3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful use of nature! I always see Deer tracks but haven't seen one yet. Often see turtles though! Great layout, only one time on two side holes (4b,4c) are the holes laid out to where you could possibly throw into the oncoming fairway. This course is quite wooded but not overly. Trees either leave you praying for luck or make you fine tune your shots. Uphill (That's right - in FL) and downhill shots! Short and long holes along with most where you can see the basket others leave you with just a main direction. Mostly concrete tees. Benches at most holes for those waiting. (A few with covers to hold you through those daily FL rains). Signs at every hole describing the best route(s) to throw. (Hint, hole 9 for RHBH throwers, hyzer to the right of the big tree directly in front of the tee, don't follow the obvious path) 24 holes! We love the game, why stop at 18??!
Cons: (-0.5) A few of the holes have alternate pins and there is no designation of which is in play. Hopefully new signs are bought and this is addressed. There's a missing tee sign or two and a couple signs wear vandalism.
Navigation can be tricky for new players. There are stickers on the signs for where the next basket is and also some in ground posts pointing to the next basket, although not on all holes. New signs would again help greatly if they referenced the next hole.
(-0.5) Only 1 porta-potty @ the beginning and this is a fairly lengthy course, those that don't want to "go" in the woods may suffer as the half way point in the course is also the furthest from the porta-potty.
Other Thoughts: I've yet to see a 5/5 course. I imagine it will be professionally manicured much like a ball golf course. Until I find that course, all of my reviews start from a 4.5 max rating.
Although there are some things that could be improved upon (Mostly the care of the course) This course is by far my favorite to play! This course tests my abilities every time I play and I love it!
Bring all of your discs and Water! Especially in the summer!
Extra holes are as follows: 4b/4c - after getting your discs out of 4's basket, turn to tee # 5 and walk straight past it. Two paths are visible, the right one takes you out and the left one brings you back. 6b/6c - after taking your discs out of the basket go down the path that is to your left as you were approaching the basket. 6b is long and when done with that go up the hill to the left and make your way back towards 6. 6c is quite short. 9b/9c - 9b is right in line with the main course (I couldn't imagine the course without 9b). After you take your disc out of 9b - continue straight and pass up hole 10 to your left. 9c is around the bunch of trees on your right.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is located on one of the most beautiful tracts of land that I seen. You definitely get the sense of becoming one with nature while out on this course. This course is very well marked and makes great use of the land. It has a great mix of short and long holes with varying pars. It does play a natural 18 holes.
Cons: None that I could mention.
Other Thoughts: I loved every minute that I was on this course. I played two consecutive 18s. I met up with 3 locals during my second round. I asked if they played it as a 24 or an 18. They all said they play 18. I was looking and the only extra holes I saw were 9B and 9C. The layout and signage has good flow for holes 1-18. It was a bit tricky to find the 9th tee, (walk past the hole and then take the path down the hill to the right) but everything else was really easy to navigate. This course should be a must stop for anyone traveling south on I-75. Ocala is before the Turnpike heads east toward Orlando, so no matter what your Florida destination is, you will pass through Ocala. Do yourself a favor and take a long enough break to enjoy a truly great disc golf course.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Best course I have ever played.
Pros: I live less then 1 mile away, it is great. I play there every day. There is no water or bathrooms besides the one in the parking lot, but if you have played it before you know that. If not next time you will bring all of your gear. I play with 1 disc on this course. 174g Innova Gator mid range control disc. I am a local but everyone else I have played with here are very friendly and very inviting. The paintballers are 4 kids that live around the area. they dont have any other place that is close by that is free. I talked to them today and asked them if they would stick to the area away from the tees and baskets and they agreed. So in the next few weeks or so there should be no more paintballs on the course. Almost every hole has some form of blockage, tree, bushes, or some kind pf plant. Hole number 5 sponsered by Butch Zimmerman is my favorite hole. Long range par 5 and its just a great hole.
Cons: Only con is that there are alot of places to lose a disc. A bathroom and some water at tee #9 would be great.
