2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - good use of the land, lots of elevation change
- some fun tight shots through the trees
- most of the course plays through a beautiful area of red woods
- hole 6 is an awesome tunnel shot over a pond
- hole 17 and 18 have pretty huge elevation change to offer some pretty unique shots
Cons: - Course is now advertised as a 16 hole course starting at hole 3.
- Hole 3 is an incredibly short shot with a basket 3 feet from a 4 foot tall fence
- tee signs only have hole number
- some baskets are only single chained and most are pretty seasoned baskets
- most tee pads are concrete but they also are very seasoned
- some navigation signs would be helpful
- flow of the course kind of leads you back and forth a couple times
- staff at the front desk didn't have course maps and didn't know a whole lot about the course
Other Thoughts: Considering this is a pay to play course I was slightly disappointed but also wasn't expecting too much. But there is quite a bit of potential to the land but it doesn't seem like anyway at the KOA is interested in making it better.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice and quiet. Played on a Saturday..maybe 2 other groups on the entire course.
Decent signs on both tee and basket location which were generally challenging to find otherwise...even with the map.
Awesome top of the world shot on 18.
Cons: First hole is #3...so not really 18 holes.
I can handle the really steep hills....it was the wind that killed us. The first 14 holes were windy but once you get to the top of the hill...around hole 15, the wind comes whipping from the next valley up and over the hill making #15 and 16 super tough to control. 15 goes across the top of the ridge with steep drop offs on both sides...I throw a RH backhand and all 3 of us had our discs take off down the hill to the left.
Plenty of large animal feces all over the course....horses mostly.
Hole 6 is the water hole. All 3 of us hit the trees that are on both sides and 2 of us lost our discs that dropped in close to the middle. The water is too deep and muddy (and just plain nasty) to consider stripping down and wading in.
Other Thoughts: We all agreed that the hills, trees and especially the wind made this one of the toughest courses we've played (similar to Napa for those that have fought that course). A tremendous challenge in the sense that it's unique enough that we are glad we played it but would HATE for this to be our home-course.
BTW> KOA must have changed their policy on hours since they said it's basically open all day to anyone...not just campers as was posted in earlier reviews.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Mountain 18
Pros: 3'x7' cement tee pads on every hole. Some of the baskets are new and very nice. Hole 6: 270' shot over a large pond; need to throw 250'+ to clear it or lay up on the left. Hole 7: nice uphill shot into a grove of young redwoods. Hole 8: baby (100') uphill ace run, but it throws like it's maybe 225'. Hole 9: slightly downhill shot with a late right turn around some really thick manzanita. Hole 15: long shot along the top of a ridge with huge hills rolling down both sides of the fairway (and some intense wind). Hole 17: nice downhill 300' mini 'top of the world' shot. Very beautiful scenery all throughout the course. Good variety of hole types and shots required. Great elevation change on many holes. Clean and well maintained course. At a very nice campground with a pool, hot tub, wi-fi ($), and lots of other amenities (a lot for kids).
Cons: Course is closed to non-campers between 11AM and 3PM, everyday. $4 per person pay to play. Holes 1&2 have been permanently removed. No signs. Holes 3-5 (the first 3 holes) are pretty wide open and not very challenging. Varying basket type, which wouldn't bother me, but some are old mach 1s with only one set of chains. Confusing layout; I had to consult the map after a lot of holes. Holes 12&13's fairways cross each other. A couple baskets are very close to one another. Only 1 trash can on course (hole 14). Hole 18's basket is way too high off the ground. Available land could have been used much better.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course, but I think with some alternate pin locations it could be a lot better. It also is now a bit restricted for disc golfers: THE COURSE IS ONLY OPEN 8-11AM & 3-6PM, EVERYDAY, UNLESS YOU ARE CAMPING. I'm guessing this is just their winter hours, but I am not sure. There is a sign on the door to the office/store stating the "New Disc Golf Hours". The sign did not say these were seasonal hours, but I can't imagine it will be this way in the summer. Call ahead if you want to make sure: (707) 459-6179. I was disappointed to hear that holes 1&2 had been removed, but they added a 15b which is a decent downhill shot. I also saw a 7b indicated on the map, but it is not there (yet?). Overall I had a very enjoyable experience playing this course. I wish I had known they had restricted hours for disc golfers. I drove up one day and arrived just after 11, so instead of waiting 4 hours to play (the bathrooms by the entrance are locked and require a key-code) I went back the next day. I also noticed that the showers cost money even for campers.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
My home course
Pros: I really enjoying playing this course. It's my home course so it's special for me in that sense. The $4 it costs is cheaper for me then driving 25 miles to the next nearest course. Many of the holes give you a chance to put some 2's on the scorecard. Once you get to #9 and beyond the back side of the mountain invites lots of unpredictable wind that can really change a game. The putting on 13 and 16 can get really tricky since both are open and the wind is moving. There is a ridge line on 15 that makes a horse shoe shape and the wind gets magnified in this shape so it really move on this hole. If you don't use the wind it will definitely punish you.
