Fox Chase + City Lake = Amazing Combo
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Pros: To date, I have played 14 of the current top 25 in NC and 7 of the top 10. Fox Chase is currently ranked the 7th best permanent course in North Carolina. I have it as the 5th best course behind Rolling Pines, Nevin, Hornets Nest, and Rockness Monster. (Note: I have yet to play Ashe County Park and Renny Gold). Furthermore, the combination of Fox Chase + City Lake Park is one of the best 1-2 punches in the entire state. Of all the courses I've played here, Nevin and Hornets Nest are the best pair of courses within 10 minutes of each other. Fox Chase and City Lake Park are second. In other words, if you could rank "Destination Cities" for North Carolina like the national list of this name, Albemarle would be #2 on my list behind North Charlotte. (Huntersville/Cornelius would be 3rd for me: Robbins and Bradford.)
+ Short and long tees. The short (white) tees are a perfect intermediate level challenge. The long (blue) tees have similar (if not identical) lines and work for advanced players.
+ Nice concrete tee pads.
+ Navigation is simple and intuitive. The tee signs have all the necessary information.
+ Good DISCatcher baskets.
+ Excellent course design. You start off with a couple of shorter, easier wooded holes. They ease you in to it. The next two holes have manicured grass with mature trees. (To me, this is the most aesthetically pleasing type of hole in disc golf: wooded, but with manicured grassy fairways.) After this, the course starts to show its teeth: heavily wooded (but still fair) with lots of tough elevation. This course is challenging technically and physically.
+ I used every shot -- and disc -- in my bag. I threw drivers, mids, and putters off the tee. That's usually a pretty good signal that the course has a ton of great variety and shots required.
+ ELEVATION. Fox Chase rivals or surpasses the mountain and foothills courses I've played with tough elevation. There are some sub-300 foot holes that play like 350-400-foot holes they are so straight up. Very challenging.
+ The property is beautiful, serene, aseptically pleasing, and well maintained. First class piece of property for disc golf.
Cons: It's hard to come up with cons for Fox Chase. I don't hand out many 5.0's, and I don't here, as it's missing a few pieces that would make it a "perfect course" in my book:
- Maybe some more risk/reward elements, faster greens, or and elevated basket or two.
- If you could transplant a lake to Fox Chase and have a water carry hole, that would probably give it the .5 boost for me to give it a 5.0.
- More courses these days have multiple par 4's and 5's. Fox Chase only has two par 4's. It still holds up incredibly well to the newer, longer courses, but a couple more par 4's would make it even better.
- More benches to sit on (this course beats you down!).
(As you can see, these are nit-picks and basically my excuses for not giving Fox Chase a 5.0.)
Other Thoughts: Fox Chase is an absolute gem of a course and should be on any North Carolinian's wish list. Don't leave out City Lake Park if you make this region a day trip destination. You really can't have a much better day of disc golf in North Carolina than City Lake Park and Fox Chase.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Woods, creeks, tunnel shots, lots of elevation changes and a great example of North Carolina Disc Golf. Foxchase has a mountain course feel to it on the back nine especially.
Cons: Recent rains have left some trees down, but the Albemarle Disc Golf Association is steadily moving and cleaning it up. 👍
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Pros: If you like Elevation this is the course for you. Fun uphill and downhill throws make this course very memorable.
Teepads are HUGE. Never have to worry about having room for a run up on this course.
I don't have a lot of specific things that I like about this course it's just a layout with a lot of variety and solid golf throughout
If you jumbled a layout out of longs and shorts I think you could make a really cool layout.
Cons: Some of the holes have almost no line to the basket or are holes with very little scoring separation. Hole 6
Hole 16 long is really weird especially with that mando I do not see the reason for it since it is not protecting a sneaky route or anything.
I think this course has a lot of holes that probably should be a par 4's but because they play on the easier side for a par 4 the designer just decided to call them a par 3 to make the course seem "Harder"
Other Thoughts: Overall Fox Chase is a solid course you should visit while in Albemarle. The cons really are not that big of a deal and I can see why this course is so popular.
Highly recommend playing this course if you're in the area!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Bring your hiking boots
Pros: I enjoyed this course very much. A great variety of distances and elevations. Not too much underbrush. Good variety of open area holes and wooded holes. Distances vary well also, demanding both accuracy and power. signage is adequate,
Cons: Very hilly for those ill-prepared. Directional signs between baskets and next tee box could be improved.
Other Thoughts: I played this with my wife and son and liked it so much that I came back next weekend to play twice with a friend. It's worth the ride from downtown Concord.
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Amazing and fun challenge.
