Long and Long and...did I say Long?
Pros: First I want to say that this course is in a beautiful park, with tons to offer for the non-golfer. So you really have to watch out for walkers. As for the golf, in my humble opinion, for the short-arm throwers, it's not the best.
If you like throwing really long, mostly low shots, this is the course for you! If you like dodging Spanish moss and not having a ton of variety, this, again, is the course for you!
Now there are a few nice aspects of this course. The tee pads are fantastic - wide and long. The trees are gorgeous - nice old oaks with swinging beards of Spanish moss. There's also a nice pavilion and playground for the little ones. And its soooo easy to navigate that Stevie Wonder could do it blindfolded!
But as for variety, it ain't got a whole lot. It's either a long anhyzer shot around an oak tree, or a long hyzer shot around an oak tree. Some of the shots are long hyzer/anhyzer shots up hill, and some are long down hill hyzer/anhyzer shots. Sigh. But it is a big, wide open park with tree interspersed through out. There is some decent elevation and a couple of cool down hill-slope shots. But for the most part it's a 2-3 disc course - putter, stable driver, stable fairway/mid-range driver.
One of the plusses of the course is the wind...and today there was puh-lenty. So it was an excellent test of you full power wind shots. And since there is -0- brush, it didn't matter where you ended up, you had an angle back to the basket.
Cons: Lack of variety...just not much you can do with a wide open piece of property.
Other Thoughts: If you need a place to practice the art of gripping-and-ripping, you've found your home.
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Pros: Navigation and flow are splendid and be prepared to grip and rip. Signage is perfect, tees are well pronounced, and 9 and 18 land you in the same area if you need a bathroom break or a quick rest.
Very friendly people playing in the park; always a plus
Cons: The only true challenge stated by other reviewers are the low ceilings
Other Thoughts: Great course for beginners and others to work on shot making .First timerswill never have issues with course navigation
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Classic Public Park Course
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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.
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Pros: Very large clean & safe park. Great variety including more hills than usual for Florida. Makes good use of the large hill with some up hill & down hill shots. long & short tees for all. Restrooms for the ladies by parking & all the way in the back along course route.
Cons: some may find a little short on challenge as some of the long tees are close in length to the shorts & no water hazards.
Other Thoughts: Most of the challenge here is the form of distance or the mature oak trees with old mans beard. Great grip & rip course & one of my favorites on the route to my "cabin in the woods"
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On the Low
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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Good and Bad
Pros: - Easy to get to with a decently big parking lot.
- Very very very easy to navigate this course if you play blind. There are arrows on the bottom of every basket that point you to wherer the 2 teepads are.
- 2 sets of teepads on every Hole
- A nice mix of every type of shot, straight, hyzer, anhyzer, thumber, forhand, backhand. It has it all.
- A good mix of short and long holes
Cons: - CEILINGS. Almost every single hole has a very low cieling and the only really option is to throw the one shot that has the cieling. This might just be me being me though because Im 6'6"
- There were a few holes that had a tree or 2 very close to the tee right in front of you, which is really bad but it takes away from what the hole could be.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course from the shorts but struggled through the longs. I think it is a beautful park with every thing in place for it to be a great course it would need a little work to make it really great.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Beautiful Open Park
Pros: This was the first course that I played when I started about a year ago. There are several aspects to this course that make it the great course that it is!
-The park is very well maintained
-There are two tee pads for each hole
-The next hole is pointed out on the previous basket.
-A variety of shots can be used
-YOU WILL NOT LOSE A DISC
This course is perfect for both beginning and skilled disc golf players. There are several ways that a player can approach the basket which make for a fun play!
This course does not take long to play through.
Cons: This course is in an open field that offers limited to NO shade. If you are sensitive to the sun please remember to bring sun block, or else you may not have as much fun as planned!
Other Thoughts: This course is surrounded by several other park amenities such as: Basketball court, tennis court, racket ball court, baseball field, a sheltered park bench, and a playground for children! This can offer everyone in the family something to enjoy! Pack a lunch and make a day of it!
Another Great Florida Course.
Pros: - Located in the middle of nowhere in comparison to other courses in a small town.
- Nice big parking lot; I'm real big on accessibility.
- All Tee-Pads are in great shape; double sidewalk panel style. Each pad is also painted with the color of the pad (Blue for the Pro, Red for the Am) and the number of the hole.
- Tons of shot variety; multiple ways to get to the pin on each hole.
