Move This Course Where The Students Might Actually Play It!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The Mendocino College Course sits on the left as you approach the athletic fields. There's plenty of space here with this being a large undeveloped section of hilly grassland with some wooded areas. Actually, with some major clean-up, this would be a wonderful place for a serious course.
But what we have now are some baskets randomly scattered over a large, mostly inhospitable piece of land with no signs, directions, map, tee pads, nothing that makes a course playable or enjoyable.
Cons: The land is overgrown and rough with poison oak, blackberries and various other crazy nasty thorny bushes.
The grass is way overgrown and haven't been mowed since Dave Feldberg was a toddler.
The once natural tee pads are now just a distant memory.
The distances here are advanced level and when combined with the wind leave the course with few willing players. Example; # 17. I think I found what once was the tee pad (natural). You're throwing over a very nasty patch of rough and a grove of trees with a gale force wind to a raised basket about 325' away. There's no way the average recreational player could clear the nasty rough and grove of trees throwing into this wind. Solution - Skip this hole. Better solution - Skip this course all together!
Other Thoughts: Take these baskets out now and design a nice little college student, friendly campus course. Somewhere where the coeds could enjoy a round after dinner playing in flip flops carrying one disc. These students have no interest in tackling this overgrown monster of a course the way it plays now, getting all sweaty and dirty and scratched up. They mostly want it to be a social occasion. A nice little campus pitch and putt would do the trick.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Terrain, Poor Design
Pros: Nice baskets with hole numbers on them. 18 ends where 1 begins. A couple holes play around water. Some nice long distance holes throughout the course, as well as some shorter technical holes in the middle of the course. Good elevation change on many holes. Excellent terrain for disc golf. Several blind shots. Most tees are pretty worn in and fairly easy to spot once you get close to them. Hole 8: nice 250' tunnel shot. Hole 11: short blind downhill with water behind the basket. Hole 17: nice 400' hole shooting over a large pond; have to throw 300'+ to clear it, and there is only a thin retaining wall between it and another body of water, so laying up is really tough.
Cons: No signs. No map. Confusing layout; poor course design. Very tough to navigate 1st time playing. Natural tees. Lots of blackberry bushes and poison oak on the course. Needs a lot of maintenance. Several holes are completely wide open. Hole 4's basket is MIA. Only one bench (hole 7) and no trash cans on the course. Most baskets are not protected at all.
Other Thoughts: I was very disappointed with the design of the course, especially considering the terrain of the available land. There is potential here for a great 18 hole course, or possibly even a 27, but the course needs a completely new layout. A few of the holes are great, but need different pin positions. A lot of the holes are a complete joke. I was constantly saying to myself: "are you kidding me?" when actually figuring out the hole I was playing. With new pin positions alone this course would be much better. At least create a map and maybe put up some 'next tee' signs. The way it is is sad. If it were up to me I would say completely scrap the current layout with the exception of a few holes, and start from scratch with a new course design. The terrain is fabulous, and I hope to one day play a new layout here.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great length, lots of terrain, all baskets, never crowded.
Cons: Need a guide, very wild, poison oak, not well marked (at all).
Other Thoughts: This course gets little to no maintenance, so plays well in early spring and late fall when the grass is naturally short. Is very challenging, and has many elevation changes. This course needs more traffic to trample down the grass/poison oak during Summer. Very fun course if you catch it just right, otherwise it will eat discs, sometimes in the middle of a fairway.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Decent length
Many different hole varities
Great if you're a student
Cons: No tee signs
No signs to the next "teepad"
Grass needs to be cut
After it rains, it stays wet awhile
Other Thoughts: If the grass was hacked down quite a bit and some signs and teepads were added it would be a nice course.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
not really enjoyable
Pros: -Has baskets
-Is a disc golf course? does that count?
-Has a hole that shoots over a pond
Cons: -Signs are temporary and don't show length, fairway, some tees are hard to tell which way to throw from!
-Many blind holes
-Was not mowed..in months..tall grass growing into a basket on one hole, sharp weeds in fairway can literally cut your skin
-Poison oak runs RAMPANT on the woods holes
-Woods holes are poorly designed and require crazy luck and you will land in poison oak
-Bad rocky tees
-Hard to find, no maps
Other Thoughts: Needs a complete overhaul, land has some potential but this just doesn't work.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Nice markers and you can see the next pin.
Cons: Not much challenge, it is in an open field with thick small but thick bushes, tall grass with plants with thorns. Not the most fun hunting your discs down, even if you are a good shot. Watch out for the wind, it comes off the ocean in large gusts which affect the discs travel greatly. Beware the lake.
Other Thoughts: In the far back of the college, so park on the east side and walk through the school grounds to find it.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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