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69586 DGCR Number
Saint Petersburg , FL Location
Mark Blazer Real Name
3.3 Years Years Playing
RHBH Main Throwing Style
939 DGCR Player Rating
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MY Ratings
What makes a great course?
I have asked many of the regulars I play with, "what's your favorite course in the area." After getting a bunch of responses, I was surprised by the diversity of thee expressed favorite. So then I would ask them why? and other follow up questions. So what makes a great course? To me, it's a little bit of everything. IMO, a great course will be one that's challenging yet fair. It will have a Zen-like quality, but will ambush you when you lack total focus. It will let you relax at the tee and give you the information you need, when you need it. It will throw you curveball after curveball, then fastball, change, sinker, fastball, wild pitch. That's what I love. My ratings may have a structure to them, but my formula is based on what's said above.

Being someone who loves stats, I rate a course on 5 main weighted factors, they are:
The first three categories listed, are further broken down into a total of 46 weighted sub categories. My formula data is kept in an excel spreadsheet.
[1] (15%) Fun Factor (aceability, forgiveness, disc loss opportunities, overgrowth, club/people, time waiting, etc.) it's somewhat subjective.
[2] (25%) Character (benches, practice area, bag holders, multi tees, multi pins, basket condition, teeing experience, restrooms, water fountain, etc.)
[3] (25%) Uniqueness (elevation up/down, open/wooded, gimme/beast hole, water, doglegs, pocket shots, signature hole, blind, par 4, par 5, etc.)
[4] (20%) Raw Difficulty - per DGCR rating and my subjective personal feeling
[5] (15%) Raw Beauty - completely subjective

* My top rated courses for (FUN FACTOR)
[1] (5.390) Flying Armadillo - Gold (San Marcos, TX)
[2] (4.670) Ferry Park (Ft Walton Beach, FL)
[3] (4.480) Zilker Park (Austin, TX)
* My top rated courses for (CHARACTER)
[1] (5.040) Taylor Park (Largo, FL)
[2] (5.030) Bill Frederick Park - T2 (Orlando, FL)
[3] (4.870) Cliff Stevens Park (Clearwater, FL)
* My top rated courses for (UNIQUENESS)
[1] (5.175) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[2] (5.150) Old Settlers' Park (Round Rock, TX)
[3] (4.725) The Bear (Alford, FL)
* My top rated courses for (RAW DIFFICULTY)
[1] (4.950) Jack Mclean Park (Tallahassee, FL)
[2] (4.800) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[3] (4.550) Perkerson Park (Atlanta, GA)
* My top rated courses for (RAW BEAUTY)
[1] (5.000) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[2] (4.750) Taylor Park (Largo, FL)
[3] (4.500) Picnic Island DGC (Tampa, FL)

* My top courses (OVERALL) (out of 111 courses)
Constantly re-evaluated - Last Update - May 2017
[1] (4.298) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[2] (4.269) Tom Brown Park (Tallahassee, FL)
[3] (4.264) Circle C Metro Park (Austin, TX)
[4] (4.180) Bill Frederick Park - T2 (Orlando, FL)
[5] (4.126) Perkerson Park (Atlanta, GA)
[6] (4.108) Picnic Island DGC (Tampa, FL)
[7] (3.997) Taylor Park (Largo, FL)
[8] (3.966) Cliff Stevens Park (Clearwater, FL)
[9] (3.912) Flying Armadillo - Gold (San Marcos, TX)
[10] (3.767) Estero DGC - (Estero, FL)
[11] (3.738) Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA)
[12] (3.701) Cypress Point Park (Tampa, FL)
[13] (3.700) Flying Armadillo - Big (San Marcos, TX)
[14] (3.699) Edward Medard Park (Plant City, FL)
[15] (3.690) The Preserve DGC (Port Charlotte, FL)
[16] (3.659) The Bear (Alford, FL)
[17] (3.593) Jack Mclean Park (Tallahassee, FL)
[18] (3.586) Searight Park (Austin, TX)
[19] (3.575) Ocala Greenway DGC (Ocala, FL)
[20] (3.534) Bill Frederick Park - T1 (Orlando, FL)
[21] (3.486) Palm Bay Regional (Palm Bay, FL)
[22] (3.412) Cat Hollow (Round Rock, TX)
[23] (3.377) North Water Tower Park (Sarasota, FL)
[24] (3.357) Williamson County DGC (Leander, TX)
[25] (3.336) Jonesville Park (Jonesville, FL)
[26] (3.318) MetCenter DGC (Austin, TX)
[27] (3.316) Lake Hiawatha Preserve (Clermont, FL)
[33] (3.217) ChainDragon (Freeport, FL) hc
[54] (2.676) Wells Branch Park (Austin, TX) hc
[58] (2.633) Youth Park (Pinellas Park, FL) hc
hc = past or present home course

The comical meaning of my course Rating #'s
0.0 - I wouldn't walk to it if it were in my backyard.
