Pros: Private course. Since this is a private course I think it is appropriate to begin with a review of the owner, David who was very nice, welcoming and hospitable and quite a good player. Since the course is private it can be changed so the review is more of the property which was great for disc golf with a large slope to imagine a number of up or down hill shots. There are also plenty of woods on property and David has came up with some nice tight lines.
Cons: We did play in a very wet time in June and the course was wet in the low spots with mosquitos.
Other Thoughts: Lots of potential to do whatever he wants. Had a 3 star day since some holes were wet and the mosquito factor. However, I can see having a 4 or more star experience in the fall or winter.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: As the designer and owner of this course, please understand that I'm biased, so read all the future reviews to get a better feel for this course.
1)Good variety of long / short, open / wooded, lefty / righty, ceiling / no ceiling shots.
2)Variety of basket heights: On blocks, buried in ground, on poles, hanging in trees, normal heights
3)Since it's a private course, it's easy to modify the layout so there is a lot of variety in the way the holes are connected to form new courses. ( See Con's #5 below )
4)The course is on a beautiful piece of property with a pond, a lake, creeks, big Live Oak trees, some elevation changes, mowed meadows and thick woods.
5)Good variety of basket locations: Near a creek, under Live Oak trees, protected by overhanging branches, On the side of a hill near a pond.
6)There are 2 standard 24 hole courses: Red and Black, but it's easy to connect the holes in different arrangements to make shorter courses, or only woods or only open holes. It's also easy to add borrowed baskets to spread out a larger # of players.
Cons: 1)No tee signs. You need a guide or at least a map. Small tee flags are used during scheduled events to show the distance and target basket for each hole.
2)Most tee pads are grass or dirt, so it can be slippery. 1 concrete pad, 7 wooden pads, a few carpet pads.
3)If there are more than 20 people, there can be some waiting for a basket or fairway to clear. The fairways cross, so you have to be aware of other players on the course.
4)To play the course, you need to know the owner, contact the TDGA ( local disc golf club) or play during an event. You can't just show up and hope to play the course.
5)The courses change often, so it's hard to memorize the layout ( see Pro's #3 above ). It can be a confusing place to play.
6)The owner loves trees.
7)Some potential for snakes in the creeks. Some thorns in the rough around the pond, some mosquitoes and ticks depending on the season.
Other Thoughts: This can be a pro for some and a con for others, but Tally Hills is about 12 strokes harder than Tom Brown and 6 strokes harder than Jack McLean.
As the designer, I felt I met these design goals:
1)This course will make you a better player since it has a variety of shots. Or it will make you quit the sport.
2)The woods holes were designed to help you get out of trouble, so they are shorter, but ask you to perform a specific shot.
3)The basket locations were chosen based on their interest, then the tee locations and fairways were picked.
4)I wanted some true par 4's and a few Ace runs.
5)I only wanted a few poke and hope type shots. But I'm ok with some luck on a hole.
6)I designed some risk/reward type holes with multiple fairway choices.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Best Course in North Florida
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Certainly what stands out are the unique baskets including baskets
-buried in the ground
-elevated on landscaping blocks
-elevated on a 15 foot pole on the downslope of a hill
-hanging 6 feet in the air
-hanging 15 feet in the air using a pulley system
-around a pond
The course is extremely resourceful considering there is only 12 or 13 baskets but you wouldn't know unless I told you because each hole is unique. Course design also favors both the big arm and the tight line player
Very friendly locals
Cons: The obvious is the limited number of baskets that limits tournament potential and occasionally causes backup
Painful thorns off the fairway on some wooded holes
Other Thoughts: In my opinion it is the best designed and most enjoyable course to play in Florida. The Ricke's are very hospitable and make sure you feel welcome on their property. If you ever have a chance to play this course you gotta get out there!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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