A gem in the works
Pros: Any Triad disc golf course is a pro to me. This unique course is tucked away in the back of a very nice community park with tons of other activities for the family and friends. If you like disc golf and others like to swim, play basketball, tennis, baseball, ride an old school carousel or train, Gibsonville's NE Park is for you!
The front nine is a technical web of twisting holes slashing through hills with tightly wooded fairways. A lot of the holes are fairly short but, underestimate them, and pay you will. You can see the hole from pretty much every tee but you might have trouble both seeing and getting through the trees between you and the basket. There are several very cool overlooks of a river that runs by the front nine which is nice to look at but does not come into play. If you come out under on the front nine, you've done well. To me, it's well worth the effort.
The back nine, as mentioned below, is fairly open. Some reviewers have said the holes were repetitious but they must have been there early on. 9 - 10 are pretty wide open (a welcome change from that brutally claustrophobic front nine) but then there are several more technical holes playing straight through a couple stands of pine trees. You then play back to some holes more familiar to the front nine before finishing with several long bomb holes with lots of scrub and trees to add to the difficulty. Again, if you play under, consider that a good round.
Cons: No tee pads.
Some holes are hard to find (tho most baskets do have arrows pointing to the next basket or there are friendly arrows on trees etc). The back nine is easier to navigate than the front.
Thick gnarly rough on some holes with huge gully's between them mean you might consider pants instead of shorts.
Other Thoughts: The park is out of the way and, depending on where you drive from, can be hard to find.
There could be horse traffic and we disc golfers need to be mindful of the locals. One rider explained to us that those "Chings!" we make when hitting those 100 foot puts :) can spook the horses.
Once again, any course in the triad is a good thing.
Pack it in, pack it out, tee off and fly freely!
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Pros: new baskets, very challenging, will humble you if make a mistake. great potential as the course matures and open up some throwing lanes. great elevation changes
Cons: tees are rough, a lot of rocks and roots make it hard to get a run up on tee shots, very tight, miss the fairway by even a few feet and you could lose a disc
Other Thoughts: in time this will be a premier course and will fit nicely with cedarock, wellspring and johnson street
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quite a walk!
Pros: This is a brand new course. The tees are still natural, but there are tee signs and arrows on the baskets pointing you to the next hole. This course is a tale of two 9's. The first 9 are very short (all but one hole is under 200'), but very tight. The use of elevation is excellent. The back nine is mostly open and much longer. However, while most holes are "open", their is only about a 30' wide mowed fairway. The rough is 4-5' high grass and looks ready to eat some plastic. Navigation is manageable, if a bit confusing the first time. This course took me ~1.5 hours to play solo with quite a bit of time spend looking for disc in the rough on the back nine, so you will get your exercise!
Cons: Given this course is brand spanking new, the cons should be taken with a grain of salt. The front nine is amazingly tight and some trees need to be removed. Even with the arrows pointing you in the right direction, navigation is tricky in a couple of places. Just trust the arrow and keep going util you find the right tee.
The natural tees are very short, unlevel, and some are right up on drop offs (especially on the front nine). I spoke to a park employee and they do plan to put in concrete tees, so this shouldn't be an issue in the future. The rough on the back nine is brutal -- plan to spend time looking for your disc and use bright colors!
Other Thoughts: This course places a premium on accuracy due to the tightness of the first 9 and the extreme rough on the back. I would recommend not wearing sandals as I spent quite a while picking off hitchhikers. The park itself has more than enough for the family to do with hiking, fishing, canoeing, a pool, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, etc. The course has very good bones and will only improve with time. The park website says there is also a 6 hole beginner / kiddy course (though I didn't find it), that maps will be available soon, and mentions plans to install a championship course., Northeast Park has the potential to be a wonderful place for a day of disc golf.
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