I Thought The Green, Orange And Yellow Signs Meant I Had To Throw That Color Disc!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Yep, it wasn't until about the 10th hole that I figured out that I didn't have to throw that color disc on each hole. Actually, as a player playing this course for the first and only time, I thought this coloring system was the greatest invention since indoor plumbing. These big colored numbers made navigation a breeze. At first, I was hoping for 18 different colors. However, I don't think they are particularly attractive and if I were not a disc golfer, I think I'd be opposed to them.
The 18 holes are squeezed into a pretty small space here. Until, I just read some reviews I hadn't really thought about so many holes requiring a simple hyser into the center but I reckon that's true. The staging area is great with the pavilion and a practice basket. Nice amenities, concrete pads, DGA baskets, the large colored numbers. The old school fiberglass signs have held up really well. I think this neighborhood might be a little more upscale and less prone to vandalism and litter.
Although there were quite a few hyser holes, I thought there was a certain cleverness, creativity, weirdness, to the design. Some of the more interesting holes, IMO, were # 7 and having you have to hit that tiny window, # 10's basket in that grove of 16 trees, # 14 with that basket deep in the trees, 552' # 16 with the fences on your right all the way and # 17, the shortie over the tall reeds.
Cons: Holes 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, all throw across the path with # 5 being blind and a little more serious. On most of these, one just has to have a brain and wait for traffic to clear.
Colored sign missing from the # 18 basket.
Having to backtrack after 4 and even more after # 9.
One reviewer thought 16 was the signature hole. Although, I liked it, I don't think it's a well designed hole. I don't think having a 552' hole twisting by the neighbor's fences is the best idea. I know better players aren't going to throw over those tall fences BUT less skilled players trying to really crank it up for this long hole will launch a few into these yards. And how would you know which house to knock on the door and ask? You can assume that this been an issue when there are a couple of signs telling players not to scale the fences trying to retrieve discs. I think # 16 would be OK if it was shorter, maybe 200'. Players would less apt to throw over fences if they weren't trying to amp up.
Other Thoughts: I liked this little course. I think it was an enjoyable round and would come back and play often if I lived close. It's probably strictly a recreational level course. Intermediate players should tear it up and post some impressive way below par scores. Now that I know the layout, I wouldn't need those less than attractive huge colored numbers.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Lots of Similar Holes
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This 18 hole course is squeezed into a multi-use area between two neighborhoods. There is a creek splitting the park down the middle, and you play out along one side of the creek for 9 holes, and then turn around and play back along the other side to finish.
Good baskets and decent concrete tee pads. There are huge hole numbers on both the baskets and the tee signs that make it easy to navigate the course. The tee signs themselves are the older fiberglass models that are holding up fine. There are a number of "corrections" on the original distances.
They've done a great job of orienting the holes to virtually eliminate the issue of throwing into the back yards of the surrounding homes. However, the result is that almost every shot is back toward the centerline of the park. What this means is that most of the course is 200' - 275' drives that fade left toward the basket. There is a lot of repetition here.
Hole 10 places the basket within a grove of trees, making for an interesting approach and putt. Hole 14 looks like a "poke and pray" hole from the tee, but it turns out there is a reasonable fairway for a short (what else?) RHBH hyzer approach to the pin.
I thought that Hole 16 was the best on the course. It was the only hole that required a long, straight drive through a "tunnel" type fairway.
Cons: There is a very nice concrete walking path that winds throughout the entire course. This path seems to be the main park attraction, so you will need to be aware of walkers coming from either direction. On a weekday afternoon I had to wait a number of times for walkers to clear before I could safely throw.
As noted above, the course design intentionally direct all drives toward the center of the park and away from the surrounding backyards. This results in most of the shots being (RHBH) hyzers to the basket.
All of the trees that once surrounded the basket on Hole 4 have been cut down (disease?) . There are about ten large fresh stumps surrounding that basket.
Hole 9 requires you to walk back along most of the Hole 8 fairway, and then throw back the same direction. Similar parallel holes are not very interesting. The Hole 8 tee sign shows 492' distance, but it is much closer to the 369' shown in the hole data on this site.
