Avoid during peak hours
Pros: Decent Aesthetic, decent variety of challenges with open and tighter technical shots, practice basket, score cards with map available in office. Also plenty of pavilions with bathrooms and water.
Cons: Had to refer to the map constantly because tee pads are often out of sight or difficult to spot. Spent a significant amount of time searching for tee pads. Long walks to some tee pads make this already long course feel longer than it is.
I happened to be there on Tuesday, which is food truck day. By 3:30 there were already trucks blocking two fairways. Pedestrian paths along fairways means you may have to wait for people to pass.
At one point a woman had her baby in a stroller just sitting there ON one of the white tee pads, with other family members wandering the fairway. They all just gave me confused looks or ignored me when I politely asked them to move, apparently implying they didn't speak English. She moved her stroller to the back of the pad, but not off it. That was a new one for me.
At another point I had a guy who was playing alone throw at me even after he had clearly seen that I was still finishing the hole.
Basically it was a shame that my round was tainted with other people's poor etiquette.
Other Thoughts: I anticipate amending this review with a higher rating if I have the opportunity to play again when the park is less crowded. The course itself wasn't bad.
Stereotypical SE Florida Course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course shares some good traits with other area courses like minor elevation changes, nice grass fairways, decent tees and signs, and plenty of trees to work around. She is not the most scenic course in the area, but she is somewhat pretty none the less. There is a fair mix of hole types here and the course is fun to play.
There was an abundance of waterfowl on this course with one fairway being completely covered with several types of ducks, geese, and egret type birds!
Cons: The course also shares some of the negative traits with other area courses. There are a lot of roads and sidewalks winding through the course and a good chance of there being nondgers hanging out on the course also. Navigation might be a little tricky in a couple of spots for first-time throwers here. I would use the map or get a guide.
If you REALLY don't like spiders and snakes, this might not be the best course for you!
Other Thoughts: We had a good time playing this course. It might not be quite a destination course, but it is solid enough if in the area and pairs well with the Jetstream course.
Oh yeah, watch out for those Pokemon hunters. They like searching this park!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with Chainstar baskets in good shape. Concrete tees for every pad, and three pads to a hole. Signage is at the am pad, and the signs are really nice. Course offers a nice mix of open and wooded holes, plus 5 holes that border a large pond. Restrooms and water fountains available. Nominal park entrance fee on weekends and holidays.
Cons: The walking path comes into play on a number of holes and so too does the entrance road. Please take caution near these areas. No real elevation other than a small hill on a few holes, but that's typical south Florida disc golf.
Other Thoughts: Heritage is a good challenging course that will offer a little bit of something for everybody, from longer drives over OB water to tight, challenging wooded holes like 6 and even some birdie opps if you have the distance. It is well maintained and offers a weekly league night during daylight savings time, and is in a rotation of Saturday league courses. Most disc golfers would enjoy this course. By no means this is a destination course, but if you have time and find yourself in or around Fort Lauderdale, come west and give Heritage a go.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The section of the course from 14-18 is really cool. It feels like a little glade of purity with no paths and a variety of trees that make you throw actual lines. It's a big open space that is not overused. It supports a variety of shots with the trees forcing the disc to actually move.
And yeah, 10. Ten ten ten. I straightforward shot at the start that needs to curve right and up a hill into a grove of trees toward the end. It's a beautiful that requires a specific line. Loved the line of sight off the tee. Loved the finish.
Cons: After playing through most of South Florida in a weekend, two common threads emerge. One: there is water. Lots of it. It often lurks on the side of a hole rather than take an active role, but it's there. Two: damn the walking paths, full speed ahead. Plantation Heritage might be the epitome of both of those phenomena. A large portion of this course wraps around a pond. And really, it's the same shot over and over. Hang it over the lake and fade left or play it safe and throw it straight. When a pond is too wide and too round to offer real carries, it often plays out like this and it never really does much for me. Too repetitive.
Not only do many tees cross paths, or even parallel them, there are about six that use the path a s a fairway. I had fun here in a drizzle but I can't imagine how long you would be waiting for slow walkers to clear entire fairways on a busy day. Even ten, my favorite hole, tees off directly behind a walking path. Moving it just a few feet up wouldn't really change the hole much. It's like they want the path to be in play.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set in a nice public park with about half the holes playing around the edges of a pond with the other half playing back and forth among the groves of trees.
The holes are almost entirely in the 250-350 foot range. As an intermediate player, I really enjoyed it. I felt like I had a shot at a birdie on about 2/3 of the holes.
Two holes have water carries but with a good risk/reward profile. You can bail out if you are confident, but the more dangerous carry is required for the birdie. A few other holes have the basket near the shore so there is no water carry but you are approaching toward the pond.
