3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Yet another one of those "tale of two nines" courses. The first one is more open and the second is more wooded, though both feature low scrub as the primary obstacle. On paper, I would assume that the wooded section was the better of the two, though on this course it is the open section that I enjoyed more. The reason is that the first five play around the river, which doesn't impact the course to a great extent and they aren't the most challenging holes, but there is a lot to like. The 1 pin is nicely placed on the bank. 2 runs parallel to the river, and its probably the best of the bunch. While 3 backs up to the river, the basket 4 is back on the edge of the water.
I also like how the scrub affects the mostly open holes and forces shot shaping. This is most evident on 6 through 8. Though more open, the scrub is just as difficult as that in the first few holes of the wooded nine. There is a solid variety of lines to throw and there's a fun factor present.
That said, I don't mean to slight the back nine. The first bunch of holes there offer some varied scenery to go with similarly-difficult, intermediate-level throws. Really there are just more trees around and it's a little more punishing to off-target drives, even if the fairways aren't any more difficult.
The last set of holes here represents one of my least favorite types of holes. They play along a trail that existed prior to the course's construction and which is still in use. The tee for this type of hole is usally set to the side of the trail as is the basket. This trail is fairly wide and it does make a solid fairway, but I just hate holes like this. It doesn't feel like a disc golf hole, if that makes any sense. It feels tacked on. But your mileage may vary with these.
I'm also not the biggest fan of 18. It really needs at least one next tee arrow as there are two paths that lead away from the seventeenth green. Then it's a long walk which feels out of place on the course, making you feel as if you chose the wrong path. The tee is back on the field where the course began, and the hole is a bit underwhelming. It should play to where the practice basket is, on top of a mound. It would be much more finale.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
My first love
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Ace runs. This course can be difficult at times but there are a lot of fun ace runs! You still have to hit your lines but there are definite possibilities.
-Distance. I think this course is a good intermediate distance course. I think there is only one hole over 330' and only 3 over 300'. Very fun, definitely not pitch and putt.
-Variety. The front 9 is open and the back 9 is wooded making this a very fun course giving you a change of scenery.
-Finesse. The back 9 of this course is short but can still be very punishing if you aren't careful. Hole 15' is a 275-300'ish hole that has maybe an 8' fairway, you definitely have to throw accurate or you will struggle to par.
-Difficulty. This course is a ton of fun and I think the front 9 is unbelievably fun for beginners. If you are a more advanced player it will definitely show on your score, we have some locals who throw -11, but beginners will be able to throw their first birdies here.
-Florida scenery. This course has a definite Florida feel. Three of the first four holes play by the Hillsborough River. However, if you are wise you shouldn't have any problems of losing a disc. There are also palm trees which makes it fun for out-of-towners.
Cons: -OTHER PARK TRAFFIC. Make sure you do not come to this course on holidays, meaning times when they would have events for college students. They very often rent this course out to USF student organizations and they will have parties making 1-9 completely unplayable. The park is also closed whenever USF is closed. So this course is very fun if you get to play it, but there is a chance that it will be bombarded. I suggest calling USF and finding out first.
-Summer. This course gets muggy and dominated by mosquitos in the summer. It is also very prone to flooding.
-Palmettos. This course has saw palmettos all over the back 9, if you go in the woods, you will definitely lose some skin.
-Signs. They aren't accurate.
-Disc traffic. Some of the fairways have overlap so you should be careful that there isn't another disc golfer playing there.
Other Thoughts: If you catch this course at the right time it is a ton of fun, you will definitely enjoy it. However, if you come on a busy day it isn't even worth visiting. I gave this course a 3 for the days that I was on the course by myself. If I were including the chance that you won't get the full experience I would give it a 2.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Not just for students
Pros: Very clean course with good signage. There is a huge difference between the front 9(open) and back 9(wooded). I love this because it is an easy play for amatuer players and with its tight lines can still be a challenge for advanced players
Cons: Its not a very lengthy course, so big arms might have to hold back a little. You also have to be careful on the first for holes. Dependant upon the time of day there are a lot of non dgers walking through.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: * Large amount of variety! Front and back nine are completely different!
