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 William Cameron Park

2-4    2/19/2011   2/23/2011
Review By: backward_axis
Played: 14  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 3.7 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great variety of shots. From uphill(#1,6,10,13) to downhill (#3,8,12,14). Heavily wooded (#3,6,7,8,9) to open (#15,17,19,20sb,23) and everything in between. A creek to the Brazos comes into play on holes #4,5,14,20lb and then the Brazos river itself can possibly snatch your disc on windy days for holes #16,19,22. The course seems to have some pretty good upkeep and none of the fairways are overgrown. It also seems that what trees ARE in the fairway would just ruin the hole if they were taken away. Last week the baskets for holes #14,15,16,22,23 were relocated to nearby locations. The best of which is the basket for #16, which was just a straight-ahead, there it is type of hole before. Now, it has been moved to directly between two big live oaks that are only a few feet apart, giving the hole something unique that it previously lacked.
My personal favorite hole at the park has to be Hole #8. That hole involves teeing off through a cluster of slender cedars, hoping to make it anywhere near the basket, (which is placed out of sight, to the left, and over a hill at the end of the fairway). Also, the bathrooms are located in very reasonable places in the course, (one in the parking lot for hole #1 and another by the playground at hole #19).
Cons: The signage for this course is unhelpful and as of the last time I went, there are only about 5 holes that actually have signs. At some points, the next box can be hard to find. This is most evident going from #4 to #5, which are a good distance apart, and isn't helped by the fact that the box for #5 can't be seen until you're right up on it. Holes #15-19 are all placed in and around a multi-use area (field, playground, picnic pavillion), which is filled with non-dgers on the weekend; most of which were in the fairways when I went last time. Hole #15 is the worst in that regard because the basket, as of last week, has been moved even closer to the center of the multi-use field. The relocation of basket 22 is kind of lame and the relocation of basket 23 is an atrocity. #22 was just moved closer to the box to make a more reasonable par 3. #23, (which WAS one of the best holes at the park; a neat little par 3 where you had to throw straight ahead and then curve off to the right and up a ten foot hill through lots of little trees and all kinds of thorny nastiness to get to the basket), is now a boring par 3 where you throw straight ahead in the open and try not to hit the people at the barbecue pit by which the basket is now located. No longer on the hill, no longer through the trees, just straight ahead and go get it.
Other Thoughts: Even with some of the recent negative changes, Cameron Park is still an overall awesome course to take on. Bringing a map is a must for any first visit. If you do happen to go on the weekend and do not like crowds and yelling "fore!" all of the time, Holes #15-19 can probably be skipped for a solid 18 holes at one of the most fun courses in the area. Overall, I would suggest going on a weekday to make sure you can play all 23 and enjoy everything Cameron Park has to offer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Construction & Redesigns - Not the old Course You're used to.

1    3/13/2010   3/15/2010
Review By: srm_520
Played: 152  Reviewed: 138  Exp: 10.4 Years
This review was updated on 3/26/2010
10 Helpful / 0 Not
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
Other Thoughts: 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.

 Cameron Park Rundown!!!

1    4/13/2009   1/13/2010
Review By: TxDiscGolfBoy
Played: 34  Reviewed: 33  Exp: 8.2 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete pads
-Shot variety...spotty trees, down hills and ups, short and long
-Nice baskets
-Nice park..well kept up
-On the river so pretty scenic too
-Lots of ace runs
Cons: -Some of the boxes were kinda short
-I've heard it can get crowded on a nice day or in the late afternoon
-Some of the back nine does play through a picnic area and along a trail...watch out for park-goers and picnicers
Other Thoughts: Have only played this course once, though planning to revisity soon.

Great course with some of the craziest elevation changes I've seen. Not to difficult though, but will test your accuracy

Front 9:

Lots of ups and downs with regards to big elevation changes. Creek does come in to play on a few holes. More of the wooded half of the course.

Back 9:

Plays through open fields pretty much, with spotty trees. The Brazos River does hug the right side of this nine so watch those discs pulled toward the water.

All-in-all this is a really great course. Not to challenging and super fun. Will be making a disc golf road trip to Waco here soon, and this course will be played again.

Worth a drive.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 decent course

1    8/17/2009   8/18/2009
Review By: dreadlock86
Played: 207  Reviewed: 139  Exp: 7.3 Years
This review was updated on 5/17/2010
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.

 I heart Cameron

5+    8/12/2009   8/12/2009
Review By: Roc1Time
Played: 126  Reviewed: 118  Exp: 13.2 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I love this park for many reasons! This is a great course that has tons of different shots all over the place. There are your big boomers where you can air it out and then there are places where you have to hit your line or its a disaster! The terrain is great and the grass is always well taken care of for those who like to roll and for those who like skip shots. The park is always clean for the most part too. I think that this course is a good blend for the newer players and for the more pro/adv player and it makes it fun for all. The elevation is used well here just as it has been used everywhere else in Waco. The baskets are good and there are good concrete teepads and sometimes 2 on some of the holes. The course flows very well and is easy to follow. Makes for a great day of golf with the other 2 courses in town! Lots of shade which helps on a hotter day.
Cons: The signage sucks for the most part. Where there are signs they are just screwed into a nearby tree and they are just numbers, no pic or anything like that. The water on 9 is pretty nasty. Parking can be an issue but with construction taking place that doesnt seem like it will be a problem.
Other Thoughts: Hole 9 is super sweet and can either put a smile on your face or make you cry when it lands in the nasty water behind it. Play this and the "bEast" during the hot of the day and dont forget Woodway early or late. And dont forget to test your arm out and try to cross the Brazos. Many holes are missing now due to construction.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 My first and still my favorite!