Other Thoughts: Bring something to drink. And have alot of fun.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Out of all the courses I've played, this is by far my favorite. Besides the fact that the course is on a great piece of land where you're usually secluded from anyone else on the course, the layout of the course is probably the best I've played.
- Plenty of long throw opportunities, but only 1 or 2 that don't require really good accuracy
- Uphill/Downhill holes that use the layout of the land perfectly
- Par 4's and 5's make the round a lot more interesting
- Great mix of straight shots, anhyzers, and hyzers. Need to bring every shot in your bag.
Cons: - No facilities
- Haven't run into the paintballers, but have seen the fresh mess they leave behind
Other Thoughts: - Locals are really friendly, if name and number are on lost discs, there's a good chance you'll get a call.
- Bring plenty of water/beverages, plenty of parts of holes where the sun beams down on you.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful tricky course!
Pros: This course is the most beautiful and challenging course that I have played in Florida.
Beside the tee pads and baskets, you wouldn't know the course was here. It is as natural of a setting as you can find in disc golf. If there wasn't a course here, it would be a great trail to walk. The seclusion and isolation of this park is refreshing and very much a plus to me.
The design of the course is smart and uses most of the natural obstacles very well. The challenges vary from uphill to down hill and from long to short. The short holes require surgical precission to avoid obstacles and gain position, and the long ones must be navigated with control and accuracy. Basket placement could not be better chosen, with every hole you have choices and decissions on your aproach. Some of the holes border on madness with almost 180 degree turns right and left, uphill and down.
I played 3 rounds and ran into 3 groups the entire day. It was a Wednesday, and it was cold out but I saw very few people out. The course is not overburdened with other activities like joggers. The paintballers, mentioned above, were nowhere to be seen. I don't know if it was the day I was there, or if the problem was resolved, but I saw or experienced no other activities on the course.
Cons: I try to list every little con I can, just for the sake of being thurough, but there's not much here to dislike.
I played with a few locals for a round and I was told that the summer months find the course a little over grown with skule and high grass off the fairways.
Navigation was a little tough for the 1st time, but after the first round I was finding my way around without a problem.
I didn't notice any facilities or water anywhere so come prepaired with water and munchies.
I have nothing to report that makes this course anything short of a must play for anyone.
Other Thoughts: I love this course and WILL play it again as often as I am in the area. Bring your A game and a full bag of tricks to have any chance of beating this course.
My favorite hole, I think it was #12!!
315 ft downhill, through the trees, and it finishes uphill to the basket. The guy I played with said it was not possible to park it. I throw 350ft easilly and thought he was nutz, so I took out my Boss and cranked it over, had a great shot through the trees and hyzered it perfectly. I thought I was pin high but it ended up 50+ft from the basket! The uphill finish makes it play more like 400ft, and the left hook is so sharp that you can't see the basket from the tee pad. I am determined to beat this hole!!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth the Trip off I-75
Pros: Self contained course (for the most part, see cons below). Good layout, varied distances, two tee pads per hole. Mostly wooded, though not heavily wooded. Lots of elevation changes, even in Florida. This course will challenge you, and its a good walk. The par markings seem very generous (one par 5 at only 315 ft. - obstacles) so you can get an "ego" score, this can also be a con depending on your perspective. Several holes perched atop sand hills which was something new for me. If you are intermediate or above you will be challenged, but you can also score here.
Cons: One BIG one, there was an active paint ball game on holes 8-9. Being alone, in a strange place, I'm not going near guns of any kind. I skipped 8-9-9B-9C. My next con, they have 24 holes, but the "B-C" versions of 4, 9, and I think 12, are not well marked. I simply don't like that concept. Please point me to the right holes, or just number them 1-24. I played 18 holes total by accident - a local pointed me to 4B-4C, and then I skipped the paint ball holes, and never saw 12B-C. GET THOSE PAINTBALLERS OFF THE COURSE. Its pretty isolated when you are out there, I'm not really security conscious, but it felt a little dicey out there with gun fire resonating in the distance. No water on the course, bring lots with you for all 24 holes. Walking and throwing on a sand base is an extra challenge and also tiring. The only bathroom is a port-a-potty in the parking lot. Nowhere to wash up after your round.
