Great layout but major drainage problems
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Pros: This course has a great layout. Mostly a typical wooded NC course, but it has some open holes too. Water comes into play on a couple of holes, but is mostly avoidable if you're careful and use the alternate tee #9.
This course has by far the best warmup putting green I've ever seen. The artificial turf green near the playground is great.
The layout is also quite difficult. I didn't have a very good round as I was missing my lines all day. Lots of trees make you hit your lines. I also struggled some due to footing issues on the very wet holes on the back 9.
Cons: The big con is the drainage issues on the back nine. We had some pretty good rain 2 or 3 days before we played the course...and water was still literally flowing over one of the sidewalks. A couple of holes on the back nine were almost unplayable due to standing (and flowing) water in the fairways. It's really a shame as it negatively impacted our impression of the course.
I also wish the first few holes didn't play so close to the road into the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to love this course, but the drainage issues on the back nine really soured the experience for our group.
I will say that there are multiple holes on this course that are memorable, unlike some other courses I've played.
Hole 9 with the water is very memorable. We saw a couple wading in the pond that told us they pulled over 100 discs out one day!
The 11th hole is probably hated by many. It is a short, straight par 3, but it has a narrow fairway with water all along the left side. Lots of risk/reward there.
17 is a gorgeous drop-off from an elevated tee. Just a beautiful hole.
We had a good time even though there were some issue. We will definitely give this course another shot in the near future.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Layout - Overall the course is geared more towards advanced level shots. Mostly technical wooded shots with a good sprinkling of open holes.
Two tees on most holes. The whites are usually shorter and a simpler shot shape; More user friendly although still challenging for newer players or those who can't throw very far.
The blues can be very challenging, some holes are pro level shots and distance. The more difficult holes are wooded and mostly 300-400'.
It starts in the open for four holes. These holes do a good job of challenging you to shape a shot or throw far without losing control and going OB or in thick woods.
The wooded holes are mostly straighter tunnel shots that finish straight or up to the right.
The course incorporates tapering fairways, late single trees and tight gaps that make you work a disc slightly or throw dead straight. I think the ratio of hole length to fairway size is done well here.
Really nice elevation changes for the area the wooded holes sit in. The park slopes down in to a small creek and the layout uses the elevation well. You get one really nice valley hole and a shot off the dam of the larger pond.
Three water holes. The water really comes in to play on all three with Hole 9 being a water carry that finishes through a gap. The white tee on 9 is a more friendly shot beside the water not over it.
The course is mostly par 3's with two par 4's. The first is Hole 2 which is a bomber hole. The second being a more technical placement hole where the water comes in to play and an OB baseball field you have to mando around.
The greens can be tricky. There's late trees to avoid to get on the green on a lot of the holes and they can also be in your way on the putt. The greens use the elevation changes nicely and give you some variety in green shape. It forces you to really consider how to shape your shot and where you're finishing.
Getting off fairway here can be really punishing which can force you to decide how hard you want to attack holes that are higher in distance.
Atmosphere - Fairly nice smaller park with a mixture of woods and open areas. There's a playground and a baseball field along with a large pond and a smaller one. It's completely bordered by a school and neighborhoods so it has that suburbia feel.
Equipment - Nicest practice green I've ever seen. Astroturf Circle with a basket right at the start of the course.
Raised gravel pads with that hexagonal rubber matting. Solid pads and a better selection than concrete due to the course having some flood prone areas. The pads are large, sometimes runway long.
Cool new chartreuse Discatchers for baskets. Good signage with hole picture and distance. Really nice benches on some of the holes.
Cons: Layout - In a way this course is crammed in to this small park. It's done in a way that doesn't really create a problem but a result is many of the holes having to be mostly straight. To me this is the main limitation.
The fairways are constructed to create some creativity on your line but for the most part you're just trying to throw laser beams in the woods. It would be nice if more of these holes could finish left or just have more lateral movement either way throughout the fairway. The only real R to L holes here are open.
