0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well balanced, lefty hyzers overwater , some woods, some open field, plenty of lines for everyone, multiple tee pads, multiple basket positions.
Cons: No bathrooms, water hazards, can flood some holes out on good rains
Other Thoughts: I think it's one of the best in the area. Fun challenging and makes you want to come back for more. Makes you play various shots using a wide range of discs.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Disc Golf course basics - teepads, signage & baskets - are impeccable.
Professionally poured concrete teepads - Red, White & Blue - on all holes, as applicable.
Course plays fair with a good mix of thick woods, water, semi-open & open holes demanding a variety of shots.
Course is welcoming from Red Pads & challenging from Blue pads, making it interesting for newcomers & professionals alike.
Where available on provided land, good use of elevation, relative to South Florida anyway, on pin placements.
Cons: No Toilet facilities or Water Fountains provided in Disc Golf course area of the park. This has nothing to do with the course itself, just come prepared.
Other Thoughts: Subjectively, as a lefty back-hand thrower, this is my favorite course in Broward.
Objectively, for parks under the Broward County umbrella, this is the most well manicured & appealing course in Broward.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * open / non congested disc area
* good variety of holes with plenty of challenge especially from the back tees
* water, manditory, and elevated holes provide additional difficulty
* good mix of tunnel shots and open, hizer and anhizer holes,
* well maintained, clean , picturesque
Cons: * course a toward back of park, takes a few minutes to get there
* navigation to hole 13 is a bit confusing the first time you play....go toward the lake
Other Thoughts: I've played probably about 100 courses and don't understand the low rating on this course. It is a great course. Thank you to all that built it and maintain it.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Park Em at Markham
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course (with a option for a 19th) with good Chainstar baskets and concrete tees on every hole. Three pads on every hole (rec, am, and pro). Course offers a nice mix of wooded holes and somewhat open holes through some scattered palm trees. The more wooded holes offer another challenge as they border an OB pond (2-4, 13-15). The open holes offer an OB road on a majority of them (1, 5-6, 11-12, 16-18), although the road is not heavily used. Double mando on 8 makes for an interesting par 3. The course is set away from other park functions. There is no distinct advantage here to being a right or lefty. Practically right off the highway. Very small fee charged on the weekends by the county parks. Well maintained. Trash bins by a couple of the holes.
Cons: Being a bit inland, it gets even hotter and more humid in the summer, make sure you have lots of water. The pond is not too deep if you're just a few feet in, but it drops quick, use caution. I mentioned the OB park road that comes into play on a few holes. While it's not a really busy road, there will be cars, so exercise caution and wait for them to pass (same goes for the cyclists who use that road too). Flat, but typical for south Florida.
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoy playing Markham, and it fits in quite well with a number of the other courses Broward County has to offer. It is not a stand out course, but it's very solid. Come challenge yourself at Markham. You'll be glad you did.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 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.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Best in Broward
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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.
5 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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid, Just Needs Time
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.
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