More disappointment today, but this time because the course WAS so great and amazing, yet too much ivy to play all of it and enjoy it as much as it otherwise would be.
I just learned the course I was gonna play tonight is unplayable right now, and I'm staying right by it. Luckily I also learned of three new courses 10 miles away, so I will head out after this to hit 1-2 of them.
Athens, TX- Cain:Hard to find #1 if you follow signs for the park in town and don't go to the appropriate park entrance! Begins very short and VERY tight through skinny tunnels in a jungle, some straight and some wicked doglegs. The middle is tight still but in an open grassy area, around a pond that's not a real hazard. Finishes a but longer, nothing out of reach, with a 400+ 2-stage shot across a creek into the woods to the right. Well maintained, clean. Dirt tees, well marked signs not vandalized yet old. Good course to learn finesse.
Rockwall, TX- Harry Myers:Forgetting my problem with ivy, this is an amazing course and one of the best in Texas. Beautiful, varying terrain of rolling well mowed hills covered in tall trees, a pond, a bowl shaped valley, thick woods, cedar covered hills. Seems like a mix of Rolling Hills (MI), Cedar Hill (TN), Seneca Creek (MD) and Pickard (IA). Features dual cement tees, each with a sign. It does however desperately need next-tee information, have to search for some holes and it's a long round. Several holes over 500', including an 822' hole that I though was more like 1,000' and didn't match the tee sign, took me ten minutes to figure out how to play that hole (#3). Many 2-stage holes designed to be driven with a midrange to a landing zone. Several super tight tunnels, one off a hill into the woods with a low ceiling. Major poison ivy problem prevented me from playing several holes, I landed in it with 9 discs in just one round, had to use both side pockets to store them. It was even under one basket. If not for that, I'd love this course. If you don't mind it, you will.
Richardson, TX- UT Dallas Alumni:On campus, but nowhere near any building or pedestrians, on a stretch of grass along the entrance and some woods. Basically short and wide open, with a few lines of trees. Flat, grassy. One hole barely 120' with just 2 trees. Orange topped Innova baskets, woodchip square boxed pads, signs. Only need 3 discs. Must get visitor pass from gatehouse and park appropriately, which today was a 5 minute walk from the course.