Taylor Park Disc Club Is Amazing!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Right away you can tell that the local disc golf club, the Taylor Park Disc Club, takes a tremendous amount if pride and ownership in the course here. Start with the TWO practice baskets, a great course map, then move on the first tee where you'll find a well constructed locking disc return box, a fence to protect players from # 18's errant tee offs and a clock built into this nicely done tower. How does a clock like this not get rocked by the local mean teen population? All this plus the standard concrete tee pads, a bag holder, a bench, garbage cans and some of prettiest, most informative signs anywhere! The baskets are Discraft Chainstars which seem to be a popular choice down here in Florida.
The pretty colored signs have a hole map, the distances for the multiple baskets placements and a peg system for showing you which of the two, three or four positions the basket might be in. There are also shoe brushes on three holes, brooms hanging by each hole and several next tee signs, where needed.
The park is flat with scattered palmetto, pines and palms. Several holes 9-11-12-14-15 play right along the lake giving you lakefront, views and a chance of launching your discs into the waters. Also, I've read on past reviews, the lake is prime alligator habitat so you probably don't want to go wading in searching for your disc.
I was told this course is a favorite of the over 55 crowd and that's what I observed. I witnessed a first here today. I saw two couples, approximately 70-75, playing a round. Only once before have I seen a lady this age playing disc golf and today I see two in one foursome. They appeared to be two of the only disc golfers in existence that I could outdrive.
The playing part of Taylor Park DGC is just a smidgen above average, IMO. # 1 forces you to throw an anhyser but the others holes are mostly straight or you might have to annie around a tree here and there. # 12 in the B position is a sweet hole. It plays 336' and you're throwing down a pretty natural looking fairway with the basket set just in front of the lake. But my favorite today was # 15. It was 451' from the Long tee with the raised basket setting just about 15' from the lake. Definitely a scary putt or approach. Do you have the nads to go for it?
Cons: This is a recreational level course. There are some longer holes but they're mostly open.
There are plenty of retired age walkers passing by. I had to wait a couple of times, especially on the group of holes playing along the lake.
Gators in the lake.
The flatness of the park is a deterrent, IMO. I can't get really excited about a course with no hills.
Although a pretty park, it's not amazingly beautiful or terribly visually pleasing. It's pleasant. It's nice. I think nearby Tocobaga was more interesting and more of a visually treat.
It's somewhat confusing trying to locate the course in the park. We drove by the main entrance to the course side of the park but then couldn't find an entrance. I asked someone who directed me all the way back to the other side of the lake. Later, I discovered that locals parked on the street just a few steps from # 1 and just walked in.
Other Thoughts: I'm not aware of a course in the country with this much club support. What the Taylor Park Disc Club has done and continues to do here is amazing and should be recognized and applauded. I tip my hat to this club. I have only played one course whose amenities compare to Taylor Parks and that is Bryant Park in the Minneapolis area and there is a slight difference between them. Like Taylor, Bryant Park has wonderful amenities but Bryant has an incredible amount of engineered tee pads and basket placements. Taylor Park's amenities are probably even more impressive. But Bryant has elevation.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
One Tampa Bay's Most Beautiful Courses
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (3.723 Rating) (REVISED - replayed October 2017) - Generally regarding as one of the better courses in the Tampa Bay Region.
- CHARACTER - An amazing array disc golf comfort and amenity items. Of the 166 courses I've played as of this revision, Only Rollin Ridge (A Top 5 course in the World) exceeds Talyor. There's a shelter with a bunch of picnic tables. There's seating and bag hangers at every hole and most of the tees are shaded. There's some of the most amazing hole signage and they are among my Top 3 . There's an amazing course map at the parking area and two practice baskets! There are trash cans at several tees. There are about 50 total basket placements, with some holes with four basket positions, and the tee signs have basket location pegs. There are brooms at every hole, there are shoe brushes at a couple of holes that track a bit of mud, there's a lost disc return box and there's a totem pole (at tee 12) showing the distance and direction of every nearby course and more and more little touches.
- TEE PADS - They are all concrete and are about 10-12 feet long, about average in my opinion. There are also eight holes with two tee pads for rec and advanced players.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Taylor is in my top 5, most beautiful courses in the entire State of Florida. (102 Florida courses played as of this revision) The landscape and adjacent lake are graceful, wildlife is abundant and the vegetation is vibrant. The course however took a bit of a hit from Hurricane Irma in Sept 2017. The storm took out around 40 trees and several were older pines in the path of play.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds are usually mowed weekly. I've played ten rounds out here and only saw the grass higher than 6 inches once. Despite the heavy use, trash has always been in check.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is low with a few notable exceptions. The water on holes 9 and 11 claim a lot of discs. The tree canopy is mostly pine and mixed Deciduous trees with very few disc robbing palms in play. I'll also note that the overgrowth is in check on most holes.
- SHOT SELECTION - I found the shot selection to be a touch above average. Most seasoned players will be satisfied. The shots need to be fairly accurate to avoid moderately spaced trees. I personally play about half and half backhand to flicks. Several basket placements will dictate a certain ideal angle to attack from. Hole distances vary significantly despite all 3's (216-470 feet)
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves are slightly above average of what you'd expect to see on your average 18 hole course. There are several holes with water elements in play. There's one sort of dog leg on (3). There's a few moderate tunnel shots, hole (12) specifically stands out in this regard . A bunch of holes weave threw a pine canopy and are with marginal tight lines. Only one hole is a gimme in all positions, hole (8). There are a few blind baskets but this will vary depending on basket position layout. The longest placements will challenge advanced players to make par, being at well over 400 feet at a handful of placements.
