Williamson County DGC- Worth the Drive
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Williamson County DGC AKA Leander is one of the top 3 courses in the area for me.
Boasting multiple Par 4's and one Par 5 to go alongside some challenging Par 3's, this long course offers everything players like in a course length-wise. You can bomb some of the open holes while also taking advantage of many precision lines on the shorter holes.
The course itself is very well maintained, the fairways are cut short or are natural dirt. It doesn't get too dusty. Since it's $1 to play and it's in the Williamson County Park, the course stays in great condition. The rough can be rough, but that's no different than most semi-difficult DGC's anyways.
The tee pads are good, although some holes have a limited run-up. This affects me, personally, but I'm trying to learn to not do that so much anyways.
You'll need to utilize multiple RHFH and RHBH throws, some over head for preference. You can take advantage of many angles on most holes, so aggressive and patient players can enjoy.
Baskets are all in great shape, the 'green' areas/putting circle can offer different putting lines and can require some good challenge for placement instead of running it all the time.
Each hole has a rock by it with the Hole # placard on it. I like these, and I use them to put my dog on her leash hooked onto them.
At the beginning of the course there is the park's newsboard, where you can grab your scorecards with map as well as donation envelopes. I like the scorecards a lot!
This is a challenging course; however, if you can confidently throw straight and relatively far, you can take advantage of the open holes in the Back 9. This course is really great, frankly. The 'cons' aren't bad enough to really influence my opinion of this course- it's too good to pass up!
Cons: Signage is definitely lacking- outside of the the actual Hole #'s on the rocks near the teepads, the course tends to loop a lot, so it can be easy to get lost. Make sure to grab a scorecard from the 1st tee area for your first few playthroughs to make sure you learn the course.
It is pretty flat and there are no elevation changes. There are other courses in the area that are better for technical and hilly challenges.
It seems to be always windy a bit due to being so open, so beginners can have a difficult time when it opens up.
There is very little to no seating on most of the holes. If you have to wait, you're just standing around. Some rocks are there to squat on for a bit and there are some picnic tables between a few holes, but it'd be nice to have some big concrete stones like Zilker and Roy G to rest up on.
Other Thoughts: Can't miss course for the Austin area. It is well worth the drive to head up to Leander, bring $1 cash (or more if you're gratuitous!) Dog friendly- it tires my pup out excellently.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
North Austin Gem
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.339 Rating) One of the best on metro Austin's north side.
- CHALLENGING - Williamson County is one of the more challenging courses in the entire Austin Metro Area. It will definitely challenge your game as you'll have to tactically attack each hole and be willing to settle or scramble for par when things don't go your way.
- TEE PADS - Concrete pads are of adequate length and width. nothing special but does the job.
- SPACING - a well spaced hole layout. with well defined fairways. 6 and 7 was perhaps the only duo that seemed to be in play where tee shots from 6 can approach the tee on 7.
- UNIQUENESS - Although flat and devoid of water elements, the overall uniqueness was above your average 18 hole course. there are a bunch of 4's and a par 5. several shots are blind. Doglegs holes occur in both directions. Pocket shots, windows shots, poke and hope shots, and tight tunnel fairways all occur.
- SHOT SELECTION - I probably played half and half flick to backhand. Nearly every drive has to be well thought out and placed, especially on the 4's and the par 5. The course however doesn't fair well for overhead shot players as most shots need to be kept low (16 and 17 are exceptions)
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Definitely one of the more scenic parks to walk. The vegetation was vibrant and alive during my visit.
- CHILL AREAS - despite the lack of seating, there lots of little nooks and crannies to plop down and relax. The course has a very secluded feeling.
Cons: - NAVIGATION - Its definitely tricky in spots. on my first visit i went with a players who had been here and we still got turned around several times as there were no directional ques and several seemingly "this must be the right path" occurrences, only to be not the right way. Tricky spots are 2 to 3, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 12 to 13. Be sure and take a picture of the course map at the entrance on your first visit or print the DGCR linked map. You'll need it or wish you had it.
- CHARACTER - I was definitely surprised by the lack of disc golf extra items. There is no hole signage (other than number), no seating, no picnic tables, no duel tees, to extra pin placements, no practice basket, etc. The tees were mostly shaded however and as stated there was a course map at the entrance.
- ELEVATION - A surprising lack of Elevation on this course. Its flat as a pancake. probably varies by no more than 20' on the entire course and no hole varies by more than 10'. definitely subpar among the Austin area courses.
- FORGIVENESS - not the tightest layout around, but it's up there. if you're the player that likes to bomb it and not worry about accuracy, you will not like this course. check out nearby Old Settlers instead. The vegetation is thick in many areas. Errant shots often result in boggy.
