2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Glenburnie is a must-play course in eastern North Carolina. You would think that a coastal area course like this would be relatively flat. Not the case here. Glenburnie has great elevation, including numerous valley shots -- one hilltop to another -- and a ridge shot to a blind basket on the banks of the Neuse River.
Speaking of the river, the course designers did a great job of incorporating it into the course, with holes laid out parallel or perpendicular to the water.
The natural beauty of the park is terrific. Lots of big, mature trees, rolling hills, and of course, the river.
Course navigation and tee signage is good.
There's a good mix of open and wooded holes, with the back 9 being much more wooded, until it opens up again on holes 17 and 18.
White and blue tees: great for intermediate to advanced players.
In my opinion, this is one of the most serene, peaceful, yet challenging and fun courses in North Carolina. If you're in the area, put it on your wish list.
Cons: I share the same cons mentioned by others: holes 17 and 18 aren't great for safety or co-habituating with dog walkers or other park goers.
Another con for me was bugs. Definitely wear your bug spray. But even that won't stop the horsefly that had it out for me.
Some of the rough on the back 9 is truly rough, as the course moves from the more mature trees to pines and "Carolina Scramble" golf.
As you can see, I'm reaching for cons. All in all, this is a great course. I'm tempted to give it a 4.5, but the safety issue (holes 17 and 18), the rough, and bugs knock it down just a peg. Still, an excellent course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Nice day to play
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course layout. space was used well. Course has a little bit of everything, and is well maintained. I enjoyed the course and it was family friendly.
Cons: I have nothing bad to say it was an over all good course. for the area its worth a toss.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Hilly in Eastern NC
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Lots of elevation that is used well. This is certainly unusual in eastern North Carolina and makes this park stand out from many of the other area courses.
- Nice signs at every hole
- Most holes have two different tees, a white and a blue
- Concrete tee pads in good shape
- Benches at every hole
- Beautiful tall trees throughout course, with scenic views of the Neuse River
- Good use of the trees to force you to shape your shot, without it being overly difficult. A few holes do have the plinko feel though.
- Well maintained (ie mowed) park with restroom
Cons: - The biggest downside for me is the proximity to other features of the park. A couple holes are relatively close to the playground and when busy people/children will stray onto the course. Also, hole #17 plays right along the dog park, and it wouldn't be hard to throw your disc into the dog park or into the parking lot next to it.
- Next to a waste treatment plant so it can get stinky if the wind is blowing right
- You can easily lose a disc in the river on a few holes if your shot caroms off a tree the wrong way
Other Thoughts: Overall a very nice course. Perhaps my favorite in the eastern half of the state outside of the Triangle area. The elevation changes really seem to set it apart. And of course, who doesn't love a scenic view (in this case the river) while playing a round. Random note: the first time I played this course an older man had set up his video camera on one of the fairways to videotape himself ranting about religion; it was bizarre and I had to tee off from a different spot so that he wasn't in the line of fire. If you're in the New Bern area you should definitely take the time to play this course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth going out of your way
- Sweet location. Set in the small town of New Bern, this course is small enough to stay on the down-low (read: not busy) but close enough to the amenities so you can grab a quick bite or a pack of smokes within a few minutes. Gas station down the street was offering $2.49/gallons of gas in November 2014, so you know this place is either behind the times, way ahead of the times, or the owner just hit the lotto and DNGAF.
- Awesome layout. Glenburnie has some sweet elevation changes which are unusual for an eastern Carolina course. It's got uphill and downhill shots, doesn't "cater" to RHBH players with its many left-to-right playing holes, and offers a really great mix of open and wooded shots. The alternate tees (and one alternate pin on #2) also throw you another curve ball because the course REAAALLY kinda grabs you by the boo-boo when you see how different it can be with a little added footage. #8 comes to mind here. Couple this with the wind off the "river" and you might have some trouble shooting even the first several times you play. Nevertheless, you're going to have fun at Glenburnie.
