A must play for all skill levels
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Tee signs at every hole
- Trash cans at every hole
- Course map at the entrance
- Decent amount of parking
- Accessible restrooms nearby
- Has a wide variety of holes, including open, wooded, blind, and elevation
- Makes excellent use of the terrain
- Hole designs do an excellent job of telling you where you need to throw, even if you can't see the basket yet
- It's just a really great course for both beginner and advanced players
Cons: - Gotta be really careful not to throw your disc into someone's backyard on a few holes
- Navigation is really hard and confusing for first-timers, definitely take a picture of the map before you start
- Some holes cross fairways
- Not as much shade as it would appear to have
Other Thoughts: The terrain is very rocky, it ate my DX Valkyrie. Make sure you're throwing durable discs on the more rocky holes. Always watch your step on the uneven parts!
Pokemon Go: There's a stop in the parking lot
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great variety makes for a fun round
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I hate to repeat the other reviews, but they're all pretty spot on. This is another great John Houck designed course that forces you to use a variety of shots. Beautiful area to walk as you go in and out of the trees for the front 9, and then a fun back 9 that opens up with some elevation changes. It can be somewhat punishing if you get off your line, but you can usually still scramble for par or bogey without too much frustration.
-Great hole variety that caters to different skill levels: a few tunnel shots, anhyzer lines, as well as open air shots.
-multiple lines available on a lot of the holes, so lets you play to your strengths. For example: Hole 10 is a nice tunnel shot you'd probably want to use a mid-range on, but someone with a big spike hyzer could also swing it out wide and park it.
-Good mix of elevation changes and raised greens without it feeling too artificial. Keeps you on your toes for your putts, as you have to be very aware of your approach angles.
Cons: Seems like this is a major water drainage area for a housing development, so anytime you've got rain you're going to have some muddy/soggy spots that will linger. Bring your mud shoes and a towel!
When you're walking from hole 4 to 5, keep your head on a swivel, as you'll be crossing through the fairway for 12 and 13, and they might not be able to see you from their teepads. Other than that weird crisscross, the course has a pretty good flow to it. Definitely had to use the map on Udisc for my first time out.
Other Thoughts: This was my first time playing Cat Hollow, and I absolutely loved it. It's the kind of course you can just enjoy throwing on, even if you're not having the best round, score-wise.
If you're familiar with Rivery Park in Georgetown, this course feels very similar (same designer); Cat Hollow just has more open field shots and is a little bit more forgiving if you get off your line.
Definitely worth a play if you're passing through; and absolutely worth playing regularly if you're in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Extremely underrated course
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Awesome wooded holes that really reward line hitting
great shot variation
A few longer holes
In a nice neighborhood
Cons: Bad parking
Kinda crowded when I played but wasnt too bad
Other Thoughts: Better than most courses in Austin
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Just a bit confusing
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice tee pads
-Good variety of shots and distances
-Course appears to be well maintained
-Course dries fast after big rains
Cons: -Parking is a bit tight
-It is easy to get confused walking between some holes
-New tee signs are needed.
Other Thoughts: I've played this course 4 times now and I've really enjoyed it. I have not heard any one say it is there favorite in the area, but I really think it is an excellent course. Absolutely worth a stop. Just be prepared to have to do a bit our route finding on your first play through. If it is your first time it would be well worth it to team up with a local.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very little trash on course
-Locals guide you through the course
-Technical holes mixed with long holes
-Tradition of shouting "Rusty" after doing well on hole #8, a nod to one of the local veterans that plays the course
-Can play holes 2,3,4, then 13,14,15,16,17 and 18 as a shorter nine.
-Rock bridge is built so people can cross when there is water in the creek bed
-Plenty of trash cans and recyclable cans.
Cons: -Lots of players on the weekend and Wednesday evenings
-High weeds on occasion
-Number 4 cannot be seen from tee box and people might not shout "Clear"
-#5 is much farther away than you expect, people often throw at the wrong baskets by mistaking #6 or #11 for #5
#1 has a terrible canopy of thick brush to the left. Use a spotter on this one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.413 Rating) A solid course on Metro Austin's north side.
- UNIQUENESS - The thing I find best about Cat Hollow is the layout and the uniqueness of the holes themselves. Not much of a repetition from hole to hole. Hole one starts off with a nice well defined tunnel play the twists at least 40 degrees right. There are some pocket shots and windows to hit. There are also slight ups and downs, a bunch of blind baskets and a few overhead plays. There are two par 4's, one is a dog leg left and the other is a bomb-it play that can be reached by the big guns. Advanced players I think will feel challenged by this course. Unfortunately no water elements in play to force a line.
- CHARACTER - The pampering is slightly above average. The tees are 50% shaded and have adequate hole signage. The grounds are entirely dedicated to disc golf, so no silly joggers or walkers to wait on. There is some stone work on a few holes. All the holes have seating, There are garbage cans spaced well throughout the layout. It is missing a practice basket, course map, multiple tees, multiple pin placements and a finishing picnic table.
- CHILL AREAS - There are a bunch of secluded areas. Tees 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14,15 and 17 are all tucked away and have seating to plop down and relax.
- TEES - They are all concrete and of adequate length and width. Nothing special, but they do the job.
- ACEABILITY - Some good ace opportunities when comparing this course to others. You'll have good chances on hole 2 and holes 13-15.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Although not necessarily a beginners course or a pro level course, the course somehow manages to provide a prefect middle ground. the odds of losing a disc is low, great for beginners. The fairways are tight enough to provide a challenge to advanced players.
