3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I've played every course in the general metro Houston area and finally here's a course with some elevation changes. Being from Houston we all know that elevation is something that we just don't have here, except for two holes at tom bass that use the giant amphitheatre wall, but Milby has some sort of elevation on 7 of the first 8 holes on the course.
This course has 21 holes so far with three holes that have alternate pin placements.
Holes 1-6,8-10 and 16-18 all have really good elevation changes ( more than 10 feet in elevation drop or rise ).
Holes 3 and 18 are both long and play very close to the bayou and will reward smart shot placement or if you get too risky and go for the gold on your drive, you can end up in water. ( There are some trees along the water that can save you from losing your favorite disc )
Average hole length on this course is probably around 320+ maybe even longer and there is 21 holes so a good full day of golfing can be had here and each time you play you'll find new challenges. Winds around here can be blasting from the north and an hour later swapped completely around and come in from the south so your whole approach to the course can change over the one round.
This course can pull every shot out of your bag regardless if your lefty or righty. A lot of holes you can try to take a RHBH hyzer shot, but it definitely doesn't mean thats the best shot for the hole.
The course has a map available on the LINKS/FILES area on this DGCR website and it is completely accurate. There ARE blue posts marking each hole so navigation is pretty easy without the course map in hand anyways.
The only confusion may be between hole 8 you will go to the middle island area that the road circles when you first come into the park and holes A,B,C are on that front patch of land. After hole C is completed hole 9 is just across the road towards the crepe murdle trees away from the holes you just played. After 9 you'll cross the little ditch bayou to the left and from 10 on is very easy to navigate
Cons: There is a chemical plant just across the bayou so when the wind blows from the south it definitely can smell like "money" as some would say, but if a slightlt stinky smell is what we have to sacrifice to have some elevation while playing close to downtown Houston, so be it!
If you end up deep behind hole 4 ( which is unlikely unless you throw 500' and have zero aim ) there is poison ivy so watch out.
They are missing trash cans throughout the park and maybe a bench or two, not necessarily an absolute necessity, but an easy fix that could add just that little extra umph to a course.
Other Thoughts: This is such a great course and it doesn't even have concrete tee pads yet, which is the ONLY reason this course isn't 5 stars. The money is being raised through the minis played out here on Mondays at 3:30PM and Sundays at 9:30AM. They are run by really nice, trustworthy guys so you know that what you're paying into is going to be safe and organized. Big ace pots in both minis!
People out here have done an amazing job cleaning up the park from scratch and bringing it to where it is now. Hundreds of bags of trash were picked up and hours and hours were put into clearing the land for new alternate pins.
Locals poured there literal blood sweat and tears into this park to get it where it is and it is a great course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A good start, long way to go
2 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: The closest thing to a downtown course in Houston. One of the only courses inside Beltway 8.
A more varied selection of lengths, lines, hazards, technical difficulty and elevation than any other course in Houston.
Unpoured tee boxes aren't mud bowls. Yet.
Cons: DISC EATER. Dense undergrowth, toxic water, heavy tree lines at water's edge.
Tournament level difficulty in a location totally unfit to host a tournament. (Smelly, local fisherman don't speak English and are always in the way.)
Despite being the closest course to downtown, it is impossible to get to after work because it is just beyond two major highway junctions which jam daily at 3:30p.
No course map.
Baskets aren't numbered.
No direction indicator for next tee pad.
No distances on tee posts.
COMPLETELY right handed bias.
NOT a viable substitute for MacGregor, which has been permitted to be largely dismantled.
Other Thoughts: I feel bad about this review. I know Derek, who designed it, and I know he's a conscientious guy who does his best to create excellent courses.
But this was a bad choice of parks. The industry nearby produces serious water toxins and serious air toxins. It reeks here constantly and really isn't safe. To bring the water into play required making all the water hazards a much bigger LHBH risk than RHBH which makes the course useless for tournaments.
The three technical, wooded pins (13, 14, 15) may have a fairway, strictly speaking, but they don't have a line to the basket. It's basically dumb luck to do well on them.
#18 is simply ridiculous for an "all par 3" course. Even right handed.
The language-barrier-as-a-weapon-to-do-as-I-please crowd use tee boxes and fairways as picnic areas and fishing grounds and basically pretend you don't exist (until they decide you're too close to their daughter while you try to figure out how to throw around them).
It would have been effort much better spent to revitalize MacGregor or build new at Willow Water Hole than to shoehorn this course in here.
2 of 14 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Excellent Houston Course
Pros: Hole variety - excellent mix of longs/shorts, rights/lefts, ups/downs, and open/narrow shots. The course makes optimum use of the elevation changes at the park. The park itself did not appear to be heavily trafficked by the greater public thereby giving disc golfers greater freedom to throw. Easy access to the park from the major highways.
Cons: Some trash around...but honestly that's every park in Houston. The odor from the refineries might bother some but I had the pleasure of growing up in Pasadena so it smells like home cookin' to me. Honestly, the only con would be the lack of a course map to guide the inexperienced.
