Good, Varied Course That Underachieves
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18-hole course in a primitive campsite area with a nice variety of challenges, including turns, narrow fairways and, a phrase you don't hear in Florida, elevation changes.
This course rewards accuracy.
Benches at most of the holes.
Appropriate signage that marks tees and the next holes, especially on the front nine.
Encountered few other players, thus crowds are a non-factor.
There is even a mando hole for those looking for such a thing.
Walking one hole to the next is a lot like trail hiking, if one likes that sort of thing.
A modest, covered picnic area somewhat close to the first tee.
Cons: Requires a pass from Jackson Guard to have access to Anderson Pond.
Tee boxes are loose sand and dirt.
Fairways are overgrown with tall grass. Spotter is recommended as errant throws means wading through thick, barb brush (wear pants to avoid what can be some serious scratches). Would not take much to lose a disc on any of the 18 holes.
An overthrow on a hole (can't remember exactly which one) on the front 9 could end up in water.
Signage could be improved on the back nine. Not always clear which way some baskets are from some tees (most baskets not visible from the tees). While most tee areas were signed well and obvious, there was a hole on the back 9 where our walked past the tee and to the basket.
Hole 17 is a swamp after a rain.
Hole 17 also has stairs that lead down to the fairway, and with the otherwise primitive nature of the course, disc-toting buggies are not recommended.
Walking one hole to the next is a lot like trail hiking.
Playing in the summertime could mean encounters with snakes and hives of bees.
Other Thoughts: This course has arguably the best variety of holes in the immediate FWB/Niceville area. However, it is shackled by the lack of routine maintenance and brutal vegetation off the fairway. This course is worth playing at least once (some will enjoy it, some will hate it) and best played during the cooler months.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Definitely needs attention by maintenance
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1. Very challenging with a few elevation changes.
2. Heavily wooded
3. Recent maintenance by a super group of volunteers have immensely improved the layout.
Cons: If possible, the areas outside of the flyways could be thinned out. This would help discers find those errant shots.
Other Thoughts: It is amazing what a group of volunteers can do with the support of management at Jackson Guard.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -marked pretty good but not great
-you can navigate through it pretty easily
-good veritie of holes
-cool Florida feel to it
Cons: -allot of tall grass
-the rough is rough but that's not unusual for a disc golf
-we seen a 3 foot diamond back rattle snake out there
Other Thoughts: I'm happy there is a disc golf course close by but I do wish it was better but at least its hopefully growing the sport! If your going to Destin just go play there it's super simple and family friendly more than this one.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Anderson Pond Disc Golf Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Narrow fairways
- Secluded course (no walkers, runners, etc)
- Challenging course
Cons: - Poorly maintained
- Poorly marked
Other Thoughts: The Anderson Pond course is a valuable asset to Okaloosa County's disc golf courses with its technical shots and narrow fairways. It is a great course for a player looking for a challenging course. The rough is really tough. There are plenty of briars, thorns, tall grass, and bushes to brush up against, which gets annoying. I would advise players to play in jeans/long pants to avoid getting torn up by the underbrush. Undoubtedly, there is an abundance of snakes, but thankfully, I didn't find any when I played. The course is overall unkempt, but a mowing is all it would take to knock it back in shape. The signage is a real problem at the course. There are no distance markings, or even signs telling players where the holes are. Difficult to find hole one, but once you do, it is easy to navigate the rest of the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Living in Florida there are very few hilly courses, so this course is a great change of pace. The natural Florida wilderness is a sight to behold. There are NO walkers, joggers, workout stations. The tee shot from hole #17 is pretty cool.
Cons: Natural tees that are pretty worn. Mowing of the fairways is few and far between. And being a "natural" course bring bug spray. expect bugs.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good signage to direct from one hole to the next tee. Easy to find discs off the fairways. Good mix of wide and narrow fairways mixed with some straight but also dog legs left and right. Nice use of elevation changes. Good distance for amateurs. Beautiful scenery and not at all crowded on the three days we have been there.
Cons: Signs just indicate hole number, not distances. Fairly long walks between some holes and the next tee (seems like that could have added some length to the holes). "Path" from 17th tee needs some work (either add stairs down or clear a path on the left or right side down a less steep slope). Pay to play, make sure you plan ahead to get your pass from Jackson Guard (closed Sat afternoon and all day Sunday).
Other Thoughts: Once the concrete tees are in (and if they make a clear path from the 17th tee down to the fairway) I would give it a 4. We're so glad to finally have a course on this side of Eglin because it seemed liked every time we made the drive to Ferry Park it was so crowded. We navigated the whole course with a jogging stroller but anything with smaller wheels would not make it since the ground is still so uneven from being recently cleared. We did have to take the long way around on 17 by going to the 18th hole and walking back to the 17th fairway.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice challenging course
Pros: Not as hard as it looks. Allows for some variations of shots. You can play a hole different ways. Easy to spot discs that go off paths. Elevation gives it more of a challenge. Signs are very helpful.
Cons: Work in progress. Needs tee boxes. Hole 17 could use a sign to show how to get to the fairway after disc is thrown from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Nice change of pace from playing the other courses in the area. Very fun to play.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Worth the short drive
Pros: This course has the benefit of being new and a change from other local courses. The semi pay to play concept on federal property MIGHT discourage illegal activity. Course design requires skill and variation of shots, without being overwhelming. Some elevation changes are also a welcome change from other local courses. There is a nice pavillion/rest area with very scenic views.
Cons: short holes with natural tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Once the concrete/other pads are in place it will be much easier to enjoy the course. Fresh land clearing has left the course very uneven. Once people get out there and are trampling the ground down it will flow a lot better. Due to the nature aspect this course could be rough on the body (joints, heat, bugs etc). Overall once it gets settled in it will be a very enjoyable course with some memorable holes.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Very new but nice
Pros: Finally got new course in Florida. Pros are nice scene to look at. Very technical. Have to throw low and straight to get a good score. This is the only course that has hill and slopes in my area. Most courses I play are pretty flat. And there is water hazard if you throw to far.
Camping/Picnic area on course also there is a pond for fishing.
Cons: Not very long. Natural tee's. But cement tee's will be in soon.
Other Thoughts: Carry bug spray in summer.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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