How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck discs
2 Helpful / 1 Not
- concrete tees, low to the ground
- benches marked with distances to the pin
- challenging layout
- a mix of right and left ending fairways
- numbered baskets
- each basket has a painted rung to direct players to the next hole
- the rough isn't too thick, which makes it easier to find discs off the fairway
- plenty of shade
- cart friendly
- course starts and ends at that the parking lot
- water coolers on site
- complex features many other recreation activities
- bathrooms with showers on complex grounds
- camping on location
- small pro shop is nearby at the marina
- some ace runs
- practice baskets at parking lot
- navigation was tedious at times
- some fairways didn't have realistic lines to the basket
- not much fairway variety, course sort of a one trick pony
- tees were not uniform, some too short or narrow
- blind fairways, I had walk up too many of them
- basket blends in with the woods too much, hard to see
- mostly flat course
- not all holes have dual tees
- some tees had poor orientation toward their corresponding basket
- no course map
Palmetto is a challenging course, regardless of it's relative short stature. The problem is that it sort of has an identity crisis. There's no way beginners would like this course, it's too narrow and technical. More experienced players would undoubtedly choose to throw the Pines or Oaks over Palmetto because they're longer and have better fairway variety. If I were to label it, I'd say it's an intermediate/advanced am type of course. It's perfect for brushing up on the fundamentals of developing or an already developed player, separating the fakers and the truly well rounded players.
Navigation was intuitive enough to get around the course, but it was not necessarily smooth. An online map, which wasn't available, would have helped. I added one. Most of the tee signs were missing or unreadable. At times it was hard to figure out which set to tee pads I was throwing from. On courses like this, you really rely on the information provided on tee signs. Not having them is pretty detrimental to the decision making of non locals. Luckily, there were distances listed on the benches, numbers on the posts that once held a readable fairway tee signs, numbered baskets, and a painted basket rung to indicate the direction of the next tee pad. I came here once before, in April, and was hoping that the poor signage was something that would be addressed as the season progressed. Clearly, this course is the most neglected of the three.
Palmetto's fairways were shorter and more technical than the Pines and Oaks courses. I actually prefer all of 3 of these courses over open field type courses. Unfortunately, these tight and technically themed fairways sometimes made for either poke and pray scenarios or drives that required unreasonable hyzer line attempts. As with the other 2 courses, I had a difficult time finding the baskets from the tees. I don't mind walking up the occasional fairway to put an eye on the basket, but having to do it more than half the time starts to eat away at both the fun factor and the flow of gameplay. These baskets could use also use more color to help them jump out at you.
All 3 courses at Blue Angels are similar to each other in style, which makes having multiple courses at the same facility less of a bonus to me. Still, 3 $ is a hell of a low price to pay for an all day disc golf pass. Additionally, the complex has many other activities if you should decide that disc golf is not your forte. A short drive passed the course will take you to a marina with food, drinks, and discs available for purchase. You can even take a post round dip at a beachside pavilion. I myself brought an extra change of cloths and took a shower in one of the beach side bathrooms.
I have Pines and Oaks listed as strong 3s. Palmetto was shorter, had a handful of poke and pray shots, and provided less variety than that of its counterparts. As a result, I have it rated as a 2.5. I'm not so sure it would receive the same amount of fanfare if it were a lone course elsewhere.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good Course With Some Good Touches.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: --Concrete tees, both pro and amateur.
--Course is clean, likely because there are buckets for trash at most (if not all) the holes.
--Basket placement is varied (one was on tiered slabs, another is a hanging basket).
--Good variety of holes; some wide open and close to a major water body while others are packed tight with vegetation, requiring more surgical strikes and shot-shaping.
--Benches at some of the holes.
--Some nice, aesthetic touches along some of the holes.
--Some practice baskets are found at the entrance of the course.
Cons: --One item that many listed as a positive was the signage. I saw many sign holders but missing information on those signs.
--On the subject of missing incomplete signage, players are sometimes forced to guess the next hole and/or pin location as they are not always obvious.
--Some holes are brutally unforgiving, including those that require a perfect, sharp 90-degree hyzer to successfully navigate the hole.
--A wayward shot means wading through thick brush that will (1) scratch you up pretty well and (2) leave you little to no shot or angle to rescue the hole.
--A small fee required to enter the recreation area ($3).
