Good for almost all skill levels
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Liked the idea that there were three sets of tees, although the back set of tees appeared to be not too much farther than the middle which I played. Course is easy to navigate and has a map by hole 1 which you also pass on the way to hole 11 to refresh your memory. Hole 12 is a neat right to left blind shot. Fence by bayou prevents errant shots on 15 from going in, but it may just be there for the construction.
Cons: A bit short maybe for some long throwers, but I'm not one of them. Played when it had rained a bit and the sandy areas that weren't gloppy were very slippery. Again, construction probably has something to do with it. Navigation without the map would be difficult, especially between 13 and 14.
Other Thoughts: When the new trees come in and the construction is complete, this will be a gem. Could be a few years yet.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
For all skill levels
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Free, not crowded, easy to find tees and pins, easy to drive to for people who live in medical center, midtown, montrose. Where I go for routine maintenance of my skills.
Cons: Boring course -- flat and very few obstacles. Sometimes the kids from the nearby playground wander into the course and you have a skip a hole or two.
Other Thoughts: Be sure not to throw it over the fence into the bayou -- infested with fire ants!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good old fashion course
0 Helpful / 2 Not
* In the middle of Houston
* Probably fun with a group of casuals
* Pretty old fashion park course
* Flat and mostly open
Other Thoughts: A buddy told me he played this course in the early 90's and it was a "don't leave you wallet in plain sight" course. I didn't find the area to be bad at all but maybe that's what 20 years does. It is a basic city park, like many early courses, and is pretty easy.
It was easy to follow the layout, especially with the map found on this site. I pulled it up on my phone to make sure I didn't waste any time wandering around. Even on a windy day where I wasn't shooting great, I came in E and was okay with that.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - There are 3 different tees that are all distinctly marked, something that is rare to see in Houston.
- The course is easy to find as it is off of a very busy Old Spanish Trail road. The course also is very easy to navigate.
- The baskets are all in good shape, they may be showing a little bit of weather wear but they all have their structural integrity. There is also a practice basket right before the first hole which is always a plus.
- There are a mix of shots off the tees. A few holes need a big hyzer around trees.
-This is a good beginner course. There aren't enough trees anymore to get frustrated by hitting them. Most baskets are straight shots, perfect for beginners.
-There are not any holes that is really possible to lose a disc
-With the area that it in no one is usually ever playing which gives you a chance to throw multiple discs off the tee if you want.
Favorite Holes: #14 #15
Cons: -One con is the area that the course is in. There are sketchy individuals around but most do not want any business with disc golfers and will let you be.
- After the drought of 2011 several big trees have died and have been removed. This leaves little to no imagination when it comes to shots. Most holes have no obstacles to block your shot so the holes, especially on the front 9 feel very repetitive.
-The tee pads are all there but they are made out of a gravel substance, not concrete. A few are becoming rutted and some "blue" pads are disappearing all together.
Worst Hole: #5
Other Thoughts: The course has had new trees planted but it will be many years before they grow into anything like the trees were before the drought.
If you are taking a tour of Houston courses this will be one that needs to be on the list, just not on the top of the list.
This course sort of has two parts. The first 10 holes are on one side of the street and the last 8 are on the other side of the street. The first 10 can be played fairly quickly so if you are in a rush it is a great course to only play a small part of. However, the back 8 holes are much more challenging and different then the front 10.
UPDATE: A few holes have been removed because of the MLK statue being built near hole 2
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A Quick Front Nine in 30 Minutes
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: MacGregor Park isClose to the Medical Center and Rice Village and has ample parking. The course plays quickly and you can be done with a round in under an hour and a half (playing red tees with an equally skilled partner) if you can par most of the holes. I didn't get a chance to play this course in its former glory before the drought and subsequent tree kill, but the current course is perfect for introducing players to the sport (it was my first course). Just tell your new players to buy a putter and a midrange and loan them one of your drivers, because they won't really need/know what drivers to buy.
The tee boxes are asphalt and the course has a good flow to it. There is a practice hole with putting markers between hole ten and the walkup to the first tee box. If you mix in ABC holes between 4 and 5, you're going to have a bit of a walk, but it is nice to have an extra three holes if you wish. My favorite holes are 12, 16, and 18. In the summer months you can show up at 7 pm and still have plenty of light when you finish the round.
Cons: A few more tree obstacles would have been nice, but what can you do, they pretty much all died after the drought. This place does get a little swampy after the rain, but it does drain in a couple of days. My buddy and I played the course right after a thunder storm and the drainage ditch before the 4th basket was filled. We played the course again two days later and the water was gone.
Watch out for hole 10, it's built for the vertically challenged - you may need to putt from your knees, or just imagine you're putting downhill.
Other Thoughts: This is not a realy challenging course, but is it fun for a quick round. You'll only need two to three discs for this course depending on your arm. Try the hyzer shot over the chain link fence on 16 for some "pucker factor", and don't worry - there's a hold in the fence for you to retrieve your disc. Hole 12 seems taylor made for new players since it's a dogleg left. It's just the perfect shot for "noob hyzers" with a 13 speed driver.
