2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.240 Rating) This course will be extinct by the end of the year. Play it now, before its gone forever.
- BOMBER HOLES - Currently as of this review, the longest course in the State of Florida at 12,000 feet from the back (blue) tees. It allows the biggest throwers to really air them out. The par 3's here average over 350 feet and several of them are over 400 feet. Also two 800 foot par 5's and numerous par 4's.
- CHALLENGING - Above average due to the length but you are really not required to throw thru tight lines or to shape your shot. Most advanced players should be a couple under course par. Intermediate players should play from the whites and will likely finish a few down from those tees.
- TEES - Three sets of large concrete tees at a majority of the holes. I am a big fan of the multi tee format as it allows every type of player to have an opportunity to play at their appropriate skill level.
- CHARACTER - In addition to the 3 sets of tees, there are a bunch of other nice disc golf amenities. There's a course map and numerous picnic tables before tee (1). There's also a bunch of tee shading and just about all of the tee areas had nice hole signage. Great location for a restroom shelter building on the far side of the layout. There's a pro shop, where you can get a few disc golf items but the selection is limited to four feet of retail wall space. There's also a bar inside the club house and you can legally drink a beer on this course.
- CARTS - You can rent a golf cart, which I highly recommend for this very long course. Personally for me, it was my first experience using a cart for a disc golf round and it was everything I remembered it to be. (I'm a former ball golfer).
- NAVIGATION - Be sure and request a map when you pay at the club house. The course is very long and a few holes jog around a bit. Without a physical map, or one downloaded to your phone, you'll end up confused a few times on the first go around. The map is solid and it got me back on track every time I questioned my next move.
- EXTRA HOLES - 6 extra holes if 18 holes wasn't enough. (1,10,19) all start nearby the clubhouse and (9,18,24) all finish nearby as well.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is low with a few exceptions. Playing above you skill level can be hazardous. The back tees really bring the water into play on (3,7,15 and 23) but advanced players should have little issue avoiding it. Other than that, most players should be safe. In addition, the wide fairways and lack of overgrowth under the trees, makes for a round where most errant shots are not further punished.
- RAW BEAUTY - Although not an natural wonder, I'd still give The Preserve a 3.5 rating. The gentle slopes of the open fairways and a several large oak trees along the layout adds to some of the appeal. Also, three larger tranquil ponds along the layout. Missing however is that signature hole along the layout.
Cons: A solid course without shot imagination.
- LACK OF SHOT SHAPING - With the extent of the openness, you can expect a round with very little thought process on the tee. Most holes I just looked at the hole distance listed on my scorecard, and then quickly grabbed a disk and threw. Way too many holes can be attacked from every angle.
- UNIQUENESS - The overall hole variety was much less than I was expecting for a course rated this high. Tunnel shots are mostly not existent or loosely defined. No pocket shots and baskets are generally loosely guarded. No doglegs and the most any one hole veers is perhaps 10 degrees. As stated above however, par 4s and 5s and a few water shots. There is a hanging basket on finishing (24) but it makes little impact on the tee or putting thought process.
- ELEVATION - The Preserve is listed on DGCR as moderately hilly. I've played courses in other parts of the county that are listed as mostly flat and have twice as much elevation as The Preserve. No hole varies by more than 15 feet. Hole (16) is up that and (17) is down that. Only a couple other holes vary by more than 10 feet.
- MAINTENANCE - I read in several other reviews that fairway upkeep was an issue during their round, and it was for me too. Several holes had knee high grass. I probably spent a good quarter of my round searching for my disc in the middle of the supposed fairways. In addition a few areas had signage maintenance issues as well.
- TIME PLAY - This course is not a quick play. It took me 80 minutes solo with a cart. A group of 4 with carts, should plan to be here over 2 1/2 hours to complete 24 holes.
- PAY TO PLAY - Only $1 to walk, and $10 for a cart. You don't have to get a cart. However, getting a cart will help you avoid a least 3 miles of walking.
- WIND - A very open layout, so expect wind on most days. I personally was blessed with a somewhat light wind day.
Other Thoughts: I spoke with the manager regarding status of the course going forward. He told me that the course is being slated for demo and is to become a land recharge area. Or as he also described it, "a return to a natural landscaped area." Its ax is slated for the end of 2017.
