0 Helpful / 2 Not
1st Time at Barnett
Pros: Challenging course with plenty of OBs to navigate. Multiple tee/pin positions. Mostly easy to navigate. Nice signature island hole 18! Pro shop on site. Course maps available at pro shop. Nice scenery. Some elevation play.
Cons: Trouble finding hole 3 and 17. 17 was recently moved. A little biased toward rightys.
Other Thoughts: A great and challenging course. Shoot 54 here and you've really played well. You can't beat two courses on one site. This course is much more fun that the Preside course for an advanced player. Urban area with lots of traffic so exude confidence.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: nice and open but not to open i really like the curves you have to take to get to the tees
Cons: the courses are together and not real clearly marked
Other Thoughts: i like how the tress are kept kind of thined out so that you can find the disk when they do go in
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Wonky layout, several fun holes.
Pros: Barnett North makes use of limited elevation in a good way. There is not a lot to work with, but where there is it seems to be used to achieve some challenging pin placements. The course is also broken up well between open and wooded holes, preventing a monotonous run of one or the other. The tunnels in the woods are mostly well defined, with routes that make sense (there is always a flight path that will bring you to the pin placement on your drive, if you can hit the line and get the distance).
I also enjoyed the fact that a few holes gave you some genuine choices. Hole 2 provided the option of a straight route, with risk of skipping out of bounds, a huge but safe hyzer to lay up short if you have the arm for it, or a massive anhyzer to try for the pin, which has a deep slope and creek next to it. Hole 5 has an absolutely gorgeous and well manicured approach and green. And, as has been said in all reviews: hole 18 is beautiful.
Cons: With all of that said: the course is poorly laid out. I can't understand why, with so much land available, and so many potentially great holes that would flow so much better - you're stuck walking across fairways to reach the next teepad in some areas, you have to backtrack a good ways in other areas... In multiple areas you're going to have trouble finding the next tee, even with a course map.
This is especially true in a few areas where the signage is missing completely. For someone with vision problems (no depth perception, blind in one eye) - signage is absolutely vital. Admittedly all of these things are problems that are solved by multiple play-throughs - but when someone is in for a weekend and wants to hit a course any one of these issues can really add some undue irritation to what should be a relaxing day of golf.
Additionally - the course was not much of a challenge. From the blue tees it is relatively easy to score in the 40s, even on a poor round. It was supposed to be the more challenging of the two courses on the property - but only a few holes were really a challenge.
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that although I only rated the course decent at 2.5 - it is accompanied by another disc golf course. I did not play the other course, but having two 18 hole loops on the same property really does increase the worthiness of a visit to the property on the whole.
Along with that there is a very nice little pro-shop out on the property as well with discs for sale. Although the selection was virtually all Innova, it was a nice selection. But I would improve one thing - the map here on the site is far clearer than the one printed off and available there, I would recommend that they switch over the map they're using.
Finally - I will state that the course has the potential to really amp up the difficulty. It has some fantastic looking long pin positions. Some of the holes were in the long positions but most were medium or short positions. Glancing at the positions available I'd say that with them all in the long spots (something that the fellow at the pro-shop said doesn't happen, sadly) the course would be a much more enticing play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Island Greens are fun!
Pros: Challenging course that did not have any gimme birdies. The short holes all had wrinkles to make them challenging. Had a few shots I haven't seen before including #1 that required a choice of going high over the treetops or weave through them. Low treetops throughout the course made approaches difficult. The 18th hole is a thing of beauty. 315' to the pin lying on an island green. Must be 290+ to carry the water and the green is not huge. I stood there and threw several just for the fun of it and to enjoy the scenery. Course was open and remote enough to allow dogs off leash on middle holes.
Cons: Park seemed a little rough around the edges. Not sure I'd be comfortable playing there alone or as night approaches. A few holes were under construction. Did have a few "chuck it and pray" holes (defined as holes where there are lots of trees and no clear path through them all).
