Excellent course...horrible terrain
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I thought the layout of this course was very well thought out with a nice mix of shots needs. There are tight shots, big booming hyzers and anhyzers, and wide open fairways for power drives.
There are nice tee signs that give you a general idea of how the hole is laid out. (more on that later).
The area is pretty much a disc golf only area. There is a dirt road that you have to walk across a few times, but no holes cross it so you shouldn't have to throw across it.
Cons: These are not strong cons, but I felt that to be fair, I needed to mention them.
It's not a really pretty piece of land. It's on an island that's pretty much a giant sandbar, so the landscape consists of sand and scrub trees and bushes. It looks like a post-apocalyptic setting from a video game.
It's tough to navigate the holes if you haven't been there before. Around half of your drives are thrown blind and even though there is always a good 'major' fairway, there are also at least 5-6 openings off the sides of each fairway where the hole could end up being, What I'm trying to say is that it's hard to predict where the basket is going to be like you could on a wooded course.
The tee signs give you a rough idea of where the basket should be, but with all the pockets of trees and brush, don't assume anything until you actually see the basket with your own eyes. (You'd have to add a lot of landscape detail to the signs for them to be more helpful, but I honestly don't think that it would be worth it. The existing simplicity of the signs is still good.)
I think that there's a good possibility of some holes having pools of water after a big rain. The first 150' of hole 1 was flooded when I played after a quick rainstorm.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Close to the beach; easy to head right over to the ocean to cool off after a round. The ground is also very sandy which I enjoyed.
- Great signage. There is a large map by the first hole and every hole has a nice sign at the tee pad. There are markers to help direct you to the next hole for the ones that are not obvious.
- Benches at every hole.
- A variety of left and right shots that make you use all your skills.
- Each hole has a pretty clear line that you can take to the basket; however if you get off to either side you can plan on adding a stroke or two (or three).
- There is a dog park and baseball field at the park, but the course is separated enough that there is little chance of a bad throw landing there.
Cons: - Lots of blind shots. I've only played it once but there was a number of times I was throwing my second shot without knowing exactly where the pin was (even with walking a bit further down the fairway to look).
- Some holes are very close to each other. If it's busy you will need to keep an eye out for errant shots from other holes.
- Minor nitpick but the par on some holes seems pretty generous; you can mess up on some of the par 4s and the par 5 and still manage to get par.
Other Thoughts: - I had a lot of fun playing this course. I definitely enjoyed it more than the storied Castle Hayne which I played earlier in the day.
- Depending on your abilities and knowledge of the course there are a number of ways to attack it. I tried to stay low and along the fairway but I could see someone throwing some hyzer bombs to get over the trees and avoiding the required line to make it to the pin.
- Speaking of the trees, these are short scrub beach trees; it would be easy to get a disc stuck in them if you air it out. Very different from most other North Carolina courses that have tall pines throughout.
- If I lived closer I would make it a point to play this course regularly. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Honestly this course is way up there on my lists of courses. It's just the right blend of some tight lines with nice open gaps. The atmosphere is awesome and it's just a really fun course.
The huge hyzer routes that can be taken were a nice bonus and trees/shrubs used to creatively protect baskets was cool.
Cons: Course navigation was difficult at times and not knowing where baskets were truly located made life a bit difficult.
More Tee pad info would be nice but can't complain it's a great course.
Other Thoughts: This course is a true gem and if you have the free time to stop by u should totally play it. Great course. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Fantastic Beach Course
Pros: This course is great. There's a good variety of holes, from par 3 - par 4, and good distance. There are a lot of narrow fairways and low trees that make it tricky, but they're a fun challenge.
Cons: There are warning signs for ticks everywhere, so watch out. Also, it's a beach course, so there's a lot of sand. It can make for tricky footing, both throwing and walking. Also you'll probably be taking some with you.
Other Thoughts: I didn't get to use my driver too much because the course is pretty trick in certain areas, but it was a lot of fun. One of the best in the area!
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Keep it low
Pros: Well laid out and beautiful scenery very technical course need to control the disc to get around the trees. The course map is laid out on a large board at hole one.
Cons: need to keep the disc low so as not to get into the scrub oak limbs. TICKS!!!! lots of bugs in the summer and spring months
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: In my opinion this is a very fun course to play. The course makes good use of the land with what resources were provided. It has a balance of short technical holes and lengthy ones you can really let your disc air out on. All tees and baskets are clearly marked and have a natural flow. The sand all but eliminates skip shots and the beach wind forces you to play the course by keeping it under the tree line. It is rarely crowded probably due to its remoteness. Signature hole is that little par 3 with the tree. And hardest put is on hole nine, good luck with the wind... Overall its a great course for players of all skill levels.
