Worth a stop for locals
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a fun, relatively easy course in a quiet neighborhood. Par should be considered 55 (one long open par 4 with OB on each side of the fairway). TLV has beautiful baskets that are only 3 years old. The course is easy to navigate, even with some signs missing. Every tee box at least has a wooden post and a red spoke on every basket points to the next tee box which helps for the holes that lack signage.
The course is very clean - you can tell the city loves their park, even if the disc golf course itself has had some tension associated with it since its installation. Despite that tension, the locals are friendly, including the joggers and the dog owners. I only have to wait a few seconds for passing walkers and joggers every so often despite the high traffic of the park. This implies that the course was well thought out to mostly avoid areas that would be frequented by non-disc golfers.
I think the gravel walking trail and roads is well used for strategic OB. I can list about 9 holes that use this OB to force players to think hard about placement and shot selection, making the shortness of the course less of an issue.
Trees are abundant obstacles that give a lot of holes interesting low ceilings that are fun. The park made it through the 2011 drought pretty well.
Real bathrooms near Hole 8 that are in decent condition. Working water fountain near the dirt parking lot.
The park is regularly mowed so the landscaping looks good.
Cons: Only 15 baskets.
Also, much of the hole numbering has become very confused since they removed hotes 1-3 over 3 years ago. Hole 4 became hole 1 and someone recently repainted the numbers to go from 1-15. This new hole 1 is not very near the parking lot. Many people who show up and have not researched the park online would probably see hole 7 (old hole 10) right by the parking lot and start there. Also, someone made the very poor decision of moving tee signs from retired tee placements to new tee placements and the maps don't apply, causing much confusion for non-locals.
While the course is not too easy, it also is not overly challenging. I have shot as low as 46 on the course and regularly shoot under par. If you have a consistent 300 foot drive, this course will not test your approach game and you may find yourself driving with your Roc or Buzzz most of the round.
Every so often there will be a Boy Scout camp out near the pavilion (old hole 8) that makes at least hole 8 unplayable, if not one more hole. This is a rare occurrence, however.
Bring your waterproof boots if it has rained recently. Many holes, mostly on the front 9, accumulate standing water and the natural tee pads get very slippery.
There is one hole (old hole 8) that could send a disc into a playground if a RHBH had a really bad griplock, but I have never seen it happen in several hundred rounds.
Other Thoughts: I have literally played this course hundreds of times, as it is my "home" course. It is not the best course in Houston by far but is a great stop if you are in the area or is a perfect home course if you live nearby. It is more fun to spend an afternoon at TLV than Miramar (5 miles away), in my opinion, especially if you are bringing the family or the dog in tow (snakes are more common at Miramar).
TLV is a nice course in its current state but could become a great course with better teepads and a better relationship with the Village, which might eventually allow 3 more baskets for a full 18. This is not a place you will see a big tournament played in the near future but is an ideal course for a casual round if you don't want to worry about losing a disc and like how it feels to hit a birdie.
Make sure to visit Boondoggles - the (un)official 19th hole of the course - after your round. Boondoggles is located just across Taylor Lake and you can almost see it from old basket 6.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There are a lot of good things to be said about TLV. For one, the park that it is situated in works very nice for a disc golf course. Huge trees are present on every hole so no shots are gimmies. Also a few trees have been planted at the beginning of the course so in a few years those trees will be more prevalent as they continue to grow.
-The signs on the tees that still have them are fantastic signs some of the best I have seen, sadly there are very few tees that still have the signs.
-The course is relatively new so the baskets are all in great shape with the bright yellow bands visible from great distances out.
-There is a bit of elevation change (10 feet or so on some holes) which is very surprising considering how close the course is to the gulf.
Cons: -As good of a park this is for disc golf there is too much going on in the park that can easily get in the way of a round from the pavilion and playground at the beginning of the course to the road so close by on some holes.
-This course only has 15 of the original baskets still in as mentioned before. so people coming out here expecting an 18 hole round of golf will be disappointed.
-Some tees are too close to the previous baskets. It would not be hard to over throw a drive on some holes and land on the next tee pad.
-Course navigation can become a problem if you are a first timer especially around holes 8-12, bring a map.
