10 Helpful / 0 Not
Construction & Redesigns - Not the old Course You're used to.
Pros: The front nine is great to help practice your technical skills with elevation changes, and precarious pin locations. Being off by ten feet may mean a thirty foot uphill pitch. I like it when a 15 year old design can still challenge me to think and pick my lines carefully. If you on, birdies can come pretty easily, but if your off - watch out.
The back nine is flatter, longer, and offers a different overall look playing along the Brazos River. The concrete boxes are nice for big run ups and the park is well manicured. It's too bad you can only experience five of these great holes, (six if you want to make the trek to #17). Construction on the walkways should be ending soon, but expect it to be a while before things get back to normal.
There are also new holes, with fresh concrete tees (less than a day old at the time!), but you can't find them on the maps currently provided. After playing 4A - work your way across the road and into the woods to find these four holes. They are a little rough, but are a very nice addition, and will bring the grand total to 22 holes when all is said and done.
BEST HOLE/S: #1; #17
Cons: Three holes (#15, #16, and #18) are out of commission because of construction. #17 is there, but is now way out of the way without the other holes. Of the remaining old 14 holes, four of them (#3, #4, #5, and #7) don't have a basket, and instead have a large water jug on a post. It does the job, but is certainly a con.
Signage is also a real issue, since any sign still standing is severely dilapidated. Small 4x4 inch signs have been screwed into trees on certain holes of the front nine to help guide your way. Even with good signage, I still recommend playing with a local or having the map, because you will have some walks to make the back nine in different locations.
WORST HOLE/S: #12
Construction and redesigns - it's hard to gauge a course's true potential when it's in a state of flux. After reading over the discussion threads I found a nice post by Mike W. with progress: The way I understand it, there will be 22 holes so how about this: hole 1, 2, 3, 4(when it returns), 5(4a), 6(4b), 7(4c), 8(4d), 9(4e), 10(old 5, when it returns), 11(old 6), (old 7 is history), 12(old 13(old 9), 14(old 10), 15(old 11), 16(old 12), 17(old 13), 18(old 14), 19(old 15), 20(old 16), 21(old 17), 22(old 18).
Did you get all that? :)
So, obviously you have to take things with a grain of salt when you come out here. And although there looks to be a lot of improvements being made to the park, none of these are going to course. It is, as usual, a small group of people faithfully laying concrete boxes, replacing missing baskets with water jugs, and keeping the course going.
I enjoyed this course a lot, and appreciate when an old design can still offer difficulty to new technology. However, in its current state - it's no longer a destination location, and with the construction hindering the front nine of The Beast
, Woodway Park
is your best bet for a clean 18. This will be a course to enjoy coming out to in about six months or so, to see the final outcome and make a better judgment on its future.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: nice baskets, concrete tees (some are a little short though), fun holes. lots of elevation changes on the front nine. nice, clean park. has a playground with water fountain/cannon/shower thingies that you can cool off in during the summer.
Cons: signage is terrible. not difficult to navigate but the signs aren't much more than a number next to the teebox. no map, barely shows placement of pin, etc. construction going on in parts of the park and currently 5 baskets are missing: 4,5,7,16,18. the first 3 are playable, basket is just not there. on 16, the basket is inside a fenced off area under construction. all of 18 (tee, fairway and basket) is also inside said area.
Other Thoughts: fun course. the front 9 has many elevation changes and mostly shorter holes. the back 9 is mostly flat with a few longer holes but nothing too long. only a couple real long ones and a few of those are under construction in the back 9.
once the construction is finished this will be a great course. needs new signs though.
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
2 x 9 = 18
Pros: This course seems to have 2 completely different 9-hole courses. The first 9 has some fun elevation, birdie runs, and unique hole layouts. Many of these are in the in the 200 or less distance and none of the holes are over 300 feet. The second 9 is more open and flat and has 6 holes over 300 feet. Together, this makes a nice course, but you can really feel the difference in sides. The elevation holes are lots of fun and the front 9 is really beautiful. Holes 10, 15, & 16 have a long tee block that can add some nice length to them. Hole 15 is a nice hole with a shot over a small ravine. There were bathrooms and trashcans available. The course has enough old trees, that you are in the shade much of the time. In Texas summers, this can be a nice plus for a course.
Cons: Some of the signs are either missing or miss marked. There is some small navigation issues, especially 17. The hint here is along the lake, across the road, and further ahead of 16 basket. Going from 9 to 10 you will need to cross the sidewalk and go under the bridge. There is enough foot traffic here that will cause you to have to wait some on the back 9, but it is not too bad.
Other Thoughts: The tee pads are just all right. They are concrete and are just an OK length. This is neither a plus or minus for this course. The fun factor for me was nice on the front 9, but the second nine was just OK. I enjoyed the beauty of the course. This is just an above average course for me and I enjoyed it enough that I will certainly play here again.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
An Enjoyable Waco Course!
Pros: You'll need a variety of throws for this course. There's a nice mix of longer and shorter holes. Some elevation change. Watch the hole that runs along the Brazos River! Fade right and that disc ends up in the Gulf Of Mexico or wherever that river empties into to. Part of the course plays through the green, shaded picnic area and part plays through the rougher, less maintained part of the park. This part had some unique holes that challenge you.
Cons: Nothing specific comes to mind. Might get crowded sometimes in the picnic area part. These holes through the picnicking area were all fiarly standard.
Other Thoughts: It's worth a stop if your passing through Waco town.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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