2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great course. As soon as you get to the park you are able to see the map clearly and see where the first hole starts off at. The soccer fields are perfect to practice and improve your distance on.The course has both very open fairways and narrow wooded area's. Very easy for begenner to follow and enjoy.
Cons: Hole # 6 though #9 woody and tricky.
Other Thoughts: On hole # 5 be sure to shot down the hill to the basket and not across the field to basket # 9
Played 11-03-08 @ 11 AM
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Course flows very well with the exception of #4 to #5 but there's a sign directing you where to go.
Baskets were in good condition.
18 holes are almost perfectly balanced between hyzer, anhyzer and straight shots.
Three sets of tees on almost every hole. The short tees are really short making this a great course for beginners. Even the water holes are easily clearable for most newbies. The convention seemed to be that the tee markers were located at the "intermediate" rubber tee pads with a rubber "long" tee pad behind. The "short" tees are marked with a small flat round stone or metal disc, they do not have a defined tee pad. All the tees are easy to find if you have the map.
There shouldn't be much pedestrian interference unless you're playing the same time as a soccer match. Ample parking with the first and last hole near the parking lot. New restroom facilities were under construction when I played the course (July '08).
Several tee signs are missing (at least #9.)
Be aware when teeing off on #14 that you know where the basket is. The #17 basket is more visible than #14's basket from the #14 tee pads.
Many of the rubber tee pads need to be replaced. A couple of them border on mildly dangerous if you throw with a run-up.
There needs to be a mando posted on the long #17 tee forcing you to throw down the tunnel of trees. The long tee is far enough back that you can RHBH anhyzer out around the trees for a muuuch easier approach to the basket. The short and intermediate tee pads are down in the tunnel so they must throw down the tunnel.
Some of the intermediate tee pads only differed from the longs by 10' or so and seemed rather pointless when you could just play from the long tee.
Having now played over 50 courses I'll say I wasn't overly impressed with Bear Branch my first time out. Nothing significantly wrong with it, it just didn't impress me. Lots of trees and not much elevation change; probably 20' max elevation change.
I did like the long tee on #3, it's a mostly blind throw over very tall trees, then past a pond to reach the basket 238' away.
#17 is a fairly narrow tunnel of trees shot that can easily turn a good round into a bad one.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
One of my favorite courses
Pros: Each hole is different. Some go up hills, others down, two shots across water. A great course for beginners and pros a like. Tight fairways, and open fairways, make this course really cool and fun to play.
Cons: This course can get very crowded at times, so please be patient. Also, after it rains, #7 and #11 get very muddy. Keep that in mind. #17 is a tough hole.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course alot. Its one of my favorite courses in the Houston area. Each hole is very unique. If you do plan to play, make sure you bring a floating disc for # 3 and #4. You don't want to put you disc in the bottom of that pond.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has plenty of challenging brush to keep it interesting. It's a good, short course to work on accuracy. Most of us played from the "long" tees, but some of us tested the shorter ones too. The grounds has the potential to get soggy, but not nearly as wet as most of the other area courses. Good play for beginners. Not too crowded - even for Fourth of July weekend.
Cons: Some of the rubber tee pads have seen better days. Parking could be limited on busier times considering there are other attractive amenities nearby. Water hole is lack lustre - not that challenging. Somewhat off the beaten path if you are traveling from most places in the area, but that's not necessarily bad.
Other Thoughts: I would play this course again.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
Not Too Shabby
Pros: Short holes, easy to shoot pin height in one throw on most holes. Very fast course to play.
Cons: mutliple trees and narrow fairways make for tough play. A bad throw can leave you wet on holes 3 and 4.
Other Thoughts: good luck on hole #17!
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This discgolf course is located in a large sports park away from the soccer fields. It is well manicured and includes some elevation shots, water hazards, and plenty of trees. The use of the pond comes in to play around 3 holes and often times you will find locals in it fishing out their not so super shots. The course provides a great variety of shots for both the left and right throwers. DGers must be able to throw a lot of tight accurate shots through tight wooded fairways. The course offers a great deal of birdie opportunities, making it very possible to shoot under on a round. The scenery is beautiful and the course design for the most part is well done. It does a great job using the land provided and the Mach 3 baskets, rubber tee pads, and signs are all in great shape and allow for easy navigation.
Cons: The fact that there are multiple tee pads per hole can at times make it difficult and confusing to find. Primarily I just stuck to the tee pads with the signs, not the pro and alt. tee pads that had no markings or directionality.
Other Thoughts: I have had the privelage to play this course a few times and each time I enjoyed it more. This is a great course to work on skill and accuracy, allowing me to feel successful each time with two under par rounds. I played both times in the summer months and it was dry and humid. Great course to play fairly quick, allowing time for multiple courses or rounds to be played.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid course in the woods
Pros: A good mix of left right and straight holes mostly winding through the trees down the hill from the soccer fields. Really good use of the one small pond: In play on two or three holes, one of them a blind 250 tomahawk over/C-curve around thick trees into 50 ft open field with pin, and pond beyond it. Some interesting holes
Cons: Very soggy when I played it. Played with some players who played there years ago, and many trees that would've added technical twists to holes (like a big one splitting the fairway just as it doglegs left) and now just stumps, which make some holes more open and less interesting. Now many holes are a variety of this formula: decently wide fairway in the woods, trees on either side, Curves left, right or goes straight. Limited topography, a few holes are on side of the hill leading up to high and dry fields.
Several baskets were hard to find, and some tee-pads are in need of replacing. Multiple tees on many holes can be confusing and hard to locate.
Would be better, but upstaged by Terramont and Spring Valley
Other Thoughts: Fairly technical due to it all being in the trees, and some interesting holes, but still pretty flat (welcome to houston). Wooded holes not quite as memorable or challenging as Spring Valley.
One great benefit is that Spring Valley DGC and Terramont Park are both very close by, making this area a prime target for a full day of disc golf (the way I did it) From central Houston, go north, and play in this order
1) Spring Valley
2) Bear Branch
If you get to Spring Valley by 10am, you can easily play them all in the daylight and still be back inside the loop in time for supper!!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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