9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: When coming out to Little Egypt my expectations were low. But I left having a fun time at a tight course in a scenic forest near Lake Conroe.
First of all the tee pads are monsters. Easily the biggest pads in the greater-Houston area. The signs of each hole were pristine and were very informative and they jumped out at you.
One problem that comes with heavy wooded courses is navigation. There are usually turn arounds or holes that do not connect to each other. This course was super easy to follow and the next tee pad could usually be seen from the previous hole. With the big bright course map at the beginning, the course was that much easier to follow.
The course itself is a different feel then most Houston courses. 100% of the holes need a controlled drive to make sure you can get through the narrow fairways. The basket placements are challenging but fair.
Even after a rain this course does not seem to hold water and can be played all the time. There was elevation change on a few holes which probably drains the water into the ditches that go through the course.
The course is still new and it is quite empty it seems throughout the day.
Cons: They say it is better to be lucky than good. And unless you are a 1000+ rater player you may need a few lucky shots to get through VERY small gaps in the fairways. I thought a few holes were quite unfair with just a few two many trees clustered together on a few holes. I guess that was the point of this course so it is sort of nitpicking from a guy who likes to throw his discs far and without care.
Repetition will get you out here. Playing here once it is hard to pick a favorite hole because there is not a hole that sticks out in my mind as THE hole. Everything was tight and 250-300~ ft so it made the course seem repetitive.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and should not be overlooked or turned away from because of it's difficulty. The Woodlands/Conroe area already has great courses and Little Egypt is a great addition and adds what this area has been lacking, a heavily wooded finesse course.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Quality Course without the "Wow Factor"
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is nothing better than a new professionally installed course to give you a great first impression. As with many of the DG consultant courses, the concrete pads a huge and the signage is great. Plus, the Mach V baskets are some of the best pins to play on, so you're not worried about spit outs. Other amenities include plenty of parking, a playground for the kids, and bathrooms.
Design aspect pros include a stronger middle portion of the course with tighter and more technical lines. Many of the holes will make you work to stay on the fairway and punish you for wayward drives into the rough. The overall length is good considering the majority of the course course is carved out of thick trees. And though many of the holes are straightforward - there are just enough blind shots that force you to throw anhyzers and hyzers to keep you entertained.
BEST HOLE/S: #10; & #12
Cons: Repetition is the greatest enemy of Little Egypt. You essentially start the course by playing the same uphill hole (#2, #3, #5) and the same downhill hole (#1, #4) the exact same. Even though the holes are challenging with the foliage and minor elevation change, the lack of variation is a big negative.
Moving beyond the first six holes, truly the course as a whole suffers from this problem. Basically, you have a great looking course that is enjoyable, but nothing ever really stands out. I finished thinking I couldn't really decide if I even had a favorite hole, or something that made me want to come back and play again.
WORST HOLE/S: #1; #6
It may be a bit unfair to downgrade a course solely on it's lack of variation or creativity, but it seems to be a theme that echoes many of the greater Houston courses designed by DG Consultants. It's ironic too because overall I typically like their product, and think others could take note to how they do their finishing touches around the box. I even enjoy the technical courses over the huge open courses, but I just didn't love this course like the others in the area.
Players uninitiated to the Houston DG scene may not realize this, but if you've played the majority of the greater Houston courses - I believe you'll agree. You'll notice the same design themes at courses like Oak Meadows Park
, Timber Lane Park
, or Spring Valley DGC finesse 18
However, I believe the differences between a course like Oak Meadows and Little Egypt is that it may look bright and tight at first glance, but just misses the mark on incorporating other features that capture your attention and make it truly memorable.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course rewards you for good shots and punishes you for bad shots. The fairways are wide enough to be fair but if you are off prepare to take another stroke. Good variety of shots for both right and left hand players and side arm. Great pavilion and restrooms and easy access of I-45.
Cons: Lots of brush all around because it is a new course. This will be cleaned up over the next few months I am sure. Could use a few more benches to be really critical and a bridge over the creek.
Other Thoughts: Do not cut down too many more trees. It is open enough as is and will get broken in over time
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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