White Settlement, TX 
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3 / 335ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #18 Tee

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Changes; getting better but still work to do

5+    9/10/2022   6/22/2018
Review By: aclay
Played: 262  Reviewed: 165  Exp: 38.5 Years
This review was updated on 9/10/2022
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -- As good a piece of land as you're likely to find in DFW for disc golf. There is plenty of elevation change, with uphilll and downhill throws, water and trees. The scenery is really nice and would be enjoyable for a walk or hike. Getting to play disc golf here is almost like a bonus.
-- There are some really fun holes. Nos. 3 and 6 really stand out. No. 3 is a short RHFH shot to a basket on the side of a hill (at least that is one basket position). An alternate path for RHBH is there. No. 6 throws from a bluff/hill over some trees (at least there used to be trees) to a basket in a clearing surrounded by rough. The long basket position is devilishly placed a few feet from an 8-foot drop-off right to a 15-foot wide flat area that then drops down to the creek.
-- You have a good mix of distances, and the course doesn't overly favor one throwing style (RHBH, etc.).
-- Baskets are numbered (fairly large) with the logo of the local club. It's a nice touch.
-- Practice basket near parking lot.
-- Excellent tee signs with map of hole and obstacles and "Next tee" direction. Some also include directions for a "safe" route on trickier creek crossings or steep hills.
-- A couple of holes have gotten new/different basket locations (some of them elevated). I generally like them and think they add to the course, but they are getting close to have too many elevated baskets and making it feel gimmicky.
Cons: -- Navigation (and course flow) was a big issue here. The new tee signs help, but there are still some issues. Vestiges of the numerous previous incarnations of this course are still there (tee pads that are no longer used and old tee markers with incorrect numbers), and make the navigation issues worse. A map by the parking lot has been added as well as a sign pointing to No. 1 tee pad. That sign isn't big and could be overlooked, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.
-- Related to the navigation issue but somewhat different is the ability to safely traverse the course. Numerous "creek" crossings (mostly dry in the summer but a muddy mess when I played in February) exist. In fact, with the No. 1 basket in the long position, you cross the creek three times in the first two holes. Many crossings are steep and either so dry that the loose dirt and rocks make them likely to cause an accident or so muddy so as to cause an accident. Also, going almost straight up hill on No. 4 is dangerous. On my first visit, I had to throw my second shot from the hill on No. 4 and was worried about falling. I am in good shape, hike frequently, and was wearing hiking boots and was still worried. Additionally, there are many large pieces of concrete with rebar in them that are dangerous.
-- Blind shots. If I'm standing on the tee and have no idea where, or even which direction, the basket is located, that's a problem.
-- No. 5 seemed like a throwaway hole. It was short, with a double mando (almost always a gimmick) and power lines 10-15 feet off the ground all the way across the fairway. Now the tee sign is missing.
-- No. 11 has a picnic table near (or in) the fairway. With the pin in the right position and a RHBH thrower, a disc is likely headed right for that picnic table. A non-disc golfer was sitting there on my first visit and on my most-recent visit.
-- Snakes. I haven't seen any on my two most-recent visits, but this is the only course/location where I have seen two snakes on the same day.
-- No restrooms or water.
-- New development (house) in the area is likely related to the re-paving of the road, but it also added a drainage ditch almost on top of the No. 1 tee. It appears that water from that pipe now flows directly into/across the No. 1 fairway.
Other Thoughts: -- Wilbur Road (leading to the parking lot) used to be more potholes than road, but re-pavng has fixed that problem. The parking lot (small) is also nicely paved.
-- This was a difficult course to rate because the pros are really strong, but the cons are almost as strong. If I were rating this on just the holes (taking out navigation, safety, etc.), it probably would be a 4-disc rating. However, the frustration of trying to safely traverse the course and figure out where the basket is brings the rating down.
-- Between the navigation issues and the blind shots, you almost can't play a solo round. It would be really helpful if your playing partner knows the course, but if nothing else, you're going to need a spotter on several holes. The risk of losing a disc is high, as is the risk of hitting someone (a disc golfer or someone walking in the park or sitting at a picnic table).
-- A LOT of hard work has been put in to clear brush, etc. I understand that this work is done by volunteers, so kudos to them. However, that doesn't eliminate the concerns. When I order a meal in a restaurant, my rating/satisfaction is based on the quality of the food and is not influenced by any struggles or limitations in the kitchen, etc. Why something is a "con" doesn't make it not a con. The course rating should be based on what is, and is not, there. The reasons should not affect the rating.
-- This is at least the fourth version of the course at this location, and the course was getting worse. Recent improvements (tee signs, road paving) are moving the needle in the other direction. However, many of the current holes existed on previous versions of the course, but the flow doesn't work as well now. The only reason I can think of for the current move (the old No. 1 is now No. 12) is to have slightly more parking near No. 1, but it's still a small parking lot. In addition to way too many creek crossings, you cross the main road (Saddle Road) twice. I don't think the trade-off is worth it.

