Great home base
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Challenging! Lots of tricky situations and risks.
Cons: Lots of sticker bushes...I carry my machete.
I've lost 2 discs...inexplicably... I mean...I know where they landed it's just the brush is so thick!
(But on the plus side I've found at least a dozen discs without names; have returned a handful with numbers.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but Tough
Pros: Recognizing that this course was completely underwater and unplayable for a few months after Hurricane Harvey, this course really seemed to be in good condition. The baskets were all present, the tee signs were mostly all present and only a few tee pads were missing.
Looking at the pictures of the course from 2008, the course seems to be a bit easier as the fairways seem to be wider and a little bit more fair. Every hole out here needs a technical shot, nothing is over 400', and the average hole length clocks in at about 275'. Though the holes are short, and the fairways are a bit wider, this is still a very tough course to shoot well on if you are not used to wooded holes, and being in Houston you might not be used to it. This is one of the courses that you an shoot really well one day, and really poorly the next. It keeps bringing you back.
Being a private course, I do not believe it gets too much play. Though being private, it is still very easy to go in and play, just follow the instructions on this course's page.
Cons: Nothing really stands out to me that make this course awesome. All of the holes kind of blended together because they were all the same type of shot: a shorter hole with trees litering the fairway and both sides of it.
I felt some of the lines were a bit unfair. A lot of the holes had 90 degree turns in the fairways, which are lines that most golf discs can't make. A couple of the holes also had questionable random trees in the middle of the fairway that made the drive more luck than skill.
This is definitely a course that is better the second time playing through. A lot of the holes had baskets that were hidden, so you might need to take a couple extra seconds to walk up the fairway to see where you are shooting at.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed the course, all in all. It is not my favorite in the Houston area; it doesn't really suit my game too well, but it still gave a challenge that is missing in the Houston area, a course that is wooded and technical on every hole. I feel that it is the step child of Texas Army Trail.
Heed the warnings of the towing if you are parked in the lot as a non resident. It is still a very easy course to go play, just park by the bridge and take the short walk to hole 12 and start there.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
A nice walk in the woods
Pros: Baskets were in good shape
All Cement tee boxes in good shape
Signs on several holes pointing to next hole
Nice variety of shots
Cons: Not very good parking if your not a resident
Other Thoughts: 1st course in a 12 course day.
I got here at 6am and tried to find the course and managed to see one of the baskets from the road. So I went and parked by the bridge thinking it was near hole 12. No, that was hole 11 I saw from the road, it was a much longer walk than I expected. But at least my car was not towed :)
This course is something you don't see enough in Texas. Defined fairways though the woods. More distance than you would expect on a heavy wooded course too.
the rough that I got into was not as bad as other courses I have played. This course is quite tropical with lots of fan plants making it exotic to me.
There is no elevation, but I didn't notice because the holes were designed rather well.
A good mix of left, right, straight, short and longer holes.
Would I play here again?
Yes, it is my favorite 18 hole course in the Houston area so far.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Trees, Marsh, and Mosquitos
Pros: - The course has an above average design and, for the most part, is marked fairly well.
- Although the course is designated as a Kingwood members only course, rarely is anyone challenged about membership. The non-members are very good at keeping the course clean. Make sure you park in the llittle parking area on the left about 300 feet prior to the curve to the park entryway and start on #12. You can even use #11 basket to practice putting before your round.
- This course does not favor one type of thrower, i.e., it has an equal balance of holes for the left-to-right, straight, and right-to-left shots.
- What this course lacks in distance is made up for by technicality.
- The baskets are all green and easy to see.
Cons: - A few holes require you to walk down the fairway (short distances) before your first shot to minimize mistakes off the tee.
- The route to a few tee boxes are not obvious. Keep an eye on the paths and make an educated guess.
- It is absolutely imperative to have a good amount of mosquito spray before you step onto the course. There is standing water on many of the holes.
- Blind shots are punishing due to the thickness of the brush/weeds off the narrow fairways.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
My love/hate relationship with trees
Pros: -Excellent, shady, practice basket area with nice picnic table, overlooking first tee pad.
-Concrete tees (although backwards), descriptive hole signage and high visibility painted top and bottom rims on Mach 5 baskets throughout.
-Pathways between holes are lined with native stones, or logs, and add a nice touch.
-Thick forest canopy offers plenty of shade from the summer sun, and even brief amounts of rain.
