5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Coachman doesn't have the high points of Medard or Stephens but it also doesn't have the low points of some of the other area courses. If you were to imagine your standard, lightly wooded, flat course that makes the best use of limited terrain, you have a picture of Northeast Coachman.
It's a very approachable course that isn't a beginner course but is beginner-friendly. The holes are mostly defined by trees but it's more of an open space than a trail course and there is no underbrush to speak of. A few fairways bring a canal into play but it doesn't add much interest or difficulty, especially if you have just played on the serious waterways next door.
Most of the holes sport solid, easy to follow fairways that do require different shapes because of the variety of trees. I don't know if there is a standout hole here, but there aren't any frustrating ones either. And other than the road hole, all of them are fun.
Coachman also boats the advantage of multiple places to jump around. I mean that not in the kangaroo sense but in the hole-to-hole sense. It's easy to start on 1, 4, 11 and 14 from the parking lot which is a big advantage on a smaller course that can get busy and is one the many players will want to play all the time. Add in nice tees and a multitude of benches and it's a great place to throw a round, if not an especially memorable one.
Cons: There aren't crossing fairways or anything but there seem to be a lot of pairs of holes where one goes down and the other takes you back. This does create some danger of shots crossing into other fairways but a more realistic concern is that the course becomes difficult to navigate at times. Since the terrain is open there is no obvious way to proceed from many baskets. Typically, one tee is close by but there are some tricky spots. (Nothing the map can't solve) There is also 16. If you remember this on the course, the basket is the one to the right. Then there is the hole in which the road is very much in play.
So there's a few issues, but mostly the course is limited by the flat terrain and the mostly open nature of the grounds, and it doesn't have the water hazards that Cliff Stephens uses to make up for this fact. Thus, there is not much in the way of greatness. No memorable holes. Not too much challenge. Little variation. The holes look pretty much the same and though there are some different lines, there is not much variety in distance. There are also too many fairways that are just straight approaches. A lot of "straight" here and that's where more advanced players will lose interest.
Other Thoughts: Essentially, Coachman is an everyday type of course that would be a great home course. At the same time, when you consider it's proximity to Cliff Stephens, it is part of sweet two-course trip that is worth a bit of travel to experience.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -nice course
-some holes have long/short tees
-nice foliage, and well kept
-benches all over
-easy to locate
Cons: -no pars, so out of towners don't know how they're doing
-couple holes unsure where to go next
-no holes allow you to air it out
-somewhat short course
Other Thoughts: Nice course. Pretty easy course, I only threw a fury and anode and did just fine. You can leave the distance drivers at home. Another review said that it connects to Cliff, but I didn't see where. Signage for that would be awesome. Water comes in to play on a few holes, so watch for that. Overall a nice shortish course that is a definite stop.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Beautiful piece of land. Awesome flow with nice, accurate tee signs. Short and long tees make for a fun experience for beginners through pros. Each hole had a rather defined line, with options to take the path less traveled. Lack of underbrush allowed for ease of recovery from errant shots.
Cons: Not necessarily a con due to lack of property, but most holes are reachable from the tees, forcing a "deuce or die" mentality. No real sense of getting to air it out.
Other Thoughts: I was on vacation from Texas where short courses are becoming a thing of the past. I was impressed by the local fauna. Got to play in one of their weekly minis and met a lot of like-minded people, reinforcing the thought that the disc mentality translates well from location to location.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
A Clearwater Classic
Pros: - Beautiful sign greets you to the course.
- Tee-signs are all new and are very informative with full color pictures.
- Good variety of distances and lines for each hole.
- Multiple pin placements on certain holes make the course different each time you play it.
- Right down the road from Cliff.
- No chance of getting lost, course flows really well from hole to hole and from beginning to end.
- Some good ace runs.
Cons: - Some of the Tee-pads are a little short and a little chopped up.
- Not to much grass; the majority of the course sits under tree cover, so the majority of the ground is just dirt.
- Bugs!, the mosquitoes can get pretty bad if the creek that runs behind hole 3 and 4 gets some water in it.
- Not a good variety of shots, this course is a RHBH hyzer bomb course.
- Course floods very easily when it rains.