Cons: Unfortunately the new owners of the KOA campground just don't like disc golfers. I've been going to this course very consistently for the last 2.5 years and whenever I deal with the lady that owns that place she is always very very rude and comes across like she would rather remove the course and not have to deal with us golfers.
In the summer time it can get very busy here and sometimes the campers will overflow into the DG course. When this happens you end up not being able to play some of the holes. The owners refuse to work with you on any kind of discount when this occurs. The owner has actually told me that I should just stop coming on the weekends. There are many names that I would like to call here and I'm sure you can imagine some of them but since DGCR asked us to not use any profanity I'll just call her very very rude again.
Other Thoughts: #1 and #2 have been removed from the area. They have been relocated to the back 9 and are now called 15a and 15b. 15a is a sharp down hill shot that is probably 170' away and 150' less elevation then the pad. 15b is the exact opposite going back up the hill you just went down.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Not recommended during summer months.
Pros: Interesting layout, some nice holes.
Cons: Pay to play, and during the summer, campers and people fishing will take some holes out of play. In addition, the new management NEVER mows the grass on the course, so the conditions can be brutal during the high grass seasons. I have had a monthly membership here, and I have also made them refund my money, as they don't want to keep the course in decent shape. There are no discounts for lack of holes or bad conditions, customer service is seriously lacking here.
Other Thoughts: We have many great courses in Mendocino County and Northern California, don't waste your time and $$$ here.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Well maintained, easy access. Good terrain changes, mix of open and timber.
Cons: All the holes are short. Never played a tournament here but the holes are crowded and it seems dangerous.
Other Thoughts: Not my favorite by any means, but it's a great stop on a road trip. Played this as a foursome and we all enjoyed ourselves.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
-awesome rural setting with many great views.
-i liked the progression of the course. 1 and 2 were just open space from tee to basket only 2something hundred feet out. 3 and 4 were longer with few obstacles, then you hit the massive hills.
-lots of elevation practice.
-16 is a pretty awesome signature hole. basket is set on the saddle of a ridge with big slopes on either side. 18 was a nice long blast off from above on a hillside to a basket set on a mildly sloping circular hill/mound
-fair amount of obstacles
-i really liked that they would usually put a sign near the basket that you can see from the tee box to help you find your next target...
-swirling winds were messing with my head all day
-$4 per person, but that does keep it less crowded, i guess.
-a couple demoralizing rollers.
-some teepads are leaning way up/downhill. all concrete or rubber, but not flat.
-some baskets were tilted, too high or low, loose. none too bad, though. just being picky incase someone cares.
Other Thoughts: the setting was up there with the best. we had a great, relaxed time. better players might not get the kick i did out of it, but i'll go back. only 2 miles to town with a very rural feel.
-was pretty unpleased today (7-5) when they charged full price to play when people were camping on 4 of the first 5 holes. expect this on
crowded weekends. they also have picnic tables and walking paths on the course, so its easy to get oblivious non-DG foot traffic when crowded. also had to skip the water hole dur to people fishing.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
Don't let the first two holes fool you!
- amazingly beautiful vistas! Rolling hills dotted with old deciduous oaks drenched in dripping lichens, fog lifting from the valley below... (insert your own poetic prose here...)
- lots of birdie/ace opportunity. Holes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11... just make sure you take advantage because there's....
- lots of opportunity for punishment. There are a lot of steep hills and the baskets are perfectly placed to take advantage of those errant drives/upshots/putts. pond and creek shots also a bonus.
- holes 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 are awesome!
- some holes too short!
- tee pads were too short
-14's tee pad is right next to a tree... and smacking your hand on the follow through would suck.
It is definitely worth the two mile detour off the 101 and the four dollar entry fee. even though it is on the shorter side, the strategic hole placement keeps you on your toes.
my score: -4
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Down Willits Way
Pros: -Concrete Teepads.
-Good variety of shots, Lefts, Rights, Uphill, Downhill, Long, Short.
-Water hazard on one hole.
-Fake town is an interesting obsticle.
-Good mix of open and wooded holes
Cons: -Hole 17 has a tree that is fully in front of the tee and makes it a real downfall on the course.
-Holes 1-3 are realy open with the only obsticles are a fake town.
-Signs could use maps and distances.
-Map distances not accurate.
-Pay to play.
-Some holes feel way too short.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course if your in the area and its free to play if your staying in the KOA. The concrete teepads were put in this year and are quite nice. This course is great for night golf, the open holes alow you to throw at night with confidnce. The locals that play on a daily basis are friendly and willing to show around visters.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
doc holliday flys
Pros: the pros to this course are as follows... differing holes. there is short flat open. long tight and wooded. down hill, up hill. windy as heck, no wind at all. the staff is usually very nice. new concrete tees. garbage cans. you can drink. shade on hot cali. summers after hole 5. and a water hazard.
Cons: you have to pay. but as a local you can get a monthly pass and it is well worth it if you can make it 7 or more times in a month. 4 bucks a day or 30 for a month. and a water hazard.
Other Thoughts: i play here everyday. me and a few friends have been playing for a few months and we all love the course. hope you all check it out. and hit us up if you would like a light hearted game at the koa.
or if you want to start some sort of weekly there that would be great as well. i can get down with some competition. have fun. peace.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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