Lost opportunity ??
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Gorgeous canopy of live oaks bordering the Hillsborough river. Blue Mach 5 baskets and nice tee signs. Some benches.
Cons: Hole #1 (702') starts from a large open field. The ONLY thing in that field is a telephone pole with guy-wires. The tee sits directly in front of those guy wires. So, if someone wants to take a decent run up (can't imagine why they would on a 700+ foot hole), they must run around the wires to do so.
The 1st hole also crosses a multi-purpose field, so if another group is playing soccer or cricket, the #1 tee can not be played.
Most of the individual holes are fairly decent, but the flow is poorly thought out. The tee of #7 can easily come into play on the 2nd shot on hole #5. You must walk past the 7th tee to play the 6th and then walk back. Hole 9/18 finishes about 600' from the first tee. Some areas are bunched up and other very conducive areas are not utilized.
Natural tees in sugar-sand make for inconsistent footing on the drive.
At the time that I played it, a very large branch (nearly half of a large oak tree) had fallen in the 9th/18th fairway and became an obstacle to play over, or around. It looked as if it had been there for a while, since I could see wear marks where people (players) had been stepping on the branch to climb over it.
The course is listed as 18 holes even though there are only 9 baskets with 2 sets of tees.
Other Thoughts: From my understanding, the 22nd street disc golf course was designed by parks employees who do not play the game and installed by a local player who had been working on the parks department for 3 years.
The equipment was purchased and installed in 2 weeks time with more emphasis on
being 'the first public disc golf course in the City of Tampa" parks and rec department than the quality of the layout.
A very conducive piece of property for disc golf, but the implementation was rushed and it shows. This course could be a wonderful disc golf venue if only the park system had more of an interest in being a 'quality' course, rather than just rushing things to make it their "first".
That said, it's still a nice walk through a scenic area.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Nice piece of land with some glitches
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Most of the course plays through a canopied area with awesome big, old trees. There are many very picturesque areas and it's a pleasure to just make the walk. The odds of losing discs here are slight.
The shots required are mostly in the medium to medium-long range and present moderate technical challenge. Many of the shots present multiple options and there are opportunities to play creative routes, including rollers.
The course provides a good challenge for intermediate-advanced players. A round of 54 would likely be around a 930 rating. It also provides a good work-out for gold level players and wouldn't be overly frustrating for red level players.
Cons: Initial navigation is a little tricky. There isn't a main course sign and the first tee is out in the big open field. The first hole is 700 ft across the open field and then into the trees. The basket is tough to see from the tee.
Two of the tee signs were missing. (#4, #17)
The tee areas are natural at this point.
The tee for hole #7 is right in the middle of the fairway for hole #5/#14.
There are two places where the routing forces awkward, long backtracking from one hole to the next.
There are several places where tees are too close to baskets. There is plenty of room that could have been used to allow for more adequate safety buffers.
The course ends with hole #9/#18 about 1000 ft from the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: Don't be a dirty discer. Leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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