A short but technical course
Pros: -Not too long
-Scenic and memorable
-Will be rough on discs (bring your premium plastic)
Other Thoughts: Difficulty (3.5/5): This course isn't very long, all of the par 3's should be well within an intermediate player's driving distance. But the fairways are extremely narrow, the rough is unforgiving, and there are quite a few doglegs. It's often times smart to play for par by just tossing a putter down the middle of the fairway rather than risk going for it and ending up with a bogey or worse.
Maintenance (3.5/5): The teeboxes are in great shape and there's almost always somewhere to sit nearby. The baskets are in great shape. Most of the fairways are composed of gravel, so there's no overgrown grass. The teesigns seem to be missing on most of the holes, but there are still poles with the tee number on them.
Variability (2.5/5): Searight had average variability. I felt the majority of the shots were either dead straight or anhyzer shots. When I say dead straight, I don't mean a fairway driver that flies straight then settles left. That shot would likely skip off into the trees on the left. I'm inconsistent at best at those two types of shots, so I was scrambling a lot on my second shots. There was a handful of hyzer opportunities, particularly spike hyzers.
Flow/Experience (4.5/5): It's a very easy course to navigate, particularly because of its popularity. If you're playing on the weekend you'll likely be tailing a group the whole round, so you just follow them. The course is beautiful, if a bit rough on your discs (and you if you aren't careful in the trees). Hole 15 in particular offers a phenomenal view that's worth the visit alone.
Defined fairways galore
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Pros: (3.586 Rating) Among a class of very good courses on metro Austin's south side.
- UNIQUENESS - The overall uniqueness is a bit above your average 18 hole course. There are a couple of 4's. A couple of holes have a creek element in play. In addition, there are some pocket shots, and windows shots and lots of well defined moderately spaced tunnel plays. The is some moderate elevation when comparing this course to the other area courses. It is missing a true Dogleg hole. Hole 14 twists significantly, but it's a par 3, so more of a pocket skip shot. No 5's or opportunities to really bomb one. But in all, unique enough to make for a fun round.
- HOLE 15 - One of the best shots in all of Austin. A well framed 40 - 50 foot down shot that looks over south Austin. I think everyone who plays their first round here, snaps a picture on this hole. It is my 2nd favorite hole in Austin behind hole B at Bible Ridge.
- CHARACTER - There is a community board right at hole 1 along with a very spacious practice area and basket. Hole signage was adequate. Most of the tees are shaded well. There is good seating and plenty of garbage cans. After the round, near the course parking there is a shelter with picnic tables as well. No extra pin placements or tee pads however.
- TEE PADS - Concrete pads are long and wide. Among some of the better ones in Austin.
- NAVIGATION - I don't find any major issues. I had no troubles on my first time threw. It almost seems intuitive the way it flows to together.
- SPACING - Very good hole spacing. It would have to be borderline intentional to put a disc into another fairway.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This really is not a beginners course per say but beginners should enjoy is regardless due to the low disc losing possibilities. The fairways width are moderately spaced and should challenge rec and intermediate players. Advanced and pros may come away less than challenged however.
- ACEABILITY - Several holes are aceable, You will have exceedingly great opportunities on holes 5 and 6.
- CHILL AREAS - Most of the course plays threw a secluded wooded area. definitely relaxing.
Cons: An all around good course with a few exceptions.
- TIME WAITING - This course gets heavy use and often has mob golfing going on with groups of 6 or more. Typically the large groups will let faster groups play through (or try to get you to join in), but you'll still have to wait on that initial hole. Rarely will one play a round and not have to stop and wait at some point. There are a couple of good opportunities to make a jump if needed. These are holes 3 to 6 and 12 to 14.
- TIME PLAY - Course is surprisingly not a quick play despite shorter length, mostly due to the before mentioned large groups. A group of 4 should plan to be here at least 2 1/2 hours to complete 18 holes.
- DRAINAGE - The course does not take to rain very well. You'll notice from playing here that there's lots of erosion control terracing throughout the layout as the water just wants to sheet flow down the 5 degree sloping hill side. Expect a lot of mud if it rained recently.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - About average, but definitely not the most scenic course on the south side of Austin. The trees, mostly cedar, has a more raggedy and rustic look. I'll also add that the course takes a lot of wear and tear and is mostly void of grass.
- VANDALISM & TRASH - There was a bunch of tagging on the hole signage and there was also a bit more trash than you'd typically see on an average course despite to plethora of garbage cans through-out the layout.
Other Thoughts: A good to great course for those living within 15-20 miles. Definitely worth a look see if you are from out of town and have already hit Circle C and Roy G. If you live in Austin metro, be sure to play this course at least a few times.
