4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mix of wooded and open holes that mostly sit in-between beginner and intermediate difficulty. Probably would make a great starter course for someone learning the game as there is little underbrush even among the wooded holes and the player gets a taste of everything (except water) without being asked to do anything difficult. There are open holes that will stress drive placement. There are wooded holes that will stress line shaping. And there is one hole that will let discers really air out a long drive. There is even a surprising amount of elevation.
The bonus holes are a little raw but they feature some of the more interesting lines of the course. A few of them may be NAGSish but there are some bends that are fun to try a hand at. And the open bonus hole is steeply uphill with woods to the left. If you just play the standard 18, you get a very light, very casual round. The extra six provide just what is needed to make the course appealing to a traveling layer of some experience.
The best quality of Tom Brown is probably the amenities. It appears to be a very well-kept park and the tees, tee signs and baskets are in perfect condition. Add next tee signs and this course would possibly be a 3.5.
Navigation.......The map is really nice, but I don't really want to pull it out after every basket. The confusion is often caused by open space and not criss-crossing trails so really, a painted spoke would be enough to get you moving in the right direction. The one time that there is a long walk, between nine and ten, the arrow is not aligned correctly.
The wide open holes with a straight look at the basket are too common. Granted there are 24 holes here but a bunch are about 200-300 feet without a single obstacle. Luckily these are the holes that play by the park roads so discs are unlikely to kick towards a car and ideally players can accurately throw this distance and stay off the asphault.
It's a fun course, but it really lacks the variety that I want to see in a premier course. There are two sets of pads on most holes but they typically don't play differently. The bonus holes are quirky and fun but not wow holes. If you play here, it will likely end up being an enjoyable but non-memorable round. (As long as you have the map)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Cement tees
first 9 holes
Cons: didn't know where to go after I crossed the road. I saw all the tee's found few with signs, saw baskets but no numbers. Some basket apparently was gone, I went in the winter so I'm not sure if they took it down for the season, thinking it was Florida it'd be up all year round.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
3 now, but room to improve!
Pros: Beautiful Park! even though there is a lot going on in the park, the disc golfers do not interfere with the other parts of the park. The disc golf course really needs to play catch up to the rest of the park!
Cons: poor usage of land, after the 1,000 ft walk from hole 9 to hole 10 (if you can find it, down the hill and across hole 18) their is about 5 acres of land with only 2 holes on it! I know it is my own pet peeve but walking backwards down a fairway to get to the next hole is scary and annoying at the same time! (transition between 4 to 5) This course already has 24 holes and plenty of room to expand, there is no reason to walk backwards or cross another fairway to get to your next hole. I hate to beat a dead horse but the signage needs improvement. needs more trashcans and benches, it is a very nice park and well funded, I'm sure there is money for those. Also, the pro tee boxes are too close to the regular boxes, not challenging enough.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure what the percentages are...but it would seem to me that more people play the regular course instead of the pro boxes, so why are the benches and trashcans at those boxes.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Both Good and Bad
Pros: This course is set in a great park with varied terrain. Multiple concrete tees for most holes. Decent signs. Good innova discatcher baskets. There is defintely some clever use of elevation and tree lines. A few of the open holes were made more appealing with baskets placed on the top of ridges that had a "deuce or die" approach. Hole 1 was a great example of a wide open drive and tight, defined approach. It was my favorite. 11 was a fun open, downhill 500 ft bomber. Overall, the first 13 holes were solid, well-rounded disc golf holes. If the course stopped right here, my rating would be a strong 3.5 or a weak 4
Cons: The alternate 6 holes felt a bit forced. Situated in tight, dense woods/swamp, these holes were the least fun. The first of these was only 180 feet but had no possible path to the hole on the drive unless you were using a boomerang. It forced an 80 ft layup and a gimmie par. This is not good course design. Most of the rest of these alternate holes required too much luck to have a good shot as there weren't clear shot shape lines and many stray trees and brush. This area seemed pretty new and some tees weren't permanent. hopefully this area is a work in progress. hole 17 was a joke, merely a short simple hole that lazily connected you from 16 to 18. 18 was a lackluster finishing hole. However, it looks like some park construction was in progress and it forced 17 and maybe 18 to re-route into another area.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is worth a play. The 6 extra holes are dicey but might improve with extra brush clearing and traffic. I didn't get to play the other nearby park but it's awfully close to this one so back-to-back course play is possible here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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