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Pros: Really lets you get all your shots in one round, is every whole is a little bit different and distances vary. It's a beautiful walk through the woods and because the water is high The Creeks are flowing with a nice sound. They cleared out the t-pad on hole number 3 and added some additional support to 17. they have taken a tractor and mowed most of the fairways except for whole number 3.
Cons: Whole number 3 still needs to be weed whacked as the whole fairway and green are overgrown by head high weeds, but the rest of the course was well mowed. There were lots of broken glass pieces all over the fairway especially on hole 11 so be careful with pets and improper footwear.
Other Thoughts: We'll see how hurricane Dorian affects the course in the future, but with regular upkeep and maintenance this could be an awesome place to step up your game and have a tournament. The front nine is much more challenging than the back nine in my opinion, but there is a situation for every shot that I have in my bag. To finish the course on hole 18 over the water it's such a fun and challenging experience and I can't wait to come back after the storm and into the fall when the weather gets nicer.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great New addition to the LCDGT
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Pros: Lake County is quickly becoming a Disc Golf powerhouse with the addition of several new courses such as Palmetto Trails.
- Parking area is conveniently located between Hole 1 and the restrooms as well as practice field and practice basket (which is on the way to hole 1.
- Elevation...right off the bat you are treated with a hole 1 that uses the slight elevation benefits of the adjacent field as a nice additional degree of difficulty. Several other holes also use the terrain elevation and incorporate into the course.
- The course is a true 18 hole course with 2 tee pads and 2 baskets per hole allowing for several playable options per hole.
- While this course is in a public park which is a very nice place to walk around the lake or play soccer in the field, the Disc Golf course is out of the way from the activities of the park. The course is primary carved out of the nearby woods surrounding the facility and has its own private feel to it.
- Though being mostly wooded, the course has a lot of diversity in it's 18 holes, I was constantly debating disc preference. I would not say the course design favors any particular thrower...there was a flight option for either BH or FH on most of the holes. There are several true Par 4's and even a Par 5. I particularly really enjoyed the few holes that played over the lake including the final hole. These types of holes in my opinion are the best in the game.
- I was impressed with the restroom facilities on site, they were quite clean and spacious and conveniently located at the entrance of the park as well as on the walk back to the parking area from hole 18.
Cons: The course is still new obviously so many of the cons will be addressed in the coming months but some are worth stating.
- 85% of this course is located in a pretty dense woods setting with many risk vs reward type of shots. You are mostly shooting a gap of trees and hoping to stay in the center. I would of liked to see a few more holes come out of the woods a bit similar to the 2 I mentioned above. The round was beginning to feel a bit repetitive towards the end with the same scenery.
- The Rough at this course can get pretty painful, both to the body and the scorecard. Thorn bushes are plentiful here as well as jagged branches, stumps, Spiders...etc. Stay in the fairway was the motto of our round.
- There currently are no cement tee pads but they are coming soon.
- There was a lot of litter on the ground unfortunately during our round in places which is not a blame of the course but having some trash cans throughout the course layout (in the woods portion) would help to solve that issue.
- Additional course prep is needed in the fairways to remove some misc branches & tree stumps. There were a few stubbed toes and trips along the way.
- Abundant wildlife...and not so much the good kind. Due to the thick rough on this course, you will be traversing through numerous large Banana Spider webs and be cautious of snakes. We had a number of snake and spider sightings. Bring bug spray as well, the biting critters were present in vast numbers.
Other Thoughts: Overall, we had very positive post round compliments of this course. I would say Palmetto Trails would not be the best place to come if you are new to Disc Golf. It definitely was created to cater to the more intermediate to experienced golfer. That being said, it certainly has an identity of its own and gave us a very fun & challenging round of golf in a very scenic location.
My current rating is based on current course conditions but I could see the rating improving in the next 6 months to a year once it has time to break in and improve in some of the areas I covered. But, we will definitely be visiting Palmetto Trails again.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Fun with potential to get even better!
