It's A Shame This Course Isn't Better!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For a simple little 9 hole school pitch and putt course, Cedar Brook Elementary has the potential to be a viable contributor to Houston's already impressive array of courses. So why isn't it? Two glaring problems are holding it back. First, the # 1 and 3 baskets are currently missing and have been for quite some time. Secondly, the fact that the course circles the school but the back part of the school is locked up like a maximum security prison. What are they doing to our children back there that they wish to keep such a secret? Now, please understand what I'm saying here. I'm saying that IF these two problems were fixed then this would be a cool little pitch and putt/beginner/easy rec course. It would generate a lot of play from locals and families. It wouldn't be a threat to White Oak or Agnes Moffitt.
The course starts in the fenced area beside the parking lot and is trying to play around the school in a counter clockwise direction. There are no tee pads or signage but there are little 4" x 4" poles with the hole number routered in. The baskets are older models (Discatchers ?) and have been painted a dull yellow.
I think the # 1 basket may have been lost due to some new construction.
# 2 is a a short little 120' throw to a basket semi-guarded by some bushes and small trees.
# 3. I'll assume this basket was ripped off as there is plenty of space where this basket could be placed.
# 4. This is where the course really disappoints. You should be able to continue walking around to the back of the school here to play # 4. Instead, you are met with razor wire, locked gates, armed security guards and snarling German Shepards.. it's like trying to escape into East Berlin. OK, a slight exaggeration but it is fenced and locked up forcing you to trek all the way around the school in order to reach # 4.
# 4 is about 175' throw with woods on your right.
# 5 is around 140', with one tree to throw around.
# 6 is an even easier straight 120' Ace run.
# 7 is an open 130' Ace run.
# 8 is shorter at around 110' but is set behind lots of trees and bushes. Either a low hyser or a sweeping annie is the answer here.
# 9. Plays about 125' but you need to keep your drive under the branches.
Cons: Elementary lengths and challenges.
Horrible flow due to locked fencing.
Almost no signage,
No real tee pads.
Other Thoughts: It really depressed me that this course suffers so from these two flaws. So many local, younger, older, less skilled players and newbie players could enjoy playing here. As it sits now, I guess I would just play it as a 6 hole course playing from 4 to 9. There's very little reason to mess with # 2.
Even if the two missing baskets were replaced, the course flow is so bad, it alone would eliminate most players.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
ace run central
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Has all 9 tee posts
Has 7 baskets
Every hole is an ace run
Cons: Long walk from hole 3 to 4 because they have fenced off walking the shorter way.
Baskets 1 and 3 are missing
Other Thoughts: If you play here, you only need a putter.
Park by the playground and walk around the school to hole 4 to start. Hole 9 is next to the parking lot. If you can get into the playground area, there is one basket left. However the park is very popular with the local residence and it may be very crowded.
Would I play here again.
No, even if I lived nearby, Might be a fun place to play a game of 51 though.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course is easy to see from the road and should not be all that tricky to find the beginning.
-The course is very short which would be good to bring brand new players or small children to.
-The course was empty when I played it and I cannot imagine it ever gets a real big crowd.
-There are posts in the ground to show where the tee is.
-Hole #8 is the lone challenge here. The basket is surrounded by trees and a two or an ace would be impressive.
Cons: -Basket #3 is completely missing, as is tee post #4.
-At some point a fence was built to enclose the playground that is present at the school. However, this fence also cuts the course into two parts. Holes 1-2 are inside the fence and then you have to walk the ENTIRE circumference of the school in order to play the rest of the holes.
-I mentioned that the course is never really busy but the playground is, even on weekends. This could make for some very dangerous shots since it plays so close to the playground.
-For whatever reason the chains on the baskets are very stiff and likes to spit discs out.
Other Thoughts: -When thinking of what the rating of this course should be, I thought of Goodson Middle School. I do personally think that Goodson Middle School does the job intended for the course better then this course. That job is to teach young kids about the sport.
With the huge navigation problems, and lack of a few baskets and signs, only a course bagging adult or an adult with kids should come out here. Other then that, this is a place to pass on.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun for the kids.
The course is centrally located between two solid courses - Anges Moffitt Park
(18) & T.C. Jester Park
(9), which makes it a good pit stop if you'd really like to get an elusive ace.
Perfect course to take out people new to the sport. With no serious golfers interested in stopping - the course is deserted, so I had time to work with my wife on her drives and putts. She enjoyed the course a lot since if she made a bad throw, she could take the time to get her disc and throw it again.
This is also a great course for little kids and strollers. The first three holes are enclosed in a fenced playground area, so the kids can play and you can practice short drives and long putts from various distances.
BEST HOLE/S: #1, #2, #3
Cons: This course is on elementary school property; so don't plan on playing during school hours. Also, watch for the ample fire ant hills on holes 4-9 in the front of the building area.
Obviously, based on the short length, any experienced golfer doesn't need to waste there time stopping here. Besides the length issue, the layout is pretty bad - if you aren't able to jump a fence - you'll have to walk completely around the school to get from hole three to four. The pin on hole one is crooked, number nine pin is labeled eight, and the tee sign for hole four is also missing, so consult the map on this site for a proper spot.
The area of town is slightly more ghetto than the Anges Moffit area down the road, and some creepy guy waiting for a bus stared at us the entire time we were on holes six and seven.
WORST HOLE/S: #7
Other Thoughts: My 1.0 rating is based on what a normal disc golfer would probably rate this course. My wife however said she would give it a 3.0-3.5 rating because she enjoyed the fact that she could finally par some holes, and felt comfortable being the only people on the course. She could basically practice without holding up groups of people like she would at Anges Moffitt or another more popular course.
If you want an ace or many birdies - you could make a quick pit stop here before traveling onto T.C. Jester or Anges Moffitt. If you have small children or someone learning the basics of the game, and you don't want to be bothered by other golfers - this may also be a good choice - other than that you probably don't need to waste your time.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great course for the kids. Also a good course to work on your short game.
Cons: Very short. You can not play during school hours. Tee markers hard to find.
Other Thoughts: This is a good practice course , but that is it. Its also a great course for beginners to learn the game, or a good course for families. If you can throw over 200 ft, don't bother with this course. Agness Moffit and TC Jester are just down the road from this course, so go there instead.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Fine for kids
Neatly maintained course on school property. Playground amenities for kids. Tee signs easily visible. Only hole #8 is of any challenge to an experienced player and is a very difficult hole for the target audience of juniors, it seems out of place.
With no holes over 180' this course is too short to be played seriously by anyone other than Junior players. Most of the holes are wide open 150' chip shots to the basket. No significant challenges on eight of the nine holes.
Navigating from hole #3 to #4 is awful. You either jump the fence or walk all the way around the school. Poor design there.
The tee sign post for #4 was missing when played on 5/30/2009.
Adult players don't go out of your way to find this course unless it's for the purpose of eight easy ace runs or nine should-be-birdie holes. But considering this course is on the property of an elementary school it will hopefully expose lots of kids to the sport of disc golf and get them interested. This course would rate reasonably high for it's intended demographic of kids, but for adult players it's not worth a trip; especially considering that Moffitt is just three miles down the road.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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