8 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Fun in Orlando
Pros: This course is more wide open than the North course, but still supplies difficulty and plenty of fun shots. What really stood out to me was that I didn't have to pull out the Anhyzer really at all, (poka is Lefty) there were alternate routes for me. So it was definetly unbiased either way you play.
Excellent concrete tees with shorter tees for beginners. Very beautiful course and impeccably maintained. Plenty of trash cans. Benches scattered throughout to rest the pups. Excellent signage with the hole placement marked by a wingnut.
Pro shop with all the stuff. Bob runs a good show there. Nice plastic for reasonable prices. Lost and found. Restrooms that are clean at pro shop.
Water on a few holes. Excellent risk, reward factors throughout
Cons: A lil wide open at some holes, but nothing to really gripe about. Some fairways get swampy from the rain, but, what do you do? Can't stop thge rain....
Other Thoughts: I had a tough time rating this course less than the North course. They are very similiar, but the other cours is a bit more difficult.
Front: #5. Nice shot through an open fairway that gets tight with a bog on the right. Take some good length and control to get through. Hole #2 stood out a bit, but wasn't hard for me because the creek is on the right, so I don't even sweat it. Probably harder for righties
Back: #14. Open at the tee, then gets kinda tight about 150'. You gotta hit the window just right with a nice S-turn. Not really long (325'), but long enough to test your accuracy
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful Setting for Disc Golf
Pros: This is a wonderful park with old growth trees, great tees and signage, lush grass and almost no chance to lose discs and nice amenities, including a pro shop in the rec center.
This is a classic disc golf course in a really nice park. It is a wonderful change of pace from the saw palmettos that fill so many Florida courses. Not only is the setting great, the course itself is very well designed. There is a great variety of holes from both sets of tees. There are holes that are long - 550+, holes that are short - 220s, holes with trouble near the tee that open up and holes with open tee shots and trouble near the basket. The pacing is also done well so that you do not have a similar holes close to each other.
There are also multiple pin positions that are clearly marked on the very informative tee signs. The concrete tees are nice and long.
The creek that runs through the course and is integrated into holes 2-5 adds a great dimension and sense of danger. The good thing is that a disc thrown into the creek can most likely be retreived.
Cons: The park is in a slightly questionable part of town, but I did not feel at all uncomfortable playing here. The grass was very thick, which would make rollers unthinkable. It is Florida in the summer and the grass could be cut every other day and still be thick. There was also a lot of standing water when we played it early in the morning. Again, it is the rainy season and these two points are not an issue for most of the year.
Other Thoughts: Gordon Barnett Park was the last stop on a one and a half day, 100 hole, 6 course Orlando disc golf tour for my friend and I. We loved the feel and the atmosphere of the Parkside course. It is a wonderful course for advanced players as well as families. When I return to Orlando, this course will definitely be on the top of the list to play again.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great course layout
Very well maintained
Nice lush scenery
Nice variety of long and short holes
Good variety of obsticles
Cons: Fire/Red biting ants
Be careful when going into the thick brush to find a disc. I got bitten/stung at least a dozen times going after one of my discs
Other Thoughts: One of my favorite courses that I've played. Anytime I'm in the Oralndo area this is a must play.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Love this course. All of the holes are very easy to find and require different throwing techniques. There is a swampy creek that goes through the first couple of holes and just adds a little to the course. The front 9 are pretty open and easy to get warmed up. The back 9 get a little more technical and require accurate shots. Good times. Oh, the on site pro shop and owner are great!
Cons: The water is hard to see through and I've lost a couple discs because of friends who can't throw. On holes 15 and 17 you can launch your discs into someone's back yard and it is a pain to get them back, it can even be dangerous.
Other Thoughts: Nice course for beginners and pros' there is also another course in the park.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good First Impression
Pros: Very well laid out. Well marked (much better than the other park). Challenging enough without being frustrating. Nice open holes with a few trees to spice it up. I like 3 and 10 for that factor.
Cons: One bridge out made it impossible to play some of the holes quickly (particularly 2 and 3) which has nothing to do with the course itself, but it's frustrating to have to walk the length of the hole three times over just to play it. Would have scored higher if this wasn't the case. 15 and 17 could be a problem with private property coming close to the course.
Other Thoughts: There did seem to be some sketchyness going on there today, some old guy yelling at some "kids". I didn't see it end, but then I didn't see the guy again, but it was a little distracting.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
gordon barnett park
Pros: two 18 hole courses. well maintained manicured location. has own pro shop to buy merchandise. it wasnt crowded when i played.
Cons: none to speak of.
Other Thoughts: played this in '04, and they were just adding the extra nine holes to make it two 36 hole courses. what existed at the time was great, there were a variety of shots to challenge right and left handed players. a fairly wide open course but with some tight technical drives needed as well. the conditions were excellent as well, mostly mowed grass with all kinds of trees to play around, and water danger to keep away from throughout the course. coming from an area where disc golf courses are few and far between, this is like a mecca to me. two well designed courses at the same location with a pro shop! what more could you ask for?
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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!
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Florida Park Course
Pros: Well maintained course, layout and design, varied trees.
Other Thoughts: Set in in well maintained city park, Gordon Barnett Park is a worthwhile disc golf experience in a typical Florida setting. Barnett Park has two distinct 18-hole courses, both par 3 for the most part. Overall, both courses feature nice, open, well mown fairways with a good collection of oaks, pines, and palmetto to make most holes sufficiently challenging. A canal running through the park comes into play on a few holes also. The North Course adds the challenge of some unforgiving Florida woods holes, and finishes with a classic water hole.
This course is set up well, with nice pro and am tee pads and good signs, making it easy to follow. The course doesn't demand too much of players; the trees and foliage are enough to keep you honest, more in some places, but no hole is overly long or requires too much hook or slice one way or the other. The water is actually a challenge, but not a prominent one like at Cliff Stephens, for instance. Some holes are more open than others, but no hole is completely open, and no hole is unreasonably tight either. Overall, the Parkside Course is fairly typical of the Florida courses I've played, and that means no elevation changes but otherwise a generally ideal environment for disc golf - lush, green, and worth the trip.
Overall, the Parkside Course is better for beginners, and for those that prefer to grip and rip rather than play a bit of a control game. But the North Course is a little more varied and challenging, and does feature four or five just picture perfect disc golf holes. Something for everybody at Barnett Park.
Favorite Hole - #5 Parkside - relatively long diagonal shot across the canal ending with a basket well protected by oaks, palmetto, and a bit of a bog.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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