1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very fun course
Variety of technical shots, wooded and open
Multiple tees, easy to find
Navigation is fairly easy
I did not see any of the mentioned spiders during my January round...however...
Cons: I almost stepped on a 3' long coral snake on hole 4. Not cool, but this is Florida.
Other Thoughts: The signage threw me off a little bit. There was a 15a, 15b, 15c, and 15d...some of which weren't marked on Udisc at all.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Great Park , Great Play
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Rolling down to Florida for a week of disc golf and sun , my first stop was at 7:20 am on a Saturday at Jonesville Park . As I was pulling into this multi use park , there were already cars in front of me and cars behind wanting to go into the back . Yes , this park is the busiest I have ever seen ( even before the sun came up ) . The start of this course is in the far right of the second lot . No kiosk that I saw , but the course starts and ends within about 100 feet of each other .Jonesville Park has your basic DGA baskets , but that is the only thing basic about this course. The course has 2 tees and at least 2 pin positions per hole . It looks as if they have upgraded to turf tees ( green and red )and good signage, with hole # , par ,distance and flight path . There are some good directions to the next hole all around the course , and on a fence , telling you where to go for holes 5 and 10 ( I think ) . There are some benches and trash cans on several locations on the course . The park itself is very clean , mowed and well taken care of . It is one of the nicest looking city parks I have been in .This course starts in the open , throwing a tight right turn into the woods . You will stay in the woods or partially in for the next 9 holes . There are some good technical holes for both righty and lefty drives . Real fun holes are #6 , where you have to throw under a tree canopy across some plant habitat as out of bounds , to the basket that sits on a small hill . #7 comes back the other way , going from just out of the woods , back in ( 416' ) . #11 is the last of the woods holes , starting in the woods and popping you out to a waterfall descending small hill where the basket sits . The rest of the holes on the course run counter clockwise around all the other activities in the park . There is a walking path that comes into play that is used by some of the locals . Please use good judgement . Your fairways loosen up some on the last 7 holes ( fence comes into play on the right on 13 ) , allowing you to open up some bombers . Depending on the basket position , #15 can be as long as 506' . Tony Pessina did a very good job with course design , keeping most of this busy park away from the course . You can navigate most of this course without the map if you pay attention , but I would print it , anyway . The most confusing part is the walk from 17's basket to 18's tee , in which you walk behind and to the right of the basket a couple of hundred yards or more . Disc Risk : minimal , since the park is so clean . The fence line in the back of the park could cause you to lose a disc on holes 13 , maybe 14 ( on your right ) . My signature hole would be #12 . A 350' hole that has a good amount of young trees in the fairway , and the basket is tucked in on the left , on a sloping small hill .
Cons: There wasn't much in the way of cons ,,,, except maybe #1 Safety . By the time I was done with my round at 8:25 , this park was packed with cars/people . The walking paths only come into play , maybe holes 12-14 and 17 being close to the ball fields . #2 course is mostly flat . There is a little elevation utilized on holes like maybe 5 , 11 , or 14 , but you would call them light grades . Parking on a busy weekend might be rough .
Other Thoughts: Just off of I-75 , this course should be hard to pass up . This is what city park disc golf should look like . By the time I finished up on the course it was still before 8:30 , and there were several players already out on the course , and people were waiting to take my parking spot . This must be the place to be during a nice weekend . Open holes , wooded holes , picturesque park , some good challenging holes . It took me about an hour + for a solo round . Foursomes will average around 2.25 hours , depending on how busy the park is . Thank you , Jonesville Parks and Rec for the privilege of spending time and playing in your nice park . My Recommendation : With it's 2 tees and park feel , this course could be suited for Newbies , casuals , locals , travelers ( especially travelers ) even good intermediates . If you have time , couple this course with Northside , but if not , still PLAY IT !!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Jonesville Park DGC
1 Helpful / 3 Not
On a trip to Florida, I made a stop in at Jonesville Park to get a round in at the DG course... and I was pleasantly surprised. With multiple tees and multiple pin positions for every hole, this course has something for everyone. Some tightly wooded holes as well as some long open holes. From ace runs to big bomber crushes, this course has it all. Beautiful park and a great use of the land to design this course. If I ever find myself near Jonesville Park again, I will be sure to get another round in at this course. Stop by and get a round in because this just an overall fun course to play! If you want to see this course on video, check out my video below...
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Here's A Good One Folks!
