7 Helpful / 0 Not
Wooded Tunnel Course
Pros: Airport Lakes Park is amazingly easy to locate and is, as its name suggests, very close to the airport.
The course starts out with an open bomber hole across a clear field. After that, the remaining eight holes are wooded. Hole #9 is one of the only wooded holes (except for maybe #2) that isn't completely covered in old growth canopy, seems to have a mando tunnel (from curved PVC pipes), and has a much different feel from most of the other holes.
Two color-coded concrete tees (in great shape) and two baskets on each hole create four different playing options. The tee signs at Airport Lakes Park are very professional and well detailed. Next tee arrows also helped with course navigation.
Benches are situated at points throughout the course. Bathrooms are available near the parking lot as you come into the course.
Cons: Most of the fairways play away from public spaces, but there are a few that are near walking paths which can pose some danger to bystanders.
The layout of the course is quite repetitive. Despite having multiple tees and baskets, the vast majority of the fairways were of similar (and somewhat short) length and just straight throws down wooded tunnels. Very few solid doglegs were available. The different tee/basket combinations were usually just subtlely longer/shorter versions of the other and not really a different shaped fairway.
There is very little risk/reward tradeoff at this course. Despite being near a body of water, it didn't really come into play, save for a little brook on the last fairway
On a few holes, the growth obscures some of baskets. This is most notable for the red basket on hole #2.
The baskets appeared to be getting run down.
Other Thoughts: Considering the amount of land available at this course, I'm guessing that the designers did the best that they could with what they had available. That said, I would have much rather seen a single tee/basket per hole, covering a more dynamically shaped fairway, than trying to squeeze in four mediocre lines per hole.
If you happen to have a layover in Orlando (and some discs), your time wouldn't be wasted at this course. Discn' always beats sitting at the airport.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent signage and flow. Nice to have 2 basket options on each hole 2 tee pads on most as well. An open hole to get you started and then an set of nicely technical, woodsy holes to provide challenge and interesting play. Course is trash free and clean, kudos to the locals. Despite being a large multi-use park care has been used to keep one sport from infringing on another. Hole #1 with fall off from berm makes placing an upshot or a drive important. slight roll away can leave you with a longer putt. &, I think it was plays blind due to distance and foliage... but believe the sign and you will be fine.
Cons: 9 more please. Few bad things to say here. Tee area benches and garbage cans would be nice. Not the place to air out your big arm. There are other courses for that. This is a great place for mid range disc work and putting. Would be nice to have an extra basket for putting practice near the 1st tee.
Other Thoughts: Any hole other than #1 could be a sig hole as they all play pretty similar. Big shady areas made hot weather play better, too. I played both sets of tees first red to red, then blue to yellow. Second pad added a bit more on some holes (like #1) less addtl option on a few. I will play here every trip to town that I can.
Played here again. 9 seems to be cleared of some of the brush and is more playable. Big tortoise lives in hole near red tee pad on 9. Say hello, but do not mess w him. 7 feels more jungle-ish than last visit. Lots of deep leaves on ground. Combine that with sandy soil and it can be a bit slippery here. Good shoes and sure footing are needed to avoid throwing out your back on some tosses. Play safe.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth a fly, but may need air traffic control on busy days...
1. Good signage including nice tee signs with accurate distances (Mini-maps on back of basket-top numbers indicate where next tee pad is)
