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Woodway, TX

Woodway Park

3.35(based on 23 reviews)
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Chucker60
Experience: 2.1 years 4 played 4 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Sporty little course, beautiful setting

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 12, 2022 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Beautiful land on a small hilltop overlooking Lake Waco
Great variety of holes, mostly wooded with a few open
Course layout takes advantage of elevation changes very well
Holes spaced nice distance apart so flow is very quick & easy
Nice course map at hole #1 tee
Concrete tee pads, hole signs with hole number & length
New restroom building near entrance gate
City park that is well maintained

Cons:

Course is 25 years old now, showing its age a little
Good players with a big arm might think course is too short, only a few holes that you can really 'let one fly'

Other Thoughts:

Course is actually located in Lakeside Park (not Woodway Park), it's the last right turn off the long entry road (called Estates Dr)
**Not sure if it can be officially changed but to be accurate the course name should be Lakeside Park located in Woodway TX.
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aclay
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 39.7 years 326 played 247 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Woodway Park 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 23, 2019 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-- Elevation changes abound. 14 of the 18 holes have significant elevation change. Two of the four that don't have elevation in play have water. You have to think carefully on most tee pads about how you want to attack the hole.
-- Sturdy reflective tee pad markers with very large numbers make navigation easy. You can also hang a shoulder bag on them.
-- Very nice park with beautiful scenery.
-- Drinking water fountain
-- Big course map near No. 1 tee pad (at the top of the hill near the pavilion).
-- Port-o-potty on site.

Cons:

-- Baskets could use some repair or replacement. Plus, there are at least three different types of baskets. Some have single chains and don't catch very well and some are leaning.
-- Tee pads are concrete, but most are uneven. Some are broken and in need of repair.
-- Tee signs only have the hole number. You can see the basket, so you don't really need a map, but having the distance would be helpful.
-- Most of the holes (13 of 18) are packed into the area surrounded by the road, making it very compact and bringing crowding issues into play. The pavilion seems very popular. During two rounds, there were two different groups using it, and frequently those folks were in the way, especially on No. 1. However, folks were also in the way on the final holes by the lake, and a mother and small child walked from the lake past the basket on the way to the pavilion while we were trying to throw our approach shots.
-- Trees provide obstacles for discs, but don't do much to block the wind. They also provide limited shade, so the summer months can be very hot.

Other Thoughts:

-- Lots of police security. Could be a pro, but it could be a con if you want to enjoy an adult beverage.
-- No. 1 starts near the pavilion on top of the hill and throws away from the lake. After 2, you cross the road to the left to play Nos. 3-4. Cross back to play 5-14. No. 15 throws across the road toward the lake.
-- A lot of the holes are on the short side (especially for those with big arms), but elevation, out of bounds, trees and water provide plenty of challenges. Also, some holes give the big-arm players options for going over the trees in search of birdie opportunities. Nine of the holes are 200-300 feet and nine are longer than 300 feet; no holes are 400 feet.
-- No. 17 is a different hole than originally designed. Because of erosion, the basket is now about 3 feet from a 6-8 foot drop-off to the lake. That basket was probably 15-20 feet from the drop-off when I first played the course 10-12 years ago. My approach shot in round two hit the side of the bank and ended up in the water. One of my playing partners threw his drive and his approach shot into the water.
-- Between the uneven tee pads, irregular baskets and tight spacing, you would decide this isn't much of a course. But you would be overlooking its charm. I did not like this course the first time I played it; now I might be falling in love.
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ivanhenson
Gold level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 13 years 684 played 220 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Good course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 13, 2018 Played the course:once

Pros:

Lots of elevation changes and walking up and down
Good view of lake

Cons:

Tee signs just have numbers wish they had distance and more info

Other Thoughts:

If they updated the signs it would help
Also wish they used the woods a little but too late for that
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McC.Alexander
Experience: 26.1 years 42 played 16 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Glad I Stopped By 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:May 27, 2013 Played the course:once

Pros:

+concrete tee pads
+park map at start
+beautiful view, well taken care of park
+not crowded or busy
+can hang DG bag on tee signs (a plus in my book)
+good use of elevation, trees, and lake

Cons:

-baskets could use some up keep (but Ive seen worse)
-several short holes makes for easy birdies
-the short holes feel a bit repetitive
-fairly open off of the lake so it can be windy (it was crazy windy when I played)

Other Thoughts:

not an overly challenging course but I enjoyed the pit stop on my way home from camping. It was very peaceful park with a few people coming and going on the memorial day holiday but it was not busy at all. during the hour or so it took me to play a full 18 there was one other couple on the course.

