6 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid Course, as expected
Pros: Another well mapped out 18 hole course from John Houck. Set in a business park, this course has a fair amount of tree coverage which at times can make the tunnel holes difficult. The pro and amateur concrete tee boxes are nice. There are signs that point you in the right direction. The course has a few trash cans throughout.
Good disc catchers, and all around solid course.
Cons: A bit overgrown as of 4/25/2010.
It would be nice to have a hole throwing form high to low elevation, but this course is relatively fllat. Throwing from the pond down into the course might be nice.
**6/13/2010** Very well maintained, freshly mowed fairways and fringe. She's looking good!
Other Thoughts: Overall a very enjoyable course because of the well mapped out holes, the mixture of tight and technical holes, and open fairway shots.
Probably a pretty good course for your dog to come along as it's not surrounded by thick woods like Williamson County Park, or by a major road like Pease Park. Play Well...Win!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful signage. Great use of land that otherwise would be lying idle. Decent shot variety and elevation change. Nice pace between long & short holes; shorter holes on either end of the longer ones so your arm won't tire too easily. Concrete tee boxes for both amateur and pro lengths. Different tees offer more than just a variation in distance, they offer a considerably different line as well. Great baskets, all readily visible and at the proper height. Moderately to slightly difficult, but plenty of shorter holes offer birdie/ace opportunities. Plentiful out of bounds areas require a fair amount of technical precision. Trees in the fairways (most of the trees out here are fairly young) are used very strategically with the design, not just as arbitrary objects. Probably the least trafficked course in the Austin metropolitan area.
Cons: Presumably the gap of land between the office park and the government/military installation was open and unused because it couldn't be built on. Probably because it's like a giant runoff/drainage ditch. Wet and muddy, even days after rain. As a result, the tee boxes, despite being concrete, are usually pretty caked with mud and dirt. Not exactly the most fluid design; some confusion in where to go after a couple of holes, as multiple tee boxes are visible from the end of the previous hole. To alleviate some of this confusion, there are a few signs between a few holes that indicate which way to fork to proceed to the next hole. Not exactly interesting; none of the holes are memorable or super unique, probably due to the fact that the land the course is on is in itself not very scenic. The out of bounds areas are marked on the signs, but it takes a bit of guesswork to actually say if you're off course when you get to your disc; additionally, some of the OBs do seem a tad on the harsh side, but that's not necessarily a huge negative. Lack of trash cans. Fortunately, there's not a lot of trash out there - but I would presume it's only because the course isn't that well trafficked (yet).
Other Thoughts: If I worked in the office building the course shares a parking lot with I'd be taking extended lunch breaks every day.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 23 Not
Good for mudders
Pros: I would rate it higher if the land was not a wet drainage area. The overall design is very good. Don't let hole one stop you it gets better. One of the hardest opening holes I've seen. There are a wide variety of holes and lots of well marked out of bounds on the tee signs. While playing, the out of bounds are not visible and many times I threw what looked like a good shot only to find it ob where the creek winds around. Verticle poles are needed to mark the OB. Great tee signs.
Cons: Lots of confusing short walks between holes because you can see lots of other tees and no distinct paths yet. Many of the small trees will be lost with lots of play and this course will open up over the years. This is a hackberry forest. After playing this again I am lowering my rating. There are many holes with no fairway. I threw several drives that missed all the trees but still finished in a spot with no shot to the basket. If you like being frustrated this is the course for you. You may not think so at first but this course favors big arms. On the few holes with open fairways only big arms have an advantage. There are so many dead hackberry trees that soon there may be fairways.
Other Thoughts: The design deserves a rating of 2. If 2 of the hillsides didn't stay so wet it would be a better course. I wish Austin would someday give the disc golfers some decent park land.
4 of 27 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great tee pads, good course design. The creek really comes into play and is fun.
Cons: Too many long holes and not enough "fun" holes. I had played Austin Ridge earlier in the day and may it is just in comparison to that course, but it seemed like all the holes where 550+ and there where only a few birdies on the whole coruse.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This is one of those courses you have to play alot and learn well to achieve and finish with a respectable score. Must play safe and not go for the gusto on several holes is one key. All the holes are well thought out and the course has a good flow from start to finish. Just landing in the fairway isn't good enough to maintain par you have to land in the right spots to avoid troublesome upshots and putts. At first glance the course will decieve you since there is no underbrush, but the trees are thick enough you won't have a clear shot if your not in a landing zone.
Cons: need benches and trashcans. Remove some mandos because the course is already a butt kicker. Wait about 3 days after a rain before playing, water pools in lots of places, the creek is up and the gound is just to muddy. Unless you want to drag around an extra 10 lbs on each foot for this long course.
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Can't wait to play again!
Pros: Great new course that values placement. A lot of the 400+ holes require you to land your disc in ideal spots in order to score well, which is something a lot of older courses in Austin don't have. You can't just throw your disc down the fairway and free lance it. Nice signs and teepads that point you in the direction of the next hole.
Cons: No benches, trashcans, or # on baskets. Some holes can be very muddy, so be prepared. This course is NOT beginner friendly and may turn newer players away from this sport. You can tell there is still some work to be done, so most of these cons will probably not be an issue in the future.
Other Thoughts: The creek that runs through the course is not as bad as some people have said in previous reviews. You can reach down and fish out most discs, and I played just after rain. If you want a course that forces placement then play here, if not go Zilker or Searight and have fun with the locals.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Not a fan of this one!
Pros: Heard many good things about this course, but as far as new courses in Austin....I'm not a big fan of this one. Super Hard and water is brutal (very frustrating). That said, there are some pros...
Nice boxes (good length and concrete) and nice signs with good info. Nice baskets. Good lines on many holes, good variety of shots have to be used. Shot (200' ) and long (1000') holes throughout, But over all a loooong course to play. Not too far from central Austin.
