4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I think the overall rating of this course at 3.5 is pretty accurate. The park has a nice parking lot. I love the tee signs and tee pads, its a typical Houck course. The maps on the tee signs seemed to be fairly accurate. I read one of the previous reviews and I agree that Cat Hollow is similar to Searight. It is not to long but has some open holes if you want to air it out. I appreciated some of the technicallity of the course for example 1,2,6,7,16,17. I liked how on one it was a dog leg and I loved how tight hole 2 was. I threw a comet on most of the technical holes and did great. The course made use of the elevation that was provided by the land. I really liked 17 when you have a tunnel shot then the basket has a stone wall built up so you can fall off sort of like hole 6 at Lake Lewisville( Lewisville, Texas). I appreciate a good risk/ reward type putt.
Cons: The navigation was difficult in a few spots, To get to hole 1 walk by the street and it will be on your left. Also, I couldn't find hole 5 until I walked all the way around and finally found it. Besides that everything else is pretty easy to navigate. I did not like hole 5, 10,11,12 because they were just long open holes. I like some challenge on a hole even if it is a 500ft hole. There were no obstacles on these holes which made them a little bit boring. The front part and back part of course make up for it though. The stone that is throughout the fairs takes a beating on your disc. Many of mine had chunks taken out of the them.
Other Thoughts: The course was also packed. It seems that many recent reviewers also noted how crowded the course can get( I don't know because I was from out of town). I put that here instead of a pro or con because that can go both ways. If you take it as a pro, this means many people find the course enjoyable, and more people playing are sport. If you take it as a con, there could be some long waits on holes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Course for everyone
Pros: Many Par 3s from 200-300 feet. Perfect distance for beginners.
Both par 4s are very open for players to be able to open up and huck it.
Short enough that even when it is packed you can still make it all the way through in just over an hour.
Tee boxes are nice and have hole maps
Cons: Usually pretty packed
Some holes the brush is pretty thick and it is easy to lose a disc on a bad throw
Other Thoughts: Great place to start out disc golf if you have never played before
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Good neighborhood Course
Pros: Cat Hollow provides a good, fun challenge for a wide range of player abilities. It's a pretty solid white level challenge, but still gives blue/gold players sufficient challenge to keep them coming back. It's also not too difficult for red level players.
The park is attractive, clean, and well-maintained. The schule is minimal and finding discs is pretty easy.
The variety of shots required is good. There's a good balance between power shots and technical shots. There are several good basket locations near drop-off's that make putting more interesting.
The course has its own parking lot and the location in a huge neighborhood is ideal for bringing families and younger players into the sport.
The tees, baskets, and tee signs are all good. There are plenty of trash cans and benches.
Hole 2 is a unique, short par 3 that requires good touch. It's about 200 ft., slightly uphill with a drop-off behind the basket. The tee is protected from the wind near the basket, requiring good knowledge of disc flight and execution.
Hole 8 is my favorite hole on the course. It's a fairly tight, slight right to left, 300 footer. The hole frames out very nicely through the woods, birdie is well earned and bogey or worse is always possible.
Cons: There are no directional signs from hole 4 to 5 and many players wander through hole 12 and 13's fairways.
Hole 6 is squeezed a little tightly between hole 5 and hole 7.
Drives on hole 11 frequently end up over the fence in the neighbor's yard.
The walk from hole 14 to hole 15 goes through hole 4's fairway and behind hole 3's basket.
Drives on hole 17 can hit cars in the parking lot.
The course is very popular and rounds can be pretty slow during peak times.
Other Thoughts: I'd say that Cat Hollow is like the North equivalent of Searight. I gave them both a 3.0, although I prefer Searight aesthetically.
Please do your part to help keep Cat Hollow clean! Happy discin'!
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice tee boxes With newer tee signs than what are in the pictures.
Good baskets that are a consistent height.
most baskets have erosion control around and under them in the form of crushed granite and large stones marking a "green"
The course is kept mowed
The course has a wide variety of shots from tight controlled tunnels to wide open bombs.
Elevation changes on most of the holes.
Nothing here is a 100% gimme shot
This is a great place to work on mid range accuracy.