2. Good new baskets and 2 basket options per hole
3. Concrete tee pads for both Red and Blue
4. Fairly easy to navigate (thanks to signage)
5. Good challenge for multiple skill levels
6. Requires a variety of shots to be successful (Hyzer, Anhyzer, Turnover, etc...)
7. Clean restrooms
8. Adequate benches and trash receptacles
1. Somewhat cramped layout and awkward flow to course (Red Tee to #6 is hidden away and the road from 8 to 9 is a little confusing for a first-timer)
2. Noisy planes / jets flying overhead
3. Some signage does not accurately depict tree locations which may confuse some people
4. Redundant scenery (9 holes with 2 tee pads and 2 baskets...but you're walking the same course)
5. No legitimate water in play
6. Shorter tee boxes for Red tees (too short for my taste)
Other Thoughts: I played this course twice (1x from the Red tees to the Gold baskets, and 1x from the Blue tees to the Red baskets) and had a good time. Overall the course is decent, has good park facilities, and should challenge players of all skill levels. It's Florida, which means you won't see much for elevation change (#1 Red Basket is up on a retention mound...), but there's a pretty good amount of shade, a mixture of high and low canopy, and tight windows between tree trunks to add to the difficulty. It will be interesting to see how well the course is maintained...there were quite a few thorny blueberry-type bushes that will make the "rough" miserable on errant throws. The small creek that ran across hole #9 was nice, but not much of a challenge to throw over (though getting over the creek using the 4 inch wide "bridge" isn't for those with questionable balance or equilibrium)... There really isn't a signature hole, and despite the good use of limited space, there's a bit of a cramped feel. Overall, for me, the course just lacked that "Wow!" factor... It's great that there's now a course in South/Central/East Orlando, and this course is worth playing, but if you're serious about the game and can make the drive, you'll have a better experience at Turkey Lake or Barnett Park.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Best disc golf in east Orlando
Pros: This course has a very attractive natural setting with many unique twisty oaks. The course provides a good amount of variety and challenge. This is more of a technical course than a power course. Hitting lines, shot shaping, and a bit of strategy are all required to score well.
There is minimal schule and virtually no chance of losing discs. The course needs very little in terms of break in. Most of the holes have a nice canopy to provide a break from the heat in the summer.
Each hole has two tees and two baskets, making for enough variety to keep players coming back. As with all WCDGD courses, the cement tee pads have plenty of grip and the signage is top-notch. The two sets of baskets on each hole are easily differentiated by red or gold colored poles.
Long-long plays to a blue level challenge.
Long-short and short-long plays to a white level challenge.
Short-short plays to a red level challenge.
There's plenty to work your game and keep you having fun at Airport Lakes. The course appeals to a wide range of skill levels.
Cons: The course feels a bit cramped and the routing is somewhat awkward. Drives from tee 3 can get into hole 5's fairway. Drives from tee 4 can get into hole 3's fairway. Drives from tee 6 can get into hole 8's fairway and vice-versa.
Other Thoughts: Overall, Airport Lakes is an average disc golf course that is enjoyable and provides good challenge to a wide variety of players. It's great to finally have a decent course on the east side of Orlando.
Don't be a dirty discer! Leave the course cleaner than you found it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very convenient to the airport and the only viable dgc on the east side of Orlando.
2 sets of tees and 2 sets of pins, which gives you a choice of 4 ways to play your rounds.
6 holes are very shady for summer play.
No LIVING trees were cut down by WCDGD to build this course.
Cons: Still new and has quite a few ground vines that can snag or trip you. Baskets are recycled Mach 2s. Still fine for casual play and low-level competitions.
Other Thoughts: The west side of Orlando has two 36-hole disc golf complexes within 10 minutes of each other.
The east side of Orlando has two 9-holers designed by people who do not play disc golf, hence, NOBODY plays them.
After 14 months of negotiation The City of Orlando agreed to install a 9-hole course, although 18 was disc-ussed (and designed), at Airport Lakes park, which is located, as one might guess, very near the Orlando International Airport on the Southeast side of town.
The impetus for the push for a course at A.L. was the 18 Mach 2 targets sitting idly at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, which had been replaced with newer Chainstars so that TL's "Original" course could host A-Tiers, NT's and PDGA Majors.
Although the 18 hole layout was not approved for reasons of ecological sensitivity, World Champion Disc Golf Design, LLC gained permission to use two targets per fairway on the 9-holer. What the heck...they already owned all 18 anyway. Two pins per fairway also bring into play the part of "51" that disc golfers don't like to talk about...'THE BLACK ACE". Although maybe it should be called a gray ace, since both targets belong to that fairway. The other disadvantage is people forgetting which basket they are supposed to shoot for...red? Or gold?
Two sets of tees further increases the course's versatility.
The shorter tees are red, the longer are blue.
The shorter targets are also red, the longer baskets are gold...easier to see!
