3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course has a great layout with heavy use of trees to make even the shorter shots challenging.
Cons: My biggest problem with the course is with the massive amounts of thorned plant life in the area. It seemed like most of the probable trouble spots had either rose bushes or thorny vines hanging from the trees. This made some retrievals more than a little painful while not adding anything to the overall difficulty of the course.
Other Thoughts: It looked like it may retain water after a heavy rain. The pay to play price is reasonable, but unless your in the area, I wouldn't make a long drive when there are free courses closer. Overall a good course.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course even though you have to pay $3
Pros: Great course with lots of short/tight wooded shots along with long/open range shots. The course is well groomed and they have done quite a bit to make sure it is easy to walk between the holes. Even after a heavy rain, most of the holes are well drained. This course is not for beginners, but a great intermediate course!
Cons: If you're playing on a nice weekday or weekend, you'll have to compete with the ball golfers. They don't give a wink that you're out there on the course, so take cover! Its better to stay in the wooded holes anyway!
Other Thoughts: Make sure you bring money to check out the pro shop! This is one of the best if not the best selection of disc golf discs in Houston! They have everything and its reasonably priced! Plus they have a good assortment of used discs and bags as well!
Also be sure to check out the tournaments they have weekly!
The signage on T14, T15 and T16 are really hard to see...so make sure to ask about those in the clubhouse!
Other than that, have fun! Enjoy! And watch out for flying golf balls!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, needs work.
Pros: There are a variety of holes on this course that can be challenging for any player. I prefer wooded courses over flat fields so this one's finesse course that is heavily wooded is pretty cool. There is an unusual collection of chairs/seats at almost every hole. The Pro Shop is fantastic! The course is mowed, trash cans and maintained. All in all a good course to play. The $3 is worth it.
Cons: The power course is the original course they offered, to me it's not so much fun as you play alongside ball golfers and the distance is a little ridiculous. The path from #6 to #7 on the finesse course is confusing, we got lost for a good 5 minutes following path after path. There were a lot of stagnant pools of water all around brimming with mosquito larvae. I noticed a ton of poison ivy on almost every hole.
Other Thoughts: I miss the golf carts and the beer on tap that used to be there years ago. The course could use a little more direction on some of the paths.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The first 18 are very challenging and require some skill. There are several holes that the risk vs. reward factor is high.
The pro shop is the best shop I have ever been in. It had a huge amount of discs and the guy working the front was very helpful.
Cons: I honestly didnt feel that the course was good enough to be charging the 3 dollar admissions fee. Especially since there are great courses 10 minutes away for free.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 1 Not
To date I have only played the "Finesse 18" layout so my comments are mainly targeted at that portion of the course.
The concrete tee pads are very nice. The on-site pro shop is fantastic; offering a huge selection of discs, as well as restrooms and refreshments. There are a couple nets set up by the practice area to be used like batting cages to warm-up your drives. Distances posted on tee signs are pretty accurate.
The Finesse 18 layout is heavily wooded and most of the holes are fair. They require precise, well controlled drives, but do not offer a lot of approaches to the basket. Big arms will be easily frustrated by the lack of opportunities to air-it-out on the Finesse 18. Most of the tee shots are straight drives with a few hyzers and anhyzers mixed in. This layout is all about not hitting any trees.
The Finesse 18 layout is almost completely shaded so in the hot Houston summer it's a welcome break from the sun.
The "Power 9" holes are closed on the weekend due to priority given to ball golfers. It's a long walk from the clubhouse to the first F1 tee. It's a long walk from the last F18 basket back to the clubhouse. Golfers are not allowed to retrieve lost discs from ponds. The claim is that employees periodically search the ponds and return discs to the lost & found bin. Bring bug spray after it has rained. Grab a map from the pro shop. The transition from F13 to F14 isn't obvious.
Spring Valley is a confusing course with regard to layouts. There are 28 total baskets on the course. They're typically played in one of three layouts, none of which use all 28 baskets. Holes are labeled with an "F", "P" and/or "T" in addition to the number to indicate which hole it is on a particular layout.
The longest layout is the "Total 27". This layout uses all nine of the "Power 9" holes, a connector hole: "T14", and 17 of the 18 "Finesse 18" holes. (Skips F6.)
Due to the "Power 9" being closed on the weekend, the most common layout is probably the "Finesse 18" which uses baskets F1-18, skipping T14 and P1-9.
The "Power 9" layout uses baskets P1-9, skipping T14 and F1-18.
While Spring Valley is a ball golf course as well, don't expect a Country Club atmosphere. It does offer more amenities than a typical park it, but a golf resort it is not.
Other reviews have mentioned lots of water hazards on the Finesse 18 layout. I've played this course only in the summer and the water is pretty minimal. There's a creek to cross on F1, creek to the left of F6 and right of F18, and a couple puddles back in the F14-F16 area. Other than F1 there wasn't much significant water.
On the Power 9 layout the ball golf greens play as OB; please stay off of them.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Tall Pines, Loads of fun
Pros: Tall pines, lots of holes around 300 on the Finesse course. Good variety of lefty and righty holes. A few blind shots and generous concrete tee pads. Definitely good use of water. Pro shop full of discs, drinks and a few snacks. $3.00 to play all 27. Had a blast and will be back when in the area again.
Cons: The tee pads could be cleaner. Found a lot of mud on the pads. Signs after the hole that shows direction to next hole would be nice. A couple holes had small putting areas. The 9 on the ball golf course is only available on the weekdays. Pretty muddy and lots of snakes and creepy crawlers. watch where you walk and when you are reaching down.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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