1 Helpful / 2 Not
A PowerDriver's Paradise
Pros: If you're looking for long, open holes to practice or perfect your long drives or break-in a new driver, this is the place. Most holes are 350+ feet.
Enough terrain changes (a hill, pond hazard and some light woods) keeps the course interesting.
Cons: Baskets are not well marked or aligned with tees.
The tee for hole 12 was broken and the basket missing when I played.
Playing through picnic areas and close to playgrounds can be distracting.
Other Thoughts: It was very difficult to find the first tee as we parked near the play area. We finally found it near the tennis courts.
The course map located at the restrooms by the tennis courts is outdated as the course has changed dramatically.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Bass isn't a favorite
Pros: Parking lot, restrooms, practice basket, and first hole are all next to each other. It's a decent course when it's been mowed and hasn't rained in a while.
Good workout for driving.
Cons: It's mostly wide open shots out in the sun. If you can't throw bombs then you probably wont have any fun.. and if you can, then all you have to worry about is getting bored.
If you're new to the course you will need a map to navigate the holes, and even then it'll be a bit of a challenge with everything looking the same and a lack of signage. Some of the tee posts don't point at the basket and will leave you guessing. My first time playing here we finished hole #11 and had no clue on where to go.
Don't hit a kid on hole #9/12/13. Don't lose your disc on #18.
Other Thoughts: Write anything remotely negative about this course, and prepare to have your review down voted by fanatics.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring the Pith Helmet, we're going to the Savannah
Pros: Wide open field on most holes with a few scattered trees. Plenty of opportunities to just let it fly with room for error. Pretty forgiving. a few little twists like shooting over river or pond, or the one pin placed in the middle of a dozen large trees. Even a few holes that play on or around a hill.
Cons: Many of the Houston courses hold water after a rain, but this course is the worst I've played on. Very, very mucky. Look for the splash if you want to know where your dish landed. Bring Goretex boots unless you like soggy socks. Not much terrain, one hill, one lake, one river, and very scattered trees makes this a pretty straightforward course.
Most holes are just a straight shot the pin, with a tree or two thrown in. Its important to note that if there is no terrain, trees or hazards, its impossible to have anything other than a straight shot.
Some baskets might be guarded by a tree, but mostly its just boring, and teeing off in ankle deep water gets old really fast.
Its impossible to mow the grass in 6in of standing water, and thus, the grass here is out of control, over 2 ft tall in places. This makes it even harder trudging through the course and looking for your drives in the shallow water
The few holes on this course with interesting wrinkles are far outweighed by the many dull ones in-between them. The large amount of wide open space on this course is a blank template that you could mold into just about anything. It would take a lot of labor and some funding, but this course be drastically improved.
Obviously it has a drainage problem. They could solve this with more ditches for drainage and a new pond for them to flow into, combined with appropriately sloped landscaping and french drains to clear up remaining trouble spots on the fairways. This would would give them lots of water to work with in creating a bunch of new hazards, and opens up many possibilities, such as rivers, lakes and even island greens. When they dig out these areas for drainage, they can strategically put the dirt on some of the fairways to raise them and add some terrain to the wide open expanse. Throw in some additions like a terraced green and another tree here and there on top of all that, and this course easily goes from 2.0 to 4.0. Will this ever happen? Doubtful, as there are already many other, more interesting courses in Houston, but the potential is here, even if the funding and manpower never will be.
Other Thoughts: Sometimes, Spring Valley Proshop sets up a mobile shop at the gazebo by hole 1 and the pond, has discs and even a few bags.
Also, no alcohol means no alcohol. Maybe it was just the weekend we were there, but cops were sitting watching us the whole time we were playing, which was easy since the whole course is pretty open.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a good place to work on your long drives. Fairly decent tees, with ample room for driving. Very pretty surroundings, with no real danger of pedestrian interference.
Other Thoughts: We had a hard time finding the course(s) because of the shear size of Tom Bass Park. The disc golf courses seem to be long just for the sake of being long, with no real challenge except for length. Many holes were on the verge of unplayable due to overgrowth, and most of the fairways were grown up to waist height.
I have heard rumor of bass swimming down the middle of the fairway due to poor drainage, and after walking in knee deep rain water, I believe it!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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