2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Bailey is a fun rec-level ("red") course in North Mecklenburg County. It's great for beginners or players looking to practice their putt and approach games.
The average hole distance is about 220 feet, with about half of the course (roughly 10 holes) at 200 feet or less. Only 6 holes are 250 or more, four of those being holes 14-17. The two longest holes are only 300 feet.
The course starts out with a few open holes. It's park golf with a few guardian trees and other obstacles (power towers), some nice elevation, and good for watching the full flight of the disc.
Holes 6 through 8 are more wooded and technical. Holes 7 and 9 play to baskets near a pond. The course opens up again with holes 9 through 11, then back in the woods for 12 and 13 and their various alternate layouts.
You finally get to the longer holes at #14. The longest holes are 14 and 17 (300"), 15 (285"), and 16 (255").
+ Lots of ace runs, good course to practice "upshots off the tee" and putters off the tee.
+ Very well kept. The grass was actually being cut while I was playing.
+ Good elevation, good holes to watch the flight of the disc.
+ Easy navigation if you are new to the course and playing without a regular (like I was).
+ Good tee pads and baskets.
Cons: For a beginner or for practicing short holes, Bailey is great. I would highly recommend it. But a big part of my score is the challenge a course presents. That's why I gave it a 3.0. Again, this isn't a knock on Bailey, as it was designed as a red-level course. But advanced players aren't going to find much of a challenge here. Intermediate players will enjoy the ace runs and many more birdies than they're used to carding, but again, not too much of a challenge.
The rough on some of the open holes, particularly the power line holes, was some pretty high grass and weeds. I didn't lose any discs, but the potential for losing a disc is there. The beginners this course was designed to cater to will have to watch out on these holes.
Other Thoughts: This isn't going to be a destination course, especially in Charlotte, but it's a lot of fun. If you're looking for a warm-up to Charlotte's epic courses, or if you're new to the game, definitely try out Bailey.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Cool putter course.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -I liked Bailey. It's a really short putter course with some really interesting lines and elevation. While it is a pitch and putt, it does have holes that won't work with a putter because of fairways being sharp. Knowing that I am not an accurate player, this was great practice for my short game.
-Very well kept. There were guys cutting the grass when it wasn't even that high. The underbrush isn't too bad either. Definitely shows that people enjoy the course because of the maintenance.
-Navigation is pretty straightforward. You'll usually see the next tee-pad from the proceeding hole, and if you don't, you'll see a next tee arrow. #18 also ends at the parking lot so it ends in a circle.
-Good chance for an ace. If you live around here, then I would think there's a good chance you've made one here or more. Every hole is reachable for an intermediate player.
-Some fun and unique holes out here. #9 was really fun throw under the power line. #12 was a nice downhill hyzer. #12A has an elevated basket, and #12C almost plays as a drop shot. #18 was also a scenic finisher.
-Tee pads and baskets are in good shape.
Cons: -While I said that the underbrush wasn't too bad (it really isn't), that doesn't mean that you can't lose a disc. My friend and I found a D4 on hole 3 and it belongs to Another Round Disc Golf. We got a 10% discount! But disregarding that, you could lose sight of your disc. Either because of the blind shots or simply because you lost track of where it went.
-Sorry, but #12B is a goofy, wonkidy hole. It's a 185' dogleg full of roots just waiting to stop you from a skip shot. Under 200' but you can't really get close unless you by some luck go around the cluster of trees. Following the fairway won't really get you close. Super easy par, but you'll probably make a longish putt if you were to birdie. Yep, that's called being Schwartzed. Thought #11 was a filler. It's like 160' and plays as a flick toss around the underbrush, but could be played as a jump putt across it. Few other potential filler holes out here.
-I liked it, but if you don't have fun at short courses, you'll want to go play Bradford or Robbins. The shortness is not a con for me, but it's potential con to some people.
Other Thoughts: -Bailey is a cool course. It's there for a good warm up round or for an ace race. A few of the pads are a little small, but nothing too bad aside from some of them being raised. Course has good elevation, as there are a few steep uphills and steep downhills. Felt a bit like Glenn Hilton on the wooded holes.
-My favorite hole was actually #15. It's a sweet downhill flick shot. Almost aced it and rolled down into the woods. Similar to #16 at Nevin except that the basket is where you would want your drive to land if you were playing #16 at Nevin.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: 1978
Thanks for the review.
11 wasnt a filler, but between the powerline company cutting out the trees and the park brush hogging, it became way easier.
12b you just need to know how to play it. It is not a Russell hole. Russell holes have odd turns that give you no possible look, just to appear hard. This hole is a little more devious. It looks like a hard hyzer but it is not. An anny flick with a stable mid parks this hole every time. It is meant to look like a hyzer but actually be a better Lefty anny or sidearm anny. It is easily 2'd in glow all the time. Almost a gimme hole.
