Pros: This course plays through a very pretty mature forest, along a creek and hillside.
Variety, elevation, risk.
Course starts along a dry retention pond and continues through some moderatly wooded to open land then transitions to more wooded holes. Holes 5-8 throw up and down the hill that bisects the property and across the stream that cuts through it. Alternating up and down with different shot shapes you play 2 up and 2 down the slope, on all 4 you have to hit a gap to get clear to the open basket location. Hole 9&10 are hyzers but 9 is an agressive line that finishes up a hill 10 is flatter and longer. 11 is a short hole with OB long. The basket looks ground level but is actually on a raised pole on the back side of a hill. The next 3 holes play along the ridge/creek line in the woods...then you get 2 long drive wide open holes. Hole 16 a Par 4. Hole 17 is a risky 220' shot and 18 a beautiful throw from a raised tee pad along a power line cut.
I was very limited in the land that I could use. Where possible there are a few holes where you can rip a drive. Most players will need their entire bag here. The small but OB creek is used a number of times to create risk. You have the ability here to throw up and down elevation unlike many Charlotte courses. Baskets (protected from erosion with retaining walls) are often placed on fast greens so you will need to think about the spin of your disc, or how aggressively you putt. Many players will enjoy birdies here if they stay out of trouble. Course is well marked, look for tee signs at every hole and yellow signs with black arrows for direction. Erosion control has been created before erosion starts. OB is marked with Red and White metal fence posts and is very visible. Much of the OB is lined with hose, making it even better to determine your lie. The 2 Mandos on the course should not come into play unless the player is attempting to cut them. Fencing protect teeboxes/ players from rare but possible errant throws from adjacent fairways. Trashcans are placed throughout the course as well as benches with more to come. Very safe /secluded park positioned between two housing developments. Currently it is not shared property.
*Good news, the park departmet has added mowing to their contract.
The dirt/gravel tee pads are all level and filled with gravel if they might get muddy.
Cons: Currently I have not determined a good way to build a bridge on 18 so it can be slippery. A few areas could use a set of stairs. The course is designed for the intermediate player but with risk to interest the advanced player. There is quite a bit of OB to navigate but you should be able to throw around it.
Temporary bridge on #5.
Hand made Huey tee signs (permanant to come)
Dirt tee pads.
Distances are paced but because of the elevation, they can be misleading. 270' holes play 220' and 415' hole play 440'.
Based on the pictures there are like 1000's of Papillon dogs all over the course.
Other Thoughts: My favorite holes here are 3, 8 & 14. I might be partial as the course designer but I put a lot of work and thought into the course to make it a fun place to play. I tried to lean on my experience and mentors to create a well rounded course with the amenities that players expect. I think you will enjoy it, more to come! I'd rate 4.5 with permanent tee signs and concrete.
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