Updating my 2012 review below: I played this course again the other day for the first time in a few years and it is much improved like TonyPlutonium describes. Much of the brush and growth has been reduced off the fairways, and many fairways seemed wider. The basket position on many of the holes has been moved (as denoted by the new hole lengths added in labelmaker to the tee box signage), making the course generally shorter and a little more forgiving. #9 is still dicey as I described, but overall the course is definitely better maintained now. I enjoyed playing it much more this time, and my buddy who's a beginner was able to navigate things pretty well also.
I don't see a recent review, so let me update a bit as I've played this course a few times over the past 4 years. I would agree with those that suggested that the fairways were way too tight in the beginning but work has been done gradually to clear additional trees, change hole placement, etc to make the course a little less severe (I'm definitely a hacker, so it has helped me a lot). Some of the underbrush has been cleared out but it is still easy to lose a disc, but you're also likely to find someone else's. I enjoy playing here!
This course is very frustrating for a weekend hacker such as myself. The "fairways" are, in many places, no wider than a walking path - and should your disc stray from the path, you'll likely find yourself ankle deep (or worse) in heavy brush and growth. Look for narrow, waist-high green signs pointing toward the next hole, but be aware that several of the walks from hole to hole are quite lengthy. Also, be aware that the shortest distance between you and your disc is probably through a spiderweb - I routinely walk through more spiderwebs here than anywhere else I've played, and not just when I'm hacking through the woods looking for my disc!
On hole 9, much of the area leading out of the woods and around the large water hazard is hidden from sight from the teebox, and very dense. Be careful - I have lost multiple discs in this area. And after hole 9, you have to cross the road on the walking trail to get to the back 9, which is confusing. Also, I think several of the pin locations have changed recently, making some holes (like 5, 6, 7) longer.
This course has broken in nicely. Played yesterday and nothing is overgrown. (Yes it's winter I know) Concrete tee pads in through hole #11. Lot's of trees removed. "Tight" through the woods is accurate but I love this course.
Beautiful, tight wooded course, but it is poorly maintained. The course is riddled with evil tree hazards (e.g. #18, when you throw through a three foot window) and the grass grows high and wild all over the back nine. On #15, a perfectly thrown drive right down middle of the "fairway" landing 20 feet from the basket may never be seen again. A few trees have been removed since the course opened, so obviously a little work is being done, but until some very basic landscaping is done this course plays to disc loss and score inflation. With proper maintenance, probably worthy of a "3" or "4". Not recommended for beginners.
Other notes: One of the most tick-infested courses in NC. ... After #9, you must cross the road to find #10. There are no signs on the course to indicate the back nine's location. ... Never crowded, little foot traffic.
This course is extremly tight and wooded. Most of the holes are fairly straight and the ground is covered in trees and brush. There are no well manicured fairways other than #1 and #9. I was disappointed in the actual design and execution in the woods. If driving to Chapel Hill, I'd rather play UNC.
This is a great course . . . if you are a good player. For my husband and I, amateurs at best, we spend most of the day digging our discs out of the woods and hoping we avoided the poison ivy. Plenty of tics, too! We each flicked off at least one. It's very wooded, and most of the holes are straight ahead at distances varying between 150 and a little over 400 feet. It's a very pretty wooded trail, regardless, and is a good challenge.
My favorite in the area, so far... but I have only played this one, Cornwallis, and UNC. Wooded all the way through... some small streams, and hole nine has a hidden water pit, so be careful. The first time I played this course, we stopped after hole nine, thinking it was just a short course. But we went back a week later and found out there were 9 more holes, and they were great. I would highly recommend this course!
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