8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: First off I have been playing this course for 5 years and with all the improvements over the years I finally feel its deserving of a 5. I feel that the current layout enables you to start on any 9 hole loop and play the course with no problems, especially if you show up on a crowded day which has never occured. The layout is simple to follow and you have direct line of sight to the next teepad once you finish a hole from the basket. You wont find any over grown vegetation on the putting green and rarely any in the OB areas. Baskets are all in great shape and the pads were all level. Great improvements on ensuring there wasnt anymore lumps or possible trip areas on pads. Parking is never a problem, clubhouse has food, drinks for all ages, and plastic. All you need to make it in wrightwood. The bathroom is at the clubhouse, so there is one after every 9 holes, plus one near the end of hole 9 aswell. Views are stunning and the landscape is peaceful. Just great weather all the time with the occational winds to challenge you.
Cons: If your not used to playing in higher elevation the hike will tire you out quicker and bring more understable plastic. Lots of downhill and uphill shots. There is a price to play which might be seen as a negative, but worth the price to keep the course running smoothly. In the future add more benches. Need to bring back the practice basket. I would like to see the downstairs bathroom open aswell at the clubhouse. Also if possible open up hole 27A once a few objects get moved to avoid broken windows.
Other Thoughts: I just played this course for the annual tourney here and it was spectacular. I camped nearby with what felt like half of the individuals playing the tourney. The Pro shop did a great job of using the heavy machinary to clear some brush and make some of the long downhill walks much better. Im an older individual and this course can really take it out on your legs, but with the vast improvement in the trails and slopes, this place is top knotch.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1. Strong mix of holes, over half the holes on the course have more then one position.
2. Nice fly 18 rubber tee pads with plenty of life and good grip
3. all holes are easy to navigate and the trails are well beat in from hole to hole.
4. I didnt encounter any fox tails or overgrown vegetation. Course was well manicured and kept up. No poison oak or tall grass. Course was put into championship standards.
5. No crossing fairways and plenty of mixed holes. Course provided a chance to use every shot in my bag.
6. New tee positions were nice on Hole 1 and hole 10. I notice that they change a few holes every year and it really keeps things interesting.
7. well positioned benches were nice on a few of the uphill walks, the rest of the course doesnt need benches since course is three 9 hole loops that meet in the parking lot, which gives you a chance to rest.
8. With an elevation at 7200-7400 its much cooler and has stunning views throughout. Nice sacrifice ledge after hole hole 12. Gives you a chance to throw a disc a mile and sacrifice one to the gods.
9. course has a good mix of elevation, the distance vary quiet a bit and it keeps the game interesting.
10. Clubhouse in the middle offers food and drinks, plus discs.
11. I was pleased to see plenty of trash cans throughtout the course and baskets have been rotated alot lately.
Cons: 1. I would like to see more hole placements in the future if possible.
2. Paying 7 dollars for a day there.
3. A few tee signs need to be replaced and updated.
Other Thoughts: The course was recently cleaned up and put into top form for a tourney there and I'm sure it will stay that way until it closes for the winter. My cons arent really cons at all. The 7 dollars is worth it, but most dont play more then a round because of the hiking involved. Wish it was open longer and if you do decide to come up there is camping within walking distance of the course by holes 7&8. Makes it super conveinent to play and camp for the weekend.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
The Best Course in SoCal, Hands Down
Pros: - Amazing use of seasonal property. Kudos to the guy who figured out that a ski run in the summer would make an excellent disc golf course.
- The layout is great. The front nine is loaded with monster holes, while more technical stuff is worked into the last 18. A great "top of the world" shot on hole 11. 18 is a great tunnel shot, and you'll be able to park it, but only if you hit the line exactly right.
- The course is challenging, but not difficult just for difficulty's sake, which is really nice. I was never frustrated, or felt that a hole was "cheap."
- Course really lets you mix your shots up. I was using my forehand almost as much as my back hand.
- The view is AWESOME. The course is 7500 feet up, and overlooks the desert. If there's no haze, you can see for miles.
- Joe, the guy running the place, is really cool. He'll give you a good run-down of the course layout. Be sure to grab a map if its your first time out.
