4 Helpful / 0 Not
Very fun course!
Pros: Pulling up the course, you pretty much can tell you are going to have a blast. It is tucked away in a nice off the beaten path area. The park is clean, and well taken care of. There was no trash, and the bathrooms were decently clean (real restrooms, not a portable).
The first of the course was pretty easy, and you had the decent possibility of a birdie on 7 of the first 9. (9 of 9 if you have a pretty big arm). The second half of the course was much tougher. Some of the holes were just crazy with the lines you had to try.
Fun factor was off the charts, and the course was clean, and semi cart friendly.
Cons: Some of the holes were just a little crazy. You know the ones that its kind of a crap-shoot. Say a prayer and throw? There were a couple of those on the back nine.
Other Thoughts: Get your birdies in early....if you want to keep your score decent, you will need them. From the blue tees, I went into the back nine down three, I ended up plus two at the end.
Make a drive to play this course. Make plans to play the whites first, and then the blues. It is like a new course.
It's worth the drive!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is well planned. The front nine is inside a walking trail, mostly flat, with well placed baskets that get you good and warmed up. If you don't get par on most of these, it's your fault. Then you hit the back nine, which follows a creek through the woods. You've got several tunnels, several shots where the basket skirts the edge of the creek bringing a steep drop off into play with water, and several more that you need some precision and a lot of luck to get a good drive. As it says, every hole has 3 tees, all easily marked. The blue and white (we played white) are placed well and typically spaced apart, with the red being in some cases half the distance of blue. I can easily see this being perfect for wives or playing with your kids. Most of the reds are in Ace Race territory, so you could easily play a quick 9 from there after 18. The course isn't very long, but there are some hills on the back, so the walk is a decent workout. Signs are on every blue tee for distances and par. There's a nice bathroom as well.
Cons: This is a very nice park, so on a weekend you will have walkers and other players to deal with. The walking path does come into play in a few places, so be careful. The course was crowded for an East Texas course, but everyone was friendly. Several of the holes on the back 9 were not tunnel holes, but crazy luck holes. you might get a great drive, but then there are still 15 trees between you and the basket for your approach.
Other Thoughts: This course has had a lot of work go into it. The tees, signs, navigation and baskets are all great. You can tell on the back nine they've done a lot of clearing and burned the stumps in places. Someone has even gone through and painted orange some of the smaller stumps that you'd probably trip on. This course feels similar to UT Tyler's course, in that it's an simple, straightforward front 9 and a tough back nine. I can easily see this being the course to take your wife or girlfriend to, as the front nine is a great place for lower power throwers or people learning to play. I saw more women on this course playing than really any other course I've been to. There's a completely awesome playground at this park as well, that we had trouble staying off of because how awesome it is. Bring the kids, bring the wife, and have a really good day at Cherry Creek.
Update: a year and a half later played this one again. They've added a bunch of alternate tees that add a good challenge to many of the holes, but these are not marked on the tee signs. My niece played with us and the red tees are perfect for beginers or younger players, wish more courses had this.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
The Improvements Are Working!
Pros: 1. Great for beginners and yet challenging enough for seasoned players. The 3 tee boxes on every hole (blue-white-red) also add to this beginner/seasoned abilities too!
2. Overall fun factor here is huge!
3. Front 9 is a great warmup and the back 9 is one heck of a challenge
4. Great amenities (especially the really nice bathrooms) and the double loop/figure 8 design of the course with those right in the middle of the loop make it very convienent.
5. The brush has really been cleared out lately making many off-the-fairway shots next to impossible now possible.
6. Great signage including a huge map for the front 9 right when you pull up and a full map on the restroom facilities of the whole course.
7. Enough shade on the front 9 and plenty on the back 9 for the hotter months.
8. Park is always very clean, and the locals we've run into are always very nice.
9. Bridges on the back 9 are great! The city built bridges to cross a couple of the major creek points on holes 16 and 17 which makes it really nice to get around these holes.
10. Pretty hard to lose a disc on this course, only a couple deeper creeks areas on 16 and 17, but elsewise retreivable everywhere else on this course.
Probably a lot more for me to list, but can't right now.
Cons: 1. Although the signage is great, it does seem that after finishing hole 2, it's a little confusing to newbs on this course as hole 6 (even though labeled) looks like it would be hole 3 tee boxes. Not really a huge deal by any means, nor really that big if of a "con" but worth noting if you are going to try this course for the first time.
2. Tee boxes - I love the 3 tee boxes setup with White being "regular", Blue as "advanced", and the Red being more "beginner" tees. My complaint though is they are all dirt, mostly sandy mix that is brought in for each which is nice and packs down a bit, but they are not level and your foot slides easily. I would really like to see concrete tee pads, but I know this is an expense the city will have to take on. The rubber test mat as mentioned in the previous review was "ok" but definitely lacking, I'll expound below.
