3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: A lot of open space in which to air it out.
Reasonably long holes in a well maintained course.
Multiple tee and basket positions.
Cons: Really poorly marked. Difficult to find way from tee to tee. Tees also point at strange angles relative to the holes.
Not a terribly creative course design.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course on a different day
Pros: Very pretty course. There is a good mix of open fairways and wooded areas. The tees all have maps of the pin positions. On a day that isn't windy it would be great for long arms.
Cons: Some of the layout is a little tight. The pins and tees almost overlap in places. There is also a jog path winding through the course. I bet you hear "4" a lot on a busy day. I would also bring a map because you can usually see more than one pin from the tee and it isn't always obvious.
Other Thoughts: I really picked the wrong day to play. The entire middle of the course including most or all of 8, 9, 10, 11 and 18 was a vast inland sea. This wasn't wet grass but a foot of standing water. Several other holes had +3" of water around the tee or pin. I would call a local before making the drive.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Wild and Wooly Winds
Pros: Tradewinds DGC is mostly flat, mostly wide open, and VERY windy in my one and only visit. There are holes that play next to the water, but with good drives it should be easy keep your plastic dry on the roomy fairways. The added challenge of playing the long holes in strong winds is the reason I boosted my rating from 2.5 to 3. There is an awesome alternate hole that is not on the scorecard or the course map. It is parallel to #10, and you can see the basket next to the target for #10. 10b. is my favorite hole on the course. It is a straight, low mid range shot through thick twisted vines and cool looking tropical vegetation.
The park is nice and well kept, and the course is pretty well marked and easy to follow. There are tee signs and concrete pads, with short tees on many holes. There are benches and trash cans throughout, and a water fountain after #15. Baskets are in good condition. I played while the local club was holding league play or doubles, but all players were very friendly and allowed me to play through.
Cons: This course is mostly wide open and flat, so the wind is the main challenge. Would be rather hot and sort of boring on a calm day, if there ever are any. There is not much shade at all. Posted at the entrance was a sign warning not to leave valuables in your car, which made me nervous since I was traveling with all of my gear. The extra cars there for league night made me less apprehensive. There are other users at the park, and walking paths near some fairways, so you may have to wait occasionally. Cost to enter was $1.50.
Other Thoughts: Tradewinds is a decent course with some nice shots, but I wouldn't be overly excited to visit again. The oppressive heat and lack of variety make it less than remarkable in my opinion.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Wind, water and lots of letting loose
Pros: In an area of minimal disc golf choices Tradewinds Park DGC offers as much as any Florida course can. Making alot out of seemingly nothing, the course uses limited obsticles well.
The course is equipped with sufficient concrete tee pads, above average tee signs, depicting map, par, distances from multilple tee pads to multiple basket locations. Mach 3 baskets in very good condition in use, with one basket per hole with various pin placements.
Although tee pads are relatively short for the length of the course the flat ground allows for an easy run up from behind the tee pads.
Water comes into play on a few holes, creating a very nice challange to a very open course. Groups of trees are used very well along the way, with a few baskets either tucked into the trees or right inside tree lines. Wind is also a very challenging factor to the course, which could make it very different on any given day.
Tradewinds Park DGC is in very good working order, all equipment in usable condition. Grass is very well taken care of. Seems as though the locals very much respect their only local course.
Cons: Just a few cons to this course, some which may be nitpicking, while others can't be helped.
Lack of elevation takes away from the challange here. Between this and lack of vegetation it really takes away from the challange. This course forces you to do nothing but chuck it out there and shoot relatively easy upshots for par. This also causes most of the course to feel quite repetitive.
Roads and pedestrian sidewalks come into play quite a bit. Good in the aspect of an OB line created(as far as the driveways), but takes away from the seclusion of the course. As this is a multi-use facility there is a chance of the course being occupied by joggers and such. At least they are easily seen on this open course
Tee pads are a bit slippery when damp, played in the morning and the dew on my shoes caused a few slips on tee-offs. Maybe my fault for not taking a bit off of my walk-up, but just something to be cautious about.
Other Thoughts: Tradewinds Park is a pleasure to play when down in the Broward County area. With the only other choice in Broward being Easterlin Park, they each offer something different, Tradewinds being distance and open, Easterlin being short and somewhat wooded. Big arms will enjoy Tradewinds, especially from the Pro tees.
This is a pay-to-play on the weekends, $1.50 per person, worth the price of admission.
