Bradford Park is one of the best in the Charlotte area
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Pros: Without a doubt, Bradford Park is one of my absolute favorites in the Charlotte metro area. At this point I have only been playing for about 8 months, and this course is perfect for beginners wanting to take that next step.
One of the best things about the course is location. It is about 15 minutes east of I-77, off exit 25. The route out there gets away from the nonstop string of strip malls off the exit. Pretty quickly, you are driving out through open farmland. When I played today, the back parking lot was completely full but the disc golf course was not all that busy. It seems like this one is just tucked away back in a beautiful piece of property.
The first two holes really aren't very indicative of what you will see from number three onward. The first hole drives me nuts, with a tiny opening you have to hit off the tee. Second hole is unlike anything else on the course... basically a big long wide open hole in a grass field. After that, you get to see a lot of really well thought out hole layouts. For a beginner, this is actually a tough track. However, it will make you better in the long run. Par can be tough on a majority of the holes, but none of them seem to be very unfair.
Hole three has a great basket location, just in front of a little bend in the creek. Right behind the basket on the other bank of the creek is a massive boulder, too. Quality footbridges are in several places around the course, including the path from three to four. The next four holes work their way up and down the hills through the woods, and then you pop out into an unusual opening at number eight.
Eight is something else... "cedar alley." Short tees sit right in the middle of this odd stretch of small cedar trees. The hole is relatively short, but you have to hit a very straight tee line or else you will end up underneath a 10' cedar tree with no good line to get out. I still haven't figured out how to play this one, but I love the hole.
Number nine enters back into the trees, and then ten goes back slightly uphill to a great basket location. This one is perched immediately behind a huge boulder, requiring a delicate approach shot if you're going for a safe par. Eleven takes you back out into the open a little, and so does twelve. Thirteen is a great hole with two tiers of long and short tees. This one goes over a small ravine, back up a steep hill to a flat basket location. Fourteen is similar, with an elevated tee going up into a thicket of small trees around the basket. Basically, jail if you miss the right line.
Of the finishing holes, sixteen is most interesting. Downhill steep tee shot, threaded between quite a few mature hardwoods. At the bottom, there is a really nice two-tier footbridge that leads up to the basket location. The last two holes aren't all that thrilling, considering how unique the rest of the layout is. The basket for eighteen is perched up on what seems like a mountaintop from where your tee pad starts.
Bottom line, this is a fantastic course overall. I will happily take the 25 minute drive from the middle of Charlotte to go up here often.
Cons: Not much downside here at all. The park is a little bit of a drive from I-77, but in my opinion that isn't a bad thing.
Other Thoughts: If you finish up quickly here, there are some other great options in the area. The little Bailey Road Park course is only about three miles away. For those of you who are "of age," you are less than 5 miles away from three breweries... Ass Clown, Primal, and D9. Not a bad way to finish off a round!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
One of the best kept secrets in Charlotte
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a really well designed and challenging course. It's a great place for beginner and pros alike. The course offers a solid mix of big arm throws and technical tight shots. Every hole presents a unique and interesting challenge, and the scenery surrounding the course is spectacular. It can get muddy, but the course plays very well.
Cons: Watch out for ticks, and this course will EAT DISCS. Keep an eye out for where you land and walk immediately there. It's very easy to lose sight of where you end up.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Text book course
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great signage with distance and overview of holes. Holes are put together well with long and short concrete tee pads. Very good diversity of distances. A good mix of open and wooded holes as well as elevation changes. This course is a good course for beginners and veteran players alike. Foot traffic is never too heavy. Some tee-shots are very tight through the trees; #9, #13.
Cons: Very long #8 hole (challenging). Almost twice as long from long tee box (720 ft from long). It's much better since the underbrush has been cut. Not much to say negatively about this course.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in this area so far. Some holes are difficult to par on regular basis. The paths are clearly marked and there is an option to play a short 9 holes after the 4th hole.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Excellent, extremely clean and well thought out holes. Bradford is how disc golf courses should be. Signage is good, and the holes flow together nicely without confusing. Good mix of wooded and open holes, the vegetation is really nice on a couple holes.
