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I am planning a mini tour of central NC disc golf courses. There are a lot of 9 hole courses north of Charlotte. I know that the best courses are in Charlotte, but I want to get the maximum out of this trip. I want to play as many new courses as I can. I will be able to fit in more if I play 9 hole courses. I am going to play a few 18 hole courses as well. I plan on trying to fit in something like 10 courses in 3 days. I will post the courses that I play and my thoughts.

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Comment by Mystery on August 4, 2008 at 9:28pm
LoweWarner Park, Troy, NC
I would have liked this course better if I would have figured out how it was marked initially. When I pulled up I found the first basket and began looking for a tee. I found an orange, square stone inset in the ground that gave the hole number, length, and par. After playing the hole, I found a brick with “follow the bricks to the next tee”. There was one orange, white, and blue brick in the ground. I followed them to the next orange square. I played the first four holes until I noticed the three bricks were in opposite directions. The white and blue tees were circular stones in the ground. I began playing the blue tees for the rest of the round. There were three stones after hole#9 that I followed and found the blue tee for #1 was elevated and on the opposite side of the road coming into the park. I played the first four holes again from the blue tees.
Most of the holes were still under 250ft from the blue tees. There were some challenging holes, but for the most part the course was relatively easy to par. Hole#7 has a very tight alley and if not for the six inches that my tee shot drifted to the left, I might have aced it. Instead, the disc hit a tree and was stuck behind another that was blocking the basket. Hole #1 was much better after I found the blue tee. It is an elevated shot over the road and the trees that line it.
Comment by Mystery on August 4, 2008 at 8:32pm
Hillcrest DGC, Carthage,NC
The first three holes are marked with nice tee signs, but they are the only signs on the course. These first holes are short. Hole #4 is visible from the tee box, but there is no clear shot at the basket. The only option is a hyzer down the walking path. The only problem is that the path curves near the portion of the disc flight that you expect to turn. This could present a danger. Hole #5 has no clear fairway. Hole #6 is great booming anhyzer shot with a ball field to the left, but otherwise an open approach to the basket. Hole #7 has a fairway, but it follows a very tricky s path that is a one in a million shot. The rough is dotted with many trees and very few alleys. Hole #8 is a very long straight shot with the basket tucked to the left at the end. The vegetation thickens considerably about 150 ft from the basket but thins around the basket. Hole #9 asks the golfer to make a field-goal between two trees 30ft from the tee. Afterwards the hole opens up with the basket on the side of a hill. Hole #10 is a downhill shot. Hole #11 is another anhyzer shot with the basket within reach. Hole# 12 has no clear fairway to the basket. A golfer could take an anhyzer shot along the edge of the ball-field and try to work back to the basket. Hole #13 is ridiculously tight with the fairway about 4 feet wide at spots. Hole #14 and #15 are easier, with lanes to work the disc to the basket. Hole #16 is could be another anhyzer, or that is what I tried. I worked the disc too close to the tree line and paid the penalty. Holes #17 and #18 run side by side in the same direction with a paved road between them. When a golfer finishes 17 he must walk back down the road to the 18th tee and finish the round. The road is lined with five foot bushes which can come into play.
Transitions from green to next tee were not as easy to navigate. Each tee was marked with fluorescent orange ribbon but was not always easy to locate. Tees were crushed gravel and were in good shape. #14 was mounded in a manner that made the drive awkward, but otherwise they were okay. Innova Discatcher baskets were mounted in installation boxes and in very good shape. Basket locations were fair and the course played well but the course needs tree removal to form better fairways. Overall it was a good experience but not worth the drive.
Comment by Mystery on August 4, 2008 at 8:18pm
I left town this morning on my way to central North Carolina. My plan for today was to hit two 18 hole courses, and one 9 hole course in between them. The last course was up and down, which took a lot out of me. The last two courses took forever to find. I am relaxing in the hotel room and preparing to tell you about each course. I am planning on hitting five different 9 hole courses tomorrow. It will be the same amount holes as today, but probably will take much longer.

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