Nice Long Park Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a classic public park course. Plenty of tall, well-spaced trees with the limbs trimmed up 10 - 20' above the ground. Below the trees are acres and acres of thick mowed grass. No shrubs, brush or even tall grass unless you happen to throw down near the river.
Quite a variety of hole lengths. The shortest hole is 210' with the longest at 700'. This course is long for a public park course, with 18 of the 21 holes over 300' long, and 7 holes over 450'. However, most of the holes are quite open so finessing drives isn't really necessary. Just pump them out there.
Large, well-textured concrete tee pads and very good signs. It appears that the signs are newer as the holes are now numbered from 1 through 21 without the confusing "A, B, C" extra holes. I have Photoshopped the course map to show the new hole sequence. The signs give hole distance and par, along with a good diagram showing the hole layout and the locations of the alternate pin positions where applicable.
Baskets are showing their age with some rusting and discoloration, but they catch fine. Seven of the holes show alternate pin positions, all of which appear to change the hole significantly.
The most interesting holes for me were the ones that weren't long open drives to the basket. Hole 5 places the basket on a small rise next to the zoo fence with the OB road just behind, and Hole 7 is an short hole pinched between an OB road on the right and the steep river bank on the left. Hole 12 also plays along the river and requires a left sweeping drive toward a basket set along the top of the river bank.
Cons: For the most part this is a flat course that requires long drives through fairly open parkland. The trees are spread out enough that there are nothing like tunnels, or even fairways to hit. More like missing one or two trees. So while there are plenty of trees, it doesn't really play like a "moderately wooded" course. While the hole distances does create challenge, there is a certain similarity to many of the holes.
There is a good bit of back-and-forth across the various roads as you move from hole to hole. A copy of the map will help get you pointed in the correct direction.
This is a multi-use park and conflicts are possible. There were several folks out gathering pecans the morning I played, and I had to warn a few before I drove. Also plenty of joggers and walkers that will cause to to hold up your drive for a bit. I noted several picnic tables between tees and baskets that would create conflicts if they were being used by park visitors.
Other Thoughts: This is a very clean park with several parking lots, restrooms, trash cans, etc. Overall a nice facility.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
A 'Texas Sized' Course
Pros: New teesigns make it fairly easy to find your way around the course (first timers should still take a map), several 400+ft holes and lots of space for driving will test and improve your long-range game, very little 'dense' undergrowth makes for forgiving placements and minimal loss of discs, a decent use of OB and hazards with the river and the small park road, and a friendly low-traffic atmosphere. Local DG'ers were all very friendly and willing to play a round or show some local course knowledge.
Cons: Teepads are pretty beat up, baskets are showing major wear and damage in some cases (basket #3's chains were hanging off and rusted last time I was there - for example), the landscape doesn't provide much variety - hence the holes get a bit repetitive and if you don't have some experience (300ft+ drives) you may have a long day here. Also some bad erosion starting to happen along the Riverbed and small creeks in the park is changing the feasibility of some holes (such as #7).
Other Thoughts: Difficult: Intermediate - Pro. All in all, a pretty decent place to play DG - it has it's quirks but it's a big course for a big park in a big state. I think the course not only forces you to 'up' your game in terms of distance, but also gives you many opportunities to use your midranges to either drive on the shortest holes or approach/upshots on your way to the basket. There is a zoo (yes, lions, monkeys, etc.) directly next to the course - the lions live behind basket #4 ... beware.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course, but honestly not all that memorable
Good size concrete tees on all 21 holes. Dual pin positions on about 1/3 of the holes and what's nice about them is that they actually change the way the hole plays vs. just adding/subtracting length. This course is typical of what one finds in Texas: long and mostly open. The average hole length varies from 372' to 403' depending on which pin positions are in play. If you're a grip n' rip player you should love this course. The baskets are a mix of brands but generally are in good shape and catch well enough, but beware the shallow trays on some baskets. A restroom facility is conveniently located at the intersection of holes #2, #13, and #18. Minimal blind holes (only #12) are a wise choice at this popular multi-use park. Being the only course within 30mi means this course gets a lot of play and attention from the local club. Convenient parking that the course loops back on mid-way through.
The tee markers are generally pretty lame with no consistent information. Basically they're just short posts painted white to assist in seeing the tee pad from a distance. There's a lot of walking between holes. There's significant lost disc potential on hole #7 when playing the road as OB (as you're supposed to). Erosion and lost tree(s) have taken their toll on this course, specifically on #7 to minimize the landing zone of a shot near the basket. This multi-use park will have some holes with interference from other park patrons. This course places a huge premium on being able to throw long and straight, about 15 of the 21 tee shots are preferably long, straight drives.
The three extra holes fit in here: hole "A" plays between #11/#12, hole "B" & "C" play between #15/#16. Even when the pins are in the shortest position big arms have advantage over technical players because most holes are pretty open. The Texas Zoo abuts the course on holes #4 & #5 offering the unique opportunity to be putting on #4 with a wolf staring you down directly behind the basket! And keep your drive low on #5 or it can sail over the fence and give some animal a new chew toy.
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