quick to play
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - nice concrete tee pads on the front 9
- signage on tees show par, distance and hole layout
- variety of shots
- multiple basket locations
Cons: - tee pads on back 9 are not so good
- some of the tee signs are missing
- difficult to find some of the tee pads, especially on the back 9
Other Thoughts: There are mandos (mandatories) on this course. You should do some reading about them if you don't know what they are. I wish I had known about them before I played this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Impressive Course on a Fun per Acre Basis
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Use of landscape, multiple pin positions
Other Thoughts: Limona Park is a nice nine-holer with benefits. Featuring more pin positions per hole than most any course, and two sets of tees that truly switch up many of the holes, this course is all about getting the most fun out of a relatively small bit of land.
Limona Park is a small square park and the whole thing is visible from the small parking lot. On first impression, it looks like a short practice course, good for those in the neighborhood. Sink your teeth into this course, though, and it shows you the thought and care put into it by the designers and caretakers. All nine holes have good signs and one set of concrete tees. Starting with #1, each hole takes full advantage of the landscape, which features some nice little hills, big oak trees, and even a small pond. The myriad of pin placements is evident, and according to the sign in the parking lot, baskets are moved pretty frequently. Yes, it's mostly pitch and putt, but the last three holes are longish and will give the boomers something to look forward to. Finish 9 and you'll think, hey that was pretty sweet for a nine holer.
But there's nine more to go. The "back nine" plays to the same baskets, but in most cases from a different angle. You may be surprised at how often you're using a different driver to get to a basket you've already played. There's good signage for the back nine too, but the tees are stone pavers and not very long, so that's the big disadvantage vs. the front 9. The back nine has the same qualities as the front though - more open than not, good use of the relatively hilly landscape and what trees there are, and a little bit of length for the last third.
Overall I rate Limona Good, and well worth checking out if you're in the area. For a nine-holer it's very good, but the fact remains it only has nine good tees and is still pretty much so a par 3 course in a small municipal park. Still, I am impressed by the variety and options of this course, and suspect that it'll play notably different the next time I'm there.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice place for Niche shot practice
Pros: Nice place to work on your tunnel shot. Hole #1 starts it off with a required tunnel.
Holes are relatively short in nature and the trees add a nice bit of technical challenge.
The course uses a very small patch of land very well giving each hole its own signature: downhill tunnel, uphill tunnel, around trees, over or around pond, elevated pin placement etc
Very safe feeling to the park with the police barrack on premise.
Quick round option(30 minute 9 hole round when needed)
Cons: it is only 9 holes and relatively short could be a con.
Some fairways are so close you have to hit your mark or warn others frequently.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice 9 hole course that makes use of the small patch of land it is on. Like stated in the pros, this is a great place to work on some niche shots, low tunnels, elevated baskets, water hole with a safety net right side and the quick round possibility all make this a nice place to have the option to play. I see this as a great place to be introduced to disc golf and grow with it and practice some important shots that will help your overall game. You don't need a big arm for this course but you do have to throw with some technique or you can easily be punished for it. As a out of towner, locals were helpful and friendly. There were a lot of people on the course which made it slightly concerning at time since an errant shot could find its way into someone else's path. The course is relatively safe with a few places to lose a disc (the pond, the 9th hole left side, 1st hole right side. With very little time to squeeze in a round, I was able to complete nine holes in 30 minutes even with lots of people playing the course. I'd recommend this to be a great learning/development type of course or a warm up round for a bigger course. Definitely enjoys the stop here.
Course layout by hole:
#1 - Downhill tunnel shot
#2-Uphill obstructed basket requiring a hyzer or slight fade
#3 - short hole tree obstructed basket requiring smart placement for birdie
#4 - Pond on left, short enough to reach the basket in one(in fact, a guy almost aced it while I was there)
#5 - straight away with low ceiling of trees
#6 - added bonus of the elevated basket - nice signature for this course
#7 long slightly uphill hole that requires you to throw a low but uphill shot(work on that one!)
#8 Slight downhill hyzer with Ace possibility
#9 - long flat and then uphill to basket with left side heavy brush
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Pretty hilly for FL. Several pin placements for most of the holes which is nice considering there is only 9 baskets. The pond on the 13 adds variety to the course. It's only in play on 4 and 13 and there is no real way to lose a disc on 4.
Cons: 9 baskets.
Back nine tee boxes are in need of repair.
Personally not a big fan of hole 6 on the hot tub. I find it a bit chessy.
Other Thoughts: Since moving to FLA it has become the course I play the most. It's hard enough to keep you coming back. However if you want a real challenge try Mederd park.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Great for First-timers.
Pros: -Very relaxed atmosphere, and a great course to play on as a first timer.
-Landscape is great. I'm a central Florida native (used to flat, sandy ground) but it was nice to see some hills for a change.
-Course marked relatively well, not too difficult to find next tee/pin. Follows a pretty logical flow.
-Great water hazard.
-Hole 2 has an AWESOME elevation change. Could play that hole all day.
