The best course in an area of great courses
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -You'll never get bored of it
-Great teeboxes and signs
Cons: -Very rocky, will tear up your cheap plastic
-Not for beginners
Other Thoughts: Difficulty (5/5): This course is downright punishing. The first four holes start out relatively easy, then the par 5 hole #4 hits and the strokes really start piling up. The fairways are narrow and if you find yourself off of the fairway you've almost guaranteed yourself a bogey. Most holes have a low ceiling combined with a rocky ground, so you can't air it out or skip it. The par 4's and 5's are accurate, they will certainly stretch your arm. But don't overthrow or you'll find yourself 20 feet into the trees struggling to save double bogey.
Maintenance (4.5/5): Two sets of great teeboxes, each with colorful and descriptive signs. Large stones to sit on at each tee. Plenty of trashcans. The trail between hole 12 and 13 can flood sometimes, forcing you to walk up to the overpass nearby.
Variability (5/5): Circle C will force you to use every single shot/disc in your bag and want to go to the field to learn new ones. Off the tee you'll throw hyzers, anhyzers, turnovers, flex shots (if you have them), tight S-curves, hyzer flips, skip shots (on the few holes that have enough grass to do so. You'll drive with mid ranges on par fours just to hit the right line and be in the right spot for your upshot. There are probably 4 holes that the average player can just let it loose without worrying about a tree ceiling, but on those holes they'll still have to shape their shots to avoid the trees in the fairway or navigate the doglegs. I can't say enough about the variability on this course.
Flow/Experience (4.5/5): The flow is brilliantly designed. My entire group had never played it before the first time we played, and it was very simple to find our way to the next holes. If it looks like a path is near the basket, just follow it and you'll soon be at the next tee. Hole 1 is near the parking lot and hole 18 lets out across the field from the parking lot. And all the holes are fairly close to the established park trail system (without putting the trails within throwing distance) so that you an call it a day at any hole. This is good since the loose rocky terrain of the course makes it more likely for a sprained ankle to happen.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Circle C is a fabulous course. It's definitely a higher skill-level course, but I've seen a ton of beginners out on the course huckin' all over and having a blast. It's a very long course with long holes, so each 18 hole play through is about 1hr per person.
The holes offer a ton a variety in multiple ways. I throw both RHBH and RHFH and some overhead shots- you'll need them all to excel here. There is a ton of length, but many holes that require precision on tight lines as well. The holes themselves are all really well designed in my opinion, varying from shorter Par 3's and ace runs to tricky Par 4's and even the signature Par 5 800ft 18th hole (feels like 2000ft at times...). Furthermore there are multiple tee pads on many of the holes, giving frequent players a bit more variety when you play.
There are many areas to sit near holes. The trail is nearby, so if you need to skip out or if you go and play until the sun dies (me, Winter, always) I can sometimes play 5-6 holes and walk right back out to the parking lot with the trails.
Overall, this course can be very challenging but incredibly rewarding. I have tried bombing many holes and failed. I've tried precision and worked my way through the course arduously. Both styles can be utilized throughout the course and there is a ton of fun to be had.
There are a few fields nearby as well as 2 practice baskets, so it's a great way to get ready for the round beforehand. I would strongly suggest this course if you haven't played yet!
Cons: The course has litter often. Hate to say it, but not everyone will do their part to keep the course clean. It's not too bad, though.
Many holes lack their signs. The layout of the course gives a really good idea of where to go, but it's always nice to have a good sense of what the hole is like first. There is a lot of graffiti as well.
The teepads themselves are solid; however, many are on a platform and surrounded by wood/tree trunk foundations. Although aesthetically nice, I struggle sometimes with getting a good run-up. That's more preferential, as I can probably use more practice throwing from a stand-still anyways...
Other Thoughts: Bring water/snacks. It can be a very long course and a long day. Many mini groups play throughout the week and some don't like to let groups of 3 or more through them, even if they have 8+, although I try to be a funny guy and usually don't have a problem. Rocks can be brutal on your discs, but that's the name of the game. Definitely play here
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
One of Austin's Best Courses
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (4.264 Rating) Generally regarded as the best course in Austin.
- CHALLENGING - Circle C is one of the more challenging courses in the entire Austin metro area. The holes are fairly long from the back tees and adequately narrow but fair at the same time. It will definitely bring out all your weak areas and punish you alike. The course is a good mix of both power and finesse holes. Probably only upper end advanced players break par from the backs on a routine basis.
- UNIQUENESS - The overall uniqueness is way above your average 18 hole course. There are a bunch of 4's and two par 5's. Doglegs holes occur in both directions. There are good up and down elevation shots on back to back holes 9 and 10. There are well guarded pocket shots, and windows shots and well defined tunnel fairways. Really the only thing that is missing is a creek element or pond in play. There is a creek bed on 18, but it's been dry for all 3 of my rounds here.
