1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Kelsey Scott is an OK 9-hole course in Salisbury. I'll write this review as a comparison to Catawba College, which is only a mile away, so you can decide if either or both courses appeal to you.
+ Compared to Catawba College, Kelsey Scott is much longer, with the opportunity to throw more than just putters. The layout is nice, with good variety of the types of shots needed.
+ Alt tees, giving you the opportunity to play the 9 holes in at least 3 different ways.
+ While navigation is tricky at Catawba College, you'll have no problems here.
+ Like Catawba College, this is park style golf. Unlike Catawba, this park was actually designed with disc golf in mind. You do not have to worry about pedestrians or cars parked near baskets.
Cons: I listed the areas where Kelsey Scott is superior to Catawba College, there are some areas where Kelsey Scott falls short.
- Aesthetically, this isn't a great one. The grass was tall when I played. There was dog crap all over the 1st fairway. There was trash too. When I played, it was rough.
- Speaking of rough, Kelsey Scott has it. Lots of briars and heavy underbrush. There are a few ditches and a creek too. I didn't lose any discs, but there is disc loss risk here.
- The baskets are old, single-chained, and have seen better days.
- As 9-hole courses generally go, this one has decently challenging holes. However, compared to a good 3.0-level 18-hole course, Kelsey Scott is a little lacking on the challenge and fun factors.
Other Thoughts: If you're in Salisbury, you might as well bag both of the 9-holers in town. They're not destination courses by any stretch, but if you're reading this, you likely consider disc golf to be preferable to most other recreation or exercise options.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Course, Bring a Friend Though
Pros: In a park that sports a baseball field, basketball, a picnic area, portajohns, and is behind an industrial area, a fun disc golf course has sprung up. The course sports 9 baskets that are well spaced out. Flow is great, and does a wonderful job of keeping play away from the rest of the park activities.
There are 4 tee positions which really vary the level of difficulty. I did not get to play them all, but could see that varying the tees would really change the difficulty and challenge. The holes have a good variety too. The first few holes are largely open, but the second half of the course plays to a few nicely tucked pins. 8 is a nice uphill throw into a small copse of trees.
The course really shines on hole 9. This is a hole that would find itself well suited on even highly rated courses, especially from the A and B pins. It is a really nice downhill throw that forces a great throw to get a birdie look but will fairly reward that throw. There is also plenty of bailout to the left which sets up a par. I hear there is also a "local route" over the hill to the right near the railroad tracks from some tees. I love holes that are great risk-reward opportunities, and this certainly is one.
Cons: The obvious, it is only 9 baskets. This is somewhat made-up for when considering for such a small park, there are 4 sets of tees to chose from which actually do set up for much different layouts.
Baskets are single chains which is sometimes a negative, but at least they are quality ones so I didn't notice any spitouts.
Hole 3's basket has been mangled pretty hard by some sort of moving vehicle. It is still usable but is definitely a bit wonkey.
Many of the mando signs keep being ripped off (by no fault of the local DG club) but by necessity they are now only taped flags and spraypaint.
The tees for the whites, A's, and B's have signs, whereas the blues are only blue tee markers and are a bit more difficult to find.
As has been mentioned before, this park is not in the nicest area. From discussion with some of the local players there, it seems there are some shady activities that happen there so I would definitely be on my guard.
Other Thoughts: This is a perfectly serviceable 9 hole course. The 4 sets of tees really gives it more variety than I expected in a short 9 hole loop in a small park. The rarely used baseball field is also marked off by the locals for practicing.
It is a shame that there are some concerns about the safety of the local neighborhood (I didn't know until the locals told me), because that somewhat flavors the overall impression of the course which was otherwise fun and very enjoyable for a quick 9 holer.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 14 Not
Perfect Salisbury Course!
Pros: Different tees for each different hole.
No trash in the park.
Quiet and peaceful in the park.
Cons: Poor signage for each hole.
No concrete ... only natural tee pads.
Only nine holes ... a small park for Salisbury.
Other Thoughts: Overall ... this is a great practice course in Salisbury.
I think this is the best course in Rowan County.
0 of 14 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Great for just getting started
Pros: 4 Sets of tees.Short enough and still can be a challenge for all skill levels.
Cons: Course map at kiosk would be great for first time players
Other Thoughts: Great place to practice. Just because it lacks length, you still have to throw it in the basket. Give it a throw to see how low you can go.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
The "Bike Share Program" Course
Pros: Cool old school Discatchers, play on some history.
Multiple tees on every hole.
Quick play, open enough for beginners and families.
Minimal tee signs with hole number and distance helped find the start of every hole and keep the flow pretty smooth.
Cons: some tee signs were confusing, on hole 2 there were 2 signs 20 feet apart, but it said the holes were 60 feet different.
If you turn over a disc on hole 1's far tee you could end up in the road.
No tee pads, just colored circles makring where to throw from.
Other Thoughts: Course is not memorable. I was playing it for the second time, I got to hole 4 and realized I had already played this course before. Gotafixit, Jrawk and I called it the bikeshare program because Gotafixit rode an abandoned bike around the course.
