18 Helpful / 2 Not
Just What Cypress Needed
Pros: Located just east of 249 on Spring Cypress Road, Windwood is in an ideal location for disc golfers starved for a course since the privatization of Oak Meadows. But luckily location isn't the only thing this course has going for it. Situated on an excellent piece of property behind Windwood Presbyterian church this course is the product of a dream and tons of hard work from some pretty devoted individuals. I honestly can't say I've been around a course that has gotten so much positive attention so quickly. If that's all the good I had to say about this course, it may just be enough for you to go play it, but wait there's more.
This course has teeth and in a good way. It is balanced with lefties and righties in mind. There are tunnel shots like 10 and challenging bombs like 11. There are water hazards and up/downs through trees. There is utilized elevation here people!! Something almost never seen on Houston courses. When I first laid my eyes on 7 I had to shake Scott's hand (course co-designer) and thank him for finally giving me a cage on a cliff. The variety of shots on this course are quite good and some of the earlier problems (repeating holes) have been rectified.
As far as course infrastructure goes, it has improved tremendously. The cages are good, in great condition (I think they are DGA Mach 2's). The teepads are now almost completely concrete with 17 being the only one not finished yet (this hole is having a pond put on in it so the tee position is yet to be finalized). The teesigns are wood posts at the foot of the teepads and I love there positioning. I have heard too many horror stories of guys tripping and hitting wood posts on drives so their placement is appreciated.
Cons: As far as I know there are no alternate hole configurations and with this land they could conceivably have quite a few. Bring your Deep Woods Off, Off smoker and a Mosquito net on days after rain as this course becomes a swarm on warm wet days.
Other Thoughts: A lot of people thought the day Oak Meadows closed to the public, that disc golf would be dead in Cypress forever. Well not anymore, this fantastic labor of love has breathed new life into this starved area of town. Doug, Scott and Windwood Church itself need to be commended for this great new course. This place has come a long way in a short time and is looking tremendous. If you live in the area (meaning the entire Houston area) you owe it to yourself to play this course it's that good.
18 of 20 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.
9 Helpful / 5 Not
Hope to see it get better...
Pros: Lots of interesting shots. Some very classic-looking holes. A couple utilized very interesting design features. Good to see another 18-basket course on the NW side of town.
Cons: I know it is still in the "rough" but the course is difficult to navigate using a pull-cart...hell...it's even a challenge to walk parts of it! When I played it, there we a couple of serious design flaws. Holes 5 and 11 (I think) shared fairways and crossed, and I think that this would prevent a competition from being held there - or at least make one very problematic.
The walk for the last 3-4 holes seems almost unnecessary as it leaves you completely on the farthest point away from the parking lot. I know for casual rounds, I would rather play 3 of the beginning holes than the last 4.
Other Thoughts: Several folks have requested that I update my review of this course. While the one problem of #5 and #11 has changed and improved, my overall assessment still stands. The course isn't cart-friendly, and there is a long walk from the last hole back to the first. I still think the course needs to loop around so that hole #18 finishes in the vicinity of the parking lot.
9 of 14 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.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: as stated before, this course had a variety of different shots. the baskets are tucked away and allow for tough but not too difficult shots. each basket is marked with neon orange tape making it easier to find. the use of the trees, retention pond, and creek worked out very well. the property is quite large and the course is spread out nicely and never compact.
Cons: there were MILLIONS of mosquitos out there, plenty of spiders, and even a few snakes. keep an eye out and wear some bug spray!! unfortunatly i didnt wear any and it was almost unbearable. keep an eye on the creek along a few holes because it looks like it could eat a disc or two. as of now, the tee boxes are dirt with some stumps in them. someone in my group almost rolled his ankle on one of them when he was driving so watch your footing. also, GET A MAP!!! we had one and it was still tough on a hole or two to find the basket. It will definatly be better next time now that i know where all the holes are.
Other Thoughts: great job windwood!!! im super excited you guys added this to the community!!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of variety to it. There is elevation, water, left and right turns, woods, open areas, short holes, and long holes. It really has a little of everything to it. The first ten play in a nice wooded section that is very challenging to birdie with bogeys not far away. After that the course opens up a little and lets you air it out.
Cons: As mentioed the course is just barely finished with some redesigns coming. So there are only bricks to to designate the teeboxes and no course markings. This will change after the course has been finalized. There is also some clearing of the paths that still needs to be done. So I wouldn't so it's cart or stoller friendly at all.
Other Thoughts: Northwest Houston has been lacking courses for a while. Until this last summer the closest free option was Agnes Moffitt. Now with this 18 coupled with Wortham and Northside some nice courses are popping up. Even if you don't live close, it's worth the drive.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great new course...It is still being built, in fact we talked to one of the builders out there working. Only played the front 9, but course seems challenging. Front 9 is in and out of the trees and crosses a creek that has a pretty steep edge. Hole 8 is a fun hole with a long shot back over the creek.
Will play the full course very soon!
Cons: Course is still new, builder said he "finished" only a few weeks ago. Be sure to get a course map before you start playing as the tees might be a little tough to find.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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