Short, Clean Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: McClain, first and foremost, is well shaded, has clean fairways, and provides a great amount of shot variety for beginners and advanced players alike. Some of what I like
- Teepads- all concrete
- Teepad Variety- there are a few elevated and deep teepads for some holes, which I find adds to the challenge
- Shade- This would be a great course for a family or a big group looking to move slow, relax, huck and have fun
- Maintenance- Other than Hole #13, the whole course loops through the land really well and is very clean
- Access- it was very easy to find for someone that doesn't live in SATX. Also the parking lot has more than enough room to house vehicles.
- Technicality- despite being a bit shorter at times, many holes require some precise flight lines. Even the smaller holes can provide some trouble for this reason!
- Seating- I think there was a bench, placed rock or felled tree at every hole to relax while waiting or between throws at the teepads. Very nice!
Cons: - Signage- I got lost a couple times and some, so more signs directing to the next hole would be nice. Although there's a big map at the beginning of the course (which is a Plus) it'd be nice to have a better sense of direction. Same thing with teepad/hole info- there are a few holes missing this
- Length- Only 2 holes over 425ft, but many under 200ft or barely above. Not as much a con, per se, just would be nice to enhance variety (more than half of holes are 250-325ft)
Other Thoughts: This is absolutely a solid course- no drama, light challenge, good climate... That's about it though. For course standards it's just solid, but it doesn't offer anything that makes it stand out. That's OK! It just is what it is as a nice, easy course
I'd play this course regularly if I were in San Antonio as a nice quick round
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 3 Not
10' long, trapezoidal concrete tees. Alternate (typically closer) natural tee locations, if you know where to look. Excellent teesigns.
Two nine-hole loops. Online map makes the course a cinch for a first-time visitor to navigate.
Single pin position. Definitely some chance of disc loss, more so on the back nine.
This course is set in a mixture of trees, brush, and open space, starting at the back of the parking lot behind an elementary school. The majority of the front nine plays tightish, under/amongst the trees, and contains most of the shorter holes (most holes sub 300'). The back nine, for the most part, is more open (sky above you, wider fairways), and longer, too (two longest holes, and half over 300').
A variety of shot shapes are needed from the tee - fairly even blend of straight/left/right/S - and the low canopy, and outreaching branches, will add a vertical challenge on most of the holes, often forcing your throw to start low, sometimes while needing to gain elevation!
A fairly flat course, but does make use of what little elevation is available. More challenging after a rain, such as when I played, as it does increase the amount of out-of-bounds.
Favourite hole: #5. One of the longer holes at 405', lines of trees along both sides create a fair initial lane, and force a moderate right turn at the midpoint. After the turn, the trees begin to narrow a bit, and the basket is still a couple hundred feet away, elevated about 20' atop a ridge.
Good course offering both challenges and opportunities, worth a visit if in the area.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hole 5 is what I take away as the signature hole - place your tee shot just right, and you can go for the elevated basket, but watch out for the moat. Most of the water was shallow enough to allow for disc retrieval. Concrete tee pads were nice.
Cons: Too many fairways with trees in the fairway (remember-a tight fairway with a navigable path is much prefered to some space between the woods where there are still trees to go between). Long walk between some of the holes- some were as long as the hole itself. I played with a map I drew out from one posted here, and I still made a few wrong turns.
Other Thoughts: Don't know what the other courses in SA are like, but this looks like one that a club could use as a home course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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