4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a beautiful Houck design. It's a heavily wooded tract that requires careful shot shaping and accuracy.The course is well shaded and, except for two holes, each hole is unique.
There are several features of this course that make it exceptional in my opinion.
1. Most of the holes have multiple alleys or multiple options making course judgment critical. The par 4 and 5 holes have a number of different route options.
2. It will test your shot making ability. The alleys are tight enough to make accuracy more important than length on most of the holes. But they are not too tight that you feel confined. If you rated it on an open to tight scale of 1-10, most of the holes are in that very desirable mid-range of 4-6.
Holes: This is how I plan to play it, but sometimes the trees have other thoughts. Shot descriptions are for a "rightie".
#1, par 3 has birdie possibilities with two approaches to the hole, a gentle annie from the left or a slight hyzer from the right. I prefer the hyzer with a skip up to the hole when I'm lucky enough to thread the trees about a 120 feet from the tee. I usually throw my Valk.
#2, par 3 has ace possibilities if you go at it straight, but you have to negotiate horizontal limbs that make it a bit of a crapshoot. Sometimes I'll just go for it straight on with a Sidewinder. I prefer a hyzer to the right with a Wraith or Katana kept low under the tree canopy turning a hard left with a skip to the basket.
#3 is a lazy S par 4 with birdie only possible for the long throwers, if your lucky. I'm happy with par. The drive needs to be a slight hyzer as long as you can throw it and still hit the fairway. Left is death in the cedars. Right makes your next shot a more difficult throw with more left to right action. A juniper on the right guards the approach to the hole and if it eats your disc, good luck. It can put you in jail. A large oak tree guards the left approach to the hole.
#4, par 4 can be real trouble. You need a slight annie low and straight under the tree canopy and missing the tree guarding the landing area to the right. A forehand is also a good shot if you have the length. The hole then sharply doglegs to the right. If you can pull off another low straight shot and avoid the trees guarding the hole, you may have a putt for birdie 3. You will be happy with a par, especially if your drive is less than ideal. I like my Sidewinder or Valk off the tee and my Valk or Sirius Orion LF for the second.
#5, par 3 is a birdie hole with two options to the hole. I prefer the right hyzer shot between the two trees just off the tee. You need to miss the tree guarding the alley at the turn to the left and skip it up to the hole. I use my Katana. The straight alley is a tight shot all the way to the hole.
#6, par 4 is a low, gentle annie threading the needle all the way and avoiding the tree guarding the middle of the landing area. Or you could take the right alley which is tighter for me. I like the Valk or Sidewinder. If you have this shot, you are at the turn on this hard dogleg right, and the next shot is straight through another tree alley with a late fall back to the left to the basket. Again, I like the Valk or Sidewinder. If you can pull off two really good shots here you have a chance for birdie. You will be happy with par 4.
#7, par 3 is a slight annie to an open fairway but preferably to the left side of the fairway tree. If you have a long drive you may have a birdie opportunity. Otherwise you have a short forehand flip or backhand annie to the hole.
#8, par 3 is reachable, but relatively tight, with the tightest area near the hole. I like the Sidewinder here.
#9, par 3 is a straight drive to an open area with a sharp dogleg to the right at the hole. Unless you have some long putts in your bag, or maybe a long forehand drive that skips hard right up to the hole, you are happy with par. I like my Valk here.
#10, par 5 is the signature hole and will bring you back for retribution. Most likely, the hole will have the retribution. It is a long "S" and you need a long straight drive through the tree tunnel if you expect to par. I like the Valk, or maybe the Sirius Orion LF if the wind is up a little. If you can pull this off, your next shot is a low hyzer that must take a fairly sharp left turn and still avoid two trees in the fairway. I like the Katana or Wraith. Then a backhand with a Sidewinder (or hard forehand for those who can) as the fairway falls back right. But you need to stay to the left side and avoid trees on the left and right. If you have pulled off these shots successfully, its a relatively short approach and putt for a par 5. I can't imagine making a birdie on this hole, but I know it's been done.
#11, 12 and 13 are birdie holes and you need to make two out of three to expect to score well out here.
#11, par 3 is a relatively short forehand flip with trees guarding both sides of the alley. I flip the Surge or Wraith.
#12, par 3 is straight away, moderately tight, not long and aceable. But don't overshoot or you may end up in jail. To go for it or not to go for, that is the question. Sometimes I go for the ace. But I usually let it skip up to the hole for a birdie try.
