8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is my favorite course in the area for these reasons:
1) It's a very pretty park throughout all 18 holes. It's all grass, rolling hills and big trees.
2) Lot's of shade. Except for holes 1 and 2 most of the rest of course plays under shaded fairways. Very important for Texas.
3) Course has an even number of dogleg left, right and straight holes. Also, a mix of shorter birdie holes and a few bomber holes that are par 4 or 5.
4) There are benches near the tee pads throughout the course. Don't really need to carry a stool here. And the benches are almost always in the shade.
5) There are water hazards on this course and other out-of-bounds. In my opinion the more obstacles the better, more interesting and challenging. Water can come into play on holes 5, 8 (right and deep), 10, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17. Hole 12 in particular requires you to cross the same creek about 3 times.
6) Great elevation changes on many of the holes. Hole 3 is downhill, hole 4 is uphill, hole 5 is sometimes uphill, hole 7 is across a small valley, 8 is downhill, 9 is uphill, 13 is a huge hole with a downhill drive across a creek and into a treed valley and then uphill from there. Hole 14 is downhill and 15 back up. Hole 16 is another hole for bombers, starts level and then runs downhill towards a creek. Hole 18, a par 5, requires 3 big shots, the first uphill, the next level and the approach is downhill.
7) There are very well-run minis on Saturday morning and Tuesday evenings.
8) Easy parking near the first hole.
9) The course criss crosses at a few points which allows you to skip past slower playing groups.
10) There are TWO practices baskets near hole 1 which allows you to putt back and forth.
11) The course is near a major highway (I 30) which makes it easy to get to.
Cons: Used to be a fair amount of poison ivy but now that the course is a few years older that seems to have improved a lot.
Other Thoughts: As for righty/lefty bias I would classify the holes this way:
Hole 1: slight advantage righties (OB road along right and short pin is dogleg left)
Hole 2: even (mostly open)
Hole 3: advantage righties (dogleg left)
Hole 4: even
Hole 5: advantage lefties (unless pin is short left which favors righties...overall, slight advantage lefties)
Hole 6: slight advantage righties (OB along right and most pin locations left)
Hole 7: even (probably the advantage here goes to the overhand throwers. Left placement favors lefties but hole is so short it gets birdied by everyone about evenly).
Hole 8: even (hole favors straight throwers in main location...also lefty and righty alt locations)
Hole 9: slight advantage righties (one position is even, the other favors righties)
Hole 10: slight advantage lefties (main location is even, straightaway, other locations favor lefty)
Hole 11: slight advantage righties (main location favors righties, short location favors lefty but a birdie opportunity for both)
Hole 12: even (dangerous for everyone)
Hole 13: advantage lefties. difficult off the tee for righties. strong dogleg right.
Hole 14: even. favors the straight thrower.
Hole 15: slight advantage lefty but really depends on hole location.
Hole 16: even. Drive favors a power righty with an S drive. Approaches favor the lefty.
Hole 17: slight advantage righties, especially in short location.
Hole 18: even. slight advantage off the tee for lefties, approaches to pin favor righties.
Add it up and you get a well-balanced course and one that requires a good all around game.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Crown Jewel of the metroplex
Pros: This course will test your shot skills as well as stamina and endurance. Accuracy and long shot ability will get you a respectable round.
Cons: The course is not close enough to me to play daily.
Other Thoughts: An overall awesome must play course for this region. Kudos to Jim Dart.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Beautiful Park, multiple pin locations, requires every type of shot in the book. Very diverse, technical course
Cons: Could use another set of tee pads. Extremely long hole #18 that can be discouraging.
Other Thoughts: Other than a lady who brought her dogs to play in the fairway of one of the holes by the creek, there is nothing bad about this course.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
one of the top courses in DFW
Pros: Great elevation changes and a mix of technical shots and big bombs! The course is very well maintained and has several alternate pin locations. This course will make you a better golfer because it is quite a challenge. Concrete tee pads and signs on every hole. There are a lot of dangerous putts on the side of hills where the dreaded roll away can get you if you come up short, this adds to the risk reward factor.
Cons: If you are new to the course you might have a little trouble going from hole 4 to 5, just walk up the road passing hole 12 on your left.
Other Thoughts: Jim Dart is very dedicated to this course and is always looking for ways to improve the course and make it more challenging. They have just announced another new set of alternate pins to be permanently installed.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome Course in the Heart of DFW
Pros: -Course is set in a well-kept city park
-Two practice baskets at the start of the course
-Concrete tee boxes
-Good signage with maps that show pin locations and distances
-A few benches and tables throughout the course
-Course makes use of ample elevation changes throughout the park
-Variety of lines will reward those who have several kinds of shots in their arsenals
-Good use of water (#12 in particular with it's creek that winds back and forth the length of the fairway)
-Big arms will have a few opportunities to air it out, particularly #18 long which is listed at 870ft.
