8 Helpful / 1 Not
They call it SoAP
Sufficient sized concrete tee pads, top notch Houck tee signs, a course overview map, and newish multi-chain DGA baskets on a nine hole course indicate that the park put some decent money into this course.
Without excessive length, the holes are certainly challenging with tight wooded fairways on most of the holes. This is easily the most technical course in the Bryan/College Station (BCS) area. Locals have decided that a couple of the holes should have mandos and have Sharpied them onto the tee signs. However, there are no indicators on the course itself which objects are the actual mandos. The holes here are not long, but they are varied. Both righties and lefties will be challenged. A couple holes invite you to place your lay-up shot to make a run at the basket with your second shot.
The course is located in a multi-use park with a basketball court, children's playground, and picnic areas. There are bridges on the course for creek crossings and they are really nice; I mean noticeably top quality foot bridges.
The biggest detractor from this course is the fact that almost all the tee pads are angled in the wrong directions. It almost seems like the concrete tee pads were poured before anything else on the course was designed and then someone cleared the fairways going elsewhere. This doesn't make the course unplayable by any means, but it does complicate your run-up and being on almost every hole is really depressing for what would otherwise be a really nice course.
Overthrowing hole #4 by 20-30' can easily hit players on #5's tee box.
Posted distances are too long on almost all tee signs. DGCR Hole Info has been updated with laser accurate distances.
Could use physical mando markers on the mando objects.
The course lacks a couple grip-it-&-rip-it holes to balance it out for the big arms, but that's not really what this course is about.
Known by locals as "SoAP". This is a great technical addition to the BCS resume of courses. Newbies will be frustrated by the abundance of trees knocking their discs down, but those that tough it out and return for more will develop shot making skills that will benefit them on virtually any other course.
Not really a destination course on its own, but if you're traveling through BCS area it's one of the courses you should hit on a "9-hole crawl".
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -tight, wooded design. great layout!
-the fairways are challenging but fair
-brand new DGA baskets
-concrete tee pads
-nice course map at the first tee
-variety of shots: tunnels, hyzers and huge right turns
Cons: -course is still very new so the paths are not well worn, rough is rough, tree stumps, etc.
-tee shot on 4 could hit 5's tee
-no big distance shots
-no parking lot, park on the street on Southern Plantation Dr. by the first tee
Other Thoughts: This is a great new wooded course that fills a gap in course design in College Station. This is a challenging course but the holes are fair and an accurate thrower can score well.
The course winds through a small neighborhood park and is full of very tall, fairly dense trees. The fairways are carved out of the woods and a small creeks runs through coming into play on a couple of holes (6,8, maybe more).
Most holes are straight tunnel shots with slight turns and elbows in the fairways (1,2,3,5,9). Each of these are birdie-able with a well-placed drive except probably hole 3. Holes 4 & 6 offer dogleg lefts after making an initial gap and 7 & 8 are crazy dogleg rights. 7 & 8 require short placement shots to set up your second and/or third shots. All these holes would be tough to birdie except 4.
I had so much fun playing this course I didn't even notice whether or not there were any tee signs. I thought this was the most fun of any of the CS courses I played while I was in town. This is the kind of course you could easily be drawn back to again and again, trying to hit those lines!
I'll join the chorus of other reviewers and say that I sure hope they don't do much more trimming to the fairways; the lanes are perfect as they are. Once the course is well worn it will be much easier to play.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Technical, Technical, Technical
Pros: Tight Course, Tightest Course in area. City of College Station did a good job on not opening the course up too much. Concrete Tee Pads and newly installed tee signs.
Cons: City of College Station will continuously be monitoring this course. There are some things that need improvement, but those items are being dealt with. As one disc golfer told me, this course will get better with time and more disc golfers playing it. Everyone needs to keeps eyes open to prevent and report vandalism to College Station Parks and Rec. Course already has several baskets damaged. City of College Station Parks and Rec are aware and plan to repair or replace baskets.
Other Thoughts: This course was meant to be very tight. I believe it needs to stay this way with extremely conservative clearing on very few of the holes. The course has a variety of go for it holes and conserviative, keep you in check holes. Just needs to be played more.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Short and Tricky
Pros: This is a challenging course that forces you to think out your tee and approach throws. It's the only course in town with concrete tee boxes, which are awesome. It's also nice to be in the shade when it starts to get hot.
