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2-4    10/6/2013   10/6/2013
Review By: c_a_miller
Played: 118  Reviewed: 101  Exp: 2.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This short 9 hole course sits in a nice scenic neighborhood park with a bit of elevation throughout the course.
The fun factor at this course was very high as all of the holes needed some sort of shot shaping off the tee for a good shot. Most of the baskets are guarded by trees (and in some cases lamp posts) This is not your typical pitch and putt course.
This is a very good beginner course as the longest hole barely sits at 200 ft. Being in a neighborhood it could be a good place for kids to come and start playing.
There is a small creek that plays in the middle of the course. It adds a bit of danger but it defintely is shallow enough to recover discs out of.
There are nice colorful tee signs at each hole plus the baskets are in good shape.
The course is less than a mile from Wolf Pen Creek. Both being 9 hole courses, a full 18 can be enjoyed with a WIDE variety of shots.
Cons: Hole 1 starts in the middle of the park and the rest of the holes kind of place in a spiral around it. If you are one of those people that likes to start from the beginning of courses, it may seem like a silly starting point.
There are walking trails throughout the park that could create a safety hazard to the nearby apartments. Luckily, when I played a mom and her son knew what I was doing and stood and watched instead of walking in the line of fire. Be cautious of kids and walkers at the playgrounds and on the paths.
The length is obviously also a con but not much else can be done on a piece of land this small.
Other Thoughts: There is only street parking here. Park on the street and start at Hole 3 and finish at Hole 2 which is right next to where you parked.

This course has a lot of value to beginners and young people alike. Even to a more experienced player the course still has a lot of fun to offer

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Great For Beginners

5+    9/1/2011   9/11/2011
Review By: aggiegreg
Played: 33  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 3.3 Years
This review was updated on 2/27/2012
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Great course for beginners
-has bathrooms and water fountains
-tee pads and signs
-drainage ditch comes into play
-almost every hole is an ace run
Cons: -9 holes
-very easy
-couple par 4s need to be changed
Other Thoughts: Great course for beginner or if you want to get in a quick round. Not really that busy ever. Good for playing twice so you can get a full 18 holes in.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Fun little course

1    8/22/2011   8/23/2011
Review By: Turner512
Played: 44  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 3.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Definitely a fun little course. Considering there are only 7 courses in Bryan/College Station this is a good course to play if you're in the area. A very small park but that doesn't matter when it comes to Houck Design. Very short holes but still require shot variety. You will need a good hyzer, anhyzer, and tomahawk to play some of these holes which definitely makes it a nine hole worth playing. For a lot of the holes there multiple opportunities to approach the basket but still requires caution, a few trees and creek make sure of that. If you are close to Harvey or visiting College Station for a week try this course out.
Cons: Short holes and and short play time. If you are looking for an 18 hole course go play Research. Some sidewalks in the way of fairways so you might have to wait for some pedestrians.
Other Thoughts: Overall fun course but definitely not the best in College Station. Great design, maintenance, and Tee-signs/course map from Houck Design.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Just not very memorable

1    4/22/2011   5/16/2011
Review By: ERicJ
Played: 187  Reviewed: 150  Exp: 6.7 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:
Oaks Park is a nice little beginner course (only two holes over 200' and even then just barely) featuring excellent Houck signs and quality DISCatcher baskets. There's an overview map, but the course flows so well you probably won't need it. As with most Houck-designed courses the lefty/righty balance is pretty fair. Minor elevation in play here. Played in its simple straightforward configuration the course presents a couple challenges with a creek crossing that probably only really comes into play on #8, and some trees to navigate on #5, 7, and 9. Locals have a set of ground rules that up the challenge of the course and make it more applicable to more Advanced players; e.g. sidewalk and beyond is OB, etc..

The park is a multi-use area with basketball, volleyball, a playground, horseshoes, water fountains, and restrooms.
Cons:
Oaks Park just isn't very memorable. The holes are all really short and INT and above players won't need a driver for any of them. Pros would play this course with a putter on every hole.

No parking lot, it's all street parking.
Other Thoughts:
After some minor park construction the tee sign for #1 was installed in the wrong spot, the actual tee box is located back about 20-30' and just to the right down the embankment a bit.

Hole #6 was originally a much longer shot, however with the construction of the adjacent apartment complex the tee box was moved up to prevent errant hyzer shots from hitting the buildings.

Hole #7 had a light pole installed in the middle of the fairway that unfortunately sits in a rather ideal throwing line.

