10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is an easy drive from I-20 just off of Business 287.
Several groups were there for other activities and seemed to be having a good time. It looks great for a picnic or a get-together.
It is very clean.
There are a few places where the discs can be retrieved from the creek, or even played on the spot if you prefer.
Holes 7-9 are the easiest on the course (see below).
Tees are old school, wide at the back and narrow toward the front, which is the most friendly for different throwing styles.
An advanced player may enjoy a quick game here.
Cons: There is no map, and tee 1 is difficult to find. Go up the hill away from the basket, and it is over the ridge. Other holes had multiple possibilities so my group split up and eventually found the right tee or basket.
Someone suggested to use the UDisc app, but to me it is a black eye on a 9 hole course for the navigation to be poor enough to have to use it.
The creek provides challenge in the same way a poisonous spider does. My group spent over half an hour on hole 6, trying to retrieve discs. The group before me and another group after us also had to search the creek. The bank crumbles away so you are likely to fall in, and it is also loaded with poison ivy. The water is dirty, you get a few shots at it in the deep parts, and then it's gone into mud.
In avoiding the creek, you will likely miss putts and a beginner lose what little confidence she/he has. An average player may be frustrated by the end of hole 6.
7-9 are relatively easy and less likely to lose anything, but by then beginning players may have quit.
Other Thoughts: Summary: nothing special overall, but rather unfriendly to beginning players (or players who like their discs) for a 9 hole course. There are other better options around.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Great Hidden Gem Beats Most City Parks
9 Helpful / 0 Not
- well maintained and picturesque park
- some limited elevation change is incorporated well
- creek hazard is incorporated well and forces tougher shots, especially near 6 and 7 baskets
- ample parking
- shared space with fishing lake, pavilion, playground, etc. but course mostly has its own space in the park
- large concrete tees
- some cool wooded shots aren't overly challenging but force some lines
- good quality bridges to cross creek
- no real issues with undergrowth
- hole 7 throws over walking path and creates minor safety hazard
- no practice basket
- limited garbage cans and benches through most of course
- basic baskets with limited chains, though they are in good shape
- walk to hole 4 crosses hole 5 fairway
- minor navigation issues
- tee signs are very basic but are in good shape
I really enjoyed my round at Sonora Park. This is one of the better city park type courses I played in Texas. Elevation change is pretty minimal except for dropoffs into the creek, but the space is used as well as it could be. Baskets and tees are in great shape, and so are the tee signs, although they are very basic.
The creek can definitely steal some discs and is deep enough to lose them in places. Particularly watch out for this on holes 6 and 7, and 5 to a lesser extent. Otherwise, discs should be easy to spot, with clear, open fairways. The online map seems a bit outdated and navigation is slightly strange as it seems like holes 4 and 6 were swapped at some point. However, it isn't too bad to figure out.
There are plenty of tree obstacles that force some shot selection here but it isn't an overly wooded, technical course. It's a fun, quick round as long as you stay out of the creek, which is the highlight hazard here. Other park uses mostly don't interfere, though do watch out for the walking path snaking through the course.
This course wont be a destination highlight, but it really was a lot of fun and is worth the trip if you're in the area. Some of the obstacles and hazards make up for the general flatness to make this an intriguing round.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Great 9 Hole Course With Plenty of Trees and Shade
Pros: Good tees
Well maintained park
Easy to navigate and very cart friendly
Still pretty new and has good baskets
Good use of creek and horse pasture as OB
Plenty of big trees and a few heavily wooded holes
Multiple lines available on several holes
Often not busy from disc golfers
Cons: Only 9 holes
Pond in park is not included in play
Lack of Par 4s and 5s
Not much change in elevation
Walking path goes through several holes so pedestrians will often be in the way
Holes numbered wrong for ease of play from parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Flow is a bit off on this course, I usually use the basket for hole 1 as the practice basket and start on hole 2 as it is right by the main parking lot and finish on what is labeled hole 1 as it brings you back from the tee by the pond right back to where you parked. The course has never been busy from golfers when I play here, only issues I have had is use of the general park which has a lot of use on the playgrounds which sometimes overflows onto the course getting in the way of play.
