Somewhere in this rough, there is a diamond.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Two sets of Concrete Tee's (Pro/Am), *Tee Markers with distance of each pin location, Alternating Pin positions. Course bulletin board.
-Defined fairways that require shot shaping, narrow drives, and quite a few Risk/Reward holes. Accuracy is key here!
-Course plays back to the start at the parking lot.
(Worth a mention: Course plays out in one big loop. It doesn't allow for a quick 9 hole round.)
-The park is well maintained with scenic holes and a very enjoyable walk through the woods.
-Garbage & Recycling cans throughout the course, as well as benches and couple of picnic tables
-Mostly wooded course, with a few open shots. The tree canopy fairways will force you to keep your shot low, while the cabbage palms will force you to play conservatively. …an errant shot may cause a player to go home with one less disc.
-Designed for a more skilled player, this course is NOT beginner friendly.
-The AM tee's come with their challenges just like the Pro tee's. Don't think that AM means easier, it's just less risky. Keyword:Less
-Has multiple Risk/Reward shots. (One shot requires the thrower to throw over a treeline. Spotter recommended)
-Navigation is okay, but can be challenging to those playing for the first time. The only map I found was hanging in the bulletin board.
-Water comes into play on a couple of the holes. You'll play around the water from the AM's, but the Pro tee's require a water carry.
- The challenge was greater than the fun, but I still had a good time playing here.
-Professional Shuffle board courts
(If you like Disc Golf and Shuffle Board, then you'll like this place)
Cons: -The majority of the fairways here have blind baskets. Sometimes we would have to walk the whole fairway to find the basket.
-*The pins are alternating, but there was no listing to find out which position the pins were in.
-Could use a fairway map at each pin, since sometimes you won't even see the pin location or the fairway.
-Navigation to the next pin in some places. Without a map, it could be hard to locate some pins.
-The Cabbage Palms and other roughage create an obnoxiously dense brush that will eat your disc. Couple this with a blind hole, and you could have serious trouble locating your disc. This was the cause of some frustration.
(NOTE: According my friend, a lot of the brush has been cleared out, along with "some" of the notorious cabbage palm areas being thinned down.)
-You will have a better experience here, if you come with a friend or hook up with a local. You WILL need a spotter on some holes. (See previous Con)
-Better directions to Hole #2. (Across the road and 90 degrees to the left of the park entrance.)
-Hole #1 plays alongside the road and along a sidewalk. Mind your shots.
Other Thoughts: I know that my review may have sounded negative, but please don't mistake that. I had a lot of fun playing here, and I'm looking forward to going back to play it again. There are some things that you need to know before you play here, otherwise you may walk away frustrated.
1. Come with a friend and/or hook up with a local. This should be a requirement! You WILL need a spotter on many of the holes. Trust me on this!
2. Bring some discs you may not mind parting with.
3. Snap a picture of the map at the bulletin board, or print the one off this website.
4. Wear pants and covered shoes. At some point you will be traipsing through some very dense brush.
5. Bring some liquid. You are in the woods, but there are plenty of sunny open areas. It can get hot.
6. Be prepared to walk down the fairway to locate the basket.
If you take these things into consideration, you may just have a good time here. It is a challenging course but it can be fun if you prepare for it. I was told by my friend that it looked like they had done a bunch of clearing on this course. Despite that fact, it's still possible to lose a disc in the rough. It is definitely a course worth visiting!
If you are up for the challenge, then I totally recommend playing here. If you aren't confident with your throws yet, or are still a beginner, then I would suggest you opt out of this course for now. I think the key here is to play a little more conservative and strategic. It's not an impossible course, it just has its challenges.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Water hazards keep you on your toes. Long and narrow holes. Fun, but not a lot to it. Lots of trees to hit, this will make you work close to the ground.
Cons: Odd layout. Poorly marked.
Other Thoughts: Boots and jeans are necessary. Grab a local or you're never going to get through this.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Hole 1 - You actually walk across the street from where you park, toward how you drive in to hole 1's tee. This took me a minute to figure out.
