Well kept course with a good vibe.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fun for all skill levels.
Hard to lose a disc here.
Fun park with great vibes.
Cons: Flat (obviously).
Standing water after a big rain.
Other Thoughts: Learning the layout can be tricky at first, but I wouldn't call that a con. If you have a digital camera (i.e. cellphone), snap a photo of the course map at hole one and refer to it as needed. People here are nice, so you can ask them for guidance as well.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -22 holes. 18 with multiple pin positions and long pads on 8 holes.
-Nice concrete pads with plenty of size for long run ups.
-Good signage. Bolt system on posts to indicate current pin placement. Pvc poles on hidden baskets also help.
-Benches on most holes.
-Family friendly. Park has nice playground and dog park.
-Great place to let it rip and improve your drives. Most holes are wide open with large pine trees providing obstacles and palmettos protecting a majority of the baskets.
Cons: -Drainage on many holes is very bad during rainy season. Holes 11-13 can become unplayable.
-Back 9 lost many of its large trees to fire.
-Course has been removed for country music festival in march the last few years and is usually trashed afterwards.
-New pin positions feel forced in to add distance to holes that didn't really need it.
Other Thoughts: Wickham is the oldest existing course in Brevard. Unfortunately its starting to show. Did not list but older baskets may be con for some. This is where I learned to disc so I still enjoy playing here. Just think its lost some of its appeal.
UPDATE(1 year)- An effort has been made to relieve some of the flooding by adding a large drain on Hole 1. This has helped but not totally fixed drainage problems. The new D pin position was also added to Hole 1 to avoid any standing water. The country music festival that plagued the course for several years has relocated to a new venue. There are still times though that a random event may close part of the course. A new walkway is being constructed on a few holes but should not impact play.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 22 holes. The newish signs give distance and direction of next tee so previous navigation problems are gone. Sign posts indicate basket positions with a bolt by a, b, or c. Mostly red tees. However, a few holes do have seperate blue tees. Mostly open shots through pine trees. Ace runs all over. Lots of skip ace potential off the pine needles that cover the ground. Other short holes such as 9 can be aced with an air shot. Tall white pvp pipe on baskets help you see the target over the palmettos from most tees. Some long shots added recently with a number of longer alternate pins.
Cons: repetitive and nondescript open shots over/around scrub palms. The only difference on most holes is there are less or more scrub palms. Some shots to new longs are so long and blind you may not know what pile of scrubs to start looking for your disc in. Some baskets are very old and will spit out all the purest of putts. Scrub palms could hide discs causing delays.
Other Thoughts: signature holes #12 across a almost dry stream and bridge is long, 22 is a over water shot. Cross the road for holes 3 & 4. Although most holes are repetitive and nondescript this is still a fun course as mostly open to let it rip. Not a lot of challenge here. Most pars or bogies are the result of putting from inside the bushes. A solid Turbo putt or pizza toss is a good tool to have here. The review below says he could not find the course, I assure you it is still there. I tried to justify giving a 3 disc review as I do enjoy playing Wickham. However, there is just a lack of variety or aesthetics to warrent a 3.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Can't review it becuase THERE WAS NO COURSE.
Cons: On vacation, drove an hour to play. Spent 15 minutes driving around an enormous park with no signage about where the course was. Finally found a single basket. There were pads, benches, holes in the ground for pins and signs, ALL EMPTY.
I am extremely disappointed about this. A beautiful March day kind of wasted.
Other Thoughts: Looks like it may have been fun, the pads were nice, the park was nice, and what looked like nice drive lines, but there simply wasn't a course to play.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Where are the Baskets?
Pros: I liked a lot about this course. Don't let the rating fool you. This is almost a 3.5 course. Add next tee arrows, and it would be. But unfortunately, I did have to dock at least an additional half point for what may be a temporary issue. But more on that later. I'm starting with what went right.
The best part about Wickham Park is the flags on top of the baskets. They stand on tall poles and allow you to see the targets when they are behind brush. And frequently, they are behind brush.