Cons: -Course plays close to the road in a few places- #1, #2, #4, #6, #11, #13, #16, #17, #18. #11 and #13 play along Belt Line Rd, which is a very busy street, but the risk of throwing onto the road there is a bit less than the others
-#3 plays close to a pavilion and playground (marked OB of course)
-Most of the water is pretty shallow on the course, but it can get stagnant and nasty, and there are a couple of deeper spots.
-#8 plays next to both private property and a City of Grand Prairie facility.
-There is a little bit of poison ivy present, like a lot of other DFW courses. Be mindful.
-The path between #4 and #5 is a little tricky at first: follow the arrow that points to the left of the pin locations on #4, cross the road to the south, keep the creek on your right til you get to #5
Other Thoughts: This is a gem of a course in the middle of the Metroplex. While not the most technical of courses, it will test your ability to hit your lines, particularly up and down. It will challenge at times, but is still fit for a beginner (as long as they don't mind the hilly walk). The elevation is truly well-utilized in the design: uphill, downhill...sometimes both on the same hole. I am fortunate that I work fairly close to this course and can get in a round after work most of the year.If you are in the area (it's close to SIx Flags, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Lone Star Park, Verizon Theater, Palace of Wax/Ripley's Believe It or Not), bring your bag and take in a round at a great course!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I played this course middle of the day on a friday. There are two practice baskets located adjacent to the first tee for warm up, but the course is designed so that the first 2 holes offer relatively easy shots that warm you into your round.
This course will test a wide range of shots in your bag. Unlike the majority of courses in the area, a long, accurate, left to right shot will get greatly rewarded here.
The course has a good variety of long and short holes.The longer holes offer a variety of driving conditions, from ones that are more open, but benefit from specific shot placement, to those that require proper placement for a chance at par. Shorter holes also vary in this respect, but only one hole offers an unimpeded shot (#2), and on this hole, a little too much distance will put you in a tough place. While some holes can be technical, they are quite fair, and hitting the proper line is rewarded. There are a few opportunities for risk-reward choices on shots (#2, 3, 11, 12, 16) where taking the best line can lead to some trouble if it isn't hit with the right angle or speed.
The elevation changes in the area are used to great effect, and add to the epic feel of the course. Many of the putting areas feature slopes that lead to some scary situations if you fly one past the basket.
The course was very well maintained, with the foliage near the fairway cleared and the grass mowed. Benches and trashcans were emptied and easily accessible along the length of the course. Large amount of shade protect from the heat. Maps are provided on every hole. The walk is great excersise (may be a (-) for some).
I came across 2 groups of player one of which let me play through, and the other which finished before I caught them, both groups where very friendly. While this might be more crowded than your usual course, for the quality compared to other courses in the area, this was not crowded.
Cons: Although maps are provided on the signs for every hole, the walk between 4 and 5 is not intuitive. There are spray painted arrows directing you to the next tee, but getting lost would not be impossible for those without a map to carry.
There is one set of tees, with the baskets at either 1 of 2 locations (long or short). on a couple of the holes with blind tee shots, when you tee off you do not know where the basket is. On one shot I put the drive right next to one of the locations only to find that the basket was elsewhere. Throwing two discs on the blind holes, one to each possible location may be a good way to account for this.
No water fountains on the course means bring your own.
Trees separating the park from the road would make this course feel even better, but I'm not picky.
Other Thoughts: This course offers some of the best disc golf in the area. While not as technical as some courses, this course will make you hit your lines, good shots will be rewarded and bad shots will be punished, but you will be able to find your disc.
There is not much water on this course, but there is enough to make a couple of the holes interesting. If you happen to hit the water, your disc will be easy to find and retrieve without any special tools.
This course will be playable for a wide range of players, but probably not for your first time, or if you can't throw beyond 200 ft.
Overall, a must play in the DFW area.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a sprawling hilly park. Nearly every hole has elevation in play, with some tough uphill shots, some fun downhill shots and some rollaway greens to add difficulty to the short game. A creek comes into play on a handful of holes, it adds some ob risk without too much chance of lost discs.
There is nice distance variety, with a couple long par 4s requiring drive placement to have a chance at a birdie 3, and some shorter holes that offer birdie and ace opportunities if you hit your lines. There are plenty of open holes with scattered trees and ob road in play that let you rip some drives and work on shot placement. The rest of the holes play through denser trees with some technical lines and a variety of left and right turning shots. I felt like I used a decent variety of discs and line shaping skills on the wooded part of the course.
The concrete tees are fine, as are the baskets. The park was nicely maintained, there's a lot of grass and it was all mowed recently. The signage is good, with directions to the next tee and a good hole layout. The alternate pins can make a big difference in how the course plays.
