Classic Public Park Course
Pros: This is a classic city park DG course with acres of mowed turf and scattered mature trees. No brush or low-growing stuff to hide your disc.
There are two good concrete tees for each hole, with hole number and distance stenciled on the pad. They are color-coded red and blue to confirm which pad you are on.
There is one simple sign per hole. Sometimes it is at the blue tee, and other times it is somewhere between the two tees. No map or diagram, just par and distances.
The red tees add up to quite a short course, while the blues stretch it out pretty well. On Hole 8 the blue tee more than doubles the hole length.
Most of the drives here are pretty open, with just a tree or two to work around. On several holes the upper branches of the trees create a ceiling that you'll need to stay beneath. There is enough elevation to have some decent uphill and downhill shots, though the "Mostly Flat" label still applies.
Hole 6 (573') and 16 (594') offer a great opportunity to really air it out.
Large parking lot with restrooms. Hole 9 finishes back near the lot so you can take a break or stop by your car before the back nine.
Cons: With the exception of changing hole lengths, there is not a lot of variety or challenge on the course. From the blue tees, 16 of the holes are between 250' and 350', so even the distances don't vary much.
This is a mixed-use public park, and on the Saturday afternoon that I played there were plenty of walkers and others that had to be accounted for. The walking path winds through the course and I had to wait to drive a couple of times. There was a hole (7?) where you are throwing at/over a picnic table located about 75' in front of the basket. It that table was in use the hole wouldn't be safely playable.
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty much the exact opposite of the Whispering Pines DGC which is just 8 miles away. Where that course is short and extremely tight, this one is open and has some decent length.
On the Low
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Pros: If you haven't played Floral Park, you have probably played one like it. There's a lot of them. A big public park with lots of activities. A lot of open space. Enough so that the holes don't intrude on one another. A scattering of large trees across a mowed playing area.
It's an easy place to pick up the game. It's not going to challenge veteran players but it's not really meant to. New players should find it fun and free of frustration. It's a nice, clean park and the relatively few obstacles and complete lack of rough means that even first-timers aren't going to be spending time looking for discs after shanks. And while there are a few long holes, most of them are under 300 feet from the short pads. It's really perfect for new to slightly experienced players.
There is also enough distance from the blue pads to make it fun for experienced discers. There is some serious length gaps between the two sets of tees. But merely being able to the long drives doesn't attract most players. What should keep the course interesting for veteran players is the canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss that hang over most of the course. Keeping it low will be the biggest priority for those who want to score well at Floral Park. The lines themselves are rarely difficult. There are typically a few thick trunks between the tee and the basket but the space to move the disc is more than generous. Having to keep it under those sprawling limbs and branches is what will keep discers interested here.
Cons: Beyond the limitations inherent to this type of course, there really aren't many cons here. It's good at what it does, but most traveling players are likely looking for courses that attempt to do more. More challenge. More obstacles. More elevation. Interesting, or signature holes. Hazards. Rough. Water. There is an absence of all of these.
Also weird: the tee signs are often placed somewhere in between the red and blue tees. This makes them inconvenient for pretty much everyone. On the other hand, they don't offer any information besides distance, so it's easy to pass on reading them.
Other Thoughts: In summation: It's worth playing. It's especially nice as a counterpoint to Whispering Pines. I believe they are about eight miles apart and represent vastly different visions of course design. They make a nicely contrasting combined experience.
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