Varied, Technical Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: As I've taken some time to stew over a frustrating round here, I find myself wanting to play this course again after a couple days away. Some of the pro's:
- Elevation: Up in Austin, most courses don't offer any elevation variety. This course has a great mix of hills, valleys, oddly placed baskets and brief hikes. Also the rough is punishing elevation-wise, which adds a great element of challenge
- Technicality: The majority of the holes are weaving through forest or through tree-scape, which makes a round enjoyable not only for the shade but also for the challenge. Personally I'm working on straight consistency, so a lot of the holes that run thin are greatly challenging and rewarding.
- Variety: Decent amount of Par 4's, but the Par 3's aren't shy either. Even the 155ft downhill putter hole #5 is followed by 2 bomber holes. Combined with the aforementioned elevation changes, it makes for a nice change of pace course.
- Shot Variety: I throw everything- RHFH, RHBH, Overhead... I got to utilize everything here, which adds a dimension to a course that's difficult to build. Technically you can throw anyway you want always, but for more skilled players having the options to attack courses with their full arsenal really makes a course memorable.
- Signage: Very rarely did I find myself wondering where the next hole was. Admittedly some need updating, but I won't knock a course heavily for that
- Hole #18: I like to finish strong with something to remember about a round, and having a near 400ft downhill bomber hole is a great example of a personal pleasure about a course- a great last hole.
- Parking: It's easy to access either the park (top of the hill) lot or the neighborhood lot that is really close to the first tee
Cons: Some of where I feel this course can improve
- Natural cleanliness- The lack of trash was great, but the course definitely needs some nature cleanup. There was a lot of overgrowth throughout the course that could be addressed. Best response is to not throw that way, of course, but some of it was really lengthy grass and stickers everywhere
- Signage: Needs updating. Some of the distances were whacky and didn't exactly depict the holes very well. Not exactly a con, but for a first round I believed the signage quite a bit and was thrown off a few times.
- Seating: It would be nice to have a few more holes have some seating. This is for improvement, as many holes do.
- Teepads: I could see some gradual improvement with a couple newer pads, but some are very constricted and old. It'd be nice to be able to have some newer pads that are a bit more modern
- Baskets: Some Innova Discatchers, but some seem older than me. Eventually I see these being replaced, but for now make note that some of the baskets aren't in the best shape.
Other Thoughts: I walked away frustrated at this course, not in quality but in personal play (hungover, dehydrated due to poor preparation, sore arm due to bad/pissed off FH form...). After a week or so I'm looking back wanting to play this course again. DGCR rates this as a 3, which is good, but my real-life rating is about a 7.5/8. If I caught this course on a remarkably clean, trimmed day and more baskets were newer, it would go up. I like this course overall and do suggest visiting
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
First Time Impressions of UC course
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: What a great course to play as a beginner who wanted to find out how their game was going after playing a few rounds at Schlater Park. This had almost everything I was looking for as shot selections on certain holes had to be changed/altered... you couldn't throw the same backhand on every hole. A great course to improve your game and putting. It was a great hike and very peaceful when you played. Was a great step up from the beginner course at Schlater Park...will be hitting this more often.....
Cons: Not so much a con, but because this is a great course, a lot of people will be playing and you may have a wait time or be stuck behind slower players. Also, I followed a group to learn where the next holes were as some did not have a clear path to where to go next. Hole 3 or 4 was a good walk with no clear signs and I would have missed it just on my own.
Other Thoughts: Excellent course but do wear some hiking shoes of some kind. Very hilly and you will slip in tennis shoes..There also may be a wait time as this is a busy and popular course. But worth the wait to play.....
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
UC:Top 2 Favorite Courses
Pros: Super diverse course layout. At the very least you get a taste of how complete your game is and what you need to work on. UC has wide open long holes for the big guns, short wooded holes requiring control and finesse shots. Doesn't matter how you throw RHBH, LHBH, RHFH, etc. UC has a hole or 2 that u will have u using your hyzer & anhyzer shots. Unless you enjoy playing solo, I've never had any trouble finding a partner or group to play through with. I've only been to this course 1 time and it have less than 3 - 5 players playing rounds & that was due to 3 days of start & stop rain. Also as far as the ground conditions go, UC can be played before, during, & after inclement weather, unlike some of the other courses in the area like McClain or Live Oak.
Cons: For first time players at UC, after hole #3 finding the tee pads may be somewhat challenging if you don't look at the tee sign & see which direction to head. Very difficult to locate errant throws on some holes due to thick trees, brush, and very large mutant cactuses growing unchecked down either side of the fairway. So losing a disc is very possible. Also apparently to exist in San Antonio ALL plants, animals, and insects must be able to perform 1 or all of the following: bite, scratch, poke, sting, stab, irritate, draw blood in some way, shape, form, or fashion, cause serious bodily harm or death
Other Thoughts: One thing I definitely want to mention and make sure other DG'ers that are new to the area know about the SA disc golf community is how respectful, courteous, friendly, honest, helpful, etc. the entire community is. Can't say enough about how impressed i have been. I've lost twice as many discs in SA, over the last 2 months than I have over the last year of playing my home courses in/around NW Louisiana. All but 1 disc has been returned.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
The Deeper I Went, The More Impressed I Became!
Pros: Universal didn't impress much as first glance. The kiosk has seen better days. The concrete tee pads are old. The 1st basket looked as though it had been finger painted by a 6 year old year. The woods did kind of have that Blair Witch Project feel to them (and I was on the course just before sunrise).
But then the course just continued to grow on me. Everywhere I went, I saw evidence of hard work by a club or individuals who actually care about this course. I'm talking about trash cans at almost every hole. Benches at many holes. The bell at # 6 to let players following know the "Coast is Clear." No signs of any vandalism. Almost no litter. Some helpful next tee arrows/signs.
