1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great course from beginner to advanced
Pros: Red, White, and Blue tee boxes to choose from. The reds are very short and beginner friendly. Blues have a lot more distance to cover and are challenging with more tree obstacles. The holes are clearly marked with signage making the Tees, Basket, and Feet information easy to find.
Course was in great condition when I played. Lots of mulch. If you get caught playing in the dark, don't worry, hole #18 has some lights.
The bathrooms are the most luxurious public bathrooms I have ever seen.
Mosquitoes are not that bad.
Hole #1 located off the circle drive, left of the pavilion and practice putting area.
Several water holes which are dry and sandy, so you don't have to worry about having your disc sink or float away.
Cons: Short course. It would be nice to have a little more distance and variety. Favors RHFH or LHBH.
Slightly hard to find. Do not go in the first park entrance on the right, take the second entrance.
No water fountain at the pavilion.
If you start on the back 9, there is quite a walk from 18 back to 1.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Gorgeous Woodland Course
Pros: Lets start with the atmosphere. Quiet, scenic woodland course just a discs throw from the heart of the triangle. One of the nicest practice baskets I have ever seen. Open flat plane right next to hole 1's tee.
Signage was excellent! Detailed sign with fairly accurate footage and lines at every white tee. The red and blue tees also have small markers with the footage at their tees.
Almost every fairway was dry and mulched. Decent use of elevation when available and excellent use of the creek on the back nine. I loved hole 12 which sits on an island amongst a maze of creek beds. Creek plays OB but its a nice element of difficulty added.
Cons: Not too many cons but a few benches here and there would have been nice. Was not the easiest course to find. There are two park entrances and you have to drive by the first in order to get to the park entrance where the disc golf course. Some signage on the road directing you to the right parking lot would have been nice. What really kept this from being a 5 star course is its lack of distance. There were a few par 4's thrown in but I would of loved a few 700 or 800ft par 5's here and there.
Other Thoughts: I can always tell the difference between a park that was built with a disc golf in mind, and one where a course was added later. This was definitely the former. Park was gorgeous with excellent amenities, but there was little to none intrusion with the rest of the park features. Will definitely be playing it again when I am in the Raleigh area.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Beautiful course, fast greens!
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Apex is one of my favorite courses in the Triangle. It has some glaring flaws that knock it down a peg from other area classics like Rock Ridge, Jones, Buckhorn, UNC, and East Clayton. Some of these flaws can be fixed, however. This is a borderline 4.0 course and could even earn a 4.5 with improvements. Apex is undergoing a course redesign and new tee pads are going in. I'm hopeful that it will be deserving of a ratings bump soon.
+ Apex is one of the prettiest course I've played -- a great piece of property and a peaceful setting.
+ Apex has terrific, unique, and fast greens. Several holes are on steep elevation. Hole #2 is on a plateau with a dry creek bed around it (making roll-aways possible). Hole #3 is a raised basket. Hole #7 is perched on a hole and roll-aways are all but certain if you miss. Hole #11 is above a creek. I hit the basket and my putter rolled right into the drink. Hole #12 is on an island green (my favorite hole). #13 is on a steep hill and is the toughest putt on the course. Hole #14 is a par 4 and is a tempting birdie, but the basket, just over the creek, can force some risky putts. #15 is on a raised platform about 3-4 feet tall. Just really unique and fun greens. My favorite aspect of the course.
+ Awesome risk-reward elements (see above)
+ Good mix of left and right curve fairways, although slightly more right curves than left (a con for this RHBH player).
+ Lots of trees to contend with, but I think every hole except #5 is fair. (#5 is a poke and hope hole, in my opinion.) Challenging, but fair, overall.
+ Multiple ways to play certain holes. Examples: #8 has a flex line and a straight, slightly hyzer line. Hole 4, the dogleg par 4, has a mando. You have to decide if you want to aggressively cut the corner after the mando or play a safer shot in the landing zone before taking the dogleg turn.
+ Easy navigation and informative tee signs.
+ Nice baskets, easily visible from the tees.
+ Some legitimate par 4's where birdies are possible, but bogeys are too.
+ Three sets of tees for different skill levels (red, white, and blue).
+ The rubber mat tee pads on wooden platforms, which were a major con due to the rotting platforms and beat-up mats, are in the process of being replaced with new, concrete pads. The front 9 already has the concrete pads. This is a big improvement.
+ Nice practice basket at the first tee.
+ Amazing facilities: the nicest public park bathroom you'll ever see (complete with murals and artwork on the floor), paved and unpaved trails for walkers (watch out for pedestrians!), a dog park, a playground and athletic fields on the other side of the park.
+ Very clean and well maintained.
