Another great south side course
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (3.287 Rating) Among a class of great courses on metro Austin's south side.
- CHALLENGING - The Met Center is one of the more challenging courses in the entire Austin metro area. It will definitely challenge your game as the course is a good mix of both power and finesse holes.
- UNIQUENESS - Although a flat course, the overall uniqueness is way above your average 18 hole course. There are a bunch of 4's and a par 5. Several holes have a creek element in play as well as a pond. Doglegs holes occur in both directions. In addition, there are some pocket shots, and windows shots. Really the only thing that is missing is a very well defined tunnel play. I'll also add, there is really no "signature" hole on this course just a bunch of "very good" categorized holes.
- SHOT SELECTION - I probably played half and half flick to backhand. 60% of your drives will have to be well thought out and placed. While the other 40% will have to be bombed down the fairway. The course however doesn't fair well for overhead shot players as 70% of the drives will need to be kept low.
- CHARACTER - There is a great course map right at hole 1. And there are very well artistically illustrated and fairly accurate hole signage throughout the course. Most of the tees are shaded well and there are two tees pads at most holes for ams and pros. Unfortunately no seating, no picnic tables, no extra pin placements, and no practice basket.
- TEE PADS - Concrete pads are of adequate length and width. Nothing special but it does the job.
- NAVIGATION - I didn't find any major issues. We took a picture of the map at hole 1. If you take a picture, you'll have no issues on your first time threw.
- SPACING - Above average, Perhaps there are but just a couple times that a disc can fade into another fairway.
Cons: - ELEVATION - A surprising lack of Elevation on this course. Its flat as a pancake. Probably varies by no more than 20' on the entire course and no hole varies by more than 10'. definitely subpar among the Austin area courses. I will add however that the course does work it in where is was available. A mound around a retention pond is used well on two holes.
- TIME PLAY - Course is not a quick play, a group of 4 should plan to be here at least 3 hours to complete 18 holes.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This really is not a beginners course, even from the am pads. although the odds of losing a disc is below average, the course requires the skills of a seasoned player to not come away felling defeated.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Definitely not the most scenic course on the south side. Probably about average when comparing all courses in general however. I will note, that I have heard that the course was once much more vegetative and vibrant before 2012 and before the 3 year drought.
- MAINTENANCE - I played a charity event here, so the grass was cut just a few days prior. This said, numerous friends of mine have commented to me the lack maintenance this course gets. Often this can be due to the flood plain ground conditions and not being able to mow. The course seems to always be overgrown in the rainy season. Please be sure to check course conditions from a good source before heading out to avoid the risk of unplayable conditions.
Other Thoughts: A great course for those living within 15-20 miles. Definitely worth a look see if you are from out of town and have already hit Circle C and Roy G. If you live in Austin metro, be sure to play this course at least once.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Flat, Open, and Boring.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: The only real pro is that it's another 18 hole course to try in the Austin area. Once you try it, you probably won't be back.
Cons: This course is built in an industrial drainage ditch. All tee shots are wide open, so expect to throw a driver a lot, and don't expect much creativity or variety around any of the pins. Most holes are long, flat, and wide open. Most holes were flooded with murky running water, and there are very few trees on most of the holes.
Other Thoughts: Boring.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of shot variation with a good variety of technical short shots and some more open long holes to bomb. Good mix of pars keeps you on your toes, with the creek or the pond coming into play in good ways that make you throw precise shots or take strokes for OB. Good risk reward on holes where the creek comes into play, and this course punishes bad shots with OB and what not. The creek is also pretty shallow, so even if you do throw a shot into the creek its not impossible to get your disc back.
Cons: Some of the walks between holes were unclear, but there are some signs to help guide the way. The rough on holes playing alongside the creek is very rough. Lots of thorns and stickers, so be wary if you throw a bad shot. Also, many of the fairways could be mowed as the grass was pretty high in several of the fairways. With the recent rain there were also several walks through ankle-deep mud.
Other Thoughts: Really great course to play either solo or with a group of people. Probably not the best course to play with brand new disc golfers as it can be easy to pick up strokes with how much the creek comes into play and some pin positions are rather difficult. Great course for ams looking to develop their ability to throw different kinds of shots with accuracy. Really wonderful course, I highly recommend it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Wow. That seems a little far
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: MetCenter is a course that will challenge you in every way. The course sits on a huge piece of land with ample room to have some longer holes. There are shorter holes that you have to finesse or be prepared to lose your disc to the water behind a few baskets. There is a little elevation on the course, and it is utilized very well especially the small hill that comes into play on Holes 15 and 4.
Like most Houck designed courses, this course has fair lines on all of the holes. The course is moderately wooded on some holes, and there are lines and fair landing zones on the par 4s and par 5s.
