Nice course in a great setting
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Pros: Real cool, brand new, Red, White and Blue Veteran baskets.
Good tee signs showing both tees, good tee pads on most holes.
Set in a largely unused portion of this park, so there shouldn't be much interaction with other park users. Only a couple of blocks from the center of town, nice location.
Good mix of left and right holes, most are wooded, but #8 is the most open on the course.
Not a lot of elevation available, but they used all the elevation they could on #9, set right beside the Tar River.
Possibly the only public course in Franklin County.
Cons: Course can get (and stay) wet pretty easy, mainly due to the numerous low spots and being very wooded and shaded.
A few of the fairways are pretty tight, but these may get thinned out as the course matures.
The rough can be pretty bad in several places too, it just needs to be broken in.
A couple of tees were covered in sand, washed up from the river.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice addition to downtown Louisburg. The other part of the park is set along a pretty stretch of the river and contains playgrounds, picnic areas and mature trees on cleared land. They used this area (with the park closed) to set up 9 more holes for a tournament.
Just couple of blocks from Main St., which includes a Brewery, it is in a great location.
The first three holes play in the main part of the park, then you move to the back side for the other 6, and play the last 3 mostly along the river. #8 is a mostly open fairway that you don't want to stray too far from, #9 is a pretty cool finisher, both tees are on ridge lines, over the sunken fairway to the basket on another ridgeline.
All the work put in has gotten this course off to a great start, once all the tee pads are in and the rough is beaten down some, this will be a real good niner.
The county has several private courses (once frequented by Barry Schultz when he lived here) so this public course is a welcome addition.
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Lots of stumps, lots of potential!
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Pros: Do NOT be scared off from playing River Bend by this initial 2.0 rating! This course is a work-in-progress. I'm rating it as of today, January 2018, and will gladly play it again -- as the course is beaten in, stumps are taken out, permanent tees installed, signs put in, and, if it were up to me, a few more trees come out. Also, I mark down 9-hole courses some (maybe more than I should). I have no idea if an 18-hole track is possible on this property. It *looks* like there is some more land that could be used in the already-cleared, established park area. If that were to happen, as well as the upgrades and maintenance alluded to above and detailed below, this has the potential to be a fantastic course. With all that being said, here is my review.
+ The park itself is really beautiful and peaceful. The Tar River appropriately *bends* and forms the border for the park on three sides. The more established section of the park is very scenic and open with mature trees dotting rolling hills. Picnic tables and playgrounds are scattered around for people to enjoy, although I didn't see many people on the two days I played here. The Tar River on the open, non-disc golf side of the park has some gentle rapids. My #1 suggestion for improving River Bend DGC, if at all possible, is to try to squeeze in 9 more holes in this more open area with clear views of the river. This would require moving some picnic tables and possibly some of the playground equipment, so that might not be in the cards.
+ While the rest of the park is open, the course itself is mostly wooded. The first 3 holes are in view of the regular park area; the other 6 are back in the woods and closer to the other side of the park, bordered by the calmer section of the Tar River. The setting is very pretty and peaceful.
+ While I didn't have a map available to me and there are no directional signs yet, navigation was straightforward. The first tee is close to the picnic shelter. After playing the first hole, paths leading to the following hole are easy to spot and follow.
+ River Bend has some really nice, brand new red and blue DD Veteran baskets.
+ It's great that the builders had the foresight to go ahead and plan for Red and White Tees. The Red Tees are appropriate for beginners; the White Tees are suitable for intermediate players.
+ The holes are well-designed and have a good variety of shapes and shots required. I'm a noodle arm and top out at about 300 feet. On the Red Tees, I used fairway drivers on two holes, mids and putters everywhere else. On the White Tees, I used drivers or fairway drivers on 6 holes and mids on the other three. The course is well-balanced for lefties and righties.
Hole 1 - 273' Red, 393' White (I measured with the UDisc app; if the builders have the correct and exact measurements, please feel free to update. Thanks!)
This hole is mostly straight, with a more open area closer to the tee, but lots of guardian trees about 2/3 of the way down the fairway. If you can make it through those trees, the basket is slightly to the left at the back of a large green. By my estimation, this is the longest par 3 from the White Tees (I'm assuming #6 is a par 4) and one of, if not the longest hole from the Red Tees.
Hole 2 - 228' Red, 311' White
This hole plays back towards to park road, straight through a well-defined fairway. From the White Tees, there are two lines you can take, straight and one to the right for a hyzer finish (RHBH). Play the road as OB for added challenge.
Hole 3 - 151' Red, 245' White
This hole plays over and parallel to a small tributary to the river and requires a technical shot from either tee. From the reds is a short anhyzer or flick for righties. From the Whites, it's a flex shot.
Hole 4 - 158' Red, 234' White
#4 is in thicker woods and also requires a short anhyzer or flick for righties.
Hole 5 - 202' Red, 217' White
I think my measurements are off on this hole. The Whites are definitely further back than 15 feet from the Reds. Anyway, this hole is straight with the small creek bordering the entire right-hand side of the fairway -- and behind the basket. This requires a technical shot with finish from RHBH to stay safe and go for the ace run.
Hole 6 - 271' Red, 461' White
This is the longest hole on the course. Again, it's very wooded with the creek bordering the right-hand side of the fairway. Birdie is very doable from the White Tees with a decent drive and approach. (This might be a tweener hole, depending on your skill level.) Lots of trees to try and avoid, but you mostly want to stay left and out of the creek and underbrush.
Hole 7 - 195' Red, 281' White
The river is to the right of the fairway. This hole requires an anhyzer from the Red Tees. (Just don't overcook it or you'll be in the river.) The White Tees are much longer and require a flex shot that are beyond my abilities as an intermediate player. Again, lots of trees to contend with.
Hole 8 - 207' Red, 294' White
This is the most open and straight-forward hole on the course. It's wide open. The basket is on the left at the end of the fairway. A straight shot with hyzer finish puts you on the green for a birdie try.
Hole 9 - 157' Red, 274' White
This was my favorite hole on the course. Each set of tees are on different ridges. A winding valley and trees lead to the basket, also on higher ground. This hole again forces a tight, controlled line. Keep the disc low, but not too low or you'll hit the ridge with the Red Tee (if you're playing from the Whites). Slight hyzer finish on this hole.
Cons: Again, don't let the 2.0 scare you off. This course is a little rough now, but with some time and beating in, it will be one of if not *the* best 9-hole courses in the Triangle.
- Being a brand new course, there are stumps and roots to trip on all over the place. The fairways are rough and uneven. With time, these con should be taken care of.
- No tee pads at the moment, so you again have to contend with roots and stumps, even on your drive.
- I worry that flooding is going to be a big problem here. There was water to contend with on 4 of the 9 holes. But I'm not so sure that 2-3 of those 4 holes there wasn't supposed to be water...it was just there because of flooding. I hope I'm wrong about that, but there is quite a bit of mud and a few creeks crossing the fairways with no clear place to cross.
- Navigation is intuitive, but it did take me a while to figure out where hole 1 was. Tee signs and a main course sign would be nice.
- This course offered a decent challenge, but I thought some of the fairways were poke-and-hope. (Of course, if more trees are taken out, the course might be too easy.) My preference would be to tailor the course to the White Tee layout and make the fairways a little fairer on some holes (i.e. take out a few more trees.) If that makes the Red Tees *super* easy, so be it.
- Only 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: Go give River Bend a try! Review the course or find a way to get your feedback to the designers. And major kudos to the designers/builders for having this comment period before permanent tees go in to. I think that will pay huge dividends.
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