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Nice corporate campus course

1    1/11/2017   1/12/2017
Review By: KenanFlagler01
Played: 104  Reviewed: 97  Exp: 7.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: SAS is easily the best corporate campus course I've played. Granted, it's a small sample size (to this point, I've only played two others, RTI and Cisco), but SAS is far and away the best of the three. It's also one of the best overall "campus" courses -- corporate, school and university -- I've played. I believe UNC and VHCC Wolves in SW Virginia are the only campus courses I rate and rank higher. (And UNC is not a fair comparison at all since it's a legit tournament-level 18-hole course.) I went back and looked at all the 9-hole (and under) courses I've played; SAS does very well in this comparison too. As of this review, it's the second best 9-hole track I've played, trailing only VHCC Wolves.

Corporate Campus Courses:
1. SAS - 2.5
2. RTI - 1.5
3. Marcom Woods (Cisco) - 1.0

9-Hole (and under) Courses:
1. VHCC Wolves - 2.5
2. SAS - 2.5
3. Southeastern - 2.5
4. Bethel - 2.0
5. Tupelo Bay - 2.0
6. Haw River - 2.0
7. Williams Day - 2.0
8. Trinity - 2.0
9. South Piedmont - 1.5
10. UNCA - 1.5
11. Admiral Farragut - 1.5
12 East Wake - 1.5
13. RTI - 1.5
14. Roan Mountain - 1.5
15. Yadkin Outback - 1.5
16. Glover Park - 1.5
17. Nash Community College - 1.0
18. NC State - 1.0
19. Chatham County Community College - 1.0
20. Marcom Woods - 1.0
21. Alamance Reserve - 1.0
22. Pinewood Elementary - 0.5
23. Cameron Yards - 0.5
24. Hildebran - 0.5
25. Buncombe County - 0.5
26. Scottish Hills - 0.5

What makes SAS such a good 9-hole course?

+ For a 9-hole campus course, it's very scenic -- with rolling hills, mature forest, and a couple park style holes. There's even a sculpture on hole 7. (Not sure what it is, but it looks artistic!) SAS is a very pretty campus...and they did a great job of selecting a piece of land to build a quality DG course. Despite being on a busy corporate campus where thousands of people work, you actually feel like you're in a suburban park, if not in a forest (at least on a few holes).

+ There's really good elevation on this course. There are a few uphill holes and some downhill holes. Nice variety.

+ While it's a little short (not uncommon at all for a 9-holer), it provides a decent challenge. There are trees to contend with. The 8th basket is on a ridge, providing a good risk/reward, death putt situation.

+ The concrete tee pads are great. They're long and wide enough as well as level.

+ Navigation was easy and intuitive. You just have to find the 1st tee (near the road, behind the picnic shelter). There are scorecards in a mailbox by the 1st tee, which is really nice. There's a map on the scorecard as well as OB instructions and suggested pars. It's all very well done.

+ DGA baskets are fine, although I wish there were flags or something bright on them. They're hard to spot at dusk.
Cons: Despite being a really good 9-hole course, it is, still, just a 9-hole course...

- A short course, SAS won't provide much of a challenge for advanced-level players. Intermediate-level players, even, should shoot under par.

- The baskets need flags or something to stand out in the woods. Some are not visible from the tees.

- I don't think this is a big problem since traffic isn't an issue on the course, but the middle holes are pretty mashed together. The 3rd and 5th baskets are very close together. (I accidentally threw to the 5th basket from the 3rd tee.) Holes 4, 5, and 6 are parallel to each other. Again, this isn't a big problem if no one else is on the course. (When I played, I was the only person there.)

- The suggested pars on the scorecards and tee signs are kind of a joke. Hole 3 is a 225-foot par 4, hole 5 is a 250-foot par 4, hole 8 is a 360-foot par 5, and hole 9 is a 299-foot par 4. Hole 8 is pretty long and hole 9 is 300 feet and uphill, but they should all be par 3's.

- Only 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: This course is on private property, so you have to get a SAS employee to play with you or take you to it. There's a security gate to even get on the SAS campus, so don't show up and expect to play.

Overall, this is a very nice 9-hole course. If you have a SAS connection or work there, check it out!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nice practice course

1    10/6/2014   10/13/2014
Review By: jmpavlec
Played: 78  Reviewed: 13
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice tee pads and baskets
-Easy navigation
-Usually not many people playing

Cons: -Only 9 holes (not really room for anymore though)
-Hole 8 and 9 can be tricky to play sometimes. Hole 8 can be obstructed by Ultimate Frisbee and Hole 9 by walkers.
-Some holes play with parallel fairways (4,5,6) so you have to be careful.
-All holes are reachable off the tee (except maybe 8 or 9 if you don't have a big enough arm)
-Private but thats understandable given it is on a company's campus
Other Thoughts: I'd give it a 2.25 if it let me. It's better than a 2, but not quite a 2.5.

On a hot day, you can't beat playing hole 1-6 for a quick few rounds. It is almost entirely shaded and offers quite a few ace runs.

Hole 1 plays a nice RHBH slow hyzer around some trees. The basket is fairly well guarded from the tee pad.

Hole 2 is one of the few of the first 6 that would be difficult to ace. There is a road behind the basket so getting it there without risking hitting walkers can be difficult.

Hole 3 plays uphill back toward the first basket. You'll also see hole #5 basket in the background.

Hole 4 plays along a slope, you'll want to stay away from the left side unless you want to slide down the hill.

Hole 5 plays back into the woods despite the tee sign seemingly pointing you out towards hole #7. It splits the fairway between 3 and 6 so it can be dangerous if crowded.

Hole 6 is the best ace run, dead straight without anything in the way.

Hole 7 is an right to left shot out through some trees with the parking lot on the right side. It becomes slightly harder during the spring/fall as the trees take away the easy line.

Hole 8 plays out in the open and shares the outfield of a baseball field. There is frequently a game of ultimate frisbee going on during lunch time so watch out for the players.

Hole 9 plays up over a little hill then down and up again with some trees in play on both sides. You can play the pine straw as out of bounds for extra challenge.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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