2 Helpful / 0 Not
More like it
Pros: More like a normal course than its brother across the street. Good distances without being crazy. Great shade until the end.
Cons: Less amenities than the Palmetto course, mis-numbered baskets, signage issues (see other comments). A bit repetitive.
Other Thoughts: - I don't want to beat this to death because we played while the course was in flux. They are finishing up the 3rd 18 hole course and it borrows a few holes from this course and from the other course. Because of that no baskets have the right numbers, the signs are pulled, there are very few next tee signs and if we weren't there with locals we would have NEVER found our way. This course would have probably dropped to a 3 but I understand this is a very temporary condition. We played 17 holes and had to run but somehow there were 3 left, I know originally it was a 21 hole but it was supposed to be reduced to 18 so we must've played some of the new course as well. Like I said this problem should be remedied rather fast so I didn't feel it was worth beating it up other than mentioning it.
This course has much more realistic flight lines than palmetto, however it also has an abundance of basket out to the left after flying through a gauntlet holes too so it gets a bit repetitive. The terrain is different enough to make it not the same hole over and over again though.
I prefer this course over palmetto, it was fun, not overly long (we did play shorts) and decently challenging without being frustrating.
I highly recommend taking a trip out to Blue Angel for a taste of the courses on hand. We did not get to play the 3rd but you always gotta leave something for next time right?
The course does have small tees but with the accuracy required you don't need to be running all over the place anyways.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Challenging to Rookies
Pros: Played this course today. Really nice. Much like its little brother across the street, the course does maintain a lot of the local character of the course. There are a good mix of hyzer and annie shots which tests my LHFH arm. The course is def more open than palmetto, but make sure you know how to drive your lines through trees. I have been really using the courses here to get to know my mids and stretch out my putters. There are picnic tables and bag hangers at almost every hole which is nice and the water coolers on the course was a nice bit. They are filled everyday and are nice to have. I played in about 95 deg heat and didnt really feel it since the course is covered nicely by the oaks around. The course is maintained pretty well. Low on the litter. What was great was right around the 19th hole the marina store with cold drinks and snacks was about 50 yards away with a nice path through the woods to it.
the 19, 21-22 holes were really the only bomber holes for me.
Cons: The big problem I had with this course was the lack of signage when transitioning in the later holes. The next tee signs seemed to disappear and the numbers atop the basket did not match the hole you were on. It is more of a nuisance to me really when you are throwing on hole 17 to a basket that has the number 11 on the top. Doesnt take away from the challenge of the course, but it would be nice for some consistency. Also a lack of a course map really irritated me. I found myself backtracking a lot to find the path to the next tee since they weren't at all transition points. It was a minor irritant, but when you have a 24 hole course it would help especially when you are having to navigate through the woods
Other Thoughts: Bring your mids and your putters. Dont worry about bringing a driver unless you cant squeak out a mid past 300. Its a great course in a great area. You pay to play at the gate along with your entrance fee ($3.50) for just myself. The people that manage the site are friendly and are ready to answer any questions you have. This course would be a great tune up for pros and intermediates, but it is challenging for rookies. I walked away feeling that my game improved after working on my mids and putters on this course. Will visit again when I am down here for the summer.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: the more challenging of the 2 courses. This course can eat your lunch quick if you're not on your game. The other reviews are pretty spot on but the review service doesn't like it when you just sat DITTO :-D
Cons: Tee pads, someone mentioned they were 8' ... I think that might even be a stretch as it was noticeably shorter than my home course and got in my head a bit to get my rhythm on the longer holes
Other Thoughts: 24 holes that are sneaky yet fun to play.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A fantastic course
This is a fantastic disc golf complex! Two courses on-site (24 holes at this one and 21 holes at Palmetto). The course offers challenging holes to both lefties and righties. Dual concrete tees on almost every hole. The tees are all well marked with good signage, including "next tee" pointers on every hole. There are picnic tables with trash containers on almost every hole. There are a couple Porta-Johns available. There's even several 5-gallon water coolers stocked with cold water! The course is almost entirely shaded so even on the sunniest days you play in the shade. Great care was taken with regard to safety, when necessary there's a mando sign and other places have man made barriers like fences to protect vulnerable tee boxes. The course also has character: there are some creative structures like airplanes, propellers, and tire bridges that give this course it's own personality. The main signage is also pretty cool with giant baskets.
There isn't much this course is missing: elevation is one thing, but you work with what the land gives you. Maybe a water shot or two. The concrete tees are only 8' long which is a bit too short for some of the 300'+ holes.
We played on a hot July day (heat index ~104F) and the water coolers were a life saver. The bugs weren't bad at all either.
I'll mention there is a minor fee to enter the park and then a $2 per player fee that's on the honor system and let's you play all day. The fact that you can see the attention to detail and work that goes into this course... $2 is a bargain. This is absolutely a destination course, considering you've got two great courses on site, doubly so. After calling the course info phone number they told us we didn't have to be members or military to play. :-)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
the other twin...
Pros: This is the perfect compliment to the Plametto course across the road. The Oaks course features more distances than is little sister, and give you that extra few feet of open fairway. However, you still are going to make sure you hit your line off the tee. Birdies are available on many of the holes, but your tee shot will have to be dead on. Make sure you take advantage of the birdie opportunities in the beginning because you will need those strokes as the course becomes longer and tighter. Getting towards the back end of the course, you finally get out of the woods and get some real long distance drives, just make sure your paying attention to the stiff wind coming off the bay.
