Harder than it looks
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a typical park setting course. Mowed grass throughout, with some typical Florida scrubs around a pond, and mature trees and palm trees scattered about the rest of the course.
The course is rarely busy, and lends itself to a great practice venue.
Baskets are older...Century or DGA looking to me, but serviceable.
Most holes are mostly wide open with maybe a few trees to navigate around, but nothing too difficult. And the length averages probably 240 from the short pads, and 280 from the pro pads, although there are a few longer holes (350+).
There is an OB fence that runs the full perimeter of the park (which is basically a huge square shape). That fence is the course's best defensive obstacle to overcome. For RHBH throwers it will come into play if you turn a disc over too much. A mild hyzer is the preferred shot on the majority of holes. A few require an anny which brings the fence into play...these holes are fun and challenging.
A decent sized pond comes into play on about three holes that run around the perimeter of it. One of these holes requires a short to medium carry over it. Beginners might struggle with this hole, but advanced players wont have any issues if they throw a good shot.
The flow is good...the first hole is by the first fence opening, not at the end of the cul-de-sac, and the course goes out around the perimeter of the park and hole nine finishes back near hole one pad.
Some caution is needed if there are lots of players teeing off on different holes, but its not that tight, and its rarely busy.
Cons: I dislike the carpet teepads. If they were concrete this course would be so much better.
No restrooms on site. Gas stations down the road, but it still sucks.
Playground in the middle of the park, so watch out for pedestrians who often have no idea what disc golf is, and wander into the throwing lanes.
Other Thoughts: Leagues every Thursday at 5:30 pm. Very welcoming group of all abilities. Even saw a few females. Judging by the league sheet on the board there are some very good players with averages in the -10 and -11 range!
Lots of birdies to be had on this course, but playing bogey free is the real challenge, as there are 2-3 tough holes.
I've played a lot of rounds here, and use it for practice. Its fun!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun Rec Course
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.359 Rating) A fun 9 hole course.
- FUN FACTOR - First and foremost, this course is no doubt a fun recreational course, as it has most of the typical elements of such. There are a bunch of ace runs with several holes around 200 feet from the short tees. The course is generally forgiving and doesn't punish errant throws (except for hole 5.) The odds of losing a disc is low, unless you epic grip lock one into the pond. There is hardly any overgrowth so little time wasted away searching.
- QUICK PLAY - I blew this course solo in 25 minutes. This probably translates for a group of 4 in under a hour.
- LOCATION - Palm Springs is a quick pit stop off the highway. No more than a 5 minute drive from the I75 exit.
- NAVIGATION - Very easy, as all but one basket is in view from the tee. I had no issues solo and first time.
- NIGHT GOLF - This is an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, few trees, little overgrowth and water hazards mostly out of play.
Cons: Only 9 holes will have you wanting more.
- UNIQUENESS - like most 9 hole layouts, Palm Springs Park lacks the uniqueness of your average 18 hole course. All of the holes are mostly just straight runs of varying distance and with a few trees. The hole distance does very a little but it's still less than your average 18 hole par 54. Water is in view on a few shots, but really it only registered in my thought process on hole (5) where a bad tree ricochet could throw one into the water.
- CHARACTER - Only a few extras to go along with the baskets and carpet tees. There's posts with tee numbers and distance. There's a course map with league scores. There's also two sets of tees for pros and ams and this setup will also allow one to play 18 tees to 9 baskets if they choose. That's about it. It would be nice for the course to take the next step and add extra pin placements, a few benches and a practice basket.
- RAW BEAUTY - About average or a touch below. The pond is definitely a nice feature but the lack of elevation features and vegetation is a drawback in my opinion. A chain link fence along several holes also doesn't add to natural beauty either.
- PARKING - Not the greatest as it straddles a ditch. It was bone dry on my visit, so I wonder what it's like after a good soaking.
- SPACING - A pretty tight squeeze, so naturally, you'd be wise to keep your head up and aware when other groups are around.
- PLAYGROUND HAZARD - Hole (3) plays a bit to close to a playground structure. So you may need to skip this one when playground is occupied.
- WIND - very few trees in the park. So wind may be an issue. I was personally greeted with 20-25 mph gusts for my round.
- DIFFICULTY - Palm springs I think is a small touch below average in difficulty. There are a couple 300 footers from the back , but there are also several in the mid 200 range. Advanced players should be under par on the backs on a routine basis.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination gem like Estero but still a very fun play. If you like the thrill of trying new courses, you'll probably very much enjoy this quick and close to highway, 9 hole course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice tropical scene. I love all the palm trees. Good length. Nice placements where accuracy is key. Nice water! No map required. You can see the basket from the tee pads. 2 tee pads per basket make it an 18.
Cons: A few shots are too close to a playground area and community benches. Privacy is very limited.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: My buddies & I call this course..the secret course. We've played here 6 x & have yet to see anyone else playing..it's like our very own private course!
Nice surroundings..great park in a good area of SE Naples.
Update, 9-7-16. There's now a par 2 course that Bob B. has added.
Sadly, the glow they did after league on Thursday evening is no more! I was soon going to join in on it but now it's not allowed..they even changed the sign saying the park is closed at dusk. 1st time caught on property after dusk is a warning, 2nd time is trespassing!
Cons: None. Watch out for bears! My friend saw one Dec 5th. near the pond. Actually, he said he saw the bear go into the water... swimming. And there's been reports of eaten fish around the pond...so it must be the bear?
