Really cool par 3 golf
Pros: Coming from the mid-Atlantic area where most courses are wooded, this place had a really unique texture to it that I'm not used to at home. I love the big elevation change. I love how the ground (dirt, rocks, and roots) make for some "hold your breath" moments hoping your throw lands safely without a mountainside rollaway. That adds a nice challenge to a course that otherwise is comprised of mostly short holes. There are a wide variety of lines at Chavez, as some hole allow for predictable, more open hyzer route type of throws, while others force you to throw on a rope through a tight fairway. There are some incredible lookout points on this course down into various parts of LA, the mountains in the distance, and Dodger Stadium. I had a tough time getting over how terrain like this was smack in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world....very cool.
Cons: If you happen to kick and roll, you can roll really really far downhill on some holes, even if you've done your job executing the shot. That can be a pain. Furthermore, if you roll or stall out a shot that fades way downhill, there are a few holes that could make that disc very tough to find. I didn't see bathrooms or running water anywhere, so if they are there, my apologies, but that's always nice to have, especially if you want to play a few in a row.
Other Thoughts: This course does remind me of one of my home courses--Sedgley Woods, in that it's an older style course meant for controlled putter and mid-range shots. If you're in LA, with it being hard to get anywhere far in a reasonable amount of time, you'll definitely have fun at this place.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gorgeous tee signs
Good use of available space
High stakes because of steep hillside
Cons: The Walk of Shame down the hill to retrieve your accidental roller
Condoms and abandoned clothing
Like the rest of LA, dry and hot as hell in the summer, which lasts through October (100 degrees on October 10, 2015).
Other Thoughts: I came here as a noob expecting an extremely unforgiving course--I found it less brutal than expected. Many holes are short, which lets you play conservatively, which in turn gives you a better chance of keeping your disc up on the ridge. The high stakes were fun--they added an element of excitement.
Sometimes a disc took an unlucky bounce and long roll, but mostly precision was rewarded and bad throws were penalized (sometimes severely).
As a noob with a weak arm, I got a much better score here than I usually do at Oak Grove--plus 11-12 instead of plus 18 for 18 holes at Oak Grove. Many holes only needed a putter.
There's a drinking fountain down below the course, but no water once on the course. I burned through a liter bottle much faster than expected on a baking-hot day.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Located in Elysian Park in Echo Park neighborhood of LA, this hilly 18 hole course provides a great view of Dodger Stadium and downtown on the eighteenth hole.
-Multiple pins and tees to make things interesting.
-Very secluded. You won't see anyone but disc golfers on the course.
-Technical course. Avoiding the hills is just as, or more important than, avoiding the trees. Leave the drivers in the bag.
-Great tee signs. I didn't get lost, once I found the course itself!
Cons: -Honestly, this course would get a 3.5 instead of a 2 if it weren't for the HILLS. The hills are absolutely ridiculous. On #7 I hit the cage on my 25ft putt and it rolled about 200ft downhill all the way into the soccer field. AARGH!. And this isn't one or two holes. I'm talking 15, 16 holes with steep slopes.
-I was fortunate not to lose any discs, but be prepared to lose some down the hills if you play here.
-If you miss the super-skinny fairways you have to make your way down the steep hills. It is very easy to slip or trip. I could imagine a good number of ankle injuries here.
-The hills forced me to play ultra-conservative shots on so many holes it got boring. Putter, putter, and another putter.
-Really hard to find. No signs point you toward the first tee from the athletic fields/parking area. You have to find a windy, hilly trail and make your way around the tee 1. Thank goodness I had the course map or I'd have been helplessly lost.
-The only restroom is at the athletic fields, near where you park.
-18 basket is REALLY far from parking area. You have to wind your way across like three fairways and down the hill.
-No water fountains on the course. Bring plenty of it, the hills tire you out.
-Dirt was everywhere. Perfect for unintended rollers.
-I could imagine awful traffic during Dodgers home games.
Other Thoughts: -Honestly it matters just as much to land the disc flat as it does to throw the correct shot. Rollers abound.
-I don't live nearby and didn't have a chance to play other LA courses when I was there, so I cannot recommend a different course but I can imagine there are at least a few nearby that don't have atrocious hills.
-Next time I'm in LA, I'm finding something a little flatter!
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 8 Not
Very short and wooded
Pros: Nice signs mark out the course with tons of explanations. In fact with the number of tips they give you on the tee signs you'd expect this to be a beginner course.
Tee pads on every hole including a "long tee" for most.
Beautiful hill near Dodger stadium.
Course is short and easy to get to.
Friendly locals, mostly I saw beginners.
Cons: Really short. You can throw a putter/approach disc on every hole.
Most holes are straight shots through trees. Kinda boring.
Lots of fairways close to eachother.
Erosion all over.
Not much difference between long and short tees. Some of them are like 15 feet away from eachother. Why bother?
Lots of throws near the road/cars.
