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Review of UNC DGC

As expected, Saturday brought rains and moderate to heavy winds to North Carolina. However, needless to say, rain and wind have never stopped me from the urge to go Disc Golfing. So yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit and play the University of Chapel Hill’s Disc Golf Course in Chapel Hill, NC.

This review marks the 10th and final local Disc Golf Course review, which will now allow me to venture outside of the “Triangle Area” to other courses in cities such as Fayetteville, Charlotte, Asheville, and more!

Weather conditions were approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit, cloudy, and with moderate winds (before the storm); after which it became rainy and very wet. It had been raining for two days prior to this visit, so the course was soaked to its maximum capacity.

Course Established: 1997
Holes: 18
Course Par: Par 3 on All Holes (54)
Tee Type: Concrete (Multiple Tees)
Hole Type: DISCatcher
Course Length: 5081 – 5236 ft.

The University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Disc Golf Course is definitely built upon the reminence of a former ball golf course. I couldn’t tell you what the former course was called, but when playing Holes #13-15, you can definitely tell the origins of this course.

UNC DGC is a smorgasbord of everything that could ever challenge an avid Disc Golfer. The first nine holes feature moderate to heavily wooded valley shots, water hazards in the form of a respectable sized pond and creeks, tight wooded shots, blind shots over hills and through valleys, and even some open fielded holes.

According to the official UNC DGC scorecard that I recently received, “All Holes Are Par 3.” However, especially on the back nine, there are several legitimate Par 4 holes (Holes 13-15). The back nine features three of the most beautifully crafted open-field valley shots in the Triangle, ranging from 350-467 ft in distance; a challenge for any long distance thrower.

While on paper, the course should be my favorite course in the Triangle, however, I feel that it just doesn’t meet what I would personally expect from a course maintained by UNC. The first nine holes are littered with debris from previous course construction and storms. Signage is available at almost every hole, while some signage having been obviously vandalized.

There are only restroom facilities near the parking lot and tennis courts, where you first came into the course, and the course takes you quite far away from those facilities, so please keep that in mind. For those who require rest areas (benches) along the way, there are what looks to be brand new wooden benches at almost every tee, so rest assured on that.

Unfortunately, the baskets are completely mis-numbered, which leads to massive confusion on the course. We played between two groups of new players to the course, which is a good sign that the UNC DGC is getting new found attention, however, neither the group ahead, nor the group behind us had a map, so we ended up leading both groups. I had printed out a map of the course, but was amazed at how easily lost we became while playing the course, mostly due to mis-numbered baskets.

The best way to play this course is to print out a map, completely ignore the numbers of the baskets, and follow the navigation tips outlined below.

Navigation Tips for the UNC DGC

We used Google Maps to give us instructions, and going down 15-501 from I-40 is not the best option. I of course did not pay close enough attention to the overall area, so I should have gone down Hwy 54 West from I-40 (toward Chapel Hill, NC), turned LEFT onto Country Club Rd, and made a RIGHT turn into the Outdoor Education Center.