#13, par 3 is a low backhand hyzer that will hopefully skip up to the hole which is guarded by small trees. Rocks in the fairway and the tight alley make skipping a challenge. I like my Sirius Orion LF.
#14, par 4 is a long, relatively open drive hopefully close to two oaks with cedars at the base (heinous) framing the approach. I usually throw the Wraith for the drive because of the prevailing headwind on this relatively open hole. The approach to the hole is a blind backhand annie, or forehand flip. If my drive is positioned right, I usually go with the Sidewinder annie. If you've got these shots, birdie is a possibility. But par is welcome.
#15, par 3 is like #9.
#16, par 3 is straight away and more difficult than it first appears. It's not particularly tight, but if you miss the fairway you will pay for it because of some strategically located cedars and mesquite trees(watch out for the thorns). There's a small tree in the middle. If you have a monster arm you may have a birdie opportunity, but I can only dream of that. I throw the Sirius Orion LF up the right alley and hope it misses the small cedar on the right side about 260 feet down the fairway before it breaks back to the fairway. Be careful with the approach because the cedars on the right can grab it and turn your anticipated par into bogey very quickly.
#17, par 3 is a sharp dogleg left with an open fairway, a large tree on the right, and two alleys to the hole, one short and one long. If you have a gorilla arm, I expect you have a chance for birdie by going the long route with a backhand hyzer skipping to the hole. But the reality for most of us is to set yourself up for a clear approach to the hole and hope for a short putt for par. I like the Katana for the drive.
#18, par 4 is another truly phenomenal par 4 hole. There are two alleys off the tee, one straight and one to the right. I prefer the straight shot with a Valk. If you have a long straight drive, and another long straight and low second between or around several trees including two trees guarding the landing area, you may have a long putt for birdie. Most of us will be happy with a par.
Cons: The land is very flat and there are no elevation changes. The rough areas are generally very dense with a few too many junipers for my taste. Despite the good efforts of the Williamson County parks crew, a number of oaks have died likely due to soil compaction (with disc hits also taking their toll).
Other Thoughts: The course is closed during wet weather to help avoid soil compaction. This is one of my favorite courses in the entire Central Texas area and I am happy to call it my home course. Being that it is on the outskirts of Austin, it is not as heavily played as other Austin courses which keeps it in better shape. There is a $1 fee on the honor system.
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1 Helpful / 3 Not
First time playing Wilco
Pros: For a seasoned disc golfer, this was one heck of a course. Front 9 is brutal yet fair. Love the cement pads to tee off on. Layout makes sense and is easy to find the next hole. Plenty of shade.
Cons: Needs secondary tee boxes for intermediate or advanced players who don't have big arms. Needs more trash cans throughout the course.
Other Thoughts: Played it for the first time today in the wind. More difficult than Circle C or Brushy Creek with the wind. Did not lose a disc which is nice. A very well thought out course but needs two sets of tee pads. Beginners should play elsewhere.
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Long and challengin
Pros: This is definitely a professional course. The distance of the holes coupled with the treeline makes for some surprisingly difficult shots. It's not overly technical though, and can be played at your leisure. Very well maintained course, with distances and hole instructions provided.
Cons: LONG. Wilco's a pretty unforgiving course, and it can be difficult to find the balance between distance and not getting lost in the bushes.
Other Thoughts: Make a day of it, this is a great course to bring some lunch along if you feel like taking a break.
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10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very good variety including 4 challenging par 4s and 1 very tough par 5.
There are plenty of chances for 2s as well if you have a well rounded game and your accuracy is on as there are a few linked birdie holes under 300ft. These include 1-2, 7-8, and 11-13.
The course ends with the moderate difficulty par 4 14th then the tough but birdiable 15-17 with a nice technical par 4 to finish on 18.
Overall the course offers both variety in hyzer/anhyzer holes but also in the use of short technical and long more open shots that require accurate placement. Every Hole on this course could see a 2 stroke swing and that is what makes it so great.
Cons: Thorns can be a little rough if you get off the fairways and the course could use some more trashcans.
Also a few Olse holes that favor a short sidearm over a controlled anhyzer with an angled line.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course that is not too brutal for someone of intermediate level but also sees few rounds under par even from Pro players.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: this course has cement tees and challenging fairways. long and short shots plus many right turning fairways. tees are numbered and paths easy to see
Cons: needs more trashcans
Other Thoughts: $1 to play and course closes when it rains
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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One of the best in the area
Pros: Concrete tee boxes and cool rock tee signs. This course requires great control over your disc. A good variety of short and long shots are required.