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Pros: Very well defined fairways due to good course design and lots of use. Every hole here can be birdied, but if you screw up your first shot you'll likely be punished, which makes some of the tighter fairways (like hole 9) great risk/reward tee shots. Course also has a lot of ace run holes which can be very fun. This course is great for beginners because it isn't too challenging, especially when compared to some other courses around Austin, and it forces players to learn how to keep their discs in a defined fairway.
Cons: Lots of pot smoking here. Most tee signs are missing and the course has a decent amount of trash on it. Also, the course has eroded pretty badly in the fairways due to heavy foot traffic which means that when it rains the fairways become very unstable slick mud. Very few cons in terms of course design.
Other Thoughts: As far as Austin courses go this one fits in perfectly in terms of playing courses that offer challenges for certain levels of players. Zilker is easier than Searight, but Searight is then easier than many of the other great courses in Austin like Austin Ridge, Circle C, or Roy G. Definitely a good course to play in the Austin area, especially for those who have some basic skills but still have a lot of room to develop in their game.
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Step You Mid-Range Game Up
Pros: - Perfect course for really getting a feel for your mid's, as wells as practicing your approach game. A fantastic course for one disc rounds
- It is tucked away in the forest at Mary Moore Park and is gorgeous regardless of the time of year. This also provides lots of shade!
- Great variety of shots and lines possible! I never feel like I'm throwing the same shot over and over again.
- Hole 15 is easily the signature hole here, playng down a hill, and boasts one of the best views in the city. (In my opinion)
- Easy to navigate. You have to be trying in order to get lost here.
- Benches at every hole, and trash cans at most. (I try to be good about pack in/pack out... the cans can be overflowing at times)
- I like the open field right at the first tee. It really gives you the chance to throw and get warmed up. The practice basket is also good quality with a practice tee pad set up about 180-200' out.
Cons: - This course does NOT take weather very well. Due to the high traffic the course gets, the fairways and tee boxes get sloppy after a good rain.
- MMS is the most played course in Austin, and some Locals will argue also in the country. It's always been bad, but due to the sport gaining popularity recently it is near impossible to finish a round in under 2 hours at peak times. Go early in the morning, or bring a set of lights and play at night. Even when I go out by myself, groups will sometimes not let me play through because there are groups of 5/7/5/8 in front of them.
- The course has been getting vandalized with broken/stolen tee signs and graffiti on benches/trash cans. Please be respectful to our course
Other Thoughts: For what the course has to offer, MMS really is one of the best courses in Austin (When you can avoid the busy times, and really get a chance to enjoy it). Some days you shoot 48's, others you can walk out with 59's/62's. It looks easy at first glance, but if you end up in the roughs you will start picking up strokes quick. The cider tress provide a great challenge, and punish you for not keeping it in the fairway.
There is a Mini held here every Wednesday with a flex start that starts around 9am (depending on the TD and weather) with final card going out at 530pm most days.
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Lots of fun!
Pros: Lots of ace opportunities. Good for beginners, but experienced golfers can get into trouble if they can't keep discs in the fairway. Close proximity to Disc Nation. Very empty and peaceful on a Tuesday morning, a deer let me take a very close photo. Very easy to navigate without a map, even though there were no signs.
Cons: Probably the shortest course I've played (not really a "con," but something to be aware of). A little bit more trash than I'd consider acceptable for a public park. Not a lot of variation in tee shots. For the most part, it's either a short flick/thumber or a hyzer flip. There are no places to really bomb a drive, even the par 4's.
Other Thoughts: This course would greatly benefit from some alternate tee/basket positions. It seemed like most of the short holes required the same shot. There is a lot of potential here.
I thought I'd note that the park is on the south side of Slaughter Ave. Google Maps wanted to drop me off on the north side. Drive to the end of the entrance road to the park, and the first tee is on the northeast corner of the parking lot.
There are lots of short holes here, and most of the shorties require a left-to-right shot. I think I threw 6 or 7 thumbers off the tee for a -7 on my second round here (I don't have much of a flick and I consider myself an average golfer). I got metal three times in two rounds.
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Pros: Easy course with short holes. Mostly par 3s, with only two par 4s, which makes the course very beginner friendly. It is a good place to get started and learn the game.
The short holes are made up for by requiring finesse shots, which makes the course enjoyable for the experienced player as well. Lots of ace opportunities.
The layout of the course also makes hole hopping easier when playing solo to avoid the big crowds. Lots of animals as well, including a variety of lizards, road runners, deer, hares, bunnies, and humming birds.
Cons: The people. The course can be really crowded at times (especially Weds nights).
Unfortunately much of this crowd is of the tailgate/party mind set, so there are always beer cans thrown everywhere; even though there are trashcans at every hole. Many of the people that bring their dogs do not leash, clean up after, nor control their dogs when they play. There are also numerous large parties of 5 or more people (I've seen groups as big as 12) bottle-necking up the course.
