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Pros: Plenty of open spaces to really go for it on a few long holes!
Nice course for only 12 holes...was a pretty good challenge from the A tees but the B's are pretty easy
Cons: Most holes are straight and many of the trees on the course are very young and will be much more challenging in a few years when they have grown up a bit.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: *Review from the perspective of the shorter, B tees*
Baskets are in fairly good shape. Most are missing the yellow band around the top of the chains.
Hole #1 is an open meadow shot.
Hole #2 is a short shot with the basket located behind two patches of younger trees. A straight shot will reach the basket nicely as the disc fades.
Hole #3 is a tunnel shot through the older trees.
Hole #4 is located in the floodplain with the tee in the midst of a large dirt patch. The shot is back through the old trees.
Hole #5 has a few trees to the extreme sides of the fairway.
Hole #6 tees are a turnaround from 5 basket. The basket is located within the tree line, but the shot is open otherwise.
Hole #7 tees are very close to the hole 4 tees. Be careful about throwing into another party on these. The basket is guarded by a lone tree from the B tees.
Hole #8 is wide open one the disc clears a large overhanging tree. The tee is a sharp turnaround from hole 7 basket.
Hole #9 is a meadow shot with the basket located in a group of older trees.
Hole #10 is easy to miss. It plays out into the open field.
Hole #11 returns to the main wooded area of the park. The long tees add 200 feet to the hole and provide the longest shot on the course. There is a large hill to the right of the basket that gives an opportunity for some elevation change if your tee shot goes wide right.
Hole #12 plays from two different angles around some picnic tables. The B tees present a tunnel shot back toward the hole 1 tees and the parking lot.
Overall, the course designers made good use of the existing old growth. The course ends where it began, which is nice. The player doesn't have to hike a long way back to the parking lot. This course would make a good place to learn the game but does not provide much challenge to the experienced player.
Cons: Dirt tee pads. When I played, the course was dry, but there were many large dirt patches that probably get very muddy in the rain. There were broken beer bottles near some of the tees.
A few of the baskets are close to those of other holes. Sometimes, this makes the shot a bit confusing: the hole 11 basket looks like a potential target from the tees on 7.
The two tee locations rarely offer a different shot aside from the increased distance. Hole 12 plays two very different angles from the two tees, but the shot is basically the same.
The course is flat and not very technical. Anyone with decent aim will have no trouble avoiding the older trees.
Other Thoughts: There are hundreds of new trees sprinkled throughout the park. In a few years, the course will be much more wooded.
Looking at the pictures definitely helps you identify the tee markers. The first tee is to the right of the parking lot. Print the course map.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There are A & B tees which is nice and the course layout uses the available trees reasonably well. There are a couple of long, open holes, but most of the holes have a few trees that you have to account for.
Cons: No real tee pads - you just throw from somewhere near the marker. The course layout for the last hole is terrible - from both the A & B tees you throw across/near a set of park benches where (at least when we played) several families were picnicking. Also, the jogging trail around the track was fairly busy when we played, and several of the holes end near/cross the track. Also, the baskets are starting to show some wear, but they are certainly playable.
Other Thoughts: Definitely combine playing this course with nearby BridgePoint (a 6 hole course). Bridgepoint will provide more wooded/technical holes and the two courses combined make an above average 18 hole course. On its own, this course would be at least a "3" for beginners since the holes are not too challenging and the alternate tees provide variety/extra difficulty.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid but not seriously challenging.
Pros: All tee boxes play on grass and are adequately marked with a post showing the hole number and yardage. The alternate boxes (A) will force a person to play the holes slightly different than the regular boxes (B), but mostly there are just longer.
There is a practice pin by the hole one near the park lot, so a person has the opportunity to warm-up - even though most holes play between 200' - 300'. The holes are a mix of lightly to moderately wooded shots and opening up on holes 8-11.
The Alief area isn't the greatest part of Houston, so to see that they have taken the time to remark the course and move pins to make a 12 hole course is encouraging. The old hole eleven pin still stands by the tennis court in case you are new to the course and are a bit confused. Also, being in the park area, it's open enough so the kids can run around, and the entire course is stroller friendly.
BEST HOLE/S: #6; #7
Cons: Only one hole (11) plays over 400', but at 503' (marked under 500' on the marker) it takes two solid shots to be in proximity to a pin guarded by a big overhanging branch.
The pins are still playable, but some are leaning slightly, and many show the signs of wear and tear.
I went early to avoid the crowds, but still managed to wait for people on hole nine since it's so close to the walking track around the park perimeter. Even though this wasn't an issue for me, there is a picnic area set up by hole twelve, so in the prime time hours, hole twelve may be unplayable due to people.
WORST HOLE/S: #1; #10
Other Thoughts: I loved Nottingham when I first started playing, since it had a good mix of trees and open shots, but wasn't hard enough to frustrate me from playing the game. New players still working on their accuracy will want to be careful though - (especially 9, 10, & 12).
In my book, having alternate pins goes a long way; having felt satisfied playing 24 holes of golf. Granted, the course isn't very difficult, but still lets you enjoy a good day of solid golf without having to worry about losing a disc or competing with many other disc golfers.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
A quaint little park
A nice mix of wooded holes for a small city park. A fair balance of long, open holes vs. shorter holes with lines through or around trees. A good number of small trees will change the make-up of the course in five years or so when they grow up. The tees are all well marked with dual tee boxes on every hole. 'A' tees play longer than the 'B' tees.
Some baskets in slight disrepair, but still very playable. Lots of broken glass on the ground; not significantly dangerous if you're wearing shoes. These are the type of shards that have been broken up and ground down over a long period of time. Occasionally you'll find people wandering through the park oblivious or indignant to the fact they're crossing a disc golf course. If the 'A' & 'B' tee markers were painted different colors it would be easier to tell them apart from a distance.
There's a new splash park built on the site of the old baseball field that draws a lot of park goers. There's little interference from that, but the walking/jogging trail around the perimeter of the park yields some pedestrian interference.
With the improvements to the park in recent years this course has been slightly redesigned and reduced from 14 to 12 holes.
Despite the cons listed above I enjoyed playing this course and could see myself playing it regularly if it were in my neighborhood.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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