Challenging, rugged course
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Pros: When you play at Trophy Club Park's disc golf course, you mostly have the course to yourself. Barring any weekend community events, the course is never used for anything other than disc golf. Since it is a $2 pay-to-play course, it is rarely, if ever crowded. It is a very enjoyable course to play a weekday solo round if you want a little time to think and just enjoy throwing some discs in the woods. This is a pretty rugged course so you definitely get a little bit of a nature hike feel while playing.
There are concrete tee boxes on every hole that are a pretty decent size. Innova Discatcher baskets with the yellow bands are great and have hole numbers marked on them. There are no tee signs, but there are markers by each tee with hole numbers on them.
There is usually a port-o-potty on site near the parking area. There are several Boy Scout crafted trash receptacles throughout the course.
This is a par 60 course that plays very tough. 48 is the best round I have heard of on the long pins, so shooting hot is doable, but usually you are scrapping for course par of 60. A round in the 50s is a very good round. There are a nice variety of shots here. Open/wooded. Straight/Dogleg. There is a very elevated basket on hole 11, which I feel is the most memorable part of the course. The basket on hole 9 is also slightly elevated now with a 2 layer wooden base around it. There are several wooded shots that require great accuracy coupled with some open shots, and a lot of shots where you go back in forth from open to wooded. There is also a good mix of long holes and short holes and middle distance holes. The variety and challenge on this course is truly outstanding.
The front 9 is on one side of the parking area and the back 9 is on the other. This makes for an easy pitstop mid-round. It is also quite easy this way to start on whichever side of the course that you prefer.
There is a short pin and long pin for holes 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 12, and 18. So you have the "long pin" layout and the "short pin" layout. Unfortunately some of the short pins have been damaged by mowers and are currently unusable. Most likely you will catch the course in long pin mode any time you play it.
There is a map of the course near the double mando trees on hole 1. Take a picture of it if you don't have a map your first time out.
Cons: Unfortunately it is possible to catch this course at a bad time in the summer when the grass is not mowed to a very friendly height, especially off the fairway. The city has not historically done a great job of keeping up with the mowing of the course. DD Carrollton has done most of the real work on this course since it's redesign in 2014.
There are a few holes that I am not a huge fan of. Holes 8, 11, and 17 in particular are such poke and hope holes that they aren't fun to play. You have to play for the 3 on those holes to play them smart. If you want the 2, you might as well close your eyes, throw, and hope for the best. Most likely you're going to hit a tree somewhere along the way on those holes, even with a great drive.
There aren't any tee signs on the course, yet. Tee signs are supposed to happen soon as I understand it.
The course could be a little tricky to follow your first time out if you don't have a map, although a seasoned disc golfer shouldn't have all that much trouble with navigation. Bring a map or someone who knows the course for your first time through if you are unsure about navigating a new course. The tricky spots for navigation are after holes 9 and 10. After hole 9, you cross the parking area and head to the left. The tee for hole 10 is near the road into the disc golf course and tees all the way over the crest of the hill towards the lake. After hole 10, go down the hill until you see 11's tee. Another tricky spot is after hole 12. After the long pin on hole 12, you'll want to continue past it until you see the trail to the left. This trail will take you to hole 13's tee.
The course does have some random junk on it in some places that has been there since before the course was installed. For the most part, however, it is a very litter free course thanks to the trash cans on site and the pay to play aspect.
Elevation change, unfortunately, is also a lacking aspect on this course. This is common to most of DFW.
There are still a few rough patches on the course where you can get cut up by briars. I believe this is exclusive to holes 1 and 2 where the trees have been carved up for basket placement. Same issue near the basket for hole 4. There are other places "off-fairway" that are pretty rough with briars too. Consider that extra motivation to stay on the fairway. Either way, probably a good idea to wear pants to this course!
There is likely to be dirt bike noise while you are playing. Just imagine that sound is a chain saw cutting down the trees that would have been in the way. Happy thoughts.
