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69586 DGCR Number
Saint Petersburg , FL Location
Mark Blazer Real Name
3.5 Years Years Playing
RHBH Main Throwing Style
941 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:
FUN FACTOR, CHARACTER, UNIQUENESS, RAW DIFFICULTY, RAW BEAUTY.
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 (teeing experience, multi tees, multi pins, benches, practice area, bag holders, basket condition, 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] (4.650) Wells Branch (Austin, TX)
* My top rated courses for (CHARACTER)
[1] (5.075) 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] (5.200) New World DGC (Jacksonville, FL)
[2] (5.175) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[3] (5.150) Old Settlers' Park (Round Rock, TX)
* 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) Oldsmar DGC (Oldsmar, FL)
* My top rated courses for (RAW BEAUTY)
[1] (5.250) New World DGC (Jacksonville, FL)
[2] (5.000) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[3] (4.600) Taylor Park (Largo, FL)

* My top courses (OVERALL) (out of 127 courses)
Constantly re-evaluated - Last Update - July 2017
[1] (4.386) New World DGC (Jacksonville, FL)
[2] (4.298) Austin Ridge Bible Church (Austin, TX)
[3] (4.269) Tom Brown Park (Tallahassee, FL)
[4] (4.264) Circle C Metro Park (Austin, TX)
[5] (4.180) Bill Frederick Park - T2 (Orlando, FL)
[6] (4.126) Perkerson Park (Atlanta, GA)
[7] (4.058) Picnic Island DGC (Tampa, FL)
[8] (4.015) Magnolia DGC (Live Oak, FL)
[9] (3.976) River City - Alpha (Debary, FL)
[10] (3.966) Cliff Stevens Park (Clearwater, FL)
[11] (3.941) Freedom Park DGC (Valdosta, GA)
[12] (3.912) Flying Armadillo-Gold (San Marcos, TX)
[13] (3.831) Taylor Park (Largo, FL)
[14] (3.814) Oldsmar DGC (Oldsmar, FL)
[15] (3.801) Dretzka Park (Milwaukee, WI)
[16] (3.767) Estero DGC (Estero, FL)
[17] (3.738) Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA)
[18] (3.699) Edward Medard Park (Plant City, FL)
[19] (3.690) The Preserve DGC (Port Charlotte, FL)
[20] (3.662) Flying Armadillo - Big (San Marcos, TX)
[21] (3.659) The Bear (Alford, FL)
[22] (3.593) Jack Mclean Park (Tallahassee, FL)
[23] (3.586) Searight Park (Austin, TX)
[24] (3.566) Cypress Point Park (Tampa, FL)
[25] (3.534) Bill Frederick Park - T1 (Orlando, FL)
[26] (3.528) Ocala Greenway DGC (Ocala, FL)
[27] (3.484) Palm Bay Regional (Palm Bay, FL)
[28] (3.413) Cat Hollow (Round Rock, TX)
[29] (3.377) North Water Tower Park (Sarasota, FL)
[30] (3.357) Williamson County DGC (Leander, TX)
[31] (3.337) Jonesville Park (Jonesville, FL)
[32] (3.320) Plamann Apple Creek (Appleton, WI)
[33] (3.318) MetCenter DGC (Austin, TX)
[34] (3.276) Lake Hiawatha Preserve (Clermont, FL)
[46] (3.117) ChainDragon (Freeport, FL) hc
[62] (2.676) Wells Branch Park (Austin, TX) hc
[69] (2.615) Youth Park (Pinellas Park, FL) hc
[AVE] (2.620) Average score of 127 courses
hc = past or present home course
Favorite Courses (16)
Played Courses (137)
United States
California
San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park DGC
1 Course(s)
Florida
Freeport, FL ChainDragon
Estero, FL Estero DGC
Live Oak, FL Magnolia DGC
Jacksonville, FL New World DGC
Palm Bay, FL Palm Bay Regional
Largo, FL Taylor Park
North Port Charlotte, FL The Preserve DGC
Tallahassee, FL Tom Brown Park
10 Course(s)
Georgia
Valdosta, GA Freedom Park
Atlanta, GA Perkerson Park
2 Course(s)
Texas
San Marcos, TX Flying Armadillo - Gold
Austin (Wells Branch), TX Wells Branch Park
3 Course(s)
Course Wish List (103)
United States
Alabama
Huntsville, AL Brahan Spring Park
Fort Rucker, AL Flying DGC @ Fort Rucker
Huntsville, AL Indian Creek DGC
Huntsville, AL Monte Sano DGC
Semmes, AL The Admiral
7 Course(s)
California
Lakeshore, CA China Peak DGC
Santa Cruz, CA DeLaveaga Park
2 Course(s)
Colorado
Conifer, CO Beaver Ranch
Pine, CO Bucksnort DGC
2 Course(s)
Delaware
Newark, DE Iron Hill
1 Course(s)
Florida
Fort Myers Beach, FL Bay Oaks DGC
Royal Palm Beach, FL Commons Park
New Smyrna Beach, FL Crossroad DGC
Pensacola, FL Hitzman Optimist Park
Tampa, FL Lewis Lake DGC
Malabar, FL Malabar Disc Golf
Sunrise, FL Markham Park
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