Due to that I do think the course leans a bit toward LHBH or RHFH dominant players. Overall it has good balance but it seems the more difficult holes with more danger favor them, including all three water holes.
If you can throw decently far Hole 2 is just at a weird distance from the blues to be a true par 4. Adv level players will mostly take an easier three and Pro level players with that distance will be pushing to get a long putt for an eagle.
As of now there's still only 17 permanent holes which is being remedied and honestly it doesn't really bother me but that will be a point of contention for some.
The flow can be a bit tricky if you're new; watch for the directional aids. Holes 12,13 and 14 are gone as of now so you go from 11 to 15. A hole is being added in there. Two holes 1A and 1B were added in between 1 and 2.
The course flirts with the baseball field, the school, the playground, the road/parking lot and the neighborhoods; plus other park patrons come in to play on paths sometimes. This can be a problem at certain times. I don't really feel comfortable playing Hole 10 if the baseball field is in use. Some might feel that way about 1A if kids are on the school playground.
Equipment - No real complaints here other than at some point I hope they redo the signs so it goes 1 to 18.
Atmosphere - If you're in to the more secluded thing this isn't the course for you. You'll encounter a lot of other people not playing disc golf. Somewhat of a crammed in feeling as I mentioned above.
Other Thoughts: This is now the closest course to my house and to me it's the big brother of Middle Creek which is right down the road by the same designer. A lot of the same design elements except Jones Park has a lot more teeth and challenge for experienced players. It's a good one two for the local area.
You'll need a solid round to score well and it's a great addition to the area.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
One of the best in the Triangle
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: UPDATED: Jones is one of the best tracks in the Triangle. Period. As far as course design goes, it's stellar. One of the best mixes of open and wooded holes in North Carolina. Two sets of tees on most holes, giving a much different look from the shorter Alt tees. Most of these tees approach the basket from a different angle or a different fairway altogether. The long (blue) tees offer a legitimate advanced level course. The short (white) or alternate tees are a challenging intermediate level course.
As of today, with courses in their current conditions, These are the 4.0+ courses in the Triangle, in my opinion, ranked:
4.5 - Rock Ridge
4.0 - Jones
4.0 - Buckhorn
4.0 - East Clayton
(Zebulon and UNC are borderline 4.0 courses that I have as 3.5's for now.)
+ This is a beautiful course. There are times when you will find yourself looking around and admiring the aesthetics of the course -- the attention to detail, well-defined fairways, walking paths, obstacles, manicured grassy areas, as well as the wooded holes. Jones is one of the best-designed courses I've played...not just in the Triangle, but anywhere.
+ Challenging! The blue tees are a true advanced layout. Intermediate and below players will have a difficult, if not impossible time shooting par. If you can't throw 350 feet with accuracy, you might want to try the white tees, which are also challenging, but better suited for sub-900 rated players. The wooded holes are tight and difficult. The longest holes tend to be more open (although there are some 350+ wooded holes on the back 9). There is also a near-300-foot water-carry hole. Tough track!
+ Jones has everything: open holes, very tight wooded holes, elevation, water hazards. Very few courses have this much variety and difficulty to throw at you.
+ Other than the confusing numbering system, the signage and paths make this course easy to navigate. And there are sufficient DGCR and UDisc layout maps to follow. New players won't have a problem. There are numerous small bridges and boardwalks. I love how many of the trails criss-cross, yet their signs point you in the right direction. I've never played a tournament here, but I bet it's a lot of fun to hang out with other players as you go from hole to hole. It would also be perfect for galleries, as you can quickly jump from hole to hole, watch a tee shot, walk a few yards and see a putt. Also, the signs pointing to the next tee are very visible and helpful. The tee box signs are accurate. The only real navigation cautions I would give are after hole 11 (follow the signs and walk a little longer than usual to hole 15) and after hole 16 (walk up to the paved walking trail by the pond, turn right, and follow it to the steps, which lead down from the tee on the path).