A hole that I will never forget on this course is hole #7. With a fairway on the left, water along the right, and the basket sitting on a peninsula 300ish feet away it takes a gutsy shot off the tee to go for the deuce, or a conservitive drive to go for the easy 3.
Tradewinds is my favorite of the two in Broward, but together offer something completely different. Wish there were more courses around, but I'll take what I can get, Tradewinds is an enjoyable walk in the park.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Not bad, not amazing, but hey, its disc...
Pros: *Nice, well-maintained park.
*Plenty of long, but reachable with an excellent drive holes...
*The holes that do venture into the trees are way fun.
Cons: *Much too wide-open for my liking
*Busy walking/biking path runs through the course.
*Water... Given that I throw mainly FH, many of the water holes were terrifying
*Wind... Being wide open, this course gets exposed to the tradewinds it gets its name from.
Other Thoughts: I liked this park more than Easterlin, but I liked the course at Easterlin better than this course. I prefer wooded courses, and as I mentioned in my "cons", much of this course is wide open.
The course is pretty easy to navigate, and there seems to be a fair amount of players to follow around if you do get lost.
Overall not a bad course, but I enjoyed Easterlin more, and ended up playing there much more than Tradewinds, but both are woth a shot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Now I know what to expect
Pros: Steady start to build your confidence then a challenging water hole with Tight Fairway on 7 (use a hydro), Wide open Middle holes where you can let it rip, a very nice finish after 15 on the back nine, Very open field between 18 and 1 to practice some great driving.
Cons: Bugs, Bring spray and watch for fire ants, definitely leave your flippy flopys at home. Very hot, not for the pup bring lotsa water, disciplined water holes (mangroves, swamp and a large right side lake), a lot of low lying water with creepy crawlies, wait a couple days after the rain. If you haven't played before be prepared to donate a disc or two to the swamps and lake, it's not worth going after discs with bugs snakes and lizards.
Other Thoughts: A little hard to navigate at first make sure to stay to the right past butterfly world a set of picnic tables and a wide open field will help you find the end of 18 and start of 1. The summers hot, the bugs, ants and swamps are unforgiving. I've played a few times and it's an addictive course to get hooked on, a good mix, expect to get wet in the summer and have fun, ahh Florida.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
how many discs can you lose?
Pros: Big, open fairways on most holes. Challenging for your wind-game. Still good for a beginner, but a challenge as well. Well laid-out holes. Not many people there at one time. good for a family with picnic capabilities and normal park fare(swingsets, etc.) Weekdays Free. Weekends cost 1.50 since park also offers Butterfly World. Excellent wooded holes. The pro tees are pretty groovy.
Cons: some areas should be weeded better. there are some spots where edges of fairway could be better maintained. since FL has a good collection of snakes, you will be less likely to go into tall grass to find your disc. when it rains a lot, course takes a long time to drain and there is tons of low lying, murky water(another disc grabber for newbies). this equals tons of mosquitos.
Other Thoughts: Bring your bug spray, tons of water(hot), occasionally, someone will get scuba gear and dredge the lake(write info on your discs) Wind is big factor on course(esp. on hole 5) This course forces you to be very centered and focused on your drives. Especially on some of the holes next to the water, but also on holes next to wooded areas. These areas are thick with lots of trees. When it rains a lot, you can lose your disc in the marshy muck. it has improved my game tremendously, and I lost a few discs to show for it. Overall, a great time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Big Shot Course
Pros: Super big course, huge wide open shots. This is a big driver's paradise. A couple of really nice wholes and a signature peninsula green on um 6 or 7 depending on if you find 3.
Cons: Can be a confusing layout, and there are some serious switchbacks, but nobody is really ever playing here, so only a problem in tourneys. It's FLORIDA so you have to be able to play while wet, and bring your bug spray! Bring water if you are not used to the heat! Open course so be ready for a blazing sun.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
heat heat and more heat.
Pros: wonderful layout. a very easy trail to follow with perfectly descriptive signs. wide open fields where you can just launch every disc in your bag. also some holes with a lot of skill required such as holes 3-6 are along water and with the slightest of wind its gone. hole 14 is hard because of trees everywhere you turn. with the right selections of shots you will definatly leave this course a better disc golfer
Cons: since its mostly open fields theres really no shade so the sun is just beating down on you nonstop (flaorida days could get as hot as 100 degrees). if you go late in july to august prepare to get caught in thunderstorms. bring lots of bug spray and sun lotion
Other Thoughts: even though there are water fountians the first one is on hole 15 so bring plenty of water and a lunch because the heat really takes away a lot of energy from you.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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