3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 1) Nice signs with Hole #, Par, distance. No map of the hole but they are all so short that it really isn't needed here.
2) Ace-board at the kiosk up front which I also think is a great idea. It gives people to brag about their aces and takes the focus off of signing the baskets and signs. I am thinking about creating something like this for my home course actually.
3) This is like my home course Valley View in New Berlin, WI. It is basically a deuce or die course. While short, it can still be a lot of fun . . . it can also be very frustrating if you don't make a bunch of birdies.
4) #4 tee has a wood barrier to protect the people on the tee from errant throws from hole #3. The only goofy thing is the gaps are big enough to allow a flat driver to get through, which would really hurt whoever might be sitting on the bench. There was also a net or a fence in one other spot where I noticed errant discs could get into an adjacent fairway.
5) They used a good variety of terrain here and a nice variety of foliage density. There are all sorts of different trees and obstacles here including a few holes with low ceilings which force you to alter your normal throw.
6) #11 is a pretty unique hole . . . it goes down a slight slope out into a field with the basket tucked hard to the left around a woodline but the slope is down and away from the basket the entire way. It calls for a stall shot that cuts hard left to try and get close and I executed the shot perfectly. Unfortunately I missed the putt, but it was a hole design that I have never played.
7) Very much a beginner friendly course. It is short and the challenge is not too punishing. The beauty of it is that there still is enough challenge to keep moderately able players to have some fun executing shots.
8) Bathrooms and water available on the other side of the parking lot from the first tee.
9) There are some alternate basket locations on some of the holes but I don't believe all of them. It's always nice to be able to see a different layout when you go to a course repeatedly.
10) Ace-runs available on most holes . . . but the risk of running at them might make you shoot a lot of pars.
11) Nice yellow banded Innova Discatchers. These are the most attractive basket on the market in my opinion.
12) Designed appropriately for beginners and it did a good job suiting their abilities. Even though I am not a beginner however I can still enjoy the course, really there aren't many courses I won't enjoy playing again, but this one would bring me back for sure.
13) Water in play on a short downhill hole . . . you want to get it close so you don't leave yourself a 40' putt towards the lake.
14) Artificial OB was put in place on one hole to help protect the next fairway even though all it does is punish people who go into the creek . . .I would assume most rec players don't even pay attention to this sort of thing.
Cons: 1) The course is pretty short averaging only about 200' per hole . . . that is a negative for some, but I actually enjoy this kind of course all the time.
2) There are plenty of places where you might be searching for discs (for your beginner friends) but anyone with a decent amount of time under their belt will not miss many fairways out here. There just isn't enough from for average players to be so errant they need to be looking for their disc.
3) Distance variation is minimal and is definitely a lacking feature on this course. There are a couple long holes, but not enough to really make it feel like variety, it feels more like they needed to add a long hole to get you moved through the course.
Other Thoughts: There really are not that many negatives to say about this course because I knew what it was all about before I got there. It will be a perfect course for the young kids at the 2012 Worlds, but even a guy like me can still have fun out here. Is it the greatest course in Charlotte, NO, is it the prettiest course, NO, but it suits a need in disc golf and that is exposure to beginners and it helps to bring new people into the sport. I sure hope people can respect that, if not, don't play here and then complain about it.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: 1978
Thank you for the review I followed up completing Stumpy Creek with Nevin and Nevin with Bailey. I can design beat you up holes :-) I appreciate the realization of the intended target for this course. Beginners.
Hole distance is similar, but shot shapes vary from hole to hole. There simply was not enough room to create open long shots, and it was unecessary for the intended skill level player to have holes over 300'. The intention was to hook beginners to disc golf with varying hole looks that all have the potential for birdie. A beginner course does not need a 500' hole IMO.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
great course, but easy
Pros: Very beginner friendly
Easy course to follow
Don't need to carry a huge bag if you don't want to.
Shots that will make you think. Not necessarily hard for an advanced player, but you will think "do I throw straight at it or take the hyzer route?"
Lots of ace runs!!!!!
Because of how short the course is, it will make you work on your putting and approach game.
Cons: short, short, short!!!!! Bigger arms don't need to carry anything over a fairway driver (if even that).
The course is easy, way too easy. Intermediate players should be able to shoot under par here.
Other Thoughts: If you have a family, this is a great place to play. I'm an Advanced Am player, but I'm a stay at home dad with a 9 month old. The course is very stroller friendly. We use one of the running strollers with the big bike tires. You can get in a quick 18 in easily under a hour and a half easy
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great variety in the shape of each hole - in and out of the trees the entire time. Uphill, downhill, flat, straight, right, left, and every combination. Very well maintained and safe. Good signage. Concrete tees on all but the newest hole. Lots of nice benches. Hole 15 has an alternate pad near the basket for 2 (don't let that confuse you - follow the signage). Anybody who thinks this course is too short will, at least, enjoy letting one rip here.
Cons: The length of each hole is fairly redundant. some of the tee pads are very short, but, then again, it's not like you need a big run-up on most of them. Lack of trashcans and piles of litter in several places (hole 6 is bad). Kind of odd that the last hole goes away from the lot.
