Wellfield Park DGC Is A Brazilian Pepper Tree Delight!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wellfield Park DGC is one of those technical, easy, uniquely frustrating, wonderful little recreational courses that I happen to love while you more serious types complain about and plead for more distance. Although very short, with only hole, # 3 in the long position, as long as 200'. Most are around 150' while # 6 is under 100'.
The course starts right beside the tennis/pickleball courts. (Folks were playing pickleball this morning). There is a nice big course sign with a map and distances. The tee pads are concrete, a little on the small side, although you won't need any run-up here. The tee signs are simple little blue ones made from some composite material. They give you the basic information needed, par, hole # and two distances, although there is no way of knowing which position the basket is currently in. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow band and small number. What! No Chainstars??
Even with these short holes, I had to walk ahead on a couple of holes to find the basket. The first four holes play through a normal wooded terrain. Then you get to the Brazilian Pepper tree forest and things got way more interesting and fun. These Brazilian Pepper trees have branches that grow off horizontally in every direction making for some delightful fairways, approaches and basket placements. Check out Wellsbranch's awesome picture of the # 7 hole. Don't let the ultra short distances fool you, this course's technical nature adds to the challenge.
Cons: Once you accept this as a very short, enjoyable, technical recreational course, there isn't much in the way of Cons. It's a pretty little course and the Brazilian Pepper trees are the highlight feature.
Other Thoughts: It's a pretty little course and the Brazilian Pepper trees are the highlight feature. This would be an awesome course to bring that beginner to. Although tight and technical, I believe beginners would enjoy the jungle like feel of the course. It's absolutely unique with these tangled, twisty trees providing the challenge here. I loved it, would love to have it near me and would love to give it a 4.0 but I know that's not going to happen so I'll go with it the more pedestrian like rating of 2.5.
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Pinebrook Gets A New Name And Some New Holes
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The old Pinebrook course gets some new holes and signage and a new name!
About half of the holes are still in the Brazilian Pepper tree forest and the other half are now in a more traditional lightly wooded disc golf location. I would say that the new design is an improvement and offers more diversity than the previous layout. It is also more fun to play now and a little less of a novelty course.
The course has concrete tees and nice tee signs. Amenities are here such as modern restrooms, adequate seating etc.
Cons: The course is on the short side but offers more challenge than an open field rec course.
Other Thoughts: A nice clean little course, in a nice clean park, in a nice clean neighborhood! Easy to get to from I-75, and easy to bag or get in a leg stretching round if driving by.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.063 Rating) A heavily wooded, and extremely short and technical course.
- ACEABILITY - All of the holes are highly aceable, You are probably five to ten time more likely to ace here than at a normal course. A great place for a junior player to get a first ace.
- MAINTENANCE - Most of the non wooded areas appear to be constantly mowed, trimmed and manicured. I don't recall seeing any trash on my visit.
- QUICK PLAY - A single could easily complete a full 9 in under 30 minutes first time thru. Groups of four would probably finish in under 45 minutes.
- CHARACTER - Pinebrook is probably about average in terms of character. There is adequate hole signage showing hole layout and distance. There are multiple pin placements (A and B) at every hole. There are concrete tees. There is a good amount of seating, (bench and picnic tables) as well as a shelter. Most of the tees are well shaded, and there are restrooms in the park if you're willing to walk. Probably the biggest character thing that's missing (other than nine more baskets) is a practice area and course map. (see cons)
- CHAINS - All the baskets look nearly new and have heavy chains.
- CHILL AREAS - There are a bunch of secluded nooks with seating to take a break in..
- SPACING - A surprisingly well spaced out layout with no chance of running one into another fairway. The walk to the next hole is generally not too far with perhaps hole (9) back to (1) being an exception.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - Despite the tight fairway lines, I believe this would be a great beginners and Juniors course. No water and a short layout.
- LOCATION - A ten minute drive from I75. Great for a quick 30 minute pit stop and then head for a bigger course.
Cons: Too short for most players
- DIFFICULTY - Too short and not a challenge to advanced/pro level players. Advanced players should have no problem being well under. Pros should be able to shoot all birds from time to time.
- 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 5' elevation change throughout the entire course layout.
- NAVIGATION - The map on the DGCR site is not current, nor could I find a current version online after my round. It appears the course got a recent update. Holes (1) thru (3) are not accurate to the map. It took me awhile, but I eventually found hole (1) tee north of the tennis ball court..
- OVERGROWTH - A surprising amount of overgrowth despite such a short layout. I was accurate enough to stay out of it, but I could see some rookie players wrestling among the thorns and vines.
- UNIQUENESS - The holes themselves in terms variety are well below average. All the holes are 200 feet long or shorter, except hole 2 pin placement b. There are no water hazards, no doglegs, no open shots, and no overhead plays. I will say however, that despite the short length, using only a putter will not optimize a players scoring. Several holes require a low skipping pocket shot for the birdie and ace opportunity.
Other Thoughts: A great beginners, junior and rec course. Although Pinebrook DGC won't challenge those with a seasoned skill level, it will however provide a bunch of fun tight tunnel ace runs.
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