4 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun city park DGC
Pros: Extremely well maintained by local DG club. Golden Gate DGC is a smaller yet challenging course laid out along trails in a wooded section of the park with little non golfer traffic. Plenty of righty and lefty shots required. Updated pin locations frequently. Secluded from a lot of the SF wind. Lots of cool, local enthusiasts. Very relaxing.
Cons: Lots of player traffic at heavy times, some waiting at tee. Could be longer. Plenty of tree hazards.
Other Thoughts: A very worthy course for anyone.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -clever design of different hole locations. you can play this course two days in a row and it feels like a different course if they moved the baskets (which they do satisfyingly often)
-great hole variety. only a couple ridiculously wooded shots. only a couple fairly wide open shots.
-there are a couple of long holes, but its more of a shorter technical course
-all nice baskets
-the front 9 is surprisingly different from the back 9. more elevation and length on the back, fewer trees but still wooded
-good for all skill levels.
Cons: -gets crowded as hell even on weekdays. if you want to play a nicely flowing round, get there early on a weekday.
-a couple of holes were designed in a way that i end up shooting right at the teepad for the next hole, so traffic can majorly bottleneck, or things get dangerous.
-not easy to navigate in some spots, but there will usually be someone close by glad to direct you
-there can be oblivious foot traffic passing through. most people are kind and interested in watching the discs fly
Other Thoughts: this is my local course that i've played many many times. its possible to finish under, but never easy.
*applause for the course designer(s)
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: so many different hole locations. great for wooded shots, some open shots, and some elevation. the course looks amazing and almost all of the nets are gone now allowing for better lines on some holes. great tee pads and maps on the tee. pin indicator lets you know where the pin is at and how far it is. great locals, and friendly passers by.
Cons: several paths through golden gate park go through the disc golf course. people typically do not interfere with play but some take a while to walk down the path and this is when you have to wait.
Other Thoughts: the meadow is a great place to get in some warm up drives and also hit some approaches to make sure your ready to take on the course. its conveniently located next to the first tee.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Really fun course!
Pros: This is a very pretty course and also quite challenging with a lot of trees to shoot around and through. The course is pretty rugged, with some good hiking as you walk the course. There are multiple pin positions, but I found it dificult to locate some of the baskets from the tee box on my own. There are concrete tee pads and good baskets.
Cons: This is a tough course to navigate on your own and is hard to find in Golden Gate Park if you've never been before. An errant shot on this course can easily end up in some brush where it will be dificult to find your disc. There are nets everywhere to protect the trees giving the course a little bit of an aritificial feel. Some other reviewers have commented on how crowded the course is, but when I went it was not crowded at all. I wish there were more people there because I could have really used some help finding my way around.
Other Thoughts: This course is in the middle of a HUGE park. I mean HUGE. I know because I ran all over the western half of it trying to find the DG course. (For some reason it wasn't pictured on the map that I had) I played the disc golf course while my wife and sister and brother in law rode bikes...and I definitely made the right decision on that one because this was a fun course to play.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Bang the chains
Pros: The holes are picturesque and the terrain is varied. Some really hard holes! Great hole maps. Just a really fun course that demands many shots. I really like hole 11 (think that is right) across the valley.
Cons: Weekend crowds. Just drags. Back 9 can be hard to navigate, esp. holes 13-17. Getting from a finished pin to the next tee tends to be confusing. Friendly folks will help you.
You see a lot of dog walkers and the like on a few holes and there are some tight OB markers surrounding their trails. The tree nets are the mean disc catchers that they look like.
Other Thoughts: I really like playing this course, but appreciate my local guide! Might get lost otherwise!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 14 Not
When in SF
Pros: Reasonably challenging and some good holes.
Cons: Very crowded; like a previous reviewer said, I don't appreciate the 'prison' shots; need some help to find your way around, the first time.
Other Thoughts: I hope there's room in the park for another course, or two. They sure could use it.
1 of 15 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 3 Not
-Right in the middle of the city
-The best signs I have seen on a course. A dial on the sign shows which pin position the hole is in.
-Concrete tee pads
-Friendly locals that have worked hard to get their corse this nice
-Great use of the land
-Dual loops for each 9 holes so you can stop back by the car
-Free parking (a huge plus in the city)
-3 pin positions per hole
-Good variety of lefty and righty holes
Cons: -Some holes feel slightly repetitive
-Nets around to protect trees and tees, get in the way sometimes
-Some OB's feel unnecisary
Other Thoughts: This was a great course, maby a little hard to find your way around for the first time, but I had a guide.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Nice little park, has to work around some park regulations.
Cons: City has required that for the protection of trees that some nets be put up on a couple of holes. This is understandable, yet in terms of playability very cheesy.
There is also a hold that has a net almost completely covering the left side of the tee. I believe it is for protection of the next tee pad which is fairly close, but it really weakens the hole takes away any shot but a RHBH.... which is sad because it one was one of the cooler holes on the course.
Poison oak on a few holes.
A couple of "prison" shots on holes with no shot at the basket.
Other Thoughts: This course is very well maintained and shows a great amount of effort put into the sport. It is an enjoyable course to play.
However, it shows some of the downfalls of the the game currently as they are having to work around the park regulations and having to "compromise" with what they are giving by the city. I believe they have done a good job with what they have, but it is sad to see the sport being controlled like that. The only real way around this is private... pay to play courses, and that is a whole other debate.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Rookie's Review of GG Park
Pros: GG Park is bigger than Central Park in Manhattan and you can really get the sense of how big the park is when you play this course.
I have wandered and run through GG Park dozens of times, but have never really experienced the wilderness of the park until I went out last weekend and had my first experience of disc golf.
The canopy of eucalyptus trees and ivy force you to make accurate throws... if you don't you will pay for it!
I was amazed how organized and well kept the course was. Plus, all the people I crossed paths with were really cool and mellow (typical SF)... no one was pressing and in a hurry.
Cons: If you need food or beverage make sure to bring it with you... there's not much located near by since you're way out in the Avenues.
Other Thoughts: Although this was my first outing of disc golf it will not be my last. My buddy told me how lucky I was to have this course in my backyard and I agree! I went out and purchased a couple discs and plan on playing GG Park regulary.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Very nice , challenging course with a big variety of trees. Very clean , not even the cans and bottles that usually lay around the pads on most courses.
Cons: 1710 kilometers (1062 miles) From home!
Other Thoughts: Very Few trees died in the making of this course,(although a few were slightly damaged by the time we finished playing)
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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