Challenging Course in the Middle of Nowhere
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Bring your A-Game for this one, you're going to need it. Elevation comes into play almost on every hole, with changes of up to 40-60 feet present on multiple holes, and the holes can be loooooong. 9 and 18 are both easily 400 feet with multiple obstacles to boot.
-The course has moderately open fairways with a few bits of vegetation left for a good challenge. Make an excursion off of the fairways, and it's another story entirely. The place is set in a large mixed hardwood-loblolly pine forest, and some areas are so thick with underbrush, woody debris, and briars it is impossible to navigate. Watch carefully where each disc goes, as the forest has a tendency to eat discs.
- No hole is alike. Every one is unique with excellent use of vegetation as well as topography.
-Extremely gorgeous background of the Lake. Very beautiful course to visit, especially in the spring and fall.
- To truly excel on this course and have a chance at going negative, you need both a good BH and FH. Both shot styles will come in handy on differing holes.
-This is the only course in Nacogdoches (aside from the 500 foot bomb at Pecan) that has holes that are virtually un-aceable. Past hole #3 it will be a challenge to birdie anything else.
-Course is very well thought out, with generous spacing between holes.
-Fairways and baskets seem to be very well kept up.
-New for 2014 are very nice and much more useful concrete tee-pads,which are a massive improvement over the original earthen tee-pads. First course in Nac to have them.
Cons: -Lack of Navigation: Course signage is, for all intents and purposes, absent, save for a few spray painted words scrawled onto a few tree trunks here and there. If its your first time playing the course, or even the second or third, print off the map wither from DGCR or the Crushers webpage. Without that you will get lost, guaranteed.
Trash- The only thing I didn't like is that the trash cans that are there are overflowing in some areas, as if they have never been cleaned. Ever. There is also trash scattered around the course as very few people seem be be able to responsibly pick up their waste. Not necessarily a course problem, more of a college-kids-being-ignorant problem.
Other Thoughts: -Wear some shoes with some decent traction, either hiking shoes or cleats. Due to the topology and soil, there are many areas where loose rock and gravel make up the surface layer, and even when dry you can still faceplant if you're not careful. Add in the steep elevation on the course along with a thick o-horizon of dry leaves and plant material, you are guaranteed to loose footing if you aren't very careful. Out there it would be a long hike back to the parking lot with a broken ankle/leg/body.
-Bring some water, as navigating the place is a workout. Between hiking through the woods, finding discs, and actually playing the round, you'll be out there a minimum of 1.5 hours.
- In the spring and summer, bring some bug repellent. If you don't, the mosquitoes will carry you away. They carried away poor Bob last time, true story,
-Be prepared to loose a disc. The briars are a black hole for them, and discs also have a propensity to get themselves stuck in the highest tree possible without any indication of where they went. Hole 11 is notorious for this. This hole is situated on the top of a cliff, and all the way down the cliff is very dense briar patches. No telling how many discs are lost in that mess.
-All in all this a truly excellent course, with the only things keeping this course from gaining a 5 is the lack of navigation and the trash issue. I'd recommend everyone play this course at least once.
PS: Don't expect to get anywhere near par on your first few outings. Getting a score of anywhere near par (0- +5) and you're doing very well for yourself out there.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Elevation, bomber holes, and tight shots. What else could you want?
This course is on a fantastic piece of property that plays close and borders Lake Nacogdoches.
I never felt like any hole was the same. Each has their own unique twist to throwing off the cliffs on a few holes to 260' tunnel shots that borders the lake. This is not your average pitch and putt course as the difficulty rating is very high. There are lines that need to be taken off the tee that you will not find in a typical course. Hole #4 is defintely a good example of this for a righty as a tight anhyzer is the only way for a chance at a three if you take the suggested route.
However, being hard there are a few holes that are relatively easy for both lefty and righty holes.
Nacogdoches is still a small city and with this course being 10 miles away from the city the course should be empty. A bathroom and practice basket are present on on the course.
Cons: This course follows the theme of the other two Nac courses in that there are little to no tee signs or directional paths and with a few close tee boxes this can lead to confusion. Bring a map.
Also following theme of the other courses the tee boxes are red dirt and gravel. With a lot of use these tee boxes can become rutted. This truly would be a fantastic course with concrete pads.
Other Thoughts: The fun factor is high here. In fact this is, in my opinion, the most fun course I have played in Texas. This is not your typical city park with rugged terrain, plenty of hills and close quarters this course will test your game to the max level as well as your physical ability to walk the entire course.
This is a course I would not mind making the three hour drive to play. Simply fantastic.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great course. I like it better than Lindsey Gold in Tyler. It is a good place to show off your arm but still need to be accurate.
Cons: No real cons. When I played it was still kind of new so there was a little bit of brush still lying around on the first few holes. But i am sure by now everything looks good.
Other Thoughts: I can't wait to go back and try this course out again.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large park, with a large forest, lots of mature trees, and lots of hills. There can be other activities going on, like fishing, canoeing, and off-roading, but it's not terrible.
- Fantastic hole variety in the deeper forest, with tons of different lines, difficulty, and elevation present. There are some easier ones, like a hyzer on #1, an anhyzer on #5, and a straight shot on #17. Some are a little tougher, like a sharp hyzer on #8, anhyzer on #3, and an uphill straight shot on #7. Others are downright ridiculous, like #13, which is a tricky shot uphill, then a RHBH anny line around a dense path of forest, located next to a ravine.
- Holes that are in the more open areas have great character and toughness as well. #9 is a big downhill shot, with a right finish over a creek and onto a hill. #10 is an uphill shot, in between two trees, followed by a 90 degree turn into a short tunnel. #6 is a great bomber hole, and #11 is a monster downhill shot with plenty of rough to punish any short or left shots.
- A constant feature through most of the course is lots of elevation changes. Good uphill shots on #7, #10, #13, and #18, good downhill shots on #6, #9, and #11. Also a tough valley on #3, and tricky terrain on #6, #12, and #18 that act like bunkers.
- Water is not a huge factor, but it is there. The creek on #9 is definitely in play; and a super long shot on #11 could definitely reach the lake.
- Large amount of protected baskets, due to small trees, larger trees, sloped greens, and a combination of both. Approach shots from the hazardous fairways can be a little tricky as well.
- Great variety in hole length, with two over 500', three more over 400', and and five more over 300'.
- Excellent elevated dirt teepads, good baskets, signage is a work in progress. Only the first 9 or so have numbered posts, and the others are unmarked posts. Navigation is still surprisingly easy, the only trick is a left after #5. Available paths are lined with logs, and other spots have tree blockades to help prevent wrong turns and even block errant shots from other teepads.
Cons: - Course does an excellent job of having some tough, long holes, but there are still a few shots that are pretty simple. Five holes are under 275' or need a semi-straight shot, and the more open holes are very straightforward.
- Definitely can be played as all par 3's; #9 and #13 would probably be the only candidates for a true par 4. Many others are very dependent on length to add difficulty, or extremely tight lines or windows.
Other Thoughts: - This course has a fantastic variety of holes, in a ton of different ways. The bombers are very high quality, there are some extremely tough lines that beg for laying up, punishing shorter holes, and longer holes that use the elevation well. Elevation is a constant in general, especially by some baskets and water. Definitely not an easy course, and is physically punishing on top of that.
- As of now, the course is still very rugged. Lots of nasty thorns are present even the in the fairway, and there are some tricky climbs up and down the hills. Still enjoyable.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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