Short and Technical
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Pros: NOTE: COURSE IS NOW 18 HOLES. new review forthcoming. ------------- (2.165 Rating) A very heavily wooded 9 hole course that's challenging in relation to course par.
- DIFFICULTY - In terms of course par, one of the most challenging course I've played. There are four par 2's. I've played par 2's before, but they're usually open shots under 150 feet. These are much harder than the ones over at the nearby FSU course. Three of par 2's are in the 180 foot range and one is over 240 feet. Two of the shorter ones play with lines that require hitting a gap no more than 4 feet wide. In addition there are two par 3 300 footers that have gaps under 6 feet to hit and have water in play. Good luck. As a player with about a 900 rating, I bet I could play this course 20 times and not break course par once.
- CHAINS - All the baskets look nearly new and have heavy chains.
- QUICK PLAY - A single can complete a full 9 in under 45 minutes. groups of 4 will probably finish in an hour and a half.
- BEAUTY - The raw beauty of the course is slightly above average. Many holes play along a shallow valley split by a creek. The tree canopy look and feel is better than average course as well.
- MAINTENANCE - The holes outside the woods appear to be constantly trimmed and manicured. There was very little trash spotted despite a lack of trash cans.
Cons: Plan on spending extra time searching for your disc.
- FORGIVENESS - Due to the tight lines, good shots seem to always get picked off. This course will test the placement of your shots. Being off your mark by a foot or two sometimes isn't good enough. In addition, holes 4 and 3 especially are crazy hard. Hole 3 is a 300 foot plus poke and pray shot just to get to a landing area 100 feet short. The hole signage seems to think there is a line to the right but I think the vines have closed up that 6 foot gap 200 foot down fairway.
- OVERGROWTH - The rough is rough, and you will end up in it. There is an over abundance of nooks and crannies and vegetation. I played when everything was dry and dead and still found myself searching from time to time.
- UNIQUENESS - Below average. 1,2,8 and 9 all have the same feel. a controlled putter or approach disc threw a tight gap. 5, 6 and 7 have the same feel and are the somewhat open holes. They are too short for anything more than a mid range disc. finally 3 and 4 are the same feel. 300 foot crazy tight water hazard holes.
- ELEVATION - Really not that much unless you only play Florida courses. But for Florida probably about average. Hole 1 is probably 20 foot down and hole 9 is 20 foot up.
- CHARACTER - The course is below average in terms of character. There is an adequate course map at hole 1, there is subpar hole signage that gives angle and distance only. Most of the tees are well shaded. Probably the biggest thing that's missing is seating and trash cans. There is also no practice area, multiple pin placements or multi tees that you'd see at your older established courses.
- TEES - They don't work. They are loose wood chips thrown into an above ground 1x4 frame. If you're a player that drives standing still, they will work. I personally tee'd to the side on a few holes as its impossible to do your normal footwork dance on these tee boxes.
- SPACING - A bit below average. It's a tight fit, but there really is not much to work with in the park space provided. There are numerous occurrences where the basket and next tee are perilously close. a couple of times they are separated by less than 40 feet. Baskets 5 and 8 are almost on top of each other.
- LOCATION - Course is a trek to get to from the interstate highway system. a good 45 minutes from I10.
Other Thoughts: An adequate course for those living within 5-10 miles. A great course to work on accuracy. Probably worth a look see if you've vacationing in panama city, have access to a car and are looking for a challenging round. If you're looking for a more laid back round, check out the FSU course.
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Pros: This course had a few pros. The par 2's were still reasonably difficult in my opinion. Hole one is a difficult par 2 right into the woods. Holes 5-7 are nice and open with reasonable obstacles in the way. The park is very nice too and not too far away from the beach for people like myself just visiting.
Cons: The holes not out in the open (1-4 and 8-9) have very small gaps that you have to hit or else you'll hit a tree and possibly land in the marshy area that the course plays through. Be prepared to spend time looking for discs, too, because the overgrowth is good at hiding them.
Other Thoughts: Even though there are 3 par 2's on this course, it is still very difficult and is not one of those "morale booster" 9 hole courses. I still say it's worth the drive over.
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