Understand the rating, even if I feel courses should be rated according to the target they serve. This is a 4* + course for families, beginners, disabled, elderly etc. Navigation, signage, upkeep and variety is there for 4 disc rating. Even though I am partial to this course, I would rate a similar course in this condition over a 4* because it is the perfect course for what it was meant to be. A super long advanced level course with a poor design and maintenance shouldnt rate higher than this course just because of the length or difficulty.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course has more holes for your throwing pleasure. Hole #13 actually has four different tees/baskets. This course has a good variety of elevation and wooded/non-wooded holes. I feel its a good intermediate course. It is signed fairly well and not much chance of losing a disc,
Cons: Basket #1 as missing. Not much else to say. I found it the next time I went to play. I just didn't look well enough.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice "easy" course to play with a good variety of basket placements. I've played this course a few times now, and enjoy it more every time I play it.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: 1978
4 Helpful / 0 Not
#1 was never missing. Sign was incorrect when hole made a little longer for a period of time. You could clearly see 1's basket from the tee though, just 100ft longer.
Pros: One of the best red/white level courses that I have played. Very designs can tread the edge of making a course appropriate for that skill level without making it boring but Bailey Road is a prime example of how to do that right and if I had started playing on the course, my enthusiasm would have developed much more quickly. Open holes, wooded holes, flat holes, uphill, holes, downhill holes. Everything is here and all at a level that shouldn't overload new players. The wooded fairways are generous, forgiving of lines that aren't perfect but punishing of shanks and noob hyzers. The open holes add a little length but not so much that it is going to take a rookie a half-dozen throws to traverse them. Most importantly, the navigation is easy with both tee signs and next arrows the wooded sections are clean enough so that disc searches will rarely be a problem. Great course for appealing to new players and encouraging them but still manages to be interesting to those that have been around a bit.
The course starts off fairly simply, with a few flat holes that are mostly open but there is really quite a bit of variety, highlighted by 15's long uphill climb through the woods. 10 provided a similar climb but in an open setting, while I think it was 13A that had a nice left-curving downhill to a fairway that slopes sharply to the right as the basket is approached. I also like the blind toss with a right hook at the very end on 9? (I'm not sure, the pictures on the sits seem to be outdated.)
Cons: It's great that the course caters to a specific demographic and one that is not served by the other two course in the area. It really does a fantastic job of hitting that mark. But veterans should not think of this as a destination course. It's not going to wow anyone, or leave too much of a memory as time goes by. It's interesting but not that interesting. And that's really it. As such, straddles the line between a 3 and a 3.5 for me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: 1978
I think the holes you mentioned:
12 is the downhill curl to the left.
13A&B are shorties in the woods
Right hooking shot you thought was 9 was probably hole 15 (9 is under the power lines to the pond) 15 is a hole that would fit on any skill level course. Course was designed for a certain demo, thanks (makes a great glow golf course every Monday evening)
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Beginner Level Course
Pros: The Bailey Road Disc Golf Course is a great beginner level course. You have to know that when reviewing the course, and not unfairly compare it to something it was not intended to be.
The hole layouts make excellent use of the layout of the land and it has a natural flow from hole to hole. It does not seem to favor righties or lefties and offers a wide variety of shots to score well. It's a really good place to play a quick round, in under an hour, and work on your approach shots. It's also a friendly course with respect to finding discs and not getting punished severely for a poor shot as a beginner.
The maintenance of the course is also really solid. For the most part, if you veer into the woods with a shot, you won't get too beat up by briars looking for a disc.
Cons: When you realize the course is intended to be a course for beginners, it's difficult to find a con to the course. I would like to see a tee pad clearly marked on 15, but as noted in the previous review, that is only missing due to repaving of the pathway and is noted and will soon be resolved. The growth left of the path on 16 could be trimmed down as well, buuuuut I suspect that is not allowed to prevent a runoff issue from the soccer fields. Honestly, it is difficult to think of any negatives when you review it as a course intended for beginners and is family oriented. You won't find 400-foot tee shots needed, but you shouldn't - that would defeat the purpose of the course.
Other Thoughts: They run a night disc golf league on Monday nights. Random doubles and it's really laid back and fun. I played for the first time this past Monday and really enjoyed playing. I will definitely play again this upcoming Monday, weather permitting. You should definitely look into trying the night disc golf league if you have the time!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but fun! Beautiful park.
Pros: My wife and I have only been playing for a few weeks and we found this a very nice play to play for our skill level. While she has no aspirations to work at her game, she likes to get out there with me for some exercise and this setting was perfect.
We played on a Saturday morning and it was a bit crowded but once play started, it moved right along and we played all 20 holes in 73 minutes based on my scoring app.
This was only the 5th different course we've ever played and one thing I really did like was the practice basket right at the first tee. The practice basket had markers at varying distances so you knew how long of a practice putt you were making.
It was really nice to see other people with you kids out there.
Lastly, there were no holes where we worried about losing a disc. There is a pond beyond the basket on one hole and off to the right on the tower hole but you would have to be way off your mark to lose it in the water. Right now it's mostly mud due to the drought we're in.