TIP1: take a picture of the map at hole 1 on your phone before playing for the first time. due to size constraints the layout can be confusing.

TIP2: hole number one is at the top of the hill in the middle of the park near the pavilion. if you park on the lake-ward side its a shorter walk to hole 1

I would recommend playing here but the locals might have different recommendations.
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2JayPark2
Experience: 16 played 1 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Wicked course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 11, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

Beautiful! Many signature holes and a couple of ace runs. the front nine has lots of shade.

Cons:

Lay out is a little confusing, but if you have a map you'll be aight.

Other Thoughts:

All around this is an amazing course, it defiantly doesn't have the rating it deserves. If your passing through Waco to play Circle C Metro in Austin, defiantly make a pit stop for this one!
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Paulie
Experience: 13 years 8 played 8 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Charming 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Feb 21, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

*Sturdy reflective tee pad markers. You can hang a shoulder bag on them.
*Concrete tees
*Nice park
*Drinking water fountain
*Lots of police security
*Good parking
*Big course map at tee pad #1

Cons:

*Uneven tee pads that get muddy from run off
*Baskets could use some repair or replacement

Other Thoughts:

This course is 18 baskets in a tight layout that makes great use of the space and terrain.

Sure, the tee pads are uneven and so are the baskets. The baskets are also mostly one chain type. Put it all together and it somehow works to make this course a special kind of charming.

Also, it had rained pretty good on Saturday. By Tuesday, the place was fairly dry. No standing water and not a lot of mud. It's grassy.
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InjunRob
Experience: 1 played 1 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Quick Update From a Local 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 4, 2011 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Plans are underway to update the facilities out there. Right now there is a Port-o-John in the parking lot and more permanent structures are on the way. All the broken or stolen baskets have been replaced, and some of the deadfall has been cleaned up from the wooded areas. Also, in the past the course wasn't mowed regularly but they keep the grass pretty low now.

Cons:

Even though some of the baskets have been replaced, most of them are still in rough conditions. I think Hole #2's basket sits about two feet off the ground. Most of the baskets still have the six-inch chastity belts that are vexing for long putts. Some of the tee boxes are still a little off as well.

Other Thoughts:

Woodway cops are probably worse than anything you've heard about them, but that doesn't stop a lot of players from bringing along a six pack. The cops really just care about speeders, so be careful on the way in and out. There isn't a lot of shade and only one water fountain so be sure to plan accordingly. The entire OB area opposite the lake is ringed with Poison Ivy- keep that in mind when looking for stray discs. And look out for the children on the playground. The last time I was out there I lost my driver in the wind and nearly killed one.
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ERicJ
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 16.6 years 287 played 154 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Needs a basket upgrade 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 4, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

Nice views and nice elevation/hills on this course. In general big-arm players need not apply; this course rewards accurate players with a buffet of birdies. There are only two long holes here where added distance is of value. Baskets placed on hillsides and below trees demand accurate lines be hit to score well. Wind coming off the lake usually adds a significant challenge. Concrete tee boxes are appreciated here. Tee signs are visible and marked with hole numbers but lack distances. The course flows well and you can navigate pretty easily without a map.

Cons:

A rare type of basket here: single chain DISCatchers. No restrooms on site. Could use a few longer holes to add more balance. Bad tee shots will typically be recoverable with a decent upshot to save your '3'.

Other Thoughts:

Woodway is a pretty average course in the grand scheme of disc golf, nothing that you'll really love and nothing that will keep you from coming back. Don't be fooled by the "multiple tee" listing here: only two holes actually have two pads. We were warned that the local traffic authorities are strict around here so beware.
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daveseeley
Experience: 13.5 years 64 played 9 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Nice course, Quiet and Peaceful 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 2, 2011 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Very quiet, not many people go here. Very little traffic on course. Well maintained. Variety of shots.

Cons:

little elevation changes. Wind from lake can be strong.

Other Thoughts:

My favorite course so far mostly because it is well layed out, has good tees and baskets, and very few people.
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pchitti
Experience: 15.1 years 36 played 5 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Great little course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Apr 14, 2011 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Great location using elevation, OB, tunnels, and wind. This is a great course to work on your shots as most holes allow a wide variety of shots.
Well designed to use the multiple parking locations. Easy to start at 6+ holes. Park at the main parking and you will pass your car twice before you reach 13.

Big map at top of hill by hole 1. Open and beginner friendly, hole 7 and 17 two tee's.

