Nice water course, could be improved
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very fun course around a scenic lake outside of Wilson, NC. Far and away the best pro for me was the beautiful setting. It's a peaceful, clean park with mature pine trees, not too thick, around a lake. I think disc golf should be relaxing and stress-relieving. I can't think of a better setting than Lake Wilson for that.
It's also a nice, challening course. There are some holes with decent distance. I loved the two water-carry holes, 5 and 18. I'm a big fan of water courses and this one doesn't disappoint.
There's a good mix of shots needed off the tee: hyzer, anhyzer, technical, and long. Also, there aren't many better finishing holes than #18 at Lake Wilson: from one side of the lake to the other.
Cons: I really enjoy water courses -- and Lake Wilson might be the prettiest one I've played -- but I sure wish that all of the water was in the lake and not on the fairways! The standing water, mud and slop were out of control. Drainage is a big problem.
Navigation was also a problem. It shouldn't be that hard: the course takes you around the lake, then eventually you double-back along the water's edge and finish with 18 across the lake. However, many tees are missing signs. And some tees are so hard to spot, i had to double-back several times when I walked up to a basket that I hadn't teed off for.
Speaking of tees, they're just ground up concrete, dirt, and rocks. The drainage issue fits here too. I chose to tee off beside the pads on several holes.
Other Thoughts: On the plus side, the navigation problem is an easy fix. Installing better tee pads would help a lot too. Unfortunately, i don't know what can be done about the drainage problem. Try playing it after several days of sunny weather!
If you're near Wilson, definitely give this one a shot. It's a beautiful course, challenging, with opportunities to bomb, and water carries, which are always fun in my book.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There isn't a ton of land here, all around the edges of a good sized lake. That means two things: the holes are going to be crammed into the space and water is going to be present on a lot of them. The course starts fairly blandly. Solid but not great until around 11. Then wow, some long holes as the woods gets progressively thicker and open fairways with sparse trees became tree lined. 12 is long, and each step is like dropping further into the abyss. 13 is shorter and just as wooded. The woods lighten again by 16 but the hole is so long and so nicely curving to the right that the water isn't needed. 13-17 all play with the water on the right but there is a long of trees along most of the water's edge so they aren't too watery. If there is a hyzer route over the water on one of them, I either missed it or the trees have grown in to block it. Still, a good set of holes that feature slight uphills, good throwing lines and lead to 18, a 200-foot water carry to the basket back by the third tee.
There is another carry on 5, a shorter distance but with a smaller window to hit on the opposite side of the water. The first interesting hole although group that follows it aren't bad. You have to pick a line through the trees and the 8 basket sits on the park's only bit of elevation.
Tee signs show the layout of the hole and distances have been handwritten onto the post so no complaints there. Navigation is a breeze as the tee is always visible from the basket and there are rarely two in sight. Pretty good course for intermediate players and I wouldn't even dissuade beginners, although the length of 11 and 12 may frustrate them.
Cons: The worst is the beginning sequence. The first four holes travel along the edge of the lake but the water barely comes into play. They are simple straightforward holes that are quite possibly going to have non discers on them. To be fair a lot of the fairways could have people walking on them here but it seems like the first four are going to be occupied more frequently, being as they are on the only path from the parking lot to the rest of the park.
There's a lot of extra walking because 18 leaves you so far from the parking lot and the 18 tee is so far from the basket for those bound to the earth. From the 18 tee, you have to walk back along four fairways to return so you become the unwanted obstacle for players coming up. It's much better this way than forcing more holes running parallel to the first four, but it's tedious.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
What a hike
Pros: Very fun front 9. Really enjoyed 5 with it crossing the corner of the lake. Also liked hole 8 with it being slightly uphill and basket is on mound. Holes 11,12,13 were a very nice challenge. Would be nice to see parks and Rec cut low hanging limbs that are in fairway. It takes the line away.
Cons: Old discatcher (single chains). Long walk to hole 1 from parking lot. Water is in play on 5 or 6 holes if you take a bad kick. Would have rated better if there was a bridge to cross at 18. It's already a lot of walking and then to finish 18 you have to make a 5-7 minute walk back by hole 1,2,3,4,5 and 13.
Other Thoughts: It was nice to get away from heavy traffic disc golf and come to a course where you are the only one playing. Also water is VERY DARK/DEEP!! 2 guys I played with lost discs on rollaways and we never got them back.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Perfect little starter course
Teesigns with hole shape, but no distance
Superior use of a nearly impossible to use land. The land this course is on is very narrow an oddly shaped, yet somehow they made it work.
Holes 1 and 2 are short and simple with some water on left. They are nice warm up holes that are beginner friendly. The entire front 9 is a low stress beginner friendly course with few blind holes that does not resort to becoming a boring pitch and putt.
the back 9 quickly changes gears to longer tougher holes.