LOL, update on the bear! It was a damn dog! Hahahha. biggest dog I've ever seen! My friend had been drinking...I should've known better then to believe him. :-)
Other Thoughts: This course is a very nice par 3. Fun to play & work on your game. Too bad we've yet run into other players though.
I really enjoy the course, it's great for entry-level or advance players as well. If you want to rack up some aces this is the place. Hole 5 from the Pro pad is a TOUGH shot..but fun.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short rec course that makes nice use of limited space in a public park. Should be an easy play for new players as there is not much in the way of difficulty. And since the baskets are visible from the tee, navigations should not be an issue. It also does a nice job of demonstrating the variety of the sport, with a few wide open holes, a few that make use of sparse trees to force flight paths, a little water and one wooded hole.
Many holes do border a fence but it is always on the right of the fairway so it should not trouble right-handed rookies much. The am tee also allows said newbie to avoid the water carry on 7, making for a mostly frustration-free round.
The course does offer something for the veteran as well. The course is a fast play and very close to the highway so it is an easy stop during a road trip. For the veteran, there will be a few ace runs, plus the decent-sized carry on 7 and a unique challenge in 5. The fifth hole is probably a nags but it breaks up the run of easy holes. It is too quick of a double turn with no landing area and isn't a shot that anyone could probably hit consistently. But it's fun and veterans aren't playing here to challenge their games anyways.
Cons: At the same time, 5 is really inappropriate for the new players that will use this course. Too tight with a fence to the right and water to the left. And while 7 offers a safe route around the water, the water will be on the left potentially swallowing the discs of beginners.
But simply, it's a short course that shouldn't really interest anyone who has seen more than a handful of courses.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Neat neighborhood course.....
Pros: Nice course for beginners or just working on a mid-range game. 2 holes with nice distance. I enjoy playing this course to keep the mid game together. Understanding the course is not designed for big arms you will enjoy a couple rounds per trip.
Cons: I'm one for concrete pads. So having said that, hopefully pads will be installed? Not sure if this is a con, but very few people on the course.
Other Thoughts: Knowing what the course offers, its worth playing It's not a destination course but nice for a local thrower.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Empty park.
Great place to learn to throw your midrange.
Cons: No style or design to the course, really.
No marked mandos even where a drive will go over/through a playground, toward another tee, or toward another basket.
No length. There's really only toe holes on the course where you can let a full drive go. One of these (#9) needs a mando to keep discs from clocking others on the #1 tee.
6 of the nine holes are easily reachable with a midrange, and I cannot really throw my driver much more than 300'.
The short holes don't really have any challenge to them.
As a LHBH, 7 of the nine holes played to my fade. One that didn't needs a mando to keep a lefty from throwing over/through the playground.
Tees are too close to the fence line, tee boxes are painted too short, and the hole marker posts are right next to the tee. I felt like I was going to run into the fence or post on several holes.
Other Thoughts: This is a beginner- to rec-level course, nothing more.
I would rather go throw in an empty field than play this course again.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Uses the few trees throughout the course well to add difficulty to the holes
- Easy to follow going post to post. The posts are facing in the direction of the next basket.
- You get to really practice controlling your drive and placing it next to the basket
- Great course for beginners to get their throws down in the open fields. Also great for experienced players to get practice accurate drives.
Cons: - I am not a fan of water holes. There are two on this course with a few others near the water.
- If crowded some holes overlap and could cause people to be in the way of throws.
Other Thoughts: - Very new so not crowded at all.
- No parking lot but you just get to park on the side of the road which is fine.
- park as close as you can to the park sign then turn right after entering the fence. The first tee is right there.
- There are no tee pads yet( but we talked with a guy who works closely with the course development and said they are doing their best to get 2 tee pads put in)
- currently spray painting the grass where the tees will be. and drop zone on #5
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A Nice Neighborhood course that takes full advantage of the available terrain. Many mature trees and a small pond make this course a little more than a rec course.
Easy to see wooden poles mark the grass tee areas.
Nice, shiny, new baskets with number plates on top make finding the right basket very easy.
The park was well mowed, perfectly clean, and had an ample supply of picnic tables and garbage cans. Poop bags were also available in case you bring your dog.
It is literally right next to I-75. Jumping off for a quick leg stretching round is highly advisable.
There is a nice playground for the youngsters, and it's not too much at risk from flying discs.
Cons: The course mostly plays along the perimeter of the park, with a fence on your right side a lot. There are also a few backyards on the edge of the course, so some care is required here.
There are a few holes where multiple baskets can be seen from the tee, and the course is a little tight in general.
There are no restrooms here. There are lots of trees however and a gas station not too far away.
A pond comes into play on a few holes, and there is a water carry. There is a fair risk of disc loss here.
There is no parking lot. Park on the road by the 1st walk-in entrance.
Other Thoughts: A fun and somewhat challenging course that was much needed in this area. Hopefully, it gets some concrete tees and better signage.
* Note on finding course: If you come by I-75 from the north, stay in the far right turn lane, cuz you're going to be turning on to Davies right away, and again stay in the far right turn lane to turn onto Radio Rd, and then a quick left on to Palm Springs Blvd. If you stop at the Circle K gas station on Davies and leave out the other side of the parking lot, you will be facing Palm Springs Blvd when you exit.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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