1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * The Course is very clean and well kept.
* Large parking lot.
* Large map of the course.
* Easy to see tee markers and number posts.
Cons: * 10 holes (there is a practice hole at the beginning)
* No yellow bands on the baskets, making them kind of hard to see.
* The thick brush is a huge pain. Several of the back holes have huge brush piles between you and the target, you have to make a best guess on your first throw and hope you can find your disc as there is a path on each side of the pile.
* Tons of poison ivy!
*One of the holes is really short, and your throwing at a road!
Other Thoughts: This is not a destination course, but if your in the area its a nice pit stop. The first few holes are wide open with few obstacles, but the last few are surrounded by thick brush! The course is well kept and very clean, I didn't see any trash, though I also didn't see any trashcans.... For a city park, when your there it feels like you in the middle of no where!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: All the pros have been noted.
Cons: The brush is very thick. Great place for snakes. Be very careful retrieving discs. You have to be pretty accurate if you don't want to be digging through all that crap. My disc landed 5 feet in and I had all the branches tugging at my shirt and skin. I even had to grab a stick to pull it closer to me.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
meh, its a park and a course
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -good use of park features
-well maintained park
-well marked and easy to follow (but could use a map at a couple of the holes that go around the woods)
Cons: -only 9 holes
-a couple of very open holes so if it is windy be prepared
-no tee pads
Other Thoughts: I will definitely come back and play here again but there is nothing special about this course.
be careful on the first wooded hole you come to. it is a really short hole that can not be seen from the tee so it is easy to overthrow the hole and end up in the road behind it
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: At 2.5 stars this is a typical city park style course that does not seem like it is widely used.
-There is a large parking lot near the warm up tee and basket.
-The course is in great shape. The main tees are well defined with a small tee sign showing distance and the line of the hole. There are alternate tees but like mentioned before you may have trouble spotting them.
-Hole #5 is easily the nicest hole on the course as it plays downhill, with water in front and to the right of the pin.
Cons: -The course is a little tricky to find if you cannot find the entrance to the park. I know I still have problems of trying to find the entrance coming off of Hwy 90.
-The course is not exciting. The first few holes are the same wide open shots with literally no obstacles to contend with.
-During the growing season the brush can be brutal. During the colder months of Dec-Feb the brush is not all that bad. Watch your disc though!
-9 Holes is a big bummer. The area that the course is set in seems rather large. It seems like there is a potential to add a few more holes.
Other Thoughts: As long as this course is in it's current set up I do not see this being a destination course. It has a bit more potential then what it is set up as. Maybe if a few more trees were planted and a few of the front 4 holes were re worked this course could be something a bit more then just being a "typical" course.
Southwest Houston is still lacking the signature 18 hole course. Could this be that signature course? Maybe.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A mixed bag of wholes on a superior practice course
Pros: - A mix of strong arm throws for holes 1-5 & 9 and a trio of finesse technical shots on holes 6-8 allow you to (mildly) vary your play style when you take on this course.
- Alternate tees add length to the otherwise straightforward front 5 and give a slightly different look to the back 4.
- Elevation changes are utilized where possible.
Cons: - Elevation changes are mostly unavailable (I know this contradicts what I just said, but of the 9 holes 8 don't utilize elevation.) I don't knock the course too hard for this though because elevation is not a luxury afforded to the southwest Houston region or any of the rest of the coastal plains of Texas.
- Alt tees are hard to find (Bring a map!).
- Holes 1-4 are nearly carbon copies of one another.
- Easy to lose discs in the brush of holes 6-8 (Especially 7).
Other Thoughts: I would say this is a step up from a practice course like Pecan Grove but a half disc shy of River Point (though I do give it a one up for the downhill shot on 5; River point has no such shots.) Parking isn't bad during the week but I've never been on the weekends. You can run through this course (literally) in about 15min or walk it in less than 30. I mostly play it as an alternative to trudging through the occasional mud at River Point.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Park setting. My kids were excited to get through the course so they could play on the playground. Hole 7 and 8 provided some nice challenge the 1st time through. Hole 5 was a fun visual over a large drainage ditch. Tees were easy to find. Good flow to the course.
Cons: Most of the other holes are essentially straight shots. The was a lot of bird crap on the hole markers and the baskets themselves, some were nasty. Alternate tees are ground level and were hard to find. Hole 9 does not end near hole 1 so you will walk a little bit to get back to the car if you park near hole one. I'd probably stay away from this course if there were sports going on, parking might be an issue. Used a mid range and putter through the whole course. Par 4? for hole 9? It's 400+ according to the marker but straight and an easy par with a mid range and putter only.
Other Thoughts: The restrooms were open but smelled horrible. Tees are in need of some maintenance but were easy to find. As long as there are no other activities going on in the park I'd go again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The main tees are well marked with posts indicating hole number and length. If you like wide open shots that let you grip and rip than this is probably a good place for you. With the alternate tees coming in at over 3100 feet it can be a good workout.
Holes five, six, and seven change up the course a bit using the terrain and foliage a lot along the fairways. Holes six and seven even force you to pick certain lines in which you must make at risk of losing your disc in the dense brush. The park is nice and well kept, and the course location is in good proximity to some other nine hole courses in the area.
There is also a warm-up basket by the parking lot that serves as hole #0 for those of you that just can't get enough with nine holes.
BEST HOLE/S: #5; #7
Cons: I felt a lot of, "really, this hole again" through the front half since holes one through four are essentially the same shot at different lengths. Plus, once that south summer breeze gets going on the flat terrain, you have a difficult time in the headwind for most of the round.
Do not throw your disc into the rough on five, six, and seven - it's some of the most insanely dense brush I've ever seen on a course. Other than that - the course is fairly straight forward to not much to get excited about, which is really the biggest con of all. You go out, play a round, and think was that it?
WORST HOLE/S: #3; #4
Imperial Park was slightly less impressive than Pecan Acres Park
, and I didn't have high hopes for either. Given that you get alternate tees, and mostly open long distance, big arms may enjoy this place more those fans of tight and technical. The longer I play - the more a fan I am of tight and technical, so I take that into consideration when playing an open typical course like Imperial Park.
Overall the course is in good shape for what it is, just don't expect anything amazing. The mix of the latter holes breaks the monotony of the front four and is the saving grace. Know your preference on the style of course that suits you, and know what to expect when you get there - just don't go out of your way to do it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice community course
Main tees are well marked using bocce balls on small posts. Full course map by the warm-up basket including a rules summary. Nice double chain DGA baskets in excellent shape.
The alternate tees provide a different look at some of the baskets and add some length. Alt #8 is a great risk/reward shot: if you can drive a nice slight anny shot through the triangular gap made by three groves of trees you can be sitting under the basket. Otherwise you can go big sky anny or try a tomahawk over the top.
Not the most challenging course. Only three of the nine holes have any significant trees. Holes #3 & #4 are almost identical. Beware of significant poison ivy in the brush around #6-#8. That brush gets very thick in the Summer and can easily swallow discs.
There's a small stream of water running the length of the course but at most is usually only several inches deep so while you might get wet shoes you shouldn't lose any discs in the water.
Warm-up basket complete with tee; could be considered a 10-hole course. Alternate Tees are marked with yellow bricks installed flush with the ground; use the online map to find locations.
The park can be subject to major pedestrian interference when softball tournaments are held. Fairway #2 is a favorite spot for softball families to set up camps. Basket #9 can also be compromised. Be wary of this condition on Summer weekends.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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