Franklin, NC 
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Hole #9 Long Tee

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It's aesthetically pleasing if you ask me.

1    3/26/2017   3/26/2017
Review By: Bennybennybenny
Played: 119  Reviewed: 117  Exp: 6.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -I came up here just to kill time. My car failed inspection because of a minor computer issue. So the guys at the shop told me to drive about 70 miles over the weekend. I decided last minute just to go here. And I was overwhelmed to say at the least. Course has two sets of tee-pads on every hole except for one hole (#4).

-The dual sets of tees don't only give good variety in hole length, but some of the second tees show a totally different hole. #5 is an open field shot off the road. Hole is very straightforward, but the view of the land makes it seem fun. The second pad (or should I say #14) is a downhill ace run off the hillside. Definitely one of the signature holes in my opinion. Any new player would love this hole from that pad. #7 is also different. One of the pads is just a simple uphill ace run (120') around a tree. The long pad (which is actually hole 7) is a forced spike hyzer over a giant cluster of trees. That's right OVER the trees.

-Course is well marked and pretty easy to navigate. If you want to play 18 holes, just go by the tee signs. There are nine baskets but the huge land makes it seem like 18 holes with those extra tee-pads.

-My favorite hole was #11. Or hole 2 long. Hole is over 500' long, but so significantly downhill, that it could be reached from the tee. But that would be a serious risk. The hole is an open bomb with thick overgrowth to the right of the fairway. The basket is tucked down a VERY steep hill. The short pad is like 400' and gives a better look at the basket. It's very similar to #12 at Bradford Park up near Charlotte. You just want to get into the wooded area. If you love #12 at Bradford, I seriously think you'll love this hole even more. But you'll want to play this hole with a friend.

-Land is quite large, so if they wanted, this could be a legit 18 hole course. I'd be in full support of that, but if it stays the same, that's cool too.

-A place where I could take my little sister to. She's eleven and is an avid reader; her reading level is seriously higher than mine. There is a bookstore here that was open the Sunday I played as far as I am concerned. So if you like to read and play disc golf (I only like one of those lol!) this is your getaway place.
Cons: I have a LOT of take it or leave it suggestions for this course:

-I don't think #7 is a great hole, as unique as it may be throwing over 30' tall trees. Take it or leave it, the tee pad could be pushed back. Look behind the tee-pad and you'll see a gigantic hill going up. Push the tee-pad back and make a killer elevated tee shot. That would be insanely cool. I know that it would maybe be harder to cross those trees, but you could lay up and throw down maybe where the pad currently is.

-I lost a trespass on #11. Wanted to make an eagle, I didn't. I learned my lesson, but the overgrowth all along to the right is pretty severe.

-The walk from #4 to #5 can be difficult. Especially in the rain considering the fact you are walking down the small cliff.

-Holes 5 and 6 play along the pedestrian walking trail. But both holes are great, so it doesn't matter to me. But it may matter to you.
Other Thoughts: -#4 seems to be that "love it or hate it" hole. It's the only hole with no second pad so if you play 18 holes, you'll play this one twice. It's very wooded and dangerous to the right side so if you have a big arm like I do, you might want to jump putt, but if you have less distance, you should still probably throw a putter. One that's more over stable. Want my opinion? I think it's an awesome ace run.

-Another "take it or leave it" would be for hole 4. I love the hole. But since there isn't a second pad, I think maybe there could be another basket. Maybe a double decker tee could be made and there could be a basket down the cliff, making a fun drop shot of a hole that goes out of the woods. It'd be hard to make a fairway because of the steep downhill, but I would definitely do it if I had that option to.

-A few of the previous reviewers said that this is an ugly course. That is one of the dumbest things that I have read. This is a majestic course up in the mountains, and I wish I played it sooner. I didn't think it was only 25 miles from WCU. Will be back. And will be back soon!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Worth playing again

1    6/2/2016   6/28/2016
Review By: Timewasted
Played: 11  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
- Variety of shots (uphill, downhill, along a cliff, wooded)
- Nice baskets
- Kiosk with map and information about a league
- Mountain views
- Elevation
- Not crowded
- Natural tee boxes
- Maintenance could be better
- Hard to find some tee boxes
Other Thoughts: Played this course while on vacation. As a newer player, I found a couple of the holes challenging. #4 is a shot along a cliff that drops about 15-20 feet to a walking trail. The hole is heavily wooded and seems to be more a matter of luck than anything else. #7 long tee was a long shot over tall trees in a ravine. I also found #2 challenging.

The course needed to be mowed. The grass was high and the long tee on #6 was over waist high in grass and unplayable. I wasn't able to locate the short tee on #5. Lots of very high grass and bushes in the rough. Looks like some discs could be lost here.

