Markham Park Appears To Be Designed By The Same Folks As Tradewinds!
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You drive quite a ways through the park to finally find the course. There is a large course sign here complete with map. The small parking lot has space for maybe 20 cars. There is a practice basket here, as well. The signs and baskets are the same as the Tradewinds course. There are multiple concrete tee pads on each hole, sometimes two and some have three. They are signed as Rec (Reds), Am (Whites) and Pro (Blues). Some holes have two baskets, both a green Prodigy and a Discatcher.
Holes 1-12 play out one and back to the start, then # 13 to 18 play off in the opposite direction and return back with 18 finishing at the parking lot. This is a lovely park. It doesn't have all the water hazards that most Florida courses have but of course, it shares the Florida flatness. The multiple tees and baskets, although somewhat confusing, should provide some variety for most any level of player.
The main challenges here are some water on holes 2, 3 and 13, par 4 distances from the Pro Blue tees, the road and boardwalk and the tress and jungle on many holes.
For the Signature hole here at Markham DGC, I nominate both basket placements on # 13. 13 is about a 325' hole with a lake on your left side. Both baskets are cleverly placed up in the woods on your right. The Discatcher is marked by two small red ribbons. I'm not sure If these ribbons indicate a Mando or just show you that the basket is back in this area with the basket set up high on this path. I like it either way.
The green Prodigy basket is farther away but it's set up and away on this 10' pile of dirt. It's a wonderful placement, too. It's kind of a waste to have them both on the same hole as most players will only experience one or the other.
I also enjoyed the clever little basket placement on # 14. It's just 152' from the Whites but the basket is set in this sloping little hill. Here in Florida, it appears any little bump that has a basket on it gets me all amped up.
Cons: Florida flat.
Having three tees and multiple baskets certainly keeps things fresh for locals but it is a bit confusing for the traveling player.
Other than 13 and 14, I was slightly underwhelmed by the experience here.
Players say it can be very warm here so bring water.
Bicyclists and cars can be present so make sure the coast is clear before teeing off.
Other Thoughts: Just as I was finishing, two total novice players showed up with two discs each. Having completed my 18, I felt that had, at least, a working knowledge of how the course plays. As I tried to explain to them, I realized these two were in so far over their head. They had no clue about following any course, no chance of tackling a course with multiple pads and multiple baskets or a course with water or jungle lined fairways. I watched them tee off on # 1 and the second guys throws this wild-assed forehand about 300' well into the jungle. I'm sure that disc is gone forever. I have to say, Markham DGC is not exactly beginner friendly.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
One of south Florida's best!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Excellent mix of tight wooded holes and open bombers
-A few ace runs, par 4's, and a triple mando
-Equal mix of hyser vs. anhyser (or forehand) holes
-Minimal water holes (unlike some courses in Florida where it is overused)
-Great signage, multiple tee pads, and multiple baskets
-Limited interference from park-goers due to the park being so large and the DG course being marked well.
-Maintenance is superb!
Overall: There is a lot to love about this course and it has a little bit of everything! The locals have put a lot of TLC into adding multiple hole layouts/baskets and using all the available space. I would recommend this course next to anything else south Florida has to offer. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Cons: -No bathrooms on the course (there are some at the park but you would likely have to drive to them)
-Limited elevation change.. but it's south Florida so that's expected (there are a few holes on mounds/hills which is nice)
-Holes 16 and 17 feel pretty dull compared to the rest of the course (they feel like connecter holes to get you back towards the start)
-Lots of annoying sounds from both the RC airplane field and the gun range
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Local Course in a Great Park!
Pros: +Multiple concrete tee pads on each hole (Rec/AM/PRO)
+Signage indicating pin placements, distances, par, and next hole direction.
+Parking area has a practice basket by the tee pads at hole #1 and a big disc golf sign with the course layout and general rules for newer players.
+Course layout circles the back end of the park and ends up back at the starting parking area.
+Good variety of hole difficulty with wide open, wooded/tunnel shots, and elevated pin locations.
+Plenty of signs throughout the course reminding players to clean up after themselves.
+Very scenic course, specifically holes 13-15.
Cons: -No signage towards the main park entrance indicating where the disc golf course is located. This can be confusing for first-time players to the course.
-Lack of water fountains or bathrooms on the course (plenty of woods, trees, and lake water, however).
