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Old 11-03-2013, 10:47 PM
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Default Florida in January.

I'm meeting a friend in Florida for a short disc golf vacation in January. We should have about 10 days to play. As of now I was planning on the Tampa area. I'm looking for the "must play" courses, or the best area to play. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 11-03-2013, 11:45 PM
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I played the Ed Austin park in Jacksonville 2 July's ago and it was awesome, even though I'm from the northwest and had no idea what humidity was. It is has a great mixture of open holes tight trees, elevation, multiple pins, plus 23+ holes to play. But I think Tampa is about 3 hours away.

If you head towards the Atlantic coast Amelia Island has cool little course called pirate pointe, that has 9 baskets but 3 course layouts that equal 27 playable holes. Check it out on this site it is sweet.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:00 AM
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Tampa definitely has the most.

The only must travel to is bill Frederick park in orlando. One top notch course and a second decent one in the same park. About an hour from Tampa.

I'll second ed austin but its a lot farther from your base of operations.

Ocala is a bit closer and it has two good ones and is on the route to Gainesville. Three courses there though I can't vouch for them.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:10 AM
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floral city is sort of on the way to ocala from tampa and is a fun little course. ocala greenway is the best permanent course i have played in florida.

if you are there while the canyon in brooksville is set up you should definitely beg, borrow, and steal to get on it- one of the best pieces of land ever for disc golf.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:30 AM
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Assuming you have a car to get around, you can do a lot in 10 days if you base your trip around Tampa....

Taylor Park in Largo is a top area course.

Cliff Stevens Park is the home course of the Champ, and you can also play Coachman Park - which is only a 10 minute drive away. You will also be 10 minutes from Clearwater Disc Golf Store, which is a must....

Picnic Island in Tampa is a 9 hole course, but very pretty and well kept.

USF Riverfront Park is a nice course. You are supposed to be a USF student to play it, but as long as you don't act like a fool, I've never seen anyone ask for ID - and I've played it many times.

Meddard Park in Plant City is another course that I would highly recommend, as is arguably the hardest course....but fun.

From Tampa, Orlando is about a 75 minute drive, which opens up even more options!
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:49 AM
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if you are there while the canyon in brooksville is set up you should definitely beg, borrow, and steal to get on it- one of the best pieces of land ever for disc golf.
Hate to correct you, but this statement really should have been in all caps, bold, italics, and with at least a half-dozen exclamation points.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:23 AM
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Hate to correct you, but this statement really should have been in all caps, bold, italics, and with at least a half-dozen exclamation points.
http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course...d=1907&mode=ci

The Quarry Golf Course.
Is that it? Looks very nice. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm not locked into Tampa. However it does look like a great place to start. We will have a car, so travel out to play a few out of the way courses can happen.
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the quarry is so so at best. my inlaws live about a mile from it and i drive to floral city to play instead of going there.
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Ok. This one.
Ocala Greenway DGC
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http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course...d=1907&mode=ci

The Quarry Golf Course.
Is that it? Looks very nice. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm not locked into Tampa. However it does look like a great place to start. We will have a car, so travel out to play a few out of the way courses can happen.
Nope. Not at all.

There was once a private course called the Gran Canyon, in an old limestone quarry. It was the best course I ever played, and we'd make the pilgramage from South Carolina almost every January for a tournament there. Last tournament was 2006, and the course closed in 2007 or 2008 (I think).

Last year, Mike Barnett at Sun King Discs got permission to hold 2 tournaments on a re-designed, temporary course on the property. It was the second best course I've ever played.

He's doing it again in January.

Unless you're playing in the tournaments, the trick is to get on the course on one of the practice days, or finagle a chance early or late on a tournament day (if possible).
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