Not just a warm-up for the course in Rockwall...
3 Helpful / 0 Not
-lots of good holes here, not repetitive; no boring golf here, in my opinion
-lots of technical shots, some of which require good distance
-tee signs/maps, concrete tees, good baskets
-decent park/course interaction, with low likelihood of hitting other park users and with much of the course straying far from the park center
-navigation on the course was tricky between a couple holes; we never found 17's tee (probably because it was a longer hole than we would have believed) and wasted a few minutes finding some others - the map on here does help though
-the creek is small but will surprise you by grabbing a couple discs; the rough can be quite rough (I felt lucky not to lose any discs)
Other Thoughts: After a couple days at Trey Ranch and Selah, The Cedars was on our way back into Dallas and an easy stop before playing Harry Myers. I didn't expect much of a disc golf experience, just a bit of a warmup before HM. In retrospect, the ~53 SSE should have tipped me off. It ended up being a very enjoyable but challenging round of golf.
I liked the design overall. The first couple holes used the cedars well with relatively short holes but good lines. Later, the trees and terrain changed a bit, and the course uses a creek as well. There were some nice technical and shorter wooded shots (6 was especially memorable, in the middle of a nice stretch of tight holes) as well as some longer shots that also used the woods (e.g. 4, 10, 12). It was a good test of my all-around game, and I would play regularly if I lived in the area. The strength of the course is in the hole variety and the challenge.
Rating: I'm going with 3.5, though I considered 4.0 simply to help boost the average a bit. As others have mentioned, this course is underrated and a good play. It's better than what I thought of when I heard "small city park course." Very nice course, even if it can't help being overshadowed by Harry Myers. Thanks Fate!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
better than advertised
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tee signs with maps and distances.
Cement tee boxes (although they were short)
Wide variety of holes with short technical and long boomer holes.
Most of the holes had direction markers for the next hole.
Cons: DON'T THROW INTO THE ROUGH, rough is an understatement. There are a lot of briers in the rough.
there is some longer walks between some of the holes.
18 ends way to far away from the parking lot.
Baskets are not numbered
Other Thoughts: The flow of this course was great at first, but it is like they got tired and flat out gave up by the end of the 18 holes.
In general, this is a good course that could have been tweaked a little to make it even better.
You start off with a few short pitch and putt holes to warm up for a booming hole 3. Then the rest of the course is a good mix of open shots and good use of cedars and creek to make the course not so easy.
My problem really starts at hole 15. While this is a good hole, the basket is where 18's basket should have been. the last 4 holes on the course are good holes, just too much walking to get to each tee. (and I got my feet muddy due to no bridge of any sort to get to 17's tee box)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has been getting more attention, and Straight Line Discs brings in a tournament a few times a year, the course gets some play time as well as a trimming usually before each tournament. Once you play through once, you understand and know where the tees and baskets are. This is an awesome course to me because it's not open, and you pay for your mistakes (my guess why its rated lower now, since most people don't like courses they can't throw straight at a basket in the middle of a field with no OB and no trees or creeks). They just installed nice new bathrooms right by basket #1 as well, so they are working out there.
Cons: Can get overgrown in the spring before it's cleaned up. Fate is a small town, so the park usually reflects that unfortunately.
I'll mention that the course doesn't dry well, but that's not much of a Con, that's more like...wait for it...nature.
Other Thoughts: This course needs more love for locals. It has potential. If more TD's would put on more gigs out here it'd get that love. I enjoy playing a few rounds out there, especially when Myers is crowded.
Snakes: Yes...why there are snakes in a natural habitat here. Not a reason to rate a course lower because of nature...ever played Lewisville? Kingdom of Cottonmouths.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Almost really cool
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good mix of holes
Good risk reward opportunity
Close to Meyers
Cons: Signage is poor.
The creek could use some work
This could be forgivable if it had decent bridges
Difficult for beginners
Many places to lose plastic, a little trimming would go along way here
Mainly signage and bridges just general maintenance
It's almost like they got tired at the end of the build and didn't finish it.
Other Thoughts: This course really has such potential but the listed cons kinda make it a beat down. Can't compete with Harry Meyers down the street and that's why it's not crowded. Some reviews mention that play would help to break the course in. I agree. It ain't gonna happen in a meaningful way until some changes are made. I live close so I had to check it out for myself. If you have to travel far.....don't. That being said there are other courses that are worse. Meyers is hands down the best in the area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Very technical course
Pros: This course is an interesting departure from the norm. The juniper trees make for a pleasing, yet difficult course. And who doesn't like the smell of Christmas when playing? But in all seriousness, this is a very technical course with many blind shots, so losing a disc is quite possible. Many shots will be needed to complete this 18 hole bad boy. Long, medium, and short distances are all accounted for. Concrete teepads with great signage, perfect baskets, and a fantastic course flow as well. It is an excellent course made by one of the best course designers around. As an added bonus, it is less than 5 minutes away from another awesome course...Harry Myers.
Cons: It can get muddy when there are heavy rains, of course, this is true of most all courses. The cedar trees will claim discs. You should really consider using a spotter when playing, and breaking out your brightest discs. My number one complaint about this course is that I have seen moccasins there. I'm not talking about dark-colored water snakes either. I know the difference, and these are the real deal. You really need to be careful when around water here, and extra cautious if your disc goes in. A $10 piece of plastic just isn't worth it. While I know poisonous snakes are likely at many parks, I have seen very, very few of them for the amount of courses I have played and as many rounds as I have clocked. I have seen these out at the cedars multiple times, however.
