In the pines
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very beautiful course. We drove 3 hours to play this course. One thing I have to say is whoever made the signs on the course. They were Awesome. We never had a doubt of where to go after we finished a hole. No doubt where the short and long pads were located( Sawmill. needs to talk to the person that set this course up) The pads were in great shape.
Cons: There are a couple of holes that you have to cross over fairways. Not that big of a deal just be careful.
Sand lots of Sand. So be prepared. Ants there are a lot of ants. I was pulling a cart so they didn't bother me at all.
Ace Race. There was an Ace Race going on that we were not aware of that started about an hour after we started. They caught up to us and really put the pressure on our group of 4. There was no knowledge they would be there that morning.
Hydration: There is none on this course so you better bring it with you.
No place to warm up throwing. After driving 3 hrs to play this course. Kind of hard to jump out your vehicle and start playing.
Other Thoughts: If you are in this area. This is a course to play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Florida Fun for 24 Holes
Pros: A nice park , Cross Florida Greenway offers a full 24 hole disc golf course for your pleasure . It sits away from most everything in the park , so you Shouldn't have to maneuver around non disc golf foot traffic . The idea is there , but I did run into a few hikers and a family that was mountain biking on the course , ( will talk about it later ) so please be aware . The park is well kept and clean and the grass was mowed . Port O Let at the front of the lot . Bring your water/essentials with you because once you start the course here , you won't swing back near the parking lot until the 24th hole . There are 2 good sized cement pads per hole . The signage is pretty good, with hole # par , distance and flight path . The Mach 5 baskets catch well . There are also plenty of Next Tee signs to help keep you on track . There are a couple of confusing areas to navigate . Print the map . I referenced it a few times . There is some elevation here by Florida standards . What the park has , the course designers used . This is a technical player's paradise . Tight fairways , good but fair pin placements . There are no holes longer than 474' ( hole 9 ) , but any time you feel the urge to air it out a little , it will have to be controlled . The course can bend some , with equal amounts of straight , righty and lefty shots . The course seems popular . I was here on a late Saturday afternoon , and several holes had 2,3 and foursomes playing . There are enough trees here to make most of your tee shots shaded . Some spots here for resting , benches and semi shelter areas for you to ttake a break .
There were some good holes to be played here . After a good warmup #1 hole ( 276' ) into a tight alley , The course stays tight , a lot of time from the tee , until #4 , which has an open tee with a right or left fairway angle to a tight basket placement ( 324' , 397' ) . #5 is an open S shot at over 400' but with a slightly larger fairway . #8 has trees/brush in the middle of an ascending fairway with tight door shots on the right and left to the basket and green that sits on a plateau only 248' away . The basket is on the edge of a dropoff and brush behind it . 9 is a long drive 474' . on the Next Tee , when you walk up a small hill , remember to take a hard left . You will have a little walk along the edge to #10 , a cool short shot 239' with the basket resting on a slit of dirt that drops off on both sides . Miss you midrange or putt slightly , and you could have a long putt back . 12 is a good downhill drive into tight quarters . #24 is a good finishing hole at 424' to a baskets that sits slightly uphill . Signature Hole ; For me , it was #11 a shot going slightly uphill , with a dropoff on the right , and leveling at the top . The basket sits on an elevated platform . The fun factor is definitely in the air , Solo , it took me about an hour and 20 minutes playing from the longs . I figure it will take a foursome close to 3 hours .
Cons: #1 Safety . Sometimes , you will have to walk next to or across a fairway in order to get to the next hole . Combine that with a couple of park patrons and maybe a biker or 2 , and you might see an incident once in a while . Please be aware or others and be aware of where you are walking or standing . I was walking with someone and we were trying to determine where we were and walked right into another golfers line .
#2 Navigation . Some bad spots here . Print the map . 9-10 , 15-16 are just a couple of places that can cause you some frustration .
#3 Disc Risk I was here in the middle of January when the rough was manageable , but from looking at the tight fairways and where ricochets can go , it can be tough to find a disc in the summer .Also , it looks like it could be muddy in spots after a good rain . You might want to rethink going to play soon after . The bugs might also be a concern . Spray down before playing . Other than maybe an extra trash can or 2 ( please pack out what you bring in .
Other Thoughts: The course isn't a destination course by any standards , but it is solid . 24 holes , but not long enough to throw your arm out of its socket trying to cap a 400' + foot drive . Trees ? You are going to hit some , but I doubt it's going to bother you too much . Combining this with Sawmill less than 5 miles away and you double your holes . I had a good time playing this course , and from looking at the amount of locals here on a Saturday night , I imagine they feel the same way that I did .A fairly scenic course , I understand it was built on a n old abandoned barge canal area ( kind of cool , just like the shade that makes up most of this course ) . This would be the kind of course where you meet up with your friends, play and socialize for a weekend or evening . Be aware that because of this course being popular , there are doubles leagues on some Tuesday evenings from February through at least June , and Saturday morning Handicaps March thru June . Check the Facebook page in the front of DGR . My Recommendation : Acceptable for maybe anyone above newbie , casuals , locals course baggers ( 15 minutes off of I-75 ) , fanatics , intermediates , even pros to work on their technical game . Play It !!!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.528 Rating) A great woods course.