  • The parking lot is at the top of a hill that looks down upon a steep drive/pathway, with tennis courts to your right. Please use caution, as the driveway and even the steps are angled downward and may be are quite steep for some.
  • Tee #1 is on the left at the bottom of the steep hill, opposite the rock climbing wall.
  • The course is laid out hole after hole while following trails that encircle the entire Outdoor Center (Park).
  • From what I was able to tell some holes have multiple tees, while others do not. Some tees are the usual rectangular concrete tees, while others are trapezoid shaped concrete tees. There’s signage indicating the hole design and distance at almost all of the tees.
  • Hole #2′s tee is located to the left of the pond on the pathway, so you’ll have to back-track a little bit. It is a blind shot and the basket is on the other side, slightly to the left.
  • Hole #3 goes directly over the pond.
  • Hole #4 is an open field which after and during rain (even light rain), becomes extremely muddy and treacherous to get through. There’s a creek to the left side, surrounded by semi-dense brush and bushes, avoid it. It also appears that people have been “mudding” in this field, even after UNC has tried to grow new grass, hence the light straw coverage.
  • After Hole #5, you’ll see two paths to the right of the basket. DO NOT take the path on the right, which goes over a small wooden pedestrian walking bridge. Take the path on the LEFT which goes down a few meters and goes under a stone bridge. If you see a chain that looks like it’s blocking the path under the bridge, ignore it. When you arrive on the other side of the bridge, you’ll see that there is a small opening for pedestrians to pass through this chain fence. You’ll immediately see Tee #6 straight ahead.
  • After Hole #6, head behind the basket to the LEFT, and up over the ROCKY pathway that curves uphill and to the left to Tee #7.
  • After Hole #10, DO NOT follow the path with the fence. Back-track and head back toward Tee #10, and you’ll see Tee #11 on the RIGHT.
  • Take CAUTION on Hole #12, as a stray disc too far left will go very far down hill and into the baseball field. There have been reports of the field being locked periodically.
  • After Hole #15, you’ll go down a path behind the basket and downhill. Your natural reaction will be to follow the path toward the Ropes/Challenge Course, DO NOT do this! You’ll see a broken asphalt path on your RIGHT that goes back up hill toward Tee #15. Follow this path 1/2 way up the hill, and you’ll see a VERY SMALL path on your LEFT. This path will take you to Tees #16 & #17.
  • Hole #18′s Tee is located next to the Ropes/Challenge Course. Please take CAUTION, as the gate is ALWAYS locked, and a stray disc to the RIGHT would land your disc in a “No Trespassing” area, and the fence is quite high, and VERY difficult to climb… ;)

In summary, I enjoyed playing at UNC’s DGC. However, while I find the challenges to be quite varied and spread out throughout the course, I also feel as if the course itself still needs improvement. The current state of the course, leaves much to be desired in terms of SAFETY, NAVIGATION, DESIGN, and cleanliness.

With so much debris on the course during the first few holes, the course can be quite treacherous compared to other courses such as Buckhorn, Cedar Hills, or Valley Springs. Navigation is impaired due to vandalized signage, missing signage, and mis-numbered baskets throughout the entire course. The design is slightly flawed in that quite a few of the baskets require a player to backtrack to find the next tee, and without proper signage, can be extremely difficult to accomplish.

In regards to cleanliness, UNC has provided plenty of “Carolina Blue” themed trash receptacles, and yet some of the players that frequent this course choose to ignore the luxury of trash receptacles. This of course is in no way a fault of UNC, but does reflect upon the caliber of a small group of players at this course.

Overall Rating: 8.25/10.0

Difficulty: 8.5
Scenic Beauty: 8.0
Thrower Traffic: 6.0
Easy to Navigate: 4.5
Terrain: 9.0
Hazards: 7.5
Fairways: 7.0
Tees: 8.0


  • Detailed Color Signage Available at most Tees.
  • Almost every type of challenge available.
  • Light to Moderate woodland fairways.
  • Light to Extreme Valleys & Hills.
  • Multiple Tees on Select Holes.
  • Maintained Concrete Tees
  • Nice scenery, a former Ball Golf Course.
  • Water Hazards (Pond & Creeks)
  • GREAT use of all Terrain Elevation Types.
  • Brand new Benches at almost every Tee.


  • EXTREMELY muddy even after light rain.
  • Heavy traffic on the course during peak season.
  • Missing Signage on a few Tees.
  • Mis-Numbered Baskets throughout the Course.
  • Certain Holes have fenced & locked O.B. Areas.
  • No General Info/Map of the course at Tee #1.

* Reviewed By James Wong, Last Played On: 3/
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Review of Cedar Hills Rotary Park DGC

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After loosing my Innova Champion Boss at Southern Community DGC a few weeks back, I finally received my new Innova Star Boss distance drivers from! Besides the new “workhorse” discs, I’ve also been waiting for nicer weather here in central North Carolina.

Last Saturday, I finally got as chance to visit the Cedar Hills Rotary Park Disc Golf Course (Cedar Hills DGC) in Raleigh, NC this past Saturday afternoon, right before we left for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Weather conditions were approximately 68 degrees Fahrenheit, sunny, and with calm winds.

Course Established: 1984
Holes: 18
Course Par: 62 Pro /54 Par
Tee Type: Concrete (Multiple Tees)
Hole Type: DISCatcher
Course Length: 4818-5123

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The light to moderate wooded landscape provided plenty of shade to play in, but allowed enough light to penetrate the course for perfectly lighted play. The scenery is typical for this type of course, and the elevation changes create a perfect balance to the course, ranging from open flats, to uphill/downhill shots, a few blind fairways, to tight corridor channels.

