Not What I Expected
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with alternating pin postions (they were in the long when I showed up). At least two concrete tees to each hole (some offer 3). Tee signs are good, and the baskets (Mach X) are in good shape as well. Course is fairly open, with a few tighter holes, that winds its way near a lake, intertwined with a walking/biking path, and some tighter holes (especially 13). Fun water throws (unless you hate losing plastic) add a different challenge to your round. Not hard to find your way around. Nominal park entry fee (worth it). Ten's basket had a elevated location, unique considering the course is fairly flat.
Cons: Not being from here (yet), I kind of want to hold back on this, but if this course was this swampy all year round, then you should leave the socks at home and bring a pair of shoes you don't mind getting wet. Nine was unplayable (completely waterlogged down the whole fairway) and basket eight had a huge puddle of standing water on its right hand side for at least 75 feet approaching that back location. Other holes had standing water too. I can see where people could get in the way of your round, so keep that in mind and always yield.
Other Thoughts: If it didn't have all the standing water, or the pins were moved to take the standing water (not the lake throws) out of the equation, you could probably bring this course to a 3. It's not a bad course, there are some fun pin locations and throws to be had here. Just take note of the water and you'll survive. There are enough other courses in the Ft Lauderdale area to throw this on a rotation. I will be happy to come back once I get settled down here, hopefully the course dries up a bit so I can give this another fair shake.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Flat, wide-open course that borders a stunning lake in an aesthetically pleasing public park. Those who want to rip drives over both land and water will be able to do that here and natural disc flights should glide gracefully through the air, unimpeded by tree or hill. The layout often involves backtracking but the navigation is pretty simple.
A nice job was done of setting up a few different options with tees and both the middle and long sets are good-sized slabs of concrete. The water comes into play nicely on 6 and 7: the former is clearly the best hole on the course. A hyzer approach at the basket will have to hover over the lake and fade towards the basket but leaves the disc at risk of being caught by the wind. A forehand or hyzer approach is over land and thus safer, unless the player is too aggressive with a big skip.
Cons: 15-16-17. On a busy day, these will be a nightmare. Directly over parking spots. Parallel to roads and walking spaces. The entire course is pretty bad in terms of interference with walking paths and multi-use areas.
3-6. This little down and back section runs into itself. 3 and 6 basically share a fairway as do 4 and 5.
Some of the basket locations are pretty weird. There's a common feature to some courses where a hole was in place but at some point it was decided to make it harder by sticking the basket into a corner where there really isn't landing area. More challenging, yes but it often ruins the flow of the hole. A bunch of those here.
Mostly, while a fun enough course and a solid play, Tradewinds just isn't interesting at enough points to be considered a must-play. One of those I'm-sure-it's fun-for-leagues courses that won't be memorable for visiting players.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
I got a chance to buy new dics
Pros: Fun walk around the park.
Makes you play smart. A lot of holes you have to lay-up your approach shot because the hole is nestled in the entrance to the woods.
Other holes, because of the wind, you need an accurate shot into the fairway instead of going for it and ending up in the water.
Cons: I played 4 rounds in 2 days, as part of the Sizzler. Recreational player, and with the wind and hole location, it was not very Recreational Player friendly.
One hole you tee through the woods, does not require a skill shot, just luck
Other Thoughts: I may come and play it again next year, when my skill level is better. Although some holes are easy pitch and putt for easy pars and some birdies opportunities, the strong winds made them very long rounds
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Decent, but nothing special
Pros: 18 holes, nice secluded park. Course & park was empty when we played. Clean, well maintained.
Cons: Mostly in the open, challenges are just holes next to the nearby waterway. Have to pay to get into the park.
Other Thoughts: An OK course, and judging from the number of courses in the surrounding area, there's not much to choose from.
The park is nice, but the holes are mostly out in the open (from what I recall) and the biggest challenges are baskets placed right on the edge of the river running near most of the holes on the front nine.
I am a bit biased towards technical holes, at least a few on a course. Not much of that here.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth the trip
Pros: Beautiful Florida course. This track is quite challenging, yet still accessible for new players. A few nice risk-reward opportunities and several beautiful holes. Hole 3 is a moderately-long par 3 with water right and woods left and one of the most beautiful/best holes in all of disc golf.
Course definitely challenges your wind game.
Butterfly world on site is a nice visit for the family.
Cons: The course is a bit overly-crush biased.
Other Thoughts: Disagree with the other review of "tight" fairways. It's mostly wide-open.
Don't be a dirty discer. Leave the course cleaner than you found it!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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