Cons:

Single chain baskets that are showing their age. Replacements for stolen or damaged baskets have been DB-5's.
Some tee pads are no longer level.
The wind can be brutal. If its windy in town it will be worse at this course.
No stores close, you are at the dead end of a long residential road.

Other Thoughts:

Wooday is a small suburb of Waco. That being said they have their own small town police force, dont speed or do anything stupid and its all gravy.

This is one of my local courses.
New baskets, longer level tee pads, and signage would easily make this a 3.5.
Add that and change a couple of holes and/or add a few to the current setup and this course has everything needed to be a 4.
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coolpooky7
Experience: 13.7 years 35 played 22 reviews
3.00 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 8, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

I just played an ace race here. So they changed up the tee boxes because the mystery disc was a dang putter. it looked pretty fun to play if you were a local.

Cons:

Not too many challenging shots. There are 2 holes right next to the lake. Say bye bye to your disc on a windy day. sheesh. But I have seen worse courses and then again I have seen much much better.
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backward_axis
Experience: 13.5 years 14 played 7 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Woodway 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Feb 17, 2011 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

The wind coming off the lake adds to the difficulty of an otherwise straightforward course. A few of the holes are placed nicely inside wooded areas. A very quick-playing course if you're in a hurry.

Cons:

Feels a little compact for 18(17, actually) holes. If you park in the lot near the lake, you can see about half of the baskets while just standing at your car. The scenery from hole to hole leaves much to be desired.

Other Thoughts:

Talking to a local, the basket for hole #4 was stolen a while back and has yet to be replaced. Seems like a nice enough course if you happen to live in a nearby neighborhood.
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srm_520
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 20.2 years 156 played 142 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Elevation & Lake Wind = Great Course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Mar 13, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

Woodway Park has an interesting mix of elevation shots, a few tight lines, as well as open air holes for big arms. The elevation itself is a natural ridge along the lakeside and the designer maximizes the play back and forth over the hill. While no elevation shot is dramatic, it's is a constant presence, which is great bonus on this northern edge of hill country. The concrete tees are nice and the signage is basic, but better than nothing. There is a good course flow, and even without the big map at hole one, you'll be able navigate without much problem.

If you are a fan of ace runs, there are multiple opportunities, but at the same time, trees are well placed so you will have to be accurate. The overall look of the park is fantastic along the waters of Lake Waco, and the whole place is very well maintained. There is a playscape for the kids, but there are no restrooms so be prepared.

BEST HOLE/S: #2; #17

Cons:

I talked to a local who referred to the course and Windway since you always have lake effect wind even of a calm sunny day. This is very apparent along the water and on top of the course. And while it's a beautiful layout, it's fairly straight forward with no real epic holes.

As already mentioned, there are no bathrooms and it's a long winding drive to get to the park that is oh so close to the highway. The signage could definitely be improved, and although the grass is well maintained, there are no trashcans or facilities other than the playscape that is precariously close to the first hole.

WORST HOLE/S: #6

Other Thoughts:

Woodway is a quality course, and due to the construction going on at William Cameron Park and Cameron Park East, is the most complete course in the Waco area. Even though no particular hole stands out in the crowd - it's worth noting that there weren't any holes that I thought were throwaways. This is the perfect course for a casual round to help build the skills necessary when playing elevation and wind.

Ultimately, Woodway Park didn't blow me away, but it will make you better and is still easy enough for the casual amateur to have a great time. but is certainly a place I would love to tackle again whenever I'm in the Waco area. I think it's underrated since most Waco disc golf talk is centered on "The Beast," so just don't forget about it when you're here.
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vaderdave
Experience: 19.1 years 17 played 4 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Woodway is a nice place to play 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 10, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

nice fell to this course, some elevation changes, some trees. nice placement of basket's. great use of "the down hill shot " Lake Waco can grab a disc if you don't look out. picnic tables there, and a play park. very well kept.

Cons:

The baskets are not double chains Discathers. and the only restroom was a pot-o-potty,(it was Clean).

Other Thoughts:

not enough CON's to keep you away..... go throw it and have some fun.
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vcadd
Experience: 40.2 years 73 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Woodway 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Oct 30, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

My first impression of this course was that it was a short and open course.It has a good number of ace opportunities with what seems like alot of open ground.
It is actually pretty challenging.The trees are well placed,almost every basket is on or near a major slope,and the wind is usually a factor.
Always worth the trip.

