There are Baskets Here
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well the good news is, there are baskets here. Nine of them in fact. If you like throwing discs at baskets, and if you don't, I have no idea what you are doing at this website, then you will probably enjoy throwing them here.
Cons: And while I do appreciate the effort, this isn't much of a course. The tees and baskets are both fine, but they are essentially just placed at random locations along jeep trails that were already there. It's a nine-hole course, but it doesn't feel like a course at all.
So if you love throwing your putter down a jeep trail, disregard everything else I say, those course is your nirvana. There are six of those holes. If you miss, at all, the rough is rough. You might as well forget that disc unless you want to get torn up by the brambles. I'm pretty sure if you see it, you will be playing it safe like I did.
After the sixth hole, you get a break from the wilds. The next two holes throw parallel to a busy road. So there's that.
Other Thoughts: If you're counting, that's eight holes that are unfun. You didn't count wrong. I like hole 4. A short hole, through a canopy of trees. It's not a standout hole, but it's not bad.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging but flawed
Pros: -Relatively interesting angles and hole design, given the constrained space
-Nice mix of wooded/tight holes and open holes
-most holes are peaceful and pleasant to play - nice getaway right on campus
-varied hole design - big hyzers, smooth anhyzers, tight straight shots, over water shots, hidden baskets, etc.
Cons: -Majority of holes are very, very short - only a brand new player would have a tough time getting 2-3s on each hole. Ace opportunities abound.
-Many holes run right along an extremely busy road - so any errant shot is likely to hit a car, or cause the thrower to have to go into traffic to retrieve a disc. And taking nice RHBH hyzer lines on those holes means sending your disc right into oncoming traffic - hope you aim high enough or the wind doesn't air-bounce your disc into a car.
-Signage/maps - spent the majority of our time just trying to find our way around the course - poor/non-existant signage especially in the most densely wooded areas, and many confusing arrows that refer to bike paths and workout paths further cloud making sense of how to get around
-Long pants a must - if you go off the fairway at all, you're in saw palmetto, cutting up your legs
-Parking costs money and you have to cross a few busy roads
-tees are tiny - not a huge issue, since the holes are generally so short
-some areas have pretty strict signage about being a protected area - not sure why the course is going through protected environments, if those signs are accurate
Other Thoughts: This course has obviously been designed by someone who has played better courses and knows what good course design means. The problem is space - the majority of holes are compromised by proximity to road or are just very short. Any decent leisurely player can deuce nearly every hole without much effort. Bringing the water into play helps make some holes challenging - but you'd have to be very new to the game or very unlucky not to get par on those holes.
Lots of nicely carved tight shots that require accuracy and disc control, but again - once you've hit the mark off the tee, it's basically an easy putt for another deuce. Granted if you do mess up your drive, the challenges ramp up very fast - heavy brush that will cut your skin and impede your movement.
Despite being fairly easy because of short lengths - the course isn't actually friendly for truly casual or brand new players, because of the punishing saw palmetto that covers anything outside the fairway. Seasoned players can probably avoid going into the brush, but anyone new to the sport is going to walk away bleeding and ticked off. The fact that many holes border busy roads doesn't help this friendliness issue. Seems like a course that is on a college campus and has the opportunity to attract new players should be a bit more friendly to newbies. But without getting rid of all the saw palmetto or moving it to an entirely new location, that would be tough.
Add signage, lengthen holes as much as possible and redesign/move the holes near the road and this could become a much friendlier 9-holer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, but room for improvement
Pros: -Peaceful setting despite being located at one of the largest universities in the country.
-Free to play.
-Decent variety of technical and power holes for a 9 hole course.
Cons: -No easily accessible facilities.
-Water hazards on 1st & 2nd hole require you to be accurate on your first throw of the round.
-Errant throws will more than likely end up underwater, in the road, or in dense palmetto shrubbery.
-Lack of alternative pin locations or pro tees.
-Some distances listed for holes are inaccurate.
Other Thoughts: This is the closest course to where I live, so I frequently play here instead of making the longer drive to the better courses in Central Florida. For what it is, it can still be a fun 9 holes of disc golf. Those used to a more open layout may find it frustrating. Many of the shots are tight, with narrow fairways lined by dense underbrush. The few longer shots that give you a chance to flex the big arm run along the road at the back part of campus, so you still need a reasonable amount of control to keep it on the fairway. Though I have never seen an alligator in the pond, I wouldn't wade in the murky water to look for a lost disc. I frequently see students fishing, and have found a few rusty fish hooks while retrieving discs at the water's edge. Bugs are not terrible, but mosquitoes and biting flies can be a problem. I killed three horseflies on the tee for hole 4 yesterday that swarmed me as soon as I stepped on it. Like anywhere else in FL, watch for ant hills.
My favorite holes on the course are 3, 4 and 9.
Hole 3 is lined with palmettos and shrubs but it's generally easy enough to find a disc that leaves the fairway. Some tall, thin trees in the middle of the fairway require a reasonably accurate throw, and the pin is located off to the right in some underbrush.
Hole 4 is the "tunnel shot." Relatively short, pin location to the left of the fairway behind a tree. A nice straight shot off the tunnel can lay up real nice under the basket for a drop in.
