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.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Good practice course.
Pros: - Course is located in a quiet, nice neighborhood on the grounds of a city recreation center.
- Good variety of shots and lines on each hole.
- Multiple pin positions have been added to make course longer and more difficult.
- Great chance for an ace.
- Really good course to practice your game.
- Nice lowing ceilings on some holes create a moderate challenge.
- Nice, accurate tee-signs.
Cons: - Course is very easy and becomes old really quick.
- Not uncommon to get stuck behind a pack of beginners.
- Parents from the school allow kids to run on fairways; watch where you throw.
- Very small parking lot; usually full around the time school lets out.
Other Thoughts: - The locals call this course "The practice facility", and that's exactly what it is. Each hole offers a lot of different lines to practice without the risk of losing a disc or taking forever to find it. Not a very difficult course, but a great course to hit up on the way home from work, or to practice some drives or putting.
- Not a course I would drive out of my way for unless you plan on playing other courses in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice time here
Pros: Nice distances for a chance at an Ace. Park is in a nice neighborhood. Very nice area with bathrooms. Not too woodsy, which I like. Over all, a very good time here.
Cons: lacks some obstacles and lacks more holes. Just 9 of them on this course
Other Thoughts: I really like this course. I get sick of those high ratings of courses that are too hilly or too heavily wooded. This course is more to my liking because of its openness and chances for an Ace due to holes not being too long.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I was wondering about this course after playing Buckhorn in Valrico (Field with baskets). But it was really a pleasant surprise. The park is basically a large rectangle. There are tennis courts and workout equipment separate from the DG area. And they don't really invade. There are sporadic trees, but whoever set up the holes, really used what was available to integrate into shotmaking. There are some low shots, some hyzers, some multi lined shots, and one hole that stretches out to 350. Most holes are around 250 with a couple shorter. It's easy to play quickly and get in as many holes as you want. The neighborhood seems pretty nice, and for a rec course, this was a great experience.
Cons: Because there isn't any elevation or much tree cover, there are wind issues, so be prepared to deal with that while putting. Honestly, this course is a great use of the property. I would play it a lot if I lived closer.
Other Thoughts: This would be a great early morning warm up course before playing the other harder courses in the area. It's nine holes with just enough challenge to keep your brain in the game. Nothing to complain about here. Just a fun, little course!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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