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Georgetown, TX

Saddle Creek

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aclay
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 39.8 years 327 played 254 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Saddle Creek 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:May 14, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

-- Nice restroom at the pool/parking lot.
-- Baskets in decent shape.
-- Because of how open the course is, navigation is fairly easy. Follow the walking path right of the pool to No. 1. You can see the next tee from the previous basket after that.
-- A few decent holes, all with water in play somewhat but no water carries: No. 5 is 220 feet with a sidewalk 15 feet right of the basket and water left/behind the basket. No. 8 (179 feet) has water left of the tee and right of the basket. No. 9 (204 feet) is a RHBH hyzer between the pool and the creek/ditch with the water bordering the length of the fairway.

Cons:

-- Anyone near the No. 1 basket (putting?) could be in danger from a tee shot on No. 2. No. 9 tee is also in danger from 8 basket (about 20 feet apart).
-- No. 3 tee points AWAY from the basket.
-- There are not a lot of trees, but the ones that are there are not used. In fact, it appears the course designer made a point of avoiding the trees. No. 7 is the worst example. The basket is sitting in the middle of an open field when there is a stand of trees about 30 feet left.
-- The course was bone dry (as was the entire area) until I got to 8. Both 8 and 9 were really swampy. I think this is runoff/drainage from the small pond.

Other Thoughts:

-- Level, concrete tee pads, but there are other issues. They are a little small, and a row of bricks at the front end (a few inches higher than the concrete) creates a major trip hazard. In addition, the tee pads are not level with the surrounding ground, so you can't start behind them.
-- With the longest hole checking in at 295 feet, players with even decent distance off the tee likely will be frustrated.
-- Tee signs are nice looking and the number is big, making it easy to find your way, but there is no other information. I always want distance.
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dreadlock86
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 17.2 years 388 played 318 reviews
2.00 star(s)

open and windy, with a creek 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 24, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

-nice Mach baskets, tee signs with hole number, concrete tees
-a very small creek in play on most holes, forms a small pond near holes 5, 8, 9; another pond also in play on hole 8
-a small bit of elevation change on a few holes, most notably hole 6
-parking for the park, a pool, and a small building that i presume has restrooms but i didn't check

Cons:

-the raised bricks at the front of each tee are awful, i tripped more than once
-nearly no obstacles except for the creek, only a few trees in the park and they don't really come into play unless you have a bad shot
-very exposed so it's very windy, definitely a big challenge for beginners
-the creek creates some soggy areas that walking around is a pain
-walking path in the park could come into play on hole 9

Other Thoughts:

Saddle Creek is a small (for now?), new subdivision in southeast Georgetown just behind Wagner Middle School and Mitchell Elementary. The course is in a small park in the center of the subdivision on the main road. There is a small building near the pool that probably has restrooms and a few short walking paths that largely don't interfere with the course (except for hole 9).

The walking path to the right of the pool leads to the first tee and the signs are very visible. That combined with the mostly short holes made the navigation very easy and intuitive, I thought. The cement tees are nice but there are raised bricks at the front of the tee that will trip you on your follow through. I'm not sure who thought these were a good idea but they are an awful safety hazard.

The holes are all short, in the 200'-250' range. Hole 6 is the longest at maybe 275' slightly downhill. There are very few trees so the wind is the primary challenge. I threw a midrange on the headwind holes and a putter on the tailwind holes. The creek is really just a soggy area around holes 1-4 but then it swells up near holes 5, 8, and 9 and is in play on the left side of those holes. You throw across the creek on hole 8 and a soggy trickle extends to the right making it tough to find a spot to cross. Also beware of the second pond on hole 8 that is across the creek on the right side above the berm. A headwind can easily flip you over into the pond before you realize it is there.

This is a fun but simple little course in a new neighborhood. I'll be curious to see if the park changes or gets crowded as the neighborhood fills in a bit. The holes are beginner appropriate in length but the water is a little punitive for that skill level on a few holes. I wonder if further development will change the water level on the course.


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TheQuietCroc
Experience: 6.3 years 19 played 16 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Pretty OK if you live here 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 3, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

* Course starts easy with short holes and gets progressively harder with longer holes and varied shots
* Each hole flows into the next one very well
* Makes good use of the property
** You'll find holes with elevation change and holes that cross creek gaps
* Tee signs are very hard to miss
* Baskets catch well and are clearly marked
* No poison ivy
* Front 6 make a good beginner friendly course

Cons:

* No course map
* Navigation isn't easy
** You have to make your way around a bridge to get to hole 3's basket
** There's no easy way to get to hole 8's basket so you either take the very long way around via trails or find a place where you can cross the creek
* Tee signs don't have hole info, assume par 3 for each hole
* Tee pads are trapezoidal and narrow with a bump at the end to prevent foot faults, I guess? Just feels like a tripping hazard.
* There's a lot of water and it makes the ground very soft and wet
* No real variety to the shots besides tee and pin placement
** All of the shots are open, no obstacles to play around on any of them
* I wouldn't go out of my way to play here but it's nice for residents who want to make a habit of practicing their game

Other Thoughts:

* I cannot emphasize enough how windy it is here, be careful with your shots
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