Opinions Are All Over Board On This Course!
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wow! Pearsall Park DGC is one of those courses that elicits a wide range of opinions from reviewers. I happen to find myself in the camp appreciating her charms.
The tee signs were simple, small fiberglass map signs mounted on 12 x 12 wooden posts, very vandal resistent! Fairly simple but with just enough information. The pads were concrete and the Discatchers with the yellow bands were easy to spot.
I agree with other reviewers that holes 1-4 were nothing special. But then # 5 brings you out to what one reviewer calls the spine. The view here was pretty special! You have about a 180 degree panaramic view overlooking the Lackland Air Force Base and much of the valley. And just when I reached this spine, three fighter jets took off from Lackland! That's the sound of FREEDOM, gentlemen! I found that to be a pretty special sight.
Back to the course. Holes 5 & 6 play along this spine. Both of them are unique but a little scary at the same time. You don't want to hyzer way down the hill here.
I really loved # 8. It's a tight 228' downhill ACE run to the basket staring up at you. Should be so easy, right?
# 12 was another scary favorite of mine, especially playing the course alone and for the first time. It's a 241' downhill with hyzer touch needed to a barely visible basket surrounded by thick brush and trees.
I liked # 14, a tight 294' uphill shot with the basket barely peaking out.
And I thought # 16 was kinda fun with the basket 329' away and tucked up into the corner under some trees. It's a semi-tight hyzer to get around the corner on this hole.
Sani-cans and a working water fountain near the parking lot.
Cons: I agree that there are a couple of "filler holes" here. Probably 3-4 that don't help the course's rating in any way.
The first 8 holes are out in the bright sun. There's no escaping it out there. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, etc. The last 10 holes give you some relief.
There are a few places where losing a disc is a real possibility.
Other Thoughts: Some really fun holes. A couple ACE runs. A couple of semi-scary holes. A few semi-boring holes. A couple of anhyzer throws to be made. I think Pearsall runs the spectrum from the good to the not-so-good holes. I'd make it a regular on my disc golf outings if I lived in San Antonio. But I think I'd play early in the morning before it warmed up too much.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Very enjoyable course
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Beautifully laid out and not packed, holes range for easy and grassy to hilly and blind, some awesome elevation changes
Cons: Heavy brush in the rough spent a lot of time looking for disc but more our fault for throwing off fairways
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun course with a mix holes
Pros: Lots of elevation change. Good mix of long wide open shots and technical shots. Great views.
Cons: Plan time to look for lost discs. There are shots that if you go off course it can take a while to find the disc... Or bring a hand full of drivers that you don't mind losing.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is well designed and a lot of fun to play.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -good warm up course if you haven't played in a while.
-wide open shots you can really see how far you can throw with a goal of finishing the hole instead of seeing how far you can throw in a field and chasing your disc down and throw it back.
-good signage, easy navigable.
Cons: this is not a course i will be returning too. it was far to easy to shoot under par and walking the course was straining.. built on the side of a hill/land fill you do a lot of hiking and not a lot of throwing.
Other Thoughts: i didn't see a single person when i played here so if you want to escape into a game and not have to deal with the crowed this is a good place to go.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
either wide open or over grown.
Pros: nice t-boxes, signs are clear, easy to navigate, not busy.
Cons: there aren't very many wooded holes. if you're only playing the front 9, save yourself the drive and go pick a target in an open field and throw.
most holes are wide open with no challenge other than elevation. and boy is there some elevation.
the holes that aren't wide open are so over grown you have to throw down a 5-10 foot wide ally.
this course is very unforgiving. the brush on the sides is so thick I spent 20 minutes looking for a disc 10 feet from the path.
the wooded holes would be nice if someone did some major brush thinning but the way it is, if you're wearing shorts don't even play this course.
