Wells Branch- Ace Runs All Day
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Pros: Albeit a short course, overall it's solid.
Almost all holes are ace-runs, so it's a great course to work on putters/mid ranges off of the tee.
The course has clear signage and is very easy to navigate. Since being cleaned out for overgrowth, the course is even easier to follow and play through.
There are some clever hole designs, despite being short, and some decent elevation/texture changes.
The teepads themselves are small, but very functional.
Cons: It can be pretty dirty, between construction and the overall climate of the area/course. Dusty at times, but a lot of grass fairways.
It's well-traveled outside of disc golf, so you need to watch for pedestrians.
It's really not even worth it to bring anything faster than a midrange, so don't expect to be bombing shots all over the place.
It gets ridiculously crowded at times with a ton of mini-events/gathering occurring all the time.
Construction is going on, but I think most of it is done, so that part's good!
The baskets, whatever brand/line they are, are crummy. That's more preferential, but the basket themselves are really strange and often smaller than usual.
Other Thoughts: Great course for putters/mids, short and sweet.
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Pros: (2.717 Rating) My first home course.
- ACEABILITY - Numerous holes, if not all, are aceable, You will have great opportunities on holes (3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,18) you are probably 5 times more likely to ace here than at a normal course.
- CHARACTER - Wells Branch is above average in terms of character. There is a wonderful course map at hole 1, there is also great hole signage, most of the tees are well shaded, there is great seating and trash cans at several holes. There is also a practice baskets, and multiple pin placements for a few holes.
- TEES - some of the best tees in all of Austin. They are long and wide. please note, that there is a control joint near the front of every pad. Most local players don't play this as a foot fault but rather it's to the end of the tee.
- LOCAL (ALT) HOLES - there are a few local holes of note. Holes 3 and 4 are sometimes played to opposing baskets. ie 3 tee to 4 basket and tee 4 to 3 basket. this also often occurs on 15 and 16 and sometimes on 11 and 12.
- NAVIGATION - Would be an issue except for the great course map placed at hole 1. If you take a picture, you'll have no issues on your first time threw.
- EVENTS - There are weekly events going on as of this review. There is random dubs on Sunday 10am, Friday Singles at 6pm (Daylight saving time only), 3 disc challenge on Tuesdays, and Ace race Saturday at 5pm.
- CLUB - Course has a large club presents, over 300 members. There are bag tags and shirts available at cost.
- QUICK PLAY - A single can easily complete a full 18 in under 45 minutes. groups of 4 usually play in under two hours, sometimes even an hour and a half.
- LOCATION - literally a 5 minute drive off of the interstate. Great for disc golf day trippers to play a warm-up before one of the more challenging southern courses.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. spacious fairways. only moderate overgrowth. few water hazards in play. and lots of locals with glow tape and flashlights.
Cons: - TIME WAITING - This course gets heavy use and often has mob golfing going on with groups of 10 or more. Typically the large groups will let faster groups play through (or try to get you to join in), but you'll still have to wait on that initial hole. In addition, the holes on the west side of the creek, (3,4,11,12) all have a well traveled walking and biking path in play. Rarely will one play a round and not have to stop and wait for these types of park users.
- SPACING - Well below average, Several of the fairways feel partially shared. Discs constantly end in other fairways. Black aces have happened. In addition, considering that the course is typically full of players, you will always be wise to keep your head up and aware of other groups teeing off. I have seen people hit hard before.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of. I know that this is typically for other parts of eastern Texas, but its less common for Austin courses. no more than 20' elevation change throughout the entire course.
- DIFFICULTY - Not much of a challenge to advanced players as they should have no problem being well under par, perhaps even -8 or more. One of my former roommates, (A pro player) shot -18. Intermediate and Rec players will be delighted however as it can be a feel good round. It's a great opportunity for those players to finish under par or get their first ace.
