3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice sized concrete tees are always my favorite. Red and blue tees are marked on the concrete so you know if you are on the correct tee.
2) I really enjoy the overall feel of this course the way it works in and around large pockets of palmettos and mature evergreen trees. It is an interesting feel I have never had at a Florida course wither, normally the palmettos are just wild and invasive, but here they have limited them to small pockets around the course and the baskets weave in and around these pockets and help protect the basket locations. This is truly something unique . . . it feels almost like a Midwest favorite Anna Page East where they use pockets of woods, but in this case the Florida vegetation is Palmetto shrubs.
3) Mandos are marked well so that you know when there is something the design forces you to throw a certain direction.
4) Nice signs on this course with Hole #, distance, and a map. Next tees are also indicated and the multiple basket locations. They also have indicators with large letters on the pole for the current basket location
5) This is a very clean and tidy looking course . . . partly because of the feel under the evergreens and around those palmetto areas, but also because there does not seem to be a lot of garbage around. This seems to be a well used park and I am sure the population in the park has a lot to do with how the park remains so clean . . . there is no chance for you to litter without someone else seeing you.
6) Very busy park but the course is well isolated to avoid other park users except in a couple places. There was an RV park I think, ball fields, soccer, what seemed to be like a fairgrounds or something, and they even had a RC sailboat regatta in one of the ponds.
7) Water is used on a couple holes to really make for some interesting shots.
8) Routing on this course is pretty intuitive . . . and they have renumbered since holes were added . . . a welcome sight after playing F. Burton Smith earlier in the day and being frustrated with the hole numbering.
9) Restrooms (portos) are available in a couple places on the course and would be a welcome sight during a tourney round or a long busy day on the course.
10) Plenty of benches and garbage cans around the course complete the amenities of this great course.
11) Multiple tees offer up varying challenge and distance.
12) Excellent variation in hole distances with some in the 100's into the 400's too. There is plenty of variation on the holes in the 200's and 300's to make for different feeling holes. You will have plenty of options for disc selection out here.
13) This is a very beginner friendly course because it is relatively open, but it will still challenge the intermediate level player from time to time.
14) Rollers could be a usable shot out here . . . the turf is consistent and the ground is firm. I love having this as an option on courses.
15) The pine needles make for an interesting feature . . .they seem to play more of a skip off the needled areas. I am not sure if they firm up the soil or if they just make the disc skip more because of less friction with the turf. . . and I know it was probably not an intended effect from the design, but it is something you will need to consider.
Cons: 1) No real variety in foliage density here because the palmettos are just pockets and typically lower than your throws would be and the evergreens are so mature that there are very few limbs that you would encounter with your throws.
2) Most holes can be attacked from whatever direction you want to. I usually like to see a few holes per course that force certain shots, but there is nothing in the "airways" that will force you to do any particular shot. You can pick your favorite shot on each hole and try to execute.
3) I had a lot of drop in 3's out here because if you cannot park the basket you will likely have a simple upshot. This gets a little repetitive and is partly due to my current distance limit (300' or so). If I could throw further I would be able to deuce more holes.
4) No elevation change on this entire course really. It is what it is, but this lacking feature takes away from the course.
Other Thoughts: I cannot believe this course currently sits under a 3 disc rating . . . perhaps the upgrades and added holes made this course that much better than the old ratings, but this is by far a more fun and scenic course than F. Burton Smith which was rated over 3 discs. I would choose this course anyday if it was local because it is not just fun and challenging but also very scenic in my opinion. I do not have a lot of negatives about the course because there just isn't that much wrong, and the pros are overwhelming. The lack of the tighter wooded holes keeps this course under the 4 disc rating but it is so close. A little more diversity and it would be right up in my favorites. With that said . . . this is just a solid course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Open, Fun Play
Pros: Beautiful park full of amenities. Restrooms are easy to find. Plenty of parking. Free.
Lots of space for the long bomb plus a few holes that require some technical play.
Benches on every hole with trees to provide shade and cover from the Florida sun. Nice launch pads.
The baskets are moved every 8 weeks or so, which helps mix it up a bit.
Hole 22 is right over a pond, which is fun.
Cons: Very flat and open.
It can be difficult to navigate the course but there are always people playing who are happy to help.
Other Thoughts: There are often guys selling discs out of their truck and the Walgreen's down the street carries a nice selection of discs too.
If it has been raining a lot, the park may flood, meaning you might have to wade through several inches of water to play. Depending on who you are, this is either great fun or horrible!
In general, this is a fantastic park. It is the largest and best-maintained park in the county and offers all kinds of things besides disc golf (camping, swimming, dog park, volleyball, horseshoes, there's a senior center now, sports fields, playgrounds, etc).
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun course to play, bring a map!
Pros: -There is a ton of life around the course! There is a pond for fishing, a large archery range, a dog park, as well as volleyball courts and softball fields.
-Holes are a decent distance, not too big and not too small.
-All teepads are in great shape.
-Multiple tee and basket placements for a lot of the holes.
-Good use of the trees and bushes, there were "protected" baskets and no random trees that bother you.
-Hole 22 (the lake hole) is beautiful!
Cons: -The holes do not always play into each other, and there are no maps or "next tee" signs.
-Lack of elevation change, I do not recall a hole that wasn't flat.
-There is not much signage as to where the first hole was, so I started on hole 5 and continued from there. Reading other reviews it seems like this is a common problem.
Other Thoughts: I was lucky enough to have a smart phone on me so I could look up the course map. Otherwise I would have been completely lost on the course. You can find a copy of the map on the club website listed under Links/Files.
I am from Ohio and was very pleased to play at Wickham park with the great Floridian scenery and the great locals playing the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun for the family
Pros: I liked the mix of clean fairways and obstacles, which consist of trees with clumps of saw palmettos and other bushes around them. The tees for the next hole were close to the baskets from the previous hole, so we didn't have any problem following the course for the first time.
Cons: Its very flat and does not have a lot of shade. Bring sunscreen. Some of the tees are close enough to the previous basket with parallel fairways that you have to be aware of who's ahead and behind you on the course.
Other Thoughts: I'm introducing my family to disk golf now that my shoulder is better, and this was a fun course for the whole family. The trees and bushes provided just the right level of interference, and we easily recovered our disks. We couldn't immediately find basket 1, so we started on hole 12. The water shot on 18 was tempting for me, but there's no way the rest of my family could play the hole, so we skipped it. We played in late June the day after rain, but the course was dry and we did not have any bug problems. The 4 photos posted as of this review are a good representation of what most of the course is like.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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