Ridgecrest, NC 
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 Lackluster camp course

1    1/2/2011   6/9/2011
Review By: Olorin
Played: 385  Reviewed: 115  Exp: 38.4 Years
10 Helpful / 1 Not
*Introducing new people to the sport- since this is a family conference center there are many people who might play disc golf for the very first time.
*Terrain- hilly with nice woods on many holes. The course is up the hill, at the back of the property, so it's mostly secluded from the rest of the conference center.
*Bag holder hooks on the tee sign posts
*Baskets- Innova Discatchers
-Fairways on roads: the majority of the fairways are on or near gravel roads that will chew discs (holes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18). I guess they weren't allowed to cut any trees but I really dislike the road fairways. Two holes also play right next to a tennis court; not my favorite design.
-Fairway shapes: repetitive, with 2/3 of the holes as straight shots. 12 St/ 4 Lt/ 2 R. Quite a few seem to have just been crammed in wherever they could find a spot for them, such as along side a soccer field and next to tennis courts.
-Uninspiring holes. There are a few fun holes, but when families are trying out disc golf for the first time the mostly lackluster holes might make them think that disc golf is boring and keep them from trying it again when they get back home.
-I'm sorry, but hole 15 has a really dumb fairway (just being honest). It's very short (145 ft.) with about a 30 ft. elevation drop, but it requires a severe left meat hook to get around the trees and kind of close to the basket. The dogleg is so severe that was nearly impossible for me to get enough angle to get it to the basket, making it just a boring 3.
-Tees: only the front line is marked with little green blocks. The natural tees are at least level and they still work, though.
-Very few amenities. No map, scorecard, or warm up basket. I guess there's a little pro shop that sells discs and drinks, but it was closed when I was there in January.
Other Thoughts:
Course Level: Red (most suited for Juniors and Intermediate players rated 850)

~Elevation changes- there are some decent up or downhill holes, but there are also 6 flat holes, and that's a little disappointing given the location. 6 Flat/ 7 Up/ 5 Down
~Tee signs: small with very basic maps; not the best but not the worst.
~Private- you have to be staying at there to play the course. I'll reiterate what others have said-- if you're not a guest and you somehow make it past the front gate guard, please don't do anything disrespectful and ruin the chance for others to play here.

To tell you the truth, it feels like they just threw a course together in a way that would involve minimal tree cutting. This new course appears to be designed by someone didn't really know what they were doing. The original 9 hole course was a classic Green level Harold Duvall design in fantastic terrain, and it was perfect for kids. In my opinion, they would do better to remove the current course entirely and go back to the original short 9 hole design at the original location. If you're not staying at the conference center I don't think it's even worth the effort of trying to get past the front gate guard to try and play here.
I'm always trying to improve my reviews, so if you mark this review unhelpful or if you find a mistake, please send me a personal message here on DGCR to tell me what is wrong with it. I'll be grateful for the feedback.

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