* Signs are clear, pads are nice, and the course follows a good logical flow (other than 18)
* Good shot shaping is needed, especially on the back nine, I found myself considering all my throws.
* Scenery is gorgeous if you like river and woods.
* Huge fun factor. Course has many holes that can be birdied with well designed shots.
* Course was very well maintained in a nice area.
* Baskets are logically placed for maximum challenge.
Cons: * Because this park is for USF students, it is important, (if you are not,) to be on your best behavior. They have every right to ask you to leave if you are not a student or have not been invited by one. Essentially, do the right thing, don't litter, be respectful, and you will probably be fine.
* Hole 18 is quite far away from 17....It is located in the same open field as 1 to 9.
* I'm a Florida guy, and am familiar with the swampy areas and love them. BUT! do bring insect repellant. Do not expect the mosquitoes not to be around. They will be there, and I would assume will consider you a wonderful friend for entering their domain.
Other Thoughts: This is an easy to locate course that is property of USF (see above) The front nine plays in a reasonably open area near the beautiful Hillsborough River. Trees and scrub palmetto are used to make the front nine moderately challenging. The back is very tight, with curving tunnel shots, trees and more palmetto. the distances aren't too long, and other than 18, most holes played 220 to 290. Nonetheless, it was a very fun course to play that echoed some of the better technical courses in the area. The park is full of other activities, such as fishing, wall climbing and canoeing. The front nine is very exposed to other park activities, so watch where you throw. There is an active Sunday handicap, and this is definitely a course that I hope to play frequently.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete Tee's, Signs w/distance,
-Very enjoyable scenery. The moss draped trees and the lake on the front nine, and the Back nine walks through the woods. The back 9 is like a wooded walking trail.
-Excellent Variety of Shots. The Front is easier, more open field with trees to work around and some water to avoid. The back 9 is a lot more technical, Narrow fairways, with doglegs and guarded baskets.
-The Front 9 is very beginner friendly, while the back 9 may be more frustrating to newcomers, it's not terribly difficult. I was able to recover from a few deflected shots, with a decent approach shot. (No tree love today)
-Very clean and well maintained. Garbage cans located throughout the course. Restrooms located near the start/finish
-Good balance of right, left approaches, doglegs, as well as a straight ahead shots. 16 is the Ace Race basket coming in at 191ft
-One could easily get in a quick 9 round.
-Outside of a couple of places, navigation was easy and self-explanatory. .
-Maps are available at the Boat House.
-Has a Good fun factor, and the back 9 is technical and challenging.
-Other activities on site as well
Cons: -Here is the big one; This park is for USF students only! *See first paragraph in Other
-The front 9 primarily, could be unplayable if there are a lot of people using the park. When I played, it was dead, but I could see this park being extremely busy and unplayable on certain weekends.
-There are a number of times when the fairways play close to each other, and a couple of fairway crossings! After you finish 17, you'll follow the path out in front of the 10th Teepad. Then you follow that back up, to where the path crosses the 9th fairway, near the basket. So heads up.
-This may be on the park's map, but… just know that to get to 18, you have to backtrack out by crossing 10's teepad, down the trail, across the 9th fairway and the teepad will be on the other side of the white storage on your right. (Solely a first time only issue. I used an outdated map)
-The Front 9 and the 18th fairway all play around a common area. This is subject to any number of park activities. It would also behoove the park to put up "Beware of Flying Discs" signs throughout the park.
Other Thoughts: First order: I spoke with the lady in charge today and asked her about a Visitor Fee. She said "There is no fee; you must be escorted with a USF Student, Faculty, or Staff member." She then said "They don't check Id's all that often, BUT!!! …if you give them ANY reason to, they will!" If you don't have a school ID or you are not the guest of someone with an ID, they will escort you out. ...if you give them a reason to check you for an ID!
The front 9 plays more like a rec course, but it does have a very nice setup. It made me think of the 22nd street course in Tampa. The back 9, on the other hand, was totally different. It was more challenging, with more tight technical shots. I'd almost classify as two 9 hole courses that play back to back. Just because they are so completely different.
