6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I like the combination of the open holes and the wooded holes that USF has. The front 9 along with 17 and 18 are mostly open with the rest being back in the woods and palmettos. I have never seen more than 15 players at one time so never a wait for the next hole. Everyone is friendly and park is very clean. This course can easily be pared with many birdie holes.
Cons: Yes this course is for USF students and staff members, but no one will bother you as long as you respect the park and look like you know what your doing. Hole #1 is directly in front of parking lot. And keep track of the time, they close at 7pm sharp.
Other Thoughts: On hole 2 the picnic area is about 70 feet on your left. The basket is straight ahead and water to your right 50 feet. If someone has a problem throwing with a large canvas, then they will be in trouble in the woods. Beginners only will have to watch out for water hazard/pavilion. Also don't overthrow on #4. Its a short hole and river is about 30' behind basket. Hole #8 is tight but can possibly birdie with a straight low drive fade slight left, or with a perfect roller. On your first visit, you may want to have a spotter on some of the back holes until you learn the paths. And I wouldn't use a green disc in the woods.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mix of some open and some tight holes, variety of obstacles and challenges. Usually not very busy. The seven tighter holes in the back nine have improved as they've gotten more use. After playing the tight holes, it's nice to have 17 and 18 out in the open to end on a couple different holes.
Cons: I would prefer a few more holes over 300 ft - #18 is really the only one, and too many holes are 200-250ft. Most of the back nine (except for 17 and 18) are similar tight holes that are rather overgrown (although better than they used to be) and easy to lose discs. A couple holes in the front nine are too close to picnic pavilion, so people are often too close, so you have to skip the hole or play it very safe to avoid hitting someone. In general, the course is mixed with many other activities going on. Fenced park for USF means limited hours. After heavy rains, the basket for hole 4 and tee for hole 5 can be underwater.
Other Thoughts: In general, this is a pretty nice course. It's also the closest course for those of us living in Tampa. Be careful not to lose a disc in the river! A few of the holes play very close to it. I agree with another reviewer - I've overshot hole 4 and landed in the river too...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
go in and have a blast!
Pros: nice course with florida flora. a bit sunny, and some holes circle a big jungle gym looking thing. clean park and empty when i visited.
Cons: private course. not 100% navigated, but can fake it to find the next tee.
Other Thoughts: the reviews and description of this park made me weary of trying it. i was in the area and gave it a shot. asked at the front desk, they said we werent supposed to be here, but said play on!
so if you are in the area, give it a try. at most they tell you to get lost.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth a visit with a USF student
Pros: The front nine is in a very attractive park that borders the Hillsborough river. Front nine holes are medium-long par 3's that are moderately tight and require a bit of shot-shaping.
The back 9 holes are shorter and more technical.
Overall, the course is fun and provides a bit of challenge.
***Note: This course is technically for "USF students only", but that requirement is rarely enforced.***
Cons: The back nine can become very overgrown and swampy at times, to the point of being unplayable. The schule off the fairways on the back nine is pretty nasty.
There are a couple safety routing errors, particularly egregious is hole 17 playing directly over hole 18's tee pad.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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