Good, but not Great
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Easy to Navigate
Dips in Terrain (walking)
Other Thoughts: It's a nice beginner course. The mowers and the insane traffic for the school on the west side of the park is incredibly distracting if you're unlucky enough to be there at those times. The building at the start of the course has nonsensical hours and the only access to restrooms, which means they're unavailable more than they're available. There's also usually some kind of breeze from the SW that can really carry a disc. I am a fan of how open and easy to navigate the holes are. I have no trouble finding baskets, and the place is pretty clean. The sparse trees can add a little extra challenge, and overall a great park to develop basic techniques.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun for young family on vacation
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course was a perfect choice to bring my wife and 2 year old daughter to play while pushing my 11 month old daughter in the jogging stroller. Very flat with sporadic trees and mostly shorter distance holes, it's a great example of a course that will keep a newcomer to the sport interested vs losing discs in the water or deep in the woods. As more of an MA2 player, the round for me was mostly working on putter and mid approaches and my putting. Always useful practice!!
Also, I very much appreciated the longer, although narrow tee pads and newer baskets. Very easy to navigate as well.
Cons: Not very many cons here. It's a course that doesn't pretend to be what it isn't. Very simple with one set of tee pads, 9 holes and appears to have A and B positions for baskets.
I would simply recommend proper footwear since there are some areas with ants. Not uncommon in Florida. Simply being aware of it will go a long way. But that really is the only thing that can ruin your trip at this course.
Other Thoughts: Overall, my family and I had a fun time playing a nice short round while on vacation. When they get older and start to get the addiction, we'll certainly come back to the area and play some of the other courses it has to offer!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Splendor In Itís Simplicity!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Azalea Park is a medium sized city park. It's completely flat with a minimal amount of scattered trees. Some holes have one or two to avoid while other holes have a few more. There is a small kiosk at the start with the course rules and a map and hole distances , both A and B. The tee pads are nicely long and grooved. The tee signs are nice colored ones giving both the A and B distances. There is a place on the sign pole for the basket location pegs but there were no pegs. A house number was attached to each sign pole. There is a fairly large, white metal next tee arrow hanging under each Chainstar basket. The course's loops around back to the start.
This is a simple course design. Other than the A and B positions, everything is simple and easy here. Only one tee pad and only one basket per hole. This is definitely a recreational course. The A distances are usually in the upper 200's or just over 300 while the B distances were usually in the low 200' range. When combined with the scarcity of obstacles, it makes for an easy, no stress round. Maybe that's why there were 6-7 groups out throwing today. The perfect Florida January day with temps in the mid-sixties and clear skies probably didn't hurt either.
# 7 might be the most interesting hole here. It plays either 225' or 280' straight ahead down a wide enough fairway with three trees on both sides. # 8 is 200' from the shorts and 300' in the long position. RHBH only have to avoid a single tree. Lefties will find this hole a little bit more challenging.
Cons: Only 9 holes.
Scarcity of obstacles.
Recreational distance and challenge.
Only one set of tees. (I don't consider this a con but many players will and besides I'm struggling to come up with many negative things to say here.)
Other Thoughts: There is a reason the course was somewhat crowded today. That's because it's a easy throw. No lost discs. No water hazards. No underbrush. No stickies of any kind. No gators. It's also the primary reason that three of the groups had an elementary school boy playing. I love to see them out on the course.
If you want long, hard challenging courses, this is not for you, check Cliff Stephens. If you want water hazards galore, head to Lakeview. You want lots of thick underbrush, try Tocobaga. But if you want to bring a kid along or your girlfriend or that newbie, Azalea DGC might fill the bill.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
An okay practice course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Cement tees on each hole with decent length
-Grass on all holes, though very patchy on some
-Not much chance of losing a disc
-Length is good enough for practice for beginner to intermediate
-Easy to find, easy to navigate the course
Cons: -Very patchy grass
-Numerous ant mounds, albeit small ones
-No personality. It's a Florida course, but you wouldn't know it. It looks like an average urban park anywhere in the country. Some trees, but not enough.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is my favorite course in this are and will probably stay my favorite for a very long time, for a very simple reason: this is where I have the most fun and can have fun with friends... and that's what this sport is all about for me.