While you can certainly air it out here, the trees are used well. Many holes require low shots beneath the branches. There was a nice mix of righty and lefty shots. I got to use more turnover shots than I have used in months.
Tee pads are concrete and a little thin. Tee signs are okay. They show shorter tees, but I never saw most of them (they were rounded stakes in the ground).
Navigation is pretty easy, although the transition from 13 to 14 was not intuitive. There is a long walk from 9 to 10 but there was a sign pointing the way.
Cons: Very little elevation here.
If you play here often enough, you'll probably put some discs in the water.
Not a ton of challenge for advanced players.
Other Thoughts: This is a really enjoyable rec and intermediate course. It's probably not suitable for an absolute beginner, and more advanced players might be underwhelmed, but the vast majority of players will have a good time here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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nice course, fairly open, some water risks
Pros: nice course, well marked with next tee marked too for the less than obvious (plus a map available at the entrance gate). more trees than nearby
Cons: some holes tight against the water.
Other Thoughts: amenities in park too.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Teepads- these seemed brand new and were very nice. They were flat and grippy.
Well maintained- I saw no signs of trash/vandalism and there were no fallen tree limbs. All in all, it was pretty.
Baskets- Nice, well taken care of, Discraft baskets that seem to be well respected.
Cons: Safety- From the first hole to the fourteenth hole, I was always in jeopardy of hitting someone or someone's car. On every hole. I understand this is a park course, and I am used to that, but this course was almost unplayable. It was to the point of not playing a good shot, or endangering someone to throw the obvious intended line.
Variety- As far as I could tell (as per the provided map), everything was a par three and relatively short. This does not immediately deserve a spot on the con list, but when almost every throw is a slight hyzer (rhbh), with only one or two anny /sidearm throws, this course gets very repetitive.
Blue tees- I saw some here and there, most were kinda hard to see. I like playing the hardest layouts, just because, but if I cannot find it then I will just play from the nice teepads.
Staff- Some of the park staff saw me trying to grab a disc from the water's edge ( I had thrown in warming up in the least crowded place I could find) and chastised me. They told me someone would find it later (I was just in town for a day, so that is just a donation disc now). I do not mind loosing plastic, I just wish I had known that I was not supposed to fish out my disc from the water.
Other Thoughts: Pay to play- This park has an entry fee, which I assume goes towards the great maintenance. I am down with that.
I do not dislike the course itself, but the safety concerns me. I did not feel like I could enjoy any hole, except maybe 3 or 6, simply because I was too worried about cars or people. The maintennance and teepads were great, but the lack of variety kinda killed it. There can be some neat safari golf, but as the holes exist, it offers nothing special. It is a decent course, but nothing I would drive out of my way to go play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Disc Golf in the Heart of Suburbia
Pros: Nice course in a quiet, suburban park that's biggest attractions are the walking/fitness trail, picnic areas, and the nice size pond (which allows fishing from the shore). No soccer or ball fields with tons of munchkin leagues buzzing around makes for a very quiet and peaceful round. Most other park patrons will be walking, jogging, biking, or picnicking.
• Variety: Reasonably good overall. Much of the course wraps clockwise around a lake, but you don't necessarily need to throw a bunch of right turning tee shots. Starts with several semi-open holes which make you work around a few obstacles (well-located trees, water, and an OB walking path) without necessarily forcing any particular line, but still requiring a decent control. Back end features significantly more vegetation, calling for somewhat tighter lines while still affording enough room to work different routes. Only #14 (a 330' tunnel flanked by trees and brush) really gives you one way to go. A few nicely guarded and well-tucked pin placements call for finessed approaches. Park is quite flat, but holes, 1, 10, and a few others that wrap around the lake make good use of what little elevation is available, with the potential for shots to roll away into the lake. Holes 4 & 5 bring water directly into play, while it looms behind the basket on 11 & 12. Contains a respectable range of distances from the shorts (219 to 420), which is only is enhanced by the presence of long tees. Execute well off the tee and par should be simple (and you'll probably set up several good birdie opportunities). Shank one off the tee and you'll need a good upshot to save par.
• Water carries: holes 4 and 5 let you to dial in as much risk as you want by carrying the water all the way to the green while allowing you to bail out as early as you like, depending on your personal comfort level... very nicely done.
• Aesthetics: Very pleasant setting for a round. Although it only comes into play on 3 or 4 holes, the pond is clearly in view on about 11 of them. The rest of the course takes you through a lightly to moderately wooded section of the park featuring a wide variety of different trees, several of which bear tropical fruits (the picking of which is prohibited).
• Equipment: Red or Blue stones designate the dual tees on most holes. Rotating A & B pin positions offer additional variety (for locals). Regardless of A or B placement, Chainstars are pretty easy to spot from most tees, but a brief walk may be necessary target some pins. Tee signs are pretty easy to spot, showing hole layout, distance, OB, etc.
