Big Spring, TX 
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5+    3/19/2014   3/23/2014
Review By: The woodman
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 1.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quick and easy to walk. Good shot variety. Great use of the land. More challenging than it looks.
Cons: It's in a water runoff so when there's even a little rain it gets real sloppy. When there's a big rain it's unplayable. Some of the tees are in rough shape(the course is getting up there in years). Gets a little trashy and overgrown at times. Public park between the high school and junior high so teens tend to congregate there. No course map, but each tee has an engraving on it showing the hole layout. It can still be hard to navigate without a local.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course in Big Spring. So it's been around a while. 18 pads to 9 baskets. First tee is close to the parking lot and the hole plays north to south. From #1 basket the course plays generally clockwise back to #10 tee pad, which is close to #1 pad. Then the back nine plays generally counter clockwise back around to #1 basket which is also #18 basket. So 1/18 share a basket, 2/17 share, 3/13, 4/15, 5/14, 6/16, 7/11, 8/10, 9/12. Difficult until you've played it a few times. However, the shot variety is great and you have a few longer holes mixed in with mostly technical shots. Hole 1 is pretty straight forward with a playground that is OB short and right and the OB road behind. @200'. 2 is @200 and plays slightly downhill with the basket under large trees with overhanging branches. 3 is @250 with trees all along the left and a slight slope right of the basket. Basket is guarded on all sides by trees. 4 is about 205 with trees left, in front and right of the basket and OB behind. Also a power pole is in the middle of the fairway you have to navigate. Nice little righty spike hyzer shot. 5 is short but plays right with OB left and trees with overhanging branches right. Tunnel shot or skip shot. 6 is guarded by large trees in front and both sides of the fairway. Another righty hyzer. 7 is 325' and has trees right and left of the basket. Open fairway to a tight approach. 8 is lefty tunnel shot or a righty anny/forehand. Basket is under trees with overhanging branches. @260'. 9 is about 225' with the basket under large trees. It has an approach left, right and overhead. 10 plays about 250' with a slight dogleg at the basket. Guarded by trees down the left side of the fairway and right. 11 is the longest hole on the course. @425'. Wide open fairway, with a tight approach to the basket which is tucked inside the trees to the right. 12 is @380', wide open fairway to the basket surrounded by trees. 13 is350'. Basket is guarded on all sides by trees. Trees overhead and right of the tee pad. 14...if you can't bomb your drive @340' to the right of the trees, or you aren't a lefty, the only shot is a big thumber or tomohawk. Trees are about 75' tall. Basket has OB behind. 15 plays slight uphill and @350'.Basket is guarded by trees in front and OB behind. 16 is a lefty tunnel shot, dogleg left to right. About 300'. 17 is another tunnel from the tee. Basket is under trees with overhanging branches. 18 plays from under trees to about 325'. OB right of the basket and the playground is OB. This course is a little tougher than it looks. All together it's a fun little course.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    2/16/2013   2/17/2013
Review By: tkmcdougal
Played: 153  Reviewed: 62  Exp: 6.7 Years
Pros: There is parking right by the first and last holes. The designer made use of all the land that he could. This course was really fun. I used it as a little warm up to the Comanche courses. It wasn't difficult but it allow you to throw some nice hyzer shots to get loose. The DISCatcher baskets were in great shape. I liked how nothing was too long and nothing was to short.On the tee pads was the hole number, distance, and a little hole map showing where the basket laid.
Cons: The course was a little hard to navigate because of no signs. I realize dave brooks said the city won't allow it but it doesn't change the fact that it is still difficult to find your way around. The place was completely flooded with trash. Also, many of the tee pads were cracked. When throwing on hole 1, the baskete sits right beside the playground which is a major safety issue.

 

1    11/3/2012   11/3/2012
Review By: quietman2005
Played: 41  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 2.6 Years
Cons: This course looks like it has past its prime. You have to be careful walking because of the numerous holes hidden in the grass. Very easy to step in one and hurt yourself. Many of the concrete tee pads were broken down and very uneven. There is no map to the place so it is almost impossible to follow in sequence. In general it looks like a course that has great potential but is just run down now.
Other Thoughts: It looks like this could be a good course if someone was willing to put the time, money, and effort in it.

 Unassumingly Great Little Course

5+    5/6/2011   7/6/2011
Review By: BrookDaves
Played: 112  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First - This is the course I grew up playing since its first inception in 1991. It was designed by my dad, Greg Brooks. It was one of the first 3 courses in West Texas and it has grown from a nine-hole "tone-pole" (poles with a larger cylinder welded on top that made a humming tone when you hit it) course to a sometimes 13-pin tournament course. It has 27 tees that are made up of 3 separate nine-hole courses (front, back, alternate). There are also a few local courses (safari, reverse and reverse-safari). The course is in an old run-off tank and has many large trees as well as some open field. Now the list of Pros:

- Great use of the area given.
- Holes are simple and double-digit under rounds are a plus.
- Although Simple, trees can catch your disc and wind is a great factor.
- No holes are the same.
Cons: - No tee signs (City won't allow them).
- Front and Back nine flow well, but Alternate nine will require a guide.
- Overlooked because of the popularity of Big Spring's second course - Comanche Trail.
Other Thoughts: I will forever love this course because of the memories. I played it for the first time in a few years a couple months ago and I found it much more enjoyable than I remember. I recommend it for anyone passing through looking for a quick round. Nine holes take 35 minutes by yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 

2-4    7/16/2006   2/23/2009
Review By: biggio1
Played: 39  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 8.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Some length and a variety of shots. Lots of shade which is nice in the summer.
Cons: This course is located in a low water area and can flood and get nasty after a good West Texas rain. It can be a little hard to navigate at first.
Other Thoughts: You have to play the other 27 hole Big Spring course if you play this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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