2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 24 solid holes. Not too short, not too long. 9 is the longest at ~650 feet. One of the letter holes is the shortest at like 170 feet (roughly, not 100% sure)
-Nice player base. Groups of 5 usually realize there's a solo player waiting behind them and let them play through. (I play solo a fair amount, rarely have oblivious people not letting me play through)
-Weekday afternoons.... absolutely EMPTY. I'm a student who works weird hours so once in a while I have the opportunity to play on a weekday at like 3pm. I'm usually the only one on the course, if not, one of three.
Weekends (see cons) are pretty hectic. It's still playable but bring some drinks in the summer cause it gets incredibly hot when you're standing still waiting for the hole to clear.
Signage is good. Has the hole info and a small map of the hole. Tom Brown gets played often enough for there to be a wear-trail so you can find your way from hole-to-hole.
This is my OG course. The one I started on about a year ago. I feel spoiled to have this as my "home" course.
Cons: Saturdays.... so many people (lots of DGers plus lots of park-goers)
Lack of trash cans? There are like 4 on the whole course. Just a pet peeve, but then again, it's a free-to-play course.
Honestly I can't think of any other cons. The holes are diverse and require a variety of throws. Most are RHBH friendly, though some tend to favor LHBH or RHFH.
Other Thoughts: Summary:
Variety of holes, some open, a good amount not so much.
Avoid Saturdays unless you're patient or have beer with you.
See you on the course.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Play the extra holes
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One of the best courses I've played in the State of Florida (30 as of this review revision)
- UNIQUENESS - The best thing about Tom Brown is the total amount of uniqueness of the totality of the holes. It has just about everything. There are water elements (in bonus hole area) Some good elevation changes for a Florida course, some moderate doglegs, pocket shots, window shots, splitter shots, overhead plays, heavily wooded shots, tunnel fairways, open holes and a par 4. the only thing thats missing is a pond element and a par 5.
- BONUS HOLES - the first time I played, I was in a time crunch and skipped the bonus holes. what a mistake, I should showed of late to my other engagement and finished up these holes. there are 6 of them, the first being a great downhill elevation shot. the next 3 play threw some moderate to heavy woods. the last two open up and circle back to hole 14.
- SHOTS - you will need every disc in your bag for this course. If you're a one trick pony, you'll be handicapped for sure. You'll be able to bomb a few shots without worry as well. (9 and 11 especially)
- CHARACTER - Tom Brown has many of the pampering items that you'd see at the older established courses. there's a course map at hole 1/practice area, and appears mostly accurate. Be sure to tack a pic, you'll need it. There is seating as bunch of holes. There are multiple tee pads at a majority of the holes. There are multiple pin placements at many of the holes which is great if your a regular. There are good restroom facilities nearby.
- This course should be able to satisfy a newer player and advanced played at the same time.
Cons: - DRAINAGE - Having played the course a second time now, mud and standing water was an issue both times. not sure if this is common theme here or just a coincidence due to the rainy season.
- NAVIGATION - The hole signage, although nice, did not always appear 100% accurate to the surrounding trees. A first timer will have a tough time determining which basket placement the hole is at on a first go around. I found myself running up the fairway on several occasions to check the pin placement as it is often a blind location. I also found myself constatntly check the map on my phone. I am so glad i snapped a photo of the course map. I will also add that is would be nice to add pin location pegs at the tee sign.
- OVERGROWTH - Its bad in several areas on holes 3-5, 12-D, F-15. it does not help that many of the holes have tight fairways. In addition i did spot poison ivy so be careful reaching for your disc.
- TEES - a couple of the pro tee pads seemed ridiculously hard. I'll point out 14 specifically which has no line to the basket. the only play has to be a layup just beyond the am tees. I wonder if locals that play pro tees move up to ams on that hole.
- PARKING - not a deal breaker, but its pitted and gravel.
Other Thoughts: If your in the panhandle, be sure that this course is on your list to check out.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Nice and challenging course
Pros: I really like this course. If play from the blues, it is very long and a bit tougher. Reds are almost too short. Most of the holes are wide open and forgiving. 6 holes are in trees and require more accuracy.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has some of the prettiest greens. Grass was cut low, fairways were free of debris, and no trash to speak of.
The ratio of wooded to open holes is perfect. To shoot well here you have have to have length, but this course also puts a premium on accuracy forcing you to hit very specific lines on several of the wooded holes.
Baskets are DISCatchers in good shape with double chains.
Tee Signs and pads are fantastic. Two tees on every hole. They were plenty long and some were increased in size based on the hole.
All challenges are present at Tom Brown: Distance, tight gaps, Creeks, OB, Guarded pins, Precarious putts, etc.
Cons: TB is somewhat lacking in parking. There is a small lot right next to the course map, but lots of people were parked along the road leading to that lot.Which brings me to my next point...
This park is CROWDED. I guess that's one of the cons to having such a good course. Not only were there many groups playing DG, but there was a large playground nearby, kids playing in some of the fairways, people walking, etc.
This course could really use a water carry (more than the small creeks around the a-f holes) to take it to that next level.
