2 Helpful / 1 Not
2 courses in 1
Pros: Nice course on the U.T. campuse. Park right by the tennis courts and hole one is right there. Starts off with the first pin on top of a moderate sized hill. Lay it up there or it will roll all the way back to the teepad. From there it opens up to well groomed fairways. Multiple teepads give you a choice. Shorter holes from there, easy birdies abound. Hole 7 is nice, throw off the hill into a heavily protected basket. Make your birdies on the front 9 because you will need that for the back 9. Walk across the road from the 9th hole and walk into a different world. The back 9 is very heavily wooded! Technical shots are a must! Throw a bad teeshot and you will be punished! Tight fairways and elevation changes abound on the back 9. Mainly short holes that you can get rewarded with a birdie or two if you are careful. Large trees and a secluded feeling make this a pleasant walk through the woods as well.
Cons: Signage consists of wooded posts to mark the hole and distance. Navigation can be difficult at first, especially on the back 9. Play with a local for assistance or you will be walking in circles a few times. Dirt teepads on the front 9 are heavily used, watch your footing carefully.
Other Thoughts: Rarely do you get to play a course that has such a different feel to it. Front 9 is pretty straightforward, nothing too special, but make it to the back 9 and you are rewarded with the best holes in the area! Navigation concerns are near the top of my list of items to reveiw for a course and this course certianly had those concerns, like many of the other courses in the area. However, given the fact that the back 9 was just plain fun, I won't take that into too much consideration. Put new signs and cement teepads and you will have a really great course. Definately my favorite in the area so far.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great mix of an open front 9 and wooded back 9, baskets located on hills. pretty short
Cons: hard to find the back nine, first few times i played i didnt even know there was 18 holes.
Other Thoughts: i love this course, played it on a daily basis
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: When you combine the front 9 with the back 9 you get a taste of some extreme variety. The front is very open with a few baskets located on hills. The back 9 is heavily wooded with narrow paths.
Cons: Leave your driver at home...you won't need it. The front 9 is very open and pretty short. The back 9 is short and packed with trees.
The back 9 is almost impossible to find and is difficult to navigate. Tee boxes are hard to find and there is no signage giving you direction.
Other Thoughts: The parking lot splits the front and back 9. The back nine is across the road entering the campus, buried in the woods.
It's a fun little course, but if you are in town for a limited time I would play another course.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Tale of Two Courses
Pros: Very well maintained front 9: reachable, straightforward holes here, with a few on hillsides to challenge your accuracy in putting. A great course for short-range practice and for beginners (front 9). The back 9 is insanely tight and challenging - sometimes there's hardly a clear line: it's that tight.
Cons: The back 9 is forgotten, overgrown, and not marked well. The front 9 gets fairly repetitive for more experienced players. Needs better navigation signs to show where to go next (especially on that back 9).
Other Thoughts: Of all four courses in Tyler, this is the least interesting. Its not awful by any means: you get a chance to work on midrange, but the lack of directions on the back 9 make it arduous.
BTW - hole 10 is across the campus road (not the big street) in the woods.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Back 9 is a work in progress..I hope still in progress
Pros: - Front 9 is clean and well maintained, challenging and fair. Features grassy hills, tight woods shots and co-eds.
- Back 9 will be nice, super tight finesse course.
Cons: - The back 9; very hard to navigate, hole #11 is down a long trail then across a parking lot back into the woods, no signs telling you that. Many holes end with multiple trails and you have to pick 1 and give it a try and hope you picked the right one.
- No course map, scorecard/maps
- #11 basket surrounded by ivy
Other Thoughts: Back 9 just seems either incomplete or neglected. It's not enjoyable, overgrown blocked lines, ivy, hard to follow. Front 9 is fun however.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellent for all types
Pros: This is a good course for a beginner and the expert. Your aim is challenged because if you are off you will pay for it dearly. You must use a wide variety of skills. You get everything from hills to grassy fields. It's a really nice place.
Cons: Don't throw your disc in the water, you may not find it. The creek will get stagnant and murky which hides discs well. This is only true on the back 9 where the creek is, especially on hole 12 where the hole is surrounded by the creek.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very challenging course offering a variety of shots because of obstacles and extreme slopes. Dual tees are nice. The location is exelent, right on a beautiful campus. Great mix of long shots and shorter holes. Short holes usualy are filled with obstacles such as trees.
Cons: It was hard to figure out where the next tee off box was. There were no directions. Runs right next to a road, which can become a dangerous hazard because of heavy traffic. There were also no score card present to shot the layout of the course.
Other Thoughts: Some holes are completely submerged in trees. Course seemed fairily busy, yet there was no waiting. Nicely groomed course. Flowed well after figuring out the holes.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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