1 Helpful / 3 Not
First time playing Wilco
Pros: For a seasoned disc golfer, this was one heck of a course. Front 9 is brutal yet fair. Love the cement pads to tee off on. Layout makes sense and is easy to find the next hole. Plenty of shade.
Cons: Needs secondary tee boxes for intermediate or advanced players who don't have big arms. Needs more trash cans throughout the course.
Other Thoughts: Played it for the first time today in the wind. More difficult than Circle C or Brushy Creek with the wind. Did not lose a disc which is nice. A very well thought out course but needs two sets of tee pads. Beginners should play elsewhere.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Long and challengin
Pros: This is definitely a professional course. The distance of the holes coupled with the treeline makes for some surprisingly difficult shots. It's not overly technical though, and can be played at your leisure. Very well maintained course, with distances and hole instructions provided.
Cons: LONG. Wilco's a pretty unforgiving course, and it can be difficult to find the balance between distance and not getting lost in the bushes.
Other Thoughts: Make a day of it, this is a great course to bring some lunch along if you feel like taking a break.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very good variety including 4 challenging par 4s and 1 very tough par 5.
There are plenty of chances for 2s as well if you have a well rounded game and your accuracy is on as there are a few linked birdie holes under 300ft. These include 1-2, 7-8, and 11-13.
The course ends with the moderate difficulty par 4 14th then the tough but birdiable 15-17 with a nice technical par 4 to finish on 18.
Overall the course offers both variety in hyzer/anhyzer holes but also in the use of short technical and long more open shots that require accurate placement. Every Hole on this course could see a 2 stroke swing and that is what makes it so great.
Cons: Thorns can be a little rough if you get off the fairways and the course could use some more trashcans.
Also a few Olse holes that favor a short sidearm over a controlled anhyzer with an angled line.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course that is not too brutal for someone of intermediate level but also sees few rounds under par even from Pro players.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: this course has cement tees and challenging fairways. long and short shots plus many right turning fairways. tees are numbered and paths easy to see
Cons: needs more trashcans
Other Thoughts: $1 to play and course closes when it rains
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
One of the best in the area
Pros: Concrete tee boxes and cool rock tee signs. This course requires great control over your disc. A good variety of short and long shots are required.
Cons: Some Tee boxes are too short for a good run up that is needed on some of the longer holes. Better tee signs would be great, with distances and par.
Other Thoughts: Probably my favorite course in the North Austin area. I highly reccomend this to anyone and everyone.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
The Oak Canopy Course
Pros: -very nice, long concrete tees flush with the ground
-excellent variety of hole types-- long, medium and short; left, right, straight or a combination of every direction
-Difficult, but still manageable if you can keep composed. The short holes offer birdie ops, but require extreme precision, but not to a ridiculous level. You will be saying "Man, wish I had another shot on that one," a lot. The lines are there for you to hit. One thing I like is the difficulty scales with the length of the hole-- the tightest holes/fairways are on the shorter holes, but when you get to the longer holes it opens up a little, but still presents a multitude of obstacles, twists and turns.
-It flows well with rock lined paths between holes and a little rest area in the shade after Hole 9. You're going to need to gather your strength for the behemoth 800' Hole 10.
-Everything from the fairways to the baskets to the large rock mounds with tee box numbers to the dirt (yes, the dirt) to the trees (limbs that would block fairways are trimmed) are all in excellent condition
-I just love the property that this is on. It's like a small little Oak forest nestled in the heart of Texas. It's very well kept and every hole offers shade. Parts of the course you hardly see the sky during multiple hole stretches. There's just this nice oak canopy over a good portion of the course.
Cons: -there's only 2 trashcans on the course. One at the start (or maybe it was even in the parking lot) and one at the rest area between 9 and 10. However, most people seem to recognize what a jewel of a course this is and keep their trash with them till they reach one of the trash cans. It's probably the cleanest course in the Austin area...hmm maybe this stuff should have gone in the Pros section...
-lack of signage: no park sign telling you where the course is, no overall course map at the start and no tee signs with hole layouts.
Other Thoughts: It is a definitely a flat course and there are no water obstacles, which some people would knock for those reasons, but I don't consider them cons. Not every course can be built along a creek or on the side of a mountain. You couldn't have possibly designed a better course on this property (and what beautiful property it is), and this is truly one of course designer's John Houck's best works.
Overall, it's a pretty long course and will take some time to play so give yourself a good 2.5 to 3 hours to play it. It's a great summer course as its copious amounts of shade will block out the blasting Texas sun.
If you keep going straight after Hole 3 you'll come across the only sign on the course-- an ominous looking old cedar sign with the words "Knuckle Cave" painted on it and pointing down some crazy-tight looking limestone cave. Good luck with that.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome Heart of Texas course, playing through mixed woods, rocks and hill country underbrush
Pros: An incredibly well-balanced and enjoyable course just outside of Austin. Nestled in a beautiful, newly built park near upscale neighborhoods, I was surprised a park like this included a disc golf course, but I was very grateful for the time and attention to detail demonstrated in putting this course into the ground.
Before the first hole, you pony up to the big welcome board, put your $1 in an envelope (honor system), check out the course map, and mosey on your way. Though they were out of maps and scorecards when I was there, according to locals, maps/scorecards and usually available at the kiosk.
I had the fortune of meeting up with two locals who showed off the course -- a pair of brand new UT grads -- who were enthusiastic about being out there. My thanks to them both. It made the round a lot more fun, but I think that with the map I would have found my way between holes, even without their help (though signage is lacking).