Cons: The cons:
- First, they screwed up by not installing concrete tee pads. At first, the rubber tees on wooden structures were very nice, but some of them have rotted out and are uneven and dangerous now. (Note: these are in the process of being replaced; the front 9 now has nice, new concrete pads.)
- This is more of a nit-pick, but I think Apex is very lefty-friendly. (I'm sure lefties have that complaint about many rightly-friendly courses!) I like the opportunity to work on anhyzer shots, but still would prefer a better balance of left-to-right and right-to-left fairways.
- #5, mentioned before, is a "poke and hope" hole in my opinion.
- Apex does not drain well AT ALL. After rain, many fairways turn into churned up, muddy messes. In fact, the course has remained a muddy mess for months at a time.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses in the Triangle. It's somewhat of a hidden gem as it, unfortunately, doesn't get included in the various CADL and TDG singles and doubles events. (I believe that's more of an Apex Parks & Rec decision than a CADL or TDG one, but nevertheless.) This track is well worth your time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
In my top 5 for sure
I have played about 30 other courses and I must say this is one of my favorites so far. It is an awesome course. Holes flow very nicely. The maps give all the information you need. Most holes have blue white and red tees and are well marked. I really enjoyed the rubber pads (although some could use some leveling). Each hold had a "next tee" sign so getting lost would be hard to do. While pretty much all wooded,it provided an excellent mix of long and short holes. From ace-able par 3's to over 400ft par 4s. Precisioin is key out there. The most unique hole was probably the one that had you shooting thru a tunnel downhill onto an island surrounded by a creek. For those who follow PGA, it felt like a take on the famous TPC at Sawgrass hole 17 (http://www.mcssl.com/content/...grass17.jpg
). The course is a must play for anyone nearby!
Cons: So again, great course, but I did have some gripes. Its elevation changes result in some low areas that have poor drainage. It hadn't rained in a few days when i played but there were still areas that were pretty thick with mud. You can tell they have tried to address the issue with lots and lots of mulch and some creative placement of plastic drain tunnels under pathways, but there was still mud and standing water. Which brings me to my next biggest complaint: mosquitoes. In the areas near the standing water, they were def in full force so make sure you bring some spray before you go out.
Other Thoughts: Again, awesome course! I just wouldn't play right after a big rain and make sure you have some bug spray :-)
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice Wooded Course
Pros: A lot of money has gone into making this place nice. The park has tons of parking and very nice facilities. The baskets are new discatchers and there are two sets of tees with nice rubber mats over gravel. The park has also spread an unbelievable amount of mulch. Hole signage is good and there are "next tee" signs in all the places a new player could get confused.
There are several interesting holes here and from the blue tees it plays pretty long for a wooded course. Although nearly every hole is heavily wooded most holes have a generous enough fairway.
Cons: Even with all the mulch that has been spread I think a significant portion of the course is doomed to be marshy. The white tees have nice maps but the blue tees only get a small distance marker. There are a lot of right finishing holes here, which I wouldn't mind, but several of them are very severe. There are also a couple holes that throw across a walking path.
Other Thoughts: Overall I think the designers did a nice job of fitting a course into the park. It is nice to have a decent course between Buckhorn and Raleigh.
The blue tees provide a nice challenge and it is definitely worth the short trip from Raleigh or Durham to check it out.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Challenging Course
Pros: The first thing worth mentioning when it comes to this course is the investment the town put into it. The facilities are second to none in the area. The baskets are brand new Innova Disccatcher. The signage on each hole is awesome. I like the addition of Par 4's that seem to be a growing trend in the area. They did a nice job creating unique greens on a few of the holes by making creeks guarding the pins (11, 12, 14). I really like that the course has multiple real tee pads to throw from so anybody from a beginner to a pro can enjoy the course. The teepads are also rubber which I prefer. Some critique that it favors lefties but personally I enjoy the course having a different feel and enjoy throwing longer turnover shots. I find it unrealistic to expect every hole to have a long hyzer path.
Cons: I only really have a few minor criticisms of the course. The first is a lack of benches, there are only two on the entire course (4 & 18). I am sure this will be addressed eventually as the course is brand new. There are maybe a total of about 2 or 3 trees I would have cut down had I been designing the course, but this isn't really a Con more preference. I could see the course getting muddy in the wrong conditions.
Other Thoughts: I personally prefer the back 9 more than the front 9. This isn't a knock on the front 9 as much as it is a compliment to the back 9, especially the holes that involve the creek. My favorite holes are 2, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 15. I definitely feel this course is a championship caliber course from the pro tees and hopefully it can be included more in some of the local tournaments.