Not a destination course, but another one that is quick and easy to check off your "Played" list if you're in the area doing a "9-hole crawl"

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 too easy

1    4/18/2011   4/19/2011
Review By: intimadator
Played: 8  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 15.3 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: thiis is a nice short course, easy to navagate, good one to bring ur girl along. there is only a few 4pars the rest are par 3s nice little river shooting thru the center on it giving u at least some type of challange if u wanna call it that, brand new signs, only a few trees, lots of picnic tables-cant loose a disc even it u tryed!
Cons: the parking sux, there is not much challange, but it is good for pratice, watch out for prople and dogs since it is a park.
Other Thoughts: it only took me 45min with my girl to get 2 over par fun times!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 short and sweet

1    10/8/2010   10/13/2010
Review By: dreadlock86
Played: 195  Reviewed: 139  Exp: 7.3 Years
This review was updated on 7/15/2011
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -quick, fun layout
-mostly short, tight, technical shots
-great terrain features for a small park: creek, trees, elevation
-good mix of left and right shots
-new signs, baskets and natural tees in good condition
-restrooms & water fountain at pavilion, along with a course map
Cons: -no longer holes
-park can be crowded; watch for pedestrians, people having picnics, walking dogs, etc
-alternate tees would be great here
-limited parking on street
Other Thoughts: This is a cool little neighborhood park that is short and technical without being "doinky". The holes are lots of fun and make for a great round for a small or large group. This would be a great place to have a weekly mini with ace pots and CTP's since the shots are short.

With a creek running through the middle (in play on 1,2,3,8) and lots of fully grown trees, the holes here offer plenty of obstacles to contend with but shouldn't be too much trouble for an experienced player. Definitely a duece or die course, again, great for group play. Nice variety of tee shots also.

While this is not the course to really challenge your game, it is a lot of fun to play and you can get in a round very quickly, under 30 mins easy if you are solo. It would be awesome to have some long tees on at least a couple of the holes here.


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 A little bit of fun

1    7/2/2010   7/10/2010
Review By: Upshawt1979
Played: 197  Reviewed: 91  Exp: 11.2 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A short course that offers a different look on every hole. Located in a very nice park with facilities. There was a sign for every hole when I visited. Plays quickly when no one else is using the park. Lots of opportunity for birdies. Good beginner course.
Cons: I don't think any hole was over 250', and there were two par 4's? Come on! Natural tees left me slipping in the mud once or twice. The layout is sort of unconventional. Begins in the middle and spirals out.
Other Thoughts: Used to live in College Station, and still have family there. Oaks is one of three new 9 holes courses installed since my last visit. After playing, I wished I had chosen another, since I only had time for one between thunderstorms.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Short and Easy, but Very Fun to Play.

2-4    1/4/2010   1/5/2010
Review By: srm_520
Played: 152  Reviewed: 138  Exp: 10.3 Years
This review was updated on 2/19/2012
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short, fun, and semi-technical. Oaks Park is set within a nice public park with good bathroom facilities, as well as other activities to keep the family busy. This is a Houck course, complete with new high quality signs. However, don't expect to be wowed by this very short pitch and putt, but expect to be pleasantly surprised at the overall enjoyment factor this course has. There are three holes that have water in play, but even if you throw it in - you should have no problems retrieving it.

BEST HOLE/S: #3; #9
Cons: Oaks Park has glaring issues that prevent it from ever rating higher than a couple of discs, so take the cons with a grain of salt. First, given the small usable area, this course will never be anything more than a pitch and putt. Hole distances range from 163' to 228' according the tee signs, and it even lists holes #6 and #8 as par 4, which is a joke to most players. If you're past beginner level, you can almost guarantee at least birdie on both holes.

The course has no parking, which may have been the reason for the weird conical design where the course starts in the middle of the park and works its way out around itself to the edge. We just parked at the street and started on hole #8. In addition, the overall design has some real line issues. Hole #4 and #7 force to get more lucky than good because there is no real throwing lane, so just be prepared to work your way around the trees at odd angles.

There also looks to be a horseshoe pit that can come into play on hole #8, so watch out. Plus, we chose to play in the morning on a cold day, but the locals say this course can get extremely packed on a good day. If it gets packed, watch the interchange on holes #3 to #4. If you play from the left side of the #3 tee sign, you shouldn't have an issue, but the right side is a much cooler shot and the one most would prefer to play. However, if your disc even flies slightly right, you will run the risk of nailing someone on the #4 tee box, which felt like it sat right in the middle of #3's fairway.