Other Thoughts: While most of us will be content with only a couple hole that are 300 ft, if you can throw a driver the length of 2 football fields, this isn't your course. With the addition of the 2 extra holes, It'd be nice to combine #4 & #5 into a 450 grip'n rip hole. The recent improvements for the 2012 worlds will make this a nice warmup course. I like to think of this as an easier Reedy Creek.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
This is Bailey's...
Pros: For what it is, Bailey Road Park DGC is a very nice course. Other than hole lengths this course offers some variety. Bailey is definately a beginners course, great for introducing newbies to the game. For levels higher than beginner this is a midrange practice course with some challanging lines on the drives off some of the pads.
Course is equipped with DISCatchers w/ yellow bands and deep trays. Baskets are in very good condition(outside of "normal" ace tags). Seems a few baskets move between two positions, not sure how common it is for them to be moved. Tee pads are concrete, mixed in size. Size of pads should be a no-issue because of most of the hole lengths. Tee signs are very basic, but informative. Signs display hole number, distance and par. No picture of holes on signs, not necessary as most baskets can be seen from the pad and are not far. Baskets that cannot be seen from tee pad are easily spotted by walking a few steps up the fairway. Benches and trash cans located at about half of the holes, very sufficient.
Most holes would fall into the wide open to mildly wooded category. These more open holes use good use of spotty vegetation to create obsticles and force lines. Wooded holes(about 6 of them) have some technicality to them and allow players to play various lines, which is great for practice rounds.
Elevation is a little more than minimal, giving a few short holes a little more distance. There are no tough uphill walks.
Bonus hole located between holes 11 and 12. Appears to be remaining from the old 9-hole layout. No reason to skip it on a day where its not too busy. The layout sends you down that fairway anyways and it takes you right where you need to go.
Cons: Most of my cons are based on difficulty factors on the course. These did not take away from the fun-having, but might deter some from enjoying the experience.
Longest length of hole is 300' when all pins are in the longs. If you can throw over 250' every hole is birdieable.
Most holes have a large margin for error, so shots missing the intended line by a bunch could still turn out to be great shots. Alot of these holes are straight shots with no significant obsticle in the way. It can lul you to sleep very quickly.
Finish of the course is disappointing. Holes 17 and 18 are very uneventful. Still found it quite quirky that hole 18's tee pad was right at the parking lot and the basket has you walking away from the lot to finish.
Outside of cons listed above there are no other problems to this course that would not make you want to at least check it out. Park is clean, community seems great, users take care of the course and vandalism is at a minimum. Its refreshing to see a course in the vacinity of Charlotte that does not have obscene, silly or perverted markings all over benches and other equipment.
Other Thoughts: Course is suited for;
-Intermediates looking for a boost of confidence
-Advanced and above looking to play deuce-or-die, skins, or ace race type play.
I consider myself between the Int. and Adv. categories and it was refreshing to play a course where I could shut off my brain and not have to worry about shooting double-digits up. Was able to shoot under par while being completely out of focus.
I imagine Bailey has gotten quite a bit more interesting since its transition from 9- to 18-holer. I'll be honest, living over 30 minutes away I wouldn't have even ventured to Bailey had it not been 18 holes or more. I feel I would frequent this course more if I lived closer, but probably won't make the venture again until I am playing Bradford also, and have the time to play them both.
Bailey's close location to Bradford Park allows you to play a nice warm-up round at Bailey before tackling the Bradford beast. The areas of North Meck, Cabarrus and Lake Norman are starting to get their share of courses. Pretty soon there are just going to be too many to play over here, so get out here and use them! Enjoy.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: I put this course on par with Elon Park's Eager Beaver. Course is good for what it was designed for. If you are new to the game; or, have someone with you that is new to the game, this course is almost perfect for you. There are just enough wide open shots to test your distance, along with just enough wooded shots to prepare you for the lumberjack courses the Charlotte area is famous for. You certainly do not want to introduce someone to the game sending them to Renny, Squirrel Lake, Hornet's Nest, etc.
This is a nice, safe environment for established players to work on their short game, for intermediate players to work on whatever they want to, and for beginners to be introduced to the game.
Cons: Pretty muddy/slippery after a rain. Choose your footwear acordingly.
Other Thoughts: 1/11/2013 20-hole layout map added. Holes 13A and 13B used to be on the old course, the 2012 Worlds did not play either. I am certain they will be part of the planned 24-hole design; but in the meantime, there is an 18 or 20 hole layout. Just add the 13A and 13B loop to make the 20 hole layout
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: 1978
I think most of the course is in very good shape. All the play has compacted the soil. Slippery parts to watch out for are the practice basket area. Ditch after hole 7 tee, 8-9 transition, 12-13 transition, 15 fairway, 15-16 transition.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice course very clean. Some what of a short course. There are some tough holes but then there are some pretty simple ones as well. Nice concrete tee pads. This is a perfect course to work on midrange shots and some possible aces.