Also, the course looks nothing like the pictures as these were taken when it was first being built. The back 9 has been reconfigured with a different layout and the course is now much cleaner and kept due to the removal of some trees, mulching of all fairways, and maintenance of some greens. The video in the Media tab is a much better indication of the current status of the course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
New Kid on the Block
Pros: Overall it's a shorter and technical/wooded style course.
Atmosphere - Apex Nature Park is a new edition to the area and the city spared no expense putting this one in. The facilities are top notch and a lot of time and care went in to the construction of this place.
The course itself flows the wooded section of the park and although you never get the real secluded feeling it's a pleasant little area with some great geographical features.
Layout - The course offers up three tees which I would say suits the skill level of novice, intermediate and advanced. The majority of my review will focus just on the two harder layouts.
The entire course consists of wooded holes although a few holes have wider more forgiving fairways that allow you to work a disc in a number of ways.
A few holes give you multiple routes to choose from though for the most part you're trying to hit a particular line the length of the fairway. Most of the holes are heavily walled with a mix of trees so getting off line can mean trouble.
The white/intermediate course consists mainly of shorter shots under 300'. There's a good wealth of shot shapes and the flow of the layout does a good job of mixing things up so it stays interesting; even though you'll mainly just be using mids/putters.
For less experienced players this course can be a fun yet challenging task; probably a good course to learn to shape shots on. For more experienced players you'll be looking to get birds although there's more than a few holes that come with danger; good shots get rewarded.
The long/blue course is meant more for experienced players, less skilled players will probably have a hard time navigating fairways due to the added length.
The blue tees do a good job of changing the look of the tee shot just a bit on some holes so the gaps you need to hit are squeezed. Or in some cases the blues just back you up enough so that hitting that first gap while also staying on the correct line becomes more challenging. Most players will probably pull out a fairway driver on a handful of holes that require more D.
The front 9 from both layouts is more about hitting straight tighter gaps while the back 9 gives you holes that generally require more shot shaping.
There's a few par 4's on both courses; all reachable from the tee if you have the D and skill. However for the most part you're just playing a technical layup shot then moving forward.
The course has decent elevation changes with short but quick slopes though overall there's no drastic up and downs. What is there is used in a really solid way to add difficulty and create some faster greens.
A creek comes in to play on the back 9 on three of the holes. It's used very well and creates some cool greens, especially on #12.
The flow of the course is easy to follow and intuitive. There's two different parking lots for the park and you can jump on the course at any number of holes.
Overall the course does favor LHBH/RHFH but I personally don't consider this a con, us RHBH guys have plenty of courses in our favor. If anything it helps you work on your game.
Equipment - Brand new discatchers. Rubber hexagon mat pads for the two longer layouts. Tee signs located at white tees with map/distance of each hole. The other tees do have smaller signs listing just distance.
Park facilities conveniently located. Course bulletin board by #1.
Cons: Layout - To me the biggest problems of the course come from the limitations of the land. It's all a bit squeezed in together although the course does a good job of keeping fairways separate.
There wasn't a lot of land to really be creative and this is apparent mostly on the front 9 which was designed with some prior limitations. The lines here are less imaginative and mostly straight gap hitting.
There are some holes that still have that one tree in the middle of the fairway that makes it based more on luck than skill.
In a few areas the course comes back to the walking path and you will have to watch out for casual park goers before you throw. It's nothing serious because they'll be visible and most of the time the tee is right beside or on the path in these situations.
If there were a few more shots that went right to left the course would be more balanced. There's also no real open shots where you can rip something if that's what you're looking for.
Atmosphere - Again, there's a few areas where you need to be considerate of other park goers and err on the side of safety. You're in the woods but you're not alone.
A good portion of the course is in a low area so when it rains the course can get very mucky, it's best not to play right after a rain; although the parks dept has done a great job with throwing done a ton of mulch to combat this.
Equipment - The rubber pads are nailed down on to sunken wooden platforms. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me and only time will tell how well these hold up but I don't consider it the best way to do it; although I think the rubber mats are the most appropriate for this course.
Other Thoughts: To me with some tweaks and more breaking in this course could be a 3.5 but it's getting better every time I go.
I think this is a great addition to the area even though it doesn't really add any diversity in terms of what was already here. It's just more NC style technical golf in the woods; yet it does a good job of dishing out fun and challenging rounds depending on your skill level.
The park itself is super nice so if you're traveling with your family I'd put it up there as a really good place to stop. Check out the bathrooms by hole 1 they're insanely nice, it's ridiculous.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Good course, but not the apex
Pros: Solid addition to the triangle area. Apex is a little less tight and a little more lengthy than a lot of the courses here. While there are no real open holes, many of the fairways are much more generous and the rounds here should be more fun and light than those at any other area course. There is also a decent amount of elevation and a few holes that are memorable.
