Where are the Baskets?
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Pros: I liked a lot about this course. Don't let the rating fool you. This is almost a 3.5 course. Add next tee arrows, and it would be. But unfortunately, I did have to dock at least an additional half point for what may be a temporary issue. But more on that later. I'm starting with what went right.
The best part about Wickham Park is the flags on top of the baskets. They stand on tall poles and allow you to see the targets when they are behind brush. And frequently, they are behind brush.
Most of the holes force you to find a line through scattered palm trees. The vast majority of the trees are surrounded with a block of shoulder-high shule. What's great about this is that you can visualize both the path and landing area that you are aiming for. The targets are so often protected by brush that needs to be shot over. But, because of the way the vegetation is limited to the immediate vicinity of the palms, you can tell from a distance where it will be safe to land your disc.
The rest of the terrain is mowed grass or open field. There is low risk of disc loss because if you go in the brush. It's well-kept and in an active park, most of the other activities are separated from the course by a decent amount of space.
While the layout of trees and tees will give you a variety of distances and lines, it is the fact that you nearly are shooting over stuff that makes the course distinct. Shots must be kept low, but not too low.
Cons: The problem here is that not all baskets are present. It seems in retrospect as if the 22-hole course as been transformed into an 18-holer. That would be fine if there was some sort of notice. But we ended up playing from several tees to the eight basket, because there was no way to tell from the tee or the sign that the proper basket had been removed. Some of the signs had new numbers taped over them, and by the last few holes, where 20 was now 16, 21 was now 17, we somewhat figured it out. But it was no picnic. On an additional hole we ended up playing to the 8 tee. For whatever reason, some baskets are not where they should be according to tee signs and maps, or are just gone.
If that is the case, than the new hole eleven shoots directly over the seven tee? Strange.
Beyond that issue, which I would assume is temporary or new, the course needs next tee arrows badly. Sometimes, the next tee was visible from the basket, but often I had to consul the map downloaded from this site, but even using that, it was often a chore to find tees here. It is just not obvious what direction you are supposed to begin walking in. 3 and 4 were skipped since I did not assume to walk across the road and had not started using the map until we had found 5.
Other Thoughts: It's pretty simple. A solid, playable course, with debilitating navgation. Next tee arrows, an updated map and the return of missing baskets and this course would be very good.
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Watch your discs
Pros: Course has a decent variety of shots and the large palm-like plants make for a lot of guarded pins that are hard to get at. The closing holes have water hazards to give a little bit of interest. Plenty of holes where you can really try to rip a drive without much penalty for an errant shot.
Cons: Pins are rotated by there are no alternate tees. Most holes were signed but no markings for the next tee, so sometimes it was hard to figure out where to go. Signs and baskets seemed to be in a bit of disrepair.
Other Thoughts: I joined up with a local half way through this round (I was in town on business) and he told me this park was by far the best in the area, though I was not all that impressed. There is almost no elevation change on the entire course, which normally I'd count against the course, but this is Florida by the coast so there isn't much choice for the course designer.
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