Other Thoughts: Course is a great challenge. I enjoyed it, the paintballers aside. I was on a road trip home to Atlanta from my parents in Ft. Myers. Course is 16 miles off I-75, but you can make a "triangle" to save time. I got off at exit 341 heading north and back on I-75 at exit 358, hence the 16-17 mile "triangle". Directions on the DG review web site are spot on heading north on I-75. I'll go back on another trip to Florida, maybe the paintballers will be gone.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: this is one of my favorite courses in the country,very scenic great mix of long and short tight and open.really enjoyed the challenge that this course offers.has good open fairways that rewards good play.
Cons: We found that on a couple holes that a spotter was necessary to keep from looking forever for disc due to blind landings due to elevation especially if you have a big arm.
Other Thoughts: If in the area its a must play,you will enjoy this course!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Loads of fun
Pros: All of the holes are great. It's a nice walk through the woods and the Florida Trail even goes through!!! The elevation is nice, it is something you don't get too see to often in Florida.i Some holes are up on sand banks and require an upward shot, it takes a bit to get used to but is a nice change in pace. A few holes ace B and C options and can give you more to play. This can also be a con if you are not familiar with the course.
Cons: I guess the heat and bugs could be bad. There is no water so you might need to bring your own. No really a problem but the holes are spread out and it takes a bit of time to play a full 18 or more.
Other Thoughts: Great fun and a change of pace for Florida.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: my home course play every sat. at ten lots of trees for you to shoot around more of a low, long shots. no water but lots of shrubs and thornes to capture your disc.
Cons: very hot so bring lots of water.............did i mention BRING LOTS OF WATER. long course (24 holes)
Other Thoughts: to play 9 holes, play 1,2,3,4,4b,4c,5,6,6b
or play holes, 1,2,3,4,then cross over 4b to 14,15,16,17,18
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
A very good course that could be great
Pros: This course is situated in a gorgeous greenway. The only other park users are found on the bike/blade path that doesn't come into play on the disc golf course.
Decent elevation changes and beautiful big pines contribute to a wonderful walk through the secluded woods.
The course favors a strong arm, but also tests technical skills. There is a good variety of hole looks and shots required. The challenge factor is higher than many courses, but not the absolute toughest.
Excellent tee signs and benches, ease of navigation, and low schule factor also contribute to this being a very enjoyable/ challenging walk through the woods.
Cons: This property is one of the best in Florida. It's a shame that an amazing course doesn't live there.
The course doesn't route back to the parking lot after nine holes, which can make for a tiring round lugging around extra food and water.
There's plenty of room to have an amazing 18 hole par 60+ layout instead of the 24. A few of the holes are throw-aways.
Some of the baskets are strategically placed on sand mounds, which are beginning to create erosion problems. These could be fine if the sand hills were reinforced or if the baskets had alternate placements which were rotated. Unfortunately, all the baskets have been welded into the sleeves, precluding the addition of alternate locations.
Other Thoughts: A couple quick notes that pertain to all my course reviews:
I don't use a numerical "system" for coming up with a final rating, such as 20% for aesthetics, 20% for challenge, 30% for safety, and 50% for amenities, or the like, except for the fact that I automatically deduct .5 for all 9-hole courses. I've established a base "criteria" based on the fact that more courses will receive a 3 than any other rating. I've created my number standards by grouping "like calibre" courses together and then comparing them to other groups of courses.
A few things that do weigh heavily in my mind are ease of course navigation, degree of nasty schule, likelihood of losing discs, degree of on-course crime, property aesthetics, hole variety, and good score distribution for a standardized gold, blue, white, or red skill level.
Using the 1-5 scale with a "normal" distribution in mind, most courses will fall in the 2.5-3.5 range and nearly all courses will fall in the 2-4 range. I believe that we've yet to create a "5" disc golf course. With that in mind, my highest rating rating given thus far is a 4.5, given to Idlewild. I'll never give an "all par 3's" course higher than a 4 rating.
My reviews are not meant to hurt the feelings of any designers and/or clubs, but I honestly believe that some of our courses do more harm for the sport than good. These courses have received ratings in the 0-1 range.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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