Designer Donated All 9 Baskets
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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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