5 Helpful / 1 Not
Heavily Wooded and lots of fun
Pros: Excellent Course to play during summer, school is out and the area is very shaded by trees. Tons of glorious elevation changes! Course is chalked full of interesting shots, as well as birdie chances.
The risk/reward aspect of this course also makes it very fun! For example you can go for the basket and take a difficult route, with the risk of hitting a tree and putting you in the rough. Or you can also play safer by keeping your shot low and setting yourself up for a managable second shot. Secluded layout actually takes you through a small portion of forest.
Cons: Biggest con is the Very Limited Signage it can be a little confusing navigating to the next hole, just look for the arrows.
There are some blind tee shots where you'll need to walk out onto the fairway to see the basket.
1 or 2 holes feel like you are throwing on the side of a hill, which wasn't too fun.
There can sometimes be a lot of poison oak around, but thats because you are in the Santa Cruz mountains!
Some tees are just flattened dirt, and some have those pesky mandatory flight routes (arrows on trees)
Other Thoughts: Course is a blast to play, bring a map just to be on the safe side. I liked this course because it is more about shot placement rather than power, very challenging. Highly recommended if you are in the area, or you are looking for something different than DeLa.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Lots of huge redwoods to throw amidst and about.
Combining the many, large trees with hard-packed dirt, a steep slope, and smattering of underbrush at the bottom of the slope means the chance of losing a disc is fairly high - you'll probably want to play with a spotter.
Basket numbering, especially on the front nine, is incorrect. #2's basket is labeled #5, and visa versa. #6's basket is labeled #7. I think there is another #5 later. Ignore the numbering (which improves for the back nine), and just trust the map. Baskets are difficult to spot from a distance, with only a small orange band on the pole to make them stand out.
Only a few holes, mostly on the back nine, have any type of sign or marker at the teepad, After the first four holes, the course changes from small concrete teepads to small square areas of flattened dirt, so don't spend an eon on #5 looking for a concrete teepad - that flattish area of dirt you stumble across is likely #5's tee location.
Holes 8-10 all parallel each other and play in the same direction, with #10 being located between #'s 8 and 9, so after playing #8, you'll effectively backtrack upon yourself, walk past tee #10 to #9, and after playing it, backtrack to tee #10. Obviously this would become a bit of a chokepoint if the course was crowded.
USE THE MAP.
TRUST THE MAP.
Without it, a first-time visitor is going to have a miserable time attempting to navigate the course, given the lack of tee signs, next-hole direction signs, and mis-labelling of baskets.
The course plays on a steep, wooded slope which contains many redwoods. While most holes have some change in elevation, only a few (#1 up, #6 and #18 down come to mind) have significant changes. The other holes play along the side of the slope, so you'll find yourself mostly walking, vice throwing, up/down the slope. There aren't any long holes - maybe 250' maximum? I didn't use a distance driver at all, but the Stingray got quite a workout. Each hole will involve a turn (about an even mix of left and right, the right turns being a bit sharper). For the most part, turns will come into play very near to the basket - only a few happen during the middle part of the flightpath. There are reasonable flightpaths on every hole, some being quite challenging.
Favourite hole: #12. About 165' with a sharp right turn at the end to the basket set in the midst of a "fairy ring" (over a dozen redwoods set in a circular formation).
Despite the many navigational cons, if you've never had the opportunity to play a course with many redwoods in play, you should definitely play a round at this course.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: A cool Red Woods course not to far from Dela.
Great Topography. Not a huge course but lots of cool shots.
Cons: Where in the world are holes 3-5????
Other Thoughts: Now that is some California Dreamin'.
Easy course that would be a great warm up for a Dela round
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
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.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
- Challenging without being too frustrating
- Elevation comes into play in a big way
- Course design makes excellent use of its environment
- Most fairways are well-defined and there isn't too much brush.
