2 Helpful / 12 Not
Other Thoughts: Nice course but it could be much better. They have a great location and could make a much greater variety. Instead, most holes are at the top of the ridge, so if you don't play the hillside right, you go all the way down to the bottom. On most holes, the slope is always to the left, because it is links style. It could be so much better with just different teebox positions, more dog legs, up hill and down hill, etc.
2 of 14 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent views, fun course, and a nice variety of shots.
Free to play.
Nice rubber tee mats.
Offers a unique challenge unlike any course I have every played.
Cons: Course is quite short, very few holes have a need ffor a driver.
Very lefty friendly.
Other Thoughts: Well, I was driving around Elysian park looking for the course and was about ready to give up when i decided to take a turn where it said the little league fields are and just a little past there I ran into this very nice local fellow named Blake *shout out*. Who told us where the first tee was and offered to play with, we accepted of course (regarding parking there is a fire lane were most people park, they apparently dont tow there he said, as there was about 5 cars parked there while we played, judging from where we parked it was very close to tee one and eighteen) and headed at hole one, I was surprised to find out as I forgot my shoes and were wearing flip flops, that this course was not hard at all to walk and was not the hike that i thought it would be, it had a nice path throughout and only parts that where hard on the feet is when your disc rolls WAY down the ridge (which most likely will happen your first time playing). My overall view of the course was very good, short but sweet and a few ace oppurtunites which are always fun. Go play this course if not for the course for the great view of chavez and dodger stadium.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Unique LA course
Pros: The course plays on a dusty ridge with scattered trees with really nice views of downtown and Dodger stadium from various places on the course. There are enough trees and some brush that none of the holes are wide open, and there is a range from a few obstacles to avoid all the way to some tight lanes through dense stands of trees. A few holes called for some different shapes, and those seemed balanced between left and right turning shots. The hills made for some nice risks of roll aways, especially on several greens, and with the hard packed ground conducive to skips you really have to think about how your disc is going to land.
There is a good course map on the site, it's worth printing out your first time, though other than finding the first tee the course is easy to follow. Most of the signs are in good shape and show the hole layout and distance. The tees are small, but in good shape, and most holes really don't require a runup so the size wasn't a major issue. The baskets are in nice condition and caught well.
Cons: My biggest issue with the course is the use of the elevation. Nearly all the holes followed the contours of the ridge, so there were some good risks of skipping or rolling down the hill, but not any added challenge shooting up or downhill. It's very unfortunate that the designers were forced to stick mostly with the contours, and it was disappointing to drive up into the hilly park and find a course that plays pretty flat. Most of the holes are very short, it's a really fun putter course but doesn't have much variety. The first hole is difficult to find the first time, it's a ways down the hill past 6 if I remember correctly.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice short course, with some fun shots and great views. I really enjoyed throwing the whole course with a couple putters, and it tests your short game in places. Beginners might find it a bit punishing, especially for RHBH players as uncontrolled high hyzers are prone to heading way down the hill on many holes, but it's a nice length for newer players. More experienced throwers won't find too many real challenges here, but it's a fun place to play and definitely worth a stop if you're in LA.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Course Above the LA Skyline
Pros: Unique challenge, views.
Other Thoughts: Chavez Ridge is certainly not the fanciest course I've ever played, and it's probably one of the shortest, yet it is definitely one of the most interesting. With its steep landscape and the thought and consideration each and every shot requires as a result, plus the wide and absolutely tremendous views of both Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, Chavez Ridge is the kind of course you'll never forget if you're passing through, and might not ever play the same way twice if it's a regular stop.
Chavez Ridge runs directly behind Dodger Stadium and the course plays along both sides of this ridge, plus a couple holes along the top. Hole by hole is not really uphill and downhill so much as along a steep hill. Number 1 is fairly typical of the challenges throughout the course - 240 feet tee to basket, a mostly straight line. But the land slopes downward steeply to the right, and upward steeply (though considerably less far) to the left. Fail to keep your shot on the line and it might roll several hundred feet downhill. And by steep, I mean navigable on foot, but just barely. Thus every shot is a risk/reward challenge; do I go straight at it, try to lay up safe on the path (which is not particularly wide), how much might this disc skip? And on and on. Putts that are one inch too short can end up rolling 200-300 feet downhill, and simple approaches that you hold onto a fraction of second too long can end up adding three throws to the hole. This mental challenge is enhanced by the fact that the course plays on both sides of the ridge; thus the risk is pretty equal for right hand or left hand back hand throws, or forehand vs. backhand dominant players. Not every hole is a straight line either; placement and shaping is required on several holes above and beyond the challenges the landscape presents. For me, though, the more discs I use, and the more shots I use, the better, so Chavez Ridge turned out to be Fun overall, requiring more consideration, and inspiring more "Wow, how am I going to play this hole?" moments than possibly any other course I've played, all in a good way.
