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.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is quite a large piece of property to contain only 9 holes. It feels like the holes were very well laid out with plenty of room to work with. Some times these nine hole courses seem like they are squeezed into a property that is too small and so the planning is lacking. Not so here.
There are some really challenging shots: 2 & 9 in particular. 2 requires an extremely precise drive or roller with a palm in exactly the wrong place for an easy drive. 9 is long and uphill.
Elevation change is nice considering this is in Florida you don't see that much.
Water is in play on 4 &13 but not so much of a threat if you know how to throw straight or have a decent hyzer or sidearm shot in your bag.
Locals were very nice.
Mandos were unique sporting a goat design that is supposedly likened after the goat that is in the yard just beyond the fence on the north side of the lake.
What other courses have a "hot tub" hole. If you have been there you know what I am talking about. If you haven't been you will just have to go to find out.
Clever use of multiple tee pads to give the feel of 18 holes on a 9 pin course.
Cons: Would be great if this was a full 18 holes, just not the room for it.
I wish the water came a little more into play, like if hole 4 had an alternate pin right down by the water or further across the lake. Not a huge con but would be fun.
Not much bad to say about this course other than it is not a full 18 holes.
Other Thoughts: I will play this course again even though it is quite a drive. There is a group that plays there Monday around noon that sounds fun. If you are going to play a course in Tampa, play this one. If you are going to play courses in the Tampa Bay area, hit St. Pete/Clearwater first.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Quick and Fun
Pros: Of the limited choices Hillsborough county has to offer, this one is a gem. You won't find elevation changes like this at many courses in the Bay area. Great use of space and available obstacles, and creative touches like the raised basket make this course unique. Can be played many times and be different every time, due to varied tee's and pin locations. Looks as though it will drain well during rainy season. Course definitely is well maintained.
Cons: Could find two trash cans in the whole park. Layout is a little confusing on some holes for first timers. Although when I visited it wasn't too busy, I can see how it would get crowded easily. Some of the pavered tee pads were too small. I suspect these are temporary, as the course seems to be very well maintained and upgraded often
Other Thoughts: I played this course on quite the whim, as USF's course was closed (despite web saying it should be open)I thought this was a very fun beginner course, that can offer a challenge to a seasoned vet as well. I'm of moderate skill, and I found it fun enough to play through twice. It plays quickly so a second round is easy to fit in. I'll definitely be playing here more!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice variety for Florida
Pros: 1) This course is well designed for disc golf on a cool property. There are plenty of trees, there is elevation changes both up and down, there are some open drives and some tighter wooded drives. All in all this course has just a perfect mix of trouble and challenge.
2) Gateway Titan baskets are spectacular, they alsmost catch too good if that can be true. Misses on most other baskets might still be caught by the 24 chain Titan.
3) Multiple baskets available on many of the holes including 4 baskets on Hole #1, 10.
4) Multiple tees create completely different holes, thus the tee signs labelled as 18 holes instead of short and long tees for 9 holes.
5) Tee signs are nice. Hole #, distances of all baskets, par and a moderately descriptive hole layout.
6) You can pet a goat! Who doesn't like to pet goats?
7) Mando's used appropriately for safety issues where fairways cross fairly close to another fairway, tee, or basket. It won't stop errant throws, but at least it makes you aware before you throw.
8) There are doormats placed some of the tees allowing for you to pound your feet off before stepping onto the teebox. This is key with wet sand. The teeboxes were not too slippery despite the amount of sand on them.
9) Massive concrete tees for 9 of the holes. The alternate tees are 2'x2' pavers.
10) Course is very beginner friendly. It is mostly open despite having some trees to work around. It will challenge the beginners but will help them improve quicker than a wide open high school course.
11) Pavilion, benches and kiosk for disc golf info are included along with a portopotty in the parking lot.
Cons: 1) Paver teeboxes are too small and uneven in spots. It is better than just dirt but I would prefer to see them done properly the first time.
2) All holes are very threeable without too mcuh difficulty.
3) There is a fair amount of erosion around the concrete tee boxes. The grade drops off especially at the front of the concrete tee boxes.
4) A few of the holes are too close to another hole. The mandos are there to make people aware but it does not stop the errant throws.
5) Course is pretty repetetive in distance except for hole #9. This goes along with all holes being pretty threeable.