- Technical. If you're wondering whether or not your upshots and short game can hang with the big dogs, Glenburnie will tell you that story. A tough par 3 in the shorts and an even tougher +3 par 3 in the longs (I suck at math), you're going to need a fine touch and a metric butt-ton of accuracy to tame this course. Many of the fairways are very tight so errant shots often end up buried in the woods or floating in the "river," while the elevation changes on these tight fairways can cause off-the-mark upshots to roll long enough to turn a birdie attempt into a double par bogie. (That's a quadruple bogie in case you, like me, are bad at math.) In short, if you're one of those who's questioning whether or not you should move up from Rec to Am or Am to Pro, Glenburnie can provide your answer: If you can par this course consistently or your scores on this course are improving exponentially, you're ready for the next level.
- Great locals. Craven County has an outstanding cadre of passionate disc golfers who really take pride in their course and reach out to visiting golfers who play here. Really just a great bunch of people. If you find yourself lost (which is hard to do on this course) and see someone else playing, give 'em a holler. Guaranteed they help you out.
- Uphill/downhill tees. All the tees are concrete and that's awesome, but some aren't very level. Pretty awkward to throw on. Not that this fact is the dagger in the heart of my chances to go pro (Lord knows), but I'd almost rather throw from natural tees.
- Crossing fairways. Some of the holes - specifically 7 & 8 and 10 & 11 could potentially be dangerous if people aren't careful. This isn't a huge issue per se, but it's worth mentioning. Look before you throw.
- Windy! It ain't Texas, but it's close some days. Your beat-in Valkyrie and flippy Teebird are gonna march even harder to the right when it starts moving good across the "river." This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just something to be mindful of when you're playing.
^^^ STANK. Sitting next to the sewage treatment facility in New Bern, if the wind is blowing just right you're liable to catch a whiff of what smells like Bigfoot's d!ck right in the FACE. It happens...just know it's there and be prepared. Kinda like watching football with your friends: somebody's gonna go crazy on the bean dip and get the bubble-guts. Tuck your nose in your shirt and pray for your buddy that it don't itch too bad when it dries and you'll be good to go.
- No topless Hooters girls frolicking along the #8 fairway.
I'd heard great things about Glenburnie for many moons before I got the chance to play it and - as someone who's pretty skeptical about hype and is fairly stingy with rating courses on DGCR - I don't mind telling you that Glenburnie lived up to it's name. I cut my disc golf teeth on Castle Hayne and this course is a truly refreshing change that isn't too awful far away. I'll be back and I encourage anyone passing through to stop by. Glenburnie is worth a trip out of your way.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Best in the area
Pros: -Park is always clean, usually mowed, provides restroom facilities as well as water fountains and trash cans.
-Wide variety of open and wooded holes makes you use your whole game. A cannon arm alone will not get you through this course.
-Even on tight wooded holes, there are still multiple lines you can take.
-Variety of left-to-right and right-to-left finishes prevents right and left handers from complaining.
-White and blue tees provide two very different experiences. The whites, while shorter than or equal to the blue tees, provide what I feel is a more technical approach to the course.
Cons: -More trash cans would be nice.
Other Thoughts: While Glenburnie may not be a USDGC level course, it shines in the local area. The park is well kept, offers some beautiful views of the Neuse river, and uses its unusual coastal elevation to its advantage. The local club works extremely hard to improve the course continuously. If you are anywhere near New Bern, it is worth the trip to come and play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Buoy, Glenburnie is fun and challenging!
Pros: Great course in city park with lots of old-growth trees. Multiple cement tee pads on every hole with several really serious distance from the blues. All baskets were in good shape as well and great signs on each hole.
The large trees force you to shape your shots, but they are not the thick, bushy trees common to a lot of the NC courses that make escapes very difficult. There are some of those bushy trees, but they are mostly on the perimeters of the course.
Maximum use of the elevation in this park. Up and down the rolling hills and two baskets on mounds that test your mettle.
