Green Cove Springs, FL 
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  New Basket Locations

5+    7/15/2016   7/22/2016
Review By: OldLefty
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
This review was updated on 8/11/2016
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New basket locations (as of July 2016) make for a totally new experience. New locations are markes by a sticker on the original tee box signage. Course is always well maintained, and the baskets are fairly new and in great condition. Tee boxes are concrete.
Cons: Though not a problem for me due to having a short run up, other good players have complained that the tee boxes are too short.
Other Thoughts: The course superintendents have recently added new basket positions on the first (front) 18, which increases the distance of the course, as well as adds to the complexity. The basket locations have been moved into much more difficult places such as back up against OB fences, in clumps of trees, and in newly created "pockets" in the woodsy areas. It seems that they are trying to get a professional event on this course from what I hear from the locals.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Unique setup for a park disc golf course.

2-4    4/26/2015   4/26/2015
Review By: xGIRTHx
Played: 38  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 8.8 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a true 36 hole course and it is numbered as such. The first 18 run through the park and look like a typical city park course save a few exceptions. (Some of which will be under the cons section) It was overall a very fun course to play and there is a decent variety of holes. I used a lot of my bag and I think most people would enjoy this course. The last 18 were my favorite part as the course gets quite wooded and more accuracy was required and there were still a couple holes over 300 ft. The two "parts" of the course complement each other well and you have the option to play each part as an 18 as they are separated between the font 18 and back 18.
Cons: There were a couple holes that I would call "grip and rip" holes meaning that trees were basically unavoidable without a little luck. Its not really a con but no matter how clean a round you have you will hit a tree at some point. Didn't see any rattlesnakes but the last 18 is called "the rattlesnake challenge" and I'm assuming its for a reason. Once you finish the first 18 you will have to walk around the side of the park to get to 19 and it might take a second to find if you don't know where you are going. No elevation as usual in FL. A concession stand would give this course and extra half point in my book as it is very hot in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Its an overall scenic course that's challenging and fun. It could make for a frustrating round if you aren't on your A game but I don't think anyone will make it through without at least a couple errant throws. (Especially the back 18) We heard the sound of an Ice cream truck but never sighted the oasis of cold, creamy confections.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Home Course

5+    8/5/2014   8/14/2014
Review By: FlickMobster
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 7.4 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great Course! Has been cleaned up a lot over the years. It's my home course, so of course I play there the most. Definitely needs to be checked out.

Bathrooms located @ hole #14 other than that, pee in a bush!
Cons: The Rattlesnake challenge (new holes) isn't my most favorite, too much brush and way out in the back. Watch for snakes! it has that name for a reason!

Should be a course on it's on since it is a little more advanced.

Sports season gets tight around holes 4 & 5. but they did place a "side hole" for #4 so you can shoot around them.
Other Thoughts: Again it's my home course, the first course I started playing on and you will always meet great people out there!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Good design and enjoyable

1    7/2/2014   7/8/2014
Review By: willsmithfinland
Played: 46  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 7.1 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course has good signage and is well-maintained. The design is very good, allowing for a mixture of driver, mid-range, and putting opportunities. There is a nice break in scenery during the first 18 holes, and a bathroom located next to the end of hole #17.
Cons: The first 18 holes can be a bit easy in some parts, but if you do not have much experience with a mid-range disc or doing rollers then it can be very challenging. The back 18 holes can be repetitive, but the design is good enough to challenge you.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I would recommend the course to anyone, but the drive there can be bit out of the way for some folks. There are two entrances to the park. One entrance is where the bathroom is located, and it is close to the end of hole #17. The other entrance allows you to park near the basketball court and pavilion; hole #1 is on the other side of that parking lot going toward to the road. Parking near the basketball court makes the walk to the back 18 holes shorter. I played the first 18 holes and then the first 8 holes in the back 18, so I would recommend at least the first 18 for a great experience if you are in the area. If you like hiking and more challenging shots then go for the back 18.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Nuthin' Fancy... plus a Second Helping

1    12/24/2013   2/21/2014
Review By: BogeyNoMore
Played: 311  Reviewed: 165  Exp: 15.4 Years
This review was updated on 6/19/2014
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Clean, quiet, county park with tennis, basketball, softball, several pavilions, tot-lot, and a well-stocked fishing pond.
Plays like two completely separate 18 hole courses with very different personalities: Original 18 starts at the front (south end) of the park near the main parking lot. Holes 19-36 (dubbed "Rattlesnake Challenge") are located toward the rear (north side) of the park (see Other Thoughts to find these holes).