** UPDATE **
I originally rated this a 2.5 disc course. I was torn whether to raise it to 3.0 or 3.5 but eventually settled on 3.0 on my first update and now a 3.5 based on the new tee signs, which help the navigation. There are still some problems with course flow and not knowing where baskets are located. The creek is in play on quite a few holes, which makes the holes challenging, but the creek crossings themselves are difficult and a safety issue.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Date: 10/5/2021 Designer Response by: Johnyfo8
The park land keeps getting sold off unfortunately. We are doing the most with what land we have left. Yes, the parking is better at the new #1. The permanent T signs are finally installed, (10/03/21). Come back out with a regular and give it another shot.

 OK course with some flaws

5+    5/18/2018   6/7/2018
Review By: bigmantenor
Played: 9  Reviewed: 2
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * Good location in an under-served area. There are no other courses within 5-10 miles of here, so bringing disc golf to an area that would otherwise have no course is cool.
* There are some fun holes. Most of my favorite holes are from the old setup (this course used to be a 9-hole).
* Nice mix of long/short holes.
* Makes use of varying terrain, including downhill/uphill shots, water shots, etc..
* Course isn't typically very crowded. When we have interacted with other players on the course, most seemed friendly (this is the case with most courses I've been to).
* Baskets are in decent shape.
Cons: * Confusing layout/lack of signage. If you've never been before, you'll probably want to try to go with someone who has (or risk playing to the wrong basket or searching for tee pads). There are spraypainted markings on some teepads to give a rough indication of where the next one is, but often times it's still confusing. Quite a few of the baskets have the wrong hole number on them.
* Can be rather treacherous to navigate at times, wear your hiking boots or trail runners for this one. If you have mobility issues I would suggest skipping this course.
* Related to the above, it's pretty easy to lose a disc since there is tall grass in many places. It's likely that these places are difficult to get a mower to so I empathize, but it still should be pointed out.
* In my opinion, layout has gotten worse since the days when there were only 9 holes. I would rather see the old 9 hole layout than the current 18 hole honestly.
Other Thoughts: Is this course worth giving a shot if you've never played it before? Yes, I think so. Do we still go out here regularly, with the other options available in Fort Worth and surrounding cities? No. I appreciate the work that has gone in to this course thus far, and hope that it gets back to its roots (I would have rated the previous 9 hole layout as a 3.5).

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Date: 10/5/2021 Designer Response by: Johnyfo8
Zboaz is less than 5 miles away (which you show marked as "played") and TCC is less than 10. Permanent T signs are finally installed (10/03/21)and the course is in great shape. Come back out with a regular and give it another shot.