There's were lots of challenging basket placements and/or great overall holes.
# 9 throwing through a narrow window to a basket perched on a ridge with danger all along the left side here. I think this is a great hole from pad to basket.
# 10 with the basket up on the ridge was good!
# 11 was a cool tee pad placement and then the fairway through the trees.
And # 13 is something else. It starts with a sharp hyzer off the tee. From the long it's 375'. Once you turn the corner, you see the basket past these smallish mounds of dirt. I didn't realize that just behind the mounds was a very deep gorge, 25 ft. deep, with the basket still on the other side. And there's lots of trees to hit and drop your disc into the gorge.
Next hole # 14 looks simple at 275', with a fairly narrow fairway. But then I noticed that this steep, deep gorge runs to the left of the fairway all the way to the basket.
# 15. Same serious scary gorge on the left all the way here too. Be careful you don't skip on the hard ground into this ravine!
And then # 18 has two baskets. One is 245'. The other is 285'. Both are fun downhill tosses. I'm sure I would always play them as 18 A and 18 B. Why not?
Cons: This is an older course that is starting to grow weary. The baskets are old and creaky. They're not young and taunt like an 18 year girl, anymore. Same with the concrete pads.
Not really a Con but do you really need such a huge tee pad for # 5, a 155' downhill? Does anyone take a six step run-up for a 150' downhill floater? Just wondering? Seems like a waste of cement?
The kiosk sucks!
Other Thoughts: My hats off to whoever is keeping this course up. It's a superd course with so many interesting and challenging holes. It was so much more enjoyable than I expected. San Antonio disc golfers should feel quite privledged to have so many excellent choices in the area but I have to believe that Universal City DGC is my favorite out of the 17 San Antonio area courses I've played this week.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Love this course
Pros: Very well laid out, beautiful, varying degrees of difficulty, family atmosphere
Cons: Not really a con but come prepared to do some hiking up and down some rough terrain I.e. Not a flip flop friendly course
Other Thoughts: My family loves this course and the picnic tables near the parking is nice for a pre game, post game snack
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a fun short 18 holer. I played this course in about 45 minutes. I really appreciated the quality tee pads and tee signs.. Hole 7 has a nice bridge to get you to the other side. The course makes the most out of its elevation. Hole 5 is a short down hill where 9 you throw across a valley. 10 is slightly uphill where as 11 is a steep incline. Universal offers very tight wooded holes to some open ones on the backside of the course. I love tight wooded courses and this course provides that on numerous holes.
Cons: The baskets were in a little bit of rough shape.There aren't too many other cons besides the navigation that everyone else has mentioned. FInding hole 4 can be a challenge as well as number7. Number 7's teesign is labeled wrong it is definitely not 255 feet, more like 450ish. Hole 13 can be a little dangerous. To get to the basket you have to go down then up a very steep incline. There is a flatter path a little to the left but as a first time player at Universal I didn't know that. Holes 17 and 18 were a little boring because they were in the completely open. Also, 18's basket is right by the practice basket so I threw to the wrong basket( 18 is the closer one to the tee).
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Favorite Course in SA
Pros: Good tee pads. Fun hole variety. Lots of different shots are required. The course is seemingly never too busy.
Cons: The newer holes in the back could use some cleaning/refinement. There is a lot of home construction and other kinds of trash sprinkled around. There are a couple of tee pads that were poured but no longer used and those could be removed.
The course probably favors right handed players.
A couple of the holes are probably too short/gimmicky.
Other Thoughts: This has become my favorite course in the San Antonio area.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Not bothered by wind as much through most of the course.
Cons: Some of the holes are confusing as to where the basket is.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like this course. I am a left handed player and this course favors the righty which is making me learn how to throw righty. Will be playing this one a lot.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is a short, technical course with a lot of dog legs going each direction. There is a good mix of open holes compared to wooded holes but there are far more wooded holes then open holes.
The concrete tee pads are long and very nice, the tee signs are all present and have the information on the sign; they just are a little worn down.
-There is a lot of elevation on the course. Some holes throw down and then back up a hill, and some basket placements are on a hill which will make putts roll down the hill. It adds a little bit of challenge when putting..
-There were bells at a few holes to signal to the group on the tee pad that you are clear from the basket. I thought it was a good added touch to the course.
-The baskets are all different varieties of baskets but all of them have two sets of chains plus a few extra chains so slip outs are very rare.
Cons: -Navigation is a pain in the butt. After hole number three it is a long walk to #4 and a few other holes you are kind of guessing what path to take to get to the next hole. There are no signs telling you where the next tee is.
-The brush off the fairways is quite thick. So keep it in the fairway. When I went out and played a few groups ended up losing a few discs from errant shots into the thorns and brush.
-This course is busy. Most groups seemed courteous to let you play through but you may have to do a bit of waiting.
-Like mentioned before the tee signs are worn down and some are starting to become illegible. It would be nice if they replaced the tee signs with newer and more vibrant signs.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised when I came to this course. It is tough but not overly tough. San Antonio does not have too many courses but this is a good place to go play. I have not played Live Oak yet and know that it is very close to this course but this would be a good place to bring a newer player. It plays fairly quickly and it is not too long or too wooded, just a lot of dog legs. This is a course to definitely hit if you are in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Very fun and challenging course. With multiple long drives and hard dog legs this place will require good forehand and backhand throws if you want a good score.
Cons: Navigation after hole 3 confused me the first time.
Tee signs show alternative holes but I have yet to see them.
Not quite a con, just a downside that this course is so far from me otherwise I'd play it alot more often.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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