Cons: -Great water hazard. Ate one of my discs and almost another. Terrible place to try to chuck a disc near, especially if you're a noob and don't really understand the way a disc fades! (so my wife found out.)
-No public bathroom.
-Road on back of course [has higher-end houses with snobby people that think that standing in the middle of the fairway that you're trying to drive on is a good idea... even after you've pleaded with them to step aside...]
Other Thoughts: -Great local course that we'll play again and again.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Untouched by Suburbia
Pros: The Gateway Titans are nearly indestructible and in great shape. There are clear and informative tee signs on all nine holes and both sets of tees. For Florida there is a surprising amount of elevation in such a small area and it's used to the maximum advantage. The original tee pads are huge concrete slabs in great condition. Most holes would be fine with half the current size pads. There are multiple pin positions on every hole as well as two sets of tees. There are several tree stump benches scattered through the course. Picnic tables and grills would make for a nice lunch afterward.
The large trees and hanging moss force you to shoot low and technical. One hole shoots over a small lake and one of the pin locations for hole #1 is located on a ridge with the water as a back drop. The rest of the baskets were placed very well adding to the challenge. It's very beginner friendly (I took my Aunt there for the first time and she had a blast) with friendly local players. There is a welcome board near the pavilion. The holes offer a good variety of length as well.
Cons: It's only nine holes. If there was more land it would be very nice to see this as an eighteen hole course. Some of the secondary tees are in the middle of the previous fairway. A few of the fairways are also very close to each other. There are no maps available or next tee signs that I could find. There is minimal crossover and some tightness in holes five through seven, so watch your head for bad kicks. The welcome board is at the end of the course, not by hole one. The water is filled with algae and absolutely reeks (some fish might help clear it up). The tee pads for the back nine are small and uneven pavers, a not so welcome change from the front nine. I didn't see any bathrooms, but that doesn't mean they aren't there:)
Other Thoughts: The moss and aged trees make for some cool scenery that can only be found in Florida.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent but fun course
Pros: The elevation changes add a lot of variety and an element not normally seen around here so good usage of that alone is a major plus. Although it's only a nine basket course the addition of alternate teepads to bring it to 18 holes is executed pretty well. Signage is pretty good showing all the basket locations and distances though the accuracy on the distances is pertty sketchy. There are a lot of fun holes and the combination of trees and canopies forces you to get your lines and height right for good drives. The tee pads on the front nine are very nice.
Cons: Some of the holes on the back nine either lack imagination (being little more than the same hole from a longer distance or slightly different angle) and a couple are challenging due to annoying factors rather than quality design. The "pads" on the back nine are mostly terrible, short and narrow layouts of paving stones which usually have gaps between them and aren't always even. They would have been far better off leaving them as plain dirt if they weren't going to pour proper pads.
Other Thoughts: Limona is a nice course that I enjoy playing on from time to time and is a nice change of pace due to the elevation. It's probably no better than the 7th or 8th best course in the greater Tampa Bay area though.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Valley Course with Double Tees
Pros: Limona is a well maintained course, located in a scenic valley, with few natural hazards other than a small pond and many large trees. The public park location is open year-round to all visitors, but it is used mainly by disc golfers.
Cons: The double tee layout is often a problem on busy days. Each basket has a tee pad for the front nine and the back nine assigned to it, possibly resulting in two players throwing at the same basket at the same time.
Other Thoughts: When the USF disc golf course is closed, Limona is the only close-by option for many Tampa area disc golfers.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice tee pads and signage! Love the trees and Florida hills! Hole placement is nice...and it changes frequently.
Cons: Hole placement can be a negative...like on number one...they move it right on the water.
Other Thoughts: John E. Mccray sells discs there and is nice enough. This dude can flat out throw!! I am a beginner but this is a fun place to play though I avoid the water as much as possible.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Gem of Brandon
Pros: 1) Elevation change (and in Florida, too!)
2) Multiple basket placement options for each hole
3) Great, large, cement tee pads for holes 1-9
4) Good signage
5) Good use of space and well placed "mandos" to prevent overlapping fairways
6) Good level of difficulty for all skill levels
7) Variety of distances, with 200' up to about 390'
8) Different tee pads are marked as 10-18, allowing you to play a full 18 holes.
Cons: 1) Port-o-let
2) Tee pads for 10-18 are too short, need to pour up some of those big wide cement ones like on 1-9.
3) Limited garbage cans throughout course
4) Could be hard to figure out multiple tee pads if you're not with a local
Other Thoughts: Overall this course was challenging and fun. The water wasn't too intimidating, and won't come into play for most players until 13, in which case inexperienced players will lay up and/or go around the small lake, and better players will go over.
There was some trash left around the course, but in general it was very nicely kept. The elevation changes (rare in South / Central Florida courses) made for some more interesting shots, and there were still plenty of trees to map your shots and work on shaping lines around (or in my case, through...) If you're in the area, this is one that's worth playing. I enjoyed the challenges and layout of this course more than Sarasota's North Watertower Park and Clearwater's Northeast Coachman Park, which are slightly more technical courses with more trees.
Special thanks to JohnE McCray for showing me around the course and showing me how it's intended to be played. :)
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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