Cons: Some Tee boxes are too short for a good run up that is needed on some of the longer holes. Better tee signs would be great, with distances and par.
Other Thoughts: Probably my favorite course in the North Austin area. I highly reccomend this to anyone and everyone.
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The Oak Canopy Course
Pros: -very nice, long concrete tees flush with the ground
-excellent variety of hole types-- long, medium and short; left, right, straight or a combination of every direction
-Difficult, but still manageable if you can keep composed. The short holes offer birdie ops, but require extreme precision, but not to a ridiculous level. You will be saying "Man, wish I had another shot on that one," a lot. The lines are there for you to hit. One thing I like is the difficulty scales with the length of the hole-- the tightest holes/fairways are on the shorter holes, but when you get to the longer holes it opens up a little, but still presents a multitude of obstacles, twists and turns.
-It flows well with rock lined paths between holes and a little rest area in the shade after Hole 9. You're going to need to gather your strength for the behemoth 800' Hole 10.
-Everything from the fairways to the baskets to the large rock mounds with tee box numbers to the dirt (yes, the dirt) to the trees (limbs that would block fairways are trimmed) are all in excellent condition
-I just love the property that this is on. It's like a small little Oak forest nestled in the heart of Texas. It's very well kept and every hole offers shade. Parts of the course you hardly see the sky during multiple hole stretches. There's just this nice oak canopy over a good portion of the course.
Cons: -there's only 2 trashcans on the course. One at the start (or maybe it was even in the parking lot) and one at the rest area between 9 and 10. However, most people seem to recognize what a jewel of a course this is and keep their trash with them till they reach one of the trash cans. It's probably the cleanest course in the Austin area...hmm maybe this stuff should have gone in the Pros section...
-lack of signage: no park sign telling you where the course is, no overall course map at the start and no tee signs with hole layouts.
Other Thoughts: It is a definitely a flat course and there are no water obstacles, which some people would knock for those reasons, but I don't consider them cons. Not every course can be built along a creek or on the side of a mountain. You couldn't have possibly designed a better course on this property (and what beautiful property it is), and this is truly one of course designer's John Houck's best works.
Overall, it's a pretty long course and will take some time to play so give yourself a good 2.5 to 3 hours to play it. It's a great summer course as its copious amounts of shade will block out the blasting Texas sun.
If you keep going straight after Hole 3 you'll come across the only sign on the course-- an ominous looking old cedar sign with the words "Knuckle Cave" painted on it and pointing down some crazy-tight looking limestone cave. Good luck with that.
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Awesome Heart of Texas course, playing through mixed woods, rocks and hill country underbrush
Pros: An incredibly well-balanced and enjoyable course just outside of Austin. Nestled in a beautiful, newly built park near upscale neighborhoods, I was surprised a park like this included a disc golf course, but I was very grateful for the time and attention to detail demonstrated in putting this course into the ground.
Before the first hole, you pony up to the big welcome board, put your $1 in an envelope (honor system), check out the course map, and mosey on your way. Though they were out of maps and scorecards when I was there, according to locals, maps/scorecards and usually available at the kiosk.
I had the fortune of meeting up with two locals who showed off the course -- a pair of brand new UT grads -- who were enthusiastic about being out there. My thanks to them both. It made the round a lot more fun, but I think that with the map I would have found my way between holes, even without their help (though signage is lacking).
The course offers a great mix of par 3s and 4s, with all kinds of distances and twists and turns. It does favor forehand/lefty shots by a slight margin on total holes overall (by my count, 5 holes favor lefty, 4 holes favor righty, 9 holes are straight or have both L/R options). As someone who prefers forehand shots, its nice to see a course that is well-balanced (or even slightly favors lefty shots), since most courses tend to be designed in favor of RHBH shots... or are so open that it doesn't matter at all what you throw.
Williamson Country DGC (WC) is incredibly balanced and well-laid out. paths between holes sometimes overlap but there is minimal walking between holes and you are never throwing at someone. Excellent flow throughout the course, and exceptional use made of available land from what I could tell.