Other Thoughts: After 1 round this morning, this has easily become my favorite Houston disc golf course. It reminds me a lot of the north Austin / Round Rock area courses and I highly recommend it.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
C'mon back and see us!
Pros: 21 hole layout with more elevation change than any other course in Houston. Pro level course with several 500+ foot holes. Well maintained park mowed every 2 weeks. Many old oak trees and scenic shots off the tee. Recently dug alt pins for more variety. Hole 17 alt plays ~380 downhill to an island green accessible by bridge.
Cons: There is a Goodyear plant nearby that emits pollution which can be smelled when the wind comes from the SE. The bayou deposits trash along the bank which nobody cleans up.
Other Thoughts: Those have given this course low ratings need to understand that this course has been entirely designed, built and constructed by a few dedicated golfers, who have donated all the basket money and time to put this together, as manpower and help have been limited the course is a work in progress and does not represent a finished product. It is much easier to log on your computer and write a negative review than it is to come out w some trash bags and help clean up apparently. As someone who has golfed every course in the Houston area I can say that if this is not the best course in the city now it will be soon.
Many of the early issues people had with the course have been taken care of. Discers removed upward of 50 bags of trash, still, more floats in from highway litter, bring a bag!
All holes have tee markers; holes 4,13,15,17 (island green!) now have alt pin positions installed. Course map will be installed when all future alt pin/teepad positions are in place. We have a weekly mini on Sunday's at 9:30 am $15 buy in included $10 to payout, $3 to concrete fund (over $1300 raised) $2 ace pot.
When the funds are raised this course will have oversize concrete pads, benches and complete signage.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nicely maintained course with a variety of shots. Not as challenging as some courses, but plenty of long shots and obstacles. 21 holes (3 brand new).
Cons: The highway is loud.
Other Thoughts: Still building, ie// no numbers on posts. Still one of the best courses in Houston.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
*Work in progress*
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -Nice quite course
-21 holes of different variations and hazards.
-Right off the highway and easy to get to.
Cons: -Grass doesnt seem to be mowed often
-Signs were yet to be installed and had to make up some of the holes as my phone died with the map on it about half way through.
Other Thoughts: Ill be back to check this course out now that signs have been installed.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Disc golf by the refineries
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: A few nice shots but nothing special. Not much elevation but this is Houston. Also not very well marked. I am sure signs will be coming and make it better. Hopefully they will have a clean up day.
Cons: Surrounded by polluting factories and more trash than I have ever seen at a disc golf course.
Other Thoughts: Waste of time,wont be back.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Good Houston Course
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Nice new course in Houston. Used a range finder to determine that holes range from 250' to 600'. Some reviews are calling this the best course in Houston; but I think that Agnes Moffitt and TJ Jester are better courses for the weekend golfer at this point.
Cons: Ankle high grass. Will need to be mowed more often than once per quarter. Hole 16 is currently missing. Tee posts still not in. Couldn't find tee for 13. Watch out for tree grove behind 17 hole. It's a water filled ditch that has no way to cross. Some holes are too close to Sims Bayou IMHO. The tree line is right on the water. A little too far left and you will lose a disc. All holes are also missing numbers.
Other Thoughts: The park is also somewhat secluded. A patrol car drove right onto the course when I was playing. It may be unfounded, but I had some concerns about security.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Best course IN HOUSTON
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 18 holes; rolling terrain; open/tree cover/low ceiling/wooded holes - enough variety of shot selection; the course/park has little traffic early in the mornings
Cons: this will change but, needs tee signs/markers;( I can go either way on tee pads) ; just not a fan of courses next to deep bayous but thats life
Other Thoughts: Milby is THE BEST course IN HOUSTON. You have to go to Jenkins(Baytown) or Cornerstone(Lake Jackson) to find a better course in the Houston/surrounding area. Its a welcome site for sure!
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Good? Yes. Great? Eh.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For one thing, the course at Milby Park is in a location that really lacks any kind of good course. The nearest to courses are dilapidated Mason Park and wide open MacGregor Park. It is a good location for any people living inside the city.
The property itself is fantastic. The park has rolling hills and big oak trees and a bayou to the south side of the park that comes into play on a few holes.
The course utilizes this elevation very well. A few holes play down and then back up the hill. Hole 6 plays on top of a hill. This course has great elevation change for being a Houston course.
The course has a good amount of length. The park is huge and the designers used that to make the course have a fair amount of long holes.
I liked how the designers implemented the three wooded holes. In my opinion, they are a good break from the monotonous long hole over and over again. The wooded holes will only continue to get better as they are worn in more and more.
Cons: My biggest complaint about the current layout is the amount of holes that just feel repetitive. There are not too many score separating holes, and it can feel like you are throwing the same type of shot with the same discs off each tee, minus the ones in the woods.
With the wooded holes being added, a few of the holes that actually added some variety in the temporary layout were removed. Hopefully, the course can be approved with a few more holes to add a little bit more variety.
Other Thoughts: The course is definitely much needed and Houston disc golfers are excited to have it in the ground. This course may eventually be the most played course in the city.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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