The course offers a great mix of par 3s and 4s, with all kinds of distances and twists and turns. It does favor forehand/lefty shots by a slight margin on total holes overall (by my count, 5 holes favor lefty, 4 holes favor righty, 9 holes are straight or have both L/R options). As someone who prefers forehand shots, its nice to see a course that is well-balanced (or even slightly favors lefty shots), since most courses tend to be designed in favor of RHBH shots... or are so open that it doesn't matter at all what you throw.
Williamson Country DGC (WC) is incredibly balanced and well-laid out. paths between holes sometimes overlap but there is minimal walking between holes and you are never throwing at someone. Excellent flow throughout the course, and exceptional use made of available land from what I could tell.
Virtually zero elevation to speak of anywhere on the course, but natural fairways are maximized and course is incredibly well maintained. Most of the paths between holes are wide, rock-lined and freshly mulched, which adds a sense of professionalism and style to the course.
Underbrush is thick enough to harshly penalize errant shots, but isn't so leafy and dense as to lose discs. A very nice balance, IMHO. Trees are fair throughout and fairways are well-defined. Luck isn't really a factor out here, and this course should play well to all skill levels.
All in all, an incredibly fun place to play -- challenging enough to keep someone coming back, but not overly frustrating.
Cons: * Tee signs need hole distances. This is a great drawback -- no distances on scorecard either. I need to know how far I'm throwing.
* Better signage needed between tees. Locals and map help, but it still wouldn't hurt to have a few more arrows.
* $1 course fee is annoying -- totally worth it (I'd pay $5 easy to play this course, maybe $10), but with all the free courses, this is still worth mentioning. Though $1 will never stop me from playing a course. I'd be happy to pay $1 per round everywhere in the country if all the courses were this good.
* Flat is a drawback for me -- I wish there was some elevation on the course, as it would add another dimension to play.
* Course doesn't circle back to the cars until 18, so take everything you need for the round when you start.
* Course lacks secondary tees or baskets, which could increase replay value and add options. An excellent one-layout course, but could be improved with secondary teepads or pins.
Other Thoughts: Truly one of the most fun courses I've played in a long time. I enjoyed every hole on this course and way grateful to get to play it twice. Scores of 59/62 weren't great, but weren't too embarrassing. Lots of birdies to be had if you're game is on for the short precision holes.
This is just an awesome course -- especially for Texas. Possibly the most pure fun to play of any of the Austin courses. East Metro Park (Manor) is a better tournament course, but this is more fun for everyday play. Can't wait to get back down here.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very nice course. Its is a pay course and i dont mind paying for this course. course is laid out well and has many challenges. I consider this my home course and i play it at least 3-5 times a week. The trees reach out on some holes and make them challenging. The trees also make for some tight fairways. There are also so wide open holes like 14-18 which can also be windy. There are some aceable holes so it gives you something to work for and makes it interesting.
Cons: The only cons i have is all the loose, big rocks on some holes. could sprain an ankle if your not careful. I also have to put in a complaint about the cactus.
Other Thoughts: Great course, would recommend it to any beginner or pro.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wilco is an extremely well designed course. It's hard enough so most pros will find challenges yet fair enough so newer players can stay on the fairway and get there eventually.
As a right handed player, Wilco has really forced me to learn how to throw a long forehand (or flick) shot.Yet there are times when you have to throw an anhyzer.
The best thing about Wilco is that you will get to work on every aspect of your game. You will have to maintain some accuracy to work around the trees in some of the fairways. There are both left and right skip shots that can come into play. The aforementioned RH forehand shot is key. I find that a roller works extremely well on hole 5. And you have to show some restraint on many of the holes...yet there are a good number of holes where you can let em rip.
Very protected from wind for the most part so on those windy days where it would be brutal trying to play some of the other parks, Wilco provides a nice respite...though when you get to the last 5 holes it opens up a bit so you get to face some wind challenges as well.
One of the things I love the most is that the short and long holes, for the most part, alternate so it almost eases you into the round. Then after the Beast (i.e. hole 10) there are 3 short holes that give 3 ace run opportunities, or hopefully birdies. We like to call these the turkey run holes b/c you very well could get 3 birdies in a row...which after 10 might bring you back down to an acceptable score. lol
Extremely flat terrain and there are no water hazards (also both a bit of a con as well.) Although it seems to be more crowded lately the players out here seem to be knowledgeable and respectful. Large groups tend to let people play through a bit more willingly than some of the other courses in town.
Very well maintained.
Cons: These are all very minor complaints for the most part and they don't really detract from the play in any way.
No distances at teeboxes. Lack of scorecards. Too few trashcans on course. Closed if it's rained in the last couple days...though it does get muddy so it's not too bad. Though it would be nice if there were some way to check online before committing to the drive.
Extremely flat terrain and there are no water hazards (also a pro if you're not looking for these things)
Other Thoughts: This was my favorite course in town prior to East Metro in Manor. It is challenging and it really forces you to become an overall better player.
Concrete teepads. $1 fee for course maintenance is well worth it. Close enough to Cat Hollow and the newer Brushy Creek course to get in a lot of rounds in on a single day.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Top Notch Course
Pros: I always have fun on this course. It was well designed and it's very challenging. Most of it is covered by trees. The concrete tees are nice and well labeled.
Cons: From parking to the course, it's kinda janky. First you need to travel some man made paths, then you need to cross 4 lanes of traffic without a crosswalk. The median is landscaped, so you either need to go around it, or tiptoe through it. The first time we visited it, we couldn't even find it. Everything else in that park is well labeled, just not the DGC. First timers: Park in the first lot you can get to. The course is across the street that you just drove in on.
Everything in the rough area seems to have some sort of thorn attached to it: cacti, thorn bushes, and thorn vines.
Other Thoughts: There's now a trash can at the end of hole 9. I'd like to see a few more of these along the way. It's such a beautiful course, my heart breaks every time I see litter scattered about. I'd help pick it up if there was a trashcan around the corner.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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