15 Helpful / 0 Not
One of a Kind
Pros: I'm not sure if any course I've played has done as good a job as Brackett's Bluff at producing an atmosphere. The landscape and construction blend seemlessly to create a very distinct, almost Wonderland feel to the course. It's very close knit, with hole separated just enough so that each has a unique fairway. The paths between holes are nicely laid out with fallen branches as guidelines. Each hole has superfluous seating. (At the 18th tee, there is room for at least 25 spectators, who will share a view of three separate tees. Everywhere, there is is stuff. Ladders for climbing down into ravines after a misfire, shields guarding teeboxes, huge rocks on which bakets might be placed, small water hazards filled with decorative fish.
So right, then there's the actual disc golf. It's um, pretty amazing. It's a wooded course, so most lines are pretty tight. The lines are all there if you can hit them though; there isn't a dud fairway in the bunch. Combine that with an astounding amount of elevation for such a small area. You shoot up, you shoot down, and you shoot over ravines(hopefully.) The ravines are actually my favorite part of the course. Like miniature versions of river valleys, they punctuate the course, often adding quite a bit of challenge. But don't worry about losing anything, underbrush is non-existent on this perfectly maintained course.
I love to see a course that essentially, has a mission. Brackett's Bluff knew what it wanted to be, and it was near perfect in achieving that.
Cons: There's not a ton of land here. The holes are all packed together pretty tightly, and from most tees, you can see at least two other tees. Fortunately shields protect all would-be danger zones from errant shots. In a way, the closeness of the course actually adds to the flavor, so what would be a con elsewhere isn't as much of an issue here.
In the same way, the lack of variation in the holes isn't a a true con here. Now they do require a multitude of shots here, but there is a similar feel to all of them and there isn't much length. However, introducing a different type of hole would ruin the effect.
The only true con, for me, is the reuse of a few of the holes. for example. 3 and 14 are the same hole. 4 is also 15. This preserves the amazing flow of hole to hole, but if it was ever crowded, I could see this being an issue. And objectively, I want to play 18, not 16 and a few repeats.
Other Thoughts: My favorite course on a recent swing through Charlotte's best. The only one I'd be eager to take another chance at.
ETA: and i forgot to mention, while I'm not usually concerned with tees, the brick paver tees here are the best I've seen. Plenty of space and shape and the material is both perfect, and unique to an already unique course.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Atmosphere! This is one of the 18 courses we hit on a 6 day disc golf road trip, and definitely one of the most memorable. The course itself provides a great variety of challenging shots with major elevation changes through the woods. The scenery is amazing around the course with huge rocks, gorges, trees, squirrels, and other wildlife. The tee pads are the best I have seen made from brick pavers and are very generous in size. There are benches at all tee pads. There is a nice pro shop with a good selection of plastic, snacks, and glow gear. Every basket has a dedicated nightlight for glow golf. The course is very clean. On top of all that, this is the ultimate disc golf atmosphere with people hanging out at the pro shop watching sports on the TV, throwing rollers to a ramp that points at the practice basket, and throwing thru a sideways basketball hoop. The course owners are true disc golf lovers, and they live to share the game they love. If you are in the area, stop by this course!
Cons: The biggest con is only a con if you are out of shape. There are a lot of elevation changes throughout the course, so be prepared for a lot of up and down hills. This is tree heavy course, so bring durable plastic, because hitting trees is almost inevitable.
Other Thoughts: Thank you to Mr. Brackett and his family for the hospitality and great stories you shared with our group on this year's Memorial Day weekend golf trip! I also had a gentleman call me about a disc I had lost at Renaissance over the weekend who informed me that Mr. Brackett is also seen frequenting other Charlotte courses to work on them for the local disc community on top of maintaining his private course. This family and course set such a great example for us to learn from and enjoy. Thank you!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Not perfect......but realy close
This was the first Charlotte course we played on a whirlwind 4 day 10 course road trip. What a way to first experience Charlotte golf.
As soon as you get out of your car you can tell this is a very very special place to a lot of discgolfers. Donated tee pads, DIY projects on just about every hole. Gardens and maintained ponds.
Meticulous condition. The course really is spotless, unless you count the gnomes and other trinkets all over the property.
There are great benches on every tee (I think?)
The best paver tee pads I have ever encountered. Perfectly flat and large.
All the personalized trinkets all over the place felt like you were in someones disc golf living room.
So many great holes it is hard to remember them all.
Amazing tight lines carved out of some really hilly scenic countryside. There are some raised baskets here and there.
Really fast and really really fun greens including one (that you get to play twice!) that is perched at the top of a massive rock outcrop that has to be 25+ feet on the front face of it.
Met a couple friendly locals who opened up the small pro shop for us. It was equipped with snacks and drinks with a small but very current and adequate selection of plastic. We were invited to play in the weekly doubles and we were treated like a local
I think I liked Brackett's the most out of my 4 some but still had some minor complaints.