Virtually zero elevation to speak of anywhere on the course, but natural fairways are maximized and course is incredibly well maintained. Most of the paths between holes are wide, rock-lined and freshly mulched, which adds a sense of professionalism and style to the course.
Underbrush is thick enough to harshly penalize errant shots, but isn't so leafy and dense as to lose discs. A very nice balance, IMHO. Trees are fair throughout and fairways are well-defined. Luck isn't really a factor out here, and this course should play well to all skill levels.
All in all, an incredibly fun place to play -- challenging enough to keep someone coming back, but not overly frustrating.
Cons: * Tee signs need hole distances. This is a great drawback -- no distances on scorecard either. I need to know how far I'm throwing.
* Better signage needed between tees. Locals and map help, but it still wouldn't hurt to have a few more arrows.
* $1 course fee is annoying -- totally worth it (I'd pay $5 easy to play this course, maybe $10), but with all the free courses, this is still worth mentioning. Though $1 will never stop me from playing a course. I'd be happy to pay $1 per round everywhere in the country if all the courses were this good.
* Flat is a drawback for me -- I wish there was some elevation on the course, as it would add another dimension to play.
* Course doesn't circle back to the cars until 18, so take everything you need for the round when you start.
* Course lacks secondary tees or baskets, which could increase replay value and add options. An excellent one-layout course, but could be improved with secondary teepads or pins.
Other Thoughts: Truly one of the most fun courses I've played in a long time. I enjoyed every hole on this course and way grateful to get to play it twice. Scores of 59/62 weren't great, but weren't too embarrassing. Lots of birdies to be had if you're game is on for the short precision holes.
This is just an awesome course -- especially for Texas. Possibly the most pure fun to play of any of the Austin courses. East Metro Park (Manor) is a better tournament course, but this is more fun for everyday play. Can't wait to get back down here.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very nice course. Its is a pay course and i dont mind paying for this course. course is laid out well and has many challenges. I consider this my home course and i play it at least 3-5 times a week. The trees reach out on some holes and make them challenging. The trees also make for some tight fairways. There are also so wide open holes like 14-18 which can also be windy. There are some aceable holes so it gives you something to work for and makes it interesting.
Cons: The only cons i have is all the loose, big rocks on some holes. could sprain an ankle if your not careful. I also have to put in a complaint about the cactus.
Other Thoughts: Great course, would recommend it to any beginner or pro.
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Pros: Wilco is an extremely well designed course. It's hard enough so most pros will find challenges yet fair enough so newer players can stay on the fairway and get there eventually.
As a right handed player, Wilco has really forced me to learn how to throw a long forehand (or flick) shot.Yet there are times when you have to throw an anhyzer.
The best thing about Wilco is that you will get to work on every aspect of your game. You will have to maintain some accuracy to work around the trees in some of the fairways. There are both left and right skip shots that can come into play. The aforementioned RH forehand shot is key. I find that a roller works extremely well on hole 5. And you have to show some restraint on many of the holes...yet there are a good number of holes where you can let em rip.
Very protected from wind for the most part so on those windy days where it would be brutal trying to play some of the other parks, Wilco provides a nice respite...though when you get to the last 5 holes it opens up a bit so you get to face some wind challenges as well.
One of the things I love the most is that the short and long holes, for the most part, alternate so it almost eases you into the round. Then after the Beast (i.e. hole 10) there are 3 short holes that give 3 ace run opportunities, or hopefully birdies. We like to call these the turkey run holes b/c you very well could get 3 birdies in a row...which after 10 might bring you back down to an acceptable score. lol
Extremely flat terrain and there are no water hazards (also both a bit of a con as well.) Although it seems to be more crowded lately the players out here seem to be knowledgeable and respectful. Large groups tend to let people play through a bit more willingly than some of the other courses in town.
Very well maintained.
Cons: These are all very minor complaints for the most part and they don't really detract from the play in any way.
No distances at teeboxes. Lack of scorecards. Too few trashcans on course. Closed if it's rained in the last couple days...though it does get muddy so it's not too bad. Though it would be nice if there were some way to check online before committing to the drive.
Extremely flat terrain and there are no water hazards (also a pro if you're not looking for these things)
Other Thoughts: This was my favorite course in town prior to East Metro in Manor. It is challenging and it really forces you to become an overall better player.
Concrete teepads. $1 fee for course maintenance is well worth it. Close enough to Cat Hollow and the newer Brushy Creek course to get in a lot of rounds in on a single day.
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