4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well laid out, Van Zant uses the land it is given as best it can. There are long holes and short holes. The terrain is all flat, but this is Florida. Get used to it...
The course is clean, well manicured and never seems like it's too crowded in. There is a very large field that is perfect for practicing drives and more than enough parking. Benches and bag holders are near every hole, trash cans are spread out nicely, signage is good, tees are cement and the challenge level is medium. Some nice open holes to air out a drive, some holes that require precise lines and control. In fact, you start and end on control holes, which is a nice touch. Start with a challenge and end with a challenge.
Cons: This course was put into an already established park and it seems that the locals have a hard time getting used to sharing with the course, creating problems at times. Saturdays are only good for morning rounds, if you can get in before the various family activities start. At least three holes (#4, #5, #8) are usually made unplayable because of other park users.
The course itself has no real flaws, but the signage for each hole is a bit generic and doesn't accurately reflect what you are looking at, sometimes. Tees are somewhat close to the last hole's basket, at times. The teepads are short and narrow, which might become a problem for those that do a run up (I do not).
Other Thoughts: I am a local, but I've tried to rate the course fairly... The course is overall very nice. We local players are friendly and we hole weekly rounds on Sundays and always welcome new people to the group.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Good Central Florida Day Trip
Pros: The park was well maintained. The course has it's own space so other park users are not in danger of being hit. Good for the ego. I don't have a big arm but was able to shoot 2-4 over par.
Cons: My only real con was the baskets and tee boxes being a bit close together. The course was not that full when we were playing but you still needed to keep your eyes open. I would like to see a bit more obstruction on the course to make it harder.
Other Thoughts: This is a good day trip for those in the central or north Florida area. Locals were very nice. Course was very easy to follow. Enjoyed it
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: I have been playing less than a year and shot a 58 on the first round in the morning with calm winds. later after lunch, shot a 67 with 20-30 mph winds
Nice change of pace. some open areas and some precision needed on others.
Loved the park area with the Canadian geese around the pond. Course is well groomed and benches all over the place.
Cons: After teeing off on first hole, spent about 15 minutes looking for disc in middle of fairway. Found my bright orange disc had slid under the fallen oak leaves that are all over the place on holes 1,2,15 - 18.. Not really complaining, Just making you aware to watch your disc and others in your group.
Other Thoughts: local people were great, A nice young couple had suggested a good barbecue place for us to eat and it was good with a good price.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park
Pros: This is a quality course set in the peaceful Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park. Open to moderately wooded holes dominate the course. Holes one, two, and eighteen could be considered heavily wooded holes, comparative speaking. There's an ok mix of hole types out here considering the land that was used. Holes range from just over 200 feet and a time or two almost reach the 400 feet mark. A pronounced dogleg right on twelve and one that is less pronounced on eighteen are the minority as the rest of the holes only sweep left or right slightly and rely on scattered trees to make you shape your lines. I thought hole seven was one of the best holes on the course (it was reconciliation for the worst hole on the course, thirteen). It hinted at an uphill shot for a change as far as this course is concerned with a punch out shot from a pocket in the woods. Seventeen and eighteen were great holes too.
The overall vibe at the course is nice with views of the lake on a lot of the holes. It also seems like there is a good chance to see wildlife. Holes six through twelve added to the personality of the course as you play around the wooded areas at the back of the course. I really enjoyed the walk down the trail between six and seven.
Fresh Innova Discatchers, nice tee signs, (small) concrete tee pads, and posts with bag holders are all here. Benches were scattered around on a lot of the holes. Next tee signs were posted on trees where it counted and kept the flow moving along very well. You'll find ample parking and a informative course map near hole one.
Cons: Though the tee signs are very nice, they are inaccurate at times. Some are worse than others but the "map of the hole" doesn't really represent the actual hole at times. The most inaccurate is for hole five. If you went by the sign you would be throwing at 7's basket which is ahead and then fades left, as the sign suggests. In actuality, the basket is perfectly strait ahead, almost blind, and behind some scrubby palm brush. That leads me to point out that the course is packed in at places and with so many baskets visible from the tee, without carefully looking at where you throw you an easily drive to the wrong basket. I soon discovered that the hole numbers on the baskets always face the tee so even if I couldn't clearly read them from the pad, I was pretty sure I was playing the course properly. Other times I noticed where holes play closely to other park activities. Hole one for example plays pretty close to the parking lot. The wooded area where holes one and two reside really only has enough room to support one hole. No big deal if the course isn't crowded but it is worth noting if you're planning a tournament, etc. Three throws towards a volleyball court and a RHBH drive with a skippy driver could create a problem. Lastly, there are some baskets fairly close to tees and could create a dangerous situation if the course is crowded. Finally, the tee pads were smaller than most disc golfers are going to appreciate. These cons are really not as bad as I make them sound. There's nothing terrible out here really. I am just being nit picky.
