West Guth Park
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -- Multiple tee pads. Long (blue) are concrete; they are very wide but not quite as long as they could be. Short (red) are dirt.
-- Restrooms in the park.
-- Excellent use of natural features. Rolling hills are well used as is a small pond and a creek (mostly dry in March 2022). While not heavily wooded, trees are also well used.
-- Longer course (from the blues, six holes longer than 400 feet and another four longer than 375).
-- Hole 1 is a good opener (more than 400 feet from either tee) with a direct line over the edge of a small pond and trees guarding the front edge of the pond. Hole 8 plays along a creek (dry in March 2022), and 16 is a cool 500-foot downhill throw (if you can figure out the correct basket).
Cons: -- Navigation is the biggest issue, and it is HUGE. No map at the course, and the map on this site seems out of date. In addition, tee signs are at most a number on a post; many of the numbers are missing or unreadable.
-- Using the map, we found holes 1-10 with only moderate difficulty, but good luck after that. We stumbled upon hole 10A (which based on signage made us think it was added for a tournament; turns out it's probably permanent), but the next hole we found was 16. The map here was of NO help finding holes 11-15.
-- Baskets are mostly not numbered, so plenty of times you have to guess which basket you should should throw to. Hole 16 is the worst of these with two baskets in sight about 40-50 feet from each other.
Other Thoughts: -- Restrooms at 4/5 are closed (not operational?), but there are functional restrooms across the street from the 18 basket.
-- Next tee signs under most baskets SHOULD point you in the right direction, but they are movable, so they often don't help.
-- Hole 18 (the last hole because you've got 10A and 10B) has two concrete tee pads (one with no sign of any kind that is less then 20 feet from the 17 basket).
-- The individual holes are fun and could easily make this a 3- or 3.5-disc course, but the navigation issues really bring the rating down.
-- With only three courses (two of them 9-holers) in a city of 350,000 people, expect a crowd.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Close to being a championship course from the longs
Course had 2 tee's per hole (red and blue)
The course does go all over the west side of the park, taking advantage of several unique features in the park.
Cons: Tee's are NOT marked very well. I had to use UDisc to find several of the blue tee's on the course.
Several of the holes were just long because there was not a lot of trees in that area.
Other Thoughts: Up and down hills with a lot of long open holes.
I played the blue tee's
Hole one is probably the signature hole, very long hole that crosses the edge of the pond. Key shot is to shoot down long enough to get your upshot over the pond to the basket.
Hole 2 is a decent long hole towards the school, there are a few tree's to catch your discs but the ground was hard enough for me to roll it.
Hole 3 was slightly downhill, with a nice grove of trees on one side of the fairway. The basket is on the side of the hill.
Hole 4 did not have a tee marker at all. The hole throws over the top of the hill (blind shot) and is farther to the left than you think (I didn't walk the hole to find it first)
Hole 5 is a slightly uphill shot with large tree's on both the right and left of your tee box and again near the basket. Long 2 shot hole.
Hole 6 was a fun hole, down the hill and up on the other side. The trees keep you from throwing straight at the basket, you got to keep your drive under them.
hole 7, longer hole over the edge of a hill with the road on the right and behind the basket.
Then a long walk across the circle for hole 8 throwing down the open Valley
Hole 9 throws across the creek and up the side of a large hill. Freaking dogs would not leave us alone from the house near the basket, they followed us, barking for the next 3 holes.
Hole 10 throws down the hill, not a long hole, but very easy to overthrow considering the basket is on the side of the hill.
hole 10A is not on the map here, but you are throwing along the edge of the park, over the hill as you can't see the basket from the tee box. There are a few tree's to knock down your drive.
Hole 10B tees off and throws down the hill with the road on one side and the walking path on the other.
Hole 11, the longest hole on the course throws down, then across the creek with the basket in the V of two creeks coming together.
Hole 12 throws up the side of the hill with the walking path to the right of the basket.
hole 13, might be the shortest hole, but you have the tennis courts on the right, some tree's around the basket and a steep hill behind and to the left of the basket. Best to not go for the ace and just lay up for a 2.
14 is the best 2 oportunity. Downhill shot with pretty much nothing in the way.
15 is one you need to play smart, if you got the arm, make sure you clear the creek, otherwise, go for a 3 and lay up short of the creek. You don't want to be in that mess, trust me.
