4 Helpful / 2 Not
Overrated in my Opinion
Pros: Great tee boxes. Challenging holes. Great baskets. Mix of open and wooded holes. Shade on the wooded holes. Course maps from this site were very helpful.
Cons: May not always be the case, but the mosquitoes were unbearable. I used an entire can of OFF and mosquitoes were still swarming around me so badly that I actually couldn't help but breath them in (July). In my opinion, for a recreational-level player, there comes a point where holes are so densely wooded, it becomes a game of luck rather than a game of skill. There were some holes like that on this course. Players with a good precision game will probably enjoy the challenge, but I just got frustrated.
You should print a course map. We did, but even still we had a hard time finding a couple of holes.
I lost a disc in a creek that wasn't visible from the tee box. That was kind of a bummer. I guess I will know for next time, but first round was not pleasant.
Grass was high, not well maintained. Restrooms were sick. Toilets didn't flush.
There were some ill-placed water hazards for beginners and even intermediate players. Really easy to lose a disc.
Holes weren't always well marked. Probably were originally, but paint has faded on some of the markers apparently.
Other Thoughts: Maybe my expectations were too high, but after all the positive reviews, I really expected this course to be better. I assume my frustrations were due to my skill level and the difficulty of the course. But my first time playing this was not a good experience. A lot of this was probably because of the swarms of mosquitoes, so that may be tainting my perception a bit. But if you don't like mosquitoes, you might want to wear a bee-keeper suit :) -- might have just been a bad day for them, but it was horrible. I have heard that they are always bad in the summer and that they are immune to preventive bug spray... great!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Really Tough Course
Pros: Has very tough holes. They are laid out in a way that you will be challenged no matter what type of throw you have. A lot of challenging through the woods holes, several around a pond, then long ones at the end.
Cons: The course really needs better signage. It's difficult to find the first tee, and there is no signs to tell you which course at the park you are playing. It also lacks signs at each hole showing you where the basket is. 15 - 18 really are difficult to find. Mosquitos can be very bad. The creek on the early holes is very stagnant, if a disc goes in there it's more or less lost.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
f'n trees! :-)
Pros: Challenging to say the least. The length of the holes in the woods is daunting- have to be "on" in the woods.
Coming out of the woods you are faced with water a challenge(s) immediately. Lost one in the pond today!
Crossing the street its all wide open spaces.
The three different types of challenges really let you attempt to use a variety of shots. Notice for a beginner like me I said "attempt", ha.
Cons: F'n trees! Well thats because I suck. But the woods is the biggest challenge. I wouldnt say a con necessarily just have to really be on in the woods.
Other Thoughts: Loved it. Liked it better than the other side of Jack Brooks. Want to play it again!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great layout.
Wooded holes provide a nice challengs.
Open holes are huge.
Cons: When it is windy, the open holes can be brutal.
Need a box for score cards.
Other Thoughts: Best course I have played so far in the Houston area.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great mix of woods and open long holes. The first 9 holes are in the heavy woods with a good mix of elevation. The last eight has distance, elevation, water and open for the wind to come into play. The 2011 Texas States championship will be played on this course so they have just finished installing concrete tee pads on every hole. All the holes are well marked. They improved the #5 and #8 holes so now they are fun. This is now the best course in the Houston area. It will challenge you and make you use a wide varity of shots.
Cons: Not a good course to play after the rain. If you are a begginer this course will eat you alive. Mosquitoes are horrible in the summer after a rain come prepared.
Other Thoughts: If you want to play both courses then if you start on Ceder Hills when you finish hole #15 just to the left you will see the #13 teebox for the other course. You can play the meadows end on #12 then play the last three holes which will put you by your car. 36 holes all concrete tee pads. Excellent design very challenging but fair. The best one two punch in Houston. Great job guys appriciate all the hard work.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent first 4 holes. Great use of elevation, considering Houston terrain. Holes 1-4 are what I look for in a course. Heavily wooded, challenging, but not impossible. The first half of this course has a trail-like feel as opposed to some courses that just crisscross a field.
Brand new Discatcher baskets on every hole! Water is definitely in play on a few holes.
Cons: There are a couple of holes with way too many trees, particularly #5 and #7. I like the deep woods disc golf experience but this is a little much. The trees, combined with the length of these holes make them not fun.
Other Thoughts: This course is coming along nicely. Every tee box is now marked and the course is fairly navigable. This is now my favorite of the two at Jack Brooks.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Challenging to play
Pros: Excellent mix of short, tight targets and long, open targets. Relatively easy to find your way around as a first-timer. Good park around it with biking, hiking, playground, picnic areas. I prefer the dirt tees like this course has to concrete tees.