Holes 1-18: The Original 18 has a very nice mix ranging from open and very sparsely treed to moderately wooded, and offers decent variety in terms of distance and fairway type, but not much in fairway shape. Open holes allow for multiple lines but not many actually require more than a straight shot. Several of the middle holes feature more trees to work past, and a couple force you to hold a specific route, but as a whole, the front 18 doesn't require a great deal of shot shaping. Distances are nicely distributed from the low 200's to just under 400'. Features several well-placed trees and some good pin placements. Well suited to beginners and challenging enough for Rec/Intermediate players, but not so much for advanced players. Most of the pins are easy to see from the tee. Not much chance of losing a disc.

Holes 19-36 (Rattlesnake Challenge): Generally more challenging than the Original 18. Moderately to well-wooded and technical for the most part, with varying fairway shapes (L/R/straight) defined by naturally occurring open patches separating clusters of pine and palmetto. Although the fairways are well defined, you can take wider hyzer/annie routes to the pin provided you throw over the low-lying scrub lining the fairways and can thread it through the pines (which aren't bushy at all). Most of these holes are shorter than the Original 18, and generally less forgiving of shots that don't stay in the fairway. Has several blind holes and typically requires more finesse that the Original 18, but lacks variety in terms of fairway type. Thicker foliage means there's a greater chance of losing discs on Rattlesnake Challenge than the front 18, but still not what I'd consider all that bad.

Equipment: All in good shape with minimal vandalism. Yellow Innovas are easy to see. Concrete tees were sufficient, tee signs have all the pertinents and help with navigation.
Aesthetics: A nice walk around a fairly busy community park. Entirely pleasant, just not a picture postcard setting. Most scenic part is around holes 12-13, where you get a decent look at the fishing pond.
Routing and Nav: Not all that bad in some ways, but there's an unlisted Alt hole 4 (with a separate tee and basket of its own) to route you around the open field when it's being used... can be confusing. And 18 additional holes (Rattlesnake Challenge) were added on not that long ago in another section of the park with nary a clue they even exist (let alone where they are) when you're playing the front 18. I applaud the expansion, but how about letting people know they exist? Also can't figure out why the Parks Dept numbered them 19-36 instead of listing it as a separate course and numbering them 1-18.

Original and Rattlesnake each lack variety in certain ways and each feels somewhat redundant unto itself, but there's no denying they provide good variety between them. While 9 from the Original plus 9 from Rattlesnake could make for a nice 18, there's just not enough variety keep things from feeling repetitive when playing all 36 holes.
Except for two of the longer holes on Rattlesnake Challenge, nothing really stood out as special.
Not all that tough to score pars, but deuces have to be earned on most holes.
Both courses play completely flat.
Other Thoughts: To find #19: after playing hole 6, proceed to the right (instead of left towards #7) and follow the trail (north), a few hundred feet further into the park. On the left will be a large sign that reads "Rattlesnake Challenge," with a map of holes 19-36 and their distances. 19th tee is to the right of that sign, a bit further into the woods. 36th hole brings you back near #7. Rattlesnake Challenge plays through a section of the park that doesn't see a lot of non-DG traffic and is essentially dedicated to disc golf.

Holes 1-18 play around the perimeter of a mutli-use section of the park. They tried to route things away from most pedestrian traffic, but you still need to exercise patience and caution to avoid trouble.

Even though they're technically numbered 1-36 (not just on DGCR, but on the tee signs and baskets themselves), I see these as two separate 18 hole courses, and really think they should be listed as such. They're laid out in different sections of the park, have distinctly different personalities and levels of difficulty... Rattlesnake Challenge even has its own name and sign.

Even though there are 36 pretty good holes, two good 18's doesn't necessarily make an excellent 36, nor would I say RVZ is a better discing destination than a really great 18 hole course. I'd give either set of 18 between 2.75 -3.0 on its own. Given how well the front and back complement each other, there's no doubt the additional holes make for a richer, more complete experience, which is how I arrive at 3.5, but the entire set of 36 holes still falls short of a truly excellent course.

