1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The elevation on the course was pretty nice compared to most Texas courses. The grass seems to be cut very often and for the most part, well maintained. Nice new baskets that looked to have been installed for the 2017 Texas State tournament. Shaded/wooded area so it kept me out of the sun pretty well for most of the course. Would defiantly play here again if I was nearby.
Cons: Man, some of these holes are longgggggggg. I don't know if they moved the baskets for the 2017 Texas State tournament but you have to be throwing consistently 350-400 to hit par are some holes. If it weren't for some temporary spray painted arrows on the grass to point where the next hole was, I would have been lost. There were some blue wooden poles that helped me find where the next tee pad was but most of the numbers were faded away. The weekend I played Milby it was fairly crowed with people playing soccer and cooking out under the trees blocking some of the baskets.
Other Thoughts: Did not consider this course to be a professional level course but is very close to it. Holes 19(A), 20(B), 21(C), seemed to have been crammed into a small area. The area around the course is very industrial and you can hear the oil and gas machines while playing. I am not from the Houston area, and when I played here ,in early April, it was probably 80 degrees and the humidity was not fun. I could not imagine playing here in July and August.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Nice Houston Course
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: All new cement tee's
decent flow to the course
Nice defined fairways
Use of the little elevation
Cons: Only reason I found my way around was because the course was marked for the Texas States. They need to get T-signs out there.
Other Thoughts: Nice course, it is not a championship level course, but for me it was enjoyable. They recently did a few changes to the course, specially adding tee pads and a few new holes.
The new pin position for #4 was crazy long and a good par 4.
Thought the old #18 was also fun, but lost my favorite driver in the water :(
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth the trip
1. Elevation! Compared to many of the courses of southeast Texas, any kind of elevation at all at a disc golf course is amazing! Provides a different kind of challenge.
2. The tee boxes are in great condition. The cement slabs look new.
3. The holes provide a lot of variety. There are some long holes, some short, and it keeps you on your toes from toe to toe; keeps the play exciting.
Cons: 1. The map provided in the files for this course don't exactly match what is currently set-up for the lay-out (for instance, Hole 8 is not on the south side of the basketball courts. It is set up on the north side, going towards the main park building).
2. When you get to the back, there is a TON OF TRASH in the woods and along the riverbank. This is would be a fantastic place to play except for having to look for your discs among all the thrown-away plastic, bottles, old baby-wipes, etc.).
Other Thoughts: Coming from an hour south of Houston, this was a great course to visit. It would probably be my favorite course if not for all the trash coming off the river on the back 9.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Skip the woods
Pros: Relative to other area courses, this park has good elevation changes. It plays up and down grassy rolling hills with few flat holes. If you like throwing drivers, you'll really enjoy this course.
The course has a really scenic start and some very good holes in the front 8 section -- I really enjoyed this first stretch.
Cons: But about halfway through, having thrown the same two discs (driver, then putter) for almost all of the previous holes, it became very monotonous. My main issue with this course is that almost all of the holes felt the same to the point of not being much fun.
This course is about throwing it far, with minimal risk/reward on most holes. Not sure if it was intended as such, but the distances are more gold level than blue level, and there is only one set of pads. So if you can't throw 400', you'll be throwing driver followed by short upshot / long putt for most of the course. I max out at ~375 as a low level open player and for me, every hole felt like throw it as far as I can followed by short upshot. No shot at birdie, very little shot at bogey. No thinking, just throw driver, throw putter.
The wooded section was absolutely foul and depressing. I've never seen more trash outside of a dump, just heaped up and pouring out a lake into the woods. Imagine a nice lake ringed with herons wading into it, with an oil refinery on the opposite side, and a 10' ring of trash running up the bank, with continuous trash scattered everywhere in the woods. It immediately borders the interstate, which is incredibly loud and unpleasant.
On top of that, the wooded holes weren't great - first one is decent, followed by an OK mid-range turnover shot, followed by a bad hole, a short throw and hope shot with no fairway.
