Polkton's Premier Disc Golf Course!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: That's right, Polkton! Polkton is named after L.L. Polk, the 3rd most famous L.L. after L.L. Cool J and L.L. Bean. OK, not really. But he was a pivotal figure in NC history concerning agriculture and politics, fought for the Confederacy and wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. In addition to founding the town after the war, he also possessed a goatee that was said to be the envy of schnauzers everywhere. OK, I made that last part up again. Oh yeah the disc golf course.
Surprisingly, the course is very decent. This may place top 10 in courses whose tees are disproportionately nice and large compared to shortness of the holes. Finding these great concrete tees can be tricky but not too hard if you can spot the wood colored stobs that serve as signs. Design-wise there's nothing groundbreaking here but for a short 9 holer it's decent variety and fun. Some holes are nicely wooded but most are open tunnels flanked by pine forest. The routing is great with the parking lot supremely located next to start and finish and the campus is right off the highway so this is a great place to get a quick round in and stretch the legs if you're traveling this lonesome road. Nice Innova Discatchers.
Cons: Transition from 6 to 7 could use a sign, just walk straight past the little amphitheater. You've also got a long walk from hole 3 to 4 through the woods but little Discraft flags let you know you're on the right path.
Some if not all the holes are basically Par 2's but a few are blatant about it with their shortness. Some of these seem like the tees could have been pushed back to assuage that a bit. But definitely a putter course best suited for beginners. Hole 9 is pathetically short. The shortness of holes do make up for the fact that the tee signs tell you the hole number and that's it so you have to eyeball every distance.
No trash cans anywhere so you're going to have to take your Natural Light empties back out with you, sorry.
Other Thoughts: No frills but plenty of ace-runs to make and it is conveniently routed and located off the highway, albeit not conveniently located near, well, anything. Bring a Polecat and enjoy it for what it is.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
SPCC's second best course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: South Piedmont Community College offers a fun 9-hole layout. It's a good mixture of open and wooded holes, giving players a reason to stop in Polkton.
- Fun mid-range course. No distances listed, but holes all appear to range from about 140 feet (#6) to 240 feet (#2 & 5). I played two rounds with a Buzz and a putter and had birdie putts on every hole at least once.
- For a 9-hole layout, course offers solid variety in layouts and looks. Every hole has a varying degree of trees in play, with #6 being the most wide-open. #3 is a relatively straight hole with the basket surrounded by trees if your shot strays off line. #4 & 5 play dogleg right to a sharper dogleg left layout. The final three holes all have trees protecting the basket. I threw high sweeping, RHBH shots and finished both rounds with three straight tap-in 2s playing the same shot each time.
- Solid course for beginners and casual players. I thought the course was much more enjoyable than most 9-hole layouts, even if it wasn't the most difficult. That said, birdies aren't automatic, you've got to earn them with solid shot-making.
- Nice, small-town campus. Other than hole #1, you play away from the highway and have a pleasant, quiet stroll through portions of the campus.
Cons: Biggest con is that the course is in the middle of nowhere. You're either driving east towards the beach or heading west towards Charlotte. If you don't pay attention, you'll drive right past the school and not even realize it.
- Holes don't have distances listed. If you don't have a good eye/feel for your throws, that can be frustrating.
- Navigation can be a bit tricky at times. There's a long walk from #3 to 4. To the designer's credit, there are disc golf flags marking the trail. The long transition from #6 to 7 isn't marked. You must walk straight past the amphitheater to find the tee markers for #7.
- No trash cans or benches. Also, coming from the west, there weren't any gas stations/fast food joints close by. You'll need to drive east towards town to find places to eat, drink, use the restroom, etc.
Other Thoughts: This is the second-best disc golf course I've played at a South Point Community College campus. Dry Creek is on Monroe's SPCC campus.
- There appears to be plenty of good, unused, wooded land on the campus if the idea to expand is ever explored. You could have an 18-hole layout that looks and feels just like Oakboro District Park 25 minutes away.
- Nobody is ever going to drive this far away just to play this course. You'll need to tie it in with other courses. I was already in Monroe, so I knocked out Wingate and this course. From that perspective, I could justify the time and distance.
- Disc golf has given me the chance to stop in some small towns I would never otherwise visit. I've now stopped in out of the way towns like Oakboro, Troy, Weaverville and now, Polkton, simply due to their disc golf courses. It's enjoyable stopping in these small towns, if only for an hour.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Good bones...room for improvement
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I think it's fantastic that community colleges are adding disc golf courses on their campuses to introduce new players to the game. This relatively new course at South Piedmont Community College has the bones to be an above average 9-hole beginner course. BUT there are a few issues which knocked it down a notch or two for me. The good news is, my cons are easily fixable. First, the pros...
+ Big, level concrete tee pads.
+ Good baskets.
+ Good variety in how the holes are laid out: hyzer, anhyzer, and straight.
+ The distances on the holes were very appropriate for a beginner-friendly course, but not so short that it's a "putt putt" course.
Cons: Again, the cons are fixable. The problem is that the solution requires a little money invested in the course.
- Navigation is an issue. There is not a course map, nor next tee signs. There's a pretty long walk between hole 2 and 3...and without any direction, it's very easy to head off in the wrong direction. (I did.)
- A second point on navigation: there are tee signs with the number of the hole, but there are no signs indicating hole layout or distance. You have to make a guess on distance, and on a couple holes, you have to walk up the fairway to find the basket and plan your strategy off the tee.
- I believe it's hole 2 (could be hole 3) plays to a basket in a small putting area carved out of a thick pine forest. I'd say it's about a 220-foot hole. If you miss the gap to the green, you're going to be in extremely thick rough. This was the only hole I'd say was "unfair" or at the very least "not fun."
- No trash cans or benches anywhere on the course, that I could see.
Other Thoughts: Nice little course. I hope they're able to add maps and signs. I feel sure that this course will introduce some new players to the game.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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