Pensacola, FL 
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3 / 260ft. Par / Distance:
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Needs Some Work

1    7/22/2017   9/28/2017
Review By: wellsbranch250
Played: 175  Reviewed: 137  Exp: 3.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.650 Rating) A 9 hole course needing a little bit of love.
- FUN FACTOR - I think the best aspect of Hitzman is the feeling of a laid back round. There are no hazards present here, there's no overgrowth, and errant shots are generally not further punished. Lots of birdie opportunities for seasoned players and a couple ace runs.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Not necessarily designed as a beginners course, but they should enjoy it regardless due to the low disc losing possibilities. The fairway widths are moderately spaced and should challenge rec players. Intermediate players should throw a couple down here. Advanced and pros will come away unchallenged.
- NAVIGATION - Adequate enough to play solo first time thru, but still with few a issues. There's a solid course map by tee (1). There's directional arrows below baskets and there are very visible numbers on the baskets as well. Although there were several missing signs during my July 2017 round, my pic of the map got me going in the right direction every time.
- QUICK PLAY - Epic quick to play. I was in total bagger mode and banged this one out in 16 minutes. I'd say that under normal circumstances that a group of 4 could playtwo rounds in under 90 minutes.
- MAINTENANCE - The parks appears to be well maintained. Little trash was observed and the grass was mowed.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, moderate tree coverage, no overgrowth and no water hazards in play.
Cons: I've played much worse but there is a lot of inadequacies with this course.
- TEES - Four of the tees are natural and are now rutted tripping hazards. Very sub-par. I teed on the side to get footing on these holes.
- CHARACTER - The course is just about only baskets and sub standard tees and is void of most other amenities and comfort items. No seating, no community board, no practice basket, no extra pin placements, etc. There is however hole signage at five tees, the baskets are in good shape and there are public restrooms.
- UNIQUENESS - Not to be confused with shot shaping or shot options, but the hole variety at Hitzman is very much well below average. There are no water elements in play. Elevation changes are negligible. There are no dog legs. The most that any one hole veers is perhaps 5 degrees. All of the holes weave threw a live oak and pine canopy and are with moderate tight lines. There are no overhead plays. None of the holes are gimmes and none are that exceedingly hard. There are no par 4s or 5s. There are no blind baskets. 7 of the 9 holes play between 270 and 330 feet.
- NOT CHALLENGING - Skilled players will walk away untested. Every hole should be birdied by an intermediate player after 7 or 8 rounds.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - I've played six Pensacola area courses and I find the natural elements at Hitzman to be lacking the most. Not an eyesore by any means but without any elevation or water elements, and plenty of chain link and wood fences in view, I was less than impressed.
- VANDELISM - Every remaining hole sign was vandalized.
Other Thoughts: Hitzman needs some attention and hopefully some of this is already in the works. If I lived within a few miles I'd happily play here all the time. Unfortunately as it sits, this course is not a destination course by any means. I can recommend nearby Gator Links in Milton. In addition, although I haven't played them as of this review, the courses at Blue Angel Park appear to be solid as well. Please send me a private message if Hitzman gets fully updated concrete tees. That alone would bump my rating up to 1.790 and thus to a 2 rating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Subtly Neutral Course.

2-4    5/28/2017   5/30/2017
Review By: Mr. Butlertron
Played: 139  Reviewed: 106  Exp: 14.7 Years
This review was updated on 9/28/2017
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros:

- free to play, free to park
- public restrooms
- easy to follow layout
- highly visible pins, baskets in good condition
- beginner friendly, but not needlessly wide open
- most fairways featured both RHBH & LHBH routes to the pin
- high canopy created lots of shade from the sun and height for putter/mid drives
- informative signs with distances and suggested fairways routes....when found
- no undergrowth, easy to find errant throws
Cons:

- not all pads were concrete, some were natural and rutted
- some tee signs were missing, most were vandalized
- neighborhood fences boarder some fairways
- flat course
- area kind of bummy
Other Thoughts:

This is my ideal beginners course. The fairways featured many large high limbed pines that suggested multiple lines to the pin , but don't necessarily force a single line. The forgivability of the Hitzman's fairways invites players to try their non bread and butter shots without too much punishment. Errant throws are not overly punitive here. There's a decent enough mix of distances for a 9 holer, nothing too long, mostly average fairway driver distances from tee to pin. Not only do these high ceilinged fairways help keep the sun off your face, they also allow enough clearance to practice putter or mid drives for the longer holes.

Overall, I thought this was the model of RHBH/LHBH neutrality. Hitzman is the ideal course to take baby steps outside your comfort zone, whether it be discing up/down, working hyzer/anhyzer shot shaping, or simply throwing straight. I'd eagerly bump my rating from a 1.5 to a 2.0, assuming the tee sign situation gets fixed and course upgrades to a full set of concrete tees.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


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