Cons: I like having alternates that change the length and hole shapes, but when there are long blind holes it would be nice to have them marked on the tee signs so less walking is required. Some of the transitions between holes are pretty long, it adds quite a bit of hilly walking, though at least it's easy to follow if you're paying attention to the tee signs.
A few too many of the holes play pretty open, and don't really make you hit any kind of line. I thought the mandos were a little over-used here, and feel a bit gimmicky. Too many park roads are in play, you'll likely have to wait for cars to go by on several holes and it could be a safety issue on a busy day.
Other Thoughts: I enjoy courses with lots of elevation, and this one uses the available hills well. Beginners will find it a long walk with long holes, but with limited punishment on a lot of the course it's not too frustrating. More experienced players will enjoy the chance to rip some longer drives, and it's always fun to have to take the hills into account.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *maps on every hole
*great use of park space, designers did a good job of keeping throws away from baseball field and kid area park
*Baskets had high flags to help spot
*multiple pin settings
*great use of elevation (forcing shots down, then having to throw up a hill)
*well shaded, always a plus for texas courses (that means alot of tree so some may consider a negative lol)
*scenic park (but it looks like in winter may not be so pretty)
*appears to have had alot of thought put into course
*very well maintained and mowed
*two convient stores located at 16ish area, incase you need a refil of a drink
*stairs and bridges between holes....this is great that somebody took time to do this.
*pro and beginers can both play and have a challenge on this course.
*the rolling hills really make the course a truely nice course.
*most of the park is just for disc golf
Cons: *transition between 4 and 5, there are maps at every hole, but for a first timer can be confusing
*i feel like the "epic hole" or "trademark hole" (the hole or holes that may define a course)was missing, but there were 3 or 4 holes that could of been just not quite there. that being said this has the biggest selection of great holes i have played on with probably 14 or 15 of them being well above good.
Other Thoughts: *18...really....871 feet in long setting? up hill slightly before going down hill on the back end? this was close to the epic hole i was talking about but needed something else.
*hole 12 almost had the epic feel, but i think the creek needed to be a little more wide and deep as it almost circles the entire hole
*overall probably one of the top courses i have ever played
*park north of hole 1 (behind tee pad, not to parking lot to side of hole), if you park west..you will have a long walk back from 18
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
The Hills Are Alive With Ching
Pros: In the mostly flat North Texas landcape, the elevation changes really set this course apart, especially since it's not out in the middle of nowhere. I've been playing for almost five years in DFW, and only recently found out about Turner Park. I was amazed at the amount of uphill and downhill holes.
Despite the numerous large shade trees, the course has an open feel to it. There is very little of the scrub brush that you find on the outskirts of the DFW area (as always, do keep an eye out for the occasional locust tree and its spines). Unless you go way off course, you won't spend any time hunting for your disc. There is a creek running through the park, but again, nothing from which you can't easily retrieve your plastic.
It's easy to see that a good amount of thought went into the design of the course. It's in a mixed use park, but the mandos and the layout help to avoid the non disc golfers.
All the tee pads are concrete and in great condition. Some feel a little short, but for the most part they're relative to the distance of the hole. Almost all tees have benches/picnic tables, trash cans, and shade, either on the box itself or very close by. Every tee has a sign, showing accurate hole info and a course map.
The baskets are in great shape, and on the longer holes, have a tall, bright flag on top to help locate the pin. (Another nice touch: at the alternate pin locations, a 2' - 3' piece of white PVC pipe is placed in the post hole. On the longer holes, this makes it very easy to tell what position the basket's in from the tee box.)
Cons: There isn't much to not like about Turner Park. As others have said, the trash cans were overflowing, but then again, that was the ONLY place I saw any trash on the course.
This is not a course at which you should expect to get in a quick round. It's amost 7,000 feet in hole distance alone. Add to that the elevation and the often long walks between holes, and you will feel every bit of your round when finished. (I should note that I played on Memorial Day, and the temperature was creeping into the mid nineties by the time I finished. If you plan to play here any time between May and October, go early!)
Other Thoughts: The layout rewards long and accurate shots of all kinds but, for the most part, you don't have to be huge off the tee. There are definitely some tight, difficult lines, but they feel natural and make good use of the landscape. You won't find any gimmicky or made-up holes here. You do have to be very good around the pins, though. Most of the baskets are situated either on a slope, or right at the edge of pretty severe drop-off. A 20 ft putt can easily become twice that coming back.
I just played here for the first time. It was hot, humid, and I posted a terrible score, and I can't wait to go back.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the best in DFW
- Great variety of elevation, trees, and distances
- Well maintained grassy fairways
- Excellent teepads and signage
- Very challenging without being annoying, if that makes sense to anybody
- If I had to nitpick, probably the overfilled trash cans, but that is more of an indictment on the people playing than the course itself
- This is easily one of the best courses I've played in DFW. I didn't get a particularly good score, but I didn't feel like I played poorly either; it's just a very fun and challenging course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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