Mostly Technical Course an Anomaly Around These Parts!
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Pros: The Texas Army Trail DGC has been carved out of some thick, Texas foliage. Many volunteer hours were spent cutting and shaping fairways where there was once only jungle. Many trees were lost a couple of years ago due to a prolonged drought. Trees larger than 4" around can not be cut down due to environmental restrictions. The last 14 holes could all be considered technical. The county has been inconsistent in their support of this course. They placed restrictions on what volunteers could accomplish but then out of the blue, they construct a nice large parking lot.
There is a practice basket at the start. Thete's also a snake warning sign warning you about cottonmouths, coral and copperheads. What, no cobras? The tee pads are sized concrete ones and the baskets are Mach V's. There is currently one cool elevated basket sitting a cement base. The other firmer raised basket on # 7 is currently one foot high. My local guides, Tom and Fred, assured me that this basket would quickly be raised to a normal height.
Holes 1 & 2 play back and forth over the large drainage basins. I found them to be fun throwing from up on the ridge. Starting with # 5, the course moves into the woods and become tighter and more technical. I guess by Texas standards, this is considered very technical. I think you always have a fair route to play through. Some of these routes are tighter than others. One thing that seems to be a constant here, is the rough is very forgiving. As per my usual, I spent much of my time four wheeling my way through the rough and I was almost never able to get a decent look at the basket.
Three holes stood out to me. They were all three the riskier holes on the course and normally I hate these types of holes. # 13 is just 198' but you have to hit the window or risk having your disc sink into the creek. # 14 then has you throwing from an elevated pad and having to annie around a big sweeping fairway to the basket 312' down there somewhere. And I think, # 18, is an excellent example of a true Rusk/Reward hole. It's 252' with a safe hyser throw mostly ending in a par. Or you can take the risky route which involves throwing an anhyser shot around some branches, over the creek and hopefully, be rewarded with a birdie. An additional problem here is the recent flooding took out about 10' of embankment, leaving you even less margin of error. I really like the fact that you, Mr. Disc Golfer, are making this decision.
Cons: I wasn't impressed with the tee signs. By the way, there is no sign on # 1. The other signs all show three pads, The short Reds, the medium Whites and the longer Blues, each with varying distances depending on whether the baskets were in the short or long positions. But I never saw any other tee pads and when I inquired with my two, very knowledgeable locals, they couldn't tell me with any degree of certainty the distance.
The rough is mostly thick by Texas standards and not very forgiving having lots of vine like things hanging down all over.
No where for big arms to let em rip. I think, the course's longest holes is # 9 at just over 400'.
C snake warning sign disturbing to us players not used to being around real poisonous snakes.
Evidence of recent flood seen over all parts of the course. I'm sure the course has shown better before flooding.
Other Thoughts: Note to Texas players: This course would be considered the norm in many other parts of the country. States getting a lot of moisture, like Oregon and Washington, feature courses that make the Texas Army Trail DGC seem.........I think fair is the word I would use. We see courses where there doesn't appear to be any fair route to the basket.
I liked this course. It's a course where accuracy is more important than distance. I didn't say this course was my kind of course, I suck at any course where you need to throw straight. Texas Army Trail kicked my butt, big time, but I did welcome the challenge even though I mostly failed miserably. I think other players may enjoy having their lunch handed to them here.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Been a While
Pros: Fun course. Good teepads. Variety of shots. Haven't played it in a while so I can't remember too much about it, but I did really enjoy it. First few shots are wide open and it lets you warm up, and it gets progressively more and more fun.
Cons: Signage was decent but not amazing.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: First few holes are open which allow you to warm up your game.
Controlled flights are demanded on the rest of this course.
Cons: I didn't see any ice cream trucks or topless women riding bareback on horses.
Other Thoughts: Course could use more of the former.
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