The Bigger of the two Brothers.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Located in the massive and gorgeous Gordon Barnett Park in Orlando.
- The park itself has all sorts to offer, bmx, recreation areas, ball golf putting green and driving range (I used the driving range to warm up, the nets caught the discs perfectly.)
- Baskets are all in good condition.
- Tee-Pads are all in good condition.
- The hole diversity is second to none; each hole has a million different ways to reach the pin creating a very interesting experience when playing in a group.
- The course diversity is also very good; each hole presents its own unique challenge with hazards, O.B, deep rough and tree lines. There is no getting bored here.
- Multiple pin placements on some holes.
- Amateur pads on most holes; playing from these pads produces an entirely different course and creating a totally different experience.
- Beautiful wildlife throughout the entire course.
- The signature finishing hole to end all signature finishing holes. 315 feet from a shaded Tee-Pad over a gorgeous pond with a fountain onto an Island green that is only 40 or so feet in diameter. Basket sits on the short side of the island under a large tree. A perfect shot is needed to make it on the island.
- Pro shop located on grounds.
Cons: - The Tee-signs are borderline terrible in my opinion. They are not very accurate, dingy and look like they have been there for a while.
- Course can become a little difficult to navigate; the back 9 is nearly impossible without a map or a local.
- Almost certainty that you will lose something out here; whether it be a disc or your mind, something is getting lost.
Other Thoughts: - This course is Top 3 favorites and Top 3 difficulty.
- Another great course in Orlando, the new mecca of disc golf.
- In my opinion, the playing experience on this course is better than the Park side course, but at what point do we say if its not broke don't fix it.
- Definitely take a day trip for this course, just make sure you either have a map or a local.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
The Superior Experience.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Of the two courses at Barnett Park, this is clearly the superior experience.
It starts out very similarly, with a few holes in the park proper. It's on hole 3 where it starts to get interesting. That's where the course heads into the woods, with a number of narrow fairways, punishing rough, and risk/reward shots.
With the exception of 6, 3 through 11 are all very fun holes. My favorite was 8 where he basket is tucked into a nook of woods to the left of the fairway requiring good distance control to properly set up a chance at birdie. 11 is wide open, but the tee is nicely set up on a small bluff looking over a small creek.
Even 12 is almost a good hole. It runs along the aforementioned creek and you can run a nice forehand shot over the creek and fade it toward the basket. If only the football field was not directly to the right of the fairway.
While the end run of holes is less than stellar, the final hole is close to a great hole. It's an island green, that should give you the option of going for it off the tee or throwing along the lake and crossing a smaller stretch of water for a bogey. But the tree on the island has long, thick branches that hang out over the water and will knock down most shots approaching the green from the tee, right into the water.
It also stays a lot drier than Parkside. There was much more rain in the days preceding my round than in the days before I played Parkside, but the North course was dry with the exception of 15-17. And on 15, you can walk around, and hopefully shoot over the drenched area.
Additionally, while there are a few holes that abut the housing at the edge of the park, it is not a problem as it is on 17 Parkside, which may be the worst hole I've ever played.
Cons: There are a few factors that keep it from being the 3.5-level course that it should be. The most significant of these is navigation. Too many of the holes here, especially in the beginning and head section end with the player scratching their head, wondering where the next tee is. I downloaded a map and was still confused on a few occasions.
The worst offender is the 16 to 17 transition, which wasn't even represented accurately on the map. I walked around a tennis court and then past the 15 tee to find it eventually. It's a bit odd.
There's also a few long gaps between holes. The one where you have to walk between the fence and the woods for a longtime? That's not great, but could be improved by a next tee sign after the long walk. I wouldn't have minded a longer walk between 5 and 7 if it allowed for the removal of the terrible hole 6. Not only does that one run along a fence, the hole 7 tee is essentially halfway down the fairway.
Between the transitions and a few extraneous holes, there is room for improvement here.
The other issue is the tee signs, which are inconsistent. Some, while old, are descriptive and even indicate which location the tee is in. Others are worn out or fail to indicate water, such as the small pond right before the 16 basket.
Other Thoughts: It's got some some problems but there are some interesting, challenging holes here. Much more so than the Parkside course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Challenge in the woods
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: * Challenging lines in the woods with unique (6 and 8) holes.
* Multiple pads and pin positions
* Excellent shot variation from extremely tight lines on the front, to a more wide open back.
* Definitive signature holes with 6, 8, and of course 18
* Reasonable distance variety especially on the back nine.
* Front nine is quite shady and does give a break from summer heat.
* Pro shop with decent disc selection is on site.
* Bathrooms and water fountains on site with water fountains before 15 by the playground.
* Course is a real challenge. These are not 225 ft wooded holes. It plays quite long off the back.
* Prepare to use your whole bag, lots of different lines to be played.
Cons: * Sometimes the navigation and walking was odd. After hole 12, you have to walk around a football field and across the street to continue, and there are other holes that are tough to find. You will walk a lot for your 18.
