3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun but un-refined
Pros: This course is surprisingly fun despite being rough around the edges.
The shorter 18 hole course winds through the woods in this city park, coming close to the river, but it hardly comes in to play. Although mostly wooded, the course is a moderate to easy difficulty level depending on your abilities. To me, it felt like the holes became more challenging as you went.
There is a beautiful, color sign at the parking lot showing the rules of the game and the course map. A really nice touch, and eye catching enough that it could draw new players to the game.
Cons: Unfortunately, the navigation (once you get away from the color sign at the parking lot) is lacking. There were some spray painted trees marking the way once I got into the woods, but without a course map I would've been lost...
The tee pads are natural, normally not a big deal, but for some holes they were hardly, if at all, marked. Pick a spot and throw...
Other Thoughts: Despite its short coming's, I still enjoyed this course. It's fun, but not too easy, not too tough.
If you're out this way, or passing through stop by and throw a round.
A Charlotte local could have a fun round here, but if you're only in town for a day or two, there are plenty of others I'd rather play.
Fun, but rough around the edges
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2 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun but unrefined wooded 18 hole course
Pros: + 18 holes now instead of 9 like the course used to be.
+ Elevated basket on #2.
+ Lots of fun technical shots. Nothing very long, but plenty of trees to contend with on basically every hole. Only a few more open holes, and none of them are completely open.
+ Plenty of ace runs, but they're all ones you'll have to work for.
+ The course is pretty secluded feeling. It plays through the woods bordering some baseballs fields, a pool and other activities, so you'll hear other park guests but won't see them too much, especially on holes 6-18.
+ Good flow and easy navigation considering the lack of tee signs. Next tee markings are usually easy to spot.
Cons: - Lacks proper tees. The tee areas are generally boxed in with branches or rocks to indicate where you throw, but they are natural.
- No tee signs. There are a few holes with number posts, but those are few and far between. For the most part you're following white spray paint blazes from the basket to the next boxed in tee area, with no other markers for the course.
- No tee for #5. I made one up that seemed about right based on the DGCR indicated hole distance.
- There is a stream running through the park that overflows after heavy rains. Some of the holes were a bit flooded, forcing me to tee off 20' up the fairway, and I could not play #14 due to a few feet of standing water throughout the entire hole.
- Short, easy, and too many straight shots. Gets a little repetitive throwing straight basically every hole, but the designers did a good job mixing up left and right finishes for the pin placements at least.
Other Thoughts: Betty G Ross is a shorter 18 hole course, but I still found it enjoyable. Its certainly rough around the edges, with its natural tees and lack of tee signs, but I didn't find navigation too difficult. The flooding was unfortunate, but during typical weather it shouldn't be an issue.
This obviously isn't going to compete with the areas upper tier courses, but its a fun course in its own right. If you're a beginner looking for a challenge, or an intermediate player working to hone your shorter shots, this is a good course for you. More skilled players will find it a little on the boring side, but its certainly not a throwaway park by any means.
There are a number of courses nearby I'd suggest playing before Betty G Ross, but if you've already played them and want something new, or you just want an 18 hole course that's on the shorter side, this course will fill that niche.
All in all it plays like a flatter, shorter and easier Bradley Center.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Want to play disc golf without playing your actual lie?
Pros: -Betty G. Ross is a fun, really tight, ace run kind of course, with a couple of more open holes and a few unique parts to the course.
-When I found out that this later became an 18 hole course and read the previous reviews, I was confident that this would be fun and a great way to spend a Saturday morning. It starts off interesting with a very tight hole only like 190' long or something and then (#2) you play a downhill ace run that starts off in the open and goes into the woods to an elevated basket. Definitely a hole that'll get someone interesting in the course.
-Many unique shaped fairways here, very good variety between left, right and straight. #3 is a severely forced anhyzer around the trees and holes 6 and 9 are both really cool hyzers off the tee.
-I thoroughly enjoyed the front 9. It started off very interesting and got even more interesting once I got to #4. It's an open hole between the woods to the right and the softball field. It has a mando gate maybe 80' from the tee. #5 was also cool with the creek running parallel to the fairway. It was a nice downhill ace run. I also loved #9's fairway going left and around a fallen tree. A birdie is definitely doable but if you don't gently hyzer, you will suddenly be praying for a 3.
-Next tee arrows on the hole transitions. Not on the first few but after #5, you will definitely see them.
-There is a 12 ft. deep pool at the park and the fields are usually empty. There are also two park entrances. Unless you go to the pool, I'd recommend going to the one straight ahead down Motz just so you'd be closer to #1.