As with many Disc Golf Courses, Cedar Hills DGC is built into an existing City Park, and nestled in between quiet and serene neighborhoods. Please use caution when playing the course, as some of the fairways parallel baseball and playground areas. On busy days, especially on the weekends, if may become quite dangerous for little kids at the park.

Navigation Tips for Cedar Hills DGC

When you first arrive at Cedar Hills DGC, you’ll be coming down Sweetbrier Drive from Millbrook Road. Ignore the brown informational sign that tells you to turn left to get to Cedar Hills Park, and just keep driving down Sweetbrier until it dead ends into the parking lot.

  • Tee #1 is on the right of the parking lot, nearest the roofed information sign down toward the playground area.
  • The course is laid out much like Buckhorn DGC in New Hill, NC. So you’ll be playing hole after hole while going down a long trail that encircles the entire park.
  • From what I was able to tell some holes have multiple tees, while others do not. The regular tees are marked with concrete “sun ray” panels (usually used to surround and protect tree roots at local shopping centers and malls). The Pro Tees are indicated by “traditional” concrete tee pads.
  • Signage is mixed, as it seems that over the years the signs have been weathered down, damaged, vandalized, or completely omitted (theft?).
  • Hole #11 – Head across the parking lot to the far left corner of the baseball field to find the Tee for Hole #12.
  • After Hole #18, follow the path to the left toward the kids playground to find the parking lot that you parked in.

Overall, I think that the Cedar Hills Disc Golf Course, locally, is second only to Buckhorn DGC in terms of difficulty, challenge, and elevation utilization. The terrain is well mixed, but with only one water hazard, similar to Hole #17 at Buckhorn DGC. Therefore, the scenery is much more like Cornwallis DGC or Valley Springs DGC in Durham, NC.

There are currently only benches on select tees on the course, and if you are a player which requires plenty of resting areas along the course, this would not be your ideal DGC. You’ll also want to bring comfortable shoes that will support your feet on rough terrain, as part of the course require going up and down fairly graded hills.

This is a good beginner to intermediate course, which features a nice mash-up of various challenges. Water hazards and heavy brush and thick thorn bushes provide hazards on select holes. The wide open holes are great for those looking to fully utilize their power drives, while the elevation changes and tight fairways on certain holes will challenge the Technical players.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10.0

Difficulty: 8.0
Scenic Beauty: 7.5
Thrower Traffic: 6.0
Easy to Navigate: 5.0
Terrain: 8.0
Hazards: 6.0
Fairways: 8.5
Tees: 9.0

- Different types of challenges on every hole.
- Maintained pathways, fairways, and baskets.
- Perfect mixture of woodlands, hills, and valleys.
- Multiple Tees on some holes (I didn’t find all of them)
- Maintained Concrete Tees
- Nice scenery, great for families that love DG.


- Can be muddy even after light rain.
- Weekends can produce heavy traffic on the course.
- Mixed Condition Signage
- Not all tees have available benches
- Caution: Some baskets are parallel to kids play areas.

* Reviewed By James Wong, Last Played On: 3/
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Review of Middle Creek DGC

Middle Creek DGC (Cary, NC) is part of a well maintained 105 acre park owned and operated by the Town of Cary.

The course is located at Middle Creek High School, which is located just off Ten-Ten Road and West Lake Road.

I have driven by Middle Creek High School quite a few times, but never realized that there was a park behind the school.

The location is quite serene, with various lakes and creeks that flow through the landscape.

Course Established: 2008
Holes: 18 holes
Course Par: 58
Tee Type: Natural (Dirt/Mulch)
Hole Type: DISCatcher
Course Length: 4764 ft.

Middle Creek Park is a beautiful town park which boasts (4) lighted baseball/softball fields, (2) lighted multi-purpose fields, (8) lighted tennis courts, (2) Basketball Courts, a Paved Greenway trail around the fields, a Play area with adjacent open lawn area, a Picnic Shelter, Restrooms, and an 18 Hole Disc Golf Course.

