Palmetto Bay, FL 
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Beautiful part of south Florida... plus disc golf!

5+    6/30/2016   4/2/2016
Review By: armiller
Played: 117  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 2.5 Years
This review was updated on 7/13/2017
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -21 holes, currently (22 on some days when the league guys put up a temporary basket)
-fairly long course (four par 4s) plus long and short tees on many holes
-very few simple "air it out over wide open territory" shots; rewards distance but not as much as it rewards line shaping
-Animals! from birds to crocodiles to crabs to snakes, you can see a lot of south Florida wildlife here; it makes for a nice day out and it's in south Florida, so it's really available all year long (although during wet season the mosquitoes are really bad)
-not busy; many more walkers/bikers than disc golfers, but the walkers/bikers rarely get in the way of throws
-good variation; here are more than a few highlights:
1) relatively long hole with fence OB on left and some trees to get around (pretty much impossible for most to two, so it's par 4)
3) nice par 4 with a long open shot before OB street, then a basket nestled in among some trees on a little hill - good hole requiring a good drive and good upshot to have a birdie attempt (at least for my power level)
5) wooded par 4; woods are fairly thick, so it requires a good tunnel fairway shot to a decently defined layup zone, with another fairly tough shot to the basket
7) a 200' or so "carve the right line and don't hit the trees" shot
8) a pretty simple Buzzz type shot, but the gap is easy to miss and the basket location is up on a mound, so it's very tough to park
9) basket up behind some trees; some fairway trees also make it a tricky tee shot
10) basket nestled into a little cove with a tree ceiling; I still haven't birdied this one
12) basket behind some trees, but this one favors a forehand line
15) a nice short water shot to a basket up on a hill
16) basket only 10-15' from water's edge; makes drives/approaches/putts all a bit scary
17) a longer shot with water on the right (and a headwind, typically) which is perfect for a long RHBH drive that fades at the end, as long as you don't turn it over and splash it
18) another water shot - this time get around/over the water and fade right
Cons: -navigation can be a bit hairy; some tees and baskets were hard to find the first time I played
-a couple of the holes just seem like they were crammed in to take advantage of some extra space (e.g. 5b, 6, & 7b); I actually do enjoy these, since they test some shots which I don't always use; nevertheless, 6 in particular is in the middle of a walkway
-holes 5, 5b, 6, 7, 7b, and 8 tend not to have the best fairways, and it's easy to find spiderwebs and ants if you get off said fairways - but that said, these really force good shots; and I always appreciate that in a course
Other Thoughts: I think most courses grow on me when I play them more, unless they're simple pitch-and-putts. I would have rated this 2.0 or 2.5 the first couple times I played it, but now I consider it a solid 3.0. If some of the wooded holes were a little better cut out, and some signage was added, this has 4.0 potential for sure.

UPDATE: After playing a lot more courses, I updated my score to a 3.5. It still had room for improvement when I played it last, but the main issue was navigation and the golf was very fun. I can't wait to get back and see how the course is.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  New and Improved

2-4    3/15/2014   3/17/2014
Review By: Rando305
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is constantly improving. It went through a period of neglect, but is worth revisiting. It has potential of becoming the best course in South Florida.
Cons: Still no permanent Tee Pads. It's a work in progress.
Mosquitos and Deer Flies are a problem in the Summer. But not a problem from Fall through Spring.
Other Thoughts: The most recent reviews are not indicative of the courses current condition. I played it last weekend. It's a long and challenging course.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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