12 Helpful / 0 Not
A must visit course
Pros: I'll start from the beginning:
- Practice basket is right up front with distance markers (footstones), a bench, bag pole and instructions for a fun little putting game.
- There is a map of the entire course before Tee1
- First Tee and Pin is in plain sight.
- Holes 2-10 are gently nestled throughout the woods. Each requiring a different strategy but not forcing you to stay with a single throwing style.
- A creek winds along the first half of the course. Brand new, well designed and well built bridges were installed this week.
- Professionally built benches and great bag-poles abound.
- Hole sign on every tee.
- Trash cans spread throughout.
- 11-21 open up to wider fairways and add some distance, while each hole remains different than all the rest.
- The local Boy Scouts and designer/workers have put a lot of work into this course with the benches, bag-poles, bridges, maps, tree signs, and fence ladders (in case you throw it over a fence they've provided ladders for a safe traverse)
- Whoever manicures the grass will sometimes cut the grass at different heights as well! OB has tall grass, thicker grass on the sides of the fairway, and short grass on the fairway. (This isn't always the case but it is a very nice perk when it does happen) And just shows how much they care for the course.
Cons: The church has a pig-farmer neighbor behind the campus across a drainage gulley. So when the wind blows toward the church the back 2 holes kind of smell bad. I don't mind it though.
You can tell when funding is a little tight, sometimes it will go 3 or so weeks without being mowed.
If there is a hard rain 1 or 2 days before you go expect a few holes to have some water on them. So #4 and #11 fly over a retention area, but don't fret, there are stepping stones to get you across with dry feet.
Other Thoughts: The Pros FAR out-weight the cons on this course. This is a must visit for any Disc Golf player. Even if you only play it once, you gotta check it out!
2011 summer there was a harsh drought for this area. Trees were dying everywhere, including here. They've painstaking removed the dead trees and debris. And early this spring (2013) they planted dozens of new trees to replace them.
Pictures need to be updated for this course, a lot of care and improvement has happened in the last year.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Going to Church
Pros: Well maintained and challenging without being brutal. Does not favor one type of throwing technique. I did a mini road trip to Houston and I played this place twice because it was so enjoyable. An example of what a disc golf course can be.
Cons: Nothing really.....you need to be careful around the creek with baskets positioned precariously but this adds a more cerebral aspect to play.
Other Thoughts: Thank you Windwood
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -This is one of the most scenic courses in Houston as it goes through a forest and over ponds you almost forget you are on a church at time.
-The course is very well maintained. The grass is mowed weekly and it is quite apparent that the people who maintain the course really care about the dignity of the course.
-Almost no shots off the tee are the same. At this course there are chances for aces #4, dog leg lefts, long 500+ holes at #13, and short technical shots that if played incorrectly can end up with a wet disc.
-Every hole except #14 has long concrete tee pads. They also have installed benches and bag posts at each hole.
-The course is easy to navigate. The tee signs are top of the notch
-There is a bit of elevation change on some holes, which is something you will not see in Houston very often
-The baskets are very new and just had a few more chains added to catch putts better
Best holes: #4, #11, #20
Cons: Cons on this course are really just small nit-picky things.
-This is quite an intimidating course and could discourage beginners. The brush is ruthless and an errant shot can mean looking for your disc for quite a while.
- A few of the holes go over a retention pond which at times could mean that it is flooded after a good rain, the creek that a few holes play around can also get really high and swallows discs like no one's business.
-A few of the holes have a bad design. #2 is a 250' drive and then a 90 degree dog leg left and about another 100' to the hole. And hole #13 is a 450' narrow shot with the basket perched to the left.
Worst holes: #2, #13
Other Thoughts: This is the destination course in Houston. It may be the second best course if not the best (behind Texas Army Trail) within Houston city limits. The combination of different shots and challenge factor makes this course one that has to be played.
It also is a free course but dropping a few bucks at the donation box on Hole #21 should be worth the experience of playing here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
One of Best Courses I've Played
Pros: Very technical course
Variety of open drives and tight wooded controlled sections.
Terrain elevation changes
Cons: Mosquitos due to being near creek
If you don't have a floating disc you will end up having to get in the creek.
Other Thoughts: I have NO idea why people complain about losing discs in the creek, unless they have no concept about buying a floating disc. I use my wonderful Innova Dragon on holes 4-10 and never have lost a disc since I started using it. The creek poses a good challenge for control and with the floating disc you won't lose it. If you use a regular disc be prepared to get wet unless you have perfect control.
One of my favorite courses. Thanks Windwood Church!