With in walking distance of the college and much better than their 9 hole course. put them together for 18 holes of mediocrity.
I never felt that this was a bad area, but if you are uncomfortable, you can see your car for a majority of the course.
I have played this course twice because it is a quick play that was not too far from my main route. This is a nice place to quickly stretch your legs on a road trip.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun for what it is
Pros: For what land is there the designers have used it to the max. With 3 or 4 tees per hole you could play this little 9 holer several times with 36 unique holes.
These holes may not be very long but they take lots of shot shaping and precision.
signage is good and its pretty easy to find the different holes around the course.
It is a perfect course for those learning the game and a great place to learn how to control a mid or putter.
Love the downhill shot on hole 9.
Cons: The shorts are pretty easy and open almost too much so.
Ive heard story about it being in the ghetto and crazy stuff going on but I've never had any issues.
The greens are kind of boring.
Other Thoughts: For being in a tiny park with limited space this course is a great little 9 holer with variety. It may not be a championship course but it is a fun one to play. I love the way the designers have made the most out of what they have to work with.
While its not worth a road trip if youre in the area stoping here to play would not be a waste of time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Layout - The highlight of this nine holer is that it gives you three different tee positions which are very different shots throughout the course. The alternate tees add difficulty and some character to what would be very short and very open shots from the main tees.
I actually think the alternate longer tees are meant in a way to be an optional back 9 but just play those.
You will need to be able to work the disc a bit to get close but even the harder tees aren't really hard. I'd say this course is an excellent place to learn the game or just get some practice in on driving your putters/mids and putting.
There isn't much in the park to work with and the designer squeezed shots out of every situation possible. There's more than a couple tee positions that looked great and required me to work my putter.
The flow of the course works well, it didn't feel awkward at any point.
There's a couple longer shots thrown in from the alternate tees that gives you chance to let a disc fly more than most 9'ers I've played.
Equipment - The tee signs are very visible so it's easy to find the tees even without a map. The baskets are old but I found no problem with them, they caught all of my putts.
Cons: Layout - The main tees are nothing but open short shots. I'd say about half of the alternate tees don't make it much better. The course is in a way kind of strewn a long the edge of the park because that's where the trees are. It works but makes everything kind of crammed in.
Only a couple of the greens and basket positions had anything near them to create challenge.
Most of the course is flat and the one area where there is elevation isn't much.
Not much difficulty here for more experienced players, it's really just a practice course or a place for new players to learn.
Equipment - No pads although I don't see a point in installing any.
Atmosphere - Yeah.. it's in the ghetto. There are ghetto happenings going on here. I kept an eye on my car the entire time. It's probably a good place to learn disc golf but a bad place to be associated with disc golf.
The park itself is an older park and not much for looks. You're playing along the edge around the basketball court and parking lot.
Other Thoughts: I don't live there so I wouldn't play here again even though the layout itself was done well with what there is to work with.
If I did live there I could see myself going out there for some putter rounds... or to build my ace count.
There was couple of memorable holes. I think #3 or 12a/12b.. whichever one is an anny shot over the leaning tree. Then the big downhill optional shots on #9 were really fun.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
short and sweet
Pros: Multiple tees - usually creating very different shots. Not thickly wooded and zero underbrush. 3A is the only hole with danger of losing a disc (creek). Very obvious signage. Good variety of shots.
Cons: Does not have concrete tees. Holes 1 and 2 can be squishy. Guys with big arms will wine about the distance being too short, but holes 2 and 9 are almost 400ft. Because the A/B tees were added after the beginner course was made, many of the A/B tees are to the side of the previous fairway - could be a problem if it was crowded (I've never seen more than one other player)
Other Thoughts: Apparently this course used to be too easy and trashed. I found the newer "a" and "b" tees quite entertaining and only saw some trash in the woods by the railroad. All of the summer pictures are from the "beginner" tees which are about half the distance and without obstacles. The blue mandos on hole 5 are for the beginner tee only. Gold mandos are for the gold tees. The basket for hole 9 is currently 15 feet into the woods on the right at the bottom of the hill.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Great course, 4 different 9 hole courses in one. Very good in design. You can play the Gold tees and have 18 holes, but it uses the same baskets for them. Its a pretty easy course, good for beginners.
Cons: Holes are short, somewhat bad area
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 4 tee locations per holes:
-Blue:Short mostly open
-Yellow A/B-New Tee areas give 18 holes
-NEW TEE MARKERS ELIMINATE HUNTING(four feet high permanent metal signs with yardage.
that are a far cry from the past.
-Relitivly low traffic from non disc golf park goers
Cons: -In the Hood
-Litterbugs preferto smash beer bottles(always seems to be Icehouse!)
-1 and 2 can get swampy
-3 A and 3B yellows are horrible holes....no flow to em and extremely short.
Other Thoughts: Great change of pace from the Kelsey of the Past. 400yard holes with annie, mandos and tight squeezes. Grreat use of limited space.
If you can shoot under on the 18 yellows,you deserve a HapsGrill Burger and a Cheerwine!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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