Hole 16 actually has a good tee box on the side of the hill with the basket down and across the creek. A really fun grip it and rip it hole.
Hole 17 has you teeing off over the edge of the hill to the top.
Hole 18 is another bird opportunity with the basket up under some trees.
In general, this is a long course from the Blue's, I had been playing disc golf all day and was too tired to really have a good round. But when I was done, I did enjoy playing the course.
Would I play here again?
MMM, I do not like long open shots. I feel like those holes are long just because they are open. I am not a big arm guy anymore and don't enjoy courses like that anymore.
If I wanted to play a challenging course, I think I would drive over to the Live Oak Gold course in Ingleside. It is a better championship level course.
But with that said, I would like to play here again, but from the shorter red tee's.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Elevation on the Texas Coast
Pros: The best feature of this course is that it is built over some low rolling hills, giving it an element of elevation that is difficult to find in this part of Texas.
The park is mostly grassland, with scattered groups of small trees. There is a large pond near the beginning of the course and a creek running thorough the middle.
Two set of tees for each hole. In many cases the blue tee is on a similar line with the red, just farther back. But for others the blue tee offers a significantly different alignment as well. Good variety of hole lengths, from 200' out to 638'.
Cons: This course could use a little TLC. There are no teepads, just scuffed out places in the grass. When wet, the areas are sticky/slick.
The tees are marked by a single short post painted either red or blue. Most of the posts have the hole number in the top, though some are rotted/broken. No tee signs, and from many of the locations it is difficult to know where the basket is.
The baskets are older and gray, so are difficult to spot from many of the tees. Also, some baskets are close enough together that you won't know which to throw to.
Navigation would be impossible without the DGCR map. There are no "next tee" indicators and tees are all over the place.
Other Thoughts: The parking lot closest to the first tee is accessed off of Leopard Street and is at the end of La Branch Drive. If you enter through the main park entrance there is a small (4 car) lot near the restrooms and the Hole 5 tees. Otherwise there isn't much designated park. Perhaps you just park along the roads?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of open space. You can really open up your arm. Elevation comes into play often. Little chance of losing a disc on this course. I was only down visiting, so I don't know the strength of the community, but the course was empty both times I played that week.
Cons: Even having pieced together a map of the course from other reviews, I had a very difficult time navigating. I would love to see new signs and tees.
Other Thoughts: With a little upkeep, this course would be a joy to play instead of a chore to navigate. I may be moving to the area, and this course is a pro on my list to move. I would love to spruce it up.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is my closest course. It's got some good distance, blue and red tees; in some cases also white tees. Factoring in the OB and sometimes big time wind and you'll see a wide range of scores. I started scoring well only after I stopped going OB a lot. I recommend this course to anyone in the area. If you are coming down for business, bring your bag and leave yourself some time to play. It's very close to a lot of the port/oil/gas other industry.
Cons: Trying to imagine playing this for the first time, without a guide, and I imagine it could be tough. The tees are dirt, and in some cases rutted, and probably difficult to see. The city mowers often knock over markers. It'll be a lot easier if you find a local to accompany you. I think it's a fun course and worth the effort; I also think that with the use the park gets, you'd see any signs marking the course get vandalized within weeks. Good asphalt tees with a stencil showing the hole and directions to the next tee would be a huge improvement here.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Lost in Space
Pros: Lots of land to work with, huge Park with creeks, pond, elevation changes, and a fair amount of trees for the area.
Hole # 10 is the signature hole. Two live oak trees guard an easy shot down a draw from the top of a hill - beautiful shot.
The course is well manacured fits discretely into the hills.
Cons: This list is long and well earned.
1. Finding the parking area next to hole #1 is difficult at best. The directions do not even mention that there is a parking lot right next to hole # 1. They direct you to the park and hole #1 doesn't have parking inside the park - you have to leave to find the parking area.
2. The map isn't accurate - holes and tees are not really where they say that they are. I thought that I was geo-caching with my cell phone trying to find the holes (all of them).
3. Hole #1 breaks some of my cardinal rules. You throw towards an area intended for people.
There is a park bench, ducks, trash cans, a pond and no "Mando" to go around. In order to get par you almost have to go straight for the basket right through the melange of hazards.