- No real signature hole; though I have my favorite, hole #8, i feel there is no hole that stands out from all the others.
- No real signature finishing hole; hole 18 is a 318' shot through the trees back to the parking lot, nothing special.
Other Thoughts: - All things considered this is still one of my favorite courses.
- I would suggest a day trip only because Cliff is right around the corner and the Clearwater Disc Golf Store is right down the road.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Taste of Florida
Pros: * Easy to find with hole one right by the parking lot
*Signs are clear and pads are nice concrete.
* The course is not long, but some holes do get up to around 400ft, so there is distance variety.
* Water comes into play as a lateral hazard on the back of the course, but the shots near it are well designed.
* Most of the course plays under shady trees.
* Although there are a lot of trees, it's not super tight. the holes are very workable.
* There's good line variety. It's a shotmaking course.
* Course flows well, there isn't any long walking around to find holes.
* You get what you deserve. Good shots are rewarded. there aren't any unfair shots.
* There are long and short pads, and the course appears fun for many skill levels.
Cons: * No actual bathrooms but there is a portolet.
* Flooding issue after heavy rains.
* Fairways could be tight if many groups are playing.
* Those are minor cons. This is an awesome course!!
Other Thoughts: Coachman feels like a nice walk on a shady, summer day. There is a walking path that winds around and through, and I saw many people using it. Disc golf could be part of a larger day of exercise and photography.
The park itself is loaded with gorgeous trees, and feels like old Florida inside. Personally, I found this to be one of my favorite parks that I have played. The shots in the woods were technical but fair, and the playing was very satisfying.
This park is very close to Cliff Stephens, and playing both together is a great comparison of what to do with different pieces of land. I really don't see why anyone wouldn't enjoy this park. the short tees are perfect for the distance challenged and the longs aren't too long. Coachman made for a fantastic morning of disc golf!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful Florida Course
Pros: First Off, I met some of the nicest people as I drove in. Turns out, during Spring Training season (baseball) the park is used for parking for the Phillies, but they still allow golfers to park for free. They gave some nice advice and chatted with for some time while I got my gear in order.
The course itself was in wonderful shape. No under brush, limbs trimmed except where want for obstacles (and there are many large horizontal oak limbs), concrete tee pad were clean, only one mud area up near the road and not in play on decent drive. The trees are mainly Florida oak with enough other stuff to add variety. It was just wonderful. The "water" this time of year is a trickle along the back of the course (#'s 7-9 &16). So no lost discs, but talking to the locals, they told me this is a flood area (that's why they got it all to themselves) and during the rainy season the "trickle" becomes a ripping river and half the course becomes unplayable. Of course there a number of nice courses in the area so no problem there.
Everything here has trees, so no real chance to just let one rip, but with no under brush even a really bad drive is not a killer. I average 70 on my home course with a best of 60. I shot a 59 here, first time out, with no warm up.
This is a very good confidence building course.
Cons: I guess it gets pretty wet in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Great use of tight space. Even with 4-6 parties moving through, there was not any conflict except at the side with everyone going to the baseball game and they didn't mind at all.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent signs on each hole (though few signs to indicate the direction to the next hole, they are rarely needed.)
Concrete pads (sometimes a bit small, but the holes usually aren't long enough to need bigger tees.)
Nice shady course, that doesn't feel heavily treed. Many of the tree obstacles are branches hanging down (horizontal) rather than vertical ones.
Nice benches on nearly every hole, and bag racks on many too.
Cons: Very sandy (when dry). A towel to clean your discs regularly is definitely needed.
For several of the holes, the bike path/hiking trail comes into play (and care must be given so as to not hit pedestrians or bikers.)
No water, no restrooms.
The course design is fairly tight, meaning that holes are pretty close to each other. The course design is well done so that errant shots on one hole rarely intervene on one of the adjacent holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a relatively short course, and rather attractive as I saw it (didn't see much trash, which is pleasant for a change.)
This is not a course for big hyzers, it is much more of a straight low shot type of course. Due to the sandy conditions on several of the holes, don't expect too many skips (back nine seems to have more than the front nine.)
Water hazard (when I played in November) is very shallow.
