7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is set on a hilly 9 hole ball golf course. This means that many of the fairways are pretty open and grassy, but the pin placements do a great job of adding some risk at the end of the hole with elevation and foliage around the pin. The sand traps and greens playing OB adds a little more risk/reward with many of the disc golf baskets behind the ball golf greens. The elevation is used well to keep the course interesting, with a nice downhill shot to start the course and more rolling elevation through the rest of the holes.
The grounds are very nicely maintained, with some cool views of surrounding mountains. The discatcher baskets are showing some age, but are in good shape and catch well. A putting basket is in place next to the clubhouse. There is no signage specifically for disc golf, but the score card has a map that's easy to follow and yardage for all the sets of tees.
Cons: $5 seemed a bit much for the quality of the course, even though you can play twice around the 9 holes. There are some fun shots but nothing spectacular or really a signature hole. Ball golfers play at a much slower pace, so you might end up waiting quite a bit, it took us about an hour to play 9 holes.
The design does a nice job of making things a little tricky around the basket, but there isn't really much early trouble, so the drives on most holes are pretty routine. Ball golf holes (especially on a shorter course like this) don't bend very much, so nearly all the drives here are straight shots.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun alternative to the crowds at Morley, and offers some fun shots. It's open enough that a beginner wouldn't find themselves too punished by errant drives. More experienced players won't be too challenged here, and there isn't a ton of variety needed in shot selection. If you're going to play here, I recommend sticking to less busy times if you don't want to spend a ton of time waiting behind the ball golfers.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun Fly Course
Pros: - VERY well maintained due to the fact that it's a ball golf course
- practice basket next to the putting green
- combination ball/disc golf score cards and pencils are given by the pro shop when they take you out for your tee time
- large disc and food/drink selection in the pro shop, most everyone is very friendly
- once you pay you can play all you want that day
- great elevation changes and challenging pin placements
- bathrooms in pro shop
- benches near every tee
Cons: - $5 pay-to-play because it's on a ball golf course
- the tees were not made with disc golf in mind, so you basically have to throw from made-up "natural" tees next to the ball golf tees
- if you go on a busy ball golf day, plan on waiting a lot (while it takes a group of 4 disc golfers 5-6 minutes per hole, it takes 2 or 3 ball golfers more like 15+)
- no disc golf tee signs and the distances on the scorecard are in yards (not a huge issue, but still, put the measurements we use in our sport too)
Other Thoughts: Despite the fact that a round at Sun Valley can really drag out due to the slowness of ball golfers it is a really fun, and rewarding course. Each hole is different, and each hole is quality (maybe with the exception of 8 because it's so short it's really a joke), so the fun factor of this course is way up there.
I've always liked playing on fly courses because they are so well maintained and Sun Valley is no exception. Each hole is as nice to look at as it is to throw, and the elevation changes between tee and basket provide great challenges, and great fun, when you get to air out 400'+ drives.
About half of the pin placements are on hillsides, or near very steep hills, that will punish errant putts, so SV forces you to come with your putting game on (the practice basket will help with this).
The issue about not having tee pads is really a minor one, because there is plenty of space to throw to either side of the ball golf tees.
My biggest qualm with the course, other than the rate of play on a busy day (other reviewers have said that the ball golfers let them play through, I did not experience any similar etiquette when playing) is how much it costs to play. $5 can seem a little steep to some players, especially when you can get a DX disc for $8, but in this case it does help because you'll generally have the disc course to yourself for most of the day.
All in all I would recommend Sun Valley to anyone. It's a pretty, fun, and not overly challenging course to the advanced player, but can still make you scramble. Definitely a welcome change from overcrowded Morley, but just make sure you plan on spending enough time there to get your $5 worth.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very well maintained
Great high elevation shots making long drives challenging and fun
Pin positions change
Quick to play, you can play it in about 30 min if you jog
Usually not to crowded
Great short course
Cons: Not great pads to throw from, some a facing wrong way
Have to watch for less experiences ball golfers, almost got hit twice here
Only 9 holes
Its $5 to play (although you can play as much as you want)
Other Thoughts: A great break from the crowded Morley on weekends. It gives you a different feel and is also great to practice some long throws. Bring your driver to this course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Up and Down
Pros: A well groomed Pay to Play BG 9-hole with HUGE elevation changes. Proshop is stocked full of friendly personel and a great selection of discs. Every time I played SV, the BGer's were more than willing to let me play through since my group played faster than most of them. SV was also a good course to get some additional exercise. Lots of up hill and down hill walks. Baskets were in great shape, not marked up or tagged in any way. Hardly any crowd when it came to ther DG'ers. No "riff raff", I guess because of location.
Cons: Not very challenging with the exception of the elevation. Hole number 5 (I think) is situated on the backside of a few house fence lines, and a gust of wind or bad release will more than likely send it into a yard with a particularly angry dog, however If you happen to catch an owner they will call and leave your disc on thier porch.