Other Thoughts: This course is great for this side of town as there is nothing else to even compete. I have seen people play "Safari Golf" for 3 holes to create a full 18 holes which is always an option if you really want to get a full 18 in, just be wary of other players as this course receives a lot of traffic.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Taylor Lake is enjoyable for its consistent length and openness. Long arms should enjoy the course playing from the alternate pro tees that come at more than 7250'. However, there is enough length variation that new and average players will still enjoy the course. The signs that are still in place are in good shape, and once you get to hole #4 (the new hole #1), the course is relatively easy to follow. The back nine is much stronger than the front, and I enjoyed the peninsula hole of #11 and its layout into the wind and water. It's an acceptable consolation from the original design where an even cooler #11 shot over the water in a much more dangerous approach.
BEST HOLE/S: #11
The tees are natural and the entire area looks like it will have standing water in some parts most of the time. Some of the signage is gone, and there are a few confusing parts still where a map is nice to have. Don't forget your bug spray - this is the Houston gulf coast after all. These are minor grips compared to the fact that holes one through three have been removed due to the neighborhood, and to me that's never a good sign when local support begins to deteriorate. Moves like that make you wonder what the future may bring.
I suppose my biggest complaint however, is that the course is kind of boring. Granted, I didn't think the course is bad by any means, but there wasn't anything that stood out in my memory of why I would love this place. There just simply isn't one standout feature. I kept thinking - this place isn't much different than Anges Moffitt Park
, which consistently rates lower yet has a full #18 holes.
WORST HOLE/S: #5 & #7
I was very conflicted about how I've felt about a course upon completing a round. I've wanted to play Taylor Lake for a while now, after hearing so many positive things about it. However, in the end - it's seemed it was like an overrated summer blockbuster. The anticipation was much better than the experience itself, and at only 15 holes, it barely hits the three disc mark.
However, even in this lament - I will agree that most players will enjoy this atypical Houston course. The openness gives options to test shot making, and the constant breeze off the water should help increase skills and techniques. Bottom line is if you live in Houston, check it out - if you're visiting, drive the extra twenty minutes to Jacks Brooks Park and hit Cedar Hills
and Gulf Meadows
to get in a quality disc golf experience.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
15 Holes that want to be 18
Three sets of tees here in a nice family neighborhood park make this course suitable for everyone. High quality multi-chain DISCatcher baskets with yellow bands make them easy to spot. Some minor elevation in play. Nice scenery for the most part with a long hole playing out towards the water. Overall a pretty good mix of lefty vs. righty holes. Restrooms on-site. A welcome 18-hole addition to the Southeast side of town.
The first three holes have had their baskets pulled due to safety concerns over discs going into neighbors' yards. There's a challenging hole that throws over some wetlands that are supposed to be protected, but disc golfers will rarely respect the "protected" area. Some tees are too close to the previous baskets and there are several places where the walking/jogging trail are in play. Print a map to help you navigate the first time.
Steve, Chris, and the work crew deserve a lot of credit for getting this course in the ground and keeping it there when politics are involved. TLV is a good, solid course but not really what I'd consider a destination course.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Park is clean and well maintained. Decent variety of distances. Trees offer plenty of shady spots.
Cons: Dirt tee pads, could be more clearly marked, possibility of hitting people with discs as there are overlapping walking paths and a playground.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Great Local Course
Pros: I am mostly happy that we have a close by 18 hole course now. I do like the signature island hole the most but I like the challenge the other holes have to offer. Layouts of most of the holes force players that want to finish at par or under to use different throws. Shooting the same way on every hole will make you pay in strokes. The park is great considering there is almost no non disc golfers at anytime and there are two nice bathroom buildings located in good spots for the course.
Cons: Mostly I hate the walk from basket to tee on some holes. I especially do not like hole 6 because water holds easily in spots leading up to this hole and on the fairway of hole 6 as well. Normally this wouldn't bother me too much, but after dealing with mud and water on the first holes then the openess, and length of hole 6 and the long walk from the basket to tee 7. Dont get me wrong though, hole 6 is great when the course is dry because it adds to the challenge of making you throw a little different than whats usual of most holes (usually on a hole you don't need to try and throw as far on the second throw as you did on the first). Also the mesquitoes are horrible out there in warm weather.
Other Thoughts: I hoped this course would be better than it is at first but TLV DGC has grown on me. Now I play this course just as much as Mac Gregor and for me that is saying a lot because both courses are about the same distance from where I live and the people I play with are always at the Mac. When I finish 18 holes on most courses I want to play again but not here. This course for me is for some reason way more exhuasting than any other course that I play in Houston. As for the last review saying that this is the best course in houston, I feel like that is an overstatement. This is a great course for anyone just looking to play a new course and an awesome course for locals to have for practice or fun without having to go far to get it. Once the tee pads and a few benches are in I think this park will be much better and be able to compete with top Houston courses.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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