5 Helpful / 0 Not
Grass Valley Forest Wonder!
Pros: This is just a great piece of land to build a great technical course. Enough elevation to keep things interesting, a clean, clear stream that runs year around and a forest of mature trees. Then you add the reddish dirt for skipping discs off and the thick manzanita bushes for sticking your discs in and you have a wonderful enviroment for a course.
Although short, the technical nature of the course will challenge any player. You must hit your lines on your drive to score well. Although thick, the underbrush is foregiving. Errant discs are not hard to find here.
Cons: The navigation would not be the easiest without local help. Much of the signage is missing or incomplete. There is no way of knowing which position the basket is in. Don't bring your drivers. Mid-range and approach discs are the solution here.
Other Thoughts: I've not seen a course where reviewers were in such agreement on regarding it's rating. This is got to be the most unified rated 4.0 course in the country! It's a beautiful course, a great challenge to your discing skills and just a really enjoyable time on the course. It's the kind of course everyone wishes they had near their home. I know I do.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Proof that you don't need distance to be fun!
Pros: - Very technical course, rewards good decision making and punishes poor or foolish attempts.
- All the holes basically have a way to get in in 2.
- Very shady. Made the hot summer day seem significantly less so.
- Nice tee pads.
- Multiple pin positions.
- Helpful locals!
- Beautiful course.
- Year round stream, that is quite beautiful. Runs nice and cool, and is not deep, allowing for disc retrieval and crossing if necessary.
- Nice bridges over the stream!
Cons: - Ups and downs of the terrain really sucked out our stamina.
- Tee signs are rudimentary, looking like they were made with paper and crayons.
- No indications whatsoever of pin position at the teepad.
- No indication where the next hole lies. Navigation can be difficult.
- Rough is REALLY rough, severely penalizing some shots that weren't all *that* bad. Manzanita trees do a great job of making dense walls.
Other Thoughts: I found this course to be technical, but not overly difficult. I learned how to make shots with discs I'd not tried to accomplish those lines with before.
The signage, according to a local, is undergoing revision as we speak. Once the new signs go up (and hopefully with a pin position indicator somewhere), the course will be even better.
(UPDATE: Went back to play Condon today. New maps have been added, and they're awesome! But still no pin placement indicators (that I am aware of, anyways - please let me know if I missed something).
I think this course really illustrated that disc golf is not just about distance, but rather, about having a full bag of abilities (and plastic!) at almost all ranges.
We wound up playing the last couple holes with a guy who took out his high speed stuff each time he stepped onto the pad, and then proceeded to crank it as hard as he could into a tree each time, without exception. I took the pad with a long mid or a fairway, and placed a shot that was not only better position, but with more distance as well, every time. I find my experience with the other player to be very indicative of the idea of the course - make shots, not bombs. Not everything is about throwing as far as possible.
Pursuant to that, I liked that there were holes that called for me to drive with mids or fairways (or even putters) to get to the basket.
I only saw two pin positions that I felt were unfair. All the other positions I saw had definite ways to get in for birdie with well placed drives.
I didn't like that navigation was not exactly intuitive. We got lost a number of times, and it could have easily been avoided by having clearly visible indicators of where the next tee was. Some holes did have these, but they were not very large, and could be easily missed.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time playing at Condon Park, and would definitely try to make it back up the hill to play it again sometime.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Awesome course with a lot of variety. Got to play two different pin positions in one day. Fun place with good folks. I like this style of disc golf, finding tunnels and weaving trees is how disc started, not these big wide open golf course style courses people are playing these days.
Cons: Litter :(
Besides that it was alot of fun.
Other Thoughts: Enjoyed this spot :)
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
worth your time
Pros: -Very technical course, requires lots of different shots.
-Friendly people, very mellow course. Also it's out of the valley heat!
-Well maintained and alternate pin positions to keep it interesting.
Cons: -Tight fairways. Expect to hit a couple trees as it is dense. Might not be a con since playing here regularly WILL improve your game, but I list it here anyways because every time I shot a worse score than I thought I should have due to the dense brush.