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Pros: This is a rustic course on a very scenic piece of land. Any player looking for a good challenge will not be disappointed as this course makes you work for every shot. Most of the course requires a combination of accuracy and power which can be frustrating or rewarding depending on how you are throwing. The majority of the course is wooded and some holes have very narrow fairways. While being wooded, most of the holes are par 4 and at least 350-400 ft from the white tees. All holes have multiple tees and baskets so you could play this course in multiple layouts. There are two holes that play over/near water that are both fantastic. This course will develop into a gem as more work gets put into it and cement pads are poured. The bathrooms were quite nice for a public park if you need to drop some weight before your round.
Cons: Most of the land has been freshly cleared so there are stumps and debris everywhere. If you go off the fairways you could easily lose a disc and or come into contact with the local residents. (snakes and spiders) Most of the cons to this course are simply because its a work in progress. Hole 1 is located across the field from the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed my first playthrough of this course. I walked away with a +4 playing white/gold and was not unhappy with that score for a first playthrough. Some of the time I feel like I stepped into some sort of time warp because you will feel like you've played a whole round only to realize that over an hour has gone by and you're not even halfway through the round. It is quite long as well so bring good shoes and plenty to drink. My rating is based on what the course will be after some more work and cement pads. In its current state I would give it a 3.75-4. Thanks to everyone who put work into making this course happen as it is a must play IMO.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Making a case for the best in Florida
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Pros: -Very technical, but attackable layout with multiple "Eagle-proof" par 4's.
- Good signage will guide any player through the course without issue.
- Multiple teepads and baskets on each hole creates multiple playable layouts.
- Course has a great variety of shots.
Cons: - With the course being new, the rough is still rough if you can stay in the fairway you will be good.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: 18 well-designed holes with dual tees (White & Blue) and dual DISCatcher 28s (Red & Gold/yellow). Each fairway plays 4 different ways at any given time, (72 options) thus catering to various skill-levels.
Clean, modern restrooms. Ample tourney parking. Multi-purpose field by parking lot for warming up. Practice basket on west end of parking, near hole #01.
Most of the course flows very well and has great directional signage, including arrows under many of the pins, and stand-alone 4"x4" posts with arrows to tees.
Logs outline many of the fairways for easier navigation
Cons: As of 04-10-19, all tees are 4'x8' rubber mats, but will be replaced by concrete by summer 2019.
Some minor flow issues from 8 (parking lot) to 9 and a long walk from 18 back to 1.
As of this writing, most hanging vines and bramble piles have been removed, but several large logs and stumps remain.
People sometimes forget which basket they are throwing for. I cannot fault the course for this. Pay attention to which basket you are throwing for (Red or Gold), and you'll be fine.
The sprinkler system may come on mid day (on holes on or around the pond)
Other Thoughts: Carved from very thick woods, Palmetto Trails dgc was designed specifically to test a tournament-level competitor. Power can help, but the name of the game at Palmetto Trails, is to keep it in the fairways and hit the landing zones when necessary. 11 of the holes have fairly different looks from White to Blue tees. It is this designer's opinion that nearly all fairways @ PT are a fair challenge.
11 of the holes have widely varying pin positions (in height, or different fairways to pins) 11 par 4s. 1 par 5. 72 hole options. (Not including Green tees).
The park's southern border (Getford rd) is centered by a stocked pond surrounded by an asphalt track, which would also allow easy flow for a showcase-round gallery on holes 6-10 & 18.
#01: (par 3) Blue & White tees along grassy slope. Red pin drops off at steep angle. Gold pin sits low, but flag is visible.
#02: (par 4) Elevated Blue tee into woods tunnel across creek. White tee across bridge. (Will move left & up on mound in phase 2) Narrow fairway opens up, the splits left to Red pin and right to Gold pin.
#03: (par 4) Blue tees under (or over) oaken arch to fairly open fairway. (DO NOT GO RIGHT off the fairway!) White tees from different fairway to left. Tighter inside line to Red pin, outside line to Gold.
#04: (par 4) Blue tee (still needs adjustments) flex a flippy disc for an S-curve. White tee straight to left fade to set up 2nd shot. Red pin moved to right, with Palmetto hazard in front. Gold pin has 3 distinct attack lanes.