Other Thoughts: Sweet course to go to. I definitely suggest trying it out. Getting a two-fer at the cedars and Harry myers park in rockwall is one of the best 1-2 punches for DG courses in north texas for those looking for a nice day of disc golf.
I got my first ace here as well!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Cement tees and decent signage. Wooden signs pointing to next tee was a nice guide. Disc catchers are in good shape. Couple of really nice signature shots.
Cons: There are simply times that this course will trigger claustrophobia. Technical shots required... repeatedly. Dry conditions yield a hard pan surface that is simply difficult to stop a well placed shot: great shots often rewarded with a difficult out from beneath the cedars (or worse). Wet conditions will yield a trudge through the black clay gumbo of North Texas. Difficult to navigate across the creek on the back 9.
Other Thoughts: Course could still use some opening up. Grass would be a nice touch on most of the course and bridging the back side of the creek would be helpful.
This course is not for those needing assistance with bag carts, families using strollers or other wheeled accessories. Difficult terrain and tight paths from catchers to tee boxes.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
cedars - unique course
Pros: variety of holes.
lots of trees - challenging terrain-
the rough is "rough"
less traffic than Meyer
exciting and fun course
Cons: Has anyone in the history of playing this course gotten a birdie on hole 3? In my opinion it should be a par 4 along with a few other holes.
It can be confusing the first few times that you play where the next basket is at. numbers on the baskets would be nice.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Needs some fine tuning
Pros: Lots of variety and good use of obstacles in the area. New tee boxes and signs. Peaceful rural area. Near Harry Myers so playing 18 on each is available.
(Update: They have cleaned up the stumps, barbed wire, and poison ivy since I first played)
Cons: Lots of cedar trees can really slow play when retrieving or searching for an errant throw. Bringing something to extend your reach for discs under or in trees might help.
If you play this course too soon after a rain or with early morning dew on the ground your shoes with get very heavy.
As previously stated, Hole 3 at 565 ft seems a bit long for a par 3 for an average player like me especially with that wind. lol
Hole 7 could use a few less skinny trees blocking the basket so your tee shot doesn't feel like pure luck should you actually make it through.
Long trek through the trees between 12 & 13.
Need bridges for 14 & 17.
An earlier rest bench besides the much needed one on 15 would help.
Other Thoughts: I'm a mainly RHFH player so some of the holes forced me to go to a backhand throw which I sorely need work on.
Hole 2 seemed a boring over-the-top throw until I played it a second time with a skip shot and just missed an ace.
Hole 4 is very unique in that it curls around to the left into a grove of trees. Both times my playing partners have tried going over the trees they have paid for it.
Hole 9 was unique and again forced me to go backhand through the tight tunnel.
Hole 12 had a nice finish that was unique. After a long throw over the creek into an open field I went over the trees and into the grove area where the basket was located.
This course allows you to be creative on many holes. I would suggest experimenting with different throwing styles and lanes. Once the cedars grow taller I believe this course and it's lanes will play better.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
good with potential to be better
Pros: -lots of challenging holes in the thick cedars
-nice concrete pads, baskets, signs
-next tee signs everywhere, easy navigation
-good mix of distances, starts shorter and gets longer toward the back
-not busy, plenty of parking, benches
Cons: -rough is very rough, course is still new
-needs bridges to cross the creek
-i don't think the fairways are unfairly tight but some trimming here and there will makes things more pleasant
-multiple pin locations would go a long way here, it would add variety and replay value and has the potential to drastically change your look on the holes in the woods
Other Thoughts: I think this course has suffered so far from both reviewers who think that difficult equals good or reviewers who think that too many trees are bad. I found it to be a challenging yet fun course that just needs to be broken in a bit.
There are a good variety of distances and fairway sizes among the holes. The course generally starts shorter and tighter and gradually gets a bit longer and more open as it progresses. Navigation is easy with the next tee signs between each hole and the baskets and concrete tees are great.
I think this course will be in much better shape once it gets played in more. There are still many stumps, the fairways are not all clear yet, the rough is really thick, the paths between holes are well marked but could still be more obvious in places (like between 12 and 13), and hopefully things will get moved around a bit too. I'd love to see multiple pin locations and some holes that I'd just plain rather have the basket somewhere else. Hole 12 comes to mind; I think a shorter pin would be better for a par 3 or make it a par 4 and put the basket even further back to the right. Hole 13 could have pin locations tucked to the right or the left. Hole 17 has a great looking tee shot with the basket behind a cool tree. There are several fun ace runs, especially 14 and 18.
This is a good course that will get better with time. Definitely worth stopping to play here if you are on your way to Harry Myers. Makes a great compliment to that course and is only about 10 mins away.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: brings disc golf a little further out of the metroplex to help attract new players and another course for existing players to try
could potentially be a good (not great) course
Cons: Too many obstacles within throwing lanes. Some holes have no throwing lanes
Other Thoughts: This course could have some potential but there needs to be a lot of work. Some of the holes are so cluttered that there are no throwing lanes. I enjoy playing a tight challenging course, but there are limits. There needs to be better locations to cross the creek. I will return much later after hopefully a lot of work has been done to the course. This course has potential to have 4 or 5 signature holes. But as it is now it is a waste of time.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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