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Pros: This is one of those courses that is in the middle of farm land, which means that there is nothing to distort you from the your round and the nature around. No noise pollution, no unsuspecting park goers walking in the middle of the fairway, just you , your discs, and 18 holes that have a lot of love put into them.
The course ranges from mega long holes with no obstacles (#10) to short wooded holes that barely hit 150'. The course has a vast array of shots and variety.
There are a few tricky holes that involve shots that are not widely used at other courses. I felt there was a good mixture of holes that favor both left handed players and right handed players.
A lot of love is put into this course by the owner of the property. Famous golfers' ashes are spread on a few baskets, and the owner loves to tell the stories of them. The course is also mowed regularly, which is definitely needed in this farm area.
The course utilizes the elevation to it's max as well as has a little bit of water that adds a little bit of hazard, in what is a relatively hazard less course.
Cons: Some of the holes are a little iffy and not really good golf holes in my opinion. There are unrealistic lines on a few holes. The term pray and spray comes to be true on a few holes. Hole 8 is a good example of this, as it is a blind shot over the trees and there is no way to cut into the trees. It is not necessarily fair to people who cannot get it over the trees and have a weak arm. However, if you took the time to drive out here, you probably are an experienced golfer.
I felt the $10 was a little steep for the quality of the course. I definitely do not think this is a huge con because he needs to make money off it somehow so that he is making some money with his time that is spent making this course good.
Other Thoughts: Come to the course and play a couple rounds from different tees. Ask the owner about the two bounties he has on a few holes and "MAYBE" you can make a few extra dollars.
This course is a bit of a drive out from any big city, but in my opinion, the course is worth the drive. You will have the entire course to yourself and get to experience a course unlike one that you have ever played.
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Snow Farm in Texas?
Pros: We traveled to Texas in 2003 and 2004 and played 13 courses total (plus San Saba; which I, personally did not get to play). Some of the best: Circle R courses; original Waco, Moody's, Z-Boaz, Veterans, and of course, Snow Farm.
You will have the course to yourself.
Mix for right and left. Mix of long bombers and technical shots.
Creek in play on some holes; though dry for the most part; when we were there.
Three sets of tees (we played middle/white) (I had broken my ankle at Z Boaz a couple of days prior; so longs were out.)
Course designer/owner, Randon Dillingham, not only personally accompanied us for the round; but drove me around in a golf cart, so I could see the full course and play. He also shared a couple of beers and good conversation after round.
Clubhouse open during tourney time, I believe.
Both a pro and a con; is that seemed to be somewhat gimmicky holes. Shapes that discs have a hard time making (this is the middle ground between pros and blue level). I put this in pros section, because I remember filing this in my head under the "holes rarely seen" category.
Couple quick examples: hard hooking dog legs on #2 and #4 (and others, if I remember correctly; tough for rhbh), low ceilings, especially off the tee, forcing low shot on number of holes, dangerous pin #6 with creek behind, very skinny fairway on short, uphill hole, I think it's #12 that has no real entrance to green (is this a con; or a force of inventive shot/upshot/putt ?).
Water in play (pond; possible creek).
Our crew enjoyed this one more than Old Settlers' Park (Round Rock); and Moody's (Red Rock). Both of those are quality courses as well. Meeting Randon was a factor in enjoyment; but also the fact of that there was less open crushing than Texas generally is known for; but still were some crusher holes....
Cons: Navigation would have been an issue; had owner not been along. Plan extra time for figuring the course out; first time or two through.
Sounds as though basket condition remains somewhat of an issue. I am encouraged to hear a few new ones are in place; as that means Randon is managing to update equipment.
Tees evidently still rubber/homemade. (I really have no issue with this on private courses; but, is not optimal). I can say that with my then, recently, broken ankle; I found them easily safe enough to drive fore handed; planting on my other foot.
Other Thoughts: ERicJ and srm_520 do an excellent job giving the overview of this course....(read their reviews)
As noted; I played in 2004; their info more recent; though very similar.
There are some navigation and equipment (and perhaps design, from some players standpoints) flaws here. Because of these areas of concern; and even giving it bonus rating for atmosphere and low play level/private setting; 3.5 is the best I can rate. With that said, if you want an escape to a middle of nowhere course; where you and perhaps your buddies can "own" a course for the day or weekend; this is a great place for that.
Fairly high quality disc play is present; and with three sets of tees; a number of different experiences can be had. Be prepared for a fairly long round and walk, from long tees.
This course hosts a couple of in state tourneys a year; including one named something similar to "put your money where your mouth is." I bet pros who come for these end up enjoying their time spent, but would rate this lower than 3.5. Long holes kind of plain; and some shorter ones kind of gimmicky. As blue rated players; our group found our round quite enjoyable, and the nature of the experience adds the .5 for those who don't always get the royal/course closed for tourney, treatment. Here, you'll get that as an average player. Skill level will probably press you as well. This is a blue level, 3.5 rating, which is really kind of a tweener (3.25).
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