0.5 - I'd drive across the street for this course.
1.0 - If in my neighborhood I'd play on occasion.
1.5 - I'd go 5 miles out of my way to play this one
2.0 - I'd go probably 20 miles out of my way to play.
2.5 - Nice course, hey Joe, hey Mike.
3.0 - Man I wish this course was in my backyard.
3.5 - Friggin sweet.
4.0 - I'd plan a special trip to go see course again.
4.5 - Why do you have to be 500 miles away?
5.0 - I don't think these courses exist.
Favorite Courses (13)
Played Courses (114)
United States
San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park DGC
1 Course(s)
Freeport, FL ChainDragon
Estero, FL Estero DGC
Jonesville, FL Jonesville Park
Palm Bay, FL Palm Bay Regional
Largo, FL Taylor Park
North Port Charlotte, FL The Preserve DGC
Tallahassee, FL Tom Brown Park
8 Course(s)
Atlanta, GA Perkerson Park
1 Course(s)
San Marcos, TX Flying Armadillo - Gold
Austin (Wells Branch), TX Wells Branch Park
3 Course(s)
Course Wish List (103)
United States
Fort Rucker, AL Flying DGC @ Fort Rucker
Huntsville, AL Indian Creek DGC
Huntsville, AL Monte Sano DGC
Semmes, AL The Admiral
6 Course(s)
Santa Cruz, CA DeLaveaga Park
1 Course(s)
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch
Pine, CO Bucksnort DGC
2 Course(s)
Newark, DE Iron Hill
1 Course(s)
Fort Myers Beach, FL Bay Oaks DGC
Royal Palm Beach, FL Commons Park
New Smyrna Beach, FL Crossroad DGC
Tampa, FL Crosswynde DGC
Pensacola, FL Hitzman Optimist Park
Panama City, FL Joe Moody Harris Park
Tampa, FL Lewis Lake DGC
Live Oak, FL Magnolia DGC
Malabar, FL Malabar Disc Golf
Sebring, FL Mosquito Creek
North Fort Myers, FL N. Ft. Myers Community Park
Eglin AFB, FL Post'l Point DGC
Dade City, FL Ridge Manor Oaks DGC
Green Cove Springs, FL Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park
Ocala, FL Sawmill DGC
Oviedo, FL Shane Kelly Park
Riverview, FL Showmen's DGC
Punta Gorda, FL South County Regional Park
Sarasota, FL Sun-N-Fun RV Resort
Gulf Breeze, FL Sunset DGC
Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Jet Stream DGC
Daytona Beach, FL Tuscawilla Park
Parker, FL Under the Oaks Park
38 Course(s)
Lookout Mountain, GA Cloudland Canyon State Park
Whitesburg, GA Flyboy Aviation
Valdosta, GA Freedom Park
Tifton, GA Fulwood Park
Carrollton, GA Hobbs Farm Park
Mt. Berry, GA Log Cabin Course
Marietta, GA Oregon Park
Perry, GA Rozar Park DGC
12 Course(s)
Lockport, IL The Canyons
1 Course(s)
Burlington, KY Idlewild
1 Course(s)
Leicester, MA Maple Hill DGC
1 Course(s)
1 Course(s)
Columbia, MO Harmony Bends DGC
2 Course(s)
1 Course(s)
New Jersey
Voorhees, NJ Stafford Woods
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
Charlotte, NC Renaissance Park - Gold
Newland, NC Sugaree
3 Course(s)
Portersville, PA Moraine State Park
Holtwood, PA Muddy Run DGC
2 Course(s)
South Carolina
Beech Island, SC Boyd Pond Park DGC
Burnettown, SC Langley Pond DiscGolfPark
2 Course(s)
Fall Branch, TN Harmon Hills
Chattanooga, TN The Sinks
Nashville, TN Two Rivers Park
Winchester, TN Winchester City Park
5 Course(s)
Manor, TX East Metro Park
Austin, TX Roy G. Guerrero DGC
2 Course(s)
Jeffersonville, VT Smugglers Notch - Fox Run
1 Course(s)
2 Course(s)
Ripon, WI Murray Park
Menasha, WI O'Hauser Park
Ripon, WI Riggs Park
West Bend, WI Riverside Park DGC
Reedsville, WI Rollin Ridge
Elkhart Lake, WI Sheboygan County Marsh Park
Fredonia, WI Stoney Creek DGC
New Berlin, WI Valley View Park
Green Lake, WI Zobel Park
13 Course(s)
McMurdo, Antarctica Ross Island DGC
1 Course(s)
Wicklow, Ireland Kippure Estate DGC
1 Course(s)
Netherlands Antilles
Westpunt, Netherlands Antilles Westpunt Curacao DGC
1 Course(s)
United Kingdom
