1 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but tight wooded concrete tee pads
Pros: All tees are now concrete pads, much better to control tee shots on very tight holes. This course tests your ability to throw in a particular direction and make shots do what you want. No room for error. It is relatively short, so accuracy is the thing. It's also a quick play since it's short and mostly straight. Some nice elevation change too.
Other Thoughts: If you can avoid getting frustrated by hitting trees all the time, this is a good place to work on accuracy! If you can throw clean shots here, you can do it anywhere.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Anderson Creek - From Newb to Addict
Pros: First course I ever played. (15 rounds between 9/16 and 12/16). Was instantly challenging and fun.
Nice use of local lay of the land - nothing feels forced or unnatural.
Nice restroom, picnic area.
Large open field that you can warm up in.
Every hole plays tight, but fair.
Can see the basket on most all tees, making it a good "see it - throw it" round - except 17 - see "Cons".
Cons: Tight tight tight tight.
Undergrowth is typical for area - and thus is heavy, thick, and can hide a disc fast. Haven't lost one yet - but ave been with folks who have.
The natural tees are kind wallowed out - strange because I have never seen another player out when I go there.
Several holes appear to have alternate basket placements, but they have not been moved in the past three months.
17 - Don't see how this layout is fair - seems like a par 4 to me.
Other Thoughts: SO, for my first review ( ta-da!) I decided it only fair to review the first course I played. Anderson Creek is a nice, spaciously laid out 18 hole course, nestled among pines and small blackjack oaks.
First time out I bombed way, and spent a lot of time int he rough. I fell in love with the game though, and like to go back to the course to "measure" my progress.
For full disclousre, I'm "local" to the course ( live 5 miles away) and would love to see more play here. it needs traffic to break in some lines.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Really nice Mach baskets with deep trays scattered around a young pine forest atop white, sandy soil. The park is nice too (seems really new) though there isn't much else in it but trails, shelter and playground. Finding the beginning of the course is a breeze since you just follow the signs and the sidewalk until it ends. Every hole has an easily seen tee sign and virtually all transitions are paths outlined with little trees. The fairways are very discernible but are generally tighter than a fat kid squeezed into a shrunken sweater. Fortunately the rough isn't disc eating too much. It's 50/50 on providing a scramble opportunity vs being full-on punishing but over time this should improve for a couple of reasons. Players will trample some of the underbrush down and the young pine trees will eventually grow tall enough that their low limbs won't wall off swaths of fairway as much. 3/4's of this course is on land that was clear cut not too long ago so the mostly pines growing up are roughly half as tall as they could be. The other unique feature of this course is the really white, sandy soil which is reminiscent of Joe Eakes in Kure Beach.
The design is good enough that it feels like a disc golfer with half a brain is behind it, awesome. Pars seem appropriate with maybe some occasional 'tweeners (due to thick foliage more than distance). Fairway shapes jive with how discs fly for the most part and the gaps are defined and plausible. Mostly, you're asked to laser a tight tunnel with a crazy low ceiling at a basket a relatively short, straight distance away. This is a prime example of "keep it on the fairway" and I'd strongly advise going putter/mid heavy for this reason but there are so many low lines and occasional flex angles that you wouldn't be crazy for whipping out a driver. The lone par 4 is shaped in such a way that you're tempted to go for it with a driver despite the tightness.
Getting around the course is a cinch and it doesn't take long to play either. It loops back to the start after 9 and 18 brings within short distance of the parking lot also so high marks earned for flow in this regard. Lots of holes had an optional pin placement to mix it up.
Cons: Two tees make use of the end of the sidewalk but the rest are rutted out sand pits with occasional trip roots. The combo of this and the tight, technical lines make it a BH dominant player's nightmare. You will probably get whipped by your FH dominant buddy thanks to the tees alone.
Tee signs give hole # and distance and that's it, no other fairway data. This isn't too much of a big deal since most of the holes are straight and short so the basket is spotted easily enough. This course does not have a lot of line variety at all thanks to repetitive straight holes but considering the terrain (mostly the short pines) I'm not too critical of it.
