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1    2/28/2015   3/16/2015
Review By: reposado
Played: 275  Reviewed: 274  Exp: 4.9 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: There are exactly five pros to this course. 2. 3. 13. 14. 15. These holes bring it. They all run parallel to the lake but often there is a tree line in between so the fairways vary between lake bordering and not. Fairly generous but nicely shaped to allow some different throws. When in standard pins, these are just well designed golf holes. (the b pins are a little gimmicky.) Wood chips on the ground keep it from feeling like a road. It is also nice that 2 and 3 put the lake to the right while the others feature the lake on the left.
There are a few other good things here. The double mando on 8 is really unnecessary because I can't imagine anyone not wanting to go that way. Still, 8 is good hole that at least forces a low straight shot. ( finishes well, offering a protected basket to toughen up an open hole.
Cons: The rest is fairly bland as most of it crosses a small parcel of field. I'm not sure if there is anyone that would attempt the carry on 15 that wouldn't be bored by a lot of the other holes here. It's mostly open, park golf with a few trees scattered around. It's such a big park that I'm surprised that they couldn't find more good terrain. The parcel of trees opposite the last three holes in particular looks like it could have supported a series of tough tunnel shots.
The worst of it is those last three, as well as 5 and 6. All basically along the road and inviting golfers to have a wait while cars pass, or have cars pop up while the disc is in flight. Worse, the road is to the left of the fairway on four of the five holes.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

1    1/23/2015   2/1/2015
Review By: Hector Chain
Played: 155  Reviewed: 149  Exp: 8 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: On the drive through the park, I saw a rare sight: a sign saying "You're entering a disc golf area. No picnicking, no sunbathing..." Something like that. This area is fortunate to have such massive parks that they can say "Okay, the volleyball players will go over here, the bikers over there, runners over here..."

Most of the holes play in the fairly open area on either side of the park road, but holes 2-4 and 13-15 duck into the wooded area along the shoreline of a nice looking lake.

There aren't a ton of trees in the open holes (I wouldn't call them "open" if there were), but they are used well. Hole 5 uses a line of palm trees nicely. There is a gap in the row if you want the easier backhand, but you probably will have a tougher look at birdie. The turnover shot will get you closer but forces you to pick a gap (or hope).

Hole 13 was probably the best. There is a defined backhand route over land, but there are two big turnover routes over water that might give you a better look at the basket if you dare.

Hole 14 was also great. With the shore on the left, you
are throwing to a gap on the right with a tight uphill shot to a basket on a little ridge (this was the only elevation I remember). You need to decide if you are going to lay up to the gap or try to nail it with a RHBH turnover. Fun hole.

Tee pads are concrete. Navigation was pretty easy except for the transition from 12-13. Go kitty corner from where 12's basket is and go toward the water.
Cons: Almost no elevation here.

The wooded holes play very close to the water and have trees in the middle of the fairway. This means that if you play here often enough, it is an absolute certainty that you'll have a shot that clips a tree and shanks into the water. You're not allowed to go after it, either.

Most of the holes here are perfectly enjoyable, just not particularly memorable.
Other Thoughts: Another nice Florida park that did a good job of planning out the space available. This isn't the best course in the area, but if you have time for 3-4 courses, don't hesitate.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Best in Broward

5+    1/11/2015   1/26/2015
Review By: AS_Gator
Played: 8  Reviewed: 3
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great mix of wooded, open, and water holes located in a very large, beautiful park. I'd rank this as an intermediate course, due to the variety, length of shots and basket placement. Some baskets are placed up on hills, which is rarely seen in South Florida and adds so much to the course.

Near perfect Condition - Paved tees, good signage, and well maintained. The holes near the lake are especially nice to play, very serene.

Figure 8 Design - so the first 12 holes circle counter-clockwise around with a lake on your right, the remaining holes, once you come back to the middle, run clockwise with a lake on your left. I thought this was really smart, since it should balance the course for left and right handed players.

Few people ever go to this side of the park, other than the road (see Cons) running through the middle of it, so it still feels separated from the rest of the busy park.

Cons: The road that runs through the middle of the course is adjacent to 8 holes. Though only a few cars and bikes roll by, not a huge problem, it still takes away some of the appeal.

No restrooms/water fountains anywhere near the course or the course parking. Hopefully, that will be added sometime in the future.

Some holes along the fence line make retrieval tricky,but there are gaps in the fence to jump through.

Rainy weather will flood some fairways (#7,8,9).

Watch out for fire ants!
Other Thoughts: One of the best, if not, the best DG course in Broward. This one and Heritage Park are my two favorites, though Markham takes it by a slight edge. Snyder Park might be close once its complete.