Most of the holes force you to find a line through scattered palm trees. The vast majority of the trees are surrounded with a block of shoulder-high shule. What's great about this is that you can visualize both the path and landing area that you are aiming for. The targets are so often protected by brush that needs to be shot over. But, because of the way the vegetation is limited to the immediate vicinity of the palms, you can tell from a distance where it will be safe to land your disc.
The rest of the terrain is mowed grass or open field. There is low risk of disc loss because if you go in the brush. It's well-kept and in an active park, most of the other activities are separated from the course by a decent amount of space.
While the layout of trees and tees will give you a variety of distances and lines, it is the fact that you nearly are shooting over stuff that makes the course distinct. Shots must be kept low, but not too low.
Cons: The problem here is that not all baskets are present. It seems in retrospect as if the 22-hole course as been transformed into an 18-holer. That would be fine if there was some sort of notice. But we ended up playing from several tees to the eight basket, because there was no way to tell from the tee or the sign that the proper basket had been removed. Some of the signs had new numbers taped over them, and by the last few holes, where 20 was now 16, 21 was now 17, we somewhat figured it out. But it was no picnic. On an additional hole we ended up playing to the 8 tee. For whatever reason, some baskets are not where they should be according to tee signs and maps, or are just gone.
If that is the case, than the new hole eleven shoots directly over the seven tee? Strange.
Beyond that issue, which I would assume is temporary or new, the course needs next tee arrows badly. Sometimes, the next tee was visible from the basket, but often I had to consul the map downloaded from this site, but even using that, it was often a chore to find tees here. It is just not obvious what direction you are supposed to begin walking in. 3 and 4 were skipped since I did not assume to walk across the road and had not started using the map until we had found 5.
Other Thoughts: It's pretty simple. A solid, playable course, with debilitating navgation. Next tee arrows, an updated map and the return of missing baskets and this course would be very good.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
New in town
Pros: Every tee has a concrete pad and tee sign, which I found to be fairly accurate. The park is well maintained and the baskets are moved what seems to be about once a month or so.This is nice so you don't get used to the same throws. The holes are of good variety as far as distance and basket placement goes. I would suggest an afternoon if you are gonna be close to the area.
Cons: The course is in a VERY busy public park. There always seems to be some person or peoples walking from out behind shrubs as you play and the park is used for a lot of different things so sometimes the entire course is unavailable.
Other Thoughts: Being from the Ohio/Michigan area, I have found Florida disc golf VERY FLAT. Like most disc golfers I am a fan of elevation and trees. But so far this is the better of parks I have found on the Atlantic side.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Where's the next hole?
Pros: 22 holes and you can really air it out on several of them.
Cons: Really a poorly marked course. Several of the tee maps were incorrect.
Short tees on a lot of holes. Thought I was gonna break my ankle if I didn't start my run from behind the tee.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Wide open spaces
Pros: A well thought out and well-maintained course. Each hole has a concrete tee-pad that is of adequate size to tee off. Also, each tee pad has a hole map on it that shows you the multiple basket locations, the mandos, and the direction of the next tee pad (crucial). The park itself is very clean and well-maintained. The course itself has an excellent layout, with mainly wide open shots on most of the holes. Scattered throughout many of the holes were clumps of palmettos and undergrowth, which made for a nice challenge in placing drives. Another plus was that many of the baskets had poles with flags attached that would stick out above the brush so you could see the basket location when it was obscured from the tee.
Cons: Not a lot of shot variety as most holes play straight ahead and wide open. If you don't have a 300 foot drive, you can only hope to par the course.
Other Thoughts: This was a lovely course that really gives you a chance to let loose and get some serious flight time to your drivers. It also did reward precision on several holes in order to avoid palmettos. The last hole that plays over a pond is a nice finishing touch. All in all, a great course!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fav Local Place
Pros: Baskets are "protected" by shrubs and other natural greenery
Alternate Baskets provide different feel and course so I never get bored
Even though I'm a "Recreational" player, I feel like I have a shot at a Par as long as I can keep from hitting a tree
Concrete Tee areas
Sign posted in each Tee area with hole map and location
Well maintained and clean
Cons: Some times the mark on the post, location "A" when the basket is clearly on location "B", etc
Needs a couple of drinking water spots
Other Thoughts: I'm fairly new to disc golf, but I love this park, different Tees, and different Basket Locations, makes it fun to play every single time. I enjoy having to approach the hole around the shrubs and palmettos
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Nice sized concrete tees are always my favorite. Red and blue tees are marked on the concrete so you know if you are on the correct tee.
