4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Little Six Hole College Course!
Pros: How many universities are fortunate enough to have their little campus disc golf course be designed by the master himself, John Houck? Trinity University not only has a wonderful little piece of property for a course but a Houck designed course. It's a shame they could only squeeze six holes in here.
One plus here, especially on a college campus, was available visitor parking right next to the start of the course.
There's a nice course map at the beginning. The tee pads are natural dirt and slightly rutted. The baskets are DGA models. # 1 is a 289' sharp hyzer into the trees. I liked # 2 a lot. It was a perfect little roller hole, just 193', a low tunnel below a lot of branches and limbs along the hilly ridge. # 3 is the big air shot on this course. 288' downhill to a basket just looming there before the path. Betcha can't just throw just one disc on this hole?
# 4 is a pretty standard hole 289' throwing back to the course map sign. I wasn't as thrilled with the 414' # 5 hole as some others have been. There's a big pile of bark left by the school's maintenance crew right in front of the tee box. Then I ended up throwing to the # 6 basket. I'm sure I would like it better the second time around knowing where to go. The signs for 5 and 6 are both AWOL. # 6 is interesting. It's a very low tunnel shot off the tee to a basket 249' away. The trick is throwing it hard enough but still so low. Perhaps a skip would work?
Cons: No matter how cool the six holes are, it's still a six hole course.
Two of six signs are missing.
Giant pile of bark in front of # 5 tee pad is not the best idea, and it's an eyesore.
Other Thoughts: As with every Houck design, there's always these great holes which force you to think about your shot process. This course is no different. I've played enough Houck designed courses to really come to appreciate the thought process that goes into designing them. He really strives to eliminate the filler holes.
Trinity U is a fun little throw. Too bad there wasn't a little more to it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I enjoy how many school's are adding courses to their campuses to introduce many students to the game. I appreciate the typical Houck signage and the sign pointing to hole 5. The course makes use of all the elevation that is available. I really liked shooting downhill on hole 3. Hole 4 was a nice technical hole that was very challenging.
Cons: I didn't know where to park because I'm not a student there. Hole 5 could be a really great hole because of the elevation you throw up and then back down toward the basket. However, there is a giant pile of mulch literally right in front of the tee pad. There also is no tee pads they are just dirt pads with flags. I felt like hole 6's tee pad was way to close to that wooded fence for my comfort.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Better Than I Expected
Pros: For only being six holes, Trinity maximizes the space and uses foliage and elevation to a great advantage. The course is easy to follow even for first timers, and there is a large map to consult by the first teebox. At just over 1800', hole length is varied between short and tight, to open blind tees and bigger drives where you can shape shots to your liking. Plus, I selfishly admit to having a bit of bias toward Houck designed courses - I find I very rarely disagree with his vision and design.
Signs are high quality Houck signs, but #5 & #6 have been vandalized. Finally, being on a University Campus, the overall area is very well kept, but there are positives and negatives to how the maintenance crew views the area.
BEST HOLE/S: #5
Cons: The boxes are fairly rutted and the black soils cakes most everything. The baskets are not DisCatcher baskets, which is a bit off from most Houck courses. The University currently has a giant pile of mulch sitting in front of #5, so refer to previous comments on that. And the course is only six holes - granted a great six holes, but you wish they could find the room for three more holes without compromising the integrity of the current holes.
Ultimately, the biggest complaint could be the relative location of holes in relation to each other. #4 is very close to #1, and drawing shots out right instead of throwing the tunnel may cause some injuries. It also seemed like there were four good holes in mind, and then to utilize #5 and #6 to their greatest advantage - they seem apart from the rest of the course. Granted most of these negatives are minor, but are points to consider when playing.
WORST HOLE/S: #4
Pretend, it's a hot Spring Break day - the San Antonio Zoo
a half mile down the road is packed and your kids are screaming in the back of the car and your wife is desperately looking for an alternate activity - Bam! Trinity University DGC to the rescue. Okay, that just may have been my scenario, but if you need a short fun round on an interesting course that not in the outskirts of town then this place fits the bill. Given the tee box and sign conditions, proximity problems, and overall number of holes Trinity just misses the 2.5 mark, but I don't think my enjoyment factor isn't quite indicative of this rating because the biggest complaint I had was simply wishing for more holes and that's usually a good thing.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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