Cons: Every hole is infested with trees. Technical is the right word, I suppose, but there's not one hole on this course where you throw for distance. Tee boxes don't have numbers and it's easy to get lost the first time out.
Other Thoughts: Live creeks run through the course, even in a period of low moisture. This course may not be playable a few weeks a year.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Finally, a Technical City Course
Pros: This course brings something new to the Bryan/College Station area public courses: difficulty! Located in the midst of a clean suburb, this course takes advantage of the thick woods native to the area. Nearly every shot takes place under a canopy of trees.
Players will stay hard at work with their mids (bring durable plastic). Those lacking accuracy will find themselves discovering the art of the escape shot. The drivers will stay in the bag except on hole 9, maybe (Hole Highlights in Other Thoughts).
Concrete tee pads are another first for the College Station courses. There are no tee signs yet, but a solid metal pole stands waiting at each pad.
Play proceeds in an orderly fashion from each basket to the next tee, with little walking in between along clear trails. The course is short and plays in half an hour or so, though no length measurements have been taken at the time of writing. The last basket is near the first tee.
Overall, this course makes for a fun challenge like nothing else in the BCS area, barring Alcorn Creek DGC, which is private.
Cons: A few of the tee shots rely heavily on luck, with gaps under seven feet located far from the tee. While there is something to be said for a good challenge, the course designer must be reasonable in his expectation of player skill. As such, the beginner might be very frustrated by the end of a round at Southern Oaks Park.
There are a few dangerous situations on the course. One fairway points straight at the next teepad, with the basket off to the side in the woods. A long drive might land on the next pad. On another hole, a pedestrian sidewalk runs straight across the fairway, but that part of the hole is not visible from the tee!
The layout can be tricky at first, so tee signs and Next Tee indicators would be helpful to the first time player. This doesn't detract from the course, but it would make a nice addition.
Some of the pads point in a different direction than the basket. I'm not sure how the course was planned, but there was a disconnect on some of the holes.
As with any deep woods situation, there are plenty of small, biting insects. Bring bug spray from March to November.
Other Thoughts: The course is very new. As such, there are plenty of freshly cut stumps sticking out in the middle of fairways. Piles of underbrush haven't been fully cleared from some areas, and many places are still raw soil where grass hasn't had a chance to grow. Given a few months and lots of foot traffic, this course has lots of potential.
Hole 1 - A shot from the playground field area into a cut in the edge of the woods. The well-placed shot might make for a birdie, but any deviation will throw the disc into the woods.
Hole 4 - The tee shot is across a small meadow in the midst of the woods. The basket is located to the left inside a gap in the trees across the clearing. There is already an Ace penned to the basket number sign (shame on you MD 3-25-09!). There is a danger situation with the tee shot on four aimed directly at the five tee.
Hole 7 - The first shot is basically a putt into a clearing to set up for a challenging second. Another danger situation exists where a walking path cuts directly across the fairway. Beware of drainage water to the right across the raised sidewalk.
Hole 8 - This is a very large U-Turn shot. The basket is 75 feet through solid forest off to the right of the tee, but the fairway plays forward about a hundred feet before turning. The suggested par on this hole will probably be four because of the multi-leg nature of the fairway. Again, the first shot will depend on luck (or great accuracy) to establish placement for the rest of the hole.
Hole 9 - The last hole is a longer shot (for the course) through the trees and out into a field. This is the only hole where a fairway driver might be necessary, but accuracy is essential to the very end of this technical course.
This review will be updated as new developments occur and as the course is worn in.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Technical! Tight alleys and lots of trees. The concrete tee pads are nice. Signs appear to be coming soon.
Cons: Very short. It's only a 9-hole course and it plays very quickly.
Other Thoughts: This course is still VERY green and it shows. It doesn't need to be cut, really. It just needs to be played more. Foot traffic will cure most of it's problems. Only other thought is that the teeboxes are a little close to the previous hole's basket on a couple holes. It could be dangerous if/when it's really crowded.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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