One of Austin's Best
Pros: One of the most amazing courses in all of the Austin Metro Area. (4.25 stars)
- The thing I find best about Bible Ridge is the layout, the uniqueness of the holes and the raw beauty. All levels of players will definitely be amazed with this course as every hole and shot will require the players mental focus. Precision, not length, will be at a premium and every shot style and launch angle will have to be perfected for a player to slay this course.
- As for the holes themselves, there are true doglegs, pocket shots, window shots, blind angles, overhead plays, water elements (creeks and ponds) a bunch of par 4s, a gimme hole, and a "I cant make that gap" hole. The course is among the most diverse set of holes I've ever played (60 courses played as of this review) Really the only thing that's missing is an wide open hole and a par 5.
- In addition, there are a lot of elevation changes, probably among the most in all of Texas. Some holes probably have an elevation change of about a 100 feet (#11a 100' up and #11b 100' down). Players that are not fans of elevation, should stay clear of this course.
- There are 3 holes that specifically stand out as just plain amazing. #3 and #11B and #12. Hole #3 is a dog leg left par 4 that starts off pretty straight and mundane. after the drive, the fairway then dives 30 foot down a ridge and to the left. the 2nd shot will have to clear a creek at the bottom of the valley to where a basket lies no more 30 past the creek. Players don't have to worry too much about throwing it far as a cliff beyond will stop most long throws.
- The second standout hole is the unquestioned signature hole of the course. Hole #11B, which many unaware players may skip. After hole #11, players have a choice to continue onto #12 or play #11A. Hole #11A looks extremely daunting as it plays up a 30 degree ridge incline with about 100 foot of rise. This is probably why many players skip it. Players that have the physical ability to handle this climb and the time permitting, should play this hole. After finishing the climb and play of 11A has finished, players will approach the next tee, players will then see gap in trees. As they approach further they no doubt will stop in their tracks and pull out their phone to take a picture. Here lies the vista of the ridge looking out and over the central Texas Hill Country. I unfortunately don't have a large enough vocabulary to truly represent the sheer beauty of this hole. To add the cherry on top, they placed a basket at the bottom of this view. Happy Shooting. I personally rate this hole as Greater Austin's Signature hole. Just overtaking my previous personal favorite hole, #15 at Mary Moore Searight.
- Hole #12 is another great down-hill shot. Which actually reminds me a bit of the before mentioned hole at Searight. Be sure to keep your drive low. Players won't realize it teeing from within the trees, but there is more than likely brisk winds above the tree line. Our group of 6 lost a disk on this hole. Plus we spent significant time trying to find 2 other disks. Although listed at over 400 feet, a mid-ridge disc might be all that's needed. I personally babied a low speed driver over the hole.
Cons: - Perhaps the biggest complaint you will hear about this course is the upkeep and overgrowth. Considering all the undulations and elevation changes along the course, I'm not surprised that they only beat back the overgrowth a few times a year. My group was very fortunate to play when fairways had just been cut. My advice is to play during the winter, like my group did, so all the rough vegetation will be dead. Playing this course in the springtime during the late part of the rainy season, is a recipe for disaster.
- Furthermore, the overgrowth was still bad in a bunch of spots during my visit. Our group of 6 probably spent an hour searching with most time spent searching on #12 and #15. Players that are inaccurate throwers or those that prefer to bomb away, will not like this course. Please consider the Met Center or Old Settlers instead.
- The course suffers from some navigation issues. The group of 6 I played with had 2 past players and we still found ourselves lost a few times. I highly suggest printing the map on DGCR. There is suppose to be map out at the course, but I never saw it. In addition, the hole signage is about average for the Austin area.
- The course takes a long to time to play, over 4 hours for our 6 pack. In addition, I feel it is the most body stressing of all the Austin courses. There is no water available on site so please be well equipped with drinks and energy bars.
- Although the course has a few of you typically character items like some seating, holes signage and shaded tees, that's about it. There are no bag holders or practice baskets or trash cans or picnic tables, etc. Players that like to be wine and dined with course pampering items, will find Circle C to be a better fit.
Other Thoughts: Players that find course layout, hole uniqueness or beauty as the most important aspects need to check this place out. Bible Ridge will deliver these aspects like no other disc golf course in Austin. Players looking for a laid back round should check out Zilker Park instead. Beginning players be warned, this course will eat you alive.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has great holes. It is very challenging with technical shots. It has great variety with its long and short tees. It is a very scenic layout, and it is fairly easy to find you way around. It isn't that busy so you will not get backed up on it. It is one of the best courses in Austin. I think that it is one of the most underrated courses in Austin
Cons: -No restrooms
-No water facilities
Other Thoughts: This course should be up there with some of the best courses in Austin. Lets get it there!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Newly added concrete boxes. The pro boxes on this course offer an extremely challenging and diverse round of golf. Despite playing this course 30 plus times I am still humbled by the technical difficulties and beauty of it every time I play. Not a good course for a begining player unless you want to play the red tees. Lots of trees and hills. Be sure to play the bonus holes. Ongoing construction has seen the course make up change over the last year. Especially in the back nine. If there is one course in Austin you have a chance to play make it this one. There are trash cans and benchs throughout the course.
Cons: The red tees are far to easy. I understand that the effort was to make the course friendly for the whole family, but the difference is worlds apart from the pros. There is not alot of communication about the construction projects. You might show up to play and the course will be closed.