-Baskets have a tendency to blend in with the topography. I only really realized that when playing at dusk and only bring it up in case you are used to those discatcher baskets with the bright yellow band.
Other Thoughts: The locals take a lot of pride in this course and it shows. Nice days it can get crowded, but overall it flows well enough and I never found myself waiting on people very long. Well worth playing and lots of fun!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Good course, fair play
Pros: -Easy to get to and parking is close to tee#1
-Baskets in good shape
-Tee pads are in good shape
-Variety of shots, with a few short holes and a few long holes (for those of us without monster arms)
-Shady and cool (at least in the autumn)
Cons: -Trees everywhere!!!!
-Signage not great, can be confusing to find a few holes.
Other Thoughts: This course is all about making sure you stay in the fairways. With so many trees to hit, it is likely you will bounce of the fairway and into some rough that is really hard to get out of. A few of the holes only give one route to the basket off the tee (I believe every hole should have two possible drive routes off the tee). This course can be unforgiving unless you make good first drives. For beginners, the fairways may not be wide enough. For seasoned players, a good course to hone your finesse drives.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Mystical Magical Woodsy Wonderland
Pros: Great layout in a densly wooded multi-use park. Beautiful scenery: that reddish Grass Valley dirt, the mature variety of trees and bushes, a small stream that runs through the back 9, and outstanding weather conditions. Well-defined pathways between holes; navigating the course after the 1st time should be a breeze. Difficulty-wise, the trees always seemed to get the way, but that was offset by some shorter length holes.
Cons: My only real criticism is the lack of variety on tee shots. Zero tomohawks or thummers, and only a few anhysers. The majority were traditional RHBH hysers. The course could be more first timer friendly with a few key markers indicating the next teebox. About 2/3 of the signs were missing, and the ones that were there could use a dial to indicate the basket position.
Other Thoughts: For a super-busy round with a tournament just getting underway, the course flowed surpisingly well, with minimal waiting time. Strong local disc golf presence, but the locals were so chummy that no one wanted to join up. This course is very comparable to Golden Gate Park in SF.
Uniqueness: A (so foresty & idyllic with unique Tahoe foothills feel)
Difficulty: A (trees abound; narrow holes)
Fun Factor: A- (super DG ambiance; memorable)
Aesthetics: A+ (super clean; perfect integration of DG & natural beauty)
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fantastic course, Easy to navigate, well maintained, lots of fun shots, good variety of topography.
Cons: if you cant throw exactly where you want to, then your gonna hit a tree.
Other Thoughts: my second favorite course that ive played
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: multi-pins positions, elevation changes, water haz's, technical course
you can play a good round and be +1 a great round -8 or a bad round +8 in one day
a wide variety of shots flick, back hand, and out of the manazanita with the "tommy"
great all around course
Cons: The MAN goes out and will bust you for...
dog lease, drinking, and anyother non-sense.
alot of people play this course plan for time
but no cons on the the course you can have a good or bad round on any day just depends on the trees you encouter
Other Thoughts: beware of hard skips because of clay soil and in the mazaninta bad place to be...
need some improvements; new signs
and flag or something on hole 3 so you know where it is at
one of my top five nor-cal courses
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Some of these reviews..
Pros: Lots of players to help direct you to the next tee. Lots of fun over the creek shots. Clean area. Baskets. Can have dogs on leash.
Cons: It is a nice course but at the time I played it seems like there is lots of brush in the fairways. The manzanita could stand a solid trimming, too tight of fairways and too many trees for this kid at 50% of the holes. The sign set up could use some serious help. For a person who has never played this course, good luck without a guide finding any of the upper tees. I would personally rather play Westgate in Penn Valley.
Other Thoughts: Try to get a guide the first visit, as around hole 8 you will start to wonder where the heck the trail to the next tee is. Very crowded place, however the people there are awesome and there are often familys. Good course for strollers.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good short hole just real techie. Lots and lots of trees. Best course that I have played. It is good and challenging. Each hole has more than one spot for the basket. It is really nice that way because you can have a different game experience week to week.
Cons: The maps that are not real clear. Other than that, nothing.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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