- QUICK PLAY - Course can be a quick play at times. usually 2 to 2 1/2 hours for a four sum. But on weekends you may need to plan for an extra hour. I have seen good size mobs out here and the course is generally well packed on weekend when the weather nice.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Definitely one of the more scenic courses on the north side of Austin. However, probably only average for the entire metro area as the south side courses are generally more scenic.
- DRYS UP QUICK - A lot of the north side courses are prone to flooding or have some sort of drainage issue. Cat Hollow has a reputation among the north side courses to dry up first.
Cons: Cat Hollow just has a few ticky tac issues.
- NAVIGATION - Not the easiest on the first time through as there are a bunch of unmarked paths to wind threw. The walk between 14 and 15 is especially confusing. It's a good 300 to 400 foot walk. You'll have to pass 4 tee and 3 basket and then veer off to the right. There is also one perilous journey between 4 and 5. The walk requires crossing the fairways of 12 and 13. There is a map on DGCR that will partially help but it's not the greatest map.
- OVERGROWTH - The rough and terrain is pretty raw in a few areas, especially on holes 1, 6-9 and 17. Lots of scraggly cedar trees, tree roots and rocks scattered about on those holes. I have spotted poison ivy before, but its generally in check compared to other nearby courses.
- FORGIVENESS - Not the tightest layout around, but the cedar trees are not the most forgiving tree species. I've spent significant time here climbing these trees to retrieve a disc.
- SPACING - A few of the holes feel like they partially share a fairway. not the worst course out there by any means, but you'll have to be watchful on a few holes.
- NO NIGHT GOLF - Reputation is that the course is patrolled at night. You may be escorted out of the park after sunset.
Other Thoughts: Generally considered one of the better north side courses. Not as challenging as nearby Williamson County, but more fun loving.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Neighborhood Course
Pros: Good mix of open and tight, wooded holes. The wooded holes play through fairways cut through the local cedar trees, so if you get off of the fairway things get tight, fast. Good mix of straight, right-finishing and left-finishing holes that require some touch to get the birdie.
The open holes are wide open and give you an opportunity to air things out. There is some elevation here as the course is built in a drainage/detention area with a variety of dams, spillways and pipes across the course. These holes include a couple of challenging hillside basket placements.
Most of the holes are in the 200' - 325' range, with a couple of par 4's at 498' and 585' to add length.
Good smallish concrete tees. Simple signs with hole information. Baskets catch well. Benches and trash cans at just about every holes.
Cons: Navigation is a little tricky for first timers. From the parking lot it is easy to find the 18th tee and the 17th basket. You'll need to continue past the 17th basket to find the first tee. The transition from hole 4 to 5 is confusing as you'll encounter the 13th tee and the 12th basket along the way.
For some holes multiple baskets are visible. From the 5th tee you'll see the baskets for holes 10 and 11. What you won't see is the basket for 5 as it is hidden around the corner to the right.
The diagrams on the tee signs are basic but many don't show the basket position (faded out?) so you'll be guessing on a couple of holes. For instance, Hole 4 is a blind throw over an earthen dam to the basket "somewhere" on the other side. I yelled before I drove just to make sure someone wasn't over there.
Hole 17 plays to a basket near the parking lot and on the path to the first tee. There can be heavy foot traffic near that pin.
Crowded! I played once in the morning at it was fine, but later that afternoon the course was backed up with chucker groups and I ended up skipping a few holes to avoid the aggravation.
Other Thoughts: This course is showing it's age, with quite a bit of bare ground around the baskets and some exposure of the concrete foundations. Some mulch around the baskets might help with erosion.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - A good variety of open holes, partially open, and technical holes.
- Not very difficult even for the Advanced Senior Grandmasters out there (I'm one).
- Water will come into play (wet low areas after period of rain) so pay attention to reviews during the dry and rainy times of the year.
- Plenty of trash cans and the yardages signs, for the most part, depict the holes (a few are slightly faded/worn).
- Very quiet and well-maintained since it is in a residential area.
Cons: - A few holes start where you wouldn't expect it (#1 starts past #17 basket and cannot be seen from the parking lot).
- When the course is busy it is easy to throw into other players without knowing they are walking obstacles.
Other Thoughts: - Accuracy is obviously the key on the narrow holes but they aren't long enough to make any of the holes difficult. Easy to score birdies after playing this course one time.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
The Hometown Course
Pros: -Great dedicated parking lot.
-Houck designed. Great for beginners, but provides enough of a challenge that experienced players won't be bored by any means. It's about as good as it gets without being tournament quality.
-Very well maintened. Mowed often. Dense roughs but not thick enough to lose a disc in. Just keep an eye on it.
-Concrete tee pads and innovation baskets. Painted oftw.
-Signage, benches, and trash cans a plenty.
-Pretty decent variety. Some elevation. Some tight, some open. Most holes have multiple options off the Tee.
Cons: -Crowded. This is probably the most popular course in North Austin.
-A little odd to navigate your first time through. Flows pretty well for the most part though.
-Kinda short. But provides some fun ace runs.
-Gets a bit stanky over by the apartments sometimes.
-Floods when it rains. Dries pretty quickly though.
Other Thoughts: This was my home course for almost 7 years and I still play it regularly. Very similar to Searight down south. Although it's set in a neighborhood along a trail and some backyards, they never come into play. It's pretty self contained.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Wide variety of shots. Tunnel shots, open shots, blind shots.
Cons: Without a map, it's difficult to navigate where the next hole is. We had to ask a few players where hole 1 was as well as a couple of other holes.
Other Thoughts: In the middle of a residential area. Surrounded by condos and houses.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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