3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great mixture of lefts and rights.
-Perfect mixture of heavily wooded lines that force particular lines and long, open shots that let you air it out.
-Very good teepads with great signage.
-Plenty of benches and trash receptacles.
-Very friendly locals that we ran into.
-Beautiful old growth trees with thick canopy up high.
-Nice variation with pin locations and gold-vs-red tee's.
-Plenty of parking.
-The course was very clean and well maintained.
-Great use of incorporating the ever-daunting but clear and clean, fast-flowing stream that runs throughout the course.
-Pin locations made upshots very important as many baskets were dangerously close to heavy woods/brush, and also to the very deep banked stream.
-Heavily shaded by canopy through the majority of the course.
-Baskets are in great condition.
-Not all par 3's! They have thrown in holes that change up the par 3 repetition, and that's always nice.
Cons: -This place gets very sticky and muddy. The mud is like glue to your hands, discs, and feet. I tried my best to clear out the mud off my shoes before getting on the teepads, but it was seriously difficult and made for a few high releases because of slipping on your pivot foot.
-It was pretty busy when we were playing, so there was a good amount of waiting though it was not obnoxious. Just be aware and prepared. It might be for a longer than normal round.
-Mud, mud, and more mud. The beautiful canopy above you in all the old growth trees makes drying this place out a very long process.
-Quite a lot of poison ivy, but it makes sense with the damp conditions.
-A lot of the baskets are blind from the teepad, so knowing if the basket is in the A, B, or C position takes a walk to look ahead fairly often. Some type of moveable marker on the sign would help out a lot.
-Though the boxed concrete bases for the pins do nicely to solidly plant the pin in place, they also wreck your putters and softer plastics that so happen to impact them. I have quite a few new, very deep scars on my discs from impacting the sharp edges of the concrete.
-If you go in the beautiful but deep and swift stream, say goodby to your disc. It's a goner.
Other Thoughts: Really, this is a fantastic course. They received about an inch of rain 2 days prior to my arrival, so that could certainly be the culprit for the sticky muddy conditions. However, it seems to me that this course has a lot of the symptoms of a place that does not dry out very often (poison ivy, mud pads before every teepad, deep leafy brush, etc..)
However, if you allow some of those annoyances to keep you from playing this course, you are doing yourself quite the disservice; just bring bug spray, long pants, and a few towels. If you prepare for it, you should love this course.
This course is an enjoyable walk as it is in a VERY NICE park with great water features and beautiful bridges plus having the always present old-growth trees just makes for a very pleasant location to play.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Beautiful and Wild
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Lots of mature trees make for a scenic round.
-Great tees with boot scrapers! More courses need boot scrapers after playing this place. The signs are also very nice.
-Great use of water and space.
-Nice long course.
Cons: -The grass is very long making it hard to find discs and making skips an imaginary happening.
-Hard to get down to creek if you go in. Even harder to get back up.
-Poison ivy and snakes.
-Hole 18 is basically roller only, way too many trees!
Other Thoughts: -This place would benefit from some way to know which position currently holds the pin.
-Warm up at Alex Clarke and head over here!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Towne Lake Review
Pros: Very good signs to show you the hole layout.
Most holes are shaded.
Challenging, but not to the point were you are frustrated as a beginner.
Cons: You don't know if the baskets are in pin A or pin B. You have to scope out the basket before teeing off sometimes because of this.
Creek is very DEEP down.
Other Thoughts: This was my first time to play this course. I have been playing dg for about 6 months or so. I thought this course was hard, but not to the point were you want to quit. Course makes you use shots you are not use to. Good mixtures of short/long holes.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good challenge on flat ground
Pros: 18 holes with sweet dual concrete tees and pads to scrape off mud. Multiple pins. Good mix of shots around the creek and varied distances. Tee signs were ok and navigation wasn't too bad first time here. Nice course map by hole 1's tee by parking lot. Good use of risk vs reward on some holes.
Cons: Mud which seems typical with the area courses. High potential for disc lost due to rough and creek. Lots of poison ivy and mosquitoes. I image moccasins are prevalent around the creek bed.
Other Thoughts: The course is fairly secluded from the park. There were some people on hole 2 and 18 but not a big deal. I ran into a couple nice locals that helped me find a lost disc in the rough on hole 13. I lost a couple discs here in the creek. No way I was going after them and not sure I really could get to them. I didn't realize the water extended past the first row of trees on hole 16. The poison ivy was pretty bad in some of the rough.
Towne Lake definitely provides some good challenge and variety of shots. However with the course being so flat it's hard to get that excited about it and didn't have a whole lot of fun factor. This is not really a fault or con due the available terrain, but just a personal preference of mine. Perhaps if I was a local DFW player I'd appreciate the course a little more.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Good lines, bad mud
Pros: The course plays through a large wooded area with little interference from other park activities. A handful of holes play relatively open, most with some good distance and areas of brush to stay out of. The rest of the course plays through tall trees with limited underbrush. There are lots of different lines to hit, mostly with trees rather than brush to contend with if you miss your line.