Cons: Short course. Some of the marking from tee to basket are not correct. Could use score cards.
Other Thoughts: Hole one starts right next to the tennis courts. When you get done playing and its between June and August you can reward yourself with some blackberries right behind 18 basket there are tons of them so enjoy.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Short & Sweet
Pros: - Wasn't crowded. Played twice and never had to wait or felt rushed by people behind us.
- Very cool course in my opinion. Fun and technical. Lots of different shots required.
- You can play it twice in relatively short time. This is a pro since you can quickly switch things up and try something different.
- Clean & quiet
- You won't lose a disc on this course (that's a pro in my book).
- Hole variation. This course has you going in and out of woods, up and down terrain, to the left and right, and straight.
- Highly recommended.
Cons: - I love ripping long drives, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Hole 12, 15, 16 offered a little bit in this area.
- More signage would make it better. We missed hole #12 but that's because we misread the arrow. #13 is in the woods to the right of 12's basket.
- #18 is next to the road leading into the parking area. Just make sure the road is clear before letting it rip if you're starting out
Other Thoughts: This is my first review. I was kinda worried about navigation based off of some other reviews, but was pleasantly surprised to find that we navigated it quite easily so I figured I'd take some fear out of any other newbies looking to try this out.
Arrows pointing to next tee's are very helpful, and, because the actual holes are more short and technical, you can pretty much see the basket from the tee's (except for #7 that's around the bend, #11 which is to the right around the tree line, and #12 but you see that one on the way to the tee box after #11).
If you're in the area for a visit, I recommend it as a fun, technical short game course. If you're not that great with your drives, or are starting off, this would be your course of choice to practice!!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
For your short game...
Pros: - Well maintained.
- Trash buckets or cans at nearly every hole.
- You can tell the community cares about this park.
- Glow Disc Golf at night looks like it could be a great time!
- Great course for beginners and honing in your short game.
- Big pads for short holes!
- The park as a whole is in really great shape.
Cons: - This isn't necessarily a con, as long as you know what to expect, but the course is pretty short. It's great for fast rounds where you only want to take out a couple discs. Intermediate players should be able to play the full course with a putter and a mid-range, while some shots still give you an opportunity to toss a driver if you're feeling aggressive.
Other Thoughts: If you are just learning the game or need to work on your approach accuracy, this is the course for it! Although I'm used to longer courses in the Charlotte area, the quality and care that this course exhibits was still a breath of fresh air. I will certainly return for a fun round to play my short game. There's a nice variety to the holes and you can get a round finished in no time. I played almost three discs consistently and still finished 18 in a hour and a half. If you expect to play a shorter course, you'll have a great time.
Update: For a while now, this course has added a couple more holes, which play well and add to the overall experience. Why pass up the two alternate #13s if you have the time?
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
impressed but what?
Pros: it's an awesome course on how short it is compared to other courses! everything was maintained. I liked the left turns throughout the course just for the fact that majority of my distance throws go left then right
I enjoyed the water hazard at the end of #6 and 9.
holes 1-2-3 and 11 all had the hole signs that had the hole number, par & distance. I don't really know if they're doing something with all the signs or what?? but cant really take that from me I just played for the first time yesterday and decided to tinker on here afterwards.
holes 1-4, 9 & 10, 15-18 are out in the open, which for me is great, i'm great at throwing distance and these hole surely tested my skill.
aside from playing Stumpy Creek in Mooresville this course was a piece of cake in the length of the course in general.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Short but Fun
Pros: - A beautifully manicured park containing a large sports complex is home to the Bailey 18-hole disc golf course. Bailey makes the most of a small pond and wooded area, as well as the slight to moderate elevation changes on site. Most holes are easily reachable with a mid-range or putter, even for beginners or recreational players. For more seasoned players, Bailey becomes a great deuce-or-die course full of fun holes and ace runs while still providing reasonable risks and a few challenges. The course starts out relatively open before weaving in and out the woods for the rest of the holes.
- Holes 7, 8 and 9 play around a small pond and are great holes with pin positions that take advantage of the inherent risk of getting plastic wet. #9 is a downhill ace run between a high tension tower with the pond directly behind the pin.
- Good pin positions and greens in general. Where possible, pins are protected with trees, elevation, and/or water.
- The course in general has a nice flow between up, down, left, right and mixes hole styles well throughout.
- Grippy, new concrete tee pads in great shape. Maybe a little on the short side, but longer ones aren't really needed for this course.
- At least some holes have multiple pin positions. It appeared that the more open holes tended to have double pin placements.
- Signs show distance, par, and hole number but do not have a map. Next tee signage as needed.
- Scattered trashcans and benches.
Cons: - The sign distances didn't seem accurate in places, unless the measurement was for another pin position.
- #18 finishes leading away from the parking area and #1. An awkward finish to an otherwise solid course.
Other Thoughts: - While nothing spectacular, Bailey is a fun little course great for beginners or for a quick putter/midrange round. Lots of fun shots throughout that would definitely have me coming back for more if I lived nearby.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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