Half sandy/Half wet
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 1. Easy travel time to get to course.
2. Trees make it challenging
3. A sidewalk for walkers winds thru the course
Cons: 1. Heavy use has rendered the first six holes very sandy which makes walking difficult.
2. The second half of the course is swampy. If you go after a recent rain, you will have to hop from dry spot to dry spot.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Relaxing Ace Runs
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.068 Rating) Scenic and relaxing, Ferry is the perfect vacation course.
- ACEABILITY - Numerous holes are highly aceable. You are probably 5 time more likely to ace here than at a normal course so I'm sure the locals are racking them up.
- CHARACTER - The course definitely has the feel that it has been taken care of well and has a good club presence. There is some seating, and several holes have a place to stow your bag. There's a restroom and a shelter with picnic tables, which is perfect for end of round relaxing. There are multiple pin placements as well. If I could add a few things, I'd add a few more seats and a few more trash cans.
- TEEING EXPERIENCE - Two sets of tees, and both are with their own hole signage. Pads are all concrete and are adequately long and wide for what anyone will need. Most tee areas are shaded as well. In all, the teeing experience was well above average.
- NAVIGATION - I don't find any major issues as a quick photo of the course map clears up most issues. There are some directional ques along the course layout as well. The one tricky spot is probably the transition from 16 to 17, in which a small path splits a baseball fence and the creek.
- CHILL AREAS - There are several partially secluded areas that have a greater than normal zen feel to them.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be mowed weekly. The park is very clean despite just a couple garbage cans along the layout. I didn't notice any areas that had significant overgrowth.
- RAW BEAUTY - The course in my opinion, is one of the more scenic short course I've played. It definitely added to the course experience.
- QUICK PLAY - A single could easily complete a full 18 in under an hour. Groups of 4 probably would finish in under an hour and 45 minutes.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - This really is not a beginners course per say but beginners should enjoy is regardless due to the short length. The fairways width are moderately spaced and should challenge rec and perhaps lower end intermediate players. Advanced and pros may come away less than challenged however.
Cons: No major issues with Ferry.
- DIFFICULTY - Too short and not a challenge to advanced/pro level players. Advanced players should have no problem being well under course par. Intermediate and Recreational players may be delighted however as it can be a feel good round. It's a great opportunity for those players to finish below par.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of. I know that this is typically for Florida, but this course is flat for even Florida standards. no more than 10' elevation change throughout the entire course layout. There is one elevated basket.
- SPACING - Slightly below average. If the course was full, there would be a few tees that could be reached by an errant throw because of little tree protection. A few fairways also feel partially shared.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves are lacking the uniqueness that you'd see on your average 18 hole course. The course is quite short with only a few holes over 300 feet in length from the back tee. There aren't any doglegs, par 4s or 5s. No hole twists very much, perhaps one is 10 degrees. There is one blind basket, there are a few windows to hit. and a few holes that are guarded by trees. There is water in play, but I didn't really feel tested by it as a 900 rated played.
- CREEK - Although as stated above that the creek really doesn't come into play. Errant throws do happen and this creek looks extra nasty. I'm glad I didn't go in.
Other Thoughts: I'm pretty sure I'd play this course a lot if I lived nearby. This course is perfect for rec and intermediate players or for those that prefer to throw shorter courses or to throw ace runs. Pro and advanced players will come away untested and wish they only brought a putter.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Ferry Park Disc Golf Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Very well-maintained
- Concrete tees (pro and ameteur tees)
- Multiple pins
- Innova DisCatcher baskets
- Beautiful scenery
- Not an extremely long course
Cons: - adjacent to fenced backyards
- Lots of walkers, runners, etc
- Often many other disc golfers, leading to waiting to tee off
Other Thoughts: The Ferry Park disc golf course is a well-maintained disc golf course, however its location in a heavily-used park means that players often must wait to tee off to to walkers and other pedestrians. It is all too easy to throw a disc into someone's backyard with all of the trees, especially when playing from the red tees. There is a great variety of holes, and the course is never boring. If it weren't for the risk of losing a disc in a backyard, I would rate the course at a 3.5. I would rather lose a disc in a lake and not be able to see it then be able to see a disc in a someone's yard, but not able to reach it . . .
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Play It If In Town
Pros: This course has many pros to its name: good course layout, nice park, fun and easy, good tees and tee signs, Pro and amateur tees, good baskets. Overall, the course is very enjoyable as a short 18 hole par 3 layout. The holes weave through the park, giving you a nice walk through woods and open areas. Good place to just take a mid range and hone that part of your game. If you are a first timer then just play the shorter tees as it gives you the best opportunity to ace a hole (as many have done).
Cons: Sometimes, next hole signs would be beneficial but for the most part the course is easy to navigate. Most distances marked on the tee signs are incorrect, so take with a grain of salt (or sand in this case). Since it is a short course there is little variety in disc choice.
