A very good course on this part of the NC coast.
Pros: Nice, 9 hole, 18 tee layout on this side of the Cape Fear River from Wilmington. Nice DISCatchers and tee signs on every hole.
Rubber mats for the tees and brooms on several holes that really help with the sandy soil.
I believe they have two separate tees for each hole. The ones I found were separated from each other enough, to make this feel like an 18 hole course when played through twice.
Mostly wooded, pine tree course but a couple of open holes or lightly wooded.
Unique, elevated, in a tree basket position for #8. It's located right behind the community building, if you want to just check that out!
Cons: The rubber tee mats look like the kind that can get slick when wet, but usually enough room beside them to tee from.
Really no big Cons with this course, not a huge piece of land to work with (and no elevation), a nice layout.
Other Thoughts: It looks like there is a local club that is active with this course. The signage is good, there is a screened port-a-john at the first tee and everything is in good shape.
The Cape Fear River really divides this part of NC from the Wilmington courses, including Castle Hayne. So if you are staying at the Brunswick Co beaches and don't want to drive up to CH, this is a good alternative.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Longer then the other course nearby...fun shot shapes. Gives even the newest player a good experience. Thick fescue on a few of the holes makes it hard to find disc's if you get off the fairway.q
Cons: The super sand gets everywhere!!!! HAHA!
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: After accidentally dropping in on a league day at Castle Hayne and witnessing at least eighty people preparing to tee off, (We just came back at the end of the day) I thought the rest of the area courses would be empty. It was still early when I got to Arrowhead but there were already groups backed up on one. While I was at Joe Eakes, something like seven or eight other groups were on the course. At that point I figured, there can't be any people at Cougar Country. But there were. Man, do Wilmington people love their disc golf. It was a nice Saturday in March but all five of the courses being fairly crowded? This is an area that could probably use another course.
So, Cougar Country. It's a pretty sweet course for a niner. It's not extremely tough but it has some solid distance with a couple of holes topping four-hundred feet. The terrain is interesting with the mix of sand and pines. There's also a solid variety of holes, with some requiring specific lines of flight and others allowing bombs. The additional tees aren't different enough for me to consider them separate holes but they provide additional variety. The first eight holes are all solid. There may not be a standout hole but if there's a signature hole, it's 4 I think that tees off from a slightly elevated ridge jest behind a small creek.
If there were nine more like the existing nine, this would be a 3.0 course for me. As it is, it's one of those local courses that you can play it a lot without growing tired of it. You can play nine, eighteen, twenty-seven. It's not one that I would suggest going out of your way to play, but if your passing by, it'll provide a good round regardless of how many you want to play.
Cons: Well, hole 9. The barbed-wire fence is dangerously close on the right. You can treat that type of area like water but to me, it doesn't play the same. It's not something I'm comfortable playing around. And 9 is fairly straightforward, uninteresting hole otherwise. I don't see why it was necessary to put it by itself over there. This is mostly a course that you can attack so it's a shame that after eight holes of going after pins and air it out, there is one that makes you want to play overly cautious.
Other than that, it's extremely flat and not overly challenging. It wouldn't be a bad course for beginners, and it's certainly targeted at players a notch above that, but well-traveled players won't find much to get excited about.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Great spot, can't wait for 9 more.
Pros: Rubber mat tees are great when it's dry. Baskets are in good shape. Good mix of holes, requiring use of all discs. Fun beach environment with lots of sand!
Cons: Wish they had 9 more real holes! Otherwise, the course was a lot of fun. A touch repetitive w/o much elevation, but they did well with the land. The rubber mats could probably get slippery if theyre wet at all, but when we played they were great.
Other Thoughts: Love the attention to detail, like the brooms at each tee pad. Apparently they are making room for an extra 9 holes--in the meantime, the alternate tees make for a fun quasi-18 holes.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pretty good, pretty neat
- Very nice park arranged around a community center. There's plenty to do besides disc golf, so if you bring the kids they won't be bored.
- Tees are well-marked with benches at each hole. Pads are rubber but not too awful slick even when wet or sandy. New Discatcher Pro baskets. #8 is even extremely elevated, which adds another dimension of challenge.
- Friendly locals who encourage new players. The Brunswick County DG Club also host several events throughout the month. Really a great group of people.
- Great amenities in the community center right in the parking lot near hole #1. Restrooms, water fountains, and even a place where you can purchase extra plastic if you shank one in the woods and don't want to go home with a light bag. Not too big of a selection (Innova only) and the prices are a skosh higher than what you might pay online or at DG store, but having the option to buy extra discs is definitely a plus.
- Great use of land. There are clearly defined woodland fairways that provide enough of a lane to make several different shots possible, while still providing enough of a hazard to give you pause and make sure to make your shot count. The course offers short ace-runs and very well-guarded pins to test your accuracy, as well as long bombers where you can showcase your power (or lack thereof).
- The course pretty much mandates a wide variety of shots. Hyzers, anhyzers, flicks, thumbers, rollers....you might find yourself having to use every tool in your toolbox to tame this course.
- Although it's a 9-basket course, the alternate tees provided to make it a full 18 really do give the front a vastly different feel and perspective from the back. The front 9 are longer than the back and even though you're playing the same pins, the tee locations and distance variations make the two feel like you're playing entirely different holes.
- No elevation changes. This is, however, coastal Carolina, so you can't really fault the course for that.
- Ticks! Even in January! Watch yourself.
- Outside the fairways the woods will eat your disc. The underbrush is so overgrown that you will be hard pressed to even be able to walk through it without a machete.