3. Bring boots or hard shoes, you will stub your toe(s) everywhere on this course, especially the back 9. The clearing done for this course and especially the recent clearing (not a con) has left little stumps all about 2-3 inches sticking out of the ground. There are a few in the major walking areas spray painted orange, but it is a major pain in the butt.
4. I think this is hole 12 I'm referring too, those who have played it will know what I'm talking about. The tees are great and the basket at the top of the "ridge" makes it challenging as a layup for putts. My "con" is that after the recent rains, it seems that "bowl" in front of the ridge may become more of a small pond. Although this will definitely add to the challenge of this hole and be even more fun, I can also see the potentional based on throwing lanes for this to become a disc eater. For the most part Cherry Creek Park is a place that is hard to lose a disc at, and hole 12 may change that if we get the rain to fill up that bowl.
Other Thoughts: I love playing Cherry Creek Park! I look forward to it every time I get to make the trip from my house to go play it. Yesterday's play was amazing, we all played a round from the whites and then went back to play a "fun run" from the reds. After a tie between my brother and I on the fun run, we started playing the blue tees for a tie breaker and finished just before dark. This course is a must for anyone going east of DFW or living in the area. Easily enough of a course for beginners (especially the red tees) and challenging enough for expereinced players from the whites and definitely the blue tees. The fun factor here is HUGE and worth your time to make this a regular stop not far off of I-20. I highly recommend this course and when I can make the trip east I will every time!
For the previous reviewer, the rubber mat is a nice idea, but personally my vote is thumbs down. The mat itself is too short, not level, and in our Texas heat and summers I see it cracking and being replaced every few years. I would much rather see the city spend the money on concrete tee pads or perhaps host some tourneys or fundraisers to help offset the cost of the concrete pads. Just my $.02 :)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: If you haven't been out to the course before 12-3-11 you need to check it out. So much brush has been removed and it is finally wet enough to burn away fallen trees. We love it. Its only a weeks worth of work.
Other Thoughts: The city of Canton and the CDGC is 100% commited to the improvement of this park. We are placing a test rubber tee-pad on hole 1 in the next two weeks. If the players like it we will move forward installing them on all the tee-boxes. Look for this course to have a serious amount of attention for the next 3 months. you can not miss seeing the improvements.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Bill Elling is a Beast.
Pros: As soon as you pull in it looks like it's gonna be fun, and it never disappointed. We played on a very windy day which made the front 9 just hard enough, and the woods on the back 9 keep the wind out just enough. Leave your tomahawks an thumbers at home, but you'll use everything else.. Don't be afraid to think outside the box when choosing different lines through the woods. Not sure if it's on purpose, but the whole course is opened up nicely with risk/reward shots through multiple tree lines on each hole. Plays fast, lots of fun
Cons: Not many.. Maybe the red tees are too easy and the blues are crazy hard. Maybe. And it's in Canton. I don't know how big the DG community is in Canton, but we were the only ones on the course all day. Drove like 80 miles, but it was worth it
Other Thoughts: Must play, awesome course, seemed very well maintained. Our gps had us pass the course, so when it looks like you should pull in, do it.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: great course givin the amount of space they have to work with. Had a blast. With three different tees it can be anything from an ace race to a championship course
Cons: no cons
Other Thoughts: Get warmed up and your birdies on the front
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: So many positives that I'm sure I'll miss some:
-Great basket arrangement/placement
-Excellent mix of easy to challenging shots
-Great signage and easy to navigate
-Love the fact that there's three tee pads to choose from
-Nice elevation changes throughout the course
-The back 9 is drastically different from the front and was more challenging, but very fun
-Love the bridges over the creek beds. No water there right now but when it's present it could make things more interesting. :)
-Good parking, nice bathrooms, etc.
Cons: Not many. As a matter of fact the only con I'd say right now is lack of concrete tee boxes. Currently it is a packed sand that is fairly loose. It could make for some unstable releases but I didn't find that to be the case today. It was well packed, probably from a previous rain.
Also, there's a significant amount of brush on hole 11 I think that somewhat interferes with one's shot, but my brother and I were able to circumvent it.
Other Thoughts: Like I said, this is a great new course that everyone should enjoy, beginners and pros alike. It offers easy to challenging holes w/ a variety of shots. The setting is absolutely beautiful with all the tall trees. There's a playground as well so you can bring your kiddos to play for a bit. It's not too far from the local Dairy Palace which I hear is good eatin'. :)
We'll be back for sure! Way to go guys at Life Disc Sports! You've built a darn good course!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
A Tale of 2 Nines (or 3??)