Oviedo, FL Shane Kelly Park
Riverview, FL Showmen's DGC
Sarasota, FL Sun-N-Fun RV Resort
Gulf Breeze, FL Sunset DGC
Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Jet Stream DGC
27 Course(s)
Georgia
Macon, GA Claystone Park
Lookout Mountain, GA Cloudland Canyon State Park
Whitesburg, GA Flyboy Aviation
Carrollton, GA Hobbs Farm Park
Stockbridge, GA J.P. Moseley Park
Marietta, GA Oregon Park
11 Course(s)
Illinois
Harvard, IL Lions Park
Lockport, IL The Canyons
2 Course(s)
Kentucky
Burlington, KY Idlewild
1 Course(s)
Louisiana
1 Course(s)
Massachusetts
Leicester, MA Maple Hill DGC
1 Course(s)
Michigan
1 Course(s)
Minnesota
East Bethel, MN Blue Ribbon Pines DGC
1 Course(s)
Missouri
Columbia, MO Harmony Bends DGC
2 Course(s)
Montana
Billings, MT Diamond X
2 Course(s)
New Hampshire
Franklin, NH Franklin Falls Dam
1 Course(s)
New Jersey
Voorhees, NJ Stafford Woods
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Charlotte, NC Hornets Nest Park
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
Charlotte, NC Renaissance Park - Gold
Charlotte, NC Robert L. Smith Park
Pittsboro, NC Rock Ridge Park
Newland, NC Sugaree
6 Course(s)
Pennsylvania
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)
Tennessee
Fall Branch, TN Harmon Hills
Chattanooga, TN The Sinks
Winchester, TN Winchester City Park
4 Course(s)
Texas
Manor, TX East Metro Park
Rockwall, TX Harry Myers DGC
Austin, TX Roy G. Guerrero DGC
3 Course(s)
Vermont
Jeffersonville, VT Smugglers Notch - Fox Run
1 Course(s)
Virginia
2 Course(s)
Wisconsin
Mukwonago, WI Miniwaukan Park
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
Mukwonago, WI The Phantom DGC
New Berlin, WI Valley View Park
Waupun, WI WARP DGC
Green Lake, WI Zobel Park
15 Course(s)
Antarctica
McMurdo, Antarctica Ross Island DGC
1 Course(s)
Germany
Ofterschwang/Gunzesried, Germany Allgäu DGC
1 Course(s)
Ireland
Wicklow, Ireland Kippure Estate DGC
1 Course(s)
United Kingdom
Croydon, London, United Kingdom Lloyd Park
Manchester, United Kingdom Longford Park
2 Course(s)
United States
Alabama
Scottsboro, AL   Agape DGC
Dothan, AL   Eastgate Park
Huntsville, AL Mastin Lake
Rainbow City, AL   Rainbow City DGC
4 Course(s)
California
San Francisco, CA   Golden Gate Park DGC
San Ramon, CA   Old Ranch Park
2 Course(s)
Florida
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 Crosswynde DGC
Tampa, FL   Cypress Point Park
DeFuniak Springs, FL DeFunk Disco
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
Panama City, FL Joe Moody Harris 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
Live Oak, FL Magnolia DGC
Destin, FL   Morgan Sports Complex
Sebring, FL Mosquito Creek
Port Charlotte, FL Murdock Baptist Church DGC
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
Oldsmar, FL Oldsmar 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
Milton, FL   Pirates Cove @ NLA
St. Petersburg, FL   Riviera Bay Park
St. Leo, FL   Saint Leo University
Ocala, FL Sawmill DGC
Lake Panasoffkee, FL   Shady Brook Greenway Park
Punta Gorda, FL South County Regional 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
Jacksonville, FL   Trinity Baptist College - White
Trinity, FL   Trinity College
Daytona Beach, FL   Tuscawilla Park
Parker, FL Under the Oaks Park
Tampa, FL   USF Riverfront Park
Inverness, FL   Whispering Pines DGC
Melbourne, FL   Wickham Park
Middleburg, FL   Wilkinson DGC
Pinellas Park, FL   Youth Park DGC
87 Course(s)
Georgia
Bainbridge, GA   Bainbridge High School
Valdosta, GA Freedom Park
Tifton, GA Fulwood Park
Byron, GA Harvest Church DGC
Warner Robins, GA Lions Field
Mt. Berry, GA Log Cabin Course
Thomasville, GA   MacIntyre Park DGC - Adv. 12
Thomasville, GA   MacIntyre Park DGC - Rec. 18
Atlanta, GA   Perkerson Park
Perry, GA Rozar Park DGC
Rome, GA   Shorter University DGC
12 Course(s)
Indiana
Lafayette, IN   Murdock Park
Indianapolis, IN Northwestway Park DGC
2 Course(s)
Kentucky
Bowling Green, KY   Lover's Lane Park
1 Course(s)
Tennessee
Tracy City, TN Tracy City Elementary DGC
Nashville, TN Two Rivers Park
3 Course(s)
Texas
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)
Wisconsin
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)