- Camping nearby. Took the wife and the dog, had a wonderful weekend.
Cons: - The signs don't tell you which location the pin is at. A very minor complaint, but several of the holes are obscured or blind and some kind of marker would be nice.
-There is an unusual amount of trash on the course. Some of it looked disc golf related (i.e. beer bottles) but most of it looked like skier detrus. That being said, the guys who run the course probably can't do much more than they already have to solve this problem. There are trash cans at almost every tee pad, and the course is WAY too big and rugged to go out and collect trash. That's why this didn't factor into my rating very much.
Other Thoughts: This course is RUGGED. Make sure you wear hiking boots or other appropriate shoes. Bring water and sunscreen. Watch out for rattle snakes. Not a course you blow through in an hour or so. Take your time, enjoy the surroundings. This is definitely a destination type course.
For someone who plays at or slightly above sea level, the elevation was a shock for me. Discs fly completely differently when your 7500 feet up. Everything is more over stable and flies faster. It took me four holes or so to get used to the difference, but once I did it added another facet to my round.
Be careful with your shots. On some holes, if you miss your line you'll probably never see your disc again. I lost one while I was out there (Yellow Tee Devil, Hole 24) and found one as well. Not really a con, just a result of the awesomely designed course.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
you gotta play this course
Pros: very well layed out course in either a or b positions. lodge and staff are excellent. joe has done a very good job with this course. it is well manicured but,if you arent accurate buckthorne abounds. there is enough action on these 27 holes to satisfy any addicted golfer.
Cons: high winds in afternoon lots of u.v. so wear your sunscreen . course is only seasonal but is not so bad with the addition of glen helen course 12 miles away
Other Thoughts: not for the weak of arm. the elevation requires more power to get your disks to work right. forehand seems to work well on several holes. bring a camera the views are unmatched hole 11 is the top of the world shot and will rival any like it. also hole 1 is a long downhill shot with 2 placements. both are difficult but if you hit your line easily parkable. lol good luck. overall the best so cal course. only knock is the seasonal. but as i said we now have glen helen and if that doesnt do it for you yucaipa is second in line to sky high for best play for the trip
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
My New Favorite
Pros: - The course is like nothing I've ever played, at 7400ft this is truly disc golf paradise. Scenic vistas throughout the course where you can see for miles. The air is clean, cool, and much thinner than back on sea level.
- The 27 hole course consists of 3 9 holers that loop back the the same general area. This is especially helpfull since you may need break in between, beer is legal here. Each 9 holer seems to have it's own personality which keeps it interesting.
- The course design maximizes the potential of this incredible piece of land. It's not just all uphill then downhill. Most holes give you more than one choice of approach both with clear and immenent hazards. In the back of your mind there is always the 400 foot rollaway looming around the corner. The course definitely rewards accuracy and severely punishes bad shots.
- The layout is technical in a way that has clear hazards but safe landing zones or accurate throws.
- Tee pads are great, definitely the longest rubber tee pads I've ever seen. Baskets are in great shape and Tee signs are accurate making navigation relatively simple. Also they give you maps at the pro shop which are easy to follow.
- The DG vibe here is like nothing else I've seen. You can tell that everyone here truly appreciates the unique beauty and challenge that is Sky High DGC. Not only will you find everyone to be friendly, but also the pace is chill. You don't drive up here just to get in a quick round, but rather to take in the experience. Take your time, enjoy the scenery and patronize the bar and grill.
- The elevation changes everything, making the discs fly more stable. So you can leave the max weight boss in the car. The drastic change makes it more interesting after playing at low elevation all this time.
- Camping on site. It's definitely worth staying up here for the weekend.
- Overall the course was in great shape. I didn't run across much anything in the way of trash or any signs of disrepair. It sounds like the new guys have done a lot to clean things up.
Cons: I am really reaching here to find any cons. The biggest one is that it closes in the winter, but at 7500' what can you do.
