Great challenging course
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Pros: Good parking
Some tight out of bounds
Other Thoughts: There is the reason the pros play here. This is a great challenging course. There are alot of holes that a big arm is a huge bonus.
The front 9 has some really long holes, but they are not just bomber holes. There are some serious out of bounds problems and shots across or by water.
The back nine has some serious woods holes. If you get off the fairway, it can be punishing. I've seen guys in my group take a 8 on a hole because they can't get out of the woods.
I recommend looking over the map and holes before going if new to help plan your attack. My scores went way down after the 3rd time of playing and knowing how to play my the lies
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A Complete Challenge
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Pros: (3.751 Rating) A tale of two different nines. The front is for power and the back is technique. Please note that this course appears to have had a couple more tweaks in last year or so.
- CHALLENGING - Brazos Park East, AKA "The Beast" is going to challenge a player's full arsenal. Hugh bombing plays and tight technical holes. There is water in play on a few shots that offer amazing risk reward choices. A great example of this is on hole (6), which plays 500 feet as the crow flies but has a 450 foot water clear on the direct line. No doubt the biggest bombers can make this, however those that can only clear 425 will have to start making choices on whether to throw across to the right on a constantly shrinking fairway or play it safe to the left and add distance and also a more difficult water clear approach shot. Hole (5), when in the back position, is a gut checking dogleg par 4 with water left and beyond. Then there's the back nine, which is almost entirely heavily wooded. A hole like (15) is a relatively short par 5 at just over 500 feet, but the line is consistently less than 15 feet wide. A perfectly executed bullet play tailing to the right at the end could offer an approach play towards to basket and then an eagle putt. However, a miss early off the tee with a bad ricochet could result in a big number.
- RAW BEAUTY - Way up there in my personal rankings. Several views of the large Brazos river and cliffs in the backdrop. The approach of (5) and the tee off on (6) give the best views of the river. The entire back nine are all heavily wooded gems. Picking a favorite is like picking a favorite Ferrari. Most of the holes on the back nine are full length tunnel shots. Several have rolling elevation elements to them. The areas around the baskets were fully manicured on my visit and they had some mulch thrown in to make the framed basket area pop. Hole (13s) basket plays over 12 deep dry wash and has nice heavy timber stairs and terracing. Overall, I'd roughly give the back nine a 4.5/5 and the front a 3.75/5. A few shots on the front are rather average looking being lightly wooded park style shots with manmade feature in view.
- UNIQUENESS - Other than missing substantial elevation plays, this course has just about it all. Open shots and heavily wooded tunnels. Water clears and a parallel water plays. Pockets shots and 4 dogleg holes. Although unfortunately all of these doglegs are to the right. Hole (7), has vegetation growing up cutting off a direct line. If left as is, it provides a shot that must be played more overtop than level. Lots of bomb plays on the first few holes to stretch out the arm. The only thing that is not ideal is that the front 9 and back 9 are not mixed together to provide a better balance throughout.
- CHARACTER - The amenities and extras is one of the course's weaker areas, but it's still above average. Nice concrete tees being 5 feet by 12 feet. Effective hole signage showing a fairly accurate hole layout along with distance, par info and next tee direction. The baskets are top of the line Dynamic Veterans. There are several benches although it would be nice to have them on every hole considering the length of this course. An updated course map at the entry of the park. Lacking and missing items include; No community board, only 2 multi tees, no alternate basket locations with maybe (5) being an exception. Basket (4) was missing on my visit.
- NAVIGATION - Considering the signage noted under the Character Pro and all the well placed navigational cues between holes, this course is fairly easy to navigate first time through. The course is also mostly cart friendly with hole (13s) steps being the one hick-up.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds were in awesome shape on my visit. There's a sign on the way to (10) stating that the local club keep up the back nine. They've done an amazing job.
Cons: Only a couple minor issues of note and some preferential things.
- SAFETY HAZARDS - Several holes on the front 9 bring park roads and walking paths into play.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - Keep the kids away from this one. Far too many unforgiving areas on this course. I'd personally would only recommend this course to those at the 850 rating level (Recreational) and above.