Really nice park with quite a history, property has formerly been the local fairgrounds and a WWII POW camp. Park overlooks the Neuse River, at 1-2 miles across, in looks more like a sound (see pictures for hole #7). Ironically, the quality of this park leads to a Con.
Cons: I don't have any issues with any of the DG facilities, tees, baskets, signs, layout, flow are all good. The only issue I see, is this park being very busy at times. With the playgrounds, picnic shelters and dog park, these could interfere with the DG course at popular times, weekend afternoons and evenings. Most of this course is probably a challenge at those times.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned, the large trees do create paths to the baskets on most holes, so you have to shape your shots.
Some of my favorite holes - #5 Tee across the rolling hills to the basket on a bluff with thick brush behind it.
#7 Probably the signature hole on the course, tee across level ground, then the fairway turns right and drops down to the basket just feet away from the river. Some brush behind the basket, but makes a great image from the fairway.
#15 Much like #13, tee from an open area, find a gap through the trees, then turn left to the basket protected by more trees. The cool thing about 15, pick your gap on either side of a 12 foot high ocean buoy in the middle of the fairway. Really reminds you how close you are to the coast.
#17 Long par 4 across open ground and near the dog park. Wanna chase a frisbee puppy?
#18 Tough finishing hole, especially from the blues. Tee across the entrance drive, between a few trees whose branches create a ceiling. Only 306, but that ceiling should limit the drives, then uphill to the basket, with the drive OB on the left and OB fence on the right. Provides quite a challenge.
Really fun course to play, the trees provide obstacles to avoid, but very little of the disc eating trees. Blues provide extra distance, and some different lines, for the pros. I played early on a Sunday morning and had very few interruptions, except for one off-leash dog, and 3 others taking the long way to the dog park, down 17 fairway.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great Design. Plays along the river and just a mile or two away from Downtown New Bern. It's got a little bit of everything and both the blue and red tees are a must-play.
Cons: Not too beginner friendly and if you go off the fairway, it could get a little messy with briers or the river. Hole 17-18 are right down wind from a water treatment plant so that's the only part of the course that kinda stinks.
Other Thoughts: I try to play there everytime I pass through New Bern. Beautiful park and would highly recommend it!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very scenic course, it's set right off a river. Set up well for a back handed thrower. All the holes are par 3's. Concrete pads with great DG baskets
Cons: picnic areas set up in the middle of the course. If you go play this course; then play it early.
Other Thoughts: a course that beginners can play
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
3-4 holes away from being 2 different courses.
Pros: Dual concrete tees, nice tee signs and next tee signs for navigation.
Most of the short tees are far different than the longer tees.
Red practice basket and a large rod attached to a tree near the water for fishing out discs.
5 was a great valley shot with a steep blind drop off after the basket.
Hole 7 featured 2 totally different lines to a blind basket just feet from the water.
Hole 8 was nearly 500 feet from the far (nearly 300 from short) with water on right and scattered trees on left over rolling hills.Basket on top of hill.
Cons: 4 of the first 5 baskets are on a slope and it seems that this will be become a course gimick, but it is not as common later in the course.
Parking lot on left next to basket 3 and nearly touching tee 4.
Holes 6, 10, and 12 shared one tee and one tee and one basket which prevented it from being 2 very different sets of 18.
I had to throw over my car and directly at a dog park on 17.
The smell from the waster treatment plant was horrid, but somehow only a factor on hole 18 and as you are entering and leaving.
Other Thoughts: FREE waterfront camping less than 20 minutes away on Riverdale road in the Croatian National Forest. (turn across from Fuel Market, turn right towards dead end, turn left and follow dirt road to camp sites.
Wind coming off the water was intense.
I did loose one disc in the water, so it is possible, but not common.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -Good Signage
-Nice clean park
-Amenities on site
Cons: -Lumberjack was in the middle of the fairway cutting up a tree on hole 4 that really slowed down play because he wouldn't get out of the way
-Got pretty busy and cramped from local club
Other Thoughts: Best course in area
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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