9 Helpful / 0 Not
University of OB
Pros: Wonderful setting, beautiful scenery in mature forest. New concrete tee pads, excellent signage.
Cons: If you don't know where to park and where the course is in relation to parking, it will be a little difficult to find the course.
This course plays through mature pine and various foliage on the University of OB, College of the Siskiyous campus. It starts behind the campus baseball fields in an unmaintained, secluded area winding through mature trees and bushes. There are straight shots with narrow fairways, there are wider fairways with hyzer and anhyzer shots that you still need to avoid trees on. Every hole has some kind of tree-like obstacle to deal with, which makes this course great.
Excellent use of the fairly flat terrain with OB marked with yellow rope and artificial greens, some of those greens elevated to make the player execute drives, or approach shots accurately. Tee signs are excellent with all the information you need to get around the course on the first time. Yes, there is a bit or redundancy from hole to hole, but for the most part the course design is diverse enough to be quite entertaining. With the inclusion of the OB areas, the course plays better for advanced and pro players who would have a better chance to par out, than a beginner or intermediate player who would struggle with the OB areas.
There are a couple of long holes on the course, but for the most part plays fairly mid in length, the alternate pin placements may stretch out the course, or shorten it. This course may have a different feel to it now, since when I played the course 7 years ago there were no concrete tee pads. And I only played it on one day, which didn't bring the alternate pin placements into play. There is more information about the course at the website below, it gives you driving directions and a few pictures of the OB yellow rope and retaining walls.
http :// www.geocities.com/universityofob
I heartily recommend playing this course, its just off of I-5 and if you are passing by its definitely worth the time spent. And here's a question you may want to ask when you are there; what does the OB in the University of OB's name mean? I forgot to ask when I was there!
(university of OB - Out of Bounds)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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- Solid teepads & baskets
- Very informative tee signs
- Innovative use of O.B. areas
- Interesting "island" greens
- Views of Mt. Shasta
- Flat terrain (with a few exceptions)
- Many holes are quite similar
- Some flow issues
- Very dusty at the end of the dry season
This course sits on typical dry Cascades forest: sandy soil full of sagebrush and ponderosa pines. The land is very flat for the most part, and there's no permanent water, so the course designers have marked off out-of-bounds areas by laying yellow rope around ditches, roads, small ravines, etc. -- it's a clever way to make the best of otherwise monotonous terrain.
One of the most interesting uses of the O.B. areas is a couple of "island" greens; you must throw across a gully to a circle around the basket marked with ropes and a wooden retaining wall. On another hole, ropes mark a 90-foot-wide dry streambed as O.B., so you have to lay up short of the ropes unless you can consistently drive 360 feet. And one hole has a basket mounted on a 12-foot-high "pyramid."
Navigating the course can be a bit tricky for a first-timer, though. For example, after throwing your drive on #8, you go over to the #9 teepad and throw that drive... then finish out both holes. This saves you from having to cross the gully three times, but it's a bit odd, and could be a problem if the course is busy. (The good news is that as of September 2009, the holes are now numbered #1 through #18 again; before, hole #1 was missing, and there was a "14a.")
Fortunately, there are excellent tee signs at every hole that not only show the trees, roads, and location of the next tee, they also explain any weirdness or "house rules" that might be in play. And to keep it interesting, each hole has its own name, with most taken from classic TV ("Gilligan's Island," "Hawaii Five-O," "Oscar the Grouch," etc.)
Overall, definitely worth the very short detour off of I-5 if you're passing through the area.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very pleasant setting (nice weather really helped with this). Impressive 'mound' hole.
Cons: Not much in the way of elevation change. A little confusing on where hole #14b was; and tight fairways between hole #7 and #8.
Other Thoughts: No hole #1? OB's were designated with ropes, and seemed a little too arbitrary, unecessary and hard to spot. Otherwise a nice break when traveling I-5. Obviously, without knowing/playing the alternate pin placements, I cannot comment on the full potential of this course.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Challenging, unique course
Pros: Good signage and well marked O.B.'s which come into play on many of the holes. Nice mix of long and short holes.
Other Thoughts: It takes a smart, accurate game to play well on this course.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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