* I had mixed feelings about hole 8. It seems like a spike hyzer hole, but there is a low ceiling with no real cut through. I would like to spend some time just playing that hole to see if I can figure out what I missed. Not really a con, but it was confusing at first.
Other Thoughts: After playing parkside, this was a real change. The holes in the woods were long and precise, and the open ones still had gaps to play. I really appreciated 13 to 18 and the differences they offered. And hole 18....What a sight. 315 ft to an island is quite the shot. You can leave your round thrilled or with the one that got away. I played a star eagle to the middle of the island and left loving this course. I wonder if I would have felt differently had I found the water? I'm sure I'll find out one day in the future. But, don't let the challenges of this course turn you off. There is basketball, mini golf green, hiking, fishing, and playgrounds to also enjoy. the fact that there is as challenging a course as northside is just icing on a tasty cake. Please take the trip and enjoy!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Tricky course with novel shots
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Tricky and plenty long from the back tees. Some tee shots require odd angles or touch, especially number 8 and number 18.
Cons: Take plenty of water because it can get brutally hot in the summer. Also, sometimes it's difficult to find the next tee box. Grab a map at the pro shop.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent Community Park Course
Pros: Gordon Barnett Park was very easy to get to and sits in a well maintained community park. There are a vairety of fairways available at this course, from open holes, to fairways dotted with trees, to tighter holes surrounded by dense vegetation. Where available, this course makes good use of elevation and water OB and forces some thought regarding your throw. The fairways at the North course feature many different playing surfaces including sand, grass, and combinations in between. Hole #15 is one standout as it features a gradually inclining fairway with a sparse wall of trees midway through the hole. The trees aren't so close as to make it impossible to get a throw through, but the head game played by these trees is much more challenging. The real piece de resistance is hole #18. This hole requires a precision drive across a pond to a true island green, surrounded by water OB on all sides. It's both a beautiful hole and quite challenging.
Another way that variety is factored into this course is with multiple tees and a moving basket. The multiple tees give you different playing options each time you play and the moving pin position gives you entirely different playing options over time.
The hand-crafted tee signs were helpful in seeing the fairway shape, expected lines, distance, and par.
Other park ammenities are available onsite (bathrooms, picnic tables, etc.).
Cons: Saftey is a concern in heavily-used parks and this course plays close to several other public areas, increasing the chances of an innocent bystander being injured by an "off" throw.
Despite having multiple tees, there wasn't much variation in hole length and no indicator to show which position the basket was in. Additionally, there were a few blind baskets where the entire length of the fairway would need to be traversed to determine the basket location/position. Hole #8 didn't make much sense as there was no real fairway or direct line to the basket. Even an "up and over" shot was limited due to long-hanging branches. Hole #6 is tricky as the fairway borders a fence. A turned over drive on this hole spells trouble as there are risks and dangers involved with hopping a fence to get your disc.
Navigation was a little off at times. In one instance, a long walk around a football field was required to get to the next tee. In other instances, the next tee isn't too obvious and a confusing walk can ensue.
Holes on the fringes of the park weren't all that well maintained and had high grass and other dense foliage surrounding the fairway.
Other Thoughts: As parks go, the complex at Gordon Barnett Park is amazing and includes BMX, paintball (yeah, paintball), playgrounds, a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, golf greens, and on and on. Given all these ammenities, it's no surprise that you'd find not one, but two disc golf courses on site.
The other course onsite (Parkside) seemed to be a slight notch above the North course with the North course rating hovering juat above 3.25. That said, there just doesn't seem to be enough noteworthy holes or course attributes to pull the North course up to 3.5, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I would still recommend this course to anyone that is in the Orlando area and is looking for a place to throw. Granted, the Turkey Lake courses aren't too far down the road, but with two decent courses in one spot Gordon Barnett Park is an option to consider while in central FL.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Plenty of variety here. Of the 2 courses at Barnett Park, this one is the toughest. Long holes w/ good obstacles (trees) to throw around and through. Hole 18 is not for the faint of heart, as you must throw a strong drive to make it onto a small island..... you miss and you're now down a disc. Really the entire course is pretty difficult and may not be the best course to start off on for beginners. Great wooded areas w/ clear lines to the baskets though. Also clear paths and signs pointing to the next tee. Love it!
Cons: Many people may just pass on hole 18 due to the high probability of losing a disc in the water. Difficulty level a bit high for beginners.... this is judging from my own experience... this being my first course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: he North course is the bigger, slightly badder brother of the two full eighteens at Gordon Barnett. While Parkside might have a little more maintenance and beauty, the North course makes up for this with more punishing rough, tighter lines, more elevation, and a really scary finishing water hole.
Replay-ability: Like Parkside, the North course ranks high on the replay meter largely because there is a second eighteen hole course on site meaning that you'll probably only be playing half of your rounds here when you visit. Multiple pins also help add to a solid replay score.