- RAW BEAUTY - The natural elements here are solid. There are scenic terrain changes, great fauna and minimal manmade features in view. Although nothing here really blew me away, there were no blemishes or yawn type tee shots to be found.
- SHOT SHAPING - A great amount of thought will be required at the tee. I went back to my bag several times after having second thoughts from looking down fairway, with the disc in hand. Technical players will love this course.
- CHALLENGING - With much tighter than normal fairways and with an average hole length of 320 feet from the backs, posting scores below par on a regular basis is likely only going to occur for advanced players and above.
- ELEVATION FOR FLORIDA - Nice elevation changes for a south Florida course. There's a nice 25-30 foot down shot on (12). Holes (8) and (9) are nice 15 to 20 foot drops as well. Hole (10) basket is perched on a 15 to 20 foot ridge and it brings into play the rare Florida death role putt. However, I think several regions of the country would consider this course flat. Just prior to playing this course, it was listed as Florida's only permanent very hilly course. However, considering I've played five Florida courses with more elevation changes, I relisted the course info back to moderately hilly.
- CHILL AREAS - The Greenway course is almost entirely secluded. There are benches at most holes, so there's lots of good break locations to be tapped into.
- CHARACTER - First and foremost, every tee is shaded. Every tee is concrete and most holes have two tees for pros and ams. All of the tees have hole signage as well. There are a few mini shelters along the layout, there are directional path arrows, there is adequate seating and there are a couple picnic tables. As for missing items, I didn't see a practice basket and there are no alternate pin locations.
- OVERGROWTH - For a course this wooded, I was totally surprised by the less than usually overgrown brush areas. I played in mid May when overgrowth starts to build back real heavy too. I only saw one palmetto bush the whole round, although it's probably because my disc found the center of it.
Cons: No real issues with Ocala Greenway, its above average in all five of my core rating areas (Fun factor, Character, Uniqueness, Difficulty and Beauty). However it's also not elite in any of these core areas either.
- FORGIVENESS - Being wooded, this course will not generally be not be to kind to misguided shots. I think I hit a tree on at least half of the holes. Being a good mid range thrower, and scrambling for par, will be key to shoot low.
- NAVIGATION - Passable, but I've experienced much better on other similar type courses. To start. printing or downloading the map to your phone is a must, and I repeatedly checked mine. There are a bunch of directional ques along the layout, but it's missing in a couple spots to confuse the heck out of you. In addition, it didn't help considering the hole signage condition either, see con one line below.
- VANDELISM - I think there may had been a vandal that came threw just prior to my round. Every one of the hole signs appeared to have been beat up with a bat. Hole (9B's) tee sign was torn in half and hole (13's) tee sign was completely gone.
- SPACING - There are a couple of real nice opportunities to walk into the line of fire. (6b) to tee (7) is the best example, be wary of throwers on (6). There is also a close grouping of baskets and tees on holes (5, 7, 9B, 9C and 10). Other than that, not too bad.
- UNIQUENESS - Not to be confused with shop shaping, which is great (see pros). The hole variety is above average, but below average for courses I've rated 3.5 or higher. The greenway is almost all technical wooded shots and many of these holes will blend together after you finish your first round here. Several holes can only be played from one angle. There is no water along the course to force a line. No par 4s and no par 5s from the back tees. There is however a bit of elevation for a Florida course, as mentioned above in the PRO comments, but it's still very minimal. There is a nice dogleg on (12) and a couple other ones that are borderline. There are lots of pockets and tree gaps to hit as well.
Other Thoughts: I was expecting a bit more from this course, considering its current rating. Still a great course and I would play it often if I lived within a 30 minute drive. IMO, I don't find the Greenway to be at same level as the top courses in the nearby Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and even the Tallahassee metro areas.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Technical non typical FL Course
Pros: Will make you use every shot you have. RHBH, Flick Thumbers, Rollers etc. Tees are decent with well defined fairways. Once off the fairways from a non perfect shot is where all the shot uses will come in. Good mix of par 3s and 4s. Great elevation changes. Real challenge for a FL course.
