3 Helpful / 3 Not
All You Could Ask For
Pros: This course offers an excellent variety of long drives and strategic approaches, and is bound to test your arsenal of throwing styles. Signage is the best I've seen to this point in my career. It clearly indicates pin position as well as recommended approaches. Most holes have multiple tee-boxes which are also indicated on each sign. There is adequate shade throughout course to help keep up your stamina. Trash cans are present at each hole, and restrooms are readily accessible. A pro-shop with a very decent selection is available as well.
Cons: It may be difficult for first-timers to navigate themselves through the course without a map, but that is easily fixed by arriving somewhat prepared (printable maps are available online). There are also multiple conveniently placed "Next Hole -->" signs throughout the course.
Watch for big ANT HILLS
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is very scenic and a nice place to spend time, whether playing or not. It is a very friendly atmosphere, and most non-playing visitors are very cordial. If given a choice of the 2, I prefer this park over the North Course.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Easier than the North Course. Great layout, with changing pin placements and 2 different tee boxes per hole.
Great pro shop with very knowledgeable pro who is there almost everyday. He has the coldest gatorade known to man and a lost & found...so if you lose one in the woods or in the muck be sure to check with him a few days/weeks after.
Cons: Some pedestrian traffic depending on when you play, but that is the price you pay when it's free to play.
Other Thoughts: Play the North Course for a challenge. The course pro/designer thinks it's funny making par a myth.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Good, fun course
Pros: Decent layout, brings local flora into play, seems to be easier of the two courses here.
Cons: Not too long, can get hot...take plenty of fluids to avoid heat stroke in the summer! Be aware of which basket you're shooting for. Sometimes baskets are near each other and you can get confused.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Great course in a city park
Pros: Course pro and pro shop on site and open.
Great signage, layout, and flow.
Good mix of long and open holes with shorter challenging type as well.
Wooded holes and water holes.
I loved the flow and foliage used to the risk reward factor.
Great tee pads
Some holes have to be navigated well and shots shaped just right to have a chance at birdie.
Cons: Busy park with a good bit of foot traffic.
Some holes play close to a busy basketball course.
Other Thoughts: Great course and has another 18 holes as well. When I get back to Orlando, I'll make sure to hit the other 18
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyable FL course
Pros: -Multiple tee pads on many holes - if you play the "pro" tees and the basket is in a long position, it can be a little more challenging. Personal favorite was #3 in the grove protected position.
-Good signage, especially helpful for blind holes (most of them had the wingnut showing where the basket was placed.)
- Pro-shop on site
- Second Course right there!
- Not overly crowded
Cons: -This course has water risk (as mentioned in other reviews) - so not the best for beginners. These streams are true hazards, not like the streams up north...... That being said, there is a nicely placed water fountain/spigot between 2 and 3 to rinse the muck and discs off.
- Most of the holes are relatively easy - I do think that if you played this course often, par would be achievable relatively easy.
Other Thoughts: I saw one reviewer upset (See UPDATE) with someone trying to sell discs fished from the muck - definitely not cool to sell them - but having mucked (I played with 3 noobie coworkers, all who threw into the swamp), I believe that anything that comes out is yours - if you throw one in, and you want it back, you should wade in and get it - don't wait for someone else to get it. UPDATE - the kind moderator who I did quote earlier on the selling of the discs did let me know that it is theft to keep things that you haven't made a reasonable effort to return, which I see his point. OK, enough on the soapbox. I didn't get a chance to play the other course, but this one was enjoyable for a quick play while on a business trip. From the reviews it seems like the other course is a little more challenging. Overall, this was an enjoyable course - really enjoyable for swinging through town and playing. I have played one other FL course (Taylor over near Clearwater), and would give that a 1/2 basket advantage over this course, I felt there was more obstacles so it is a little more challenging (plus no muck). With the possibility to play 2 courses in one stop in a nicely manicured park - it's a no brainer, Just Do It!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
One of Orlando's finest courses
Pros: Fun course for a wide range of skill levels. Good mix of wooded/open fairways. Multiple tee pads and basket placements. Excellent open holes with little worry of losing discs as long as you can avoid the water on a few holes. Course sees a lot of player traffic and is well maintained. A great group of locals frequent this course so there is almost always someone friendly to throw with if you come solo.
