Needs some TLC
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Golf Carts - Players have the option to rent a golf cart, my buddy Rich Darter would love this
Bar/Restaurant - The burger was awesome! The beer was cold, prices were very reasonable. Only drawback is smoking is allowed, but it wasn't over bearing.
Outside Seating - When the weather is nice, there is ample outdoor tables and chairs with a nice view of the course and a channel that ends next to the bar/restaurant.
Cons: Course Conditions - To be fair, the day of the visit was a day after a heavy storm. That being said, the course is in terrible shape. There were puddles everywhere due to grass and course being in rough conditions. Two holes (8 & 10) weren't even accessible or playable due to the grass being nearly head high. Most of the tees weren't marked, the couple that were marked were nailed to a tree.
Tee Pads - There are no real tee pads, except a couple of rubber tee pads were found on Hole 9 and according to the course map it appears that most holes were to use the regular golf tees, which adds lots of unnecessary length (see COurse Length below).
Baskets - Several of the baskets are heavily banged up and Hole 5 looks like a tree had fallen on it.
Course Design - To be fair, most "traditional" golf courses that install disc golf do so as an alternate revenue source are struggling to begin with. Typically this means the golf course isn't anything special. The course is wide open and trees are sparse. This limits what one can accomplish on course design here, but what little is available to use simply wasn't used.
Basket Locations - Many of the baskets are simply too close to water hazards, especially on a few of the longer holes. It's a reflection of the lazy, uninspired course design.
Course Length - The biggest complaint most disc golfers have about disc golf courses on "traditional" golf courses is the overall length. Sometimes designers over compensate by thinking that the common player truly enjoys many, many holes that play 500+ feet. Typically they don't, especially with the wind in play. Unfortunately this course just has way too many of them.
Other Thoughts: This course isn't a total loss. With some TLC, some new baskets, dedicated tee pads and a redesign, this course could evolve into a decent, playable course that adds value to the Tampa/Clearwater disc golf scene..
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
less wind would be more fun
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Giving it a three because of the carts, which add at least half a disc to the rating. The layout was average, nothing jaw dropping or truly memorable by any means, but I didn't expect much going in to it since it's in Florida and they all kinda look the same except for the canyon.
Cons: Water everywhere, so you're either laying up or potentially losing lots of plastic. Took a while to find some holes, even with the map, but who cares because you're driving around.
Other Thoughts: I played on an extremely windy day, so windy the guy at the desk warned me it wouldn't be fun. Overall, he was right because I lost two discs in the water hazards...on successive holes! Can't recall the price, so it must not have been that bad. Cart fees in PA are around $12-17 for a round.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Not worth the money
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Has carts to ride
Cons: Cost way to much and 2 holes wasn't even playable one disc basket was bent really bad on hole 5 I think and hole 10 had a downed tree and was blocking the basket
Other Thoughts: Not worth paying they need to only charge you if you want a cart cause it's not a well maintained golf coarse by any means a lot better coarses to play around there and there not far away and they are free and better lay outs than this one
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
A Long Bombers Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.032 Rating) A very long course that plays alongside a ball golf course.
- CHALLENGING - Playing the Gold Tees out here is possibly the most challenging course in all of the Tampa Bay area due to the length. One basket tee combo is well over a 1,000 feet and there are several others over 700 feet. Lots of hazards in play including mangroves and large water features. Shot shaping won't really be a requirement except on a shot or two but having a noodle arm or playing on a windy day will make the scores skyrocket.
- UNIQUENESS - About average. Lots of par 4s and a few 5s depending on basket placement. Lots of water clears and parallel water features to avoid. There are a couple chances to shape a shot on holes (8) and (10). There's a nice 15 foot down open bomb it shot on (9) and it's the only elevated shot of substance out here. However, all this stated, this course has an overabundance of long open holes.
- CARTS - You can rent a golf cart, which I highly recommend for this very long course. It was my second experience using a cart for a disc golf round and it definitely helped finding the tees.
- COURSE MAP - Although kind of expected, a very excellent course map provided with course fee.
- CHAINS - The baskets are mostly in good shape. Unfortunately, a typical comment when you run out of good things to say about a course.
Cons: Lots of issues with Forrest Hills
- MULTI USE HAZARDS - As mentioned earlier in this review, this course plays directly alongside the ball golf course. I fortunately got on the course when only two other ball golf groups were using the course. I had to wait on several throws towards the end of my round.