Cons:

Having to play #16(you have to throw through an opening less than 6 feet wide about 20 feet in front of the tee at a basket next to the lake)

Other Thoughts:

If your inspection is expired or you have a tail light out you will be pulled over going through the neighborhood.Do not speed.
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Donovan
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 37.2 years 302 played 188 reviews
4.00 star(s)

What Goes UP, must… 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 10, 2009 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

This course has lots of elevation. They have well placed tees and baskets. It has protected pins, accuracy shots, ace runs, hole length variation, great use of land and wooded surroundings. This course sits next to a lake that puts water in play on a couple of holes without too much disc loss potential. This is a multi-use park, but most of the disc golf is played away from the other park users. It has good cement tee pads, great baskets and tee signs on all the holes. There is a great map/message board by the first hole, however navigation is pretty easy anyway. Some of the shots using the up and down elevation-designed holes is really a treat. This course is set next to the beautiful Lake Waco and it is very clean. Unlike many places we play disc golf across the country, this course does allow you to bring the alcohol along.

Cons:

The playground is a little close off the tee on one hole, but after that you are fairly people free. You still need to walk up ahead and check for people on the blind up-hill shots. This course really needs more trashcans as I only remember seeing a few. The park really needs a restroom, as there are no public restrooms close by.

Other Thoughts:

The fun factor on this course was pretty high. Usually a course with lots of shorter holes does not thrill me too much. But Woodway has the accuracy and difficulty built in on these holes that it is a real treat to play. There are some great skip it in holes for aces. The elevation is so well designed; every hole here was fun for me. This is well worth playing if you are in town. Now, if you are planning a road trip to Waco, you really should just plan on hitting all 3 courses as they are all worth the drive.
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Roc1Time
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 23 years 131 played 118 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Woodway 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 12, 2009 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Sweet course with lots of elevation for this part of the state. The course sits atop a "mound" and uses it very well. Almost every hole has some sort of elevation as do most greens. The shot variety is there as well ranging from wide open boomers to short tight shots. Nice concrete teepads and good baskets as well. There is a map at hole 1 which helps the new people to the course. Good shot selection that challenges all shots in your bag. Very easy to follow even without the map. You go back near your car so that you can refill your drinks on a hot day. Great views of Lake Waco! Camping near by. Never real busy so that you can play at your own pace and try different shots without holding anyone up as well.

Cons:

The tee pads ae just numbers with hand written distancres. No shade!! Can get windy on certain days. It can get very hot. Kind of out of the way from the other 2 courses in town.

Other Thoughts:

This course is a good change from the other 2 courses in town with camping on the grounds. Play either early or late in the day to beat the afternoon heat.
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sidewinding
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 16.4 years 81 played 68 reviews
4.00 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Feb 2, 2009 Played the course:once

Pros:

This course is set on a big hill overlooking Lake Waco.

It has a major fun factor due to almost every hole being down hill. The designer did an excellent job of maximizing the elevation changes.

It has concrete teepads and signs on every hole.

There is a large map at hole #1 for you to see the flow of the course.

There is road around the park with parking spaces at different holes. You can park at any basket and play from there and finish there for a staggered start if it's busy.

There is a picnic area and playscape right in the middle of the course and the flow of the course comes back to the middle three times which is pretty cool. It would be a great place for a family reunion or DG party or tournament.

Cons:

One hole has you throwing towards a playscape but the distance is such that most discs will fade before they get there.

Some areas of the course are very open with no shade which could be brutal in the summer.

Other Thoughts:

I wish I had tried this course sooner but did not because of all the three disc ratings it got. Trust me, this course is excellent.
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ShaZaun
Experience: 19.1 years 4 played 2 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Good course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 23, 2008 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

This course flows freely. I was shocked not to see more people playing this hidden gem. The course is fun and still remains semi-challenging. Nicely wooded and very scenic with the lake in the background. Some of the holes are pretty easy birds which is nice to build the confidence up.

Cons:

Trrees.... no need to say more.

Other Thoughts:

A great course to play on with several of your DG buddies and have a blast!!!! Bang the chains!!!!!
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sub ceroh
Experience: 15.7 years 10 played 9 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Woodway not so bad 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 18, 2008 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Woodway has everything you are looking for, uphill, downhill, wooded, open area, across the street shots. Good quick course once you are familure with the tees and there is a map on site. All the tees and baskets are there and marked. Very beautifly seanic area. I usualy play at sunrise and it realy makes for an awesome game.

Cons:

Easy to get lost from basket to tee and you may not be familure with 7b and 17b

Other Thoughts:

Waco's highley under rated course. (woodway police often patrol this area and scare some 420 friendly players away)
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