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Pros: (2.496 Rating) A city park course that's more challenging than it seems first glance.
- WATER PLAYS - I enjoyed the water plays here as they really make you consider your placement and angle rather than thinking on how to attack the basket or going for distance. The water features are best used on holes (4, 5, 17, 18). Although I carry a floater, I only used it on (18). (17) and (18) were my favorite water plays where the risk reward of going long towards the basket on these par 4s can very much claim your disc.
- CHALLENGING - My group played the short tees and as an intermediate player, I thought I had my hands full on several holes. The back tees should very much challenge advanced players on many holes too. Not as difficult as the nearby course "The Preserve", but my initial guess is that a 950 rated player will average 4 or 5 down from the back tees.
- TEES - Really nice concrete tees of adequate width and good length.
- CHAINS - The Mach 5 baskets are great to throw at.
- COURSE MAP - Nice course map in the vicinity of tee (1), and the practice basket.
- QUICK PLAY - For an 18 hole course of this length it plays fairly quick. My group of two played in 90 minutes and we took a couple breaks. Figure two hours for a group of 4 players.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds were in great shape on all but one hole, (8). The grass on (8) around the basket was shin high.
- NAVIGATION - Although I had a guide for this one, it seems fairly easy with a pic of the course map. The course flows very well from one hole after another. I don't think any holes are separated by more than a 200 foot walk. Really the only navigation issue is the hole signage and word is that it's coming soon.
Cons: Some substantial flaws with South County Regional
- SAFETY HAZARDS - I was very fortunate to play this course when all the other park features were not in use. Playing this course really has the potential to put people and property in harm's way. (8) has a playground off to the left, however it appears they have begun cutting a new fairway further right on (8). Hole (10) plays along a tennis court. Hole (11) has a cart track in play. (17) and (18) have parking lots in play. In addition, several holes have small roads and paths in play. Depending on your expectations, I could see someone really not liking this course for these issues alone. But as for my rating method, it really only docs the course about a half point and personally this had only a minimal to moderate impact on my enjoyment of the round.
- TIME WAITING - Although I didn't wait one second to throw during my round, the potential to have to do so is real and substantial. Skipping holes may sometimes be the only wise choice.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Way too many unnatural elements in play and in view to warrant a high score. I personally scored this one a 1.125 out of 5.
- ELEVATION - They don't get much flatter. Not even 5 feet of elevation change on any one hole.
- CHARACTER - Course amenities and extras are limited in the courses young state but it does the basics well. As stated in pros, 2 sets of wonderful tees, nice baskets and a course map. The rest of the things that you'd see on an established course are missing. Very little seating, no hole signage and no multiple basket placements. There is a practice basket and also a couple picnic tables. Restrooms are in the park, but not at the junction of (1) tee and (18) basket.
- LOST DISC OPPORTUNITIES - A real possibility. I lost an ace disc on (5) trying to ace run my putter to the basket. A disc robbing palm got it.
- UNIQUENESS - A bit below average. A few par 4s, a few water plays and a few pockets to hit. Too many holes are open for my personal preference, but there are a couple of moderately wooded holes. There is also a decent mix of challenging holes versus gimme holes. The overall shot shaping opportunities are lacking.
Other Thoughts: I had the privilege to throw this one with DGCR member and trusted reviewer Thrembo, whom has always made for great company. In all, I see South County Regional as having a wide range of review opinions. Some will not like this course due to the safety hazards and also the unnatural features dictating shot choices rather than natural features. I enjoyed the course, although I think not having to deal with any park goers for the entire round, definitely helped.
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Safety Hazards are a step back for disc golf
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Pros: 18 new Mach V's
nice concrete pads
2 pads on most holes.
Some water in play
Cons: I found myself playing a hole thinking, "This may be one of the worst holes in all of Florida" then the next hole was worse, and the next even worse. So many safety hazards that I feel this course will be pulled in 2 years.
Holes 8,10, 11, 13 and 17 are some of the most negligently designed holes I have ever played.
Holes 3, 4, and 7 were extremely poorly designed holes.
Hole 1 looks like a short shot to basket 18 and can easily start your round with a misplay. The real hole is blind behind a tree with the locked baseball field in play.
Hole 2: Short blind forgettable hole.
Hole 3: Straight shot at baseball field, can't over shoot since chain fence directly behind basket.