The Town of Cary maximized the quality of the Middle Creek DGC, by using elevation and natural scenery to it’s advantage. Though not the best course in the area, Middle Creek does contain a good mixture of wide open fairway shots, to elevated tees, to tight woodland fairways, and variety of challenges for players of all abilities, especially for beginner to intermediate players.

Some notable challenges include wide open shots along the main roads, as well as some in the woods. There are shots that require shooting over a valley downhill, as well as uphill. There’s even a blind shot that cuts downhill and 90 degrees to the left, which I amazingly made par on.

My main complaint about this course is in regards to signage. The following are navigational tips for navigating the course, at least until they install adequate signage on the course.

  1. When I first arrived and parked in the parking lot by Hole #18, I had a hard time figuring out which way to get to Tee #1. You need to walk back across the street to the left, in order to find Tee #1.

  2. After Hole #5, head across the street to get to Tee Marker #6.
  3. After Hole #6, cross the street to the left of the “Caution Flying Discs” sign to find Tee #7.
  4. After Hole #8, walk down the street, and take the sidewalk to the left, and you’ll see the dirt path on the left.
  5. After Hole #9, follow the sidewalk to the left, headed toward the playground to Tee #10.
  6. Hole #15 is a semi-blind shot. The basket is down the steps and to the left about 40 ft.

Overall Rating:

Difficulty: 7.0
Scenic Beauty: 7.0
Thrower Traffic: 5.0
Easy to Navigate: 4.0
Terrain: 7.5
Hazards: 4.0
Fairways: 8.5
Tees: 9.5

- Different types of challenges on every hole.
- Maintained pathways, fairways, and baskets.
- Perfect mixture of woodlands, hills, and valleys.
- Plenty of restrooms at the Park.
- Multiple Tees on some holes (I didn’t see all of them)

- Quite muddy even after light rain.
- Weekends can produce heavy traffic on the course.
- Non-uniform Dirt & Mulch Tees.
- No signage indicating direction of next tee.
- No benches like most established courses.
- Requires quite a bit of travel between holes.
- Caution: Some baskets are parallel to public roads.
- No Numbers on all Baskets.

* Reviewed By James Wong, Last Played On: 3/
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Review of Buckhorn DGC

Buckhorn DGC (New Hill, NC) is indeed one of the most well kept, serene, and challenging courses in the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina).

The course is located at the Harris Lake County Park – land donated by the Sharon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, so it’s an interesting paradox considering it’s so beautiful and serene, and yet it is overshadowed by the Nuclear Power Plant.

I have played at Buckhorn DGC numerous times, and I never get tired of the unique challenges that Buckhorn provides.

Course Established: 2001
Holes: 18 holes
Course Par: 58
Tee Type: Concrete
Hole Type: DISCatcher
Course Length: 5748 ft.

In my opinion, Buckhorn is like no other course in the area. The terrain is mostly flat, with a few baskets on hilly/rocky areas, but some of the most challenging holes involve some serious water hazards, especially when playing the Pro-Tees. The course designers have truly utilized the Lake and the area ponds to their fullest potential, and thus offer players with unique and challenging holes found nowhere else in the Triangle.

There are benches located at almost every concrete tee, which is nice for those that need a place to rest. The course is extremely easy to navigate, and there is plenty of signage to guide players along.

Buckhorn is a good mixture of heavily wooded, semi-wooded, and open area fairways, but is mostly wooded. The course efficiently utilizes elevation changes. This may be a little too challenging as a beginner’s course, but is perfect for intermediate to advanced players looking for a challenge.

Overall Rating: 9.0/10.0
Difficulty: 8.0
Easy to Navigate: 7.0
Terrain: 8.5
Hazards: 7.0
Thrower Traffic: 6.0

- There are different types of challenges on every hole.
- Challenging water hazards on select holes.
- Clearly defined markers and signage.
- Well maintained concrete concrete tees.
- Maintained grounds, pathways, fairways, and baskets.
- Perfect mixture of woodlands, hills, valleys, and lake views.

- Course can be quite muddy after heavy rains.
- Weekends can produce heavy traffic on the course.
- Caution on hole #17; that pond is an infamous Disc-Eater!
- Dogs are allowed at the park, so your discs may run off…

* Reviewed By James Wong, Last Played On: 12/
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Review of Southern Village DGC

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While purchasing the Innova Star TeeRex and Star Max distance drivers from Play-It-Again Sports in Durham, NC – I had the opportunity of speaking with their resident Disc Golf enthusiast, Damien. He mentioned that there were a few new courses in the Triangle area that just opened up this year. After going to and, I realized that Southern Village is a brand new course that opened up just a few weeks ago.

