This Course Is Perfect..............For Middle School Students And Course Baggers!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I would love to shake the hand of the course designer here. He/she designed a course that I believe is almost perfect for middle school students. He/she obviously works with this age group and understands their psyche. Before you tell me about your 12 year old who has an IQ of 150, throws 300' and who would shoot an average score of negative 8 here Let me enlighten you about the AVERAGE middle schooler. First, they have the attention span of spam. Next, they pick up a disc and try to throw it like a baseball, with no luck. They ask for instant reward with little effort or preparation. They are not going to go out in a big field and practice their drives. I taught middle school PE fir fkhr years and we used to try and have them play Ultimate and we only had one kid who could throw more than about 15 feet.
This course allows them the chance for reward. They might actually birdie a hole. They won't get frustrated searching for lost discs in the rough. They might actually decide they like disc golf. The course is perfect for them. Open 125' holes leave them with room for mistakes. They can recover. They will dig this course. They can have fun learning and improving their game. With time, some might graduate to the big boy courses.
The course has excellent DGA baskets with the red numbers on top.
Cons: No tee pads. I would love to see, at least a front board with the hole # and distance routered in.
Students could throw into traffic playing # 4 and # 5.
I didn't particularly like the long hole # 4 at 360'. I'd switch the 4 & 5 baskets thus keeping the difficulty down and it would actually flow better that way.
Other Thoughts: Again, my congrats to the designer. You've put together a course that actually fills the needs of it's target audience. I say, let them write the reviews. I doubt if many middle schoolers would complain about the short distances, lack of signs and tee pads, having a weird number of holes or not providing them with enough challenge. They'd probably rate the course a 5.0. If I had bigger cajones, i'd give the course a 4.5 but then all you guys would yell at me and make fun of me and then I might have deep emotional problems from being bullied!
And I was able to Ace # 5, an open 150' hole.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nothing special, good for very new players
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a very good place to take out a newbie player or to work on your short game. This course was put in for a PE class for the school I am guessing.
This course was not intended to be very special, it was designed for children. I was critical of this course in the past but as I have played around Texas I am retracting my former negative review as not I have a new respect for what it takes to put a course in and this one at least has premium baskets with no rust.
My buddy and I were not able to find the signs for most of the holes but it gave us the opportunity to make up our own holes and have a competitive skins match.
Cons: Signs are not clearly marked, no tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Come out, don't expect much, and just make this course fun! It is so wide open you can make up your own layout.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Goodson Middle School DGC
Goodson Middle School DGC consists of seven baskets in the middle of a grassy field with few trees but quality baskets. This course is a great place to practice finesse shots considering holes range from 135-215 feet with the exception of hole four that reaches 360 feet. The DGA baskets are in excellent shape, allowing more seasoned players to practice upshots and putting with zero chance of a lost disc. Novice players will enjoy playing on grass with wide open fairways, allowing them to work on mechanics and experience the flight characteristics of their discs with little frustration unlike the other courses in Cypress. Ace opportunities can be had on almost every hole!
With no tee signs or tee pads, navigation can be a little confusing. Especially from holes three through five. Fortunately, the baskets all have numbers on them. Locals play from basket to basket which is fine for the first few times but safari golf will improve both the enjoyment factor and difficulty and is HIGHLY recommended. Again, it is what it is...a perfect place to practice and introduce children to the sport.
Goodson Middle School is very fortunate to have DG as part of their physical education program. It promotes fun and healthy exercise while also teaching the basics on sportsmanship. Considering how much land they have surrounding the school however, it would be nice to see them either add a few more holes or create a more challenging layout that takes advantage of the obstacles. Still, it was fun for a course bagger like me to play a course in less than 30 minutes and move on to some of the more fantastic courses in Cypress like Oak Meadow Park and Texas Army Trail.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great course to introduce small kids to the sport of disc golf. There are 7 baskets that are all in near perfect shape and have hole numbers listed clearly on each of the baskets.
It is a very quiet course, it does not see a lot of action due to a few great 18 holers nearby so if you come you will have the course to yourself 99% of the time. The course is always mowed so there is no having to worry about searching for a disc in long grass.
Cons: This really is not even a "course" at is just a place to practice shots. There are no designated tee area. I usually just play a few feet away from the previous basket but there are different ways to do things.
The flow of the course got a little weird at #4-#5 I did not realize I was playing it wrong until the second time I went and played.
There is no imagination for your shots. Most baskets are on a direct line from the "tee"
Other Thoughts: This course rarely sees any use which is sad because this could be a great way to introduce students at Goodson to the sport.
There is no reason you should drive more then 5 miles out of your way to play here unless you are a course bagger or just want to stop on your way to Army Trail or Oak Meadows.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
A Nice Practice Area
This is a small school course in its most basic form. The biggest positive of this course is the quality of pins and that they were installed correctly with locks and collars. Pins are numbered and the entire layout is visible from pretty much any location. There are also some nice old growth trees, although only #3 and #7 attempt to capitalize on them.
Much like Cedar Brook Elementary
, this is a fantastic course to introduce kids the sport, or have an open area to practice techniques, approach shots, or putting. It's just the kind of course my wife loves to play because she doesn't get frustrated. Having once worked at this school I can tell you firsthand that no one ever plays here, so although I wouldn't frequent this place for a round, since it's so close - it's a great area for practice.
Best Hole/s: #3
With most school courses, the cons far outweigh the pros. First, there are no tee boxes, so you'll have to play pin to pin, pick a spot, or maybe just say heck with it and spend your time safari golfing (which does has a few possibilities). The length is way too short, the layout is average and doesn't take advantage of the land real well, and transition from #3 to #4 to #5 is weird. Makes me think someone just switched the #4 and #5 basket if it were actually flowing like the rest of the course - however, I'm actually happy at the current placement, because it makes #4 the only hole on the course over 300'.
Did I mention it's also seven holes? Anyone else get bugged by that? Six or nine holes I'm good with, but seven just seems weird. I don't know why coach didn't use the space across the front entrance for at least a couple there and back holes because nine holes always sounds better. Bottom line is that this is a school course designed by an ambitious and motivated coach with not enough design experience. It makes a good practice area, but with Oak Meadows Park DGC
and Texas Army Trail
right down the road it will never be anything more.
WORST HOLE/S: #2, #6
Other Thoughts: I'm always a fan to see pins in the ground anywhere, and more credit to you if they are being used to get kids interested in the sport. However, since coach Griffin is no longer at Goodson, I don't think anyone ever uses this course for anything.
It's too bad, because I think it was a really good idea for what it was intended to do - to teach kids and help them be active. As stands now however - I guess I can at least be glad Goodson decided to build me my own little practice area before I head out to Texas Army Trail for a real round.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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