Some Good Short Wooded Holes
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Pros: -A short heavily/moderately wooded course with a few open throws, narrow gap throws, and a some up slope and down slope holes. The wooded holes play along a walking trail. There are a few roller baskets. A creek parallels the right side of the wooded fairways. The course meanders it is way around one side of a high school sports complex.
-There are some tee signs with map, par, and distance. Some holes have short and long tees, and a few combined. Tees are natural and wooden posts are used to mark them.
-No. 2 fairway is shared with a well-manicured football practice field.
-Navigation is counter- clockwise and simple to follow. Except from No. 7 basket to 8 tees.
-The wooded portion of the course will be challenging for new players and recreational. For intermediate and advanced will be a test for the short game.
-From the tee I threw mostly putters, a few fairways, and a driver.
-It's a short drive from the BCCC course. Picking up my disc from the 18th basket to teeing off at No. 1 at Washington only took 12 minutes.
Cons: -The long tees in the wooded portion of course have overgrowth around the tee and thick on the long fairways. Over hanging branches made it impossible to find a line thru the fairway. The course needs to be cleaned up.
-No. 2 fairway is likely not to be available during football season when the team is using the practice field.
-No. 9 had a small pond to the left of the basket after an inch of rain fell the day prior.
-Some tee signs are missing, and the others damaged or fading.
-About a three-minute walk from 7 basket to 8 tee's with no navigation aide. Walk between woods on left and baseball/softball field on right.
-Some tees are somewhat rutted. Baskets are worn out.
-Just in front of No. 1 basket is a large tree with drain hoses sticking out of the ground coming from the football field. There a tripping hazard. When I took first glance, I thought I was getting ready to step on a snake, the hoses are green and black.
-No. 1 basket has a PA speaker sitting on top of it.
-The wooded holes 3 thru 6 share a walking/jogging trail.
Other Thoughts: Washington High School course has some good potential if it was cleaned up. My favorite part of the course was in the wood's holes 3-7, tested the accuracy of my putter from the tee's providing some birdie opportunities and a run in with the creek. There are some sweet lines from the back tees if they could be cleared out, when I saw there were back tees from the first short tee, my intent was to play a second 9 from the back, but after seeing hole after hole in the woods cluttered with branches from the back tees, I abandoned the thought and made the 2 ¼ hour trip back home. Too bad, from the back the course would have been difficult. Still had a good time.
If the course were conditioned like the rest of the sports complex, I could bump up my overall rating a few notches. The football stadium was first class, and the baseball facilities were the best I had seen for a high school.
With the development of a short game for new players in the woods, and a skill check for seasoned players my overall rating is anchored on a 3.0. My round took 35 minutes snapping pictures, including my journey down into the creek on hole 5.
No. 7 Par 3 at 160 feet is a combined tee pad. Its an elevated tee down sloping to a lazy dog leg right that upslopes. The fairway rolls right to left. The basket perches on top of the hill. The fairway is heavily wooded with gaps as small as 10 feet. There are the remains of a rock border wall that Crosse's the fairway at 45-degree angle 30 feet out that doesn't come into play its only a few feet high, possible its been there since the settlement of the area? I consider it a nice ornament for the hole. However, the hole has overgrowth from start to finish, I threw a fairway driver not because of the distance, but to power my way thru. If cleaned up, would be very scenic.
No1. Par 3 at 253 feet short tee from the open down slope thru a gap of trees at 110 feet, gap is 25 feet and narrows into the trees. There is a ditch that runs 45- degree angle from left to right, crossing at 135 feet. The fairway then upslopes. The basket has guardian trees in front of it. There are overhanging branches thru the first gap, my disc was swatted down and rolled into the ditch. With sunlight streaming thru the hole is scenic and gives you an introduction to the wooded portion of the course.
No. 5 Par 3 at 186 feet from the tee is a straight upslope hole with a tree gap 100 feet out and 15 feet wide. Heavy trees both sides. On top of the slope at about 40 feet from the basket the fairway breaks right and slopes down towards the creek 50 feet past the basket, you will not see the slope from the tee. There is brush and trees looking up from the creek. I found myself putting for par from the creek, looking straight up to the basket and blocked.
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Decent campus course, now #2 in town
Pros: Good enough Mach 1 Baskets.
On a mostly unused part of campus.
Pretty good flow to course, after finding #1. I didn't have a map and was able to follow the course pretty well. No long walks between holes, finishes right back near #1.
Good use of elevation available.
Cons: Natural tees, several were uneven.
#2 could be unplayable at times, it uses a practice field.
Several of the tee signs were missing, tee markers sometimes tough to spot.
Several branches, and one big tree, down when I was there. But it was in the middle of summer, so understandable.
Other Thoughts: Actually a pretty decent campus course, starts at the end of the student parking lot, then follows cross country trails through the woods, circles the football stadium and finishes back near the school. The trails from basket to tee were pretty obvious.
Most of the wooded fairways were pretty fair, clear enough to accept a good drive. They do follow the XC trails, so they weren't super tight. Of course, the course is probably not playable if there is practice, or a meet.
Good mix of left and right holes and use of elevation thanks to small ridgelines.
#8 was a fairly long hole on a mostly open fairway, then #9 finishes through a group of pine trees, with a few lines available.
#2 provided about your only open drive, uphill to the nice grass of the practice field, then left to the basket, in the back corner.
This would be a good enough course in this small town to get some practice in, between rounds at a better course. However, with the BCCC course now in town, this course probably only sees rounds from better players if it is a more convenient option. It's also good for course bagging, before or after playing BCCC. Not sure if the school has started a DG club or classes, but this is a great way to get younger players started in the game.
Its not always easy for campus courses to avoid long walks between usable areas and finish back where you started, but they did that very well here.
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Only going to get better!
Pros: Elevation-Eastern NC courses do not have much elevation change....this course has it. Tight, technical shots that can help your short game.
Cons: Not enough long holes. Can't play during school hours. Can't play Hole 2 when the football team is practicing (throws over the practice field).
Other Thoughts: I will raise my rating as the course progresses. I'm really excited to have a course in Washington. This course meshes well with the space provided. Reminds me of the course I learned on (old ECU).
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