Large, amazing park with plenty to do. Pavilions, Mountain Bike trails, Gun Range, Boat Ramps, Camping, RC Plane Airfield, & Dog Park.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

New improvements

2-4    10/14/2014   10/18/2014
Review By: kturn
Played: 10  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 2.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I recently had the opportunity to play this course on a weekday afternoon and I was the only one there. The course was easy to find using the directions given on this site. I found that the course was very well maintained and found that it now has concrete tee boxes and the hole maps are now permanent and are accurate and give direction to the next hole.
Cons: Watch for cars as stated in previous reviews there are several holes that run adjacent to a park road. It wasn't a big problem for me playing on a weekday but I can imagine it would be an issue on weekends.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Markham Park

5+    3/30/2014   4/2/2014
Review By: Peter S
Played: 114  Reviewed: 31  Exp: 22 Years
This review was updated on 10/27/2015
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Now 19 holes. New cement tees for all pads. Red, White and Blue all now have cement pads with B-pins on several holes. Fisrt park in the area with four par 4 holes. Variety of shots required. More long holes than other area courses. Baskets are all in perfect shape. Fun between the uprights/trees mando. Elevation: There are a few pins on mounds which adds to aesthetics and challenge as there is fear of some roll away. 6 holes play along a lake with two that have over water options. Now 19 holes with the newly added 14a bonus hole which sits on top (long) on in the center (short) of a very steep hill. New long pin for 13 is also on a steep hill and short missed puts will roll all the way down the hill. The new cement blue tees have added more challenge to appeal to pro level players. The red tees do a great job of setting up new players with lines for success as they are in places to help you avoid going into the water or the o.b. road. Many restrooms in park (although not close by course)
Cons: 6 holes run along a gravel road that is rough on discs & feet. Not for flip-flops. Proper footware required. Multi use park is always busy & people like to park on the grass with no idea they are on a golf course. A little mud at times in some spots by the water after rain.
Other Thoughts: I am very happy to have another local course that has a lot of challenge. The course if fairly new and already has benches, garbage cans, signs and a practice basket with measured putting circle. Seems there is something new each time I go. 8 new B-pins. Paved parking lot. Mulch between 2&3 and 15&16 help soften the journey. Boardwalk between mando trees to keep us out of the mud is a nice touch. Cement pads for all tees.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  Solid, Just Needs Time

2-4    3/18/2014   3/24/2014
Review By: flambamtym
Played: 3  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Markham Park is an excellent area, with plenty of outside activities aside from disc golf available.

Brand new, with a great course map and excellent baskets.

A bit scenic, especially in the holes by the lake and in the woods.

Good course variety (a mandatory shot between two trees, a few holes with a water hazard)

At some of the holes, the park supplies 10-foot long rubber pipes with metal hooks attached to the ends, for fetching frisbees out of the water or high trees.
Cons: No concrete tees (just two red stones per hole)

Weather can be an issue, with virtually no shade.

Located next to a frequented road, so expect to wait for cars to pass at some points.

Ignorant campers occasionally set up right next to baskets or in the middle of the course.

The poles are placed in obscure, unguarded locations (propped up against random trees, on the edge of the water) and probably will be subject to theft or disappear after a storm.

Navigation occasionally an issue (individual course maps often blow away from their markers in the wind, later 9 holes located on an obscure, unmarked path)
Other Thoughts: Markham Park Disc Golf seems to have earned a bad reputation for being "incomplete", judging from the ratings. However, it's noticeably improved in the 2 months or so between my visits. Again, for the most part, it's well mapped, has decent variety and challenge in its holes, is nice to look at, and even offers the handy retrieval poles. With time, the course might install concrete tees and better course maps to ease navigation. All in all, aside from its poor location right next to a commonly-used road, give this one a shot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Good Course Now, May be Great In Future

1    3/14/2014   3/14/2014
Review By: thrembo
Played: 93  Reviewed: 50  Exp: 41 Years
This review was updated on 3/16/2014
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes that mostly meander between the woods and the road, with a few holes by the lake, and a few dipping into the woods.

The park was very clean, with plenty of benches to sit on.

A good mix of hole lengths and shot types.

Nice baskets.

Park free to enter during the week.
Cons: Tees range from rock, sand and grass. Concrete tees probably coming though.

The course starts out with rocky fairways. I recommend sturdy shoes and sturdy discs for the first few holes.

The biggest problem, was that a car was parked in the middle of a fairway and another car was parked by a basket with some either really stupid or purposely db people having a picnic next to the basket. This is a huge multi use park with plenty of areas for people to park/picnic that wouldn't interfere with disc golfing.
Other Thoughts: A nice decent course for a fun casual round, that seems like its not quite finished yet. Could be something really nice here when they're done.

The greater Miami area has some of the heaviest traffic in Florida. Combine that with the worst drivers that I have ever seen anywhere. Be careful out there people, and leave plenty of extra time to get around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Markham is now 18 holes!

