I Can't See The .Church Youth Group Playing This Course!
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Pros: The First Baptist Church of Bryan is this enormous mega church. There were lots of cars in the parking on a Tuesday morning.
The disc golf starts at, what I astutely deduced, is the backside of the church and then kinda plays all the way around the church counterclockwise. The tee signs are simple little, brown poles which just have the hole number on them. There aren't really tee but just slightly worn spots by the sign.
The baskets are DGA portable models which have BOTH cemented in and chained down into the concrete base. I think the Baptists might have been victimized by some basket thievery in the past. My goodness, Who would steal disc golf baskets from a church? That might entail breaking 2-3 commandments and will surely result in a lifetime of eternal damnation!
Hole 1 is probably 240' but forces you to annie around a grove of trees. Hole # 2 is probably 300' throwing across a drainage basin. # 3 is probably a touch shorter throwing back around this basin. # 4 is a shirt Ace Run throwing back towards the church. The 5th hole finds you teeing off directly towards the Lowe's Hardware out in the distance. It was here that I must have suffered from temporary amnesia or something because nothing about the course seemed to make any sense to me after this point.
After an extensive search, I never located # 6 anything. It seems like it should be in the front somewhere? I knew the course wraps around the church. At the far side, I found a basket set close to the # 8 tee sign. I never figured out where the tee sign is fir # 7? Or is it really # 7? The # 8 signs points towards the wooded area over a small hill. But there was no sign of a basket anywhere over that hill? # 9 then plays towards a basket down the hill from the pinkish colored maintenance building. The basket is set very close to the deep, dark forest.
Cons: The grass on the first 7 holes was wispy and fairly tall. It didn't hide your disc but did seem to collect a lot of morning dew. It was wet.
Navigation. Navigation. Navigation.
No tee pads. Funny, my online map doesn't show the infamous 6 & 7.
Missing baskets? Missing tee pads? Missing signs! I think the minister and the organist are also missing.
Other Thoughts: On the right side of the church, in the area of the # 5 basket, are a bunch of stakes with pink ribbons. I think they might be marking off a spot to add some more parking. Now this church already has more parking spots than A & M's football stadium. How many more spots do they need?
I'd like to know the story of the the missing holes or my missing mind. Feel free to contact me and set me straight, in case I've missed something obvious.
And if you find the missing organist, call her husband. He's worried sick.
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Not a lot to work with
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Pros: Tee markers on 7/8 holes
Cons: Baskets are DB5's that were meant to be practice baskets, not permanent.
Long walks between 5 to 6 tee, 6 to 7 tee and 9 to 1 tee.
Basket for #8 was either missing or was overgrown in the woods where I could not find it.
Other Thoughts: I never expect much on a private church property course. if anything the courses should be beginner friendly.
This course almost fits that bill. But for a seasoned disc golfer, I have to give it a 2 for a reasonable course with nothing special.
#1 is a nice hyzer shot around a small group of trees with some trees on the right punishing long wide shots.
#2 is a long shot over a drainage area, no trees, elevated basket on the other side of the flood pond. (only water is near the tee)
#3 has an elevated tee over the drainage flood pond with the basket on the other side. Again, no tree's come into play.
#4 is a short shot over the entrance road with some smaller trees making it somewhat interesting.
#5 wide open shot across the field, not anything comes into play unless you massively overthrow this hole.
#6 The tee is near the Church sign at the corner of the property. Long walk across the parking lot. there is no fairway here, you have to throw over the parking lot to the basket with a green that is about 30 ft across between the parking lot and the street.
#7 take a long walk from #6 down the street till you cross the entrace of the church, then walk a little farther till you have grass and trees start opening up. I was unable to find any sort of tee, so I played it as far back as I could from the sidewalk for a short hole with trees near the tee.
#8 there is a tee box (right behind #7 basket) throwing across the church road, however I was unable to figure out where the basket was originally, if it was in the woods, it has been totally overgrown.
#9 This is a decent hole, anhyzer to the edge of the wood in a small clearing right before the storage shed.
Then a longer walk back to your car.
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Well...Not much to see here.
Pros: This is a wide open course, with longer holes that big arm players will enjoy. It's quick and convenient to play being right off the highway, and you'll be by yourself - the people who worked at the church didn't even know this course was out there (I thought it was a bit weird). The open layout makes most holes and tees (marked by a wooden post) easy to spot, and once you find #1 the first five holes are easy to follow.
BEST HOLE/S: #1; #9
Cons: Wow, where to being? Let's start with holes #6 & #7 that are M.I.A. #6 post is visible in a weird part of the property, but there is no basket. I assume it's because once there realized it was in a horrible position and parked cars kept getting hit that they probably pulled it. I played to a tree at the posted distance away. I can't even figure out where #7 might have been. Maybe the parking lot was built bigger or something, because you can't tell where they fit it - then #8 & #9 are clear on the other side of the property. It's sad too, because they are both decent holes, with #9 being especially challenging due to length and dense foliage to the right. Use the Google Map I created to help you find your way, especially for #8 & #9, (#9 tee isn't visible from #8 pin because it's at the bottom of the drop-down on the other side of the road).
When the course was first built, I bet the designer thought it was a great idea to angle the tee signs for easier viewing, however, after years in the elements all of the necessary hole information has been completely worn off leaving you to guess the distances. I believe the baskets are crappy Lightning DB-5's, so don't plan on any forgiveness when trying to stick a long putt. Plus, you are at the top of a hill in an open plain, so any weather will always be a factor. Finally, besides #1 & #9, everything is just a straight-forward open shot with length being the only factor. Heck, even #1 isn't tough, but at least it looks a bit different.
WORST HOLE/S: #4
I wanted this course to be so good when I first discovered it, and it just wasn't. I enjoyed it only slightly more than Tiffany Park
a few miles down the road, but both are at the bottom of the College Station/Bryan DG world. It's a shame really, because even though the terrain is fairly uneventful, I think with a little TLC this place could be at least passable.
Having finally played all of the current courses the Bryan/College Station area has to offer, I have made two separate lists for you to consider when making your next visit to Aggieland. I have ranked them first by overall course quality and then my personal enjoyment rating which varies a bit from the first list. Please note however, I enjoyed all of these courses, and none of them stood out as the clear favorite.
Course Rating and Quality:
1. Research Park
2. Southern Oaks Park
3. Wolf Pen Creek
4. Austin's Colony
5. Oaks Park
6. Bonham Park
7. First Baptist Bryan DGC 1;
8. Tiffany Park
Personal Enjoyment: (1 is best & 5 is worst)
1. Southern Oaks Park
2. Wolf Pen Creek;
3. Research Park;
4. Oaks Park;
5. Bonham Park;
6. Austin's Colony
7. First Baptist Bryan DGC
8. Tiffany Park
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