Pros: A very fun and diverse course with many different looks and hole types. Open holes, tightly wooded holes, long holes, short holes and minor elevation changes make for a fun and exciting round. This course will make you really think about lines and what type of throws to utilize. The course is beautiful and well maintained and features most of the amenities found on other top notch courses. This is a good one folks!
Cons: There are some long walks between holes. The course is large and spread out but there are navigation aids to help with the extra hikes.
The potato vine plants are very angry here. Watch out if you stray from the beaten path as these nasty plants have sharp thorns that will rip you up. You might want to wear long pants if your discs like to stray from the fairways a lot.
Other Thoughts: This course is a straight up gem and a must play if in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
The Jewel of G'ville
Pros: Very clean and well maintained.
Requires a full arsenal of shots: Backhand, Forehand, Overhand, Turnovers, Upshots, Etc...
Several Very Open Holes, Several Completely Wooded Holes, and Several Hybrid Holes.
Short and Long Tee Pads
A and B Pin Positions on all 18 holes.
Benches on every hole.
Metal Box to return lost discs (utilized frequently and the club is great about contacting disc owners).
Nice Shaded Pavillion.
Cons: Carpet Tee Pads (rumor is that these will be concrete at some point in 2017)
The last 4 Holes have very little shade and can be quite hot in the summer months.
No water or restrooms available without going into the Tennis Center.
Other Thoughts: This is the course in Gainesville that will make you a better player. It demands such a variety of shots that you can be rewarded with a bunch of birdies or can be brutally punished with bogeys or worse.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
One of the Best in the Gainesville Area
Pros: (3.491 Rating) (REVISED - replayed September 2017) A great mixture of heavily wooded technical holes thru open bomber holes.
- CHARACTER - I've been here three times now and they keep adding amenities and comfort items. Seating I believe is at all the holes now. Accurate signage, (some were blown away recently by Hurricane Irma) mostly shaded tees, practice basket and a shelter with picnic tables. The course also features pro and am tees and multiple basket placements (A/B). The baskets appear to always be in all B's or all A's so you'll never have to run down fairway to spot a blind basket unless it's your first go around.
- CHILL AREAS - The entire woods portion of this course (2-10), has a good vibe to it with benches and shade at almost all of the tees. There are trash cans at a few tee areas as well.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be constantly mowed, trimmed and manicured. I don't recall much trash on any of my visits. Hurricane Irma had rolled through 10 days before my last visit and there were hardly any branches littered in fairways. Hats off to the club and park staff here.
- CHALLENGING - As an intermediate player I felt thoroughly challenged out here. Several holes are well over 400 feet. A bunch of holes require well thought out lines and play threw fairways in the 10 to 15 foot width range. I'll guess that a 950 rated advanced player will throw 3 or 4 down on average out here. The front tees will very much challenge rec players.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This course should attract a wide range of players because of the duel tee set up.
- UNIQUENESS - Above average. Although all par 3s there's still a good variety. Nice contrasts between heavily wooded and open holes, and also a few moderately wooded holes. One shot starts open and barrels into a pocket. Another starts in a tunnel only burst out onto an open field. There are several fully wooded holes with fairway hooks in both directions. Course also has a nice mixture of challenging and easy going shots.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - IMO the most beautiful course in the Gainesville area as of this revision. Well above average but not elite. Not quite Sawmill or Greenway level but close. Way behind the majestic looks of New World and Magnolia further north.
Cons: Jonesville Park is done well. All the issues are ticky tack things.
- NAVIGATION - A stroller friendly course that's mostly navigable but with one small issue. I haven't seen a course map on site. There is a course map on DGCR, but is not updated to reflect the change at (16). Old hole (16) is now (17). During the Summer of 2017 they removed (17) and made and new hole (16) New (16) is to the northeast of (15's) basket, behind some cedar trees. The rest of the course flows pretty well I think. There are directional arrows below all of the baskets.
- CRITTERS - I've seen snakes out here, but just rat snakes, harmless. However I've ran into a local whom claimed to have seen a poisonous variety out here. I've also run into lot of banana spiders out here. Not poisonous, but freaky looking and large. They seem to always occupy the little path thru the overgrowth on the way to dig your disc out.
- DISCONTINUITY - The journey between new (17) and (18) is well over a 1,000 feet. A couple other transitions are in the 300 foot range with the rest of the layout flowing together nicely.
- FORGIVENESS - I swear branches were growing into my desired flight path after I released. Hitting your lines on this course is personally satisfying. Many nearer rec player who haven't yet developed good accuracy are going pay for it on the woods portion of this course. Growing pains.