Trophy Club Park's disc golf course is an excellent disc golf course. It is located on the back side of a neighborhood in Trophy Club and sits right next to Lake Grapevine. There is a $2 fee to get in at the gate for day use. The fee used to be $1. They raised it after the park reopened after the flooding. I assume it is because they needed the extra revenue after being closed for so long. The park is also used for Dirt Bike riding but this doesn't overlap with the course. The closest place that the two come into contact is parallel to holes 5 and 6.
This course has had 3 different permutations. It was originally a 9 hole course that played very tough. A student group at UNT later came in and did a horrible redesign to an 18 hole layout with very short holes (under 100 feet) and made gravel pit tee boxes. THIS REDESIGN WAS AWFUL. Unfortunately, there are still some remnants of it. You may notice old tee signs still out and kitty litter looking tee boxes as well. The course was redesigned a 2nd time in 2014 to it's current design by Dynamic Discs Carrollton (formerly DD Lewisville). DD Carrollton are the primary caretakers of the course aside from mowing which the city contracts out and has been inconsistent with to say the least. Unfortunately it is possible to catch this course at a bad time in the summer when the grass is not mowed to a very friendly height, especially off the fairway. The course also underwent flooding in the summer of 2015 that really wrecked the whole park with debris from flood waters. After LOTS of clean-up work, the course looks just about as good as it ever has now. Hopefully this trend continues. It is also a good idea to call ahead on weekends to find out if there are any events taking place in the park. When there are community events taking place, they like to use the fairways on holes 1, 2, 9, and 10. Your 18 hole round can easily turn into a 14 hole round when that occurs and parking can be hard to come by.
Course rules that may be easy to miss: pipe railing and beyond is always ob, as is road and beyond and lake water. There is a double mando on hole 1 and hole 11 between trees in front of the tee box. There is a mando on hole 6 that prevents the spike hyzer. It is usually marked with a ribbon. Water on 18 is played as OB even though it is technically rain water. It is there for the majority of the year.
There are short tees marked by numbered markers. I'm not sure if they are all there. I don't know of anyone that uses these. I've never heard where they came from either. Kind of a mystery.
There is a mini-tournament here usually once per month on Saturday mornings. Check the schedule here: https://www.facebook.com/grou...774054137090/
Drive the actual speed limit or slower through Trophy Club!!! The police in Trophy Club don't play...AT ALL. Seriously, though, don't speed in Trophy Club.
Meet U Anywhere is on Trophy Club Drive and 114. Do yourself a favor and eat there. Grab cheap breakfast tacos in the morning!
Go buy a disc or two at Dynamic Discs Carrollton and thank them for all of their hard work on the course. https://www.facebook.com/Dyna...csCarrollton/
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Fantastic and very challenging course
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - HUGE concrete tee pads, which were very new and grippy
- Innova Discatcher pro baskets in great condition and easy to see in the woods
- While there was some underbrush in places, for the most part there wasn't (especially in the front 9), which meant that losing a disc was less likley
- Restrooms near the first tee
- One of the biggest pros for this course IMO is the fact that there was so much variety. Since so many courses just have the same type of holes over and over, it was nice to see a great mixture of all types. You have dogleg lefts, dogleg rights, wide open holes, tight tunnel shots, over water shots, tight wooded shots, holes that go from wide open to wooded and vice versa. There was so much variety in the layout, which yielded all sorts of throws and discs to use.
- This course was challenging! I love a good challenge! Varying types of difficulty were found on the course, such as longer distances, tight fairways that required a throw on the money, blind throws, varying distances from hole to hole, so on and so forth. It was a good challenge.
- The front and back nine formulate two loops, which is beneficial because if you only have time for 9 holes, you wont end up super far from the car, as the 9th will come back to the parking lot.
- A cool aspect this course had was 3 different tees. While the shorter two were just natural tees, they still took the time to designate them as shorter tees, which makes this course not as hard for the beginner or less expirienced player.
- The land was used very well for the course, as every aspect of the land was used in order to make it more challenging and fun.
- Multiple pin positions
- The basket positions were in great spots. The design of the course
- I never got bored with this course, as each hole was different from one another and new challenges were created.
Cons: - Navigation. While it was pretty simple to navigate from hole to hole, there were definetley some spots that were quite confusing. I highly reccomend bringing the map from the link and files tab on the site.
