18 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The only course I know of in Harris County that gives you the slightest sense of what it is like to play this game outside of the state of Texas.
Cons: Apparently no one responsible for the design of this course has ever played McClain Park in San Antonio. If they had, they would have the balls to stand up to the ace-run obsessed complainers who have obviously demanded that this course be ruined for the sake of their bragging rights.
Every time you play this course, it will be a bit less like those outside of Texas, and a bit more like every other course in Harris County.
Despite making the fairways ever wider, they leave the underbrush just as dense all around. You can still lose a disc on almost every hole, you'll just have less excuse for having not kept it on the fairway. The course would have been much better served by thinning out the rough and keeping the links themselves narrow and challenging.
Other Thoughts: Take a weekend trip to San Antonio. Dine on the Riverwalk, see the Alamo, and then go throw a round (or two) at McClain Park DGC. Then come home and throw Texas Army Trail and remember what it looked like a year ago and what it looks like now.
Then weep over lost opportunities.
AFTER they put in the course signage, they have since moved a number of baskets closer to the tees (making the signs both wrong and confusing).
Every time I throw here, things get a bit wider, a bit shorter, a a bit straighter and the baskets get less and less well protected.
What a shame.
The first time I threw this course I threw a 70 and thanked gawd above it wasn't more like 85.
These days I'm having a horrible round if I can't throw below 60 and my game hasn't improved THAT much in the past year.
It used to be worth battling the traffic past the Galleria to get dog fights with the solo-driver F-350's on 288 because this course challenged and improved my game every time I threw here.
Now? I'll save myself the hour in the car and throw at TC Jester. The course is no less challenging at this point and there's far less risk of losing a disc.
18 of 23 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Wowwy Wow Wow
Pros: Holes 1-4 are wide open so get your birdies early. Love the baskets up high, utilizing tree stumps on 5 and 7. Holes 5-11 play through some tight alleys with plenty of trees to obstruct. They are all well designed but OH so very tight! Hole 11 has an awesome ending down into a gully. Hole 12 is across a small stream and is one of the few birdie holes (my only one!) #13 is 190ft with a river to the left. If you miss trees then you will play well. If you seem to always find wood, it makes for a long day. Hole 18 is one of the best in Houston.
Cons: Very few Cons actually. A few dead trees and vines that need to come down still. Other than that, just spectacular. Figure 2.5 hrs for a twosome.
Other Thoughts: I loved this course. Played it Monday in the drizzle and was so impressed, I had to play it today (Thursday) in the sunshine just to get a TRUE feel for it. The course is a tad long for those who love ace runs, but its an incredible journey through the woods. This course will someday be one of the Crown Jewels of the Houston Disc Golf scene.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 3 Not
Congrats Army Trail - I'm Impressed!
Pros: You have to love the design here. There are plenty of anhyzers and hyzers to keep any arm style happy and challenged. The trees are big and the lines are unforgiving, and by Houston standards - this becomes instantly epic. Even the first four open holes manage keep the pins tucked back in the long positions. Also, one cool little touch is the crossroads sign in the woods pointing holes areas as well as distances to other nearby courses.
Some holes have two pin position options and was in the long positions when we played. This was great because it was amazing just how different the hole became with another fifty feet. There are handmade wooden benches on many holes, and the paths are mulched and easy to follow if you pay attention. Holes 5-11 are killer, and making a three is reason to celebrate. A few of the pins are even raised up on cut trees giving the putter something to think about.
Holes 16-18 are gorgeous and treacherous with the creek running along the left side mixed with subtle undulating terrain. Hole 18 is fantastic as it makes you pick your line. Do you make the big throw over the drink to have a shot at bird, or play it safe along the path in hopes of saving par? I always love a course where the round isn't decided until the last putt.
Parks and rec. installed a huge parking lot area, there is practice basket near #1, and quality signage as well as concrete tees are in place.
Best Hole/s: #11; #13; #18
Cons: People who frequent this site won't think of this as a negative, but this is not a course for beginners. Truly some lines border on fiancee to pinball shots. The winding lines and brutal length on holes 5-11 is enough to make any amateur throw up their hands and surrender, and this comes from someone who prefers the tight and wooded over an open power course.
Worst Hole: #3
Texas Army Trail is ready to roll and with signage and concrete pads finally in - you can truly sit back and admire the work and effort that has taken place to make this course what it has become.
Design is king. In the world of Texas disc golf, Houston is low on the destination, but with a challenging designs that maximizes the terrain and foliage - that is starting to change. Along with Oak Meadows DGC
and Windwood Presbyterian DGC
, the northwest corner trio is now a real haven for the serious golfer. These courses will test your accuracy, length, and ability to improvise a shot on the fly. This certainly isn't the Anges Moffitt Park
or Bear Branch Sportsfield Park
type of Houston courses that I learned to play on, and finally gives new golfers the ability to improve on their game without making a trek to Austin.
18 of 21 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 3 Not
Should get better over time
Pros: This course is a fantastic addition to the Houston disc golf landscape. It has bright, new, shiny MachV baskets. Most of the fairways are tight and force you to hit specific lines to be in position to make your next shot. Unlike many Houston courses bad drives here will be punished by a stroke or more. This is the type of course where driving with a midrange to stay in the fairway might be a better strategy than kicking a high speed driver off a tree deep into the woods. There are multiple pin positions on a few of the holes, most notably the first four: the easy ("A") positions are all out in the open, the "B" positions are tucked into the woods making for much tougher birdies. There's some minor elevation in play. Two RHBH anhyzer holes with the creek on the left add a good pucker factor to the course. Benches on some holes with more planned. Concrete tee boxes on every hole and excellent signage are great additions to this course.
Cons: The course is still new and needs some breaking in and final clearing of fairways. No restrooms.
Other Thoughts: Chuck and his work crew deserve huge props for making this labor of love come to life. Thousands and thousands of man hours have been poured into this course. "TAT" has become one of the top courses in Houston, consider it a destination course if you're coming in from out of town.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Difficulty, ranges from direct shots around 300ft or so to s curved , raised baskets embedded in tree stumps, throwing through thin trees and vines and blind corners. Largest elevation changes in houston. Your in the woods under shady treetops from hole 5-18. The course headmaster is constantly there cutting down trees and upkeeping the course. Ontop of that he is a kind fellow that is welcoming and willing to help you through the course.Hyzer and Anhyzer hole variation...sometimes on the same hole (yes some holes are that long). This is an advanced players course.
Cons: Teepads are marked by cement markers,which on a couple holes are a tad difficult to spot. Im positive that is going to change in time. I have been questioned by an officer why I was there.(I just explained I was golfing with a couple of friends and then directed him to chuck, the course upkeeper,laborer, and inside personnel. All was fine after)CON LOL.
Other Thoughts: There is no con large enough to not come here. It is lengthy yes,and I have said not a beginners course yes,but if you wanted to become a well rounded, and an overall better player, you gotta come here to do it. There are things at this course you may not ever again experience in Texas .I come from Michigan where elevation change and woods are an every course thing. And to have it so close to home now living in Houston is wonderful.
THANKS CHUCK! And everyone that made donations by cash and labor. This course is excellent.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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