Nice, Varied Course With Some Layout Issues.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: --Eclectic course next to a nice sports park and playground. Nice scenery.
--Concrete pads. Pro pads available on some holes.
--Nice variance of distance and obstacles from hole to hole.
Cons: --Some fairways run parallel to a road; others run alongside fenced baseball/softball fields.
--Signage and basket location. Other than a map of all 18 baskets at the start, signage is poor. Signage consists of hole number and handwritten yardage, but no indcation of basket location. Some baskets are hidden low on the other side of retention pond berms.
--Water hazards consist of retention ponds.
Other Thoughts: Compared to other aspects of this park, the disc golf course feels tacked on. Still, it does feel like folks are committed to its upkeep and improvement, especially with the recent inclusion of concrete pads. Those seeking a challenge will enjoy the course, although a prior knowledge of all basket locations would help.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Only course in Walton County
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (3.218 Rating)**REVISED HIGHER**, due to improvements prior to this review revision dated 5/16/17.
A sports complex course with a lot of hole variety.
- UNIQUENESS - For a par 54/55 course, the ChainDragon has wide range of hole types. There is water in the form of water carries, stop short of water and parallel water plays. There are pocket shots in both directions and there is a nice dogleg left on hole (4). There are wooded shots, open shots, blind shots and a couple tunnel plays. There is a great overhead play on (12), otherwise it's a poke and hope shot. They recently added a par 4 (8a) but it was completed after the new signs were ordered. To find it, you'll have download the DGCR map, I tweaked the course map to show its location. Really the only thing missing is a par 5, dogleg right and elevation (see cons)
- ACEABILITY - Numerous holes are aceable. You'll have exceedingly great opportunities on holes (1) and (11). I have personally aced (4) and (11)
- CHARACTER - A touch above average. To start, there is some seating at about half the holes. A majority of the tees are shaded well and there are two tees for pros and ams at seven holes. The tees are all concrete or asphalt, with the asphalt paths being infinitely long. There are some trash cans along the layout as well. There is also restrooms and drinking fountains toward the ball field concessions buildings.
- NAVIGATION - Big improvements since my initial revision. An updated course map at hole (1) was installed April 2017. Updated hole signage was installed a few weeks later as well and it indicates next tee on them. Baskets have a painted spoke to indicate direction to next tee. The walk from (7) to (8) is the most challenging. Its across the street and west of the pond. The par 4 tee for hole (8) is located across the street at the south side of the pond shore.
- SHELTERS - There are several great shelters along the layout. Perfect for the summer pop-up thunderstorm.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds are mowed weekly and the complex is very clean.
- QUICK PLAY - A single can easily complete a full 18 in about an hour. Groups of 4 should be in at around 2 hours.
- RAW BEAUTY - The raw beauty of the course is about average or a touch above, mainly due to the plethora of tranquil water features.
- CLUB - For such a small town, there's surprisingly a well establish club with weekly events.
Cons: Two minor flaws with this course but overall pretty solid.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This is not a beginners course even with the shorter length. The odds of losing a disc here is exceedingly higher than normal, especially for those that can't carry 250 foot water shots. Beginners best to stay clear of holes (3), (10), (11), (13) and (14) or plan to go home empty handed.
- DUEL USE HAZARD - The park is home to more than disc golf. There are soccer fields, baseball fields and tennis courts that can come into play with an errant shot. However, myself as a player with a 900 rating, only hole (9) really comes into to play for me as a safety hazard risk. That said, there is a possibility to be forced to skip a hole, or to have extended waiting at times.
- 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 6 or 8 feet of change throughout the entire course, with most of it being at the retention pond banks.
- HOLE DISTANCES ON SIGN - Unfortunately the distances on the new signage is off quite a bit on a few holes. For example hole (11) lists at 164, yet satellite shows it to be about 30 feet longer. hole (15) is another example which may be off by 25 feet, give or take.
- FINISH AWAY FROM PARKING - The walk back to your car after hole (18) is about 600 feet.
Other Thoughts: IMO, one of the better courses in a 50 mile radius and a good course for those living within 15-20 miles. Unfortunately not a great beginners course due to the amount of water hazards. Definitely worth a look see if you live or are vacationing in the Fort Walton / Destin area. Overall however, the ChainDragon is not at the same level when compared to the best courses in the wider panhandle region.
- REVISION NOTE - I increased my rating on this course from 2.982 to 3.218. There was significant improvement in navigation with new hole signage and a new course map. 3 new concrete pro pads were also added and a par 4 option was added to hole (8), which I now play all the time.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Holes 4, 7 and 17 seem fine. Everything else did not seem like real disc golf
Cons: Possibly the worst 18 hole course I've ever played.
-Bad for serious golfers since holes are short and bland.
-Bad for recreational players with perilous pin positions 10 feet from nasty water and dense rough.
-Signs do not give distance nor pictures. (Just sharpie on the distances.)