- Not a huge issue, but some walks in between holes were longer than usual, which made you want to think the way you were going was incorrect.
- No tee signs. The only sign at the course was a map at the beginning, but other than that, there were no tee signs showing where the basket was if you couldnt see it from the tee, and of course no signs saying where the next tee was.
- Some of the tight wooded holes had not been cleared out, which didnt really give a real and defined fairway. This was frusturating because you basically had to throw right on the money on those holes in order to have any shot at a birdie or par.
- pay to play, but was a very cheap price.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is phenomenal! All this course needs is a little bit more clearing out of trees and some tee signs and it is all set to be one of the best in the DFW area. The variety that this course offers makes a round at Trophy Club Park not only challenging, but exciting and fun as well. This course is definetley worth your time to play!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
As I walk through the blackened forest...
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Pros: This course has challenging lines and a good mixture of short, moderate, and longer holes. There are both dog leg L/R holes too. There are multiple tees and pin placements to give you different options. Tee pads were ample.
This course uses the present elevation well and there was some water in the pond on 18(or water hole) that made for an epic finishing hole.
There are a couple of places where you can air out a drive, hole 10 especially.
The elevated basket on 11 was sweet and it offers a good risk vs reward.
The front 9 has some excellent technical holes and the back 9 has some cool tunnel/hallway shots were accuracy is going to come in handy.
Trash cans throughout the course.
Cons: This course has some navigation issues in spots so first time users should take a copy of the map to guide them.
The walk between holes, more so on the back 9 but the front 9 has a couple of spots as well, are long and slow the flow of the round down a bit. This is especially true on the transition from 12's basket to 13's tee.
The lack of signage needs to be addressed and would help with the navigation issues.
The rough can be rough and thorny so be advised.
No other amenities except the porta-john so prepare accordingly.
Other Thoughts: This course is pay to play but for a buck its well worth it. This course will test your accuracy and test your mental game as well. This isn't a grip and rip park style course. If you are a fan of technical courses this will be right up your alley. The disc golf shots here are challenging and excellent.
Hopefully the signage issues will be addressed making this course even better. Over time this course should beat in well as more and more players come out and play this nice technical course. If you are in the area I highly recommend playing here. At a buck you can't go wrong!!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Great layout, but flawed course
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Pros: - Good mixture of wooded, technical holes and wide-open holes
- Course will test a variety of shots and your ability to hit different lines
- Decently-sized concrete tee pads
- Multiple pin locations on several holes
- Portable toilets next to #1
Cons: - Signage is limited to concrete blocks at teepads showing the hole numbers
- Navigation can be tricky for people unfamiliar with the course. No course map on-site.
- #1 and #9 play a little close to the road, #10 close to parking area; could be a problem with a RHBH turnover or LHBH throws.
- Little bit noisy with the MX/ATV trails nearby. Worse, the beginner track runs next to #5 and #6, and drivers/riders sometimes leave the marked areas and drive onto the DG course
- A few places tend to get and stay pretty muddy at times
- The growth off the fairways is very thick and thorny in a lot of places
- The grass is allowed to grow very high at times during warmer/wetter months, including the fairways
- The course, while fun, is not particularly beginner-friendly due to the technical nature
- Fairways around #1 and #2 are sometimes used for non-DG activities by the parks department
- After periods of heavy rain the park is sometimes closed due to flooding
Other Thoughts: -Currently $2 to drive into the park
Full disclosure: Trophy Club Park is my home course. This is a course that tests my game every time I go out there, and it is an enjoyable course. For me, the design of the course scores very well, but the course has its flaws.
It should be noted that when we have stretches with heavy rain, the park will be closed. Due to the proximity to Lake Grapevine, the park can experience flooding. In some of the admittedly extreme examples in recent years, the course was under water, and the park was closed for several weeks. From these episodes there are still piles of broken limbs around the park and the course (though not in the way of anything). After heavy rains, definitely check to see if the course is playable before making the drive.
