11 Helpful / 0 Not
Good course, look for local guide
Pros: Freedom park provides a well-rounded challenge for players of all skill levels. There are three sets of tees that do a good job of covering the entire player skill spectrum.
The course favors a player that is accurate and has the ability to shape shots in a variety of ways, but power does help.
There are some very unique looks to the holes as the course weaves through two sections of tall pines and one open section under the power lines.
Throwing off the fairways will certainly challenge a player's ability to scramble and tee shot selection provides many opportunities to think and consider strategy.
The white tees are all cement and provide a borderline white/blue level challenge. Over time, as the course continues to wear in, it'll probably be spot-on for a white level challenge.
Friendly locals and rapidly increasing player base that is tied in with the military base and university indicate that this course will continue to improve and become a 4 rated course in the near future.
Cons: The course markings are incomplete at present. It is somewhat difficult to navigate without a guide. The course does not yet have tee signs and many of the baskets are blind from the tee, requiring a lot of walking up and walking back. Most of these situations could be improved by cutting sight lines so that the baskets could be viewed from the tees.
The blue tees are presently a mix of rubber and natural surfaces.
There are 3-4 holes that are "poke and pray" types. These could be fixed by a combination of moving the baskets slightly and selective tree removal and trimming.
The rough is thick in places with quite a few thorns. There is a moderate chance of losing plastic.
Other Thoughts: Freedom Park provides a very attractive natural setting and solid challenge for all player skill levels. It requires focus and execution from start to finish to score well.
The locals are friendly, so it's worth waiting around the practice basket for a while to hook up with a game if you haven't played the course before.
Don't be a dirty discer, leave the course cleaner than how you found it.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The disc golf course at Freedom Park in Valdosta is a very good course that has potential to be even better. The holes offer a good variety of distances, left/right, open & wooded, and overall challenge. Power lines create some unique tee shots on a couple of holes. Path through the course is reasonably easy to navigate. The presence of multiple tees on most holes adds versatility. All of the baskets are in good condition.
Cons: There are few real cons for this course, but there are a few areas where improvement is possible. The addition of tee signs with distances and hole maps would be great. A few garbage cans would be Ok too. I would also like to see concrete tees on the blue boxes. Those upgrades would make this course at least a 4 to me. I think it was hole 8 that really seemed that there were too many trees to have a valid fairway to drive.
Other Thoughts: I wish I could play this one a few more times. It had a very fun layout, and kind of kicked my butt. Making birdies is very possible. I had 5 my first and only round so far. On the flipside, bad drives and poor shot placement can really cost you. I ended up seven over, and regretting my inconsistent play. Freedom Park is not a stunner, but it is a very solid course that is fun, challenging, and somewhat unique. Given the opportunity, I would love to return there for a shot at a much improved score. I would surely recommend checking it out if you can.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Potential for greatness...not there yet!
1. Concrete tee pads (White tees only)
2. Good quality baskets (DISCatcher)
3. Next Tee signage
4. Variety of challenges including water, elevation changes, distance, electrical wires, and trees (dear God, the trees!)
5. Variety of shots required to score well
6. Adequate seating / benches along the way for those who require them
1. No tee box signage - some tee boxes have a number near them, but no indication of distance, location of pin, etc...
2. Red and Blue tee boxes not concrete (I'm okay with the Reds being turf / rubber, but Blues should be poured up if possible)
3. Somewhat confusing layout for first-timer (After once through it's quite navigable)
4. Bathrooms are far away (but in same park!)
5. Very few trash receptacles
Other Thoughts: I was only able to get one round in at Freedom park on my visit to GA, but found the course to be both challenging and fun. I feel it would certainly provide adequate challenge for all skill levels and has a fair amount of variety, as well. While I was personally frustrated by a number of trees on the course, I appreciated their innate peaceful beauty (significantly more when my disc passed them by!)... Some holes were more technical than I prefer, and others were almost totally wide open...so there's a little something for everyone.
To me, this course is just a typical Disc Golf course (as it's setup currently). While the foundation for a very good course has been laid, there is still work to be done for improvement. My biggest complaint is that for Freedom Park first-timers or people relatively new to the sport, this course provides little of the basic information that would be useful (i.e. accurate distances and pin locations on each hole). While the course is fun overall, there are too many things lacking at this point for a better rating... Definitely worth a play if you're in the area, however!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete Tee Pads for the white tees on every hole and rubber/earth tees for red/blue.