Cons: A few holes are a little close to sidewalks and walkways and on weekends especially expect a few delays while waiting for pedestrians to clear out. Signage looks old and could probably use an update on a few holes.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite local courses. If you came there planning to play both courses in the same visit then I recommend starting on Parkside Hole 9. This way you can flow right into North Course Hole 1 from where Parkside Hole 8 finishes. (The walk from parkside 18 to north course 1 is kinda long).
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid DG Option
Pros: This course was very easy to get to and sits in a well maintained park. In terms of the course design, there was a good use of water on many of the holes. Additionally, there were a decent amount of trees that were intelligently factored into the fairways, creating some variety in terms of open holes and several somewhat wooded holes. This is especially the case with hole #18 where, after a long, open fairway, the basket is nestled under a large tree with many low hanging branches. Additional variety came into play with the different number of playing surfaces, such as sand, grass, woodchips, leaves, etc.
Multiple concrete tees helps to make the course dynamic and provides players with several playing options. Additional variation comes into play with the multiple pin positions that are available on most holes.
The tee signs are hand painted, showing distance, par, and possible lines. The signs were situated in giant bulletin board style enclosures and are very easy to spot.
The course has a practice basket near the first tee. Most of the baskets at the course are in good shape.
Other park ammenities are available onsite (bathrooms, picnic tables, etc.).
Cons: Although half of the course is fairly secluded with respect to the rest of the park, there are several holes that are too close to other public areas and walkways. Specifically, the batting cages, putting greens, and walking paths all come into play on a few of the holes making it dangerous for bystanders.
Elevation wasn't factored into the design of many of the holes and there were lots of fairways that seemed to be straight with a slight dogleg at the end. Additionally, most of the holes were of similar length and none were terribly long. This takes away from the variety and adds a touch of monotony.
Althought the tee signs had many distances listed, there wasn't a good indicator of what position the basket as in. As far as the baskets go, there were several that were beginning to show signs of wear.
Other Thoughts: As parks go, the complex at Gordon Barnett Park is amazing and includes BMX, paintball (yeah, paintball), playgrounds, a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, golf greens, and on and on. Given all these ammenities, it's no surprise that you'd find not one, but two disc golf courses on site.
One unsavory aspect unrelated to the design of the course was the local (hopefully not the onsite retailer) that I encountered while playing. He was wading through the stream, feeling around for discs and pulling them out of the water and offerred to sell me some, regardless of whether they were inked. This blatant theft was quite disappointing.
The Parkside course is not a bad play at all and makes for a fun round. This course features numerous ace and birdie runs, which could be a good confidence booster for newer players. This course is at least a 3.25 and just has enough variety justify a bump to a 3.5. Although there is another course on the same property, there is enough difference between the two to make this a good counterpart.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
One, two Punch in Metro Orlando
Pros: The Parkside course at Gordon Barnett is the probably the better maintained more beginner friendly course at the park. Parkside has a lot of natural urban-park beauty and offers a lot of really fun, but not too challenging par three holes (and one nice finishing par four from the longs). Where Parkside falls short in comparison to the North course is in its ability to punish poor shots and its overall challenge factor for highly experienced players. On the positive side, faster greens with close-cut grass make for a little bit of extra challenge in approaches and keeping drives close to the pin, a factor that isn't in play as much on the North course.
Replay-ability: The Parkside course ranks high on the replay meter for a couple of reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly is that a second eighteen hole course (North course) exists on site meaning that you'll probably only be playing half of your rounds here when you visit. Secondly, many of the holes offer multiple choices off of the tee depending on conditions and the mostly light scattering of trees means that you can find or experiment with new shots to stave off boredom. Finally, multiple pins and teepads on many holes round out the overall very high replay factor for this course.