Other Thoughts: I was blown away by this course. I can't believe that it took me a year of living in SoCal before I made it up here. The only course that I can even compare to this place is Lake Casitas. I don't take the 5.0 rating lightly but I truly feel that this course is disc golf perfection. I get the argument that this course has more short holes than others of this caliber but it makes it even more important to sink that birdie when you can.
Definitely bring a disc to sacrifice off the cliff to appease the DG gods. Also, I recommend spending some time hanging out at the 11th tee watching people launch down the hill. Just watch out for that first tree.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Sky High DGReview
Pros: This course is amazing as it represents every type of mountain terrain from fire road to throwing over a 50 foot wide gap. While it demands supreme accuracy, Sky High was the first course that I ever shot under par on. While all of the uphill shots provide advantages for power throwers, there are many wooded and not wooded down hill shots that are nice for beginner players and accuracy throwers. Sky High is a 4 mile hike all the way through with great views. Think about it, does it really get much better than disc golf with a panoramic view of the Mojave Desert. If you look carefully, you can see huge dust devils down below.
Cons: There are a couple holes that if you let it go too early or too late or throw too far, I highly doubt that you will ever see your disc again. Many of the rubber mat tee pads are uneven so you want to plan your takeoff beforehand.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely worthy of hosting the PDGA WORLDS!!!!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Hiking with a purpose
Pros: Let's start with the course.....
Each tee box offers the player a unique set of challenges and often more then one solution to the hole. Think it through before you chuck your discs because a long throw on many holes could make your hike a whole lot longer as many holes are next to down hill areas. These add a lot of distance to your throws.
Of all the courses I have played, bye far this is the most interesting layout and far and above offers the most enjoyment and strategy for the advanced player while giving the beginning player every opportunity to play their game as well. I know this because I learned to play here and as my game gets better, I play it so differently then i did in the beginning. I have a 70 year old woman playing the front 9 now 3 days a week and she loves it. so whether you throw 600 feet or 30 feet sky high is the perfect choice to spend your day.
A note to beginners.... the buck brush will cut you up. Hole 4 play to the left of the fairway... almost to hole 5's tee box, then continue back to the fairway to finish the hole out. Hole 14 play back to the lift staying to the right or the hill to avoid the cliff and buck brush on the side of the hill.
Now to the location
How can you beat playing disc golf while looking at views of the entire desert and beyond? The views are incredible to say the least and many times i will pause my game just to sit on a rock or log and just look. The weather is at least 15 degrees cooler then areas down the mountain and as much as 25 degrees cooler then many of the other courses in so cal.
Finally to the people
Joe and Dewey are awesome. Always there to offer advice and solve any issues you might have. If your playing for the first time, make sure you go over the map with them carefully because the first time you play can be confusing. The locals are always happy to help also so don't hesitate to ask for help or advice. This is truly a friendly environment with everyone just enjoying all this place has to offer. The pro shop has several different choices despite a recent break in and theft and there are some great deals to be had. Just show up and get all you need to enjoy your day
Cons: Some of the tee pads are uneven, a product of the environment. simply rehearse your run up before your actual throw to make sure your footing is right for your throw.
Other Thoughts: Altitude affects the discs flight. Even high rated under stable discs become stable at this elevation. Basically what this means to the weekend player is up here, you'll want to make some practice throws before you get started. A rhbh throw is going to turn left quicker then they do down the mountain. Something i figured out when i couldn't even throw some of my discs at courses down the mountain.
It's $7 bucks to play all day but once you play it you'll wish you bought the $35 season pass. When your down in Anaheim sweltering from the heat you'll want to be up here where the day is way cooler and the air is clean.
The lodge offers cold drinks and alcohol is allowed on the course. Please use the trash cans made readily available for all of your trash to help keep the place clean. They do all they can to pick up trash but that should be up to us who bring the trash to simply put in the big blue barrels they provide.
Make sure your names and numbers are on your discs because many lost discs are returned when found by others.
So instead of sitting there reading this review, I suggest you get to sky high today and enjoy a course designed to challenge experts as well as beginners, great air quality and weather and people who are friendly and helpful.