Cons: Score cards available but no "mini-map" on the back and no course guide available on line.
Other Thoughts: Moves in and out of heavily wooded areas. Well designed and heavily played. Really nice course!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Work in Progress
Quality multi-chain DISCatcher baskets. This course is possibly the most balanced course in the Houston area. It doesn't appear to favor righties or lefties. While the majority of the shots are relatively straight some holes give you the choice hyzer or anny lines, while others force you to one side. There are two to four holes for each of RHBH hyzer or LHBH hyzer. Balance. Nine of the holes play through thick trees in the woods and nine holes are out in the sun. Balance. There are at least five holes where elevation change plays a significant role. At least five holes where you have to think about the water hazard. Balance. The pin positions are challenging with many of them on a high point that force you to consider laying up vs. a missed putt which can roll. There aren't many holes that you would consider "connector" holes, maybe #16. Signature hole might be #15, teeing off from the top of a hill to a basket 800+' away... a 500' drive off the hill will leave you with a 300ish' upshot to putt for the birdie 3! Concrete tee boxes were added in early 2011 making this course even better. Teeing off in the mud should never be an issue again.
First it must be noted that this course is still a work in progress. Many of the major cons listed here will be fixed in time. UPDATE: all 18 baskets are now installed.
Navigation is trick in a couple places, use the online map here to point you in the right direction. Your first time on the course you will likely need to walk #1 (back of the hill), #2 (dogleg right), #7 (dogleg left), and #14 (right turn at the end) to find the basket before you throw. Mosquitoes can get bad at Jack Brooks park; keep that in mind if it's rained recently.
I had the opportunity to play my first round on this course with one of the guys doing a ton of the work to put this course in the ground. It's clear that there are still big plans for this course. Eventually there will be alternate tee boxes and multiple pin positions for most if not all the baskets. Some holes will have three tee boxes, including a gold pro tee. Some of the holes may change significantly from what they are today. E.g. #3 basket is planned to shorten up a bit to make room for a tee pad on a completely redesigned hole #4 that will play across the creek. There's also a desire to add three more holes to make a total of 21. Some of these changes are short term and some are longer term projects, but this course will evolve. With the current state of the course I can't rate it higher than 4.0, but in time with the planned improvements this rating should go up.
If there's water in any of the creeks and your disc is surrounded it plays OB by local rules.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
By Houston standards, Cedar Hills plays an incredible amount of diverse shots forcing you to really think out each throw. Besides Terramont Park
in the Woodlands, this course has the most elevation changes in the area. Hole eight is a brutal example of this.
The front nine are tight, and the back nine opens up more in big open shots, so every type of player can find something to like. Holes range from 110' (according to map estimates) to 800' however this distance can vary greatly depending on where you think the tee box may be. Hole 16 is a great example of guess and check, while other holes (11 and 3 come to mind) have a clear tee box from which to throw.
There are quality facilities with actual bathrooms, and even a water fountain with cold water - a must for Houston summers. Also, with the course being brand new - the DisCatcher baskets are in perfect shape and are a great choice for the woods with its easy to see yellow band.
BEST HOLE/S: #8
Cons: The obvious con is that this course simply isn't finished yet. It's inching ever closer due to Jake's obvious blood, sweat, and tears - but there are multiple holes on the front nine that still need work.
There are few marked tee boxes (Holes 7, 15, & 17 if memory serves), but no posted yardage signs so remember to print the map off of links and files before you head out.
Mosquitoes are worth mentioning as a con at Jack Brooks too. The ground was cracked it was so dry, and I doused myself in Off Deep Woods; yet I was still bombarded throughout both courses.
WORST HOLE/S: #16
I really enjoy the Jack Brooks experience. Having hole 12 from the Jack Brooks - Gulf Meadows
course play near hole #15 of Cedar Hills, a person could really park their car once and play all 36 holes. Also, living in Houston, a person can really appreciate the effort when a design incorporates the good variety of elevation shots as seen on both courses. Because of these features, I believe this one-two combo is better than both Tom Bass Courses
With the last of the pins installed my current 4.0 rating still comes with an asterisk. Understand that the overall layout and design of course hovers around 4.5, and I will love to change the rating once some final clearing, quality boxes, and accurate signage are in. Truly, with some more work, this course has the potential to be the best course in the greater Houston area. If we could eradicate mosquitoes it would be perfect!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
The new course
Pros: The use of small steep hills are a great change of pace from the usual terrain in the gulf coast. Very challenging for both lefty's and righty's.
Cons: mosquitoes, snakes, and spiders are prolific in the summertime. Heavy rains can make the course unplayable.
Other Thoughts: If you've played the old course this one is about 5 to 15strokes more difficult.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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