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Pros: -This is the much more difficult course on site and plays half of the holes in the woods and half of the holes in the open, so a very good mixture of shots, perhaps the best mixture of shots in Houston. A few holes you would be foolish to bring out any kind of driver and there are also huge bombs off the tee.
-There are a lot of risk-reward type shots off the drive. Especially #17 where you have to clear a lake and putt for a 2. Or go around the lake and make an easy 3.
-There are hills on a few holes in the woods that makes this course much more unique then what you would find in any typical Houston course.
-I am under the assumption that this course is much less played then Gulf Meadows so you never have to wait to play and the baskets are all in great shape.
-Concrete tees are always great to have especially at a championship caliber course like this one.
-There are a few ace runs (#18) which can add a bit of excitement to a ruthless round.
Cons: -Sadly, this course is not played as much because it is much more difficult and it is very easy to get frustrated at with the huge number of trees in the fairway.
-The water, especially the lake at holes 10-14, is very unforgiving and murky. If a disc goes in, chances are it is gone for good.
-A few of the holes are huge head scratchers in the design aspect. Most notably hole #2 which the hole sits 180 degrees clockwise from the tee. A 3 would be very impressive at a few of these holes.
-It is a little bit of a far drive for most Houston golfers. This could be a pro as well since not as many people will be out here.
Other Thoughts: If you combine this course with Gulf Meadows in one day, that is a great day of golf.
This course is especially great if you are looking for a big challenge. Like they said at the tournament that took place here "You kick the courses butt at Gulf Meadows, but get your butt kicked at Cedar Hills."
This course is definitely worth the drive from town and it is highly recommended for all out of towners.
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f'n trees! :-)
Pros: Challenging to say the least. The length of the holes in the woods is daunting- have to be "on" in the woods.
Coming out of the woods you are faced with water a challenge(s) immediately. Lost one in the pond today!
Crossing the street its all wide open spaces.
The three different types of challenges really let you attempt to use a variety of shots. Notice for a beginner like me I said "attempt", ha.
Cons: F'n trees! Well thats because I suck. But the woods is the biggest challenge. I wouldnt say a con necessarily just have to really be on in the woods.
Other Thoughts: Loved it. Liked it better than the other side of Jack Brooks. Want to play it again!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Challenging to play
Pros: Excellent mix of short, tight targets and long, open targets. Relatively easy to find your way around as a first-timer. Good park around it with biking, hiking, playground, picnic areas. I prefer the dirt tees like this course has to concrete tees.
Cons: Score cards available but no "mini-map" on the back and no course guide available on line.
Other Thoughts: Moves in and out of heavily wooded areas. Well designed and heavily played. Really nice course!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Work in Progress
Quality multi-chain DISCatcher baskets. This course is possibly the most balanced course in the Houston area. It doesn't appear to favor righties or lefties. While the majority of the shots are relatively straight some holes give you the choice hyzer or anny lines, while others force you to one side. There are two to four holes for each of RHBH hyzer or LHBH hyzer. Balance. Nine of the holes play through thick trees in the woods and nine holes are out in the sun. Balance. There are at least five holes where elevation change plays a significant role. At least five holes where you have to think about the water hazard. Balance. The pin positions are challenging with many of them on a high point that force you to consider laying up vs. a missed putt which can roll. There aren't many holes that you would consider "connector" holes, maybe #16. Signature hole might be #15, teeing off from the top of a hill to a basket 800+' away... a 500' drive off the hill will leave you with a 300ish' upshot to putt for the birdie 3! Concrete tee boxes were added in early 2011 making this course even better. Teeing off in the mud should never be an issue again.
First it must be noted that this course is still a work in progress. Many of the major cons listed here will be fixed in time. UPDATE: all 18 baskets are now installed.
Navigation is trick in a couple places, use the online map here to point you in the right direction. Your first time on the course you will likely need to walk #1 (back of the hill), #2 (dogleg right), #7 (dogleg left), and #14 (right turn at the end) to find the basket before you throw. Mosquitoes can get bad at Jack Brooks park; keep that in mind if it's rained recently.
I had the opportunity to play my first round on this course with one of the guys doing a ton of the work to put this course in the ground. It's clear that there are still big plans for this course. Eventually there will be alternate tee boxes and multiple pin positions for most if not all the baskets. Some holes will have three tee boxes, including a gold pro tee. Some of the holes may change significantly from what they are today. E.g. #3 basket is planned to shorten up a bit to make room for a tee pad on a completely redesigned hole #4 that will play across the creek. There's also a desire to add three more holes to make a total of 21. Some of these changes are short term and some are longer term projects, but this course will evolve. With the current state of the course I can't rate it higher than 4.0, but in time with the planned improvements this rating should go up.
If there's water in any of the creeks and your disc is surrounded it plays OB by local rules.
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By Houston standards, Cedar Hills plays an incredible amount of diverse shots forcing you to really think out each throw. Besides Terramont Park
in the Woodlands, this course has the most elevation changes in the area. Hole eight is a brutal example of this.
The front nine are tight, and the back nine opens up more in big open shots, so every type of player can find something to like. Holes range from 110' (according to map estimates) to 800' however this distance can vary greatly depending on where you think the tee box may be. Hole 16 is a great example of guess and check, while other holes (11 and 3 come to mind) have a clear tee box from which to throw.
There are quality facilities with actual bathrooms, and even a water fountain with cold water - a must for Houston summers. Also, with the course being brand new - the DisCatcher baskets are in perfect shape and are a great choice for the woods with its easy to see yellow band.
BEST HOLE/S: #8
Cons: The obvious con is that this course simply isn't finished yet. It's inching ever closer due to Jake's obvious blood, sweat, and tears - but there are multiple holes on the front nine that still need work.
There are few marked tee boxes (Holes 7, 15, & 17 if memory serves), but no posted yardage signs so remember to print the map off of links and files before you head out.
Mosquitoes are worth mentioning as a con at Jack Brooks too. The ground was cracked it was so dry, and I doused myself in Off Deep Woods; yet I was still bombarded throughout both courses.
WORST HOLE/S: #16
I really enjoy the Jack Brooks experience. Having hole 12 from the Jack Brooks - Gulf Meadows
course play near hole #15 of Cedar Hills, a person could really park their car once and play all 36 holes. Also, living in Houston, a person can really appreciate the effort when a design incorporates the good variety of elevation shots as seen on both courses. Because of these features, I believe this one-two combo is better than both Tom Bass Courses
With the last of the pins installed my current 4.0 rating still comes with an asterisk. Understand that the overall layout and design of course hovers around 4.5, and I will love to change the rating once some final clearing, quality boxes, and accurate signage are in. Truly, with some more work, this course has the potential to be the best course in the greater Houston area. If we could eradicate mosquitoes it would be perfect!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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The new course
Pros: The use of small steep hills are a great change of pace from the usual terrain in the gulf coast. Very challenging for both lefty's and righty's.
Cons: mosquitoes, snakes, and spiders are prolific in the summertime. Heavy rains can make the course unplayable.
Other Thoughts: If you've played the old course this one is about 5 to 15strokes more difficult.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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