Other Thoughts: I can understand the need to avoid throwing toward the backyards of surrounding homes. However that decision turns this into a one-dimensional course with approximately the same drive over and over again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Mediocre But Good Course
Pros: I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw this course. There were some pretty good challenges at the start. I would say that up to hole 7 I was enjoying my play. There are some interesting basket placements here. Hole 10 basket is a good example. Ever tried to putt to a basket that was completely surrounded by trees? Tougher than it looks! Restrooms at the front of the course are a plus as well as garbage bins throughout. All concrete tees are always a plus. And shot placement is also, at times, very important to score under par here.
Cons: After hole 7, I got the idea that the park was running out of room, so they placed holes 8, 9 and 10 almost immediately next to each other. Making for a circumstance that players cannot help but encroach on one fairway or another with either a drive or navigating to the next hole. Navigation on this course is okay, but there are places where a player has to backtrack to either play the next hole or to cross over a bridge to get to the next tee. Then of course there are the walkers, runners, cyclists or what have you. But those are the hazards of a multi-use park, right? Also, some of the mandos I found just totally ridiculous, but that is also the items you must deal with in parks of this type.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I had a pretty decent round here. Some of the holes I found interesting enough to relieve the monotony of some of the parks I have played in that are just wide open and do not offer challenges of any type. So, if I was asked if I would recommend this course to someone to play, yes I would. And I might even incorporate this course into the northern list of courses I normally play up this way.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wow, I was shocked when I saw how low this course was rated. To start it off they have plenty of parking and very nice bathrooms. The park also displays a practice basket. When you start the course you will notice that each tee sign and basket will have a different color. I thought this was an excellent feature because at many courses you will notice many baskets and be confused on which one to throw to. Also, having a huge number on each tee sign makes navigation extremely easy because you can find the next hole easily. They also featured nice concrete tee pads. The course had a nice mix of longer and wooded holes. This was a challenging course because the creek comes into play on many holes.
Cons: The only major con is that there is a winding walking path throughout which becomes dangerous for walkers. Luckily I was having a good day and the creek wasn't a factor for me but I imagine that it could become a disc eater.
Other Thoughts: I loved this course because it was so easy to navigate. You can tell the city takes great pride in this course because the grass was freshly mowed, and you even saw people cleaning bathrooms, and picking up after their dogs.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Dog Disc Golf
Pros: Signs at Teebox colors match basket. Nice concrete boxes. Good paarking and Restrooms. New sidewalks.
Cons: Lots of people on weekends. Runners, dog park, and picnicing. Most move from fairways quickly. Spots of trees and creek could be better placed.
Other Thoughts: Needs sign with course layout. This layout was changed recently (October 2012) to shorten distances. Signs on tee pads not accurate yet. Hole 16, 522' was par 4 loaded with trees and resident fenceline on right. Not reasonable with OBs.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Eighteen holes is a plus. The park is new and well maintained. Ample parking and the course starts and stops at pavilion B. Multiple trash cans and benches. The creek that runs the length of the course does make things interesting. Signage is good. There is a sign at every tee that clearly marks out of bounds, pin location and next tee.
Cons: Eighteen uninspired holes. After the first couple of holes I felt like is was throwing the same shot over and over. I feel like a ball golfer designed this course. This is a multiple use park and you will have to wait for people using the walking path. 95% of the time it isn't a long wait but sometimes it can stretch out. There are not enough crossings of the creek and that gets old when you have to cross the creek to get to the next hole.
Other Thoughts: This park gets really crowded with the dog park, walking trails, playground and an eighteen hole disc golf course. I feel that nine great or really good holes set away from the rest of the park would have been a much better use of money and space. The rating is based mainly on the upkeep and signage. I keep saying uninspired but its true. The other people using the park are generally friendly. Its a great place to play but its a blelow average course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: It is nice to have another local course. The city has made numerous changes that were inspired by problems with the local residents. Initially I thought it sucked that the city was making changes, but as the course has matured, it is easily a full point better that the original hole layout.
Cons: Sidewalks are in play on over half the holes. This is an inconvenience but really is a tolerable delay when factored into the overall course quality.
Other Thoughts: The course has matured well. this course is now as fun and well maintained as the Temple courses.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
It has Potential
Pros: Concrete tee boxes. Some signage. The course has a fun design. The creek was incorporated well. There are a few token trashcans and bathroom facilities near the 1st/18th holes. New baskets were nice.