Hole 9 is actually the first hole you see when you begin the course. The tee is located to the left of the main trail on a side path that is actually elevated slightly. The basket is across the pond. The easy shot is to either throw around the pond wide right, or make a short approach shot to the water's edge before attempting to clear the pond. This hole is marked 335' but according to Google Earth it is not that long. Great hole for a floater disc like a Wahoo or Dragon.
I wish that UCF would use more of the land near the back of campus and expand the course to an 18 hole layout. The current layout is an improvement over the old 18 hole arboretum layout, but there is potential to improve it even more. For those of you unfamiliar with campus, maps show the course closest to parking garage D, but parking garage C is closer to the first and last tee. Look for the Natural Resources Pavilion across from Garage C to begin the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Much better places to play in O-town
Pros: The course is on the UCF campus. It plays through a natural restoration area that has some nice plant and wildlife scenery.
Navigation is easy with adequate signage and the course can be played in about 30-40 minutes, serving as a good break between classes.
The skill level is "white", including two holes (6 and 7) that are "white" par 4's. It's not too tough for "red" level players and still provides a bit of challenge for "blue" level players.
Compared to the previous layout, it is much easier to find discs on this course.
Cons: Parking costs $5.
Most of the baskets are still in close proximity to moderate to heavy schule. There is a moderate chance of losing discs in the water and/or schule.
The distances listed on the tee signs are not very accurate.
The course has several significant safety problems. Holes 1 and 2 use a heavily used jogging/biking trail as the fairway. Hole 2, in particular, has a bend in the trail just before the basket that makes it such that a biker can come cruising around the corner to have a disc flying directly at their head!
Holes 6, 7 and 8 are the longest on the course and have on-coming traffic on a busy university road down the right side of the holes. When RHBH players attempt to throw extra far, they frequently pull shots way right, into oncoming traffic.
It's sad to say, but it is only a matter of time before an unfortunate accident occurs on this course. It will likely end up being re-designed (again) or pulled completely.
Other Thoughts: Please don't be a dirty discer: pack out MORE than what you pack in.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Give it another look
Pros: A nice balance between very long drives (485') and shorter small window holes (185')
Risk of lost plastic considerably lower then the 18 hole course (watch hole 3)
Course is on a nature preserve featuring a variety of animals including gopher tortuous
Course is well signed now
Cons: It's only 9 holes
No elevation changes (It's Florida)
Facilities are not at the course itself, but located at the college (5 minute walk)
Other Thoughts: I am the president of UCF's Disc Golf Club and will gladly take anyone out on the course who's interested (we throw pretty much every Friday evening 5:30ish)
The course takes input of throwers and actively works to improve the course. For example "Next Tee" signs have been added to the course, the area around several baskets has been cleared out of the "palm", etc.
Anyone who wants to be shown the course should contact me as ISTMajor@Gmail.com
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Better than before...
1. Course map at pavilion.
2. Varying distances (from ~190' up to a beefy 489').
3. Water in play on 3 holes (#1, 2, & 9).
4. Adequate number of benches.
5. More open than original 18 hole course.
1. Only 9 holes.
2. Narrow fairways with heavy scrub / saw palmettos on a few of the holes (#1, 2, & 3)
3. Limited risk / reward opportunities
4. No elevation change (I know, it's Florida...)
5. Limited shot variety (Straight, and...straight).
6. Difficult to navigate for first timers (Next Tee signage would be great, since it's a fairly large area)
Other Thoughts: The old 18 hole layout was ZERO fun...this layout has the potential to be slightly better. Better players will find it lacking in the shot variety category (nearly everything is straight at the basket, with only slight bends right or left depending on the hole). My favorite hole is hole #9 (formerly #18), a long toss over water to a cleared out grassy landing.
The best thing about this course is that you're less likely to lose a disc than you were on the old layout (though it's still VERY possible). It's now a playable course, but there are better courses in Orlando where the palms are less vicious and the play is more rewarding.
SPOILER ALERT!!! I'm describing all 9 holes below (so if you don't like that, stop reading!!!):
#1 and #2 (~250') are played with the water on your right, a narrow fairway ahead, and heavy scrub palms on your left. Chances are, you'll end up in the palms...enjoy!
#3 (~265'+) is a slightly longer version of #'s 1 & 2 but without the water...saw palms on both sides!
#4 is a short (~190) decent tunnel shot with live oaks forming the canopy.
#5 is another short (~190) and straight, narrow fairway throw.
#6 is ~425' long and fairly straight shot with the road (OB) on your right, scrub palms on the left.
#7 is ~489' long with a slight bend left at the end, road on the right, scrub palms on the left.
#8 is ~325' long straight ahead, road on right, scrub palms to the left.
#9 is ~315' with a 200'+ carry over water.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun but stick to the other courses
Pros: They moved the baskets so there isn't a painful to search for a disc.
Maps at the pavilion.
Cons: Decreased the baskets from 18 to 9.
Found most baskets on the side of the road, so if your throw isn't straight it will go into the road.
Parking is 5 dollars.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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