18 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -front nine is pretty technical, it has semi-tight fairways with fairly punishing rough and well guarded pins. Hole 2 is a good example of this. The hole is probably 250' straight and 150' left well guarded by several trees. The rough on this hole is also nasty if you hyzer out before the turn into the basket.
-front nine also has a lot of risky pin placements with large drop offs and water on some. A good example of this is hole 7 where you have to throw a high, tight slow hyzering shot (rhbh) to get across the creek and up the hill to get to a pin, with roll aways and jail possible around the pin. And holes 8 and 9 also have precarious layups to the basket with the creek less than 10 ft behind the basket. 9's dangerous shot is off the tee, while 8's is an approach shot.
-the majority of the back nine has a different feel than the front. It opens up considerably into a wooded, mature grove and it adds more distance. The terrain plays a bit flatter since the creek is no longer in play. Most of the holes are easy 3s with deuces available for the longer arms and a couple for the shorter arms (hole 13)
Cons: -Course plays a bit biased to the rhbh player. I can only think of a couple l-->r holes. This is basically because of the fairly simple design of running along one side of the creek with the creek to the left and then back along the other side, again the creek on the left.
-Navigation is a bit of an issue, we figured it out fairly easily with 5 players, but it could be more difficult with less players who haven't played too many courses.
-Hole 12(?) is a good hole (long anhyzer shot along a drainage ditch) but it doesn't have the infrastructure (bridges across the drainage ditch) to make it memorable in a good way. It pretty much just left us frustrated with wet feet.
-18 ends a long way from the parking lot. And the only time you are close to the lot is at hole 1, and you are fairly close after hole 11.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course. I think it is easy enough for rec players (and church members, Sunday schools etc.) to have a good time playing, get interested, and improve. And for int and adv players, it is still challenging enough to be fun. I would consider this course to be a work in progress, but when it's done, it'll be a very good course. I think we ranked this course 5th or 6th on our 11 course Houston trip (9 in Houston area, 1 in Nac, one in Little Rock AR), which is saying a lot considering it's almost brand new and we played the best of Houston.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
Hope to see it get better...
Pros: Lots of interesting shots. Some very classic-looking holes. A couple utilized very interesting design features. Good to see another 18-basket course on the NW side of town.
Cons: I know it is still in the "rough" but the course is difficult to navigate using a pull-cart...hell...it's even a challenge to walk parts of it! When I played it, there we a couple of serious design flaws. Holes 5 and 11 (I think) shared fairways and crossed, and I think that this would prevent a competition from being held there - or at least make one very problematic.
The walk for the last 3-4 holes seems almost unnecessary as it leaves you completely on the farthest point away from the parking lot. I know for casual rounds, I would rather play 3 of the beginning holes than the last 4.
Other Thoughts: Several folks have requested that I update my review of this course. While the one problem of #5 and #11 has changed and improved, my overall assessment still stands. The course isn't cart-friendly, and there is a long walk from the last hole back to the first. I still think the course needs to loop around so that hole #18 finishes in the vicinity of the parking lot.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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