I'm on my way home- effectively done with the tour! I just can't go on, too worn down and not willing to play any more for awhile, I decided I've done enough and should just head home now a week or two sooner. That money will be better spent on AC condenser or a new laptop (this one's screen is dying).
Course count= 1,053
Several more to come, including a few new ones back home.
I am going to drive 350 miles to my grandma's house halfway home from far southern Virginia right now. Then head home the next day.
It's over and I'm glad to be done!
Durham, NC- Valley Springs:The kind of course I can't stand and don't want to play but a fairly decent one. Several crazy holes just too unforgiving, no good route unless you've played it a dozen times, must stay straight the whole way often, no good place to land except off a great drive. Extremely tight, unforgiving and narrow tunnels with no room to manuever. Hilly, all wooded. 3 sets of cement tees, color coded, some dual baskets to make a bunch of layouts without the nice signs it'd be a nightmare. Well maintained. Goodbye Champ Monarch..
Chapel Hill, NC- Carolina:Mix of tight woods and open rolling hilly shots in scenic landscape owned by the university. It has signs, but some long unmarked walks- I'd download map (which is not current as #1-3 are no longer the same) expecially if you have to park by #8 before 5:00pm on weekdays. One basket seemed to have no explanation. New holes #3 is over a pond, it should be combined with #4's basket to make a sick 700' downhill shot over water in a valley...Several 400-500' semi open drives. A couple very short straight narrow wooded holes. Tournament level. The best part- a Blue Heron let me walk up to less than 10 feet from it and take pictures.
Burlington, NC- Cedarock:One of two in this park. The mostly open longer companion to the shorter wooded course. Features up to 4 cement pads per hole, color coded and marked with #'s, multiple pin positions and a much needed map online. Still have to walk up often to find the basket due to blind hills and not knowing where it is because no sign showing fairway or length. Features a manicured lawn, cedar trees, small creek, boulders jutting out of the ground, and more than a few 500-700' bomber holes. Old baskets.
Burlington, NC- Wellspring:Old and short, tightly wooded with hills. Many holes blocked, crowded in by saplings making for some very pole and pray type shots, but still manages to be fun as it plays clean and quick. Tests sidearm prowess. I ran through in less than 25 minutes and there's no tee signs- yet easier to follow than the other course. 3rd parking lot down on the left, not the 2nd as it states in directions. Has one 500' downhill open hole along a pond, very atypical for this course since everything else is short and wooded.