9 Helpful / 1 Not
Locals Love It
Pros: Decent DGA double chain baskets and attempts to install decent tee boxes for the main tees. Reasonable shot variety with two lefty, two righty, and five mostly straight shots. Although the righty holes are mainly just that because of some fade at the end of the fairway. The tee signs are typical DGA signs that do a reasonable job of conveying the hole. Distances are mostly close except #3. While holes #7 and #8 are identical with the exception of wind direction they offer a decent RHBH challenge to keep your discs dry playing in close proximity to woods or drainage ditch. There are restroom facilities close by and the course has better than average shade for Houston courses.
Cons: Biggest con is baskets and subsequent tees too close together endangering players of getting hit. Gravel tee pads do not offer the best footing. Alternate tees are marked with only small bricks or a narrow board flush in the ground... very hard to find unless you have a local show them to you. Several tee signs are missing. The tee box for #6 isn't a nice box like the others. Several of the alt tees are pretty lame with the intent being just to provide a shorter shot. Navigation from #6 to #7 may be confusing because #9's tee looks like the next obvious hole to play, but keep walking past that to find #7.
Other Thoughts: The past couple hurricanes have opened up some lines that didn't exist before and widened some fairways. You can significantly increase the challenge of this course by playing OB rules for the ditches that typically contain some water. While certainly not the most challenging of courses Miramar Park does have a good fun factor and I can see why locals like this course a lot. However, this course would not be a good destination course for advanced travelers.
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Many holes play low and tight, which force even the best players to be accurate if they want birdies. The baskets are in average shape and overall the course is easy to navigate. Holes one through four have an abundance of trees to throw through, which can also provide some decent shade in the summer months.
The park has wastebaskets at most holes. Facilities are relatively close, and the park is stroller friendly. One of the biggest perks of the course may be if you were just visiting the area, you could get in a round of golf, and then hit the Kemah Boardwalk
or Space Center Houston
when you're through.
BEST HOLE/S: #2
Cons: The map with yardage at the beginning of the course does not match up with the tee box yardage; so many times one is left to guess how far the pin may actually be. Only a pole remains of the tee box signs on holes five and six.
The bigger issues with the tee boxes however, are that they are set up way to close to the pin from the previous hole, and the tight packed gravel offers little footing for decent drives. I hit tee box four when aiming at the third pin both times I played. Holes seven and eight, which are separated by a 15' gully with water, also have the potential to get someone hit on a busy day.
With all the holes averaging just under 300', there is no real distance variation. There is also a huge hill that isn't utilized on hole five, which by flat Houston standards I consider almost a sin not to use.
WORST HOLE/S: #7; #8
Miramar Park has a few technical holes that provide a good challenge for even skilled players, but the holes are repetitiously straight with little imagination. Four holes have water incorporated throughout their fairways, but it isn't a real issue on holes two or three. Seven and eight are really the only holes where you can lose a disc in the murky gulf water, but conservative play should keep a person safe even here.
Miramar isn't a horrible course, and I believe it compares well to the course in Gwen Hurska Park
north of the Woodlands. However, the ho hum of it's layout is nothing to get excited about. As with the plantation course, if you lived in the area, playing it would keep your disc golf needs satisfied, but Miramar Park is nothing to go out of your way for.
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