Chavez Ridge is a hike - up a steep hill to hole #1, up or along a steep hill for a majority of the 18 holes, and then all the way from top to bottom from 18 back to your car. Hiking boots might be helpful. It has one set of tees per hole, and a map is helpful for first timers, and even then there are a couple confusing spots. Signage is mostly adequate, though numbers on the baskets would be a big improvement. Finally, big arms don't have much to add here. For fun factor, however, Chavez Ridge cannot be beat, and that's why it's at the top of my must play again list for Southern California. And the views are as fine as any I've seen on a disc golf course, especially along the top of the ridge, for the last few holes. These views and the unique nature of the course boost its overall rating considerably, in my opinion.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 8 Not
A short review
Pros: Close to downtown, great urban views. Nice tees. Well marked holes. Good hiking up and down the hillside.
Cons: Challenging hills lead to some long disc searches. Rough terrain, burr central in the long stuff, so you may want to wear long pants.
Other Thoughts: Challenging and fun course. Great central location.
4 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
One of a kind in LA
Pros: An excellent challenge in downtown LA. Steep hills and rough terrain severely punish bad shots. Tees have new rubber pads and well marked signs. There is a degree of risk with every shot you take. Even the seemingly easy short holes can easily result in a death roll down the hill.
Cons: Navigation can be tricky, so bring a map or use a guide. The risk for loosing a disc is very high so bring a spotter. All in all no major complaints.
Other Thoughts: This is a must see if you are in the LA area. This course offers a challenge unlike any of the other local courses. I'm going to go ahead and guess that this course was designed by a lefty. But it offers a great change of pace.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Great little course
Pros: Great little course built atop a ridge near Dodger Stadium...Course is about 10 minutes away from my work so I swing up and play whenever I have some free time...
-Scenic views on a few of the holes I will never forget
-Short but technical holes...This course will test your ability to control your plastic...If you can't, you'll get in shape real quick as you trudge up and down the sides of the mountain...
-Good variety of shots...not a lot of length (though there are some alternate tee pads you can throw from that lengthen it out a bit)
-Not a lot of traffic...can usually play a round in about an hours worth of time
Cons: -Fairly lefty friendly course due to the slope of the hill...righties will constantly have to focus on not hyzering too much whereas lefties can crash into the hill without having to worry about skipping down the hill
-No amenities at the top of the hill...though a bathroom is present at the base of the hill in a flatter area of the park
Other Thoughts: I like to work on my putting here (1 hole is fairly flat and I don't have to worry about rolling down the hill)...The views of downtown L.A. and dodger stadium...as well as views looking out over the Valley keep me coming back...
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
An Ace Without Any Rollaways!
Pros: Wow! What to say about a course that's been reviewed 20 times previously. I was invited by Apothocarty and his group of SoCal players on a Sunday morning. It would not be a good course to play alone. As the course plays completely atop the ridge, there is constant danger in the form of errant throws or rollaways on good shots or putts. Luckily, when I played in late March, the grass was a little higher than normal in some places which prevented a few nasty rollaways. My group managed to play the entire 18 with any game-changing rolls. I think we were more lucky than skilled. Expect them! There is an amazing view of Dodger stadium and the LA city skyline from # 18. While fairly short in actual distance, the course more than makes up for that with it's extreme risk/reward nature on many or most of the holes. The baskets and teepads are more than adequate.
Cons: A player who wants to throw big air will not find the chance here. It's a workout alright but if you can manage to avoid that pre-mentioned rollaway, you're mostly walking across the ridge and not so much up and down. The only hole I could find any problem was # 16. It plays down an old road with an extreme drop off on the left. I felt it was kind of a "filler" hole.
Other Thoughts: Luckily, I almost always play in hiking boots so I was prepared for that. I somehow managed to avoid any catastrophic rollaways. I didn't run into any of LA's gay population (At least, I think all of Apthocarty's group were of the straight and narrow). I didn't lose any discs. Not being the most agile, youthful player around, I was thrilled that I didn't roll down any ridges. I met and got to play with a group of friendly SoCal players. And I managed to throw in a 129' bomb on # 12 for my 5th career ACE, with nine witness's looking on.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging and Unique
Pros: • Beautiful course with amazing scenery and views of Downtown L.A. and Dodger stadium in a historic neighborhood
• Outstanding variety of angles challenge you bring out multiple types of throws
• Steep hills throughout the course provide extra challenge, and add multiple strokes should you roll down them
• Different than any other course that I have seen in California - truly unique
• Amazing local scene, with not very many crowds at any time. Come here at 9am on a weekend day and you practically have the course to yourself
• Offers plenty of fitness opportunities, more than your average course. Be ready for a workout when you play here. Especially if you have bad shots. The worse you do, the better the workout. I did pretty bad and I'm a bit portly; the crew was laughing at me after about 5 holes. I looked like I'd just come from the gym.