Cons: This is not one you're gonna get in at lunch... 2 hours plus to play. Many of the holes throw back on each other since the layout of the course kinda throws all the way down one side and then back up the other way. Some of the holes tee boxes are in direct line of previous hole's box (waiting for a headache!) Lots of water and mud. VERY WINDY every time I've played... not much growth to break the wind. NO TRASH CANS! What happen to Don't Mess With Texas!? No benches... and this course seems to have large groups playing often. Tons of prickly patches. Need to label all pins with hole # (easier to navigate).
Other Thoughts: I will play this course again, but only when I don't plan on having fun.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Right on...and even more right
Pros: For me, this course offers the perfect amount of challenge. It nestles in nicely between Pease Park and Circle C as far as difficulty goes, although the course par signs may be a tad on the forgiving side. If you're just counting strokes though, it's going to be pretty impossible to score better here than at Pease.
Speaking of signs, this course has got 'em, and they sure are purdy with all kinds of info on them. Be sure to check the signs for OB and mandos. There is a ton of OB and water hazards, which up the difficulty level that much more.
This course offers a wide variety of shots that range from 200' touch shots to 1000' bombers. Although, one thing it offers more than anything else are right turning shots. If you're not left handed you will pretty much need to break out every type of right turning shot that exists, from hyzer-flip turnovers to big sky anny's to forehand flicks and even thumbers. You're gonna need 'em all. This course has actually forced me to learn a consistent forehand.
There's nice concrete tees for all the holes with most holes having a dual tee option and the concrete seems to be slightly longer than the tees out at Circle C or East Metro. The long teebox locations not only offer increased distance to the hole, but often times introduce entirely new lines cut through a different fairway than the short tees.
The course is not cut out of the woods (looks like it was probably farm land 20 years ago) so losing a disc in the rough is not too big of an issue. Also, for the most part, it's easy to retrieve your disc if you go into a water hazard unless you land in the pond behind 3's pin.
Pin placement is also quite good and challenging, a lot of times either being on top of man-made berms, near the creek, or protected by trees.
Cons: It's muddy out here so don't wear your Sunday's best. The entire course runs parallel to a drainage creek and the entire area sits pretty low. Combine that with a thick clay-type of dirt and it never really seems to dry out.
Most of the trees out here are very young so they don't block the wind very well or offer a lot of shade, and in general add to the lack-luster aesthetic appeal of the course.
The ground has lots of briars, branches, divets and dead reeds lying about that do not make for the most comfortable walking conditions. It can also limit shot selection by making rollers and especially skip shots a game of chance rather than skill.
There are ZERO trash cans at this place, and the littering problem is already starting to infect this course. Since this is not on city park land, I guess they don't want to pay someone to come out and empty the cans so when I play this course I take a trash bag and pick up trash to help keep this new course looking respectable. Remember to bring your own trash bag if you plan on drinking.
Other Thoughts: There's some other weird quarks with this course. For some reason this course seems to attract large groups of disc golfers. Every time I've been out there I've come across multiple groups of 6 to 10 people, which really slows down the pace of the game, especially when there's two big groups back to back. Also, the distance on the long tee of 16 is about 200' too long and one of the tee signs on 15 is turned around backwards.
It can be a little confusing to find the next tee after a few of the holes. A few things to keep in mind are that after Hole 5 you have to cut across this "crossroads" area and pass by another hole's teebox to reach 6's tee. After hole 12 you have to do the same thing. Just head straight for the creek and you'll come across 13's tee boxes.
There are definitely some memorable holes out here, but I don't think I can say there are any truly spectacular holes or any particular signature hole(s). Overall though, the course really comes together and offers a fun, challenging, and diverse disc golf experience.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Individual holes a very well thought out with possible flight paths listed on the signs. Great variety of shots, forehand, backhand, hyzer, anni, flips, flex shots whatever. If you have thrown it before, plan to use it here. Signs are high quality and contain a lot of good info. Pay attention to the OBs marked on them Many are the creek and beyond. Lots of distance with some short holes to help bring your score back down if you take advantage of your birdie ops. Very nice cement tees for long AND short holes provided they are not covered in mud from the cards before you scraping their feet. I have been told that more direction signs are being mounted and on their way. this will be very helpful in a couple of spots if it is your first time out to this great course.
Cons: MUD. It hasn't rained in the last week, but I stayed out of the water all day and still had mud close to the knees of my jeans. 13 is a little tricky to find your first time around from 12. The signs have an arrow pointing in the direction of the next tee, but if you forget to make a note about it, you may end up wondering. The distance on 16 long box appears to be incorrect, my guess is low 200s. Nine and ten are about as far from your car as you can get so if you are trying to sneak in a half round for lunch and the course is busy, you may end up jumping in front of someone on the early turn. Finding this place the first time was tricky. The towing enforced signs are scary. The reserved parking lot and the visitor parking lot are the same lot but different entrances. I am still unsure where the correct place to park is.
Other Thoughts: Pay close attention to all the info on the signs. There is a lot there. It is easy to miss what is ob or where the next tee is
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -pro and am tees
-really nice layout and scenery
-lots of differrent shots
-enough open holes to let you rip it, but enough precision holes where discretion is advised
-pro tees don't just make the holes longer, but really change the hole, and make par seem like an accomplishment.
-course in the early stages, and will only get better with more play
Cons: Most of the cons fall under the brand spanking new course umbrella.
-no trash cans
-if it has rained in the past few days, this place can be a bit of a freakin mess.
Other Thoughts: This course is goimg to be freaking sweet once it gets a bit of traffic. I am blessed to live in a town that keeps building badass courses.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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