- LOOSE DISC OPPS - Water plays a major role on holes (5), (6) and (7). Unless a player's disc floats, making a mistake here could mean lost plastic. There are also a few scrubby cattail areas where retrieval seems impossible. The back nine has lots of heavy overgrowth area, where searching could extend beyond 10 minutes.
- POISON IVY - I could tell that the club is taking it out in the common flight path areas on the back nine. However, any horrible ricochet could possibly end up in it.
- LACK OF ELEVATION - I wasn't expecting much considering the course is in the flood plain of the 400 foot wide Brazos river. A few holes have 15 to 20 feet of grade play in them. Hole (15) might get close to 30 down but it's a 500 foot long hole.
- TIME WAITING - I had to wait several times on the front. I had to completely change my tee location on (6). There was a fisherman 325 feet down fairway. The perfect distance for me to nail him and too far to yell "Hey, why the %#@& are fishing in the middle of a disc golf course"
- TIME PLAY - I finished in 90 minutes solo, first time through. I figure this will translate for a foursome in at 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course and it's a must play for anyone traveling between Austin and Dallas. I ran my numbers on this course several times and kept getting numbers right around the 3.75 mark. IMO the back is a strong 4 perhaps flirting with a 4.25. The front has some awesome elements to it, but it has some glaring issues as well. There is still room for improvement on this course too, as it doesn't have all the bells and whistle like the top established course along the I35 corridor. Putting a full second set of tees out here and adding some alternate baskets, among other things, are dynamics I look for in excellent and phenomenal courses.
- PAR STRUCTURE - The new tee signs have a par structure set up according top pros. The signs indicate several 500 and 600 foot par 3s on the front. In no way, did I rate the difficulty of the course based on these artificially lowered par figures. Holes (1), (3), (4), (6) and (8) were clearly par 4s before the signs were updated.
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The pros make it look so EASY
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Pros: Solid mix of every shot on this course. Short, moderate, and long holes are present. Dog leg left and right as well. Good park style holes with tasty lines and OB to keep things interesting and some great wooded holes on the back nine to balance things out.
Signage is very good and the tee pads are more than ample.
Water threat on a few holes especially holes 5 and 6. Some baskets sit on slopes or next to the river so the roll away factor and/or pucker factor is present to add to the challenge of running putts.
Directional arrows to assist with the navigation.
Flow is logical.
This course will challenge all levels of players and there is a good mix of every kind of shot on this course.
There is a little bit of elevation on the back nine but not like at Cameron Park across the river.
Beautiful scenic views of the Brazos river and the scenic cliff.
The mandos that are in place serve to keep you from endangering any other park goers or cars so they were well placed.
Cons: There is a walking path that comes into play on a few holes on the front 9 so be aware before you throw. Also the parking lot is close on a few holes to.
There is some long walks between basket's and tees but its not too extreme. Some will find that it slows the flow of the round down a bit however.
I could see some of the hard pack in the fairways on the back 9 being slick after a good soaking rain so footing could be an issue.
Other Thoughts: Hole 5 is an extremely challenging hole that will test both your accuracy and mental game. OB on the left hand side and heavy rough on the right. Its a placement shot basically to the big trees and then an extremely accurate approach to get to the well guarded penisula in which the basket resides. Heavy rough on the right upon approach and a pond on the left. One of the signatures holes here IMO. You follow up 5 with hole 6 that if you have the arm and can carry the water 400+ feet you could have a look at an Eagle. Its a par 4 but for the majority of players a smarter play to the fairway and then trying to come across the water is a better play. Fun risk reward hole.
There is a sign before you enter the back 9 that reads "bEast Back Nine" and it lives up to its name. The holes on this half of the course are wooded and there are very nice lines that must be hit in order to score well. Again your accuracy, mental game, and patience will be tested. The shots vary from hole to hole and so does the length. This section of the course will test you for sure but it is so fun to play and see how your game stacks up.
Staying in the fairway on the back 9 is critical to scoring well on the back 9. The rough is going to make you work to get back into the fairway so strokes will be accumulated if a player isn't accurate. A player that can throw both BH/FH will have a leg up on this course for sure.
Theres a reason this course is featured on the Disc Golf Pro Tour and host the Waco Annual Charity Open. Its a very good course that has enough teeth to test the best in the world. Now don't let the Pros fool you into thinking its an easy play. Of course they make it look easy on TV because they are PROFESSIONALS after all. For the rest of us mortals you will have to work in order to score well here.
