14 Helpful / 0 Not
Great tournament level course
Pros: There are concrete tees on every hole, most of which have a long and a short to choose between and most every hole has multiple pin positions. This is a huge plus creating the ability to have several different layouts to play. This is a challenging course with no holes that are way over the top long and hard nor any that are way too short and easy. Good, well-placed drives and solid putting will be rewarded here. The difficulty level added by the creek is pretty significant as it is a hazard you definitely want to avoid. The signs on the course are excellent. There is a practice basket to warm up on. All of the pins are secured in cement blocks protecting the ability to move the baskets around in the long run. The course demands a variety of shots and high quality shots to score well. There are some long tight fairways, some that you'll have to pick a line out of a maze of trees, some uphill, some downhill, some that you have to throw out over the tops of the trees, doglegs, and over the water shots. This course really has a lot to offer to challenge your game. Favorite holes: hole 1 from the short tee to the short pin, the stretch of holes from 12 to 15 are great! 12 is a long skinny lightly uphill drive with the basket either tucked into the trees on the left about 400ft up (from the short tee) or on the right side of the fairway...both difficult to get to for an easy birdie. 13 is also a skinny uphill drive. 14 is a skinny downhill drive with a ceiling of trees to keep in mind. 15 is a booming high flex shot (for some) over the top of the trees. You finish out with 2 very tough holes, especially from the long tees to finish the round here.
Cons: The only cons are that the distances on the signs aren't very accurate and shouldn't be trusted when making decisions about what to throw. Print off distances from this site before you go out and use those.
Other Thoughts: This is a phenomenal course that will really challenge your all around golf game and your arsenal of shots. Make sure you save time to go play Alex Clark right across the highway if you are making a long trip to McKinney to play this course. The city put a lot of money into this course and the local DG community put in a LOT of work to make this course happen. They did an excellent job and McKinney is definitely a legit hot spot for disc golf in the DFW area now.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is a very nice course for someone who is new to the area. My brother, Girlfriend and, I went and played today and it was the better course compared to Shawnee park in Plano. We lived by Lindsey park in Tyler if anyone knows where that is at we had a pretty good course there as well. I really liked the nice tees with the map of where the hole should be, unlike Shawnee Park where you have a map that is out dated. The course is very open at points but very technical as well. Great course!
Cons: The only thing that I wish it had was maybe some water fountains or maybe I just missed them.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: So many great things about this course. Holes 3 - 17 are completely secluded, nothing else around. Signs and markings are the best I have ever seen. Ways to play this course are limitless because of the two tees and most holes, as well as multiple pin placements on each hole.
Cons: A few complaints that will disappear over time for different reasons. The heavy rains recently have made this course very soggy, there are quite a few low points throughout the course that are holding water, and because of the heavy tree cover, it will probably hang around for a while. Lots of twigs and sticks out there, tall grass in alot of areas, lets hope that McKinney mows and mows often, especially on 16, the only out in the open hole on the entire course.
Other Thoughts: I live in carrollton, but will probably end up making a weekly trip out there, especially in the summer to escape the sun.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't pass this one up!
Pros: Lots of great things about this course! Very well designed and thought out! The signs for each hole are the best I have ever seen! All courses need to have such great signage! No navigation issues! Multiple teepads, large cement on each hole. The baskets are very new. Mainly shorter holes but a few long ones thrown in there as well. The middle part of the course in the woods is very nice with large trees. The stream comes into play on a few holes, throw it down there and it is probably gone.
Cons: When I played, the fairways needed mowing and it was a little muddy. Needs a little play to break this course in yet. These will improve over time. Another con is that I don't live close enough to this course!
Other Thoughts: One of the best in the area! Defiantely worth the drive to. Looks like they have some weekly minis. This is a new course that needs to be played. Too bad I will move soon, otherwise I would be here alot. Multiple shots required here. Use all the skills you have to defeat this beast. Heavily wooded for the most part, with a few open holes that let you bomb it. If only all disc golf courses were this clean, maintained, have great equipment and extras. I played this course and left not wanting anything else from it. Absolutely amazing!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 4.0 - Excellent
This is a very challenging course. With the creek coming into play on nearly every hole it keeps you in check. This is definitely a next gen course made with future players in mind. It is a BIG step up from it's sister course a mile away. GREAT use of the landscape and creek.
This course will make you a better player!
The long and short tees combined with A and B pin placement make this a new course every time I go back. I originally rated this course lower (3.5) but find myself in love after this season.
It is just really well thought out and no noobs are playing here which is great.
Cons: Very easy to lose a disc here. Watch closely and bring out your disc retrieval system. Have yet to lose a disc here, but a common scene is playing by people who do.
Other Thoughts: This course combined with Harry Myers are top notch in North Texas. This is a must play.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Soon to be the best course in North Dallas
Pros: This is an awesome course designed by the locals in including Ron Silliman. This course has and Red (Am) Tee and a Blue (Pro) Tee for 16 of the 18 Holes. Every hole has an A and a B pin location. They are moved frequently. There is talk of adding a C location on a few holes soon.
As far as the course layout, it is obvious a lot of thought went into every hole on the course. Holes such a 1, 5, 6, 11, and 18 where there is a is a small 10 to 20ft lane to the pin. If you miss the lane you are gambling with hitting the trees. There are a few open fairways with very little trees, 3, 16, and 17 when the pin is in the B location. Others are short 4, 5 and 8. Then there are the long 2,15 and 12 the 400 foot tunnel. I use every disc in my bag every time I play. This is not a pitch and putt course like Alex Clark a mile away.
