1 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun on the Bayou
Pros: This course has it all! From shooting along the bayou, to numerous elevation changes, to sidehill pins, to low canopies, you will get a little bit of everything here. With so much going on, you will need a variety of shots. Also, there is a nice balance of left to right, right to left holes, with only one wide open hole (number 4).
The designers did a good job of using the land here. You really get the feeling that the land itself dictated the layout of the course. Beginners may find this course too much to handle, but it offers returning players lots of challenges!
Cons: No doubt that lots of discs are lost on this course, with all the water. Hole #6 is especially challenging with a tunnel shot over water. A lot of times I might even skip this one.
This is Houston, so it can be HOT in the summer! And if you play more than a round or two, you will start feeling all the elevation changes in your legs.
The DG course runs along a jogging/walking path, so at any time of day there will be people using the path. If it's a busy time of day, this might mean waiting at some tees before it's clear.
Other Thoughts: A fun and challenging course that offers returning players enough to keep them interested.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great new design
2 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Nice elevation, good variety of anhyzers and hyzers, great design and flow.
Well thought out alternate tees as well for an 18 hole experience.
Really makes you shape your shots and placement is key due to many baskets on slopes and the risk of rolling away into the bayou. This course is 'technical' in all the right ways and does not use gimmics or ridiculous tunnel shots to make a challenge. Instead, you are challenged with moderate distance and shot placement with elevation in play on most holes.
Best holes - 1, 3 and 9 (reg & alt)
Cons: The skatepark is the main con at this location as the whole park is sometimes crawling with skater rats. This used to be a peaceful and quiet park dedicated only to disc golf, now feels somewhat like skateboarding is the priority.
Other Thoughts: The course is planned to be expanded to 18 holes in the next few years and I would say it would be the top faciliy in the Houston area when this occurs.
2 of 14 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 3 Not
when isay its downtown i mean its downtown
Pros: very safe(helicopter patrolled) clean well maitained park , great finesse course not too hard too shot even here or hit birds but enough bogey chances to keep better players interested.
there are plenty of chances to turn easy shots and guaranteed birds and pars into holy crap how did i shoot a 5or 6 on that hole moments and turn a i think im gonna shoot my record on this round into i think im gonna have to play another round after this.
Weekdays before 3 the place is all yours. and i know the long over the river hole seems impossible in the summer but in winter/fall it opens up
Cons: you wont be able to get back most water shots,
Other Thoughts: stick to the regular tees its a 9 hole deal with it if you wanna play 18 go to mac gregor ,just make sure you bring a gat;}
Great course to bring just fairway and a putter , also look out for the pond on #2 you might not realize your first time there is water there and even a good shot can end up rolling down into it and most of the time its not clear enough to see into.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Views of Downtown
Pros: Jim Mozola is a great elevation course for Houston standards. Even though it's only a tight nine-hole course, the alternate tees make for playing a solid 18. There are a mix of distances, coupled with a good use of hills, trees, and the creek to mess with your shot.
Water comes into play on most holes, and even a poor shot on one or two can get your disc wet. Hole two is particularly tricky with the steep slope and road on the right, and dense foliage and pond ready to swallow discs on the left.
The pins and tees are adequate, not great, and each hole is marked, but you'll have to download the map under links if you plan on playing the alternate tees.
Cons: The skate park unfortunately seems to have become the main priority to the park. Not that it interferes with play, but it's required the course to be redesigned and only recently was #1 and #2 changed back to it's original splendor.
Space is the other negative. This must be taken with a grain of salt - you're in downtown, but you'll have to contend with multiple joggers and bikers sharing the greenway that snakes through the course. This can be very aggravating, since they seem to always be completely clueless that they are in your way.
Tee boxes are minimal at best, so people with a long approach may have problems with the dirt.
Other Thoughts: If scenery is one of your factors for where you play, then know that Jim Mozola is arguably the prettiest course in the Houston area. Set along Buffalo Bayou, "The Bayou Course" is a mix of hills and old growth Cypress and Oak with downtown's towering skyscrapers as a backdrop.
The Bayou course is meant for decent players looking to enhance their elevation shots in an area where elevation is rare. Beginners may get frustrated easily, and hole two or five can humble even the best players. Take your time, and enjoy the views and layout, and if the season is right - even reward yourself with some blackberries from the massive tree guarding number nine.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 2 Not
Growing on me
Very well marked Main set of tees with red wooden posts. Alt set of tees enable you to play 18 holes on the 9 installed baskets. Challenging hole over the water. Has a warm-up basket with putting distance stones by the skate park. Many of the old Strokesaver baskets have been modified with inner chains. Elevation! Not many courses in Houston play to baskets on hills; this course does it well.
Alt tees marked with yellow bricks are hard to find without a map. Course plays along a trail and as such you have to contend with potentially a lot of walkers, joggers, and bikers. With an average hole length of ~340' from either the posts or the bricks this course is generally too long to birdie and too short to bogey, thus you end up with a lot of uneventful 3's on your scorecard. Hole #9 from the post is a perfect example of lost potential: at 447' it's too long for most to reach off the tee so you play a safe 300'ish shot around the hill, make the 150' upshot and take the easy 3. If you'd shorten up the tee box so that it's reachable for more players off the tee then it becomes a much riskier hole as the 2 is now possible. The alt tee for #9 is a good example of this. Parking for this course is limited especially if the skate park is crowded.
As of Mar 2010 the course has been restored to mostly the original layout prior to the skate park being built. I didn't really like this course much after the first couple rounds, but it has grown on me the more I play it. Nice view of the Houston skyline if that's your thing.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Down in the Bayou
Jim Mozola Memorial DGC has a very unique layout, and can be quite challenging on a few holes. The course primarily plays in and around the middle of the park with a few holes right along the bayou, leaving little room for error. The course has a walking path that meanders around most of the course, with mowed grass and plenty of trees during those hot summer days!
The holes that do come in to play around the bayou require good placement and precise shots in order to not wind up in the drink! If it does go in to the water you can kiss your disc goodbye! Baskets seemed alright for the course but do have a tendancy to penalize good putts due to lack of chains. The back drop of downtown Houston is very impressive, especially in the evening. The signs warning pedestrians and dog owners of alligators was a little disturbing but, made it a little more exciting as well.
I recommend this course if your ever in the city, and be sure to bring a few discs that you don't care about when throwing blindly over the water on some of the back holes.
Although harmless, beware of the homeless people laying under or around hole # 2. They tend to sleep under the overpass or go there to get out of the heat.
The dirt tee pads need work as well. They have become increasingly larger as the years have gone by, and make the course a little less appealing visually.
Last, finding the alternative yellow markes can be a bit of a chore, as they are hard to locate. Apparently there is a map so make sure you download it before playing those tees.
This is one of the most interesting 9 hole courses I have played due to its location, and is worth trying atleast once. With the picturesque backdrop, it makes for a fun quick round, especially if you work in the city.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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