Challenging but flawed
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
3 of 3 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.
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