (about 350 ft from the tee) not as easy as you would think.
5. Really well-designed par 5. Smart play is a straight shot about 300 ft to layup to the open area, followed by a long straight shot that hyzers in close to the manhole, from which you can go up and down for your birdie. It's really easy to try and get too aggressive, though, which can easily lead to OB and a high score.
6. Short island hole. Tough to stick the landing for the 2, but feels great to get it. *The island is surrounded by roads, but there is almost ZERO traffic that drives these roads.
7. 305 ft. slight downhill shot. A line of trees runs perpendicular halfway through the fairway...pick which gap you want and go for it! *Gaps are very generous (when you miss, you know it's because you threw a bad shot as opposed to getting unlucky)
8. 710 ft. Par 4. Another par 4 that requires you to make some choices off of the tee. This one is definitely longer and more difficult that hole 4. OB creek runs through the the fairway at about 350 ft. Trees line both sides of the fairway, requiring control as well as distance.
9. Fun downhill 310 ft. shot. Dense rough on the left and deep of the pin. Soft hyzer with a mid should get you an easy birdie putt, which is very welcome after hole 8.
10. 260 ft. uphill shot to an elevated basket with an OB road less than 15 ft long of the pin. Basket is blind from the tee and requires you to throw a hyzer through a gap that will fade to the pin. Plays closer to 290, and the elevated basket coupled with the close OB really makes you think about your putt.
11. 630 ft. Par 4. Hole shapes left to right the entire way with an OB road running along the right side. Also, the trees close to the basket have huge limbs that will likely prevent a big hyzer bomb shot.
12. Speaking of hyzer bombs... 285 ft hole that plays with an OB road down the right side, OB road behind the pin, and OB dog park along the left side. At one point, this was a filler hole between 11 and 13, but with the addition of the dog park on the left side, this hole becomes much more memorable.
13. 350 ft slight downhill hole. OB road on the left side the whole way. Pin is tucked on the left side in between a few pine trees.
14. 280 ft shot with a low ceiling that makes this hole feel longer. Best advice is to disc up a little and throw it straight.
15. 580 ft Par 4. This one feels a little like a tweener par 3/4. OB road on the left, and some thick rough on the right. Fairway is plenty wide for a full power flex shot or even a roller.
16. 275 ft shot. There is not much of a backhand gap on this hole. Thumber or sidearm is the play here.
17. 240 ft straight shot. Trees on both sides make the gap fairly tight (compared to most of the rest of the course). The length of the hole to width of the gap ratio (if there is such a thing) still seems fair though. Pureing the gap feels great.
18. 540 ft par 4. Fun finishing hole that starts out pretty open, but pinches down and forces you to thrown an accurate second shot to be able to snag the final birdie.
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Gold Course Addition = Awesome
Pros: This review is for the Gold course:
Wow. I played a doubles round at this course and had one of the most fun disc golf experiences I've ever had. So many fun holes! The 900-footer in particular was phenomenal. The shape of the fairway really rewarded a combination of distance and accuracy (but mostly accuracy). Loved the OBs on this hole (and the clear markings with the white spray paint). So many long holes are just two back-to-back long straight drives, then a putt.
The course was very well-maintained when we played - no issues at all with long grass, etc.
Cons: This park is in a somewhat sketchy area of town. When my brother and I played most recently, we were panhandled on hole 1...then again (by the same guy) on hole 13.
Additionally, the road where everyone parks comes into play on two holes and there is definite danger of hitting a parked car if your throw is errant.
Other Thoughts: This used to be my least favorite course in Rocky Mount, but is now probably my second favorite. Huge kudos to the RM club and the Parks department for what they've done here!
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