- All par threes. With the alternate pin locations it seems like they could have squeezed a few par fours into the mix. For example, #4 is about 75 feet longer on the front than in the back and with the wind whipping through that open field it can prove difficult for a newbie (or me) to get the disc all the way to the green.
- Navigating this course could prove bewildering for the first-time player throwing alone. Some pins are a little walk from the next tee, and without a guide you could find yourself lost very easily. #7 comes to mind here. The alternate tees are great and really do make the course feel different from front to back, but the locations to the alternate tees could be improved to make it less confusing.
- No topless Hooters girls frolicking along the #8 fairway.
All in all, Cougar Country is a good, challenging course. The designers did their homework to make it tough enough for seasoned players, but easy enough for those new to the game. Add to that the amenities provided, the frequent events offered, and the friendly locals who are always up for a game and this course is a winner. It's a little drive from Wilmington and doesn't hold a candle to Castle Hayne, but if you're looking for a nice change from the city you could do a lot worse than Cougar Country. Definitely worth checking out.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice mix of long and short holes, and some unexpected challenges. Alternate pin placements on a few holes that I actually liked and made the course a bit more challenging. Brooms provided at each tee pad to sweep off the sand that can accumulate on the rubber tee pads (sometimes it's the little things that make a difference). Ample parking adjacent to the first hole. Dedicated locals who are committed to maintaining and improving the course.
Cons: A wee bit confusing to follow at first, until you figure out how the layout is supposed to work. Signage is good, but it took us 9 holes or so to get our bearings. The rubber tee pads are nice, but concrete would be better. Also, I'm wondering why the course is designed to play the long holes first and the short holes last. Would be nice to have a couple of short holes at the beginning of the course to get your arm loosened up.
Other Thoughts: My first time playing the course I was lucky to be able to fall in with a large group of locals who were out there for an impromptu round of doubles. It really helped me figure out the course being able to play with some guys who play it all the time. They were all very friendly and offered suggestions on other local courses. All in all, a good experience. There are talks of expanding this course into a true 18 hole course. Should be really nice.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
It's a start
Pros: -Good length for having only 9 holes. 2900' feet for 9 holes vs 3200 feet for 18 at Arrowhead in Wilmington. Nice driving opportunities.
-2 tees for each hole already. Most courses add 2nd tees as an afterthought later on down the line
-Signage directing you to nex-t on almost every hole.
-Benches already set up on some holes. Garbage cans as well.
-Signage telling you where the course is, some places neglect that important fact for new courses.
Cons: -Hole 6 is a mess. I know they had a note that it wasn't finished. We just don't know how it's going to be fixed. The rest of the holes are on nice land. This one seems to be built entirely on marshland. There is a noticeable give when you step on the entire hole. Broken twigs were laid down for extra support, but ouch if you are in sandals. The basket is also at a dead end of a blind dog leg. So be careful coming back out, as some one else may be throwing.
-Tee pads are a very cheap rubber mat. Very easy to slip on, especially with all the sand around. Be careful. Hopefully they are placeholders until some more funds come in.
-Hole 9 is also placed on the other side of the street away from every other hole. A bit odd, since there is definitely more land available. The fence to the left of it is scary too. Barbed wire and no eay way under to retrieve a disc.
Other Thoughts: -I commend the initiative already brought forth by the local community. There is a sign in sheet, so they can show how popular the course is. That way they can fight for more $. Make sure to sign it.
-It's not a negative, but there isn't a lot of tree cover, so the sun can beat down on you if it's hot out.
-Check it out if you are around. I don't see myself going out of my way there, but a stop there and Oak Island a short distance away isn't out of the question once in a while.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Potential Potential Potential
Pros: - A variety of left and right hooking shots
- 2 different tee pads
- Blue ones add much more difficulty
- A few opportunities to let it rip
- Also some more technical shots but not short ones.
- Baskets are top notch
- There is a nice community center and nature walk on the property
- Great rubber tee pads
- Looks like much more to be added to improve the course
- No bugs
- Having sand around the baskets and course is pretty cool and makes the course beachy
- Sand around the baskets helps your discs to not roll away and just sit where they land
Cons: - Add real signs and a map at the beginning
- i am sure that is to come though
Other Thoughts: - Coure is in the very beginning stages of creation and already looks great.
- Can only get better from here
- It says there are ticks on the course, but no other bugs to mention.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: New course so keep that in mind if you play here and also when reading this review.
Course was a lot of fun to play. Played the whites first then the Blues had loads of fun on both.
Nice community center and nature area.
You can tell time and a lot of work are going into the course and it is looking really good so far.
Not the most challenging but has enough teeth to keep you honest.
Good course for beginners and experienced players.
Great variety of holes for only a 9 holer. Two tees per hole and it appears they extra pin positions to move the baskets around and make more variety.
Some short wooded holes and long air it holes. Used a variety of shots today and found all lanes and fairways to be very fair.
Cannot make it here often but I look forward to coming back.
Great signage on course to the next tees that is also color coded and makes navigation easy.
Cons: No practice basket or warm up area. Hope they can add that down the road.
Not many trash cans.
Wish it was more than 9 holes---ok I am being greedy but it was fun and I wanted more holes.
At current 6 is under construction and in rough shape. playable but a mess. In all fairness there is a sign on the tee pole warning of this before you play the hole. That should only be a temporary con.
Other Thoughts: Tee signs are not up yet so no distance listed or par ratings. I can tell the signs are coming though because the poles are in.
It was super quiet and peaceful.
Bring water it gets hot here since a few holes are in the open.
Not the most challenging course for experienced players but no cupcake either.
Someone will eventually complain about the lack of elevation on the course get over it it is the coast it is flat here. I didn't miss the elevation part at all.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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