Other Thoughts: This course was highly recommended by many. I had the opportunity to play it during a well-organized 2017 Trilogy Challenge. While this course is overall good and has some character, I didn't see enough to say this was an exceptional course. There is enough here to give the other two courses at Blue Angels a shot, but if this course is any indication, expectations are tempered.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course has multiple pads. Also there are bag hangers at each hole. Tee pads were ample and allow for a good run up. Trash cans and benches through out as well.
This course has good lines that need to be hit but they aren't so hard they are unforgiving. Good mix of of short, moderate, and longer holes here. Distances are listed on the benches. Solid mix of tunnel shots and low ceiling shots. There are a few pins that are protected to add to the challenge.
Hole 4 will give you the opportunity to air a a drive.
Many holes will give you birdie looks and a few holes will have you wanting to run the chains. Good mix of dog leg L and R holes. Flow of the course is logical. Spray painted stumps that aren't flush with the ground is a great idea to try to prevent players from tripping. Water jugs throughout the course and they actually had water in them! Hole 16 had a hanging basket that was a nice added touch.
This course was moderately busy even on a Sunday morning so thats a good sign of a quality course.
Cons: The transition from hole 3's basket to 4's tee slows the flow of the round down a bit.
Baskets are older DGA baskets so they catch like older DGA baskets. Some spits outs may occur but all basket spit out from time to time.
These are not huge cons.
Other Thoughts: I like the fact that there are multiple pads here on this course. This allows for some different looks at several holes and doesn't just only add length to each hole. You will have to be fairly accurate on this course as it favors technical throws over distance, and thats a good thing. If all the holes where grip and rip open and long what fun would that be. This is a very fun course that has 2 more sister courses on site. Its is pay to play, $3 but it is worth it in every way. Come out and play all 3 courses and make a day of it. If you are in the area or are close and want to get in some solid discing then hit up this course and also Pines and Oak. You will have a good time and it is money well spent.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
A Florida gem
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Perfect course for a fun round, you really have to shape your shots for a good shot at birdie.
Well laid out and holes have good sinage.
Cons: The only con if you can call it a con is you have to pay to get in the park but it is well worth it!
Other Thoughts: 1 of 3 beautiful courses in the park
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Short and challenging
Pros: Great course with long holes to let it fly and very hard short holes that turn sharply and snake to the baskets. Nice entrance to the park with a big basket and other eye catching designs. Great variety of shots to use with many different approaches to get to the baskets. 3 practice baskets.
Cons: port a potties at the entrance of the park...would like nicer bathroom to make park better. Some holes were a little confusing to get around. Bushes laced with thorns. Address on GPS stops way short of course. Pay to play.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed the course. The drive to get there is a little bit out of the way but anyone in the area should definatly play it. Has holes for all levels of play
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Palmetto Rounds Them Out
Pros: Palmetto is the flagship course at Blue Angels Park. It's the oldest of the three courses on site, and there's something that just screams "Florida" about it to me, between the namesake palmettos, the scruffy trees, the sandy soil, and the enjoyably-glitzy course decorations. Well signed and even better tended, the course would be a joy to play even without the other two quality 18s on site.
BAP - Palmetto plays tight and wooded, especially on the back 9: holes like 14 will have you searching for a safe route to the basket off the tee. There's a lot of shot variation to help mix things up, with an impressive variety of turns and angles: big hyzers, slight turnovers, overhands, RHFH lines, and straight-up-the-gut tunnel shots all make an appearance. There are few longer holes thrown into the mix early on in the course (3 and 4), and a few more over 300' if you're playing from the pro tees, (although these can encourage layups, so opportunities to stretch your drive aren't always there). 4 even gives you a momentary reprieve from the woods to further spice things up. For as tight as the course is, there's a decent amount of shot selection, with some options as to how you play your lines (i.e. turnover vs RHFH vs thumber, laying up at a turn vs making a run and risking the rough). There's a bit of an old-school feel to this course, particularly with the shorter hole lengths, but the tight lines and disc-swatting branches keep you on your toes throughout, while the varying shot shapes always have you trying something new. There's some good variety for what the course is.
The tees are fantastic: concrete, long, wide, and perfectly level. Navigation is a snap.
Cons: Palmetto flirts with poke and pray territory at times, especially on the back 9 from the pro tees. There were a few places (14 and 15) where there isn't a clear line to the basket. Tight is fine; nonexistent, or virtually so, not so much.