Overall this is a solid course that is a MUST play. IMO I would play William Cameron Park across the river first to get warmed up before tackling this extremely challenging course. Both are solid courses and compliment each other very well. I definitely want to come back and try to tame this beast again.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This just a fantastic course, lots of variety, open, tunnles, water, and ob all come into play on this course. It's just a great course to play that will challenge your game in all areas.
Cons: It's not that beginner friendly. It would probably make most beginners not want to play disc golf anymore.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Favorite course in Texas
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Pros: Most shot variation of any course in Texas
Extremely difficult but there will be a few holes that for sure play to your strength because theyre so varrying
super easy to follow layout
Cons: Hole 5 (I think) is a really good hole but odds are youre loosing a disc playing it
Other Thoughts: Love this course so much!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Difficult, but fun
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Pros: - Great mix of open and tight holes - front 9 is very open, back nine is very tight - feels like two different courses
- Professional lengths and pars - not a typical par 3 course
- Challenges all parts of one's game - requires power and control to achieve par on any given hole
- Scenic view over the Brazos river and sandstone bluffs
- Nice concrete teepads, good signage - easy to navigate without a map, despite potentially confusing layout
Cons: - Mixed use front 9 - pedestrians, fishermen, boats loading and unloading close enough to fairways to be at risk
- Mosquitoes prevalent in the back 9
- Not a lot of elevation change
- Hole 5 is a nasty disc eater - very sharp dog leg right with only a narrow landing strip to the basket
Other Thoughts: Do not go into this course using the conventional "par 3 for everything", unless you like to count high. This is a professional level course, and there are legitimate par 4s and 5s, and they should be played that way. A 4 on hole 18 from the long teepad, for instance, definitely feels like a birdie, not a bogey.
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Pros: Well manicured front 9 and clear fairways for the back 9. Real restrooms, no big groups in the way, only serious players if you come across anybody. Pdga rated holes, uploaded recent Par for every hole on udisc app. Can play a whole rd under 2 hrs.
Cons: If you can't hit lines or fairways don't try and play the back nine down. Only the "smart" & "skilled survive the back 9. The wind in the front 9 is killer on drives off the tee on a couple holes. The wind/ o.b in the front 9 can make or break a good rd.
Other Thoughts: I've played many other courses in many cities, states, and none can compared to the "beast" as the locals call this course. It can eat you alive if your not carefull...Beware the Beast.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Cement Tee pads on all the holes
Very wide variety of holes
Course map is near hole 18? Thought this was funny.
Cons: Hard to think of too many.
Tee signs could use maps of the holes.
Fairways are pretty tight in some places.
There are several holes on the Beast side that you are forced to lay up your drive to get the right shot for your upshot.
Other Thoughts: This course is a monster.
Front holes are longer and more open. There are some birds, but several are out of my range.
The Back Beast lives up to it's name. STAY ON THE FAIRWAY.
Loads of poison ivy and if your off the fairway, you are loosing several strokes.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Perfect mix of open bombs and wooded bliss!
Pros: Great open front with some long and some medium length holes, just enough trees and OB in play to make you have to make good shots! The pond on hole 6 tempts you to throw over it and go for glory or play smart and lay up.
The back is heavily wooded with tight, but fair fairways and there are some beautiful holes back there! I think a few trees were taken out of 15 and 18 since last I played it.
Well upkept course, nice concrete pads and no damaged baskets!
Cons: A few of the tee pads need to be textured because they are pretty slick with dirt on them.
Other Thoughts: This course demands every shot and you to know your limits and be comfortable with them. Don't try and be a hero on every hole and you may just end up with a great score!
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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nice mix of park and woods golf
Pros: Nice tee boxes
Easy to navigate
Good facilities (bathrooms, etc.)
Very pretty on the eyes
Cons: The back nine is a little rough and wasnt mowed. When i played it wasnt a problem but since the rest of the course was manicured i figure the back nine migjt get a little overgrown.
Other Thoughts: If you are traveling through on I35, hit this course up. Lots of fun. Not sure why some of the other reviews didnt like the back nine. Its exactly what i want out of woods golf.
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