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 Solid course

5+    9/13/2016   9/22/2016
Review By: epicrat
Played: 11  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 3.2 Years
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:

Great course.
Variety of holes, some open, a good amount not so much.
Avoid Saturdays unless you're patient or have beer with you.
Good signage.

See you on the course.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Play the extra holes

2-4    8/5/2016   8/6/2016
Review By: wellsbranch250
Played: 326  Reviewed: 313  Exp: 4.9 Years
This review was updated on 10/19/2016
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.

 Nice and challenging course

1    9/6/2015   9/6/2015
Review By: Bkmcmahon
Played: 6  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 3.5 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
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.


1    12/27/2014   12/27/2014
Review By: S.Cann
Played: 149  Reviewed: 83  Exp: 9.6 Years
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    10/21/2014   10/21/2014
Review By: reposado
Played: 278  Reviewed: 276  Exp: 7.5 Years
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.

 Great Variety

5+    10/11/2014   10/17/2014
Review By: Scottsan
Played: 8  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 16.7 Years
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.

 Great course

2-4    6/20/2014   6/20/2014
Review By: Loomis
Played: 519  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 11.5 Years
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.


1    8/4/2013   8/4/2013
Review By: myroomisajunkyard
Played: 135  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 4.5 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Cement tees
Big space
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    4/18/2013   4/18/2013
Review By: westflagator
Played: 24  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 7 Years
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.

 Overall a great course

5+    2/20/2013   2/23/2013
Review By: Notverygood
Played: 70  Reviewed: 35  Exp: 9.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Challenging, but not too tough. Enough tight, low ceiling shots to make you mad, but enough wide open long bomb holes to even it out.

Relatively well maintained. Concrete tee pads at all 24 holes, and most have tee signs.

The layout is convenient, hole 9 ends up back near the parking area, as does hole 18. Makes it easy to play a quick 9 holes after work, or play all 18-24.

A decent amount of elevation change for a Florida course. I'm sure nothing compared to others, but compared to some courses further south in Fla, it's nice.

Extra 6 holes! The regular 18 are fun, but the additional 6 are some unique, tougher shots.

Friendly regulars. Always willing to let you play through, offer help or shoot the bull.

The park that the course is in is awesome! Tons of sports fields, top notch r/c track, some of the best mtn biking in Florida, a huge playground, a dog park, etc. etc. etc. plenty of other things to do aside from disc golf there!
Cons: Outdated, poor condition signage at some holes.

Although I know the way now, the trek from hole 9 to 10 got me lost and wasn't marked very well.

Unfortunately being in such an active/awesome park, you'll often encounter runners, bikers, idiots, picnickers, and people not aware they're in the way.

Aside from thick woods and roads, it lacks some OB obstacles. No real water holes. Again, hardly a con!
Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm lucky to have such a great course so close to home. If you're passing by on I-10 or in town, I highly recommend throwing a round or two here! And with all the other great things to do at the park, don't be afraid to bring the family

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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