Cons: It was almost too short. I don't think I used anything more than a mid-range with several holes only requiring a putter. While a con for some, I found this a great way to work on approaches and putting.
The tee box for the 15th tee wasn't readily apparent. Fortunately I did recall reading beforehand that there was one tee box on a walking/bike path and we figured out where we needed to be although some markings on the pavement would have been nice.
Other Thoughts: I'm still making my way through all of the local courses. Thus far, this has the most eye appeal and is best for a casual round with the wife and/or kids. If you want more of a challenge, consider Robbins Park, which is still new and evolving but much more difficult in my opinion.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: 1978
Sorry!!! They repaved the walkway on 15 and my Tee Marks are gone. I will repaint them. ASAP -Mark
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Compact but a great starter course
Pros: Course is a beginner to intermediate level course set in the middle of a multi use park. Great course to learn how to play.
Baskets - 20 grippy discatchers that were highly visible. Course also had practice basket with markers surrounding each hole.
Tees - Each hole had a grippy concrete tee. 1-3 had large concrete tees. 15's tee was on an asphalt walking trail. 3-14 and 16-18 had shorter concrete tees that had a little extra space built in to the back to allow run ups.
Signs - Each hole listed distance, par, hole number, and had an arrow that resembled the required throw for the hole. Billboard at start of course with some info on the sport. Several next hole signs between each hole.
Variety - Although the holes here are all on the shorter side, no two holes were alike. Course had a few open holes, but the rest were either uphill and wooded or downhill and wooded. Very technical course that would benefit any beginner to intermediate level player. 1-4 and 18 were the only flat holes here.
Hole 9 stood out. Fairway goes under a tower holding power lines and was downhill. Try not to overshoot towards the right because there is a pond.
Park had trash cans and benches near each hole.
Course is a confidence booster for any advanced player.
Family friendly - Saw several kids playing with parents as well as teenagers.
Ace run for more experiences players.
Easy to navigate.
Cons: Although a pro, this course is an ace run. Would be too easy for most intermediate or pro level players.
Not sure why there were a few long tees and a several shorter ones. Make them all the same length (long) so that there is unity in the course.
Course could use alternate tees that are either more challenging or same distance. It would allow more playability.
Course can get very busy. Be prepared to wait on a few holes.
Poison ivy throughout the wooded holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to have in any community. Although it was on the shorter side, it was technical. Would be a great starter course for anybody. It is not intimidating at all.
Would recommend this to any beginner or intermediate level player in the area or traveling through. Would definitely be too easy for a pro player. Each hole has an opportunity for an ace. I really enjoyed it and my fiance played every hole with me. She had a great time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is easy to follow and has some nice technical holes. It has a practice basket and the OB isn't too thick for the most part. It can be played in a short time and the rest of the park is nice for the rest of the family. It also has nice manicured look to the whole place being a county park.
Cons: It is relatively short. and there are a couple holes that could have a better layout.
Other Thoughts: I will play it again when I'm in the area.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Short, fun, crowded layout
Pros: -Fun, short holes
-Although short, the holes often required thought and shot placement
-Good mix of wooded, and open holes
-In an active park with activities for the rest of the family
Cons: -In an active park with plenty of activities for plenty of other people to get in the way
-Crowded course layout with many tee boxes close to the previous basket. An errant shot could easily land in the fairway or tee area of the next hole
-Did I mention crowded? Between the golfers, kids playing and other park goers, tennis players, walkers and hikers it can get pretty busy. Not the course designers fault, but unfortunately still a con
-Older/missing tee signs
Other Thoughts: This course being designed for Juniors, and beginners is spot on. The shorter hole lengths make it easy on newer players, but the challenging pin placements keep it from being too easy. Even a seasoned player will still have to think about what and where to throw here
I did enjoy playing the course as it's a fun alternative to the longer typical courses, and can easily be played with a Mid and Putter, with maybe one longer fairway disc. Maybe..
The course layout being so close together in some places meant there were several tee pads close to the previous pin, which I'm not a big fan of, and one of the reasons my rating for the course fell. ******UPDATE***** There have been some changes to the tee box on I believe hole 10-11 area that was one of the biggest hazards. BIG improvement here!
Fun course, but don't come expecting a championship level, long bomb course. As long as you know what you're getting, I think this is a great example of a short course. Perfect for introducing a new player to the sport, practicing your mid range and putter game, or Glo golf. I love this course for what it is.
Worth a try!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Best short course around
Pros: You have to take this course for what it is.. a short course meant for beginners/intermediate players. So "not long enough cant be a con".
Course is well designed and has great ratio of woods to opens... and right to left shots.
So taking that in to effect this is def the best short course i have ever had the pleasure of playing.
Cons: Too many briars! Some areas get extremely muddy after rain.
Other Thoughts: Cant get much better for a short course.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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