A tale of two different nines.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.879 Rating) A tale of two different nines.
- 9 SOLID HOLES - This course clearly reads a history of 9 holes, added to 9 holes. Holes (1) thru (7) and holes (17) and (18) are clearly the best aspect of this course. They require good technique, moderate power and look fairly beautiful.
- CHALLENGING - Perhaps one of the better aspects to the Bonita Springs course, is the degree it will test your skills. Lots of moderate length technical plays on the front. The back appears on paper to be easier, but with open fields adjacent to the fairways, the winds will have a tendency to punish well intentioned shots.
- QUICK PLAY - I flew thru this course in under an hour on my first time and solo. I even spent a few minutes waiting to throw due to other park patrons. I figure this translates to a group of four at 2 hours.
- GROW THE SPORT - Not all courses have to be gems. I'm glad this course exists as it brings the sport to another area.
Cons: IMO the added second nine actually hurts this course.
- SAFETY ISSUES - Several holes bring other park amenities and roads into play. I'll specifically mention holes (8) thru (16)...
- DUEL USE HAZARD - There are baseball fields that the course winds around. You'll be forced to wait sometimes or even have to skip holes all together if a game is going on. I personally had to modify my play on a hole for safety reasons during my first round here.
- BASKET/TEE SEPERATION - The next tee is often located right next to the adjacent basket. There are many instances where the tee and basket are separated by less than 30 feet. In addition, some tees are in the path of fire from the previous hole.
- UNIQUENESS - Holes (8) thru (16) are about as bland as they come. Not too many trees to weave around or pocket type shots. No par 4's or 5's along the entire layout. No elevation to consider. There is also little hole length differential among the par 3's (270 to 400).
- CHARACTER - Not much in the way of course comfort items. Many of the tees are in disrepair, there is no seating and the course navigation is rough but passable. To point out a plus, there are several holes with an extra set of tees.
- RAW BEAUTY - Half nice, half awful. If you've read this entire review, you'll clearly know what holes are nice and which are awful.
- WIND - Due to the lack of trees, wind will likely be a major issue. 25-30 mph gusts during my visit.
Other Thoughts: A appreciate the determination to deliver 18 holes on a site like this. However in this space, the goal to have 18 effective holes is just not a realistic possibility when considering all the site constraints.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The nine holes that are worth playing here are pretty fun. Nothing too challenging but solid wooded holes that offer a little variety in terms of distances and shapes. You'll have to work your way around tree lines and often to protected baskets. There is a small pond which comes into play on a few of the holes, one of which allows a carry. Another presents danger behind the basket while a third just permits the pond to lurk to the right of the fairway. Really not a bad nine hole course here that would be worth playing every now and them and maybe a stop-by if it isn't too far out of your way.
Cons: I hope was once a different layout here in which 8-16 occupied the space that some of the athletic fields now do. 8-16 play on the other side of the fields with a long walk to get to and from them. They are atrocious. They occupy a strip of space between the fields and the road. This would be poor design if there was one fairway in this space. Unfortunately, there are typically two fairways running parallel here. Which means they throw at each other. Add a complete lack of signage or navigation and what you have is nine holes that are not worth playing by players of any ability level. You are much better off playing 1-7, 17 and 18 twice.
Those holes do share the same major issues as the problem set. They are two close together, crammed into a space which wasn't meant for this many holes. Navigation is difficult. Neither issue is as problematic as it is in the back stretch and the holes do have redeeming qualities here. Still the equipment is in bad shape and I feel like this course is on its last legs.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Nice, but Congested
Pros: Fun and Short, with a few good technical shots. It was very windy, which made the course more challenging than it should be.
Cons: Very crowded, we had to wait on different groups for several holes. It's laid out close together so it is hard to get any distance between groups
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Uses what trees the course has well to add technical shots.
- Has the long open holes at the end to let it rip.
-Part of a very nice rec center
- Most holes have tee pads, and footing is fine for the ones that do not
- has real baskets
Cons: - Impossible to navigate without the map
- A few holes with risk of water. I am not a fan of water holes where your disc can just get lost and theres nothing you can do about it
- There are not signs throughout the course
- The few holes that have a lake on the right and then a barb wire fence on the left.