-Ends well with a fun #18 that starts off in the woods and goes slightly uphill out in the open. #17 was really fun too, it's a very tough "odd fairway" shaped hole that is over 300' long. Very challenging hole but also be rewarding.
Cons: -It's not that navigation is "really hard" but it is tricky at times. You better follow the trial where the arrow is pointing because some holes are close to each other.
-#5's tee is not marked. I just marked my own beside the small fenced electrical area beside #4. This is the only hole without a tee but most of the holes on this course do not have tee signs. They have logged tee pads which is good but you will have to walk up the fairway to find the basket on some holes. And I agree with the previous reviews about how the hole lengths stated seem very inaccurate but most holes are still fun nevertheless.
-Sooo many drag piles and thorns. I played really awful today and must have moved my disc a hundred times because the spots you can land can either be thorny or maybe just impossible to play from. I took a lot of relief! I don't know if anyone will fix this problem, it still feels like a raw course. There is some overgrowth on #7.
Other Thoughts: -This is a fun course. If you live within 25 miles of it, I definitely don't think you should skip it because it does have a lot of aesthetically pleasing assets to it. For the limited space at this park, the course did a very good job with the variety. I could very easily tell this is a vast improvement to the old nine hole course. It may need some improvement but all in all. It's a good way to get outside. This is a pretty good course.
-Favorite hole: #4. Longer hole. I don't think it's 380' but it's definitely over 300'. Very nice hole around the ball field. Mando gate makes it unique because it isn't forced.
-I'm giving this course a 2.5. Some holes have gotten me to reconsider from a 2 to a 2.5. I really hope the locals will work on it, and I would if I had more time, and I will when I can. Make time to come here just for fun, and bring your friends because I feel like a few friends from my school would find this a good "start" to their interest in the game.
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2 Helpful / 0 Not
Roll with the changes
Pros: Like the previous reviewer, this course has gotten much better. The course has expanded to 18 holes, many of which are tight with the proper amount of skill for competitive play. This course is usually empty, allowing you to play at a comfortable speed or simply replay a hole (or 9.) Many of the holes are parallel to the river, which adds a bit of anxiety to each throw.
This slowly becoming a personal favorite, since a player can practice on the entire course in about an hour.
Cons: Signage: Kind of hard to see. Maybe it was just because it was the end of the season and it wasn't too prority but many of the holes did not give the player a true sense of where to go for the next hole. It's nothing a can of neon spray paint can't do.
Baskets: Many of the baskets have been moved to increase skill play. Just one question- Where the hell did hole 11 go? It took me several minutes of looking but to no avail. I guess that could be a signage issue too.
Landscape much? Hopefully you don't overthrow because the pricker situation is horrible. I almost donated a few discs to the course because of it. Let's try to do a better job!
Other Thoughts: Overall, a much improved scene compared to its original layout. I look forward to playing there really soon!
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11 Helpful / 1 Not
Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang
Pros: Betty G. Ross's 18-hole layout is a vast improvement over the old, nine-hole design. What was a poor course has become a fun, decent course that the locals can enjoy.
- By the time I was standing on the first tee, I could tell this course was already a marked improvement. If you never played the old layout, consider yourself lucky. The old, unimaginative, short first hole was replaced by a wooded, mid-range shot.
- The course takes great use of the land. I'm glad everyone involved in the redesign realized there was lots of unused land in the back of the park, and decided to put it to good use.
- There are some legitimately enjoyable holes on the course. Granted, there are also a lot of average, nothing-special ones as well. My favorite hole on the course is #5. Never mind that I couldn't find the tee pad/markers, if one even exists, I love having a mid-range tee shot of 225 feet to a basket nestled behind trees, located pretty close to the river. If this hole was lengthened, I would love the increased risk/reward factor of people pulling out drivers taking a run at this basket.
- I also enjoyed the couple of holes that were left over from the original design: old #8 & 9 became new #13 & 14. These also used parts of old holes and incorporated them into the course, including the use of hole #5 listed above. The only sentimentality I had was that the old #2 was gone, meaning you couldn't throw a ricochet shot off the rec center building anymore to get to the basket.
- This is a heavily wooded course, with only a couple holes being in the open. Also, only a couple holes on the front 9 come close to other park activities. Besides that, the back of the park is pretty much exclusively for disc golf...with the caveat that I could see a person using the fairways and transitions as a walking path.
- Mostly a good flow to the course. Starting after hole #5, from there on out, there are next tee signs to make navigation much easier. The first five holes do have signs, but because the holes are more spread out, navigation between holes (mainly trying to find tee pads) was more difficult.