The course is really flat although the elevation you do encounter is fun and used creatively. I like a technical course like anybody else but there were quite a few trees (particularly dead ones) I wouldn't shed a tear over if they got removed to widen the fairways a bit or make greens less punitive.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fun, enjoyable round of technical golf. Your scores will swing wildly depending on how well you thread needles and how often the rough lets you attempt a stroke saving exit but it's all worthwhile. I enjoyed trying to save pars with get out of trouble FH rollers and similar trick shots as much as trying to stay on the fairway.
I wish the course had more holes in the section of more mature pine forest just to open it up a bit and give you a respite from the NY studio apartment tight fairways you're inundated with. Longer, open holes and less linear holes (18 is the only not blatantly straight hole) would've been nice too.
Regardless, I'd bump this course's rating up quite a bit if the tees weren't so au naturale. Trying to play a precise, technical course with primitive tees is like trying to paint a masterpiece with 5 broken crayons.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent course in a Nice Park
Pros: All the Mark3 baskets are in good shape, a little tough to see on this completely wooded course, but in good shape.
Decent length on most holes, you have to make some drives, through the woods to score well.
Good use of the elevation in the park, although there is no creek or pond on site, they used the elevation available pretty well.
Bathrooms and water on site.
Cons: Natural surface tees. These are starting to get worn down and some are more of a ditch.
Most holes are straight, not a lot of left and right bending.
No open shots, there are a couple of clearings for ROWs, but they were not used as a fairway. You do come to a clearing after 16, and I thought, finally an open hole, nope, used for overflow parking!
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good course, 18 holes in an area of this rural, county park that don't interfere with the other park users. They put it in the middle of the county, about 15 miles from the next closest course, so its probably well liked by the locals.
There were a few holes that I liked:
#8 - fairway rises slightly from the tee, then drops down to a small ravine then up to the basket.
#13 (I think) - tee is on a ridge fairly long fairway bending left to the basket in a ROW clearing. Nailed the tee shot, missed the birdie.
#17 - long hole (355') through a decent sized fairway to the basket in tall pine trees.
#18 - tee shot has to go right, then back left to the basket.
Only bad thing about 18, it is right next to an open, grassy field, open playfield, not a fairway!
I'd play this again, if in the area, to work on my straight drives.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pure-d is the key
Pros: Very tight course, not long at all. A quick round for experienced players and a great beginners course.
It's a fun course, it's just in a strange location to other course. However, the grounds and park are fantastic.
Water on sight along with bathrooms.
Keep it straight and you'll be alright.
Cons: New course so it needs to grow up and have people play it. More lines will open up if people come out there.
When it's hot out, it's extra hot there.
Other Thoughts: Within 5 years I think you'll see a tournament there. It has the potential to be a great sniper's course. Multiple pin placements make it fun.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a great course for more inexperienced players to learn on. While most of the shots are very straight, it does allow you to work on disk control and too gain some confidence.
This course is well maintained and easy to follow, all the fairways and trails are clearly marked.
Cons: Most of the holes are repetitive and probably won't be much challenge to more experienced players.
The course could use some more variations with its holes and changes to the layout.
Some of the throw pads are starting to develop ruts, while they are not an issue yet they could be an issue if they aren't address.
Other Thoughts: This is more of a family style course, and good for the area it's located in. The course also has potential to be more challenging, with additional placements of some of the pins.
Permanent throw boxes would be nice, but only after some of the holes are changed to allow for more variety.
Not a bad course to stop by and play if you are in the area, or if you are looking for the whole family to play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easy to Navigate. Well defined Fairways and Paths from hole to hole.
Cons: Some fairways need a light trimming of their branches.
Nearly impossible to reach the basket off the Tee box.
Lacks Variety. Consists of mainly straight fairways, although they are tight.