Challenge: Most of the Parkside course consists of pretty straightforward shots that have some length. This makes for a fun challenge for most skill levels from completely new players (so long as they can play safely around the water) to experienced golfers and tournament players. The solid professional player will probably have a fun time, but because of the lack of appropriate punishment for poorly executed shots (the exception to this is probably hole 12, where several danger-zones result in VERY challenging upshots), won't find any trouble in getting up-and-down even from a bad drive. The nearby T2 course at Turkey Lake is much more effective in creating scenarios where even pro's need to hit lines and landing zones if they want to score par or better.
On-site pro shop: Gotta love seeing discs out for sale while you're playing a round. I stopped by to pick up a few used discs (my favorite!) at very reasonable prices.
Cons: Busy with other activities: As a lot of the other reviewers have noted, there are a lot of pedestrians and other park users in this area because walking paths frequently cross over fairways and the wide open grassy areas make for a great place to picnic, play soccer, fly a kite, etc. You may find yourself having to skip a few holes or wait while other park users clear out - fortunately even if you have to skip a hole or two, there are at least thirty-plus more to play!
Risk/Reward: I'd have to say that this course has a very low risk/reward factor in that first, most holes don't have enough rough to adequately punish off-target shots and second, that experienced players won't find any reason not to try to get any birdies. Sure, there may be water in the area, but it is nowhere near 'in-play' enough to factor in an experienced players thinking.
Other Thoughts: I was really surprised by this pair of courses, expecting only above-average pitch'n'putts and finding a nice complement of fairly challenging golf courses. Overall, if you are bringing the family or newer players, take on the Parkside course first but if you are in the mood for more of a challenge, try out the North course from the longs and hit up Parkside for a cool-down round. Either way, you've got great options!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
19 Helpful / 3 Not
Best in Central FLA
Pros: The amount there is to do at this park is absolutely astounding. BMX track, paintball, multiple playgrounds, lake for fishing, gymnasium, skate park, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, boat ramp, dog park, golf practice area and baseball/softball fields. And it's all FREE!!! There are clean bathrooms right near the well stocked pro shop. There is lots of wildlife throughout the course (I ran into several species of birds and almost stepped on a turkey after teeing off on hole four). There is a bamboo retrieval device at the pro shop near the roof and could easily come in handy with the water holes here. There are plenty of benches scattered throughout as well as trash cans.
The tee signs are very clear and easy to read. The current pin position is marked by a wing nut painted yellow on the tee sign. There are very nice cement pads at every hole including those with rec tees. Every hole has multiple pin positions which can change the hole quite a bit. The baskets are color coded (yellow) and have next tee arrows at the base of the pole. There is a small creek that comes into play on a few holes. The course is very clean and there is no dead fall on any of the holes. There are several ace races from both tees to go with some of the long and tunneled shots. The course is mostly away from other park activities and forces you to use a variety of shots. Maps and scorecards are available near the pro shop. Lost and found is also run by the pro shop. An old Discatcher is available near the tennis courts as a practice basket.
Cons: It's really hard to find things wrong with the course, so forgive me if I seem petty. There were two or three tee signs that weren't close to the tees. There are lots of ant hills and they are large. The water is dark, with thick mud and almost impossible to see discs that went swimming. There is some criss cross and close fairways. The course gets crowded at times(when I was finishing my round there were several groups waiting on a few holes). The cement pads are just a little narrow.
Other Thoughts: Pro shop hours are 2-7 during the week, not sure of weekend hours.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This was a very enjoyable course with a Pro Shop near the first tee. The Pro Shop has a nice variety of DG gear. Maps are available there as well. The course is mostly open but there are plenty of obstacles to make it fun and challenging.
- multiple tees
- water hazards on several holes (canal)
- several bridges over canal
- easy to navigate
- variety of distances and turns
- 2 courses at 1 park!
Cons: The park was busy with non-disc golf activities which is only a problem because a really bad throw can go near tennis and basketball courts.
- I love water hazards but the water is murky and it's tough to see wet discs
- park hours 8am-8pm
Other Thoughts: My favorite holes were the water hazard ones because of the risk/ reward and strategy to try to do well.
We got a little confused finding the park, the GPS brought us to the backside of the park where there was no parking. Here is the phone number on the map I got so you might find it easier: 321-276-3681.
I prefered the North Course but really enjoyed the 36 holes overall!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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