Other Thoughts: Hole 15 is the marquis hole, which provides a nice view, especially at sunset. The crossroads at holes 3 and 9 allow you to bypass large groups on holes 1, 2, 3, and 9.
Standout holes are: Hole 3 - a long narrow par 4 with a slight dogleg right. Hole 5 - a short blind shot that is a very makeable ace (even for new players). Hole 9 - very long par 3. Hole 12 - the other par four with a wall of trees a third of the way down the fairway.
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Favorite Go-To Course
Pros: Great for beginners
Cons: Can get crowded on the weekends
Muddy when it rains
Parking can get bad
Other Thoughts: This was the first course I ever played on so it holds a special place in my heart. It's nice to see how it's been improved over the many years. The community really cares about this course. Because it's such a great course, it can get packed very often. Often times leisurely groups of 5+ who just stroll through at a snails pace aren't likely to let groups of 2 pass, which I find to be a little rude. And because it's such a great course for beginners you'll also get those groups who aren't familiar with course etiquette who won't let you pass while flinging their disks into the thick.
Other than those few things this is a great course. It might sound like I'm complaining about the people but they're really just minor annoyances that are easily dealt with. The games is all about pacing yourself and having a good time anyway, it's just mostly I don't get to play until after work so I'm usually racing the sun. But now that I have lights for my disk it's not as stressful.
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Austin's most crowded course? Probably.
Pros: Easy to navigate. Decent shot selection. Very well maintained. Benches and trash cans at every hole. I disagree with other opinions that state that this course favors a lefty. It favors a player with multiple shots types with accuracy needed to thread through strategically placed cedar tree dotted fairways. Ripping the disc is barely necessary on but just a few holes while the rest are accuracy focused. With select cedar trees in the fairway to navigate around what would otherwise be a straight forward hole, it changes your approach to one that requires you to think two shots ahead. I like that. Hole 15's view is beautiful and it's a blast to chunk a disc off of that elevated tee box. Shots off of the fairway are still playable but require precision to make it through the cedar forest openings. Extremely satisfy when you dodge all of the cedar trees on each hole as it's tight on some of the fairways. Very well maintained fairways and areas just off of the fairways make for forgiving lies.
Cons: Trash can pile up but people use the cans at least. Can get very crowded in fact that is an understatement. This is by far the most crowded course in South Austin if not all of Austin. Be prepared to wait behind at least one group during evenings or weekends. Weekday rounds are no longer a possibility for me thanks to my post college, real job lifestyle that I've had to adopt. My other gripe about this place is the cemented presence of a less than reputable crowd. I've seen deals done on the course and heard old men who are just hanging out at the benches near hole 3 talking about their stints in prison. Seriously, man, take that sob story elsewhere and do your deals elsewhere. My group and I are trying to f'n play. Plus, since the course isn't the hardest or longest course it invites, appropriately so, groups of 4 or 5 newbies eating up 15 minutes a hole at least. Everyone has to start somewhere but just want to communicate that to y'all reading this. Listen, I don't expect you to show up in golf attire but at least carry yourself appropriately and respectfully around others that you could be imposing upon. Especially since the new thing seems to be blasting you're terrible music choice over you're portable Bluetooth speaker. It don't need silence to throw but I don't want to hear your annoying techno or rap blasting in the background while you wait behind my group. I'll get down off of my soap box now...
Other Thoughts: Fun course that requires shot shaping and variety. Look forward to 15. Bring water even though the cedar forest's shade is nice it's also very thick so it cuts down the chance of heat relief from a little wind. Pack plenty of patience in your bag for this "diversely" overcrowded course.
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Great Place to Start
Pros: Good variety of holes
Alleys are well set off and not too narrow; good if you're at any skill level.
Great practice for first throwing straight and in the later holes throwing anny.
Cons: It does get busy, especially on the weekends or in the evenings.
It is largely a dirt course so it will get dusty out there and muddy if it has just rained.
Other Thoughts: This is quickly becoming my favorite course. Each time I go I see a new way to play a hole and it is developing my strategies.
Very close to DiscNation, if you've just bought discs this is a good course to break them in on.
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Pros: -Shot variety
Cons: -Usually very busy so expect to wait a bit
-Trash is a common sight
Other Thoughts: This is a fairly easy course and one of my personal favorites. It can be extremely busy so expect to do some waiting (it's not uncommon to have a couple hundred people on the course at any one time on the weekends). There is good shot variety throughout but it does seem to favor RHBH. Plenty of birdie opportunities throughout, but 3 will steal your bacon with just the slightest mistake. 15 has a beautiful view from the top of a hill (especially at sunset) and a great downhill shot. Very enjoyable course overall and worth playing, but try to go at odd times if you can to avoid the crazy rush of people.
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