Cons: Basket could be better. Signage is lacking or missing. If your first time here can be hard to find the extra hole. (After playing 4 go directly right and you will find 4b and 4c). (After playing 6 go to the left of the basket down the hill pass the palms to find 6b. 6b basket is straight down low ceiling shot. Go to the left of the basket up a hill and you will find a trail go left back the way you came walking on the trail to find 6c a short par 3). Rough is Rough, When you get off the fairway expect prickers, burrs, seed pods, sticks, sand spurs etc. Can be very hard to find your disc at times. Does not make for easy single player rounds. Course flow is horrible. After nine holes you are the farthest from the parking lot. All 24 holes is a very big loop, no bathrooms, no water.
Other Thoughts: Come to this course expecting to work on your technical placement type disc golf game. If you play smart and shoot a 70 or under your doing something right. I have played many rounds out here and def. know when i am on point and having a good day by the score i shoot. really will bring out your flaws and show you what you need to work on.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Florida course
Pros: Beautiful wooded property, with some elevation changes, a rarity in Florida. 2 tee pads on most holes. Great setup, with options to play 24 or 18 holes. Local players are friendly and helpful. A lot of challenging holes, without being extremely long.
Cons: Hard for a first timer to find some of the tees and baskets.
Other Thoughts: Local volunteered to play a round and show me the layout of the course!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Superb, Phenomenal, Awesome...the verb is yours!
Pros: If you can't find enough positive adjectives to describe this course, you shouldn't be playing! And not just the course, but the land it is on. Whom ever laid out this course did a superb job of using the available land. I haven't played a ton of courses in Florida, but the ones I have seem to be flat, wide open expenses of land with palms and not that much variety. But not here! Now, this is Florida, so the elevation wasn't crazy, but ANY elevation is welcomed!
After a flat start on some easy short holes, you get into a series of small hills 6-11 that create some unique shots. #6 is a blind, tougher than it looks shot up hill. A big tree (oak?) in the middle keeps you honest. I TIGHT right cap is for the brave. Hit the gap, park the hole.
My favorite of the three being 7, where you have to throw a low, right-turn shot under a thick wing of water oak limbs. Keep the shot low and turning, and your parked.
#8 is a long, uphill toss. But thrower beware: flip right, or kick right and you are TOAST! There's a series of ravines that will grab your disc and take it to never-never land.
#9 is a LONG toss to a basket on a ridge, set back in the woods. Attack with something slightly understable so it turns right toward the basket.
#10 is fairly simple, another slight anhyzer shot up hill.
If my memory is correct, #11 is exceptional! Tough, hard, brutal, but fair (yeah, it can be all that and fair!) You throw down hill to a sharp left, land, then progress up to the basket, still turning left. I emptied my bag on this one, found my Eagle to be the best approach disc.
After this, the course flattens into a series of long, straight-ish holes. But can't grip and rip, the holes might be open, but there's enough trees and small islands to keep you honest.
Cons: Only cons - and this is anal, like not caring for the color of the pin striping on your 'vette - is the additional 6 holes are hard to find. We never did find the other 2 for #6, even after playing course twice.
Other Thoughts: Extremely easy to navigate, only exception being #7 to #8. There's a tee pad by the 7 basket that is an extra tee for #9. Turn immediately to the left after your approach to find the #8 tee.
Some ingenious person made a lost-and-found box for discs that allows you to slip them in, but they can't be shaken out. All courses should have one of these!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Low Ceilings, Guarded Pins, Sloping Fairways
Pros: -Located on an old abandoned barge canal, Ocala Greenway has a rich history. This course could've been the canal used by ships to cross Florida and there is evidence of digs on holes 6, 6c, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17. The course embraces this history as evidenced by the Lighthouse logo for the course and elevated lighthouse basket on hole 8.
-OG has that secluded feel, but also seems to be played frequently.
-Multiple tees and pin locations for every hole. All tees were concrete and well-sized.
-This course uses the low hanging branches of old oaks to perfection. A lot of the course is navigating tight, but fair moderately wooded fairways. There are even some sloping greens uncharacteristic of your typical Florida course.
-Unfortunately no bathrooms, but there are port-a-potties right by the parking area.
Cons: -Navigation is almost as challenging as the course. A map is a necessity and you will still end up doing a little extra walking even with the map. You also end up crossing the fairways of other holes while walking to the next hole.
-This course has the worst numbering of any course I have played. It is impossible to know which holes have a B and C, so once again you need a map.
-None of the hole overlap, but you will have to double back and cross fairways.
Other Thoughts: While it does have strange numbering, you will find 24 well-designed, technical holes at Ocala Greenway. This course also has probably the most interesting history of most of the courses I have played. I would be more than happy if this were my home course.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Go with someone who has been there
Pros: Beautiful setting if you like central Florida flora (which I do).
Good signs at T-Pads.
Great information on score card. I loved the average score and handicap.
Fair variety of distances. Nothing under 200; nothing over 500. This is both a Pro and a Con. I like a couple of ace runs for players who don't throw far, as well as a couple of chances to really air one out for the people with big arms.