Other Thoughts: If you are reasonably skilled this course is short and too easy. Not a lot of hole variety. Except for the four holes at the end you can birdy everything with a straight putter/approach shot. You would expect from the signs and distance that this is a beginner course, but beginners will have a brutal time chasing rollers.
6 of 14 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Rough rough stuff
Pros: -Well maintained.
-Rubber tee pads.
-Signs at all holes.
-Great course design, very technical.
-Hardest challenge in Los Angeles Area.
Cons: -All dirt, except for a small grass window in the spring.
-Your bird look could turn into a double boggie in the bat of an eye. Watch them hills!
-If the Dodgers are playing a home game prepare to sit in traffic.
-The chance you're gonna roll 50-150' down the hill is so present on most shots that the course may psyche you out.
-Sometimes I feel like a lumber jack out there!
-Definitely not the best spot to bring a beginner.
Other Thoughts: Throw it low and play for par. Bring some water with you. I have a great time up there every time even if I do have to walk up and down the hill a few times!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Los Angeles GEM
Pros: -PERFECT tee pads (wood covered in rubber) make for the best driving footing I've ever had.
-Beautiful signage with a personal, local touch (see them in the photos)
-excellent choice of shot length in the terrain.
Cons: -the HILL of course
-side effect of the hill: limits shot choice considerably for those of you who like to throw hard hooks.
-little to no benches/seating
-bathrooms are a hike
Other Thoughts: The one thing that kept this from being a 4.5 (5.0 is a damn unicorn) is the lack of line choice due to the hill. You really are limited to making ridiculously safe choices on a LARGE number of holes. The BEST courses give more choices to experienced players with a variety of risk/reward levels.
Still a fantastic course. I really like the hole length variety from the 160-ish region to just over 300.
If you're playing one course in LA, this is probably the best choice.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Played this course for the first time during the weekly Tuesday random dubs tourney. Had a great time with the locals and pros... and a great tour of the course. Most short holes but the added challenge of the ridge made for some fun situations.
Cons: Some pretty long walks after discs that rolled or flew down some steep hills... but love playing with that risk and having to think of it with each throw.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Took some getting used to!!!
Pros: Very challenging short course. Lots of elevation and trees. Precision is a must... Even a good shot can end up down the hill. Good baskets, good tee markers, good tees, friendly helpful locals.
Cons: I chained out a short birdie putt on #5 and rolled about 200 feet straight down a hill, took me 3 shots to get back up got a 6. There's a lot of dirt on the course, so wear your hiking shoes.
Other Thoughts: Pay attention to the tee marker signs, not only for where the pin is, but also for where the next tee is located. Played 2 rounds today (first time there), and will be back for sure in the future. Park on the road near hole 6. I carry 13 discs, but only used 6 during my two rounds (150 and 170 champion sidewinders, 155 champion valkyrie, 173 champion spider approach, and 2 putters 170 and 174). No need for a driver. I could probably get away with using just my 150 sidewinder and a putter. At first, layout could be a little confusing, but hooked up with some locals and by the end of the day was dialed in pretty good. Lot's of birdie and ace holes, but beware of the Chavez Roll... Straight down the hill!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
disc golf on a steep hill!!!
Pros: Amazing views
Challenges your precision
Cons: Didn't see any bathrooms
Other Thoughts: You park at the top of the course, and hole one is down at the bottom. It plays very tight and precise. Keep your shots low and straight, or they will sail all the way down the hill 200 feet in a split second. If you roll, hope you hit a tree. This is definitely an ace course if you get your precision right.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course is free and you can basically park at the top of the course and hike down to one.
-The course was well thought out
-Maintained well by fellow enthusiasts
-Different pin locations which do not get moved that often but I see different basket locations so I assume they do change once in a while.
-Hiking. I always consider a good hike while playing DG to be a Pro but YMMV
-Nice view of the Dodger stadium and DTLA in the back end of the course
Cons: -This will be the most recurring con by most players, ROLLERS! This course is notorious for rollers because you are playing on a steep hill. Chances are you will roll. So, if you have that special stamp disc that you can't live without, don't toss it here.
-Snakes, i've seen a couple but not a rattler or anything like that. Just keep an eye out.
-When we first started playing this course we were definitely scratching our heads to figure out which Tee was next, and this was WITH a map! So, printing out a map, or having one on your phone is a must the first few times.
-Graffitti, I'm not sure why but some smart people decided to deface the Tee maps on a few Tee's??? Not sure why but it got a bit annoying at first. A few buddies and I were thinking of taking a spray can out and just adding small numbers on the bottom of each Tee, but we didn't want get in trouble for doing so.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is not very beginner friendly. With that being said, I have taken a beginner to this course and they survived it. Our group is yet to lose a disc but believe me, we have resorted to looking for a few discs for a long time.
I have personally found one disc there but it was not inked so I could not give it back. There also isn't a 'lost and found' area here so it is still in my bag. So, the best advice I can give you if you are going to play this course is to ink your discs and maybe if you get a roller and lose it someone will one day find it and give you call.
With all that being said, this is a fun course, i've only played a few courses but this is one of my favorites next to Veterans.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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