The other B.B. Owen?
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Pros: -- Nice new baskets (Innova DiscCatchers).
-- Excellent concrete tee pads, two per hole.
-- Good (not quite excellent) land: Woods, water and small elevation.
-- Arrows on the basket posts point toward the next tee.
-- Fairways on the woods hole (the majority of the course), are totally cleared and a uniform 10 feet wide. A lot of work went into making this happen.
-- Restroom and water available at parking lot (near No. 1 tee).
-- Two water carries from the blue tees and several other holes where the water is absolutely in play.
-- No. 18 is probably the best hole (267/361 feet). It's a gentle right turn through the woods most of the way to the basket, which sits at the edge of the woods with a pond 30 feet behind it. The ground slopes down toward the water starting about 15-20 feet behind the basket.
Cons: -- No map on site, and not much is marked. Tee pads are obvious, but there are no tee signs. The number is often painted on the tee pad, but some of those are wrong because the course has changed from 18 to 21 holes.
-- Long walks. What used to be a LONG walk from the parking lot to No. 1 was eliminated by adding three holes (1 now tees south from the south end of the parking lot). However, 1-2 (under the road), 3-4, 13-14 and 19-20 are long walks. When you finish 21, you are probably 500 feet from the parking lot.
-- The aforementioned arrows pointing to the next tee should not be the sole navigation aid for a hole. The cleared paths/fairways in the woods help, but not nearly enough. Add in nothing being marked, and no hole layout and you could end up walking more looking for hole and baskets than you walk from tee to basket as you play. In the four years the course has been open, some worn paths are starting to appear that give you some guidance, but the holes in the woods often have divergent paths, and you're left guessing which path to take.
-- The map on dgcoursereview says Gold layout (not sure what that means) and has no distances. Distances listed here are wildly inaccurate in some cases. Holes mostly appear to be shorter than listed. As an example, 8 red is listed at 204 feet but is less than 100 feet and 16 is listed at 161 feet but is less than 130 feet.
-- Those two extremely short holes from the red tees are examples of what sometimes feels like the red holes being afterthoughts. No. 8 red is basically 30-35 percent of the length of the No. 8 blue tee and takes the water completely out of play. What you are left with from the red tee is a 90-foot straight throw with NO obstacles.
-- No benches at the tees.
Other Thoughts: -- The map on this site show County Road 279 (Melissa Road at U.S. 75) continuing west and crossing the East Fork of the Trinity River and coming right into the park. Don't believe it. The road stops at the water and picks back up on the other side. However, it appears that a bridge/road is under construction to make that connection.
-- For a while there were two B.B. Owen disc golf course in North Texas. The one in Dallas (about 30 miles south of this course) has been around since 1995, so why did someone use the same name for this course? Apparently I wasn't the only one to comment on this; hence the name change to The Woods @ Trinity.
-- The land here is good, and most of the holes are enjoyable. The first time I played it, the navigation was so bad that it felt more like work than fun to play a round here. While there is work to do, each tee having a red or blue post and the numbers painted on the tee pads helps. The added holes cut down on the worst of the long walks and give you more golf. Taking all of that into account, I'm raising my rating from 2.0 to 3.0. With decent tee signs (I hear they are in the works) and a map on site, this could easily be a 3.5 or 4.0 course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Plenty of Potential
Pros: -2 tee box options
-mix of water/woods/open holes
-lots of benches and restrooms nearby
-hole 18 ends near parking lot
Cons: -no signs marking the tee boxes for specific holes
-no course map
-woods are dense and foliage is tall and thick, so it’s easy to lose disks
-a lot of spiders, didn’t see any snakes but wouldn’t be shocked to see them in the future
Other Thoughts: Challenging course with lots of potential, I hope McKinney puts the finishing touches on this course to make it a 4+ rating
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: - Nice new baskets
- Excellent tee pads
- Cool shot selection. Some tight shots and some long throws
- Arrows on baskets point towards the next tee
- Multiple tees. Blues play tough, reds are good for novice players
Cons: - The rough is absurdly rough right now
- No distance/hole layout signs as of yet
- No course map yet
- A ton of bugs, and snakes are present
- Some very long walks between several holes
- One basket is missing/the hole is not available yet
Other Thoughts: This course has great potential. It's a nice compliment to the two other McKinney courses (Alex Clark and Towne Lake), as all three play differently. For now, the rough is the main problem here. It needs foot traffic and some good trimming to make it not as punishing; some discs that land or roll just off the fairway can be lost forever in its current state.
There are two really cool shots that require water carries from elevated tee pads. There are also several holes that have tight fairways through many trees, and good shots are definitely rewarded here.
Overall this course is great, and will continue to get better over time. Tee signs and a map will help a lot, if they're ever installed. Also, hopefully an 18th basket will be installed at some point... playing 17 seems like a weird number.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Cleared but needs signs
Pros: **When you cross the road to go to 1 walk to the RIGHT of the lake**
The forest holes have been cleared. The tee pads are new and perfect, You have both Red & Blue. Red really give a leg up for new players. Several Technical holes and hard shots. Some short over water some in tight forest but fair.
New Baskets. Nice variety of woods to open and back again.
Cons: **When you cross the road to go to 1 walk to the RIGHT of the lake**
This has no natural flow. Without signs it makes what would be great into not fun at all. With signs this would improve so much. very hard to find next holes on several of the holes.
Huge walks. This course was about 4 miles with trying to walk back and forth and walking to wrong holes. Huge walks between 3 or 4 baskets to next tee.
Bad spiders huge
Lost disc in woods and water
Other Thoughts: **When you cross the road to go to 1 walk to the RIGHT of the lake**
With signs this will improve 250%.
I lost count but will try to help. After 2nd water hole you go back into the woods for 1 more hole around 8. There is a FALSE wood cut. Dont take that turn back to sidewalk. Then turn right walk to the 2nd lake a quarter of a mile for the next tee.
Play into the woods then 2 holes then across lake. ANOTHER HUGE walk past play ground. This hole the forest meets you at a tip of a triangle. The tee pads face right of the woods but basket is LEFT of woods.
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