You Won’t Need Every Disc In Your Bag Here At Youth Park DGC!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Youth Park is a flat city park with scattered trees and a fair sized pond in the middle. Really, the pond only comes into play on two holes, # 2 and # 7. # 2 is 264' and the pond is on your left the entire way. # 7 plays 260' and the carry across the water is maybe 250' or you can play it safe by keeping right. This morning, there was a guy with a rake type instrument trolling for discs.
There is a mailbox at # 1 and surprise! It was full of maps/scorecards. The pads are nice, extra long concrete ones. Signs are small, faded metal ones. One was missing and one was beat up. The baskets are older Chainstars.
Other than the two water carries, the course was pretty much pedestrian. Hole distances ranged from 230' to 320'. # 6 is tight off the tee. # 14 requires a thread the needle drive between two trees approximately 12' apart. The # 16 basket is guarded by 10-12 smaller trees. # 17 is 275' with a ditch on your right and a fairly small gap to throw through. The final 10 holes all play into, through or out of scattered trees. The course does loop back to the parking lot.
Cons: Tee sign missing on # 17 and the sign on 15 is beat up and bent.
Baskets are older.
Two tee pads are badly cracked.
Every hole requires a straight throw off the tee. They started to look eerily similar. This is probably the only con that is really an issue. The others are mainly cosmetic.
Park is flat.
Other Thoughts: Youth Park DGC is a recreational level course with two pucker up and throw holes. Rec players will enjoy their game here but anyone better will probably be bored. Course designers did a admirable job with the terrain they were handed but in the end, this is still a flat hunk of land with a pond in the middle. It's pretty wide open and most players won't have to us more than about four discs.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mixed feelings about this course. Some nice features with some unfortunate caveats..
-Offers some nice variety (open shots, thick wooded areas, water feature)
-Very well kept grounds in my experience. Good baskets.
-Dedicated space without people walking through.
-There is a port o potty, which is certainly better than nothing.
Cons: -I took off at least one full point for the design of Hole 2 alone. You have to drive for maybe 200ft through a narrow passage around 20ft wide between water and a second out of bounds area. On the left is a lake where large alligators have been removed, with another recently spotted. On the right is a 6ft chainlink fence and a private business beyond it with prominent no trespassing signs that explicitly forbid retrieving lost discs beyond the fence. It's also fairly exposed wind-wise so gusts love to put your discs in one of those two locations. The fence has been cut through (I assume by golfers) so you could hypothetically crawl through to retrieve discs but clearly nobody wants to be put into this position, and it puts you in a bad mindset for the remaining 16 holes.
The other hole with water feature is better designed. If you have confidence you can try and drive straight over the pond, or play it safe around the edge with shorter throws. That said, you skirt the right side so most people's RH BH drives are at risk of early hyzers that will gobble up discs. Not necessarily a con, just a word of caution. I refuse to play either hole anymore without both a floating driver and a retrieval device.
-Many of the holes are spaced a little too close together. It's pretty easy to end up overlapping with both the people playing 1-2 holes ahead of you and those behind you.
-At least one hole is basically "rip it and pray" situation for 80% of players, where a thick wooded area just ahead of the tee blocks most drives, unless you are an absolute sniper.
Other Thoughts: -It's worth noting that the height of the lake appears to have changed noticeably since some of the pictures on here were taken. It looks to me at least like the water is a solid 4-5 feet further up the bank these days.
-Busier than I'd like, but I've never seen it too busy to be enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Youth park. Fun local spot
Pros: Easy course most shots are straight with trees on most holes and water on 2 holes. Free score card on hole one but no pencils. I was there noon on a weekday and it was empty. Very easy to navigate
Cons: Smaller coarse. Lots of trees on fairways .. Set up is very narrow and a few holes cross paths
Other Thoughts: Check it out it's a fun coarse
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Typical City Rec Course
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.611 Rating) (REVISED - replayed October 2017) Youth Park served as my home course for 18 months. This course gets heavy usage and has regulars comprised of all skill levels.
- CHARACTER - Clearly the best thing about Youth park is the feeling that you know the space is dedicated to just disc golf. There's a bunch of picnic tables for seating, more than half of the tees are shaded, there's good hole signage, there's a community board with course map, there's trash cans, there's a few extra pin placements (1,2,7,14) and there's a practice basket. (unfortunately not used often due to its location)
- TEE PADS - They are all concrete and are generously long. at least 12 to 16 feet in length. Well above average in my opinion and more than you'll need. However, a few are cracking now and will likely start to affect throwing soon if left unrepaired.
