It's the toughest course I've ever played. Met Stan McDaniel around noon to play, also with Sam. By the end of the round, there were at least 7 of us, including Alan Beaver.
Today was my first round in North Carolina.
Charlotte, NC- 521 District (Elon): I just learned it's been named Elon now, and those guys and many more are playing a bag tag challenge out there right now, so I definitely picked the wrong course to start the day off with, and after Renny didn't want to play another 18 holes. Brand new and still being worked on, it's been cleared well enough to throw cleanly, and the tees and marked and there were maps in a box and online. Ample parking, practice basket. Tightly wooded in not so rough old forest, thick leaf cover. Some small hills, one basket near a pond which I didn't see as ever really coming into play until Stan said he lost a Roc in it, only comes into play off a massive tree kick or a shank. Dirt tees to become cement next year. Dual tees, I took one look at the longs and stuck with the shorts since I just don't have that finesse. Very short- no need for a driver and most can be thrown with a putter. A few holes have a left and a right fairway. Fairly straightforward, fun, good for practice.
Charlotte, NC- Cameron Yards:Never seen anything like it before. It's just 3 baskets in a tiny park in a private housing development. 9 tees, well marked with 2 maps to view throughout and bricks marking tees. One basket up on large steep hill and 2 down by lake/creek. Throws across and over a fence, football goal, some trees. It beats having no basket to throw at if you live there, not a destination and can't be used for an event obviously.
Charlotte, NC- Renaissance Gold:Pictures do more than words, and they've been uploaded. Toughest course ever, which is a good thing. It's about time there is a course like this, and I've been waiting for one. Makes Toboggan feel like Brighton High School. There's just no comparison to anything else. It is par-70 and it takes serious skills to beat that (18 holes). I shot 72, beating Stan and Sam. I missed more than a few short putts and flubbed 2 upshots on the last hole OB, but I felt good about the score first time and blind. Might do worse or better next time, it's up in the air. Began the round with 'one of the best 10 drives I've ever seen' -Stan McDaniel on #1. Finished with a double-circle 7 on the sadistic 18th hole which has an island green on the edge of a small cliff and all sorts of OB lines around, taking 2 massive drives just to get there. Cement tees, signs, map online and probably needed to find your way easily, but it seems to always be packed. I got there and was the only one there, and hour later there were 20+ cars as it warmed up. Features a 1,100'ish flat field hole with some trees and rough on the edges, followed by a 600' hole followed by a tighter but open fairway 940' hole slightly uphill with the basket surrounded by thick cedars. Baskets cemented in giant rocks, a creek, a lookout post to spot a blind green (15' raised wooden deck to climb up to by the tee pad), a Stan-made wall to prevent rolls into a creek, chain link fences in the woods and more. Big and small hills. Tight woods holes and wide open shots. Takes everything you can throw at it and more, because every player will have to scramble to save par several times.
Tomorrow: Something in Charlotte followed by Hornet's Nest w/ Stan around noon again. Another par-70!