2 hole 18's. Hole 18A is a tee, water, and a basket with nothing but water as your fairway. It is a short hole, but you have to over throw or risk getting soggy.
5 is a short shot over the water, but a devious stump acts as a baseball bat knocking discs into the water.
Cons: Gravel and natural tees that are in need of work.
Signs do not have distance.
11 could cause confusion. 15's basket is visable from the tee, but the actuall basket is to the right up a small hill.
16 is an odd tee location that faces 45 degrees from the fairway.
1/4 mile walk from tee 18A to the basket. 1/2 mile walk from basket 18 back to parking lot.
Other Thoughts: If you are bringing children to play I would suggest they play the front 9 then go enjoy the playground that is on site.
There are 2 holes where there is clear risk of water and numerous others where your disc could end up in the water if you make a mistake.
Bring a towel, I wound up in the water twice on holes where I had no business being near the water.
This is the type of course that I would consider a perfect beginner course. It is fair and starts off very tame but the back 9 shows new players what they are in for at other courses. I would like to give the designers a 5 for thier use of the land, you really need to see an overhead view to fully grasp what they had to work with.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Life is like a box of chocolates!
Pros: 18 hole course set in a small park surrounding a small lake. Nice setting for a course.
Navigation is simple and aided by a map at first tee. All holes have basic signs and flat very playable natural tee pads.
Hole length variety is excellent. There are holes from 184' all the way to 675'. There is a good mix with holes in the 200's, 300's and 500's.
Hole variety is pretty good. There are some holes along the lake, some holes in a sparsely wooded setting and some long tight lines. There is a little something for everybody at Lake Wilson.
Cons: Natural pads could be upgraded.
Signs don't tell distance or give much information.
Course has a gravel road and some trails used for walking throughout. During peak times there is probably interference with other park users.
Long walk around lake to basket 18.
Other Thoughts: This course was better than what I expected. It starts slow with 4 short holes along the lake. At this point you will be asking yourself if the drive was really worth it. Even if you came from the next town over. But then things start to look up.
#5 is a nice, short ace run over the lake. Only 182' so not much water risk, but fun.
Holes 6-10 are basic holes playing through mostly open ground with some large trees mixed in. Each hole has multiple lines to the basket and nothing is too tight.
#11 and #12 are the 2 long holes that make you realize the drive was worth it. 11 plays along an OB road and is mostly open, but finishes in the trees. #12 has a typical long, tight, wooded feel that NC golf is known for. It's 561' and fairly narrow.
13 -15 are shorter, but maintain some tight lines near the water.
16 and 17 are similar to the 6-10 stretch. Just typical open with large trees fairways and multiple lines. Although 16 may have a huge hyzer route over the water if you are feeling brave.
18 is a 204' shot back over part of the lake. Just a wide open hole with some water risk. Not a bad hole until you realize it will take you 10 minutes to walk around and find your disc.
This course is fairly flat and open so wind becomes a factor on the water holes and the open holes.
There is nothing exceptional at this course, but it does offer a multitude of lengths and shots. It offers some water risk, some tight lines and some flat out bombs. Any course with this many features is worth playing. If you're in the Wilson area make sure you stop and give Lake Wilson a try.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Day @ the Lake
Pros: Layout - The course is designed well in terms of mixing up hole types and distances. You'll see some more open shots near the beginning and the more you get in to the course the more the trees become a factor.
The course runs up and down the edge of the lake and it is a factor on quite a few holes. Only two holes actually cross the water and they're both shorter water carries. The proximity to the water makes wind a huge factor here.
The wooded holes do a good job of making you shape shots and be accurate through gaps; while the more open holes sometimes give you a few trees to maneuver around while being conscious of the water.
There are also some OB lines running down some of the longer interior holes which makes drive placement a key.
There's not a huge amount of elevation change but the rolling hills out there are used very well in the way the greens are positioned.
Overall I'd say it's a well rounded course despite its limitations. It flows well and you never find yourself in question of where to go next.
Atmosphere - Very scenic park right on Lake Wilson. There's a few swampy bits right on the edge in the back part but for the most part it's a great place to play disc golf.
Equipment - The baskets were in good shape and there's a map with scorecards at the beginning of the course. There are signs letting you know where the tees are.
Cons: Layout - My biggest problem with the layout is that the front part of the course mainly consists of straight on shots with the lake on one side. Although there are more obstacles and tighter gaps towards the middle the fairways don't have a lot of shape.
Some of the holes are positioned very close to each other as well. I ended up on another fairway a few times which isn't hard to do.
#16 was questionable for me because it was unclear of which route was intended from the tee. It appears there should be a hyzer route over the water but there was a huge branch blocking it, the left route shoots you right towards another fairway.
#18 is just poor design in my book. You're asked to throw a water carry then take a 5 minute walk down around the water over to the green. Somebody could easily sit there and grab your disc.
There's a trail running through the course area as well which could be a problem at times considering there are a few blind shots near it.