Other Thoughts: I read the prior reviews and was expecting a better course. I really enjoyed the start of the course, but between the depressing excursion into the forest and the lack of variety, that went downhill throughout the round. Traveling by plane that day, I only brought 4 discs, but only used 2 most of the round.
This course has really good potential to be 4+ and the first 8 holes were really solid. If the woods always look as they currently do, I'd seriously look at a redesign that avoids that area. The trash was gross, and the holes, as currently laid out, weren't worth it to me. I'd avoid making people walk through that altogether.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
First Time at Milby
Pros: Very different than any other course I've been to in the Greater Houston area. Milby provides elevation changes, which is nice being in Houston where everything is flat.
Cons: Some of the tee boxes still need to be filled with cement, but totally not a huge deal at all.
Other Thoughts: IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL! The grass looked freshly cut, and it was sooOoO green. I really enjoyed this course and CANNOT wait to go back.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I've played every course in the general metro Houston area and finally here's a course with some elevation changes. Being from Houston we all know that elevation is something that we just don't have here, except for two holes at tom bass that use the giant amphitheatre wall, but Milby has some sort of elevation on 7 of the first 8 holes on the course.
This course has 21 holes so far with three holes that have alternate pin placements.
Holes 1-6,8-10 and 16-18 all have really good elevation changes ( more than 10 feet in elevation drop or rise ).
Holes 3 and 18 are both long and play very close to the bayou and will reward smart shot placement or if you get too risky and go for the gold on your drive, you can end up in water. ( There are some trees along the water that can save you from losing your favorite disc )
Average hole length on this course is probably around 320+ maybe even longer and there is 21 holes so a good full day of golfing can be had here and each time you play you'll find new challenges. Winds around here can be blasting from the north and an hour later swapped completely around and come in from the south so your whole approach to the course can change over the one round.
This course can pull every shot out of your bag regardless if your lefty or righty. A lot of holes you can try to take a RHBH hyzer shot, but it definitely doesn't mean thats the best shot for the hole.
The course has a map available on the LINKS/FILES area on this DGCR website and it is completely accurate. There ARE blue posts marking each hole so navigation is pretty easy without the course map in hand anyways.
The only confusion may be between hole 8 you will go to the middle island area that the road circles when you first come into the park and holes A,B,C are on that front patch of land. After hole C is completed hole 9 is just across the road towards the crepe murdle trees away from the holes you just played. After 9 you'll cross the little ditch bayou to the left and from 10 on is very easy to navigate
Cons: There is a chemical plant just across the bayou so when the wind blows from the south it definitely can smell like "money" as some would say, but if a slightlt stinky smell is what we have to sacrifice to have some elevation while playing close to downtown Houston, so be it!
If you end up deep behind hole 4 ( which is unlikely unless you throw 500' and have zero aim ) there is poison ivy so watch out.
They are missing trash cans throughout the park and maybe a bench or two, not necessarily an absolute necessity, but an easy fix that could add just that little extra umph to a course.
Other Thoughts: This is such a great course and it doesn't even have concrete tee pads yet, which is the ONLY reason this course isn't 5 stars. The money is being raised through the minis played out here on Mondays at 3:30PM and Sundays at 9:30AM. They are run by really nice, trustworthy guys so you know that what you're paying into is going to be safe and organized. Big ace pots in both minis!
People out here have done an amazing job cleaning up the park from scratch and bringing it to where it is now. Hundreds of bags of trash were picked up and hours and hours were put into clearing the land for new alternate pins.
Locals poured there literal blood sweat and tears into this park to get it where it is and it is a great course.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 15 Not
A good start, long way to go
Pros: The closest thing to a downtown course in Houston. One of the only courses inside Beltway 8.
A more varied selection of lengths, lines, hazards, technical difficulty and elevation than any other course in Houston.
Unpoured tee boxes aren't mud bowls. Yet.