Cons: This is a young course, and it shows. The back yards of surrounding homes are problematic on a few holes. There is a side walk that comes into play on nearly every hole. This will become a problem as the park becomes more populated. These are fairly typical problems for neighborhood public park courses.
The larger issues are as follows...Albeit after a pretty heavy rain four days before I played the course, there was standing water on a number of holes, fairly stagnate and mucky/marshy which made for a very unpleasant round. Mud was caked to our shoes the entire round no matter how many times we cleaned them off, muddy discs and wet socks.
We could not find the tee box for hole 3. There was a sign indicating it had been moved, but to where we could not find. We got hole 8 mixed up with 9. We teed off from the 9th tee box and played the 8th basket. The baskets were not numbered. The 8th tee box had also been moved and we couldn't find it. About a third of the holes did not have signs at the tee box.
The course incorporates the creek really well, which made for fun play, but you have to cross the creek numerous times (six if I recall) and there are no bridges or purposeful crossings. We were forced to find places to hop the creek which, with the muddy conditions, was not easy and took away from the experience.
Much of the course fairways were still pretty rough with thorny vines on some holes a foot tall (wear jeans) and numerous scrub brush throughout.
Other Thoughts: Unfortunately the cons outweigh the pros at this point. I'm afraid even with the concrete tee boxes and new baskets, it's still a 2.5 in my book. Let me reiterate though...it is a very fun course! Since this is such a young course, I'll give it a year and review it again. I am hoping some drainage issues will be addressed (I can't imagine those conditions in the summer time. Mosquito and snake heaven.), signage fixed, and some creek crossings added. With these addressed, it's easily a 3 - 3.5. Unfortunately the pedestrian activity and the close proximity of the houses prevent the course from ever reaching its full potential. It is great to have another DGC in the Bell Country area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is conveniently located in central Harker Heights, Purser park is still under construction at the time of my review, but the park is going to be popular one. With DG, dog park, playground, walking trail and a future YMCA this area will be heavily used.
The course itself is set up between to neighborhoods and follows along the concrete walking trail for all 18 holes. This inevitably will create problems for future rounds when the park becomes heavily populated. The course fights for space with the prementioned park amenities and will become a problem down the road.
Overall the course was well designed with the space available. When the course is played with the OB present it becomes much more challenging (fence line, sidewalks, creek). There is a good amount of length variety to the course with both short and long holes.
There is a stream that flows through the park that is present on multipule holes, this with the sidewalk and back yard fences make for a strong OB presences without losing a disc. It is rare to lose a disc at Purser which will be a welcome addition to the newer players that will being using this course.
The course was installed with DGA baskets, as well as the concrete tees and tee signs. There is a pavilion and practice basket next to hole one which makes for a nice staging area. The concrete walkways are a nice addition to the park and do follow closely to the course if you want to utilize them during the round. The park grounds are going to be very nice when they are done, the city has spent time and money to seed the entire park, the grass will be a nice addition to the course and make for a manicured look to the park.
Cons: The biggest con to the future of this course will be the close proximity to houses and people when the park opens fully. Golf is played very close to the other amenities and that will create problems. The fence line is also an issue and has already created problems with some residents, it is easy to lose a disc over the fence on a few of the holes.
Due to the limited amount of space at the park the design was limited. There are many more right hyzer holes than left and this will be an issue for any left handed player. As you play the course you will feel the holes getting a bit repetitive: hyzer out, try not to go OB, rinse repeat. The lack of tree coverage on the course will be a pain in the summer months when it gets 108% outside and also makes the course a bit too easy for the seasoned player.
Other Thoughts: Overall Purser Park DGC will be a quality golf experience, the park has a lot to offer everyone with the large amount of amenities. As the course grows and stretches it will continue to get better. It is up to you how you play this course however, it is a pitch and putt without any of the OB, if you play with creek, fence, and sidewalk as OB then it gets tricky to score well.
There is not much to offer in the excitement category for the seasoned golfer, however it is a welcomed addition to the central Texas golf scene and fills the need for growth of the sport with great location and park extras.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice layout and some straight forward challenging holes. creek thru the middle of the park adds to the fun. nice area. Course OB makes for some fun.
Cons: Lots of pedestrians. Houses on either side of most fairways. They dont find it ok to just go in the backyard to get your discs.
Other Thoughts: With some additional signs making people aware of flying discs.. great course!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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