4 Helpful / 1 Not
A Little Slice of Florida Paradise
Pros: Maximo park is a gorgeous setting for disc golf. The course design makes excellent use of the terrain. I've played other Florida courses that got repetitive because every hole is carved from the jungle. At Maximo, there's an even balance of jungle holes and park type holes. That variety is one of the best features of the course. In regard to lefty verses righty holes, I count 9 holes that call for straight drives, 6 holes that call for right turning drives and 3 that call for left turning drives. There are no elevation changes and water only comes into play on the last hole. Risk and reward has mostly to do with clumps of palmettos rather than baskets near water or on steep hillsides. There are two concrete tee pads (long and short) on every hole and two basket positions on most of them. There are plenty of benches and adequate signs.
One of my favorite characteristics of the course is that it forced me to use discs and shots I don't use much in the Midwest. In particular, I used a lot more sidearm shots, many of them on finesse type approach shots. I even used a few rollers.
No particular hole stands out as a signature hole. Some of my favorites were: #5, a tough journey through the jungle; #11, a long park-style hole where you can let your drive rip; #18, where a mossy lagoon forces you to choose between laying up and going for the basket.
Cons: As mentioned often by reviewers here, navigation is a major issue your first time through the course. The tee pads were too short for me. This especially caused me problems on #16. I didn't care for hole #14. You have to cross a road on your drive, but there are small pine trees lining the road that make crossing more a matter of luck than skill. Even if you carry the road, you are often lacking a path to approach the basket on your second shot.
Other Thoughts: I played Maximo over 20 times during the months of December and January. It's a great everyday course that continued to challenge me every time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful Pinellas course!
Pros: First off, this course is gorgeous! The setting is beautiful and the nature is a blast to play in. Palms and Spanish Moss everywhere, with a beach nearby and lots of other pretty flora and fauna.
Super easy to get to and in a pretty park right at the southern tip of Pinellas County.
I really liked the shot over the trees on hole 2, and appreciate the flag on top of the basket. I'd have had no idea where I was throwing without it.
Signage was very pretty and interesting; wooden signs are a new one for me and they were very attractive (more on them later!).
The brush and rough here was prevalent and more notable than a lot of the other courses I've played in Tampa Bay, but I wouldn't call it overwhelming. I didn't find it too horrible to play around and it was generally more fun than frustrating.
Bathrooms, trash facilities, and parking are readily accessible at the start of the course, always a plus. The neighborhood appeared to be pretty decent as well.
Park was well maintained when I got there. Fairways were mowed, rough was in control, and trash seemed picked up. Course felt very tidy for the most part. I should note I played in November, so standing water and crowds weren't as much of a concern.
This course had a certain "charm" about it that really does help to cover up at least some of its other flaws. It was a very different experience than many of the other courses around Tampa Bay that I've played and honestly, that alone was worth the stop, in spite of the following issues.
Cons: NAVIGATION! I never did find 5, 10, or 14, and the map at the start of the course was useless and appeared to be out of date. Generally I don't have a problem getting around even on some of the more navigationally-challenged courses, but the flow here was bizarre and the navigational aids that were present did nothing to help. I still thoroughly enjoyed my round but this is a glaring flaw that would be fairly easy to fix with an accurate, up-to-date map.
On several holes you are throwing directly at parking lots, near shelters, over roads, across walking paths, etc. I expect this to some extent at many parks, but it's taken to an extreme here and you have to be really careful to watch for pedestrians and cars, or you'll damage someone's property or hurt them.
Not a whole lot of long bomb opportunities here really, most of the holes seemed fairly short.
The wooden signs, although delightful, don't really show you much info and are somewhat worn. There are "NEXT TEE" signs scattered around, but they are also mostly unhelpful. The baskets also mostly have the wrong numbers on them.
Other Thoughts: I feel like you'll either love or hate this course. I fall in the "love" category, but I have to be objective and rate it as a disc golf course first, park second. Bottom line is, it's a pretty setting and has charm about it. However, the layout is not perfect, and navigation is downright horrendous.
If you can enjoy the nature and other factors that make this course fun, I would recommend it. If you'll get frustrated at having to hunt around for the next tee and at times spotty signage, skip it. Happy discing!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Sabal Palms and a Unique Disc Golf Experience
Pros: -This course just has an incredibly unique feel to it. It offers a unique set of challenges that you don't see often.
