Most challenging course in the area
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very challenging for the average player. Tight wooded shots and tough pin placements can make this a frustrating play if you aren't on your game. You can tell the designer/maintainers aren't casual players.
Course has been much improved in the last year. A lot of work has been done.
More elevation changes by far than any other course in Okaloosa county.
Good course for lefties or flickers. I haven't done a count, but it seems like there are more fairways that move to the right than there are that move to the left.
Teepads just got "turfed" and there are new baskets on most holes for an alternate shot. Pro pad areas have been added still kinda rough.
Wilderness camping on-site.
Cons: Some of the greens aren't cleared out past 15' or so. It's pretty frustrating to pure a drive or approach shot, end up 20' feet out and have zero shot at the basket. Lots of greens have underbrush as close as 12' from the basket. I don't mind having to lean out or having a challenging shot, but no shot inside the circle is not good. I really hope they work on this.
Watch for "stobs" sticking up on the fairways. The local club has been doing a lot of clearing on the course and the small stumps can trip you up if you dont watch your step.
The rough is rough. Very rough.
Some tee signs are wrong and new basket locations aren't shown.
This is definitely a course you can lose a disc on. (That may be a "pro"...)
Visitors must get a day pass from Jackson Guard, locals need a yearly pass. This course is on DOD property. Do yourself a favor and don't go without getting a pass!
The following link will take you directly to the permit that you need to play the course. $5 for the day, $20 for the year.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Don't Niceville Me, Bro.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - multiple pins and tees per most holes
- benches at every hole
- nice assortment of sloped fairways
- great navigational signs between holes
- numbered tee signs with distances to the pin
- clearly defined fairways
- challenging design
- intuitive layout, easy to follow.
- well maintained grounds
- season pass is only 20$
- picnic tables and gazebos placed mid way through the course
- camping availible
- hole 18 finishes nowhere near hole 1
- 17 had no pad, was flooded, and had standing water surrounding the pin
- baskets were hard to see, they could use a flag or some more color
- LHBH favorable design
- gravel tees
- thick, thorny rough
- no single day pass available, 20$ is a bit steep for one and done course baggers
- blind tees could use a tees sign with fairway orientations
Anderson Pond is located next to a munitions/bomb range. How amazing, right? It's so unbelievably awesome that you need to watch a tutorial on bomb safety and pay a seasonal access fee before entering the premisses. You don't need to stop by the permit building to accomplish this task. The lady working there at Jackson Guard, which is not on location, is mega bitchy and wasn't the least bit helpful during my pop-in.
Registering for a permit is easy to do and only takes 15 minutes online. I highly recommend taking a screen shot of your certificate once you're finished registering. There's not a guarded gate to the course that checks for proof of registration, but you really don't want to mess around on military land. There's a hefty fine many multiple times larger than the registration fee, even if you don't physically step out of your vehicle at Anderson Pond. 20$ for a full year of access is fairly cheap. The only problem is that there's not a discounted rate for players just traveling through.
On to the actual course. Anderson Pond this is the toughest course in the FWB/Niceville area. Almost every hole uses some form of fairway sloping that adds difficultly to the course. The fairways are gently sloped, up or down, and laterally in one direction or another. If you can't keep your throws in the fairway you're going to have a bad time. The rough is thick and thorny.
Most holes hover around 300ft, a few were under or over. It was a nice mix. Every hole also found a way to use the surrounding woods to shape fairway drives. For example, tees that start in an open field will have a portion of their fairway transition to a pin in the woods. Tees that start in the woods will transition into a more open fairway. And of course, a few holes that start and finish in the woods.
My complains about the course are pretty minimal. The slight over saturation of left to right lines, gravel tees, and 18 ending far away from hole #1 are my only gripes. For the record, I appreciate the added difficulty of the left to right lines, especially down a decline slope, but the current arrangement is a smidge unbalanced. As for the tee pads, they were done really well, however, sometimes you need some better footing for those longer drives. The tees quality could be an issue if or when this course starts getting more foot traffic, like for a tournament. My understanding is that these tees are a decision made by Eglin and not the course designer. Still, having the best course locally with the worst tees is a bit deflating. As this course matures I'd like to see better tee signs, the addition of multiple tees, and multiple pin placements.
Anderson Pond is easily the most challenging course you'll find within an hour drive of Fort Walton Beach/Niceville. Bomber Run DGC @ Anderson Pond is the facebook group for the course. If your coming from out of town reach out to the page to see if there are any events happening during your visit. There are 10$ random doubles events on sporadically planned weekends. My first experience here was a doubles event, it was like having my own personal guides.
