Punta Gorda, FL 
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Uploaded By: thrembo Hole #9 (Taken 8/2019)
3 / 299ft.   3 / 413ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Basket

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2-4    11/25/2021   11/25/2021
Review By: Jaysauls
Played: 114  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 12.4 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The biggest pro is that someone took it upon themselves to put this course in. That's huge. And that the park is very nice. And hole #1 is a GREAT starting hole. And that's about it.

If you missed the original incarnation of this course, then you missed something truly special, as in a special kind of horrible mess. The best line I've ever read in any review was something to the following, "everytime you think you've just played the worst hole ever, the next one proves your wrong." Man, with a review like that I just HAD to play the course!

On the original course, the first 5-6 holes were great, lots of fun, took a bit of skill. They weren't BOMBER holes. But they are all gone now. Sigh. So what you have left is a mixed bag of incredibly uninspiring, massively boring holes. Then again, if you can throw 350-375' straight without much skill involved, you'll probably herald this as the next great course ever. But bold statements like that are just hollow words without proof. So here you go...

#1 - is what the first hole should be. Exciting, cool, fun. Something to make you think, "man, this is going to be a blast!" Sadly it ends...right...there.

#2 - is the same hole (different number) as before. A blind shot (cars/pedestrians/cyclist) coming from your right, that throws up a walking path (an extreme no-no is course design) to a nice basket placement (see I can say something good!)

#3 - Another less ludicrous tee that encourages you to throw at, or around tennis courts and down (yet again) a walking path.

#4 - More inane design...throwing across an RC car track. What in the hell do you do when folks are on the track? Run shots just over their head? To quote Bugs Bunny, 'what a maroon tee placement'

#5 - Is an improvement over the original basket placement. (was a BORING) mid-range to a basket in a field. A true yawner. Now from the blue tee is a much tougher shot and the basket is tucked to the right, so a mostly decent hole, except that you throw across the park entrance. What do you do when there are comes inbound/outbound?

#6 - And here we go with the worst set of holes...Who in their right mind thought that the best way to play was to run RIGHT DOWN A WALKING PATH?? I can only guess it was the same person who put the short tee sign IN the fairway, right where you want to throw. Sigh. Moving on...

#7 - Basic same complaint about the path, but this one at least had a great basket placement, very well guarded

#8 - #9 same comments about the path.

#10 - Good hole except its a duplicate of #1, just 50' longer

#11 - Okay, I almost walked away laughing miserably at this terribly boring hole. OMG this took all of two cells of brain activity to create. "So, we need to reach the woods. How about a 1000' wide open bomber hole with multiple tees, bordering soccer fields. This will be great!!"...said absolutely no one.

At this point i just walked the course muttering boring, boring, boring. All the original good holes are gone, replaced with holes that took nothing more than muscle mass. And I think the hole after the original starting hole (#14?) bordered on criminal. Walkers/cyclist/kids approaching the tee would never see the shot until the disc was removed from the skull.
Cons: Practically the entire course short of a few holes (#1 & #10). I
Other Thoughts: If the walk path didn't wind through the course, holes 6-9 would be good holes. They are challenging, and when the wind is blowing - which it seems to a lot on this course - they are moderately difficult. This course is a prime example that a 9 hole, dual tee course would be much better than an 18 hole course that the majority are either hazardous or mind-blowingly boring. But at least its a course, and lots of effort went into creating it. So I give the community major kudos for taking on the project. But for me, this is a one-and-done, not coming back for any reason I can conceive of.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Second attempt is a totally new course.

1    7/26/2020   7/26/2020
Review By: prerube
Played: 262  Reviewed: 227  Exp: 14.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tee pads, lots of options for distance and line shaping based on skill level.
The water usage has greatly improved. Easy to stay dry, but still a possibility for an experienced player to slip up and wind up wet.
All of the previous safety issues have been greatly reduced and mostly eliminated
Cons: The basket on 13 was labeled 14 which caused some confusion.

Not all of the tees are in. This is probably still a work in progress, so I cant fault them for lack of pads.

Some fields and other recreational areas come into play, but not in the same manner that they used to.
Other Thoughts: I hated this course and was possibly one of the more vocal people who spoke out against this course. It was so dangerous that it would have been better that the course was pulled. Now the course is a legitimate course that could potentially hold tournaments safely and effectively. So to all of the organizers and club members who have spent time on this course over the past few years; you have done an amazing job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 South County Regional Park--Take 2

5+    8/24/2019   8/24/2019
Review By: thrembo
Played: 213  Reviewed: 166  Exp: 46.5 Years
This review was updated on 10/1/2019
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course gets its first major makeover with mixed results.

Several of the original holes still exist but have new hole numbers. Some of the original holes have been tinkered with and modified. There are new holes that go around the soccer fields. There are 2-3 concrete tees per hole and one pin placement. The tees have the hole numbers painted on them. There is a very nice concrete walking path that runs through the whole course that makes navigation and cart play very easy. The course is flat as a board has some challenging pin placements and a few water hazards. The course has some longer holes from the blue tees, but also has a couple of short ace runs for us noodle arm Grandmaster+ throwers.
Cons: The course still has the same cons as the old course for the most part. The course plays through and around multiple other park activity areas. I wouldn't want to play the course on a Saturday morning when a soccer etc tournament is going on, but at 9:00 am on a Tuesday morning would be fine. The course could use some tee signs.
Other Thoughts: This course is more open and less wooded/junglefied than most of the other area courses. People that like to bomb and like more open city-style courses will like it better than those that prefer a more isolated experience.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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