Other Thoughts: Check this one out, you won't be disappointed
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Another impressive Charlotte course
Pros: Very challenging intermediate to pro level course. Requires extreme accuracy as well as distance.
Very clean park with playground on site.
Baskets - 18 Grippy innova discatchers that were fantastic. Had zero issues with spit outs. Had a practice basket.
Tees - Each hole had at least 1 large concrete tee pad that were still in great shape. 12 holes had dual tees with a shorter set. 6 holes only had 1 tee.
Variety - Course is heavily wooded so bring your A game. Everything from short and technical to long and technical to long and open. Only a few holes were mostly open but still required great placement due to elevation or the woods bordering the fairway. Multiple types of terrains. Several tunnel shots requiring a player to thread the needle. Many holes had blind shots due to elevation and woods.
Signs - Signs were very helpful. Listed distance, par, hole number, and a map. Course billboard at start of course with very detailed map and info on disc golf. Signs throughout course pointing towards the next hole. Also, after hole 4, sign gives info on possible 9 hole loop (1-4, 14-18).
Many signature holes here.
Trash bags and benches at each hole.
Elevation - Elevation on almost every hole (8-12 were flat).
Rocks - A cool feature from this course are the massive rocks throughout it. Really stood out to me.
Course was challenging but not as challenging as Nevin or Robert L Smith. Still had many intimidating holes.
Very scenic and peaceful. Quite park with lots of nature and animals to take in. Plenty of shade.
Another spread out park. Only a few holes had bordering fairways but was never an issue due to the woods between them.
Course started and ended near the parking lot.
Bridges and steps when needed.
Very easy to navigate.
Cons: I did have many negative thoughts about this course. It had pretty much everything. A little more clearing on a few of the holes would be nice but that would take away from the challenge.
Poison Ivy throughout course.
Other Thoughts: I was a big fan of this course. Out of the 6 I played in the Charlotte area, this was my third favorite behind Nevin, Robert Smith. It was very challenging but had enough holes that gave you a break in between the woods. A few ace opportunities.
The walks between holes were peaceful and scenic which is always a plus.
Would definitely recommend this course to anyone traveling though the city or someone looking for a challenge. If it is too hard or too easy, there are several other courses nearby.
I felt this course was much better than 4 out of 5. Not nearly as good as Nevin, Renaissance Gold/Silver, or Robert L but still a great compliment to those courses. Worth checking it out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
20 Helpful / 2 Not
Beautiful Fall Foliage
Pros: Absolutely Beautiful
Dual Concrete Tees
Great DisCatcher baskets
Great Tee signs (layout, length, number)
Navigation is easy with the "next tee" signs
Good Benches at every hole
Trash bags at each hole
Plenty of parking
Bathrooms/vending halfway (perfect timing)
Great use of the land
Variety of elevation change (up, down, flat)
Loved having to choose a flightpath. (Options)
Good layout balance (right, straight, left)
Distance variety was perfect (long, mid, short)
Some open, some into/through/out of the woods
Great course to work on your overall game.
Good for Intermediate to Pro players.
Makes you work on line-shaping, not just see who can bomb the farthest.
You'll use your whole bag to play well here.
Challenging in a fun way, not brutal
Well kept (thanks Schleppy)
Clear of trash
Trees and brush trimmed and shaped not just butchered to open a freeway to the basket
Baskets and Tees/teesigns in great shape
Stairs when you need them
Bridge when needed
Favorite Hole(s): 12, 16, 17
Cons: Very few cons
The parking lots at 1/18 and 12, if full, MIGHT create a safety/property hazard. (If your as bad a shot as me)
Would like to see Trashcans instead of bags (no big deal, I understand why)
Just a little nit-picky, but, playing through/over the field of small cedars (twice) is not preferable but you only have so much land/terrain to work with
--None of my cons are a big deal just barely enough to keep it from 5 discs.