Overall, I enjoyed the course. I played the full 18 (short and long tees). The views are good, and I liked the elevation changes. I will return to play this course again in the future when I am in the area.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Needs work

1    5/18/2014   6/26/2014
Review By: LeeLK
Played: 65  Reviewed: 53  Exp: 9.6 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Baskets in good shape. One or two holes were pretty unique (big down/sidehill shot on #2, #4 was a cool sidehill shot through the woods).
Cons: The course just seems a bit hard to follow and not well planned out. There are a few good holes at first...but then you throw across an open field twice in a row. Most tees were natural and had no signage. Just needs a lot of work.
Other Thoughts: Looks like there's a decent bit of land here, just wish they could use it a little better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Looking good

5+    6/26/2013   6/26/2013
Review By: Lispunc
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.4 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course seems to have come a long way since the first few reviews. There have been long tees added for a majority of the holes and short tees too. I was pleased to see that course was in great shape and very playable(not one disc lost!). The local dg'ers have been doing most of the maintenance on the course and it looks like they are taking pride in their work.
Cons: By the looks of the layout there seems to be a large amount of room around the existing holes to put more holes. Some of the holes seem kinda bland and need more trees or obstacles.
Other Thoughts: If this course could draw more backing from the community I believe they could have something really special!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 5-17-13 Good Course

5+    5/17/2013   5/17/2013
Review By: Rudolph
Played: 6  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.8 Years
This review was updated on 6/26/2013
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -That it is in Franklin, and has a friendly crowd.
-It has multiply tees (long and short).
-The course has a little bit of everything, woods, open, long, short, up/down hills.
-Lots of replay ability
Cons: -The long tees are a little harder to find sometimes.
-One bad hole #4 is more luck than anything.
-When it has not been mowed the long grass will eat discs.
Other Thoughts: It is a great little course with a friendly community.
If you need a guide feel free to hit me up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 It's a solid course...when Mowed

5+    8/18/2012   8/27/2012
Review By: das1330
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
This review was updated on 11/29/2013
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - It's got a nice variety of shots that go from wide (Holes 1,5,6) open, to uphill (3), downhill (2), wooded (4) and it, short (7,8,9).
-It now has Long tees for most holes making some holes very challenging.
-Some holes favor righties, some favor lefties, so a variety of shots can help.
- It's a quick play, a group of 3 or 4 can plow through easily in an hour or less
Cons: - at times the rough can be overgrown, BUT the franklin community of disc golfers have done lots of leg work to improve the course adding in benches/steps/and keeping it mowed.

- Water is in play on 5 and 6, and even if you did get it in the creek, the creek can be tricky to get into and also discs tend to move away quickly in it.
Other Thoughts: This course has seen marked improvement from the community, sunday doubles and it's fairly well maintained all by the players, and it's gotten a lot better, i've moved it to a three star review simply because it's generally playable now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Not as Bad as I thought based on its disc score

1    8/18/2012   8/19/2012
Review By: DSCJNKY
Played: 480  Reviewed: 131  Exp: 16.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
- That it's There. Franklin is an extremely small town in an isolated portion of the state. Having an entry level course in the region is a great thing for a small community, especially when it's attached to the local high school (or Early College).
- Nature Trail Disc Golf Information. A few years ago, I created the Nature Trail Disc Golf Course concept where I added nature messaging to the tee-signs and scorecards on a course I designed. Thus, I was ecstatic to see that the tee-sign posts had nature information on them. It appears as though the school kids (presumably) painted animals and plants on the tee-sign posts (complete with their names and Latin names) so people could identify common species -- White Oak: Quercas alba, Red-Tailed Hawk: Buteo jamaicensis (which I saw plenty of both). Each tee sign had 4 species on it. Way to go Macon Early College!
- Great Use of Barren Land. The course was built on an unwanted piece of land which turns out to be great for disc golf. A lot more could be done with the land if they ever wanted to expand the course to a full 18, or redesign some of the holes.
- That it's NOT as Bad as it's Disc Score Indicates. Based on the course's DGCR disc score, I would have never driven all the way to Franklin to specifically bag this course. I just happened to be in town for a badminton tournament and, being a course bagger, I had to bag the course. Glad I did. Although not great, this course is way better that a disc or 1 disc.
- Hole 4. Besides not really having a great "FAIRway", Hole 4 played on an extremely steep hillside with a small cliff / drop off at the right edge of it (potentially dangerous). I threw a decent shot and got a bad roll (kind of hard to prevent) and almost went off the cliff.
- Kiosk Placement. As you walk from the parking lot, you can clearly see the kiosk, with a tee-pad right behind it. However, that's Hole 2... Hole 1's tee-pad is back near the parking lot (along the dirt road that leads to the kiosk). Why didn't they put the kiosk near Hole 1?
Other Thoughts:
- Tall Grass. According to the park personnel, they had just mown the week before I arrived, so I did not have any troubles. However, if I had played here a week earlier, it might have been a different story. My enjoyment of the course would have been far less and my disc score reflected in that. I imagine that in the summer it gets overgrown and that during the rest of the year the course plays fine.
- Overall. I enjoyed Early Macon College's disc golf course a lot more than I expected (based on its disc score). A few of the holes were pretty decent, offering great risk reward opportunities and utilizing property features well (elevation and thick rough). I certainly wasn't mad at the course and would probably even play it again the next time I'm in Franklin for a Badminton Tourney.
- My Score: -4

