The stickers are big, with white lettering on a green background, and there are a lot.
More confusion today. One of the courses I planned to play is no longer there. Luckily I was warned by a helpful local at Alex Clark. Someone had actually changed it online this time, I just don't check everything though I usually go by the book. But another course was all messed up for a tournament, improved by making 36 holes using the baskets from the old course. Problem was, there's no sign explaining that and they re-numbered and layed out the old course, making it impossible to figure anything out. So I just aimlessly played whatever I could find until I had played both courses, not knowing what was what so I can't compare the two, just the park as a whole. Other locals were having trouble figuring it out too.
McKinney, TX- Alex Clark:Super short, old school layout of mix of straight left and right slight doglegs, but with room to find your own route. Through tall trees along a steep deep creek. No rough, bushes, that type of stuff. Tough to throw so soft, trying not to overshoot with a Rhyno. Clear fairways, good variety, clean playing, well enough marked (some signs damaged, but someone marked the remaining posts- thank you person). Either extremely popular or just because it was Saturday morning, but there was a group on nearly every hole before 9 am.
The Colony, TX- Bill Allen:Also super short. In a neighborhood park, surrounded by McMansions. Well manicured. A few real tight shots, the rest slightly wooded and one wide open. A small creek in play was dry. Ace run city. Cement tees had the sign post in the tee, blocking a run-up, and they were like ice when wet with dew.
Carrollton, TX- Greenbelt West & Greenbelt North:I teed off on #16 West, old #1 of the 18 hole course. After ending up on like #1 North a few holes later, I decided to just play in the direction I was going until I had played every basket. No idea if I played a west then north then west hole, or whatnot, but they're both the same land/design type anyway. Mix of cement and dirt tees, obviously poorly marked (currently, doubt it's permanent), well maintained and well mowed. The creek running through most holes is wide, with 5' rock walls lining it so no rough on it's edges. Only a few spots are deep enough to lose a disc currently, I had to go barefoot into some seaweed to retrieve one shot, but it is in play a lot. Basically flat except for steep hills on the sides of the park, used for a couple shots up and down. Mesquite and other trees, no really tight holes but a few technical shots. Mostly medium length and fairly open with room to hyzer around any trees. Water, wind keep you on your toes. Fun, clean playing. Will be nice to have 36 holes you can play in one loop when fully marked.
Irving, TX- Fritz:Plays more like half of a tough 18 hole course than a typical 9 hole course. Long and challenging, with a few well over 400'. A creek comes into play 3-4 times, with one hyzer out over it and back to a basket on it's edge, cliff down to the water. One of the oldest courses in Texas. Now has alt. tees marked with orange cones, original 9 easy to navigate with map at bulletin board and the tee # built into the cement tee. Well mowed. Shady, mostly tight with nothing wide open.
Irving, TX- W.O. Harrington:Nearly wide open, in a small chunk of land bordered by a creek (hardly in play), a fence that is illegal to cross, and a road. A few mesquite trees packed on the top of the hill that it flows around, but not one hole is 'tight'. Plays up and down the around the small hilltop. Wind, length are factors. Poorly marked- so signs at all, but the size of the park, layout, and worn tracks make it simple to figure out what to do anyway.
Grand Prairie and Lewisville. Probably that's all, seriously exhausted and burnt out- other wise I'd be at the Monthly at Veteran's instead, but I doubt I'll be there just don't have it in me. I need a day off soon as well, next time it rains I won't be throwing.
Glad I checked out some reviews, kept me from planning on going to a course where the reviews all said the poison ivy lines the overgrown, blocked fairways and it's impossible to play!
Still not very impressed with the area or state as overall. There is some great stuff and I am saving the best for last though. Just doesn't compare to Midwest golf for all those who are always wondering.