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Crown of Thorns
Pros: This is the course I play with regularity when I'm enduring the long periods of time I can't afford to play the variety involving the little round ball. I am in no way an expert disc golfer and struggle to follow the terminology involving different throwing techniques ie. hyzer, anhyer, etc. I'm a chunker and proud of it. That's about as technical as I get unless faced with a hole like #7. This would be the one with the "tee box" (this term is used very loosly for this course) tucked away in a small clearing across a creek up a slippery when wet muddy path. You can try throwing your disc WAY up high over the bank of trees directly in front of you using a normal "playing catch with a frisbee" technique (is there a name for this-maybe forearm?). Good luck with that. It can be done, but more often than not, my disc catches the tip top of a tree and plunges downward either to the thorny netherworld below or into a tangle of branches only to be seen again in the fall when the leaves drop. So, I learned to throw overhead style (tomahawk maybe). "CLINK" right in the basket! Oh, I forgot to mention that was about the 68th or so time playing the whole, but yes, "CLINK" indeed. My first and thus far only ace obtained during any round of any variety of golf aside from putt-putt. Nope, I have yet to ace the infinitely simpler very next hole #8. Short, straight, and eerily carved out amongst leaning hedge apple trees and a swampy bog, this hole demands a tight controlled dart. A little to the right and you're knocked to the ground by branches. A bit long and your in the quickmud. A smidge too much mustard using a sidearm throw and you pull to the left directly crashing into a tree trunk. This type of variety and its out in the country/woods feel make this course a sheer pleasure to tackle. It has a fair amount of straight-forward open holes as well, making for a much appreciated reprieve from the canopy hugging (especially in the summer) wormholes that make your arm itch to let loose, but you'de better know better.
The pros would be:
1. 18 fun, free and secluded holes (although right next to a neighborhood-you'll never know it except for #3 which hugs several backyard fences).
2. Wildlife abound during the warmer months, including deer, fish, herons, turtles, many many snakes (could be considered a con by some-not me), fox, racoons, and a stunning display of monarchs and argiope garden spiders if you're there at the right time.
3. Challenging and highly varied play.
Almost never crowded. You will often be in your own beautiful world during the week.
4. Different every time you play, as the creeks and ponds come and go with the changing seasons, adding to the feeling of being part of something alive and evolving, just as your game will be required to be.
Cons: The most looming of these would be the inconsistent upkeep and mowing. This is only mildly irritating to me but will be more so to others. The course has been trimmed back and several open areas cleared out considerably over the past year or so. Still, thorny brambles abound which will punish you (I mean this literally) for venturing off the beaten path. I have been dripping blood on more than one occasion. Also, be very careful when romping around not to trip up on vines. I have also taken a couple face plants while searching for my all too numerous misguided discs.
The other glaring con in the ease of getting turned around and heading to the wrong hole. This is especially true right at the start after hole #1. Don't throw toward the pond looking for hole #2 or #3 for that matter. #2 basket is toward the houses right in front of the backyard fences. #3 is out of sight down along said fences across a creek a bit to the left in the trees. Study the map recently installed at tee box #1 if you haven't played here before. There are zero signs or guiding aides on the course once you leave the start. The transition from basket #11 to #12 is also tricky. When at basket #11 look to the left behind the wood pile to find tee box #12. Don't go to the right around the corner, that's tee box #15. You'll see what I mean.
Other Thoughts: Take your family, dog, patience, and long pants. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy the natural world around you and never forget that you're simply one part of it.
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North Austin GEM
Pros: I will take the leap and call this course a "Hidden Gem"
I see no reason this course shouldn't be as popular as; cat hollow, wilco, bart or pease (rip).
This course is technical with a wide variety of shots required.
There are several tight tunnel shots that require finesse.
Some wide open holes with distance (for the big guns). A couple of ACE runs and... a really fun shot midway through the course (hole 7), requiring a big hyzer or thumber over tall trees - you make it and deuce... if not, good luck :)
Throughout the course there is a creek and several ponds that come into play. If you can manage to stay out of those, the trees will try to grab your disc and leave you in the thorns.
The best hole has to be 18!!! It is a combination of the whole course in one long par 4. There is a creek, a pond, and more trees... all waiting to get one last shot at you. Brilliant!
Don't be scared though... slowly the course is getting more popular and the trees are getting worn in (and thus a little more forgiving).
Cons: The course needs better upkeep from parks dept. even when they do mow, they tend to just cut a 10' swath through the waist high weeds (the winter is great out here).
The tee boxes are hard to find, tee signs are badly needed out here... bring a map and have a great time.
Other Thoughts: What this course REALY needs is to be adopted by a disc club!
Just a little TLC and this gem will sparkle. I can't wait for someone to run a tourny out here.
UPDATE: 4the chains ran a tournamet! They did a lot of work marking teeboxs and clearing brush. Not only was the course in awesome shape, but one of the golfers at the tournament works for the parks dept. and told me the course will be mowed every two weeks.
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-Long and short holes
-Variety of different shots
Cons: -Very woody
-No signs at tee boxes
-Not mowed very often
-Dirt tee boxes
Other Thoughts: Fun if you are fairly good at disc golf. Not a beginner course. Make sure you know where your disc lands after every shot or else you might lose it.