Pros: Makes you think. Great variety of shots. Both power and accuracy required. Easily navigated. Amazing tees.
Cons: Course can hold water for a couple days after heavy rain fall. Not that it's the worst thing in the world.
Other Thoughts: Quite hilly. Could be good for exercise or bad for those not in shape. But still manageable.
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Beats work big time!
Pros: -I played two rounds from the short pads. I didn't get to actually play the longs but I saw what every hole was like! I did the Fox Chase Ice Bowl and played this course blind, REALLY TERRIBLY! I was supposed to work that day but my coworker Sam took my shift! So shout out to my bro Sam! This course is very unpredictable. It has some really straightforward holes and some are extremely hard! I was very satisfied with the variety here! Fox Chase is just as hilly as Stumpy Creek! The elevation factor is huge! There are holes under 250' where I'm forced to throw a driver!
-Course is well maintained. It's nicely groomed and well kept. Construction is good too. There are many benches throughout the course.
-Family friendly! There are tennis courts, a playground, a baseball field? Also a 13ft deep pool (as a lifeguard, I must say it's painful to make a rescue that deep!)
-Long concrete pads. Nice tee signs on the short pads. The creek comes in play on many holes but is casual water, except on hole 5.
-Practice basket beside the field and past the building. Hole 1 is down in the woods.
-Course starts off pretty straightforward. The first hole is downhill and to the right side of the fairway. It's tight so it takes good accuracy to birdie this one but it's not that hard to arrange. #2 short is only 162' but plays along a rolling hill. Still a pretty easy birdie. The long is tougher because the long pad faces a cluster of trees but still very manageable and fair.
-Gets interesting with holes 3 and 4. Both are out in the open and are all distance holes from the long pads and are both over 400' long. From the shorts they are much easier. #3 is a downhill putter shot. A big hill is behind the basket so you don't want to go long. #4 is still a tough hole from the short. But is a really fair one. It's a right to left par 3 with some trees in the fairway but gives more than enough room to get it there.
-Many brilliantly designed holes. #7 is simply a great hole from both sets of tees. It's plays along a tight, straight fairway. It gives just enough space to throw a driver. There is danger all along the right side but you are more than likely bound to get a good kick to the left side or to the fairway. A 2 on the short pad would be a memorable birdie. The long pad is about 519' long and plays as a par 4 but isn't much different aside from the distance. #9 is an awesome par 3 from the short pad. The pad is angled toward the left so you need to throw pretty late. The hole is straight downhill down an interesting shaped fairway. Birdies do happen but if you go left, you could lose a few strokes. #12! Great narrow hole that plays along a fairway sloping to the left. If you are a righty like me, you would probably decide to flick, which would be the favorable way to play this hole but I decided to backhand it and I went like 50' past the basket. At 344' and narrow, it seems tough to get down there on a hole like this one but you could, and you don't want to go too far. There is sloping downhill down deep woods past the basket. Challenging, but very fun!
-The par 4's are great too. Especially holes 13 and 18. #13 has only one tee and plays across a treacherous valley. About three fourths of the hole is steep uphill. It starts off downhill and demands a gentle shot to go left. There is a cluster of trees in the middle of the fairway that can sabotage a good shot but if you get past those few trees. You should be able to get par or better on this one. Course ends grand with an awesome hole 18. It's another challenging hole that plays through a 20' gap and goes into the deep woods slightly to the right. I had an eagle opportunity on this one but missed due to being blocked by trees. The green is guarded by many trees. It's better to be slightly right than left.
Cons: -Could use a few more trashcans throughout the course. It's clean for the most part but it still wouldn't hurt to add a few more.
-If you come from 485 and merge onto 49 and then onto 52. You may have a hard time finding the course at first. The old address it said on the media was wrong but I think they fixed it. The old address took me to a man's house. Great guy, he drove to the park and allowed me to follow him there. It says to turn left on Knollwood but Knollwood Circle is more than one "street." Turn left on the third one, NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU SEE KNOLLWOOD. This did not affect my rating.
-Imaginary fairways. A few fairways are undefined and require luck to hit. Hole 8 is just irritating to say at the best. It's a huge uphill dogleg left up a fairway that is practically impossible to hit if you don't hit a tree. You have to get lucky on this one. #15 is also silly, it has two really skinny routes, nearly impossible for even a RHBH thrower like me to hit! Leaves you scratching you head saying "Come on Schwarz! Ever thrown a disc that flies like that?"