18 holes of challenging disc golf. This course will challenge your game. This course has length if you have the arm to throw from the pro tees or is a little more merciful if you want to throw from the shorts. I like the fact that this is not a multi-use park. There aren't people in the way. I really liked hole 7 over the water and the two options on hole 8 where the left option is more of a tunnel shot and the right option is more of a hyzer route. I also like dual tees and pin placements as it gives the course that much more potential.
If I am back in the area this would be the course I would return to.
Cons: Locals were friendly although seemed like there were people off the beaten path smoking some weed or doing who knows what. I always love the "are you a cop" question when I meet people on the course.
This course needs signage...the cut phone polls just don't do it for me. They just aren't helpful when you can't see the pin on all the blind holes. You also can't tell if there is water present on many holes until you walk up there...would be great to have some better signs to help with this.
Other Thoughts: Lots of blind throws into palmettos which can be good or bad...it is a challenge. I only lost 1 disc and that is because it started raining as I was searching for it and had to give it up. The palmettos are numerous but not that bad if you are used to them. Just pay attention.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course was fun for me since I am used to mtn. courses. I shot 5 over my first time playing so not bad.
Cons: I had a little trouble finding hole #1, but after that not bad. Also you could easily lose a disc if you have an erant throw.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Getting Better With Age
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Set mostly in an area of the park dedicated to disc golf. Two sets of concrete t-pads on most holes and some alt. pin placements. Very friendly locals. Some scenic holes, especially on the back nine. A good challenge for seasoned players, pro players will probably welcome the additional dificulty the pro t-pads offer.
Cons: Hole #1 runs alongside the exit road. The course is extremely dificult to navigate with no trailblazer signs telling you where to go from one hole to the next tee. The palmetto rough is brutal in some places, but is not as bad as when I previously played the course a few years ago. There seems to be some homeless people living in the park, but they didn't bother my group.
Other Thoughts: Do not bring beginers to this course as they will find it most frustating. Do try to play with locals on your first time through or you will have a hard time navigating the course. Spot each others throws or you will loose discs. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
That said I like this course! I can see where people visiting from other far off places don't care for the course as much, but this is the type of course SW Florida has. We only lost one disc out of our group of 5, and that was to the water not the rough!
Update: Course continues to improve every time that I go back down there and play it. Props to SWFDGA for continuing improvements!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 18 baskets with two concrete tee pads on each.
3 Signature holes:
6 throws over the lake, which is short enough to feel confident, but risky enough to loose discs. Hole 10 is featured on their tournament discs, it is striaght shot to an elevated basket into a field of palmettos, high chance of disc loss. 18 can be played numerous ways, but it has water right behind the basket.
Course gives you the opportunity to try a wide variety of shots, lots of risk vs. reward opportunities.
Cons: Biggest problem is hole 1. The fairway is a bike trail with a busy road on the left. It is a stupid unsafe hole.
There is no way you can just show up and figure out where to go, we had to grab some locals to show us around because the flow was so confusing.
No tee signs or navigational signs, just Peir posts with distances.
High risk of disk loss in the palmettos, you need to wear jeans or you will bleed.
Several of the holes were similar to others, lots of straight shots with slight turns at the end.
Other Thoughts: This is not a beginners course at all, This course is the best with a large group of expereinced players with spotters and an army of people to search for each disc. I would NEVER play this one alone.
No dogs allowed in park
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 1. The 18 hole putting practice course is nice. Also a bit challenging.
2. Holes 1-8 are okay.
3. Holes #2 and #3 are my favorite.
4. Fence is fixed and the hooker can't walk the fence line anymore.
Cons: 1. Homeless people live in the Palmettos. When you go to find a lost disc, you ARE going into someone's bedroom.
2. Palmettos everywhere, you will lose discs every time you play. I've lost as many as 4 in one round.
3. Basket placement changes every time I play the course. Leave them alone.
4. If you play on the weekends or when school is out, there are kids that ride around the course on their BMX bikes. When they find a disc laying on the ground, they pick it up and throw it in the pond.
5. No directions to the next tee.
6. Says "No Dogs" but there are plenty of dogs in the park.
7. Lots of crap on the course...dog and otherwise.
8. Fence line that eats discs. You can go get them, but the other side is trailer trash people with pit bulls. They have nothing of value but have nasty dogs to guard their stuff.