Pros: -3 tees per hole, each fitting for it's level
-benches on most (all?) holes
-makes great use of the land available
-fun open holes on the front 9
-incredible elevation changes on the back 9
-incredible wooded holes on the back 9
-incredible bridges over creeks on the back 9
-huge wow factor, back 9 is SICK!!!
-convenient double loop design
-great family park with playground, pavilion, bathrooms, picnic tables
-lots of shade for hot Texas days, especially on the back 9
Cons: -sand tees, some are okay and some are terrible
-front 9 doesn't compare in any sort of way to the back
-rough is very rough on the back
-poisonous plants in the woods
-a few places on the front where pedestrian paths come into play, not too much traffic though
-navigation is not bad but not obvious in a few spots on the front. it's worth looking at the maps at the start of the course (or taking a pic)
Other Thoughts: This course is set in a great city park with a family friendly vibe. The front 9 plays around a large open area spotted with many trees. The back 9 plays through thick, tight woods. All 18 holes have great detailed signs and 3 tees each.
The different tee levels are great, especially in the woods. Even on the front 9, the longer tees each add more than distance but a different looking tee shot. The front 9 has tees and baskets strategically placed near trees. The longer tees are placed not just further back but left or right so that new tree obstacles come into play and change the available lines. You might be disappointed at first glance at the front 9 but it is not as easy as it looks, especially from the blue tees. The front 9 is a great setting to bring the family or newer players. You can play the blues while the kids play the reds (or play on the playground).
The back 9 is a whole different beast, with the emphasis on beast. Right after you've entered the woods, hole 11 plunges you into a thick mess of trees that looks like pin ball hell. Don't get too discouraged though as hole 11 is probably the most "unfair" fairway. A series of amazing wooded holes follow with hole 12 being my favorite: a huge right turn from elevation through narrow openings in low hanging branches with the basket up 30' on a ledge.
There is a great balance of lefty v. righty holes on the back 9. The 3 tee levels are all challenging but the closer tees offer easier lines and less distance through thick woods. Yellow discatchers are great in the woods and the bridges over a few creeks are top notch!
I can't say enough great things about the back 9 here. If you like wooded golf then it might be the best in North Texas. Epic holes!
The park amenities are great. There are bathrooms, picnic tables, a pavilion and I think I saw a grill or two also. The locals were friendly and I talked to one guy that said there were plans to add another 9 holes in the wooded area on the other side of the park. 27 holes here would be amazing and with 3 sets of tees already, it would be enough variety to keep you busy all day.
Definitely worth the drive from DFW. Stop here on your way to or from Tyler.
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
What a BLAST!
Pros: Played the blue tees (three tees per hole) and needed every shot I know off of the tees. There are no boring holes on this course. Almost all of the tees are in the shade. Very technical! Elevation changes on the back nine. The course gets harder and harder. Very good signs.
Nice new restroom. Map of full course at the restroom. Awesome playground for the kids. Nice walking path around the front nine that really doesn't come into play. Very family friendly. Nice park in general.
Cons: Sand tees. I didn't really find them that bad, but concrete might be better.
Not close enough to my house. I might move.
Other Thoughts: It was worth the hour and ten minute drive from my house. I will be back. The fun factor is off the scale. There are enough trees to trip up even the best players. Close games can and will be back and forth in a game of inches on the back nine. Bring your friends, this course is too fun in competition to play alone.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Canton be Proud!!!
Pros: First off this course has three sets of tees, and even with such a tough back nine, the 3rd set of tees makes it fair for even the newest disc thrower. The Front 9 is set within a walking track and has strategically placed tees and baskets to make it fun and technical. Thumbers, BH, FH even rollers are there and birdies can be made on the front. But, then the Back 9!! Very tough from the back tees. It is similar to Dogwood (Lindsey Gold/Tyler) or the Lakes Course in Nacogdoches. Very tight, tons of trees and even a small creek here and there. The Back 9 is definitely much tougher than the front.
Cons: Dirt Tees - I have terrible, I mean TERRIBLE knees and dirt tees make me nervous. I can't get the same rip on a BH on dirt as I do concrete and don't trust uneven surfaces, but I still play but with less power.
Back 9 - The Back 9 will be great once the trees get moved out that the storms uprooted. On a couple holes trees have fallen in the middle of fairways, but once they get moved out this con will definitely go away.
I believe hole 12 is the hole that has a huge tree down, it may not look like it but there is a line way right!!
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely worth the drive from Tyler for me. If you live within an hour or so I would definitely make the time to give this place a throw.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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