2 Helpful / 0 Not
Recently Updated & Deserves a New Review
Pros: This course has definitely been updated/modified within the last year (possibly the last month). The back nine baskets have been re-arranged, and it looks like more land was added. I have uploaded a new course photo with some decent markings which show the changes, sorry for the poor quality.
Arrow indicators on the baskets make this course much easier to navigate.
I had to pull a fair number of different shots, with the new layout Im sure there are additional shots for those who have already played this course. There are some technical, smaller distance holes alongside some longer fairway throws. Difficulty I would categorize in the beginner range still, but it absolutely requires effort from a skilled player too. I played with quite a few different shots, and also lost a driver to the swamp with a foolishly errant throw.
There is something to be said about the beauty and calm of this course for sure. The new Hole 12 & 13 provide quite a signature view.
Cons: This course is still missing a lot of the those helpful amenities such as a course map, community board, tee diagrams, basket flags, seating etc. But those are secondary sometimes... There is clearly attention being paid to this course, if more people play perhaps it will see some upgrades in these areas.
They are carpet pads, but thats never bad in its own right... These carpet pads havent been replaced in a while sadly thats what makes them poor--I tee'd off on the ground a number of times.
Elevation is flat, but expected for Florida.
Regarding location, its definitely not the most conveniently accessible and there are plenty better if youre simply visiting the Tampa area but if you live in or around Tampa it is worth a play. I want to revisit this one.
Other Thoughts: Holes 1-9 flow through a piece of the campus, but I didnt have any issues with pedestrians. Park in the parking lot, and walk behind the "Administration Center". There is a traffic cone posting up for Hole 1, if you can find this the navigation from there should be a breeze. I could 100% see this course having navigation concerns without the arrow indicators, but they exist now and like I said they look very new and really make this course a fun 18 basket delight.
Follow the #9 arrow to #10 all the way, you will reach the end of a paved road that has tee markings for hole #12, this is confusing at first. Based on the older uploaded map diagram it looks like this hole was originally #12, but was changed to #10 (as a result of all the construction changes). Its basically a 1000ft bomb, but there are carpet pads at roughly 700ft, 500ft, and I believe 300 ft. Holes 15-18 play directly to the right of this fairway. With the field winds I could see it easy to lose a disc over a lightly barbed fence. The new holes for 12 & 13 are assuredly deeper in the woods now, and overlook an absolutely beautiful pasture w/ a blue lake thats worth a drive by.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's a disc golf course.
They are building a new dorm building right in the middle of where the disc golf course is/was. The front nine play around the dorms and college buildings and the playable part of the back nine are on the other side of the construction zone.
The course is mostly open with a few trees to shot shape around. There is some variety in hole lengths and the course seems to be well maintained.
Cons: It looks like several holes have been changed, so the map on here is wrong starting about hole 4. There are generally two sets of tees per hole, but they are carpet with some wearing out. The course is pretty easy to navigate, even with the almost complete lack of signage and navigation aids. There is a lengthy walk to the playable back nine holes.
Other Thoughts: We'll see what happens with this course when the construction is over. If I lived in the area I would stick to playing the front nine for now. Obviously not a destination course, but if going to school here or if you live in the area it could serve as an everyday thrower.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fills the Void
Pros: (2.331 Rating) I was expecting between a 1 or a 2 when I drove out to Trinity but came away somewhat surprised.
- MULTIPLE TEES - With the exception of holes (3,14,16,17,18), there was a pair of tee boxes for Pros and Ams. The Pro tees had 2 holes in access of 400 feet in length.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds were being mowed during my round. The course appears to be constantly trimmed and manicured. The was very little trash spotted despite a lack of garbage cans.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is low. There is some marshy water on #15 that kind of comes into play from the pro tees, but a pro player would have shank it 20 degrees left and make it though a strip of trees and shrubs. There are a few areas of tall glass and moderate overgrowth on holes (1,4,5,6,13,14,15) but overgrowth really only comes into play on (5,13,15) The tree canopy is mostly pine and mixed Deciduous trees and shrubs. There are only a couple of disc robbing palms.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety is about average. There are a two gimme holes (4,14), 5 or 6 open holes including a long open bomb it hole (12), a few blind baskets (1,5,6,12,15), 5 or 6 sweeping left benders, some holes play threw a moderately spaced pine canopy. The course definitely favors backhand righties over lefties. There were zero right bender holes.
- LAYOUT FLOW - If you have a map, (also see navigation cons) the flow of the course works pretty good. Very few holes require a walk over a couple hundred feet between basket and next tee.
- ACEABILITY - several of holes are highly aceable, especially #14 at a dead on aim of about 150 feet. Playing Ams is even more so with every hole under 300 feet.
- TIME WAITING - I spent zero seconds waiting to throw. there are only a couple of paths crossing threw the course but I saw zero runners and walkers on them.
Cons: This young course is missing a bunch of things, but many of which are fixable.
- TEE SURFACE - Its Carpet... Which is better than dirt but just doesn't seem right. Several of the pads are already tearing apart in its first year of use. I will add that there are hole distances painted on all of the pads, but a few are already fading away. I figure by Summer 2017, only a couple will be readable. Several of the pads have lumps underneath them as well.
- NAVIGATION - Hole directional ques were non-existence. I spent a good 15 to 20 minutes after arrival trying to find my bearings. (Note, I have added a crude course map @ the course File/Links tab) Hole 1 is located 150 feet northeast of the northernmost campus building.
- CHARACTER - The course is really just baskets and tees and is void of all course character items. No tee shading, no seating, no map, no community board, no trash cans, no tee signs, no tables, no practice basket, no extra pin placements (except hole 5) It was stated on facebook that scorecards are available in one of buildings. As a non-student, i did not check.
- CHAINS - the weight of the chains are below average. Not entirely sure what type of basket they are but definitely was not a fan.
- SPACING - Slightly below average, if the course was full "highly unlikely" there would be a few tees in close proximity of other baskets. there are also a few fairways that feel partially shared.
- 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 10' in total elevation change throughout the entire course.
- LOCATION - Course is a trek to get to from most parts of the Tampa metro area with no major roads nearby. Course is about 10 miles West from the Suncoast Toll Way. 45 minutes to and hour drive from downtown Tampa and St. Pete.
- DIFFICULTY - Advanced players should have no problem breaking par from the pro tees. Most Rec players should be able to break par from the Ams.
Other Thoughts: A good course for those attending Trinity College or those living within 5 miles. Probably worth a look see if you've already hit a majority of the area courses or if you're like me and feel the need to play every course once. Not recommended to out of area players looking to play one or two area courses. In that scenario, consider these area courses instead (Cliff Stevens, Taylor, Picnic or Cypress)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.