Great course for newbies
Pros: From the perspective of a beginner, I liked the way it was simply laid out with clear walking paths that make it relatively easy to follow. There is a good mix of challenging holes/baskets. Many straight and long distance throws but a few tricky ones (#8) that had elevation and obstacle challenges. Concrete pads and benches to tee off from were a nice addition.
Cons: I guess the biggest things that could be improved would be better markers at each tee (some were missing) and a map of the overall course could help too.
Other Thoughts: I definitely plan to come back. It's only 12 holes but being new to this I think it's perfect for my needs. I assume that in the spring or fall the dust and dried weeds will be gone and the experience will be even better.
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Disco Era Old School Course With Some Fun Holes!
Pros: Lion's Park in Placerville definitely has this old school 70's feel to it, kind of like walking into a house with shag carpet and green appliances. Everything about the course feels dated from the older baskets and crumbling concrete pads to the shorter distances to the older signs getting hard to read. Now in defense of this course, this Disco Era/Bell Bottoms feel doesn't necessarily translate to neglected or lack of love, it just means this old course is showing her age, sagging a bit here and there.
Lion's park is a large multi-use park with ballfields, tennis courts, play areas, restrooms and all the other usual park amenities. The course begins up above the tennis courts and features a course sign with info about leagues, tournies, lost discs, etc. Obviously a very active disc community around this parts. The course has benches, garbage cans and older indicator buttons on the signs for basket positions.
After # 5, the course got a little convuluted and harder to follow but I managed alright. # 6 was a cool little uphill throw and then # 8 was a great little ACE run.
# 12 was interesting shot running along the ballfield. I'd be concerned about errant throws interrupting the ballgames. It's also kind of a wild ass blind throw 300' downhill into the canopy of trees. I liked throwing it but....I see some problems here also.
Cons: I saw a lot of areas where the ground was compacted with all the traffic from the course. I hope the enviromental community isn't coming unglued about this problem like they are in all other parts of the country (Minnesota).
These drab older baskets are difficult to spot through the trees/brush.
No boomer holes for those wishing to really crank it up.
The signs were fairly hard to read to places and the course was sometimes a little hard to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I liked this course a lot. I'd much rather see a 12 hole course like this that fits than an 18 hole squeezed in just for the sake of having 18 holes. And it's quite apparent that Lions Park DGC gets quite a lot of play. All in all I'd be pretty content here with this weather and this course. There's a lot worse places in the country to play. And that could be a Forum topic, too!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Nice, servicable course
Pros: Very pleasant course in a nice foothill park setting. Not super challenging, but enough trees to keep it interesting. Low use, no waits to get on course. Nice use of high tees for long throws on several holes.
Cons: Only 12 holes, limits diversity of play. First 5 holes are back and forth across a hillside, and start to feel like too much of the same.
Other Thoughts: As a busiiness visitor and only occasional player I find this a nice change from the long waits and 5th hole puff parties of Hazel.
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Nice break from or to Tahoe
Pros: Variety of shots used
Nice amenities in the park
Cons: Too short of distances and/or rather forgiving
Rocky - no strollers/shaken baby syndrome
Not too challenging
The lay out makes sense and it's not that hard to find the next tee pad because of paths, although it is a bit hard to find the basket without any signs.
Other Thoughts: I didn't knock this course anything for being 12 holes, it would seem bigotry to do so...
I would recommend stopping for a quick game on the way up or down from Tahoe.
The first tee is closest to Ceder Ravine road; it shouldn't be too hard from there because of the worn paths.
This is how the play went for my friend and I: walk the path to the next basket (not hard to find), spend 3 minutes finding the basket because no sign, see that it's (almost) a birdie hole, but hit a tree, then make an intermediate-to-easy-skilled approach shot for an easy putt. We got 2 and 3 over for our first time, I bogeyed the #10 that people have complained about; he double-bogeyed it. Maybe we got lucky, but I didn't think the course was too challenging.
I would like to play it again when all the trees have leaves forming more of a canopy.
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