Other Thoughts: Tom Brown really has it all, from long open throws to short and tightly wooded and as I stated in my review of Jack McLean these two courses go so well together. I don't want to say it's like Jekyll and Hyde (Tom Brown being Hyde) because they are both great courses in their own right. It's more like Han Solo and Chewbacca. The best duos can exist independently of one another and I think either of these courses would be just fine taken on their own.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great mix of mostly open holes and somewhat tight wooded holes. The course is well marked and plays away from most of the park's other multi-use functions.
Cons: Not a lot to complain about, honestly. I'm not a pro, so the course length and hole variety are definitely challenging/interesting enough. I think it's a little baffling how the more recent changes have Holes 7 and 8 at 220 feet (amateur) and Hole 9 is about three times that.
Other Thoughts: This is my "home" course, and I was there when it was originally/permanently installed (2002). Since then, there have been numerous changes . . . mostly for the better. I don't play the A-F holes as often as the others.
I've played several courses in the Atlanta area and I think this one rates very favorably, likely better than Lenora or Redan and comparable to Alexander Park (but longer).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has brand new tee signs for both long and short tees. It also has signs guiding you around the course. Fun. Challenging. Fair. Safe. Has bathrooms. No security issues. Course looks well maintained.
Cons: The open holes are fun but they lack any challenge other than distance.
Fire ants are everywhere so bring a stool to put your bag on while you throw.
Other Thoughts: I read the reviews and was unsure if I wanted to play the course given all the negative comments regarding tee signs and course navigation. However, we found the course to be well marked and easy to navigate. Granted the walk from hole 9 to hole 10 is long and awkward it's still not that hard to find.
Great course with a great selection of shots. The visual distances will fool you. It's bigger than it looks.
The water holes are nothing you need to worry about. It's a shallow creek. If you find the creek with your shots you'll get the disc back. The real threat is the thick brush on the course that will swallow any bad shot. Don't get cocky and try a sky hyzer. Keep it on the fairway or you won't see your disc ever again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Can't say much different then Notverygood. He describe everything about the course perfect.
Cons: Agree with him about signs. I was very lost trying to find my way around. I also think that there needs to be more garbage cans around the course and the baskets need to be painted or cleaned so they could be seen easier.
Other Thoughts: I did meet a cool guy named Mr. Gill who helped me alot.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Tallahassee has a winner
Pros: -Great variety of holes
-Plenty of open and wooded areas to play
-Signs at every hole
-Benches at a lot of the holes
-Concrete Am and Pro tee pads at most holes
-Playground area for families looked well maintained
-Shaved ice vendor (day we played)
Cons: -Couple of baskets looked aged
-Newer signs at some tee pads needed
-No maps of course that I could find
-Parking lot at hole 1 could be bigger
Other Thoughts: Finally got to play here! Drove almost two hours to come play here and Jack McLean after hearing so much about each park. I do have to say it was worth the drive. A really nice combination of interesting holes. A little something for everyone no matter what your skill level. A great course for beginners and pros alike. I really enjoyed how the course plays in and out of the woods in at least two different areas, with an average of three or four holes in each section, with open sections in between. I do believe you could try just about every shot in your arsenal here, from long bombing drives and technical shots, to rollers on a couple of holes. A beautiful park with Am and Pro tees on just about every hole. No water hazards on the day we played as it was all dried up (Florida heat). Benches at certain holes. There is a nice play area for kids, where there was even a shaved ice vendor. Park was busy the day we were there, but not enough to slow you down as the park is big enough to support all types of groups. A really nice park for all ages. There is even a RC and BMX track next to hole #2. Holes A-F are located once you reach hole 14, making the course a total of 24 holes. With elevation on both slopes, woods, open long drives and dog legs to the left and right you really can't find much here you cannot play or even enjoy. Something for everyone at this course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -This course offers a good deal of different holes to play on.
-Well maintained course.
-Free to play.
-Good for all levels of players, whether your first time playing, or seasoned pro.
-Some short holes to test CTP abilities.
-Some long holes to test your distance power.
Cons: -You might get behind a big slow group.
-Stand a chance to be searching for a disc in the woods.
-Not every hole has signage to show layout of the hole.
-Pedestrians and cyclists may stroll through during play.
Other Thoughts: Tallahasse Parks & Rec. is working on the signage problem.
The course changes from time to time to keep you on your toes (several holes have multiple pin placements).
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Close to home
Pros: I am visiting from Virginia, and was pleasantly surprised to play a course very similar to Bryant Park back in Richmond, VA. Playing Tom Brown, you can tell that great thought went into designing the course, with the different layouts and hole designs. This course offers a little of everything. There are a couple of monster 400+ holes that really give you an opportunity to see what your favorite driver can do. Hole #9 is particularly memorable as you tee off from the top of a hill and watch your disc soar below. The course also offers a wide variety of straight in front, dog leg left and dog leg right designs. There are also a few shorter holes to give your midrange discs a feel. The course has concrete pads for all of the holes almost every hole has a pro and Am tee pad.
Cons: The course could benefit from better signs, showing you the hole layout and possibly pointing you towards the next tee pad.
Other Thoughts: An excellent course that is worth playing again and again. I only wish it were closer to home!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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