+ Both sets of tees are very large, level, and well-constructed rubber maps over gravel. They have held up very well.
+ Nice DISCater baskets, visible in the woods.
+ Best practice basket I've ever seen: complete 10-meter circle around the basket, artificial turf putting surface.
+ There's really not a bad or an afterthought hole out here...and there are several vying for the title of signature hole (the water hole #9, the downhill tunnel hole #17, the long par 4 #2). Lots of memorable, fun, challenging holes.
+ The 18th hole and final hole (which will be between holes 11 and 15) is being constructed now! The fairway has been cleared and an awesome elevated tee deck constructed. Unfortunately, the town is forcing CADL to take out the tee deck and redesign the hole slightly. Still, I have faith that Jay and the crew from CADL will come up with a solid alternative layout for the hole.
+ Nice playground, if you bring your kids.
Cons: Honestly, Jones is a borderline 4.5 course and top 25 track in North Carolina. Once it gets an 18th hole and renumbered, I may just have to bump it up.
- The hole numbering is confusing and stems from having to add in new holes at later dates after the original 9, then 15, then 17 went in. This is the current numbering for the standard 17-hole layout (there is an 18-hole layout for tournaments)... 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18. (UPDATE: Hole 11 is currently out-of-commission for a drainage mitigation issue. I believe it will come back, but not 100% sure.)
- The drainage on the last 3 holes isn't good at all, but they are trying to address this. Lots of mud and standing water. The walk up to #16 and the #16 fairway are particularly bad and unavoidable.
- There is a road and a school playground in play on the first couple of holes. I'm not taking off points for this, but you have to be aware of any cars or kids before throwing.
Other Thoughts: All in all, one of the best courses in the Triangle. Once it is completely finished and renumbered, it very well could be a 4.5 course for me and rival Rock Ridge as the very best in the Triangle. And with Rock Ridge being much further out from the population centers in Wake and Durham counties, I would consider Rock Ridge the best course within 30 minutes of downtown Raleigh.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Exceptional Course (minus 3 holes)
Pros: - Really fun holes/designs. especially enjoyed the par 4's
- Nice variety of open and wooded, some with water hazards and some without. The variety demands a player to make many different shots.
- good signs including "Next Tee" signs (except for hole 11 - no next tee sign because there is no hole 12)
- good course for all ability levels
- the course is tidily kept (and has a really nice green turf putting area)
Cons: - holes 12-14 do not exist (yet?)
- no next tee sign after hole 11 (just continue down the path on the right to hole 15)
- Drainage issues. A few soggy/muddy holes.
- there are two extra holes (starting on the other side of the road from hole 1) that don't have signs, are not numbered within the regular 18, and don't feel as interesting as the rest of the course is.
Other Thoughts: There is a recently developed area over by hole 11, which makes me think the designers intended for holes 12 - 14 to go there originally, but I'm not sure. Even without 12 through 14, this course is a gem.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I played a few rounds at this course the other day and was really impressed. I'm looking forward to coming back when all 18 are finished and it should be a solid 4 stars when complete.
The amenities here are really nice. The turf practice area looks very professional and I think it gives the course a positive image for the other park users. The signage was good and I had no trouble navigating on my first time out. Some of the tees are huge and a lot of work went into nice platforms for the tees where necessary.
There is a nice variety of holes here and for the most part they are fair but challenging.
Hole 1 - Nice open hole to start. Trees and pond on the right prevent the easy hyzer.
Hole 2- 600+ foot par 4. It is open and slightly downhill so it plays shorter. It is nice to be able to air your drive out, but it could use some tighter O.B. It is an easy 3.
Hole 3- Uphill and finishes to the right. A tight tree on the left in front of the teepad adds difficulty to the anny backhand.
Hole 4- Big downhill for the first 250 feet then slightly back up for the last 100. The fairway starts out wide for a wooded hole but gets tighter at the end. Good chance for a 2 but you will be in trouble if you miss the generous fairway.