The creek comes into play on a bunch of shots, it'll definitely punish you for missing your landing zone with an ob shot or at least a tricky lie trying to get out of the deep creek bed. The distance variety is nice here, some ace runs and some long shots that still make you hit a gap or landing zone.
Dual large concrete tees are nice, all are plenty big and grippy. At least half of the holes offer pretty different lines from the two tees, and most have a decent distance differential. Both sets of tees have fantastic signs with hole layout and distance along with a marker for the next tee. The course map by the parking lot is a nice touch. Dual pin positions change up the layout a little, and up the replay value.
Cons: There are several blind shots or holes where it's tough to tell what position the pin is in from the tee, I'd like to see some way of marking current pin locations so you don't have to walk up the fairway to scout them. The course is very flat, so you don't get any fun elevation shots, and the drainage is pretty poor.
The ground is some of the stickiest mud I've seen, and it seems to stay wet for a while after rain. It felt like I was dragging 10lbs of mud around on each foot after the first couple steps. There are some spots where it's pretty impossible to get down to the creek to retrieve a disc, and when there's much water flowing it can get murky and make it impossible to find a shot that went in the water.
Other Thoughts: This is a challenging and interesting course that pairs great with the easier and less punishing course just across the highway. Beginners might find this one a little long, and the creek can be a bit daunting for less accurate players. More experienced throwers will find some nice tests here, and with the variety of two sets of tees and two pin positions (hopefully changed somewhat regularly) you can mix things up.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: great course holes are not to long but longer than alex p clark just across the highway witch is a great course for beginners .concrete teeboxes & dual pin locations at each hole.
Cons: watch out for the creeks !!!!!!!!!
Other Thoughts: i must dissagree with the review made by dchirish123
"Pros: Intermidiate level player with 4 years experience. Very demanding and technical. Only a experience golfer should attempt this course. Must have a big arm for most holes and be acurate."
i have only been playing since mid september 2011 much less than the 4 years exp he speaks of & play the course very well donot be discoureged by that review.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Gets better everytime I play it. 2 tees for most holes gives this place a fun and challenging look from the shorts and longs. Nice 2 course setup with Alex Clark right across 75. Well maintained, easy to navigate. Championship course.
Cons: Stays muddy for a while after the rain, no big deal though. Poison ivy and snakes. Nothing to be afraid of, just keep your eyes open.
Other Thoughts: Great course, go warm up at Alex Clark, then take your whole game over to town lake.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -dual concrete tees, great signage
-dual pin positions and baskets in good condition
-mud matts at each tee, needed on this course!
-lots of great holes, variety of distance and terrain
-lots of hole shapes but the premium is on accuracy and straight shots that stay in the fairway
-ranges from wooded tunnels to semi-open bombs
-most holes have trees, all have punishing rough off the fairway
-creek winds through course, in play on several holes
-practice basket, course map, plenty of parking
-huge park with other amenities
-close to I-75, across the highway from Alex Clark
Cons: -course gets flooded and boggy after a rain
-flat, little elevation, welcome to texas
-a few places in the creek are pretty inaccessible if you toss a disc in
-can get repetitive in the middle section of the course
-rough is rough
Other Thoughts: This is a great tournament level course only a mile from McKinney's other course, Alex Clark Memorial. It is uses the land available well throughout the mostly wooded terrain. There is a good variety of distances but a fairly uniform density of trees throughout. Most holes have a well-defined, semi-open fairway framed with heavy woods. Lots of tunnel-like shots and many right leaning fairways.
The dual tees and pin positions up the replay value here and the signs are the excellent Houck ones with the detailed maps. The navigation is pretty simple and there is a good course flow but the holes get a little repetitious in the middle of the course.
I really enjoy playing here during the summer. The woods provide great shade from the sun and heat and the course is usually dry. The wet season is problematic as the course is flat and right next to a large creek. It floods easily and stays boggy for a long time.
Definitely one of the best courses on the east side of the metroplex. McKinney has a great local scene and it is obvious that the course is well cared for. Lots of minis, great players around, and the local club presence is visible.
A great course to pair with Alex Clark for a day of discing. I like to warm up at AC since it's an older, shorter course, then hit Town Lake. Definitely worth checking out and a great option for your weekly if you're in the north Dallas area.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Best Course in the Area?
Pros: This course is carved out of the McKinney forest. You'll use and need a backhand, side arm and overhand shot to master this impressive 18. Between the constant trees to negotiate and the creek with the 20+ foot drop off following the front nine, you'll need a precision game. If it doesn't break you, this course is sure to make you a better player. The multiple basket locations and concrete tee boxes offer a wonderful variety of looks on each hole. If you have a little skill, this is a "must play" course.
Cons: Very few holes have shots where you thoughtlessly see how far you can throw your disc. The course can become a bit claustrophobic for the "grip it and rip it"/big arm types
Other Thoughts: Bring a "Golden Retriever"....unless you're the Indiana Jones type that doesn't mind a little mud.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well planned out course, great signage, lots of shade, rarely crowded. multiple tees that make sense, vaiety of shots.
Cons: Lots of trees equals lots of disc dings for me. The creek can be very deep and fast moving depending on recent weather and you see it a lot in this course.
Other Thoughts: Definitely my favorite in the area.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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