There is a problem with high grass throughout the course at times, particularly when it is too wet to mow. I have given up partway through a round before here due to growing tired of looking for discs in the knee-high grass in the middle of fairways.
It would be nice to see signage added to the course (maps, info, pin locations etc)
There needs to be a barrier of some sort between the DG course and the ATV/MX track to prevent drivers from wandering onto the course.
Despite these issues, I still rate this course highly. This course has a great layout, and at its best it is scenic and absolutely worth playing; one of the better courses in the DFW area. The flaws could justify, however, a lower rating when the course is not at its best, maybe as much as a point or two lower.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Worst course I've played to date.
Pros: What a change from the previous layout. This was the worst course I had ever played, and now it's one of my favorites. The short holes are still challenging. Some days you can hit every line and end up with several drop in birdies, but more likely you're going to clip one of the many trees and have a tough upshot just to hit par. It's tough, but so rewarding when you hit the line.
Cons: Navigation can be confusing. There are still old paths from back when the course was terrible. They have laid out branches to mark the correct paths though. Follow these and you'll be good.
Other Thoughts: It's a dollar to enter the course and it has a closing time. The dollar isn't a con to me because it helps keep the park so well maintained.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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latent beauty unleashed
Pros: -FANTASTIC redesign
-great use of open and wooded terrain and rolling hills
-variety of distance and difficulty of lines
-well thought basket placements
-nice discatchers, new concrete pads
-natural short tees marked by concrete blocks
-alternate pin locations on holes 1, 3, 6, 10, 12, & 18
-paths between holes, easy navigation
-double loop design
-good mix of left and right shots, but still favors RHBH
Over a year later and still no tee signs, improvements to short tees, or clearing of some fairways (13 and 17 still have a lot of stumps and the latter has lots of uneven ground across the fairway - treacherous footing). Course is in relatively good shape overall but it seems the improvements have come to a halt. Disappointing.
-tee signs are supposed to be coming soon
-park tables in the fairway on hole 9, sometimes pedestrians
-the DD guys have done a ton of work to clear the fairways of brush but there are still a couple holes that need brush and stumps to be cleared (17)
-i'd like to see a little more creativity in some of the short pad locations. most of them are just 20-50 feet shorter than the longs.
-the old course signs need to be removed and the old tee boxes should get filled in, or at least have their frames removed. i see a lot of players new to the course getting confused about the layout from the old course's artifacts.
Other Thoughts: The new redesign by the Dynamic Discs Lewisville guys is exactly what this course needed. I remember when the first 9 holes opened and how excited I was about the potential of the land. After existing in a miserable state for the past 3 years this course is finally becoming the jewel it was always capable of being.
The new design uses a double loop to bring you back to the parking area after each 9. The front 9 is on the north side of the road and is the shorter and tighter of the two. The first two holes play through the open area near the road to tree-protected greens and then you are off into the woods. The next two are very tight with low ceilings, the next two open up a bit with no ceiling but still lines to hit and protected greens, and the next two both tighten up again. The last hole of the first half plays out of the woods and across a long open field. This is the only real two-drive hole on the course but the second shot is wide open. I really love the way there are similar pairs of holes through the front 9.
The back 9 is generally a little bit longer and though it is not as tight as the front 9, it is still very wooded. The fairways are a bit wider and more defined but with thick tree lines and brush off the fairway. It reminds me of the long corridors at courses like Searight and Circle C in Austin. Hole 11 is one of my favorites of the new holes. A hyzer route with a low ceiling opens up to a landing zone right in front of the green: a basket protected by large trees on an elevated bunker. Holes 13 and 18 are fun ace runs, depending on the pin position, and holes 10, 12, and 17 offer a chance to open it up but you'll still need your accuracy.
The new design here at Trophy Club makes for a really fun round with a great variety of shots. It makes great use of the land, hopefully will have all the bells and whistles as work continues, and is beautiful and secluded (apart from the bike trails near 5 & 6). A serious challenge from the longs and no walk in the park from the shorts either. I think once the course is broken in and finished with tee signs and hopefully legit short pads, it could be worthy of a 4.5 rating. This will soon be one of the premiere courses in the metroplex.
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