Hole 4: Tiny little hole throwing over a minor water hazard with absolutely no landing area near basket. The basket is just placed in the center of a palmetto patch.
Hole 5: The only decent hole on the course. Water on the side.
Hole 6: Silly short filler hole
Hole 7: design is even worse than holes 3 and 4. Straight shot with a 90 degree turn about 150 feet over high grass.
Hole 8: literally thrown over a playground into knee high grass.
Hole 9: Simple open hole by the pool. It plays by the road, but no major safety concerns.
Hole 10: Absolutely awful dangerous hole. Tennis courts are in play on the left. A remote control car race track is also in play, as well as a sidewalk 6 feet from the basket.
Hole 11: Tees directly over a handicapped parking spot and is unplayable when race track is in use. Road can be in play for bad shots.
Hole 12: straight and open parallel with road, but minimal safety issues.
Hole 13: Dangerous routes are highly rewarded. Shots over the basketball courts or neighboring private properties give the best outcomes. No difference in long and short tee.
Hole 14: lightly wooded hole, nothing memorable besides the wall of trees protecting the basket.
Hole 15: Odd long hole. You need to aim at the street corner to go around the trees. the basket is blind and not in a logical location. I had to ask a local where it was.
Hole 16: Picnic area in fairway, Occasional remote control boat users on fairway.
Hole 17: 100% unplayable. 7 cars were parked in the center of the fairway. we were forced to skip the hole.
Hole 18: Water and baseball field in play. There is very little landing area. Parking lot in play.
Other Thoughts: Course is on a very busy park and plays far too close to everything.
Putting in a new course is not growing the sport if it can potentially injure other park goers and ruin the chances for any new courses in Charlotte County. This course crosses a line to negligence in its design.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The course starts out with mostly shorter holes (from the reds) with open at the beginning fairways and with the baskets tucked into the woods (1st timers will have to do a little scouting for basket locations on a couple of holes). Then finishes with a couple of bomber holes. The red tees make for a fun rec round and minimize the water hazards while the blue tees offer a substantial increase in challenge and danger. I think that LHBH and RHFH style throwers are going to like this course.
Navigation is really easy as most tees can be seen from the previous baskets position.
Hole 1: Blind. Throws down the fairway and behind a clump of bushes/tree. The basket that you can see from the short tee on the left is eighteens. The pro tees offer a significantly higher challenge and seem to throw over a maintenance shop. WARNING: The rough on the right side of the first few holes is an almost impenetrable jungle.
Hole 2: Blind. Mostly open then tucked into the woods then left.
Hole 3: 1 tee pad Blind. Plays almost back to the ball field then tucked into the woods on the right.
Hole 4: Visible from the red tee. Water carry then tucked into the woods before the opening.
Hole 5: Scenic-ish water hole.
Hole 6: Short and straight tucked up into the woods a little.
Hole 7: Blind. Open then tucked into the woods to the right past the scoreboard. (sensing a pattern yet?)
Hole 8: Basket tucked behind some trees to the right of the walking path. The playground has been put back in. The hardest transition is from here to hole 9. Head towards the swimming pool.
Hole 9: Plays by the pool.
Hole 10: Plays by the tennis courts.
Hole 11: Plays over/around a large RC track and down to the road.
Hole 12: Cross the park entrance road to the only 1 tee pad open field shot.
Hole 13: Basketball court on one side, a road on the other, and a lot of trees in the middle.
Hole 14: Back to open then tucked into then woods on the right.
Hole 15: Hard to see from the tee. Water to the left, a road on the right; basket behind the palm trees at the end of the fairway.
Hole 16: Moved to the right side of the fairway in an attempt to avoid RC boaters.
Hole 17: Hole moved across the street to avoid RC boaters.
Hole 18: Another long one that throws up in between a baseball field and the maint. facility. Water hazard to the right. I would put in a shorter rec pad by the corner of the baseball field. Bring floaters and disc retrieval tools.
There is a course map and the tees have the hole numbers stenciled on them.
Cons: So, the obvious con here would be the fact that this course has the potential to interact with almost all of the other activities at this park. I believe that the course could be further modified in the future to have less interaction with those other activities.
Other Thoughts: A fun round can be had here but I would say that it would be best played during the week in the AM. This is only the second 18 hole course in Charlotte County, and we are darn glad to have it. It pairs well with the other local 18 hole course as that course is more wooded and technical.
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