Also, being a Houck designed course, the course has ample tee pads, great tee signs and good catching DisCatchers. There are two sets of tees on a few holes, some of the shorter ones just have one, but the shorter tees give a newer player a chance to enjoy himself, as the longer tees can be unfriendly with mandos and harder lines to hit (Hole 1 long).
Hole 18 was a great finishing hole; it definitely was my favorite hole on the course. Not a super hard par 4, but a few errant shots and your score could be hit hard.
Cons: The course feels a little repetitive. I only played the course two weeks ago, and it is hard to piece together what hole is what hole and not just a mesh.
I felt a few of the holes were long just for the sake of having a long hole. Standing on Tee #10, the longest hole on the course, you are about a hundred feet from basket 11. You throw 1000' down a strip of land and come back the exact way you came. That hole could have been 200-300' less, but I get that the chance to play a 1000' hole is pretty rare.
The navigation can be a bit tricky but there are signs that point to the next tee. Without them, it would be very challenging to find your way around.
Other Thoughts: I had no expectations on Metcenter, and I left feeling "meh." There were no holes that I felt were phenomenal, and most of the type of holes you could find at other places. It was nothing special, but I would play it regularly if this was the closest course to my house, because it is not terrible, there are just better options in the Austin area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Variety and Long
Pros: - This course wasn't afraid to stretch its legs. I like courses that "let the big dog eat" from the tee box (i.e. the 1000'+ Hole 10, 1 of 8 holes that are over 500' long when playing the blue tees).
- Along with the driver-friendly holes are technical holes throughout the course that utilize trees, water, and elevation changes.
- Any course that has established Alt Tees is a plus in my book.
Cons: -This was a year ago but some of the outlying areas of the course were under construction and affected the quality of play at the time. If that has since changed then consider this con null and void.
- It's the nature of the beast, but some of the more wooded areas were quite muddy. Old pair of shoes takes care of that though.
Other Thoughts: I played this course while visiting a friend in ATX. It's the only course I've played in Austin but if it's any indicator to the quality of courses out there, then I'm impressed and should make the trip over more often.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Really fun course
Pros: Great variety in the length of the holes as well as dogleg right/left. Except for a few baskets placed on the top of a small hill the course is flat, but there are some real sparks of genius in the design of this course. Hole 1 is quite possibly the most challenging first hole of any course I have ever played!
The rest of the holes are a very good mix of short to mid ranges that demand technical accuracy, long holes (hole 10!), and some short/easy holes to give your arm a little rest and your ego a boost.
The tee boxes and signs are in great condition, as are the baskets. I have never once seen a crowd out here so you will rarely have to wait on a group in front of you. The busiest I have seen this course was 5 or 6 groups playing simultaneously.
Cons: The course has a bit of a strange design often zig-zagging around and slightly crossing another fairway to get to your next hole. It's not the most obvious where the next hole is if you haven't played before.
There is very little tree canopy here (at least not around the tees or the baskets) so expect to be in direct sunlight quite a bit. You might wind up under a tree for some of your fairway throws but it can be a brutal round in the summer.
There are very few trashcans and no restrooms or water fountains. They also do not have any benches for any of the holes.
Many of the trees have been cut down due to drought and I saw several more marked for removal today. Hole 16 is short but used to force RHBH throwers to anhyzer around trees. Many of the trees in the fairway have been removed and you can simply throw directly at the basket now.
Other Thoughts: This is a challenging course for beginners. Many of the holes are quite long and it can be downright frustrating if you haven't developed a solid throw yet. If you're looking for a better beginner course I recommend Zilker Park or Mary Moore Searight.
My first trip here I threw a +25 but my game has improved significantly since then and my best round here is +7. We play from the amateur tees and I currently average about 240ft, with a max on flat ground of about 280ft.
I haven't lost a disc here yet but several of my friends have. Right now the creek is bone dry due to drought but there is a pond that can eat your disc if you overshoot holes 3 or 15. If you throw over the creek and OB on some holes it may be difficult to find your disc due to extremely thick and tall brush.
Come prepared with water and a snack. Playing with groups of 4 and 5 it has taken us close to 2.5 hours each time to finish a round.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid challenge, bring provisions
Pros: MetCenter provides a complete game work out. The holes have great variety in shape and distance. Technical control and power requirements are balanced nicely. There are many opportunities to make choices; MetCenter is definitely a thinking player's course. The two tees (red and blue) do an excellent job of providing a good challenge for players of all levels. There are minimal opportunities to lose plastic that can be avoided.
As with most Austin area courses the locals are very friendly. The signage and tee pads are superior. The grounds are well maintained. There are multiple "signature" holes. Some of the better holes include:
Hole 1 is a fairly short par 4 that presents a very difficult challenge to open the round. The tee shot presents two tight routes. One provides a better chance at making a birdie 3, but brings a lot of risk with an OB creek. This is one of the most difficult opening shots in all of disc golf, but eminently fair.
