12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -An 18-hole 4-layer course variety that starts with holes 1-5 along a lake thru light trees, light trees with no lake interference holes 6-10, 11-15 thru heavy woods, and 16-18 finish up thru lights woods. Holes 1-5 plays flat, the rest of the course a gentle slope. Most of the course is wind dominant. There are a few roller greens.
-If you've played here prior to 2018 the course has been realigned. Hole 18 no longer plays over the lake, only hole 5 still has a water carry offering a unique experience. Holes 7-11 have been re-aligned and re-numbered. It looked like the water carry on hole 16 has been eliminated by brush.
-Holes 1-5 rank in my top 15 for a stretch of difficulty where a tree deflection or fairway skip can put you in the water to the left or heavy brush to the right.
-Tee signs when present had hole number, par, distance, and simple map graphics.
-Navigation is counter-clockwise, you'll need UDisc to help with navigation. Hole transition will be smooth for repeat rounds.
-From the bag on the tee nice variety of putter's, fairways, and drivers.
-Beginners and Recreational will find difficulty on most of the course. Intermediate and Advanced will have some good challenges on some holes.
Cons: -On a below freezing Saturday morning I was stunned to find a couple of dozen walkers on or just off the fairway that I waited on. Then there were a few more dozen that I saw but didn't encounter. I waited at least 10 minutes on fairways to clear out, and quickly played to avoid the next swarm coming. They were coming across a bridge from a few subdivisions. And I thought I was going to be in the clear with the below freezing temps. Worse congestion I have seen on a course, and I was the only disc golfer. Holes 1-5 you are going to have walkers coming directly at you. The only respite you'll have from walkers will be holes 11 thru 15 nobody was walking into the heavy woods.
-Navigation from holes 6 thru 11, and hole 18 is horrible from the realignment. Baskets are still not numbered correctly from 4 years ago. Did a lot of UDisc checking, and I still played the wrong basket on 10, when I thought 15 was it on my approach.
-Hole number 8 basket is missing, and it looks like it's been missing for at least a few years. I was already aware, so I played hole 9 tee pad.
-Tee pads are dirt and rutted in some places. Some tee signs were missing. Looks like no course Maintenace is being performed?
-It's a 3-minute walk from parking to first tee, 9-minutes from 18 basket back to parking, and I walk briskly. On the way back to parking keep your eyes up for any incoming disc from hole 5 to hole 1.
-Lost disc potential is high holes 1 thru 5. I lost 2 discs skipping basket high hole 1, and a tree hit on 5 just short of basket, both into the water. Holes 11-15 offers heavy brush, trees, and lake.
Other Thoughts: Lake Wilson with the variety of golf, lake views, wind play, sloping hills, and the unique lakeside holes 1-5 should be rated at least a 4.0. But there are just too many cons, and my personnel con was the course congestion by non-players. I was either waiting or rushing shots, or quicking my pace to keep ahead of those behind me or those I saw off in the distance coming at me. I could only imagine what it's like on a warm weekend. It's a course where I wish I could have soaked it all in instead of rushing it, the layout is good enough for it. Even if I had played on a weekday, the navigation mess would have still kept my overall rating down.
My overall rating is anchored on the variety of the layout at a 4.5. The time to play with the delay's was 1 hour, knock off 10 minutes without the waiting 50 minutes, but add on 12 minutes to reach tee 1, and parking after 18 not included in my 1 hour.
Course Humor or Stalker?
-After I teed #1 to reach down to my bag I noticed about 30 feet behind me a lady in winter clothing, dark sunglasses doing yoga stretching, thought nothing of it. On the green turned around, there she was again behind me, a little creepy. She followed me all the way to the 5th basket, after a few holes it became amusing.
-No. 13 Par 3 at 204 feet a fairway that meanders left and a flat hole with heavy trees all the way down. Middle right halfway down is thick grass with shallow water soaking in from the lake. Gaps as small as 5 feet with the first just 40 feet down fairway. A few guardian trees around basket. Pulled out my Pig and hit a tree halfway down fairway.
-No. 15 Par 3 at 272 feet with more heavy trees on a gentle up slope, fairway meanders to the left. The tee is aimed right center at about 100 feet is a shelf rolling down to the thick grass and water all the way to basket. A few guardian tees around basket, right of basket a roller green to water and grass. Fairway is wide enough but hitting a tree on the right side would not be such a bad thing.
No. 5 Par 3 at 182 feet is the only lake carry hole. The tee has a little elevation with a tee gap in front of about 15 feet away, and 5 feet wide. The water was deep when I played and needed about 170 feet to clear, the basket sits on a roller green. There is a clump of trees just to the left of basket and just beyond the water. The hole is scenic, would be more scenic in the warmer months. I lost my second disc of the round hitting the first tree, watch it drop to the ground and rolled right in the water, I used to have 2 pigs. Still a fun throw!
-No 3. Par 3 at 295 feet straight away lakeside hole with heavy bushes to the right, and just off the tee pushing you to the left. To the left of the tee just 20 feet is a lone tree narrowing your aspect down fairway. The lake is to your left, and from the tee your angle towards the water which is left center fairway. The basket sits left center, open, a roller green to the water just outside C1. There is a scattering of trees in the fairway some with canopy, a duo in the center about 150 out, to their left a lone tree by the water. Outside C2 another lone tree left by the water, and a trio of trees right center. The placement of trees, and canopy shut down elevated lines. You can hyzer low skip to the right with an early release into the bushes, and if you low skip left and miss the hyzer into the water about 210 feet out. After losing a disc on #1 eh! Managed to skip a Boatsman from the left which I use for these types of shots, and it work out well enough.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous view, decent amount of water hazards and not too much to scare the amateurs.
