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Pros: This is a longer 9 hole course in the CStat-Bryan area in a nice park. The baskets are nice DisCatchers and in normal Houck fashion there are bright colorful tee signs at each tee as well as a big overview map at the beginning of the course.
The first half plays in a semi open field with a lot of length and tough basket placements. There is a fair amount of elevation. Hole 1 and 2 play uphill while Hole 3 plays back down on a gentle slope.
The last five holes play around a creek and are much shorter. and very scenic feeling as it plays in a bowl like area. The walking path is mostly secluded from this part of the course.
Natural tees have turned into a solid dirt, so the tee pads are as good as they are going to get without putting in concrete.
There are bathrooms and water fountains on the park as well as a playground for kids.
Cons: The flow of the course is very bad. The designated parking lot is a quarter of a mile walk to the first tee and the course does not finish anywhere near the first tee or the parking lot. But walking never killed anyone.
The first tee pad is literally on a 45 degree incline on a hill. You can tell most people that play, play on top of the hill as there is a now a rutted box at the top.
If you over shoot any of the last five holes you may have a wet or lost disc. The last few holes do not play super long compared to their lengths so be aware.
Other Thoughts: The fun factor was lacking here compared to Southern Oaks which is this course's rival in the 9 hole courses in the CS/B area.
You can play here and literally less than a mile away is Oaks Park which is a fun short course that is very different from here. This still is one of the better courses in the area.
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Pros: Hot chicks everywhere. Nice mix of short and medium distance holes. Hot chicks. Not a lot of traffic so you can take your time. Oh yeah hot chicks.
Cons: steep banks on the creek can roll a disc into the nasty water.
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Two Courses in One
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Pros: There is a good amount of risk versus reward on the final five holes of the course with the creek, and big arms will enjoy the first four holes that are wide open and long. Basically, this course gives you an opportunity to practice multiple parts of your game. Holes range from 170' to over 600' depending on your tees, so there is a diverse range for shots, as well as a few very minor elevation changes to keep things interesting. RHBH players are favored on this course, but even then the course is fair to players.
The overall park facilities are good, with decent bathrooms, and a playground area for the kiddies. There is also an outdoor amphitheater, so even though the course doesn't conflict with the area, things could get potentially crowded on theater night.
BEST HOLE/S: #2; #6
Cons: The design for some may be a con depending on your viewpoint. You basically have four long mostly open holes, with holes like #3 feeling mundane and filler. Then the change to five shorter technical holes can be essentially viewed as the same type of hole five times.
There are some definite drainage issues around holes #8 and #9 making them play harder than they actually are (summer is worse with the plant growth), and it's very easy to lose your footing on the muddy soft ground. In addition, a map is essential for first timers since there are a few long transitions between holes and namely between the open hole #4 to the tighter #5.
The one other issue is the tee box area. There are natural tees, and apparently alternates, but even though there are top quality Houck signs - the alternates aren't easily spotted, and the distances don't seem to fit with the holes. These are minor issues, but something that could certainly give this course a boost if improved.
WORST HOLE/S: #3
Wolf Pen Creek is, in my opinion, pound for pound the one of the strongest courses in the College Station/Bryan area. Being only 9 holes, there are always going to be arguments between how it compares to the Research Park
course. Some things you may want to consider though in this comparison is that on a beautiful day - Wolf Pen Creek is probably going to be less busy than Research Park, and Oaks Park
is only a mile away if you need a scenery change. As always, there as issues, but I believe this course has used the land to its greatest advantage, and makes for a great round of golf.
Having finally played all of the current courses the Bryan/College Station area has to offer, I have made two separate lists for you to consider when making your next visit to Aggieland. I have ranked them first by overall course quality and then my personal enjoyment rating which varies a bit from the first list. Please note however, I enjoyed all of these courses, and none of them stood out as the clear favorite.
Course Rating and Quality:
1. Research Park
2. Southern Oaks Park
3. Wolf Pen Creek 3;
4. Austin's Colony
5. Oaks Park
6. Bonham Park
7. First Baptist Bryan DGC
8. Tiffany Park
Personal Enjoyment: (1 is best & 5 is worst)
1. Southern Oaks Park
2. Wolf Pen Creek;
3. Research Park;
4. Oaks Park;
5. Bonham Park;
6. Austin's Colony
7. First Baptist Bryan DGC
8. Tiffany Park
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Fun 9 Holer
Pros: Variations in hole design make for an interesting day of disc golf. The first few holes are open, long bombs, then the climate of the course changes to a flood plain with a winding creek. The creek is not large, but large enough to swallow up arrant shots.
This is as complete a 9 hole course as I've ever played. The majority of the holes do favor the RHBH player however, but it is not completely unfair.
Cons: I don't know what the state of Texas has against concrete tee pads. This is another course with naturals, and they were muddy the day we played.
The flood plain is exactly that. It is a flood plain. It will flood all the way up to the ampitheater.
The walk from the 9th hole back to the parking area is a little bit unreasonable.
Other Thoughts: Stupid Texas Fire Ants....
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