Hole #3/ a local ate my favorite disc. (marked)
Other Thoughts: The course was fun to play because it was a little easier for some of the group I was with that were not having good rounds earlier in the day. It was cool/funny watching discs sailing off the tee pad of hole one, fade off and sometimes stake halfway into the ground.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Simple and fun 9
Pros: Escape the crowds at Morley. Pro Shop. Well taken care of. Fun elevation changes.
Cons: A bit wide open. Ball golfers. 5$
Other Thoughts: Just a fun little 9 that you should check out sometime...probably when the crowds get a little thick at Morley.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
It is what it is...
Pros: Play- Excellent use of elevation changes and basket locations.
Baskets- Good condition and challenging locations throughout.
Condition- Since it is on a ball golf course the scenery and "greeness" of the course was nice, with trash cans and benches throughout.
Elevation changes...nice baskets, interesting cage locations.
"Pro Shop"- Wide selection of discs and refreshments/snacks. Pretty much anything you might want for discs, food or drink.
Cons: Play- Ball golfer coordination was an issue when I went. Some were friendly and easy to play with, others not so much.
Tee boxes- Not your standard cement type. More of the green synthetic carpet stuff. Sometimes not pointed correctly, but usually manageable.
Cost- A bit expensive for what you get. (9 holes)
Other Thoughts: Nice change up from Morley. Not my first choice for the SD area if you only have time to play one course. I had never played on a ball golf course before and I don't know if I ever will again. Fun course just not a big fan of the ball/disc golf coordination.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A good alternative
Pros: Practice basket. Lots of elevation. Very well maintained. Good variety of short and long holes. Pro shop with a great selection of discs, food and drinks. Friendly staff. Ball golfers will usually let disc golfers play through. Lots of different types of trees and plant life. Multiple tee areas for each hole. New Baskets. Pin positions change weekly on a few holes. OB greens and bunkers add challenge. Benches and trash cans on most holes.
Cons: Inexperienced ball golfers can make for a long wait. Wet in the morning. Windy in the afternoon. 9 holes. A couple of the holes are wide open with no obstacles.
Other Thoughts: I asked someone who works there why some of the astro-turf tee boxes were installed horizontally, and they replied that those are for the ball golfers to hit from, so the disc golfers usually throw from the grass. This course is a much appreciated alternative to Morley Field.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Sun Valley is growing on me
Pros: This is a nice, well maintained 9 hole on a ball golf course. Because of the valley where the course lies your major challenge will be the elevation changes. The valley can humble you a little bit but there are birdies to be made on most holes. Basket locations make very good use of the trees and bushes on the course. There are tee boxes on almost all the holes except #5 but #4, 7, & 9's tee boxes are facing the wrong direction. They have white and blue tee areas for the ball golfers and you can tee off from either of those if you like. Because of all the options you can pretty much choose what type of course you would like to play (long, med, shorts) and mix it up whenever you like. The pro shop has drinks, discs, and a friendly staff and all the baskets/chains are in good condition. All greens and bunkers are OB which makes it a little more challenging. Great place to play whenever Morley is a zoo.
Cons: It is a pay to play course but its only 5 bucks. Also the tee boxes being faced in the wrong direction makes for some short run ups. You're better off just driving off the grass but then whats the point of having the boxes out there?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Decent Choice in San Diego
Pros: 1. Situated on a clean, well maintained ball golf course. Garbage cans, clearly marked holes, grass tees.
2. Staff is great, Good pro shop, plenty of locals to bestow sage like advice.
3. Not a Techniquely challenging course. The course's main challenge is drastic elevation changes (Hole #1 and #5 particularly). Some trees and bushes offer challenges, but not as challenging as the more crowded Morley. Holes #4 and #9 make sure your drives don't tail off the hillsides on the left side of the fairway. can add a couple strokes.
5. Should be able to birdie a few holes.
Cons: 1. Like most courses in SD it is a pay to play $5 wkdy, $6 wknd, $8 for 18 holes..
2. Lot's of ball golf traffic potential on the weekends. 9 hole pitch and putt that draws first timers. I recommend playing during the week when possible, less potential for a ball in the forehead.
3. Obviously they want you to stay off greens and Sandtraps, but most baskets are clear of them.
Other Thoughts: Probably the 3rd best course out of 4 in San Diego county. Play Morley, then Emerald Isle first. Great place to go if you are sick of the Morley crowds, but you don't want to drive up to North County.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Located on a clean, well-groomed, nicely landscaped par 3 ball golf course.
Great scenery and several 50-100' elevation changes.
Pro shop with friendly staff, score cards, and snacks.
Cons: Only nine holes
Mostly wide open shots
Ball golfers share the course
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing this course and would play it often if I lived in this area.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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