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Destroyed by Construction
Pros: This is easy to get to, and will be even easier to get to when the new train line goes live any day now.
The triple tees make it great for all levels of play from "first time" to very skilled.
Everything from 200 feet to 600 feet provides variety with both left and right dog legs as well as moderate tunnels and stiff water based OB.
Cons: The front 9 used to be wooded. The drought of 2011 killed about a hundred trees. So now it's mostly wide open and in some cases just straight, short throws right at chains.
The MLK memorial walk means that parks service re-laid the tee pads for #3 in a manner that makes no sense whatsoever. The "long" tee is shorter than the "mid" tee but at a bizarre angle forcing right handers to throw an enormous anhyzer line.
#7 has been totally ruined. They moved the basket about 75 feet and didn't put in new pads. Even if they had, it would be a 100 foot hole. It DESPERATELY needs to be moved back where it was, beyond the mature trees, with new pads behind the patio set or something.
The back nine is much more varied and generally more fun to play although the hedges between #11 and #12 get horribly over-grown and VERY dangerous to fish discs out of in the summer in terms of biting insects, spiders, thorns, &c. You can lose an hour or more trying to get a disc back.
Other Thoughts: What's most weird to me is that parks service actually asked me, while they were surveying for the MLK memorial, what they should do with #7 to move it without ruining it, and then they did exactly what I asked them not to do. Worse, they swore #7 was the only pin they'd have to change, and then they _completely_ altered #3 in a way that makes no sense at all.
I also asked HFDS about putting in a course at Willow Waterhole about 3 years ago and they said it would have to wait for renovation of MacGregor because of the drought impact.
That was three years ago. We're still waiting for the renovation and we're still waiting for a course at WWH.
The new tee pads at Agnes are nice and all, but they're a slow start for a city whose selection of public courses are being decimated by construction, drought, neglect and vandalism.
This course is one of the most centrally located in the city, especially of the full 18 basket courses, and yet seems to get essentially no attention whatsoever in terms of up-keep.
My guess is all the HFDS guys moved out to the 'burbs and are putting all their attention into the courses they play on Saturdays which are 20+ miles outside the city, but which they consider "Houston" courses. It is a real shame.
The original wooded layout here was extremely challenging and technical despite short distances. A rare treat in Houston. Now it's just a mess. But I can't drive out to Texas Army Trail (or even TC Jester) at 4pm on a weekday. It would take hours.
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