- LAYOUT FLOW - Not the worst I've seen, but probably well below average. You will have an odd transition heading to 3 tee which requires walking near 4 basket. you will have to approach 4 tee from 4 basket. Hole 12 is a flow stopper as you have walk from basket 12 to tee 12 and then back again to tee 12 as tee 13 is shared. 14 is another transition issue where you'll walk past the basket to get to the tee. This occurs once more on 16 as well. I'll also add that 18 doesn't finish at parking. It's not too far, but it's still over 500 feet.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves are lacking the uniqueness that you'd see on your average 18 hole course. The course is extremely short, probably the shortest 18 hole course in Austin. Many players often state that they just needed a putter. Which the exception of hole 1, all holes are under 300 feet. There really aren't any true doglegs. hole 17 twists a little bit, perhaps 20 degrees and is the one blind basket. There are a few windows to hit. and a few holes that are guarded by trees. There is a creek that plays threw the course. However a forced erosion control redesign relocated many of the baskets away from the creek.
- CHAINS - They are playable but among the oddest I've ever come across. I believe some of them are homemade. I'll add that I rarely missed putts due to the basket factor, I can shank a putt all by myself.
- POSION IVY - During the spring its everywhere, you've been warned.
Other Thoughts: A good course for those living within 5-10 miles. A great Beginner Course due to low amount overall hazards and overgrowth. Probably worth a look see if you've already hit a majority of the area courses or if you're like me and feel the need to play every course once. Not recommended to out of region players looking to play one or two area courses. In that scenario, consider these Austin area courses instead (Williamson County for the challenge, Bible Ridge for the sheer beauty, Circle C for the Character, Zilker for the fun relaxation, and Old Settler for the gunslingers)
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Pros: - Good pin placement relative to course length
- Enough tree's to provide some technical challenges, in spite of putter-only length
Cons: - Nearly all very short holes
- Layout is extremely tight at times
Other Thoughts: With a couple exceptions, this is an extremely short, beginner / casual course (*much* more so than e.g. Zilker). If not for pin placement / tree's, a putter would be all you need. I used putters and my Firebird (short flex or flick hyzers) for all but 2 shots.
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pretty, fun beginner course
Pros: Good club presence. Friendly locals, gets a lot of use, well maintained. Great use of trees to make a short course interesting. Good sineage, cement oval? tee boxes. Pretty, lots of shade. Trash cans available, bridges placed in good spots, overall.
Cons: Holes are close together. This is really only a problem on a few. #12 aims right back at #11's basket, and 12 and 13 share the same tee. This should be fixed, but beyond that, a great, short corse.
Other Thoughts: Obviously not a championship course, but it is a great place to bring the spouse, family. It has short holes on most, but basket placement makes it more challenging than the distances would argue. Nice job overall in a tight spot. Love the shade. In TX, that's a real plus!
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Pros: Couple of cool holes using the creek. Concrete tee pads are a plus.
Cons: There has not been a time that I've played this course that I haven't run into large groups that refused to let smaller groups play though.
This course was clearly squeezed into way too small a space. Multiple tee pads are in the line of fire of other tee pads if a shot is off. Multiple baskets are within a few yards of each other.
Poison Ivy is everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!
This course may actually be busier than Cat Hollow.
Other Thoughts: If the course is empty play it. If the course is full I recommend somewhere else.
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Excellent short community course
Pros: This course is designed to be a community course for the local residents, and it excels at that. It is relatively short, and balances the other much longer courses in Austin. The course has a lot of shaded property. It is a great course for new players to the sport. Strong local club presence to provide maintenance to the park.
Cons: The course is overly popular due to to its appeal to a variety of the disc golf community, including female players, couples, families, beginners, and master-age players. Street parking and no bathrooms; although, fast food restaurants are close enough to visit in an emergency. The WB trail system runs along 4 holes of the course, requiring players and pedestrians to share the park, which can tax the patience of disc golfers, who should learn to enjoy the game and patiently wait or play a longer, more-challenging course with fewer players and no wait.
Other Thoughts: The 2013 course expansion moved the course South of Wells Branch Pkwy, which made the course more safe, but the land on the south side was barely able to hold 18 holes, and it shows. Sometimes, the land dictates the course, and the result at WB is a short course that is more popular in number of players than any other course in Austin any day of the week.