- PAY TO PLAY - Although only a dollar, payment is really on an honor system as there's no one there to collect. Just a drop box.
- TIME PLAY - Course is not a quick play, plan to be here 3 hours to complete 18 holes
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - this is not a beginners course. although the odds of losing a disc is low, the course is way to tight to provide any enjoyment to inaccurate new throwers.
Other Thoughts: Skilled players should very much enjoy this course. South Austonians and south DFW's should definitely place Williamson County high on their list as a first course to check out on the north side of Austin. Beginning players are advised to stay clear.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Awesome course with great landscapes. Some really challenging holes. Make sure you have a spotter.
Cons: More of a desert course than I expected although there were a lot of trees. Lots of cactus and rock. Tough on your discs.
Other Thoughts: Great course. Very fun to play. Lots of work and lots of walking but worth it. Dont miss this one.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great County Park Course
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: In terms of layout and challenge, this course offers great variety. With six holes of less than 250' and six holes that are over 500', you've got the full range of distances to work with. Most holes offer the challenge of having to hit a specific line or thread your drive through some tight gaps.The back nine has some more open holes, but even here fading your drive into the fairway edge will leave you a challenging shot out.
Quite a mix of left and right turning fairways. And some, like Hole 9 serve up a dogleg left followed by a dogleg right on the same hole.
Good level concrete teepads with nice texture. This is a clayey area, and after rains the pads do get a pretty good coating of mud. Good Innova baskets that catch well.
Cons: Signs!! There are no tee signs at all. There is a simple symbol marking the hole number, and that is it. With many blind basket placements and some long par 4 and par 5 holes, a hole diagram with distance and par would make a lot of difference to non-local players like myself.
Navigation is also tricky, and would benefit from a few carefully chosen "next tee" signs. In many places well-marked paths make it simple to go from hole to hole, but there are a few places where there are three tees within about 75' of one another, with crossing paths that make it confusing to know where to go. I have placed an updated map in the links section, showing the current arrangement of holes.
It appears that they have decided to minimize things like signs, benches, and trash cans on this course. This may be the wishes of the county, but these amenities would be welcome additions to an already excellent course.
Other Thoughts: $1 per person fee. Seems very fair given the course quality. There is a large gravel parking area near the first tee, and a large course map on a sign as you enter.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Each time I come to TX to visit family I try to get in as much disc golf as possible. Checking out a variety of courses. Players in this area are quite lucky to have the quality and number of choices for play that players here do.
That said, Wilco was mentioned as a must play if in the area, and I couldn't agree more. Fantastic course. Beautiful setting, quality tee pads, well marked, easy to navigate.
It is a John Houck design. I have now had the pleasure of playing a number of his courses. They always play well and mix challenge (he loves left to right play) with well thought out use of available space. This is a huge property, and he used it well.
I found the course played fairly wide open. Which I loved as a change of pace. I'm used to playing in the woods of the NE. The trees here offer some challenge but are sparse in comparison to my home courses where you are having to navigate tight trees on most holes. This plays much closer to a ball golf course. Wide open fairways, just enough trees to create shade from the brutal heat down here. Lovely.
Cons: I would love to see a representation of the hole at the tee pad. Here they just have the number clearly marked on a huge rock. I'm sure if I played here regularly I wouldn't care, I would know what I wanted to throw when. But as a visiting player it helps to know the distance to the basket for disc selection. Not the map at the beginning , the tee pads, or even the scorecards provide that info. Weird.
Other Thoughts: Great course, play it if you can. Bring a bag to pick up garbage out on the course if you are feeling helpful. Bring your A game and enjoy.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: You can tell they take great pride in this course. I always appreciate a nice map at the beginning of a course. They have long holes that cut through the woods and even have stone pathways between holes to make it easier to navigate. I loved the first holes that were very tight and challenging. The back holes opened up a little bit more. Hole 10 was a rediculous hole being over 700ft and doing a complete"s" shape. There are a few birdie holes that you have to take advantage of in order to shoot well. In my opinion the front 9 was way better than the back9.
Cons: In my opinion the back 9 got a little repetitive and lost my interest. Where the front 9 gave tight holes throughout the woods at different lengths. I felt like the back 9 you shot out of a gap into open space on almost every hole. The grass on the back 9 was also a little overgrown.
Other Thoughts: I would of rated this course a 4.5 if the back 9 reflected the front 9. The back 9 just became too repetitive and was such a let down from the awesome front 9.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Great course that is never busy
Pros: Great level of difficulty to make the game challenging, but not too hard or too long.
