Hico, TX 
Hico's Fallen Hero Memorial DGC Share
Uploaded By: aclay Hole #17
3 / 234ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #17 Basket

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1    8/16/2020   8/16/2020
Review By: aclay
Played: 197  Reviewed: 103  Exp: 36.6 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -- Decent DGA baskets.
-- Tee signs with all of the basic information (hole number, distance, map, obstacles, etc.).
-- Course flow is good. Holes 1-11 follow a walking path. You cross the road for the remaining seven holes, and that flow is good as well. No. 18 ends across the street from the No. 1 tee.
-- Hole 15 is the best hole. You have to keep your disc low as you throw under U.S. 281, but at 226 feet, most players can reach the basket with a good throw.
Cons: -- There are a LOT of cons, but safety is a common theme. Holes 1-6 throw mostly along a walking path. In addition to the walking path, there are 5-6 picnic tables in the fairways on Holes 1-3. Hole 4 misses most of that, but it has you throwing at the walking path and right, over a bench. On Hole 5, you throw over the walking path TWICE. Hole 7 has you throwing to a basket less than 15 feet from the outfield fence for a baseball field. So not only could you throw a disc onto the field (and possibly hit a kid), you could get hit by a baseball while you are putting. No. 9 is a 411-foot hole that has you throwing over the walking path at around 380 feet, and the basket is located within 20 feet of playground equipment. Hole 14 tee is 30 feet left of the 13 basket, and both of those are in danger from a drive on 18. A drive on 15 could hit someone standing on the 16 tee, and the 17 basket is SO close to a major four-lane highway (U.S. 281) that hitting a car is a real possibility.
-- Exacerbating the safety issues are missed opportunities: On a long walk from 2 to 3, you have a nice flat piece of land right and below the walking path. A hole there would be one less hole throwing along the walking path. The basket for 5 could be moved about 50 feet right so that you don't throw across the walking path TWICE. The 7 basket could be moved about 50 feet right so that you are away from the baseball field and don't throw over a walking path. Also, there is unused land right of the 7 fairway that would easily accommodate two decent holes. The safety issue on 9 is an easy fix by shortening the hole to about 330-340 feet and putting the basket in a small stand of tree short/right of the walking path. The best piece of land (moderately wooded) that is currently part of the course is underutilized with only four holes (12-14, 18). Inside the walking path around holes 3-6 is a HUGE empty field. It's not great land for disc golf, but it could be used and eliminate some of the holes that throw along the path.
-- Layout definitely favors RHFH/LHBH.
-- No. 12 tee sign is missing. It appears people are teeing from the start of the walking path as you cross the street.

Other Thoughts: -- No benches at the tees, but there are picnic tables and benches along the walking path.
-- Parking is really limited at No. 1/12, but there are other options: Utility Street at holes 8/9 and West Avenue B at U.S. 281 for holes 16/17.
-- There is an RV park/campground across the river from the course.
-- Elm Street (the address listed) is a gravel road at the course.
-- Water is in play, but there are no water carries.
-- The openness of the course might make you think this is good for beginners, but you would be wrong. The accuracy needed because of the walking path (and the river to the right on Holes 1-3) plus the distance (351 average with 6 holes longer than 400 feet) makes this NOT beginner friendly.

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