12 Helpful / 0 Not
You're already down here, might as well play
Pros: Pretty good course in a clean, well-maintained, multi -use county park featuring plenty of other activities and amenities.
• Variety: Decent but not outstanding shot variety. Fairway types range from open to moderately wooded, but definitely lean to the more open side of the spectrum. Many holes provide obstacles on only one side of the fairway, allowing you to take a wider, safer (but somewhat longer) route if you prefer. Relatively open design allows for several lines off most tees, but several pins are well-placed/nicely tucked to take advantage of naturally occurring openings in the foliage so that whatever route you take, a well placed shot is required get a good look at the pin through a window. Still, several pins are out in the open, inviting those with the distance to run at them off the tee. Although the middle tees could provide a wider range of distances, you can always choose to mix in some of the longer longs if you feel the need to air it out. Dual pin placements are rotated to help locals avoid boredom. .
• Memorable holes: Water in play on holes 6 and 7, adds visual appeal and really makes you think twice about your shot, especially if there's some wind. My fave is hole 13, playing to a nicely guarded green.
• Aesthetics: Course is pretty lush for the most part with much of it playing along-side or in view of a lake; makes for a very pleasant setting - really feels like you're on vacation.
• Equipment: Nice sized concrete tees for med and long tees, asphalt or grass for shorter red tees. Signage is good and helps with routing. Baskets are in good shape. Scorecard/Map available at the park office.
• Accommodating to beginners and intermediates, as well as advanced players looking for a fun, casual round. Good place to learn the game. Although there's some risk of disc loss, it's not terribly high.
• Plenty of other stuff to occupy young kids before, during, or after a round. Great location you're visiting with family (see other thoughts).
• Walk/bike path weaves through a good portion of the course - courtesy and caution are warranted. Because the course is well established and is so open, locals see people play all the time and quite a few actually know what's going on. That said, not all them do, and there's definitely potential for pedestrian injuries if you're not careful.
• Fire Ants: watch where you put your bag down, or they'll be crawling all over it.
• Navigation - Tough for first timers to figure out what's next in several spots, but course actually flows alright once you get used to it. Map's not perfect, but it helps.
• Elevation: nope.
• Has some low lying spots which hold water - gets swampy after SoFla thunderstorms (especially holes 3-4 and 13-14).
• Other park activities attract some pretty big (and often noisy) crowds.
Tradewinds is a nice course, but I can't say the discplay is particularly stimulating - more a pleasant walk in the park than a round of serious discing. Not to sell it short, but it's better suited to leisure golf than it is to tournament play, and that's not a crime. Not every course should be gold level. Even so, it's still a fun round, and the fairly open design means wind can be a factor, which makes things more challenging in and of itself, especially when water's in play.
Visiting parents/in-laws with the wife and/or small kids? Take'em to see Butterfly World (located inside the park). Maybe a mini-steam train ride is more their speed? They offer rides one weekend a month, located on the north side of the park, just across Sample Road... check their website for schedule: http://www.livesteamers.org/Schedule.html
Visiting for the holidays? Play late in the afternoon then let the munchkins check out Tradewinds' Holiday Fantasy of Lights when the sun goes down. ...all this is listed on the park homepage.
If the wife feels like shopping, drop her off at the Festival Flea Market Mall (yes, a Flea Market Mall) directly across the highway from the park. Play a round, then catch up with her for a bite.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Long & Short concrete tees allow all the distance you can handle, rest rooms by basket 1 and tee 14. Signature hole 6 is picture worthy with its peninsula green. New elevated basket on hole 11 adds to the aesthetics with the water behind the raised basket and adds challenge to the short hole. The majority of the course features long open shots with water and trees along or in fairways to shape shots around or over. New signs are in with hole distance, etc. Benches have been restored.
Cons: Only one wooded hole 9 and one semi wooded hole 13 if that is your thing. multi use park may sometimes have other events on fairways on weekends. Also a busy park and a lot of holes are by the walking path causing the occasional delay. Ft Lauderdale's 1'st original d/g course can get very busy most afternoons & all weekend.
Other Thoughts: A lot of work done lately. Broken tees have been replaced. New MachX baskets. Some redesign to enhance the course flow. New trees separate fairway 18 from 1 and 3 from 4. Want to see good video of the park? Check out 2014 South Florida Open on YouTube. The pictures here are from 2009 and the course is a little different.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Tees for all levels
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has some significant pros (but also some significant cons, as you'll see in the next section):
-Two or three tees on each hole. This makes it a perfect course for a family to play together or any group with players of various skill levels. If you are teaching your boyfriend/girlfriend/son/daughter/buddy/etc to play disc golf, bring them here.