Other Thoughts: This course is a good one if you are in the area. You NEED to have a map from this site or from the rec center to navigate properly in a time efficient manner. The course just plays around the outskirts of the rec center's property.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun then Dull
Pros: Great fairly fun shots on the first 7 and last 2. the fairways were there but most of the shots were all rhbh straight to fade. great park with a lot to do there. mostly concrete pads.
Cons: transition between 7 and 8 then 16 and 17 was long and weird but if I hadn't looked at the map before I would've had no idea where to go! holes 10 to 16 were all along the road and most of those teepads were on the sidewalk. we spent probably 15 minutes looking for pads for the holes until we realized they were all on the sidewalk then we had to wait for cars because most shots would be thrown over the road or fading into the road and one hole went over the road.
there were also little or no signs on the holes. some had labels on a post near the pads wit ha number of the hole but no distances. there was a map on 2 holes but one had fallen on the ground a long time ago..
Other Thoughts: if I play here again I will just play 1-7 then 17-18 twice because that would be way more fun than bothering with the other holes
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Bonita Springs Rec Park
Pros: • Plays around a multi-use recreation facility
• Fairly close to the interstate for those that are traveling.
• Old school course style (shorter)
• Concrete Tee Pads, Two sets of tees per hole. Posts with colored numbers tell you which teepad. (Red and Blue)
• Though, it will pass as a course for beginners, the water hazards may prove intimidating to newcomers. It would be easy to install a shorter third tee that wouldn't require a water tee in the future. ...or they could just skip the water holes.
• Maps are available at the rec center.
• Discs for sale in the rec center as well (price 12$-24$) They did have a sharp Bonita Springs Stamp
• 9 holes could be played for a quick round, though it may be a long walk back to the parking lot.
• Shot shaping lines through the trees, water carries, and open field throws.
• For the most part, it was segregated from other activities
• The teepads were very grippy! Some teepads are on risers.
• Other activities here as well, Very nice indoor rec center, ball fields, and plenty of parking
Cons: • Be mindful of the Cornfield to the left of holes 1 and 2, It's on private property. So I'm not going to suggest going through the opening that is behind basket #4 to retrieve your disc if it goes over the fence. That would be wrong. FYI Fence didn't appear to be electrical, just barbed wire.
• Course didn't have a harmonic flow to it. Felt kind of obnoxious, and doesn't really flow well.
• Course does play behind a baseball field, they don't yell fore in Baseball, so heads up!
• You do have a long walk to 8 and to 17 through the ball fields.
• Baskets play to close to each other on some holes
• Course felt very vanilla, and didn't have a big fun factor for me.
Other Thoughts: There are a lot of plus and minuses to this course. I drove a long way to play here, and it was okay. I wasn't wow'd, but I wasn't let down either. If I lived in Bonita Springs, then I would probably have a different view. I think that it's a nice place to play for those that live nearby. It does come with its challenges, and you will have some options when it comes to choosing your lines. The short tee's felt more like beginner tees, and the longs felt more like a standard tee. Which is why I still think a beginner could start here, but the water carry on the shorts feels outta place for a beginner. The average player could easily hyzer to safety, but the beginner probably is looking at a daunting task at getting across. Of course, this is coming from someone that threw his disc into the pond on that hole. (Came out of my hand wrong )
In retrospect, I'm glad I got to play here. It's not a bad course by any means, but it may be a little lack luster for those that are traveling or on a road trip. I would say if you are road tripping, plan to hit this course with another course. (i.e. Estero) This way you make the trip worth your time. If you are in the area, then it's worth a stop. It's big enough to host a tournament, but its design could leave one wanting more.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Course Needs Some TLC
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is one of the oldest courses in SW Florida and has seen a myriad of changes since its 1997 debut as a 9-holer, leaving the course very hard to navigate for a long time. Holes 1-8 and 17-18 generally have two sets of tees marked by poles with color coding and hole #. These are lightly wooded and feature water holes and are fun to play.
Cons: After hole 8 the course takes a nose dive. You have to head through the baseball fields to find holes 9-16 with zero navigation aids to help you get there. Most of these holes have no # on the tees or the baskets and can be difficult to find. I strongly urge first timers and non-regulars to get the map! These holes mostly throw over roads and sidewalks and crisscross back and forth with each other.
Dogs not allowed. Seems silly to me, though.