-If you play the longs, you will probably not agree with holes #4, #6, #9, and #16 being par 3's. They are just too hard to birdie. They are all over 400' and they are very technical and not straightforward. If you have played #12 at Eastway in Charlotte. You know that it's like 440' long but is straight and wide open, it's not hard for me to deuce. These holes, I can't birdie! They can't really be birdied unless you make a long approach shot, which would feel like an eagle. I think it should be a par 62 on the longs, instead of 58. A 58 on the longs has to be at least 980 rated!
Other Thoughts: -My cons aren't that big of a deal in my book. This course is overall very fair. It gives many opportunities for redemption so you really want to do you best to seize those opportunities. Aside from hole 8, every hole is fair and can easily be birdied with a well placed shot. But it takes critical thinking. This course will make or break you. It broke me, and will bring down my PDGA rating! If I took the time to think harder and watch where I was releasing, I probably would've shot at least even. But I didn't! I had many terrible kicks that got me in trouble. Even on the shorts would be about 935 rated and from the longs about 980.
-#6 is probably the "love it or hate it." It plays along a casual creek with OB to the left side of the rope. There is death all along the right side because of the clusters of trees. As a righty, I usually throw an understable driver really hard and get it to roll. I have that.
-Signature holes. #5. Very cool putter shot that goes downhill. Creek is about 15' past the basket. #18. Just an all around great ending to the course. From both pads it is a par 4. It's a lot tougher from the long pad because it takes a more precise shot but still demands some distance. The gap is about 300' from the long pad and about 170' from the short. It's a little bit more forgiving from the short pad because there aren't as many trees to face and as long as you hit the gap, you should be fine.
-Make time to play this course! It's an easy 4.0 in my book.
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3 Helpful / 5 Not
Worth the drive from Concord!
Pros: Awesome tee sighs at all of the boxes both short and long. Pretty actuate to the hole lay outs too. Next tee sighs at all of the holes but 14 going to 15. Hole numbers on top of the tee box sighs as well to help with the couple of holes where you can see more then 1 hole's pads from the basket before.
Holy crap what a hike! The elevation changes are awesome and are a change from what I normally see in the Charlotte metro area.
DIS Catchers that, while some have a bit of rust on them, all catch well. All of the tee boxes were very big and roomy and grippy. All of the fairways were in great shape and grass mowed on the few holes that had grass. I had hiking shoes on and feel good on grip on all parts of the course. The creek behind the basket on 5 was low enough that if you miss you can get your disk back without getting much more then your feet soaked. None of the woods are so thick that you could't get your disks back from a bad kick off a tree.
The fairways are tight but far on all but one hole (13). There is a far chance to pitch out of trouble and still try to save par on most of the holes. Your accuracy will mean more here then a big arm on almost all of the holes. The course gets harder as you go along so as the hike starts to wear you out the last few holes make you really slow your breathing and focus on your shots for an added challenge. 18 is an awesome and really hard par 4 to finish off the round. Like the course giving you all it's got for the finish.
Cons: None of these cons are big enough to make me not like the course let me say that up front. That being said It did take the course from a 4.0 or 3.5 to a 3 for me.
Neither of the mandos on this course (3,16) make much sense to me. The one on 3 there is no drop zone or word on if you re-tee or not. 16 at least tells you what to do but on both of them there is't any really advantage to missing the mando so whats the point of it being there?
On the Hole info here on this website they have 4,6, and 16 listed as par 4s from the Blues.....well....There are par 3s now going by the tee sighs. I don't know anyone who can drive 498ft and around a tree on 4.... 6 I can understand the argument in changing it sense there is no mando so you try to fire one to the narrow lane to the right of the group of trees or a forehand throw to the left but it would still be a tough 3. On 16 you have to go 200 ft forward, a 60-70 degree turn to the right, then go 200 more ft in a straight and narrow line. Really??? I know a RHFH player that can't make that turn and neither of us know anyone that could make the turn with any shot at Birdie. The mando just makes it that much more crazy to me. Take the mando out and ok it's a 3 that your playing for par on. But with the mando in and the re-tee it just makes it a bit unfair for a 3. Don't get me wrong I get that the Blue tees should be harder and they are but there is a difference between hard and unfair....
Could use one less tree on the tee on 13...Just a bit unfair to me and I made the drive but dang thats forces you to split hairs much more then anywhere else on the course.
No OB stakes to mark any of the OB areas on the tee box maps on any of the holes. Not really a big deal on most of the holes as the creek behind 5 is the only OB that really comes into play. The sigh says the dried up creek bed 20-30 ft short of 14's basket is OB but no OB stakes to mark it sooooo???
Other Thoughts: The sigh board by the practice basket could use a better map of the course but the next tee sighs make the course pretty easy to navigate so not really a con.
Hole 5 only has one set of tees now and the tee sigh reflects that. Only the White tee is used for both.