-There are several holes (2 and 7 are the primary ones) that throw over short Palm Tree-like vegetation that varies in height from 2-5ft. Although this can be a deterrent for some, it's a new/interesting challenge.
-The course feels secluded.
-Dual tees and extra pin placements on almost every hole.
-Carved wooden signs on every hole
-Good mix of distances. Holes range from 220-450 from the Blues and offers the white tees as an option for newer players.
-This course is amazing beautiful. I enjoyed walking around almost as much as the DG itself.
-In order to score well here you have to have a variety of shots mastered as Tocobaga places a premium on accuracy.
Cons: -The flow is somewhat off here. You definitely want a guide your first time out as there are some challenging transitions (Hole 4 to Hole 5 and Hole 13 to Hole 14).
-There are some rough spots where it may be easy to lose a disc.
-Impassable marsh on a couple of holes require you to walk a little bit off the beaten path to avoid it.
-Walking path runs through the course and may slow you down in spots.
-Tees could be a bit longer.
Other Thoughts: Tocobaga has thick vegetation in spots, but rewards a good shot it's just an overall amazing course with a unique feel. It's right near a densely populated area, but still feels isolated. If you're making a trip to the Tampa area put this one on your must-play list.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Short, quirky course with fun shots and great scenery. There's a great feel with a sort of jungle vibe going on for the inland shots and the bay looming in the background on more than a few. There's a ton of low scrub and the best holes here force you to throw over it. I'm thinking of sixteen in particular, where a long straight shot to the basket is interrupted by a significant clump of vegetation. They make for interesting challenges as the common at a few other Florida courses, they aren't the type of obstacles that make up most disc golf courses. They offer a unique type of risk/reward shots that sixteen, as mentioned above, typifies. That long straight shot can be played right up to the block. From there its a short approach shot over the scrub and to a now-visible basket for a fairly-easy three. But to go for birdie, the initial throw needs to go over that vegetation and into a small target area that can't be seen from the tee.
There's a bunch of cool shots that could be a good intermediate-level course if the issues were fixed up. For locals, most of them won't be a problem as it's the type of course that once memorized, plays a lot better. I could see it having strong, everyday-play quality as it isn't too taxing and there is a decent variety with hole sthat play to different lengths, lines and angles.
Cons: The cons aren't all related to the amenities. There are a few holes that are just no fun. I'm speaking particularly of 7. There is no fairway, just a narrow walkway. You essentially have to carry the scrub, but since its vegetation and not water, you can see where you are trying to land it. So its essentially a short carry to a small island but you have a blindfold on.
The other thing is that it doesn't really play to an ability level. It's not an advanced course, there is not much challenge here. At the same time, it's not really for beginner either with the really rough shule. Veterans will easily avoid the scrub and be left wanting more; new players will constantly end up searching for discs in the rough stuff.
Other Thoughts: Nice, fun, pleasant. High in potential. But for visitors, the flow and navigation keep it from being a must-play if time is at a premium.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Florida feel!
Pros: Beautiful course, just a minute off the highway, and very easy to get to!
Good parking, restrooms, and a nice playground and picnic area for the family.
As previously mentioned, this course offers a wide variety of shots. You can use your entire bag!
There are signs pointing to the next hole, which are highly needed, due to the big con listed below....
Cons: My biggest con: The signs (and even the baskets) aren't numbered correctly, which makes things confusing if you aren't playing with someone who has been there before.
The map at the beginning of the course doesn't appear to match the current layout.
Some of the hole signs don't show the distance, which make it difficult to know what disc to throw.
Other Thoughts: Despite the huge con, the course was very enjoyable to play, once you figure out where you're going.
This would be a tough course to play solo. There are a lot of blind throws, and the rough areas could certainly cause you to spend a lot of time searching for your discs!
If I didn't live 75 minutes away, or if I played this course regularly, I would invest a few dollars in those stick on numbers and at least label the hole and basket correctly!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 16 Not
Pros: Concrete Tee Pads
Cons: VERY heavy brush!
Only a few signs telling you where the next hole is located. Some holes require you to backtrack.
