I didn't exactly have top courses planned today, trying to knock out a lot of short ones so I wasn't expecting anything great. Two were nice, 1 was unplayable and one was very confusing.
Got tires rotated (4/16" tread left) and new valve-stems because mine were recalled apparently.
Mesquite, TX- Porter:One of the nicest 9 hole beginner courses around. Cement tees, signs. The grass is practically ball golf quality, so your shots can roll away big. Hilly, with some baskets tucked into groves of trees and a few open shots or through gaps. One 300' uphill hole, everything else much shorter. Balanced.
Dallas, TX- Crawford Memorial:Not currently playable, yet no one bothered to update pdga or dgcoursereview. Really poorly marked (even when playable, it says guide is needed) tees marked by two cement chunks, some were buried in tall grass, none had the hole #, hole info or next tee info. Overgrown, unthrowable fairways. MOST baskets either missing (stolen) or demolished by vandals. One top part was broken and resting in the cage part, making it impossible to get a putt in unless you slide the disc through the side! Someone needs to die for what they did to this course. I was able to find half a dozen holes, a sickly sad dog all torn up from fighting and too injured to walk straight.
Rowlett, TX- Springfield:A very boring flat walk through a soggy former farmer's field (think back 9 at Heritage in Adrian, MI). 2 Holes shoot through a gap in a tree line, 1 along some trees the rest open. Poorly marked, hole #2's basket must be missing (tee sign broken, so I can't be sure but there's no where it could be besides gone). Well mowed and clean however. A few long holes, 1 small water hazard. No shade, lots of mosquitoes.
Plano, TX- Shawnee:The thing that threw me off here was a good change, but it was very confusing at first. It's now 18 holes, but the 2008 directory had it as 9. The map from online AND the map at the course were wrong. It was tough to figure out what was going on when where #2 should have been was #10. Someone should fix the map at the course of at least cover it up. Now it's tough to navigate, due to having 18 baskets using some of the same tees twice, one basket apparently missing, and criss-crossing fairways and multiple baskets way too close together. It could be dangerous to have someone on the front 9 at the same time as someone on the back 9. Good course though once you figure it out (as a guy pulled out to look at the map, I told him it was now 18 and not to bother and explained how to get around to save him time). Features some sick rock cliffs in the woods, 25' down to a creek, with exposed limestone. They don't really come into play unless a bad shot. Many holes shoot from open into the woods on the edge, or vice versa. Equal number of open holes, good length and variety. Well maintained. Dirt tees. Needs next tee markers, a new map. One hole had me throwing a roller next to the cliff (parked).
Allen, TX- Bethany Lakes:Long and mostly open, with a few spaced out trees, most holes near a pond and stream, with one 265' with the water right behind it. One hole is 415' with water the length of the left side, mostly open fairway. Another s 300' with pond on left, road far right and a slight slope left, 1 tree left side edge of pond. Extremely manicured grassy fairways. Cement tees, well marked. Some long walks but not aimlessly*. Pleasant except for hole #8, which doesn't fit in with the rest of the course. It is a short turnover downhill in tight woods along a ridge, creek on right pond on left. It's the only wooded hole and the shortest, does not quite belong here. The problem again is ivy, too much to play this hole it grows 5' tall and lines both sides of the fairway. The walk from #8 to #9 is not even walkable without getting covered in it head-to-toe, I had to backtrack a 5 minute walk around the lake to finish. #9 takes a 300' shot to clear a stunning pond with a fountain, landing on an upslope to the right, open on the left woods on the right. Basket another 150' uphill. Room to bail short right for weak arms, but not a good place to play up from. Someone please make a new hole #8 so the entire course is enjoyable, thank you.