1 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and challenging course!
Pros: Fun and challenging for a new player. Very technical with some hard doglegs and trees. Great course for working on both your hyzer and anhyzer shots! Pro tees provide extra distance and challenges for more advanced players. Well laid out and marked.
Cons: Slightly difficult to find hole #1 as it is back from the road and away from parking. Easiest to play first 7 holes of Pirate's Cove and then move into Gator links, then go back and finish Pirate's Cove.
Other Thoughts: A lot of fun. Great course that I plan to play again. Close proximity to Pirate's Cove course makes for a great 27 holes!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A very cool nature trail with challenging but not rediculous shots.
They hold tourneys on a regular basis.
An indoor area with drink machines.
Cons: The hornets were bad. I was stung through a vein on my arm. I discovered a basketball sized hornets to the right of hole 1.*ouch*
Theres also a bee's nest in the broken tree next to the basket at hole 1.
Other Thoughts: Bring a flamethrower for the hornets.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: Tee pads and signs for every hole. Awesome fairways as well as baskets. Trash cans throughout the course. Maintained by the ECDGC and stays very clean. The club has started to pour concrete pads for the pro placements.
Cons: Bugs. However, not bad if you use 100% deet.
Other Thoughts: A great course that is well maintained and easy to navigate. Pirate's Cove is also on campus, so 27 holes with pads to play.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I came across this course while on my way home from a vacation near Pensacola. While finding the tee for hole 1 was tricky, navigation there after was quite easy for the most part.
This course plays in the woods off of a college campus. Unfortunately, there were no sexy college co-eds frolicking through the course. What a bummer.
There are two sets of tee pads, the red concrete pads which are the shorts and blue natural tees that are the longs. The long pads are marked by blue wooden blocks in the ground. From what I saw, there was only one pin position per hole.
This is quite a technical course that favors a player that can play straight shots. There are only a few blind holes but I found that the signage provided excellent references to where the basket is. Baskets are Innova and have a distinct orange band that stand out quite nicely and are in great shape.
Benches are at many, it not most holes and are a welcome relief from the heat.
Fairways are very well defined and what little elevation change there is was used well. This course was also very clean. Not sure if a group regularly goes out and picks up trash but it was immaculate.
Cons: As other have mentioned, the mosquitoes were horrible. I brought bug spray and still escaped with a few bites.
I did not see any trash cans out there but thats not a huge deal to me.
Navigation between 9 & 10 was kind of tricky. You can either walk up this washed out ditch filled with leaves, sticks and other debris or you can walk up 18's fairway towards their tee then cut into the woods. That kind of needs to be cleared out a bit.
Parking in the parking lot and then walking back to the entrance seemed kinda silly. Closer parking would be a great asset but again, not that big of deal. Walking back, you can cut through campus now that you know where you're going.
Other Thoughts: While I would probably not come here again, it was a nice way to start the road trip back home. I played on a Sunday morning and we had the whole course to ourselves.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
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3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Your bug spray needs bug spray
Pros: Cool orange banded Innova baskets stand out in the woods, isolated from the world, all you will hear is nature, 18 holes, good signage, benches on each hole. Good hole variety and even a little elevation in an area that is generally deficient. Mostly good fairways. Front and back 9 start and finish in the same place. Good next tee signs on many holes.
Cons: The mosquitoes have mosquitoes! Some almost silly tight lines. Hidden away, it took us 2 years to find this course (jokingly...we couldn't find it on our first trip but did this time). There appears to be an archery setup right in front of one of the walking paths after hole 17 I believe. That was kind of scary. It seemed that the concrete tees were not always the shorts? The "pro" tees appeared to be more of sadist tees. Swampy on a few holes which surely didn't help with the bugs.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course, really tight but mostly fair and generally not too punishing for going off line. It goes through a pine forest and then a lowlands area that was kind of marshy and then back up into the forest again. There are signs on every hole and usually next tee signs as well which is good because there are a few paths out there that are non disc golf. Based on the signs it seemed the concrete tee was not always the short box but I cannot be too sure. The longs seemed absolutely silly on a lot of holes and also tough to find (blue bricks). I would play here in the fall after the mosquitoes go away. We had enough DEET on us to cause birth defects and still had at least 3-4 of them flying around us at all times. Might want to chug a jar of quinine before coming out....Remember kids, you can't beat OFF! in the deep woods.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
nice course and challenging
Pros: nice course but challenging, many holes are open except a few trees in the way. Fun for intermediate players.
