4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Good Course, Busy Park
2 Helpful / 0 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 2 people found this review helpful.
You're already down here, might as well play
11 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Long & Short concrete tees allow all the distance you can handle, rest rooms by basket 1 and tee 15 for the ladies. Signature hole 7 is picture worthy. New elevated basket 11. Long open shots with water and trees along or in fairways to shape shots around. New signs are in. Benches have been restored.
Cons: Only one wooded hole 10 and one semi wooded hole 14 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. Some redisign. Nice new flow. New trees seperate fairway 3 from 4. Want to see good video of the park? Check out 2014 South Florida Open on YouTube.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Tees for all levels
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has some significant pros (but also some significant cons, as you'll see in the next section):
-Two or three tees on each hole. This makes it a perfect course for a family to play together or any group with players of various skill levels. If you are teaching your boyfriend/girlfriend/son/daughter/buddy/etc to play disc golf, bring them here.
-The course is well-maintained and scenic.
-The course has good pin placement on some holes, using the few trees that are on the course and the lake to add a fair amount of challenge to holes.
-The rough is easy to access for poorly thrown discs.
-Free during the week (you only pay on the weekends and holidays, $1.50 per person)
-Parking is really easy and the course was easy to find (just make sure you go to Tradewinds South).
Cons: -As a first timer, navigating the course is difficult. Pay close attention to the "Next Tee" arrows on the signs at each tee.
-Some of the holes were too open with no trees or obstacles or elevation changes.
-The course plays around a walking/jogging/biking path. Waiting for other users of the park slows down play.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for beginners given the junior tee pads on every hole. Again, it's also wonderful for families and groups of people of varying skill levels. I was close to giving the course a score of 3, but there was just enough challenge to bring it to a 3.5. It's not a course that is worth trekking out of your way to get to, but it's a great local option.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
mach x baskets !
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: the new mach x baskets are in ! designed by ken climo .perfect use of space .water trees swamps and lots of ob. all holes are different especially from the 3 different tee pads . the course was recently updated with some new tee pad and pin locations . several new trees and bushes have been added .
Cons: can get busy on the weekend and holidays big groups like to play there . also hot during the summer bring fluids .
Other Thoughts: if you visit sfl you have to play a least one round there !
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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 / 5 Not
Great park for disc
Pros: Great coarse been playing here alot for the past 10 months.Good for begginers and for more adavnced players to work on different throws.
Cons: Watch out for ant hills. Pay to play on weekends only a buck fifty tho per person not to bad.
Other Thoughts: Park is really swampy right now still very playable had to skip holes 10 and 14.
1 of 6 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.
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