-The first point is the most critical... The layout is very well done, easy to follow, and accessible for players of ***all levels***. Your shots have to go very wrong to go into the street and the park is not busy enough to have pedestrians walking on nearby sidewalks with any frequency. This is a course that a mix of skills can play at together, or one you can very easily teach people how to play on. It's where I started, and had I begun on any of the other courses in the area, I seriously doubt I'd ever have continued playing this game, mostly due to the second point...
-This is the only course within about 20+mi without water features, meaning it's the only course beginners can be comfortable learning on. Narrowly avoidable water features are fine for pros but a disaster for beginners or many intermediate players. Wasting $10-30 on lost discs every time you play or ruining your day drudging around in snake and alligator filled ponds is an easy way to get turned off to the sport altogether. I cannot imagine even finishing a game with 2-3 beginners on any of the other courses around here.
-Grounds are mowed and maintained impeccably 24/7. Never seen it overgrown.
-The baskets are all in great condition.
-Lightly wooded and no undergrowth setting makes it very hard to lose discs, another big pro for smooth, fun games when you're starting out or in mixed company.
-Dog and cooler friendly. All friendly players that I've encountered.
-Only 9 hole course in area. Not a bonus for everyone, but it gives you better flexibility for how long you play.
-This one is more subjective, but worth noting. Since it's an easier and more laid back course, there seem to be fewer "pros" playing here, which IMO makes it a more comfortable environment to learn and progress in, without feeling like you're being judged.
Cons: -The diagrams show alternate baskets that have long since been removed, really need to be updated and distances verified. That said, there's never confusion about which basket you are driving to.
Other Thoughts: -As others have said, pros or better intermediate players can park most drives without much of any tree obstruction. These people will get bored after a few playthroughs, but I wouldn't consider a beginner-oriented course being easy a con or a reason for marking it down. It fulfills its purpose perfectly.
-I like to play fairly quickly and carry a bag with everything I need, including a space for trash, so I don't take issue with the lack of trash cans on most holes. I also don't typically sit down to eat formal meals halfway through a round, so I don't mind that there is only one picnic table at the second hole, and would think it a waste of resources to put more out there.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.885 Rating) (REVISED - replayed September 2017) An open and beginner friendly course.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - This is a very solid beginners and rec course, and they will love this course alike. No chance to the lose a disc unless you put it on top of the palm tree. The fairway lanes are wide and there's no water hazards.
- ACEABILITY - Several holes are aceable, You will have exceedingly great opportunities on holes (1) and (5).
- TEE PADS - The concrete pads are among the best I've ever seen on a 9 hole course, at least 16 feet in length and with a traction texture. You'll have way more than you'll ever need.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be mowed weekly. The park is very clean despite just the one garbage can along the layout at tee (2). There are no areas of overgrowth along the layout.
- NAVIGATION - One of the easiest courses to navigate that I've ever played. There is a course map at one. All the holes play in a clockwise motion starting on the south side of the course. Plus, there are no blind baskets and few trees. I'll also mention that the course is good for those that like to bring out the disc golf bag stroller.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, few trees, no overgrowth and no water hazards in play.
- QUICK PLAY - A single could easily complete a full 9 in under 30 minutes. Groups of 4 should probably finish in under an hour.
Cons: Short on uniqueness and void of a challenge.
- UNIQUENESS - On some courses you play, you'll look at your bag and realize you only have one disc that can maybe do what you need it do, to hit a fairway. Azalea is the opposite. All the holes are straight, generally open and can be approached with by multiple angles.
- 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 layout.
- DIFFICULTY - Azalea is not much of a challenge to advanced players and above. None of holes are that exceedingly hard. Intermediates players that can throw 325 should be able to birdie them all after 10 or so rounds. Intermediate players should be around par or a few down after 9 holes, with advanced players being several under.
- CHARACTER - A touch below average. There is only one set of tees. There is no seating except for hole 2, no community board, no practice basket. There is good hole signage and a course map. About half of the tees are shaded well. At first glance there appears to be multiple pin placements, but they never change and are always in the long position.
- SPACING - Slightly below average. If the course were full, there would be a few tees that could be reached by an errant throw because of no tree protection. Also, a few fairways feel partially shared.
