General Lackluster Design
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+ Well-maintained course mostly follows a logical progression and requires only a few long walks between holes. Still, a map or good directions are recommended since #11-12's wooded holes are easily missed.
+ Several intimidating holes test players to throw near or over OB water.
+ Uncrowded and often empty.
+ Holes clearly marked by signs.
- A third of the course is flat and featureless, offering no challenging obstacles beside distance.
- Holes #3-6 provide tough challenges due to close proximity to pond and/or narrow, sloped fairways and greens from which discs often roll OB into water, especially for LHBH throwers.
- The four wooded holes (#7-8 & 11-12) are extremely narrow and short ace runs which would benefit from being combined together into longer, wider holes.
- Fairways for a third of the holes overlap sidewalks frequently in use by pedestrians.
- Inadequate signage tends to confuse players new to the course in determining the layout or where to begin.
- Several natural tees are uneven, especially #5-6 which slopes considerably towards the pond.
- Wild flower areas which are not mowed while in season crowd the fairways and greens of #5-6 & 15-16 with tall grasses which can be a nuisance to play through.
Course plays alongside three ponds, around two baseball fields, beside meandering sidewalks and through wooded creek banks on far east side of popular multi-use city park. Moore Road dead ends into park from surrounding neighborhood, leading to parking adjacent to #9 basket and #10 tee where front nine and back nine loops converge. Course layout forms a horseshoe around parking lot with tangents extending along sidewalks out toward ponds. Restrooms available nearby at recreation center located west of course.
Despite daunting water hazards on early holes #3-6, the overabundance of unimaginative longs plus the inclusion of paltry shorts makes this course feel monotonous after only one round; even more so with repeated plays. The few exceptions to the general lackluster design skew rather punitively with risky shots that heavily favor RHBH throwers and often prove more frustrating than challenging due to nearby threatening OB water from fairway to green.
Beginning players may feel overwhelmed by the OB water holes while experienced players may find the course lacking overall in variety and challenges. All will quickly tire of both repeatedly throwing uninspiring shots and fretting over losing discs in the pond despite best efforts and cautious play. I only recommend playing here for practice, to get in a quick round or as an occasional diversion.
Andrew Brown is a bit of a misnomer now as this course is actually located in Moore Road Park. Originally installed at Andrew Brown Park East in 1994 as a 9-hole course around ponds and a play area, the course was expanded, redesigned and eventually relocated farther east along Denton Creek to adjacent Moore Road Park which has its own entrance distinct from Andrew Brown Park East.
[Walk east from parking lot across road entering park towards sidewalk atop berm at southern end of 1st pond to #1 tee.]
#1 throws straight across sidewalks towards neighborhood.
[Long walk left along sidewalk across stormwater channel to #2 tee.]
*#2 is first of five consecutive holes along west side of 1st pond providing high risk vs. reward opportunities dealing with OB water hazard.
#2 throws straight past and across sidewalk back towards #1 between sidewalk on left and pond on right.
[Short walk to top of berm to #3 tee.]
#3 throws straight between sidewalk on left and pond on right.
[Long walk farther along berm past observation deck to #4 tee.]
#4 throws straight over water or left to avoid OB towards green surrounded by trees at edge of pond and just right of sidewalk.
[Walk left along sidewalk through trees to small observation deck and step down to #5 tee.]
*#5-6 both have narrow, sloped fairways with little room for error, the first playing very short and the second rather long.
#5 throws straight between trees on left and pond on right.
[Short walk further ahead to #6 tee.]
#6 throws straight between trees on left and pond on right.
[Walk left across sidewalk and left of bridge to #7 tee.]
*#7-8 return through woods to loop back towards parking lot.
#7 throws slightly left through woods.
[Short walk further ahead to #8 tee.]
#8 throws straight through woods.
[Long walk back along sidewalk through trees past #4's fairway to #9 tee.]
#9 throws straight across field towards parking entrance and between berm on left and #10 on right.
[Short walk right towards baseball field to #10 tee.]
#10 throws straight across field towards woods between baseball field on left and #9 on right.
