Could be so much Better
Pros: Good baskets, signage on each hole, small but adequate concrete tee pads.
Little used part of this next generation campus. There is a greenway through the course, but I don't remember any interferences.
There are a couple of good challenging holes, #2, #3, #6.
Would be a quick play if you worked or lived on campus.
Cons: Very limited parking, unless you have the proper permit, M-F.
A couple of bad holes, #4 and #8 barely have a fairway, pretty much just throw and pray.
#9 use to have two lines, hyzer and anny, to the basket. But now the tee is pointed at a large tree and you have to throw in an odd direction.
Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, there are only nine holes on this large, varied terrain campus that has been developing over the last several years. NC State is a great DG school (the nearby Kentwood is always crowded), so it's a shame they couldn't make this a longer, more challenging 18 holer.
Lunch time course for faculty and staff at best
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Easily available to those that attend or work at Centennial
-Hole 2 is a very good shot that requires both strength and accuracy
Cons: -Far too many short holes without any distance. Gets really tedious
-Weedy and swampy at times
-A few holes have no reasonable path to the basket
Other Thoughts: Although I only could come up with 3 negatives to this course, I would put great emphasis on them, especially the distance issue. The most fun thing of disc golf for me is putting some power behind the throws. I still from time to time play this course at lunch time, if I am in a good enough moods. Keep in mind that there is plenty of unused land so it is possible that this course could improve, simply by changing the location of the tee or basket. It's not the best land in the world but this course could definitely get better.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Play Kentwood instead
Pros: - Good baskets
- Good tees
- Good use of elevation
- Good signage and easy navigation until the last two holes
Cons: Those are the only positives I could come up with. They tried to build this course in a jungle and the jungle is winning. I spent more time looking for discs than playing -- and it's not that I was shanking drives, it's just so overgrown, and there are blind shots, that you're bound to lose a disc unless you have a spotter. The 9th hole is especially egregious, but it's not the only terrible fairway.
This course is very short, which is fine if it's designed to be a beginner course, but with the overgrowth so bad, I wouldn't recommend this course to beginners...or intermediate or advanced players, for that matter.
- A small creek flowing to the lake next to the course was overflowing when I played (it hadn't been raining either). The #4 fairway was completely flooded. Other holes were soggy.
- I mentioned the bad jungle/underbrush. Also worth mentioning the contents of said jungle/underbrush: thorny blackberry bushes, poison ivy, and some impenetrable thorn/ivy/brush areas.
Other Thoughts: There's a reason Kentwood (which is a lightly wooded, beginner- and intermediate-friendly course very nearby) gets 10 times the traffic as the NC State course...even State students! It's a far, far superior course. I can't explain why the State course's ratings are in the 2's and not that far behind Kentwood. Trust me, if you live on campus, anywhere else in the Triangle, or are visting Raleigh, skip this one and play Kentwood instead.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Small and Balanced
Pros: Nice intro course. Is great for taking the family along or filling the time when you have an hour to kill.
Several of the pins are situated just to the side of tight manicured fairways. Other require a delicate weave through the trees.
Cons: Parking can be a bit of a pickle later in the day. Permits required on weekdays.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: good variety of holes both open and wooded
tight fairways of some homes allow for accuracy and others you can just throw it
Cons: the course like most has a few underbrush issues but mainly...
WHY IS THERE NOT 18 HOLES
the amount of room the university has is insanely large and with the popularity of the sport and amount people that play this course I believe that this course is in desperate need for expansion
Other Thoughts: alternate way to play 18 without having to play 1-8 then go to 4-9 then 1-3 then 9
if hole quality was kept and extended to 18 this would be a 4 or 4.5 for me
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Basic Nine-Hole Course
Pros: I've played these nine holes twice, once in the early summer and once in late fall. It either plays better in the winter or they've just upped the maintenance level because two of the holes were much better the second time around. 1 is actually playable with the tall grass out of the picture. 5, which in teh summer had no line to speak of, suddenly has a nice little path to the basket.
A few trees were planted which helped block the cheat route to the basket on 4. I'm not sure if they were planted for golf purposes, but either way, they helped.
The best hole here is definitely 2. A short tunnel with a hill in the middle, it forces your shot into quite a narrow window and hold that path for a decent amount of distance. It's fun.
Cons: But of the nine holes, there are too many bad layouts to rate this course highly. There is one hole(4) that the ideal shot lands in what I assume is casual water. There is one hole(9) in which the tee is pointing directly into the woods. And there is one hole in which the angle desired is just impossible for a disc to travel.(6)
But mostly, the holes are just too short overall and too lacking in challenge. It's a nice course on a college campus that might introduce a few people to the game, but that's about it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
New Course Layout
Pros: It seems like this course is of deserving some fresh reviews with the new layout. I never played the old one, but the course is a lot better than what it used to be.
