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18 Holes in Aggieland
Pros: This is the only course in the Bryan/College Station area with a full 18 holes, so it is also one of the most played.
The holes demand a variety of shots, but none are extremely challenging. The player must make a confident drive of 200' or more to clear the lakes on #11 and #17.
Hole 5 is particularly interesting for the RHBH player because the marsh on the left catches many fading discs. The wall and trees to the right prevent a long hyzer shot (from the short tees).
There is very little trash on the course, and the course are maintained by the Texas A&M grounds crew.
Cons: Lots of people use the park for running their dogs. Sometimes they venture onto the fairways.
When the wind blows, many of the holes are exposed.
Drainage is very poor on some holes, especially around the basket and tees. Shooting from the actual tee after a rain is a no-go.
There are no facilities, and the nearest convenience store is more than a mile away.
Other Thoughts: This is the nucleus of the disc golf scene in Aggieland, and it will be until another 18-hole course is installed in the B/CS area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Two tee placements, the short tees are excellent for working mids and putters all day, while the longs require more driver manipulation. If you're a real stud the locals have extra long tees marked for each hole.
The course itself has a good balance of shorter technical holes with longer open holes. Trees and bushes are presented as obstacles, but you never tee off into a forest praying to get through.
Cons: Teepads are worn especially on long tees, posts to mark long teeboxes also get in the way.
Other Thoughts: The course has water in play on four holes, but the ponds are relatively clean and shallow so bring your swim trunks.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well maintained. Some wide open shots. Big oak tress winding throughout course. Not crowded during the week in the morning. Multiple tee boxes.
Cons: Not well marked, but had a nice lil aggie show me the back 9. Dirt tee boxes! UUGGHHH! What is wrong with laying some concrete and having something that will last so much longer and not erode.
Other Thoughts: I was a little lost the first round I played from the shorts and still shot 3 over. Then I played the longs, which are completely different on some holes. Water is fairly easy to get over if you have half an arm, I don't but had a floating disc. hahaha
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Campus courses are hit or miss, and this one is a hit. With gorgeous shots over man-made ponds on the campus of Texas A&M University, this disc golf course caters to all skill levels. Alternate tees offer relief of water for novice players, though water shots from the long tees do not require much distance.
Parking is available on the street right near the 1st tee & the 18th basket.
Though this course is open, the designers made excellent use of the trees that are available.
Cons: I played on a damp day, and the tee pads were unplayabe. We found suitable footing around the pad, but the tee pads themselves were flooded and often rutted.
Other Thoughts: Though it is not the courses fault, it's more a Texas fault, there are fire ants all over the course so watch your step.
I did not see any restroom facilities, but this does not mean they don't exist.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Set in a beautiful campus park with huge oaks and some small ponds and creeks to throw around.
This is the easiest John Houck course I have ever played with only three holes from the long tees over 300'. This gives it a high fun factor for the recreational player.
There are three holes (long tees) that have you throwing over water. #17 is fairly epicish. It has an elevation drop and it's about a 200' shot to clear the water. If your discs turns a little it's about 300' to clear the water so this hole is the most memorable on the course.
It's a fairly open course but there are a couple of nice tunnel shots, a couple of long anhyzers, and many holes with just enough well placed trees to complicate matters.
Cons: No restroom.
There are alternate tees but with two different types of signage. The shorts are too short in my opinion and have standard tee signs and the longs have two posts to mark the front corners of the tee pad. The posts are painted Aggie maroon and have the distances stenciled on them. It makes you wonder which holes are the original Houck design and which were added later.
There was a girl sitting right in the middle of the fairway (from the long tee) on hole #12 studying. We threw from the short tee on that hole but most people just threw over her...very dangerous.
This is a very busy park on the weekends with dogs, kite flyers, students, sunbathers, and worst of all Aggie disc golfers (joke).
Other Thoughts: I rated this course slightly higher than other reviewers because I think the beauty of the park combined with the fun factor trumps the lower than average difficulty level.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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College Station's Favorite Course
Some of the baskets are leaning a bit and a couple of the trays are tilted, but in general the double chain baskets are in playable shape.
I'd rate this course as a lightly wooded course, most of the trees tend to be in clusters. There's some minor elevation on a few holes, most noticeably on #6 (long), #8, #13 (short), and #16.
The short tees are very well suited for beginners and those with shorter throwing arms, i.e. ideal for a college campus course. The short tees aren't boringly easy (okay... some are) but most offer a decent challenge for recreational golfers.
If playing the short tees, the course flows very well for the first ten holes. After that the transitions from #10 to #11, #12 to #13, and #16 to #17 may not be obvious for first timers. Print a map. The transitions for the long tees are all pretty obvious.
This is the only permanent 18-hole course within 25 miles of College Station.
Being a park on a college campus there can be multiple instances of interference by other park patrons participating in different activities such as football, studying, jogging, dog walking, sun bathing, etc.
The tee signs are missing for the short tees on at least #12 and #13; and #5 is blank. The short tee location #12 is obvious from the worn dirt area, but #13 was much less obvious.
Depending on your approach to the tee the long tee markers can sometimes get in the way.
The distances on many of the tee signs can be pretty far off from reality. I've updated DGCR with laser accurate distances.
Everyone seems to park on the road on the course side of Technology Loop.
Short tees are marked with traditional signs on posts with rudimentary individual hole maps. Long tees are marked with dual 2' tall posts in the ground.
For the experienced player from the short tees any decent shot will have you putting for a '2' on just about every hole with the possible exception of #18.
Again for an experienced player, from the long tees just about every hole can realistically be birdied with the exception of #2 and possibly #17.
Hole #5 is probably the best/trickiest hole on the course if you play the swamp area to the left of the fairway as OB.
The map that was on DGCR was outdated in terms of the new long tee positions for water crossing on #11 and #17. I've uploaded a new map.
It can be funny watching noobs throwing discs all over the place on the ~600' #2 taking eight or nine strokes to hole out... knowing that you should be there in two drives putting for a '3'. But remember we all started there at some point. :-)
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Very diverse. On the A&M campus so very well kept.
Cons: Tee box's and pole holes not in prime condition. Not mapped out clearly so at times hard to navigate around the course.
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is very open and allows for different approaches to the pins. The course provides a wide range of holes, from short technical shots in and around tree hazards and over water to long-distance shots with gradual terrain elevation changes. The property is mowed and maintained well. There are also two tees to choose from - beginner and advanced/pro. This course is very pretty and easy to traverse.
Cons: Tees are not marked well and finding some of the tees for the back nine were difficult for the first time. One water hazard (large pond crossing) provided no alternate tee for beginners. Some of the tees lacked sufficient designation of whether they were beginner or advanced (there may not have been alternate tee placement on some holes).
Other Thoughts: This is a good course worth playing. The lack of signage made it difficult to find some of the holes, but if you follow the mashed down grass away from the pin it helped in locating the next hole. The water hazards were good challenges - bring a floating disc is you are not a strong thrower yet. There is no swimming in the ponds so getting your disc back if it gets wet may be a problem. Overall, a fun course with a large variety of hole challenges. Oh, the first tee is just off the side of the road as you enter the park. There is not a parking lot to designate the #1 hole, so you have to park on the road.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: a very nice setting, had some long holes, course is very open.
Cons: people were laying in the middle of the course studying. maybe they need to get hit by a disc to get the message. some holes were hard to find.
Other Thoughts: this could be a reat course if people would get out of the way.
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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