The course really does reward accurate drives and solid putting. It also punishes Bad drives.
No mulch, although a few places could use some.
Any weaknesses in a player's game will be made apparent here. The course requires power, shot-shaping, accuracy, strategy, escaping from trouble, and putting on risky greens.
This course is a great practice course and usually a quick round.
Cons: Layout is a little tricky. Play with a local or get a map.
Other Thoughts: To avoid a common heard complaint and to avoid crossing fairways from hole 4 to hole 5 simply walk over to the hiking/jogging path. From there you can walk down to hole 5s tee box without ever crossing fairways.
From 14 to 15 stay right till fence and look, if anyone is on 3s tee they will usually wave you by. I have played the course more times than i can count and have never encountered a problem at these crossings.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great all-around course
Nice, easy holes for beginners but also more difficult throws for more experienced players.
Lots of shade through out the course.
Benches to sit on by the tee boxes on most of the holes.
Located by a park with a field you can practice your drives on before the game.
Very manageable course par.
Holes can be quite fun if you know what you are doing.
Usually not too hot outside.
Not many places to loose your disk if you make a bad throw.
Maps by tee boxes don't really help.
Holes 8 and 17 are alot tougher then they appear- you really have to master these holes.
A few places where you must be careful of other people throwing (going from hole 4 to 5 and going from hole 14 to 15).
Hole 18 can be quite confusing if you don't know where the basket is (it's through the opening in front of the tee box then to the left and behind the next set of trees that has been partially cleared out).
There can be huge groups that you have to wait on sometimes.
Other Thoughts: This course is by far my favorite. I've played most of the courses in the area and this course gives a great variation of holes for all levels and all throwing types. There are some holes that are straight forward, some that a have some distance on them, and some that have some technical throws you have to make. Hole 17 is probably the most discouraging hole on the course- the beginning is pretty narrow, the middle is really wide, but then the basket is on the other side of some very tall and wide trees which makes it very difficult to land the disk by the basket unless you have a perfect shot. I deffinatly think that hole 17 should be a par 4 though. Just be ready for that hole though. Once again, great course with a great variety of holes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: - Some decent technical play.
- Nice tees and baskets, plenty of ace runs.
- It's in a nicer neighborhood.
- Good course for beginners and midrange practice
Cons: - Can get crowded
- Very rocky
- Poor course flow
- Half the baskets are blind from the tee
- #18 not very memorable
Your skills will plateau at a low level if you do not play tougher courses than this.
Other Thoughts: If you like technical woods course and are in the area, go play Brushy Creek Sports Complex (9-hole course) instead.
If you want a much better designed, more challenging, and much longer Advanced-level course, go play nearby at Wilco instead.
In my opinion, this is one of the lowest rated overall 18-hole courses in the Austin area along with Benbrook. Sorry guys, that's just my opinion. I know beginners tend to really enjoy this place and I don't mean any offense to ya if you like it.
Beginners should play here instead of Brushy Creek Nine.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course. A great combination of long, short, wide, and narrow holes. Starts a little wooded and then opens up, gets narrow again, then gets open and so on. A little variety in elevation. You have to throw over hills, up hills, down hills; its pretty fun. This course has something for everyone. Holes that reward Forehand and holes that reward backhand. I find holes really fun to throw tomahawks on. Terrain ranges from grass to gravel to rocks.Tee pads are concrete and signs tell you distance. Basket location is pretty good. Most holes are standard but a couple holes have drop offs directly off the "green" forcing you to make it or take it short. One hole is on a 45 degree hill really requiring precise shots.
Cons: If it's your first time playing it might be a little confusing when trying to find your way around. I most recently went on a muddy day and people wiped their feet off on the tee pads which is a little annoying. Typically a pretty popular populated course. You might run into some traffic. Some houses around the area. Its possible to throw your disc in someones back yard but only for pretty bad throws. None of the holes are really that creatively designed. Typical dog legs and distances but nothing that makes you say wow. A little plain.