Lots of over hang and tree so it helps you focus on keeping your disc down. Great place to practice that if you have the problem with throwing your disc too high as I do a lot.
Cons: Lots of trees can make some holes a pain if you are not lucky.
Foot tall grass surrounding most holes. If you do not have a spotter or a brightly colored disc it can be easily lost.
Other Thoughts: Make sure and have a spotter for most every throw so you don't lose your disc. A lot easier to do that you would think.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -When walking through this course, it is easy to see that a lot of work was put into making this course look beautiful. The tees are all clearly marked by big rocks. The "fairways" are all mowed and the course feels very clean.
-The concrete tees are very long, wide and in great shape.
-This course is very challenging. A lot of holes go from left to right which adds challenge that a typical average course can not offer.
-I really enjoyed the hole variety at Wilco. The holes alternated from in the trees 200'-250' to out in the open 400-780' where you can really rip your disc.
-The course is very easy to follow. There is usually a rock path going to the next tee.
Favorite Hole: #18
Cons: -The course itself does not have many cons. I did not find any water fountains on the park site to fill water bottles.
-There were maybe four trash cans on the entire course. This is a very beautiful course and I would hate to see it be littered because people cannot find trash cans to throw their trash in.
-This is not a good course to bring your buddy to on his first time. It is a tough course even for the more advanced player.
-A few of the tees are very close to the previous hole. The biggest example of this in my mind is how close tee #3 is to hole #2.
Other Thoughts: This was my first course, and right now, only course to play in Austin. I was very impressed by it and I think this is one of the nicer courses I have played.
If you are in the north part of Austin, Wilco is a definite must play.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Wilco from a Pro's Perspective
Pros: The amount of work put in by the local club and county is amazing. Rock lined walking paths, boulders for tee signs and a unique layout make this the best in the area. High quality concrete tee boxes with very little lip allow the player to concentrate on making a shot versus thinking about footing. There's been a lot of talk about this being a Lefty course - yes, if you're RH, you will need a forehand or a good anhyzer but any good course forces you to make a variety of shots. A course designed by a pro for pros but still allows an Am to improve and challenge themselves.
Cons: Not much - trash cans would be nice but it's clearly stated on hole 1 that its a pack it in pack it out course. Pay for play is no big deal...that fee basically pays county staff to ride a gator to pick up lazy folks trash. The course will be closed after a heavy rain which is actually a pro now that I think of it because it prevents errosion and wear and tear.
Other Thoughts: It is Centex so rocks, cedar, cactus and mesquite are everywhere so I don't blame the course. This course is a jewel and plays true. I encourage anyone visiting Cedar Park or Round Rock to come play a round.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Wilco is a special treat
Pros: There is a LOT to like about Wilco. It has a very fun, unique feel to it. The holes vary a lot in their look and there are many very cool trees. It's really a joy just to walk the course. I keep expecting to see Leprechauns or giant-sized ginger bread houses or something on the course. Tough to put into words, but it's my new favorite place to play in the Austin area, even if the challenge is a bit below some of the others.
Wilco provides a very good light blue (white/blue) level challenge. The course is very beginner friendly and still lots of fun for advanced players. There is a good variety to the shot shapes required. (I disagree with the "lefty friendly" comments by some of the other reviewers.) The fairways are very fair and the punishment from the rough is appropriate to provide good risk/reward opportunities when deciding how far to try and throw off the tee. Most of the long 3's and multi-shot holes have me thinking about throwing a fairway driver or even a mid-range instead of a high-speed driver.
The hole #'s near the tees are quite easy to spot from a distance and the paths between holes are nicely lined to make course navigation very easy. The tee pads and baskets are all top-notch. The course has recently re-opened after an extended closure and the maintenance is very good. The course gets high marks for aesthetics and fun.
The course costs $1 to play. Yes, this is a "Pro". The money that golfers put in the box will go towards maintaining and possibly improving the course. If we don't pay, who should?
Cons: Wilco could benefit from a second set of tees. The course is a bit too easy for blue level players and gold level players will kill it. This is not a major con, but worth a mention. The course is pretty much flat as a pancake.
There are a couple places where the holes crowd each other a bit. From hole 1, the walk is behind hole 4's basket to hole 2. It's not a safety hazard, but is distracting for players approaching on hole 4. Hole 8's tee is very much in play on hole 7. The course doesn't loop back to the start after 9 holes.
The course is situated in a pretty low-lying area. As a result, it is susceptible to lots of standing water following heavy rains. The county is pro-active and closes the course to play under such conditions. Be sure to call the number before heading out to play.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend Wilco to anyone visiting the area. Please pick up litter as you play and enjoy!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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