Other Thoughts: Built on the Austin Bible Ridge church grounds. I would like to show appriciation to them for commisioning such an amazing course and opening it to the public. Please be mindful that is on church property and be respectful. Truely one of the best courses in Texas. Play with a local or get a map.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: WOW!!! This course is truly awesome! You can tell after about 2 holes that this is a Houck course if you've played his courses before. This course has every single shot and you will use every single one that you have. You will have to throw far, throw accurate, and bang those putts, or your score will skyrocket in a hurry....and then some. The course map upfront is a help for newcomers and I highly recommend if this is your first time out here, take a pic of it or get a map cause you will play to a wrong basket and/or need it for navigation issues. Great discatchers are a great sight and help see where you need to go. The signs are awesome and help find the hole for the most part as well. This is truly for the hardcore golfer and you will want to have to play that way or you will hate it. You have to be able to place a shot many times just to get another. Elevation is super cool, especially on B, in which the view is one of the best for sure. The elevation and natural obstacles are great on the greens as well always making a good putt crucial! I like the mulch tees for the most part but they are also a negative as some are very rough. The logged fairways are pretty cool and remind me of a private course up here.
Cons: Navigation can be a hassle here but not too bad as long as you have a little patience and don't mind walking to find some baskets, although I did throw to a wrong basket on one hole costing me 2 strokes. The terrain can be brutal on knees and ankles if you don't pay attention, as my partner rolled his ankle pretty good. As stated before, mulch tees, they are great where they are taken care of, but there are many areas that there are rocks or stumps and sometimes both making for bad footing at times. The fairways of 12 and I think 8/9 cross and there are issues there Im sure when the course is packed. Poor drainage on 13 and 18 make for a muddy transition in those fairways. Still a little rough but Im sure that will be taken care of with people playing this gem.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of the best Ive played and moved in the top 5 of mine after just one play! Worth a stop anytime in the area.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
First time out
Pros: Very well managed course and baskets are well marked for the most part.
Cons: Lots of climbing and requires good shoes for safe footing.
Other Thoughts: No complaints for the most part. The course is a nice course but not for the feint of heart. Enjoyed the brisk workout with the occasional break to find a misplaced disc. Look forward to playing this course more regularly.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Short to Really Long Holes
Short holes dont worry about overshooting cause lots of Trees to stop you
Long Ranged Holes are mostly open and easy to park at the pin.
Cons: Really Hilly and Really Long,
Get ready for a Hike.
Watch for Water hazards, very dangerous and NASTY looking water.
Bull Needle beware, you are not gonna leave this course without getting caught by these things.
Other Thoughts: Bring LOTS of Water!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
You will be challenged
Pros: Beautiful course. The leaves are turning, the isolated feeling of being in the woods, hilly terrain, it's all here.
Great signs. I would expect nothing less from HouckDesign.
Elevation changes. Seems like the basket is never on the same plane from the one you throw from, the basket is everywhere. Uphill, downhill, both steep and gradual, are present. The changes place a premium on placement.
*Greatest example? Bonus holes. "A" feels like it is literally straight up. "B" is a compliment to that, and the most picturesque, a throw "off the top of the world" it seems.
All shots are tested and all shots can be used. Backhand, forehand, thumber, roller, if it's in your bag of tricks, you can use it. Left, right and straight, are all here as this course favors all-handedness.
Intermediate to pro will find fun in such a challenging and tough course.
Cons: Beginners should go somewhere else, honestly. You will not have fun, you will lose a disc and you will hate this sport if you come out to this course. This course will punish, relentlessly, stray shots, bad releases, bad form, etc. Intermediate to Pro only for the obvious reason; it's TOUGH!
Tee boxes need a face lift. They are in prime spots, no complaint about placement, but the condition they are in is mediocre at best. Uneven and loose gravel and dirt from natural tees are just a nuisance. Something consistent from tee to tee, like rubber mats or, if a lot of work was put in, concrete, would make this a championship wooded course.
Other Thoughts: I'll say it again: this is a HARD course. This course puts a premium on consistent shot placement, the ability to play elevation changes, and the confidence to hit very specific lines and elevated putts. All in all, I found this course to be one of the most challenging in the south Austin area and have minimal to complain about.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -DISCatcher Pro's
-mulched tee boxes; Pro and Am
-Picturesque Hill Country scenery
-Creative holes that challenge most players
-Bonus Holes; Water Holes, Extreme Elevation
-Great signage, trails, benches, maps by hole #1
Cons: -This course is extremely challenging, and amateur or new players that easily get discouraged may not enjoy it.
-Heavily wooded, w/ stumps on ground. Wear shoes with good grip.
Other Thoughts: I feel fortunate to have such a great course in my city. Austin Ridge Bible is definitely one of the best courses in Texas.
Throwing from the "Top of the World," on bonus hole B is absolutely jaw dropping!
What makes this course so special is the combination of the hill country scenery and elevation make for a great hike. You ascend and descend your way through a disc golf mountain.
After playing more disc golf courses in Texas over 2010, I felt obligated to change my wording of "one of the best courses in Central Texas," to simply one of the best in the state. Enjoy.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
First outing this weekend
Pros: Absolute variety of shots. from low and technical, big throws, water shots and a truly epic elevation change coming down off B. They definetly deserve the 'this course has it all' sticker on their signs. I reccommend going with at least one friend for moral support. By the time you climb the hill to the top of A you'll need that backup.
Cons: 14-18 closed for parking lot construction
Other Thoughts: After a few years of the Austin DG scene walking the trails and fairways this will be in competetion for the title of 'best in the ATX'
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 6 Not
Best Course Ever
Pros: This is one of, if not the best course I've ever played. This course has it all, great shot selection, beautiful and difficult holes, sweet ace runs, elevation, breath taking vistas, and water, lots of water. The finishing stretch of 3 holes is one of the best and most fun I've played.
Cons: Although the tee pads are great right now, I fear in time without installing concrete pads they might get rough. That said, as they are now, they work great and I'm sure they'll put them in at some point.
Other Thoughts: Play this course, best course is Texas.
6 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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