9. I never walk this course without Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.
10. Course is greener when it rains, now you can't see your disc at all when it goes off course.
Other Thoughts: A very hard course to play, NOT for beginners. This course is 8 miles from my house, but I drive 40 miles to play at the North Port course.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fields of Palmettos
Pros: *Practice basket and information board near parking lot.
*Dual tees and alternate pin locations allow for different course settings.
*Great amount of variety throughout the course including open/tight holes, left/right turning holes, short/long holes.
*Landing areas and fairways are used throughout the course.
*Painted telephone posts at each tee designating Pro or Am tee and providing distance.
*Nice Mach III baskets.
*Trees near baskets are marked with ribbon to help show where basket it since many palmettos are taller than the basket.
*Good shots are rewarded and bad shots are punished.
Cons: *Walking path and road come into play on hole 1.
*Navigation can be tricky for the first timer, use a map or play with a local if possible.
*Palmettos are everywhere and will eat your discs. As Rollercoasters mentioned, a spotter is a must on many holes.
*Map lay-out of each hole not available. I had to walk half way up the fairway at most holes to see the basket before teeing off.
Other Thoughts: I played 3 courses while in Fort Myers area and this course was by far my favorite. Two sets of tees make the course playable for beginners and the experienced pros. I chose to play the pro tees and it was quite a challenge, but fun. Your shots really have to be on to score well here.
It is highly recommended to play with a spotter. There are many blind holes some holes where you are shooting over a massive field of palmettos. Without a spotter, be prepared to lose a disc or two.
If you are in Fort Myers area and are up for a challenge, definitley play this course. If you're afraid of losing plastic, skip it and go to Bay Oaks.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Fort Myers Challenge
Pros: This course is the most challenging course among the 4 courses that Fort Myers has to offer. It offers a challenge for even the best players. It has concrete tees, well marked tee signs and Mach III baskets that are in good shape. There are alternate tee positions on every hole and they get moved frequently. The local club has done a lot of work to get it cleared out and more navigable. You will want to use a spotter on at least 12 of the holes as tight fairways and palmetto fields will claim a drive that strays even a little off course.
Cons: Thick palmetto fields. If you haven't played much in Florida you may not be familiar with palmettos. After playing this course, you will be! Palmettos are a palm type plant that grows on the ground. Think palm tree without the trunk. The problem is that they are razor sharp along all edges. It is recommended to wear long pants when playing this course. You should also be careful when moving them to look for discs. Your hands will come back bloody. I like to take a disc in each hand to root around while searching.
Other Thoughts: This course plays as two totally different courses - Pro Tee Course and Amateur Tee Course. From the amateur tees, this is a good test with lots of danger on nearly every hole, but most danger can be taken out of play with a pretty good tee shot. From the pro tees however, you need to be a very good player to take the danger out of each hole. The danger that I am referring to is thick palmetto fields that have razor sharp edges, thick underbrush, a lake and very narrow to non existent fairways. Unless you are a pro, I would not recommend playing from the long tees by yourself. You need at least one spotter and having three or four players doesn't guarantee that you will be able to find all of your discs. To illustrate my point, at our recent club championship the difference between the pro tees and amateur was between 15 and 20 strokes for most of the amateur players. I don't mean to discourage any players, but just be ready for what you are getting yourself into. There is a league that plays on Saturday mornings around 10:00 a.m. and visitors are always welcome. I like playing this course, but you must be up for the challenge.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Hard yet Pretty good
Pros: Course was easy to figure out AFTER we walked the whole thing backwards. Pro and Am tees are nice, not much sign-age, but once you figure out the layout you can tell where tees and holes are. Right in my backyard so I will play it again, but not the easiest for a beginner such as myself.
Cons: Not very well maintained. Throwing along the dirt road is fine, and the few open areas are fairly well mowed. But the minute you hook to the right or left, you need a machete to find your disc because of the Palmetto's and Very thick underbrush. Have to throw pretty conservatively to avoid losing your disc to a gator, being bitten by a snake while you dig, or just losing your disc in general.
Other Thoughts: Kinda felt like I was gonna bean a homeless person with my next throw, or get mugged by one. Had to pee, picked a spot near a bench on one hole. During the next, a guy rode his bike up to the very bench and made him self comfortable. I think we peed in his living room, "sorry buddy".
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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