Having played all three of the Ocala courses, I can definitely say that if you like the longer open courses this will be your favorite. Personally not my favorite, but if I lived in the area I'd work this one in several times a year. If you're in the area, be sure and check out both Sawmill and Greenway as well. Residents should be proud to have 3 solid course in the area.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Golf carts. Enough said. Hanging basket on the last hole, nice scenery, challenging enough but not too hard.
Cons: Shares property with a regular golf course, it's completely separate, but on a busy day I would bet it could get congested.
Other Thoughts: I was so excited to play this course because you can rent golf carts to use while you play. That made it a lot of fun, especially since the day continued to get hotter as it went on. There are some beautiful pond areas and a hanging basket on the last hole which is a neat feature. The regular golf course is just across the driveway, so beware of flying balls, and be careful not to throw your disc too far in their direction! We were being a little loud and that may have been a little distracting for the golfers on the other side of the course. Just something think about!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Cart Disc Golf at is finest
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: great set of three big concert tees. Pro, Int/Adv, and Rec.
Easy to read signs, wide open fairways letting you air out shots and try new ones. Makes you feel like your at a high caliber course playing next to ball golfers. You can rent a cart and get food and drinks from the clubhouse and it cost less than $20. Cart is $10, $1 to play the course, rest for food and drink prices vary.
Cons: can be hard to navigate if first time/ walking. the course is long. grab a scorecard from the clubhouse for easy to follow direction. Baskets are the same as greenway and show there age. would be great to get better baskets on such a high caliber disc golf course used in so many tournaments. Bathrooms are far between same with water. you got the clubhouse at the start and a bathroom / water fountain in the farthest corner of the course.
Other Thoughts: Come play where GG, Avery Jenkins, Will Schusterick, Jeremy Koling, Paige Pierce, Johne Mccray and may more have played. The only course in Ocala that has had the top Pros in disc golf come to play in many tournaments. The longest par 5s in Ocala.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Disc Golf And Ball Golf Living Together?
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Driving down the road to the clubhouse reveals a ball golf course on the left side of the road and disc golf course on the right. You arrive at the shared ball golf /disc golf pro shop featuring clubs and discs, a nice little food vendor (I had a decent hot dog and a beer for lunch), restrooms, etc. Get signed up ($12.00 for you and a buddy includes cart, or you could walk it for $1.00 each). I recommend using the cart, especially in the warmer months and because it's just so darn fun anyway!
The course has 3 sets of large concrete tees and offers more diversity than most of the ball to disc type courses that I have played on. Large trees, lakes, minor elevation changes and even a hanging basket add to the charm and make for an entertaining round.
Cons: Not too many cons here. It may be a little long for beginners. Navigation isn't perfect, but using the map and the cart help. The course is heavily played so following other players may also help.
Other Thoughts: This course will put a big smile on most dgers faces. It's good to see dg getting almost as much respect as ball golf at a ball golf facility. It is a little more costly than the average dg experience (i.e. free) but worth it IMO.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Awesome layout and beautiful course. A must play if you are in the area. Maybe they will turn the other side into a disc golf course also.
Cons: Needs signs to next tee.
Other Thoughts: Rent a cart, it makes it a breeze to play!!!!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It was nice to walk in to the clubhouse and see a rack with discs next to all the Ping and Nike apparel. I paid $12 dollars for my nephew and myself. More than a fair price for this experience. Not many times did I grab any less than a teebird off of the tee (my nephew played the short tees). Most approaches were heavily guarded by huge live oaks with Spanish moss hanging down. (Iron leaves?). I had an awesome time and would pay more than they were charging.
Cons: The tees were a little confusing to find but I rented a cart and this was not an issue. The grass was pretty high and the stinging nettles were stinging me crazy. They were mowing while we were out there which lets me know they do get out there. I would guess it had been two weeks since they last mowed.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
So About Those Carts
Pros: There's a lot to like about the course at Pine Oaks, even before you get to the carts. This is a long, tough course filled with long, tough holes. Hole average 421 feet from the middle tees and 505 from the longs. That's over 24 holes. That's a lot of golf.