It seems like all of my cons are as a result of the recent redesign.
There are some really busy places on this course. Baskets and tee pads can be really close to each other in some spots.
There are some shared baskets on holes on the front and back nine
There is a hole that you play twice. I think it is 2 and 10 but I may be mistaken.
There wasn't signs on every hole, but we played pretty early in the season and would bet they are all out by now.
When we played there was only a handful of golfers on the course but I could see long waits on busier days/league nights
Other Thoughts: If I was local this is where I would be spending my time golfing, helping out, and just hanging out.
The property has such an amazing vibe to it. Every bit of a "Must play" as all the other heavyweights in Charlotte.
Don't forget to leave the owner some cash for the privilege of playing here.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Das Bluff is Da Best!
Pros: Lots of fun, challenging and has all the shots. This course is clean, clean, clean!!! Every time I play this course it makes me think I've gone to disc golf candyland. It is definitely the beat of the beat and in my top five plagued along with Paw Paw in WV and Flyboy Aviation near ATL. There are a lot of awesome courses in the Charlotte area and this one is the best! No disrespect to Stan and all of his masterpieces in the area. Contact Josh, David or one of the family to play the course and consider leaving a generous donation because this course is worth it!
Cons: I don't live close enough to play it all the time. I have to leave. Its not my course. Those are the cons...
Other Thoughts: You will love it!!
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: The experience will speak for itself, come out enjoy the challenging course, friendly environment, beautiful landscaping (by Dave Brackett himself) and overall the best disc golf experience a course can offer. Donations are accepted and are greatly appreciated to show our appreciation to the land owner and hardest course worker we know, Dave Brackett. Brackett's Bluff is a challenging, tight course with amazing elevation and very fair fairways. Good shots are rewarded beside the occasional roll away. Awesome pro 28 chains that catch very well. I could go on and on but there's nothing like the first hand experience, so come on out and show your support
Cons: The bracketts bluff pro shop always has the best disc selection, drink selection and memorable hour(s) long relaxing sessions. The only con is you never bring enough money for the things you want in the pro shop. Be prepared!!
Other Thoughts: Bracketts Bluff "save the bluff foundation"
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4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 12 Not
New look... Same Bluff
Pros: It may be a new layout but theres still no better place to spend a day playing golf. The new layout is fun and tight with tons of elevation change. Of course it wouldn't be the bluff without those unique shots that you have to tell your friends about, like the hanging basket and now not one but two shots at the rock from different sides. With trash cans, ash cans, and benches on nearly every hole it's an immaculately and meticulously maintained course that is as it has always been... A must play. The pro shop has grown and now carries a ton of discs, and as always theres sure to be a ton of good people around if you get lost or just want to talk golf.
Cons: Ummm... I have trouble finding the motivation to leave? No but seriously, the only negetive I can see is that the new layout may be a little confusing the first time.
Other Thoughts: There's only one way to know if the reviews are right... You've got to play it for yourself. Sunday funday starts @ 11... Random draw doubles.
9 of 21 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 15 Not
disc golf heaven
Pros: Best place for disc golf! I love the course and the people! everyone is treated like family, and the competition is fierce! Dave keeps this place so well maintained and he is always make improvements that make the course more challenging and fun all the time. Sunday random dubs is the best! I`ve only done night golf once but that was fun as well. The pro shop is awesome you can get anything you need for a day of disc golf. The course has lots of elevation change. There is a hanging basket, and a giant rock basket that you come at from two different directions depending on which nine you are on. If you do lose a disc, which is kinda hard due to lack of major underbrush, there is a lost and found for discs made out of an old newspaper stand.
Cons: Spending way too much time out there in the summer time! :-)
Other Thoughts: come try the place out and see if I'm lying!
10 of 25 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 14 Not
Newley redesigned and AMAZING
Pros: Completely redesigned. This place was incredible before the issues with the land conservancy, but the Brackett family with the help of many members and 10 10 have made this course one of the best all over again. A tightly wooded course where elevation comes into play on most holes. Tons of risk reward, good shots pay off huge. The Brand new all paver teepads are amazing and the pro shop with 6 lines of discs is great!
Cons: Is having too much fun with great people and competition a con?
Other Thoughts: If you have played here in the past or not, Make sure to go there now.
11 of 25 people found this review helpful.
22 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is really unfortunate what happened with the beautiful land lost at Brackett's. This course used to be in my top 5 and had some of the best and most beautiful holes I have ever played. While the new design is a lot of fun and the course is perfectly manicured and has a very homegrown and unique vibe, the course really doesn't come close to the old course. Definitely give Brackett's a shot if you have a chance and contact Dave about playing if you are not a member.
This course does have some truly unique and magical things like beautiful elevated rock greens, custom teepads, groomed fairways, and crazy gullies and ravines.
Cons: Don't play this course if you don't enjoy the homegrown crowd. The course is pretty tight so if you don't enjoy tight fairways you wont like this course.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful.
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