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University - Rock Hill, South Carolina
There are several layouts at Winthrop, all of which are extremely enjoyable to play. The Gold Course is considered by many to be the premier venue for championship play. It seems to have been designed perfectly for spectators and is the closest thing we have to a stadium course.
Lush fairways and greens, wind, water, the works. Winthrop is mostly open but there are just enough trees to tighten you up in a close match. Bring several extra drivers if you are going to spend the day because even in calm conditions you'll likely sink a few in the drink while gunning for pins.
To get there, take I-77 to Exit 82-B onto Cherry Road, follow 2.6 miles and take a left onto Richmond Ave., cross over Eden Terrace Rd. and into the Winthrop Coliseum parking area, follow signs into the Lake area
Park - Charlotte, North Carolina
The finishing holes at Renaissance are as awesome as they come. Both #17 and #18 are incredible par 4's that can ruin a round before you know it. This course never gives you an opportunity to relax. From the first tee it's game on, so give yourself plenty of time to psyche up before a round. Even on a good day you might just get kicked around.
To get there, take I-77 to the Tyvola Road exit and go west, the park is about 3 miles on the right and is located in the Jeff Adams Tennis Center, follow park road past tennis courts and look for signs
Mirada Park - La Mirada, California
To get there, take I-5 to Beach Blvd.(Route 39) and follow north to Rosecrans Dr. and turn left, follow Rosecrans to Adella Rd. and turn right, follow signs into park, course begins near the tennis courts
Creek State Park - Gaithersburg, Maryland
Seneca Creek is mostly wooded and very tight in some spots. The course will beg you to go for the "big" shot in places and then will often slap you in the face and laugh. It has no mercy, especially in the longest layout. There are plenty of opportunities for rolling of all kinds, and some holes must be rolled to even get a look at birdie.
If there is a knock on this course it would be that several of the holes look and even play very much alike. This should not however, deter you from going. It is a fabulous place to play and the locals there will treat you right.
To get there, take I-270 north from D.C., take Exit 11 onto Route 117 and go approximately 2 miles, the park will be on your left
Park - Santa Cruz, California
If you traveled to DeLaveaga and only got to play Hole #27, aka "Top of the World", you would leave with a feeling of euphoria. Many disc golfers have traveled just to see this famous hole and none have been let down.
To get there, take Hwy. 1 to the Morrissey exit, head north to Branciforte Ave. then turn right towards the DeLaveaga Golf Course (ball golf course), there are plenty of signs to guide you once your closeHornet's Nest Park - Charlotte, North Carolina
Ken Climo once described Hornet's Nest as having a Jeckyl and Hyde personality, referring to the different look you get upon entering the back nine. On the front side you will find nicely mowed fairways and plenty of room to air it out. Especially on Hole #8, a long par 4 that is one of the prettier holes you'll find.
But you need to get your strokes where you can on the front because once you step to the tee of Hole #10 you will quickly sense that things are about to change. And they do. It's tight all the way home. Real tight. Fair, but tight. If you don't bring your game face and some patience, you may just blow right on up.
Hornet's Nest is a great course to challenge all aspects of your game. It has it all and is one of the better places to train if you are a regular competitor on tour. One of the other features of this park is one of the southeast's more successful BMX tracks. So if your game is nowhere to be found, hanging out with the kids at the track can certainly adjust your perspective.
To get there, take
I-77 to Exit 16 B, then west on Sunset Rd., turn right onto Beatties Ford
Rd. which is within a half mile of I-77, the park will be on the left
approximately 3 miles, follow park road to the back near tennis courts