Palmetto lacks elevation and focuses on shorter hole lengths; it's a tight, midrange-focused par 3 course. This lack of optimal variety caps its ceiling a bit and limits its appeal. I think there's a nice variety here given the basic parameters, but such parameters are indeed in effect: if you're looking to air it out, or for challenging par 4s, Palmetto isn't the place to go. Fortunately you can find some of these opportunities in Oaks or Pines. Still, Palmetto itself won't appeal to everyone.
Already short, the course loses some luster from the am tees by removing a lot of the extra turns and angles that keep things interesting from the pros. I'm a mid 800s level player, and I stuck to the pro tees. For a superior player to myself, and there are a lot of them out there, Palmetto might have limited replayability. Lack of alt pin positions doesn't help with that.
Yes, you have to pay, though it's a negligible amount ($3/person to enter the park, and $2/person, honor system, for the entire day of golf).
Other Thoughts: Palmetto as a setting has a nice bit of wow factor: the awesome grooming, the intermittent and well-kept water coolers, the quirky decorations, and the presence of two other courses on site made quite an impression on me. As a course, Palmetto isn't overly impressive, it's just really fun: the shorter hole lengths are offset by the enjoyable variety of lines thrown at you, at least when playing from the pros. It's a well-executed short course that benefits handily from having two other quality courses on site. I didn't like it as much as Oaks, with the latter's longer holes, more serious challenges, and intermittent elevation, but it still makes for an enjoyable round. My father, a very casual discer, really enjoyed his round here.
On the whole, the Blue Angel Park courses combine to make one of the most notable disc golf destinations in the Gulf Region; a local New Orleanian calls it "Disc Golf's Disneyland." It's hard to find this kind of variety and quality in such a localized area in the region, and I'm not aware of another destination in the area that can tout this many holes and of such high quality. I'd recommend Blue Angel Park to anybody; at the very least you'll find it solid, and you could walk away very impressed.
Any thoughts or comments? Feel free to PM me! I always love talking courses and course ratings.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Baskets caught well and were in good condition
Great practice area with three baskets
2 other courses on site
Water coolers, benches, and bag holders around the entire course
Cons: It cost me $6 to get in the park which was not listed anywhere on here.
Signage - the tees were horribly placed and often in between the long and short tees. Several holes were hard to find the tee area.
The fairways - my home course is tight and technical. Most of these fairways were just unreasonable. U-turns, 90 degree turns...mostly blind tee shots. Not fun to play for me.
The concrete tees in another setting would be fine. I played after a very short rainfall, and between the wet sand and wet tees, there was no traction anywhere.
Sand - every walking trail is sand. If the course is wet at all, it will cling to your shoes like crazy and you can forget about having any sort of traction on tee shots.
Mosquitoes - bring some hardcore deet if you want to play here. They SWARM.
Other Thoughts: Played from the long tees. I was unimpressed with Palmetto, so I didn't play Oaks or Pines. I drove 40 miles out of the way for this course and I had planned on playing all three until I played Palmetto. The fairways could use a tree or two cut. They seemed almost 'mini golf-like' with all the twists and turns and thick fairways. The tee signs were not consistent with the location. There was only 1 sign for 2 tees, sometimes in the middle of the two holes, sometimes not. One hole, I think 8, was so far out of the way after hole 7, it took forever to find the tee. The short tee was less than 100' from the basket with a fairly wide open fairway. I was not a fan of the design at all.
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Same site as two other (similar) 18-hole courses. Two 9-hole loops.
Fully-appointed tee (two per hole) areas. 5'x10' teepads, benches, trash cans, bag-hooks, signs. Random water coolers.
(White) sandy soil, a low canopy, and random structures/
decorations" make for a pleasant setting.
Despite the lack of a map, a fairly simple course to navigate.
Flat , as one might expect for a course on the Florida panhandle.
(Minimal) cost to play.
A few holes on the extreme boundary of my personal tightness-tolerance.
For this review, I played the course from the short tees.
With an average length of 200', and only two holes >300', the focus of this course is definitely about control. Moderate-to-tight fairways are defined by gnarly, mid-sized trees. The branches of these trees quickly merge together, forming a low canopy, making many of the holes have a tunnel-feel to them.
Left-turning shots somewhat more frequent than right-turning shots - rarely will your tee shot need to be straight in its entirety. The sharpness, location, and duration of the turns are the biggest variable between the holes.
Minimal chance to lose a disc, as the underbrush is not overly thick. For the most part, trees are typically spaced out enough to allow recovery shots from errant drives.