- LOOSE DISC OPPS - Lots of water hazards on this course and it comes into play 13 times. I personally threw one in on (16) and spent a few minutes trying to fish it out with my golden retriever. The water looks fairly deep in spots, and if you throw a disc well in, you'll probably be leaving a souvenir. Bring a floater. In addition to the water, there are also substantial mangroves. Throwing a disc into the mangroves is an unforgiving error, and I did just this on (11). It's nearly impossible to find and retrieve a disc around these plants when the water is up. Good bye Boss.
- NAVIGATION - Mostly good due to the map, but there are a couple issues. Tee signs are mostly non-existent. Sometimes there's a sign posted to a tree, and sometimes there's a faded tee callout on the asphalt paths. However, often I had to play where the course map indicated where I should play and I would usually then find a deteriorated rubber mat, although sometimes there would be nothing.
- DISCONTINUITY - The course jumps around a lot but the issue is subdued completely with the golf cart.
- PAY TO PLAY - I think I paid over $10 plus tax to play this one with a cart. Not worth it with so many great courses in the area. Nearby Oldsmar DGC is a much better course with a similar difficulty rating from the gold tees, and Oldsmar is free.
- TEES - Disintegrating. Whether playing from asphalt paths in disrepair, the remnants of rubber mats or natural grass, the overall teeing experience is not good.
- CHARACTER - In addition to poor tee surfaces, Forrest Hills is lacking in several of the basics as well. Little signage, little shading and no seating at the tees. No practice basket or community board at the beginning. There are extra pin sleeves, and as stated in the pros, a nice provided course map.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - The course as a whole, including the ball golf course, looks really run down. The grass is cut in most areas and downed trim limbs were mostly picked up. But everything else appears to be falling apart. I scored the course at 1.625 out of 5. Along holes (2, 3 and 4) appears to be someone else's private property within the golf course property and it's a total dump.
- TIME PLAY - This one will take a chunk out of your day even with a cart. Took me about 90 minutes solo with only two ball golf groups on the course. Figure a group of 4 with cart and with an active course could run 3 to 4 hours.
- WIND - A very open layout, so expect wind on most days. I was personally greeted with gusts up to 30 mph.
Other Thoughts: The staff was very nice to me including the manager and a grounds keeper. The course is probably worth playing one time especially if you like open bomb it courses as there really aren't too many in the Tampa Bay area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Takes a few times playing..
Pros: Had read some poor reviews but if you play it enough and learn the funky layout it's a good course and not crowded at all!
-You can rent a cart for $5
-Pro tees allow you to really open up a strong arm
-The front 9 is nicely laid out
-Beautiful and well kept
-Bar to have a burger and drink afterwards
-A little elevation on holes 8-10
-Lots of water holes to make it challenging, especially hole 17 where a big arm is required
I found the staff to be very nice, a course map is provided just ask for it when you pay $10 to play w/out a cart
Cons: -Pay to play but hey no crowds ever!
-Gator country bring retreiver
-No dogs allowed, booo
-Not well marked, majority of Tee Pads are on the cart trail (blacktop) others are rubber pads
-Play 3 plus times with a map to finally get where pads and baskets are
-Quite a few blind baskets, but that's ok once you know where they are
Other Thoughts: Recommend the course because without the crowds you can take your time navigating. Many holes are over 500'-600' which I absolutely love. Once you get it down it's super fun. Bring back-up water discs and they will buy discs from you as well!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Not really worth playing
Pros: It's another course not far from Clearwater.
The bar looked like a nice place to have a drink.
Cons: Pads are absent or unmaintained. Even with a map it's hard to play this course since it's so poorly marked and maintained.
Expensive for what you get.
Other Thoughts: Spoke to two staff members both were nice but said they knew nothing at all about the disc golf course. Other than it's 12$ to play. Otherwise you are on your own. It's a shame because if it was taken care of and maintained it could be a very fun course and a good source of income for a golf course that seems to be in very bad shape.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
I love this place
Pros: I love this place, but it would be impossible without the golf carts... yes you can use a golf cart which is awesome in itself. The course is very long with several holes over 600 ft but its not impossible. Fairways are nice and wide open and a good mix of holes, especially for a FH driver. The staff were great and asked us a bunch of questions on how to improve. It must be under new management according to previous reviews.
Cons: Its a bit tough to navigate the 1st time aroudn even with the map. but once you play through you'll be fine from there on out.