Not really a con, but, in the fall play with brightly colored discs and save you and your cardmates the hassle of kicking through a lot of leaves looking for your disc.
Least Favorite Hole(s): 2, 8
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite kind of course. Challenging enough to test anyone, but fun and not a beatdown. I played horribly here but still had a blast. Some of this is probably because of the company I played with.
All in all I would consider this course a Must Play if you're in the Charlotte area. If traveling through or coming to Charlotte to play, put Bradford in your plans and you won't regret it.
I only played three courses in the area while here for work. Bradford is my favorite of them. Flag down Schleppy for a round or just to say thanks for all the work making Bradford a rewarding experience.
My disc rating is based heavily on "Fun Factor" which this course has tons of. I then bump it up or down a 1/2 disc or so for amenities or lack thereof.
PM me and let me know how I can make my reviews "more helpful."
20 of 22 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Best in Charlotte Area
Pros: Bradford Disc Golf Course is everything you ask for in a disc golf course. Hard enough to challenge the best players but easy enough to take a rookie too. What makes this the best course in the Charlotte area is the "Signature" Holes. From Cedar Ally to the Rock Hole and the Snake Pit. All classic's in my mind. And great variety, open parkey holes to tight wooded shots. There is a small pond to maneuver around on a long Par 4 but is in a perfect position to the pin to either go for it or play it conseritaly. Bathroom and vending machines right around half way make a great stopping point before you go down the home stretch. A well maintained course with benches and garbage cans at every hole make it my favorite disc golf course.
Cons: Its hard to think of Cons for this course. Since I lost one here, it can be pretty difficult if you really let one get away from you to find, but for the most part not to bad. Highway 73 can be parking lot if you catch the traffic right, but what's not in this area. But as you can see not too much to complain about.
Other Thoughts: Giving a course a rating of 5 I think is almost impossible in my book but Bradford comes as close as you can. The park in it self is gorgeous and the uniqueness this disc golf course gives you make it the best around. If you are making a trip to Charlotte and consider yourself a disc golfer you must check out Bradford.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: I Love this course! It has a little bit of everything here. Hole 2 is just a bomb hole good for the players that have big arms. Hole 7 is a pretty narrow fairway througt the pine trees. Every hole is fun in its own way! The course is in great shape, most of the tee boexes have benches with garbage bags. Very easy to navigate with the tee boxes clearly marked.
Cons: Not very many Cons, maybe trash cans instead of just bags.
Other Thoughts: Overall really enjoy playing this course its very well maintained and just a great place to play!
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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You HAVE to come!
Pros: -This place rocks!! It's beautiful. It's the most beautiful course I have played! It's very family friendly and the course is truly a great experience and I'm coming back for sure!
-Great 28 chain baskets that catch well. There is also a practice basket on your way to #1.
-VARIETY!!! The cedar alley, some good elevation, rocks, an open bomb almost 500' feet, fun wooded holes, a gauntlet, several valley shots, and the most memorable par 4. I've played Ashe County and if you have played it, I know you remember #9 and #18, two extreme downhill breathtaking par 4's. Well the par 4 here, you will see something sick! EVERY hole has something unique and will leave you excited about the next one! Kilborne park has some fun holes but some were unexciting.
-The par 4. #12 rocks! It's an awesome 565' foot dogleg right. On your teeshot, you must rip your driver over 300' to get a straight second shot over the retention pond and you need a precise 250' anhyzer to get a 3. I parred it both rounds and felt like I could have birdied.
-Sweet sixteen. My "sweet" sixteen was three weeks ago when we traveled back from a mission trip in St. Louis. #16 at Bradford is a sweet downhill ace run with the basket out of the woods. It has two pin positions and it's in the long. I think there should be an "empty your bag" rule on that hole.