-Most holes have separate red, white, and blue tees, and all are well marked.
-Variety of types of holes
-Very active group of locals upkeeping and updating the course. (Thanks guys!)
-Alternate Pin positions on most holes.
Cons: -Downwind of the sewage treatment plant (usually not bad though).
-No hole maps (yet).
-Some tee pads are just groomed dirt (not a major complaint)
Other Thoughts: This is my home course. Its as good as it gets for this part of the country. There are many tight wooded shots. The shade is nice in the south ga summer heat/sun. There are definitely still a long bomb or two as well as a variety in the layout of the other holes. I dislike a few of the pin positions (just cause they're hard and I'm a pansy), but they're still nice to be able to mix it up a bit. There are also frequent tourney's and events as well as usually random draw casual doubles sunday and monday nights. Now that the course has been here over a year, its definitely getting "broken in" and a lot of fun. Thanks again for all the work everyone has put into really making this a nice place to play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course, Needs Signs!
Pros: This course has a good mix of open fairways, tree lined fairways and trees in the middle of fairways. The rubber teepads are nice on the white tee locations. With most of the trees being large, old growth there doesn't seem to be too much of a chance of losing a disc in low growth and brush.
Cons: None of the holes have a sign at the tee pad, nor do they give you any idea of where the baskets are. So be prepared to walk most of the holes twice, once to find the basket and once to play the hole.
I think it was hole 8, there was a sharp right out of the woods from the tee pad down a long road. I'm not sure what kind of shot the course designer intended but the way the opening just nearly faces the other tree line on the opposite side of the road makes this hole a tricky one.
Other Thoughts: Without the guidance of tee signs, some sort of list of par and portable course map would be nice. Though the course does flow pretty well, some kind of guidance would be nice.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This was a great course that put everyone of my discs to work. The holes vary widely. You have several open holes and also tons of tight fairways to negotiate.
Cons: The course doesn't have signs at the tee pads and some of the tee pads were a little confusing to find. Although, they did have signs to help you find your way.
Other Thoughts: Overall It was a great time and a challenge. I would definitely encourage folks to come out and play. Oh yeah, and i lost a blue starfire on the last hole in the pond
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lots of different type shots off the tee. Variety of distances as well. Multiple basket locations keep it interesting.
Cons: Some of these are in the works, but I'll list them out anyway. No tee markers or basket markers. Have to hope you are going for the right one. Some debris in the woods that can be cleaned up. Water hazards are more like thick grass and mud hazards.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course and I really love playing it. Quite a different type of challenge being heavily wooded. It is not a big open city type park. If you are in the area, give it a try. It is certainly a nice challenge.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Great local club! the pads are still rubber for naw but better ones are in the works.
Other Thoughts: I have played many other courses around north Florida and keep finding myself saying why not just stay home and play this is a great course.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great variety of shots, some long distance shots but there is still a focus on accuracy that makes the course fun even for those that can not bomb it off the tee. Work is still going on to improve course conditions and it gets better every time.
Cons: Sometimes the wooded areas can be hard to get through because of mud, but I love the challenge!.
Other Thoughts: Very enjoyable course to play. Great practice area to warm-up on before going out to play. Very clean and fun course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
1st time through
Pros: This Course had a lot of fun holes at distances that really were great for needing an accurate drive. Lots of tight tree shots for added fun. Also having several open shots, this course lets you really rip a few too. 18 is very, very long and through several dozen wires holding up high tension power lines. The middle is open making for the longest straight shot I've ever seen anyone need, over seven hundred feet I believe.
Cons: Some tee pads are just marked on the grass. Some are dirt and a few are even rubber but not many. It looks like they are working on getting rubber on all the holes. Some tee pads are hard to find as they are still obviously being made permanent, but they are all there. Also if you do not know the course a walk up is needed on many holes to locate the basket as there are no signs for basket placement, or hole length, on any hole yet.
Other Thoughts: Some course construction is still under way but it is completely playable as is. While I played today, trees were being timbered on hole seven. Everyone was very friendly. They wouldn't let me skip the hole and let me play though to be the first to play it. I took a par which is nice to not Bog in front of an audience.
Lastly, The course is all the way to the back of Freedom park. You'll see the announcement board on the left which has a very nice hole layout of the course. If you photograph this with a phone before setting out for reference, some holes that are a little confusing as to pin placement will be made a little clearer.
Happy Golfing from the PhillyDiscGolfer!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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