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Great course on the outskirts of town
Pros: Organization. I really liked that there are 9 holes on one side, 9 holes on the other. Not hard to navigate, but took a little wandering as it was my first time out here.
The challenge is deceptive. Just like many Houck courses, this course sets a premium on placement and accuracy. There are several alleys and lines on each hole, as trees are scattered but in a natural way for a course to follow. Every direction is used; left, right and straight. Lots of tunnel shots. Most of the front 9 are tight, narrow alley shots, but some open up. The back 9, it seems, is where the holes open up, requiring not only placement but distance as well.
Pretty course. At first, this course seemed very open. But as the course played on, you get the feeling of being in a much bigger park. It's size is deceptive and also a smart use of the available land. The bridge after the first 9, on the way to the back 9, is pretty cool. I played in the winter, when everything was gray, but I bet this course is gorgeous in the spring.
The tee pads are great. Level, just the right length, and textured, which is something you don't see often. Instead of being smooth, like a sidewalk, there are grooves in the tees that add grip. Nice.
Cons: The thorns on the first 9 are annoying. Pants recommended. I wore shorts and had to constantly stop to pick thorns from my socks.
Lack of elevation. The course seems flat for the most part. Back 9 feels like it takes advantage of the gradual hill more than the front. Minor really. The placement of the holes and the pace of the course off-set this.
Other Thoughts: Although a bit of a drive out from San Antonio, this course was well worth it. The course is very well laid out, a challenge, even to those with experience. 2 legit par 5s and some fun par 4s made for a long round. Overall a great course with a nice mix of challenge and fun.
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