6 Helpful / 1 Not
Cary's New DGC with Good Potential!
Pros: Different types of challenges on every hole; Maintained pathways, fairways, and baskets; Perfect mixture of woodlands, hills, and valleys; Plenty of restrooms at the Park; Multiple Tees on some holes (I didn't see all of them)...
Cons: Quite muddy even after light rain; Weekends can produce heavy traffic on the course; Non-uniform Dirt & Mulch Tees; No signage indicating direction of next tee; No benches like most established courses; Requires quite a bit of travel between holes; Caution: Some baskets are parallel to public roads; No Numbers on all Baskets...
Other Thoughts: Middle Creek DGC (Cary, NC) is part of a well maintained 105 acre park owned and operated by the Town of Cary.
Middle Creek Park is a beautiful town park which boasts (4) lighted baseball/softball fields, (2) lighted multi-purpose fields, (8) lighted tennis courts, (2) Basketball Courts, a Paved Greenway trail around the fields, a Play area with adjacent open lawn area, a Picnic Shelter, Restrooms, and an 18 Hole Disc Golf Course.
The Town of Cary maximized the quality of the Middle Creek DGC, by using elevation and natural scenery to it's advantage. Though not the best course in the area, Middle Creek does contain a good mixture of wide open fairway shots, to elevated tees, to tight woodland fairways, and variety of challenges for players of all abilities, especially for beginner to intermediate players.
Some notable challenges include wide open shots along the main roads, as well as some in the woods. There are shots that require shooting over a valley downhill, as well as uphill. There's even a blind shot that cuts downhill and 90 degrees to the left, which I amazingly made par on.
My main complaint about this course is in regards to signage. The following are navigational tips for navigating the course, at least until they install adequate signage on the course.
1. When I first arrived and parked in the parking lot by Hole #18, I had a hard time figuring out which way to get to Tee #1. You need to walk back across the street to the left, in order to find Tee #1.
2. After Hole #5, head across the street to get to Tee Marker #6.
3. After Hole #6, cross the street to the left of the "Caution Flying Discs" sign to find Tee #7.
4. After Hole #8, walk down the street, and take the sidewalk to the left, and you'll see the dirt path on the left.
5. After Hole #9, follow the sidewalk to the left, headed toward the playground to Tee #10.
6. Hole #15 is a semi-blind shot. The basket is down the steps and to the left about 40 ft.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Brand new course
-Elevation changes throughout
-Mix of short and long holes
-Good mix of required shots. Anhyzers, hyzers, thumbers, and tomahawks can all be utilized
-Good use of OB's. Course plays near school so parking lots and low traffic streets are OB which adds to the challenge
-Bathroom and water fountains available
-Good mix of open and wooded fairways
-Some baskets rest atop large hills. If you go for it and miss you will most likely suffer some consequences
Cons: -Can be difficult to navigate until you learn the course
-no signage but white poles mark tee pad locations
-the rough at this course can be extremely rough on some holes. Thick and thorny brush. Some of it is nearly impossible to get into to search for a disc
-All but one tee box is earth. First concrete pad has been installed at hole 8
-course can be very wet/slippery after rain
Other Thoughts: I gave this a rating of Good because it is a pretty good course as is. However, it is still a new course and more work will be done. Eventually there should be concrete pads at all holes and signage. This course has the potential to be Very Good to Excellent.
I would say this course is forehand friendly. A good RHBH anhyzer is very helpful
Not an easy course but not very difficult. You can get in trouble on some holes but a lot of birdies are there for the taking.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Lots of Potential
Pros: Located in a very beautiful, well maintained, multi use park with nice bathrooms, snack bar and plenty of parking.
There are 2 tee pads on every hole. The tee sign is located at the longer position, marked by two large rocks. The shorter tee pad is also located with two large rocks, usually further down in the fairway. New bright yellow Discathers are easily spotted from the tees for most holes.
Though this course is not particularly long, even from the long tees, it makes you use all different types of shots. Good use of elevation changes with uphill and downhill shots. All but a few holes are in the open.
Cons: Can get muddy after rain, and with dirt/mulch tees, can potentially be a little slippery. Though, the mulch teepads weren't as bad as I expected when I played the day after all day rain.