- For being a heavily wooded course, the course still offers plenty of birdie chances and ace-runs. The fairways are wide enough, and the holes are mostly mid-range length, that rec level players and above should be able to post low scores here. During my round, I only had to scramble to save par once. Other than that, it was birdies, birdie chances including two ace-runs, and ho-hum pars.
- This course will appeal to casual and beginner players. At its posted length of 4257 feet (which I question some of the hole lengths below), the average hole comes in at 236 feet. 14 holes are listed between 200 - 299 feet (again, I question some of those lengths), meaning you don't need a big arm for this course. I threw Roc or Buzz off the majority of tees.
Cons: I'm not sure if the designers have stopped working on the course, or if the redesign is just going very slow. Either way, in its current state as of April 2015, the course still feels a work-in-progress, creating some obvious problems.
- The first of these problems is the inconsistencies presentenced throughout the course. Some holes have the makings of a tee pad (framed by logs) while others have some other tee marker (#4, for example has a board across the grass) while others seem to be non-existent, most notably #2 & 5. On #2, for example, is the tee pad the one used for the old #3 (there is still the old tee sign there), or is one of the bare patches in the grass? If so, then the hole length is incorrect.
- Also, the navigation between holes is inconsistent. To its credit, navigation gets markedly improved beginning with hole #6. There's a stretch - holes #6 - 11 where there is very little walking from one hole to the next, and you can find the tee pads easily, which is awesome. The issues come up in smaller ways, such as trying to find the tee for #5. Having an arrow on a wood pole 75 feet from #4 basket doesn't provide much help. Also, having more arrows on the longer transitions would eliminate the need to guess which path to walk down to get to the next tee.
- Hole lengths are inconsistent, and clearly wrong on about a third of the holes. On #2 & 5, without clear tee markers, I picked what appeared to be the tee areas. If I was correct, then both holes play a good 50 - 75 longer than their listed lengths. If the listed lengths are correct, then there are no clear tee markers at that distance. Also, #17 & 18 both play much longer than their listed lengths of 255 & 260 feet, respectively. Both are a good 100 feet longer, which is actually a good thing. Designers, just get your distance correct.
- No tee signs. That might not be a bad thing, except when you see the old, bad layout had tee signs. I'm cautiously optimistic that means the designers might be willing to improve the course before it is finalized and signs are created.
- The course does have a sense of monotony. The general vibe of the course is a wooded hole in the 225 - 250 foot range, with the hole being straight or only slightly doglegged. Basically, if you can throw straight at that distance, you'll have birdie putts on a majority of holes. A little more variety would have really spiced up the course.
Other Thoughts: If you were turned off by the old layout, as was I, I'd encourage you to give the new layout a chance. This is actually an enjoyable, short-length course. It's a poor man's version of Trails in Anderson, SC. For a more local reference, I'd compare it to Crooked Creek Crossing in Stallings, a suburb of Charlotte, or Bearskin Creek in Monroe, in terms of skill level.
- The course isn't flashy, but it is consistent. There wasn't one bad hole on this course; conversely, there wasn't one signature, challenging hole. As stated, #5 could be better if lengthened. The same could be said for a couple other holes as well. #17, which is in the 350-foot range, is probably the signature 'challenging' hole. It's the only one that seemed to have an element of station to station throwing to get to the basket. I also enjoyed the design of #9 with a downed tree across the fairway creating an added obstacle.
- Let's hope the local disc golf community maintains and improves some of the issues. The redesign was done last year, and already it seems some issues will be creeping up quickly if attention isn't given. There are still some small stumps on many holes. Also a lot of underbrush wasn't completely removed. And with growing season starting again, this could quickly become an issue/nuisance.
- Who knew that 321 was becoming its own little disc golf hotbed? From Charlotte, get on 321 in Gastonia, knock out Rankin (and Bradley which isn't technically off 321), then head up to Lincolnton (Betty G Ross), Hickory (Hilton) and Sawmills (Veterans Park) and you've got a nice day trip on your way to the mountains.
- If I were rating this course based solely on the course's condition and progress as of the day I played, I'd give it a 1.5. Too much work still needs to be done. I'm giving the locals the benefit of the doubt that the issues I listed above (tee pads, signage, etc.) will get ironed out, and am giving this course a 2.0. Based on its current layout, that's probably this course's ceiling. Now, if you improve a couple of holes and add some more challenge, I'll reconsider my rating at that point. Still, I'm glad I made a return visit to this course and checked out the new 18.
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