Red Pad to Red Basket= 2130 ft
Red Pad to Gold Basket= 2575 ft
Blue Pad to Red Basket= 2560 ft
Blue Pad to Gold Basket= 3010 ft
Hole by hole:
#1- The red tee provides the only wide-open, grassy, forgiving tee shot on the course, and with that, the only real roller-drive possibility.
The blue tee (blind) forces a clear choice of hyzer or anhyzer around a small oak and into the grassy area.
The red pin sits atop a birm that surrounds a retention pond, which remains dry over 90% of the year.
The blue pin sits behind the birm as it curves to the left. Sidewalk and beyond is OB. Major cranks that hyzer out stand a chance of becoming lake fodder. On the rare occasions when water is in the retention pond, it will be considered 'casual'. Play in it or from behind it.
The wind on #1 can be almost Oklahom-ish in intensity. Putting on the red pin can be frustrating with the wind whipping upward out of the retention pond. Putting at the gold pin may, at times, have to go over the birm or from atop the birm, giving a rare opportunity for a downhill putt.
#2- The Red & Blue tees share a similar line down the mulchy fairway, which splits into a "Y". The red pin sits on a soft hyzer line, while the gold requires a strong flick or anhyzer. Both pins are very visible from both tees.
#3- The Red & Blue tees are aligned on a tight, but reasonable hyzer alleyway to a more open area in an oak canopy. The pins are fairly close to aligned, primarily for visuals off the tee. Hyzer skip ace runs are the norm. Both pins can be seen from both tees, though the blue tee requires some neck craning to do so.
#4- The Red tee allows for a slow inside turn-over or a wider arching flick. The Blue tee forces a restricted tee through a 5' wide gate, about 15' in front of the tee.
The red pin sits early right, the gold pin requires a good turnover glide. Some nasty shule on the left side of the gold green. An OB fence borders the left side of the fairway. Neither basket can be seen from the tees.
#5. The Blue tee requires a straight release that should hyzer for the short pin and just slightly stand-over for the gold. The Red tee is a longer walk, but the liberal fairway is fairly neutral, with lines directly at both targets. This is the shortest hole on the course and both pins are visible from both tees.
#6- The Red tee is a solid par 3 to the red pin and a very challenging par 3 to the gold.
The Blue tee is the first par 4, which suggests a 240' soft hyzer placement shot to a fairly straight approach for the red pin and a longer turn-over for the gold. Only the red basket is visible and only from the red tee.
#7- The Red and Blue tees are the same length, Blue being a tougher angle. Both are more open on the anhyzer line, but another OB fence runs along the left side. Alternate tight hyzer routes are available to those who know how to throw a hyzer that stands up flat. This fairway runs down toward Lake Warren.
#8- The red tee sits beside a tall growth of trees for protection from errant throws on #6 or 7. The Blue sits straight back, also protected, making the red's liberal window substantially more challenging. The tight alley opens up into a sparsely treed area.
An OB fence runs along the right side of the fairway, but is well protected by the trees.
The red pin splits off to the right and the gold is straight-forward but can be approached numerous ways.
A small patch of palmettos guards the gold pin about 30' beyond. A par 4 from either tee to either basket.
#9- In a slightly sadistic twist, the red tee to the red pin is actually the most difficult combination, requiring a solid flick or an impeccable turnover shot. However prevailing winds tend to knock the anny's down before they can stable-out and glide. The longer pin is a softer right turn but still demands a well executed shot to get within range.
The Blue tee is a scenic straight shot under an oak and into a Cypress Hammock. The gold pin is clearly visible on a straight and well defined line. The red pin requires a straight shot with a right hook at the end. Both baskets are visible from both tees, tho the sight lines are not always the flight lines.
The Airport Lakes disc golf course provides great opportunities for various types of shots. There may be a slight 'lefty' bias. While Red to Red should provide a solid challenge for the newer players, Blue to Gold should be enough challenge for a top-level pro. It is expected that the lion's share of players will favor 9 holes from Blue to Red and then 9 from Red to Gold (or vice versa) for their standard 18-hole rounds.
When taking a cab from the Airport, be sure to tell the driver that you are taking a short-fare, so they can get back near the front of the line back at the airport.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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