- TEES - Some of better carpet tees I've ever seen but still no match to concrete. I will update my review and rating if I hear or see that they are installed.
- ELEVATION - Listed as moderately hilly on DGCR but I think most parts of the country would call this one flat. Probably about average for a Florida course. I don't recall any holes changing by more than 15 feet. Maybe (5) is that amount. Definitely a few holes go up or down by 10 feet, by in my book, that's a flat hole.
Other Thoughts: A really nice city park course that the locals should be proud to call home. Maybe not a true destination course, but definitely worth a look see if you live within a couple hours. Plus, it's only 5 minutes from the I75 exit if you are traveling through. I currently have Jonesville ranked slightly ahead of Northside but they are so close that I bet there is much disagreement in town over which course is better. I'd definitely choose Jonesville if you're looking for some nice technical woods plays. Northside has an overall more open feel to it.
- TIME PLAY - I've completed three solo rounds here and I've averaged a little more than a hour to finish. I figure a group of four will finish in 2 to 2 1/2 hours on a near empty course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Offers some challenge :)
Pros: -Extremely clean and well-maintained (mowed weekly)
-Offers both open and wooded shots
-Some varied terrain (nothing too extreme)
-Most holes require some sort of technical shot
-Variation of doglegs and straight holes
-Open field next to #1 Pad to warm-up and practice drives along with a practice putting basket
-Rarely flooded unlike other courses in the area. Drainage works well here.
Cons: -Carpet tee pads
-Lots of trees/woods that consume discs. I suggest bringing a friend to assist with spotting if new to the course or have wild shots.
-Spiders and their extended families in the wooded portions.
Other Thoughts: Spanish moss from trees and ground brush are cleared frequently to mitigate unwanted blocked shots.
Lost Discs are normally returned. A lost and found box is located on Pavilion near the #1 Tee Pad. The Box is controlled/maintained by Chain Hawk Disc Golf Club.
"Straighter is Greater!" on hole 4,10, and 11. You'll see why once you play it ;)
**Special Note: 05/19/2017: #17 has been officially removed due to County Parks and Rec land use adjustment. The replacement #17 (now #16) is located in the tree line NW of the #15 basket. There are signs posted in various locations detailing the new location.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
This course is ready for prime time!
Pros: - Very well maintained
- Grass is now cut every week
- Great mix of technical wooded shots and a few open longer shots too!
- Locals play free doubles matches late on Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long.
- If you lose a disc, you are likely to get called back (if you have your number on it and it does not go into private property).
- Very pretty with very little trash.
- Handles rain very well, and rarely any real water hazard in play here.
- Lots of spiders in the woods, but virtually mosquito free.
- Easy to access (8 minutes and 2 turns) from I-75.
Cons: - Lots of sun on a few of the holes on the back nine. Trees are getting bigger now so only a few places.
- If you throw too far off the fairways, you can lose a disc. if it goes over a neighboring fence, you can lose it to private property.
- Some Poison Oak on all many of the wooded holes. Wash your hands and feet well when you leave the course.
- Carpet tee pads.
Other Thoughts: Over the next year all 18 holes will get A and B basket locations, and several will get C locations. Concrete pads, a bulletin board with a disc return box, more trash cans, and better signage are also all in the works. But it plays GREAT now! Most of the older reviews are critical of the grass, but it is mowed every Thursday now. If you lose a disc now, it is because you hooked or shanked it way off the fairway.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Worth a Visit
Pros: The course was a nice challenge for the average player from the long tees. Good use of hills to place baskets for rollaway risks. Multiple basket positions. Navigation was not bad but a course map was usefull a couple of times.
Cons: Carpet tee pads. Zero garbage cans on the course. A pet peeve of mine. None in the picnic area either that I saw. Holes 15 thru 17 are off on their own around the other side of the ball fields.
Other Thoughts: I did enjoy this course and will make the hour drive to play it again once in awhile. It could use better tee pads and a really signature hole. The potential is surely there and over time this course will become better.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Great Gainesville Course
Pros: Nice mixture of woods, small hills, and open fields.
Fun to play from short tees for a novice.
Well laid out in a multi use park - tennis, jogging, sports fields.
Cons: Hard to find a couple of tees.
At times, grass in the fields is very long.
Other Thoughts: Way different course than Gainesville Northside, but just as fun, and better drainage.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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