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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