4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The location is conveniently located near the Clearwater Disc golf store and is connected at hole 16 by a path to hole 16 at Cliff Stephens (less than a 1 mile trek). Coachman has a great variety of shots requiring both power and precision. One of the biggest challenges on the course is navigating through the woods. It used to be way more dense and on the plus side has made it harder to lose a disc, while maintaining the challenge of the trees.
Cons: There are a couple of holes that seem repetitive but for the most part this course will offer some challenges (#1, 8, 12) with a few easy birdies tossed in the mix (#3, 6, 11, 13). The holes do overlap just a bit and it makes it all the more important to watch yourself for disc golfers on other holes.
There are no facilities with the exception of a lone porta-potty. The signage is weak and could seriously use an update. A few teepads could use replaced.
Other Thoughts: One of the highest rated rounds ever shot was recorded here by Ken Climo in April 2009. He shot -23 on 24 holes, with a par on hole 1 and then 23 straight birdies! If you play this course you will see how ridiculous that is.
If you are in Tampa Bay try out Cliff first but make sure to hit Coachman when you get a chance.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Variety of Challenges
Pros: Very fun course, that was short at time, yet technical. Mostly straight shots with obstacles, only a few doglegs. A creek comes into play on 4 holes and plays to the right. Only a few holes I would consider difficult, yet each hole supplied its own unique challenge
Nice flow, easy to navigate
Very nice, large, concrete teepads, with most holes having a short and long tee. Holes were in good shape. Trash cans at most holes to keep the park clean. Clean port-a-potty located at #14
Cons: Signage for the holes were pretty weak. Could use an upgrade. Flat, no elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: The park itself is really beautiful. Has all the Florida fauna and ecoscape. The creek is really cool with fish and birds. The park is fairly clean of trash
There is a lot of holes that you have to navigate around trees, so it was great to play a technical course. Also, the trees helped keep the shade on you and the temperature down.
The locals there seemed to be cool and laid back. Cliff Stevens DGC is adjacent, so you can get 21 more hole over there in one trip
Favortite Hole: #8- Plays with the canal and a large oak to your right of the tee. Doglegs pretty hard to the left about 200' out. Another large oak is right there, then the hole is about 150' through abunch of trees on the left side of the fairway and 2 oaks in the middle. I tried to roll it and bairly hit the big oak at the dogleg. I would love to get that roller down to the hole
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Definately a fun course to play, I plan on coming back when Im in the area. Many of the holes have tight fairways and play very close to each other. The course is cut out of some pretty nice foliage. Makes pretty good use out of not much land.
Cons: Several holes were missing Tee signs and several others were of little use. Several par 4's and 5's could been 3's.
Other Thoughts: Several holes run along a canal.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
It is just Fun!
Pros: A wonderfully picturesque course that is great fun to play. The park is filled with old growth oak trees that create a canopy over the entire park. Even in the hot Florida summers, this course is not terribly uncomfortable to play because of the canopy. The course has a good mix of wooded technical holes and open "go for it" holes. Even though it is heavily wooded, there is always a fair path to the pin. Tees are concrete and there are good tee signs throughout. The flow is good and there are also directional signs in key places to help the first timer. The course is connected to Cliff Stephens and is also about 1 mile away from the Clearwater Disc Golf Store, which has more discs in stock then you can even imagine.
Cons: There are no facilities at the park
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in the Tampa Bay area. Cliff Stephens has some great holes and gets all of the press, but I'm not a big bomber and Cliff Stephens can be frustrating at times. Tocobaga is beautiful and well maintained, but it is sooooo tight that I'm always on edge while throwing there. Coachmen, for me, is just a great time on the disc golf course. I love playing this course, not only for the course design, but for the beauty and feel of the park. The last time I was in Clearwater, I almost played two rounds on Coachmen instead of heading over to Cliff Stephens. The next time I'm there, I think I'll stay for that second round and make it a fun disc golf day on one of my favorite courses.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
A B+ Traditional Course
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- C
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- A
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- A
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- B-
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor…more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage…if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tight fairways challenge your accuracy and technical ability. It's a pretty course with lots of trees and shade. The creek adds difficulty on some holes.
Cons: It's a short course. You won't get much practice with your max distance drivers.
Most of the holes can be reached a fairway driver and then a putter, so I hardly get to use my mid-range discs.
Many of the holes play relatively similarly - straight or near straight shots down narrow fairways.
The park is small, so all the holes are packed very tightly together, which can occasionally make for congestion of the players.
It's very flat and can get muddy/flooded in the back 9 after a heavy rain.
The signage is useless and the only restrooms is one portable...
Other Thoughts: It's a good practice course for your accuracy. I've played a couple tournaments here - they're always fun but I miss having more holes where you can really drive all-out. That's just the nature of the small, tight park where the course is located.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: tightly wooded,flows very well,flat,warm in the winter.palmettos are in abundance.
Other Thoughts: this is one of Ken Climo's home courses and we were fortunate and met the champ and got to play a round with him.super nice guy hope you have the same luck.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Lots of shade, plenty of obstacles. Good layout from relatively flat wooded ground.
Cons: Shorter wooded course.
Other Thoughts: Great companion course to Cliff Stephens.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete Teepads, Teesigns. Lots of trees for shade.
Cons: No course map at the course
Other Thoughts: NE Coachman course is a relatively small but fun course, the average length per hole is less than 300 feet. This is counterbalanced by the fairways being tight and technical on every drive, with lots of trees and bushes coming into play on flat terrain. The shade was very welcome from the summer heat. Its still open enough that if you get into trouble off the teepad, you can recover fairly easily. The teepads are narrower than normal, about 3 feet wide, and having a whisk broom for the sand would be a good idea. There is a walking path on several holes that comes into play. Also a small creek on holes 7 through 12 that you need to stay out of. Midrange drivers are a must have on this course.
I didn't think there was any teepad drive that was unfair or restricted by "too-tight" alleys to shoot through. Some of the tee signs show their age, and are missing information, but you can still get around the course without a map. Getting from hole 12 to teepad 13 is tricky, I was told about this beforhand by some very helpful locals who walked me through the course before I started. There is no course map at the parking lot where you start, so just talk to someone in the park and they will be more than willing to help you. You can play this course in less than an hour, unless you are taking your time. I would take families to this course, or if I wanted to play a casual round and work on approach drives this is where I would go. Someone who wanted to work on their big-arm drives should not go to this course.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: tight with some distance, good complement to Cliff
Cons: if it rains back nine is under water
Other Thoughts: Course is not new and shiny but is a great round after Cliff. Tocobaga is much more of a beautiful experience as a tight course, but this course is more than worth it. Would play it frequently if I was in the area but is not one of the most beautiful courses in florida. Both previous reviews are on though.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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