Other Thoughts: I would not go out of my way to play this course but if you are a disc golfer vacationing in the Destin/Fort Walton area then it is definitely worth the drive. For the most part I am not partial to beach area disc golf courses as they usually do not lend to any sort of elevation changes or interesting views/throws (only exception Blue Angels DGCs) but I would say that this is probably the best 18 hole course option in the Gulf area (if you're not going to Blue Angels). This is a very enjoyable course that has woods, water, and aces. The course is easy to find and navigate, so enjoy it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
A golf course in my home town!?!?
Pros: Signage... A complete course map at hole 1. Tee signs on each hole, with distance. +1
Baskets, Tee pads. Check and check. +1
Trash, Benches, Water and Restrooms...
The activity center was closed, so no water or restrooms, but plenty of trash and benches. +.5
Course design... You must have a OUT and IN to be a professional course. Other than that, for being a short course the throws are varied and the difficulty still exists. Aces are possible on most holes, but so are bogies!!! +.5
Cons: Signage ... Other than an empty mailbox where scorecards would be, it's great.
Would like to have a Restroom and water, especially around hole nine. -.5
The course is in a multi-use park and doesn't have hole nine and ten around the clubhouse. Also the transition to hole three goes through the green of hole #4 and the tee pad of #5, probably the worst transition I've ever seen -.5
Other Thoughts: Although this is a great course in a small park out of the way, I can't see giving it an *extra* point for anything special. I cannot think of an epic hole, or any really special for that matter.
So total points - 3 . Worth going out of your way for, but not too far.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun, fun, fun!
Pros: If you're bringing a newbie out to teach the game, this is the course for you! If you need a course to put confidence back in your game, this is the place! If you need a course to test your arm...go some where else! But for me, a guy with moderate power and finesse, this course was perfect. I played 2 rounds back-to-back in a little over an hour and wasn't the least bit winded.
And with the majority of the holes being putter-shots, all I took was my putter, a buzzz and my trusty eagle. I shot 8-10 down every round.
The course is also very easy to navigate with hole 7 being the only tricky one. Lots of tee signs and markers with distance.
Cons: Walkers, walkers, walkers. Did I mention walkers? Lots of 'em! That and walkers with dogs. We are the red-headed step children (no offence to red-headed step children!) in the sports world and don't get no respect! The walkers completely ignore you and trudge right down the fairways and where you are looking to throw. So you gotta be real careful before you chunk a shot out of sight.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
A Nice Vacation from your Vacation
Pros: This is a nice short course in which the beginner can learn to throw all kinds of shots and not have to be intimidated by those guys that throw 350+ bombs. The experienced player can work on their putt and midrange game. Setting is cool as a park surrounded by a housing addition. Some water hazards as well as tight fairways make for challenging pin placement.
Cons: This course is NOT a course where you want to work on your distance shots. Houses are too close and nearly every yard has a 'keep out' sign and a fence/net so it's obvious that folks are tired of their yards and homes being hammered by a barrage or Rocs and Putters being flung their direction. Keep your bag simple: Midranges, Putters, and maybe two drivers.
Other Thoughts: I was there with family vacationing in Destin/Fort Walton Beach area. Bear in mind this isn't a 'championship' level course, but it's a great place to go first thing in the morning before the rest of your family gets up to go to the beach. The locals are friendly and the baskets look cool with all of the ace grafitti on the yellow part of the disc catchers. It is also the closest park to the area for about 20 miles so make the best of the course and use it to your advantage: pin placement and lowering your score.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
My First course
Pros: As mentioned, this is a good course to learn the game on. Big arms will get board unless they concentrate on making everything "approach shots". Beginners can get out there and really work on form with the left and right turning holes and the many holes that you have to keep the disc flight 6' or lower to get under the tree path
Cons: only 3 holes 300' or longer, another 4 in the 260' range. Better players will be throwing approach putters on 9 to 11 holes or backing off mid-ranges. Again a good course to concentrate on form and bettering your short game.
Other Thoughts: New players can grab a low speed stable to understable driver, slow straight mid-range and a putter and have a blast. Good players can get a firm approach/putter, soft putter, maybe a very slow mid-range(buzzz, Roc, Skeeter) and a Teebird like disc and shoot very well if your accurate
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but Fun
Pros: Great Tee Pads and a few holes even have pro and am.
Baskets are Discatchers and in good condition.
A great course to just throw mids and putters.
Some shots require you to throw over water and keep the disc low or you will be in the tree.
Cons: Quite a bit of foot traffic. busy park but everyone was nice.
not this best signage from hole to hole.
plays very short but this was great for a change.
would be a great course for those just beginning.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Came Out Ahead
Pros: I was pleasantly surprised when I played this course, as it was much more challenging than I expected, given the distances. That or I was just under my game. For my first time playing, I got around fine, they have a nice map at the start, so take a good look at the beginning and again when you come around after hole 5 and you will see the tricky bits. Overarching trees make the short approaches challenging. Just enough water to add stress to your life. I lost a boss in the water (never had the arm for it anyways) but found a champion leopard and a viper when i looked for it, so I think I came out ahead. restroom was nice at the rec center.
Cons: locals have taped out what appears to be out-of-bounds lines, but i like the course better without it... plenty of natural boundaries.
Other Thoughts: course and park really fit in the old neighborhood. plenty of shade from the heat.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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