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Pros: -Good use of possible space provided
-Accessible from 101
-Santa Barbara area
-Errant throws can be severely punished on some holes
-OK variety of holes
-Holes up to 360 feet (Hole 4)
-Some elevation shots (albeit small)
-Awesome Eucalyptus grove
-Water can come into play
Cons: -Some teepads are the worst I've ever seen (Hole 12)
-Confusing where to go next
-The Cauldron: a bowl shaped area with FOUR criss crossing fairways
-Highly geared towards shots that finish right from the teepad (RHFH/turnover or LHBH)
-First hole desires a RHBH hyzer straight towards houses
-Practice basket is Hole 2 basket
-One port-o-potty for restroom
-No drinking fountains
-Few trash receptacles
-Recently (1/29/16) some homeless people have been creating a stir (i.e. getting very inebriated) to the point where Sheriffs have been foot patrolling the Eucalyptus grove, removing some local seating @ Hole 9.
-About 3 Eucalyptus trees have fallen, blocking the path to hole 8
Other Thoughts: This course can be an enjoyable 18 holes if you're in the area. The whole part of the course with the criss crossing fairways is nonsense. If you don't have a RHBH turnover, RHFH, or LHBH shot dialed, this course will get under your skin. There are great challenging shots to keep things fun. Santa Barbara/Goleta has to be one of the most beautiful places in the US (if not world.) Everyone can appreciate walking through the Eucalyptus grove.
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Pros: Nice elevation changes. Variety of holes. Good distances. Not a lot of people on course. Possibly an ok course if you know where the holes are.
Cons: Lots of blind baskets. No hole signs. Tees are broken up and hard to find. Swampy ravine area. Some tees are not long enough. Long grass/weeds. Grass holds moisture making this course very wet during rainy season. Some tees are just part of a side walk marked in a faded yellow line. If you throw into trees you can easily lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: Back holes are very difficult for beginners. Hole 8 is extremely difficult and should probably be a par 4. Holes 14 through 18 are very confusing on which tees go to which baskets. Hole 13 is a completely blind tee shot over a swampy ravine that can prove near impossible to clear for a beginner. It is probably a fun yet somewhat challenging course for the more experienced player.
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Fun little throw-around.
Pros: -Some wide open shots, especially the front 4.
-Technical shots as you move into the wooded area.
-Tee boxes are part of the city space (i.e., some are the city sidewalks or bus stop pads).
Cons: -no maps at tees
-no numbers at tees (unless you count spray-printed numbers on tee boxes, which are hard to see)
-difficult navigation after hole #7 (print out the map!!!)
-no practice pins.
Other Thoughts: When I went, locals were using holes #1 and #2 as practice pins...over and over. Not that that really interfered with our play--though we did let them play through twice as our group was playing. Just speaks to the needs for a practice pin here.
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Pros: The first "pro", of course, is the locale. You're in the Santa Barbara area, which is absolutely loaded with great places to visit like the ocean, State Street, the mission, etc. Fantastic day-trip from anywhere in the LA basin - you can leave the family downtown and go hit this course while they spend your paycheck.
The course itself combines a good variety of holes, some downright malicious but mostly an enjoyable challenge. Lots of challenges, including significant elevation change, trees, and a creek slash swamp running through the whole thing that keeps life interesting.
You start with four more-or-less open holes before diving into the forest for some technical holes. Then it's back out into the open for a few long bombs, leading up to a series of blind annies, one of which skirts the edge of the swamp again. Then you're out in the open again for the finisher, which is a nice gentle hyzer shot that follows a dirt road.
Cons: Overall this is a good course, but it's got a few serious flaws that knock a full disc off the rating.
First, there's one place (holes 10-13) where four fairways cross each other in the same open field. This is flat out dangerous, especially when the course is crowded: you walk out there and discs come flying at you from all directions.
Speaking of which, there are NO directions anywhere. Without a map or a guide, you'll be lost in 60 seconds, especially on the back nine.
Then there's the overall layout. As mentioned in other reviews, #18 does not end anywhere near the first tee, which means that when you've finished your round you still have to hike a quarter mile to get back to your car.
Lastly, the tee pads are a tad short and some have extremely rough (eroded) surfaces, which make for uncertain footing on drives.
One more note: our guide (Zenbot) told us that during the rainy season the creek really does become a swamp and can make some of the back nine pretty much unplayable.
Other Thoughts: We played on a Sunday afternoon in summer, and the course was very crowded. Everybody moved along, but waits were common. Go during the week and you'll have a better experience than we did. Also be sure to print a map or connect with a local so you don't spend an extra hour trying to figure out the layout!
Overall, this is a good course if you're in the area but if you're traveling through, I'd recommend giving this one a pass in favor of Casitas, which by all indications is a true West Coast DG Mecca.
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