Short Wooded Ace Runs
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Pros: (1.612 Rating) A beautiful park with several short technical ace runs.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Far and away the best aspect of the Reservation course, is its beauty. A couple wonderful views of elegant Lake Bradford. The vegetation is vibrant and in healthy appearance. There is wildlife buzzing all around. The place just feels like a relaxing hideaway.
- ACEABILITY - All nine tee shots under 250 feet. So needless to say, you're going to be gunning for chains on many holes. This stated, several holes are well guarded (1-5) and surprisingly none of the 56 DGCR recorded rounds list an ace. I personally solidly smacked the rim of the basket on (3).
- NAVIGATION - After finding (1) I had no issues with my downloaded map. The holes are marked by post and large number.
- ELEVATION FOR FLORIDA - Like all the Tallahassee courses, surprising elevation changes for a Florida course. Hole (5) is 25 feet down and hole (7) is about 20 feet up. Less than two dozen Florida courses I've played can claim these numbers (102 Florida courses played as of this review)
- QUICK PLAY - I blew through this one in 15 minutes.
- MAINTENANCE - A well maintained park. Expect kept of fairways, mowed grass and no trash.
- PARK AMENITIES - Although not course related, there are lot of other neat things to do here, including several water activities, ropes courses and just plain old chilling out at one of the several large and wonderful pavilions along the lake.
Cons: Don't expect an All-star course experience like that of Tallahassee's Tom Brown or Jack McLean.
- PARK HOURS - This course took me 5 attempts to finally play. Twice I got turned around as the gates close at 7pm and this may be earlier depending on the season. I also twice got turned around due to inclement weather. Thus far, the Reservation course has been the most difficult course for me to try and bag out. Be sure and check course hours and expect park closure if lightning is seen within the state of Florida. In all seriousness, they flip'n closed the park under light rain conditions. Man I was teed off.
- TEES - Pretty bad, natural and rutted. In addition, an upright board marks the tee line. What a wonderful tripping hazard for the player that likes to follow thru. Thankfully with the shortness of the holes, the follow thru really isn't necessary.
- CHARACTER - Disc golf amenities and comfort items are non-existence. Even the baskets are starting to show their age.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety are well below average. All the holes are 233 feet long or shorter. There are no doglegs or really any hole that twists more than 5 degrees. No par 4's or 5's as well of course. What does come into play however, and as stated in the pros, a couple good elevation changes for Florida standards.
- TOO EASY - Too short and not a challenge to Intermediate players and up. Advanced players should have no problem being well under course par. Recreational players may be delighted however as it can be a feel good round. It's a great opportunity for those players to finish below par.
- OVERGROWTH - A fair amount of overgrowth on this course. The layout runs through some substantial wooded areas for holes (1-5). However, after that, the course plays much more open.
- DISCONTINUITY - Basket (3) to tee (4) is the only substantial gap. The map looks a bit off as it seems you should head into a cordoned off area. The correct path is the trail that splits the fenced off area and a cabin.
- BASKET AND TEE SEPARATION - Tee (3) is within twenty feet of basket (2). It's somewhat protected by the trees, but ricochets happen.
- PAY TO PLAY - $3. Not worth it considering that Tom Brown and Jack Mclean are free. However, if you feel the need to play every course, what's $3 one time?
Other Thoughts: For out of towners looking for the best area course, this isn't it. However, if you live in Tallahassee its worth checking out at least once, but I'd suggest investing some additional time to check out the other park amenities as well.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: There are places where shorter, easier courses are appropriate. One of those is at college recreation complexes, where discs can often be rented and new players might try the game. This one fits the bill. It's a short easy course in a nice facility with nice baskets that should leave a good impression on first timers. It helps that the park aesthetically pleasing with several points on the course offering lake views. For all that, it does feature some actual throwing lines. With some wooded fairways.
The course remains only what it is. A short beginner-level course without much appeal for experienced players. And at nine holes, it probably isn't worth going out of your way for with better courses in town.
Remember to check the schedule. The gates are not always open.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Fun, fast, short course
Pros: Fast playing course. Being only short 9 holes you could easily throw a round on a lunch break.
Nice, new baskets. Since the course doesn't get played very often, the baskets are in great shape.
Usually quiet and peaceful. On a weekday afternoon there's hardly anyone there, and usually no one playing the course. Makes for a peaceful stroll through the woods and along a beautiful lake
The lake view is awesome! Hole #6 is awesome
Cons: Short. Leave the drivers at home as this course could easily be played with just putters and mids.
Since the course doesn't get played often, there's dead limbs in the fairway every now and then. Hardly a con, but compared to a course that gets pretty regular play, you'll notice it.
Tee signs are just a hole number. No length, layout or par. Given most of the pins can be seen from he tees. Not a huge deal as the disc golf course is rarely played and not a "serious" course if you will
Tee 1 was hard to find at first. Didn't see any map aside from online so I wandered around until I found the first tee. Not really hard to find or out of the way, but I didn't know where to look.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course for mid range practice and relaxation, or introducing a new player. Leave the drivers at home, and bring the bug spray!
Recommended for a quick, fun round
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Probably My Favorite
Pros: I like the course because, while the holes are short, the corridors are narrow. Its a very technical course that is fairly heavily wooded. It takes about 15-20 minutes to play and because its unknown and semi-private, you typically have the course to yourself!
Cons: No signage, but its not really necessary except from 3 to 4. No real pad and inconvenient trip board in front of the area to throw.
Other Thoughts: Not open during the winter months or before two.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Best Kept Secret
Pros: Challenging throws in the wooded areas. The wooded holes are good for getting accuracy down and makes you think of what sort of throw you should use. The area is well maintained by the University although the wooded holes have a lot of limbs and leaves to watch out for. The baskets are fairly new DISCatcher models and are in really good shape. The area is nice and scenic with the lake next to hole six.
Cons: There are a lack of tee signs at each tee. This includes no number of the tee, no distance or par information either. The tee pad is natural and has a wood plank with two yellow posts holding it up. This may pose a falling hazard. Would be nice with a concrete tee but might take away from the camp style this place is known for.
Other Thoughts: It only costs $2 to get in if your not a student so not too bad. As for the Disc Golf an experienced player may not find this too challenging but for beginners it is a great place. At the least it is a great place to practice your putting. Most players will easily get three or under and the opportunity for an ace is here for sure.
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