A spotter is highly recomended.
Playes close to, and over, roads.
Tight fairways...? Try no fairways on a few holes. You throw right over the top of thick (and sharp) brush -- only way to get to the basket.
Other Thoughts: I was VERY disappointed with this course. You spend 49.5% of your time digging in the brush looking for your discs, 49.5% of your time wandering around looking for the next hole, and 1% of your time playing disc golf. Overall: a complete waste of a beautiful morning that could have been spent at another course enjoying a good round of DG.
3 of 19 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Variety of interesting holes. Many different lines needed to do well on this course. Some great looks that I haven't seen on other courses.
Most common theme for unusual holes is throwing over palmetto bushes to a small cleared green. This is used in design of at least 4 holes. There is another hole where you can throw over some taller trees and rough to get to the basket.
Park has some nice amenities and views over the bay. There is a very nice playground (about to reopen after renovation) if you have kids with you.
Cons: Dense underbrush and vines. On some of the holes you are throwing over rough to get to the green. I think this is a neat feature, but I have included it also in the cons because of the potential for lost discs. A spotter is a good idea.
Overall, it is a fairly short course. Apparently 2 holes used to be long but had to be changed due to construction of a new road.
Some previous reviews mention incorrect signage because of the hole changes. These have mostly been fixed. There is one hole that the sign says is over 500 ft from the long pads, but it is now about 300. Also, the next tee pad after that is painted on the sidewalk with no tee sign.
Tee signs don't indicate what is OB. There was quite a bit of water on the course and as a new player, it wasn't entirely clear what was casual and what was OB.
There are also quite a few holes with asphalt walkways. We assumed they weren't OB, but if you want more challenging play, you could certainly call them OB.
Other Thoughts: Mostly technical short to medium length holes, but a few (5?) where you can throw a full on drive with less accuracy required.
Hole 18 was my favorite. You throw a technical shot off the tee toward a basket tucked into a curve in a water filled (OB) ditch. Scary but fun.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: * The course has hole after hole of beautiful tight lines. Makes for a great challenge.
* Teepads are good quality and baskets are very receptive.
* There is excellent distance variety. You'll need your whole bag.
* Course requires hyzer and anhyzer lines. It's a shotmakers area.
* Course is very shaded and the sea breeze keeps things a little less humid.
* Locals were very helpful with some of the course's challenges. (see below)
* Despite the tightness and palmettos, discs were very findable. (not much other ground cover)
* Course had a high fun factor IF you are already familiar with disc golf. I would not say that it is beginner friendly.
Cons: * After holes 1 to 4, there is no guide to hole five. Turns out its to the right and over a bridge. But, you will not see this. There were several areas of confused navigation, and also wrong number baskets for different holes. The signs were helpful at times, and non existent at others. One of the locals told me that it added to the experience. Since I enjoyed the course I tend to agree, however, there is a high level of first time frustration if you do not play with a person who has been there.
* The above is my only con. there was a lot of rough, but the fairways were well defined, and i liked the challenge. This was a 4 star course to me if the navigation issues are cleaned up.
Other Thoughts: I loved this course! Most holes required thoughtful shots, and accurate throws. The distance varied quite a bit and the course itself was beautiful. The park it was in, Maximo park, is a great area to fish for sea trout, have bbq, or relax by the beach. The actual facilities are great. If they get their signage/navigation issues cleaned up, this course will rise even higher. However now, it may not be easy for someone with a low frustration level. But, for those of you looking for a great course, this one should not be ignored. I loved it!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
1 of my top 2 local courses
Pros: Love the challenge of this course, it requires a multitude of different shots. The epitome of a FL course.
Cons: The regular (very large) Sunday group that plays here can be very rude (one of them claims to be the course "pro"), we do our best to avoid them.
Other Thoughts: It's been over 2 yrs since they were forced to change some of the holes here, it would be nice if new signage was implemented and the layout of hole 3 and the 8/9 combo were addressed. My group would be happy to donate time and money towards this goal.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 14 Not
too woodsy for me
Pros: nice scenery. very peaceful
Cons: didn't like this course. Was too woodsy, easy to loose a disc and the breeze off the bay was hindering at times.
Other Thoughts: best to try another course if visiting. There are much better courses in the area
2 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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