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.
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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.
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