- Tons of course diversity; no two holes play the same on this course.
- Not overwhelmingly difficult or long. The majority of the distance on this course is on 3 holes and this isn't a course that will kill you with difficulty.
- Nice baskets with next hole indicators underneath.
- Signature hole in my opinion is hole #16, longer par 4 that throws downhill at first, then under low ceiling to basket in corner of park.
- Great elevation, especially for Florida. Some definite up and downs without having to bring your hiking boots.
- Course plays completely different from the Blue pads than the Red pads.
Cons: - Tee-Signs; I have no idea why, but the tee sign for each hole is located in between the Blue pad and Red pad which is annoying if you want to know distance and have to walk halfway down the fairway to see the sign. Also, these are probably some of the most boring tee-signs I've ever seen; just plain ole metal with stick-em numbers.
- No real signature finishing hole; hole 18 is a pretty lame 300 footish shoot down a little hill moving left to right in between two trees.
- The potential for the signature hole, hole #16 in my opinion, is not fully met. I feel like the distance and elevation makes it awesome, but when you get to the basket and see its barley perched up on some clay surface surrounded by old wood. A hole like that could use some nice plant life around the basket and possibly even a more elevated pin.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, this is one of my top 5 favorite courses and top 10 in difficulty. This is such a beautiful area and the course does not disappoint. Some small improvements could be made to take this course to the next level, but I'm not complaining.
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- I would most certainty take a day trip to play this course, play the blues in the morning and the reds in the afternoon.
Pros: This course reminds me of an 18 hole version of Limona. This is a very unusual course for Florida. There is lots of elevation (particularly on 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 & 12a which is uncommon down here and is a welcome challenge and great learning opportunity. The course has plenty of length without getting ridiculous. I really liked the pin placements with guardian trees that aren't crazy plentiful but are enough to make you shape your shot. Anhyzers that you really have to put some juice on it to get it to the pin. You also have two almost completely different courses playing from the reds and the blues that make this a course that is friendly to both beginners and more advanced, even pro, players. Course loops back to the parking lot, pavilion/water fountain and bathrooms at hole 9, a huge plus. Super hard to lose a disc and also super hard to score real far below par unless you are advanced am or better. The course is very well maintained, would be a great place to work on rollers. This is a must play course in Florida!
Cons: Lack of water. Many holes are pretty wide open which is fun to air it out but often lacks having to be very accurate to get par.
Need updated tee signs (would help in understanding what is OB, where the next tee is, etc).
Other Thoughts: I can't wait to get back out to this course and will play it any chance I can get. There is enough room in this park to add 1-2 more holes, especially between 6 & 7.
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A Shady Treat
Pros: * Course has a good variety of hole lengths including two very worthy par 4's.
* Each hole has two sets of tee pads with a very different challenge, and varied lines off each pad.
* Course contains sporadic, but consistent live oaks. These trees are well used by the park designer so as to make quality obstacles for the shotmaker.
* Most holes contain multiple lines that are possible. Although not a "hard" course, poor shots will be swallowed by the oaks.
* Course makes good use of some hills and elevation changes. There are some lovely downhill and uphill holes.
* The trees provide ample shade and there seems to be a consistent breeze. I played in Florida's July weather and found it to be quite comfortable.
* Teepads were solid concrete, had mostly good signage, and baskets typically contained arrows to next holes.
* Navigation was easy and usually logical with the course starting and ending at the pavilion.
* Fun factor was high. I would love to play here again!
Cons: * the red tee pad for 13 does not seem to exist, There was a marker for red 13 on the ground but no pad.
* The red pad for 9 is on the edge of the basketball court bleachers. Its easy to find once you know what you're looking for.
* Pretty much a con free course. There were a few missing arrows around 7 and 8 but the pads were easy to find. I didn't have navigation issues and the architect clearly maximized the resources of the park.
Other Thoughts: I have eyed this course for a few months as one to play, and I was not disappointed. As I walked and threw, I found myself in a nice peaceful zone. This park brought me back to my childhood before things were fast and crowded. It has beautiful shade trees with rolling hills, and the fact that the disc golf is quality makes it just right. The park has a nice walking path, basketball courts, playgrounds, bathrooms, and grills. It would be a nice place to bring the family, and the people I ran into were nice and courteous. Floral City may be a relaxed town known for its fishing, but in this case give Floral Park disc golf course a try. You wont be sorry!
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