6 Helpful / 0 Not
a truly unique dg experience
Pros: -this is a review of the blue course
-very well maintained course: great grass and quite a few trash cans, plus a nice bathroom
-natural grass "tees" were awesome, they allowed for infinite run ups, good footing and they were easy on the legs
-the course itself was very unique. The sheer amount of OB on the course made you make a safe or risky decision and then execute the shot well.
-the course had decent length and decent length variety with some holes under 300' and some over 600'.
-Although the course lacked rooted obstacles (ie trees) overall, the trees that are present are utilized to the full potential. On hole 12, a mando was set up between the two evergreens. Hole 15 was a semi tight wooded shot that play to an elevated green.
Cons: -Tees aren't permanent which is a con but also a pro as they can be change on a whim.
-Navigation could get pretty hairy. We played with ERicJ and Neal, so it wasn't a big deal.
-Course was primarily flat and open, some more trees would have made the experience more like dg and less like bolf.
-The tourney OB was a bit confusing with concrete and over sometimes ob and sometimes not.
Other Thoughts: You'll definitely want to print a map up before heading out here, along with hole distances. Better yet get ahold of one of the guides and have them show you around as it's less frustrating than searching for tees and baskets. Overall I really enjoyed this course, semi challenging and risky, but nothing ridiculous. Plus it was a lot of fun.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Immaculately maintained grass. The ONLY course in the area suitable for long roller shots other than the Spring Valley Power 9. I saw no litter at all on the entire 18 holes.
Cons: Teeboxes are not well marked. It is essential that you print up a course map for reference if you have never played this course. Bring some spare discs because you will probably lose a few in the drinks, especially on a windy day.
Other Thoughts: This seemed to be a pro's course with shot placement being key to a good round. Long holes, lots of water, lots of wind! If the course only had better signage I would up my rating to at least a 4. Beautiful course! Kudos Neal Dambra.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great layout; challenging. Probably the best in the Houston area. The city needs to do a little work to make it safer as a park.
Cons: Poor tee markers - very hard to find your way around. WATCH OUT FOR COTTONMOUTHS IN THE WATER HOLES - SAW A 4 FOOTER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF 9/10.
Other Thoughts: Bring water - none on course.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: No one has written a review for the "Largo" set-up of "the Links" course, so I will. This takes the normal 18 hole configuration and extends it to nearly 10,000 ft. with quite nearly twice the water.
If "the Links" is "risk/reward" then Largo is "you risk and you probably will get punished" for an errant shot of any kind (is there a rule as to how many " " " you can put in a sentence?)
This is not a course for the squeamish! If you can throw accurate 380' shots with deadly accuracy (yes, I know that was redundant) you will do well IF you play smart. If you can not throw deadly accurate 380' shots and come out wearing sandals and carrying three discs, God be with you!
This course is for players who want to challenge their skills and mental game.
Cons: This course does not attract much play from individuals other than locals and the layout can be challenging to follow.
This will get better when the course maintainers are allowed to put up better course markings and signage.
Other Thoughts: If you really want to test your skills and assess your mental game, this is the layout for you. It can leave you in disc golf ecstasy or curled up in the fetal position with an empty disc golf bag, wishing you never heard the name, L L L L argo *shiver*.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Exciting holes. I can't say that enough. The open go big layout is a definition of risk/reward. Very challenging, mainly to keep the circles of your score and discs in your bag. This is no longer a pay to play course. This is an excellent course for tournament play, because there is a big need to go for the shot over the water or not pitch up, so scores can swing a lot in a round. There are birdies available...
Cons: although devastating multiple circles are easily available as well.Teeboxes are just markers, no longer have golf carts for rent. Lost discs aren't cool, even if you know going into the round that you're going to loose some. Not fun to risk that many lost discs on a casual round. The last four holes aren't quite as "cool" as the rest of the course. 18 is a shorter, safe hole, with only some road o.b. After the epic holes before it, it just seems to end on a throw away.
Other Thoughts: Of the three courses at Quail Valley this was my second favorite. I wish the King Quail would have been the one to stick around.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Water, water, everywhere!
Well designed course with some great shots out there to be had. Challenging to play. Fantastic "Risk/Reward" course; makes you choose a lot between laying up or going for it. Built on top of an obsolete ball golf course this area drains exceptionally well. Other than #15 & #16 I have yet to encounter any standing water on the fairways. Recent addition of the "Largo" configuration gives this course a whole new look: bigger, longer, and more challenging!
Many small lakes will get discs wet. The water isn't that deep, but it is very muddy so you can't see anything underwater. If you throw floaters you can get most of your discs back. No permanent above ground tee markers, must use the online map to find the in-ground bricks.
Site for 2008 TX State Disc Golf Championships. 15 of 18 holes have water in play. Not many trees to contend with out here. Holes #2, #7, and #16 are the make or break a round holes for good players, if you can '3' those you'll have a good round.
Are *you* scared of the water??
Update: on Sep 21 '08 small colored brick tee markers were installed. The blue tee for #8 was moved 27' up the incline to the top. This will entice more players to "go for it" from the tee instead of laying up which was becoming all too common.
Update: October '08 There's a new monster layout available to play called "LINKS Largo". All 18 tees are marked with white bricks, drop zones are marked with yellow. The first nine holes play the course forward and the last nine play the course backwards (See the map). This is a great layout that is in line with today's longer courses that force you to make a long upshot and/or putt.
There's obviously a great deal of contention between forward and backward playing holes, as well as the standard vs. Largo configurations. But with the current low level of play this course sees it's not a problem.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
The Links (The Lakes?)
Pros: Really makes DG a thinking man's game with the huge amount of risk vs. reward shots. Any given hole can be a 2 or a 5 based on if you "go for it". The water will swallow your discs but don't let it scare you away as the overall experience of the course is wonderful and challenging. Set on a ball golf course which means it drains well and there are carts available to rent which greatly increase the speed of play and your ability to play a few rounds without getting worn out even in the hot Houston sun. Come with extra plastic and a positive attitude and you will LOVE this course!
Cons: You really should hesitate to throw your favorite plastic as water can gobble discs up quickly. Don't get frustrated when it happens and you will be fine.
Other Thoughts: One of three courses at Quail Valley Country Club and the only one (at the point of this review) put in permanently. If all three courses get permanently put in the ground this could be an ultimate disc golf location.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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