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Concrete tees, a few holes with elevation changes, water hazards, practice basket with bag holders benches and cement distance markers from 15-50+ft., 21 holes! Water spout on 14 for bottle refills.SHADED mostly. Well kept grounds.
Cons: No beer for anyone with a decent soul, it is on church grounds and is provided to us well kept and is constantly being upgraded with things like bag holders and practice cement measuring blocks and a water spout. I dont drink here,but I do like my brews while golfing. Not enough trash cans. And I got poison Ivy there once, CON. Just keep an eye out, I've been there 15+ times and haven't seen it after I got it that once.
Other Thoughts: Take the trip. Check in at the office ,besides on the weekend. Be respectful, it is on church grounds.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
One of Houston's Best
Pros: -Cemented Tees (except few holes on back)
-Wide variety of hole types, calls for variety of shots used.
-Score Card availible w/ map of course at check in.
-Check in keeps shady characters at bay.
Cons: -Few Missing T-Boxes on back.
-2 holes play over a flood plane can be messy if it rains.
-1 hole plays by a man made bayou and a pig farm which can be unpleasant if you don't keep shots in the fairway.
Other Thoughts: I love this course. It can be challenging for beginners but more advanced players shouldn't have too hard of a time playing this course. Either way, it's still fun to play.
The front 9 plays through a wooded area and follows along a creek that comes into play many holes which calls for accurate shots. The Back 9 stretches out and calls for more distance than accuracy. There are some elevation changes which is a rarity in this city.
I encourage everyone to check in with the office out of respect for the church and for the children's safety. (You only have to check in when kids are there 8-5, after 5 it's free game. TAKE YOUR ID IN) They give you a score card and a map with hole distances, which helps navigate the course.
The back 9 is a bit messy and even more so after it rains. They are still working on some holes on the back 9 and are developing a pond on 17 that can make that hole more fun and difficult. The few tee's w/ no cement are still marked and is easy to find a decent place to tee from.
The practice tee is in the back after hole 18 by the soccer fields.
Park closer to the soccer fields to cut down on your walk after 18.
This is easily one of the better courses in Houston and I will be a returning player.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
22 Helpful / 10 Not
One of the best in Houston
Pros: Course is located right off a main highway, and very easy to find and get to. Some elevation change, and tricky pin placements, along with tight technical holes, and wide open, "rip it" holes make for a wide variety of shots in one course. Practice basket on site, and great concrete tee boxes. Maps and score cards are provided by the Church. Great place to spend a morning or afternoon playing disc golf with your friends, or a great place to meet new friends. People there were very friendly, and it had great parking. This course caters to Pros as well as Rec players.
Cons: Not much bad to say about this course. The walk from 18 back to the parking lot is about 1/8th of a mile. There are a few places on the course where its really easy to loose a disc, and some places the course is a little hard to navagate with out a map from the Church.
Other Thoughts: Over all this is one of the must play courses in the Houston area. If you live in the area, or just visiting, you gotta check out Windwood. This is not a course for true beginners, but someone with at least 3 months or more experience playing will have a good time here. This course is quicky becomeing one of Houstons gems. I would recommend bringing some "trash discs" or floaters for holes 8-10 since they have a creek very close to the holes and its easy to loose a disc. I shanked one in the creek on #10.
22 of 32 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Good course for those wanting more advanced play
Pros: Great course with lots of wooded and open shots. There are some great risk-reward mid-range shots where if you miss your disc will end up wet! All in all the holes are well thought out, well marked and all have cement pads.
Update: Be sure to check out the new back 3 holes to make this a 21-hole course now. There are 2 great OB risk/reward holes, easy for lefties but a bear for everyone else! Hole #20 gets anyone prepared for the Shawshank course by having an island hole which you have to land in the cut grass or else you're OB! Great design and great fun!
Cons: The pig farm has quite an unpleasant stench when you come around to hole 14.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to grab a map and scorecard! Also check in is necessary on the weekdays, which is simple and easy. If you live out in the North Houston area and are looking for a good course where you can really let loose and play, then I'd highly recommend this course for you. Most of the courses in North Houston are short and tight, and only play well for beginners.
Update: Every Saturday @ 9am there is a mini-tournament. $10 to play, $5 goes to the pot and $5 goes back to the course to help with the upkeep! Hope to see you out there!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
23 Helpful / 1 Not
Not your typical church course
What stands out is that this isn't your typical church course. There a lot of challenging holes with decent risk built into them. The course offers a nice balance of technical shots in the woods and more open shots that really let you air out a disc. The wooded holes all have realistic fairways or paths to the basket. The open holes are not completely open and still have some element of challenge other than pure distance. Well done balance of lefty/righty/straight shots. Distances are laser accurate. Tee posts are bright white (for now) and easy to see. Several "Next Tee" signs aid navigation in tricky parts. New bridges have been built to assist in crossing the stream. Logs have been laid down to help crossing in other areas as well as steps built into the sides of some ravine banks. Nice, large concrete tee pads on almost all holes leave no worries about solid footing.