4. Baskets are old, rusty and do not have number plates. The rely on the Discraft sticker on the pole inside the chains. This was a bad idea 15 years ago - it hasn't changed. Now, people have scratched the numbers off, they are so moldy you cannot discern what basket you are throwing at, and in one instance there are two baskets about 20 yards apart (with no numbers on either).
5. Hole 5 doesn't exist. So don't waste time trying to find it.
6. Baskets are located across roads and hiking/biking paths. With all the land that they have to work with, this seems ridiculous.
7. There are multiple tees for hole # 10 So many in fact that they seem to be everywhere - and make finding hole # 11 obscure.
8. The tee boxes don't exist - they are mud patches with either a blue (long), red (medium) or white (not sure) 2 ft post in the ground that may or may not have the number carved into it.
9. From 10 - 18 you seem to cross pedestrian paths several times. Disc Golf has a bad enough reputation (unearned) but we do not need to be throwing at people to add to the rap.
10. The baskets are old and grey - they have no color and make it difficult to spot.
11. No tee signs, no signage at all (even at hole 1).
12. I didn't see the need for multiple tees/ placements on hole 10. It confused me, so I guess that others might be confused too.
Other Thoughts: I guess that I was disappointed mostly. Disappointed in the lack of attention, disappointed in the missing basket, and disappointed in the old run-down tired course that is suffering from old age and apathy. I hope that someone takes on the challenge and revitalizes this course. It could be a really good course with a little attention and some TLC.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This was the 50th course in Texas. At that time Texas was the only state with 50 courses.
1. Hole 1 has a great basket placement - real risk and reward hole from either tee. An improvement over the original placements.
2. Wind and elevation changes cause great crosswinds on several holes that can challenge your preconcieved notions of what kind of wind you are facing.
3. the park is still sort of green despite the drought.
4. Not a lot of players on course, you can play as fast as you want or take your time and make a few practice throws.
Cons: 1. tee box on 1 red is an ankle breaker
2. no basket on hole 5
3. red tee on 6 has had a big tree limb hanging on it forever
4.no signs for hole info or directions
Other Thoughts: This was the first 18 hole course in the coastal bend. (at that time Ingleside was a 9 hole course with compost filled pits for tee boxs) Time has taken it's toll on Guth. Trees on Holes 2, 9, 11 blue, 12, 13, and 15 that once added to the challenge of the course are dead and gone. Erosion has ruined a signature hole on hole 5. Local have improved basket placement on hole 1 (tough hole, great challenge) but tee box placement on red 3, red 6, red 12 and both tees on 17 need to return to original placements (Call John Houck, he designed the course). The tee box on red 1 is a horrible ankle buster and no basket on hole 5. It would be nice to see locals put some elbow grease into reviving the 50th disc golf course in Texas. Maybe replace some of the trees and the missing basket. Relocating and manicuring tees would be welcome as well as some sort of direction signs. It would be great to see this course return to it's former glory. It is still a good course with lots of elevation changes and the topography causes the winds to play some mean tricks on several holes. It's a fun course worth playing but has been and could be better again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Steeplechase On The Coast
Pros: It is a disc golf course. It has at least 18 holes. And there are quite a few challenges here. #15 comes to mind. There is a throw across a wide part of the creek that, if you can't throw at least 125 feet from the red tee, you have lost a disc. There is no going to get it. Otherwise good course and worth playing once or twice.
Cons: Tough to navigate. No tee signs. Hole #5 basket is missing. People all over the park. Good luck if you play in the afternoons. Watch out for the trees. They like to capture discs and keep them.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course and a good place to play in a pinch. My recommendation is braving the mosquitoes and going on down to Ingleside and playing their two courses there. Much better courses and much more challenging.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Where is East Guth?
Pros: 1) Red and blue (and also a few white) posts mark the tees and are also numbered to help with navigation.
2) Rare elevation usage in Texas. This was a welcome sight when we arrived at the course. The slight rolling hills were also fun to play and basket placement was key in certain areas, which really brought the elevation into play.
3) Basket placement is key on most of these holes since they are mostly open. The green areas probably are the biggest redeeming value of this course. There are quite a few baskets protected by trees and obstacles forcing you to come in from specific directions. There also are a couple baskets placed where the elevation will come into play.
