A very nice course, but use is restricted
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Pros: Great cement tee pads, tee signs and brand new Discatchers. The tees are all level and a very good size. The signs have hole #, par, distance and a hole diagram. Better than most.
Not a pitch and putt niner, decent hole lengths, with a legit Par 4.
On an unused patch of land near the ball golf course (Paschal), so no interference from others. (The ball golf course is were Arnold Palmer played when he was here at Wake Forest Univ.)
Pretty good mix of left and right holes. Mostly open course with enough trees to make you hit your spots.
Plenty of parking.
Cons: Restricted to use by the faculty, staff and students of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This is the only course in Wake Forest and the only one for about 10 miles, should would be nice if visitors were welcome.
#5 - A right turning hole, through a very tight gap in the trees. Since this is not a championship level course, it would be nice to see this opened up, so beginners don't get frustrated.
A couple of fairways cross (#3 and #9), but since it is right at the tees, and not a lot of traffic on this course, not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned, a pretty good niner, and at 2550', it has some distance.
It has several pretty good holes - #3 - slightly uphill par 3 to a basket underneath a low-hanger tree, tough green. #7 - Mostly uphill par 4 with the basket behind a large bushy tree, make the upshot a premium. #9 - also uphill, parallel to #3, that finishes to the right, around some bamboo, nice finisher.
If this course would get busier, a path should be cut through the woods to the parking lot from #9. Right now, you walk around a corner of woods and you are right in #1 fairway, just below the elevated tee.
Have I said it would be great to have this open to the public? I drive past this course several times a week, and I see players maybe 15-20% of the time. If the SEBTS sold memberships to the general public ($25-$30 annually) they could cover the "insurance" for these players, build a course fund and get more activity and "eyes" on this part of the campus.
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Best family course in the Triangle
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Pros: Unfortunately, I have to update this review again. Ongoing course maintenance (specifically, cutting the grass and underbrush) is a problem. This is a very good 9-hole course, but you're better off playing it in the winter when the vegetation is under control. Not worth playing in the summer, in my opinion.
+ Good concrete tee pads, signage, and new baskets.
+ It's a good course for ripping drives. It's open and has good elevation.
+ There's a good variety of uphill shots, downhills, hyzers, anhyzers, and straight shots. #5 is one where you have to hit a narrow gap. It's a challenging course.
+ Very nice looking, ball golf style course. (There's actually a ball golf course adjacent to the DG course.)
+ Hole 7 is a legitimate par 4. Very long, difficult, and unique. It plays downhill off the tee, then uphill for the approach shot.
Cons: - On busy days, this course has bad traffic jam / safety issues. Holes 3 and 9 have crossing fairways. They aren't a "+" shaped cross, but an "x" shape. Instead of discs passing each other while flying to distant landing areas, the baskets are really interchangeable with the tee pads. The tees are close together and the baskets are close together. You essentially have nearly identical holes (3 is just longer). Also, they're both uphill holes, 3 at 348 feet and 9 at 271 feet, both playing longer than that. What ends up happening is that players throwing off each tee land right smack dab in each other's way. Advanced players can carry the basket area, but most people playing this course will land well short on one if not both holes. If you're not paying attention, players throwing upshots from the fairway will be directly in the line of fire from the opposite tee pad. This criss-cross will cause back-ups. It's possible the course designer didn't think these crossing fairways would matter that much due to low traffic, but I think this course will attract a lot of students and SEBTS employees, plus families. This was my main gripe I had with the course.
- After you finish at #9, you have to walk down the path and cross the #1 fairway. Again, another safety and traffic issue.
- For many months out of the year, the grass and underbrush here are just out of control. There's extreme risk of disc loss, especially on hole 2 and hole 7. Even if you see where your disc enters the rough, it's tough (and sometimes impossible) to find. And you will be fighting through lots of briars and other nastiness.
Other Thoughts: On a light traffic day, this is a fun little course and great for working on your drives. Check it out...just not recommended in the summer months.
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Finally, a course north of Raleigh
Pros: I'll start by saying that this course is quite literally in my back yard. I'll try not to let the convenience of the location color my review too much. That said, if you live north of Raleigh and outside of 540, finding a convenient place to play can be a tough task. Sure, there is Cedar Hills, which offers some of the best holes in the triangle area. However, unless it's on your way home, good luck summoning the will to consistently fight through the evening rush to play/practice.
Enter this brand new nine hole course on Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The course is set on a gently rolling tract of land between the campus and the nine hole golf course (also owned by the seminary). Each hole is marked with a detailed sign including distance, par, and a cursory map. The tees are now filled in with concrete, which is a huge improvement over what I suspect the original plan was (some sort of sand mixture and large gravel).
Now to the holes. Given that the course plays over mostly open rolling hills, I'm somewhat impressed with how the designers have made good use of the bordering treelines to create natural fairways. Outside of the tunnel through a grove on hole #5 and a shot through two staggered outcrops of trees on #8 you won't find a lot of tight control shots on the course (actually, #2 does feature a wide hole right off the tee). What the course excels on is letting you take a series of forgiving, but enjoyable drives in the 200'-300' range. The most challenging hole, #7, whose sign measures it at 500', is a mostly wide open shot which forces you to control your drive and shoot it through a gap between two groves around the half way mark. It's a fairly basic shot, but the gap falls at a range where most casual players likely top out at combining distance and accuracy. The next hole, which is my personal favorite, is an upshot that again requires a gap shot to get around a cluster of trees to the left that hides the basket.
This all unfolds over roughly 10 acres of beautiful rolling grassland. And since it's about 2 minutes off of route 1 it is extremely accessible.
Cons: As I mentioned earlier, most of the course is wide open. This really limits the diversity of holes you'll find. If you want to really test your accuracy over long distance you'll be left a little wanting. There aren't really that many landmarks out in the open either, so gauging your distance on the more open shots can be a little tricky.
The real con here is the condition of the rough on the middle holes. It's been cleared out a little since the course first became operational, but the cluster of trees backing up hole 5 is a beast. And that's not even mentioning the bramble which you have to work through if you don't nail your shot through the tunnel. These aren't dealbreakers by any means, though, as you'll have to really lose track of your shot to lose a disc here.
Other Thoughts: As nine hole courses go, you couldn't really ask for much more. The course will give you an enjoyable hour of easy to moderate open holes over gently sloping hills to go with excellent signage and hardware. Care and effort have been put into designing the holes, especially given the limitations of having almost no brush or features on the fairways themselves. Is it a destination course? No, but I don't feel like that should be the expectation. What it is, though, is the only set of chains north of Cedar Hills. And it's a darn good set of them.
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