I had a really good time here, and it is a lot of fun to play. If you can, check this course out! I wouldn't consider it a destination course by any mean, but it is a fun course! The good news is, it's not very far from I-75. If it was closer to where I lived, and it wasn't a "USF Only" course, I'd definitely frequent it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Great par 3 course!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice park with along the river and swamp. Great tour of the local flora and fauna, probably some reptiles in the warmer months.
Holes were all manageable lengths, and would be a very beginner friendly course.
Nice tee signs on every hole, concrete pads on every hole.
Cons: Tee pads seem a little short, I had to shorten my run up on a few holes.
Tee pad for hole 5 is dangerously close to the hole 4 basket, especially considering the best line is a skip hyzer shot that goes directly towards the pad.
Navigation between hole 17 and 18 causes you to walk across the 10th and then 9th fairway. Could be dangerous on busy days.
Hole 18 basket is way to close to the throwing line for hole 1, and unnecessarily so. The 18 basket should be where the practice basket is.
Other Thoughts: Really enjoyable round! There were plenty of other DG'ers around to follow, so navigating the course was really easy. No long holes, so this one was really friendly for a noodle arm like me. I was able to birdie several holes on my first round.
I liked the course so much I played it twice! I imagine this course could be an entirely different experience in the summer/rainy months. I played the course in January, and it was 80 degrees outside and relatively dry. Heat and rain/standing water could really add some difficulty to this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: nice baskets. good variety of shots. front 9 is laid back while back 9 gets a bit techy.
Cons: pads are terrible here. watch out for gators in the river. navigating from hole to hole on the back 9 is a little tough
Other Thoughts: you must either be a student of usf or be with a student to play here. they do not check upon entering but occasionally they will ride around the course and ask for student ids from what ive heard.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
First 9 are great!
Pros: Scenery is great, felt right at home here in central Florida. Tee pads are in good shape (concrete) and signage is very helpful. Course has a great natural flow that makes it very easy to locate the hole for the most part. River was very high at the time we played, putting it within 20 feet of one basket. Definitely a challenge and a great use for those floating discs!
Cons: College kids all over the place, walking over fairways. My wife drove once and almost (literally) hit some of them who where walking across the course. A little frustrating that they show no regard for sports in play, but some kids are just like that. Also, we played in late April, and the back 9 was so overgrown with standing water that the mosquitos were terrible. We weren't able to finish the end of the course for this reason.
Other Thoughts: Will play again in the winter when mosquitoes are gone and we can actually finish the back of the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
An Enjoyable Play
Pros: Located on the Univ. of South Florida Campus. 18 hole course that features good Innova Disc Catcher baskets, sufficient cement tee pads and nice color signage marking hole number, distance and preferred flight path. There is very nice balance; the front 9 features a primarily open course with some strategically placed trees, while holes 10-17 take you into the woods before coming back out into the open for 18. Paths in the woods are well groomed and manicured. Many birdie and even ace possibilities exist yet the woods and palmettos will keep most advanced players honest and interested.
Cons: Will not appeal to those who prefer distance- the longest hole is around 360 feet. Doesn't really provide one the opportunity to throw an array of shots. One must be mindful of pedestrians/trail hikers and the ropes course & tower on the one end of the course gets heavy use. The potential to see unwanted critters in the woods might scare away the squeamish, although I saw none the day I played.
Other Thoughts: On a weekend visit to Tampa, I played the course twice- once by myself and once with some friendly locals who invited me to play doubles. I was very pleased with this course after the disappointments of the two Ft. Myers-area courses I played. It rewards accuracy and placement and the relatively short distances make it beginner-friendly. Although Riverfront Park is for USF students only, I experienced no difficulty in trying to play here. Water is present bordering holes 2 and 4 but with a conservative approach shouldn't be a factor. (Don't go in- A "Beware of Alligator" sign is posted behind basket 4 !!).
This is a good, well-maintained course which I'd play with great frequency if I lived in the area.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Updates and Information
A recent change to this course is the relocation of the #17 Hole to the forest section of the course. This eliminates an unnecessary hazard (the shed) and resolves the safety issue noted by another reviewer.
For your information, the open hours of the park are 10:00 AM to dusk. It is closed according to the USF Campus Recreation schedule available at: http://usfweb2.usf.edu/CampRe...dar/index.htm
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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