4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is integrated into a city park bordering Oyster Creek. Massive trees dominate the course layout. Grass cover is prevalent but is thin in highly shaded areas. Course navigation flows intuitively. Flight lines are influenced by the many tree limbs. Altitude control is a must on many holes. Beginners will appreciate the generally short hole lengths. Tee markers are present and are unobtrusive. Playground on the property appears to be serviceable for those inclined to use it.
Cons: Alternate tee positions are difficult, if not impossible to locate. Natural tee surfaces are showing signs of erosion. Many are dished out and are in need of maintenance. No restrooms are present in the vicinity of the course. Hole 13 is quirky -- an aggressive flight line puts your disc at risk of going OB in a fenced area. Design of holes 14-17, which border Oyster Creek, are interesting, if not questionable. They are in stark contrast to the first 13 holes. Number 14 and 17 are particularly notable since it is easy to lose a disc in the creek. Tee marker for hole 18 seems to be missing. Since I couldn't find it, I decided to use a well-worn area along the creek's shoreline.
Other Thoughts: I have generally enjoyed my visits to this course. While the holes are not long, they present technical challenges to most beginner and intermediate players. Aesthetically, it is an above average property. However, it is beginning to show its age. I am hopeful that the locals will continue to breathe life into this venue. It serves as a good companion to the nearby Cornerstone Church course. Place these on your list if you are in the Lake Jackson area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Pros:
1. Tee posts
2. Only 18 hole in area as of now.
3. Easy to find and navigate.
4. Trees!!! Gorgeous old trees that add a very nice touch to the scenery.
5. Baskets are in good shape.
6. Holes 1 and 18 are close to the parking lot.
Cons: The Cons:
1. Tees are routed on most holes.
2. Standing water after rain. Basket 2 is a little island after it rains.
3. Fire Ants everywhere. No points knocked off for this. * Wife wanted to lay in the grass and look at the sky. I told her to watch for ants. She laid right on top of a mound. Not pretty. She was totally fine though.
4. Holes 1-12 are all pretty much the same. Just avoid the trees is all you have to do. But Hole 9 is exempt. I will explain in "Other Thoughts"
5. No map of course layout. No points knocked off for this but seeing how it is the only 18 hole course in the area it would have been nice to have one.
Other Thoughts: Best holes: 9 & 17.
9. the view from the tee is exciting. Its like two trees guarding the basket. Risk vs. Reward if you try the gap. I did and made it. Nice ace run!
17. Plays near the river, and downhill towards it. This was probably the only hole that i ran ahead to check out what kind of shot i would throw. The fairway is mostly downhill so you be sure to hug it as long as possible and then park it near the basket of risk the water.
Dunbar is the only 18 hole course in the area.
I had fun playing it once by myself, and then again with my wife. This coure was on my wishlist for a year and half only because i knew i would play the other three courses in the area if I traveled to Lake Jackson. Park is well kept and I would definitely play again if in the area no matter what. The only real downside to Dunbar is the fact that holes 1-12 are all pretty much the same. Hole 13 begins the "back Nine" in my opinion. "Back SIX" for those who are picky. Definitely check this course out even if you are 50 miles away. I think that if you only play the same course or courses all the time you fool yourself into thinking that you are a good player. Travel, meet new people, and throw plastic till you die!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: With the addition of Cornerstone Church, this course is apart of a one-two punch in terms of good courses being close together. The course is 18 holes on a huge piece of land with huge 100 ft tall beautiful trees and easily accessible from 288, maybe a third of a mile from the highway.
The course is short so breaking par and aces are very plausible to happen if you are having trouble doing either.
The back three or four holes play down and up a hill and next to water. It adds a little bit of variety to an other wise repetitive course.
Cons: Repetitive. Short. Are the two big motifs of this course. Writing this review a few weeks after playing the course it is hard to remember any particular holes. Except #12 which is the only +350' hole on the hole course.
Hole 13 is not a very good golf hole as it plays near behind a fenced in area. The aggressive route says go over the fence, but you run the chance of not making it over or hitting a low branch and falling over the fence.
There are no concrete tees, and with the lack of people playing here the tees are not worn in like other concrete-less courses.
Other Thoughts: If you were to Google "average disc golf course" this would be the first result. This course is a fun course and is the best in a 40 miles radius. This course does not have anything unique to add that you would not see any other course.
Still, with the small population of the surrounding area this course is perfect.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Wow, that's a big frickin tree!
Pros: Trees - I'm talking 100+ year old Live Oaks that dot this course providing ample shade in the hot Texas sun. They are some of the biggest and most beautiful trees I ever seen in this region and worth noting. Coupled with the trees is the simple fact of how many of the holes have been shaped around them. Many shots, while short, make you keep things low and tight to get things close.
Four holes lay along Oyster Creek, but conservative play right should keep you dry. The only real pucker hole is #17, which drops down from the box and hugs the creek side a bit closer than the other pins. These are great holes to finish a course.
The park is in a good location right off the highway and is pretty easy to navigate once you find the first tee box. It's also very flat and beginner friendly so pushing a stroller with my wife and kids made life a little easier. There is also a playground to drop the family off at around hole seven just when they are starting to get tired leaving you to enjoy the rest of your round without complaint.