The new 6 holes that were added really bring out the character in this course. You'll have to work your lines to suceed in staying on course. Many of the holes offer mulitple lines and gaps from the tee box giving you the chance to use all the shots in your bag.
Cons: Must be military or belong to a local Disc Golf club. Vacationers and other visitors would do well to contact Mike Sidebottom to get permission to play. (Mike's a great guy and it's almost never a problem.)
There is a park entry fee and disc golf fee, but you're looking at around $5 to play two great courses.
And to be very critical, I really don't like the teepad on 17. Because of water runoff and wet conditions, they put a heavy tread on the cement pad. However, I always feel that I'm going to break an ankle because that pad just grips your foot and won't allow for much rotation. Luckliy it's one of the shorter holes, so I've had to resort to a stand still drive.
Other Thoughts: Amenities galore. The camp store sells basic provision and is located just off the back side of the Oaks course (or a short drive down the road from the parking lot.) Water jugs are regularly placed and almost always full of cool water. There are even outdorr showers on the two courses. The course is beautifully maintained by Thomas, Mike and the crew.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 24 holes with another 21 next door for 45 total holes on site. Nice variety of left and right turning shots. 2 sets of tees for most holes. concrete tees. drinking water placed strategically around the course. Port-a-potties on site. fairly easy to follow.
Cons: tee pads are just a little too short. Lack of variety of terrain (not the designers fault but just a condition of the land they had to work with). there is one hole that throws across or down a sort of long furrow in the ground creating elevation and one shot over a small pond (it was fairly dry when I was there ) No pro shop or place to buy discs.
Other Thoughts: This is a great disc golf destination with 45 different holes in one place. this is the longer and more difficult of the 2 courses and not as beginner friendly as the Palmetto course. The course appeared to be totally open to the public and we did not call ahead.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
One of the Best I've ever played!
Pros: Everything about this course is considered a "pro". Great signs, pads, navigation is easy. This is a very unique course that is very clean and very well maintained. This is the first course I've ever seen that was "decorated". There is a lot of risk/reward but if you keep them somewhat straight you can score well. The locals I met on the course were great and have a great disc golf community there.
Cons: NONE! Except for maybe having to pay but let me tell you, you get back way more than you would expect for $2.
Other Thoughts: If you are ever vacationing down in the panhandle and you love disc golf, take the time to check these 2 courses out.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wow! Just like its shorter counterpart (Palmetto), this course is a prime example of a perfect blend of fun and challenge. Many holes offer both Pro and Am tees so the player can decide the level of challenge that they desire. The Pro Tees are not simply longer versions of the the Am tees like at many other courses. Often they are placed off to the left or right in addition to being longer. This means that it is almost like playing a different hole altogether. The level of challenge here is relatively difficult but not due to unfair conditions--the fairways are tight but fair. Control players will likely dominate over players who need a lot of height or horizontal space to get their distance. Many holes will require a solid drive followed up with a well placed approach to have a shot at putting for a 3. The overhead canopy requires most drives to be kept relatively low. Those who can throw lazer, line drives will definately have a better chance at a respectable score. There is a diverse mix of hole lengths and fairway turns with several holes that offer a good chance at a deuce. The course flows well and seems to maximize the potential of the land space. Keep an eye out for a number of novel elements like tiki poles, bird houses and other little curios that really help to add another layer of character to an already beautiful course. There are sprawling coastal oaks, Southern pines and palmetto plants aplenty--very scenic. The park is right on Perdido Bay! 24 holes!!! The last 6 have a little more open feel to them but have unique hazards all there own. A true gem of a course that is conveniently located right next to another...folks it just doesn't get any better than this!
Cons: Really have to nit-pick here to try and find fault but for the sake of being fair and balanced: The tee signs are a little lacking and only the Am signs show the direction of the hole. Not really a con but, since the land is coastal FL it is as flat as a pancake. The course does however more than make up for a lack of elevation with the variety of holes and scenery. I feel guilty for even bringing this up--again, simply rambling and nit-picking here.
Other Thoughts: Getting an opportunity to play these courses was the highlight of an already awsome vacation to the Perdido Key area. Mike and the crew have done an incredible job of designing and maintaining these two premeire courses. The love of the game is strongly evident as you navigate the holes through the beautiful woods of NW FL. The hallmark of a great course is not just what you experience as you play it but a lasting impression that drives you to want to return again and again. The Blue Angel courses and especially The Oaks course capture that essence perfectly. The small entrance fee and honor box donation of $2 is very small price to pay for the indulgent DG experience that Blue Angel provides. It's like getting steak and lobster for the price of a happy meal. You will not find a cleaner, better maintained DG course around.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 24 HOLES. EXCELLENT UPKEEP. LONGER THAN PALMETTO, VARITY OF SHOTS. EASY TO NAVIGATE FROM HOLE TO HOLE. DUAL PADS ON EACH HOLE.
Cons: NONE, I ONLY WISH IT WERE CLOSER TO TENNESSEE
Other Thoughts: LOVE THE COURSE, PLAYED PALMETTO FIRST , THEN THE OAKS,
42 HOLES OF GREAT DISC GOLF
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The cleanest and best layed out course i have played. Every hole has nice tee boxes and accurate signs. There is ice water every couple of holes. No trash
Cons: None excellent course.
Other Thoughts: Two courses side by side. Two bucks to get in the park and another two in an honor box to play the courses. Or buy a season pass for ten bucks and get in free.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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