Shaded and underrated
Pros: -Heavily shaded course. Great to play if the sun is beating down on you.
-Great variety. There are hyzer, anhyzer, straight, s-curve, and blind shots with an awesome variety of distances. Nice elevation changes, medium trees, some water hazards since many holes play close along the river (on hole 5, you have to throw over the river bend).
-Superb concrete teepads and signage (but there could be a few more arrows for course flow... I'll explain later)
-There are many tournaments here from minis, regular tourneys, and tier-A pro tournaments, which is always a tell-tale sign if a great course
-This course is always well maintained. There is a water park, baseball fields, and a kids park right by, but none of those intersect or get in the way of any of the holes. There is decent fishing and also a couple of rope swings for play in the river (I would not suggest using the 2nd rope swing on hole 11 however, since the water and swimming area there is janky). There are plenty of nearby things to do in the area as well.
-Great for beginners, intermediate, and pro players alike.
Cons: -course flow could be better. Here is the hole break down along with directions and the remaining course "cons":
Park by the water park and hole one is just south of the parking lot by the trees and the fenced off area. Don't throw over the fence, you won't be able to get the disc back. At the pin, go southwest (to the right past the tree line), and you are at hole 2. A lot of woods on the left and right, but a large fairway to work in. Hole three is directly ahead. It has a lot of trees right upfront and plays on a downhill slope with the pin in a pocket of trees. Did i mention there are trees? There are a lot on this course, you will see this come up frequently. In fact, you could probably devise a drinking game based upon the amount of times the word "trees" appears in this review. If you do...invite me. I like bourbon. On to Hole 4 which is just ahead. It's the shortest hole of the course. It is a tunnel shot that hooks off the the left. The spring rains/floods knocked down a tree that has taken out land under the teepad, and unless its fixed, the teepad may be gone at some point too due to erosion. Hole 5 is straight ahead. It requires a throw over the river bend with trees all around. Awesome. They cleared out a lot of stuff (trees/bushes/shruberry), so you actually now have a small window to flick as well. Hole 6 is straight ahead will a downhill lie, over a very small creek, and past a group of trees. Be careful not to overthrow the pin BC the river runs just behind it. Hole 7 follows the river bend. DO NOT...I repeat...DO NOT hit a tree on the right or grip lock or throw an anhyzer by accident. The river is deep here and full of all types of hazards. You will lose your disc. This is a looser tunnel shot through trees...go figure. Hole eight is ahead to the right. A medium-wooded shot with the river bend behind the basket about 30 feet. Hole 9 is right next to it with a tighter path though the woods and a beautiful s-curve for RHBH players will get you by the basket. Note: There is a dead tree close to the basket that could fall at any given time. Don't kick or hit it unless you want it to fall on you. Hole 10 is to the right, under the street overpass. It has a conglomeration of trees right in front, an open area, then the basket is in a pocket of trees right in front if the river. Once again, don't overthrow the basket here. Holes 11, 12, and 13 all play straight along the tree line with the river on the right. There are power lines over head, and as strange as it sounds, there are people the lodge discs into these power lines, so be aware. It is more likely that you lose a disc in the trees on either side of these fairways, or that a slicing throw to the right gets through the treeline and in the river. These baskets all play the the right in tree pockets by the river, except 13 which has more open area in the putting green. 14 is the longest hole at 625 ft. There are heavy woods on the right, and woods with a creek on the left, but i would worry less about those and more about the perfectly placed trees right in the middle of the fairway where you really want to throw your lane. To get to 15, walk straight ahead from the basket towards the walkway, through the trees, and head to the left (hopefully you already spotted this teepad while playing 11 and 12 since it runs somewhat beside them). This hole plays through a good group of trees straight ahead. There is a walking path to the right, so dont smack any soccer moms trying to get in their afternoon jog. Hole 16 is the trickiest to find for 1st-timers. From the hole 15 basket, walk straight ahead and back under the street overpass (you will pass hole 10 and hole 9...watch out for people teeing off on 10 since it is just around the bend to the right). Follow the walking path and the teepad is to the right, close to the walking path, and plays towards the street. This is a short uphill shot with trees blocking much of it. As a personal note, this is a hole you should be able get a birdie on, but it is somehow far more difficult than it appears. Hole 17 is a jaunt to the left. It plays down and then back up another hill through many trees. 18 is straight ahead and to the right somewhat close to the street. It plays through a lot of trees straight ahead 305 feet. This ends back at the water park, which is right by the parking area where you began.
-the course can get crowded BC it is popular. There are several water hazards and a lot of trees to lose discs in. It can get very muddy after heavy rains. It could use some arrows to help 1st-time players. The walk to hole 16 goes right through the hole 10 fairway, be cautious.
Other Thoughts: This course is just an all-around pleasure to play for those of all skill-levels. Because of the sheer amount of tall, old-growth trees, this course caters to those that have naturally low drives. The trees also mean great shade and disc loss as well, and the occasional squirrel that throws a nut at you. This is one of the east Dallas courses that the pros frequent, and you literally never know who you can strike a game up with...just don't embarrass yourself by throwing in the river!
Very enjoyable course
Pros: Very shaded with some nice scenery. Park for kids to play at if family goes and tires out of disc golf.