Other Thoughts: A fun round of golf can be had here, but I would recommend the nearby newer Estero course for a more modern dg experience (except for new/rec players as there is a lot of water on the Estero course).
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Not my kind of course
Pros: First few holes were pretty and fun.
Some of the tee pads were nice - not slippery or dangerously elevated
Cons: TERRIBLE course flow - This place had me absolutely baffled. I'd finish one hole and have to walk past about 4 holes before I got to the next one. After about hole 7, the holes almost seemed to be randomly placed!
In addition to the confusing order, many of the tee pads and baskets were unmarked, making this course a navigational nightmare.
No shot diversity - I didn't get a chance to use any muscle or any tricky anhyzers or overhands.
No defined fairways/rough - This is what really got me, after the first couple, all the holes were just a tee, a couple of randomly placed trees, and a basket. I could make a better hole out of my back yard!
Other Thoughts: In my opinion, the first 6 holes were decent, but then the place just totally fell apart. I spent way too much time figuring out which tee corresponded to which basket, or which direction the next hole was, and way too little time deciding which shot or disc to use.
Also, I had been told from other reviews that there were only 9 holes with multiple tee pads to play like 18; this is no longer the case. There are 18 holes, however the back 9 are not even worth playing. Not only are they in no apparent order, but they seem to have been hastily thrown down in a median between the parking lot and the street. None of these back nine have marked tee pads so you got to guess which one to shoot from and all of them are only about 100 ft, boring, and the same.
All in all, I'd say this place would be a nice practice spot if your a local, but this is not where u wanna go to play a scored round with your buddies.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: this course has a good mix of obstructions and obstacles making for a fun but challenging game. from the first tee if you pull your shot right your taking a swim. the second hole you have to have a straight shot finishing with fade to the right (as of last time i played). take a respite at the little pavilion on the way to the third hole. fourth hole has a pretty stagnant drainage ditch to the right and a ton of pepper hedge. the seventh hole you throw over a lake which quite a few discs get lost in, including my starfire. but theres people who go out and retrieve them. make sure you have your info on your disc, cus they will contact you and return your disc. the back 9 plays out past the baseball fields and close to the road. a few tee areas are actually the sidewalk. there are 2 or 3 tee pads per hole, some being for night dg.
Cons: mosquitos, being south florida, and there being a good sized pond in the middle of the park which the first 9 play around. not much i can complain about though, as far as the course goes, i like it a lot.
Other Thoughts: the main office by the course sells discs at a pretty good price. they will take your info so if you lose it, it can be returned. when your done, go back to the light, make a left and then go over the train tracks, make a left at the light, which is old 41, and on the left about a block is Buffalo Chips. go treat yourself to the best wings around.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 hole course in a decent multi-purpose recreational center/athletic facility. Nice Innova baskets on part of the course with sufficient cement tee pads and nice painted wooden pilings driven into the ground with hole number and distance at each tee. Multiple pin locations at most holes (although I really didn't look closely to verify their existence). An abundance of trees and various other man made barriers and obstacles to challenge you. The course utilizes much of the available land, and water is present near several of the holes.
Cons: Terrible course flow. After throwing hole one, you're staring straight at hole 11 instead of 2. Tee off areas for holes 9 & 18 are parallel to each other, while tee 17 is directly behind tee 8 (I actually did a double take to make sure I wasn't seeing things- am I missing something here?). Baskets lining Pine Avenue are in horrible shape- rusty and battered, and there are no tee off locations on this side of the course. Some baskets have rudimentary gold magnets with hand cut numbers on them, adding to the confusion. The water on the course is typical Florida scunge- hardly a thing of beauty.
Other Thoughts: I do not consider myself a stupid individual, but this place left me totally bewildered. I can only surmise that BSRC is under course renovation- what else could explain the schizophrenic layout of this place? Half of it looks OK with good tees, baskets and signs while the other side of the course is a complete disaster with rusty baskets, no markings and no true tee off areas. There is literally a row of about four baskets lining Pine Avenue. Maybe if I'd played with a local, it would have helped, but I only wound up frustrated. After reading the reviews and playing the sub par Bay Oaks course, I expected a lot better. I would also upgrade the informational board located at the beginning of the course and put a real solid directional map on it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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