-Clean cut, aesthetic tunnel shots throughout some of the most beautiful forest scenery Houston has to offer.
-Array of challenging midrange, and fairway driver shots, with a few high hyzer bomb shots to avoid the heavily wooded fairway routes.
-Heavy sand content in the soil leads to extremely fast saturation and water runoff so the course is playable within 24hrs of even the biggest downpour.
-Abundant amount of deer, rabbits and other forest wildlife are evident throughout the course.
-Very low course volume. Maybe played by 5-10 people at most on any given weekday.
Cons: -Kingwood KSA owned/operated park so a "K Sticker" is required to park within the course.
-First timers may have a hard time with the numerous semi blind tee shots, but..... the holes are fairly short so if you take the extra 15 seconds of effort to pre-walk the fairway before your throw, you should be fine.
-Shortage of garbage cans (Only two garbage cans on the course, holes 1, 8), no permanent benches, or rustic style signage to fit the forest theme..
-Grass and weeds can get pretty out of control by mid summer.
Other Thoughts: -The course has great potential for alternate pins which would add desirable length, but also still be appealing to the general recreation players.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
"Here in Kingwood, we've never met a tree we didn't like."
Pros: River Grove DGC is the land of many trees. By far the most wooded course in the greater Houston area even with the recent drought and hurricane Ike before it doing their part to thin things out a bit. It's gone from insanely wooded, to just mostly wooded with even a few open looks at the basket. Also, if you're a fan of blind dog-leg holes, well then you're in luck - at least half the course plays this shot off the tee.
There is a practice basket located near #1, and there are nice big concrete tees - albeit they have been installed backwards from any other course I've ever played. They start narrow and finish wide, which isn't a pro or con - but just another weird little quirk of the course. The course is short at just over 4800', but the dense woods make up length by keeping everything tight. The pins also have a painted spoke pointing to the next tee box, which is always a nice little touch.
BEST HOLE/S: #11; #13
Take deep breath - here we go... Wooded? More like adventures into lucky shotville. Who designed this place - Bigfoot? Did I mention that every hole looks like this, where's the layout diversity? And what about the huge freaking predator spawned banana spiders
that enjoy making their webs at head level - those are fun! And don't get me started on the fact that this place decided to install Mach 5 baskets to camouflage themselves from view from any given tee box. (Face gets redder) Well that's okay - I don't need to see where I'm throwing anyway - I'll just refer to the half broken stone and wood teebox signs lying on the ground or propped up against the beer laden over-flowing buckets posing as a makeshift trashcan. McDade
copycat! And seriously, backwards boxes - that's worth another mention. And wait for it - did I forget to tell you that this place is "private?" That's right - I dare you to park your car in the parking lot for more than a millisecond without a giant K slapped to your bumper, and that tow truck will make your round experience a lot more expensive! I guess you'll just have to park yourself on the side of non-existent shoulder near #13 basket and you should be just hunky dory.... Ahh, okay, breathe again.
(Silly I know, but I hope it makes my point)
WORST HOLE/S: #7
I wanted to love this course, and since I haven't played it in years - I will admit I enjoyed it a great deal more than my first experience out here - hence why it took me so long to play it again. Ironically, a tight technical course is more my flavor as I experience more courses, but this is simply too much of an average thing. There's no daring or creatively to this place like my beloved Dalaiwood
in Washington that puts these woods to shame, and there's just nothing memorable enough to bring me back again.
Plus, I have to ding it for the pompous ass bag Star-bellied Sneech acting Kingwood community members that devotedly protect their parking lot. I don't know why it bugs me so much more than Oak Meadows
, the only other "private" public park in the greater Houston area - maybe it's the giant K stickers. However, given everything about the course itself, ultimately it's simply an average wooded course that no one really needs to go out of their way to play - but it's that's your thing, don't worry you'll get plenty of it here.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: After you find the first tee this course is VERY easy to navigate. Nice cement tee boxes with plenty of room. Hole# and distance written on rocks next to tee box. Great short range and technical shots. Intermediate course. Very hard to lose a disc. Water did not come into play.
Cons: If you have a cooler make sure you got some big wheels or you'll be dragging pine needles the whole time. Not much need for drivers. Few scattered trash cans which are very small and overflow at times.
