9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's rare to find a course that absolutely maximizes everything it has to work with.
There are three tees for most holes and (with a few exceptions) two concrete pads for every hole. The baskets are all excellent Mach X design, so someone cares enough to put a little extra money into this place.
While the course is pretty open, it does make use of the trees it has to work with. Holes 13-15 make great use of the pine trees, and I wish there were a few more holes featuring these. Hole 10 is the only hole with heavy foliage.
Scenery is nice, as the course is set along a lake. Water comes into play on several early holes, and losing a disc on a windy day is a possibility. Or on a still day if you really yank it.
Navigation is pretty easy. I think I consulted the map two or three times.
Cons: Very little elevation here.
Not a lot of technical shots.
I played on a weekday, but I wonder about interference from pedestrians on the concrete trails in busier times.
Other Thoughts: This is not a setting made for a 5-star course. Other than being pretty, it wouldn't appear to be a place that could produce much of a course. Whoever designed this did a great job. I really enjoyed my round here.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Good Course, Busy Park
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Mostly long holes with open grass fields. Well maintained park, multiple paved tees, varied pin placement, and decent signage.
I really enjoy the wooded holes, but there are just a few of these. Water hazards on three holes along the right side, easy enough to avoid getting your disc into the lake.
Cons: Poor course design for about a quarter of the holes, need to double back for four tees. Hard to find the next tee if you are not familiar with the layout.
Walking/biking trail winds through about half of the course so you will have to avoid hitting people. I once had to skip hole 14 because a family was having a picnic next to the basket.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like this course on a slow day. Not too challenging and it seems a bit repetitive to me. Currently, the park is changing the placement of some tees.
Broward County has only four 18-hole courses with one more on the way, but I would have to rank this course near the bottom.
Favorite Holes: #7, #10, #12, #14
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
You're already down here, might as well play
Pros: Pretty good course in a clean, well-maintained, multi -use county park featuring plenty of other activities and amenities.
• Variety: Decent but not outstanding shot variety. Fairway types range from open to moderately wooded, but definitely lean to the more open side of the spectrum. Many holes provide obstacles on only one side of the fairway, allowing you to take a wider, safer (but somewhat longer) route if you prefer. Relatively open design allows for several lines off most tees, but several pins are well-placed/nicely tucked to take advantage of naturally occurring openings in the foliage so that whatever route you take, a well placed shot is required get a good look at the pin through a window. Still, several pins are out in the open, inviting those with the distance to run at them off the tee. Although the middle tees could provide a wider range of distances, you can always choose to mix in some of the longer longs if you feel the need to air it out. Dual pin placements are rotated to help locals avoid boredom. .
• Memorable holes: Water in play on holes 6 and 7, adds visual appeal and really makes you think twice about your shot, especially if there's some wind. My fave is hole 13, playing to a nicely guarded green.
• Aesthetics: Course is pretty lush for the most part with much of it playing along-side or in view of a lake; makes for a very pleasant setting - really feels like you're on vacation.
• Equipment: Nice sized concrete tees for med and long tees, asphalt or grass for shorter red tees. Signage is good and helps with routing. Baskets are in good shape. Scorecard/Map available at the park office.
• Accommodating to beginners and intermediates, as well as advanced players looking for a fun, casual round. Good place to learn the game. Although there's some risk of disc loss, it's not terribly high.
• Plenty of other stuff to occupy young kids before, during, or after a round. Great location you're visiting with family (see other thoughts).
• Walk/bike path weaves through a good portion of the course - courtesy and caution are warranted. Because the course is well established and is so open, locals see people play all the time and quite a few actually know what's going on. That said, not all them do, and there's definitely potential for pedestrian injuries if you're not careful.
• Fire Ants: watch where you put your bag down, or they'll be crawling all over it.
• Navigation - Tough for first timers to figure out what's next in several spots, but course actually flows alright once you get used to it. Map's not perfect, but it helps.
• Elevation: nope.
• Has some low lying spots which hold water - gets swampy after SoFla thunderstorms (especially holes 3-4 and 13-14).
• Other park activities attract some pretty big (and often noisy) crowds.
Tradewinds is a nice course, but I can't say the discplay is particularly stimulating - more a pleasant walk in the park than a round of serious discing. Not to sell it short, but it's better suited to leisure golf than it is to tournament play, and that's not a crime. Not every course should be gold level. Even so, it's still a fun round, and the fairly open design means wind can be a factor, which makes things more challenging in and of itself, especially when water's in play.
Visiting parents/in-laws with the wife and/or small kids? Take'em to see Butterfly World (located inside the park). Maybe a mini-steam train ride is more their speed? They offer rides one weekend a month, located on the north side of the park, just across Sample Road... check their website for schedule: http://www.livesteamers.org/Schedule.html
Visiting for the holidays? Play late in the afternoon then let the munchkins check out Tradewinds' Holiday Fantasy of Lights when the sun goes down. ...all this is listed on the park homepage.
If the wife feels like shopping, drop her off at the Festival Flea Market Mall (yes, a Flea Market Mall) directly across the highway from the park. Play a round, then catch up with her for a bite.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Long & Short concrete tees allow all the distance you can handle, rest rooms by basket 1 and tee 14. Signature hole 6 is picture worthy with its peninsula green. New elevated basket on hole 11 adds to the aesthetics with the water behind the raised basket and adds challenge to the short hole. The majority of the course features long open shots with water and trees along or in fairways to shape shots around or over. New signs are in with hole distance, etc. Benches have been restored.
Cons: Only one wooded hole 9 and one semi wooded hole 13 if that is your thing. multi use park may sometimes have other events on fairways on weekends. Also a busy park and a lot of holes are by the walking path causing the occasional delay. Ft Lauderdale's 1'st original d/g course can get very busy most afternoons & all weekend.
Other Thoughts: A lot of work done lately. Broken tees have been replaced. New MachX baskets. Some redesign to enhance the course flow. New trees separate fairway 18 from 1 and 3 from 4. Want to see good video of the park? Check out 2014 South Florida Open on YouTube. The pictures here are from 2009 and the course is a little different.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 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 10 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.
3 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.
3 of 3 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.
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