I visited the Southern Village Disc Golf Course in Chapel Hill, NC yesterday afternoon, right after I got off work (Thank you Daylight Savings Time!) . Weather conditions were approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit, sunny, and with calm wind conditions.

Course Established: 2009
Holes: 18 Par 3 holes
Course Par: 54
Tee Type: Unfinished/Undetermined
Hole Type: DISCatcher
Course Length: Unknown

It is important to note that the Southern Village DGC has not officially been completed. The baskets have been installed, but the tee pads and fairways have yet to be fully completed. In fact, the tees are marked only by a rectangular patch of open dirt, and two small orange marker flags. This review will be extremely detailed, only because there is no signage, no maps, and there are various paths that run through the course. I spend much of my time yesterday lost on the course. My hope, is that this review will help you navigate this unfinished course…

Please use caution, as the heavy leaf coverage, downed trees, and cleared trees have been left as is, and this makes this course quite dangerous for those whom don’t pay attention to where they are going. I personally finished this course with a injured ankle, a bloody wrist, and the frustration of not knowing where the next tee was… Please play this course with caution!

When you first arrive at Southern Village, you’ll be turning into Dogwood Acres Road from 15-501. You’ll want to park in the parking lot on your immediate RIGHT, otherwise the road continues into a neighborhood, and you’ll no longer be in the park.

  • Tee #1 is to the left toward the dog park, and you’ll see the first basket just inside of the wooded area to the right of the furthest part of the dog park. Again, remember that the tees are simple dirt patches with two small orange construction marker flags.
  • After hole #6, follow the path to the left of the “Oak Datum” an indention of Earth surrounded by cut wood logs, arranged in a circular pattern.
  • Hole #7 is heavily wooded, and only allows for a 6′ wide window of a fairway, with a sharp drop off to the right. After Hole #7, the path hits an abrupt T-intersection, you’ll want to go right.
  • Hole #9 is the only open field hole on the entire course, and is right near the parking lot, opposite of where Tee #1 is located. After you finish Hole #9, you’ll need to follow the sidewalk path across Dogwood Acres Road. Follow the sidewalk to the left, and look for a dirt path on the right for Tee #10.
  • After Hole #13, don’t cross the street. Stay on the path to the right to find the next Tee.
  • After Hole #15, follow the path to the right.
  • After Hole #16, the path hits a fork and you’ll need to go right at the fork.
  • After Hole #17, follow the path behind the basket to the right which parallels the bottom of the tennis courts to find the Tee for Hole #18.

Overall, I think that the Southern Villahe Disc Golf Course has the potential to be Chapel Hill’s version of Buckhorn DGC (New Hill, NC). The terrain is well mixed, but with no water hazards like Buckhorn DGC has. Therefore, the scenery is much more like Cornwallis DGC in Durham, NC or Kentwood DGC in Raleigh, NC – just on much more land, and segmented.

There are currently no benches on the course, I would assume they simply haven’t been purchased yet. This makes sense, as the fairways have barely been outlined by the cutting of trees, but not the removal of them.

I would definitelty not classify this course as a beginner’s course, regardless of what state the course is in. The heavy woods will have a tendency to eat up discs, while the heavy leaf coverage will also conceal your discs, so keep a keen eye on them. You’ll also want to bring comfortable shoes that will support your feet on rough terrain, as part of the course require going up and down fairly graded hills.

Overall Rating: 5.50/10
Difficulty: 6
Easy to Navigate: 2
Terrain: 5
Hazards: 2
Thrower Traffic: N/A

- Park features plenty of amenities (Tennis, Fields, Dog Park, etc…)
- Extra long holes on the back nine.


- Unfinished Course
- Heavily Wooded Course
- No Signage (as of currently)
- No Benches (as of currently)
- Difficult to find markers/tees.
- Too many paths which don’t always lead to the next tee.
- Tees have not been poured (assuming they plan to have concrete tees)

*Reviewed By James Wong, Course Played On: 3/