Huntsville, TX
Eastham-Thomason Park Share
Uploaded By: chuckading Hole #8 (Taken 6/2010)
5 / 428ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #8 Tee



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 quirky but fun

1    3/10/2011   4/24/2011
Review By: dreadlock86
Played: 179  Reviewed: 118  Exp: 7 Years
This review was updated on 5/20/2011
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -unique course for a small 9 holer in a public park
-variety of distance and shots, especially for 9 holes
-decent baskets and rubber tee mats
-fun variety of shots
-practice basket
-dedicated parking area
-creek comes into play
-interesting use of OB: walking paths, volleyball court, large area in center of back half of course
Cons: -many safety issues: pipe crossing over the creek, crossing/adjacent fairways, tee shot for 5 aims at tee 6, pedestrian walkways, volleyball court
-some of the OB is ambiguous, especially on 8 & 9
-tee signs are poorly placed near the front left of each tee, careful of your hands while throwing!
-design makes sense and does the best it can with the space available but this plot is really just too small for 9 holes, too crowded with too many overlaps and safety issues
Other Thoughts: This course was surprisingly fun for a small 9 hole in a crowded park. The first three holes are great, especially 2 and 3 where the creek comes into play and you're looking at an anhyzer shot over the water (RHBH, both holes). Then you have to cross the creek and the problems start.

There is no good way over or around the creek. Either cross the pipe which could easily be a safety hazard or go far out of the way to go around. Then when you get to the back 6 holes, they are crammed into too small a space.

Some of these holes are fun and have good obstacles while others are filler just to get to 9 holes and back to the front of the park. OB is unclear on 8 & 9, there are supposed to be posts marking OB but there are also other posts as well as tree saplings and rocks. Hole 5 throws on the tee for hole 6, holes 7 & 8 share a fairway and 9 has a volleyball court directly between tee and basket. Also, one of my biggest pet peeves on a course is present here: tee signs are in the way of the tee pads, right at the front left corner. DG courses should be designed and implemented by DG players, this is inexcusable.

The shots are fun and the variety of distances, shot types, obstacles and OB make for a fun round. It's too bad that the land here just isn't really big enough for 9 holes that don't present myriad safety issues. Plus points for fun factor, uniqueness and creativity, minus points for safety issues.

Worth stopping to play if you are passing by Huntsville. Not worth going out of the way.


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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 

2-4    6/28/2010   6/30/2010
Review By: sidewinding
Played: 81  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 6.2 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has it's own dedicated parking area.

There is a practice basket!

The teepads were some type of black rubber material that was staked down. They provided good traction and kept ruts from forming in the otherwise dirt teepads.

Each tee has a 4x4 post cut at a 45 degree angle with the hole #, distance, and par etched into the top of it.

Very fun design using trees and a creek to create risk and reward. If you want the birdie on #2 and #3 you basically have to anny out over the water which is a really fun pucker factor type situation.

This is NOT a pitch and putt course as you might think a nine holer in a town with only one course would be. It requires some distance and accuracy to score well.
Cons: Teesigns are a little tall to be placed right on the front left corner of the teepad. You really have to be careful on your pull through to avoid hitting them.

To get from the #3 basket to the #4 tee you have to walk back to the parking area and cross a bridge that the road goes over. Near the #3 basket there is a large pipe crossing the deep, steep banked creek but the city has put a fence around each end to deter people from using it as a bridge, but I would imagine many of the locals use this to cross.

Hole #8 is kind of silly. The basket is on the other side of a large orchard/garden looking field but the designer meant for you to go around field instead of straight at the basket. This would work if there were a large tree you could use as a mando, but there is not. I chose to throw straight at the basket which makes the hole about 400' instead of 500'.

Hole #9 is aweful. It looks like they have added two sand volleyball courts after the course was already established. They should have moved the #9 basket to the near side of the courts but they did not. They left the basket so the two courts are right in the fairway. You can either go between the two courts, around the end, or over the top. The safest thing would be to just skip this hole if people were using the volleyball courts.

Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly suprised by this little course. I will stop here again some day when I'm passing through Huntsville.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  Mike's Review

5+    5/6/2010   5/7/2010
Review By: mxr011
Played: 12  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 5.4 Years
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good for a quick round. Huntsville is a small town full of college students who don't have much time. The city owns the park so mostly well kept.
Cons: Only 9 holes. Brush by hole 2 is out of control. Also hole 8 the tee is set about 45 degrees to the right of where it should be.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful.


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