Nice 9 Hole Course In A New Development!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Southern Oaks Park is a nice little neighborhood park in this newer development. The park has a nice covered play area, BB courts and a picnic shelter. There is a big colored course map at the beginning. Then each hole has a colored tee sign showing the route. And of course, there is a rules of disc golf sign. The baskets are DGA models with the red number on top and the concrete pads are nice sized.
The course starts out with two short technical holes in the 225' range. Neither of these pads actually faces the basket or it's fairway but it's obvious where the route is. But still, I found it slightly discombobulating. (Cool word, huh?). After these two holes, the holes start getting a little longer but are still tight. The rough is filled with these nasty thorny bushes. If I played this course on a regular basis, I would covertly be make no it my mission to trim these thorny little bastards. It wouldn't change the difficulty any but would certainly make landing in the rough more pleasant.
# 8 is the infamous fishhook hole. It takes two well placed shots to have a look at a birdie. It's gimmicky but somehow works here.
Cons: I have serious safety concerns with hole 7 playing blind over the walking path. It would never be a problem with me throwing because I couldn't reach the path but a player with a strong forehand could possibly smoke someone on the path. What if it was a mother pushing a stroller or a small child on a bike?
The prickly plants in the rough are a pain to move about. Hunting for lost discs is the norm here.
A couple of tree pads aren't facing the basket.
Other Thoughts: I was really liking this course on the first few holes but it lost some glam for me on holes 7 and 8. I'm not a big safety nazzi but this could lead to a serious accident. And the infamous fishhook hole will continue to cause players grief beyond words. The course is certainly interesting but not as good as it's lofty rating.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Tight lines. Emphasis on shot selection and placement. Quiet neighborhood without a lot of traffic.
Cons: Short course, tee pads face wrong direction, litter doesn't go away no matter how many times you pick it up, snakes are very present in the warmer months, poison ivy too.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
They call it SoAP
Sufficient sized concrete tee pads, top notch Houck tee signs, a course overview map, and newish multi-chain DGA baskets on a nine hole course indicate that the park put some decent money into this course.
Without excessive length, the holes are certainly challenging with tight wooded fairways on most of the holes. This is easily the most technical course in the Bryan/College Station (BCS) area. Locals have decided that a couple of the holes should have mandos and have Sharpied them onto the tee signs. However, there are no indicators on the course itself which objects are the actual mandos. The holes here are not long, but they are varied. Both righties and lefties will be challenged. A couple holes invite you to place your lay-up shot to make a run at the basket with your second shot.
The course is located in a multi-use park with a basketball court, children's playground, and picnic areas. There are bridges on the course for creek crossings and they are really nice; I mean noticeably top quality foot bridges.
The biggest detractor from this course is the fact that almost all the tee pads are angled in the wrong directions. It almost seems like the concrete tee pads were poured before anything else on the course was designed and then someone cleared the fairways going elsewhere. This doesn't make the course unplayable by any means, but it does complicate your run-up and being on almost every hole is really depressing for what would otherwise be a really nice course.
Overthrowing hole #4 by 20-30' can easily hit players on #5's tee box.
Posted distances are too long on almost all tee signs. DGCR Hole Info has been updated with laser accurate distances.
Could use physical mando markers on the mando objects.
The course lacks a couple grip-it-&-rip-it holes to balance it out for the big arms, but that's not really what this course is about.
Known by locals as "SoAP". This is a great technical addition to the BCS resume of courses. Newbies will be frustrated by the abundance of trees knocking their discs down, but those that tough it out and return for more will develop shot making skills that will benefit them on virtually any other course.
Not really a destination course on its own, but if you're traveling through BCS area it's one of the courses you should hit on a "9-hole crawl".
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