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Bud Hadfield Park: Scenic Disc Golf Course in Cypress, Texas

Updated on March 28, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Bud Hadfield Park in Cypress, Texas
Bud Hadfield Park in Cypress, Texas | Source

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.

A map is posted at the parking lot of the Texas Army Trail Disc Golf Course in Bud Hadfield Park.
A map is posted at the parking lot of the Texas Army Trail Disc Golf Course in Bud Hadfield Park. | Source

Successful Entrepreneur

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 songs.

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.

Looking from the parking lot across the reservoir part of the park, which is a green open space when not flooded with occasional water.
Looking from the parking lot across the reservoir part of the park, which is a green open space when not flooded with occasional water. | Source

Texas History

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.

# 3 Hole Map on the Texas Army Trail
# 3 Hole Map on the Texas Army Trail | Source

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.

Bear Creek Park and Cullen Park are two examples from our western region of Harris County. Telge Park is the closest one to Bud Hadfield Park. Cypress Creek runs through both of these parks.

ILooking across the reservoir area in Bud Hadfield Park towards the parking lot.
ILooking across the reservoir area in Bud Hadfield Park towards the parking lot. | Source

Disc Golf Course

An 18-hole frisbee disc golf course is a part of the park. The 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.

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Park viewsBud Hadfield Park Disc Golf BasketSigns posted warning of snakesNumber 5 TeeNumber 5 Basket
Park views
Park views | Source
Bud Hadfield Park Disc Golf Basket
Bud Hadfield Park Disc Golf Basket | Source
Signs posted warning of snakes
Signs posted warning of snakes | Source
Number 5 Tee
Number 5 Tee | Source
Number 5 Basket
Number 5 Basket | Source

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, and 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.

Watery Views in Bud Hadfield Park
Watery Views in Bud Hadfield Park | Source

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. The objective is to land them into the basket or chains of the basket at the end of the game. 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 other ones that I have noticed 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 beautiful metro area of Houston.

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You would want to avoid throwing your frisbee into areas like this within Bud Hadfield Park to prevent those penalty strokes!Park viewBud Hadfield ParkPicnic Tables in Bud Hadfield Park
You would want to avoid throwing your frisbee into areas like this within Bud Hadfield Park to prevent those penalty strokes!
You would want to avoid throwing your frisbee into areas like this within Bud Hadfield Park to prevent those penalty strokes! | Source
Park view
Park view | Source
Bud Hadfield Park
Bud Hadfield Park | Source
Picnic Tables in Bud Hadfield Park
Picnic Tables in Bud Hadfield Park | Source

Challenging Course

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.

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The video below shows an aerial view of Bud Hadfield Park and disc golfing being performed only out in the open areas. Much of the golf is played in the forested areas.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      25 hours ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      We have never had a problem. That being said, I am sure accidents do occasionally happen if people are not careful.

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      Liz Westwood 

      27 hours ago from UK

      I had never heard of disc golf before. Do wayward frisbees pose a danger to onlookers or people who happen to be walking nearby?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      27 hours ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Yes, one does have to be cautious when entering wilderness area because of the possibility of snakes. Usually they like to avoid people if possible.

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      Peggy Woods 

      30 hours ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      My husband and I were unfamiliar with disc golf also, and since visiting this park, we see evidence of disc golf in many other parks. So apparently it is popular. Like you, I remember playing with frisbees.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      31 hours ago from USA

      You had me at snakes. I’m such a wimp. However, this is a good article and I can see a lot of people enjoying the sport.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      34 hours ago

      I always learn something new by reading your articles Peggy and I had never heard of disc golf, although, I would love to try it. I have thrown a frisbee on the beach, however, having watched this video I am amazed at the distance the disc travels. Such a beautiful place with some wonderful walks. Another enjoyable read.

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