Other Thoughts: The design seemed very poor and lazy. Why make such a short course that rec players will avoid due to rough and water? If you're going to put in a course in a park without a lot of space, take the time to clear out woods to make some proper holes.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Quality hole layout. Water holes provide a good little challenge. Scenery is nice as well...... Short course which would be good if you are a little handicapped or overweight.
Cons: Lack of diversity bc all holes are par 3. No elevation or "hill holes".
Other Thoughts: Overall a good course for a beginner. I was staying in south Walton on vacation, so this was the closest course for me...... I'm the kind of guy that loves any course to some extent, but this one lacked a few things that I am used to in north Alabama.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Some wooded holes, and varying distances, easy to walk. Most holes are easy enough to par.
Cons: Only challenging holes are the water holes (10-14). These holes have very limited landing areas. None of the tee boxes had information other than the hole number.
Other Thoughts: Watch out for the anthills.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
ChainDragon Disc Golf Course at Freeport Regional Sports Complex
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Short course (yardage)
- Water hazards
- Challenging course
Cons: - Water hazards
- Lack of signage/distance markers
Other Thoughts: The ChainDragon course is a very nice course located in the Hammock Bay community near Freeport, Florida. There are many water holes on the course, but many water hazards are relatively easy to avoid. Thankfully, I escaped the day only one disc down [Innova Leopard Fairway Driver (DX)]. The water hazards make the course a very fun and different course compared to the other courses in Okaloosa County. I found nothing special with the non-water holes. A great course, if you have some discs to spare!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Simple yet fun
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Good quality DGA baskets
- In a sports complex in a safe part of town
- Easy to play along and around other park activities
- Relatively simple layout with some challenging tunnel shots
- Water shots make you work for safe landings
Cons: - The course map listed on the DGCR site does not correspond to the current course layout.
- The current layout does have sufficient hole number markers however, there are no distance markings or hole layout markings on the signs. You will spend a good bit of time walking down the fairway to see where the pin locations are.
- Mix of concrete and dirt tee pads. A few of the concrete pads were too short to use safely. The use of the walking path for tee pads is the best possible alternative.
Other Thoughts: It's time to update the online map to match the course layout. The tee markers would be so much improved if they were labeled with distance and layout diagrams. The course plays tight around the park, and uses the water hazards well. Hole number 12 is quite a challenge playing through a swamp! It's a fun and quick go-around if you are in the area.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Adagio Baioni Beach Bash 2014
Pros: -Baskets are high quality DGA Machs.
-Close to the beaches on 30A and Destin.
-Hole number signs and directional indicators to the next tee. To know the direction of the next tee, look for red painted on one of the wrungs of the basket. That serves as an "arrow" to the next hole.
Cons: -Lack of Benches & Trash bins
-Lacking in Variety of hole distances
-Lacking in Variety of shots required. Most are RHBH hyzer throws.
-Lacking in Mix of tight technical & Open bombs. Most are open sitting on the edge of a wood line.
-Overall challenge is fairly low.
-The signs could use distance and hole shape indications.
Other Thoughts: I got a chance to play this course while on vacation in Blue Mt Beach on 30A. It's a very short trip, about 20 mins, from our condo. It made for a good break from the sand and sun.
The course has little challenge; however, it's still pretty fun - which is good on vacation.
Park near the basketball & tennis courts to start hole 1.
Watch for snakes. I found one on hole 4.
The course is flat and makes for an easy walk. I brought my 3yr old boy and he did pretty good walking most of the holes as the terrain is pretty easy.
Seems like some of the hole distances are not accurate and/or maybe some of the tees have been moved closer. I over-threw some things based on the distances listed on DGCR.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Could use some better navigation.
Pros: Decent variety of shots required. Not any grip and rip here, but short holes are made more difficult by water hazards and narrow pathways.
Cons: No maps other than a general sign at hole 1 showing that it is clockwise around the park. At #15 I teed off and end up at 16 basket and never found 15. Also nothing to tell the distance at the tees. I used the info on this site instead, which was way off on some hole s. #5 was more like 265, not 465. Maybe due to multiple basket locations?
Other Thoughts: Bring a few discs you won't miss since getting wet to retrieve a disc doesn't seem worth the risk of snakes.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course Away From Home
Pros: Chain Dragon (C.D. abbreviated) is located in a very well kept sports complex, and its circular flow "park perimeter" provided a familiar pace for play. C.D. provided a mix of short technical holes, and slightly longer holes for our grip-and-rip players.
Cons: Water plays a challenging role at C.D. It's hard to say how our score would have ended up if the fear of landing in a pond was not an issue. Additionally, keep an eye out for wildlife (snakes) as there are several swampy areas.
Other Thoughts: Chain Dragon presented a very clean and new experience for my friends and I. Additionally, it is conveniently located close to Destin FL which worked out great during our vacation.
I read a previous review that this course is best played with a local golfer, and luckily we found someone to play with that revealed hidden pin locations from tee pads. It worked out very well and we had a great time.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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