Lake Gordon Disc Golf Course
Pros: My three pros:
-Lots of unique holes such as the island, fountain hole and lakeside hole along with some barbed wire fenced off areas that make for interesting shots.
-Right off the highway for easy acces when passing through
-In a small town so I'd imagine it doesnt get too crowded. I was alone when playing on a friday around noon.
Cons: My three cons:
-Super windy the day i played with 25 mph North to south winds .This isnt neccesarily a con for the course, but the wind made alot of easy shots alot tougher- making for a long round.
-Some holes were kept a little shorter than they couldve been
-Only 16 holes currently, and the map only shows 12. Luckily #13 is pretty easy to find and the flow is simple foir the last few baskets
Other Thoughts: This was the windiest round I've ever played and it made it pretty tough but also pretty fun. Alot of shots were way off but parking it on the island hole and the lakeside hole made up for the bad shots. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this park, so much so I played #1 and #12 again to make 18. Would be a 4 star when the course has 18 baskets.
* This was my 50th different course and lived up to the benchmark
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Pros: *******Co-designer Review*********
First 13 holes
*great bright mach baskets
*signage and arrows to next hole on all baskets
*flow works well
*benches and trash cans on course (more being added)
*city put alot of effort into course: concrete stairs, island and ledge hole, the work on the pond hole
*enough ob/hole placements to keep average and above average players honest.
*risk and reward holes
*new trees planted
*bathroom between 1/12/13 area
*3 different parking lots can be used
*2nd bathroom in works that would put bathrooms reachable almost every 4 holes
Cons: *its short
*windy almost all of time
*its a flat area, void of hills or trees
*swamp between hole 1 and 2
*disc can find other fairways
*wide open..for now (tree budget sitting waiting for drought to end)
Other Thoughts: I will be honest. We were given an area of land in which i would consider a 1.5 or two star course would be. There is nothing there. It was old softball fields and baseball practice fields. Almost no trees were in area. The design process and the work of the park department makes this a 3.5 to 3.75 course. Yes the course is short right now. But the course was designed to get new players into the sport while still giving the season players some risk reward shots. I have seen scores vary 10 strokes between rounds. There are alot of 2 vs 4 holes (holes 7-12 should all be 2's but constanly ruin rounds). The original idea was to have 6 holes under 250, 6 between 250-350 and 6 over 350. But some changes have happend so that wont happen. The front 12 were going to be the learning holes and the back 6 would have the length. Lets be honest if you have thrown only a few times who wants to play a 500 foot hole and throw 8 times. Many things were considered in design including the strong southeast wind vs the northwest wind. On most days these really affect the course. There is a tree budget to help create more shot shapin but the area is in a serious/critcial drought so no trees have been added in past year. But that makes it like a blank canvas. We can plant trees and force shots. OB's and gimmick holes are use to make up for a very small land area, in which i feel we executed the first 12 greatly (13 is on other parcel of land). Going into this we knew we werent designing a selah, we were going to make the best course possible to attract new players, while making it fun.
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Pros: Great new course. Very well thought out and planed by the designers. Young trees will make for good challenging hole in years to come. Good usage of the area with some interesting holes (island hole, and 2 on the side of the dam.)
Cons: Little bit of a drive for me but well worth it for me and my friends to go play. Gets kinda swampy around some fairways and baskets after a rain.
Other Thoughts: Good course for beginners as well as the more seasoned players. Will be much more challenging after trees get older (if they survive this drought) lol. Worth stoping and playing if your passing through or if you live in the area you gotta hit it at least once!
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Pros: Iowa Park has a disc golf course. Good starter course for those just getting into the sport, or for introducing new players to disc golf.
Cons: Very open and mostly flat course No need for shot shaping here. Can be very windy.
Other Thoughts: This course isn't going to be much of a challenge to players beyond the beginner stage. It's not the designers fault, there just isn't much here to work with. Lucy Park in nearby Wichita Falls, would be a better option.
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Fun in the Sun
Great concrete Teepads (trapezoid)
New Baskets. (Love the Orange)
Next Tee arrows on every basket
A few nice benches
Stairs when you need to climb the Pond dam
Great use of the Land available (Loved the use of what obstacles were there)
Like the creation of obstacles (Pond, Island, ledge, sloping green)
Decent Variety: some left, right, straight
When the newly planted trees grow up this course will just get better.
Great OB use on the Shorter holes to keep it fun/challenging
Good subtle elevation change
Great place to work on your placement game
Good to take Newbies/family to
Great for a quick round
Favorite hole(s) #9, #12
Cons: Most of my cons will go away when the Park and Trees mature a little
Seemed a little repetetive on a few holes in the middle
A little too open for the most part
Parking lot was small
Not much length
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a fun course. I played traveling through with my wife and children and we had a lot of fun even though it was 100 degrees. There is something for everyone. The walking path and the picnic area are there for the not so DG inclined.
Very nice family friendly course and lake area. Worth a stop if you are going through. Worth driving from Wichita Falls to play. Not a destination course, but, if I lived in the area I would probably be here fairly often.
My "disc rating" is weighted heavily toward the Fun Factor with a bump up or down for the amenities. I will be back by to play sometime and as it ages I think it will just get better/more challenging.
Please PM me and let me know how my reviews can be "more helpful."
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Lake Gordon Disc Golf Course
Pros: New Tee Pads (the course is new so...)
Interesting obstacles/hole placement makes up for lack of wooded holes (which is pretty common in North Texas) as previously mentioned the elevated "sand box" is unique
Nice Mach 3 baskets with bright orange paint
Cons: most holes pretty short - designers attempt to make up for this with interesting results - but there is only so much you can do with <300 ft holes.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an interesting course and provides an interesting and fun alternative to the typical course in the area.
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Pros: *Nice concrete tees and Mach3 baskets.
*Shorter holes have OB or significant obstacles to challenge players
*Island hole is unique and nothing like it in this area
*Park benches and trash cans at holes 1,3,6,9&12.
*Concrete stairs on the dam that make it easier to walk up and down.
*Friendly local players
*Direct hit wind flags on select baskets that indicate how strong the wind is blowing 6,12,&18 mph.
Cons: *Only 12 holes (so far)
*Holes 5 & 6 face each other so errant drives might cross fairways.
*Some ruts and rocks left on the course from the construction.
*Errant throws can cross walking path on dam so throwers should pay extra attention for pedestrians
*Grass area south of spillway can be kind of "swampy" but there are stone pathways that allow you to cross without getting into the mud/water
Other Thoughts: I tried to be as unbiased as I could about this course since I helped design it. Its a brand new course with 12 holes but we hope to expand it to a full 18 hole course in the future. There are also discussions of putting in a second set of tee pads.
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