13 Helpful / 1 Not
A peaceful walk under the trees and out of the wind
Pros: Alex Clark is one of the most pleasant places I know of to play a casual round. Large trees shade ~85% of the playing area and also serve to block a lot of the wind that usually affects you on Texas courses. The holes are short, but fun, and will work on the different throws in your game. The long tees are very poorly marked and usually only played by locals, but if you stretch the tees to the longs, the course becomes a much better challenge and less of a deuce-or-die course for higher-rated players.
The course also gets props for having some wide open soccer/football fields at the same complex, immediately across from the start of the course. These are a great place to get in some practice drives before or after a round. One of the better driving ranges for discs I know of adjacent to a DFW disc golf course.
Related to practicing/honing your game, if you are out here on a day the course isn't too busy, this course allows you to experiment with a lot of different lines on almost every hole. There a big trees that allow for high-ceiling (but not unlimited) shots and the lack of underbrush means that there are minimal penalties when you are throwing 3-4 discs off every teebox. If you're there alone, I suggest playing this course with 3 - 6 discs, throwing all of them on every hole and use this time to work on putter-drives, midrange hyzer and anhyzer shots, tomahawks, forehands, etc... There are just enough trees to force you to hit lanes for the birdies, but most holes here can be parked via several different routes.
Cons: Almost zero elevation change, so very little chance to work on those shots. Course can be very busy on weekends or nice summer evenings, or sometimes the parking area and the first fairway will be overrun by people their for soccer tournaments.
Signage isn't great and the first time through some of the hole-to-hole flow can be a little counterintuitive (though its all so close together it isn't that hard to find your way, a little better signage would still be nice).
Very little "rough" so a lot of mediocre/bad shots aren't really penalized, unless they go into the stream that plays in on 7-8 holes. Stream can be deep and the bottom is stick-filled making it hard to retrieve lost discs. I like the strategic element of the stream, but it is annoying to lose plastic and this is likely to happen at Alex Clarke.
Course doesn't offer extreme challenge for AM1/Pro players. People at this level should be shooting double-digits under from the regular tees and several down from the longs.
The longs mostly add distance or change a line slightly, making holes into harder deuces and easy-3s for better players. The longs would be a nice challenge for less-experienced players however looking to stretch their game. However, a downside of trying to play the longs is that since they aren't well known, other groups are unlikely to be watching for you if you are throwing the unmarked teeboxes. This can lead into additional difficulty on crowded days.
Other Thoughts: My numeric rating for this course should really be broken out into a "rating for pros" and a "rating for ams" score.
Alex Clark is on my mental short list of "best courses in the country for novice players." -- I'd probably give this place a 4 or a 4.5 for novice players, families, kids, etc... - the short, flat course is challenging for that level, very pretty and will improve your game and your shot selection.
However, for Adv/Pro players, this is probably a 2.5 or a 3-rated course, tops. It's fun and a nice diversion, a decent place to practice putter drives and putts, but lacks much real challenge, even from the longs (if you can find them).
The locals here are a mix -- some die-hard disc golfers (mostly Masters and AM2/3 players) who are always welcoming and good company, interspersed with lots of young kids who may or may not know disc golf etiquette.
The prevalence of young kids and other inexperienced players should make anyone feel less intimidated by the sport. Again, a great reason for this course to be played by folks who are new to the sport, or for experienced players to take friends who have never played -- Alex Clark will be a place to get them hooked.
Random note: I haven't played here very often, but of the 18 aces I've hit, I have more aces here (four) than at any other course. A hammered 8X KC Banshee on hole 2, a backhand CE Eagle up a headwind on hole 4, a backhand original San Marino Roc on hole 12 and a forehand DX Firebird on hole 17. Also, more chains than I can count on various other holes. This is a great place to work on your ace count or to get a first-ace if that's one of your goals. :-)
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: What makes this course excellent is the fact that, even though it is heavily wooded, the distances are realistically set so that par is obtainable.
There is enough shade to play this course at any time of day, even during the hottest part of summer.
Even with missing signs the course is easy to follow and has great flow.
The concrete tee pads are wider at the back which is good for people who need alot of room to scissor step. This should be the standad tee pad for all courses.
Cons: The river is deep! Use caution!
Many signs are damaged or missing.
This course is a tiny bit too easy or I would have given it another 1/2 disc higher rating.
Other Thoughts: Unlike most heavily wooded courses, this one will not frustrate the beginner.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very pretty course and is perfect for hot days because it is heavily shaded with trees. The trees can be a factor. . not much wind either. It was very fun. there is some water on a couple holes but not a huge factor (except i lost one). it is a very short course with holes around 200-250 feet. Easy par course.
Cons: It is a short course and for a first time on the front nine it is a lil hard to find way around but easy once you get the hang of it
Other Thoughts: Fun course to play
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Alex Clark Memorial
Pros: Beautiful course. Trees provide shade and block wind but do not get in the way of play. Most holes have decently easy pars. Nice variety of holes including dogs to the left and right. Well maintained and located in a nice area. Discs not easily lost. Most water hazards are off the course and the rest are shallow.
Cons: Some signs have been removed.
Other Thoughts: Local players seem very nice and so generous as to give me a Champion Wraith on the spot to keep.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 7 Not
very easy course
Pros: course is beautiful. alot of challenging holes. this is a great course to start out disc golfing on.
Cons: alot of people, disc were flying everywhere. some of the signs were down, so since it was my first time, i spent alot of time asking where's the next hole.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
One of my faves
Pros: Am and Pro tees. Shots selections.
Cons: Deep water hazards / easily lost discs.
Other Thoughts: The course plays as a pitch and putt with some challenging obstacles from am. tees. The course is significantly longer from the pro tees with a similar degree of obstacles and hazards.
*The pro tee boxes are pretty difficult to find, but every hole has one. They are marked with bricks flush with the ground with the hole # on them. The best way to find them is to look where the dirt is worn behind the am. tees somewhere, they are not concrete like the am tees.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Very fun course!
Pros: Well laid out course. Informative signs at tees. Lots of tall trees to provide shade and good obstacles. Several tees back up against creek. Very fun to play, all around.
Cons: Some of the holes play a little short.
Other Thoughts: Large creek winds through course. About 15 feet down in parts with steep, muddy sides. Pray that your tee shot on hole 1 doesn't pull too far to the left.
Highly recommended course overall.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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