Other Thoughts: this course needs either more people playing it to beat down the brush or more maintenance.
great place to practice throwing up and down hills.
everyone is saying "nice mix of holes" but you can look at the pictures on this site and see it's %75 wide open field.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Course With A View
Pros: This is a disc golf course that has a challenge for all skill levels. One of a kind for sure. I probably have played this course more times than any other in the Austin-San Antonio area. My most favorite! First you are greeted with four good warm-up holes 1-4 varying in length from 223 on hole 1 to a little over 300 on 4. Then the fun starts. Hole 5 plays on the north side of the "spine" and is a little over 300 feet. Keep in mind that on the first five holes there are no obstacles, just length and wind to deal with. After hole 5 you progress to hole 6 on the bottom of the north side and shoot toward the basket 350 or so feet away. Tough one to par for beginners. Hole seven plays by the scrub on the north side. If your disc flies into the scrub, forget it. I've lost two down there and have never found them. It is too steep and and too many trees to attempt a "search and rescue" of a disc. Holes 8, 9, and 10 play down and around the bottom of the "spine" and bring you back to hole 11. This is a 190 foot blind throw up the hill. Good deuce, possible ace hole. Holes 12, 13, and 14 play down on the south side of the "spine." They vary in length from 250 on 12 to around 300 on 14. You are back up on the "spine" to play the 190 foot (ignore tee sign, it says 290) hole 15, which is a good deuce opportunity. Hole 16 plays from up on the south side then 300 feet into the woods which brings you to 17. Hole 17 plays on a dogleg to the left and can be easily parred in 3. Hole 18 brings you back to the parking lot and is an excellent practice basket as well.
Cons: No benches, some tee signs are wrong. Lack of obstacles on some holes. More trash cans needed. Lots of trash scattered around the fairways.
Other Thoughts: If I were to recommend a good, overall course to play for any disc golfers of any skill level, it would be this one. There is good, medium, and excellent challenge holes here. While this may not be the best course in San Antonio, it still holds its own as one of the better courses in the area. When you are here, play this one. I think you will agree with me. For purposes of this review, "spine" means the top of the hill where holes 1,2,3,4,11,15, and 18 are played.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
Hardest Course I've Played
Pros: Keeps you challenged. Nice mix of holes. Nice views. Its a nice change from most courses in San Antonio.
Cons: Plenty of areas to lose ur disc. I had to go trail blazing a couple of times. Confusing trying to stay on course and find the baskets from the tees.
Other Thoughts: Apparently they have really cleanup up the course. Mowed lots of high grass. Honestly, this course is very difficult and long. Had to take breaks...but maybe I'm just out of shape.
Oh yeah....Dang its windy!!!
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
This course BLOWS
Pros: The wind, it's the *wind* that blows. That's where the challenge lies in playing Pearsall.
This course has a nice mix of holes, and is in that great middle ground of difficulty where rec players are challenged, and advanced players are not bored.
The course flows very well, and it's pretty easy to find your way from hole to hole. There's a very good map at the beginning of the course, and you can park immediately behind the #1 tee. #18's basket finishes right next to it.
The first 7 holes are open, but still nicely mixed. The elevation changes and use of trees and brush, combined with the constant wind on the hilltop makes each hole different. Hole 8 is a fun little downhill shot, and then you are in amongst the cactus, brush, and trees for most of the rest of the course.
There are several memorable holes here. #5 is across the top of a short ridge, and has a great view of Lackland AFB over the next hill. #8 is a real downhill ace-tempter. #11 is blind over a hill, #12 is almost blind around a bend and over a saddle, and #14 is a cool uphill shot with a plateau short of the green to aim at, or you can grab your juevos and hyzer it up to the tree-caged basket. #17 is an uphill, blind, double dog leg through a narrow tree lined alley.
The baskets are all on chipped bark 'anthill' mounds. The tees are all concrete. The signage is excellent here, with diagram and distance on each.
Overall, it's an interesting course where you'll need a lot of shots and a lot of patience. For the pros, go for several aces. For the noobs, just keep it in bounds. You'll both have fun.