Cons: Can lose a disk if in the dense woods, needs better signs, no tee box on 18 and can not find the advanced tees, get lost trying to find a few holes.
Other Thoughts: Have fun playing the course and go through a round pretty quick because not too many people play it.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun College Course
Pros: The course plays through a wooded area on a pretty college campus. It's awesome to see 27 holes of disc golf on campus like this, an awesome way to introduce new players and grow the sport. Like the 9 holer across the street, this course is at a pretty good level for the intended audience. It's a little more difficult, but that is a good thing with an easier 9 for players who aren't ready for more of a challenge.
The course plays mostly through thick woods, with a few holes that feel more open but still have thick brushy rough. Most of the holes on this course will punish an errant shot with trees or brush that are dense enough to cost you strokes for getting off line. There's a nice mix of hole shapes, I felt like I used a lot of different shots here, and the course plays reasonably balanced for right and left handed players. The course is shorter from the concrete tees, but there's a little more variety and challenge from the longer tees.
The main set of tees is concrete, and the pads are fairly new and in good shape. The baskets are in decent shape and catch pretty well. The tee signs are informative, with hole distance and layout, and show the location of the alternate tees. The course is easy to follow and has pretty good flow. Both 9s loop back to the beginning of the course, great for students to play a quick 9 between classes.
Cons: This course is a little hidden away, with no parking lot near the beginning and no signage showing where the course starts. If you play the 9 holer and cross the street after hole 8, you'll go down a driveway and find the kiosk for this course, otherwise you've got a really long walk to any parking to just play the 18.
The long tees add challenge and variety, and seemed to be well designed in general, but because they're natural and a little rutted out (and not always well marked), I doubt they'll get much play. There are some spots on the course that were pretty mucky and held water, this course could get pretty sloppy in poor weather. Several holes are pretty pinbally, a little clearing would turn them from luck based holes into nice technical holes with a real line.
Other Thoughts: As I said above, I really love seeing college campus courses, and this one combined with the easier 9 across the road are a great combination to introduce and develop new players. There's enough challenge and variety here that experienced players will have to work for their deuces and will find themselves using lots of different shots. Newer players will find this course pretty challenging and punitive, but not too long.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
where are the gators?
Pros: nice mix of holes... some open, some technical
variety of lengths
nice tees and baskets with pretty accurate tee signs with hole layout on most holes, a couple of unavailable though.
makes you bring your A game and break out some shots you may not have had to use that often
Cons: tight "fairways"
get off the beaten path and you might find yourself in a jungle... dense vegetation and rough edges i.e. branches, stumps, logs, vines, littering the place
wet and juicy in some spots
long walk from parking lot for sure
Other Thoughts: nice course to play. challenging yet rewarding. some beautiful holes and interesting designs. one of the favorite courses in the area.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A fun course with a decent mix of left and right hand holes. Mostly shorter technical shots, but a couple of holes are more open or longer. One hole about 700' from pro tees. Most holes have both am and pro tees, but only am tees are concrete. Good signs, fairly easy to follow. Front 9 and back 9 both loop back to the start. Benches on nearly every hole. Baskets are brand new / perfect shape.
Cons: Still very rough in places, and the front 9 is easy to lose a disc if you get off course. Can get very wet after a big rain. Pro tees haven't been poured yet and are still just marked by blue bricks. The course can be hard to find if you never been here before and it's a long walk from the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: This is a new course being built and maintained by the Emerald Coast Disc Golf Club (ECDCG.org and ECDCG.com) and is still VERY much a work in progress. This is the sister course to the Pirate's Cove DGC, an older established 9 hole course that plays along the backside of the baseball field and track. If you're in the area, It's definitely worth playing.
The course is down a service road which is usually gated. Just walk past the gate. It's the first road on your right after you enter the PJC Milton campus.
Parking for Discers during school hours is at the very end of the parking lot at the first hole of the Pirate's Cove DGC. Take your first LEFT on the entrance road into the parking lot and follow it straight back to the end by the track and baseball field.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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