Cons: The baskets need to be renumbered, but it's easy to figure out what they are supposed to be.
Other Thoughts: Perfect place to take an evening walk in the spring or fall.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: To preface this review, understand that this is a tricky piece of property for designing a golf course. Any designer is going to have to get creative to put 18 holes in b/c the park narrowly wraps around the lake. So holes 1-4 are on land so narrow that you can't really have 4 holes going the opposite direction. That means weird, long walks are inevitable.
PROS: The lake is nice. It's big, really wet, and generally watery. Wind blows off it. Riparian animals are around, like waterfowl and stuff. It comes into play quite often but only two real water carries if those scare you.
The baskets are old Discatchers with the inner set of chains that just dangle in loops. They still catch really well though. Tees are not terribly hard to find even though most are missing their signs. There's only so much land to walk around so you can't spend too much time hunting the next tee. After hole 5, you get a lot of nice city-park style holes with mowed fairways and scattered old growth trees to avoid. Some of these have multiple lanes that are all viable so you can choose your own adventure. Some of these holes have a goodly amount of distance, 500-600' or so, very get-able par 4's. Quirky greens like hole 6 or 7 with the basket on a nice little knoll. For the most part, it's enjoyable.
Cons: Tees are just sandy pits. A lot of the holes are really close to the lake so they could be swampy after a rain. A lot of the really wooded holes don't have much of a fairway, a signature Schwartz design. You basically throw down the walking path that loops around the entire park so be on high alert for walkers. The holes are often cramped so you're often wondering which visible basket is the correct one and some baskets are close to tees.
The biggest con is I have no idea who this course is geared towards. Most of the holes are Red level distances but the proximity of the lake (and the at least 275' water carry on hole 18) makes it terrifying for Red level players. Then you have these random, really long holes that are only going to appeal to mostly Blue level players. So basically only a niche group of White level players are going to appreciate the balance of challenge and distance and even they are going to find a lot of the holes too easy.
Hole 18 is an absolute forced water carry of 275' of the lake (sign says 300' but seems a little shorter to me). There is no safe, bail-out zone or short, wussy tee. If you overshoot the green much you go into thick weeds but that's better than going wet. The worst part is that you have roughly a 5-10 minute walk around the corner of the lake (through two-three previous greens no less) from the tee to the green. So if you clear the lake you just have to hope that other park people are on the honor system and aren't going to run off with your disc while you're hopelessly stranded on the other side. Then you have another 10-15 minute walk through holes 1-3 to get back to the parking lot. I don't know what the answer is but I think breaking up one of these silly long holes into two par 3's so that hole 17 becomes 18 makes a lot more sense than this daunting water carry with the awkward walk. I can only assume that Russell Schwartz is the second coming of our Lord and thus simply walked across the lake when he designed hole 18.
Other Thoughts: I had fun but I don't have much desire to revisit unless it's with other people just to gauge their reactions to the many stupid holes here. Unless I have a garage full of DX discs this is not a course I'd want for my home course. It could use a redesign to tinker out some of the really awkward transitions and goofy holes. The property is mostly limiting you to putting lipstick on a pig but I think it could be more entertaining and at least have appeal towards somebody instead of a mishmash of holes.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Flawed with some fun holes
Pros: Lake Wilson DGC, along with a network of walking trails, winds around a scenic lake outside of Wilson, NC. There are some fun holes and the lake is nice to look at, but this course has some flaws that, in my mind, make it a "only play when there aren't other options" course.
+ Far and away the best pro for me was the beautiful setting. It's a peaceful, clean park with mature pine trees around a lake. I think disc golf should be relaxing and stress-relieving. Lake Wilson fits that billing. Beautiful piece of property.
+ It's also a relatively challenging intermediate-level course. There are some holes with decent distance. I'm a big fan of water courses and this one uses it positively on many holes. Decent hole design, in general. There are some technical lines and a mix of open vs. wooded and long, medium, and very short holes.
+ There's a good mix of shots needed off the tee: hyzer, anhyzer, flex, and flick. This course challenged me, an intermediate level player. I think beginners to advanced players would enjoy it as well.
+ There aren't many better finishing holes than #18: from one side of the lake to the other. UPDATE: unfortunately, after the redesign, the best hole on the course -- a picturesque water carry -- is now a pedestrian closing hole.
Cons: A few notable cons:
- I really enjoy water courses, 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. UPDATE: navigation is even worse after the redesign.
- 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.
- Safety and park sharing...it's a problem. Disc golfers must yield to the numerous park walkers. And with the course doubling back, there are shared fairways and more dangers to watch out for.
- Tons of thorns and underbrush. Combined with the water, there's a lot of disc loss potential.
- Tons of gnats
- Super long walk from 18 back to the parking lot.
- Some total throw away holes, like number 1. It's about 150 feet and wide open. The lake is in play, at least. In general, it seems like this course was just jammed into a space that was made for walking trails. The course is somewhat of an afterthought. Not enough space, too many dangers.
Other Thoughts: If you're near Wilson, give this one a shot, but be prepared for a long walk, interrupted...by lots of walkers.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 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.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 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.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 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.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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