Cons: The soccer field next to #1 is always well mowed, so why is this course almost always in 2 foot or taller grass?
The wind may not be a con if you like it for the challenge, but it's a con if you hate lots of wind. I hate lots of wind.
The hillsides make for good elevation changes in the holes, but there is a lot of climbing. This is much more exercise than 18 holes usually is. That's for you to decide if it's a con.
The walk from #8 to #9 is treacherous.
There is very little shade. Even the treed holes are mostly in a field then funnelled into trees, so except for #9 and #17 you're in the sun. Roughly half the holes are next to trees or around a stand of trees, so there just isn't much shade.
Other Thoughts: There's a dogpark up at the road, then the DGC is around to the back. Look for the dogs running around when you're trying to find it from Old Pearsall Road.
The views are great, and the sight of the infrequent jets flying low enough to get a good look at sets this course apart.
The guys who've designed this course did themselves proud.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
This course is way under rated...
Pros: This course is actually very under rated on this site, and truly is an excellent course. For starters, this course should be a 3 or higher simply because of the fact that it is reclaimed land. Any time a a landfill can be turned from a stanky pile of refuse into even a crappy discgolf course this is a good thing. What we have hear is a trash pile that was converted into an awesome course. The course may not have very much shade, but it does have really good holes and use of the land. The first four holes are wide open and a little repetitive, but my impression of them was that they were just right to get you warmed up for what's coming at you next. Hole 5 is the first hole where you can really tell that you are on top of an old landfill. Also 5 has great views of the planes at Lackland AFB, downtown SA, and Texas country...but there is plenty more of this to come with this course.
So the holes begin to get progressively better from 5 on, 5 - 11 play down, around, and then back up on side of what I would consider to be the main hill the course plays on. 12 is a great chance to air one out...the pin is downhill and partially hidden with only the yellow ring around top of the basket being visible. The next few holes play around (13,14,16) a little valley; up, down, and through it. 15 is a tiny little hole, a nice break really, but it should be said that the sign reads 291' and the holes is more like 191'... Hole 17 is really great and fairly difficult as it is a double dog-leg, bending left and then back to the right at the last 50' to the hole. Really this is probably the hardest hole on the back 9, and is somewhat deceptive from the tee pad. The hole goes up hill at first and looks to just be a dogleg right, but as you move up the fairway it becomes more clear that the last portion of the hole bends back and just adds a little extra difficulty. 18 is a nice simple hole to end a round on and plays right back to the parking lot.
The course is all around a really great course with fantastic use of reclaimed land. The course has plenty of elevation changes, gives you shot up hills, down hills. It plays in trees, out of trees, wide open; really Pearsall Park has alot to offer and I highly recommend playing it.
Cons: -No trash cans...and lots of trash around the course. I know this is a little ironic seeing as how the course used to be a landfill and all...
-Not alot of shade. Really only had 2 or three holes that had a nice shaded spot to sit or chill.
-Signage is a little awkward as all the holes are oriented diagonally on the sign. So, for instance, on the second hole the sign makes it appear as though the hole goes off to the right, when in fact the holes is straight ahead. Once you realize all the signs are this way it's fine though.
Other Thoughts: What the heck are the cages near hole one on the sidewalk? They have soccer balls on them, but there isn't a soccer field near by, and they don't seem to have any particular function...
The course has a water fountain at the parking lot, and from having played courses from SA to Denton I can tell you that this is a surprisingly rare perk...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Get Ready For Some Wind!
Pros: Mixture of long and short holes with some interesting lines. Good use of elevation change. Can be a great place to practice your wind game and this area of the city is always windy. Plus it is right across the street from Kelly AFB so you get to see the large air force planes flying around.
Cons: Many of the tee off positions are in bad spots where you can easily get hit by someone teeing off on another hole. Some holes the rough is VERY rough and the open area is VERY small.
Other Thoughts: This course will only get better with time as the rough gets beaten in and the taller grass gets beaten down.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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