Anderson Park Disc Golf
There is still some briars, brambles, underbrush and timber trash in which to lose a disc, though I did manage to finally find mine each time I went askew. Pathways between holes are discernible and there are a few directional signs to help. It is not necessarily a good course to play alone, but it would be a grand satellite course to Burlington's pending Springwood Players' Course, as the main, showcase course in hopefully hosting The Am Worlds in a few years..
It is tight and tough, but not demoralizing. And its astroturf covered concrete pads are really cool and functional, as well as aesthetic. As an addendum to untestedvirtue and ZumaGolfer...they may have changed the layout a bit in the past couple of years, but it's the walk from 12 to 13 in which you have to cross the road, and pass to the left of the restroom building and ballfield. As a pretty much totally wooded course, it's pretty cool. It's no WellSpring, but what is?
Signage is not very clear, I had to walk back through the course to find the first tee box. But, once I got on the course, it was a very nice walk. There were clear path and good elevation change. The tee boxes and disc catchers are well kept.
The course itself is a very tight. There are very few holes that you can really take a full throw off tee box. Although there have been a lot of trees taken down, a more distinguished fairway could be developed.
Stay on your toes at hole #12. The signage is so worn that you don't know how to get to #13. #15 is more visible. You have to walk pass the restrooms to get to #12.
I visited this course this past weekend. It is beginning to wear very nicely, and does take players on a nice trip through the park.
This is a shorter course, but does have a lot of woods to throw through. Accuracy is rewarded, and there are holes that still have too many trees (not yet removed)to bounce a disc off into the woods...so aim well!!! There are alternate tees that are marked with stones and little landscaping flags. Most are ahead of the platform tees, a couple are behind them, but easy to find.
Overall, I liked this course. I do plan on going back because practicing here should make other courses a little easier! Not bad at all and over the next few years should become even better.
Once fraught with tree traffic, overgrown brush, and questionable tee areas, the Hank Anderson course has been upgraded to playable. Several holes have fairways which no longer resemble Joyce Kilmer, and the greenery is much more controlled. New concrete tee pads and signs marking hole number, par, and yardage sit at each hole. Also, new signs clearly point to the next hole. (Although there is no sign pointing to #12, which, for new players, is located across the parking lot and down by the baseball field's third base line.)
Yes, the course needs more work. Several trees are marked and, presumably, will be removed soon. A couple of small valleys/dips could stand a manicure. But it's only a year old - as more golfers find the course, it will wear nicely.
As it stands, Anderson Park is a shorter tight wooded course with two open fairways and a number of angry disc-hating trees. The course takes you past baseball fields, a pond, a picnic shelter, a playground, and a dog park. Don't expect to shoot par (cursing is practically mandatory), but Anderson's a decent course getting better.
While I think it is great that Carrboro has created a new disc golf course, it doesn't seem that much effort was put into it's design. The course is hard to follow, signs are missing that would lead you to the next tee, and above all else, it is HIGHLY wooded and overgrown, so that if you happen to throw a little off center, you will be stuck wandering through poison ivy and other overgrowth. I wore long pants and closed shoes the day I played there (even though it was a hot summer day) and yet still had five ticks on my legs when I got home! Yuck! Unless you are an expert player, I would not recommend this course to anyone - you will leave frustrated and with many insect bites! Hopefully the town of Carrboro will continue developing the course so that it doesn't feel like the baskets were simply placed in the middle of an overgrown, neglected forest.
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