1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Sometimes, a course is just decent. Solid, playable but unmemorable holes. That would be an excellent description of the Parkside course at Barnett.
It's a pretty open course that would probably suit new players well. Even the the narrower fairways will seem wide open to a player accustomed to wooded courses, and the shallow creeks will give confidence in throwing over water.
The maintenance is also excellent. There were mowers going while we were there, and most of the course is rather nice looking, being in a public par with a ton of other activities. It also boasts a small pro shop. Good-enough tees, and decent signs.
There a bunch of minor water carries, as a slimy creek winds throughout the park.
Cons: Still, its just a creek, and its not much of a challenge as far as water hazards go. On that not, there really isn't much challenge anywhere on Pakside, unless you count the muck on many of the fairways. (Does it rain a lot in Florida in the summer, sure, but Turkey Lake fairways were dry the following day.)
So Parkside is a very solid three, until the last two holes. 17 plays up parallel to a row of properties with a variety of fences. This row includes one fence with a barbed wire cover and others include dogs that go mad while your are on the fairway. There has to be another way to place a hole that will complete the course.
After all, it's not like 18 as it exists now is that necessary. It crosses over a parking area and it does feature a rather large pond, unmarked on the map that is pretty much in what looks from the tee to be an ideal landing spot. This problem could easily fixed just by changing the tee sign. Seventeen however, needs to be relocated in someway, and 18 isn't really great in its current location.
Other Thoughts: It's a decent course that could you could definitely play regularly. I would just find a way to wrap up the course in an alternate way.
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9 Helpful / 2 Not
Worth the trip
Pros: Two courses on site. Stocked pro-shop. Close to the Orlando attractions. Well manicured. Low schule factor. Easy to navigate. Solid fun factor with a bit of challenge.
When it's windy (which is frequently) this course comes to life. The creek and other hazards become much more of a factor and strategy becomes important. Many of the shots have multiple options and it's crucial to make the right choices when it's windy.
Between the two sets of tees and relatively low schule factor, Barnett Parkside has a very broad appeal to players of pretty much all skill levels.
Cons: The routing is awkward in a couple of places. i.e. after playing hole one, you'll cross the creek to tee on hole two and then cross back by hole one's basket to walk down hole two's fairway.
A couple holes that crowd each other and a shot down a bike path are safety concerns.
This park gets a little sketchy at times, particularly towards dark.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Parkside is a well-maintained and fun disc golf course with a moderate amount of challenge. It merits an "average" rating of 2.5. Considering the on-site pro-shop and the second course on property, I'd say that it'd be a "must stop" destination for any disc golfer, except for the fact that Turkey Lake is very closer and better.
Don't be a dirty discer. Leave the course cleaner than you found it!
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