2 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Decent course on campus.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Close to campus.
Pond that make it interesting.
Holes 4-9 are more interesting with trees, pond, etc.
Good course to start off with since there isn't many obstructions on the first 3-4 holes.
Cons: Hard to get to -- you have to park and walk about three blocks.
No concrete tees.
Not that interesting of a course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Course has been moved
Pros: Open, have not played it yet so I can't review it............................................................................Go out and play it and come back and give a review
Other Thoughts: Course has been moved by the entrance of UCF by Central Florida Blvd.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Cons: -I believe the course has been removed, as when I went on May tenth there were no marked tees, no hole signs, no marked baskets. There was a road sign indicating the course and a map in the pavillion next door.
-Additionally, this course, according to the map, would have had three holes that were lined up parallel oncoming road traffic. Probably a horrible idea on a college campus.
-Additionally, the rough on this course looked awful. I can't really imagine much worse save cactus or lava.
-Additionally, the only safe free parking at UCF is at the event garage 3/4ths of a mile from the course.
Other Thoughts: If someone wants to confirm the removal then go for it. If i'm mistaken and it's "down for summer" or something, then I will take the time to recommend any other course in Orlando.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mostly wide open holes, the first few circle around a pond without ever bringing it into play. This is a course for new players located on a college campus right slow. Great place to just check some discs. The last bunch of holes play in a glen with some tree coverage and some high canopies.
In between 4 offers a shot at a real carry over a pond where a disk can hang out over the water and finish left to the pin, yet a safe play around the water remains for new players.
Cons: There are a few things in play. The tennis court on 1 and 2 and a power facility on 3. There can also be confusion on 5 as which basket to throw at. It way to the left. That bunch of holes can be confusing in total as there are no signs and occasionally multiple baskets. It isn't too hard to figure out though.
Other Thoughts: Not really worth seeking out but miles better than the previous course here and a great beginner play that is well suited to the students who will hopefully play here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, but room for improvement
Pros: -Peaceful setting despite being located at one of the largest universities in the country.
-Free to play.
-Decent variety of technical and power holes for a 9 hole course.
Cons: -No easily accessible facilities.
-Water hazards on 1st & 2nd hole require you to be accurate on your first throw of the round.
-Errant throws will more than likely end up underwater, in the road, or in dense palmetto shrubbery.
-Lack of alternative pin locations or pro tees.
-Some distances listed for holes are inaccurate.
Other Thoughts: This is the closest course to where I live, so I frequently play here instead of making the longer drive to the better courses in Central Florida. For what it is, it can still be a fun 9 holes of disc golf. Those used to a more open layout may find it frustrating. Many of the shots are tight, with narrow fairways lined by dense underbrush. The few longer shots that give you a chance to flex the big arm run along the road at the back part of campus, so you still need a reasonable amount of control to keep it on the fairway. Though I have never seen an alligator in the pond, I wouldn't wade in the murky water to look for a lost disc. I frequently see students fishing, and have found a few rusty fish hooks while retrieving discs at the water's edge. Bugs are not terrible, but mosquitoes and biting flies can be a problem. I killed three horseflies on the tee for hole 4 yesterday that swarmed me as soon as I stepped on it. Like anywhere else in FL, watch for ant hills.
My favorite holes on the course are 3, 4 and 9.
Hole 3 is lined with palmettos and shrubs but it's generally easy enough to find a disc that leaves the fairway. Some tall, thin trees in the middle of the fairway require a reasonably accurate throw, and the pin is located off to the right in some underbrush.
Hole 4 is the "tunnel shot." Relatively short, pin location to the left of the fairway behind a tree. A nice straight shot off the tunnel can lay up real nice under the basket for a drop in.
Hole 9 is actually the first hole you see when you begin the course. The tee is located to the left of the main trail on a side path that is actually elevated slightly. The basket is across the pond. The easy shot is to either throw around the pond wide right, or make a short approach shot to the water's edge before attempting to clear the pond. This hole is marked 335' but according to Google Earth it is not that long. Great hole for a floater disc like a Wahoo or Dragon.
I wish that UCF would use more of the land near the back of campus and expand the course to an 18 hole layout. The current layout is an improvement over the old 18 hole arboretum layout, but there is potential to improve it even more. For those of you unfamiliar with campus, maps show the course closest to parking garage D, but parking garage C is closer to the first and last tee. Look for the Natural Resources Pavilion across from Garage C to begin the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Much better places to play in O-town
Pros: The course is on the UCF campus. It plays through a natural restoration area that has some nice plant and wildlife scenery.
Navigation is easy with adequate signage and the course can be played in about 30-40 minutes, serving as a good break between classes.
The skill level is "white", including two holes (6 and 7) that are "white" par 4's. It's not too tough for "red" level players and still provides a bit of challenge for "blue" level players.
Compared to the previous layout, it is much easier to find discs on this course.
Cons: Parking costs $5.
Most of the baskets are still in close proximity to moderate to heavy schule. There is a moderate chance of losing discs in the water and/or schule.
The distances listed on the tee signs are not very accurate.
The course has several significant safety problems. Holes 1 and 2 use a heavily used jogging/biking trail as the fairway. Hole 2, in particular, has a bend in the trail just before the basket that makes it such that a biker can come cruising around the corner to have a disc flying directly at their head!
Holes 6, 7 and 8 are the longest on the course and have on-coming traffic on a busy university road down the right side of the holes. When RHBH players attempt to throw extra far, they frequently pull shots way right, into oncoming traffic.
It's sad to say, but it is only a matter of time before an unfortunate accident occurs on this course. It will likely end up being re-designed (again) or pulled completely.
Other Thoughts: Please don't be a dirty discer: pack out MORE than what you pack in.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Give it another look
Pros: A nice balance between very long drives (485') and shorter small window holes (185')
Risk of lost plastic considerably lower then the 18 hole course (watch hole 3)
Course is on a nature preserve featuring a variety of animals including gopher tortuous
Course is well signed now
Cons: It's only 9 holes
No elevation changes (It's Florida)
Facilities are not at the course itself, but located at the college (5 minute walk)
Other Thoughts: I am the president of UCF's Disc Golf Club and will gladly take anyone out on the course who's interested (we throw pretty much every Friday evening 5:30ish)
The course takes input of throwers and actively works to improve the course. For example "Next Tee" signs have been added to the course, the area around several baskets has been cleared out of the "palm", etc.
Anyone who wants to be shown the course should contact me as ISTMajor@Gmail.com
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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