-#2 is the best open bomb I've played. It's the most scenic hole on the course as well. 460' foot par 3 sounds difficult but it's a straightforward hole. It's another "empty your bag" hole. Just rip it as far as you can, unless you can throw over 460 ft.
-Trash bags on some of the tees. There is a trash can on #8's tee.
-Great tee signs and diagrams! A tee diagram on #12 was needed so it wouldn't be hard to follow and maybe a few others needed tee diagrams of the fairway.
-This is close to downtown North Charlotte and had many places to go to. Many restaurants, department stores and a super target. The park is in a great neighborhood as well. Several courses in Charlotte are in bad neighborhoods. Like West Charlotte.
-#18 finishes by the parking lot and is close to #1. #18 from the short and long are different holes but share the same basket and fairway. The short is a straight shot and the long's tee in the woods and plays out through a different opening and plays as a dogleg left!
-Doubles on Friday nights out here! That means I can come out here on Fridays when I can!
-I played two rounds here! I played the first one solo and the second with Schleppy and his friends Jonathan, Steve and Joe! Schleppy's kind enough to guide you here and it's always fun to play with Schleppy. We played the shorts and Schleppy shot a 51!! I shot a 58 while Jonathan shot 55 and Steve shot 59 and Joe is a really good recreational player! So yea! The second round was much funner!
-Soda machines and bathrooms on the transition from #11 to #12. I ran 7 miles the day I played and then played here and needed fluids.
Cons: -It was hard to find any. #18 from the short's tee shot is over very tall grass so you will need to throw something that doesn't go with green.
-#12's second shot is fun and all but you won't be happy if you lose a disc in the retention pond. Or should I say the "Chocolate milk pond?" First round, I threw my starfire in there and wanted a better shot SO IT TURNS OUT MY BEAST IS IN THERE TOO! OUCH!
-"Cedar alley" it's very fun and interesting but #11 has a high lost disc possibility if it goes to the right, you should be okay but left, it might be gone.
-Most importantly. Schleppy found a 10 dollar bill in the middle of #11's fairway. I should have found it because I played a round there before the five of us played. That grinds my gears. Here's a helpful tip "Look for money as hard as you look for discs." I think Schleppy agrees with that statement.
Other Thoughts: -Bradford is a very, very, very fun course! It's such a shame shame shame that I didn't play here 18 months ago because I was desperate to play it for that long. You will find 18 great holes here with at least a third of them really standing out! This is definitely the best course designed by Stan McDaniel and so many other people including Schleppy and BraveThrower43 being a big help maintaining it and being a part of designing it. Easily something that you should play whenever you can, I could've at least twenty times and blew it by playing something else or settling which is never fun. Don't settle when it comes to disc golf in general. Don't ski, go to a hockey game or sit on the couch if you love the game.
-I said "This hole is awesome" on quite a few holes with 2, 12 and 16 standing out and there were couple I didn't love as much but every hole here has something fun to it and I really hope to go to doubles here soon!! I never got that birdie on #12 and thought I would and I know that I will someday!
-There are so many signature holes and the ultimate was #12! I call this a signature course as it is one of the most asthetically pleasing and it's in my top 3. Taking the second slot which knocks RL Smith to the third! The main point of this review is to tell all you readers to play this course! Really you can just read BennettUA's review because he nailed it. I just had to get my thoughts out here!
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20 Helpful / 0 Not
Best maintained course in Charlotte
Pros: **DO NOT JUDGE THIS COURSE BY THE PICS! These are older pics -- many before teepads were installed, and before the course had matured and worn in to the sharp condition it is in now**
Bradford is a near ideal disc golf course in my opinion.
WHOAH. That's a BIG statement. Especially in the disc mecca that IS Charlotte. Allow me to explain.
The park itself is new and clean. Park is very safe, Huntersville is a nice area. Big restrooms with good soap and Vortex air hand dryers. Vending machines stock Coke products and Powerade. Also nice to have restroom in the middle of the course rather than at the beginning or end(hole 11 plays right up to one). Ample parking so long as there's not a base/softball tournament.