Other Thoughts: This really is a fun course with more pros than cons. When I am back in town it'll definitely be a course that I'll play again. Beyond the course, this is a great little park with lots of extra activities so making a day trip with a family is not a bad idea. Unfortunately, I was pressed for time when I visited but if you can, try to give yourself enough time for two rounds. The course plays quickly and it's one of those courses that you know you can shoot better on once you play through and learn the layout. Enjoy!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Come on, play freebird
Pros: This is a great course with a variety of shots and challenges, but still offers some open holes for ace possibilities.
-Bag holders on every hole
-Plenty of trash bins
-Professional(but slightly misleading) signs
Cons: What the course offers in shot shaping it lacks in terrain(mostly flat). Hole 9 is far from the parking lot making it hard to leave or regroup.
-Some holes close to park amenities
-Not many benches
-Big groups on weekends
Other Thoughts: All together the pros far outweigh the cons for me. A mix of short to medium holes, some with tight lines and hammer or thumber throws needed made for a concentrated and rewarding round. The course had sandy holes with medium trees, which flowed into an open field, into a forest, and back again. I wouldn't take the tee signs into consideration before a shot, but would use them to find the pin. If it were closer to Gainesville I would play here often, but I still would recommend this course to any northern FL or southern GA residents to check out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Like many of the Florida courses it is well maintained and pretty clean course. Only saw a few limbs down from the resident pine trees but otherwise pretty free of debris. It is a little tough to find the first tee if you don't see the disc golf bulletin board/map (I had a few large trucks obstructing my view) but once you are past that the course flows pretty well. All the holes have a tee sign with distances and cement tee boxes.
Cons: There isn't a lot of variety of shots out there. In fact there was probably only three holes out there that played better if you threw sidearm or lefty backhand. Otherwise all the holes are reachable RHBH. With as much land out there I was disappointed there were no holes over 400 feet. All the cement tee boxes are only eight feet long and since I have a three set run up I had to start from off the pad most of the time. Some of the pads weren't even with the ground so be careful running up or going past the pads. There is some confusion on which basket to throw to on holes five, fourteen and fifteen. Hole thirteen just needs to be completely redesigned as there is no defined fairway to the hole and really is a danger to those playing on hole 11 and the walking path.
Other Thoughts: Another typical Florida course with no elevation changes but otherwise very pretty. The walking path that lines the lake has fish and native water fowl. This would be a good park to spend an afternoon with the family. Get a morning round, grill some hotdogs by the lake for lunch then play another round.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Nearest course to my home
Pros: Challenging yet fun course for all skill levels. Flat terrain with 3 open holes, rest of course lightly to moderately wooded. Benches on most tees. Bag posts on all holes. 9' x 4' concrete pads. Discatcher baskets. Nine new holes have just been completed on the back of the park property. After playing #6 keep walking along the fence about 300' through a one vehicle wide sand road to the first new concrete tee. The new holes are well away from the original course and other park activities so there are no other park users in this area.
Cons: Front nine doesn't return to main parking lot. Some tees and baskets are close, have to wait for players to clear area. Some park users are oblivious to the golfers and play/picnic on ten of the fairways and greens.
Other Thoughts: 12-13 birdie and 2-3 ace opportunities, but few players finish under par. Park has tennis, basketball, volleyball, softball, restrooms, fishing pond, picnic shelters and playground.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Challenging with low hanging and tight trees. Pleanty of shade on hot summer days. Close to Dukes BBQ for breakfast or lunch. Not too busy. Most holes are birdie opportunities, all new concerte pads 4' x 8' and new kiosk with overall rules and course map.
Cons: Difficult due to trees - must keep shots low to avoid trees. Pads could be longer. Appears to be summer cheerleader camp - too many chicks in bikinis near pons on back of course.
Other Thoughts: a great course
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Ronnie Van Zant
Pros: This course is well maintained, there are plenty of trash cans, water fountains, and benches. While the course is a little short, there are a number of holes that are heavily wooded that require a tight line. The new Innova Disc catchers make finding the pin fairly easy. There are concrete pads for every hole and bag post for keeping your bag out of the sand. There is a decent amount of shade trees for getting out of the blazing sun.
Cons: First there is not a sign showing the way to hole one or the course layout. There is a few spots where multiple holes come together. 4 & 16's baskets and 5 & 17's pads are within a 30 foot area. the same is true about 14's basket and 10's pad. This makes you wait for people that are ahead or behind you which was not much of a problem but could be come one as the course gets busy. 13 does not have a fairway and tit is very hard to tell where the basket is from the pad. The hole starts with a 50ft open shot that then finds a 100ft of simi-dense woods with al lot of undergrowth.
While the course has Concrete pads they are only 6ft and should be longer.
Other Thoughts: The course could have been laid out a little better but it is a fun course that is a memorial for a great Florida musical icon. Just remember to bring something to play music and a copy of Freebird to set the mood.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
My Local Course
Pros: -good facilities at park
-good foundation for a course
-slowly being improved
Cons: -very flat
-can be confusing at first
-no dogs allowed in park. my dog likes to come with me.
Other Thoughts: this is the closest park to my house so I play it quite a bit. Its a pretty easy course. could use a redesign on a few holes. i wish there where some elevation changes (it is Florida though).
*UPDATE* they put in concrete tee boxes
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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