Pirates Cove @ PSC
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Technical 9 hole course on small, attractive community college campus. Good mix of hole lengths although 200-250 are the majority. Good mix of right and left turns from tees. Benches at all holes except the first. Decent signage with fairly accurate distances. Paired with the Gator Links across the street makes for a couple of hours of 27 hole discing.
Cons: Am tees are small but workable. Pro tees are natural and hard to find. Pro tees change holes dramatically but not in the best way. Mostly they just make the drive turn from something possibly dramatic into merely a lay up feel. Could use a few more garbage cans. There are only 2 on the course and it seems lots of folks cannot be burdened to carry their trash another few minutes to dispose of it properly. Ace grafitti on several baskets. I am not a fan. Write on your disc if need be, but don't mark on the basket. Nobody else cares about your ace and it gives a course a trashy feel. I notice lately that there is less it seems. Someone must wipe the baskets clean from time to time. Amen! Hole 2: I hate this hole as it seems to be more luck than skill.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course numerous times. I think it is a very good 9 hole course that is just challenging enough. A very good round will be rewarded. Get off track a couple of times and your score will be miserable. This course is generally in very good shape, much better than the accompanying Gator Links across the street but I believe that is mostly an accessibility issue as the other course is much deeper in the woods and it would be more difficult to get equipment there. I have aced a couple of holes here but I never seem to have a breakout round. Hole 9 is in my opinion the most challenging of all. In my opinion, this course is a definite must play if in the area. It is short but outshines many of the other courses in the area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pirate's Cove is a small technical nine holer on the Milton campus of Pensacola State College that plays along and through the wood line at the back of the baseball fields and track. It provides a round with a mix of left and right breaking drives, some tight lines, two holes to air it out a little, and a possible ace run or three. The short tees are level concrete tile with signs and there are benches at every hole except the first. It's easy to find and very easy to navigate. There are long tees for every hole that create additional challenges and make the round a much more difficult play. Plenty of parking on the weekend right next to the first tee.
Cons: The long tees are designated by blue painted markers, set flush with the ground, and can be very difficult to find if you don't know where they are.
The parking can get a little tight during school hours, and I've occasionally run into cars parked in the way on the first hole, but the course starts at the far end of the parking lot furthest away from class buildings and therefore is generally the last part of the lot to fill up.
The ninth hole ends at the far side of the track from the parking lot, which can be a little bit of a walk back to the car, but there is a practice basket in the field at the parking end which can be played as an informal hole 10.
Other Thoughts: This is a good looking nine hole course that has enough substance to provide some challenge to most players without being so much as to overwhelm beginners. It is paired with the 18 hole Gator Links Course to make for a fun 27 hole round when played together. The Gator Links is across the street from hole number 8 and down a short service road. Play the links and then come back to finish out holes 8 and 9 of the Cove. Parking anywhere on campus other than the end of the lot by the track requires a student parking pass.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice 9, great college course
Pros: The course is mostly short and technical, with dense woods on mostly flat ground. There is a great practice area with a basket at one end of a football field, so there is room to practice approaches and even shorter drives. The course has mostly tighter shots with a couple more open holes that still have some rough if you miss your line. You're not going to lose discs here, but the rough on most holes is enough to cost you strokes for an errant drive.
There is a good mix of hole shapes, especially for a 9 hole course. you'll need to shape some lines through the trees to score well here. Every hole is deuceable for experienced players, but it's easy to mess up and take a 4 on lots of holes too. It's at a great level for college players trying out the sport, with enough challenge to make it interesting, but not too much length or difficulty to frustrate most new players. The baskets are in decent shape, and catch fine. The tees are concrete, and are also in pretty good shape. The signs are basic, but plenty informative with hole distance and layout.
Cons: There are pro tees shown on the hole signs, but they are natural and hard to find. The concrete tees are nicely poured, but are a little small. Some of the baskets are showing a little wear and some rust. There's a long walk from the 9th hole back to the parking lot. A couple holes are a little pinbally, not a huge deal for a recreational course like this but it could make competition a little fluky.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for college players to have on campus to try out the course. It has enough variety to encourage beginners to try out different shots, but not so much difficulty that it will scare away new players. More experienced throwers won't find it all that challenging, but it's a fun little course to work on your short game. I love seeing courses on college campuses to introduce players to the sport, especially when they're designed well for the intended players.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Confusing at first and tight
Pros: Great variety of shots needed to play round. Has 27 holes. Nice signs at the tee pads with par and distance. Front 9 are great for beginners.
Cons: Confusing the first time played. Actually 9 front holes and 18 in the woods. Front nine nice and open while wooded 18 can be very tight at times with numerous trees. Sign shows pro and am tees for each hole but both do not exist at numerous times. More directional signs are needed.
Other Thoughts: Front 9 great for beginners but wooded 18 are not. A nice course but get used to the big thud off a tree even for advance players in the trees.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Nice 9 holer
Pros: A nice variety of wooded shots with different lengths and shot types. Nice, but smallish tee pads amazingly for the rec-tees, pro tees are dirt and hard to find. Nice nex-t signs will keep you from getting lost.
Awesome enormous practice field, basically there is a practice basket at one end of a soccer + sized field so if it is empty you could practice drives, approaches, and putting.
Cons: Longish walk from 9 to parking lot.
One basket had cross brace missing which discs could fall out from.
Other Thoughts: A nice variety of shots, and tight wooded fairways. Being from GA we felt at home in the wooded areas and actually did worse on one field shot.
The course loops around several sports fields and winds through the woods.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Well marked, good tees, free, has another 18 holes across the parking lot. Nice woods. A few nice holes.
Cons: Gets a bit too tight, a few holes without a real fairway.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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