Keene, TX 
Carver Park DGC Share
Uploaded By: TheHipstick Hole #9 (Taken 8/2015)
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 Carver Park

5+    7/20/2019   6/27/2018
Review By: aclay
Played: 262  Reviewed: 165  Exp: 38.5 Years
This review was updated on 7/21/2019
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -- Great baskets and signs, particularly for a 9-hole course in a city park.
-- Plenty of parking.
-- A course map is located by the parking lot (near basket 3).
-- Speaking of No. 3, the basket basically sits on an island created by walking paths and the creek. It's not a long hole, but accuracy is crucial. This is true on other holes as well because of the walking path.
-- The park is clean, and there are trash cans.
-- Restrooms (although not in good shape) are available near the ball fields.
-- Water comes into play on many holes, but it's a small creek ditch, so you can usually recover your disc.
Cons: -- Natural tee pads are not in good shape and aren't well marked. Those are the short tees. The long tees are from the walking path and are only marked with spray paint. If there are people in the park, most of these tee pads are not usable.
-- The land is decent for disc golf, but the park is so crowded already (baseball/softball fields, basketball court, walking path, football field) that many times of day you will either have long waits or might be unable to play at all. Hole 9 could be especially bad because it tees (and plays) over the edge of and beside the football field.
-- Holes 1 and 9 are on opposite sides of the park, so no matter where you start, you will have a long walk.
-- Creek crossings. While using the creek as an obstacle provides some challenge/interest, the crossings are not good. A big, permanent bridge near basket 3 is good, and a smaller wooden crossing bridge is available near basket 8. However, at least one more decent crossing bridge (between 4 and 6), is needed.
-- Holes 7/9 share a tee area. The tee signs are on the same post.
Other Thoughts: -- This is a short course (No. 9 at 300 fee is the longest hole) with a few obstacles set in a city park. It's good for people new to the sport and anyone who wants to work on his/her short game with mids and putters. I don't have a big arm, so I threw driver on two holes (5 and 9).
-- If you pair this with the 9-hole course 1/4 mile down the road, you get a good 18-hole course, especially if you play Carver during a non-peak time. On two visits mid day on Wednesdays, I basically had the park to myself. Even on a Saturday morning in July, the park wasn't crowded.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Beginners Course

5+    9/2/2017   9/7/2017
Review By: Can't get right
Played: 25  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 7.8 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This park is well maintained most of the time. Short holes give you a great chance for aces on every hole for the above average player, and easy par for the novice player.

Good signage on all tees. Easy to find baskets.

A creek thru the park and the surrounding foliage add some challenge to most of the holes.
Cons: While the flow of the course is nice, this short 9 hole course has the beginning and ending holes at opposite ends of the park, with hole 1 furthest from the parking lot.

Tee boxes are dirt and worn. Run-ups on a couple holes can twist an ankle.

Stench on hole 1 can be particularly unpleasant some times.

A single creek splits the part in two and comes into play on 7 of the 9 holes. This is great except for the lack of stable crossings. Could use a couple of small bridges.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course so I play it a lot. I consider myself a below average player. This course is a great feel good course for my skill level.

I hear this is a great night course if you like playing glow rounds.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Would recommend avoiding

1    2/27/2016   7/27/2017
Review By: Jennay
Played: 34  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 7.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There are baskets and teepads
The park itself is okay
Cons: Hole 9 is terrible
Most of the holes are boring and poorly layed out
Really easy to hit people
course poorly layed out
Just not enough space
Other Thoughts: Played a really poorly run tournament called keane fall throwdown or something like that, would avoid tournaments played on this course

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Straight Run Ace Run

1    11/6/2016   11/10/2016
Review By: hotstang
Played: 415  Reviewed: 59  Exp: 11.9 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's a course.
Good DisCatcher baskets.
Good Tee signs.
Course map by hole 3 / bridge.
Easy flow. (Checkout course map.)
Beginner friendly.
Good course to to introduce players to the sport.
Putter off the tee practice.
Putter and Mid practice course.
Quick round.
Cons: Course was not laid out very well.
Hole 1 starts out on top of the hill behind the baseball field. (Long Walk).
Course runs along walking path. If people are out a lot of waiting comes into play.
Natural tees.
Hole 7 & 9 share a tee pad.
Crossing creek several times.

Other Thoughts: If park is busy I would recommend playing disc golf @ Southwestern.
Play both courses to add length.
With a slight redesign this course could flow and work a lot more efficient.
Plenty of parking.
Course is not a destination course but its an add.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Keenes par 2 course

1    5/18/2016   5/18/2016
Review By: Pizza God
Played: 1372  Reviewed: 439  Exp: 35 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: good beginner course
good tee signs (see con's for hole 9)
ace run city
Cons: grass tee pads
long walk from the parking lot to hole 1
not quite as long of a walk from hole 9 back to parking lot
Tee sign for 7 and 9 are on the same pole, however #9's map is sort of wrong. Not a big deal, it is easy to figure the hole out.
Other Thoughts: when you pull into the park, check the map, you will notice you need to walk all the way to the south end of the park for hole 1.

then you wind your way back across the park to hole 9 and have to walk back to the parking lot.