4-21-2018 UPDATE: A majority of the holes have dual pin positions with both baskets availible to throw to. Most tees have artificial turf installed overlaying compacted gravel. Tees signs have yet to catch up with the new course improvement, though. The course is really developing into a legit tournament destination. Kudos to course designers and custodians, great work!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.013 Rating) This course must have went thru some major updates in 2016 and 2017, and I was totally not expecting what I got, after reading a few older reviews.
- CHALLENGING - The revised layout is much more challenging than the old layout. Nearly a 1000 feet in length was added to the layout. Some holes it was just a little but other holes were lengthened by a hundred feet. In addition, as before, there are a lot of tight lines to hit, but most of them are fair. (see cons forgiveness)
- SHOT SHAPING - I appreciated the amount of thought I had to put into my throws. Some courses you'll play, any disc or angle will do on many holes. Not the case here at Anderson.
- NEW TEES - They were literally installing new tees during my round (compacted pea gravel) clearly a step up from the natural tees.
- CHARACTER - In addition to the new tees, other course character items include seating at most holes, a practice basket, finishing shelter with picnic tables, a good amount tee shading and satisfactory navigational directions. If I were allowed to add one missing item, I'd definitely add a second set of shorter tees. In all, a touch above average.
- ELEVATION FOR FLORIDA - Compared to the 67 Florida courses that I've played as of this review, Anderson is in the top 10% in terms of elevation usage for Florida. There are probably 7 or 8 holes that change 20 feet or so, up or down. None of the nearby course have anything close to this. This said however, there are probably a few parts of the country that would still consider this course flat.
- UNIQUENESS - A touch above average. In addition to the elevation, there are tunnel runs, a couple open shots and baskets pocket both ways. Water can also be in play in the wetter months as well. All this stated, some of the holes kind of meddle together as its mostly technical wooded shots. In addition there are no par 4's or 5's and the course lacks a true dogleg.
- SPACING - Superbly spaced out holes with no chance of running one into another fairway. The walk between holes however is sometimes bothersome. The journey between hole (9) to (10) is about 500 feet.
- RAW BEAUTY - The natural elements here top every nearby course. There are marsh lands, older pines, scenic terrain changes, great fauna and minimal man-made features in view. Until I played here, I had considered Ferry to be the mirco-region's most beautiful course setting.
- LOCATION - Only a two mile drive from another course (Boggy Bayou) so a good opportunity to extend an afternoon to hit both courses. In addition, only a 15 minute drive from I10.
Cons: Anderson is not for everyone's taste. I could see many beginning players hating this course.
- FORGIVENESS - Having an off accuracy day here will be quite punishing. Not the tightest course around but when you get off fairway the terrain will start to eat you up. In addition there are a few holes that are boarder-line poke and hope shots. Hole (1) in plainly unfair. It's one of those holes that you can clearly read the 6 foot lane but they left one 6" tree in the middle of the lane 150 feet down fairway, on a 300 foot hole. I personally refer to this type of hole as the "Middle Finger"
- OVERGROWTH - I played in early March before the vegetation re-growth exploded and still found myself searching. If you play this course in the summer near the peak overgrowth period, you may end up leaving a few disks behind as well taking home a few scrapes and cuts.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Way too difficult for beginners and many recreational players. I could also see higher skill lever players also not liking this course if they don't like wooded technical courses.
- FINDING THE FRONT NINE - Don't take the first left after entering the park. You'll find only the back 9 and promptly get lost trying to find (1). Take the second left after entering the park to find (1).
- CHILL AREAS - This is Federal Land. No alcohol and other extracurricular activities, or you might end up in jail. They don't mess around here.
- PAY TO PLAY - You'll need to get a permit to play here. Cost recently went up to $20 for the year, but it is still $5 for the day. I personally thought it was worth the price of admission.
Other Thoughts: I consider Anderson to be a solid course. If you haven't played here in a while, you'll be surprised by the greatly enhanced challenge. Definitely the most difficult course in the Destin Fort Walton Beach area.
- PERMIT - You can purchase a permit at Jackson Guard (aka Eglin AFB Natural Resources), which is located about 3 miles further south of the course, on FL-85. The process takes about 20 minutes. They are closed Sunday.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good, Varied Course That Underachieves
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18-hole course in a primitive campsite area with a nice variety of challenges, including turns, narrow fairways and, a phrase you don't hear in Florida, elevation changes.
This course rewards accuracy.
Benches at most of the holes.
Appropriate signage that marks tees and the next holes, especially on the front nine.
Encountered few other players, thus crowds are a non-factor.
There is even a mando hole for those looking for such a thing.
Walking one hole to the next is a lot like trail hiking, if one likes that sort of thing.
A modest, covered picnic area somewhat close to the first tee.
