3 Helpful / 1 Not
A diamond with some rough
Pros: A healthy mix of holes, and one of the few courses in the area that allow for larger arms to really throw (long pads for holes 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17 are near/beyond 400 ft). There are 5-6 holes that allow for max power shots, and that's not something you can say about Port Charlotte, Bonita, and Naples.
Cons: The rough is very rough -- as mentioned previously, 3 ft high palmettos will gobble up discs. Your first couple of times through should be done with either a local or you should take turns spotting. It's easy to lose discs during your first trip out here.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course that's only getting better. I swear every week I play the course and something's been improved upon. The course now has glow in the dark tee signs, and parks crew and club volunteers continue to landscape this park into a really nice place to play. Swap out a handful of tee pads and I'll change my 4 to a 5.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Surprisingly well-maintained with nice wide fairways suitable for beginner to intermediate players. For the most part a nice variety of hole shapes and lengths and the difference between fairway and rough is obvious. A lot of the holes feature mowed out areas between the scrub palms and the goal is to toss it along that fairways. Of course there are plenty of opportunities for an advanced player to throw over all of it but he better be careful to get back to a safe landing space here. Other holes feature a bit more of a wooded look, with canopies and tree lines and the rest, so this is a good mix of holes that should be fun for most players.
I found navigation simple with new tee signs that had been installed just that week and solid equipment all over the course. Though I could see this course getting out of hand, if the maintenance continues to be like what I saw, this will be a pretty good stop on any trip and a nice alternative to Estero for locals who fear water.
Cons: The rough is that typical of a lot of Florida courses. Scrub palm that sits about waste high that you want no part of going into for retrieval. Though I think it works for the most part here, this is typically a style that I dislike, as there are rarely trees that make you shape your shot: all the rough can be flown over. At other points, the fairways is lined with murky water and the hole shapes are straight and uninteresting. It does have a bit of the problem where the holes are red-level in terms of difficulty but the rough is inappropriate for new players who may be frustrated with the fact that an errant shot will have them in misery. There are also a few holes that are just why, as they follow a preexisting path parallel to a fence that guards some sort of drainage system the end of which features a basket tucked slightly to the left.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of tight, through the trees shots. Good hole and fairway placements. Canopy keeps some shots low. Other open fairways allow wide hyzer shots.
The trees that were along holes 11 and 12 were removed last summer, allowing hyzer shots.
Cons: Rough is extremely rough. Dense palmettos on both sides of the fairways. If you mis-throw, it can take an hour to find your disc. Tall cabbage palms catch and trap your disc. Key is to not mis-throw your disc.
Other Thoughts: You will find normal Florida fuana. I have seen Florida Black Snakes, (harmless and protected), Florida Long Tail weasel, tortises, rabbits, eagles, hawks and other birds.
Highly recommend wearing long pants, palmettoes are the saw palmetto varity and will cut you. There is poison ivy and oak around the course and fire ants, and spiders that bite, so be careful where you walk.
Recommend having a spotter, playing your first round with a local will help you get familar with the course. Maps are available online and in the Rec. Center.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A varying of shots for all disc golfers. The local league/park has worked hard at creating a course that can be easy for the beginner or difficult for the more advanced players. Each hole has a pro and am teepad and multiple pin placements(according to map on pin placements).
The course was very quite with only a few people playing and very few people out on the course. This was the same when played in January too when the weather was cooler.
Holes: 3,11,12, and 16 were pretty narrow. 18 throws over the corner of a pond. 1-3, 10-18 are all pretty shaded and played through the palms and oaks.
The rec center staff were helpful in getting me a course map, which I recommend getting, and the rec center also has nice restrooms and cold water from the fountain!
All baskets were up kept well with not damage and all were marked with a number to help identify.
Cons: Brand new layout and design is the reason for the cons. But I am going to put them so that future players know. As the course improves and problems are taken care of I'll update the review.
A lot of trash, was disappointed in how much trash was on the course. Only a handful of trashcans, on #6 near the basket there is an old "dump" where locals have discarded trash and a lot of glass.
4-10 plays out in a palmetto forest. Literally cut down by a mower for fairways, stay straight and the palms are no worry, go right or left and your are on an Easter Egg hunt! The palms do come into effect in 11-17 but these holes are in the oaks and offered shade.
The league and park tried to put in signage but park users have vandalized the temp signs and finding your way can be difficult.
The tee area has no sign for distance or pin placement so walking ahead looking for baskets was a must, most teepads were either temporary pavers or the old rough concrete teepads.
Other Thoughts: Once navigation and signage is taken care of this will help boost the course. Being hot and confused looking for a teepad isn't fun. The trash unfortunately will take a while to collect as a combined effort from all park goers is the only way to fix the issue.
Overall it was a good experience and will play again.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
lose the pavers
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: new layout. Not as bushy
Cons: CLEAN UP THE GARBAGE! there is broken glass on every single fairway old rusted metal car parts, beer cans water bottles cig butts, bed springs GARBAGE everywhere its like they put the new course on an old land fill from the 70's and pavers? come on put some pads in or secure the pavers correctly so you don't roll your ankles ?.... flow issue when people are on the tee of # 2 and people shooting 18 someone's gonna get hit. still lots of garbage. tree trimmings dumped in basket area... Course needs plantings some well placed trees would do this course well esp on the 2 long holes.. The new layout has been in for awhile clean it up already
Other Thoughts: course is short in length only throw a driver on 3 holes with all that space out there they could have at least 2 more @ 400ft. The course is showing promise but needs the difficulty needs to be turned up a bit. GET RID OF THE PAVERS
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
New NFM Course An Improvement!
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course features typical SW Florida flora and fauna with palm, oak, and pine trees to contend with. The fairways are well defined, but often tight and with some low ceilings.
There is a good mix of hole lengths, and right/left turning fairways.
The tee pads (two sets per hole) are concrete or pavers. Hopefully they will all be concrete eventually. Tee signs at am tees show hole locations and distance. Look for next tee arrows under the baskets.
The league/park have done a good job of cleaning the brush up, but there are still a few "palmetto hell" holes where a disc could be lost.
From what I understand, the police have chased the homeless people out of the park.
The course uses a few of the original holes, some with new pin placements etc so the course retains a little of its original style.
Cons: The course can tear you up. I recommend sturdy shoes, and long pants if possible.
Other Thoughts: A note on finding hole 1: Enter the park and go past the library on your left. When you see the brand new rec center on your right, turn into the 1st parking lot on your right (east side of building) and follow to end. As of this writing the pro tees are in a little grass island on the left and the am tees are straight off the edge of the pavement.
Also, I strongly encourage getting the map from the rec center before heading out for the 1st time.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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