Other Thoughts: I'd love to go back here and play it again. If nothing else, the 18th hole makes the course worth playing. Also, pretty close to I-95 so makes for a nice break on long road trips.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun & Challenging
Pros: This place had a good mix/variaty of shots. Not many elevation changes, but what were available were exploited. Some fun blinds. Not too long to deter new players, but some good rip for the dawgs (I played all the long placements). Several tees and hole placements. Nice flow!! Creek runs thru some holes to provide an OB and 18 is an Island Green!!!
Nice tee pads, mostly concrete with a few carpeted, palet style (those were use for where the lake/ creek rose and flooded the area occasionally**) Trash cans and benches spread out pretty well.
** They were well built and long enough... Some have floated closer to the hole, LOL!!
Pro shop with all the stuff. Restroom located there. Great staff and really cool locals
League play on Sunday (Handicap system used to deter-sand baggers) Mixed Doubles on Tues. & Thurs.
Cons: Not many cons to list. Maybe make more teepads that are concrete at each tee placement (which it seems they are working on). Umm, mow the lawn so I can roll a couple? ( I don't care, there are windows....)
Other Thoughts: As you can tell if you have read my reviews, I LOVE CHALLENGE!!! This course provided it, but had short tees to promote the sport to newbs (A++). The locals I played with were very cool. My new "Home" course....
Favorite Hole: DUH!!! #18.... Island Green, about 320' (Long Tee). High risk, High reward! I love throwing over water!!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Gourgeous Course (park was amazing as well) One of a kind experience dealing with unique foliage. Well laid out with accompanying signs. Great variety to challenge different skills.
Cons: Some of the OB had bushes with killer thorns. They GRAB and don't let go. Also, while we didn't run into problems I can foresee that the park has unsavory visitors.
Other Thoughts: Park closed at 8! There was still probably a half hour of daylight!!!
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Worth the trip
Pros: Two courses on site. Stocked pro-shop. Close to the Orlando attractions. A few very good holes. Solid Blue-level challenge. Most holes have nice cement pads.
Holes 10-11 are very nice, longer par 3's with multiple routes through the trees.
Cons: Quirky routing.
Hole 9 is one of the worst holes I've ever seen. Basically its throw about 150 ft. then let the disc skip hard through a thick patch of little trees and hope for luck.
The new hole 7 involves crushing a spike hyzer out over the fence of a retention pond and then having a 100-150 ft. lay-up shot. Par 3.5 and aesthetically unappealing.
The water on the 18th hole eats way too many discs. No safe play for beginners. It's an interesting coincidence that the course designer has a pro-shop within 200 ft. of this water hazard.
Discs get stolen in the park and there have been a few assaults.
Other Thoughts: Don't be a dirty discer. Leave the course cleaner than you found it!
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Something for Every DG Taste in Orlando
Pros: Well maintained course, layout and design, varied trees.
Other Thoughts: Set in in well maintained city park, Gordon Barnett Park is a worthwhile disc golf experience in a typical Florida setting. Barnett Park has two distinct 18-hole courses, both par 3 for the most part. Overall, both courses feature nice, open, well mown fairways with a good collection of oaks, pines, and palmetto to make most holes sufficiently challenging. A canal running through the park comes into play on a few holes also. The North Course adds the challenge of some unforgiving Florida woods holes, and finishes with a classic water hole.
North Course - the second 18 at Barnett is a little more diverse and challenging than the older Parkside Course, but is also still a bit of a work in progress. The first three holes and the last four or five are perfectly picturesque disc golf holes, with nice signs and concrete teepads, playing over and around a perfectly manicured hill (rare in Florida), and long enough to be interesting. The rest of the holes on this course, however, have been carved out of a stand of Florida woods, so thick with trees, undergrowth, and salt bush, and unforgiving. It's easy to lose a disc on this part of the course, and errors are much more difficult to recover from. The finishing hole on the North Course is a Florida classic, a 300 ft. drive to an island green. Many people lose their discs here I'm sure, but it's worth a try.
Overall, the Parkside Course is better for beginners, and for those that prefer to grip and rip rather than play a bit of a control game. But the North Course is a little more varied and challenging, and does feature four or five just picture perfect disc golf holes. Something for everybody at Barnett Park.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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