Basic Community Course, Done Right
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A stock disc golf course, but with excellent design.
-Amenities: Concrete tees, DISCatchers, paths between holes, some excellent signage, short driving range and practice basket.
-Flow: This is the kind of course that, while you can't see the tee from the previous basket, doesn't distract you with trying to find the next hole.
-Rough: Not too bad, which is remarkable for a Texas course of this style. There are some rougher spots, but generally it's manageable.
-Intermediate Difficulty: This is a perfectly executed rec or intermediate difficulty course. There's a good bit of challenge for those players, but the birdie opportunities are out there.
-Shot Shaping/Gameplay: Plenty of shot shaping to be had, at a mid-level difficulty. Several technical ace runs, longer moderately open par-3s, and two wooded par-4s. You have to pick definite routes, but there are lots of birdie opportunities. Some holes will be very unlikely to birdie for most players, but those are the exception rather than the rule. In my opinion, this is the way intermediate courses should be done, not just by making holes require longer drives. I should also note the fun top-of-the-world shot on (16).
Cons: Pretty hard to rag on Searight for anything of much substance.
-Missing Signs: The biggest issue, shared also by Roy G. I truly don't understand why people feel the need to steal tee signs, but a lot of them are missing here.
-Blind Holes: Several times I had to guess where the pin was, even with the direction of a local guide. Not much to be done unfortunately, unless they installed super tall flags.
-Mono-Thematic: Searight is essentially the same thing throughout. That's not an issue, per se, but it does reduce notability rating of the course.
Other Thoughts: Searight is the basic template of a good course. It's got a couple of par-4s, always solid lines, and the amenities and flow necessary to not engender ill will. This is like most of those 2.5 courses that populate every city, but minus the boringest holes. Houck did a great job creating an intermediate-level course that fills an otherwise-missing difficulty level south of town.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice size parking lot easy to locate hole 1
Practice mat and pin before hole 1 allowing for a practice hole is really cool, and can be used as a 19 hole layout
Awesome mix of lefty/right holes and hole distances
Course flows well with teepads and most holes have tee signs
Good use of elevation with the land. Hole 15 is signature downhill 330 foot hole that is a lot of fun
It has a really neat disc shrine with broken disc and other stuff near it.
Cons: Some tee signs have been vandalized/missing
Can get backed up with player traffic
Depending if it's rained can get muddy...hole 1 is swampy when wet
Some rocky terrain can be hard on disc
Other Thoughts: This course is closer to a 3.75 and worth the stop for sure go check it out. Great mix of holes and shots
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Course needs work
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Cons: 1. Tees are only marked with pink paper
2. Hole "2" is actually hole 1.
3. Aforementioned hole does not have a disc catcher. Same situation for other holes.
4. Signage/maps are missing at several holes.
5. Disc catchers that are there do not have numbers.
Other Thoughts: This course needs work. Does Austin PARD have jurisdiction or does this require volunteers?
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A Well Loved Course
Pros: I will preface this review by saying that when I went to play this course, the wind was intense, and it was pretty chilly outside.
The first pro of this course is its location. I originally did not even mean to stop here, but I stopped at Disc Nation then drove back towards I35 and noticed Searight Park signs. It was so close to Disc Nation and so close to the highway making it a quick play for your new discs or just passing through.
Searight has concrete tees at every hole and baskets that have some age but still have good bones. There are some solid holes on the course, hole 12 was one of the longer holes that puts a premium on accuracy and distance. I also enjoyed hole 15 as it sits on top of a hill looking out to South Austin. Being such an old course, there are very well defined lines and fairways on each hole, meaning birdies are possible every hole.
Navigation is not too big of an issue. The course is played so frequently that you either will be following a group to the next hole or follow the worn in paths to the next holes in those times that the next tee is not immediately obvious.
Cons: I understand this is one of the older courses in Austin and was made at a time where there were no premium plastics and no super fast discs, but the middle part of the course was really uninspiring golf. There were holes that were 160' with no obstacles and no imagination.
Hole 14 is one hole I have real gripes with. It needs a BIG hyzer to get to the basket, almost so big it is not possible to get there in one shot unless you really have an arm. I thought I had a good shot, but came up 50' short.
Even when I played with the wind and cold at 9 in the morning, there were a ton of people at. I can only imagine how crowded it is during nice weather. Be prepared to wait.
