This is what is wrong with this country: Wal-Mart employee killed by stampede of shoppers. Not only are they shopping at Wal-Mart, but most probably can't afford and shouldn't be stocking up on crap they don't need (to give away) in this terrible economy. What kind of person breaks down doors to get to a sale and then proceeds to kill someone? Sickening.
Ran into Stan again last round towards the end of the round, got some cool local stickers!
Tomorrow: Fox Chase in Albemarle NC around 10 am-ish, then probably Buckhorn just outside of Raliegh, NC.
I went to a new park (not in the guide) only to find the gate was locked- I can see the baskets, the park sign says it's supposed to be open, but there's nowhere to park and big signs warning of trespassing. Major frustration.
Charlotte, NC- Kilborne:Very old wooded course. Short with a few chances to throw a long woods drive. Many signs broken or inaccurate but you can find your way around and map is there. Well maintained and well used. Mix of tight tunnels and semi-open woods holes. Apparently there are 2 baskets on most holes, and some alt. tees- so it's like 2 layouts but there's no sign describing what that was all about and it wasn't shown on the map. Those extra baskets are usually just placed 50-100' farther and down a tighter alley, like adding an upshot to each hole.
Charlotte, NC- Reedy Creek:This course was packed, hilly and wooded, nothing open. Short but again with alt. extra baskets and tees but this course has good signs and both layouts have their own name. I guess in Charlotte the thing to do is add extra baskets to holes like the Monster course championship layout back home. Very tight and tricky, not rough though. Well maintained and worn out- once my woulda been perfect skip shot got wedged in an exposed root instead of skipping- some fairways worn down about 5" of dirt from years of foot traffic, beware of stumps.
Concord, NC- Dorton:Plays along a jogging path in a city park- hard to find the first tee (directions say 'back of park' but it's left and then back, not straight back, kinda a big difference. I picked the right path first though. 3-4 tiny ace runs that you gotta be careful not to overshoot by 100's of feet. One 400' turnover. A few tight shots (#9 seems overgrown), mostly open. Entirely flat, a creek in the woods in play off a really really bad kick maybe. Well marked, cement tees. Was busy with at least 3 families playing together so it serves a good purpose.
Charlotte, NC- Sugaw Creek:More tightly wooded holes, with a couple open. Nothing long by my standards. One layout. Well marked, clean and maintained and even more popular. Leans toward lefty/power sidearm throwers as there are maybe 2 RHBH hyzers and the rest are straight or favor a sidearm/lefty backhand. No need for an overstable midrange for me here. 2 raised baskets. Some narrow tunnels and some doglegs.
Charlotte has a lot of good course, but if I lived here I'd always be at either Renny or the Nest, as you can get all your shots there and they are just levels beyond anything else around for an experienced player!