5+    7/20/2009   7/30/2009
Review By: rudyacedyou
Played: 26  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 9.2 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is almost the perfect balance of "easy" holes for beginners and more challenging holes for advanced players. My group plays this course more than the others in Waco because of this versatility. We go with girls that don't have big arms and play way less than the competitive guys; yet they can still have fun and be competitive after drives. But, this course is still no joke. Some specifics include: the long tee @ 15 can be a pain that might put you in a creek, 9 probably claims the most discs in thickets of bamboo if you can't control your drive, and most holes have trees that make sure you aren't too wild with any throw yet are open and very playable. Those sound like cons but I just consider them challenges rather than outright obstructions that cause headaches.
Cons: Signage is inconsistent. They made an attempt to get new universal signs for all holes, but they are small metal signs that are drilled into trees so not all holes have them because not all tees have a tree close by to do so. Crowds are consistently present so just be patient because most of them are cool. Along the same lines, the park is crowded with non golfers on the back 9 on weekends. Also, summertime foliage makes the course more difficult. I prefer winter-early spring when less green is on the course.
Other Thoughts: As my title says, this course introduced me to the sport and I still go back to get a rare combo of the ability to work on technique and fundamentals yet challenge myself at the same time. You need to make time to play this if you're from the Metroplex or Austin.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  My favorite course

5+    4/10/2009   4/22/2009
Review By: kingps97
Played: 16  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 17.2 Years
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great scenery with the trees and river; good variety of holes from fairly tight to wide open; beginner friendly; good elevation changes on the front nine.
Cons: Can get very crouded on weekends and weekdays after work; large groups of 6 to 8 people fairly common.
Other Thoughts: My all-time favorite course. Beautiful scenery, nice variety of holes, beginner friendly in that this is not an overly long or difficult course.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 2 x 9 = 18

1    3/7/2009   3/7/2009
Review By: Donovan
Played: 212  Reviewed: 185  Exp: 27.4 Years
10 Helpful / 1 Not
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.

 WOW nice course

5+    11/20/2008   11/24/2008
Review By: ShaZaun
Played: 4  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9.3 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I love this course!!!! First 9 has some great elevation changes. Very scenic. Great bird opps on the first 9. First hole starts uphill which will warm up your arm nicely. The second hole has recently had some tree limbs cut which make it a lot easier than it used to be. Hole 3 is downhill through trees but is short and birdieable. Nice dog leg right on hole 4. Hole 5 is known as Bogey Hill and for good reasons. Way uphill and lotsa roots to prevent skipping. Hole 6 is nice flat and straight. Hole 7 is a dog leg left with a low hanging tree in the middle. Hole 8 is short, slightly wooded, and uphill. Bird city on this one. Hole 9 has a muddy tee area 90% of the time. Downhill dog leg right with trees right in front of you. Creek runs by 9 so watch your distance. Hole 10 is across the street and down the road a bit. Great time for a " smoke " break. Two tees for 10, pretty open with a few trees. Nice howler monkeys! Hole 11 has 2 tees also. Mainly open with little tree problems. Basket is placed between two close trees. Hole 12 is straight but there is a tree thas has been growing there for thousands of years right in front of you. Nice hyzer and it is birdie. Hole 13 is pretty straight and a small tree in the middle. Hole 14 is straight going back toward the river and a few trees. There are 2 tees for 15. One is throwing right over a creek with tree so there are a few disc hazzards there. The second tee is nice and short easy bird. Hole 16 is long with trees along your right. Overstable drivers can pose a problem sometimes. Hole 17 can scare some DGers. Lotsa trees and next to the Brazos. Overall not as scary as it looks. Hole 18 is long with thick wooded area to your right. One other tree in the fairway.
Cons: Very busy course at times, not really a con unless your in a rush.
Other Thoughts: Bang the chains!!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 One of my favs

5+    11/18/2008   11/19/2008
Review By: sub ceroh
Played: 10  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 5.9 Years
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very fun course. First 9 short but loads of fun. Lot's of nice elevation changes and trees. The city keeps it up nicely. Lotsa birdie opps in the first 9. Great hit a squirell games can be played. Holes 10 thru 14 are pretty open giving you a chance to launch a bomb if you have one. 15 thru 18 have a nice skill level to them. The howler monkeys in the background of 10 thru 14 are nice.
Cons: Don't go close to dark. Crowded at times but that also gives you a chance to meet other DGers or " relax ".
Other Thoughts: Probally the most played course in Waco. Bang the chains!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.


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