[Walk straight across sidewalk and uphill into woods to #11 tee.]
*#11-12 are easily missed hidden uphill in woods, especially as #13 is clearly visible nearby and often mistaken for next tee.
#11 throws slightly right through woods.
[Short walk further ahead to #12 tee.]
#12 throws hard left through woods with deep creek nearby on right midway along fairway.
[Walk downhill across sidewalk to #13 tee.]
#13 throws straight between baseball field on left and sidewalk on right.
[Short walk further ahead to #14 tee.]
#14 throws straight between 2nd baseball field on left and sidewalk on right.
[Short walk left to #15 tee.]
#15 throws across sidewalk uphill towards woods with 2nd pond on left.
[Walk left downhill towards pond to #16 tee.]
#16 throws straight along hillside between sidewalk and pond on left and woods on right.
[Walk back along sidewalk past #16's fairway to #17 tee.]
#17 throws straight over water or left to avoid OB and across sidewalk toward baseball field.
[Walk right across sidewalk to #18 tee.]
#18 throws straight towards edge of 3rd pond on left.
[Walk left along sidewalk between baseball field and 3rd pond to return to parking lot.]
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: It's the closest to my house
some short, tight fun holes
Cons: Holes 3 & 4 are on a slope that rolls into the deep lake
Wide open holes are boring
Other Thoughts: Agree with everybody else, drive the extra couple minutes, but don't go to the lake because it's getting too crowded
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Had a good time playing 12/12/09 on this course. It was cloudy and the wind wasn't blowing very hard. The course was well maintained and some of the holes (5 and 6) are different than any of the other courses I've played. Being the middle of December and 45 degrees, there weren't that many people there. Our group was the only people playing the course = a fun pace. On the open part of the course, the grass was mowed. On 5 and 6 that are right next to the pond, the grass was about a foot tall... keeping discs from rolling into the pond. In the wooded area, it wasn't badly overgrown as I would imagine it would be in the summer. A lot of birds at the park... the ponds were nice to look at.
Cons: There is a very good chance of losing a disc in the pond (especially on holes 3, 5, 6 and 17). The basket on 14 was leaning pretty bad... if you went past it to the right, you couldn't put it in the basket because the chains were hanging straight to the edge of the basket causing spits on direct hits on the chains. The open holes were just flat fields with no trees. The wooded holes were really short. Quite a few doggy land mines near the path. A little too easy.
Update: Played again 8/13/11 and baskets 7 and 8 are gone. This downgrades the rating of this course. It wasn't as fun this time. More people to wait on.
Other Thoughts: It was fun playing this course, so I gave it a good rating. It's not one the best in DFW, but far from unplayable. The course was in good shape making for a nice round. I can see how a lot of joggers, dog walkers, baseball games and a lack of mowing or overgrown wooded areas would severely lower the score. It might not be as much fun in the wind either, but the scores under 1.5 are really unfair. If you want a waste of a course, try Springfield Park in Rowlett. That course is the example of a waste of your time. This course is certainly playable and hole 6 in particular was challenging and fun to play (even with the limited tee area and the pond).
Update: played in the summer. Not as much fun. Too many people to wait on. Missing baskets.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Lets just call this course "interesting"
Pros: Like I said an interesting course... A mix of some VERY EASY holes, with a few that were nearly impossible.
Cons: The holes that were nearly impossible to me were that way because of lack of care, hole # 6 for instance plays along the lakeside and the teebox allows for nearly no runup and is completely overgrown with tall weeds all the way to the basket with no route to walk on without "busting brush"... Hole #8, I believe was supposed to be down a narrow cooridor... But guess what??? There was next to no cooridor!!! and the path to the basket was strewn with Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, and all sorts of other prickly type bushes. If you got off the path your lie was generally very unforgiving... Even the so called "easy" holes had their challenges, most of them had the walking path or some part of the multiple softball fields coming into play, which could definately slow or interupt play depending on the time of day you play...
Other Thoughts: "Interesting" but not so much that I will go out of my way to play this course again...
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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