Other Thoughts: If you're in tampa... PLAY IT
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
20 Helpful / 0 Not
Abysmal - Wasted Potential
Pros: You'll notice that the section where you get to click "yes" or "no" if you found the review helpful, every negative review is relentlessly clicked as if it were not helpful. I am of the opinion that people from this course are trolling this site trying to push out negative reviews. I am also of the opinion that the same people are rating this course inappropriately high in hopes to attract business. I have played many courses and reviewed quite a few also, and this is, by far and away, the course that has a rating that does not come anywhere near its actual quality. So please, as you read through the reviews keep that in mind, and of course be your own judge on the matter.
One of the only redeeming qualities of this course is that you get to drive around in a golf cart. Because, lets face it, getting to drive around in a golf cart is a rather unique experience for disc golf rounds.
The land itself was kind of pretty. It definitely has potential. There are lots of water hazards around the course, creating many holes that were worthy of taking a picture.
The price is also right. I come from Maine, where we pay for every round, and I do not find $10 unreasonable for a round and a cart.
The baskets were decent. Nothing new, but not single chained either. There were also 2-3 holes that were kind of cool to play.
Cons: Onto the negatives... And where to begin...
When I arrived and entered the clubhouse I stood there for a few minutes before ringing the bell for service. Someone poked their head in and said they would be with me shortly. After watching 2 segments of the news and 3 commercial breaks at their front end TV, I rang the bell again for service. The lady, who was supposed to be working the front desk I believe, was also the bartender. Instead of allowing me to pay and giving me my cart key, she opted to stand around and talk with the patrons at the bar for upwards of 10 minutes after she knew I was there. When she did finally come over to help me she was very pleasant, but a touch too late for that to turn around my frustrations with the course. I asked for a course map, but was told I had to take a picture of their old peeling map taped to the front desk, because they did not have any left. You can buy them for $2 at the Clearwater Disc Golf Store though!
The course weaves in and out of a ball golf course. And from what I can tell, the ball golfers have no idea what disc golf is. Nor is there a plan on how the flow is supposed to work between the two competing factions. Balls flying at your head, discs skipping off their greens. Not pretty.
Navigation is near to impossible. Thank god for the picture of the map, because even with that, it was hard to follow. There was no natural flow to the course. The signage is almost non-existent. It advertises three tee boxes per hole... But I was hard pressed to find one, let alone all three. The tee pads, were sometimes flypads that looked to be a decade old. If not for the cart to drive me all around I am quite certain finding the proper holes in the proper order would have taken 6 hours. As it was it took me borderline close to 4 to play 18 holes with a cart.
Putting a basket beside the water does not make it a good hole. And by the time you have done that 12 times in 18 holes, you also get kind of bored.
Other Thoughts: I've never been one to discourage players from going somewhere, but this place was truly an awful experience all the way around. I would never go back there and I would never send anyone there. I talked to a local who said that he lives almost beside the course, but would never play there, and would always opt to drive 30-40 minutes away to play somewhere else.
Until they get their act together, this is most certainly a place to avoid.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: golf carts
Cons: rude & very unorganized staff
course needs lots of maintenance
Golf cart brakes didn't work
Other Thoughts: I would have liked this place much more if there weren't hacking ball golfers out there hahaha. Also there was some issue with the employees.
First off I stood at the desk for 10 min. waiting for someone to help ringing the bell just to find out the guy standing next to me for 10 min. worked there and could have helped me but decided to stand there like an idiot and say nothing. I payed 20 bucks for 2 people with a cart after the payment the woman then tells me that there are no more carts i said ok then can i get reimbursed for the cart she then said there are no refunds of any kind. after a fued with the woman the idiot guy next to me goes outside and starts asking some of the golfers if there are any extra keys in the cart or if he can use the keys from one of the carts because i guess the keyholes were broken on some of them and did not need the key to stay in. After a few min. the guy said oh well and laughed. I did not think it was funny. After asking the woman why she didn't check out the carts she then started raising her voice at us and tried to say that she had told us of the situation. I then asked why I would pay for something that is not available. she then huffed and puffed and went in the back and got a set of keys, literally threw them on the counter and said "just take the one out there!" and pointed to a cart that her co-worker was occupying. (he was sitting there smoking a fag bsing with people outside) then on the way out the door we heard the woman bitching about us to the customers at the bar. this woman was about 55 with a long island style accent with a nose ring and was trying to dress like a trashy 20 year old...very disgusting.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: READ THIS FIRST: This is not a slight in anyway towards those that designed and installed the Disc Golf Course.