The long tee of 5 crosses over 4 basket, which could be dangerous and/or create backups. Going from 13 basket to 14 tee, you have to cross over 11 fairway. Path from15 basket to 16 was a muddy swamp.
3 holes play parallel to the road. Erratic throws here can lead to cars getting hit.
Other Thoughts: I can see a lot of potential here. Come spring and summer when more people, baseball and softball players come visit the park, they will all be exposed to all the baskets and flying discs. There are baskets all over the park, so they can't help but run into one of them and get curious watching others playing and having fun.
The visibility of disc golf in this incredible park could potentially explode in this area and create a demand for more courses, that alone improves the rating of this course for me.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
The most underrated course I have played.
Pros: The tee-offs are mulch which I realize are a turn off to some people but personally I prefer it over concrete. It is packed in very nicely and allows you to grip well. The holes vary from being in the wide open to throwing through tight forest so you really get a different look on each hole. Possibly my favorite hole would be one where you throw on a major downhill and have to play the curve wondefully to get it near the hole.
Cons: One of the holes is near a road, you dont throw towards it but the starting point is near a road. It can be a tad wet if you go after a rain but only in a very small portion between two holes. There are a couple of baseball fields so if you are inexperienced make sure you can jump a fence! Also the first hole you have to throw over a road but it is just a small one leading to the parking lot with very little traffic.
Other Thoughts: I liked it, it helped improve my game and the holes looked very nice. It wasnt to difficult but it wasnt a walk in the park either. It had some long holes but for the most part it was not overwhelming to attempt par. A place I will play many more times in my life.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Course, but don't play after it rains!
Pros: This course is absolutely amazing. Very well kept, in a very nice area. I will try to summarize my review with various bullet points.
Landscape is very well kept. This course is in a very 'well to do' area of Cary. This is a nice change from some other courses. It is helped by it's beauty. The park is a shared park, there is a basketball court, open all in one field, baseball field and play area for kids (beside the rest rooms before hole 9ish).
Lots of nice Ace Runs (the first 3 holes, and at least 3 others). Don't be deterred by my "Ace run" comment, these Ace Run's are around 250-300ft, but they can happen.
Nice mix of woods and open shots. When I first arrived at the course I was expecting a very wide open course. I was wrong! The course flows in and out of the woods, the majority of the wooded shots are on the back nine. The shots are not as tight as some other courses (Cornwallis comes to mind) - but they are well carved, and the path or 'flight' to the basket is clear.
Originally I was going to put 'no tee pads' in as a 'con' however they will be poured in the summer. Also the 'mulch' tee pads that are there now have been trampled down very well already! There was only 1 hole where I had to tee outside of the designated area (And that was because it was just to muddy!).
Cons: I put down the con's in no certain order and just put them in bullets.
- Crossing Fairways
- Horribly muddy after the rain (Esp near hole 15, it was a swamp.)
- Some holes tee by the road, or throw over the road.
No Signage (This will be fixed soon I hear). The course map is dead on though - and I found my way around the course with very little trouble.
Hole 17 (Right beside the baseball field) - I would say this, Do not go right with this shot. It runs right beside the back of a baseball field, that is locked. I wanted to try to skirt a nice hyzer shot out and swing into the basket (even though the whole is obviously geared for an anny shot and well, I turned over my disc and had to jump a fence). I also shot the hole with a 'flick' and the wind caught the disc and carried it to the edge of the side walk, which is about 5-8 ft from the fence, so I'd imagine on a windy day ppl will drop some plastic in the ball field.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very nice course. I had a great time playing it and will definitely go play it again. I would not call this a 'championship' caliber course, but it could be modified to become one, there is more than enough space.
My review of this course will go up to a 3.5 with Signs and concrete tee pads. If they can do anything about the irrigation then I would put it at a 3.75 (if possible) - As it was no fun walking around with mud covered shoes.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Great New Course..
Pros: This course has GREAT potential. It's less than 2 months old and there are many kinks to be ironed out, but it's got the possiblity to expose a LOT of non-DGers to our great game. The layout of the course flows pretty well given the land it is on. There are some great ace runs, espcially on the front side, the back is rough on my short arm, but still makeable for par on most everything. There are maps available at the Community Rec Center if it's open, and there are very clean nice restrooms right at the 9 hole turn. The course is great for 9 or 18 because it double loops back to the parking lot...i played 27 today because i really wasn't in the mood to get my butt kicked on the backside twice in one day. The potential of this course is amazing and exciting...i think a whole new group of disc golfers are going to be playing this course in the future!