Quite a pretty course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Technical counterpart to Cliff Stevens
Pros: + Great design
+ Line shaping technical layout
+ Beautiful Scenery in busy area
+ Concrete pads and nice tee signs
Cons: - Parking room
- Congestion at times
- Slightly lacks on length
Other Thoughts: Hard to come up with cons for this Clearwater gem. It's a well taken care of course with a great variety of technical shots with a few bombs next to OB (road, paths, water). Misses a 4.5-5 rating without little additions, but not by much. Elevated pins might improve difficulty as an option
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course For Shot Work
Pros: - Coachman is probably between Cliff and Taylor in terms of difficulty. You don't need "Big D" here, but if you can't hit the fairways, you're in for a long day here.
- Brand new tee signs for every hole showing you the distance and line, and there are new benches on most holes, along with bag racks.
- The course has also been cleaned up a bit. A lot of underbrush was removed (the saw palmetto here used to be IMPOSSIBLE to deal with), and the drainage was improved a bit. The creek was widened and made a lot more shallow so it doesn't flood anymore.
- Three returns to the parking lot during your round. Everyone seems to like this, so it's a plus.
- Very close to Bright House Field, and connected to Cliff Stephens Park by the Ream Wilson Trail. Hit the DiMaggio fields and you might run into a pro doing field practice.
- There are enough trees to frustrate you, but no line is impossible here. The creek is well utilized as a natural hazard.
Cons: - This course is probably the most heavily played in Tampa Bay. It's in a light industrial area and lots of people come out for lunch to throw. It's not uncommon for there to be trash around.
- Despite the work, any moderate to heavy rain will inundate most of this course. If you want to play after rain, you'd better not mind mud.
- A lot of the fairways don't have a lot of grass and the soil is very sandy. Shots won't skip on you, but it does make it harder to throw skip shots. It's also very easy to lose discs in the leaves here during fall and winter.
- No restrooms on site, just a Honey Bucket.
- Only a few holes have alternate pins, so there's not a lot of variety.
- Navigation has been improved with the new signs and clearing of underbrush, but it could still be improved further.
- With all the work they did on the course, I would have liked new pads put in, though this would be expensive. The pads here are in need of work, as most are worn out and some are very small.
- A few holes play very close to Coachman Road and it's easy to lose a drive into the street. I have seen people hit cars in the lot, too, so mind where you park.
Other Thoughts: A few hole notes:
#1 - Only big fairway, so use this as your distance contest hole.
#3 - Basket is close to the lot, so be mindful of your throw.
#4 - Ace chance... the basket is perched above a ditch to the right of the tee but the hole is very short.
#5 - The short tee is across the bridge to the left of #4's basket and offers a nice mid-range hyzer shot. The long tee is behind the right bridge and is a lot tougher. I like am tees that give you a totally different shot, not just an easier shot.
#7 - The creek comes into play for the first time.
#8 - I'd call this Coachman's signature hole. The basket is blind from the tee, deep in the woods around the corner to the left, and everything is in play... water, saw palmetto, thick trees and a ditch.
#13 - Another basket very close to the parking lot. Mind your bomb.
#14 - Longest hole, especially with the alternate position.
#16 - Pro pad is behind the trail near the bridge. Might be hard to find for a first timer.
#17 - Ace chance... straight ahead from the tee and very short.
- If you've never played Cliff or Coachman, I'd play here first. This course is more technical and not as long, but it will teach you how to throw a frozen rope. Accuracy is king here. Very close to US 19 and not hard to find.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: New Benches frikkin' rock...almost stadium seating!! The Tampa Bay Disc Sports Club!! The wonderful canopy!! The absolute best layout...most returns to the parking lot. Play 1-3, back at the lot. Play thru to hole 10, back at the lot. Play 11-13 and back at the lot. 18 finishes at the lot...so sweet.
Cons: The course has lost a lot of trees and schule, thereby reducing the difficulty level. All holes less than 400'.
Other Thoughts: So very playable - the park is disc golf only!! Definitely a slice of wilderness in the middle of Clearwater. While Cliff is officially the home of the "Champ", this is the alternate home!!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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