Hole 2 provides a great contrast with hole 1. It is the longest par 4 on the course with an open tee shot that provides a great risk/reward opportunity with OB left and tempts players to cut off as much of the gentle dogleg left as they can. The basket is well placed on a steep mound with a drop-off to OB behind. A birdie 3 is a VERY good score on this hole.
Hole 3 is a terrific short, uphill par 3 with OB blind behind the basket.
Hole 4 is another fairly short par 4 that presents a very good challenge. The tee shot provides a couple options and it's important to get good placement in the fairway to have a chance at a birdie 3. Even with a good drive, the second shot still presents a good technical challenge with options. The basket is well placed in a little cove with OB short, right, and long.
Hole 10 is a medium-long par 5 that provides a good balance of the opportunity to air the disc out with some technical challenge. The fairway narrow nicely at around the 400 ft mark, making longer throwers shape a nice S shot if they want to take advantage of their power and not get blocked out.
Hole 11 is a medium length par 4 with a diabolical tee shot. This tee shot is the toughest on the course and will make all players weigh their options carefully. Many players will attempt to make a safe play off the tee to go for an "easy" par 4, but even the safe shot is challenging. The basket is well placed with OB short and left.
Hole 13 is another fairly short par 4 with a demanding tee shot. The gap is moderately wide, but the shot must be well planned and executed in order to find one of two "sweet spots" with a realistic route to the basket area. The basket is guarded with OB left. The hole can be birdied with a drive and approach that hug the OB left, but both shots are quite risky.
Hole 15 is a picturesque, uphill 320 ft par 3 that requires a nicely shaped S shot and has a drop-off to OB behind the basket.
Hole 16 is a very demanding , short par 3 with OB down the left side.
Hole 17 is yet another fairly short, very demanding par 4. (have you begun to sense a theme yet?) The tee shot requires a bit of thought and fearless execution with OB right and trees left. The basket is well protected on a peninsula bounded by OB.
Hole 18 is one of the best finishing holes in all of disc golf. It's a medium-long par 4 with two distinct routes. The left route involves taking the risk of the OB creek, but cuts a lot of distance off the dog-leg. The right route is safer, but offers minimal chance of making a birdie 3. Par 4 is a good score here and birdie is cause for celebration.
Cons: While I love the well-rounded challenge of MetCenter and many unique individual holes, there are a few shortcomings which I feel prevent it from being a 4.5 or 5.0 rated course.
The property does not afford the opportunity to make two loops of 9 holes. (I know that's beyond the control of the designers, but still a "con" in my book.) Holes 1 and 18 are the only ones with a tree canopy. There are neither benches nor drinking water or restrooms on the course. Add in a long, challenging disc golf course and it makes for a long, hot round.
The course relies too heavily on the use of mandos. There are several long, awkward walks between holes. There are several places which could use additional "next tee" signs.
Hole 3's tee is too close to hole 16.
Hole 8 has a hyzer route that runs through hole 7's fairway. (likely another mando will be added in the future)
Hole 9 is a mediocre hole, dangerously smooshed between holes 12 and 13.
Other Thoughts: Don't be a dirty discer; leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good mix of long and short holes on this course. Good pin placement throughout. Excellent technical holes. Especially on holes 1, 4, 5. 6, 10, 12, 17, and 18 which has a good number of trees in the fairway and good interaction with the creek that runs through this course.
Cons: I have played this course both with and without water in the creek. When there is water present, plan on losing at least one disc. (Hence the Steeplechase in the title.) No Restrooms, few trashcans, and some high weeds can make for a tough disc golf experience.
Other Thoughts: This course just happens to be close to where I work, so it is a favorite of mine. Sure, it is tough, but for me, beats some of the other tough courses in Austin. At least I can play this one and have a chance at par on some holes.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Technical course layout which requires thought out shots and strategy. A very long course which will help improve your distance.Great pin placement
Cons: The course is basicly "straight up and down" so you have keep a look out for people walking through.
Other Thoughts: Met Center is a fun course, it's very long and challenging with alot off trees to shoot through. The back 9 has a creek next to it thatcomes into play on most holes. Make sure you give yourself alot of time to play it took 3 of us a little over 2 hours to play 18 holes.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Good course, bad area!
Pros: Really cant tell you the pros of the course, other than it had a couple nice medium range holes, not enough. It is a nice course when considering the rest in the area, or on this side of town. It is a challenge.
Cons: No trash cans, no benches, to many long holes with mandos,
Other Thoughts: If your going here especially on the weekend be very cautious about leaving personals in your car. Vehicle was broken into, stereo stolen and a wallet taken. This all happened in broad daylight about noonish with lots of Disc golfers around. BE AWARE!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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