Hole 5- Slightly downhill with a little pinch about 40 feet out from the tee pad. Trees in front and right of the basket force you to come in from dead straight or work a nice s curve.
Hole 6- Nice smooth curve 330 feet left to right. A pretty generous fairway that tapers as you get closer to the basket. Trees tight on the tee provide the extra mental challenge.
Hole 7- A bit of a throwaway hole just being a 250 foot hyzer. The big pine branches do hang well out into the fairway for a little difficulty and the "green" area is fairly tight and rewards the park job.
Hole 8 - Short but really tight uphill tunnel shot. You are really scrambling if you miss the tunnel. There is some interesting undulating terrain around the green.
Hole 9 - Great hole. You throw over a small pond with trees lining both sides. It's a little less than 300 feet to clear the pond with a finish to the right back out into the field. Right now the fairway is plenty wide to make it fair, but if it grows in tighter it could get nasty.
Hole 10 - Nice par 4 curving left to right around the baseball field. The O.B. field on the right and water on the left forces you to find the fairway. I didn't notice a mando so I guess you can hyzer over the field to cut the corner.
Hole 11- Very cool tunnel shot with water on the left and dense woods on the right. Thick brush lining the pond will keep most disc out of the water though. A mound in the front right of the basket stops low shots from getting too close.
Hole 12,13,14 - unfinished
Hole 15- Pretty tight, slightly downhill with a straight or hyzer option.
Hole 16- Pretty long uphill par 3. I think it plays around 400. The fairway is pretty generous but a large tree on the left about a 1/3 of the way provides a big obstacle.
Hole 17- You throw from the dam of the pond with the fairway a good 25-30 feet below. Mostly straight but fairly tight with a slightly right hand finish.
Hole 18- A challenging finishing hole. Slightly uphill and plays around 350 feet. Like a lot of the holes there are trees tight on the tee but then it opens up a bit. You need to work a nice s curve to get it close.
Cons: Right now the biggest con is that there are 3 holes still to be put in, but it seems like they will be finished soon.
I really don't have anything negative to say about the quality of the holes, they are great. The only real con would be the traffic from other park users.
There is a walking path that meanders through some of the wooded holes and it does cross directly in front of hole 5s tee. It also comes into play on 15 and probably will affect some of the holes still to come.
There was a kids baseball game going on when I was there so I had to play really safe on #10. On #1 there are some trees providing cover but a bad shot could fade into a parking area. #2's fairway also seems like it is used by people in the adjoining neighborhood to access the rest of the park.
Other Thoughts: Bottom line is that even unfinished it is a fun course that is worth the drive from Raleigh. I'm excited to see it fully finished.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Expected a niner and found fifteen very playable holes with a ton of variety and incredible care shown to course design and construction. At a ton of new courses, I often find myself saying, "I hope they do x," but not so here. The layout incorporates classic wooded holes with cleanly carved fairways of perfect width and length typically around 300 feet. They are connected by a network of swept and bordered trails with signs at every intersection. The difficulty of most holes is consistent across the board for intermediate to advanced players. When the holes are open, and there a handful of non-wooded holes which allow a player to flex out a driver, the distance is increased to an adequate range, and stand amongst the longest holes in the area. 9 is the toughest hole out there, a three-hundred foot carry that requires a right fade at the very end to get close to the basket. A left fade leaves a tough approach and a straight finish will leave you in marsh. Try to bailout early and overhanging branches will knock you into the water. (There is an alt tee here)
Unfinished, it is arguably the best course in the Raleigh area. It's really got everything. Challenge, variety, water, elevation. When complete, it should be at least a 4-star course, imagining the care that went into the first 9 is replicated while finishing the back half.
Cons: Not suitable for beginners but there are enough area courses that are. A set of short tees could make all of these holes fun and playable for new players, though.
Only a temporary issue, but transitioning from 9 to 10 is not obvious. (Cross the parking lot from where you started) The transition from 11 to 15 is more so. (Don't know, I walked backwards from 17.)