Pretty much every hole but 9 is an ace run (hole 9 is 300 ft at the longest hole on course)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 9 Hole ace run.

1    8/7/2015   8/7/2015
Review By: TheHipstick
Played: 169  Reviewed: 69  Exp: 19.8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee pads.
-Every hole had a nice laid out signage.
-Nice baskets.
-Short quick course.
-Ace run on every hole, good course to practice accuracy.
Cons: -The long walk from the parking lot to the start at hole 1.
-The signage for hole 9 was kinda confusing to where you tee off.
Other Thoughts: Course wasn't really that difficult or long. Nice little park to try for an ace or practice accuracy with your discs.

Overall it was a fun course.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Decent course all around

1    7/12/2015   7/12/2015
Review By: mavsfan0434
Played: 12  Reviewed: 11
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Easy to navigate, great signage
-Good for beginners
-Nice baskets
Cons: -Short 9 hole
-Could see where it gets crowded(we played at 8AM so only a couple joggers)
-Creek is frustrating, it is small, but hard to get into if you have to
Other Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed the course even though I played terrible. It's probably not worth much of a drive on its own, but we played this as the front 9 and then about .5 miles away played Southwestern as the back 9, which made it worth the trip for sure.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Elias Carver Park DGC

1    3/30/2014   3/30/2014
Review By: xseption
Played: 18  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 9.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The baskets are easy to find and are in great condition. I liked the way that the holes are positioned such that there is usually a hazard or two to work through. The course is short and you can accomplish a couple of rounds rather quickly.
Cons: The course is very short. There is a small creek running through the course and the creek is easy to grab your discs from. But, the terrain around the creek tends to slope towards the creek and any rolling discs tend to find the creek. You need to watch for pedestrians strolling through the sidewalks that cut through the course. Hole 9 does not circle around to the parking lot nor Hole 1.
Other Thoughts: I gave it a good (3) in the sense that it it a good way to practice your intermediate game. I almost aced two holes so you might enjoy acing a hole or two. I was there in the morning (10 am) on Sunday and there was a fair amount of traffic already.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 home court

5+    7/9/2013   7/9/2013
Review By: laerton420
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.2 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: park is well kept,baskets are real nice (just love that yellow chastity belt,arghh)..course is laid out nice,shots are fun if not overly challenging..good practice course,,locals are friendly..water,restrooms and abundant pickanicka tables..
Cons: people.people.people..tho this park is disc friendly the holes are laid out so that every one crosses a trail,or walkway somehow.only 9 holes,tho its cool to play them twice,,
Other Thoughts: this is my home course and its a great practice course,also has a soccer feild which is good for distance driving practice..

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Approach With Care

5+    3/28/2013   3/28/2013
Review By: jrrttmrgn
Played: 128  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 18.8 Years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Discatcher baskets are one of the biggest pros of the course. Bright yellow rims and deep baskets with double sets of chains are a welcome sight to anyone working on their short game. When you couple this with the manicured grass and large welcoming course sign things are looking good. The tee signs are in place and the advertisements show the community's support.

Restrooms are on site with water fountains and parking is also ample. Trash cans and benches are also in close proximity to most of the holes.

Playability Pros:

The thing that makes this course work is that it really brings the mid-range / approach game into play. Uneven greens, left to right shots, right to left, tight & technical all challenge the intermediate player to make sure they are accurate placing discs. Turning the course into a challenge where players see how close to -9 you can come is a lot of fun. Ace opportunities on all 9 holes thanks to 300' max D and great baskets! Also a good one disc practice course.
Cons: As much as Carver has going for it, it's a shame that there are also a lot of things that make it a complex review. The property was near maximized already with 4 baseball fields, a volleyball court, football field and basketball court; and winding through all this is a heavily used walking loop. This is problematic and even perfectly placed shots can be dangerous.

Also the park is bordered by state property with high fences and designers have already had to move the location of hole 9 to ease tensions due to people scaling fences to retrieve discs.

Course flow due to designers having to work with what they had is also an issue. The course starts at the North end of the park and finishes on the South end. So no matter where you park there's a walk. Thankfully nice sidewalks ease the commute.

Playability Cons:

The courses' constant crisscrossing of the creek is a tad tiresome even with the soon incoming bridge. Also the absence of a hole that allows for a big drive is a downside.
Other Thoughts: This course is an addition to an active college town, with multiple high schools as well as many private and church youth groups, which is relatively unaware of disc golfs existence. The course serves its purpose relatively well as a beginner course.

I have found that parking on the corner of 2280 and Pioneer Dr. is preferable to the main lot due to proximity to hole 1.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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