2 Helpful / 3 Not
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.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
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.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Even better than the first
Pros: Excellent course layout making use of wooded areas, hills, open fields, ponds and terrain you wouldn't imagine possible. Easily the best course in the Houston area and it isn't even finished yet (baskets on #5 & 6 needed). The short holes are all very challenging with good use of terrain, the long holes will take everything you can throw at them and more. Water hazards are used effectively.
Cons: The course isn't finished yet and tee boxes are still not clearly marked. The overall layout of the holes doesn't come back by the car park until the 18th hole. Keep an eye on your discs because it is very easy to lose one on this course. If the mosquitoes are bad stay away. We had to give up after five holes the other day because of swarms of mosquitoes, and we were covered in Deep Woods Off.
Other Thoughts: Keep out of the water - the park rangers don't like to see swimmers. Bring more Off than you think you'll need.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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