Hidden GEM up in Santa Cruz!!!
Pros: Very unique wooded course!
We got a bit lost looking for it, but I recommend you take Highway 9 and make a left past San Lorenzo Elementary School on El Solyo Heights Dr and an immediate left on Hacienda Way. The parking lot is unmarked, but you will probably see cars with Disc Golf stickers on their windows.
Walk up towards the soccer field and towards the back part of the left goal posts. Can't miss it.
The course is definitely unique. 5 of us played and were having a blast navigating and just looking up at the massive Redwoods. We did manage to get lost and be unable to find baskets without taking a hike up and down, but there were groups behind us helping out.
BANANA SLUGS EVERYWHERE! What a unique and beautiful creature. They are hanging out on the ground in Poison Oak and on trees. Look for a bright yellow banana. If you pick one up, kiss it for good luck and gently place it back where it came from.
It was raining that week and the ground was damp and wet looking, but our discs and bags didn't get all muddy and dirty like they would on a course like DeLa where a towel is a must. That was strange.
The distances are deceptively short, but the trees and hanging branches make every hole almost a luck shot. If I go back I am only bringing a putter, stable midrange, flippy midrange and something like a Outlaw for forehand drives. Rollaways are almost non existent compared to DeLa.
Leave your stools at home. There are plenty of cut down trees and stuff to sit on. Just watch out for Poison Oak.
Even with it's short layout this course will test all your shots. Backhand, forehand, Tomahawks, Thumbers even Turbo Putts will be needed!
Cons: Poison Oak everywhere.
Signage isn't extremely clear as to where to go.
Half of the Tees aren't paved, so you half to guess where they are.
Some baskets are super close to Tee boxes so there will be backups on the course.
No smoking and drinking allowed.
The disc golf is so much fun that you have to stop and smell the roses! Seriously, ENJOY THE VIEWS! It's beautiful out there!
There are sings pointing to the next Tee box, but they aren't super reliable so bring a map on your phone just to make sure.
Other Thoughts: It'll never host a major tourney, it won't get a ton of players due to it's rural location, the Poison Oak will piss off some others who come into contact with it, but it's a hidden gem and you need to play it for a good time.
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Pros: Probably my favorite course. The location is worth it alone. Seated in a redwood forest next to a school, Black Mouse has short, technical holes with plenty of tight tees and trees to turn an easy birdie to a double bogey.
Cons: The course is poorly marked, like almost not at all. If you are going for the first time I hope you are going with someone who's played it before or you might get a little lost.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Black Mouse fun
Pros: Technical, unique holes, secluded in the redwoods. It is a beautiful course in the forsest
Cons: can be easy to use discs, some starting pads are dirt. This course is hard to find if you do not know where it is prior to going.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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throwing discs and stuff
Pros: great place to cool off and play a game when its hot out,
lots of tecnical holes.
dont have to worry about crowds or seeing other people
Cons: your not supposed to play during school hours. but its hidden from campus.
The flow is weird on two holes and those two are hard to find
Other Thoughts: All 18 holes are complete now. most tees are being cemented. also the course changed a little so its easier to follow and there are a couple longer holes
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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