I did it again..went to another course I had already played, Woodway in Waco TX. Last time I must have not crossed it off in the guide, it happens. I instantly recognized it upon turning into the park, with it's distinct tee signs and lakeside views. Since it was 7:30, and I remember it had low ceiling fairways, I skipped it this time and went straight to Nacogdoches. I didn't throw until 11:30.
The first course there was pretty badly damaged in the path of the storm, I wasn't expecting that. Many large trees knocked over flat, limbs snapped and just big piles of tree debris everywhere. It was still entirely playable, and that just added challenge. One basket was hit by a felled tree and was slightly bent, but not ruined. Also en route for a long stretch of road, it looked like a tornado had come. Just a ridiculous amount of large fallen tree, many looked healthy and most were huge. Some in yards, one on a house. Many had been cut back to clear the roads.
Waco, TX- Woodway: Played in 2006.
Nacogdoches, TX- Pecan Acres:Possibly a limited parking situation here, it may have been because of the refugees, but I had to wait for awhile for someone to leave so I could park, and it's a huge lot. Nowhere else to park close to the course. I think students at the campus park here. Not too well marked, no directional help and it's hard to tell which basket to throw at a few times, couldn't figure out 3 of the holes. Dirt tees. There's a large creek in the woods to the left of the first few holes, and another runs through half of the other holes. Firefighters- like park, tall trees without low branches (much less now anyway) spaced out, no road/fences, no rough unless you go way off on a couple shots. Most holes have a distinct intended route and it's balanced, but option to attempt any shot you like.
Nacogdoches, TX- Pioneer:Very hilly, especially for Texas, with a few holes along some ridges and back up and down a large hill in the woods. A creek is in play, lined with ivy but none otherwise. Most holes 300+ range. A few challenging shots to avoid getting wet or placing it on the hillside, uphill through a tunnel. Grass not well mowed. Dirt tees, long walks between holes with no indication, but a course map at the parking area. Tough to navigate/slow playing because of crossing fairways, backtracking. Most holes open but defined by enough trees to require accuracy.
Longview- Guthrie:A real short beginner course along a creek (deep, disc swallowing). Dirt tees, well marked, course map. Layout makes for long walks, crossing busy streets, but it could not be helped, thin strip of grass between houses and roads. Good basic design to test the fundamentals, a few low ceilings and tunnels. Water is definitely in play and in your head even on the shortest of the holes. Windy, no tree line to block it. Clean, fun, quick. Only need about 3 discs.