Cons: Ticks. Jiggers. Cops. And lately I have been tripping on alot of roots and stumps in the fairways.
Other Thoughts: What is up with all the mandos? I dont think its fair to those with long distance capabilities. Also the keep it the right mando on the par 5 seems unnecessary.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Holes 1, 9, 10, 15, and 16 are really professional style holes. Trees in jutst the right areas for you to get excited about weaving your disc through.
-Benches on every hole and garbage cans every few holes keeps your feet happy and garbage away
-Rubber tees are perfect for the beach. Sand on concrete could be dangerous. They are big and give you good grip.
-Front 9 are more open, then the back 9 have more woods to them, creating different feels for both.
-So close to the ocean, walk on down to the access and take a swim when you're done and cool off!
-Signs point you to the next tee after each basket.
Cons: -Some of the holes are pretty open with no shade. It gets hot and humid. Bring something to keep you hydrated!
-Ticks can be an issue. I use them as motivation to stay out of the rough...
-Being so close to the beach means it can get windy down there. Heed my warning and throw it low if you can hear the wind.
-Holes 7, and 8 are too similar to each other to be in a row. I know there was limited land to develop on. And I toss lefty anyway, so it works to my advantage.
Other Thoughts: This park is underrated in my opinion. I think being so close to Castle Hayne means people expect too much out of it sometimes. But I love it. It's off the beaten path, so it's never too busy. You are playing at the beach, which makes it so much different then most other courses out there. I think some alternate tees like they have recently added on Hole 6 can only make it better.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Great Course Quick play
Pros: 1. Signs have map, par, and distance
2. Large Rubber tees
3. Benches on all holes
4. Trashcans have been added
5. Practice basket
7. Good variety of holes
Cons: 1. Wind
2. Not much shade on this course
Other Thoughts: I don't get to play this course too often. Found that they have mulched around all of the baskets and added trash cans to some of the holes. I love seeing that there is a good disc golf community taking care of this course. Overall I love this course and always look forward to playing it. With so many pros and the cons all being caused by mother nature I can't help but give this course a high rating. This course allows for a couple ace runs as well as a few longer holes that if you mess up on your score will raise. Take some water and a towel because you're gonna be thirsty and dirty after playing this one. Deffinitely worth checking out. I also would recomend Castle Hayne and Bill smith (only a 9 hole) parks as well. Castle Hayne is for those more experienced players while Bill smith is more for beginners. Arrowhead is a newer course in the Wilmington area that is average and worth checking out.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Carolina DG Beach Party!
Pros: The Joe Eakes Park disc golf course is quite interesting, challenging, and unlike anything I can remember playing before. It is a very complete course, with plastic tee boxes (occasionally two tees per hole), tee signs, and set of 18 working baskets. The terrain is very sandy, and the trees are short, but crowd the twisty, narrow fairways and create thick, punishing gnarled masses of rough, low canopy. This is not always pleasant, but I include it as a pro because it establishes the unique nature of the environment, and adds a ton of difficulty. Overall, the course is on very flat land. I was totally frustrated, but highly respect and thoroughly enjoyed playing this course. Converging 9's allow you to play only the front or the back 9 without a lot of extra walking. Extremely clear of litter and other debris.
Cons: The tees boxes were hard plastic mats, good and level, but still less favorable to concrete for me. The tees signs were nice quality, but not always a accurate representation of the shapes of the many blind holes. Wind will often be a factor due to the ocean breezes, I suppose. This can subvert attempts to throw over the top of the numerous short trees and brush. Ticks must be a serious issue, because several signs posted advise checking often, and removing promptly.
Other Thoughts: I think this course is good in its current form, and surely worth playing. It could be made more friendly by clearing some of the fairways and greens a bit more, but removing all of the teeth would not be an improvement, in my opinion. The tee pads and signs could be better, and I think I would boost my rating by half a point if small changes were made closer to my ideal standards. I want to give this course a 4 just based on the difficulty and the unique nature of the place, but just can't do it. All in all, a good challenge for local disc golf enthusiasts, and a nice place to visit and play for all others. Very different course from what I am used to, and I would recommend it if you have a chance to get there.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Fun course! the low tree canopy offers extreme hyzer shots over the trees and because most of the course is sand they don't roll, like using a sand wedge.
Cons: Some of the greens need some more tree removal. Luck should have nothing to do with a 20 ft. putt. they need to do something about the ticks and chiggers.Course and hole/tee signs are weak and no OB markings
Other Thoughts: Glad to see a warm-up basket. (update) Some tree removal has been done much more playable. Went when it was windy lost a disc in that low canopy. Went after heavy rain course dries fast.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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