Diversity is the key

5+    10/4/2021   5/25/2018
Review By: Johnyfo8
Played: 109  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 11.1 Years
This review was updated on 10/6/2021
7 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Every hole is different and if you get to play the different basket locations over time you will use a different shot or approach on each location so it doesn't get old. This course packs as much as possible in a small piece of land. The elevation changes and the creek that runs through the course make for some beautiful shots. There are several signature holes that are not found on other courses close to this one. Very low traffic.
Cons: No on site toilets, Can get overgrown on the hill sides.
Other Thoughts: If you want to work on every shot in your game then play this course. The large and easy to read T-signs are finally in place (10/03/21), but playing with a local for your first time or at a Patriot Club mini will be helpful (They are the home club for the course). Most of the upkeep on the course is done by the local club so it can get occasionally.
hole #1. walk north from the main parking lot on Wilbur st. and it is down by the creek. It is a sweet right turning shot that goes from 285ft in "a" to 345ft in "c". Trees and power lines are in play but each basket position is reachable.
#2. down hill shot for an ace run in the short position and a good birdie in the long. Mando on the right.
#3. Unique hole that has a left side mando. You can shoot the gap or throw an easy skip shot in both positions.
#4- A Unique and signature hole. You have to throw almost straight up a steep hill about 50ft to a semi-open area up top. the basket is another 120ft back and elevated in the "B" or 50ft further back in the "C" position. There is an easier trail that goes out to the left and along the road, then cuts back into the fairway on top for cart users. This is a challenging hole for players that are use to throwing low and flat.
#5 double mando between the marked telephone poles. Sweeping left shot in the long and a short right turning shot in the short position.
#6 Another signature hole. beautiful down hill open bomb shot with a small landing area. The "B" and "C" basket locations require you to have a good approach shot just to get a 3. "B" is on the edge of a small cliff and "C" is as far back as possible and to the left.
#7 shoots over the creek and turns left. You get to max out your distance on the "B" and "C" positions but be careful not to turn your shot into the street.
#8 shorter shot that you can go over the trees or skip up below them for a chance at a birdie.
#9 Long and narrow with the street O.B. on the left and the sidewalk O.B. on the right. Big trees also line the fairway. "C" basket location in elevated on a 3ft tall dirt mound.
#10 shooting over the creek most of the way with a mando on the left. "A" is on level with the T-pad but right on a hill and "B" is down elevation with a bigger landing area.
#11 is a shaded T-pad with a nice big tree that splits the fairway. Both basket location are up on a small hill.
#12 is a down hill shot that gives the 300ft thrower an ace run in the short location. A flex shot through the middle or an open right side hyzer line are the preferred routes. "B" placement is across the main creek and is mainly used for tournaments.
#13 Very cool hole with an open fairway for 280ft and then wooded for the next 150ft. All positions are viewable from the elevated T-pad and C is deep in the woods. Mando for safety on the left and the main creek is on the right at the end of the hole so it tightens up the closer you get to the long basket placements.
#14 blind shot going up in elevation with "A" straight in front and "B" back to the right.
#15 another unique signature hole. Mando on the tree on the left and most will shoot through the hole in the tree canopy. Some may go over the top. You shoot down elevation over the main creek on all positions. "A" is a right turning shorter shot that is surrounded by trees and not visible from the box. "B" is straight in front of the T-pad and viewable from the T-pad. "C" is a long left turning shot that is not visible from the box.
#16 Toughest hole (in my opinion), especially in one of the longer positions. Tunnel shot that has to hook left pretty hard and get through some more trees for the long left position. Occasional casual water in play on this hole.
#17 Shorter but wide ace run in the short position and guarded by some trees in the long position.
#18 Long finishing hole with a mando on the left that shoots across the creek and up a small hill. Good long shots will land on the upper level and have a birdie look in the short position and an open approach shot in the long. This hole finishes at the parking lot.

7 of 18 people found this review helpful.


1    5/8/2018   5/9/2018
Review By: Usmcrodeo
Played: 11  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.1 Years
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Terrain and foliage make this course a challenge.
Cons: It is a jungle. Long pants and thick boots are necessary if your disc goes more than 3 feet off the trail. Signs are nonexistent. Spray paint on the tee pads shows the direction of the baskets but should be in a color that is visible when it fades. Finding the next tee after finishing a hole is complete guess work. I shot a double bogey from the #6 tee before I walked around the basket and realized it was hole #16. Could be a great technical course with a little attention.
Other Thoughts: Play this course with a friend and use THEIR discs. Best to play with someone familiar with the course. Tees are difficult to find from hole to hole.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Date: 2/8/2022 Designer Response by: Johnyfo8
T-signs are finally installed (10/03). We trimmed up the course and it is in great shape right now. Come out and give it another shot.

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