Now I begin heading towards home instead of away on a daily basis, and may be there in a week. Tomorrow is Durham area, still making plans.
Thanks to Mike Inscho for meeting me at Middle Creek.
Zebulon, NC- Zebulon:A more typical park course, with a few 600' holes to raise the bar. Begins and ends with a creek across the fairway. A 600' downhill tunnel in the woods and another 600' more open along a fence and some tall grass patches between the woods. A few wide-open holes, about half tightly wooded tunnels and gentle turns. Well marked with 'new'? tee signs, without them it'd be a nightmare due to the non-conformist course layout. Cement pads. Well kept and can play pretty tough in 35 mph winds.
Raleigh, NC- Cedar Hills Rotary:Old and tightly wooded. Worn old tees, many signs broken or missing but I figured it out. Hilly. Could use a re-design to modernize it, some overgrown shots and some poke and pray. One shot over a pond in the woods. A couple of open holes but very wooded overall. Straight shot city on the back nine.
Raleigh, NC- Kentwood:Very short city park, some hills, mix of open and tight. Many rocky fairways and a small creek. A few tight holes through old pines. Elevation play a key factor. Not well marked- has markers but the first tee is hidden in plain sight and the layout is very odd, several crossing fairways and a double-loop system. Well maintained, very active, about 30+ people came through in one hour. Worn out tee pads raised high and with holes, hazardous. Map is available online.
Cary, NC- Middle Creek:Brand new course still has tape on the baskets, but already has tee posts, some mulched putting greens. In a rich neighborhood park, a busy road runs throughout making it easy to hit a car. Some open and some tightly wooded, with a few large hills, 2 of them with baskets on top. Features the most elaborate staircase to get down to a hole on a course ever. A few straight tunnels, a few sharp doglegs and a few trick shots. Better than the old courses in town but I'd still alter a few holes- it unnecessarily crosses fairways twice. Will become popular, there were kids heading out as it got pitch black and they weren't stopping. Tee pads next year will be a big help. Short, but several chances to use a driver and all reachable. Well maintained and cleared out.