0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great to have a disc golf course in the most scenic part of Houston and in a central location. On the banks of the buffalo bayou, under the skyline and lots of plant diversity. Easy to find tees and baskets. Free. Not crowded. Challenging!
Cons: Such a scenic course but I can't bring my beginner friends here because it is too unforgiving. For the first half of the course you need to be careful not to throw it into the thick brush that has poison ivy, and for the second half the baskets run at the edge of a river the color of chocolate. Thankfully my disc floated and after 30 min the disc drifted to shore three holes down. I have played on course all over the country, including ones with an angry moose or rattlesnakes, but this course with its thorns and constant threat of murky water is the only one that makes me nervous. Only 9 holes but according to the map they plan to expand to another part of the park.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -When I think of Houston disc golf, I think of standing on the hole 9 tee looking at the glorious city skyline that is Houston. This is a very scenic course with the Houston skyline in the backdrop on a few holes
-This course has a lot of elevation. Much more then most of the course in Houston.
-There are several risk reward type shots especially Hole #6 where you can try a big hyzer to clear the creek and trees for an easy two but risk throwing your disc into the murky, murky water.
-The basket placements are all very unique, some on the side of hills.
-This course has a lot on not much land. It utilizes the land perfectly.
Cons: -The first hole is always a struggle to find. There are wooden stakes in the ground to designate the tees but some of these are missing and some are starting to rot.
-Parking is always a nightmare. You have to park on the street which can be a problem depending on the time of day and the amount of traffic.
-The water here is pretty murky. You have the small creek that loves to eat discs on a few holes and then you have the bayou that if a disc goes in it is very VERY doubtful that you will get your disc back.
-There is a lot of foot and bike traffic on the trail that cuts in the fairway on a few holes. Be cautious.
Other Thoughts: I would love to see this course expanded into 18 holes. This is a beautiful piece of land and could be THE premier spot to play with more holes, better signage, and better tee pads.
You come to this course to play disc golf and you come back for the view. This is a course that ALL out of town players should from the sheer beauty alone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Buffalo Bayou Course
Pros: Unique park with cool elevation shots and downtown in the background. 2 sets of tees make for some different looks and overall has the feel of a solid 18 holer.
Overview of the regular tees:
Hole 1 is a nice straight/anny throwing off a hill onto another hill
Hole 2 throws pretty much straight to a cool basket placement off the edge of the far slope.
Hole 3 is tough but fair placement shot with your mid or fairway driver, need to land accurately on the side of a hill for the deuce
Hole 4 shoots to a basket tucked behind a strategic group of trees
Hole 5 option anny or big hyzer, basket has a risk/reward placement near the bayou edge
Hole 6 can be approached several ways as some may choose to layup, and the more advanced players can shoot the gap or take the huge hyzer over the top
Hole 7 is a cool putter/mid drive, skip too far left and end up with a tough birdie putt
Hole 8 hyzer or anhyzer option, basket on the slope, good driver hole
Hole 9 very risky basket placement if you go for the deuce, scenic shot with downtown in the background
Cons: Would be nice if this course was expanded to 18 or 21 holes. The course is somewhat cramped into the space provided but the design makes the best of whats available. Can be some pedestrian traffic on a busy day.
Other Thoughts: I give this course a 4 rating because it has some of the best terrain and golf lines in Houston. As many have said, a possible expansion could easily bump this course up to a 4.5 rating.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Not bad for middle of the city
Pros: +They worked 9 holes into the space fairly well. +Elevation changes were used along a couple holes, as well as the waterway along the side.
+The holes themselves were well thought out, and flowed well.
Cons: -Construction on the park made some tees hard to find, or missing (2).
-The "dirt" teepads were muddy, and one was even right next to the asphalt path?
-The bank of the waterway along nine was ridiculous. I walked 50 ft to get my disc and came out with 4 lbs of mud stuck to my shoe, and almost fell in it it was so slick.
-Markers didn't have distances on them, and the alternate tees were marked with bricks that aren't visible until you're on top of them.
Other Thoughts: Concrete pads would elevate this to a 3.5, and some better signage would help as well. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun little course, and with the small amount of space to work with, the holes were well thought out and made sense. You can tell what the designer had in mind for lines when you take a look at each hole.
6 plays over an inlet, and provides for some fun trouble just before the basket.
I felt that 9's basket could have been moved farther from the water just to keep your shots further out of the mud.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Green River Goodness
Pros: The Jim Mazola Bayou course does a lot with a little. The overall ground area is not large, but the course design makes effective use of some elevation changes, water, trees and even a man-made bike shelter. The grass tees are in pretty good shape, as are the baskets. Each hole has its own feel and will challenge the average player in a unique way. Length also varies from one hole to the next. Some drives demand strength and distance, while others require a strategic mid-range shot to get around a corner or over a hill. When the park isn't too busy, it's a very fun course to play, even twice. It can be played in about 30 minutes solo. Drinking fountains are available at the skate park.
Cons: Hole 1 is difficult to find from the main street-side parking area on Sabine St. There are only short, hard-to-see, unmarked wooden posts at each tee, rather than informational signs. The baskets are only numbered with stickers on the inner posts, so if you're a first-timer, you're not always sure you're in the right spot. A course map would definitely keep a beginner from backtracking to find the right tee and/or basket. As some other reviewers said, it's easy to lose a disc in the wide, deep, muddy bayou creek. Be mindful that a rolling disc on several of the holes could be headed for the murky sludge if you don't hurry to stop it! The park can get pretty busy with bikers, kids, skaters and general public, which gets in the way of disc golf.