Those holes? The ones that feature the creek. 12 is probably the best of the bunch. Downhill to a basket that is protected by a bend of the creek, nearly surrounded by water. There is another hole that uses the stream more as a guard line. I'm told that the stream tends to be a trickle, which is a shame. When I was there after some heavy rain, it was raging and that really amped the fun level of those holes. A disc that goes in there might be retrieved, but you better be on your toes and attempting to head it off downstream.
Thrown in good enough tees, nice tee signs and simple navigation and you have a course that is ready to play. Just a lot of variety with holes that are more less open, finish in different directions and have a bunch of different types of elevation changes, from gradual climbs and descents to those that area bit more steep. A bunch of different lengths, from ace runs to holes are really long for par threes. Very well appointed with all creek crossings done by bridges that look to stand the test of time. With this much effort behind it, so should this course.
There are fairways here that need to be thinned out a bit. A few too many unfairways, where there is no real path to the basket. Sometimes it's fun to thread these but really, it's not as nice as a clean line. At the same time, the trees that would need to be removed are old trees that I'd be loath to cut down. I think Apex has 3.5 potential but it is probably fine as what it is. It seems to be very popular for a new course so it's probably fine as a fun, everyday-style course.
It's not a course with major problems, but it's not a course with major successes. Limited in ambition somewhat, it clearly targets the type of play that wants a fun round in a nice atmosphere without a lot of challenge. It's not incredibly interesting at many points. The one thing I regretted is that the creek did not come into play more often. It was running fast when I was there and as I was sprinting downstream, keeping pace with my floating blizzard wraith, I noticed a lot more creek that could have been potentially used.
The last thing is that the blue tees rarely provide substantially more challenge than the whites and never provide a different look. The red tees are significantly easier but won't provide much interest for players of any experience.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Wooded with variety
Pros: Practice basket near the first tee at the end of the parking lot. For the most part, this course was separate from the rest of this well-done, multi-purpose park. A natural surface trail and paved walkway were crossed on a couple of holes, but you only had to throw over them on one hole, #12.
The hole signs are posted on each hole and are very well done. It looked like #2 was inaccurate but all the others were accurate.
Great mats for Blue and White tees, natural surface for Red (Rec) tees., so, three separate tees for all experience levels. In most cases the Blue tees were just longer than the Whites, but there were some holes where they required different lines.
For a new course the fairways are in great shape, well-defined and recently mulched. The brand new baskets were easy to spot through this wooded course.
The restrooms at the first tee really are the Taj Mahal of course restrooms. Well, they aren't there JUST for the DG course, there is also a decent sized amphitheatre right there, but we can act like they are there for DG!
Cons: Trying to think of any major cons and can't come up with any. If you like RHBH friendly courses, this would be a con for you. I play RHBH but didn't mind this course, it forced me to work on my forehand and anny drives.
The first few holes after #1 are a little repetitious, but then variety starts on 6 and 7 and continues through the back nine. Not a lot of distance on any of the holes, I was really hoping #14 would use the open space behind the tennis courts, but few chances to let one fly.
Other Thoughts: The original 19 or 21 or 22 hole layout is gone. They have made this a solid 18 hole layout that's pretty fun to play. Without the mulching I could see how it could get soggy, especially on the back nine, but there were no issues the day I was there.
Some of my favorite holes were: #8 - a drive that has to bend right through an opening, then back left to the pin. #10 - tee from the paved walkway on the pond dam, tight tunnel shot to the pin protected by a huge, leaning tree. #12 - elevated tee, across the walkway, down a tunnel to the pin protected by a bend in the creek. #15 - long par 4 that starts right, then goes left to an elevated basket. #18 - the most open tee shot on the entire course, back in the central part of the park to a wide fairway, one lone light pole in the middle of the fairway that might just assist with finishing a round late in the day.
This new course was a lot of fun to play, well defined fairways, lots of shaping of shots required, secluded but never too far from anything in this large park, that also has a playground, dog park, tennis courts and soccer fields.
Good to see the Raleigh area has another quality course, hopefully there will be more on the way.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
On the path to awesome
Pros: The course has multiple tees for different experience levels. Runs through the woods with differing elevation levels and obstacles. Signage is good and work continues to be done. New course that will only improve as time goes on. Fun to play.
Cons: Not fully 'finished' but this is no surprise as the park itself is brand new.
No signs for beginning of course at playground parking lot - didn't realize until getting to hole #1 that there was another (and better) lot to park in which to park.
Other Thoughts: Can't wait to play this again in about a year when visiting again and see how the course and the park have both progressed.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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