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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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