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5 Helpful / 2 Not
Too many holes in a tight space
Pros: The location is great for many golfers to get a quick round in on the North side of Austin.
The course has several fun, unique holes and affords a decent challenge for players of all abilities.
The cement tees and the baskets are good.
Parking is easy, there's a practice basket, and the course no longer requires crossing a busy road.
Cons: This course is a prime example of too many holes in a small space. Nine really good (or maybe 12) could have been put in without compromising safety, flow, and challenge.
There are multiple unmemorable throw-away holes as well as multiple holes which have flight lines directly along the busy walking path.
The routing at one point is among the worst anywhere with two baskets with overlapping 10m circles, a backtrack hole, and two holes sharing the same tee.
The creek, while adding to the challenge is a bit dangerous for beginning players who might be attracted to this course and can eat discs and is prime for slip and falls at points.
Other Thoughts: I do understand the work that goes into designing and installing a course as I've done some myself and hesitate to come off so critical, but as someone who also takes writing course reviews seriously, I have to call a spade a spade.
Given the allotted space here, the course could have been much safer and more enjoyable.
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Pros: Nice variety. Skill needed over arm strength.
Cons: A couple of the tees were not close to previous hole. Red and Blue baskets hard to see on some holes. A couple of spots where you cross the creek were sketchy after a rain. I had to do a running jump in one area in order to keep my shoes dry.
Other Thoughts: I played after a good rain so it was a bit muddy. I am sure it's a much better course in the dry.
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a quick round, a chill round
Pros: Great little course for players looking for a quick round. Fun new layout, quick play, new teepads and signage, and multiple pins for almost all baskets make it a joy to play solo or with friends. The land available has been put to as good a use as possible resulting in a well thought-out course with most shots involving either a creek, trees, or both, making for a good course for players of all abilities. While big arms looking to chuck it will probably not favor the length of Wells Branch, I think the course's challenge of good mid-ranges, upshots, and putts is a fun test for any golfer.
Cons: 11 and 12's shared teebox and holes 10 and 11's close proximity to each other make for a bogged down area with potential safety concerns. Unfortunately, it is a bottleneck without a clear solution so if you come up with one, let the WBDGC peeps know.
The creek runs throughout the course and while not very wide, can be daunting and is home to snakes.
The thicketed areas of the course are wrought with poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course since it was 9 baskets on the north side of Wells Branch and can say that I enjoy what the course has morphed into very, very much. It has received a lot of TLC and it shows. A challenging round ideal for beginners in a nice little park area convenient to the Hwy? Joe Bob sez check it out!
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Great neighborhood course
Pros: Now that the tee pads are finally all in, this is a really nice course for beginners to intermediates. It's quite easy, but all the holes are reasonably fun to play with at least some degree of thought required - no silly novice-level stuff like Block Creek or Our Savior. There's a decent variety of shots. Every hole is definitely birdiable for intermediates to advanced players. The secret "pro" tees on some holes add a little difficulty but really not very much. It's not a championship course, but there's nothing wrong with an easy but well-thought-out course. I have fun, I get a lot of birdies, it takes about 90 minutes, and I'm not physically and mentally exhausted like with some of the other courses.
Twenty years ago, this was a nine-hole course on the north side of Wells Branch Rd, which was the first course I ever played. While at the time it was great since there weren't any others up north, it was actually pretty awful - most of the holes were terrible, and 7 had a giant disc-eating pond on the left side just waiting for a skied hyzer. I've really been happy to see the changes - I feel like the course has grown up just like the sport itself.
Cons: No clue what's going on at 11-13. 11 and 12's baskets are right next to each other, and then 12 and 13 share the same tee box. Just kind of ridiculous. I think the problem here is that 12 is where a hole on the old course was, so they figured they'd keep it, but it really should just be taken out and put somewhere else on the course, with 11's basket taking 12's basket location.
Nothing they can do about this, but the creek is annoying because it has very steep sides, approaching vertical in some locations. 8 in particular has a six-foot-deep trench with completely vertical sides running right across it. If you don't have a grabber of some sort, you pretty much have to get in the creek to get a disc (and it is deeper than it looks usually).
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