- NAVIGATION - Better than most courses but still not without a few minor issues. There are a numerous directional arrows along paths, but you'll have to double back a couple times which can add to a bit of confusion (see con - layout flow). However, as long as you have a picture of the course map you'll figure it out.
- EVENTS - I am aware of handicaps every Sunday and it is very welcoming to newcomers. The event time is 9:30 AM and costs $5.25, and usually draws over 50 players. The course also hosts a huge ace race once a year with hundreds of competitors.
Cons: A great course. All the issues below are nit picking.
- SLOWER PLAY - Lots of walkers in the park, you will likely have to wait a few times for safety reasons. In Addition, in the few times I've been here, there's always been numerous groups playing. Be safe, don't throw till a group clears.
- LAYOUT FLOW - Below average. The course is a tight fit and has a couple of double back spots due to the multitude of basket placements. However, I don't think any holes require a walk much over a two hundred feet between basket and next tee. There are several opportunities to skip a group of holes if needed.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of. I know that this is typically for Florida, but this course is flat for even Florida standards. No more than 15 feet of elevation change throughout the entire course layout. Hole (12) is the only hole that changes about 10 feet.
- LOCATION - The course is quite the hike from the freeway and the course parking is tucked way back into the park. Keep driving all the way to the end.
- GATORS - Do not go into the water for your disc on (9, 11, 12, 13 and 15). The water here is prime gator habitat. A 10 footer was recently relocated out of the park and I have personally seen 7 footers out here.
Other Thoughts: Disc golfers visiting the Tampa Bay area need to add this course to their wish list. A touch less challenging and less unique than area courses Cypress, Cliff Stevens, Picnic and Oldsmar, but more fun loving, disc comforting and beautiful.
- REVISION NOTE - I lowered my rating a bit (0.09) after Hurricane Irma hit in Sept 2017. The storm made an impact on the course. I'd say the course is a 1/2 throw easier now and raw beauty was affected as well.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
If I'm in Florida, I'm playing this course again!
Pros: Great Layout!
Easy to navigate
Clear signs mapping out the Hole for both Pro teebox and amateur
They have a disc return box for those who have lost discs
Other Thoughts: I'm from the midwest, so this course for me was paradise. The course was very well maintained and you could tell there was a lot of thought put into the layout of this course. The course had amazing views of nature and it was a pleasure to play.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A true gem in the region.
Kudos to the local disc golf club- so much pride put into the course.
Concrete pads, beautiful scenery. A few pro pads on a few holes.
The most amazing maps ever,
Benches, bag holders, trash cans,
Multiple pin positions.
Cons: The pads are a little small and worn.
It's a multiuse park, and I imagine pedestrian traffic and non disc patrons would have the place very crowded on a weekend.
Windy! right on the water almost always a tough wind
Distances are mostly moderate to short
Other Thoughts: One of my favorites in the area- a must play
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Very fun course
Pros: This course provides a challenge for all players. There are multiple basket locations on every hole making the course different every other month when the baskets are changed. A very nice walk thru the park.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Worth the Trip
Pros: When building a disc golf course the Taylor Park Tee signs would be a perfect role model. This course demands accurate, not distance off the tee and when the wind is whipping around. it changes holes dramatically, especially the holes near the lake
Cons: It can be a tad confusing what basket to throw at on number 2 (18 hole basket is on the right). Cons are nitpicking really
Other Thoughts: Playing a course for the first time and not getting lost and actually concentrating on your game and appreciating the course is always a pleasure. Hey look 5 losers posted that my review isn't helpful
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Almost better than Cliff
Pros: -The course is very well maintained. Everything is great from the signs to the super long tee pads and nice baskets.
- Course has a nice flow and first timers will not have to worry about getting lost
- No holes were too long; most were around 250, which is a nice length for amateurs
- Just enough trees and water to make it hard but not frustrating
- Good variety of tighter and open holes
- Tee pads have shoe cleaners, bag hangers and benches, which makes the course feel like a Selah Ranch
- There was a warning of disc golf in the area and that always is a good sign
- Nice people to ask just in case you couldn't find a certain hole
- There was a great shaded practice area with two practice baskets
- Two tees per hole, so pros and ams can play
Cons: - Many baskets in view of some tees
- A couple holes backtrack on each other, which when busy could be a problem with many discs flying around
- No holes to really air out and chuck it as far as you can
- Lots of non golfing pedestrians to watch for
- The park was kind of hard to get into, you had to snake all the way around the park to the entrance and go on this side road
Other Thoughts: It is an interesting course with a couple of nice additions. I didn't see any alligators, and I came here thinking I would see one. Definitely have to watch out for other people, both golfers and non. Come here if you are in the area because this is a nice solid course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: great pads, great baskets, nice people. The signage is great, the course is easy to navigate.there are easy holes and some very challenging ones. the bell on # 2 is a nice touch. Varied pin placements add to the challenge. I will definitely be back.
Cons: can not think of any
Other Thoughts: The pro comments says it all. Wow what a great course. The league has done a great job. it is obvious that a lot of time and effort is put in to keep this course maintained. the league even has there own business cards. If you are in the area place this course.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Beautiful course. Well groomed. Nice signage. Concrete tees. Very easy to navagate.
Cons: Cant think of any.
Other Thoughts: I would play it again in a heartbeat. It was my favorite course while visiting the Tampa area. Loved it.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Tests every shot in disc golf
Pros: 1. Has different hole locations
2. Tests every type of shot in disc golf
3. Has some holes that have tight fairways and others where you can straight up bomb it.
Cons: 1. You can lose your disc in the water on a few holes if you're not safe but that's technically a challenge not a con
2. Like others have stated the course gets a little tight as you go to the last 5 holes
Other Thoughts: Course is really awesome and is right by a huge lake which is pretty when you go out to play.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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