Cons: • Tee pad sizes vary, and are sometimes crunched in on a lot of holes. They did a great job with the space they had to work with though.
• Parking is a tad precarious, and there has been word of possible tickets for parking on Ridge Rd. This was not the case when I visited - 10 cars were parked there and the Sherriff rolled by every 5 minutes.
• No restrooms on the course proper. Use the bushes, but be wary that this was a former hookup spot. Look both ways (and behind you) before drawing your weapon.
• Could use more benches and trashcans, but again, space is quite limited.
• Holy Rollers! You think it won't happen to you, then you are wrong. A putt of mine that went 8 feet from the basket rolled 300 feet away down the hill.
• You will need a guide the first few times. The flow is pretty intuitive except where you have to cross the street to get to the next hole
• You can get a ticket for smoking here (cigarettes or otherwise). Heard of someone getting a ticket for medicating, but the ticket was only for "smoking in a high fire area".
• Now that the grass has grown after the rains, the rough is LONG! Use spotters if possible.
Other Thoughts: Chavez Ridge is a newer disc golf course built in 2006, and the first one in the city of L.A. Proper. The course is just scratching the surface of what could be possible with disc golf and the city of Los Angeles. There is nothing out there like this course - it is built on a huge hill (really a ridge) with the holes traversing across with hiking trails interspersed in between. This is not a casual player's course - even though the hole lengths look short in the "Hole Info" section, this course is a monster because of the rolling possibility on practically every hole.
You'll need to be in decent shape to play here, and it is not advised to wear tennis shoes - bring your hiking boots or trail runners. You'll need something with serious grip should you go "off the beaten path". Don't think this won't happen the first or even second time you play there - it will happen and most likely in spades. Also, bring your plastic you don't care as much about - leave the fancy stuff at home. Bring reliable, beat in, straight discs that you don't mind losing. There is more opportunity for lost discs here than on any course in Socal.
Since there isn't a huge amount of distance covered on most holes, this really is a "2 or die" course with plenty of birdie opportunities. Be warned, the holes that look the easiest and shortest are the ones hiding the obstacles best. I ended up getting a 5 on one 160 foot hole. Spotters are almost mandatory on many holes with the overthrows, skips, and rolls that are highly possible here.
You might have preconceived notions about this course, but trust me it will exceed your wildest expectations and usually in a good way. Keep in mind this isn't your run of the mill park, and for total noobs this course can be a bit of a beast. The name of the game is placement shots, and until you can throw a disc with 90% predictability over medium distances, you probably won't have much fun. For outdoorsmen, this course is a special treat. It combines hiking and disc golf better than any course I have seen out there. Most people I played with seemed to stick to midranges, and if you can get them out to 275' regularly you might be better off sticking to just those mid discs the entire round. Be warned if you throw a disc prone to skips like a Wraith or Katana.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
20 Helpful / 3 Not
Hidden Jem in the Middle of Los Angeles!
Pros: -Great tees and baskets
-Not many people there, golfers or otherwise
-Tricky, high-risk shots make Chavez incredibly unique. The place is situated along a ridge, meaning it is sometimes windy with a chance of rolling down the hill. Safe shots are the name of the game.
-Beautiful vistas of downtown Los Angeles
-Friendly locals...UTILIZE THEM. You will probably end up losing a hole or two if you are playing the course for the first time and don't have a guide.
-Little to no trash around the course
Cons: -Questionable design characteristics. Hole 9's tee is pretty much in the middle of 8's fairway. Hole 10 is a bit tricky to find.
-Lack of flow between holes. Again, use a guide.
-Rocky, hilly, steep terrain. Have you ever seen a 400' Tijuana death roll down a hill? You will at Chavez.
-Police recruits run through the park, but they stay away from the main course area and generally mind their own.
-No pro shop or map available on site. Make sure and print one out from DGCR!
Other Thoughts: Chavez is a serious technical course with the attitude of an angry model: too sultry and dangerous for her own good.
Bring your short/mid game...this course requires a lot of short, safe shots, or the ability to weave discs through tight trees and steep hills.
Bring your boots as well, and expect a lot of up-and-down hiking.
Chavez is a great course for a nice secluded round...in the middle of Los Angeles no less!
The layout could use a little work as crisscrossing fairways are a problem, but the lack of people playing the course usually negates that design flaw.
The difficulty level, solitude and the natural and rugged beauty make this course a jem...but it is NOT a course for beginners. If you are a white, blue or gold-level golfer, you will love the simplistic beauty of the course design and a good hike! Red-level golfers...prepare for a lot of frustration and chasing looooong rollers.
20 of 23 people found this review helpful.
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