Don't go out of your way for this one!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The only pros I can think of are that hole 1 and 18 are pretty interesting holes. Hole 1 drops down then back up, and the basket is actually a low basket which is something you don't see too often. Hole 18 drives from a bit of elevation, over a road and across the street.
Cons: 1. Aside from a few holes, the course is extremely generic. "Throw 200 feet down a narrow fairway in the woods with no dog legs or elevation etc" seems to be the thought process behind about 90% of the holes on this course.
2. The overgrown vegetation on some of the holes should you stray 5 feet from the designated fairway is just careless. I forget exactly which hole it was, I think it was 12, but it was a hole with an elevated basket that had a creek running through it, probably the only other interesting hole on the course beside 1 & 18. If you venture off the fairway here forget about finding your disc.
3. Park isn't in the best area. Some unsavory folk around them parts.
Other Thoughts: If you live near the course, play it. If not, don't go out of your way to play it. Go to Valley Springs or Cornwallis instead.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Close to Home
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good short course for building confidence and working on medium length shots. Some fairways are pretty tight, but a birdie is not unreasonable on any hole
New hole number signs have been posted
Cons: Tee boxes are not padded
Can get really muddy, especially after heavy rains... wear your boots then! The creeks can be deep and muddy, making it tough to find discs if you hit the water.
You can definitely lose discs in the heavy brush once it starts growing int he late spring.
Other Thoughts: Close to home so we (my wife and I) play the course every day and enjoy it. It's not crowed so you can get in two rounds in about 1.5 hrs
The bridge is back in place on 12, so no more log balancing needed. At least until the next heavy rain. The local guys did a good job of putting in extra stability in the bridges and walking platforms that they replaced
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Ok for beginners
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Bethesda is a fun little pitch-and-putt style course. It's worth a play.
+ The holes are all under 200 feet, making this a true "pitch and putt." This is not a course advanced or intermediate players will find challenging, but it's great for beginners. Most players won't need more than a putter or a midrange on this course. Lots of ace runs!
+ Hanging basket on hole 12.
+ Lots of tight, technical holes to try out your midrange accuracy and go for aces.
+ For a green level course, there's pretty good variety of hole design here. There are a couple downhill holes, a couple uphill ones, some left to right, some right to left, and some dead straight.
Cons: In the Triangle, you will find many courses that you may consider a better use of your time. But if you're in the Durham/Briar Creek area, this is a fun course and you may want to check it out. Here are the con's:
- Not a challenging course unless you're a beginner.
- The underbrush is a little out of control at Bethesda, at times. I'd recommend using a spotter on a couple holes, if possible, to reduce the risk of disc loss.
- The redesign makes the course a little confusing (random signs and tee pass from the old layout). Also, many tee areas are uneven with roots, rocks, etc.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Interesting short course
Pros: This course is great for beginners. You could get by with just a putter and have a lot of fun here.
#1 basket is on the ground, #3 is surrounded by large rocks, #12 has a hanging basket just before a creek. The course flow is pretty good and there a few signs to point you in the right direction.
The holes are short but provide nice variety. There are no tee signs showing layout, but most baskets are visible from the tee area. Most holes are straight but there are uphill and downhill throws and a few that have a small creek in play.
This is an excellent place for beginners or someone looking for a quick easy round. There was no one else out there on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, so I don't think this course gets a lot of use.
In many cases, if you want an extra challenge you can tee off way behind the existing tee markers.
Cons: The tee areas are natural and marked by two rocks in most cases. If I hadn't read about the re-design, I may have wondered about the concrete pads that were still in place but not in play.
The rough can be rough this time of year. Errant shots may require some time spent searching.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course twice. My dad, who doesn't get much distance loved it as he had a birdie and many pars.
With some signage and tee pads, this could be a great pitch and putt. With the money that went into the ropes course and covered basketball courts in this park, sprucing up the DG course would be a drop in the bucket.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Speciality shot fun course
Pros: This course is always empty (no wait)
Great practice course for speciality shots. maintenance has been pretty consistent over the last year. Holes are opened up enough that players of all skill levels can play. Average and up players are shooting for a hole in one on just about every hole.
Cons: I only play here from fall to spring. It gets pretty overgrown and will eat your disc if you're not careful. No real tee pads and many of the boxes are not level and full of roots or rocks. Do not play after rain storms. This place needs at least two days to dry out.
Other Thoughts: Cool little local course 10 minuets from my house. There are a few very well thought out "picturesque" holes on this course. I can throw my entire bag on any hole I want whenever I want because nobody is ever there...ever
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Has Potential, but needs work
Pros: -This course is tight and technical with challenging shots
-For how long the holes are, I am impressed the course was made as difficult as it is
-The basket locations are fun and unique (there is a hanging basket and a basket essentially in the ground)
-You could play this course easily in 30-40 mins
Cons: -The signage here is pretty terrible, a decent amount of time was spent merely trying to find the next hole
-There are no concrete tees, only dirt
-I once found a handful of 9mm casings on this course
-The underbrush just off the fairway is so so awful. I spent just as much trying to find discs as playing.
