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Pros: - Finding the tee "area" for hole 1 was easy.
- The middle of the course has some beautiful live oaks.
- The fairways were freshly mowed.
- The walking path through the course adds some interesting OB challenge.
- While the course has a walking/running trail running through it, it isn't highly used and didn't pose a problem.
- Portions of the course are pretty shaded.
- Most of the 9 holes required a full pull to get to the basket.
- The par 4 on hole 3 is the best hole on the course (once you find the basket tucked away near the fence on the right side of the fairway).
- Hole 8 is a nice ace run, but not easy by any means.
Cons: - The baskets have some heavy chains which take some getting used to.
- Once the course is "finalized", getting permanent tee signs and tee pads will greatly improve the course.
- There are some remnants of laminated hole layout stapled to the 4x4's representing Tee signs. These could be updated and replaced helping those new to the course.
Other Thoughts: If I lived closer, I would find the course one that I would play regularly. It will only get better once it looks more like a permanent course and less like a temporary course. Time, funding and man power will solve this.
- Until this course gets heavy use, there could definitely be some "gorilla" holes from one tee to another basket increasing the interest of the course.
- There is a pile of decorative bricks near tee #1. If the course designers could get 4 bricks per pad and set the corners of the natural pad, it would help.
- Mounting some large visible numbers atop the baskets would be a big help. Currently you are guessing which basket you should be trying to reach. For regulars, no problem, but for first-timers it will greatly help with their experience.
- Hole 9 has a potential for a double mando through two pine trees that adds complexity to the hole.
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Perry's Best Course
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- free to play, plenty of parking
- it's more fun than an average 9 hole course
- lots of room for course future course development.
- open enough for beginners, challenging enough to interest higher skilled players
- course well landscaped
- course isolated from most park activities
- it's the best place for disc golf in town
- no multiple pins
- walking path through the middle of the course
- a little RHFH favorable
- natural tees
- the course has unfinished amenities
The Bulldog is a great example of opting to make a solid 9 basket course with multiple tees instead of a more compact, less savory set of 18 separate fairways. Hole #1 starts right next to the parking and sort of shadows the walking path in counterclockwise direction around the property. Fairways feature open, mostly flat, landscaped grass with somewhat of a green belt of trees through the middle of the course. The tree trunks and canopy help loosely define the fairway shapes on an otherwise open layout. Even though the holes are fairly open and forgiving, there's enough distance and variety to remain fun and challenging. At the moment, the tees are still natural, marked with a mix of signs, flags, and bricks. I expect that to change sometime is the near future.
It's hard to be overly critical with my cons because the Bulldog is still in development. Nonetheless, I'll make an attempt. Natural tees are an obvious one, so are the lack of information on the tee signs. Another is that the shot selection from tees sharing the same basket felt too similar on many holes. I'd like to see more lateral separation and fairway shot variety and or distance from the pin between tees sharing the same basket. The terrain is fairly flat, a hanging or raised basket might help spice things up a little, too. Be careful of mole hills and holes in the ground, they're spread throughout the area.
Courses like the Bulldog are always a pleasant surprise for a bagger like myself. You just never know what to expect when you travel to a multi recreational area course. I thought more park activities would interfere with my round or that the layout would be really boring. I experienced neither. The baskets looked cheap, but caught incredibly well. I'm interested to see how this course evolves in the future. There seems to be a lot of potential.
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Designer Donated All 9 Baskets
Pros: (2.065 Rating) The course designer bought and donated all 9 baskets! WOW!
- FUN FACTOR - The Bulldog has most of the elements to make for a fun round. A few good runs for aces towards the end of the round. The odds of losing a disc is very minimal. Only one real opportunity to put one in the drink, and if you do, it should be retrievable. The fairways are lightly defined and wide enough to not frustrate recreational players.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Seems to play well to most skill levels except perhaps advanced players over a 950 rating. There are two sets of tees for pros and ams. The front tees should challenge rec players and the back tees should challenge intermediate and low end advanced players.
- QUICK PLAY - Playing nine holes can easily be done in under 30 minutes. Figure a group of 4, twice threw, will run you 90 to 120 minutes.
- CHAINS - All the baskets are brand spanking new and with solid chains. It's a model type that I haven't seen before, called Grow the Sport 2.0. They dont have the same ching as other baskets, but my discs caught true IMO.
- MAINTENANCE - The course seems to be well kept and clean despite a lack of garbage cans. Grass was recently mowed before my visit. In addition, there's really not too much overgrowth. Errant shots are usually not punished further.
- RAW BEAUTY - I found the course to be somewhere in the middle or touch above average in terms of beauty. Holes (1) and (9) are on the bland side of the spectrum, but a few holes have a bunch of older pines and massive oak trees. Hole (4) is my favorite where the use of the creek is most prevalent along the layout. The hole bends to the right paralleling the creek, and is well guarded by a live oak in front.
- NAVIGATION - Despite being brand new and without any signage, I was surprised by the ease of navigation. It probably helps that eight of the baskets are visible from tee and that next tees are located within view of the hole just finished. Please note, I added a course map under the links/files tab to further aid in navigation.
Cons: Although the best course in a 35 mile radius, the course is still in the improvement phase.
- UNIQUENESS - Like most 9 hole courses, the Bulldog just doesn't have the same level of uniqueness that you'd see on your average 18 hole course. There are no par 4s or 5s. There's just one blind basket and no doglegs. None of the holes are that exceedingly hard. The longest holes should challenge intermediate players but advanced players won't really be tested like the courses Tom Brown and Jack McLean in Tallahassee. There is however some creek elements in play on holes (2) and (4). Most of the holes also weave threw a live oak and pine canopy and are with marginal tight lines. Holes (1) and (9) being exceptions and are mostly open plays.
- ELEVATION - Really none to speak of. No more than 15 feet of elevation change along the entire course layout, which is sadly about the average for Florida.
- CHARACTER - Being brand new, the course currently is just baskets and tees, and is void of most course character items that you'd see at established courses. No seating, no on site course map, no community board, no trash cans, no tee signs, no tables, no practice basket, no extra pin placements, etc. The is however a bunch of tee shading and there is a restroom facility near (1) tee.
- TEES - The tees are natural and marked with orange flags. You will observe the beginnings of tee construction along the layout as pavers are lined across the ground pending installation.
- DIFFICULTY - The Bulldog I think is a touch below average in difficulty. There are a couple 300 footers from the back , but there are also several in the mid 200 range. Advanced players should be under par on the backs on a routine basis.
- ANIMAL BURROWS - Watch where you step. I saw at least a handful of holes, one foot wide by one foot deep, from burrowing animals. (Not sure which species.)
Other Thoughts: I plan to play this course again and I will update my review as improvements are made. I had the privilege of meeting the course designer on my first round here. The guy bought all the baskets and donated them to help establish the course. Major kudos to him.
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