A word of caution is warranted - Rattlesnake Challenge is appropriately named. This is precisely the type of dry, longleaf pine and palmetto woodlands Eastern Diamondbacks call home. They're well camouflaged and can be harder to see than you might think, even at embarrassingly close distances. Look carefully before reaching into the brush to retrieve your disc. While they have rattles, they do not necessarily always rattle before striking. Some biologists think that individuals which remain silent are less likely to be heard, seen, and killed, making them more likely to pass on their genes to the next generation, perpetuating a genetic disposition for rattlesnakes that tend not to rattle.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 All I Can Do Is Write About It

2-4    11/25/2013   12/1/2013
Review By: reposado
Played: 278  Reviewed: 276  Exp: 8.3 Years
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mostly open course through fields and Florida scrub. Typically, I ain't the one to praise a course with as few obstacles as this one does, but most of these holes work for me. Trust that the relatively few trees present here are used well and make each hole unique. The first pair of holes play through the tightest woods, playing down fairways bounded by thin trees. The next bunch traverse a wide open field, allowing players to really air out a few drives. Around the mid point of the round, there are a few holes made in the shade. These are my favorites,a s they force you to throw over the low scrub and below the high fronds, as well as around the trunks.

You also won't spend much time searching for discs. If you aren't in the field, you should be able to spot exactly which bit of scrub you went into. This means a faster round, or allows you to listen to the call when one of these pleasant curves beckons to be thrown one more time.

There's not a ton of complexity here, but im a simple man, and can appreciate a course that lets you throw and watch the disc in flight and every mothers son should be able to enjoy the course on some level.
Cons: There aren't a lot of things goin' on for upper-level players. Most of the fairways are relatively straightforward and intermediate players shouldn't have too much trouble getting the disc to bend to their will.

The holes are often very straight. After a hundred courses, I know a little about courses great and terrible. This one is squarely in the middle. There is nothing special. There are no signature holes. It's completely flat. It's a very playable course for most skill levels but that is about it. Unless the vegetation is unfamiliar to you there is really nothing here that stands out.

The pads are not really big enough for the types of throws. Their serviceable, but on open holes like these, you have to at least gimme three steps.
Other Thoughts: I saw no sign of the second eighteen, so the original course can easily played with no confusion. At the same time, I would have liked to give them a shot and had no idea it was there until I returned to the site. It's an exciting concept and if you think I'll return to replay the first course and give the second a shot, you got that right.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 To Ronnie!

1    1/14/2013   2/5/2013
Review By: Rossome
Played: 222  Reviewed: 15
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Family friendly park with a variety of holes and mix of lengths. About half were wooded with precision shots required and half rewarded a strong arm. Tees were good and signs adequate. I enjoyed the back nine the most near the lake and woods.
Cons: The entrance and parking areas were not paved and mostly dirt, sand and mud. The location of hole one was not easily found, but once I did find it, the layout was fairly intuitive. I had to ask locals a few times where the next tee was or which basket to shoot for. Lots of spindly trees on the first couple of holes and last couple of holes making shots require luck as well as skill.
Other Thoughts: I played all four of the courses in Jax area and this was my second favorite (Ed Austin first). There wasn't much unique about the course nor was it particularly scenic. I enjoyed the lake area (for three holes). The park was clean, the golf was challenging and fun, but the course didn't have any real memorable traits.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  3 Basket have been stolen

5+    1/11/2013   1/17/2013
Review By: postalmaniac57
Played: 4  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.2 Years
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Good 18 basket course with lots of trees to make shot selection difficult
Cons: Only Problem is Practice Football field near holes 4 and 5 which will be hard to play during Spring Football Practice
Other Thoughts: Baskets 3, 4A and 19 have been stolen and were missing. I contacted Clay County Parks and they contacted the Sheriffs Office.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 great course

5+    11/12/2012   11/14/2012
Review By: pimpski03
Played: 5  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 8.7 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is an extremely clean course with a great layout. It has a mix of challenging/ technical fairways, and long open fairways. The locals that play the course are very friendly. Bathrooms are easily accessable and there are benches at every T pad.
Cons: This is a pretty active park. It is not un common for people to just come walking accross the fairway in front of you. In the spring evenings pop warner practices in the field in the center of the park and the parents seem to set up their lawn chairs in the middle of the fairway on holes 4, 4A, 5, 8 and 15. Other than that the park is excellent and would recommend it to anyone.
Other Thoughts: The park has a back 18 called rattle snake ridge. 9 of the T pads are layed and I cant wait until they get the other 9 layed. Its a work in progress. Something seriously needs to be done about the parents and their lawn chairs with the pop warner team. I'm all about the kids having fun but parents "get the hell out of the fairways"

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    5/14/2012   7/19/2012
Review By: chuckrcp
Played: 7  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 7.6 Years
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Park is nice.
Lots of fun with a few holes that have an A and B hole.
Cons: The rattle snake challenge was very difficult.
They need to get rid of some underbrush.
It is very easy to lose discs in the under brush.
This is not for beginners.
Other Thoughts: We started on the 15th hole so we could end by car.
Had a good time on the original 18 holes.
When I go back no rattle snake challenge for me.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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