Solid and fun course
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Pros: (2.737 Rating) The perfect place for the after work happy hour round.
- FUN FACTOR - Floral park is the perfect place to bring three friends and a six-pack. There are ample opportunities for birdies. Errant throws are not further punished. The odds of losing a disc is near zero and for the most part, no searching in overgrowth areas. The course flows pretty smooth as well.
- ELEVATION - Compared to the 56 Florida course that I've played as of this review, Floral Park is well above average for Florida in elevation usage. A good six or seven holes introduce as least 10 feet of grade difference. The best two examples are back-to-back holes (7) and (8), probably each of these shots slide down about 25 feet. Another example is hole (12) which plays up at least 15 feet up. Still however, some parts of the country may consider this course flat.
- NAVIGATION - I downloaded the course map before coming here and my phone died just as I arrived. Despite this and also not finding a course map on site, I still had no issues navigating this course. All of the tee pads and baskets are marked clear. There are great homemade color coded arrows (blue and red) below the baskets to direct you to the corresponding tee. I find it truly amazing that I got turned around zero times solo and first time thru without a map. That's excellent navigation in my opinion. Also note, this course is perfect for disc caddie strollers.
- CHARACTER - Slightly above average. Multiple tees and with an appropriately spaced separation between the two tees. More than half of the tees are shaded. There is hole signage at most of the tees. There is some seating, but it is located at odd locations in relation to the tee in many instances. There's a great end of round picnic shelter with big tables and nearby restrooms. If I could add some things, i'd add more appropriately located seating and some new pin placements.
- NIGHT GOLF - I think floral would be an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, few areas of overgrowth and no water hazards in play.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - Due to the low overgrowth and the absence of a water hazard, this would be an ideal course to bring beginners to. The course is probably also great for rec thru intermediate players and beyond depending on personal tastes.
- QUICK PLAY - I personally completed a solo round here with a near empty course, in about an hour. Groups of 4 should probably finish in about of two hours in normal conditions.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be constantly mowed, trimmed and manicured and there is a proper amount garbage cans.
Cons: No major issues with Floral Park, but when comparing this course to other top regional courses, Floral comes up a bit short.
- UNIQUENESS - Other than a little bit of elevation for a Florida course, Floral Park feels the same sometimes, hole, after hole, after hole. Every tee shot is generally straight and little is done to protect many basket locations. There's only a couple of times where it feels you need to skip into a pocket. Tunnel plays are for the most part non-existent, and there is no water on site to force a line. 16 of 19 holes play between 250 and 350 feet from the back tees as well. If I were to call out a standout hole it would be hole (8), which is 450 foot downhill shot that plays over a line of 40 foot tall trees.
- DIFFICULTY - Due to mostly open plays and lack of hazards, shooting below par from the blues should routinely occur for advanced and perhaps intermediate players as well. The red tees should give the rec players the chance to crack par as well.
- RAW BEAUTY - Perhaps it was the time of year I played (February), but I found the park beauty to be average among the state courses I've played. The grass was dead in many areas and it was dusty and sanding in areas as well. The tree coverage is light to moderately spaced and the trees are generally younger in age. There are however a few nice sized oaks along the west side of the layout.
- SPACING - Although in general about average, there are a few times that you'll stand at the tee a wonder what basket to throw at. I only made the guess wrong once (12). Fairways are also generally spaced adequately but an errant grip lock will still have the potential to find the wrong fairway in many instances.
- MAINTENANCE - I saw lots of trash along the Westside of the course adjacent to the highway. Not much of a factor in my rating but worth noting. The rest of the grounds however, appear good.
Other Thoughts: Floral Park is a nice city park with a solid disc golf course. I'd definitely want Floral in my backyard, but i still however would not call this a destination gem in the greater region.
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Classic Public Park Course
Pros: This is a classic city park DG course with acres of mowed turf and scattered mature trees. No brush or low-growing stuff to hide your disc.
There are two good concrete tees for each hole, with hole number and distance stenciled on the pad. They are color-coded red and blue to confirm which pad you are on.
There is one simple sign per hole. Sometimes it is at the blue tee, and other times it is somewhere between the two tees. No map or diagram, just par and distances.
The red tees add up to quite a short course, while the blues stretch it out pretty well. On Hole 8 the blue tee more than doubles the hole length.
Most of the drives here are pretty open, with just a tree or two to work around. On several holes the upper branches of the trees create a ceiling that you'll need to stay beneath. There is enough elevation to have some decent uphill and downhill shots, though the "Mostly Flat" label still applies.
Hole 6 (573') and 16 (594') offer a great opportunity to really air it out.
Large parking lot with restrooms. Hole 9 finishes back near the lot so you can take a break or stop by your car before the back nine.
Cons: With the exception of changing hole lengths, there is not a lot of variety or challenge on the course. From the blue tees, 16 of the holes are between 250' and 350', so even the distances don't vary much.
This is a mixed-use public park, and on the Saturday afternoon that I played there were plenty of walkers and others that had to be accounted for. The walking path winds through the course and I had to wait to drive a couple of times. There was a hole (7?) where you are throwing at/over a picnic table located about 75' in front of the basket. It that table was in use the hole wouldn't be safely playable.
Other Thoughts: This course is pretty much the exact opposite of the Whispering Pines DGC which is just 8 miles away. Where that course is short and extremely tight, this one is open and has some decent length.
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On the Low
Pros: If you haven't played Floral Park, you have probably played one like it. There's a lot of them. A big public park with lots of activities. A lot of open space. Enough so that the holes don't intrude on one another. A scattering of large trees across a mowed playing area.
It's an easy place to pick up the game. It's not going to challenge veteran players but it's not really meant to. New players should find it fun and free of frustration. It's a nice, clean park and the relatively few obstacles and complete lack of rough means that even first-timers aren't going to be spending time looking for discs after shanks. And while there are a few long holes, most of them are under 300 feet from the short pads. It's really perfect for new to slightly experienced players.
There is also enough distance from the blue pads to make it fun for experienced discers. There is some serious length gaps between the two sets of tees. But merely being able to the long drives doesn't attract most players. What should keep the course interesting for veteran players is the canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss that hang over most of the course. Keeping it low will be the biggest priority for those who want to score well at Floral Park. The lines themselves are rarely difficult. There are typically a few thick trunks between the tee and the basket but the space to move the disc is more than generous. Having to keep it under those sprawling limbs and branches is what will keep discers interested here.
Cons: Beyond the limitations inherent to this type of course, there really aren't many cons here. It's good at what it does, but most traveling players are likely looking for courses that attempt to do more. More challenge. More obstacles. More elevation. Interesting, or signature holes. Hazards. Rough. Water. There is an absence of all of these.
Also weird: the tee signs are often placed somewhere in between the red and blue tees. This makes them inconvenient for pretty much everyone. On the other hand, they don't offer any information besides distance, so it's easy to pass on reading them.
Other Thoughts: In summation: It's worth playing. It's especially nice as a counterpoint to Whispering Pines. I believe they are about eight miles apart and represent vastly different visions of course design. They make a nicely contrasting combined experience.
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