• Routing/Navigation: Course flows fairly well from basket to next tee. Tee signs are an effective navigational aid, but a couple of walks are quite a bit longer than the others, which might cause some hiccups (from 9 to 10, and from 13 to 14). First timers that print the map should have no real problems playing the reds.
• Course layout offers easy access to start at several different holes, or play abbreviated 7 or 11 hole rounds.
• Safety: In my opinion, there's no bigger con than potential safety issues. I've played several courses where walking paths weave through sections of the course, but only played a few where you might have to wait for people to pass on so many holes (or for so long). Some fairways are positioned where you're kinda throwing parrallel to the path, rather than across it), so you may have to wait longer than you'd like for them to clear. Doesn't sound too bad, but this paved path around the lake draws several forms of non DG traffic. This is only compounded by the fact that all that traffic is largely unaware or unconcerned they may be in your way - and quite honestly, if they're on the path, they shouldn't have to be. One nice thing about taking a walk or run through the park is the idea that you can empty your mind while you're in your own little world.
While this may only be a factor on about half the holes, they happen to be the holes where wind is most likely to come into play, which only enhances the chance of something going not as planned.
• Natural tees are already worn - nothing more than depressions of dirt. OK when I played, but will become nasty in short order if they don't pour concrete.
• Only the reds tees have signs at this time, making them easy to spot, but the blues can be very tough to find and aren't marked on the map.
• Course is nice, but there isn't much shade - plan accordingly for the south Florida sun.
• I wouldn't say it's a bad neighborhood, but I recommend stowing anything of value out of sight, and locking your car.
Other Thoughts: Nice addition to the local scene, and thumbs-up for making good use of existing elements: trees, pond, elevation, hardwood hammock, OB path... to create some interesting holes and reasonable challenge.
This park sees a wide range of traffic, from joggers, skaters and elderly walkers to toddlers on training wheels and babies in strollers... you simply need to wait a while for them to pass on some holes - kinda kills your rhythm. Plus, even once you deem them out of range, they're often still in your line of sight... yes, I should learn to focus, but I guess I'm easily distracted. IMHO, the ever-present walking path, worn dirt tees, and difficulty finding all the blue tees (plus the fact that the blue distances aren't even listed on the course map) tangibly detract from a course that's pretty interesting and scores well in terms of being both fun to play and reasonably challenging. This keeps me from rating a course that's otherwise very good as highly as it would be based on the disc golf alone. Nonetheless, I think Plantation Heritage offers the best disc play in Broward County. I enjoyed playing here and you will too, provided you have some patience.
As a region, So Fla doesn't offer anything I'd consider destination disc golf for road trippers. However, there's a decent chance you may be visiting family down here, in which case Plantation Heritage could be conveniently located for a round while the kids are visiting grandma or the wife goes shopping in Broward Mall (2-3 miles away). Minutes from every conceivable type of food joint you can think of.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
I think you will find something to like
Pros: Excellent support facilities such as water and bathrooms. Pretty good blend of open and wooded holes. Water in play :). I played on a beautiful Thursday, and was there were only 2-3 other players.
Cons: No tee pads ( I hear they are coming). Blue tee markings are very hard to locate. Water in play :( .
Did run into some people fishing that I had to anhizer around, but no big deal. Personally I hate dealing with avoiding fences, and that does come into play on 3-6-7.
Other Thoughts: If you are not local a map is a must. I thought hole 10 was my favorite. Up hill into a circle of trees. On hole 13 the basket is well hidden in some bamboo. Basket 15 took me a while to find even with the map. Hidden behind a cluster of trees. It's a good hole once you locate the basket. This is the best course I have played in south Florida.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Peter's home course
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of challenge. Plays around a lake and into back of park. Mostly open shots with large trees and a lake to shape a variety of shots over, around or under. 3 rest rooms along course route, concrete tees. Signs by white tees with distance, par & next tee direction. Discraft Chainstar baskets were purchased new for this course and are still like new. Nice practice basket area. Several memorable holes such as 1 that is on a mound circled by palm trees, 4 & 5 over or alongside the water, 10 on a large sloping mound.
Elevation: There are a few pins on mounds which adds more to aesthetics than the challenge as there is no real fear of a long roll away due to the thick Florida grass.
Cons: Shared use park with lots of sidewalks that play as out of bounds with people walking through almost entire course route. Other holes too near picnic shelters.
Other Thoughts: course has a&b pins, red, white and blue concrete tees and benches on most holes. Best played on weekdays or early weekends before park gets busy. $1.50 per person on weekends/holidays. Food Truck invasion every Tuesday evening. If you play Tuesday late in the afternoon or evening, expect to skip at least holes 7 through 9 due to food trucks on the course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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