Other Thoughts: This was a fine course. Nothing too special, but nothing that was too terrible. It really does not meet the standards of what people come to expect of Austin disc golf. If you are coming in town to play, there are many courses on the south side of Austin that are much better than this one: Roy G, Circle C. Though if you are in a pinch for time, or want to try out some new discs, this is still a solid play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Old School Course
Pros: Cement Tee pads for all the holes
Sweet stone benches on every hole
Tee signs with map and distances
Easy to follow with paths between holes, many of them lined with wood.
Mostly wide defined fairways, good for casual/rec disc golfers
Ample parking with a restroom across the parking lot from the disc golf course.
Cons: This course was originally built in 92, so the holes are short for today's standards.
Course can be crowded as it is a popular course in the area.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed my round here, it is a birdie fest, but the lines were fun to throw.
There is a practice hole from the parking lot to the practice basket near tee 1.
Hole 1 is a nice slight turnover across a small creek. Nice large green.
Hole 2 is your basket straight to slight turnover shot
Hole 3 is the longest hole on the course, the only one that is really a two shot hole for most players. Unless you got the big arm, placement is important so your not throwing out of the ruff for your second shot.
Now for Birdie ally, a few nice short ace runs, slight turnovers on 4 and 5, then a straight shot for hole 6 and a hyser for hole 7 and another basicly straight shot for hole 8.
Hole 9 is an interesting shot, either go over the top if your a big arm, the hyser shot is blocked by a tree 3/4 the way down the fairway. Even the turnover shot is blocked by some tree's hanging out into the fairway about 1/2 way down the fairway. At 390, I just lay up and stay in the fairway aiming to hyzer out at the tree blocking the hyzer shot.
Holes 10 and 11 are hyzer, then anhyzer shots for birdie holes.
Hole 12 is the 2nd longest hole on the course, my goal is to clear the trees 1/2 way down the fairway and try to get the 3.
Hole 13 is a nice over the slight hill shot with the basket on the right side of the fairway.
Ok, now for my only hole to whine about, hole 14 is a hard hyzer shot over the tree's. You can't see the basket and the green is actually pretty small. This is not a long hole, but it is not an easy hole to birdie unless you shot is dead on. I don't like how there is not a fairway for this hole. It is very tight for rec players.
Contrast that to hole 15 where you get to rip it down a slight hill over some brush. The brush is not too tall so it is easy to throw over. And while there is not any real fairway, there is enough areas between the brush to get around if you don't clear the bushes.
Hole 16 is a nice turnover, then to hole 17 that is a nice short hyzer shot.
Hole 18 is a good finishing hole, the fairway gets tighter as you get closer to the basket, at 300 ft, you should be going for it and can be rewarded if you hit the line and punished if you are off. The hole is a nice turnover shot.
This was a fun course to play. It was first built when you could only get DX plastic so the holes are not too long. With the course being in the ground so long, the fairways are pretty wide with plenty of small paths if you do throw off the fairway. The greens are good size and clear for the most part.
Would I play here again.
yea sure, even though there are several Championship level courses nearby, this is a fun shaded course to play if you want to have some nice ace runs and make plenty of birds.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a good mix of short, moderate, and longer playing holes and both dog leg left and right playing holes as well.
Tee pads are more than ample allowing for a proper run up.
The flow is logical here and there are trashcans and benches throughout the course.
Multi-use park so there are other things to do here as well.
The holes provide a good challenge but aren't so overwhelming that they will frustrate a player. This would be a place where you could take a first time player and a seasoned veteran as well and both should find something to keep them coming back.
Hole 15 was a sweet downhill shot that played to the basket that was below the tee. There was a nice gap that needed to be hit and this hole was the best IMO.
Cons: The lack of signage at many of the holes is a con that could be easily fixed IMO. For the first time guest its nice to know where the pin may be located if not visible from the tee and what the distance is etc. Now with that said I realize that sometimes things are out of the park control especially since it appears that there were signs and they've been vandalized.
Carts might have a tough time due to the rocky terrian. I wouldn't say its impossible but it will make for extra work during your round.
Some players might find the walk from hole 2's basket to 3's tee and from 9's basket to 10's tee a bit long.
Other Thoughts: Players should find that this course is challenging enough to keep them working on a complete game. A full bag of shots, BH, FH, Hyzer, Anhyzer, skip shots etc will be used. The rough isn't so bad that you can't get back in the fairway but it will make you want to stay in the fairway in order to get up and down. There are a couple of holes on the back half of the course that have some uphill and downhill action to add to the challenge here a bit. This course has good lines that make for some interesting shots and will make you use your head when you are planning your approach.
