11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: When I hear a nickname like "The Beast" I think super technical, heavily wooded, no fun. Those things are definitely not what gives Cameron Park East it's nickname. Let me try to list the things that do:
A park road (OB on and beyond) winds through the front nine creating specific landing zones.
A chainlink fence and a cable fence that runs beside the park road provides more OB.
The Brazos River and a couple of ponds bring water into play on a few holes.
A few holes have multiple uphill terraced elevation changes that are quite challenging.
Distances are longer than you would find on an average course with nine of the holes over 400'.
The use of trees from very narrow, technical fairways cut through dense forest to more open park-like fairways with huge high canopied trees gives this course more variety than any I've ever played.
Most super difficult courses are lacking in the fun factor department. Not this one.
The river and trees give this park a natural scenic beauty that many courses are lacking.
Good descriptive signs makes it a breeze for first timers to navigate. No map required.
There are benches and trashcans throughout and an information board at hole #1.
Cons: The #6 sign was missing and it is the only hole with two teepads so it took us a minute to figure that hole out.
A restroom would be nice.
There was quite a bit of litter strewn about.
Other Thoughts: Look around and you will find more difficult coures, prettier coures and funner courses, but it will be very hard to find a course that's more of a complete package than this one. It's as close as I've seen to a five disc rating course.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Total Package.Tests every aspect of your throwing game and your mental game.Impossible to master.
Cons: Having your will broken,and your soul crushed.
Other Thoughts: My favorite course with some of the friendliest disc golfers on the planet.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Super sweet course that challenges every single thing that you have and everything you are. This course has everything you could possibly want and the some. There are great baskets here that love to catch everything you throw at them. The teepads are good concrete pads as well. There are tee signs on all of the holes that have good distances on them ans a pic so it gives the newcomers an idea of where the hole is without walking a mile. The course flows very well and is easy to follow for newcomers. The front nine is pretty open for the most part allowing you to throw some big bombs, but remember to stay in bounds! Even the short holes on the front arent gimmies, hole 1 you must hit a line, hole 5 dont turn it over into the pond, hole 6 make it OVER the pond, and hole 7 dont turn it over too much. Then you go to the back 9 where things can get really interesting. You must be able to not only throw straight but you must be able to hit a line or you can find your score skyrocket before you know it. The fairways on the back are well defined for the most part and the elevation is used well again not only on the holes but on the greens. Lots of shade on the back which is a break from the heat. You come back by the car after 9 so refilling with drinks isnt a problem. Great scenery of the river and cliffs around.
Cons: The front can get hot during the summer due to not much shade. The pond can eat discs quickly and the water looks nasty. POISON IVY!!!!! Not much to complain about here other then nitpicking things like a couple of teepads are too short and the rough can get rough(but thats why there are fairways).
Other Thoughts: What a great day of disc golf in the Waco area. There is a great mix of everything that you could want in Waco and it puts it on the disc golf map for sure. Bring some junk plastic and test your arm against the Brazos.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 1 Not
Feast on the Beast!
Pros: Nicknamed: "The Beast!" This is the kind of layout that we live for. You've got elevation, water, risk/reward, OB, tight alley woods, scattered trees, wide-open, true par 3, 4, & 5 holes, and lots of great scenery!!! With all of this packed into one course, it's a great place to see what type of holes are your strong points and where your weak spots are. The tee signs were pretty good, plenty of trashcans, and most of tees were decent. Navigation didn't see too tough and you end back up at the parking lot after 9 holes (which is always nice).
There was a very cool drop zone on the big water hole, because it actually had a small cement tee there. One of the things that is worth mentioning, is that the front 9 and back 9 did not seem disconnected even though most of the back is in the thicker woods. Usually you feel that disconnection, but the Beast just seems to get you ready for it. The hole progression overall was well designed.
Cons: No bathrooms that I could tell and the woods are loaded with "da itchy vegetation." I believe 2 signs were missing and there were a couple of short tee pads, but that was really all that is wrong with this course. I will say that you can lose a disc on a few holes here and some find that as a negative. So, I will list it here, even though I just feel that is part of the thrill.
Other Thoughts: The fun factor here was comparable to a roller coaster ride that you are begging not to end. We had such a great time on this course that even though it is a 1.5-hour drive; it is well worth doing it again and again. Waco's Beast is MUST STOP for any disc golfer that loves a challenge.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 1 Not
Can you tackle the Beast?
Pros: This course was extremely challenging! The front nine has some long holes, some in open area, but mostly through wooded areas. Hole one is a fun uphill heizer shot through the trees with the basket perched precariously on a steep slope. 2 is a long shot through the trees. 3 is a big heizer shot out of the trees to a pin out in the open with a slope on the front and back sides of the basket. 4 is another long shot with trees in the middle of the fairway forcing you to keep your disc about 15 ft off the ground to get through. 5 has you shooting from a hill through a opening under some overhang to a basket sitting 20 ft from a lot of water to the right. 6 shoots across about 215 ft of water that comes in off of the Brazos river. 7 is near water also to a basket on a hilltop. 8 and 9 are long shots back through a densely wooded area. 8 has a basket very close to the Brazos. The back nine is all in the real woods area with some shorter and some very long holes that have very tight fairways with walls of trees on both sides. There are three holes in the tightly wooded are that are over 400ft, making for some very tough holes. There are three par 4s and two par 5s on the back nine. On the back 9 you'll find plenty of shots that will require you to squeeze your disc through small open windows to avoid overhang and trees on the sides of the fairway. There are some cool uphill and downhill shots on the back 9 as well. The back 9 is in great shape too and isn't too hard to find a disc if you go off the fairway. 18 is back out in the open, but very long...810ft! Great signage on the course that tells you the par, distance, and where to go next. Navigation was never a problem and I played by myself the first time out. There are signs to point you in the right direction when needed. It also has concrete tee pads, which I think are a must for a great course. This course isn't nearly as crowded as Cameron Park on the other side of the Brazos river. If you are looking for a course that will test your game, play this course!
Cons: There is definitely poisonous plant out there in the back 9. I have played several courses that are notorious for poison ivy/oak/sumac, but have never gotten it. I did get something from this course on my legs. Wear high socks and don't throw your disc deep into any greenage and you should be fine.
Other Thoughts: The Beast is a great course and I highly recommend that you play it. Waco has three courses that are good, warm up with the others and then go try to tackle the beast. This course gets high marks from me because of it's high difficulty level, beauty, facilities, and overall appeal. It is not perfect, but about as close as it gets.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is a good contrast between the front and back nine. The front 9 is mostly open and long. The back 9 is tight and wooded. Bring your long and short game. The course is easy to navigate, and there are teepads at every hole.
Cons: Poison ivy all over the back 9! Stay on the fairway.
Other Thoughts: The mighty Brazos de Dios river (Arms of God) will try to catch your discs on three of the front nine holes. There is an optional teepad locations for every hole on the back 9, and they are marked but still a bit difficult to find. The optional tee boxes are dirt tees.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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