Chapel Hill, NC 
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 Dogwood'n it up

5+    3/22/2013   3/23/2013
Review By: New013
Played: 166  Reviewed: 116  Exp: 7.2 Years
This review was updated on 10/8/2014
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Layout - Technical NC woods golf is what you'll find here. One set of tees and two rotating pin positions, short and long.

For the most part it's a tight course that is pretty much hit this gap straight ahead and you'll score well. Miss this gap and good luck. From the longs it's even more exaggerated because you not only have to hit the gap you have to put some mustard on it.

There's a good amount of elevation out here, nothing to steep but it's there. It mainly makes you throw up/down hill or over a valley.

You'll need some shots to get through the course, it shows you some lines that move right and left; early and late in the fairway. A few holes have multiple routes.

The first hole is in the open and on 9 you throw out in to the open... enjoy it if you like open. Though 9 also makes you throw through a tight gap to begin with and watch out for the water hazard out on the left.

Course flows pretty good, possibly a few confusing transitions but there are signs. You loop back to the parking lot after 9.

A lot of the rough has been cleaned out and it's made it a lot better, you'll still have trees in your way if you get off fairway but a lot of the short thick stuff is gone.

Equipment - They finally got some concrete pads out here and man does it make it so much better. Baskets are in good shape as well.

Good signage that shows you the way throughout the course. The hole signs only show distance.

Atmosphere - Really nice park, very wooded and once you're on the course it's pretty much you and other dg'ers. Occasionally you'll run in to a walker on the back 9 but it's never been a problem.

Cons: Layout - Still possibly a bit to tight on some of the long tees; doesn't really bother me but if you're less experienced you may find it a bit tough.

The course does lean a bit RHFH or LHBH friendly. More than a few holes finish right after straighter fairways. Perhaps to many straighter holes overall.

If you like to mix in some open shots or even more open wooded shots you won't find them here. For that reason some of it does kind of blend together; some holes don't stand out and are forgettable.

Equipment - The new teepads could be a bit short for some people. Some signs with the hole layout would be helpful, especially on the long pins where they can be hard to see from the pad.

There's no course map at the beginning or really anything that would tell you a course is there unless you notice the pad near the parking lot.

Atmosphere - There's still a few areas near baskets that could be cleared out more; but whoever is running the course has done an amazing job so far.

There's a deer that hangs out in the fairways... I've seen him twice and he just hangs out and dares you to throw at him.

UPDATE: Recently the people running the course have decided to add new pin positions; they're awful. Basically the course has gone from a nice challenge to an annoying attempt to figure out what the people now in charge were thinking.

The baskets are in extremely awkward spots that are very tough to get to even on solid shots that hit 75% of the fairway. You basically just drive hit something then approach and putt over and over.

It's a classic example of someone trying to create challenge based on luck than skill. Apparently the pins stay in these new positions most of the time from what I can tell.

The other big problem with some of these new positions is that they make the holes much longer and the pads there are still super short.

It was fine by me when you're throwing short shots but now you have to throw super accurate shots with some juice and have no real runup to do so. Maybe if they didn't have pads 6" off the ground...

So basically I'm dropping my rating of this course which is a shame, I probably wont go back there.
Other Thoughts: This course has improved by leaps and bounds. Actually makes me want to go play it when I get up that way.

If you like technical style golf this place is for you. It's nothing amazing but a very solid course.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Like tight fairways?

2-4    4/1/2010   4/1/2010
Review By: Toomes
Played: 95  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 11.5 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I played this course for the first time probably 8 months ago not too long after it opened up. Played it today for only the second time.

- Nice elevation changes that come into play on about half of the holes.
- Really nice signage has been installed since I first played it. Tee sign on each hole and directional sign at the end of each hole. It made navigating the course much easier.
- Holes 1 and 9 add some much needed variety to an otherwise extremely tight wooded course.
- Holes are pretty fairly balanced for lefties and righties.
- Holes 1, 4, 9, 10, 15, 17 are the only holes that I found to be both fair and enjoyable.
- Placed in a very nice park....stretching for pros now, moving onto the cons......
Cons: - Too many poke and hope holes. The fairways are not well defined on holes 7, 12, 14, 16, and 18. The rest of the holes minus hole 1 are tight at least one point in the fairway if not the entire length of the hole
- No variety in this course. Just a bunch of holes with either a tiny choke point, an unreasonably tight fairway or very little fairway definition.
- Debris from tree removal not taken off the fairway in some spots and not far off the fairway in other spots. This should clear up as the course gets worn in and time passes.
- Natty pads, which isn't always a horrible thing, but there seem to be a lot of roots around a lot of the pads. Can make up for some awkward run ups.
Other Thoughts: If you like tight, technical courses then you might like this course. Then again you might not because there is just too much luck involved in this course. This is the type of course that frustrates me to no end since I believe in fairways being well defined enough to make a course more about skill than luck. I would have like to have seen more variety in types of holes too. Holes 1, 4, 9, 13, 15 stand out to me among a bunch of 180ft-250ft tight fairways and poke and hopes. I would hope a few more trees could be taken out, but it looks like very little clearing has been done since I first play the course over half a year ago.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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