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Old Siler Farm DGC

1    7/7/2012   7/23/2012
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 271  Reviewed: 260  Exp: 21.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the only 9 hole course in the area spanning out a wide radius. There are 9 baskets here and 9 distinct holes. The individual holes themselves aren't horrible- they are not repetitive, offer challenges of tight fairways, open/woods, long/short. #4 was interesting as it is basically along the top of the cliff. #5 and #6 are along the greenway by the river, but the river is not in play- the rough will eat it first!

There was a map on the kiosk (turned out to be very useful.) Some of the baskets had faint arrows point to the next tee.

The holes are very spread out and you will probably have the course to yourself.
Cons: This course had too many: A quick summary of it is it was really difficult to navigate, without a map it would be impossible, super tall grass everywhere, no next tee signs, and more frustrating than fun.

The course is set on an unattractive piece of land that looked like a forgotten wasteland in places and sometimes smelled of sewage- a disappointment as you are surrounded by the Appalachian Mtns. everywhere you look.

Tall grass was everywhere, and the fairways, were very narrow and just mowed in a sea of tall thick grass- without a spotter I would have lost several discs and we still had trouble at times. The "paths" between holes also had tall grass- several times there were no paths- basically mowed fairway islands in the middle of a field of tall grass and there are long walks to each hole and the next hole is never in sight of the previous one.

The hole by the public garden and greenway by the river smelled like sewage.

There was a map on kiosk that I took a picture of and had to refer to it several times, there were a couple of spots where we felt lost in the middle of nowhere and if we had no map we would have been wondering around because there is greenway path and a couple dirt roads that added to the confusion as some times they are the path and sometimes they are not. There was no path to hole #4, too many choices after #6 looking for #7, and the path to #9 was a good rain away from disappearing.

Missing tee signs for #1? #6 was pointed the wrong way (towards #8 at the top of an overgrown mountain, so don't panic like I did and think the hole is impossible, the correct basket is the logical one you see on flat ground.

Hole #4, evan though the cliff is unique, is dangerous because the fairway just drops off ~20' on the right.
Other Thoughts: This was one of the worst courses and disc golf experiences I have ever had. It took a long time to play 9 short holes- tough to find the next hole, tough to get to the next hole, tough to find discs- uggghhh! If someone were to play this course as their first course, they would probably never play disc golf again as it is way more frustrating than it is fun. I have played run down or poorly designed courses that at least has some element of enjoyability, but this course offered very little.

It may be a whole lot better in the winter season when the tall stuff is gone or thinned out, but I would not recommend anybody playing this course in the summer. (the pics already uploaded were taken in winter, I added a few to show what it looks like in the summer.)

My immediate thought was to give this a 0.5, but playing a 2nd round would have eased a few frustrations and the course was probably at its worst condition during the time of year I played so I decided to go with a 1.0, but even at its best it would still be no better than a 2.0 if that.

For locals this course is all you have and navigation is not as big of an issue after the first round. Out-of-towners- this is NOT where you want to play in NC, there are too many excellent courses to waste your time here.

The kiosk called this course "Old Siler Farm Disc Golf". Hole 1 and the parking area is to the left and behind the Cecil L. Groves Center, which is the building on the left once you enter the complex. Also, Macon Early College is for advanced high school students, and not a multi-building complex you would expect with most colleges.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Updated Info

5+    6/15/2011   6/22/2011
Review By: REICHE
Played: 50  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 22.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New tee boxes have been made on holes 3, 4, 8 and 9. Tee # 8 should be finished this weekend. Tees have been built by local disc golfers and we have also see that the course has been mowed and trails have been weed wacked to make finding everything easier.
Cons: The course is very short and many discs have ended up in the river. Not to worry, make sure your information is on your disc and you should get a call when its fished out of the river.
Other Thoughts: Come on over and see the new improvements the course is coming together and be on the look out for more upgrades to come. There has been a lot of talk about alternate tee boxes to have a full 18 holes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/4/2011   5/4/2011
Review By: robbiepitzer
Played: 120  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 16.6 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Not much good to say but the two holes without four foot grass everywhere ( holes 4, 5,) were pretty good. Hole 4 is a fun short hole, with a nice left to right tight fairway.Hole 5 has a nice placement with the rushing river right behind it.
Cons: Holes 1,2,3,6,7,8,9 all have fairways that havent been touch since last year. They are unplayable, unless you enjoy finding your disc in four feet grass.
Other Thoughts: I loves this course last year but I guess that who ever was incharge of the course, is not in charge anymore.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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