Challenge: As mentioned above, the North course offers a nice bump in challenge compared with Parkside. The rough on many of the back holes consists of very thick shrubs, low palm bushes, and small trees - all of these mean that you'll have to think about how safe your proposed shot is or risk landing in a zone where par is nearly impossible. This is in sharp contrast to the Parkside course where even bad drives can easily escape via relatively easy approach shots for pars. This isn't the course for the newer player but I think would likely make for a better place for the up-and-coming player to really challenge their game. When you throw a poor shot, you'll get feedback from the course and will have to make improvements - you'll also have to hit tighter windows if you want birdies.
The other 'pro's' of this course are again a contrast to most of those on the Parkside course. The North course is a little less traveled by non-disc golfers on the front side, but does get a little busy near the end. Also, there is a bit more thinking off the tee due to some increased risk on some of the tee shots. There are a few areas, especially for the first-timer, where you might be thinking a layup and easy par might be yield better overall scores than trying to gamble for a birdie.
Cons: Navigation: As several others have mentioned, this course can be quite a bit more tricky to navigate. Especially in the middle portion of the course, you'll likely need to walk around a bit to figure out where the next tees are and to figure out where several of the blind baskets are located.
Other than that, it would be nice to see a few multiple-shot par four (or five) holes interspersed in this layout but it seems like space constraints would make this quite difficult. The designers have done a really nice job creating a course with lots of variety so this is really to explain my rating more than detract from the course.
Other Thoughts: While I really enjoyed Parkside as a more 'complete' course, I found a few of my favorite holes on the North course. There are a few really excellent tight woodsy holes that are quite challenging and of course, a heart-thumping water hole finish. Overall, if you are bringing the family or newer players, take on the Parkside course first but if you are in the mood for more of a challenge, try out the North course from the longs and hit up Parkside for a cool-down round.
If you need to make a stop at the pro shop, make sure to hit it up while you are on the Parkside course because once you start on the North, you likely won't be back until you hit the finishing eighteenth (which is perfect because after playing 18, you might need new plastic!).
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Not as good as Parkside
Pros: As stated in my review of the Parkside course there is something here for everyone at any age to do. Below is a list of the amenities.
Multiple covered playgrounds
Lake for fishing
Golf practice area
Baseball and Softball fields
All of this plus two disc golf courses and it's all FREE!! There is a well stocked pro shop with pretty decent prices and uber clean bathrooms. There is also a bamboo retrieval device by the bathrooms which could easily come in handy when playing the signature island hole 18. There are several benches and trash cans scattered throughout; although there are more on the Parkside course. Multiple pin positions on every hole with some have two sets of tee pads. Yellow painted wingnuts mark the current pin positions. There is a good amount of water that comes into play. OB is also utilized quite well. The concrete tees are good sized and in good shape. A good mix of shots/hole and elevation change makes up for the huge lack of signage. There are no Next Tee arrows painted on the poles like there was on the other course. The baskets are color coded and numbered which helps as sever holes have close or crossing fairways. Away from most park activities.
Cons: Even with a map it is easy to get turned around or lost. There are several very close or crossing fairways. As with the Parkside course there are a ton of ant hills. The signs were bent/rusting on at least half of the holes. The walks in between the holes aren't marked well and get quite narrow at times. The layout looks like it was mushed in to areas where they couldn't put anything else. Hole eight for an example has the basket tucked into a bunch of trees and palms with no real path to it (I know a lot of other reviewers liked it, but I just felt as if it was a filler hole). Multiple holes are close to fields and/or roads and would make playing on a busy day tricky.
Other Thoughts: All in all a good course, but it wasn't as much fun for me as Parkside.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course had several very fun holes. There is a Pro Shop with a nice selection of discs and maps are available as well. Elevation was used where it was available. The terrain changes from dirt, to grass, to sand often.
- multiple tees
- variety (turns, distances, obstacles/ open)
- water hazards (lake and gullies)
- 2 courses on 1 park
- challenging: fairways can be tough but fair
- easy to navigate with next tee signs when needed
Cons: It is a busy park with many other activities going on.
- almost stepped on a snake
- rough areas are thick and pointy
Other Thoughts: My favorite holes were 8 and 18. 8 has a 90 degree turn into a beautiful area tucked in the woods, and 18 is the island shot.
We got a little confused pulling into the park, the GPS brought us to the backside of the park where there was no parking. Here is the phone number on the map I got so you might find it easier: 321-276-3681. Park hours are 8am- 8pm. I hope to play here again.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Awesome terrain for what central FL has to offer.
Pro and Am tees are poured and clean.
Multiple pins seem to float around monthly.
Tree placement is challenging, but not enough to become annoying.
Holes favor a variety of different shots.
This course is pretty awesome, I've played it around 50 times.
Cons: if im being forced to gripe about something: lack of elevation between holes. [ but this is florida ]
for the landscape and the unknown budget, i think the discgolf setup couldn't really be much better.
Other Thoughts: My friends and I play here at least once a week, still not sick of the north side. This place is fun, I'm glad I live close by.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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