Other Thoughts: Make all the Tee Boxes Permanent (Concrete or equivalent)
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Short, tight course typical of this part of the state. The construction is much more impressive than the design as Anderson Creek has been put together really well. Very clean fairways with the line always obvious. One of those course where no next-tee signs are needed because the next path is always obvious. The paths are almost always clean and lined with solid branches that keep players playing and not navigating. Tee to basket to tee is as good as can be here. For a young course, this is incredibly finished.
So those lines. This course requires a lot of straight shots. The holes are look different but somehow they all require throwing the straightest shot that you have in your bag. Even when the basket is to the left or right of the tee, which is rare, the throw is still a straight shot with a slight hook at the very end. Those straight lines are frequently very tight. Parking these holes is going to be a challenge even for good players. At the same time, the short distances keep is playable for the less-experienced.
It's a nicely done course with a decent amount of elevation changes that is solid throughout but rarely stands out. The two main occasions are 6 and 18. 6 is the par four. It's still a straight shot but it is a long straight shot. How far can you keep a disc on that line? Probably not long enough so that you don't need a second drive here. It's a fun one. Anderson Creek saves the best for last, though. 18 features a wicked curve along a slight climb. It's a nice variation from what has come before.
Cons: The design does lack in imagination and some of the terrain could probably have been used more. While there is challenge in keeping a disc straight,(some reviewers might say this is a great place to work on throwing straight shots) I myself prefer more variety over eighteen holes than is present here. That's the major con here. All straight shots.
The tees are also iffy. I'm not against natural, but natural with wooden boundaries? These look nice but serve more to trip players up than to define tee areas. These are going to get rutted with a medium amount of use.
More fun than truly challenging, this isn't a course to go out of your way to play. It's great for locals who no longer have to go all the way to the Triangle to play, as this not much truly wrong with it, other than limited ambition.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Perfect location to include the whole family. This is a course that you can play and get good practice. Many courses are designed for distance, but this course throws your game in a different direction. It is challenging.
Cons: It's a new course that has not been played much. However, given the chance could develop into a nice course to play.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Straight and Tight
Pros: Layout - Overall it's a a brand new short, tight course. It can be a bit of a challenge on some holes because of how tight the fairways are even though most holes are under 300'.
A few holes have two pin positions, the course was in the shorts when I played it.
Most of the fairways are straight and even the ones that bend or force you to work a disc are straight overall.
Some holes do make you throw an S shot or flex a shot out and those holes are usually really short so it creates a bit of a challenge.
Most holes utilize a pinch point gap around mid fairway and the holes that bend usually bend right after a gap.
There is one par 4.
There is some minimal elevation changes on holes but it's mostly gradual.
Equipment - Brand new DGA baskets. Tee signs on all holes that just give you distance. Two holes (1 & 10) have concrete tees.
Atmosphere - It's a brand new huge park, over a 1,000 acres I believe. It goes back and forth between an area of hardwood/pines with a lot of undergrowth to an area that is strictly pines that appeared to have been logged and burned a few years back. All the pines in this area are about 40' tall.
You probably won't encounter a lot of traffic on this course and it doesn't seem to interfere with any other part of the park.
Cons: Layout - It's quite boring especially on the front 9. As I said it's mostly straighter overall shots that are pretty short. The only challenge is how tight some of the fairways are.
Some of the holes just seem to have to much of a pinch point gap while making you try to work a disc over a really short distance.
The one par 4 which got me excited to see a hole over 400' is just one long straight fairway.
The area where it's all short pines and no undergrowth has a weird feel, almost desert like. On about half of those holes you can just throw over them because the trees are still short.
The biggest elevation change on the course is a transition... really lame.
I'm not really sure who this course is aimed at, if it was to help grow the sport in area with a very low amount of courses and probably players they made it pretty tough with the tight gaps. It's also unlikely many serious players will make regular trips out here due to how short and boring it is.
Other Thoughts: For a course in the middle of nowhere from a disc golf scene perspective they sure went out of their way to make it one that people will probably not want to drive out and play. Doesn't really make sense with all the land they seem to have at their disposal.
I'll probably never go back out here and play.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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