Course map needs more precision on the OB boundaries.
Holes #8 and #9 are big risk shots with baskets on the edge of the creek. Ace runs at them are likely to get wet, as are some missed birdie putts.
Hole #13 needs a "basket here -->" sign to aid in locating the blind basket location.
Hole #20 island hole is intended to be played "tin cup" from the drop-zone, i.e. if you miss your tee shot you go to the DZ throwing three and you continue to throw from there until your disc comes to rest inside the island boundary taking penalty strokes for each miss.
There is a childrens' school on property so you MUST check in at the front desk before playing during normal business hours. It's free to play, but by law you must check in first. Course is closed before Noon on Sunday. There is a lost & found box for discs at the check-in desk.
A ton of work went into the course in a short amount of time to get it up and running quickly.
Right now this is the only 18+ hole game in town open to the public on the Northwest corner of Houston, it's worth a stop if you're in the area or close.
Based on the C-Tier tournament held 8-May-2010 that played with three temp holes and tight OB rules the SSA is ~61.5 for 21 holes.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful.
21 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the Best in Houston
Good course design - you can't say it enough. It's hard enough to make you work and think out each shot, but forgiving enough to not get you frustrated and quit. It's a classic example of a course where you can shoot for pars and usually get them, but shooting for birdies can get you in trouble if you're not on target.
Other amenities includes bathrooms in the church, two warm-up baskets (one by #1 and the other by #18), markers for putting by the #1 warm-up basket, numerous benches and bag racks, and even a water spigot by #14 tee to refill your bottles. They have also added chain kits to baskets increasing the overall number of chains per basket and decreasing the spit outs that some players were concerned about.
Windwood has 21 quality holes, most with good size concrete tees. #14 is the one exception because the dirt road prevents concrete from being installed. Holes #19-#21 now fill in the long walk between #1 and #18 that many complained about with the initial design. Everything is beautifully maintained, and the last three holes serve as a real game changer if you play the OB as intended. Basically anything over the fence or in the unmowed grass area is OB. Pulling a 6 and up on #20, a 240' "island hole" is a real possibility playing typically into a headwind to a 60' "island" landing area.
There's a muddy creek that make six holes a real challenge for any RHBH throwers. Hole #8 and #9 are the best example, which come right after surviving a signature hole #7. Each fade at the end of the disc flight begs to skip into the water. However, the creek is shallow in many areas making disc retrieval a good possibility. Hole length is good and varies from tightly wooded 200' drives to wide open 500'+ bombs. This diversity keeps Windwood fresh and doesn't overkill one type of hole like you may see at River Grove DGC
or Bear Branch Park
. I think it actually compares best to the Cedar Hills course at Jack Brooks Park
BEST HOLE/S: #6; #7
Cons: No elevation - it's a negative for almost all Houston courses, but that is essentially the only design element Windwood is missing. The drainage issues have all been resolved, but still bring some bug spray too, because to mosquitoes can be incredibly bad, but what do you expect playing golf by a creek. #17 could still use a few bridges around the manmade pond.
WORST HOLE/S: #12
Windwood Presbyterian DGC is a prime example of how a good course can be built in the flat terrain of nothing that is Houston, Texas. It uses the surrounding hazards and mild slopes to emphasize the importance of accuracy with every shot. It was built by disc golfers and proves that proper design will yield great results even if your terrain isn't sublime. To me, this fact coupled with all of the improvments push Windwood to just hit 4.5 discs.
Doug Rogers, the designer of Pecan Acres Park
and Scott Hawkins have done an excellent job. Plus, the lead pastor and many members seem very excited about having this course become fantastic, which is a major positive.
With the Northwest corner of Houston increasingly becoming a hot spot for new disc golf courses - Windwood has already become one of the best, and certainly in the running for top overall Houston course. People who are tired of being banned from Oak Meadows Park DGC
, think Texas Army Trail
plays a little too tight, or are just sick of the numerous nine hole courses in the area will greatly appreciate this place. Please make sure you respect the course rules and check-in during week days through 5pm since it is a school, and not play on Sunday mornings. You'll need your license to check in if it's your first time on the course. There are maps located by check-in, or you can print it in the links tab.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful.
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