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There were 4 courses there not just the 2 listed in my 2008 guide, so I made it a day-trip and played all 4 by 1:00pm in cold rain. Soaked to my knees by the end and with no pictures, but dry feet.

I now intend to be home by December 15th, whatever the count.

Rocky Mount, NC- Rocky Mount Sports Complex:Well designed and laid out, about 2/3 short and tight but fair and varied, 1/3 longer and open. Several significant water hazards- #2 on an 'island' surrounded by 2 creeks and a pond, another shot over the pond to a high basket on a hill with water also behind, and a 280'ish shot over the pond edge. Sidearm is needed. Brand new only 2 months old but well cleared to play. Has #'ed bricks at the rubber tees, two per hole. Gets soggy in hard rain- 1/3 of all the land was under at least 1" of water, sometimes 6" right in the fairways. I'd have to skip it in summer for obvious green reasons sadly. Hard to find, park has no sign out front and not in GPS because even the park is new.

Rocky Mount, NC- Sunset:Built on an old neighborhood that was wiped out by a hurricane and turned into a park. No signs of foundations but it crosses old roads and clearly used to be developed. Now, cars blast through at 55+ in the 25mph zone so look both ways. Entirely flat. One small creek hazard, and roads semi in play. A few longer holes almost nothing out of reach and a few very short. Some blind shots over bushes with no horizontal fairway. Tall pines and magnolias, some edges of forest. Navigable but could use some more markings, especially #15 which is across the road from #14 but #16's tee is right there, so it's all too easy to miss that hole entirely. Well mowed, dirt tees were sometimes underwater in today's rain. Distances sometimes off by 100 feet don't trust them.

Rocky Mount, NC- Englewood:Well marked, cement tees. Front 9 through tightly packed pines, often too tight as in the case of #3 which is too narrow and a couple others that are tough to get a shot down at all. Small clean shallow creek winds throughout. Back 9 more open and with a few driver holes. Winds around a couple of fences. Take the best half of this + the best half of Farmington (a mile away) and you'd have one good course.

Tomorrow: Zebulon, Raleigh

Rocky Mount, NC- Farmington:Begins in the woods with a few short tosses, a bit overgrown on a few holes. Then crosses a street to some longer more open but challenging holes, with a creek. Flat. Well marked- but some signs wrong and more next tee signs needed. #9 is a complete waste of a hole, a turnover with no shot into the woods it's just a luck shot or lay-up and take a 3 on a reachable hole. One 500' hole over 2 rows of bushes. Well maintained, minimal rough. Located down the street from Englewood.

All these course have pretty bad directions, the Farmington course's directions tell you how to get there from Englewood only, and Englewood has no directions at all but for 'behind the zip mart' and an intersection. Sunset was like that too. Why do people do that it doesn't make sense. If I lived in Rocky Mount I'd be able to find the park, write the directions for someone not coming from 'zip mart' whatever that is.

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