5) Decent variety out here because it brings a pond into play, it has elevation, it has some interesting basket locations, it has some open bomber holes, some tighter tucked basket locations, and you even have to be concerned with a couple of creek crossings. It isn't the best course in the area in my opinion but it is the most diverse.
6) A lot of the challenge here seems to come from distance alone, because most of the tree trouble seems to only come into play at the tee or at the green. I like to have tree trouble and other obstacles the entire length of the fairways.
7) Good distance variety on this course from a few in the high 100's a bunch in the 200's NO 300' footers, a few 400's and a 500'. I love how this impacts the shots that need to be thrown on a course. I just hate having the same approach distance on every hole.
8) It is a nice feature to have dual tees regardless of their conditioning because it allows all skill level to come out and enjoy.
9) Fairly beginner friendly because it is mostly open. The elevation, distance, and the wind will still challenge the beginners, but that is life deal with it!
10) Every hole out there does have something to make it interesting. At first I didn't see this but after looking back I guess the holes were much better than I thought. I had fun I just wasn't wowed I guess and I like to be wowed. Regardless I upped my rating to a 3.0.
Cons: 1) #1 tee had some excavation done around it and had not been repaired.
2) Navigation at times is difficult. Figuring out the additional holes was not easy, partly because there are no number plates on the baskets. transition from Hole #1 to Hole #2 was goofy because of a large backtrack . . . not a great way to start the course having to wait for people playin #1 to walk back through your fairway.
3) Tees are dirt/grass which is always a big negative in my eyes. The turf itself in spots on this course where compaction and traffic wouldn't even be an issue seems spotty. Simply put it is not the healthiest park turf I have ever seen. When wet I can imagine it being messy and muddy on the tees, around the greens, and even in the middle of some fairways. Add concrete tees and this is automatically a 3.5 instead of a 3 course IMO.
4) A little too open for my liking in general. Its a good thing there is elevation and some pretty interesting basket positions or this course would not be anywhere near as good as it is. There are some trees out there but it is mostly around the tee or the green, and not a callenge the entire length of the fairway.
5) Baskets are old Mach baskets without number plates and many times are tough to find because they blend right into the surroundings.
Other Thoughts: The maintenance issues, lack of good teepads, along with the lack of decent navigation signs, teesigns and garbage baskets drop this course to a mediocre course overall. It is still a decent course but I simply would much rather choose some of the others in town over this course. It is fun to play still because of the basket locations and the elevation changes which no other course in the area seems to have. If the turf was in better condition and teepads were added I think this course could really be a mid 3 rating. If only it had a couple of tight wooded tunnels to and this course would have it all.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Should have been fun
Pros: From what I saw (see Cons/Other thoughts), this is looks to be a really fun course. Its not heavily wooded but the cleverly placed tees/baskets make for some moderate/hard shots over and through small groves. The trees seem to catch discs so that adds a challenge. Some holes are on the longer side. Coming from higher altitude and throwing in the heavy air makes you feel like a beast. Plan on lots of Hyzer Flips.
Cons: Poor tee quality, no signage, hard to find tees and baskets.
Maintained based on the fact that there is a school right next to it with a football field instead of the fact that its a potentially awesome course.
Let me say, I am from Colorado. How does anyone play in this heat/humidity? We came well prepared with gatorade and water and got there around 7:30am to beat the heat. It was unbelievably hot. Kudos to anyone who is commited enough to disc to play in this heat on a regular basis.
My main complaint was the bugs (I know that can't be helped) By hole 3, I was so covered in mosquitoes that I stood up from swatting them to tell my buddy I was getting eaten alive and he had 10-15 on his back biting him THROUGH HIS SHIRT. It was like something out of a horror movie. Tons of bug spray is an absolute must although you will likely sweat most of it off after 9 holes so bring extra and reapply.
If your shot goes in the water on 1 or the revine just convince yourself you never liked that disc anyway and move on with your life. The water is ill.
The super high grass is a nightmare and it eats discs.
Watch out for the huge red ant hills.
Other Thoughts: Maybe we were in Corpus at the wrong time (we were) and maybe we just caught a particularly bad morning (we did) but it was a shame we had to pack it in early because this course looked like a ton of fun. Maybe winter is a better time to play? Had a lot of fun tossing some more over stable discs in the heavy air. If they would spray more often for mosquitoes, this is a really solid course. Feel like we really missed out on an awesome round due to the tough conditions
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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