Baskets - All in great condition with interesting placements
Tee Pads - Solid concrete that are about average in size
Signage - Accurate and in fantastic shape on every hole
Navigation - Layout flows very nicely, with no repetitive shots or long walks between tees/baskets
Shot Selection - Almost every shot comes into play at some point on this course. No hole is very long, but #2 allows for somewhat of a decent drive. That is if you can keep it in the fairway.
Cons: Upkeep - #1 eats discs due to the overgrowth. The course upkeep has definitely improved over the past few months, but it has a way to go.
Traffic - This course will see a massive growth in players once the Centennial dorms are finished. It isn't terrible in the summer, but when NCSU is in session the traffic increases exponentially.
Utilization of land - There is so much potential for this course, 18 holes is a real possibility. There is definitely room for improvement to utilize all the available land.
Other Thoughts: For a 9 hole course, it isn't bad. Definitely not a destination course, but if you're around Centennial it's a must play. It's a good course to work on your upshots and drives with your putters. #6 is a nice spike hyzer shot. Or a smooth buttery hyzer with your Buzzz SS.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
If you are in the area...
Pros: Great baskets. Great signs. Great tee pads. Very easy to navigate.
Cons: Very poorly designed. Very littered. Rough off the fairways
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 - Might be the best hole in Raleigh. It's stunning when you see it in person.
Hole 2 - A really good short open hole. Great Pin placement
Hole 3 - Might be the worst hole in Raleigh. So many things wrong with it.
Hole 4 - A hole that isn't great, but isn't terrible. I like the amount of options you have off the tee, but it's mainly because none of them are good options
Hole 5 - A great hole. I love holes that you have to throw hyzer or annhzyer, but still control the disc as opposed to just letting it crash
Hole 6 - A cool little short hole. Good pin placement
Hole 7 - Yeah, not sure what we were thinking here
Hole 8 - Not the worst, but definently not a good hole.
Hole 9 - Cool finishing hole. Really like the pin placement.
Overall, this course is ruined by how bad of a hole holes 3 and 7 are. Simple changes could have been made to avoid these. Pretty obvious it was set up by someone at the university who had played a few times with his buddies. If you are in the area, it's quick and easy to play by yourself. But don't make a special trip to play it.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Not too bad
Pros: Decent course, good mix of open and tight shots.
Cons: Very briery on a few holes, not a lot of length.
Other Thoughts: Crying shame that NCSU (an engineering school/design school)
1. only has 9 holes
2. has more land than who knows to build a dg course
3. Could easily incorporate a dg project into some kind of college credit/extra curricular
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
this is the best you can do?
Pros: UPDATE: The course has been semi-redone so I'm redoing my enitre review.
Layout - It's a shorter technical style course that mixes in some open holes. The wooded holes make you hit tight gaps while working the disc a bit. The open holes are just about placement and avoiding some elevation around the greens; there's one throw off a hill.
2 is the best hole out there because they actually cleaned up all of the rough stuff. Now it not only looks much better but plays much better. It's a tight longer tunnel shot with a bump midway you have to go over. The left of the fairway is guarded by large stones.
Just like the old layout it's got a few fun little short shots.
Equipment - Baskets still in good shape, Informative signs with maps of the hole and distances. Concrete teepads.
Atmosphere - They certainly made this part of the park a lot better looking. There used to be a lot of trash and it wasn't well cleared out. Now they've done some nice landscaping on parts and opened it up a bit. It's right next to the lake on Centennial campus and as you're finishing 8 you see the waterfall off the dam.
Cons: Layout - They took out some of the dumbest holes in disc golf and replaced them with one short hyzer shot and a wide open short beginner hole which is just boring.
There's still some really boring short holes out here with a few holes with really tight gaps. Basically if it's meant for newer/casual players it doesn't make much sense on some holes but if it's meant for better players overall the course doesn't have much to offer other than a super quick play.
Equipment - Only real complaint here is parking. You can only park in the park or on the road if you're a student M-F 9-5.
Atmosphere - The course is still all crammed in a small space that follows around a walking trail and a high use park area next to the lake. Watch out for non-discers.
Other Thoughts: Yeah they redid it and yes it improved the course. Though not that much to make me want to go play it regularly. It's still an awkward little course crammed in there that doesn't use the gorgeous lake at all.
My biggest complaint remains, Centennial Campus is huge, there's a lot of unused forest out there with huge elevation changes and great features. The golf course out there is really nice yet for the disc golf course they give you this thing. They didn't even consult or let the NC State disc golf team have any input on the course and it shows.
It's just frustrating being a huge NC State supporter, especially when UNC has an amazing disc golf course.
I don't recommend experienced players come out here unless you're just racking up courses.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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