Sonora Park is LHBH/RHFH friendly on several holes and I found I could even force a LHBH through some tight gaps on some holes that were designed to favor a RHBH instead, so a bit of a risk/reward situation there for my style of play. There is a horse pasture as OB on 2 and 3 but the horses and mule seem friendly and it is relatively easy to get discs back from there if you can navigate a low barb wire fence. There also is a large ravine with a creek below in play on 3 holes which adds some difficulty to the course. The creek is often not very deep, but September saw tons of rain and you will lose discs now in it if your disc goes down there. One of the baskets is perched on the edge of it so it would be a good idea to get a spotter to help you not lose your disc if you miss.
There is a sidewalk meandering through several of the holes which does add some pedestrians you need to watch out for, but also gives you some creative sidewalk skip shots you can make. Hole 7 is practically designed to give you a sidewalk skip ace run opportunity. Traversing the course is pretty easy and there is plenty of shade so I usually play through the course twice with ease for a 18 hole round even in the middle of the hot Texas summer. Not the most difficult course in town but there are plenty of trees and some fun holes to play. Good for an easier round or on the weekends when some of the other courses close by get really busy with tournament or heavy rec play.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Hidden 9-hole gem
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -- The holes offer a challenge for players of all skill levels without the ridiculous distance that is sometimes off putting to those of us without big arms.
-- Good use of the terrain (particularly the creek). The small amount of elevation change on the land is also well used.
-- Nice baskets and tee signs.
-- Plenty of shade.
-- Most of the underbrush has been cleared, although No. 2 can still bite you.
-- Plenty of parking.
-- Good concrete tee pads.
-- Water and restrooms are nearby (at the other end of the park from the course). There are port-o-potties at the parking lot and in the ballfield parking lot near 6 basket 7 tee, but those might be temporary leftovers from a Scout camp that took over the park last week.
-- Navigation is good and mostly intuitive. Once you find No.1 (west of the parking lot, on the top of a small hill beside the pond), you can probably follow your instincts. 1 and 2 are parallel. Three is the closest tee you see from No. 2 basket. Four tees from close to the No. 3 basket, and 4 and 5 are parallel, with 5 bordering the creek. Six tees from near the bridge to cross the creek, and the fairway is on the other side of the creek from No. 5. Seven then comes back from the six basket toward the creek/bridge. Eight tees from the other side of the bridge and goes away from the rest of the course. Nine then tees coming back toward No. 1 and the parking lot.
Cons: -- No benches at the tees, but there are a few benches nearby along the walking path.
-- If you've got a big arm, you might find the holes too short.
-- Retrieving discs from the creek (if you play a few times, you WILL end up there) is difficult. And I've heard but not seen evidence of snakes in the water.
-- While the creek is in play on at least two holes (5 and 6 easily, and No. 7 and 8 to a lesser degree), I wish there was water carry. The tee for No. 1 is beside the pond. If it were pushed back 50-60 feet, you would have a nice water carry and probably the signature hole for the course.
-- The walking path brings non-disc golfers onto the course. Some are unaware of the sport, so beware. However, all of them I have encountered have been very nice.
Other Thoughts: -- The distance listed for No. 1 appears to be off. I think this is the sign from a previous tee pad. The "new" location adds at least 50-75 feet, but the tee sign was not updated.
-- The "electric" fence on No. 4 isn't really electric, in my experience. I have crossed it a few times, with no trouble other than my trepidation approaching a huge horse who was standing near my disc.
-- This is a fun course and one I often hit when I am playing a solo round. It allows me the freedom to play 9/18/27 holes.
-- Not a destination course but worth a stop if you are in the area or live nearby and want some variety.
-- Bag hooks have been added to the tee posts, but they were mounted with just one screw, and many are already coming off or are damaged.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Great 9 hole
Pros: * Concrete teepads and signage on every hole.
* Lots of trees in play to test your ability to throw tunnel shots.