-A lot of the holes are by the main roadway to the outdoor gun range, which has a lot of runners, bikers, and cars traveling through at times.
-Some holes could use a pin placement identifier (at least on the Rec/AM signage). For example, hole #13 has two pin locations, but it is difficult to see which location the hole is at from the pad, making disc selection and shot planning more time-consuming.
-Some holes can be difficult to play after a rainstorm passes through. For example, on one of my recent outings, the Rec pad and some of the AM pad on hole #8 were submerged underwater, and this was a few days after the last storm passed through.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like playing this course when I can. It's close to my work office (~5 minutes away) and I usually have a good time playing a round in a timely manner. I like the elevated pins on holes #13 and 14 (when in that position) and the amount of par 4 holes to work with.
A few things to note for new players to the course:
• There are a few water holes early in the course and on holes #13-15 that a towel would be helpful to bring to help dry yourself/discs faster.
• Speaking of water, make sure to bring plenty to drink as the course can be quite hot, even in the early mornings/late afternoons.
• Make sure to keep a close eye on the road and throw when you have clearance (on holes 5-6, 12, and 16-18, particularly). I have almost hit a few people on bikes that rapidly came down the road while I was teeing off.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well balanced, lefty hyzers overwater , some woods, some open field, plenty of lines for everyone, multiple tee pads, multiple basket positions.
Cons: No bathrooms, water hazards, can flood some holes out on good rains
Other Thoughts: I think it's one of the best in the area. Fun challenging and makes you want to come back for more. Makes you play various shots using a wide range of discs.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Disc Golf course basics - teepads, signage & baskets - are impeccable.
Professionally poured concrete teepads - Red, White & Blue - on all holes, as applicable.
Course plays fair with a good mix of thick woods, water, semi-open & open holes demanding a variety of shots.
Course is welcoming from Red Pads & challenging from Blue pads, making it interesting for newcomers & professionals alike.
Where available on provided land, good use of elevation, relative to South Florida anyway, on pin placements.
Cons: No Toilet facilities or Water Fountains provided in Disc Golf course area of the park. This has nothing to do with the course itself, just come prepared.
Other Thoughts: Subjectively, as a lefty back-hand thrower, this is my favorite course in Broward.
Objectively, for parks under the Broward County umbrella, this is the most well manicured & appealing course in Broward.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * open / non congested disc area
* good variety of holes with plenty of challenge especially from the back tees
* water, manditory, and elevated holes provide additional difficulty
* good mix of tunnel shots and open, hizer and anhizer holes,
* well maintained, clean , picturesque
Cons: * course is toward back of park, takes a few minutes to get there
* navigation to hole 13 is a bit confusing the first time you play....go toward the lake
Other Thoughts: I've played probably about 100 courses and don't understand the low rating on this course. It is a great course. Thank you to all that built it and maintain it.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Park Em at Markham
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with multiple pads on every hole (most have three, some have two) and many holes have two baskets, a Prodigy T1 (green) and a silver Chainstar (holes 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13-15, and 18); single basket holes are the T1. Good mix of wooded and slightly more open holes with OB water on a few holes and an OB road on most of the others. Challenges all levels, from making birdies from the short pads to tight lines and huge drives for the pro players. Four holes play as par four and depending upon your pad and basket choice, all four can be birdied or can make for a really long day. Does not interfere with other park amenities. Practically right off the highway. Good usage of the "hills" on 13 and 15 (T1 basket)
Cons: Being a bit inland, it gets even hotter and more humid in the summer, make sure you have lots of water. The pond is not too deep if you're just a few feet in, but it drops quick, use caution. I mentioned the OB park road that comes into play on a few holes. While it's not a really busy road, there will be cars, so exercise caution and wait for them to pass (same goes for the cyclists who use that road too). Flat, but typical for south Florida.
Other Thoughts: Bring headphones if you get distracted easily, as there is a shooting range that can be heard on holes 13-15, as well as a model airplane field near holes 4-7. I thoroughly enjoy playing Markham, and it fits in quite well with a number of the other courses Broward County has to offer. It is not a stand out course, but it's very solid. Come challenge yourself at Markham. You'll be glad you did.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: There are exactly five pros to this course. 2. 3. 13. 14. 15. These holes bring it. They all run parallel to the lake but often there is a tree line in between so the fairways vary between lake bordering and not. Fairly generous but nicely shaped to allow some different throws. When in standard pins, these are just well designed golf holes. (the b pins are a little gimmicky.) Wood chips on the ground keep it from feeling like a road. It is also nice that 2 and 3 put the lake to the right while the others feature the lake on the left.