Croydon, London, United Kingdom Lloyd Park
Manchester, United Kingdom Longford Park
2 Course(s)
United States
Scottsboro, AL   Agape DGC
Dothan, AL Eastgate Park
Huntsville, AL Mastin Lake
Rainbow City, AL   Rainbow City DGC
4 Course(s)
San Francisco, CA   Golden Gate Park DGC
San Ramon, CA   Old Ranch Park
2 Course(s)
Tampa, FL   22nd St. Park DGC
Kissimmee, FL   65th Infantry Veterans DGC
Orlando, FL   Airport Lakes Park
Niceville, FL   Anderson Pond
St. Petersburg, FL   Azalea Park DGC
Graceville, FL   Baptist College of Florida
Gainesville, FL   Barr Systems DGC
Gainesville, FL   Barr Systems DGC - Old Layout
Panama City, FL   Bay Memorial Park
Niceville, FL   Boggy Bayou DGC
Bonita Springs, FL   Bonita Springs Rec. Center
Valrico, FL   Buckhorn Park
Cedar Key, FL   Cemetery Point Park
Freeport, FL   ChainDragon
Clearwater, FL   Cliff Stephens Park
Palm Bay, FL Covenant DGC
Tampa, FL   Cypress Point Park
Plant City, FL   Edward Medard Park
Estero, FL   Estero DGC
Fort Walton Beach, FL   Ferry Park
Floral City, FL   Floral Park
Tallahassee, FL   Florida A&M DGC
Panama City, FL   Florida State University
Milton, FL   Gator Links at NLA
West Bradenton, FL   GT Bray Park
Dunedin, FL   Hammock Park
Live Oak, FL   Heritage Park & Gardens DGC
Perry, FL   Heritage Park DGC
Tallahassee, FL   Jack McLean Park
Jonesville, FL   Jonesville Park
Bushnell, FL   Kenny Dixon Sports Complex
Clermont, FL Lake Hiawatha Preserve
Wildwood, FL   Lake Okahumpka
Sarasota, FL   Lakeview Park
Brandon, FL   Limona DGC
Mount Dora, FL   Lincoln Ave. Park West
Destin, FL   Morgan Sports Complex
Jacksonville, FL New World DGC
Clearwater, FL   North East Coachman Park
Sarasota, FL   North Water Tower Park
Gainesville, FL Northside Park
Ocala, FL Ocala Greenway DGC
Palm Bay, FL Palm Bay Regional
Naples, FL   Palm Springs Park
Sarasota, FL   Payne Park
Bradenton, FL   Peace Community Park
Tampa, FL   Picnic Island DGC
Venice, FL   Pinebrook DGC
Milton, FL   Pirates Cove @ NLA
St. Petersburg, FL   Riviera Bay Park
St. Leo, FL   Saint Leo University
Lake Panasoffkee, FL   Shady Brook Greenway Park
Clearwater, FL   Spectrum Field
Jacksonville, FL Springfield DGC
Largo, FL   Taylor Park
Alford, FL   The Bear
Perry, FL The Bulldog DGC
North Port Charlotte, FL   The Preserve DGC
Brooksville, FL   The Quarry Golf Course
St. Petersburg, FL   Tocobaga DGC
Tallahassee, FL Tom Brown Park
Tallahassee, FL   Tom Brown Park - Old Layout
Gainesville, FL   Trilogy School DGC
Trinity, FL   Trinity College
Tampa, FL   USF Riverfront Park
Inverness, FL   Whispering Pines DGC
Melbourne, FL Wickham Park
Middleburg, FL Wilkinson DGC
Pinellas Park, FL   Youth Park DGC
73 Course(s)
Bainbridge, GA   Bainbridge High School
Atlanta, GA   Perkerson Park
Rome, GA   Shorter University DGC
6 Course(s)
Lafayette, IN   Murdock Park
Indianapolis, IN Northwestway Park DGC
2 Course(s)
Bowling Green, KY   Lover's Lane Park
1 Course(s)
Austin, TX   Austin Ridge Bible Church
Austin, TX   Bartholomew Park
Leander, TX   Benbrook Park DGC
Round Rock, TX   Brushy Creek MUD DGC
Pflugerville, TX   Falcon Pointe DGC
San Marcos, TX   Flying Armadillo - Gold
Fort Stockton, TX Ft. Stockton DGC
Austin, TX   MetCenter DGC
Pflugerville, TX   North Town
Round Rock, TX   Old Settlers' Park
Harker Heights, TX Purser Park DGC
Georgetown, TX   Rivery Park
Austin, TX   Searight Park
Leander, TX   The Highlands
Austin (Wells Branch), TX   Wells Branch Park
Leander, TX   Williamson County DGC
Austin, TX   Zilker Park
21 Course(s)
Fond du Lac, WI Adelaide Park
Milwaukee, WI Dretzka Park
Grafton, WI Lime-Kiln Park
Appleton, WI Plamann Apple Creek 18
Rosendale, WI   Rosendale High School
5 Course(s)