As for the course itself ---
My ideal course design can be summed up in three simple words: "challenging, but fair." Bradford is exactly that. The course is not easy by any stretch, but birdies are possible on every hole with a good shot, which is how I feel a course should be scored.
As for "fair" -- This course does not have any "luck" trees, meaning if you pure a drive down the center of the fairway, you're not going to hit a tree that's smack in the middle of the perfect line. The same can NOT be said about many courses in the area.
One of my favorite design features that largely goes unnoticed at Bradford is that it has more BALANCE than an Olympic gymnast. Evenly matched for straight, left-, and right-turning holes, uphill vs downhill, and blended very well --- the longest holes are separated by shorter ones, no back-to-back hard turns in either direction off the tee, etc.
Knowing Charlotte has very little elevation, the use of the land by Stan and Schlep MUST be appreciated.
For such a young course, Bradford feels well worn-in. This is largely due to the relentless, near daily upkeep by Schleppy. For instance, hole 8 -- a beautiful shot through the cedars -- but just two short years ago anything that didn't land on the green required a search party through briars surrounding the cedars. Hard to imagine if you see it now. Even harder to believe it's in such incredible shape after just two years of installation.
Benches -- nice, new, cedar, and on every. single. hole.
Innova Discatcher baskets.
Signage is excellent, distances are accurate.
Navigation is great as well -- there is some signage, but even without it, you should be able to find the next tee with ease.
I also love to feel alone in the woods when I'm playing disc golf, and Bradford delivers on that as well. Very little noise here, save for the soccer/baseball fields when in use, but these never come into play with the disc golf course. Feels very much like a private course. We've seen a few small lizards and snakes, some deer, even heard some coyotes howling in the distance one night in the spring during a glow event.
BEAUTIFUL. Some very memorable tee shots and pin placements here. Growing cedars line the fairways through the middle of the course, with a fantastic set of gap shops on holes 8 through 11.
Hole 12 is easily one of the best holes in Charlotte. (Again, I appreciate full well the weight of such a statement.) From either the short or long tee, your drive is a placement shot of 325-350'. To the left is OB road; to the right is punishingly dense woods that assures an extra stroke. The second shot turns right and plays between 200-260' to a pin perched atop a small crest of a sloping hill -- to the left, an OB retention pond -- to the right, more dense woods. The hill makes for tough putts from most anywhere -- if you're near the pond, you're putting slightly uphill, and a missed putt will send you down the hill toward the woods. If you're near the woods, you're putting uphill about 10', and a missed putt could put you in the pond. Birdies are common with both a good drive and an accurate upshot, but only with both.
Concrete teepads = good pooridge(not too big, not too small). Always a big plus to have two teepads at any course. Some of them here make for longer shots, but many do make for a much different golf experience, especially #8.
Course was used for 2012 Worlds, and is part of tourneys such as The Carolina Clash, Powerade State Games, and more. The Bradford Open will see its second year this fall.
Cons: Not a knock on the course itself, but when there's a base/softball tourney, parking near #1 can be tight, and sometimes a soccer mom will park too close to #18's basket.
Also, if there is a soccer tourney, some cars may come into play on the drive for hole #12, but it takes a big event to get them overflowing off the parking lot, which is OB anyway.
Other Thoughts: One of if not THE best maintained course in Charlotte. Schleppy is working his disc golf baby nearly every day, even carries a pair of hand shears in his bag to trim briars and branches off as need be.
To sum it up, my highest-rated courses are:
-- challenging but fair,
-- private by feel of play, and
have that little something extra, so you REMEMBER the course instead of just logging on to DGCR and checking it off your list.
I've played well over 50 rounds here, and I play it more than any course in Charlotte despite being 40 minutes away.
There's a reason for that.
In fact, there are 18 of them.
Schedule a round and see what the Bradford fuzz is all about. You'll likely find Schleppy out there, mowing/weed eating/pulling/picking/playing/loving his little slice of disc golf heaven.
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