17 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This has been my "home course" for many years, and was a decent city 9-hole course for most of that time. In the past year it was upgraded to an even better 18-hole course.
Welcome to the Texas Hill Country, where you'll be playing through large Live Oaks and Cypress, smaller Mesquites, and truly grabby Ashe Juniper (Cedar) trees. All of these are tough trees that will take any opportunity to grab your disc and either knock it down or snag it up in the tree. As an added bonus the Junipers have branches right down to the ground, requiring you to grovel your way in there if you throw under one.
This is not a long course, averaging 313 feet per hole with only a single par 4, but it offers a great variety from somewhat open to very tight. There are dead-straight fairways along with right and left-bending, and even a couple of S-shaped holes.
Hole 9 is the longest hole, a complex 522' Par 4. There is a very specific landing zone for the drive (for us mortals who can't throw 400' over the top...) and then a tight line from there to the basket. It is a combination of two previous holes, and challenging to birdie.
Hole 12 is a 193 foot hole with a narrow gap between two giant oak trees to split about 130' down the fairway. This gap has been played as a mando with a drop zone in tournaments. Great little accuracy test.
The DGA Mach III baskets are in fine shape and catch well, splitting out only the occasional "good" putt. Very compact tee signs have a simple hole diagram, hole length and par. Good enough for this shortish course.
There is a decent sized gravel parking area with a porta-potty, disc return box, and map/bulletin board. A practice basket is located adjacent to the parking lot as well.
Navigation is straightforward, with the tee for Hole 1 next to the parking lot, and the basket for Hole 18 next to it on the other side. The Hole 10 tee is next to the parking lot as well, allowing for mid-round adjustments at your car.
Cons: Given that this is the Texas Hill Country, there is an unfortunate lack of elevation on the course. Only Hole 6 (downhill to a basket next to the river) offers anything at all.
The Tee Pads were originally built with road base, which is an unfortunate combination of oversized rocks and finer material. They are lumpy and uneven, and for the most part the rock has been pushed off to the side. Three new pads constructed with large paving stones are a huge improvement. Getting 15 more on the course would raise my rating from 3.5 to 4.0.
It is possible to defeat some of the tricky fairways on this course with big overhands or spike hyzers, but I don't have the power and most folks will find themselves playing the course through the trees.
The trees here are really grabby, and I've spent more time here per round retrieving discs out of trees than at any other course I've played.
Other Thoughts: I found the original 9-hole course to be a perfect home course for my 60-year old arm, and am very much enjoying this new and improved version.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Gorgeous Hill Country course. Some elevation. Get ready for tight, wooded fairways. Can you say hyzers, anhyzers, and "S" lines. Has it all. I get to play it once a year, visiting here. Pardon the deer moving around. Just a fun course for an old man.
Cons: I think #4 needs a bit more open line, but if I played HB regularly, I could figure it out.
Other Thoughts: Great job City of Bandera!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New map in dedicated disc golf parking
Port a potty
Tees have small signs on them
Once you find the first hole, the flow is pretty easy to follow without a map
Cons: Some of the fairways are not forgiving, there is no "good" landing spot for a 2nd throw.
gravel tee pads, at least better than just dirt
Other Thoughts: I played this course just a few months ago as a 9 hole course. I thought at the time they had room for 18, sure enough, a few months later I find out they redesigned the course as an 18 hole course.
Now a few of the holes are the same, however they did combine a hole to make it a long tough no line hole. I am sure if I played the course a few times, I would find the sweet spot to land, but as it is, hole 9 is crazy.
Most of the holes use natural fairways though what use to be a neighborhood. Several of the fairways to left, then right or right then left. While not long holes, you to want to stay in the fairways to get your 3's. there are also several technical birdie holes. hole 12 is a classic example of this, you have a very narrow gap though a couple of large tree's, you hit that gap, you should be looking at a bird. Miss it and you may be scrambling to get the 3.
Would I play here again? yes, I really like this course, I enjoyed the original 9, now it has only gotten better. Well worth the drive from San Antonio. (and Bandera is a cool little town, Cowboy capital of the world)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful area ...
Pros: - New DGA baskets, which grab the discs very well.
- Course is very easy to follow.
- Definitely need more courses in the area so this redesign is fantastic.
Cons: Very short, wooded course. Most holes are around 300 feet and can be reached with a big hyzer over the top. For those playing through the woods, course is very forehand (or lefty) friendly.
For beginners and intermediate players, I could see this course being frustrating since some holes had no clear tunnel shot to the basket. Laying up on a ~ 275 foot hole -- like No. 16 -- is not that much fun at any level.
Other Thoughts: This is not a destination course, but for folks in the greater San Antonio area, you should really check it out.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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