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Pros: -Great course for beginners and pros alike
-has a good variety of holes
-water comes into play on at least 4 holes, which can be a good or a bad thing
I'd say it's worth the drive
Cons: -Not well manicured
-no distinct teeboxes
-very hard to navigate for the first time. My first time I played there, I found myself looking for dirtspots.
-the vegetation will "literally" eat your discs
-the water holes are like quicksand
Other Thoughts: Make sure to catch this course when it's been mowed. Also, play it with a local if it's your first time out.
On the fence
Pros: Considering the course around this one, it has potential. It is one of the only near by 18 hole courses and has a unique and challenging lay out.
Cons: The tie boxes are poorly marked. Poison ivy was all over the place. I would gladly walk away from any disc that landed in the "pond", which smelled like dead bodies where disposed of in there.
Other Thoughts: The grass was higher than most well kept courses but I've seen worse
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No good for visitors
Pros: I can see the potential in this course.
+Seems to be a nice layout.
+Holes laid out in a variety of lengths and directions.
+Only public/free/18-hole course in the area.
+Fairways well mowed
Cons: I'll preface this with the fact that I'm not a newbie. I've been playing for year and have played dozens of courses in MI, NC, TX, and CO.
NO TEES!! I saw some reviews talking about maybe some gravel or mulch, but after the first tee box (which is just a patch of dead grass), I literally just teed off from wherever seemed to be a slightly worn area. Maybe no one plays in the summer so everything is over grown, but seriously, i looked at the course map and just guessed as to where I should tee off from. I understand some public park courses not having the funding for nice cement pads and tee markers, but can't someone from the area go out there with a shovel and make a real tee?
Along with no tees, comes the fact that you have no idea where the next hole is because you don't know which direction you should be going. I saw another reviewer make a comment on this, and just assumed they were being overly critical, thinking "Of course you need to scout out where a basket is if you've never played the course before". But usually you have a general idea of where you're going. But even with the course map loaded on my phone, I literally wandered around looking for the basket, and once i found it, I walked back to where i had come from trying to figure out what would function as the fairway.
Be careful assuming anything. I threw my disc into a pond when i over shot the WRONG hole. I was throwing at what i believed to be 3, over shot it by 10 feet, only to find out that was the 17th basket anyway.
Other Thoughts: If you live real close and can take the time and effort to get to know the terrain, I believe this could be a pretty decent little course. But for anyone that is considering making a trip to head up and play the Leander courses, most are on private property, and this one is just not worth it, stay at home.
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Bring your boots!
Pros: Very challenging for newbies like me due to the course being very thight in spots. Good or bad, since the trees dropped their leaves, it made it easier to find your disc and get through holes that wouldn't normally be there. The stream and ponds all had water in them, which added to the difficulty.
Cons: Due to the rain this fall/winter, this course was VERY muddy. In fact, sometimes you had to invent your way to the next shot/hole due to the conditions.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if the city would put in permanant tee pads instead of the bark chips.
Pros: Challenging course with many different types of holes. Technical shots as well as wide open and short and long. Creeks and ponds to add to the mix.
Cons: Rough can be pretty rough, sometimes hard to find your disc.
Other Thoughts: The course is starting to shape up more and more, grass is mowed more often now a days and the rough is becoming less thick :)
Pros: **New** So, the Parks Department has taken a renewed interest in their course and have recently installed Tee Signs on all 18 holes (excluding the long tee boxes I designed for tournament use). Course is better maintained then it has been in the past, and the fairways, however narrow they may be, are always mowed. The rough, however, will leave you questioning your decision to even get close to the hairy jungle of sharp stingy things that is the Benbrook rough. (Generally referred to as Hell Bush) - The annual event at this course is named 'Children of the Thorn' and for good reason!
This park gets a good rating from me because its better than a decent/typical course. They made good use of the available land and created several interesting shots. Smart play is required on this one. Tee signs are placed near the standard tee boxes, there are long boxes on a handfull of holes, but they are not properly marked for use.
Cons: Hellbush, briars, and everything that is sharp, stings, or is itchy resides in this park. Be cautious and stay in the fairway or else!
**New** If you're on hole 4, it may be wise to peek out passed the basket and look down what is now hole 15's fairway to make sure you dont take a disc to the face while putting on 4. Terrible re-design of hole 15 has now placed players on hole 4 at great risk, be advised!
Other Thoughts: When this course is trimmed up it is a blast. Some holes lack creativity but, you do what you can with what you have.
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Pros: Very overgrown with vegetation in some spots, which makes accuracy a must, as well as being fluent with a variety of shots. Throwing a tomahawk here and there is a lot easier than trying to throw a hyzer or anhyzer around a patch of brambles or trees. Great for accuracy building, this is one of my harder practice courses. If you dont have good accuracy now, you will learn :]
Cons: The thorn bushes, trees, weeds, and general vegetation prove to be a problem when finding discs. Unless you have a hawks eye, be prepared to search for a while. Also, on hole 5, there is a pond right in front of the basket. Although it has dryed up a great deal, it is now much like Quicksand! Watchout out!
This course is not beginner frendly, and definitely not disc friendly.
Other Thoughts: Bring your Golden Retriever.
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