Cons: The creek is chuck full or trash. Very unfortunate
Other Thoughts: alot of squirrels and bird. Fun distractions for dogs
Good, fun course.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Various difficultly holes
Various style of holes (short, long, open field, obstacles)
Good tee boxes with options of Long or Short
Hole 10 has a rope swing!
Cons: Easy to get lost if you don't map out the course ahead of time.
The flow of the course is awkward.
Other Thoughts: There's a really cool hole, maybe hole 8 or 9 that you have to shoot across the big creek and around a tree to land on the fairway. Fun hole!
There is also a rope swing for the adventurers that don't mind getting wet!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: What a beautiful course! Coming from West Texas where there isn't anythjng taller than 8', this was a welcomed change. It has a great variety of line options and plays pretty long. There are several holes where you can let it rip down the fairway. It has lots of great trees as well as elevation and water hazards; several of the key ingredients that make a course great. There was ample parking despite a mini going on and a course map to greet you so you know where to go. Great teepads and teesigns too!
Cons: My only complaint is that the course is way too easy with the "posted pars". I literally shot -18 and felt like I only played decently. Many of the holes are one or two strokes higher par than they deserve. According to my buddy, tournament par is different and according I that I shot more like -2 or -3 down. As is though, it's a great morale booster round with the posted pars. Set myself a new record to beat elsewhere.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: beautiful course with variety. that pretty much sums it up. the bon is neither too hard or easy. there are many long(er) holes and there are some shorties as well. there are also multiple lines to be had on most holes. i dont think this course favors one throwing style over another. the long holes are fair and the short holes are too easy to make them boring. there are only a few filler type holes here. the concrete teepads are huge and the sinage is pretty good. the park itself was very clean and trash cans are numerous.
Cons: no alternate tee placements. can be crowded on weekends. could have used the elevation in the park a bit better but there are still some cool elevation shots to be had. hard to say anything bad about this place
Other Thoughts: bb owen is a short drive from here and can be used as a warm up or a cool down as its no where near as challenging
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is a decent park in the Dallas Area
-Good mix of long, short, lefts, rights
-Well laid out from hole to hole
-Not usually crowded
-Newly added concrete pads
-Pretty clean and maintained
Cons: -No alternate basket positions
Other Thoughts: Good little park that usually isn't very crowded. On most days we are the only group out in the morning.
7/11/13 - It looks like they have gone through and done a major clearing of the brush and made the park much nicer.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
New Tees Installed!
Pros: New concrete tees installed! All of them are very large, and all are level. Kudos to Garland Parks and Recreation!
Cons: The burrs off of the fairways are already starting to rear their ugly heads so STAY IN THE FAIRWAYS!!! (and watch for snakes)
Other Thoughts: Tuesday night mini starts tomorrow night with an established ace pot (moving from another course). Random draw doubles. the disc golf traffic has already doubled since the tees were poured on Thursday/Friday of last week.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: ***New signs added today!*** Challenging course that has a great variety of shots, both distance and direction. Some fun and unique holes including one over the river. Longer holes challenge even the biggest arms and the trees are never too dense offering reasonable obstacles and thoughtful hole design. Good flow from hole to hole but it certainly helps having a guide because it can be difficult to spot the next tee if you have never played here before. The first time I played here, most of the signs were missing and without a local guide, It would have been difficult to know where to aim on many holes. This has been corrected and the new signs boost the rating of this course big time!
Cons: The tees are all dirt and some are quite worn down. While they are reasonably easy to spot, I could see traction being a problem with any weather. I have only played this course in the winter, when it's been dry, but have heard from locals that it can become flooded and nearly unplayable after heavy rains. Despite being a large spread out park, some holes are close to walking paths where pedestrians seem completely unaware of the hazard. Today, a fellow disc patron almost beefed two elderly ladies from 300 out and although we all yelled fore, they seemed totally oblivious to why we were yelling at them. Could definitely use more garbage bins (like 15 more!)
Other Thoughts: Overall, a really nice course. A few tweaks, including the addition of some concrete tee pads, would put this course up there with the elite Dallas area courses. The terrain and hole design are already there in my opinion.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Very Nice Course
Pros: Well Maintained. Long holes. Few trees. Good flow from hole to hole. Doesn't get or feel crowded given the amount of space. Bathroom facilities close by. Great Parking. About as close as you can get to playing on a Golf Course.
Cons: Not a lot of elevation changes. Not overly challenging with obstacles/basket placement. Concrete pads would be a nice addition but I would not down rate it for that.
Other Thoughts: I am surprised this course is not rated higher. I only started coming here in May 2012, so I don't know what it used to be. A great open course for those that don't want to loose their mind and scream expletives on a technical course like Cedar Hill.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Much improved course!
Pros: Improved layout, lots of open space/long course, easily visible gold tee markers, big arm holes abounding
Cons: No concrete tees (I was okay with the dirt), tall grass/weeds, people not utilizing the trash cans, inadequate signage.
Other Thoughts: I was thoroughly impressed with this course today. I haven't played it in at least a few years because I grew tired of the ever-changing layout and poorly marked holes. Today, it was much different. Easy to see gold markers at each tee won me over. It's a very long course that plays well into the hands of big arm throwers and lots of anhyzer shots.
It would be nice to see some brush/weeds whacked at several holes as well as getting some concrete tee pads. Also, some additional trash cans would help keep the lazy slobs from dumping their bottles on the course. Overall I was well pleased with the course and I'll be playing it more often. :)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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