Bud Hadfield Park, Scenic Disc Golf Course in Cypress TX
Bud Hadfield Park is named after Frederick Cordingley “Bud” Hadfield. It is interesting to find out the history of this area, who the park was named after and what is now the focus of this park…that being disc golf.
Bud Hadfield was a self-made man. He founded Kwik Copy Printing which became franchised into different brands and is represented in many different countries.
His parent company ICED (International Center of Entrepreneurial Development) is located in Cypress, Texas. At their headquarters is situated a beautiful conference center on over 100 acres. Also on site is a replica of The Alamo the original of which is in San Antonio.
“Remember the Alamo” became a well known rallying point for Texas Independence from Mexico after a crushing defeat at the hands of Santa Anna and his troops from Mexico. That battle has been memorialized in films and in song.
Famous people killed there include William Travis, Davy Crockett and James Bowie. The monument to Colonel William Barret Travis as well as his son can be located in the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill, Texas.
My husband and I have attended a charity function at the ICED headquarters. It is a magnificent setting with a beautiful conference center.
Mr. Hadfield was obviously interested in Texas history. The portion of land he donated to Harris County Parks and Recreation from his holdings at ICED is a part of that Texas history.
What ties Texas history to this specific location is the fact of Sam Houston and the 1100 men under his command camping there. They arrived on April 16, 1836. “During their overnight stay they consumed most of Burnett’s livestock and grains, and burned fence rails for fuel.” This information was gleaned from a website having to do with early Texas history.
It is a historic site now known as the Texas Army Trail. Texas Independence from Mexico was achieved just days later at the hard fought Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
A large flood reservoir is an integral part of the Bud Hadfield Park. The green space visible from the parking lot fills with water when it acts as a reservoir. At other times it appears as a large concave green space surrounded by forested areas.
An 18 hole frisbee disc golf course has been built into the park. Development of this disc golf course was all achieved through the efforts of a non-profit organization called the Telge Park Disc Golf, Inc. Everything was donated including materials and labor.
The Texas Army Trail Disc Golf Course is reported to be one of the most scenic disc golf courses in the Houston area. It is one and a half miles long. Since much of it is in wooded areas precautions need to be taken with regard to snakes and mosquitoes.
The 18 holes of this course takes one through the open grass areas for the first 4 holes. Most of the rest of the course is in the natural more wild areas consisting of trees, foliage and water. There are lots of twists and turns and some backtracking when following this disc golf course. The tees are all made of concrete.
Hikers share this space with the disc golfers so precautions must always be taken prior to throwing Frisbees towards the baskets.
Invention of the Frisbee
The flying disc which later became known as a Frisbee was invented by Walter Frederick Morrison. He flew a fighter-bomber airplane called the P-47 Thunderbolt and learned some aerodynamic principles from that experience.
Mr. Morrison and his wife Lu designed a disc called the Pluto Platter. When he sold his design to the Wham-O Toy Company in 1957, they renamed it and from then after it was called a Frisbee.
I always think that some background information like this regarding the Frisbee invention is interesting. Disc golfing would not be what it is today without that flying disc.
The rules of disc golf are similar to regular golf. Basically each time the disc is thrown counts as one stroke. The object is to have the lowest score at the end of play.
People throw the discs from designated tees and the object is to land them into the basket or chains of the basket at the end of the play. If the discs go out of bounds a one stroke penalty is incurred.
Obviously there are more rules with regard to throwing order, lies and such. Those interested in playing can easily find all of the rules.
I must admit to being formerly uninformed regarding disc golf prior to discovering this park although I have seen some of those baskets in other parks.
Because of discovering the Bud Hadfield Park of which the main object is disc golfing, I now know more about this sport. It sounds like fun! There are many other disc golf courses all across our fine metro area of Houston.
In reading some reviews of Bud Hadfield Park this is considered a bit on the difficult side for beginners of disc golfing. There is a lot of walking and backtracking. Errant shots can get one deep into the woods or even Cypress Creek.
Do remember to always watch out for those snakes!
Although a map is posted near the parking lot, it is suggested to take a picture of the map when trying to follow it throughout the park.
Some picnic tables are provided as well as benches carved out of fallen logs and tree stumps in this flood plane.
I think that it is wonderful that area parks serving to hold water when flooding rains happen also serve as green outdoor entertainment spaces at other times. We have many such instances of parks serving such dual purposes in Houston.