4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course is situated in a nice park in a small town off of I-10. the population of Gonzales is only ~7,000 so the course seems for the most part empty and un-used.
-There are nice long concrete pads with grooves in them to help with traction. the Discatcher baskets are remarkably clean; they have no graffiti on them like you see on most discatchers on other courses.
-The park had an open feel but there were trees strategically placed that made it tough to get to a few baskets.
-Standing on the tee pad for #16 looking down the hill was very beautiful. The designer of the course really utilized the elevation of the park well.
-Navigation of the course was easy. You can see the next tee pad from the previous basket. The signs are all very nice at each tee pad.
Cons: -The location of the course is pretty poor. Off of I-10, Gonzales is still 15 miles down the road. This is probably one of the more unknown nicer courses in Texas due to it's location.
-A few of the holes seemed repetitive. The longer holes were very nice but it is hard to really pick out a "signature" shorter hole.
-The walk from 9 to 10 is sort of long but the bridge that you have to walk across is pretty cool and unique.
Other Thoughts: If you are a player that likes ace runs at every hole, this is not the course for you. Most of the baskets are surrounded by trees making aces hard to come by.
If you are going down I-10 and have a few hours to burn to stretch your legs, this is the course to do it at. It is a bit of a shame that no one really is in a good proximity to the course but I suppose it makes the trip that more exciting.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great challenging course with lots of trees, long par 5's, varying elevations. This course is relatively unknown. I play weekly and rarely see another player on the course.
Cons: Recently the upkeep has been bad. The grass is knee high in spots and several of the trees need to be trimmed as they are dragging on the ground. I have only seen it mowed once in the past 2 months. Very unfortunate because it is really a great course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You park along a street and play 1-9 on the west side of the park and then you play 10-18 on the east side of the park. This is nice because you can stop by your vehicle at the halfway point or just play a quick nine holes anytime you want.
The John Houck design means that every hole has at least one tree that is right in the line you need to throw to get to the basket. It seems fairly open but there are just enough trees to force many different types of shots while some holes let you choose a few different routes to the pin.
There are some monstrously huge live oak trees on this course. Hole 1 has one such tree with a canopy that touches the ground and the basket is on the other side of the tree. There is one small tunnel through the canopy for you to go through.
The variety of distances and pars is good with holes from 178' - 894', two par 5's, two par 4's.
Hole #16 is pretty epic. It is the longest hole on the course and has a great elevation drop so you can really air it out. The rest of the course is pretty flat except for a few uphill holes.
The concrete teepads are rougher than than any I've ever seen which came in handy because it rained the day I played.
The signs are very descriptive with hole #, distance, par, and line to the hole map.
Cons: There are some long walks between holes that really add to the already long course. After hole 9 you have to go over the historical bridge to get to hole 10.
There is a historical bridge on the property and there may be tourists parked around the course looking at the bridge. There is definitely some potenial for people or their vehicles to get hit by stray discs. This is also the area where afterschool teens like to hang out and may be parked in the fairways.
Other Thoughts: I played this course in the winter after a year long drought. I think it will be much prettier in the spring when the trees have their leaves and the grass is green and hopefully we get some rain. I will come back and take pictures then.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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