Atmosphere - Just a few swampy bits right near the water on the back part, not really that bad in itself. Standing water is probably a problem here when it rains.
Equipment - The tee signs don't give you any information other than the hole #. The pads are just sand and gravel framed in to the ground. They're very uneven and not my favorite.
Other Thoughts: If more holes had shape to them this would be a better course. The land just had limitations but it's a beautiful park and a great place to spend a day. If it's windy you'll encounter a serious challenge out there.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: First few holes are an ace run. New Basket placement on hole #8 (top of hill). Good Mix of water and fairway areas. Hole #11 no out-of-bounds play anymore (excluding water).
Cons: The course is very poorly designed. It's not even worth going to the course without other experienced players that have played it. There are at least 50 trees that need to be cut down before the course becomes reasonable. Hole # 13 are trees to the left and right with barely enough room to get your disc through a gap and there are even more trees in front of those trees. Easy to lose a disc. Hole # 14, there is no line. You have to get lucky enough to get a birdie without hitting a tree. Hole # 16 (678ft Par5), the tee-pad is facing the opposite direction. The idea of the tee facing over the water is to throw a 500ft back to the left in which the risk/reward is entirely to high. Hole #18, you throw over water and walk about half a mile before you get to the landing area, (five min walk). Lastly, most of the baskets have one set of chains which are old and rusted (need 2/3 sets of chains OR New Baskets).
Other Thoughts: Hole #5 can be a hassle because of branches, but very good place over the water! Very hard to call this your home course, considering that I live here. It takes about 2 hours to play this course, bring plenty of water.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A couple of pros:
The first is the actual hole layouts. I thought the holes were generally good with easy per 3's, tough par threes and a couple of par 4's. The wind and water definitely added to the difficulty of several of the easier holes
Navigation was easy with most of the tees easily spotted from the previous hole.
Also, the lake makes the course quite scenic
Cons: There are quite a few cons which drive my 2.5 rating.
- first is the tee pads. They seemed like a mix of san and gravel and several had some standing water after a rain overnight. They were framed in so it wouldn't be too difficult to make them concrete.
- next is the overall course layout. Many of the holes were very close to other holes. I suspect there is a lot of waiting when the course is more crowded.
- there were tee signs, but there were no distances on them so they did little more than act as directional guides.
- based on the walking path that wove through a number of the holes I suspect there is some contention with pedestrians during prime times.
Some individual hole comments:
15 - I think the design of the hole is to throw a hyzer out over the water and come back into the fairway. But the water was high and the risk/reward was definitely not worth it. So it forced an anny or turnover shot where you were throwing back towards another hole.
18 - an ok hole just throwing across the lake, but the walk from the tee to the basket was terrible. Not only did it take 5 minutes or so, but you had to cross over at least 4 or 5 other holes. It would be great if there was a bridge across the thin portion of the lake near the hole.
Other Thoughts: Despite all of the cons and the relatively few pros, I did enjoy my round there and will go back. It helped that I played in the morning when no one else was around. I think with some tees and a few navigational/layout improvements this could be a really good course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Wind and Water
Pros: Came back to update my review... New basket on #1. Good mix of water and open areas to crank one. First few are very aceable.
Cons: This course is not the best design. The first 4 holes are all less than or right at 300', in the middle of the pedestrian walkway, which can be a pain. Many fairways/walks to next tee cross each other, and can be hectic. Biggest problem is the quality of the baskets, at least 15 baskets only have one set of outer chains, and are old and rusted.
Other Thoughts: This course has started to grow on me a little...After the front 9, the course veers into a narrow wooded area that require precision shots. The walk from 18 tee to green is a pain, and with so much space it could be fixed easily. If it has rained recently, be prepared to bring boots because the course gets very muddy.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful course. I have played this course twice now. It has a really good mix of short and long holes. The first couple of holes are almost just ace runs which I really like. I liked how the course flowed around the lake, putting the lake in your way or in your sight making it a factor on about 9 holes. It also forces you to throw over open water.
At hole one, they have a box full of score cards and there are suppose to be pencils there. The score cards have the distance of each hole, pars and the layout of the course which really comes in handy since the tee signs do not have the distances listed.
Cons: There is an unbelievable amount of mosquito's out there. Make sure you bring bug spray, its just as important as your discs.
There are no tee pads. There was a couple of holes where I was not sure exactly where to throw from.
A couple of holes run together. It actually it not that big of a deal. It will not affect normal play but any tournament play I could possibly see problems coming up.
Hole 18 is kind of a inconvenience because you have to walk all the way around part of the lake. It is a good 5min walk. Plus you are walking through holes 7, 5, 4, and 3. It would be great for them to put a long bridge/fishing bridges so it could cut down walking time.
Other Thoughts: I like this course. It is quite challenging. It has a really good combo of short and long holes.
I think if some holes were tweaked and some tee pads were thrown down, this would become a very sought after course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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