* Not typically very crowded. There is a park in the vicinity, but the course is out of the way and does a good job of avoiding throwing near the walking paths.
* Very shady course, great for summertime play.
* Bathrooms and water fountains near the park entrance.
* Parking lots look like they've been paved recently.
Cons: * You won't really be throwing any long drives on this course.
* Creek in play, you'll want to bring your retriever if you have one as it's difficult to get your disc if it goes in near hole 6's basket.
* Hole 1 is a little hard to find, as it is uphill from the walking path near the pond.
Other Thoughts: Great example of how a small course can still be fun and challenging. We sometimes like to play 2 rounds, one with full bag and one with some kind of handicap (such as putters only, no drivers, etc). Lots of wildlife nearby (duck pond, squirrels, horses).
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice Little Course
Pros: Compact but not compressed. Good use of space. This little course makes good use of the limited space available. There are some nice tight lines and a couple of good wide open shots.
Concrete pads are great. Signs are simple but in good shape. Could use a good billboard style sign or something similar to point out of town visitors to hole one, but it's not too difficult to find first tee.
Decent course flow with a few down and backs, but no overlaps so that's good.
Cons: Only two things I can think of that might improve things a bit. One would be signage pointing to the first tee to help visitors out. Second would be just adding a creek crossing somewhere down by the 6th tee for stray throws that cross over. (A first time player with me did that today). He he'd to take the long walk. Hehehe.
Other Thoughts: Nice little course that I would recommend everyone try out at least once. A bit of a drive for me personally, but if I'm in the neighborhood...
Good job Kennedale.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Variety Course
Pros: -Consists of several various shots of the tee
-Hardly ever crowded
-Easy to follow from basket to next tee pad
Cons: -Creek does flow right through middle of Hole 6 and parallel to hole 5.
Other Thoughts: Great course in which is perfect for beginning players!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun, short course
Pros: - Well manicured and kept up.
- Some great throws for us forehanders.
- Hole 1, 2, and 3 are wide open.
- Hole 2 is custom made for forehand.
- Holes 4, 5, and 7 are heavily wooded for good technical throws.
- Great course to play in the summer as it is VERY shaded.
- One of my favorites (it is local for me... so that helps!)
Cons: - Hole 5 runs parallel to a cloudy creek the entire way. Creek isn't too deep, but cloudy as sin so you will lose it easily.
Other Thoughts: - Short course (9 holes), so we usually play it twice.
- Great playground and splash pad at this park if the wife and kids need something to do while you throw!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Technical Course, Good Practice Course
Pros: -Good Combo of all shots; RHBH,RHFH,Tomahawk/thumber.
-All baskets have numbers, all tee-pads are concrete, and have easy to read signage
-Course is very well maintained. Very clean
-Water hazard on almost 50% of the course, so good practice for your mental game
-Kids park+splash pad close by, for your family to go to while your playing
Cons: -(In My Opinion) hole 4 has WAY too many trees on the left, electric fence on the right... a little too challenging unless you are a Grandmaster (SUGGESTION cut down a few trees on the left, and place them on the creeks edge, to prevent discs from skipping in)
-At certain times, there can be alot of cross-traffic on the course, since there is a park there.
Other Thoughts: This course is really good in having you practice certain techniques, and can help out your overall game. Also since it is a 9 hole, its a quick course.
I will keep coming out here, it's so close to mansfield, and its low impact on my legs, 2 plus' in my book
plus Mondays around 6 pm they do a mini, which is fun!
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun 9 holes
Pros: Good for beginners, concrete tees, very well kept park
Cons: -Only 9 holes, although that's ok, not everything can be 18.
-Water, especially right now with all the rain. I lost a disc to the creek off tee 5, and there are 3-4 holes where it is REALLY easy to lose a disc with one poor shot.
Other Thoughts: This course is super close to my home, so I am able to get in a round after work a couple times a week. It's never too crowded in the afternoons, and is at a really nice park for bigger events. I've only been playing a couple months and I didn't feel overwhelmed playing this course.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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