- Pretty good flow (if you know where to go)
- Amazing setting
- Closed during school hours
- Confusing labels on signs and baskets
- Only a few concrete tee pads
- A small amount of poison oak, mostly on #3 and #4
I first played Black Mouse back in 2002; someone explained to me that the numbers on the signs and baskets didn't quite match reality because a few holes down near the creek had to be removed. When I went back to play again four years later, and again in late 2008, I found that everything was STILL off by a few numbers. Eventually I'm sure they'll get it right... meanwhile, don't let it discourage you from playing here, just be sure to bring a map.
But signage issues aside, I love this course. Even though the longest hole is only about 300 feet, it's challenging and a great complement to the monster at DeLaveaga Park a few miles away. There are NO wide-open holes; with the exception of some live-oak terrain in the lower elevations near the school buildings, almost the entire course plays through a steep hillside full of big redwood trees. Some holes go straight downhill, and some play along the hillside -- with roll-aways an ever-present danger. (Curiously, only a couple of holes go uphill.) Some baskets are inside or just behind "fairy rings" of redwoods. Bring your mid-range game; a Stingray will be more useful than a Wraith here.
The biggest drawback to Black Mouse is that it's on the grounds of San Lorenzo Valley Junior High, which means you can only play the course after 3:00 or on weekends. The good news is, it plays well in all seasons; the redwoods keep it from getting too hot in the summer, and keep you from getting too wet in the winter.
Note: because this is school property, drinking and smoking are prohibited; please respect the rules, or the course could end up closed to the public or removed entirely.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -great use of space behind the school
-in the redwoods for that majestic feel
-plenty of elevation and shot variation
-short holes aren't easy
-no maps, next tee can be pretty hard to find
-can't play during school hours (til 3)
-some holes seemed hopelessly wooded, but i'm the only one here that said that, so maybe i need to go back and improve my aim.
Other Thoughts: much love to whoever pushed for and designed the course. we appreciate it... hit the donation box before 1 with a buck if you have it.
this rating may have been higher if i hadn't gone there on a very rainy and windy day.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 14 Not
need a place to learn the basic
Pros: oringnal layout was nice since been change for the better really to small for any event 25 people or less a real start for less competive players bring your putter and your c games
Cons: cool under trees
Other Thoughts: nice for family to play
1 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great Santa Cruz mountains course. lots of shade, huge redwoods. Rarely crowded and a great place to work on your short game. Quick play, can get around fairly quickly.
Cons: Some (2-3) of the original holes were removed and were signature holes of this course. It was a bummer, Black Mouse was never the same for me. Apparently these holes were moved because part of the hiking trail was in play.
Other Thoughts: Limited parking, no garbage/facilities, purely local supported. A good time but tough to choose over Dela
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 6 Not
Pitch & Putt meets Mt. Side
Pros: Lots of Birdie opts, but pars are not given away. Makes for a great challenge to shoot low. I'm claiming "pitch and putt course" meets Redwood forest Mountain Side style course. It's never crowded and playable at all skill levels. Good baskets, good for your short game, and pressure putts.
Cons: Can be tough to find your discs, gets dusty in the summer, and a little oaky. Can't play during school hours during school season (8-3pm).
Other Thoughts: Show up to the monthly, get a bag tag, and learn some fun hole variations from the locals!
play-off holes are 1 tee to 2 basket, then 17 tee to 18 basket.
Sometimes I don't pack my whole bag here, just the discs I'd like to fine tune. And makes for a lighter hike!
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Welcome sign matches course's character.
Pros: Awesome terrain, each hole unique. Never crowded compared to DeLa.
Cons: Easy to lose disc, so +1 for spotter
I still cant find all 18 holes, I always end up doing like 15 or so. The 2nd basket says "5" on it for some reason...Then at the 3rd hole above baseball field, there is a basket to the right only about 100 feet away, then a basket to the left about 100 yards away so that always confused me too. I havent played with a local yet, even thought I went to high school there haha. I also get lost when i come to the water tank hillclimb, i just go wherever my disc flies haha.
Other Thoughts: Hope your drivers like to eat redwood bark :O
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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