And I almost forgot about the creek. It play of 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9. Watch out for 9 the creek runs behind the pin when it is in the A location. If you over drive you will end up wet..
This is a course worth traveling to get to. And if you live in the DFW area it is a must play.
Cons: The only con I can think of comes with this being a new course. The course is unrefined. Meaning the city hasn't started moving yet and there are quite a few sticks along the fairways. That is why my Title is Soon to be the best course in North Dallas.
Other Thoughts: With all the traffic this course gets the fairways will get cleaner. Once the sticks and debris are trappled and clear the city will begin moving and the course will be amazing.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
20 Helpful / 0 Not
Beware the Disc Creek of Death!
Pros: Towne Lake is another great McKinney course with large concrete boxes complete with rubber pads behind the box so a person can wipe the mud off their feet. There are alternate concrete tees for the pro par players, and each box has a high quality color signs with yardage.
The Mach V pins are in great shape, which should be the case since the course is so new. As a big bonus, and something rarely seen on most courses - this course has had the foresight for not only two tee placements, but two pin placements as well. Truly a person could play 72 different holes on this course.
The front nine has a number of risk versus reward shots that force a player to be accurate or risk losing a disc in what I called the disc creek of death. This baby has 15-20 straight drops into a wide murky expanse. Basically, if you go in the drink - don't waste your time - it's gone baby gone.
The back nine has a great number of diverse shots on longer holes and plays more open than the front nine - except 18 (can you say pinball hole???)
There was even a spray painted line to mark off 30 feet from each pin for putting. I don't know if I just came at the right time or what, but this is surely indicative of people who care about and will maintain the course for many years to come.
BEST HOLE/S: #2; #7; #16
Cons: I played after a lot of rain and the concrete tees were wet and muddy. My shoes must have weighed 20 extra pounds by the end of the round, and not even the rubber pads helped.
It may have been just me but the front nine, though beautifully laid out in an old-growth forest following the death creek, got a little boring by the end - lot's of water, but not much beyond that. I was thankful the back nine felt different than the front (could have just been the butt kicking I was getting form the course).
We started the course at dawn so it was empty, but by the time we finished it was packed. I believe it was a mini tournament, but I would imagine this course stays crowded most of the time.
WORST HOLE/S: #18
Towne Lake felt like a shiny new car when compared to Alex Clark Memorial DGC
a mile away. Not that Alex Clark isn't a good course - it's just that Towne Lake is truly the evolved disc golf course for the times. It's long, tightly wooded, full of risk/reward, and complete with the first class amenities any golfer could ask for.
Located at the back of the park, which had bathroom facilities and areas to keep the family happy, since you couldn't traverse this course very easily with the kids.
Granted, Towne Lake is not a course for beginners. This is a course meant for serious players who want to stretch their golf abilities in shot creativity and accuracy. I never debated about a half a star so much, but until the alternate pins are placed I'm sticking with 4.0 for now. The lack of true elevation shots and a defining signature hole leaves it just ever so short in my book, but if you are serious about your game - this is the serious course for you.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Right down the road from another great course. Thanks to Mckinney for being such a supporter of the sport. Great new holes, with two tees for almost every hole. The blue tees are always completely different shots than red tees; the tees were placed with great thought. The creek can be bothersome, but it is only a real worry on one hole. Most of the time, it isn't too difficult to avoid it. Good mixture of open and wooded shots. I love the tunnel shot on 12. The trees make the course, since they change up every shot. Excellent signs, and beautiful location. The designer knew what they were doing...Enjoy.
Cons: Not a lot to complain about here. The creek can be a problem on a few holes, so be careful. Trash cans are limited, and there isn't a bathroom that I found. Watch for kids running through the parking lot...the baseball fields can get pretty busy.
Other Thoughts: The little stumps/twigs are a con for other players, but you have to keep in mind that this course was only finished recently. I think McKinney did a great job clearing this monster-of-a-course out, and after it has been played for a few months, it will be trampled down perfectly. Why not stomp a few down while you play...
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: good course. wide open shots to wooded shots. the creek keeps you in check.
Cons: could use more trash cans. WATCH YOUR STEP! course is new so there are quite a few stumps to trip on. lots of thorns in the bushes. only a couple holes with elevation change.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Great technical course
Pros: It is a very pretty course that will only get more beautiful as the leaves come in for spring and summer. The hole layouts are well thought and challenging. They use the land well (and in a risk v. reward kind of way). The multiple tee boxes and hole locations will keep this course fresh and distinct for any level of player (although the challenge is greared for the more intermediate).
Cons: Not a great beginer course or for the easily fatigued. Some of the terain is hard to fight through (especially if you find yourself off the fairway). The steep drop to the creek can make for some harrowing rescues of disks. Team work comes in handy in these spots (or find someone carrying around an orange tube - odds are its a local and that tube is a super long pole). The course is new so it is still getting broken in. No real bathroom or water fountains as of yet (but close to a large park with some amenities). Its an out and back design so you don't pass the parking at any point durring the round. Can eat some disks.
Other Thoughts: The locals are committed to making this a premier place to play in the metroplex. I have only been playing for 6 months now, but I still enjoy the challenge of Towne Lake. Not being a big arm there are only a couple holes that make you feel at more of a disadvantage than usual (15 and 16), but they are still par-able in theory. It can be a frustrating course, but worth the walk every time.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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