Cons: Requires a pass from Jackson Guard to have access to Anderson Pond.
Tee boxes are loose sand and dirt.
Fairways are overgrown with tall grass. Spotter is recommended as errant throws means wading through thick, barb brush (wear pants to avoid what can be some serious scratches). Would not take much to lose a disc on any of the 18 holes.
An overthrow on a hole (can't remember exactly which one) on the front 9 could end up in water.
Signage could be improved on the back nine. Not always clear where the baskets are located as most are not visible from the tee. While most tee areas were signed well and obvious, there was a hole on the back 9 where our group walked past the tee and to the basket.
Hole 17 is a swamp after a rain.
Hole 17 also has stairs that lead down to the fairway, and with the otherwise primitive nature of the course, disc-toting buggies are not recommended.
Walking one hole to the next is a lot like trail hiking, if you don't like that sort of thing.
Playing in the summertime could mean encounters with snakes and hives of bees.
Other Thoughts: This course has arguably the best variety of holes in the immediate FWB/Niceville area. However, it is shackled by the lack of routine maintenance and brutal vegetation off the fairway. This course is worth playing at least once (some will enjoy it, some will hate it) and best played during the cooler months.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Definitely needs attention by maintenance
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1. Very challenging with a few elevation changes.
2. Heavily wooded
3. Recent maintenance by a super group of volunteers have immensely improved the layout.
Cons: If possible, the areas outside of the flyways could be thinned out. This would help discers find those errant shots.
Other Thoughts: It is amazing what a group of volunteers can do with the support of management at Jackson Guard.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -marked pretty good but not great
-you can navigate through it pretty easily
-good veritie of holes
-cool Florida feel to it
Cons: -allot of tall grass
-the rough is rough but that's not unusual for a disc golf
-we seen a 3 foot diamond back rattle snake out there
Other Thoughts: I'm happy there is a disc golf course close by but I do wish it was better but at least its hopefully growing the sport! If your going to Destin just go play there it's super simple and family friendly more than this one.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Anderson Pond Disc Golf Course
Pros: - Narrow fairways
- Secluded course (no walkers, runners, etc)
- Challenging course
Cons: - Poorly maintained
- Poorly marked
Other Thoughts: The Anderson Pond course is a valuable asset to Okaloosa County's disc golf courses with its technical shots and narrow fairways. It is a great course for a player looking for a challenging course. The rough is really tough. There are plenty of briars, thorns, tall grass, and bushes to brush up against, which gets annoying. I would advise players to play in jeans/long pants to avoid getting torn up by the underbrush. Undoubtedly, there is an abundance of snakes, but thankfully, I didn't find any when I played. The course is overall unkempt, but a mowing is all it would take to knock it back in shape. The signage is a real problem at the course. There are no distance markings, or even signs telling players where the holes are. Difficult to find hole one, but once you do, it is easy to navigate the rest of the course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Living in Florida there are very few hilly courses, so this course is a great change of pace. The natural Florida wilderness is a sight to behold. There are NO walkers, joggers, workout stations. The tee shot from hole #17 is pretty cool.
Cons: Natural tees that are pretty worn. Mowing of the fairways is few and far between. And being a "natural" course bring bug spray. expect bugs.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good signage to direct from one hole to the next tee. Easy to find discs off the fairways. Good mix of wide and narrow fairways mixed with some straight but also dog legs left and right. Nice use of elevation changes. Good distance for amateurs. Beautiful scenery and not at all crowded on the three days we have been there.
Cons: Signs just indicate hole number, not distances. Fairly long walks between some holes and the next tee (seems like that could have added some length to the holes). "Path" from 17th tee needs some work (either add stairs down or clear a path on the left or right side down a less steep slope). Pay to play, make sure you plan ahead to get your pass from Jackson Guard (closed Sat afternoon and all day Sunday).
Other Thoughts: Once the concrete tees are in (and if they make a clear path from the 17th tee down to the fairway) I would give it a 4. We're so glad to finally have a course on this side of Eglin because it seemed liked every time we made the drive to Ferry Park it was so crowded. We navigated the whole course with a jogging stroller but anything with smaller wheels would not make it since the ground is still so uneven from being recently cleared. We did have to take the long way around on 17 by going to the 18th hole and walking back to the 17th fairway.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice challenging course
Pros: Not as hard as it looks. Allows for some variations of shots. You can play a hole different ways. Easy to spot discs that go off paths. Elevation gives it more of a challenge. Signs are very helpful.
Cons: Work in progress. Needs tee boxes. Hole 17 could use a sign to show how to get to the fairway after disc is thrown from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Nice change of pace from playing the other courses in the area. Very fun to play.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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