Bud Hadfield Park, Scenic Disc Golf Course in Cypress TX
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Disk Golf Takes Center Stage!
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. The address of Bud Hadfield Park is 12405 Telge Road, Cypress, Texas 77429.
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 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 popular rallying point for Texas Independence from Mexico after a crushing defeat at the hands of Santa Anna and his troops from Mexico. That battle is memorialized in films and 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 liked 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 is from a website having to do with early Texas history.
The Texas Army Trail is now a historic site. Texas Independence from Mexico took place just days later at the hard-fought Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
Serving Flood Control Purposes
A massive 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 an ample concave green space surrounded by forested areas.
I think that it is terrific 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.
Disc Golf Course
An 18-hole frisbee disc golf course is a part of the park. Development of this disc golf course took place 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, take precautions regarding possible snakes and mosquitoes.
The 18 holes of this course take one through the open grass areas for the first four 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.
The Invention of the Frisbee
Walter Frederick Morrison invented the frisbee. 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. He sold his design to the Wham-O Toy Company in 1957. After a name change, it became the 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.
Rules of The Game
The laws of disc golf are similar to regular golf. Each time the disc is thrown counts as one stroke. The object is to have the lowest score at the end of the 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, it is a one-stroke penalty. There are more rules about throwing order, lies, and such. Those interested in playing can easily find all of the rules.
Examples of ones that I have noticed without previously knowing what they meant are in the Mary Jo Peckham Park with six holes and natural tees and Zube Park with 18 holes and concrete tees. 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 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 near the parking lot, it is smart to take a picture of the plan 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 plain.