1 Helpful / 1 Not
decent course still being worked on
Pros: A few interesting shots
Cons: Confusing layout
Still getting pads/signs on some
Other Thoughts: I think with better signage the park would improve. Some areas are cluttered and confusing as to which basket to throw at. I could see this being a poor experience on busy days.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Probably my least favorite course in dfw
Pros: location, fairly close to most of dfw. new baskets recently
Cons: I just hate the layout, the course has no natural barriers (for most of the course to block winds), which become worse as the wind picks up. The area is trashy with people and water is toxic. I just hate this course. I'll probably never play it again.
Other Thoughts: So many better options in the area. They keep trying to make it better but its like polishing a turd. They added extra holes that dont have tee boxes and realliy arent that great. the course hosts try to keep it up but its just crap. Audobon, which is fairly close by, is a much better course over all.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
B.B. Owen (23 holes)
17 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -- 23 holes. The addition of five holes is complete (at least until/if they add concrete tee pads for the extra five holes).
-- Two baskets on almost all of the holes. All holes have new DiscCatcher baskets, and most have a second basket (the original homemade baskets from years ago). The DiscCatchers are almost always in the longer position. In addition to added length, the newer pin positions put baskets in the woods and on hills/slopes closer to the water, adding some real challenge.
-- Two practice baskets (a DiscCatcher and a homemade basket).
-- Port-o-potty at parking lot.
-- A disc golf store in the middle of the course. New/added holes 9-11 (across the street from the 8 basket) bring you to Tree Love Disc Golf, so you can restock if you lost anything in the early part of the round.
-- Elevation is well used, as is the creek, especially with the added holes and new basket locations.
-- Three water carries and another four holes where water comes into play (depending on which basket you play).
-- Lost-and-found lock box at No. 1 tee.
-- Concrete tee pads on original 18 holes, and they have been repaired and are in great shape. Holes 9-11, 20 and 23 have natural tee pads.
-- Wood chips/mulch has been placed around some low-lying baskets to help with mud/water. This was already one of the better wet-weather course in DFW; now it is even better.
-- Map at holes 1/8.
Cons: -- Some fairways are too close together; you frequently end up with a disc from another hole in your fairway. 1-2, 5-7 and 15-16 are the worst offenders.
-- Hole 22 requires a RHFH/LHBH shot that brings a basketball court into play.
-- The placement of new hole 20 is weird. From 19 you walk right past the tee for 21. When you finish 20, you walk through the tee pad for 22 and turn left and walk up the fairway for 21. This is a big safety issue. Also, when you finish (hole 23), you walk out of woods into the middle of the No. 8 fairway. I have seen plenty of throws go into those woods, so this is another safety issue.
-- Map and tee signs are not always accurate. There are two baskets on some holes that are not listed on the map/tee signs. No. 22 is a good example, a blind RHBH hyzer; the tee signs says 197 feet, which is the the shorter, old basket (it's still there). The new basket is about 240 feet. No. 8 only shows one basket (325 feet), but there are two baskets and neither is 325 feet. No. 11 is listed as 500 feet, but there apparently was a design change after signs/map were printed because the hole is closer to 360-380. In addition, the ratios and relationships of holes are not always accurate on the map.
-- There are two long walks between holes: 7-8 and 18-19.
Other Thoughts: -- Previous reviews mention a sketchy neighborhood. I think that is outdated at this point. I have never seen any issues or felt uncomfortable.
-- Parking lot at hole 1/8 is small and frequently fills up, but there is bigger parking lot by 12/13.
-- Navigation is not the most intuitive, but there are no big issues if you look at the map.
-- Before holes 20 and 23 were added, this was probably somewhat cart friendly, although getting from 18 to 19 is an issue. With the addition of five holes, it became NOT cart friendly. Crossing the small creek on 23 was treacherous without a cart, and getting a cart across was nearly impossible. However, a super sturdy bridge has recently been added.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Long fairways
- Practice basket
- Signage on every tee
Cons: - Almost all holes have a dog leg to the right.
- Not a ton of variance in angles
- Not the nicest of scenery (though I saw multiple volunteers working to clean up garbage while I was on the course)
Other Thoughts: A fun and challenging play. As an average player I found some of the distances to be a great challenge. Despite that it was mostly open fairways that were forgiving of my poor tee throws. Probably not worth playing this course unless you're already in the area.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -18 holes with a good variety of shots
-Elevation changes on some holes which I wasn't expecting in Texas
-Beginner friendly but with some distance
-Good practice area
Cons: -Open holes susceptible to wind, welcome to Texas
-Can be busy as it is a mid-Dallas park
-Not much shade from the sun
Other Thoughts: This was my first Texas course and I believe it to be typical. Mostly open shots with a smattering of trees. Very compact ground can affect your upshots. I look at this course as a different style of golf that I was not accustomed to and it was challenging and fun making adjustments. Allowing for wider skips, fighting rollaways, wind adjustments, all good to improve my overall game. Nice change of pace.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
If you live in Dallas County, this course is pretty fun
Pros: - Nice variety of holes
- The back nine has some good elevation changes
Cons: - Baskets are old and need some restoration
- Course layout is not ideal, signage showing you to next hole doesn't exist;
- Neighbor is sketchy, personally saw some one doing intravenous drugs in their car in the parking lot on my final trip.