To speed up play, my buddy and I drive from hole 6 and then hole 7, and then play out hole 6.
I wish there were a course at Hermann Park, but this will have to do. It does play fast, and my buddy and I were able to leave our local pub in Rice Village, play the front nine in 30 minutes, and got back to our seats before anyone knew we were gone.
This is a great beginner course and for the bigger arms, you could just mix up the tees and maybe use the blue tees for your up shotting. This course plays well with a kid in a Maclaren or Bob stroller.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Thank Goodness These Trees Donít Move!
Pros: This course has lots of sparse tall trees over a large flat park area. The trees are what make this course. Many of the holes require good disc control to navigate the lines to the basket, without there being so many trees that make some people feel things are "unfair". This place actually has a full set of three tees for each hole. Their locations are varied enough on many holes to give the holes a different look. The tee pads are not concrete, they are a kind of asphalt; they are still good tee pads. This course also has bathrooms, a message board (with a course map on it), and decent parking.
Cons: Except the different tee pads, there really isn't much of hole-length variance here. Short tees will be about 220, mids are at about 275, and longs are around 350. The 3 bonus holes, A, B & C (19-21) are much longer though. There is not much in the way of tee signs, and some of the navigation can get tricky, so take a pic of the map to help you out. There seems to be some drinkers and/or homeless people ever so often. So keep that in mind.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor here was good. I love navigating disc flights around trees and this was all of that. The 3 extra holes were really just throw hard and long and that is fine if you like those. Plus, that area did give you room to practice your throws. This place had a practice basket as well. I really enjoyed this course. If I go back down here I will certainly play here again.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Multiple distance tees. Lots of trees. Fun place to play.
Cons: I wouldn't be comfortable going to this park without a couple of buddies. There are some shady characters that hang out in and around the park. Layout of course was a little bit confusing.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Tee pads are in good condition. Has a good mix of long and short shots.
Cons: Holes in the front 9 are practically on top of each other. this makes for a frustrating path from basket to tee pad, especially if your throwing from the advanced (yellow) tees.
Other Thoughts: Beware of hole 16. By far the most dificult on the course, and the only one that has a chance of swallowing your disc.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is ideal for a beginning player.No water on the course so theres always the option to be aggressive and go for the pin.
Cons: Not much imagination went into the course development,somewhat easy with lack of real distance.
Other Thoughts: I played this course with my brother-in-laws who have never played before and it was very enjoyable to just go out and be able to shoot for the pin and not have to worry about them loosing disc.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
MacGregor Park, Houston TX
Pros: Alternate tee pads, bathrooms, 21 holes
Cons: Crazy course layout, too many alternate tee pads?.
Other Thoughts: This course is in a well established park with mature trees and practically no other foliage in sight. The park is flat, with sandy soil that may challenge your footing if your not careful. There is a huge bulletin board at the start of the course with the entire course layout to look at. Trees play a huge role in making this course technically challenging. Most fairways demand your attention to those trees for proper execution of your tee shot and advancement down the fairways. There are 3 sets of well-marked teepads on every hole, blue, red and gold. Tee pads are crushed asphalt. Visibility from hole to hole is high so you wont get lost the first time out. A little bit of a walk to the A, B, and C holes between holes 4 and 5. The blue tees are short, in the 250-300 foot range. The gold tees stretch out the course, in the 350-450 foot range. Holes A, B, and C, are separate from the course proper and adds 1500 feet to the course length.
Course player attraction covers a wide range with alternate tee pads. Beginners will like the shorter, blue pads and advanced players will like the longer, gold pads. The mid, red tee pads may give beginners a tougher throw compared to the blues, but on the average doesn't create a much of a difference to the blue tee pads.
I played this course on a Friday afternoon, hardly anyone else was there. I don't believe this course gets too crowded considering the neighborhood, not being the best. This course covers a lot of area though, so you can have lots of people playing and not notice. Unfortunately I didn't have too much fun here. I got bored with the same repetitive tee shot (gold tees), for the most part, though course design strove to give you different looks off the tee pads using the trees in the park as obstacles down the fairways. The terrain is very 2 dimensional, flat with trees. If you can throw a roller you would crush this course.
I had issues with some of the holes, I think 7, 8, maybe 9 or 10, where you teed off, completed the hole and then had to walk completely back down the fairway and teed off right next to the previous tee. Safety is the obviously reason for this, as there are conflicts with other park amenities to account for. BUT, sometimes dropping a hole from an area and putting in another hole somewhere else may be much more desirable for continuity and ease of playÖ. and safety. As it is, it detracted from the entire experience this course offers. There also seemed to be some alternate tee pads that really didn't need to be there. I understand the philosophy for providing alternate teepads for every hole to get your SSA rating established, but some of them were unnecessary, and in my opinion detracted from the overall course rating.
Overall MacGregor Park is a solid course with lots to offer most ability levels.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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