- WAITING - Lots of park patrons using park for other reasons. On my first round here, I had to stop for kids playing football catch in the middle of the course. In addition, the course is surrounded by a sidewalk and its heavily used. I've never played a round here and haven't had to stop for walkers.
- RAW BEAUTY - The raw beauty of the course is a bit below average. As stated above, no elevation changes, few trees. The course is also surrounded by visible roads. The grounds however have always been trimmed up nice, so it's not a total loss.
Other Thoughts: Intermediate, recreational and beginning players will love this course. The forgiving layout and maintenance of the park will make for a relaxing round that will boost confidence. Advanced players and above, will come away untested. For those players wanting a greater challenge, check out nearby Tocobaga DGC (Maximo Park) about 10 mile south or Taylor Park DGC, which is about 10 miles north.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun little course
Pros: No danger of losing a disc
Simple and quick little course
Plenty of open space
Easy to navigate - the "next hole" arrow on hole #8 is gone but it's easy to figure out.
Cons: Some holes felt a bit same-y
Most drives were rather short - I've never overshot the basket on my initial drive before this course
Other Thoughts: I played this course today after work and it's a little gem. It doesn't pretend to be more than it is: a way to get your disc golf fix in with no danger of getting muddy or losing a disc. Took me a leisurely half an hour, and I suspect it may become a frequent stop on my commute home. Many holes were similar enough that I can see the repetitiveness becoming boring if you play it too often, but for that quick fix or a safe way to test out a new driver ... it's perfect.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Great layout, great signage
Pros: GREAT signage!
Solid use of alternate baskets vary distance.
Fun and easy.
Cons: Would underwhelm very advanced players.
Other Thoughts: Great example of making the most of a space. Didn't jam 18 baskets into a tiny place, no holes heading towards roads, easy to find stuff, fine usage of the few trees to add variety.
This course is GREAT for what it is. It's a mellow, flat course with straight forward tees. If you want a harder course, go play a harder course. Want somehing mellow? This course is amongst the best of the mellow courses I've ever played. Many course designers could learn a thing or two from the great work done here.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Excellent use of space
Pros: This course is very well designed for the space. The holes here are pretty much all in view here, but the course is made interesting by forcing shot shaping and smart disc selection. I would be more than happy if this course was within walking distance of my house as it not only provides interesting holes, but also opens up the possibility of some solid safari golf. This would also be a solid course to bring newer players.
Cons: -This course is very, very flat even by Florida standards.
-I really wish this course had more trees and a more variety.
-Azalea is not Disc Golf only, so there are lots of walkers and other park goers around.
Other Thoughts: There is not a lot wrong with this course as it's nothing spectacular and nothing worth going out of your way for. It's just a solid small course in a neighborhood park.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: While in essence, this is just an open block with a few scattered trees, they've done a really nice job of both making it play like more than that. This could have been a practice are, albeit a really nice and good-sized one, but it's been nicely designed so that it definitely qualifies as a disc golf course.
The best part about the course is really that all the holes shoot away from the road. For the amount of space here, I was sure that the roads that border all sides of the park would come into play but they did not. This does make for a non-intuitive layout, where each tee is in an odd direction from the previous basket but next tee signs point in the exact direction you need to go. It's the amenities like those signs which help make this a legitimate course. Nice tees and solid tee signs make a round here feel like a round.
And while there is not much challenge here, the layout has been worked to its fullest capabilities. The smattering of trees are used to force a little shot-shaping. The fairways are going to be open, but there will be at least one tree blocking a direct assault on most baskets.
This is the course I want to be within ten minutes of where I live. For locals, it's a really nice place to play a quick round or practice. If it was further than that, I probably wouldn't visit it unless I was passing by. But it's a nice area to play and with ace runs possible on every hole, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people joined me in that sentiment.
Cons: Ultimately though, it's only a single step from a practice course and though a lot of rounds could be played quickly here, experienced players will likely not want to.
It's just not that interesting. It's too short and too uncomplicated. It's as flat as my favorite tee-bird and there aren't enough trees to keep even an intermediate player from parking every hole.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a course suited to beginners, this is the one. A good amount of distance to allow multiple throws. A few obstacles to make sure there isn't a straight path every time. No strain. No risk of disc loss. No time spent looking for discs and no frustration.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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