Beautiful part of south Florida... plus disc golf!
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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Potential. There is a lot here. A great variety of terrain. A plentitude of well-designed holes. Some real challenge. Shot shaping. Potential carries. Chances to bomb drives. The course really gets started on hole 5, which opens a series of wooded holes that feature great lines and tight but fair fairways. Going off the intended line will lead to serious trouble but the fairway itself will be clean. An entire course with holes like these four would be a really nice play. But then the course opens up. A lot of the next set of holes feature scattered trees, (of a variety I haven't seen but they are really nice looking and are great for creating protected greens as these monsters essentially shelter the basket) and minor elevation changes that allow the set of holes to produce a great variety of required lines, even if they are more forgiving than the previous holes. A pair of them play on either side of a ridge with a tree line separating the two fairways. Another plays off a hill, across a field and into a wooded alcove.
The final part of the course plays along the water. It looks like a man-made pond but it's possible that it was natural and retaining walls were just built to corral it. These are the open holes that allow a player to air out a disc and get some real distance on a drive as well as hang it over the lake and hyzer it back to shore. However, these are the holes where I couldn't find a few tees so I'm not entirely sure how well they truly play.
A player will have a chance to do it all here, if he can properly locate all of the tees and baskets. If that aspect of the course is ever finished, this will be a real gem, I think.
The tees are natural and marked only by a pair of white domes. Not so easy to see from any distance and if you don't know which direction to look, tough to find. At least there is a small hand-drawn sign that indicates the number of the tee and most often the basket is in sight but be prepared to occasionally throw to the wrong basket, and be prepared to be fairly constantly lost. Navigation aids are non-existent, either from tee to basket or basket to tee. A player will be very frustrated on his first visit here.
The start of the course is a little rocky as the first four holes play around the entry way to the complex. 1 and 2 are essentially filler and 2 plays parallel to the road. 3 is actually a bit interesting as it plays up into a wooded knoll but that knoll is within the rotary. 4 does begin over the road and it does offer a big chance to air out a drive but it is a completely open field. The roads do come into play a bit more later on but I have no idea how much those are used or if only as certain parts of the day. This isn't a public park so some factors that would be worrisome at a park are not necessarily detriments here. They certainly aren't on weekends.
Other Thoughts: I feel like this is one of those course was developed to the point where the locals could play it and love it and further development stopped. There is a very good course here but it needs some basic amenities before I could recommend it to a travelling player. Even just a map would have been very helpful. I was lucky enough to encounter a group of locals on the 5 tee who gave me a quick rundown of what to look for but if I hadn't I would have a lot of difficulties. Even so there were a few tees that I gave up on finding and just shot from close to the previous basket. But when I finished, I knew what to look for and made sense of the first four holes.
This should be the best course in Miami. Hopefully it will be someday.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
New and Improved
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.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Course needs work
Pros: Some nice ideas in the design, the course was brand new the first time I played it so I was expecting it to have a few kinks, could be made better with some work but it has been neglected into bad shape
Cons: The course has gotten worse over time. Someone stolen the baskets for holes 4-6, and most flags marking the tee spots have been removen by landscapers or someone. With no map, no signs, and unclearly marked tees, some baskets missing, and only spray paint on the floor to help you sometimes it could be extremely confusing if you don't know the layout. I guess it's because of the weather but the last time I went with summer and the rain the horseflys were unbearable, I literally was jogging back to my car by hole 14 to avoid the constant swarm around me after being frustrated by missing baskets and difficult to find tees. I won't visit again until at least the winter and hope improvements are made. All other local courses are much better
Other Thoughts: First and foremost Ive played the course a couple times when it was new and the horseflies weren't so bad but the last time I went I couldn't get a shot off without 20 around me and 1 going in my ear. Any map developed would help new comers to the course and no signs or directions, or cleary marked tees and stolen baskets makes the course unplayable at this time in my opinion. It really is a shame since the grounds are beautiful, in a nice area and potential is high but right now it's in bad shape, standing water is also a problem. I sincerely hope it gets better cause potential is there
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice layout with some water hazards. Grass is usually cut when I have gone out there. Some good open shots mixed with some technical shots.
Cons: Lack of signs and tee pads would make it difficult to navigate for someone new on the course.
There is a problem with standing water, especially on hole #18 after rain. I have hit that several times when going out there.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Cons: No tee pads. No signage. NO technicality.
Other Thoughts: This "course" just looks like someone took some tax money, bought some baskets, and popped them into the ground around a strange timeshare office building thing. I was pretty bummed about the lack of signage since I spent most of my time there wandering around looking for the little orange landscaping flags that marked the tees. I understand it's a new course, but even some laminated paper signs or spray paint on the grass directing people would be passable.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: course is well maintained and clean always open to the public and has security on site the course was changed making it a challenging course and a fair course. the course is set up like it was when it was first installed hole three is back a par 4 and 4 tees off from other side of hole 3 across field to side walk holes 5 , 6, 7 , 8 are in the woods down sidewalk everything else is same holes 1 3 5 and 18 are par 4s rest are threes par 58
Cons: needs signs marking holes or a map showing the layout.teepads would be nice tees are marked with stones and some are painted on sidewalks 2 3 5 6 12 14 16 17 are on sidewalks
Other Thoughts: this would be a great course if ever finished we need more courses in south dade course has really improved turning out to a fun course to play
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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