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Solid nine holes
Pros: This course has a decent layout with a mix of trees that force a person (more in summer) to throw a certain shot. Hole four is your first hole that will feel more open although it still has trees to contend with around the pin. Technical shots are especially true on 5 where the hole plays a tight curve right on a slope with the bayou ditch taking any discs missing the trees.
There are two tees for every hole making it a viable 18 holes to play. Each tee is well marked by a wooden post showing the hole number and yardage.
Restrooms are available and parking decent.
The practice hole (although unusable when it's wet) has markers placed progressively further around it allowing the player to warm-up with a little round the world putting. It's a nice little feature that I really enjoy and wish more courses had.
BEST HOLE/S: #1
Cons: When the course is wet, the practice tee and tee boxes are unusable for at least a day or two since they are dirt tees with a worn groove. The closer tee boxes feel too close sometimes, so if you have any experience, you'd probably prefer to play the pro tees twice if you wanted 18.
The baskets are really showing their age. They are certainly still usable, however the baskets themselves are bent a little on certain holes.
Although the foliage can present a challenge, there isn't a huge variation in hole length, with only one hole over 400' being very open for big drivers. There is no elevation change to speak of unless you throw it into the ditch on five, which also has a gigantic drain that will swallow discs about 100'-120' into fairway.
T.C. Jester road runs by three and four and your disc is almost certain to be run over if you have an errant shot right.
WORST HOLE/S: #9
Overall T.C. Jester is nice course to play, and you certainly won't be disappointed that you played it, but don't expect to play anything spectacular.
I would say Terramont Park
, in the Woodlands area is better if your choosing to play nine holes in the areas north of I-10, but T.C. Jester is a solid choice based on it's location, layout, overall wooded feel.
It's also in relative location to the Agnes Moffitt Park
(18 holes) if you feel that 9 holes just wasn't enough.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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A nice solid course
All tees marked with easily visible posts containing hole number and very accurate distances.
Three holes have pretty heavily wooded fairways that force a really tight line to get to the basket. Two holes have medium trees, two are light trees, and one is wide open. The last hole is pretty much impossible to go through the trees forcing you to go over or around.
Does an amazingly good job of not favoring righties or lefties with most holes having options for both styles.
Ample parking and restrooms close by. No significant risk of losing a disk but street and bayou OB loom close.
A little on the short side by today's course standards.
There's a path through and along one side of the course so beware of walkers, joggers, and bikers.
Double chain baskets are showing their age but are still in decent shape. Tee boxes are dirt and some are slightly rutted.
Some of the paths between holes appear to be prone to flooding. There are cinder blocks laid down to make an elevated path through the puddles.
Very large sewer grate on #5 looks like it could swallow your whole bag of discs.
Nothing overwhelmingly challenging, but a nice solid course. There were several holes where I stood at the tee before I threw and thought: "Now this is a good hole".
Alt tees typically just back up the distance of the main tee without directly adding any additional obstacles.
UPDATE Spring 2010:
The construction at the park has taken out the parking lot (for now use the street) as well as the practice basket. Also, hole #7 (tees & basket) had to be moved. So now the map on DGCR isn't completely accurate but still close enough.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Mostly shaded park environment that is regularly maintained. Bathrooms near the pool. A good beginner 9 basket course with alternate tee boxes.
Cons: Poison Ivy near the long tee-box for #2. Posted no alcohol. On Saturdays in late October, local high school running teams have a running meet at the park and take over 60 % of the area of the course.
Other Thoughts: In local league, players play 18 holes by two rounds of nine alternating tee-boxes playing #1 long followed by #2 short, etc., until twice around and all tee-boxes are played. Also, in league, discs that land 100% on the path or beyond the path is played as out of bounds.
Seems that some holes could be lengthened and space on the other side of bayou and other side of the swimming pool could be used to create a good 18 hole course.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Always Perfect for a Quick Game
Pros: All the holes have something different to offer. My home course in Houston. Alt tees on every hole. Easy to find each tee, a logical progression from hole to hole. A mix of right and left through scattered trees, it even has a long(ish) open hole to really rip it. Not an extremely difficult course, but with enough variety to keep it interesting.
What this course lacks in quantity of holes, it makes up for in quality. While some Houston courses are filled with mostly "blah" holes, and an interesting one every now and then, this little course throws a surprising variety at you for nine holes. You will have to play a few different lines on this course, and while many of the holes offer deuce possibilities, there are no gimme holes on this course, and every hole has one or more ways to send you into bogeyland without thinking twice. Curse that wizard tree!!
This course is probably the best example I've ever seen of making the best use of a limited space. The fact that they even built a course on this narrow strip of trees between a divided road and the bayou is impressive, and how well it turned out is even doubly so. Its location makes it one of the few courses in Houston I can usually drive to in less than 30 min, which is saying alot for anyone who's driven in Houston. The convenient location is really this course's calling card.
Cons: Fairly flat, lacking in extremely thick forest to obstruct. Reforestation area is still fairly doable for escape shots/ shooting through. Also, bayou and giant sewer grate can both handily eat disks without possibility of retrieval if you are not careful.
Baskets have that annoying rejection bar on the top.
On a few holes, most notably hole 2, an errant drive to the right can easily end up in the busy street. I like playing it as it lies as much as the next guy, but its hard to land a good upshot while dodging traffic.
Like many houston courses (the city as a whole) TC suffers from poor drainage. After a rain, be prepared for standing water in many spots on the course, especially on the tees.
The dirt tees are fairly level, worn down paths of earth, clearly marked with posts. They are fine to shoot from when they are dry.However, in wet conditions, the tees become little ponds, and thus force you to shoot next to them on many occasions., since they are low spots and thus the last areas of the course to drain. This can be a bit frustrating.
Though the holes here have some challenges and make for a fun round, this course doesn't really wow or impress, merely entertains throughout.
Other Thoughts: A good course, but nothing fancy. Great for a quick game inside the loop. Easy to retrieve discs that go into the rough, unless you are unlucky enough to shank one into the bayou, then its bye-bye.
This is the home course of both me and my good friend that introduced me to this wonderful sport, and he really enjoys this course. To this day he maintains "Every hole at TC is like a signature hole from another course." In a sense, I agree with this. If you plucked a few of the better holes from Moffitt, Macgregor, First Colony Aquatic Center and Bear Branch (minus the water), this course probably has something kinda similar on it. So the holes at TC are like a collection of $5 knockoffs: Oakley's sunglasses, Rolex watch, clip-on tie. They will look good, tell time, keep the sun out of your eyes, and get you into a fancy restaurant in a pinch. However, they aren't quite the same as the real thing. So, while not signature holes by MY definition, I agree that every hole here is kinda interesting, with enough variety and challenge that playing here often won't leave you horribly unprepared for the majority of what Houston courses throw at you (besides Oak Creek and Spring Valley).
TC is my Houston "home" course, but on principle I refuse to let HBB inflate my rating, because objectively, this is an ok course with extremely basic amenities. However, personally I find TC to be a charming and fun little average course to play, so I still recommend you stop by and play a few quick rounds. Welcome to my home.
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