- The course layout changed at one point but some of the hole signage is still with the old layout, which is confusing.
Other Thoughts: The first time I played this course, I spent a good amount of time just trying to figure out where I was going. The course overall is pretty fun, there are some cool shots on the back 9, especially the one where you throw off of a bridge. However, the first time I came to the course, there was someone getting arrested in the parking lot. The second time I came, I was accosted by a homeless person who was irate I had no cash on me to give him and the third and final time I came I saw someone shooting up in their car. I felt uneasy most of the time I was here, and will not be returning to this course. Which is a shame because that back 9 is really fun, even with the crappy baskets.
If the safety issues can be resolved and the baskets are replaced, this course could be a gym.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: There was good variety in the shots that you need to play this course.
Cons: The baskets were homemade! The signs, tee pad, paths between and some holes just were aweful. The front 9 were really crammed together and you easily could hit someone with an errant drive, or worst case land on the road where there is a lot of traffic.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wow! What an awesome course! Well worth your time! Very good variety of shots. Left, right, short, and long!
Huge cement tee pads
Close enough to down-town Dallas
Cons: Not really any...
Baskets are a bit older, but hey, they still catch discs!
The course is a bit confusing. Especially hole three. Three's tee is out closer to the road past twos basket. It's not the pad that's only a few steps away. That's tee six.
The course is always busy. Not a bad thing but with the closeness of some of the baskets to tees and overlapping fairways, just be safe.
Other Thoughts: Take a picture of the map at the start. Or use UDisc!
Overall it's a lot of fun! I met some very nice folks! One even helped my find a disc I threw long into the brush.
As I was leaving, I found a disc in the middle of the driveway close to the area of the practice basket. Since there were a few guys practicing, I decided I would try to pass on the previous favor and see if it was theirs. (No phone number on it..) The one fellow took it, said he knew whose it was and would see to getting back to its owner. So I feel good! I mean who wouldn't!? Then no sooner had I got into my car and was leaving then that jerk took that disc and very deliberately threw a drive with it, straight into the brushy creek bed where only an act of God could find it. Things like that make me not want to try to return discs! Guys, let's be respectful and try to return discs when we find them!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good for the Dallas Visitor
Pros: Good variety of holes.
Well maintained grass and paths.
Excellent tee pads.
Not going to lose discs.
Cons: Navigation can be a little tricky. We played #6 instead of #3, but went back and corrected our error. It was not obvious from the tee signs that #8 was back by #1.
Some of the tee signs are defaced or missing.
Some of the baskets are a little janky. I don't mind all that much, but they are not top of the line.
Other Thoughts: I really liked this course. I play when travelling for business, and usually don't want an epic course that's going to take hours to play. At the same time, I want more than a 9-holer with 90 foot holes.
BB Owens is the perfect course for the Dallas visitor who's looking to get some play in and add to their course list. There are plenty of fun holes (#16 over the water, and a couple others o the back 9 in particular).
I played it with just a TL and a Pure, and did not feel like I missed out by not having a big bag. If you like to play new courses and don't want to commit to a lot of time on an epic course, you'll want to check this one out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
High variability with average difficulty
Pros: -GREAT tee boxes
-Good for beginner and intermediate players because it has a variety of shots with very low chance of losing a disc
Cons: -Won't be very challenging for high level players
-Tee signs are either hard to read or gone
Other Thoughts: Difficulty (2.5/5): The difficulty is my favorite part of this course, as a beginner. It only has a few wide open holes, and those are generally the longest holes. Besides that, there's always a handful of trees around to make you shape your shots and a couple of tunnels thrown in for good measure. But the difficulty isn't overwhelming for me as a beginner. If I miss my line by 10 feet, I'm not clanking off of a tree, I just have a harder upshot/putt.
Maintenance (2.5/5): The grass is kept short, no complaints there. They have the best tee boxes of any course I've played. Long, concrete, and tapered down to point towards the basket. The tee signs are in poor shape, though. I think 3 are completely missing, and the rest are extremely faded or covered in graffiti.
Variability (4/5): BB Owens has a great amount of variability. I usually use every single disc in my (admittedly small) bag. Off the tee, I'll throw hyzers, skips, anhyzers, bombs, layup placement shots, and straight shots playing the fade. And what's great is on a handful of holes, there are multiple ways to attack the basket so you can play it different everytime. The high variability with only average difficulty is what keeps me coming back to this course.
Flow/Experience (3/5): It's pretty easy to navigate this course by yourself, especially if you take a picture of the information board map near hole 1. The first time I played here I was playing by myself. I navigated perfectly except for I went from Hole 2 to Hole 6. I quickly realized my mistake and went back to Hole 3. The experience here is a bit below average for the most part. The scenery isn't that great and it's bordered on two sides by busy roads. There is a ton of trash in the woods and no holes that could be considered signature. That being said, I raised the experience rating by a whole point when I realized that there are two "secret" holes in the woods, 16A and 19. They are extremely narrow and short, but worth the play!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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