- SHOT SELECTION - I probably play 70 percent backhand and the rest flicks on this course. 90% of your drives will have to be well thought out and placed and few need to be both bombed and fairly precise.
- CHARACTER - The course definitely has the feel of an older established course. lots of stone and wood work for terracing. There is very well artistically illustrated and fairly accurate hole signage throughout the course. Most of the tees are shaded well and there are two tees pads at most holes for ams and pros. There is great seating and a practice field and basket at one. Trash cans are spaced every few holes. If there was one thing that I'd add, it would be multiple pin placements.
- TEES - Some of the best tees in all of Austin. They are concrete, long and wide.
- SPACING - well spaced out holes with no chance of running one into another fairway. The walk to the next hole is generally not too far with perhaps 12 to 13 being an exception.
- CHILL AREAS - Lots of secluded areas and benches at every hole to take a break at.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - The course in my opinion, is one of the more scenic course I've played. (However only average among the south side Austin courses as I find the natural beauty of Zilker and Bible Ridge a touch more picturesque)
Cons: All the below items I find to be minor issues when rating a course.
- TIME WAITING - This course gets heavy use. Rarely will one play a round here and not have to stop and wait at some point. There really isn't any good points to skip a hole if needed either.
- TIME PLAY - Course is not a quick play, a group of 4 should plan to be here at least 3 hours to complete 18 holes.
- OVERGROWTH - At some point you will end up in the rough. the terrain is pretty raw in areas. I always seem to spend significant time looking for errant discs in the over abundance of scraggly cedar trees and low shrub vegetation.
- TERRAIN - If you have bad knees or ankles stay clear of this course. Lots of rocks and roots to stub a toe or twist an ankle on. Although I've seen them before here, not the best course for the disc golf bag stroller. you'd need some big wheels.
- NAVIGATION - Tricky in spots on my first time threw. Be sure to have a map. Course does generally do a good job with next tee arrows on the hole signage. But if you're like me, I've already forgotten the next tee call-out by the time I finish the hole.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This really is not a beginners course, even from the am pads. although the odds of losing a disc is below average, the course requires the skills of a seasoned player to not come away felling defeated. Rec players will be 20 to 30 over par.
- VANDALISM - There was a bunch of tagging on the hole signage.
Other Thoughts: One of best courses I've ever played. It has a little bit of everything regardless of a players personal preferences. The only players that be advised to stay clear are beginners with less than 1 year experience and those with walking impairments. If you are from out of town and can hit one course in the area, this should be number 1 or 2 on your list.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Favorite course in austin
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Lots of shot variety, long holes, short holes, difficult hyzer shots, short wooded shots, uphills with low ceilings, downhills with low ceilings ... it's got it all.
Most of the course is well shaded and protected, so whether it's hot Texas summer or windy fall, it's not so bad at Circle C.
Cons: Tons of sharp & slippery limestone ... successful skip shots here are few and far between. The terrain is well known for munching discs and halting them dead in their tracks. When it's wet out, the rocks are REAL slippery.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fun in TX
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: This course is very fun. There are shorter and longer holes and some very fun elevation changes. The tee-pads are in good condition, and the benches are huge 2 ton blocks of stone, se they can't be vandalized.
Cons: The Jack*sses who got foiled by not being able to vandalize the benches took out there frustrations on the signage. The bushes are rough on the skin, they tore me up. There was no next tee box signage other than on the tee-signs that survived the vandal onslaught.
Other Thoughts: Worth the trip in every way, and the locals were were very friendly.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Great Variety of Holes
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course offers everything from short little 200' ace runs to monster 800'+ par fives. While not hilly, there is enough elevation to set up a few uphill and downhill holes as well.
The course plays through a wooded area with enough trees and shrubs to create definite fairways and punishing rough, but isn't so tight that you are dealing with tight tunnels or "poke-n-pray" holes. The fairways on most holes a generously wide, but all require hitting your line to avoid some pretty tight rough.
Two concrete tee pads on most holes. The pads are large, level concrete with excellent texture. All of the pads are boxed in with large cedar timbers, and many have additional steps or terraces built as well. Really a great example of how to handle tees on heavily used courses.
Good descriptive tee signs with an accurate hole diagram, distances, par, next hole arrow, etc. Very helpful for this travelling golfer. Innova baskets in good shape, and easy to spot with their yellow top bands.
Hole 18 is a great finishing hole. At over 800' from either tee, you are looking at two or three sweeping drives to get into position for the final section of the hole. You hit a gap into a final narrow wooded fairway to the basket set just across a small creek. With timbers forming steps down to, and then back up out of the creek, and the basket tucked into a small circular clearing in the trees, it is a worthy final challenge on this excellent course.
Cons: The course gets a lot of use and is pretty well beat in. Lots of bare, rocky ground, a few tee signs missing and a couple tagged as well. In spite of plenty of trash cans and even signs on each tee telling you where the next trash can is, too many cans and bottles on the ground.