Solid course that is fun to play and a good warm up if you headed out to Circle C. If you like a course that has a bit of everything then this course will be right up your alley.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Wasn’t really worth the Uber
Pros: They have made a short course challenging. Pretty speedy pace for the most part. We liked the way they marked one wire of the basket in neon orange to direct you to next tee, why don't they all do that? Brilliant. Good variety of high and low shots required. Creative pin placement on a few holes. Makes you think harder.
Cons: Muddy when it has rained, clods of mud all over tee pads. Slick at times.
Other Thoughts: Nice practice area. Good variety of open and wooded holes. Fifteen was pretty, most fun hole. Tough to get a birdie on any hole. We were visiting from Atlanta, this was our third course to play, and ranked third behind Roy G and Zilker. We paid $15 to Uber each way, not really worth the cost to get there and back from downtown, probably should have replayed one of those two.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Still great 7 years later
Pros: I played Searight again after not playing for about seven years, and it was just as fun as I remember. A heavily wooded course with lots of tunnel shots and some low ceilings: some very technical shots, but only a couple opportunities to really rip it.
- A good mix of difficulties. Some pretty straightforward holes, some really challenging ones.
- Hole 15 is wonderful, of course. The course does a really good job using elevation. Some uphill holes, some downhill ones, some that dip and rise, etc.
- Great teepads, trash cans, seating areas.
- The feel is good. Come out to Searight first thing in the morning and you can pretty much forget you are in Austin.
- A good mix of shots, longer straight shots, shorter straight shots, hyzers, anhyzers, some flex-lines, with a pretty good dose of those right-turning shots. You are also going to use a lot of scrambling shots, with how narrow the fairways are and how tight the woods are.
Cons: - From a competitive, consistency perspective, so many fairways are rocky and full of tree roots, so pretty much every ground reaction you get is totally random. Had a couple good shots turn into bad shots and a couple bad shots take really favorable bounces and turn into good ones. The course will definitely tear your plastic up.
- Some unsavory persons have destroyed the very nice tee signs on the majority of baskets. A shame really.
- The fairways have definitely gotten narrower in the last seven years. I think a couple holes could definitely do with a trim to open things up a bit to make multiple shots viable. IMHO, some holes have become so narrow, your only real option as a RH player is a big RHBH spike hyzer over the trees. IIRC hole 14 was the biggest offender.
Other Thoughts: - I would not recommend playing alone out here, not for safety reasons, but because there are so many blind shots, it is easy to lose a disc. A big skip into the woods or getting caught up high in a juniper and you're gonna have a hard time.
- It is definitely great to be close to Disc Nation. It made for a great morning to play a round at Searight and then do some shopping at Disc Nation.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Flat Earth Eric
Pros: Fun course with fun shots.
In a nice park.
Found Flat Earth Eric's disc in a tree. Thanks.
Deer walking the course. Almost hit one with a disc.
Cons: Crowded midday midweek.
Many short holes for the big arm guy.
Other Thoughts: Good choice if you are driving down hwy 35.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A short but technical course
Pros: -Not too long
-Scenic and memorable
-Will be rough on discs (bring your premium plastic)
Other Thoughts: Difficulty (3.5/5): This course isn't very long, all of the par 3's should be well within an intermediate player's driving distance. But the fairways are extremely narrow, the rough is unforgiving, and there are quite a few doglegs. It's often times smart to play for par by just tossing a putter down the middle of the fairway rather than risk going for it and ending up with a bogey or worse.
Maintenance (3.5/5): The teeboxes are in great shape and there's almost always somewhere to sit nearby. The baskets are in great shape. Most of the fairways are composed of gravel, so there's no overgrown grass. The teesigns seem to be missing on most of the holes, but there are still poles with the tee number on them.
Variability (2.5/5): Searight had average variability. I felt the majority of the shots were either dead straight or anhyzer shots. When I say dead straight, I don't mean a fairway driver that flies straight then settles left. That shot would likely skip off into the trees on the left. I'm inconsistent at best at those two types of shots, so I was scrambling a lot on my second shots. There was a handful of hyzer opportunities, particularly spike hyzers.
Flow/Experience (4.5/5): It's a very easy course to navigate, particularly because of its popularity. If you're playing on the weekend you'll likely be tailing a group the whole round, so you just follow them. The course is beautiful, if a bit rough on your discs (and you if you aren't careful in the trees). Hole 15 in particular offers a phenomenal view that's worth the visit alone.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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