Wells Branch is a course your grandfather would approve of. No bells, no whistles and it isn’t here to prove anything. Rather, one might consider this disc golf course to be a straight-shooter.
Maybe you’re still scratching your head. My grandfather doesn’t even know what disc golf is. To be clear, the Wells Branch disc golf course is as standard of a course as they come. There’s nothing incredibly hard, easy, varied or zany. Whether that’s a bad thing or not is really up to you and your expectations.
Getting Started at Wells Branch Disc Golf Course
If you guessed that the Wells Branch course is in the Wells Branch area, then gold star for you. West of where Wells Branch Pkwy hits I-35, you’ll find this quaint course nestled right off the highway.
Parallel to I-35 is Owen Tech Blvd. This is a road you will want to take south from Wells Branch Pkwy. Parking along the road was my first Wells Branch course complaint. But Owen Tech isn’t a major thoroughfare, so things should work out.
Past the IHOP headed southbound, the first tee off is to your right.
I feel like I started out with a disapproving tone towards this course and I want to rectify that. Wells Branch is great for beginners, with few hazards, few around-some-crazy-corner shots, and no intense distances to be covered between tees and baskets.
That said, this course shouldn’t be limited to the beginners. People who consider themselves at a pro level: leave your drivers at home and hone your mid-range skills. Someone with some experience could sink a birdie on almost every single tee.
The fact that I was somewhat disappointed by the layout is more my problem than the disc golf course’s. In retrospect, a creative disc golfer should be able to find difficulty in any course.
If you’re like me and:
(A) you don’t own a smart phone,
(B) you get lost comically easy, and
(C) you like you some disc golf,
…then basket-to-next-tee-navigation is an issue in your life. I just finished with this basket, now where the heck is the next launch spot?
Wells Branch…could do this better. Yes, I am aware that I am complaining about the extra three minutes it takes to locate a launch spot. But this is a disc golf course review, so I’m going to bring it up dangit!
Further, if you’re up for some variety during your disc golf day, then the Wells Branch course may not hold. The longest hole doesn’t exceed 300 feet, and one dips as low as 144 feet from launch to basket.
I generally like my courses to have a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B. This was my first experience with a course this straight forward.
It’s worth noting that the Wells Branch disc golf course is wedged in the middle of tons of industry. The course used to be a 9-hole course. Sometime since its 1996 establishment, 9 more baskets were added.
Bearing this in mind, it’s actually pretty impressive that the powers-that-be managed to work in 9 holes – and then 9 more – between massive apartment complexes and major roads, all a stone’s throw from I-35.
So maybe you love everything about the Wells Branch disc golf course and now hate me as result of this review. But see this! As I was playing yesterday, yes, I was griping most of the time about the layout, distance and consistency of the course.
But I’ve since been converted, scout’s honor! As I said earlier, a good disc golfer can make any course challenging. The issue was me as a player not broadening my horizons.
There are some subtleties to the Wells Branch disc golf course that take a little throwing to find.
Distance from the State Capitol Building: 13.9 miles.
Overall distance of course: 2-3 miles.
Playing level: Beginner.
Number of baskets: 18.
Bathroom facilities on site: None, sorry ladies.
Ease of navigation: Less than great.
Cleanliness: Just fine! Trash bins a plentiful…
First date material: Oh yes.
Overall rating: 7.0!
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