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent, diverse, fun disc golf course with eye-widening views of the downtown Houston skyline, a small creek, wooded areas, and the large bayou creek in the middle. Plan your visit according to the ebb and flow of general park traffic. Alternate tees can be found by colored bricks in the ground, but you'll have to be looking for them.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
One and done
Pros: The grass seemed to be mowed fairly recent and the course it self looked pretty nice. Great view of downtown. A good 9 hole to play.... once.
Cons: Where do I start?.... If you live in Houston, you know that traffic is bad anywhere, but downtown unbearable. There is only a very small window of time where you can get there, play, and get home without hitting bad traffic. Some holes are on steep hills like #8, and the bayou is right at the bottom of it. It is VERY easy for your disc to roll down the hill into the bayou (two drives rolled on me and one would have went in had my friend not ran and kicked it). It was very difficult finding hole #1 because the first hole you see is #9.
Other Thoughts: Great course to play once.... Would not recommend the course to people who are rec-players afraid to lose their disc, because you have to throw next to the water on about 4 holes. Even for advanced players, take a buddy with you to spot you on the hill shots, especially if there is 15mph wind (like the day i went:/ ), cuz this course is NOT worth losing a disc over.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
I HATE Losing Discs!
Pros: In the heart of downtown.
Cons: Layout is confusing, water is in play on almost every hole and good luck recovering your disc after you throw it in. No tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Some homeless dude was trying to give away a pair of pants the day we went. If you need a size 38 waste pair of pants and belt, he can totally hook you up! Otherwise he can totally creep you out.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Not crowded, restrooms.
Cons: Limited parking
Other Thoughts: This is a nine hole course situated on the Buffalo Bayou water way in Sabine Park, just outside of downtown Houston. There is a skateboard park where hole one and nine is, (start and finish) and plays with a jogging/walking path along the length of the course. Dirt tee pads with tee signs showing direction and distance. There is an overall course map on a bulletin board outside the skateboard park so you can see the basic layout of the course. The park has the typical tree and shrubbery growth for texas, the majority of the fairways are grassy and well maintained by the park services, with several mature trees and other foliage coming into play on every hole.
Course design takes elevation changes to full advantage, especially the first three holes. The Buffalo Bayou comes into play on half of the holes as you hit the turn and start coming back to the skateboard park. Course design is better than average and is focused on the intermediate to advanced players skill levels. Distance on drives is not overwhelming, somewhere between 300 to 400 feet on average. All fairways are pretty wide open, no prohibitive tee shots where trees or bushes are in the way. Navigating your way around the course is very easy, although some of the alternate tee pads are not completely visible and may be a little hard to find for the first time player.
Overall I enjoyed playing this course. It took about 45 minutes to play, on a Friday afternoon there was no one else on the course. There were some people using the jogging path however and that delayed some of my tee shots for safety reasons. Parking is sketchy, on a weekend you probably have to park a long ways away. This course ranges right in the middle of skill sets needed for a disc golfer. A beginner who has never played may find it too difficult, and an experienced pro may find it a little too easy for his abilities. If there were permanent tee pads I would give this a better rating than a 3.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
used to hate - now its great!
Pros: Urban DG Oasis. Great scenery. TOUGH water hazards, plenty of challenges throughout. Very close to my home and work.
Cons: So many lost discs....
People on the paths and near the skatepark. Used to be sooo quiet out there before all the skaterlaterdudes moved in. Homeless on occasion but they cool.
Other Thoughts: My home course simply based on geography although we dont play here as often as we used to. The old hole 1 was a great starter but the skatepark took over and desecrated what WAS a memoral to a champion of DG and a fine man. Maybe they will make this course 18 holes to make up for it? one can hope that someone they will (Throw over the bayou maybe??) please?
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun Bayou City Course
Pros: Elevation changes (not found frequently in Houston) make for challenging holes. Especially on #2,#3,#8 and #9. Course stays away from the walk/biking trail for the most part (unless you throw a stray shot). Risk reward is high on several holes, 6 being the one that comes to mind first. Lay up or shoot over the water/mud hazard. Several birdie holes if you have the shot in your bag.
Cons: Alternate tees not marked/hard to find, unless you play with someone who knows where they are. Tees are natural and could use some work. They're not the worst I've seen but you have to throw from beside the rut on most of them. Crazy bike riders that don't slow down on the blind hill in between 8 and 9. Park is crowded on weekend with non-dg's. I suggest a weekday during the day if it fits your schedule as the park is significantly less crowded.
Other Thoughts: If you miss a putt on 1,2 or 8 you could end up with a long uphill putt that could turn into a vicious cycle of long uphill putts. There is water along the right side of 3 that is hidden front the tee. If your roller strays a little or if you throw a shot that fades a little too much it could spend the rest of it's life in the drink. Not exactly a course for beginners. Although I don't want to discourage beginners from play as this is a great course. easy bird on 7. This course can get very windy, especially on holes along the bayou, so make sure you pack your "wind discs". Overall a great course if you don't mind the possibility of losing a disc or 2.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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