2-4    2/7/2014   2/7/2014
Review By: joesouthfla
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 5 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes that offer a variety of open and wooded fairways. A couple of elevated baskets (3&13) also add to the variety. Most holes are below 300' but there are three par 4's. The holes that run along the lake side are scenic but only come into play on three holes.
Cons: The course is still under construction so some of these cons will be obsolete very soon.
- Natural tee pads that will be replaced with concrete in the very near future.
- Only am pads are available at this time. Long pads and Rec pads will be added soon.
- some holes flood during heavy rains
- no restrooms or drinking fountains at the course. (There are nice restrooms nearby but you will need to drive)

Other Thoughts: As stated above this is a course still under construction so keep that in mind when you read some of the cons that people are posting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mark'em off my "courses to bag" list

1    12/27/2013   1/16/2014
Review By: BogeyNoMore
Played: 204  Reviewed: 138  Exp: 12 Years
This review was updated on 4/7/2016
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: NOTE: Only a nine hole course at the time of this review.
Nice, clean, large park offers lots of activities.
Mostly open fairways sparsely dotted with some well-placed trees. About half the holes allow for several different lines, a couple really force you to make a decision on the tee, and one (not that tight) tunnel shot says, "here's your line, hit it."
Holes 3 and 6 feature well tucked pins that require beautiful drives to deuce, and at least two pretty good shots to par... screw up either your drive or approach, and you'll likely take a 4 on them. Pins for 7 & 8 are located nicely as well.
Bright red stones with hole # let you know when you've arrived (but are hard to spot from the previous pin if the grass recently mowed).
Reasonably attractive course, but nothing spectacular.
10-15 min from Sawgrass Mills Mall for a quick round while the wife/GF goes shopping (too bad it's not 18 holes yet).
Cons: Lacks variety in terms of distance and fairway type. 8 out of 9 holes are between 275 and 350, and there isn't much to speak of in terms trees close to the tee. There's plenty of room to make some over 400' ...but they didn't.
There's a fence all the way down the right side of 7... just waiting for one to get away from you - very possible if it's a bit windy.
Florida's flat and so is Markham. I value what elevation can bring into play. Hole1 plays down the spine of a berm, but even that little bit of elevation doesn't really come into play. May I suggest extending some poles to raise baskets and create the possibility of long comebacks on missed putts? Yes, it looks gauche, but can be easily dressed up by surrounding with landscape timbers or stones and filled with dirt. Viola! elevated pin that adds risk/reward, looks more interesting, and doesn't cost much. Not as much fun as rolling hills, but jacking up a couple of baskets 1-2 ft can help spice up a flat course.
Needs tee signs badly, but based on the other Broward County courses, I have a feeling they're coming.
Other Thoughts: Brings another course to a thriving a metro area that doesn't have many. Prior to 2013, there were only two courses in a county with a population of 1.8 million. Broward County Parks & Rec has finally recognized the sport's growth, recently responding with Plantation Heritage and Markham to supplement longstanding Easterlin and Tradewinds.

Hole 2 may be the ugliest hole I've seen in a long time, but fits the definition of risk/reward and is a bit of a butt-pucker. A scraggly pine (that grows outward as much as upward) sits smack in the middle between tee and pin, forcing righties to throw a spike hyzer (up and over it) or a FH/annie (around it... and possibly in the drink if it glides long). It's a tourney worthy deuce or die hole, but there's just something about it I don't like.

This parcel of land isn't that great for disc golf, but I don't even think they used it to its potential and could've created a few more interesting holes using the same property.

Markham has a few things going for it, but on the whole, it just ain't all that exciting a course. If that's not the definition of "meh," I dunno what is. 2.0 is reasonable, and that might be stretching a bit, because I think 18 holes worth of this (plus concrete) might rate a solid 2.5. Hopefully, they add some variety when they expand.

Not worth going out of your way for, but if you're visiting friends or family west of Ft. Lauderdale, pack a Tee Bird and a putter and have some fun.

*Edit: Rating revised from 2.0 to 3.0 after playing 18 hole layout 12/26/15. Additional holes address lack of variety.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 On it's Way

1    1/10/2014   1/15/2014
Review By: Brendan
Played: 41  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.9 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful Park
Plenty of space, few interruptions from non dg park goers.
Cons: Needs some TLC or rather just more players coming through.

Signage is really lacking.

Some holes could use minor adjustments.

Other Thoughts: This course is definitely worth checking out. It seems like the kind of place that is still smoothing out the initial implementation.

Another minor note. I was visiting from out of town when I played. Maybe I'm getting to old and too persnickety. Maybe it was just that group of people. Perhaps its just something in the water. I (playing alone) caught up to a four pack that did not let me play through. Not only has this never happened to me, I've never actually seen it happen to any one else. Maybe I've been lucky.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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