Other Thoughts: This course has the potential to be a 4/5 with some heavy maintenance. At least signs and concrete tee pads.But right now, it is not close to that.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun short course
Pros: Great baskets, a number of them in creative placements. Wide variety of shots required, from doglegs to elevation to guarded pin placements.
Cons: Mostly dirt tee pads, which takes away from the experience a bit when you're trying to avoid slipping on mud. Can't really use a driver much, but the fairways are narrow enough that the shorter holes are still fun.
Other Thoughts: If this place got some tee pads (and better signage) it would be a really nice technical course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
A great course to run through!
Pros: Tests accuracy and the short game. The park is beautiful, and the course is easy enough to follow from signs. I like all the elevation changes. Natural tees don't bother me at all although real pads would be nice (I understand they are on the way.) I liked the interesting basket placements!
Cons: Really short course, but it didn't really detract from my playing experience. There does seem to be room to add distance to many holes without detracting from the skill of each one. Some baskets really punish you for missing long with steep drops behind them.
Other Thoughts: I played all 18 holes by myself shooting twice on the coldest day of the year and had a blast. Most pars I have ever shot!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: I actually like this course quite a bit. There are some fun quirky holes here. There are some tough shots. And a round can be played very quickly.
The first hole is an ace run unlike any I've seen. The basket is buried on a hillside so that the lip of the basket is close to even with the ground level.
12 is the best hole here for me. Over a creek to a hanging basket with a second creek just past the goal, making going for it a risky proposition.
For a short course, in which every hole can be deuced for the most part, there is a decent amount of challenge. The fairways are narrow, and force controlled straight throws. There is surprising use of elevation as well, with some interesting downhill shots.
And with the light brush and the short nature of the holes, Bethesda is a course that welcomes the quick pop in, or multiple successive rounds. A lot of fun can be had here.
Cons: That said, there are also a few dull holes, which is bound to happen when they're all so short. And they are short. Only two holes surpass two hundred and two feet. There too many holes that require merely a straight shot of 100 feet and change.
But hey, that's par for a short, quick course. The bigger problem here is one that could be rectified. That's the tees. The tees are identified by two rocks and a small sign hung on a tree. That would be fine with me if the tees were flat. A lot of them are uneven with loose materials. In autumn, fallen leaves can make them seriously slick. There are small stumps in the way. (You will trip over the stump in the middle of the two tee.) The worst is hole nine, where you tee off from the sidewalk, which is raised, and too small to talk a step.
The stumps aren't limited to the tees. Walking down some of the fairways can have you looking like Mark Orlando. With leaves on the course, the small stumps are hazardous to your shoes.
Other Thoughts: The lines are mostly too tough for beginners but more advanced players will find most of the holes much too short. Still, fix the tee situation and remove some of the stumps and this will be a solid course.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Layout - It's deuce or die here; everything is short, tight and begging for a run.
Some nifty shots are carved in to the woods that'll make you consider disc selection. Most holes are on the straightish side but little bends and movement left or right at the basket helps keep it interesting. Some double fairways.
Lots of elevation changes help spice up this short course. A creek system that runs throughout also adds in some challenge making you think about placement.
Some interesting greens placed along the creeks, dropoffs, boulders...
Atmosphere - Very interesting modern but rugged type park. It has covered basketball/tennis courts with lights. A huge ropes course and now this sweet little course.
The area used by the course is mostly away from the rest of the park. I havent seen anyone else walking through that part but there is a walking trail.
Equipment - New tee signs have replaced the not so great rocks. All but one pad is natural. Nice new discatchers. Some directional signs.
Cons: Layout - Everything is in about the same length and mostly straight. It gets a bit monotonous and could of been mixed up more.
Some weird transitions in parts that can make it confusing.
Atmosphere - Lots of mosquitos and ticks out here, I was getting ambushed which is not unusual this time of year but here it was amplified. It gets muddy/swampy in a few parts.
Equipment - The tees could use some more work on the leveling front.
Not enough directional signs telling you where to go at points. Did a lot of walking back and forth my first time.
No benches/trashcans throughout the course.
Other Thoughts: I like it in a way, I think I prefer it over some of the other short dinker courses around. The elevation changes helps with that.
#12 is a nice signature hole; and it even uses an old concrete pad. It's a more open shot with a creek about midway and then another creek right behind the hanging basket.
(Note: this course was redesigned and built on top of an older 9 hole layout. if you see concrete pads those are for the old layout and not the new one, except on hole 12.)
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