Cons: There are a few sidewalk tee pads, but for the most part, tee pads are mulch and the mulch is such that it's pretty easy to trip on. Thick and branchy mulch, but it'll get worn down with more play. Crossing fairways on 3 holes that i can remember, but if you're aware of your surroundings it shouldn't be a problem. No Tee signs, but the course is so new i wasn't expecting any...oh yeah, and there's an anthill right around basket 9 that got...stupid ants....and there are some expensive cars that are likely to be hit if you're not somewhat careful.
Other Thoughts: I really, really, really enjoyed this course and my rating of it will go up when the minor issues get ironed out, and it's my understanding that they will within a year, i hear teepads will be poured next summer some time...so the actual layout will probably change a little. This is course is gonna bring our sport great exposure, or if we act like morons it'll bring us some pretty negative exposure...be careful of the other park-goers, they are, i'm sure, very wealthy/influential people...but this is a great start i feel
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Good points overshadowed by crossing fairways
Pros: I have to preface this review by saying that this course has only been fully installed for a few weeks.
This park is very nice and clean. It's in a wealthy area. There are bathrooms and a playground for the wives and kids to use while we play disc golf. If you take the holes individually there are some very fun and challanging ones. The course isn't overly long so beginners shouldn't be intimidated by it. The more advanced player will really enjoy the tight fairways and the fact that you have to make good drives to score well. There is also some nice elevation change on the course. The pins are brand new and in great shape. The tight holes all have fairways that are hard but fair. This course is going to get a ton of play because of it's location and it is a beginner friendly course for the most part. Big arms will not have a distinct advantage here but there are some good holes to open up and throw hard. You just have to hit the fairway or you will be in trouble.
The park office has nice course maps. I will also post them in the files section for the course.
Cons: In my opinion the course design needs to be evaluated and changed in a number of places. Because the course is so newly installed these concerns may not all be valid for long.
Errant drives on holes 1, 2, 17 and 18 have a possibility of finding the park entrance roads. This is a very busy park in the evenings so those drives may have a chance of hitting expensive cars because the park is in a wealthy area. It is highly probably that discs in the road will get run over by cars entering and exiting the park. Depending on where the final location for the tee of hole 17 is placed righty hyzer shots have a chance of ending up in the softball complex. The fence is pretty high and should not be climbed so these will be a pain to get back if there is a game in progress.
The current tee position of hole 1 is located such that people standing back from the tee box of 1 will be interfere with the left portion of the fairway of 18. This will cause delays if they ever decide to have tournaments on this course. From the course map it looks ilke this tee box might be moved a little bit in the future.
Hole 4's fairway crosses the fairway for hole 5 very close to where drives will land on hole 4. At a bare minimum this will cause backups on the course. The worst case is that golfers will get hit by drives coming off of hole 5.
Errant drives from hole 11 could hit players putting at the basket of 13 on the left or driving off the tee on 14 on the right. You must also cross the fairway of 11 to get from hole 13s basket to hole 14. There is not sufficient distance or shielding to protect from drives off of 11. Luckily 11 is a short downhill hole and people shouldn't be throwing too hard. Be careful in this area.
The other cons for this place are mostly because it's new. Eventually these things will be worked out and won't exist. Those cons are. There are no poured concrete tee pads. The tee pads are all mulched. The tees are uneven. The underbrush is very thick in places so it will be easy to lose discs. There are no tee signs and the course is hard to navigate in some places(if it's your first time there and you don't have a map).
In my opinion this is a fun course to play during the parks slow hours and when there are not many people on the course. I get frustrated by the holes around the road because of traffic during the parks peak hours. I also get very frustrated on any course with crossing fairways because of the obvious safety issues.
Other Thoughts: A comment regarding my evaluation of courses. I am not trying to insult or hurt any ones feelings when I review a course. These are just my opinions and they should be taken with a grain of salt. Play the course, make your own decisions, and then post them here for everyone to see.
My reviews are based 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 good 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.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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