BEST HOLE/S: #17
The course is short and aims more towards beginners and intermediate players. Big arms with get bored as most holes require little more than a fairway driver or mid-range to get close to the pin. Hole #12 is the only hole over 300 feet, so get ready for your ace run.
Good luck finding the alternates without a guide, because they weren't marked. The shorts on the other hand are easy to see with a wooden post as a marker with number.
There are no bathroom facilities, which is a bit odd since it's a pretty big park with a good playground area. Usually these things go hand in hand. Finally, the first 13 holes are perfectly flat and the front nine is a bit on the boring side, playing back and forth similar to Nottingham Park
with only the trees providing any variation.
WORST HOLE/S: #1
This fun and tight treed course is a joy because it promotes accuracy with most shots, and forces me to work on the most important part of my game - my mid range and putting. You master a course at this length then you've won most of the battle. Houston players who love Anges Moffitt Park
will appreciate this course due the similarities in length and feel, and get the added bonus from four water holes to provide that extra challenge. This isn't necessarily a destination location, but it made for a fun and relaxing day trip if you're in the Houston gulf coast region.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Happy to see this course
Pros: Course rewards accuracy and creativity more than arm strength. For example, #4 has four trees guarding the flight path--you can get around them with a good anny, a hard-cutting hyzer, or a well-aimed straight shot, but none of them are easy. A couple of pins call for rollers (esp. #9). Alternate tees are available (adds about 6 throws to my typical scores). Park has lots of shade, playground for kids.
Cons: Several pin locations (esp #7 and #3) remain soggy for several days after rain. No restrooms are within easy walking distance. Alternate tee boxes are not well marked--marked by flags that get mowed over--grab a local (like me) if you want to play the long tees, or just make them up when you can't find them. Park entrance is kind of hard to find--you have to enter the park east of SH 288, then drive under it to get to the #1 tee.
Other Thoughts: I was very happy when this course sprang up 5 minutes from my house and I quickly became addicted to disc golf thereafter. I may be biased since this is my home course, but #9, with basket tucked behind the archway formed by two large trees leaning opposite directions, is my favorite view from the tee box of any disc golf hole. Fences have been climbed so many times to retrieve wayward discs that now you can easily pull the fence down and walk over it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Something is Brewing Down in Lake Jackson
Pros: The course is located in a very scenic park right off of 288 in Lake Jackson. The first thing you will notice are the big beautiful trees, some of these mammoths can be more then 30 feet around. They provide ample shade and fun obstacles on the course. The course has brand new Discatchers with some still having the plastic on them. Each hole is unique and the alternate tees add an extra dimension of difficulty and variety. There are no teepads to speak of but the ground is not beat up and provides good footing for taking drives. The locals at this course are extremely welcoming and were some of the nicest people I have met playing disc golf. You can really tell they love their course and are constantly putting work into it. Of all the holes I think I like the ones along the canal as they use the elevation wonderfully and are also pretty holes to look at. This isn't the most difficult course but it offers some wonderful shot variety and is a blast to play.
Cons: Well the obvious first con is the lack of teepads. Once they put them in this course could rise another half disc easy. The second is some of the tees are flat out dangerous with 15's teebox being right in front of 14's it could spell some pretty hairy moments on a busy day. Also 13 is a hole where you can easily lose a disc over the fence and prepare for a big walk or climb if you do. As I mentioned before if your looking for a brutal challenge, look elsewhere, the holes can be tricky but nothing an advanced player couldn't dominate.
Other Thoughts: I had a really good time when I played this course. The park is exceptionally kept and the locals are awesome. This is easily the best course in the area and I think it will get nothing but better as the locals put more love into it. There is definitely something brewing down in Lake Jackson and I'm drinking the cool aide.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
The only real game in town
Pros: Beautiful park course with all brand new equipment and lots of shade. Dual tees make this park worth playing for a wide range of skill levels. The short tees are appropriate for Novice and Rec level players while the long tee boxes provide a challenge better suited for Intermediate and Advanced players. There are some holes with reasonable elevation changes for a Houston area course. Wooden tee sign posts are easy to find without being obnoxious. Alternate tees are presently marked with small flags. Mandos are spray painted on trees. The course flow is obvious and it's almost impossible to get lost or crossed up. There are trash cans available.
Many of the baskets are placed too close to the subsequent tee boxes. The worst offense of this is #15's tee box which is basically sitting in #14's fairway. Some of the short tees are repetitive and lacking in variety.
Local rules stipulate that road and beyond is played OB as are discs over any fences or in the creek. This is a decent course that will appeal to a wide range of players. There aren't many other close choices of courses to play and as such Dunbar does a great job of filling that need.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course in beautiful park
Pros: A fun course with mostly short holes that make use of the park's many big trees to keep you on your toes. Most of the holes are between 250' and 300' and require accuracy more than power on throws. The last five baskets use the banks of the creek to mix in some elevation challenges.
Cons: The lack of big open holes will keep you from the big drives. Some of the baskets are a bit too close together and too often the only challenge is shooting under tree canopies. The park could do with a restroom and more benches along the course. The proximity to the creek means that you'd better bring bug spray. A map on site would be a nice addition too.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for people who are new to disc golf. The holes are mostly short and straightforward with a few tricky ones. The creek side holes are beautiful and the creek isn't too threatening to errant discs. The ninth hole looks fantastic from the tee-box.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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