6) Some areas the turf is pretty thin and could get muddy althought he soil is still mostly sand. There also are some tree branches and debris in a few spots that could really stand being removed.
7) I dont think there were any benches ont he course and I do not remember any garbage cans. I am sorry I played quick and alone so I had no spare time I just ran through the course. I also have played too many courses (like thats possible) in the last few weeks so things run together a little bit.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time at this course. I played it on my way from Fort Myers to Orlando and I played both tees at the same time and I think it took me about 30 minutes. It was a quick play and easy to follow and navigate. There was plenty of challenge to allow me to enjoy the course, and a good amount of variety always helps my enjoyment of a course. I saw signs of Billy Goat Disc Golf which I assume is the local club. How creative! And if you want (and I wouldn't) pet the goat after putting out on Hole #4. The course could use some maintenance around the teeboxes and it could also use the alternate teebox installation.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The rubber pads on the back nine or alternate nine have been replaced with paver stones, and there are now eighteen tee signs.
Cons: the paver stones are good but there could and probably will be more added to make them wider an longer.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Hills in Florida!!??
Pros: Hilly...very rare in Florida, almost felt like a GA course except for the big beautiful mossy trees.
Nice big concrete pads, it also seemed like there were some alternate rubber pads but they were not marked.
Gateway Titan baskets are ridiculously overbuilt...very heavy gage basket and 3 rings of chain (really wish the connections were better to the poles though).
Neat elevated basket on hole 5.
Cons: Hole 6 missing sign.
Other Thoughts: I cannot comment on the difficulty of this course because I played it with a super class disc and it was the first time I ever used one so I cannot correlate it to regular play. It seemed rather straight forward but it had good amenities for a 9 holer with concrete pads and good signs along with multiple pin placements.
It was a good and worthwhile detour if you are in the area.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Has rolling hills that are uncomon for Flordia, nice selection of layouts and good map sign. Holes layed out such that nice selection of chots can be played on each.
Cons: Some alt tees interfeer with regular tees, and the course was very buzy with players playing both tees
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Has multiple different pin placements that seems to always be constantly changing every time you come to the course. I come up from here about every weekend and there is always one or two baskets that have been moved. It is a very beautiful course with nice elevations and nice tree coverage. They have a second set of rubber tee pads used as the back nine with different looks from holes 1-9.
Cons: tends to get crowded on the weekends, making it a bit difficult with the different holes intertwining with each other.
Other Thoughts: Limona is a moderately easy course with only a few long holes and plenty technical shots that make it fun for pro's and newcomers.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Disc golf quickie!
Pros: The course is well designed with beautiful foliage and soft rolling hills. I found it to be easy to navigate with a nice flow from hole to hole. Very well maintained and groomed with no excessive overgrowth. A great place to introduce someone to the game as it isn't overly challenging or long. Also a great place for a quickie if you are pressed for time.
Locals were very friendly and really love this course. John E. Mccray is there often as he and his wife disigned and maintain the course. They are both very friendly and helpful.
Cons: The course is small and not very challenging. As mentioned in most reviews, a few of the fairways overlap and back track on each other, but I don't think this can be helped. Crowds will be a problem on the weekends.
Other Thoughts: This course, I think, was designed to be a simple fun little course to introduce the community to the sport. I almost feel bad listing "small and not very challenging" as cons because thats just what it was meant to be. It is a great course to develope your game and perfect your drive as many of the holes are aceable.
This is my girlfriend's favorite course because it is so low on the difficulty meter.
If I am in the area, and have the time, I will play this course again.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Distance Isn't Everything
Pros: Multiple hole locations
Cement tee pads (front 9)
Rubber tee pads (back 9)
Not too tight
Not too wide open
Some sand around baskets encourage agressive play
Cons: Rubber tee pads too short and narrow
Can become overcrowded easily
Some holes run trough other holes
Hole 9 basket doubles as practice basket
Other Thoughts: Limona isn't a bad little course. There is a small pavilian with lots of tables for group gatherings. There were numerous low canopy drives, but holes 4 and 9 were wide open with the exception of OB on the left. The hills came into play on hole 7 as you had to throw a little higher than normal. I loved the somewhat sandy ground because it allowd me to be super agressive whenever I wanted.
Most holes had trees as obstacles, but the more risky shots were very rewarding if completed successfully.
It was a fun course to play. It wasn't crowded when I got there, but more people were getting there when I left. I can only imagine how crowded it gets there.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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