2) I really enjoy the overall feel of this course the way it works in and around large pockets of palmettos and mature evergreen trees. It is an interesting feel I have never had at a Florida course wither, normally the palmettos are just wild and invasive, but here they have limited them to small pockets around the course and the baskets weave in and around these pockets and help protect the basket locations. This is truly something unique . . . it feels almost like a Midwest favorite Anna Page East where they use pockets of woods, but in this case the Florida vegetation is Palmetto shrubs.
3) Mandos are marked well so that you know when there is something the design forces you to throw a certain direction.
4) Nice signs on this course with Hole #, distance, and a map. Next tees are also indicated and the multiple basket locations. They also have indicators with large letters on the pole for the current basket location
5) This is a very clean and tidy looking course . . . partly because of the feel under the evergreens and around those palmetto areas, but also because there does not seem to be a lot of garbage around. This seems to be a well used park and I am sure the population in the park has a lot to do with how the park remains so clean . . . there is no chance for you to litter without someone else seeing you.
6) Very busy park but the course is well isolated to avoid other park users except in a couple places. There was an RV park I think, ball fields, soccer, what seemed to be like a fairgrounds or something, and they even had a RC sailboat regatta in one of the ponds.
7) Water is used on a couple holes to really make for some interesting shots.
8) Routing on this course is pretty intuitive . . . and they have renumbered since holes were added . . . a welcome sight after playing F. Burton Smith earlier in the day and being frustrated with the hole numbering.
9) Restrooms (portos) are available in a couple places on the course and would be a welcome sight during a tourney round or a long busy day on the course.
10) Plenty of benches and garbage cans around the course complete the amenities of this great course.
11) Multiple tees offer up varying challenge and distance.
12) Excellent variation in hole distances with some in the 100's into the 400's too. There is plenty of variation on the holes in the 200's and 300's to make for different feeling holes. You will have plenty of options for disc selection out here.
13) This is a very beginner friendly course because it is relatively open, but it will still challenge the intermediate level player from time to time.
14) Rollers could be a usable shot out here . . . the turf is consistent and the ground is firm. I love having this as an option on courses.
15) The pine needles make for an interesting feature . . .they seem to play more of a skip off the needled areas. I am not sure if they firm up the soil or if they just make the disc skip more because of less friction with the turf. . . and I know it was probably not an intended effect from the design, but it is something you will need to consider.
Cons: 1) No real variety in foliage density here because the palmettos are just pockets and typically lower than your throws would be and the evergreens are so mature that there are very few limbs that you would encounter with your throws.
2) Most holes can be attacked from whatever direction you want to. I usually like to see a few holes per course that force certain shots, but there is nothing in the "airways" that will force you to do any particular shot. You can pick your favorite shot on each hole and try to execute.
3) I had a lot of drop in 3's out here because if you cannot park the basket you will likely have a simple upshot. This gets a little repetitive and is partly due to my current distance limit (300' or so). If I could throw further I would be able to deuce more holes.
4) No elevation change on this entire course really. It is what it is, but this lacking feature takes away from the course.
Other Thoughts: I cannot believe this course currently sits under a 3 disc rating . . . perhaps the upgrades and added holes made this course that much better than the old ratings, but this is by far a more fun and scenic course than F. Burton Smith which was rated over 3 discs. I would choose this course anyday if it was local because it is not just fun and challenging but also very scenic in my opinion. I do not have a lot of negatives about the course because there just isn't that much wrong, and the pros are overwhelming. The lack of the tighter wooded holes keeps this course under the 4 disc rating but it is so close. A little more diversity and it would be right up in my favorites. With that said . . . this is just a solid course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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