Other Thoughts: I will just say I don't write long reviews because I don't like reading them but this course is pretty good. If you are in the North Austin area it is definitely worth your time. Stop by Wanna Play Disc Golf while you are over there.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
This Cat loves to play Cat Hollow
Pros: This is the busiest course in North Austin (technically, a suburb of Austin). This course appeals to a wide range of player capabilities. It is a good course for a novice who wants to graduate from one of the pitch and putt courses. Most of the holes are around 200' - 300', can be seen from the teepad and can be birdied. There is a nice mix of hyzers, anhyzers, straight shots... combined with tunnel shots and open fairways.
On the other hand, this course will also appeal to a more experienced player, because if you are going to birdy these holes (consistantly) you are going to need accuracy and finesse. In all there are probably 12 holes that should be easily made in 2 shots and 3 holes are probably true par 4's.
The course is set in a flood plain with some minor elevation/erosion control landscaping incorporated nicely into the design and also makes use of paths cut through cedar brush for tunnel shots. The combination of environments makes for a course with a good mix and variety of shots.
Overall, the course is in good condition... trash cans and benches at most holes, the innova baskets are in good shape and tee pads were recently added. Most of the tee pads were not placed in the traditional ruts previously used, some were set back a few feet while others were shifted a few feet to the left or right (making tee shots slightly tougher) .
Note: Some major changes were also made:
Hole 10 basket was moved back almost 100' and placed on the side of the hill, in front of old 11 tee box(now a par 4).
Hole 11 tee box was moved further down, with no straight shot at the basket (either a anhyzer or hyzer).
Hole 17 now plays to old 18's basket location, making the hole almost 100' longer (now a par 4?).
Hole 18 is completely new, roughly a 275' hyzer shot (in the opposite direction of what it used to be).
I would still consider Hole 5 to be the signature hole. A 600', par 4, anhyzer shot out of the woods with a tree line always on your right and open space out left. A good par 4 that can be occasionaly done in 3 but don't be surprised when you take a 5 or higher.
With the addition of a parking lot a couple years ago and the recent attention/upgrades by the mud district... this course can only get better.
There are also several groups/clubs that run regular events at this course (on week days and weekends)... including night golf.
Cons: The only major con I can see... would be traffic. This course is busy can take longer than expected to play.
Minor issues: players have to walk through 13 fairway to get from hole 4 to tee 5. and a bad shot on 5 could put you by 6 basket.
Other Thoughts: This is really just a neighborhood course that is really way better than it should be... but it is NOT a championship calliber course. For that it would need way more parking, some sort of water hazard and little more distance added to most holes.
There are several courses nearby that have a higher course par, longer holes, require more finesse.... etc. but for what it is (a nice little/friendly neighborhood course), Cat Hollow is an over-achiever.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pretty fun course. There's a little bit of shot variety. Tee pads were in so they're solid. Signs are nearly vandal proof, but not particularly informative. I loved the landscaping on some of the greens.
Cons: A little too easy, not a whole lot of challenge. Terrain is a little gnarly, and cedars aren't very forgiving (although you really shouldn't get in them much at all). A couple tees are a little tricky to find. Not sure where these elevation changes are, maybe some nuances, but there aren't any hills.
Other Thoughts: It is what it is, a fun little neighborhood 18 holer. I'd love to have it in my backyard, but it's not much more than a 3 or 4 disc course. Just keep in mind the overall flow. 1-8 play away from the parking lot and 9-18 play toward the parking lot. And you never cross the walking trail on the right.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Well Rounded Course
Pros: Scoring Opportunities. I like getting birdies and I love shooting under par. 'Cat Hollow' has plenty of birdie holes with some technical ones mixed in there and a few holes where you need to bring the lumber to get it there. I appreciate a hard course as much as the next guy...but I play DG because it's fun.
All in all this makes for a well rounded course.
Navigating the course is fairly straight forward...you might have a little trouble getting to the 5th tee. It's a a big sweeping blind right hander.
Cons: As mentioned by several reviews the tee pads are pretty janky. It also gets crowded at peak times.
Other Thoughts: Go to 'Cat Hallow' and have fun! If you want a challenge head to Wilco or Brushy Creek sports park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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