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Goliad, TX

Branch Nature Park

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aclay
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 39.7 years 327 played 253 reviews
1.50 star(s)

Branch Nature Park 2+ years

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Mar 14, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

-- Decent baskets.
-- Nice land for disc golf, although it's a small property. There is some elevation, a few trees and a small bit of water (or at least a dry creek bed/ditch).
-- Some interesting holes that reward/require accuracy (a narrow gap between trees to reach one basket, an accurate RHBH hyzer with controlled distance to hit another green).
-- Very quick play. Holes are all short and very close to each other, so 15 minutes for a round is probably the norm.
-- Navigation is easy. Once you find the No. 1 tee (right of the playground as you approach from the very limited street parking), you won't have any trouble because you can see the next tee and basket every time.

Cons:

-- Safety issues abound. Holes 3-6 are two sets of parallel holes (so four holes total) packed into an area with space for two holes. Hole 8 tee is in the flight path to 7 basket. My tee shot on 7 (a 153-foot RHBH hyzer) landed in the 8 tee pad, and I made about a 15-20 foot birdie putt. Then the 8 basket is beside (less than 5 feet from) the 9 tee pad.
-- Because of how compact some of the holes are, there can be a question about which basket you are throwing to.
-- REALLY short. Longest hole is 202 feet, and five holes are shorter than 150 feet. As the course is set up, holes 2 and 7 are the best holes and each one is barely 150 feet.
-- Tee pads are posts in the ground. No map or distance, but you can see the basket (except for 7) from the tee, so it's not a big deal.
-- No facilities of any kind (parking, restrooms, benches, water, etc.). Given how short the course is (and the quick play), this isn't much of an issue.

Other Thoughts:

-- This course perhaps more than any other I have played (more than 220 as of this writing) is an example of cramming too many holes into the space to get to a predetermined number of holes. This could be a solid 6-hole course with a few tweaks: Push No. 1 basket back as much as the land will allow (40-50 feet?). It's still going to be a short hole (175ish), but it would really help. Push the No. 2 tee pad back approximately the same amount and you've got a 200-foot hole that requires you to hit an 8-foot gap between two trees that guard the basket. Eliminate holes 4-5. Both are really short (less than 130 feet), and they crowd 3 and 6. Combine 8 and 9 into one hole. Push the 8 tee pad forward 30-40 feet to get it out of the way of the 7 basket, and you're left with about a 200 foot hole shooting to a basket with an embankment behind it.
-- If I lived nearby, I would come here quite a lot, but I'd probably play a lot of Safari golf or just work on approach shots rather than playing the course as it's set up.
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jpape
Experience: 8.9 years 5 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Branch Nature Park DGC 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 20, 2015 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Immaculately maintained. Pads are dirt but in good shape. Course is well-mowed and well-maintained. It's a great course for beginners like me. It really helps you sharpen your skills.

Cons:

It's a little short and some more experienced players will probably not like that, but it's a nice, tight layout in a beautiful wooded river bottom area

Other Thoughts:

Not a lot of people know about this course, so you'll often have it entirely to yourself. Again, a real plus if you're still learning
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JerryChesterson
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 29.8 years 186 played 42 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Don't go out of your way to play this course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 23, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

Really good beginner course
Can play it in under 20 minutes
Nobody there
Solid equipment

Cons:

No challenge, I got straight out of my car after driving 1.5 hours and played with no warm up, birdied all but 1 and that 1 was due to a missed putt.

Other Thoughts:

If you are driving through and want to break up a drive its worth a stop, I wouldn't go out of my way to play it.
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Kovar34
Experience: 12.1 years 13 played 5 reviews
2.50 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 15, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

The course is a good course for a beginner like me. Just recently pick up the game and don't have too much to compare it to. Some holes were a little challengeing.

Cons:

Too short of a course. Most holes were not very long. The longest was 185 feet. There were no par set for the holes so I judge my own. Most were a par 2. Only 2 par 3 on a nine hole course. Hole 2 was confusing. The hole is behind two trees that I never saw until after i through my driver.

Other Thoughts:

It was fun to play I don't have may course around me and any chance I get to play I will play a course. This one I won't be making a special drive for but if I am in the area I will play again.
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