Cons: Poor signage. There was a large set of arrows at the parking lot pointing to the #1 T-Pad. Following the trail led to a couple of forks with no signage as to which way to go.
Once a hole was finished it was anyones guess as to where to go next. The course map might point you in the right direction but not accurately enough to find the next T-Pad.
The hole numbering system (4, 4b, 4c, 5) leaves a lot to be desired if using a cell phone app to keep score since the app only numbers thing in sequence. So when you cell phone tells you you should be playing 21, you are actually playing the hole labeled 15 on the T-Pad sign.
Too many blind shots. I walked the fairways quite often to find out where the basket was. The T-Pad sign would give you a general idea but it was still hard to know which set of trees to hook around and how far past them the Basket was.
Other Thoughts: A previous reviewer referred to the hills. I would definitely not call this a course with hills, although there were a few berms and ditches. Nothing like the 30 ft. elevation changes you may find elsewhere in the country. Of course there is nothing that can be done about this. After all, it is Florida.
This is a very enjoyable course if you are with someone who knows there way around. If you are and out of towner you will probably not have much fun as you will spend most of your time trying to figure out where to go.
This course has the potential to be a 4 or 4.5 with awesome signage. I play disc golf to throw disc not to try and figure out where the next T-Pad is or where the Basket is.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun course and hike
Pros: This course has excellent signage (yellow poles), tees, and course conditions if you don't mind hiking and some wildlife. There are also trash cans, benches, and a pavilion.
Cons: Some wildlife signs and course information could have been provided at the parking lot, for example one or two route(s) to take back to parking lot if you get caught in a storm. Unless you have a car/bike, public transportation didn't seem like an option to get to course. Some baskets can be hard to see, so the brush makes throwing and disc recovery a concern.
Other Thoughts: The most fun course I have played to date. I loved the hiking, elements, and course conditions. DO NOT go to Marshall Swamp Trail entrance unless you want a long hike there and back to course. Watch out for snakes at Hole #2, and be mindful of where you place your bag because of ants. I played during hot, clear weather, so I am not sure how bad the bugs get when it is muggy. Be careful if you play alone since disc recovery can be a problem if you throw into the brush. The course really surprised me after Hole #5, for example the inclines and declines became nice challenges.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New baskets and new tee signs as of this update. Holes have been renumbered 1 - 24. No more letter holes so some of my review refers to the old numbers.
Playing in summer here I expeceted a very green and rough course. What I got was very unexpected. At a time of year that most wooded courses are very dense, this one was very managable. Course is in great shape. Rough is present. However, not growing into the fairway like most wooded courses in summer. This being said there is still plenty of challenge and things to bite you. There are shots with slight up hill with low branches to force you to stay low, but not too low or you are in the ground. 24 total holes. Signature holes such as #8, The Lighthouse that plays a little up hill to a slightly elevated basket with roll away potential on a missed upshot or putt. Another early highlight was #3 that plays slightly uphill to a cluster of spooky large oak trees. Signature bonus hole 6c plays on a hogback with basket under another spooky oak tree.
Elevation on a number of holes, more than most any course in Florida. Built on abandoned barge canal property, evidence of the dig is still very visable and creates a lot of fun slopes and gullies. Another highlight was 11 a slight uphill shot to a basket under a large tree with roots exposed by erosion reminiscent of DeLaveaga Park in CA. The roots are in just the right spot to protect short up shots from skipping to the basket or also may push you into a tricky but fun gully along side of fairway. Hyzer shot on 12 has a key hole trimmed through the trees to view the basket, saving a long recon walk. Trees on other holes are trimmed so perfectly to give tight yet very defined fair lines. Hit the line, not chuck & luck. This is a Disc golf sancturay. The course is dedicated to disc golf with no paved walking trails, no car noize, no playground with screaming kids or other actavities to bring other park users into the area. The short walk to hole 1 brings you into the woods to where you cannot see any signs of civilization making for a very zen round. Concrete tees and baskets are in great shape. Great signage by all long tees give info for long & short tees and DIRECTION OF NEXT TEE so pay attention. Also some occasional next tee signs after baskets show direction to next tee or next bonus hole. Never got lost looking for next tee and we did play all 24.
Cons: Sand on most greens and on the tees. Sand can stick to your disc on wet days & get inside your bag.
Large red ants everywhere. Bring your stool, not to sit on but to place your bag on or there will be ants on your bag, then one you.
Could not find my way back to the car for more water after what would be 9 or 12 holes and I do not think you come back to parking area until hole 24. No rest room for the ladies. Just a port-a-potty. Hojwever, it was clean with no smell on this day.
Other Thoughts: Looks like every tree out there was planted to make you think before you throw. I have played Greenway a few times and it is now one of my favorite courses in Florida! I have never given a 5 star review. However, as for the over 50 courses I have played in my home state of Florida, this is one of the best.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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