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Pros: 1) Nice sign and course map at the parking lot. The holes were all there and the distances listed including alternates.
2) Nice signs at each tee. Hole #, distance, par, and a hole map with OB indicted.
3) Very beginner friendly because it is fairly open. Advanced level players and above may not find this too challenging but could play it as a deuce or die type of layout.
4) Concrete is always the best surface for tees! They used a grill type metal and pressed that into the teepads to create more grip. This was a unique thing I have not seen before and it seemed to be more consistent than just brushing with a broom.
5) Key trees are used effectively to create the shots requires for each hole. Without these key trees and good design . . . this course could have easily been lost to the wide open and boring type course.
6) Very safely laid out with tees and baskets far enough away from previous fairways and potential areas of errant throws.
7) Mulch was used around tees and basket areas to help reduce the damage from compaction.
8) Directionals on the baskets help point you around the course and the flow seems pretty consistent.
9) Dual locations are indicated on the main sign . . . but I was unsure if this meant baskets or tees.
10) Turf is in excellent condition on this entire course. Nice and full and minimal bare spots or soil exposed except in a few places by baskets and tees, but they have used mulch in some spots.
Cons: 1) Flat as can be . . . this may be the flattest place I have ever played. No fault of the designer but worth noting.
2) This course may be a little too boring for advanced level players. I would still have fun running for the perfect -9 if I had a little bit more length, but most advanced players would like more challenge than this course presents.
3) Distance variation is severely lacking for someone of my skill level (905-915 rated), but I suppose a 290' hole feels much different to a beginner than a 200' hole, but not for me especially with minimal obstacles.
4) Just not enough variety for me to desire to come back again.
Other Thoughts: While I cannot find much wrong with this course, it is not a course I will likely return to. There are already so many good courses in the area that I would not choose to go back here other than that it is pretty close to my Uncles place (but Tocobaga is closer). It suits beginners very well so it definitely works as it was designed. I give the designer credit for finding a place for a course that does welcome beginners because this area really needed some courses that expose people to the game. Imagine going to Cliff Stephens and trying to learn the game . . . you would be out of discs before you finish the round!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pristine Starter Course
Pros: Setting, signage.
Cons: Length, lack of obstacles, shortish teepads
Other Thoughts: The disc golf course at Azalea Park is a perfect starter course. Like most courses in Pinellas County, it features concrete teepads, excellent signage, and is very well cared for. It's only nine holes, though, only has one hole that's more than 300 feet long, has only a smattering of thin trees as obstacles, and is the only course in the county with no water at all to worry about. Thus, it's a worthy outing for most anyone, but is set up for beginners and youth play most of all.
Experienced players won't get much more than a quick, pleasant round out of this course. Big arms won't need a driver, except on maybe one hole, and while the course isn't completely wide open, the trees that are there only present a minimal obstacle, and hitting one is only a minor setback. For the tournament hardened regulars of the area's longer courses, Azalea is probably best approached as a two-disc, par 2 challenge. For casual players and explorers (like myself), it's a nice confidence building, low stress, groomed outing with plenty of birdie opportunities. For beginners, it's a chance to work on developing your skills, particularly your skills off the tee, without having to worry about water or thick palmetto stands, regular features on the other courses in the county.
Overall, I rate this course as Reasonable, and worth checking out if you're in the area. Due to the setting, it's a pleasant round for anyone, but the course is ideal for beginners and less attractive to others due to its length and lack of other challenges, and the fact that it's only nine holes.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is just a step up from a "pitch and putt" course. While every hole can be birdied without a terrible amount of trouble, there are still enough holes to offer a challenge. The trees that are in the park were used wisely enough to make you plan your shot around them.
Both times I have played there have been very, very windy. I am not sure if it is consistently that way but it did add some challenge. Hole 4 is the longest hole on the course and has a few trees to make you keep your lines tight if you want a birdie.
Glad to hear alternate pins are planned. It would be better to have alternate pads (so you could shoot it as a full 18) but that is obviously much more costly. I look forward to seeing what variety the new pin placements offer.
The people I saw on the course were new and that is always a plus for growing the sport and increase its visibility in such a well trafficked park.
There is not a lot of shot variety but how much can you really expect on a 9 hole course in a small public park?
Accessibility is also a plus. This is in a great spot in St. Pete that is very centrally located and has several main streets that run close by (Tyrone, 66th street, 22nd ave, etc). Parking is right by hole 1's tee...always a plus.
Last, the tee signs are great. We need to get those same signs over at Cliff and Coachman.
Cons: A walking path goes all the way around the park and can come into play on some holes. The street can also come into play on the west side of the park, especially hole 4 (which is the longest hole on the course) as it has a nice hyzer line but that makes you more likely to put it in the street on your drive if you aren't careful. There was also a hole in the ground within 25 feet of the pin on hole 7 that could twist someone's ankle.
Other Thoughts: While it was VERY windy when I played the course it was still very enjoyable. It would be much, much easier on a calm day. This course is within a half mile of my house so I will be there more but it is no replacement of the other courses in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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