7 Helpful / 1 Not
Great course in an urban jungle
Pros: This is a beautiful oasis in the middle of an urban atmosphere. I have lived in Tampa for over six years, and I had no idea that this park was here. I went and played with a friend recently, who was born and raised in Tampa, and even he had no idea the park existed. I actually went and helped put the course in, when they had the volunteer day, a little over a month ago. I'm far from being a professional disc golfer, but I have been playing disc golf for over 15 years, and I really love the game. This is the first course that I have reviewed, so I'm not exactly sure what to say. I have played all the disc golf courses in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota area. Cliff Stevens and Taylor Lake being my favorites, but is a pretty far drive for me. The 22nd St. Park is just down the road from me. Although this is a small park, I feel it is one of the prettiest courses in the area, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the diversity of the course. Being just an average skilled disc golfer, I really like the fact that this course is not overly technical. There are many wide-open long throws, but also many moderately technical throws, with a lot of low hanging limbs from the giant oak trees. From my understanding, there were a lot of boundaries and limitations that came with this land, as the Tampa park and rec has a lot of other plans for this park. I feel like this course utilizes the land that was given to them, in a creative and thoughtful way.
Cons: The dirt teepads, and the lack of signage, is for sure the biggest disappointment. With out the proper signs, it can be hard to figure out were to go. There is a whole lot of walking and some backtracking to do on this course for sure, and this does add time onto your game. I don't see this as a design flaw, but rather an unfortunate fact of having 18 teepads and only 9 baskets. Having just the 9 baskets can make it crowded on the weekends. I really don't see how there is enough room for 18 baskets, but that would be really nice, if they could open the park up to allow that.
Other Thoughts: I could see that there might be some confusion with the placement of the #5 and #14 basket. Being that I was there to help put the course in, I know that the # 7 basket is not in the fairway of any shots. It is a mandatory shot to go around to the right of the large oak tree where the #5 and #14 basket sits, this keeps all shots out of the #7 fairway. This seems obvious to me, as a right handed thrower, but I could see how a lefty might want to go to the left of the oak tree. Again, signage would be the easy solution to this problem, and many of the other problems. They also need to concrete the signs in, before more signs get pulled up and taken away.
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