Other Thoughts: If you do not have a kingwood resident sticker you WILL be towed if you park inside parking lot. You can still play here, but you must park on the side of the road before gate entrance to park. I spoke with the tow dude and he said parking there is absolutely OK. He has no remorse for people who park in parking lot though. You've been warned!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Almost all of the holes are under 300' so it makes a good course for beginners or intermediates. Unfortunately most of the holes have way too many trees in the way to be fun. Its ok to have some narrow fairways but on most of the holes there is no direct path to the hole if you can even see the basket.
The course is well marked and has great tee boxes. The baskets are really high, one standing almost 5.5' tall.
It is fun to play with the nature all around you, saw a few deer and a coral snake while playing.
Cons: Unless you live near or in Kingwood, this course isn't worth the drive out to.
Other Thoughts: You don't need to take your whole bag for this course. All you need is a good mid-range and a putter and you're all set to go. If you have a good hyzer and fore-hand in your arsenal, you could par every hole. However not many holes would you birdie unless you got incredibly lucky.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great, technical, short course
Pros: great little 18 holes in the woods. Going to suit the conservative type player, as its high risk rewards. There are trees scattered all over the fairways, great for you mid-range lovers. used every mid and putter I had, very little use for my drivers on this one. but you will have to pull out every shot you got. I like the feeling of the course as there are no signs of city life anywhere.
Also, this course has some of the biggest and nicest teepads as anywhere else I've played. signs were decent with the distance to the hole displayed on a rock. Nice practice basket in the front and a huge map of the entrie course. Also the baskets are in great shape. Traffic is pretty good, seems like more kids than anything play here.
Cons: I kind of wish the holes we're longer, I don't think there is a hole longer than 325. Dont ever get to pull my drivers out except for hole 6, and even then, it's really not needed. baskets can be hard to find, if its your first time here, there will be a few times you have to leave the teepad and go scope out where the basket is. Worst thing I've noticed about this course are the mosquitoes. They are unreal, especially after it rains. BRING OFF!!! Also after normal rain, standing water will remain for atleast a week.
Other Thoughts: Nice course, There are deffinitely better courses on the north side of houston, but if your in the area stop by a check this one out, its a quick 18. Will deffinitely improve your approaches and up shots. Beginners might want to bring a chainsaw =)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautifully laid out course with high technical challenge and low power challenge, I'm rating this course for what it is, not what it's missing - I have a big arm and I love to rip it off the tee once in a while, I didn't get that here, but I still loved every minute of my time spent playing this beautiful wooded setting.
Technical Variety. Each hole was a new challenge that required me to use most of the discs in the bag (I could have left some of the big guns in the car), one throwing type wasn't favored over another, for myself, RHBH, I could work most of them with a straight accurate shot, a low sweeping/skipping hyzer, an occasional spike hyzer, and my anny was tested a few times, I'm sure I would have done better if I a decent overhead or forehand shot.
Location. Again, it was a beautiful course - still some signs of Ike, but for the most part it is cleaned up nicely, I loved the setting - I am a big fan of trees and can spend months in the woods, this was a perfect place to get into the woods and have a nice peaceful round of disc golf.
Tees. The tee pads were all nicely paved and level (though I think somebody put them in backwards, shouldn't they get narrower towards the front?) But they had ample room to tee off from.
Distance signs. Each hole had a cool looking stone sign to indicate hole number and distance to pin, a rough map of the hole would have been nice.
Low Traffic. There was a good flow of people playing this course, and we had a large group, so we had to let several people play through, but in all, it was flowing well and it wasn't really crowded.
Facilities. As it's in a city park, there are bathrooms at the beginning, a picnic shelter and I'm sure the park has other things to offer, but I didn't explore it very in depth.
Map and practice basket. The beginning of the course had a map, and there was a practice basket near hole one, these are always a bonus.
Cons: Not for beginners. Somebody just learning to throw would struggle through the trees, most of the holes take a very accurate shot to do very well on.
Trash. Some of the tee boxes had trash boxes that were full or over flowing, and if there wasn't a place to put the trash, several holes just had piles of garbage near the tee box, a touch more maintenance could help here.
Not much length. I'm not holding this against the course, because I really enjoyed the technical layout, but if you really like to grip and rip on wide open holes, you may not be very happy here.
Other Thoughts: Very enjoyable technical course in the deep woods, I'd love to have this one as my local course, I quite enjoyed my time there.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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