Of course you will get to air it out a few times, how could you not with that kind of distance? But you will have to play careful as well. Many a fairway starts long and open before confronting you with trees. blocking your approach shot. Others, like 16, present the trees at once. If you can get through the tunnel, you should have an open drive towards the pin. So while this course is filled with bombs, they aren't straightforward bombs.
There is also water present on a number of holes. While most water holes aren't carries, they are creatively placed to force your hand. Two of the ponds are very clean. I tossed a Dragon in the water on 3 and another on 7. I left them and circled back after 12 and the current had pushed them close enough to shore to grab them with a stick. There's a true carry later on, over a pond thick with red algae of some type. Anything that goes in there isn't coming back but the pond is beautiful, mostly red with a streak of green leafery down the middle. Another favorite hole is 19. its a long carry over what looked to be pretty wet marsh. I didn't have to go down and wade, but I would treat it as water, and its very possible to reach the basket from the tee in one shot going directly over it.
The course has recently been mowed, and I can only judge by what I've seen, which is a well-maintained ball golf curse turned over to the disc hurlers. Three cement tees per hole, with the sign from the far tees pointing you towards the other tees.(which are usually visible from the far tee anyways.)
So, about those carts. I know they would be impractical on most disc golf courses, but it would be fantastic if they were more universal in the sport. Especially on a course with length like this, they speed up play a lot. Everyone tees off, then hops in the cart to get to the closest disc. Amazing. You can forget your bag, too. There is essentially a rack in the back where you can line up your discs. And since there is no underbrush here, finding discs is easy; you can drive almost anywhere.It's going to be tough to go back to walking a course.
Cons: The flow isn't top notch. Sure, you get a map when you sign in. But next tee signs would still be appreciated in a number of locations. I do prefer an obvious path leading to the next hole, and I've seen that even on open ball golf courses like this one.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Not bad at all
Pros: On an old ball course. NIce basket placement. Good long somewhat open holes. varied shots can be made. Some H20 to keep you honest. the players on the course were great and very friendly. the proshop personel were great.
Cons: the grass should be cut, it was very high. threw discs in the middle of the course and had to hunt for a while to find them (not good). Signage could be improved a bit. A little confusing sometimes trying to find the next tee pad
Other Thoughts: Super nice course. If they would just cut the fairways and leave the rough this course would get a 5 rating and be right up there with the best of them in FLA. I know they are worried about expenses that is why they did away with the last 9 hole ball course they could not afford to keep it open. I would pay $5 so they could cut the grass to make it a much better course. Spend the $$ and rent a cart, this will help with the long grass issue.. Also eat your wheaties this course will test your stamina in the summer bring pleanty of H20 to drink. Club house was great and the beers were cold. Big Arms rejoice you will love this place
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Wont be going back
Pros: The course has a good layout and great T pads
Cons: I played this course about 3 months ago and said i will not go back because the weeds and tall grass were so bad. I had some family come into town so i decided to give this course another chance. When I arrived i saw that the course looked terrible again. There were weeds up to my knees and it made it kind of hard to throw and find discs. The family I was with is a die hard disc golfer who was very upset to see a course with such potential going to crap.
Other Thoughts: This course is directly next to a ball golf course. When your on the dingy disc golf course and look over to the ball course and see what the disc golf course could be its kind of depressing.....All I need to say is "c'mon pine oaks, dont neglect your disc golf course. It has so much potential".
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 1- The wide open distance. On most of the holes you can just let it rip & not pay for it to bad if you threw a not so perfect shot.
2- Golf Carts. It's a real long walk.
3- Well maintained
4- Nice lanscaping
5- Multiple tees. Blue tees are concrete. Well marked.
6- Bathrooms on the course.
Cons: 1- Terrible markings if any for white or red tees. However the blue tees had nice marker posts showing where the other tees are supposed to be. We played the red tees & just agreed on a start spot based on the sign at the blue tee.
2- Next tee markings could be better.
Other Thoughts: If you walk the course you pay $1. $5 extra to get a cart. I would recommend getting a course map when you pay, that's the only way we stayed on course. Played mid-day during the week, we were the only ones on the course. Lost a disk on hole #7, my fault bad shot, a little to far left but man did it have some distance. Proud of that fact even though I lost the disc.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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