Enjoyable play, more so considering the two co-located courses. The combination of overall tightness, near omnipresent low canopy, and the variety of required turns provides as excellent test of control.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This course is best I have ever played. When I say course, I mean the experience of playing all three. We met the park manager, Jay when we got there who invited us to play with him after finding out we had never played course. The previous manager, mike who helped design the course also played. This helped a lot in navigating the courses. Not all courses have people this helpful as I have been to many cities and had to figure them out by myself as no one invited me to throw with them. The holes are not very long, unless you play from pro tees which should take care of that complaint, but more than make up for it by being extremely technical. They all have a window to make your throw or a well defined fairway. You can get in trouble a lot by missing fairway or window and find yourself in jail but with short holes, you are usually able to save a par or at worst a bogey.
All holes had garbage cans that were emptied daily and there were even water coolers at strategic places that were refilled daily. I have never seen that before on a dgc. They also have a driving range that has markers every 50 feet to gauge your distance. Never even heard of that at a dgc. We didn't make it to that but am going back in two weeks and am looking forward to trying that. It was very shady with all the trees and the breeze off the bay that boarders the course was nice. There is even a good selection of discs at the little store close by that you can buy very reasonable and has discs that you can rent which is another first for me. The course also had little flyers tees on most holes that were a lot closer and benches at every hole.
Cons: Going to be hard to find but I will mention a few as I always try to look at both sides of any situation. For you guys that like to air it out, there are hardly any holes you can do this. The pro tees that are long have some serious dog legs to the right or left that stop you from just throwing hard. On the longer straight fairways, you have to keep it low and tight or you will be in trouble.
The course is not real close to any restaurants (there is a Hardee's not too far away) so you should bring lunch or you can pick up a microwaveable sandwich and chips at store which was fine with me as I came to throw, not eat. You should bring bug spray as for some reason I (noone else seemed to have this problem) was getting bit by probably no see-ums which is odd for this time of year but this is northwest fla. you will def need it during summer with close vicinity to water as swatting mosquitoes all day can be a drag. Only negatives I can think of.
Other Thoughts: Enjoyed this park so much that I am going to drive the 100 miles from Panama City in two weeks and stay there for the whole weekend to get in two days of playing. Thank you to Jay and Mike for your hospitality.
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very well maintained
-Benches and water coolers throughout
-Variety of shots needed
-Lots of shade
-Store for discs on property
-Another TWO eighteen basket courses within a few yards!
-Other park activities close by as well
-No water holes
Cons: -Couldn't find a map for the course
-No really long holes for distance drives
-Could take a minute to find next tee pad on some holes
-No water holes
Other Thoughts: Where to begin? I played this course after playing for about 1 1/2 yrs. now. I really like to play new dg courses and this one was fun. Didn't have a great day for my score, but had a lot of fun at this course.
Lots of pros, not many cons. There is so much to offer at this course. I must say this first. There are THREE 18 basket courses at Blue Angel park. We got there around 11 a.m. and played all three courses + the 1st 9 back at this course and finally left at 5 because it was getting too dark. So there you have it folks, six hours of disc golf without playing the same hole twice, except for the 1st 9 I mentioned. You could spend a weekend playing these courses and I don't think you would be unhappy.
You do have a fee of a whopping $2 per person to enter the park, which goes towards upkeep of the park more than a playing fee. Right next to the 1st tee pad are three paint ball ranges as well. This park is very well maintained and you can see that people take pride in this park. There are trash cans at every hole, along with benches and water coolers at some holes. The water coolers are maintained daily, as I asked about them.
For play on this course you do need a variet of shots. I do not use a flick much, but after playing this course I definitely need to improve this shot as it comes in handy here. I don't think you really need a driver here if you can launch a midrange 225'. There are no real long drive holes on this course, which is why I gave the rating I did. I like really long fairways on a couple of shots. However for beginners, am's, and pro's looking to develope and work on technical shots, this course has it all. There are no water holes on this course. From what I remember there are an equal amount of hyzer and anhyzer drives right off the tee pad which is really nice. Oh, and there are plenty of straight drives as well. The entire course is par 3's with nice size tee pads for am's, pro's and even 'little flyers.' This is the first course I ever saw where there were tee pads for kids. Awsome! Tee signs at every hole and baskets look like they have been there a while, but do a great job grabbing your disc. I believe they have mach IV baskets. If you loose a disc of bag have no fear because there is a small store with what you need to play the game right there on property. Really just a neat and fun course to play. All three courses are very similar so my other reviews of the other two will be very close to the same.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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