I saw another one today, slinking by the basket at McLean.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL- Ferry:Directions need a'fixin', I couldn't find hole #1 but found #7, so I started there expecting to find #18 and then #1 by default at the end. In fact #18 was well hidden, and I almost gave up looking for #1-6. It says 'First tee between baseball field and tennis court', when in fact you have to walk between them, cross a creek, cross a field, cross a parking lot, then find the tee hidden beneath low branches in the shade, two solid drives from the parking lot and the sign that says 'ferry park disc golf'. WHY why not make the tee that is right there the #1 tee or give directions to the parking lot right next to #1's tee, I don't get it. Short, about half tight through pines palms and magnolias, half semi-open in a typical park setting with OB's like path, fence, creek, pond. Well manicured park. Flows well around other park users for how close it is to the jogging trail etc. Tees are marked, there are some dual tees, dirt. One risky over-creek tight shot a few holes after a very low ceiling slight left curve along a creek. One creek is deep and dark and creepy yet hardly in play, the other is shallow but likely in play twice. There's a small hidden black pond on #13 that you cannot tell is there from the tee and walking up the fairway, but it's very in play. The problem with #13 is really that there's a fence corner to the left that is easy to go over, and signs posted say it's a federal offense to tamper with it. That hole should be moved to avoid enticing people to jump the fence illegally, I agree with the other review about that. Major ivy on 2 holes.
Tallahassee, FL- Jack McLean:I would be happy if I never run into another course like this this year. I just cannot take any more insanely tight and twisty shots, day after day, unrelenting. This could easily be on of the toughest courses in the world, because from longs there are MANY holes over 400', many over 500'. They are all super tight, many 'U' and '?' shaped holes, sharp doglegs, blind shots, and fairways too thin to stay on. One small kick and you're 20 feet down in the woods, covered or surrounded by poison ivy, and lucky to find your disc. It's a kick in the pants. Dual tees on some holes, well marked. Newish, not fully cleaned out and not worn in at all. If smacking trees and playing from rough so tight it's hard to get back to the fairway on more than every other drive is your thing, this will be your new favorite course. Me, I cannot take another one of these! I like to throw my discs.
Tomorrow: Maybe Tom Brown, then Live Oak- Suwhanee and southward.
And I was thinking of playing Tom Brown, but after McLean it just wasn't meant to be I'm too burned out. I played it in 2006 and had wanted to again, so maybe in the morning before Live Oak if that makes for the best route.