Cons: DISC EATER. Dense undergrowth, toxic water, heavy tree lines at water's edge.
Tournament level difficulty in a location totally unfit to host a tournament. (Smelly, local fisherman don't speak English and are always in the way.)
Despite being the closest course to downtown, it is impossible to get to after work because it is just beyond two major highway junctions which jam daily at 3:30p.
No course map.
Baskets aren't numbered.
No direction indicator for next tee pad.
No distances on tee posts.
COMPLETELY right handed bias.
NOT a viable substitute for MacGregor, which has been permitted to be largely dismantled.
Other Thoughts: I feel bad about this review. I know Derek, who designed it, and I know he's a conscientious guy who does his best to create excellent courses.
But this was a bad choice of parks. The industry nearby produces serious water toxins and serious air toxins. It reeks here constantly and really isn't safe. To bring the water into play required making all the water hazards a much bigger LHBH risk than RHBH which makes the course useless for tournaments.
The three technical, wooded pins (13, 14, 15) may have a fairway, strictly speaking, but they don't have a line to the basket. It's basically dumb luck to do well on them.
#18 is simply ridiculous for an "all par 3" course. Even right handed.
The language-barrier-as-a-weapon-to-do-as-I-please crowd use tee boxes and fairways as picnic areas and fishing grounds and basically pretend you don't exist (until they decide you're too close to their daughter while you try to figure out how to throw around them).
It would have been effort much better spent to revitalize MacGregor or build new at Willow Water Hole than to shoehorn this course in here.
4 of 19 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Excellent Houston Course
Pros: Hole variety - excellent mix of longs/shorts, rights/lefts, ups/downs, and open/narrow shots. The course makes optimum use of the elevation changes at the park. The park itself did not appear to be heavily trafficked by the greater public thereby giving disc golfers greater freedom to throw. Easy access to the park from the major highways.
Cons: Some trash around...but honestly that's every park in Houston. The odor from the refineries might bother some but I had the pleasure of growing up in Pasadena so it smells like home cookin' to me. Honestly, the only con would be the lack of a course map to guide the inexperienced.
Other Thoughts: After 1 round this morning, this has easily become my favorite Houston disc golf course. It reminds me a lot of the north Austin / Round Rock area courses and I highly recommend it.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
C'mon back and see us!
Pros: 21 hole layout with more elevation change than any other course in Houston. Pro level course with several 500+ foot holes. Well maintained park mowed every 2 weeks. Many old oak trees and scenic shots off the tee. Recently dug alt pins for more variety. Hole 17 alt plays ~380 downhill to an island green accessible by bridge.
Cons: There is a Goodyear plant nearby that emits pollution which can be smelled when the wind comes from the SE. The bayou deposits trash along the bank which nobody cleans up.
Other Thoughts: Those have given this course low ratings need to understand that this course has been entirely designed, built and constructed by a few dedicated golfers, who have donated all the basket money and time to put this together, as manpower and help have been limited the course is a work in progress and does not represent a finished product. It is much easier to log on your computer and write a negative review than it is to come out w some trash bags and help clean up apparently. As someone who has golfed every course in the Houston area I can say that if this is not the best course in the city now it will be soon.
Many of the early issues people had with the course have been taken care of. Discers removed upward of 50 bags of trash, still, more floats in from highway litter, bring a bag!
All holes have tee markers; holes 4,13,15,17 (island green!) now have alt pin positions installed. Course map will be installed when all future alt pin/teepad positions are in place. We have a weekly mini on Sunday's at 9:30 am $15 buy in included $10 to payout, $3 to concrete fund (over $1300 raised) $2 ace pot.
When the funds are raised this course will have oversize concrete pads, benches and complete signage.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Nicely maintained course with a variety of shots. Not as challenging as some courses, but plenty of long shots and obstacles. 21 holes (3 brand new).
Cons: The highway is loud.
Other Thoughts: Still building, ie// no numbers on posts. Still one of the best courses in Houston.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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