- SCORECARD/MAP PROVIDED - As of my 179 courses played as of this revision, this is one of only three free courses that provides a free scorecard with map. They are located in the mailbox on (1) tee.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds are mowed weekly. I've played over a hundred rounds here and only saw the grass higher than 6 inches once (Hurricane Irma). Despite the heavy use, trash has always been in check.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is low with a few exceptions. The water on holes 2 and 7 claim a lot of discs. The tree canopy is mostly pine and mixed Deciduous trees with very few disc robbing palms.
- DISC RETURN - I have lost 7 or 8 discs in the water as of the review revision, and all but 2 of them have been returned. Several, but not all, other regulars have the same good return rate. This is not a guarantee that you'll get a disc back, it just seems more likely than normal on this course.
- NAVIGATION - One of the easiest courses to navigate that I've ever played on the first round. The scorecard has a lot to do with that.
- LAYOUT FLOW - Although a tight layout, the flow of the course works pretty good. I don't think any holes require a walk over a hundred feet between basket and next tee. there are several opportunities to skip a group of holes (and yet easily come back and play skipped holes) if large groups are in the way.
- QUICK PLAY - A single, can easily complete a full 18 in under 45 minutes. groups of 4 usually play in under two hours, sometimes even an hour and a half.
- ACEABILITY - Numerous holes, is not all, are aceable, You will have great opportunities on holes (5, 9 and 13) every hole is under 330 feet. Personally, I have aced hole (9)
- EVENTS - There are two weekly events going on as of this review revision. There is random dubs on Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM. $5 with optional $1.25 ace pot.
Cons: There are several unfixable conditions at Youth Park.
- TIME WAITING - This course gets heavy use and often has mob golfing going on during the summer with groups of 10 or more. Typically the large groups will let faster group through (or try to get you to join in), but you'll still have to wait on that initial hole.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety are well below average. All of the holes play between 225 and 327 feet. There is only one sweeping shot (#7) and that's if it's in the long position only. There are no pocket shots left or right, and there are no blind baskets. There are no 4's or 5's. I will say however, that there are a bunch tee shot tree windows and finishing tree windows to hit. There is one for sure overhead play on (16), otherwise it's a poke and hope shot.
- SPACING - Well below average, Several of the fairways feel partially shared. Discs constantly end up in other fairways. Black aces have happened. In addition, considering that the course is typically full of players, you will always be wise to keep your head up and aware of other groups teeing off.
- 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 5 feet of elevation change throughout the entire course.
- DIFFICULTY - Not much of a challenge to advanced players as they should have no problem breaking par and being several shots down . Intermediate and Rec players may be delighted however as it can be a feel good round. It's a great opportunity for those players to finish under par as well.
- BEAUTY - If you're the player that enjoys a nice scenic course, this isn't it. It's below average at best. Nearby courses Picnic, Tocobaga and Taylor are all much more scenic.
Other Thoughts: A good course for those living within 5-10 miles. A great beginner course due to low amount over hazards and overgrowth. Probably worth a look see if you've already hit a majority of the area courses or if you're like me and feel the need to play every course once. Not recommended to out of region players looking to play one or two area courses. In that scenario, consider these area courses instead; Cliff Stevens, Taylor, Picnic, Oldsmar, Cypress or Medard. All of those courses are rated in Florida's top 20 on this site, except Oldsmar, which is a new course and doesn't have 11 reviews yet to qualify for the rankings.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pretty little course
Pros: Well kept park dedicated to disc golf
Reachable holes for players like me in 225-250ft range
Just south of nice theater, shopping, restaurants
Good shade on especially back 9 for hot days
Uncrowded during the week
Cons: -If it has rained, the creek next to 18 is muddy/mucky, making it tricky to get disc if you go in there
-Some ant mounds in the grass, especially after rains, but just watch your step and it's fine
-Holes 8, 12, 14 and a couple of others have a line of trees that make it difficult on your drive. Not necessarily a con, but you'll probably think so when you hit a tree.
-Some signs are getting faded from the sun
Other Thoughts: Overall, I love this little course. It is a bit further away for me, so I only get there a couple of times a year. But I enjoy it very much every time I play there. It may not get the respect of Cliff Stephens or Taylor Park or a few other courses in the area, but don't rule out this fun little park to play in.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid, Easy to Moderate Level Course
Pros: Great tee pads and signs. I think there was an alternate pin location on every hole. A pond and a ditch act as water hazards on the course. Great scenery and this area of the park seems set aside for disc golf, so other than 1 dog walker, we had no obstacles.