There are a few other good things here. The double mando on 8 is really unnecessary because I can't imagine anyone not wanting to go that way. Still, 8 is good hole that at least forces a low straight shot. ( finishes well, offering a protected basket to toughen up an open hole.
Cons: The rest is fairly bland as most of it crosses a small parcel of field. I'm not sure if there is anyone that would attempt the carry on 15 that wouldn't be bored by a lot of the other holes here. It's mostly open, park golf with a few trees scattered around. It's such a big park that I'm surprised that they couldn't find more good terrain. The parcel of trees opposite the last three holes in particular looks like it could have supported a series of tough tunnel shots.
The worst of it is those last three, as well as 5 and 6. All basically along the road and inviting golfers to have a wait while cars pass, or have cars pop up while the disc is in flight. Worse, the road is to the left of the fairway on four of the five holes.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: On the drive through the park, I saw a rare sight: a sign saying "You're entering a disc golf area. No picnicking, no sunbathing..." Something like that. This area is fortunate to have such massive parks that they can say "Okay, the volleyball players will go over here, the bikers over there, runners over here..."
Most of the holes play in the fairly open area on either side of the park road, but holes 2-4 and 13-15 duck into the wooded area along the shoreline of a nice looking lake.
There aren't a ton of trees in the open holes (I wouldn't call them "open" if there were), but they are used well. Hole 5 uses a line of palm trees nicely. There is a gap in the row if you want the easier backhand, but you probably will have a tougher look at birdie. The turnover shot will get you closer but forces you to pick a gap (or hope).
Hole 13 was probably the best. There is a defined backhand route over land, but there are two big turnover routes over water that might give you a better look at the basket if you dare.
Hole 14 was also great. With the shore on the left, you
are throwing to a gap on the right with a tight uphill shot to a basket on a little ridge (this was the only elevation I remember). You need to decide if you are going to lay up to the gap or try to nail it with a RHBH turnover. Fun hole.
Tee pads are concrete. Navigation was pretty easy except for the transition from 12-13. Go kitty corner from where 12's basket is and go toward the water.
Cons: Almost no elevation here.
The wooded holes play very close to the water and have trees in the middle of the fairway. This means that if you play here often enough, it is an absolute certainty that you'll have a shot that clips a tree and shanks into the water. You're not allowed to go after it, either.
Most of the holes here are perfectly enjoyable, just not particularly memorable.
Other Thoughts: Another nice Florida park that did a good job of planning out the space available. This isn't the best course in the area, but if you have time for 3-4 courses, don't hesitate.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Best in Broward
Pros: Great mix of wooded, open, and water holes located in a very large, beautiful park. I'd rank this as an intermediate course, due to the variety, length of shots and basket placement. Some baskets are placed up on hills, which is rarely seen in South Florida and adds so much to the course.
Near perfect Condition - Paved tees, good signage, and well maintained. The holes near the lake are especially nice to play, very serene.
Figure 8 Design - so the first 12 holes circle counter-clockwise around with a lake on your right, the remaining holes, once you come back to the middle, run clockwise with a lake on your left. I thought this was really smart, since it should balance the course for left and right handed players.
Few people ever go to this side of the park, other than the road (see Cons) running through the middle of it, so it still feels separated from the rest of the busy park.
Cons: The road that runs through the middle of the course is adjacent to 8 holes. Though only a few cars and bikes roll by, not a huge problem, it still takes away some of the appeal.
No restrooms/water fountains anywhere near the course or the course parking. Hopefully, that will be added sometime in the future.
Some holes along the fence line make retrieval tricky,but there are gaps in the fence to jump through.
Rainy weather will flood some fairways (#7,8,9).
Watch out for fire ants!
Other Thoughts: One of the best, if not, the best DG course in Broward. This one and Heritage Park are my two favorites, though Markham takes it by a slight edge. Snyder Park might be close once its complete.
Large, amazing park with plenty to do. Pavilions, Mountain Bike trails, Gun Range, Boat Ramps, Camping, RC Plane Airfield, & Dog Park.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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