*Interesting side note: The avg. star rating at DGCReview for these 3 courses is 1.66/5. The EAST is rated 3, while WEST is rated just 1 star.
Miami (Kendall), FL- Kendall Indian Hammocks EAST:
Good and bad, no ugly. There are 2 holes that just don't belong on a disc golf course, forcing you to throw a huge shot over a jungle and crash down in plinko style, or throw around and not stand a chance of getting near the basket. Please, stop making holes like this they are the thing that should not be. Other than that it's nice, much nicer than the WEST course. Very well maintained. Some tough, tight holes between the jungle and park road, most semi-open and windy in a big field with some unusual trees that look like space aliens or swamp monsters. Chances to go OB, but no water hazard on either course. Rollers needed but tough to control with such flat ground and low grass. Long. Some dual tees, all signs intact, course map on msg. board, triple pin placement. In need of PIN PLACEMENT MARKING SYSTEM, as are most courses. Since most don't, I wish they'd just stick to one if they are not going to indicate which is in on the sign, but it does have all lengths and shows both tees location. Cement tees are good. Several times tricky to find next tee, but not impossible.
Miami (Kendall), FL- Kendall Indian Hammocks WEST:
This one just seems slapped in for no good reason. Hardly designed, and with an insane layout that without having taken a picture of the map with my camera to take with me, I NEVER would have been able to navigate it. After #5, you must walk up and take a path into the woods on the left and go about 700', not taking any of the several paths that split from it. NOTHING says to do that at #5's basket, so it's a leap of faith. You take that same path after #17, so you can see how the layout is screwy. Finding #8 was tough too. And #14 might be too hard to find, some may give up looking for it. Please someone make some signs. Several holes tucked right behind a tree so you must walk all the way up to find the basket. Half tight and half open, most of the tight holes don't have a real fairway, requiring luck and chance more than anything. This is likely due to it being a nature preserve and limited tree cutting allowed, not designer error but it's still a fact. 5-6 holes in wide grassy clearing between jungle and fence. 1st tee tucked well out of sight across park road and behind a hedge, which I hit the top of and stuck to on the drive! If you only get time to play one course here, play the other. Some cement, most dirt tees. Also #9? had no indication of where to tee from, just a sign. I looked for a spray paint line or wooden board, and didn't find any. Is there one? Or just tee from somewhere near it? Who knows. One nice basket placement on a tall pile of seashell-fossils in woods, but wasn't in that position. Oh and more fire ant attacks, just 2 bites though.
Hialeah, FL- Amelia Earhart:
The course is actually pretty cool, just so hard to navigate you really need to find a guide. Someone has done a lot to mark it up, and vandals have destroyed all the old signs, but it's not enough. I spent over an hour figuring it out and less time throwing the shots. Gave up looking for #14 basket then found it walking to #15 tee. There are Iguanas all over by the water here, see pic above. I DO appreciate what someone has done, putting some arrows, up, bricks in the ground, and spray painting. Without that, it wouldn't have been possible at all to eventually have figure it out. Now finding it was tough too, entered the park wrong at first. Then, the gate person had no idea what 'disc golf' (how do you say that in Spanish?) was, let alone where it began. The directions said behind an old skate park, but there's no sign of a skate park, and if there WAS, how would I know where it USED to be? Eventually I found a sign that said disc golf start, but had to park 1,000 ft away. #1's basket is raised high in a stump. When is someone going to put one flush with the ground instead? It's about time. Some rubber tees, Innova brand, and some asphalt paths used as tees. Water in play but not a major issue on most holes, clear and somewhat easy to get disc out. Windiest round in weeks, if not months. Very busy park on this Saturday, but besides one car and a bunch of kids surrounding #16, no one in the way. Begins with 3 tight holes, then a shot at water, a few along water. Then some tougher holes near water, tight but no rough, then ends semi-open. Could not find #18 at all. #14 basket is in woods, completely out of sight until you get right up to it, no indication that it's there. I figured it was stolen at first.
If I get up at sunrise and look to the East, I may see MONKEYS according to hotel staff. There are some wild monkeys that have taken to these woods by the hotel after escaping a shipment from Africa. That'd be pretty cool to see. They have pics to prove it in the lobby.