Disc Golf in the Heart of Suburbia
2 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Peter's home course
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Lots of challenge. Plays around lake and into back of park, rest rooms, new signs with distance, par & next tee direction.
Cons: No concrete yet pads yet and natural tee areas are rutted.
Other Thoughts: course has a&b pins, long & short tee's, just waiting for concrete tee's to rate this a 5.
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