WORST HOLE/S: #1; #7
Other Thoughts: Oaks Park isn't the best course in the College Station/Bryan area, however - besides Southern Oaks Park, it was the only course in the area I wanted to play again right away. Maybe it was the ease or speed of play, or the short lines that made for an interesting casual round of golf where one can shoot low - I don't know, but I think the enjoyment factor of this course speaks volumes. It seems to have a lot of technical issues, and again - it's not a high caliber course, but it's the perfect place to bring a newbie learning to play or relax for a quick easy round of golf. Plus, being under a mile from Wolf Pen Creek, it's a no brainer that, if you're in the area and should you have time, try to hit this place and enjoy.

Having finally played all of the current courses the Bryan/College Station area has to offer, I have made two separate lists for you to consider when making your next visit to Aggieland. I have ranked them first by overall course quality and then my personal enjoyment rating which varies a bit from the first list. Please note however, I enjoyed all of these courses, and none of them stood out as the clear favorite.

Course Rating and Quality:
1. Research Park 3.5 discs;
2. Southern Oaks Park 3;
3. Wolf Pen Creek 3;
4. Austin's Colony 2.5;
5. Oaks Park 2;
6. Bonham Park 1.5;
7. First Baptist Bryan DGC 1;
8. Tiffany Park 1.

Personal Enjoyment: (1 is best & 5 is worst)
1. Southern Oaks Park
2. Wolf Pen Creek;
3. Research Park;
4. Oaks Park;
5. Bonham Park;
6. Austin's Colony
7. First Baptist Bryan DGC
8. Tiffany Park

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Play it with One Disc!

2-4    11/12/2009   11/13/2009
Review By: Clark
Played: 26  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 4.7 Years
This review was updated on 11/17/2009
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very short, quick course. A typical game lasts about 25 minutes with a small group.

The baskets are in excellent shape. The signs are helpful for some of the more tricky holes.

The course is moderately wooded, and trees obscure the basket on a few holes. Be prepared to pull out a variety of mid-range shots, but leave the drivers at home. The longest hole is a mere 228ft, but it is a par 4! So be looking for some very low scores even among beginners.

You will use almost every shot on this course. The holes offer hyzer, anhyzer, blind, tunnel, and ace-potential shots. This course would make a great warm up for the mid-range and putts on the way to a longer game somewhere like Research Park. One could play this course easily with a single disc. I shot three under par with a Discraft Buzzz, and I am a fairly new player.

There is a public restroom at the pavilion, which is near the 1st tee as well as the 9th hole.

A small creek comes into play on a few of the holes, but it is shallow enough to retrieve sinking discs. The next tee is always pretty easy to find as well.
Cons: Dirt tee pads.

Just one tee placement. This course could really benefit from a set of longer tees. There is certainly space on most of the holes.

A few holes have poor drainage after a rain: The third hole floods considerably in the approach / basket area; hole four had a large puddle; and the ninth hole also had a sizable fairway puddle. Caution: the rain drives the fire ants out into the open.

The small park is loaded with features to attract non-golfers: a basketball court, a covered pavilion, and a concrete cookout pad. Be prepared to skip hole 2 due to children near the basket.
Other Thoughts: This is the perfect neighborhood course. The holes are short, and the play is quick but varied. Apartments line the back of the park, and the sorority houses are nearby. A few restaurants are just across the large street on the south end of the park. It would be possible to catch a quick round while waiting to be seated at Johnny Carino's or Ozona.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 

1    3/6/2009   3/10/2009
Review By: sidewinding
Played: 81  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 6.5 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set in a small neighborhood park that takes up about one city block. There is a small but always wet creek that runs right down the middle of the park and comes into play on a few holes.

There is a restroom in the covered pavillion right in the middle of the park.

The flow of the course is excellent. If you want the quickest round in College Station this is it.

This course requires just about every shot in your arsenal. #1 is a hyzer over the creek. #2 is across the footbridge to a tree guarded basket. #3 is back across the creek with an anhyzer route. #4 is a short blind hyzer with blind ace potential. #5 is a short tunnel. #6 has you throwing between the corner of a covered basketball court and some cedar trees to a basket in the open. #7 is another anhyzer through some large shade trees. #8 is probably the longest hole and has some elevation drop to the pin located just over the creek. #9 is a little pinballish but there is a way through if you can find it.

Cons: Dirt teepads.

All of the teesigns are missing. You can see where they were originally located from the concrete in the ground with a broken pipe sticking out.

Some might say this course is too short and easy. I think it's just right.
Other Thoughts: I played all 6 courses in the BCS area and this was the busiest. That says alot about a course. It has a high fun factor, it's a fast play, and it's shady. What more could you ask for?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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