The ground is rocky, and covered with sharp, exposed rock as well. You will be throwing into, and landing on rock, and your discs will get banged up a little. Bring your premium plastic!
This is a popular mixed use park, and I had a couple of encounters with people just walking on the fairways, usually with an unleashed dog or two.
Navigation is good due to the well-worn trails between holes, but a couple of "next tee" signs would be welcome where other trails cross.
Other Thoughts: The first time I tried to play this course was on a nice weekday afternoon. There were several groups waiting to tee off on Hole 1, with a couple of more groups getting in behind me as I waited. I bailed that day because the crowds just looked miserable.
This time I arrived at 8:30 on a cool, cloudy morning and had the course to myself. The course obviously gets a lot of traffic so plan ahead or be ready for a slow round.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Great disc golf experience
Pros: I played Circle C while in Austin on a business trip. I'm used to wooded North Carolina courses. I was totally unprepared--and pleasantly surprised--by Texas's version of a wooded course. Circle C has trees that grow out horizontally as much as vertically. In a typical pine forest course, you have a fairway or a line you have to hit, but you don't have to worry about a forest ceiling. The trees are straight up and down and the branches are high. Not so at Circle C. You have to worry about so many factors, including low ceilings. It's just so difficult with so many shots required.
When I showed up to play, I looked lost and confused and a local golfer saw me and asked if I wanted to play with him (maybe my Uber drop-off tipped him off that I wasn't from around here). I mention this for two reasons, one pro and one con. On the plus side, this local was incredibly gracious: he gave me tips on every hole. AND he even gave me a ride back to where I was staying after we finished. He just went way out of his way and I want to compliment Austin for its quality people. On the con side, I don't think navigation would have been very easy at all had I played by myself. There are some missing tee signs, directional signs, and there are a few long walks in between holes. If you're new to the course, I highly recommend playing with a local.
- Incredible variety of types of holes (par 3's, 4's, and 5's; short, very long; downhill, uphill; doglegs with landing zones, zig-zags, and a few straight holes and ace runs). Extremely challenging and fun course.
- The par 4's and 5's are true par 4's and 5's.
- The short tees are still very long and challenging. They are designated "red tees," but I think they should be white tees, due to the difficulty and length. The long tees are blue, borderline gold.
- Opportunities to bomb, but even these "open holes" are pretty technical (see the above trees discussion).
Cons: Despite my amazing experience playing here, there are a couple of cons that can't be overlooked:
1. Navigation (mentioned above).
2. The terrain is very rocky, yet muddy. Footing was an issue for me. Be careful not to twist an ankle. Also, drainage seemed to be a problem, as most of the course was very muddy. There's no grass at all, just mud and rocks. I guess this is Texas disc golf! I didn't mind it so much, but you should be careful and wear good shoes, preferably trail shoes or boots you don't mind getting covered in mud.
Other Thoughts: This course was almost a 4.5 for me--and my experience playing here was 4.5/5.0--but the two cons above knocked it down just a peg. Still, this is a first class course and I highly recommend it to Austintonians and interlopers alike!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Beautiful and challenging course. Lots of variety. Plays well for both lefty and righties. Because of the difficulty it is a lot less crowded than most of Austin's courses. Bring out your long bombs.
Cons: Be prepared to walk as much from hole to tee as you will on the course. Not sure if it is Austin or the course rating that brings out the worst in disk golfers. I have been here 5 times now and the players I have encountered are a bit on the serious side and not as friendly as other places. Parking can be tough, this is a busy park.
Other Thoughts: Bring Water
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Getting slaughtered was fun!
Pros: Very nice multi-use park but the course area is mostly DG exclusive.
Shot variety was plentiful. It has distance, left, right, up and down. I was an out-of-towner so I only had about 10 different discs on me- pretty sure I used all of them.
Hole 18. From my one time playing it, I gather it took a technical first shot, followed by a huge righty hyzer over the top to put you in front of or right behind the creek, and then a putt for a 4 if you're lucky. Definitely the top signature hole here.
Dual teepads, adequate trashcans and navigation, and discatchers in good repair.
Cons: As mentioned previously, the footing was well affected by a little rain and some nasty clay/ mud. After a while, the teepads seemed to lack available real estate on the sides for scraping mud off of our shoes.
Other Thoughts: The terrain seemed on the rugged side which was a plus. I appreciate courses that blur the line between playing disc golf and going for a legitimate hike; circle c gave me that feeling. Coming from Michigan where we seem to have our fair share of quality courses, I would rank this one easily in our top five as well.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Circle C Review
Pros: I thought that this course was great. I came to the course having no idea what it would be like. After I played it it instantly became my favorite course. I was very scenic shots with a variety of technical and less technical lines. It had very good variety in hole length as well as design. It was all in all a great course.
Cons: The only bad things that I could think of were that for beginners it can get confusing to find you way around. It can also get a little bit muddy.
Other Thoughts: This course really lives up to its high ranking.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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