There really isn't much in the way of flaws here, or they aren't obvious because it isn't totally finished and the difference between a permanent flaw and a problem that hasn't been gotten to yet isn't obvious. I don't think there is a signature hole here, and if there is anything lacking, it is that lack of wow that would bump it up. It's a solid course I could play a ton if I was local but it's not so much a destination course I will remember always.
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Pros: This is a very nice 9 holer. The practice green is really nice turf, it had me practice longer than usual. Most of the course is long and wooded so only 9 holes isn't really a quick round. Hole 9 is a very intimidating. You will need to be able to throw 300+ feet from a deck straight over a pond with trees lining both sides and then fade to the right at the end. (Or just use the alternate tee.)
- excellent signage
- easy navigation
- variety and challenge
- really bright basket color
- elevation used
Cons: The tees are large and look nice but rubber makes me nervous. My knees give out easily so any wetness really keeps me timid. The course does have some soggy areas so I was extra caution from the tees.
My GPS could not find School Days Lane but that might be because it's old and outdated. I just searched out the elementary school next door.
Other Thoughts: The course is fun and it is a 9 holer worth playing. I see there is talk of expanding to 18. I don't know where they will fit it. If they do expand I hope they don't just cram it in just to have 18. They've done a great job on the 9 so I assume they will do a great job on additions.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - this course is long. One of the few 600' holes in the Triangle. Only two homes under 300'. It's challenging - 6 of the 9 holes are wooded, technical holes.
- this is not a beginner course. It's tight and long.
- very nice signage. Easy to navigate (even though there are some cross-overs and transitions)
- this course (as played) was "ready for open". Tee boxes with landscape timber, transition paths defined by downed tree trunks.
- turf practice basket - how cool is that?
Cons: - only 9 holes. For me the question is play here, or drive a different direction and play an 18 that may not be quite as challenging, but get 18 holes. Don't know if they can squeeze another 9 out of the property.
- the landscaping is a little "rough" (meaning muddy, looking like a construction site). Since this has not been open a growing season, it's not a fair criticism. Hopefully, after things start growing, it will fill in a little. Am concerned how the rough will grow on hole 2.
- not easy to get to - stuck in the middle of suburbia!
Other Thoughts: I checked out this course, since it's probably the second closest to where I live. It's a nice little course. If there were no other options, it would be great. My time is limited, and I don't know if I see myself here a lot. I think the "signature" hole on this course is the putting green. Actually, 9 is pretty intimidating hole - (harder then Buckhorn 17 IMO) don't know if the pond is high right now, but it's a tunnel shot water carry of ~250'. I played the alt tee - didn't feel like swimming (am guessing that pond will be pretty nasty when it's 90 out....). If there were 18 holes, I'd give it a solid 3. Maybe as the course gets worn in a little, and if the city keeps mulching and maintaining I could go as high as a 3.5. There are definitely worse courses in the Triangle. If you're into playing new courses hit this one up and judge for yourself!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Best 9'er in Carolin-er?
Pros: Wow, a Blue level 9 holer very well executed. It's like a good 9-hole section of a Charlotte course was dropped randomly here. It's very satisfying to see the designers filled the park space they had with the 9 best holes they could have instead of trying to cram an 18 in here like so many others would have attempted. Well done, gang.
Immaculate practice basket green, it really is eye-catching. Almost too classy for disc golf really, ha ha. These baskets are a slick chartreuse color (look it up) that really pop out; you could probably night golf unless it's pitch black out.
First reviewer did a good job of describing the holes so I'll skip ahead to what I like best. The fairways are well-defined and the greens are nice and unfettered, very polished looking course already. The fairways are a great width and have a good risk vs reward ratio, the course should reward better skilled players more often than not.
The signage and navigation is excellent, you couldn't ask for better.
Cons: Pretty swampy. Lots of mulch thrown down already so kudos for trying but outside of serious French drains or something put in you might want to play elsewhere after a monsoon if you don't want to get your dainty feet wet.
