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Pros: (1.387 Rating) A beginner friendly course with a few obstacles.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - This course is perfect for nearer players. Several wide open fairways, but also a few obstacles that will intrigue newer players to conquer more challenging holes. In addition, the hole distances are very much on the short side averaging at about 240 feet. Hole (4) is the perfect length for a water clear for nearer players, and the hole has ample bailout for those not willing to risk it yet.
- ACEABILITY - If any UCF students are routinely playing this course, they must be racking up the aces. All nine tee shots are under 270 feet. So needless to say, skilled players are going to be gunning for chains on every hole.
- CHAINS - DISCatchers, but showing their age a bit.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is near impossible with one exception. Dropping one in the water on (4). The water looked pretty deep from my point of view.
- NAVIGATION - The downloadable Map on this site is done well and works. If you print it out you'll also have a scorecard with the hole distances.
- QUICK PLAY - I think the walk, to and from the course to my car, took longer than the round itself. I took me 20 minutes to complete 9 holes. The course plays in a circle.
- GROW THE SPORT - No doubt will this course aid in introducing the sport by offering students easy access to learn the game at a beginner friendly course on campus grounds.
- RESTROOM/SHELTER - A very nice restroom building that doubles as a shelter. It has a drinking fountain and picnic tables. It's great to be located next to tee (1) and basket (9) as well.
Cons: UCF is just too short and too few of holes to catch a huge following.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - All the holes are fairly simple. The first two holes don't even have a tree in play. Only two holes at UCF are what I'd define as moderately wooded (5-6) and the rest are lightly wooded or open. Should be played as all 3's and not according to the scorecard. A 231 foot par 4?!? Rec players around an 850 rating should be able to break par often (par 27). Most Intermediate players will need no more than a mid-range and should routinely shoot 4 or 5 down (par 27). Advanced and pros will have 9 putter ace runs. Although I must admit, I enjoy my ace run rounds.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety are well below average. All of the holes play between 215 and 270 feet. There are no sweeping shots. There are no left or right pocket shots, and there are no blind baskets. There are no 4's or 5's (I don't count mid 200 foot par 4s, as par 4s). I will say however that, as mentioned above, there's a nice water clear on (4).
- ELEVATION - Nada. Figure no more than maybe 5 feet of change on any one hole. Oh joy.
- TEE AREA - All natural and without a defined line. A majority of the tees are exposed to the elements.
- CHARACTER - In addition to substandard tees, all the other extras are pretty much non-existent as well. No seating or picnic tables at the tees. No course map, practice basket or holes signage other than tee posts showing hole number on it.
- MAINTENANCE - Although the course grounds looked fairly kept well, the course baskets and tee posts are starting to look rundown a bit.
- LONG WALK TO COURSE - Tee (1) is not located by parking and neither is basket nine (9). Nearly a 1,000 foot walk to and from the parking lot.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Nothing remotely exotic about the UCF course but also nothing horrible either. I scored it a 2.375 out of 5.
- WIND - Several open shots. Thankfully I picked a calm day to be shooting.
Other Thoughts: I've played every course within 20 miles of here (10 other courses). To me, this is the most beginner friendly of the bunch. Great for recreational players and a bucket full of ace runs for those with seasoned skills. For those looking for a course with a bit more challenge, I can recommend the River City and Bill Frederick courses.
- PAY TO PARK - A couple of older reviewers mentioned paying for parking. I did not pay or see a place to pay during my summer 2017 round.
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5 Helpful / 0 Not
New and (barely) improved.
Pros: Mostly open fairways. Good for an introduction into the game. Navigation isn't too problematic, if you can find the 1st tee. This course will NOT tire you out as you can probably play the entire 9 holes in 15 minutes, if you are alone. Water can come into play. GONE are the jeep trails through saw palmettos, but also gone is any degree of variety & challenge.
Cons: Parking without a permit may result in a fine or being towed. Natural tees with no distances on the tee markers. The baskets are marked with black & gold numbers, which are the UCF Golden Knight's colors. (+3 for style. -8 for small #s with low contrast, which can't be read until you're within 60' from the pin.
An OK course to learn on, but for anyone with a more than 6 months under their belt, it might help to impose a 'speed-5-maximum' for your disc selection. With most holes measuring in the 225-250' range, this course is more suited to a middle school than a college campus. If UCF ever awakens from the dark ages and decides to form a team for the collegiate championships, they will have to train off campus, because this course will impart very little beyond approaching & putting.
Other Thoughts: This entire listing should be pulled and relisted, since most of the reviews pertain to the previous location and are no longer relevant to the current location. This THIRD incarnation is nowhere near as bad as the previous course, and nowhere near as good as the first.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Challenging but flawed
Pros: -Relatively interesting angles and hole design, given the constrained space
-Nice mix of wooded/tight holes and open holes
-most holes are peaceful and pleasant to play - nice getaway right on campus
-varied hole design - big hyzers, smooth anhyzers, tight straight shots, over water shots, hidden baskets, etc.
Cons: -Majority of holes are very, very short - only a brand new player would have a tough time getting 2-3s on each hole. Ace opportunities abound.
-Many holes run right along an extremely busy road - so any errant shot is likely to hit a car, or cause the thrower to have to go into traffic to retrieve a disc. And taking nice RHBH hyzer lines on those holes means sending your disc right into oncoming traffic - hope you aim high enough or the wind doesn't air-bounce your disc into a car.
-Signage/maps - spent the majority of our time just trying to find our way around the course - poor/non-existant signage especially in the most densely wooded areas, and many confusing arrows that refer to bike paths and workout paths further cloud making sense of how to get around
-Long pants a must - if you go off the fairway at all, you're in saw palmetto, cutting up your legs
-Parking costs money and you have to cross a few busy roads
-tees are tiny - not a huge issue, since the holes are generally so short
-some areas have pretty strict signage about being a protected area - not sure why the course is going through protected environments, if those signs are accurate
Other Thoughts: This course has obviously been designed by someone who has played better courses and knows what good course design means. The problem is space - the majority of holes are compromised by proximity to road or are just very short. Any decent leisurely player can deuce nearly every hole without much effort. Bringing the water into play helps make some holes challenging - but you'd have to be very new to the game or very unlucky not to get par on those holes.
Lots of nicely carved tight shots that require accuracy and disc control, but again - once you've hit the mark off the tee, it's basically an easy putt for another deuce. Granted if you do mess up your drive, the challenges ramp up very fast - heavy brush that will cut your skin and impede your movement.
Despite being fairly easy because of short lengths - the course isn't actually friendly for truly casual or brand new players, because of the punishing saw palmetto that covers anything outside the fairway. Seasoned players can probably avoid going into the brush, but anyone new to the sport is going to walk away bleeding and ticked off. The fact that many holes border busy roads doesn't help this friendliness issue. Seems like a course that is on a college campus and has the opportunity to attract new players should be a bit more friendly to newbies. But without getting rid of all the saw palmetto or moving it to an entirely new location, that would be tough.
Add signage, lengthen holes as much as possible and redesign/move the holes near the road and this could become a much friendlier 9-holer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun but stick to the other courses
Pros: They moved the baskets so there isn't a painful to search for a disc.
Maps at the pavilion.
Cons: Decreased the baskets from 18 to 9.
Found most baskets on the side of the road, so if your throw isn't straight it will go into the road.
Parking is 5 dollars.
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