-The course is well-maintained and scenic.
-The course has good pin placement on some holes, using the few trees that are on the course and the lake to add a fair amount of challenge to holes.
-The rough is easy to access for poorly thrown discs.
-Free during the week (you only pay on the weekends and holidays, $1.50 per person)
-Parking is really easy and the course was easy to find (just make sure you go to Tradewinds South).
Cons: -As a first timer, navigating the course is difficult. Pay close attention to the "Next Tee" arrows on the signs at each tee.
-Some of the holes were too open with no trees or obstacles or elevation changes.
-The course plays around a walking/jogging/biking path. Waiting for other users of the park slows down play.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for beginners given the junior tee pads on every hole. Again, it's also wonderful for families and groups of people of varying skill levels. I was close to giving the course a score of 3.5, but the heat and waiting for passersby kept it at a 3.0. It's not a course that is worth trekking out of your way to get to, but it's a great local option.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
mach x baskets !
Pros: the new mach x baskets are in ! designed by ken climo .perfect use of space .water trees swamps and lots of ob. all holes are different especially from the 3 different tee pads . the course was recently updated with some new tee pad and pin locations . several new trees and bushes have been added .
Cons: can get busy on the weekend and holidays big groups like to play there . also hot during the summer bring fluids .
Other Thoughts: if you visit sfl you have to play a least one round there !
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: A lot of open space in which to air it out.
Reasonably long holes in a well maintained course.
Multiple tee and basket positions.
Cons: Really poorly marked. Difficult to find way from tee to tee. Tees also point at strange angles relative to the holes.
Not a terribly creative course design.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Great park for disc
Pros: Great coarse been playing here alot for the past 10 months.Good for begginers and for more adavnced players to work on different throws.
Cons: Watch out for ant hills. Pay to play on weekends only a buck fifty tho per person not to bad.
Other Thoughts: Park is really swampy right now still very playable had to skip holes 10 and 14.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
I got a chance to buy new dics
Pros: Fun walk around the park.
Makes you play smart. A lot of holes you have to lay-up your approach shot because the hole is nestled in the entrance to the woods.
Other holes, because of the wind, you need an accurate shot into the fairway instead of going for it and ending up in the water.
Cons: I played 4 rounds in 2 days, as part of the Sizzler. Recreational player, and with the wind and hole location, it was not very Recreational Player friendly.
One hole you tee through the woods, does not require a skill shot, just luck
Other Thoughts: I may come and play it again next year, when my skill level is better. Although some holes are easy pitch and putt for easy pars and some birdies opportunities, the strong winds made them very long rounds
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun Round, Good Mix of Holes
Pros: Good signs, more than one signature hole, great placement of tees and holes (away from paths and roads for the most part); Decent mix of open and tight holes (though more open than not); 18 finishes back at 1 Tee. All-in all good course.
Cons: I could see the first 2 holes getting a bit clogged when there are folks waiting on hole 1; lack of elevation (though I am used to Northeast courses and no elevation is 'par for the course' in Florida).
Other Thoughts: Wonderful layout, great use of that piece of the park - can't wait to play again on my regular visits to Ft Lauderdale. Wavered on giving 3.5, but its closer to a 4 - so there you go, a bit inflated but it'll work.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun well balanced course
Pros: The course is well maintained and has a good variety of holes for beginners. Although friendly to beginners many holes are good distance and could tell that even advanced players were challenged on many holes. The main office at the entrance has a free map of the course to help orient players. Some walking/jogging trails overlap with course but not really a problem, just need to play responsibly.
Cons: Some holes get waterlogged after rain and mosquitoes are vicious at a few holes so might want to bring repellent.
Other Thoughts: Very happy I chose this as my first course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice course on a different day
Pros: Very pretty course. There is a good mix of open fairways and wooded areas. The tees all have maps of the pin positions. On a day that isn't windy it would be great for long arms.
Cons: Some of the layout is a little tight. The pins and tees almost overlap in places. There is also a jog path winding through the course. I bet you hear "4" a lot on a busy day. I would also bring a map because you can usually see more than one pin from the tee and it isn't always obvious.
Other Thoughts: I really picked the wrong day to play. The entire middle of the course including most or all of 8, 9, 10, 11 and 18 was a vast inland sea. This wasn't wet grass but a foot of standing water. Several other holes had +3" of water around the tee or pin. I would call a local before making the drive.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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