My first time here and it was worth the drive from Concord and I will make it again and again. I played the Blues on all but 3,9, and 17 and played 4,6, and 16 as they were originally laid out as par 4s. I hope to get to were I can maybe play them as 3s but either way this course is a really fun challenge and a great hike. I'm going to try to talk some of my Charlotte area disk gold buddies into coming out here with me because I think they will like it too. Would recommend it to anyone!
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My local favorite
Pros: Love, love, LOVE this course. I may be a bit biast since this is my home course but that isn't the reason I love it so much. A good variety of shots that focus more on accuracy than crushing distance. Tight fairways that reward you for good shots but can punish you if you're careless. Holes 2, 5 and 14 give you good chances for ace runs while holes like 7 and 9 demand accuracy. There have been times I've teed off with only midranges or fairway drivers. Holes 3 and 4 give you a chance to crush a drive but still calls for placement on the shot. The elevation changes are worked in perfectly on the back 9 on holes 11 - 14. Bathrooms are at the entrance to the course and there are trash cans on a few holes as well. I love the fact that you can start on the front 9 or back 9 as both meet at the entrance to the course.
Cons: A few minor things come to mind. Tee signs for the long boxes, all the short pads have them and display both pads, but this would save you the trouble of walking up to the shorts to check distances if you're playing from the longs. There are a couple trees on 6 and 13 that kind of make take away from the line to get up the fairway. Also, some of the holes from the long pads are tweener holes, numbers 4 and 17 come to mind.
Other Thoughts: A must play if love a great North Carolina course! It will not disappoint and it lives up to the hype!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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How a woods course should be
Pros: Great experience all around. Not crazy long and not crazy technical... but long and technical enough to be challenging and fun for all skill levels.
Once you get into the woods you're under the trees for almost all the time and there's not a better way to spend a summer day in NC.
Navigation is easy. Tee signs seem accurate and are easy to read.
Holes like 4 and 18 give you some fun options, depending on what's in your bag and up your sleeve. Roller? Go for it.
Cons: A couple of holes (13?) could maybe lose a couple of trees to make the fairway more defined. But that's a pretty minor con. Honestly, there's not much bad to say about Fox Chase.
Other Thoughts: I played here for the first time in the Trilogy Challenge so it was especially hard not having discs I was familiar with. I can't wait to get back with my own plastic.
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What does the Fox say?
Pros: Overall Fox Chase is a more technical style course with solid elevation changes.
Layout - The strength of the course lies in a variety of shot shapes through varying degrees of fairway tightness. That coupled with big elevation changes keeps the course interesting throughout the round.
It mixes up hole lengths in a nice way as well adding in some par 4's here and there. The course has a few more open holes at the beginning but even these holes demand accuracy and placement over distance.
Another thing I like about this course is how it forces you to not only be accurate through gaps but to be able to place the disc well due to the elevation changes around some baskets. You really have to think how you want to approach the green on some holes and not be careless.
Multiple paths on some holes and on a lot of holes you have the option to try different shots.
A number of the holes have a long and short pad and on this course to me the best layout is a combination of both.
There's some OB on the course consisted of a creek that comes in to play once and some OB lines on a few holes.
The front nine to me is the much funner of the two, the back gets more demanding on your accuracy at distances and elevation changes seem to come in to play more.
Good flow to the course, it's not hard to navigate and the short and long pad are not to far away from each other to make it confusing.
Equipment - Good large concrete pads on both tees. Informative tee signs with hole layout and distance for both tees. Baskets in good shape. Bathroom facility and practice basket by parking lot.
Atmosphere - Once you get on the course it's pretty secluded just like I like it. I haven't seen a lot of traffic out there and considering it's location it's probably never crowded. Good wooded area, really enjoyable tromp through the course.
Cons: Layout - My biggest gripe about Fox Chase is many of the holes are in a tweener limbo. This is why a combination of the long/short pads is probably the best layout. Some of the shorts are to short with very forgiving fairways.
There's also perhaps a bit to many holes that finish or bend to the right from the shorts, it's not lopsided but it's there.
I believe a few of the holes create overly difficult lines from the longs and there's a couple holes where perhaps to many obstacles come late in the fairway.
Equipment - It would be nice if there was a teesign at every pad but some don't have them when there is a long and short.
Atmosphere - The course is right next to the police department so keep your surroundings in mind and don't do stupid things. There are some good uphill walks here so if that's a problem for you or your group keep that in mind.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course on the east side of Charlotte and I think many would agree the best in that area. Definitely one you want to hit if you're on a NC disc golf tour although I believe it is a bit overhyped.
Really solid course that in my opinion could benefit from some new basket positions in a few places.
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