Rubber hexagon tees. They're huge and in great shape currently, I just prefer concrete b/c I am a snob. Hopefully these tees don't get washed out too bad with all the rain lately, that can be an issue with these types.
Hole 7 felt a bit like a filler hole. I'm nitpicking here. It's not a bad hole, just sticks out compared to the other 8.
Other Thoughts: For a 9 holer, this course has it all. Long open field hole, water carry, some elevation change, I mean there lots of 18s that wish they had some of these features. I enjoyed holes 4 and 8 the most, 4 being a fun valley type hole and 8 having some nifty terrain offering a high road and a low road of a ridge to play along.
Hole 9 having an alternate tee to avoid water was a nice touch. I think creating alternate tees for the rest of the holes like hole 9 to give it more of an 18 hole feel is preferable to adding 9 new holes unless there is a good chunk of land I'm not aware of.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth going out of your way
Pros: ***EDIT: This course now has 15 holes in, and 12, 13, and 14 will be in soon to make a full 18. Changed from a 3.5 to 4.0 Great course!***
-**Disclaimer: this course only has 9 holes so far
-I saw a run-through video of this course on reddit disc golf, and decided to check it out because it's brand new and was just only recently added to DiscGolfReview
-There is no better way to start off than with how awesome the putting green before hole one is. FANTASTIC. Maybe I am na´ve and have never experienced one, but this perfect Astroturf circle putting green had me throwing putters for almost an hour.
-The first two holes are WIDE open, with the second basket at over 600 feet from the tee. Also, the tee pad is almost 20 feet long, which gives anyone plenty of room for a bomb of a drive. All of the tees here are rubber, which I personally love. Some are longer than necessary, but I never felt any of them were even close to being too short. *Hole 2 is apparently a par 4, but I think it should be a par 3 with a new tee farther back and to the right for a par 4. It is just so wide open that a par 4 seems unnecessary.
-The majority of the rest of the holes are wooded, but with clean fairways, and every hole is aceable. No hole is an easy ace, but there is never a fairway so heavily wooded that an ace is impossible. The fairways are clean, but should you venture into the OBs, there will be trouble with underbrush.
-Overall, the course is not favored to lefties, righties, forehand or backhand. There is a great variety for just 9 holes. This course truly is a great course for beginners and advanced players all the same.
-The designers of this course truly care about its success. I met them on my third round of the day, and they are great guys. They are still hoping to get in the full 18, but are unsure with the space that they have in the park. The course has a great deal of mulch on it to cover leaves and to give more support. It would be difficult to lose a disc here.
-The signage is impeccable and the baskets are brand spankin new. They are neon yellow Innova baskets, which I have never seen. The signs are all there for the 9 holes and very accurate.
-The over the pond shot, the final hole, is quite tricky and intense. About 80% of the pond is surrounded by trees, and only an accurate drive will clear the pond. If you throw straight over or to the left, you will hit trees and your disc will surely bounce back into the pong. Honestly, this hole is difficult to par because either your disc will be next to the basket or it will be in the water.
-I played this course three times back to back in about 2 hours and loved it more every time.
Cons: -Obviously this course would benefit from having the full 18 holes, especially of the caliber that the front 9 are.
-Several fairways do not drain well
-Aside from the second hole, there are no holes over 400 feet. I understand that this is because of the size of the park, but having longer holes would encourage me to raise my rating. If only a few more holes were over 400 feet, this course would be truly excellent.
-This is not really a con for the course, but the park is within an area that many, many families visit. There were quite a few children running around, and they were occasionally running around on the fairways unsupervised
Other Thoughts: Honestly I might come out here again just for the warmup putting green. It's so great. AWESOME.
The guys who made this course really care about keeping it clean, and seem like great guys. I certainly will return, and if they manage to get 18 holes in, I will probably consider this to be one of my favorites.
I would give this a 4.5 if 18 holes, but I don't think they can get it to a five with the space they have.
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