#05: (par 4) B&W have a left & right lane option. Right lane is a mid or putter to very specific landing zone, to set up 150-175' finesse approaches to pins. Left lane allows a bit more power to set up slow right turn to Red and right then left to Gold.
#06: (par 3) B&W tee in line, but Red & Gold have completely different fairways.
Red = tight turnover in the woods. Gold= sweeping turnover uphill. (Nasty rough to left on Gold fwy)
#07. (easy par 4) Very quick (but safe) transition from #06 Red to #07 White tee in the woods. Blue tee at NW corner of track, throwing N into woods tunnel to more open landing area. O.B.string on left.
(String will move left into woods more. It is deemed O.B.because this designer didn't want people throwing from the creek, which is managed by a somewhat strict water management board.
Some interestingly angled trees provide nicely framed approach shots. Baskets are stacked on the same pole. (Simply no room for a different quality pin position on this fairway)
#08: (par 3) White tee requires hyzer flip to Red, hyzer window to elevated Gold. Aggressive attack on Gold will likely park Red, with long, uphill return. Blue tee requires 'S-hook' flex to Red, tall turn-over in woods to elevated Gold. Blue to Gold is actually the shortest of the 4 options on #08.
#09: (par 4) Walk from #08 & parking, west across bridge to track (clockwise) past 7 & 6 to #09 Blue tee.
B tees from near track downward into woods into one of 2 lanes going right. Walk past Blue tee to palms, the left & down into woods for the White tee, where they can also shoot for 1 of 2 lanes.
Red pin is ahead to left, Gold ahead to right.
#10: (par 3) Temp tees are on flat ground throwing near the NE corner of the pond. White does not have to carry water to Red pin. White to Gold carries a bit of water. Blue to Red can stay over land on a flick to Red, but a RHBH can get you to Red or Gold. The pins are on a very steep grade, which can cause rollaways. (We hope to place large poles at lake's edge to prevent rollaways to water (O.B.)
#11: (par 4) B&W are stacked on RH hyzer line, but have different looks to the LH hyzer line. Left lane aligns with Red pin. Right lane aligns with Gold pin.
#12: (par 4) Blue tee requires a slight L-R flex shot to the LZ. White tee has 2 lanes turning right to LZ.
Left side is clear to both pins. Right side is "Scramble-ville") has several options to pins that will change, depending upon where you land.
#13: (par 4) Moderately open fairway in the woods to LZ. Red pin down fairway to Right. Gold pin has several approaches to left, fading a bit right. Red pin also has a back-door alley for those that blow past the main entrance.
#14: (par 3) Short wooded fairways Blue to left, White to right. W-R=easy slow turn mid or putter. W-G= L to R flex back. B-R= arching wooded turnover. B-G= tight gap neutral hyzer.
#15 (par 5) Blue RH turnover out of tunnel, clearing then back into woods. White tee is just outside tunnel. A solid LZ landing is near the Green tee. 2nd shot navigates tight left turn to clearing. Left and long of the island of trees will give you a straight shot to the Red pin. But if you stay right, to make the hard right turn, you might turn too early into the woods. Gold pin approaches through horizontal oak branches, forcing you to pick an approach height. (Scenic!)
#16: (par 4) Blue requires slow left turn RH hyzer flip or anny flick to LZ on Gold fairway. An accurate hyzer flick will get you on the Red Fairway. A RHBHr may also turn one over into the Red fairway, but may also throw into the Gold fairway, which allows a throw onto the Red, in the early stages.
The Red fairway also allows a shorter, but much tighter, route to the Gold pin.
#17: (par 4) Dead straight fairway. The left side of the fairway can eat discs rather easily. Red to right. Gold straight ahead.
#18: (par 3) At the SE corner of the pond. White tee (crosses track) doesn't have to carry water, but can.
Blue tee must carry water to Red pin. Must carry more water to Gold pin.
A set of 3 cypress trees divide the line between the Red & Gold.
Final synopsis: I feel that Palmetto Trails dgc will become 'the course to beat'. PT's 72 fairway options will allow you to pick & choose whatever sort of game you want to play.
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