Leigh Farm Park
I would rate this 4.5/5 if I could. I was in town for work and scoped this course out in advance, so I had some idea of what I was getting in to. The above review did a good job of explaining how to navigate, but I did spend a lot of time walking around trying to figure out the basket placements.
I played to Rec course first to get warmed up. The Rec course was very short and not terribly difficult, but slightly technical with the narrow fairways. Pretty fun nonetheless. I believe all of the Rec holes are Par 3s. The posted Course Record for the Rec course is 41.
I played the Pro course next. There are two tee boxes and I played the white "short" tees. The local player that I ended up playing with for the back nine said that he believed all of the baskets were in the long positions meaning a lot of Par 4s, and a few 5s (I didn't play the tee marked as Par 6). Talk about a challenge! The posted Course Records Ranged from 61 to 71 depending on tees played and basket placement.
Anyway, the course is well maintained in a nicely wooded setting. There is plenty of elevation change and a variety of shots are required to navigate the narrow fairways. I will definietly play here again the next time I am in the area. Maybe they will have concrete tee boxes by then. The rubber provides a nice solid surface, but is a little slippery when wet (I somehow slipped on Pro No. 2 and ended up falling off the tee box). Fortunately this course is not crowded so no one was there to laugh at me but myself.
Two courses at Leigh Farm.
The short recreation course is marked on the tee using grey rocks with blue numbers. If there is a blue basket nearby, throw to the blue. Otherwise, especially on the back nine, throw to the yellow basket. Hard to explain, but easy to see once you get out there.
Mostly short course. VERY short. The front nine plays well to beginners. It won't tax your arm. A few holes with tree hazards, others play through a clean fairway carved out of the woods. The back nine presents a greater challenge with longer basket placements and plenty of trees. I'd say Leigh Farm Rec is a cross between Valley Springs and Cornwallis.
Rarely crowded, well marked. Pretty easy for first-time players to figure out where they're going. A good player flying solo can play this course in 30-40 minutes.
Bees sometimes come out at the short placement on #6, to the left on a small mound....From #11, walk up the side of the hill out of tree cover. The tee for #12 is at the top of the hill and the basket at the base....Needs trashcans, so carry your own waste.
Here we go. The pro course overlaps the rec course for a while, often combining two rec holes into one giant pro hole (Par 4, don't worry). After Pro #2 (Rec #4), the pro course splits from the rec course for a few holes. It's clearly marked. Don't follow the stones on the tee pads - use the big signs at each tee. The signs mark every pro course hole, and you will always throw to the yellow baskets. The blue baskets are rec course only.
Plenty of Par 4s, 5s, and even a 6. The middle of the front nine gets LONG, in the 500-700 foot range. Those holes also come out in the open beneath the sun, so in the summertime you'll boil for a bit before the woods again offer their protection. #8 is fun - you toss from the top of the largest hill around across a large open field to a basket on a pyramid stand. The most satisfying birdie if you can do it. (Just beware the tall grass to the left, especially in the spring.)
Challenging course. Basket positions change every 2-3 months. Less of a trek now than it was when it first opened, and for a new course it's well kept.
Second best course in the Triangle, behind only UNC. Don't expect to shoot par, but expect to have fun.
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