Last note: You gotta wear real shoes, no sandles etc because you really are hiking with a purpose.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Cooler temps, great course
Pros: Incredible views, cooler temps, no wind (today at least)
Course is laid out very well, set up in 3, 9 hole segments, that return you to the pro shop each time. Was told they put out new tee mats recently, trash cans, recycle cans, and benches through out the course. decent amount of inventory in the pro shop, Burgers, dogs, and beer in the lodge. great time, people there were very friendly and welcoming. Had a blast will be back soon.
Cons: Lots of thorny bushes, they are off of the beaten path but if you have one get away watch out for rattlesnakes.
Other Thoughts: The benches were great but make of steel they got very hot in the sun light, maybe wooden benches next time. #11 is incredible, the guy in the shop said it was his favorite, and is now mine really cool watching the discs catch the thermals AWESOME!!!!!!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 12 Not
Best all around expirence
Pros: The best views in so cal and you get to play dg!! Only 45 minute drive from orange. Discs fly really well so be careful on your throws.
Cons: Make sure you watch your discs because they can get lost real easy.
Other Thoughts: Great hike
1 of 13 people found this review helpful.
24 Helpful / 0 Not
So Close To Heaven
Pros: -Sky High DGC is located in Angeles National Park, 7500-some feet above sea level. Stunning scenery showcases the surrounding mountains, dotted sparsely with stunted shrubberies, thorns and pines. The course plays up and down ski slopes on fairly treacherous terrain. Guests must sign waivers for dangers such as falls, bears, mountain lions, or rattlesnakes, of which apparently there are quite a few. The proprietor had recently moved one large black rattler that kept appearing on the same hole. Despite the dangers (or maybe because of them?) this course is utterly epic.
-Elevation galore! Elevation loss and/or gain provides the main challenge throughout the 27 holes. Every up and down is used to its utmost potential, creating a weaving path across the mountainside. Risk/reward situations abound: many holes have clever pin positions that challenge players' accuracy with severe rollaways into large buckthorn patches or off the side of the mountain. No pin position was unfair, but with wind the course definitely makes even experienced players rethink throwing favorite discs due to the risk of losing one over the edge.
-Mandatories and a scattering of mature pines as well as the occasional shrubbery provide line-shaping opportunities. A clever trick of design encourages right-handed anhyzers yet the thin mountain air renders all but the most robust turnover shots unmanageable. Discs seem to fall "heavier" and putts often fall short without compensation for the altitude. Throwing here is like throwing on the moon, in the most spectacularly awesome way!
-Great signs that give hole history, alternative pin positions, and accurately describe the hole at hand. Trash cans and occasional places to sit. Pro shop sells hot food, discs, etc. The lodge has restrooms.
-Camping on site. The camp hostess, Aurie, is awesome. When someone questioned the rise in rates from $12 to $20, Aurie put her hand on her hip, looked at the huge cloudless blue sky arms-reach above us and said, "How can you complain when you're so close to Heaven?"
Cons: - Rubber tees are uneven in places. One or two are eroded or rutted out by rainwater. I can't mark the course down much on this though, as concrete tees are not allowed in national parks, the hills are used in winter for skiing, and the natural erosion of the mountain-side all prevent proper tees from being added.
- $7 for a day pass. $35 for a yearly pass. Definitely reasonable for out-of-towners, and certainly a deal for the year's pass if you plan on playing here regularly.
- The course was pretty trashed when I played it; however, the area had just experienced 30-45 mph winds after a steady deluge during the previous days. The wind/water knocked or washed a lot of trash onto the slopes, spoiling the natural beauty in places.
Other Thoughts: - Don't miss the "bonus basket" after #27...my group missed it despite it being clearly marked on the map. Speaking of which, be sure to grab a map at the pro shop. It makes navigation a snap.
- Be certain to sacrifice a disc off the ledge near hole 11. Sacrificing discs appeases the discin' gods as well as sends your plastic on a much-deserved vacation to Las Vegas.
- Be cautious. "Full shoes" are required, hiking boots recommended (although I got through totally fine in light tennis shoes). Dangerous wildlife and treacherous terrain should be taken seriously. Don't fall down on or get bit by nature.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful.
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