The designers of this disc golf course need to pull up these baskets and place them in an area more conducive to Disc Golfers! I appreciate the effort that was made to install this Disc Golf course and everything that was involved in seeing this through to completion. However the owners of the Forest Hills Golf course do not deserve our business. The staff here go out of their way to make sure that Disc Golfers don't come back. Outside of my own experience; I've heard story after story about run ins with the staff, the cashier lady ignoring us, snapping at us, and I've heard about a couple instances of them over charging people to play Disc Golf. It's really hard to even recommend this course to anyone. This is just my two cents!
- Open fairway distance course, which is integrated into a ball golf course.
- The layout was designed for Distance, and players with a long arm
- Well-manicured, scenic, and open, with numerous ponds and water hazards coming into play.
- "Golf Only " Private property. The only interactions are with other golfers
- It is a pay to play. I paid 5$ to walk, but 10$ will get you a cart. I had no problem paying 5$ to play here.
- The Red tees are challenging enough for the Average player that can throw 250-300ft. Beginners, Casual, and Rec's may find the long distance shots frustrating. (*Hammock Park is nearby, and adequate for beginners)
- Multiple Tee Pads,(Gold, Blue & Red) and multiple/alt baskets *Some fairways had two baskets, others had one. But all had multiple pin locations according to the map.
- The tee's max distances avg: Gold: 500-600ft; Blues:400-500ft; Reds 300-400ft
- Maps are available at ClearWater Disc Golf Store. Just plan to get one at Clearwater Discs or print one off this website. However you can get one, don't show up without it. You WILL need it if this is your first time!
- After #6, you will have to pass the Proshop. So if you need a break, a beer, or a stop at your vehicle, here's your chance. #7 is at near the entrance next to the road.
- The pin locations are good. They are placed in locations that create a challenge for your approach. You'll find most of the pins are placed next to water, or next to the water on the other side of a pond. This is to keep them off the putting greens & fairway to minimize ball golf interference
- The challenge lies with setting up your approach shot. The fairways are wide! A 325ft drive could still leave you with a 300ft approach shot. You could also end up wet.
Cons: - Get a map from ClearWater Discs or this website! The proshop will not have any available. Navigating from Basket to Tee was a big issue. They could use some Arrow signs on the baskets pointing players in the right direction. The DG course doesn't always follow the Ball course, and it's easy to get turned around. Especially since you can't see the teepads until you get right next to them.
- Since I originally posted this review, I've heard quite a few stories locally about run in's with the cashier lady as well as some of the staff. This is echoed in a few of the above reviews. I have also heard this from a number of local Disc Golfers and Ball Golfers. Apparently this is not a new issue and unfortunately not uncommon.
- No tee markers, The tee markers were painted on the cart paths, a thin color strip nailed to a tree, and/or a carpet or rubber pad. This made it very hard to locate where the tee was. I realize that some tees are in mid BG fairway, but since they are flat, locating is a challenge. Especially when the BG fairway goes one direction, and the DG goes another.
- The course itself is subject to some serious coastal winds. If it's an extremely windy day here, you will want to choose your discs carefully! It will sabotage your throws!
- Interactions with Ball Golfers may be an issue. Especially since it plays slower than disc golf.
- One tee is right up next to someone's property fence. Kinda akward
Other Thoughts: If you take away the attitude from the ball golf course staff, non-working golf carts, and any drunken ball golfers that want to give you a hard time about not playing "Real Golf", what's left is a decent course that has a lot of serious potential. It can get repetitive after a few holes, and the course will require your long arm.
At first glance, it is an open fairway course, but where you lie will define your second shot and how you will approach the basket. For instance, a drive that turns over to much, could still leave you with a 300ft approach shot or even land in or on the wrong side of a pond. Also, where you approach will determine whether or not your putt will be executed with a pond directly behind the basket. It's not a technical course per say, but it definitely challenged me to consider my whole flight path.
I dealt with a lot of "First Time" frustrations, which may lead to a different experience the next time I play here. I opted for the Blue tees, which was way above my throwing level. I should have opted for the red level tees, which will still require some distance, but much more reasonable for the average player. It is flat, as is most of the South eastern coastal regions, so that just comes with the territory.
I did enjoy playing at Forest Hills. The course is scenic, with a lot of water to play over and around. Also, the palm tree lined fairways add a nice touch to the experience. It's very picturesque and the surroundings will definitely enhance the experience. It is a long walk, so get some liquids before you come. The course is over 8,000ft, and thats not counting the walks in between transitions.
If you really want to make things interesting, make the putting greens OB.
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