Cons: Fairways are a bit close together. Playing it for the first time, we sometimes had difficulty figuring out which basket we were supposed to throw at because we could see multiple baskets that were approximately the right direction and distance from the pad. Once we threw at the wrong basket. We let another group play through, but they had to keep waiting on us because we were often in their fairway as we threw on our fairway. Would be a rough place to hold a tournament with shotgun start for safety reasons. Several of the holes are open shots with almost no obstacles. Several of the holes are poke and pray shots through extremely narrow fairways because of close together trees.
Other Thoughts: Fun course of moderate length. I had a first timer with me and he got a 3 on a few of the holes. Other than the water holes, a great beginner course with some challenge for experienced players.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good advanced level practice course.
Pros: - Course is located in a small neighborhood off a main road and is surrounded by baseball, softball, and soccer fields; very large sports complex.
- Course has a very nice flow; each hole transitions perfectly into the next, you won't get lost at this course.
- Tee-pads are brand new, perfect length.
- Tee-signs are extremely accurate and very well detailed.
- Course offers a few good opportunities to throw an ace without "handing them out".
- Each hole has its own identity; some have trees, some are wide open, but most have a defined fairway and many paths and throwing types to get to the basket.
- Provides a moderate challenge for beginners while still providing a small challenge for advanced players.
- Alternate pin placements on 3 holes provide some variety to the course.
- Course design has squeezed all possible space from the area; most tee pads are at the edge of property.
- Custom scorecards available inside mailbox at hole #1's tee.
Cons: - The pond; due to the unusually heavy rainfall this year, the banks of the pond are 4-5 feet higher than normal.
- The fence on hole #2 comes into play frequently; usually a headwind on this hole and most throws are thrown over fence to fade back towards the water and basket. Retrieving a disc from over the fence is now considered trespassing and the employees at the complex are not very friendly.
- Course becomes very boring after playing it a few times.
- Not uncommon to have children playing in the fairway on hole #1.
- There is a person that lives in the sports complex, I have no idea why, but he is not very nice.
Other Thoughts: - Youth Park DGC is a nice, shorter course located in Pinellas Park Florida. As a whole, the course fulfills the need of the area; a shorter course for locals to play when they can't play the nicer, bigger ones. It provides a nice challenge and is a great course to play if you only have an hour to play.
- I would not make a day trip to play this course unless you are making a day out of the other awesome courses Pinellas County has to offer.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is packed tightly into the park, using pretty much all of the space. Unlike a lot of courses that do this, it doesn't feel too claustrophobic, though there weren't too many other while I was there.
I also like a lot of the holes. It's an open area but there are a lot of trees. Selfishly, I like the fact that it felt very RHFH friendly, as the first seventeen holes had nice left to right lines to avoid the trees and give you a chance to park the hole. Every hole here offers a realistic birdie chance if your drive is accurate.
The pond is the central feature and it does come into play on two holes. I'm guessing a different pin placement for 1 would bring the lake into play there as well.
It'd also be an interesting place for an ace race. There are no real acre run holes, but there are around 16 possible ace holes.
Cons: While I don't dislike any of the holes here, I don't love any of them either. The big reason for that is that there is a dearth of a variety. They are mostly the same distance and while the trees often force to you curve your shot into the basket, they are primarily located directly in front of the tee.
And, as to fit the confines of the park, the fairways are packed very close together. On a bust day, you would have to be constantly wary of an errant disc and in some places, an on target one. It's mostly back and forth across the field, with each fairway a few yards to the right or left of the previous.
Other Thoughts: I'd play Youth Park again if I was in the area. It's not a world-view changing course, but it's fun and it's a quick eighteen.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Good Everyday Course
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A nice little lake starts you out, then off to the trees! And there are plenty of trees to negotiate. So there are plenty of different lines to try out.
Decent tee signs and some long concrete tees make for good driving, and multiple pin placements add some extra looks.
Very friendly locals.
Cons: The course quickly becomes repetitive, with holes falling into the 270' range with similar looks. I would have made a couple holes 200' and a couple 400', to mix it up a little.
The fairways are a little close together. Keep an eye out for other nearby groups discs.
Other Thoughts: That said, you can still have a lot of fun throwing a round here with your buddies. But, if down here on vacation, you may want to play some of the more popular local courses before this one.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - concrete tee pads on every hole
- good signage on the tee boxes showing, par, distance and layout
- good scenery
- multiple basket locations
- 18 holes
- very professional looking score cards provided on hole 1
Cons: - tee boxes could be a little wider
- it can be difficult to find the right basket because many of them are very close together
- I would like to see a few longer holes mixed in
Other Thoughts: People that can throw straight enough to sneak through the trees are rewarded. People that can't will probably get frustrated and/or injure a squirrel.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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